Holly and I only recently met, but it was love at first sight, and ever since then, we’ve been planning her shoot. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Her kindness and radiance were on full display today — she shared moments of love, laughter, loneliness and light. Her exuberance and extravagance make me swoon in delight — I can’t think of a another more interesting deep warm woman who I’d want to share a day of creating with over and over and over again.
In our couple of cab rides from location to location today, we got talking about where I am on my journey. She so generously listened to everything and supported me where I am. Those sweet moments shared I will remember forever. I hope that memories from today bring joy to her heart and fill her up with love for years to come. There is no one in my life right now who is more worthy of buckets and buckets of goodness, for Holly shells it out in spades.
Holly was kind enough to give us a behind-the-scenes look at her CK Calvin Klein career and style consulting, but what touched me the most was her sharing her longing for companionship and a partner-in-crime. I want nothing more than for Holly to have everything she wants in life. I can’t wait to see how her story opens new doors, leads her down new paths and finds it’s way into the heart of her man-to-come. Love this wonderful woman. Love her to bits. Honored to create with her today.
Q: Why did you choose to live in your state/city/town?
A: I was spiritually tapped on the shoulder in the old Zeigfeld movie theater and a voice told me to move here.
Q: What is your favorite brunch spot nearby?
A: Benoit on 55th.
Q: Best cup of coffee in the neighborhood?
A: Rex on 10th ave.
Q: Is there one morning ritual you can’t live without?
A: Holding Matteo.
Q: What’s your favorite ‘80s or ’90s jam?
A: Daft Punk
Q: Where was the last place you traveled to? What’s one not-to-miss activity there?
A: Hong Kong. I actually do not know. HK and I do not jive. There is an exceptional Chinese restaurant in the Grand Hyatt hotel. I guess that is it.
Q: Do you prefer traveling by train or car? If in the car, are you a driver, a passenger or a backseat driver?
A: Train, any day. I love a nice train.
For a deeper dive, listen to Holly’s full interview below!
Holly's journal entry transcribed:
Today fulfilled my dream of indulging in what I love and what I love about myself. I am struggling with the contrast of feeling indulged and feminine at home to the contrast of feeling more masculine at work. It’s really hard for me to celebrate myself as a woman when I am at work. I felt myself shut it down. I became insecure about my body and myself. It was immediate and it felt shocking.
Having Eli in my home was so natural and fun. I felt like myself, I who I know I am. Sitting in my office now, it’s hard to get those easy, natural feelings back.
As I breathe in and out, I can feel how tense my arm feels, my neck, my legs. It’s not stress, it’s me shifting into my masculine energy. My natural state is feminine and free. How can I incorporate that feeling into my job? Into my work? Can they co-exist? How am I going to do this? How am I going to feel sexier at work and in my business?
I feel like I want to wear heels, sexy tops, blazers and jeans. The template I am following now makes me feel male, a-sexual. It’s not me. It’s not what I want. There is a truth I can’t hide from.
Thank you, Eli, for this revelation. Thank you for this precious time. You allowed me to feel through each moment and I have gained a clarity I did not expect. I love you. You are an original. This was an honor.
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Eli Dagostino’s zest for life has been celebrated on the stages of SNL, on the pages of Vanity Fair, in the seats of Carnegie Hall and by the MET museum and Squarespace.