“In New York, you can tell how successful someone is by how busy they are,” says Angela Lindvall. “In L.A., you can tell because they’re surfing on their lunch break.”
The modeling icon would know. Though she’s been happily ensconced with her two sons in California’s bucolic Topanga Canyon for years, Manhattan is still a part of her life. And don’t call it a comeback, but this New York Fashion Week has been particularly high-profile for Lindvall, thanks to a pair of rare runway appearances for The Row and Baja East.
“It was always my dream, from the time I started modeling, to have a piece of land and grow food and have chickens and kids,” she says, “but coming back to New York is an opportunity to make a lot happen, and it’s been particularly nice this time to work with brands that have a larger message. What you can get done in one day here is unbelievable.”
Yesterday was a perfect example: After back-to-back meetings and a design session working on a forthcoming line of ethical jewelry, she hosted an event at the Noho boutique Voz, the handloomed-in-Chile fashion brand she’ll be the next face of.
The flip side of all this hustle and bustle is, of course, exhaustion, and for Lindvall—who is also a certified Kundalini yoga instructor and nutritional counselor—carving out regular time for self-care is paramount. “New Yorkers forget how important rest is,” she says. “It’s always go, go, go, go, go, even with workout routines and yoga.”
Luckily, she says, “Over the last few years there’s been so much growth and expansion in health and wellness. I’m really excited that there are so many more options.” Here, she reveals her favorite places in the city to rest, recharge, and refuel—the healthy way.