Personal Effects: Sasha Levine

The DEPARTURES Digital Editor shares the items, and edibles, she can’t live with out.

"I’m not one to buy much, and I tend to stick to the same uniform when it comes to clothing. So I’m lucky that most of favorite pieces are my mother’s hand-me downs—she has incredible style and a great closet. So, the few things I do purchase for myself tend to be investments, like my pair of RM Williams Chelsea boots, which I bought about six years ago. I wear them more or less every day from the moment it gets cold to the day its too hot, which in New York means roughly nine months of the year. They’ve become like a second skin (and I’ve only had to completely resole them once). That said, Spotify is without a doubt the best $10 I spend every month. A bottle of Campari, a taste for which I owe to both my parents, is always on my bar cart. You can’t make a classic negroni without it, and it’s perfect with some ice, a splash of soda, and a lime wedge. I spent years trying to make decent coffee at home and failed until I bought a scale. This one’s particularly geeky—it collects all kinds of data—but between a scale and a proper burr grinder, my brewing game has totally changed. I'm super low maintenance when it comes to grooming, but I can’t get enough of Le Labo’s Santal. I never leave home without a spritz, and at night I’ll light the candle to wind down before bed. My sister launched an all-natural skincare line, Linné Botanicals, and my skin has never been happier—or looked better. I get to be her guinea pig, and I swear by everything she makes, but her Balance face oil is nothing short of essential. My new year’s resolution for 2015 was to cook a new recipe once a week. A monthly subscription to Bon Appetit held me to it. Now I’m working on perfecting the ones I really enjoyed eating."


R.M. Williams boots, $495;
Spotify subscription, $10;
​​​​​​​Campari, $26;
​​​​​​​Acaia coffee scale, $130;
Le Labo Santal candle, $65;
​​​​​​​Linné Botanicals face oil, $62;

Bon Appetit subscription,

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