In our bi-monthly column, Who Lives Here, we’ll ask a variety of cool local moms to tell us about themselves and what they love about living in Westchester. Meet Nicole Fourgoux, who has one of the most fascinating jobs of anyone I know. As president of L’Oreal’s Multi-Cultural Beauty Division, she is leading the charge to create cosmetics for women of different ethnicities and cultures. Even though 43 percent of millennials are multi-cultural, the majority of beauty products are still developed for the traditional market (i.e. white women). She’s also the mom of three elementary-aged boys. And now, the same 12 questions we ask everybody.
Name: Nicole Fourgoux
Where do you live?
When did you move there?
2008 – when our 2nd, Tristan, son was born
Where did you grow up?
Dusseldorf, Germany and Paris, France
How do you make a living?
I work in beauty, running L’Oreal’s Multi-Cultural Beauty Division in Manhattan.
What do you love about your job?
The fast pace and the passion that people have about beauty. Decisions are quick and always a mix of “art and science”. I am sourrounded by many creative spirits and that makes for inspiring conversations. At the same time, we are running a business and I like planning and negotiating as well. so I guess it’s the “left brained, right brain” balance that draws me.
What’s your idea of a perfect Westchester Saturday?
I like waking up early and reading in front of the fireplace with a latte and our cat by my side. I like a big breakfast when the boys wake up – with time to chat and discuss what everyone wants to do for the weekend. The best is when there are no plans at all and we can just go with the flow: Working out is part of it. Skyping with our families in Europe is part of it. At some point the house typically starts to fill up with boys – when my 3 boys have organized playdates with their friends. And we love going out for “Linner” or “Dunch” in the middle of the afternoon to one of the neighborhood restaurants. A perfect Saturday ends with family movie night – preferably at home.
What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Burrata in Eastchester. It’s Italian with a big pizza oven in the middle of the restaurant. A very casual place with lots of noise and families. I like the whole menu there, we are typically ordering family style to share. But three things are always in the mix: appetizers and Nutella pizza with Strawberries for dessert!
What’s on your nightstand?
Books. I am reading everything and anything. Right now I have three piled up that I am reading simultaneously: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy, The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. So one for fun, one for business, and I am working my way through the 100 best books of all times list.
What are you listening to?
On my commute I am currently listening to the IVY Postcasts – stories about social entrepreneurs who are changing the world one business venture at a time.
What are your current addictions?
Trying to fill the “Game of Thrones” gap with “Big Little Lies” — not quite the same!
Talent you would most like to have.
I would like to be an intuitive cook. I love a great meal and a table full of friends and family. I can cook but I am not great at making up recipes and mixings things up – just knowing what will be tasting good together. I have always admired people who are able to do that.
What do you hope your kids say about you when they grow up?
That I was there when they needed me. I love my job and I think it ultimately makes me a happier mom as well. But I miss things in school or at sports. So I hope I strike the right balance and that my kids know they can always count on me.