Real Routines with Ingrid Nilsen

Ingrid Nilsen is the Co-founder and Chief Creative at The New Savant. She is known for 10+ years as one of the OG YouTube beauty creators with over 3.4 million subscribers. 

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Is it possible

A quote Ingrid lives by is, “I don’t need it to be easy, I just need it to be possible.” “It’s a reminder to me that I’ve always had big dreams and I don’t need anyone else’s approval to go after them 110%,” she said.

Move when it feels right

Ingrid has been doing Pilates regularly for years, as this is her favorite workout. As much as Ingrid loves to move her body there are days where she struggles to workout or not. “ My friend Erin shared some great advice with me: “Ask yourself: Are you tired or is it hard? If you’re truly tired, take a rest day. If it just sounds hard, get yourself to the workout because you can do hard things.” This has never steered me wrong and helps me align my actions with what I need on that particular day”, said Ingridd.


Ingrid loves puzzles and always has one. I find them relaxing on her dining room table because she can only think about what’s in front of her. “I don’t put pressure on myself to finish them in a certain amount of time, I just let it be kind of messy and will work on it a little bit every day. For me, puzzling is kind of a metaphor for life – it reminds me to focus on the present moment, show up for the process and most of all, to have fun,” she said.

My Routines

Workout routine

“I usually do Pilates five days a week. My favorite studio is Good Time Pilates because they offer so many different classes that have different intensity levels – everything from juicy stretches to HIIT and jumpboard classes. Plus, I love the instructors and the welcoming community environment they’ve cultivated,” said Ingrid.

Favorite Things

TV Show: “Drops of God” on Apple TV. I just started this and can’t wait to see where the story goes. The world of wine has always intrigued me, so I feel like I’m going to get really into it,” she said.

Book: Korean Vegan by Joanne Lee Molinaro. “I’m not vegan, but I love plant-based food and recipes, especially from a creative standpoint. The only thing better than the recipes in this book are the stories the author shares about her life and how food has punctuated so many of her memories,” she said.

Podcast: the Normal Gossip podcast. She loves some low stakes gossip and this podcast is pure juicy fun without being mean or invasive, she said. “It takes real stories submitted by regular people and dives into them. My favorite is episode 5 from season 3 about the queer kickball league. The payoff at the end is SO GOOD,” said Ingrid. 

Recipe: “This New York Times, Tuna Mayo Rice Bowl, is one of my go-to recipes when I just want something quick and easy. I’ll usually make a spicy cucumber salad, add kimchi or whatever veggies I have on hand. Seaweed is a must, too! The depth of flavor of the from the sesame oil in the tuna is truly fantastic and *SO* simple,” she said. 

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