The nutritionist, host and sustainability advocate makes us a fig and cottage cheese open-faced sandwich (recipe inside), while we chew the fat on the things that make a happy, balanced life — you know, good ingredients in your food, a healthy relationship with yourself, moisturising and, on occasion, a slice of Sara Lee cake.
Charlotte Mei de Drouas is — tada! — transformed. When she stepped out of the changing room, the straight bob she wore earlier sprang to life in waves now, like it has been switched on, caffeinated, set free. She has also swapped a denim jumpsuit for a pair of jeans and an asymmetrical black top so that her right shoulder and arm are cocooned in an oversized puff of a sleeve, and her left was left unencumbered, revealing a honey-hued skin, aglow in the warmth of her personality, her youth, her positive energy.
The 27-year-old nutritionist and host of The Charlotte Mei series on YouTube had chosen the fashionably off-balanced outfit from a selection presented to her the week before our photo shoot. Interestingly, in many areas of her life, “balance” is very much on. The word, in fact, came up frequently in our chat. Balance is what she strives for in her food. Balance is written in her star sign — Libra. “Balance is the essence of life!” she exclaims.
I can’t help but relish the sweet, sweet irony. The title of this series is It’s What’s Inside That Counts. Very little is what it seems these days. Hence, the importance of discernment and being mindful — slowing down, pressing pause, and taking a moment to ask questions rather than react, to look deeper — past the glossy facades…