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Karen Fairchild on Italian Food, Vinyl Records & Women In Music


Karen Fairchild, member of the band Little Big Town, is hands down one of the coolest and most well-rounded women whom we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. Her know-how extends far beyond her killer musical talent – not only is she a performer, wife, and mom, but she also has an eponymous clothing line, Fair Child (available at Macy’s). Yeah…Fairchild basically does it all. Below, the songstress shares her favorite beauty products (spoiler: she’s a product junkie), words of wisdom, and what she’s currently listening to. Happy reading…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

My ideal food day would be an egg white omelette with spinach and tomatoes for breakfast, a green salad with salmon for lunch, and great wine and spaghetti bolognese for dinner. I’m a sucker for Italian food.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

Working out and eating right are the obvious answers for everyone trying to look and feel their best from the inside out. As a busy working mother, it’s not always easy to find time for workouts, so I balance my time like every other woman trying to stay in shape. Portion control is key and when I have time I love Barre Method. It also doesn’t hurt having a seven-year-old boy to chase around all day! Keeping a normal sleep pattern is also really important to overall well-being.

How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?

I love starting the day with a coffee and Grain and Nut granola from Blackberry Farm over yogurt. Sometimes I top it with fresh blueberries or strawberries.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

I’m a bit of a product junkie. In the morning I cleanse my face with Eve Lom Cleanser and use Orlane B21 Extraordinaire to prep my skin. I add ZO Vitamin C Serum and Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum and Le Mieux face cream. I finish with IT Cosmetics CC Cream with an SPF 50. It has a great finish and coverage for everyday wear.

At bedtime, I cleanse again with Charlotte Tilbury Cleansing Balm. I use ZO TE Pads, ZO Growth Factor Serum and Eau Thermale Avene RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream. I love finishing with a touch of the Charlotte Tilbury Cleansing Balm and sleeping in it – it makes your skin so soft and hydrated. I love adding Sisley’s Eye Contour Mask, another great product for sleep.

What would you last meal be? Who would it be with?

My last meal would be with my family…probably Thanksgiving dinner because it’s my favorite.

What is your favorite Southern meal? Why?

My favorite Southern meal would be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and biscuits. My mom is an incredible Southern cook and so is my bandmate, Kimberly. I’m spoiled rotten with the best comfort food in the world.

You never liked X till you tried it at Y…

I never liked oysters until I had them at Fin & Pearl in Nashville; they’re so fresh and good.

Congrats on your ACM win! What is the hardest part of touring?

Thank you! The hardest part of touring is missing my family. I’m lucky because I get to travel with my husband Jimi and our son Elijah, and I couldn’t do it any other way, but I don’t get to see friends and extended family as much as I’d like.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love London: the shopping, the people, the culture, the food. We’ve had some incredible meals and memories as a band in London. I also love the beach. There’s something calming about being near the water. I love Alys Beach in Florida and Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. I won’t travel without my iPad. What did I do before I had this thing?

What does your diet on the road usually look like?

I try to load up on veggies and protein before a show, but I do need carbs to keep my energy up. I’ll do a small portion of mashed potatoes or rice to sustain me through a performance. After-show food can be tricky when you’re trying to find healthy options, so that’s when it’s all about making good choices. I am a sucker for sweets, and I try to adhere to the philosophy of not denying yourself, so I’ll take a bite or two of a treat and then put it down.

Who serves the best coffee in Nashville?

Crema in Nashville is my go-to coffee spot. They make the best Cuban I’ve ever had.

What do you wear when performing?

Performance clothing is a collaborative effort based on what we’re doing for a given TV performance or song. We have the most wonderful stylist, Karla Welch. She is so creative and bold in her choices. She’s thinking about the drama on stage and the way light hits clothing.

What advice would you give to girls looking to enter the music industry?

As women, we have to always remember to listen to our instincts and go with our guts. I think too often girls feel like they have to make concessions or change who they are, or what their music says, to make it in this industry. We need to nurture these women to write honest songs, to write from their hearts, and not to pander. Let’s give them some room to do what they do. Being a woman is a very powerful thing; we need to embrace that rather than shy away from it or make excuses for it.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

In New York City, Mario Batali’s Babbo is heavenly. We stop there every time we are in the city. In Nashville, Tartufo, City House, Kayne Prime, and Rolf & Daughters are my favorites. The Nashville food scene has blown up over the past five years. If you’re in Alys Beach, George’s is a must, and perfect for a breezy beachside dinner. In Las Vegas, Javier’s in the ARIA has the best margaritas and super fresh Mexican food. Sugarfish, Madeo, and Crustacean are three of my favorite LA spots. Each is so different, but offers dishes that I absolutely love.

What’s on your Spotify (or Apple) playlist right now?

John Mayer, In The Blood; Chris Stapleton, Either Way; Seth Ennis, Woke Up in Nashville; The Weeknd; Daft Punk, I Feel It Coming; Ed Sheeran, Castle On The Hill; Harry Styles, Sign of the Times.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato in music right now?

Vinyl records. There’s nothing like the experience of a whole record top to bottom. Back to the way music was intended; it’s an experience.

*Karen Fairchild, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann

Source: The New Potato