Carrie Gross is a woman of many talents. She sings with her heart, dances in her heels and acts like a true lady boss, from the desk to her days off. Here are 7 things you may not have known about our CEO, wife of Dr. Dennis Gross and Co-Founder of their formidable skincare line.
- She’s been a yogi for 40 years.
“I took my first yoga class when I was 18, so this year is a milestone for me. I love doing Ashtanga. I’m on vacation when I’m on my mat. It allows me to really focus and touch base with any tension that’s in my body, and relieving it. I have to be really focused on myself, which is rare. I also love alignment and movement, it’s really important to work on posture, especially when sitting at a desk all day as it takes its toll. When you do yoga, you carry it with you throughout the day.”
- Audrey Hepburn stuck with her.
“I once read something from Audrey Hepburn, it was a quote from her: “we don’t kiss enough.” And it always stuck with me, so I kiss them (my family) every morning. Before we start our day, every single morning since we have been married, Dennis and I kiss goodbye,”
- She wishes she warned herself.
“Stay out of the sun! That’s the advice to my younger self. Did I tell you I had skin cancer? I was 40-something, and it was on my face. Dennis always says aging always hits you in increments. I grew up in California. I played in the summer sun. I lived in a bikini, went to the beach all my life, did my homework on the beach, rode bikes, hiked, everything always in the sun! The sun damage is catching up with me. I am paying the price!!”
- She can’t leave the house without lipstick.
“My mom has amazing skin. Growing up, I would love to watch her beauty routine. I remember she used the most luxurious moisturizer, and I would look at it and I would stick my finger in it when she wasn’t watching! And she always had lipstick on. My mom kind of reminded me of Jackie Onassis. The dark hair, A-line dresses, big sunglasses, and lipstick. I could skip mascara easily, but I can’t leave the house without lipstick! I love Tom Ford’s lipsticks, and right now I’m obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury.”
- A mom first, CEO second.
“I think of myself as a mom first and a CEO second. Little did I know, I would be blessed with four children, with twins to arrive first! Truthfully, from a young age I always had this idea of myself in a suit, sitting behind a desk. I knew I was going to be working in business. You never know exactly what will happen, but I really did picture myself in an office with my darling babies at home. The power of visualizations really are a thing.”
- She doesn’t need motivation.
“I don’t need motivation because what I do is what I love, it is in my flow. And as far as taking care of my family goes, I don’t need motivation for that either because I’m fortunate that I love taking care of people, from my home life to my company. We are all family. Follow your own dreams and your heart, and you can create a life that is in your flow.”
7. Blue suede mules were her magic.
“One thing people don’t know is that I still have the pair of shoes that I was wearing when I met Dennis. I don’t think he had ever seen mules before, but he thought they were pretty hot! I’ve saved them all these years as a keepsake to remind me of the day we met.”