A New York City-based fashion publicist and brand consultant, Randi Packard is the former Fashion Market Director at Real Simple and has worked as a creative and public relations expert for clients such as Apollo & Artemis Beauty by Equality™, ITALEAU Footwear, Echo Design, Rachel Hosiery, and Maidenform. Read on for more on choosing a positive approach to life, being “medium maintenance,” and the beauty product she won’t leave home without.

What’s one practice, goal, or purpose that helps get you out of bed each day?

I’m pretty excited to start a new day. Sometimes I actually say to myself: Let’s do it!

What’s made a difference in how you feel lately?

At the risk of sounding like a boring cliché, I started intermittent fasting about 5 months ago and it’s been a real gamer changer for me. I like a self-imposed reset every so often, and thought I would give it a try. I was feeling bloated and tired, and had put on some Covid weight that I really wanted to take off.

I never in a million years thought I would be able to start my day without breakfast—especially since I work out in the morning—but it turns out I can. I like that skipping a meal in the morning gives me a bit more wiggle room when I need it most, at dinner. I certainly didn’t gain weight because I overindulged on oatmeal. I can live without breakfast; I can’t live without a good dinner and a nice glass of wine.

What’s one thing you try to remember each day?

That your whole life can change in a day. Something magical is always waiting around the corner. I always double down on this attitude, even—or maybe especially—during Covid. You almost have to in order to get through this time.

What’s a product or life hack that’s saving your sanity?

I’m deeply, madly in love with my slow cooker. I do a nominal amount of chopping and spicing, throw a bunch of ingredients in, and 6 hours later I have a homemade meal. Self-care at its finest.

Also, music is a major motivator for me when working out or just walking around the city trying to get to 10,000 steps. I recently saw the Studio 54 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The music throughout the show was so much fun that I downloaded the soundtrack on Spotify as soon as I left the museum.

What’s one good habit you’ve cultivated?

I had been a member of a gym since my senior year in high school. I really panicked when all the gyms shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. I never liked working out at home, and I found it very challenging to motivate without the energy of my gym community.

Then, my friend Flavia told me about the Nike Training Club app and all I can say is that it’s a game changer. I mean, if Nike can’t provide amazing workouts who can?! I try to work out for 45 minutes a day for 5 days a week, and for me it’s important to keep switching the workouts up so I don’t get bored. I have a routine: I wake up, throw my workout clothes on, have a cup of coffee, read the news, and work out. After I’m done, I make a second cup of coffee and while that’s brewing, I shower and start my day.

What’s on your nightstand?

My Alexa, hair bands, hand cream (that I always forget to put on), and whatever book I’m reading (currently, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee).

What’s your biggest indulgence?

It’s all relative, but I think of myself as medium-maintenance. I do invest in my wardrobe with timeless, high-quality pieces. I also invest in my hair. The expense and the high yield of these purchases even themselves out. You buy a well-made coat, and it pays for itself after you amortize the cost over the many years you can wear it. It’s the same with haircuts and color; I don’t skimp on either, but I can also let my hair air dry because I have a good cut. I have zero desire to spend my time getting blowouts.

Is there a beauty product you always keep on hand?

Does Aquaphor count? Now that I’m wearing a mask every time I leave the house, I find it impossible to put lipstick on without making a mess. I keep a small tube of Aquaphor in each of my purses, on my coffee table, and by my bed because my lips get really dry. It’s also good for cuticles and little nicks.

How are you managing your health?

Like a boss! I don’t take my health for granted especially these days. I wear EltaMD sunscreen 365 days a year, even if I never leave my apt. I take my vitamins, drink an obscene amount of water, exercise, eat a lot of the good stuff, try to avoid the bad stuff, and cheat often enough on my diet that I enjoy life. And of course I wear a mask when I leave my apt. Most importantly, I get check-ups every year with every doctor: dentist, dermatologist, mammograms–the whole nine yards.

Whose advice are you taking?

I have a lot of really smart, amazing, and insightful girlfriends. I trust their sage wisdom. Every damn time.