Name: Mehreen “Menx” Mansur
Occupation: Designer for Menx & Marco
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh/Washington, DC
“Born in the DC area, I’ve lived in and out of different countries and traveled the globe from a young age. I’ll accredit my eclectic desire for change to that. As well as my refusal to claim one country as my own: I’m from no country but all.”
My style is: my very own.
People usually compliment my: Approachability. Apparently I turn out friendlier than I seem 😉
I’ll never forget the time: I was gifted the book, “The Spontaneous Fullfillment of Desire” by Deepak Chopra. It’s a refreshing piece of literature that explains how an intention materializes into reality on a molecular level. The power of intention and purpose was a very new idea to me at the time so I read it a bit skeptically. The book taught to follow seemingly inconspicuous signs that guide us to living a more fulfilling reality at the level of purpose. I then asked out loud for a sign to prove to me that what I was reading was true. Should I buy into these philosophies, or not? I followed the signs and found myself on a vacation to NYC two weeks later, and on my first evening at a dinner with a group of renowned non-profit founders, I was asked who my favorite author was. I said I was undecided although I was currently reading Deepak Chopra. At the instant I mentioned his name, the man who asked me the question received a text message. Ironically enough, the text was from Chopra himself, inviting him to a private party hosted with his close friend Donna Karan. And so somehow or another, my name ended up on the small guest list and I told Deepak Chopra face-to-face about the story that convinced me of the power of intention. My sign had most definitely come! He then gave me his contact information to keep in touch and email him my story. Since then, I’m a huge believer of the power of the mind. I live by it.
Worst habit: my utter disregard for organized time.
For my skin, I use: Seaweed soap. you can get it from any Chinatown “everything store”. It comes in a bar and has firming properties. Great as a bath or face soap. A nightly cocoa butter rubdown is key too.
My favorite makeup tip: A flamboyant pink lipstick followed by a dab of concealer gives the most incredible nude lip look. Also, champagne/ silvery eye shadows make the best cheekbone highlighters, as they are more shimmer packed than cheek products.
Current beauty product obsession: Pop and squeeze a vitamin C capsule once a week, and spread on your face avoiding the skin around the eyes. it’s kind of like a tingly chemical peel on a really really micro scale. Try the same with a vitamin E capsule for a nourishing and replenishing experience. Try vitamin C one week and Vitamin E the next week. Wash both off after 20 minutes.
But I also can’t live without: my boyfriend. He makes me happy and there’s no beauty product like that glow.
My favorite scent is: stay loyal to my two favs which I’ve used for years: Creed Green Irish Tweed — although it’s “for men” I’ve always been more drawn to “pour homme” scents for some reason. The only woman’s perfume I will ever wear is Escada. I am obsessed with the ultra-feminine (but discontinued) Escada Tropical Punch.
People might be surprised to know: I have a brain. And it works.
My favorite hair product is: Hair, skin, and nail multivitamins. You can get them from any pharmacy or Vitamin store over the counter. They make hair grow longer, faster, and keep it shiny and strong.
I don’t understand people who don’t like: Seafood. There is nothing like flaky, white, fillets of deep sea fish – cod, halibut, Chilean sea bass. Mushrooms too. They’re misunderstood and heaven sent.
The restaurant I can never get tired of is: Nooshi Noodles is a great relaxed spot for my ultimate comfort food: “Grilled Chicken Noodle Soup”. It’s kind of like a Vietnamese pho, with a light natural broth of chicken, scallions, and wide flat rice noodles. The difference is that it’s topped with char-grilled chicken strips that infuse their flavor into the broth. I always request it with a mixture of the wide rice noodles in addition to plain udon noodles. Eat it with loads of their homemade chili paste that you can buy as well. Divine. It’s a secret soup — not on their menu, but they’ll know what you mean when you say the magic words: Grilled Chicken Noodle Soup.
Though I can make killer: I make the best 10 layer stacked fluffy carrot cake and cream cheese frosting in the world.
Who inspires me: WWJD? But really…now that’s a superhero — somebody who dedicated his life to change the world with a message of love in an era ruled by fear.