YSE Women

Wide Awake with Mecca Cox

Written by Alli Forde

Within the realm of ever fleeting fashion lies a beacon of eternal coolness, and her name is Mecca Cox. Known in inner circles as the stylist with the Midas touch (if Midas was into vintage denim), Mecca’s ability to turn thrift store finds into red-carpet-worthy looks has made her an iconic stylist for those in the know. 

The early days of her niche were carved out in front of the camera, collaborating with the crème de la crème of stylists and photographers. Her modeling portfolio consists of the glossiest pages in the fashion world – think Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, and that one issue of V you pretend to read at the dentist's office. And when she eventually took the leap from posing to composing, she pivoted her focus towards collaborating with designers whose work transcends mere aesthetics, embodying a powerful message and a vision for a progressive shift within the fashion industry. With a rolodex of clients that reads like a guest list for the world’s most enviable dinner party, she orchestrates the kind of sartorial choices that make fashion’s elite sit up and take notice. Mecca’s authenticity and appreciation of what it means to be truly present, though, digs deep in a place that otherwise seems to only skim the surface of reality.

This blog series aims to celebrate women who live with their eyes wide open, metaphorically speaking (because let's be real, squinting has never done us any favors). And Mecca? She's practically got night vision goggles on. Navigating the world with a sharp clarity and focus, she is the embodiment of what it means to be present, intentional, and yes, wide awake. 

We explored what being present truly means to Mecca. "Being fully engaged with what’s in front of me," she said. "My mind tends to jump around, so staying present is a constant practice, but it’s worth it." This practice of mindfulness, of being wholly immersed in the moment, resonates through her work where every choice and styled look is deliberate.

And upon her discovery of Wide Awake and the transformative power of eye creams, she revealed a newfound freedom in her beauty regimen. "It’s made me feel confident wearing only eye cream and no concealer or makeup," Mecca said. "I didn’t know eye cream could conceal, but I’m so happy to have found one that does." Maybe we’re biased, but we couldn’t agree more.

A few other things that fill Mecca’s time, and makes Mecca, well Mecca?  We’ve provided all the inspiring notes below.

Quick Q's

My morning non negotiable is… sunlight on my face.

Signature weekday uniform? Vintage jeans, vintage sweatshirt, vintage (looking) tennis shoes

If I never had to sleep I would… do everything at night. I’m a night owl, I love to stay up late working or doing projects, but I’ve had to break myself of that habit since I’m not a nocturnal animal and have to function early in the morning like the rest of the world.

Favorite step of your morning routine?  The Morning Cocktail Vitamin C SerumI can see the instant brightness and it's so satisfying

My coffee shop order is… a matcha latte with almond milk and a little honey (vanilla sweetener if I’m treating myself).

My de-stresser of choice is… wine.

Something that lives rent free in your work bag is… lip balm.

What I left behind when I left my ex was… my hope? Kidding. Probably my Romantic idealism.

Death row cocktail? Mezcal margarita

Something I don’t give a f**k about is… whether or not everyone likes me.

Career peak thus far? I think I’m always peaking considering that I have a job doing what I love to do. I’m not exactly bringing peace to the Middle East so I know it’s a real privilege to play and be creative and I’m always grateful it continues (knock on wood)

My theme song is… something SZA.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Turning off the AC – I sleep with it cold and wake up freezing

My line to live by is… “When you don't know what to do, do nothing" – Oprah. That will save you from a lot.