MEET ELIZABETH RENSTROM
PHOTOGRAPHER/EDITOR • REFINERY 29
If there's anyone I know whose resumé looks like a list of today's most influential publications, it's Elizabeth Renstrom. From Bloomberg Businessweek to Nylon, Liz's poppy, colorful style has brought life to pages and webpages that are viewed (and coveted) all over the world. The last person to tell you how cool Liz is...is Liz.
Having sat behind a lens opposite the oh-so-real women of Broad City, Internet sensation Grumpy Cat and the mind-melting music duo Purity Ring (to name a few of her subjects), Liz's eye for photography goes beyond skill. One of Liz's spots is a thrift store called Lion's Den, which sells used furniture and a variety of tchotchkes. "Thrift store" elicits fantasies of denim jackets and worn-in t-shirts abound, but for this self-proclaimed prop hoarder, the thought of finding a unicorn statue for a photo is more intriguing than finding a new addition to her closet.
Passionate people find ways to incorporate their vision into their lives outside of work, and Liz is a prime example of that. Her work a clear reflection of her nature: breezy, intriguing, unpretentious. Not to mention the bright turquoise walls in her room could have easily served as the backdrop for one of her photos for Covergirl.
As someone who yearns for the 90's almost daily, Liz's fusion of tween daydreams and science experiments is food for the soul. Think Lisa Frank meets Goosebumps. Sculptures made of burnt Beanie Babies, still-life scenes littered with that "s" that everyone in 5th grade drew in their notebook, Liz's work is nostalgia done right.
EAT: REGALO DE JUQUILA
There's this Mexican place right next to Happyfun Hideaway called Regalo de Juquila that has really good tacos. I have been there both at 3:30 in the morning, bleary-eyed ordering a torta and at 2pm having huevos rancheros. Both experiences were equally great.
1209 Myrtle Ave., BKLYN
TAKE A DUDE: SUNRISE SUNSET
Sunrise Sunset is a little bar down the block from my apartment that I can actually hear a person talk at on a Friday/Saturday if I'm feeling like a quieter night. I swear, whole sentences to boot! All the bartenders are wonderful, and if you're not feeling like a Tecate and a shot of something it's a nice alternative. It's also across the street from my laundromat if I want a drunk laundry night.
351 Evergreen Ave., BKLYN
SHOP: LION'S DEN
I'm always looking for props (my way of justifying hoarding) and there's this shop on Broadway called the Lion's Den that's packed to the gills with great tchotchkes and shit I shouldn't be attempting to bring home. It's a little hard to navigate, but lots of fun to pick through.
1113 Broadway, BKLYN
I'm a horrible dancer, but I'll bop around occasionally at a friend's show. Palisades is pretty convenient for this.
906 Broadway, BKLYN
THINK: ON THE WAY HOME
I do most of my thinking bumming around in between work and home. I like to get off a few stops before mine to walk down Broadway and listen to music if I'm having a crap day or just need some time alone.
READ: IN BED
I think I do the most reading in bed before I really decide to leave the nest, or at the laundry mat.
TAKE A GIRLFRIEND: FITZCARRALDO
Whenever I want to share a bottle of wine with someone I like taking them to Fitzcarraldo because it's right next Shio studios and you can get a hunk of funky cheese too. I like 'of the utter' trashy cheese sometimes.
195 Morgan Ave., BKLYN
TOURIST ATTRACTION: CONEY ISLAND
Coney Island is still the only place I go in NYC that always makes me feel feel lucky to live here. Whoever I've gone with the past 7 years I've been in the city, we've always had a wonderful memory, and said company has had to witness my extremely enthusiastic corndog-intake. At the end of the day I think I could survive on hot dogs and freeze dried ice cream.
Surf Ave. and W. 12th St., BKLYN