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Q+A Series…New York Called Gabi Dolce-Bengtsson

I met Gabi through Bobbi Brown make-up artist Cassandra Garcia (featured here). Cassandra, Gabi and I spent an eventful NYC-night out on the town together harmlessly laughing about the "club scene" from a back corner. Gabi and I got along right away and although we tried to keep work talk to a minimum, I was fascinated by her role as stylist for the Bobbi Brown. Not only is Gabi effortlessly stylish and beautiful, she's also very intelligent and has the whole world in front of her. I mean... she's an aspiring diplomat, does it get cooler?

Learn more about Gabi's NYC perspective in the Q+A below:

When did you move to NYC and why?

I moved to New York in 2010 for a University.

Give a brief description of your background?

I was born in Malmo Sweden, to a Swedish father and Italian-American mother. We moved to New York when I was quite young, then to Montclair New Jersey. Now I'm back in New York studying Political Science and Economics at the New School. I work for Bobbi Brown (founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics,) as her head stylist, which has been a surreal experience so far.

What is the best part about being a stylist in NYC?

The best part of being a stylist in New York is the amount of resources at my disposal. It's also one of the fashion capitals of the world.

What is your dream job?

My dream job has always been to work in international relations as a diplomat. I graduate this year, and hope to obtain a masters degree in International Relations from a University in Lund Sweden, or London. From there, the state exam, or potentially a PhD. We'll see, but that's the way I want it to all pan out, hopefully sans deployment to an unstable state.

What's the most valuable thing that your least favorite job taught you?

That there are lots of different people who will enter your life; some are dry, others are rude, some won't look you in the eye when they speak to you. Then there are those who will offer you your next huge job or change your life entirely. Give every person the same version of yourself. Always be kind, polite, and hardworking.

One item you moved with and will keep forever?

A photo I have of me kissing my mom on the cheek when I was a baby. She has the biggest, most beautiful smile on her face. I love that picture of us.

Looking back, what advice would you give to the freshly arrived version of you?

As lame as this might sound, try to be as true to yourself as possible. It's so easy to spot people who aren't themselves, and it's such an unattractive quality to witness in anyone. I would also tell myself I'm doing alright, and to exercise more and drink less.

When are you happiest?

I am happiest when having a great dinner and drinks with my best friends or family.

What was going through your head the last time you were really frustrated with NYC?

I get frustrated with myself, seldom NYC. So the last time I was frustrated with myself, I think I called my sister. She always brings me back down to earth by saying "You are so dramatic."

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received and from whom?

"Always sit close to the door." As said by my grandfather.

What is something you know today that you didn't know yesterday?

That fish can grow with the size of their tank.

[wait, there's more...]GabiMy favorite nights are... Weeknights in bed at 9:00 PM with my iPad, or having drinks for hours with my friends somewhere.

I'm not a tourist but I still...Love a nice view of the city.

You'll usually find me...Sending emails, or smelling candles in the upstairs portion of Whole Foods Bowery.

My style icon is...Three way tie between Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, and my mom/dad.

An unexpected place in NYC for great clothing finds is... I don't know if it's unexpected per say, but I love Brooks Brothers junior department for white button downs.

If I'm mixing high and low, Im mixing...Acne or Alexander Wang with Zara. However, last week I put a plastic bag around my iPhone, so that definitely suffices for mixing high and low.

Don't trust...Anyone who only speaks to you past 10:30 PM.

Do trust...Anyone who genuinely cares about your happiness, and helping you maintain it.

If I'm going to splurge...It's always on juice.

It's completely okay to do this alone...Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. However, having a drink at a bar alone is something I would not do.

When it comes to NYC I hate...Crowded streets and crowded public transport. I try and avoid both at all costs.

When it comes to NYC I love... That you can change your environment so quickly if desired.

I'll move out of NYC when... When I find my dream house in Trastevere Rome, or when nature calls, and the desire to live on a farm in the English countryside takes full control of my thought process.

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