TKEES GIRLS is a visual montage of the amazing women that inspire us. These are beautiful and accomplished visionaries who we applaud for putting their best foot forward everyday. Through their impeccable taste and modern lifestyle these women embody everything that TKEES believes in and stands for. We hope you enjoy these snap shots of a day in the life of a TKEES woman.

Alex Merrell

What inspired you to become a DJ? Have you always been interested in music?

I’ve been a music junkie since I was a kid and grew up with artistic parents who encouraged my creative outlets. I bought turntables when I was 20 while working in music management in LA, and realized quickly that there was a major gap in the market for female DJs who could actually mix and had a deeper knowledge of music. I’m extremely fortunate that my dream job became my day job at such a young age.

TREC (launching Fall/Winter 2015), is an app that connects frequent fliers with their traveling friends and colleagues, making planning meet-ups abroad easy. Where did the idea come from?

I was in Hong Kong twice in 2013 for gigs and both times, having never been to Asia previously, I ran into friends. It made me wonder how many of these connections I was missing while traveling. I’d find myself discovering contacts were in the same city as me on Instagram but it seemed like an antiquated way of connecting, so I’ve spent the past 18 months making the app I need most on my phone. We also have a feature that allows users to create city guides that can be viewed by their friends, which personalizes exploring a new place in a way that a generic travel guide can’t. I want to participate in a movement to create technology that actually connects us face to face in places we would have missed each other, rather than isolating us with solitary screen experiences.

What is the most rewarding part of running your own business?

Earning success. Building a company from the ground up in an industry I previously knew very little about is way more rewarding than being handed an opportunity. There were definitely moments when I was younger that I thought, “Damn, this would be so much easier with a trust fund,” but what I’ve realized is that I love the grind. I’m miserable when I’m not challenging myself and appreciate the blessings infinitely more when I have fought to bring them into existence.

You’ve been all over the world and have travelled to over 20 countries. Where are your favorite places to travel?

Saline Beach in St Barths is heaven on earth. Turkey, Morocco and Spain to fire up the senses. Vancouver in the summer. Paris at least once a year to remain forever a romantic. Italy for the food and the style. I’m often most inspired by visiting new places but am always surprised how quickly some foreign cities can feel like home.

Where in the world have you never been but would love to visit?

Too many to count! Portugal, Croatia, Japan, Bali, South Africa, to name a few, and I’m very excited to spend New Year’s Eve in Iceland for the wedding of two dear friends.

Favourite apps that get you through the day?

TREC - I’ve had our beta on my phone for a few weeks and already connected with a friend in Toronto for dinner who I didn’t know was visiting as well.

Class Pass - for booking last minute workout classes in NYC & LA as well as on the road.

Airbnb - I often prefer to stay in apartments instead of hotels when I travel so I feel like a local.

Glamsquad - hair and makeup pros come to my apartment to get me ready for an event when I’m too busy with emails to do it myself.

Instagram - because you kinda gotta.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Refining the art of actively making myself happy, without letting complacency creep in. It’s easy to feel great when you’re doing well, only to be affected equally by the lows. I’m not immune to sadness or frustration but I am aware that happiness is a choice, as is not giving in to doubts. It’s a delicate balancing act to pair gratitude with consistent work toward manifesting your desires. My favorite quote right now is "Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be."

Top 5 things that get you through the day?

1) Matcha from Matchabar in Williamsburg or an iced Americano with almond milk.
2) Frequently checking my iPhone, which allows me to work from anywhere, and knowing when to put it away.
3) The most hilarious group of family and friends who help me laugh my way through adversity.
4) A good sweat. Training Mate in LA is my new favorite workout.
5) My Canon Rebel T3i camera, which has replaced my phone camera as the go to for capturing everything from aesthetic inspirations to my beautiful friends.

Any travel beauty tips?

Klorane dry shampoo is a lifesaver when I need to hit the ground running after an international flight. Dior Prestige La Crème saves my skin from plane air and changing climates. I’m addicted.

Who or what inspires you?

New York City. You can’t really exist here without a mission, and while I’m ceaselessly inspired by travel, nowhere else have I found such a high concentration of inspiring people. Surrounding myself with individuals who are brilliant, creative, and stronger than I am in different areas is the best possible motivator. I never run out of stimulation here, never stop learning.

What are the biggest differences between living in Vancouver and now living in both L.A. and New York?

Pace. I thrive in cities that are bustling with energy. Landing in NYC is like stepping on a treadmill that keeps me running until I leave, and that’s why the West Coast has had a positive balancing effect. I’ll get a ton of work done in New York and then spend the winter in LA cooking for friends, hiking, getting enough sleep. Vancouver is a vacation destination to me now. Many of the people I love live there, but it has always been a bit slow for my personality full time.