Mode Around the Globe with Brook Hyland
Mode Around the Globe
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico
Photographed by Sarah Krick
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I lived there until I became a student at Ohio University. Once I graduated, I spent 2 years in Los Angeles and now I’m living in Austin, Texas.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Outgoing, fun-loving, motivated
What’s your favorite movie?
Gone Girl and Taken
Christmas– it is the only holiday that I am guaranteed to be spending time at home with my family and friends, which is super important to me.
Dream place to travel?
Traveling is my favorite thing to do, there is not a place I don’t want to explore. South Africa, Bali, and Thailand are at the top of my list currently.
What’s your favorite memory?
I can’t answer this accurately because I have been fortunate enough to have SO many favorite memories. However, one that popped into my head was a trip I took to Europe. A friend and I went for a month and hit 9 different countries and 16 different cities. The trip was coordinated by a company, so we met 20+ amazing people and made a group of friends that I am still in touch with and meet up with all over the US.
What’s your biggest weakness?
I struggle with saying “no”. I often take on more than I can handle and will get stressed or burnt out. I do this professionally and in my social life. For example, on a weekend that I’d like to stay in, I’ll wind up going out because I fear that I’ll miss out. I need to know when saying “no” is what I need. Have to take care of yourself or you won’t be able to be your full self for others.
What’s your biggest strength?
I am always willing to try new things. Whether it’s a new city, food, activity. I want to do it!
When are you most inspired?
I’m inspired when I see someone succeed or get the results that they have been working towards.
What makes you smile the most?
The people in my life.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That I am the WORST at phone communication
Sweet or savory?
Beauty product you couldn’t live without?
Does chapstick count? If not, mascara!
What’s a song you can listen to on repeat?
Anything Chelsea Cutler
What’s a top highlight in your career?
Graduating college with 2 majors in 3 years. I always wanted to go to college but when I was growing up, I had a lot of people trying to sway me into becoming a professional dancer. College was a huge learning experience for me and I couldn’t be happier that I went against all of the people who said otherwise and did it for myself.
What’s your favorite time of day?
I am a night owl wannabe morning bird. I feel so much better when I wake up early and am trying to get my body in the habit of doing so. I am always more productive and feel like I have more time to take care of my responsibilities, which makes me less stressed and allows for more personal time for things I enjoy doing.
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but have been scared to try?
Move abroad for a long period of time.
Any projects you’re currently working on?
I have been posting weekly on my YouTube channel, which has been a goal of mine for a while. I’ve been having a lot of fun doing it, I am able to showcase more of who I am in the videos and love that my audience gets to know me on a more personal level. I also just launched my collection with Bleached Tie Dye– the pieces are super cute and comfy and handmade by the team!
What’s your spirit animal?
What are you most excited about at this time in your life?
I just moved to Austin, Texas about a month ago so I am really excited for this next chapter– to explore this new city more and meet new people!
What’s your biggest vice and how do you overcome it?
Sleeping with my make-up on. When I’m too tired after a night out, I never have the motivation to do it. I’ve been forcing myself– I now have a routine and just try to remind myself of not only feeling better once it’s done, but also the long-term benefits.
As an influencer, how do you hope to influence people through your platform?
I don’t put on an act on my social media. I show when I am dolled up and feeling my prettiest, but also when I wake up in the morning looking like a natural mess. I want people to understand that everyone has their good and bad days and that is completely normal. I feel like sometimes social media can have people believing that some people’s lives are always so lavish and perfect and that’s not the case at all.
What was your favorite part of your stay at Hard Rock Riviera Maya?
My stay at the resort was so much fun, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as memorable without the people that I was surrounded with. I loved the group of girls that I went with and that the resort offered so many activities to allow us to make friends.
What’s your favorite Pixi Beauty product?
My favorite Pixi Beauty product is their Lip Lift Max in sheer rose! It is such a pretty shade and enhances my lips, it’s a win win.
What would you like to say to your fans?
You mean more than you know, cannot put into words how appreciative I am of you all. Love you <3