Glitter Girl: Alyssa Hertzig

Written by on March 27, 2012 in Fashion, Glitter Girl - 48 Comments

I read to Sadie every day, but truth be told, I’m usually not wearing these shoes when I’m doing it!” Wearing Jill Stuart dress, Stella + Dot necklace, Christian Louboutin heels.

You’re not afraid of color or sparkle. How do you incorporate bold items into your wardrobe?
It’s all about balance. I know that’s not earth-shattering news, but for me it’s something that really holds true. Some people are perfectly confident in head-to-toe glitter, bold prints, or bright colors—but not me. If I’m wearing something super colorful or sparkly, I’ll tone it done with more neutral pieces, as I did by pairing the yellow jeans here with a muted gray top and nude shoes. Basically, I like to sparkle in small doses—a rhinestone necklace here, a glimmery pump there, maybe a vibrantly-patterned clutch. This way, it makes an impression, but never feels like a costume.

This is my gorgeous daughter Sadie trying on my favorite pair of shoes. It’s funny because she has recently become so totally into girly stuff—like mom, she is completely obsessed with anything that sparkles. (Every morning, she comments on what I’m wearing and will always say something adorable like, “Mommy’s necklace is so, so beautiful!”) When you’re working on Glitter Girl features for 2032 or so, please keep her in mind!”

This is an original painting by the New York artist and fashion designer, Anna Coroneo. The piece looks simple, but being that I’m a New York beauty editor who met and fell in love with her husband in this city, it really says a lot to me. I saw it online, loved it, and mentioned it casually to my husband one day. A few months later, he surprised me with it for our anniversary.”

How does working in the magazine business affect the way you dress?
I attend meetings or product launch events with executives from major beauty companies almost every day, and I want to make sure that I always represent the magazine I work for in a professional—but still fun and cool—way. Obviously, and luckily, magazines are a creative field, so I’m not stuck dressing in a boring or conservative way. Things that might be frowned upon in some industries—like glitter, neon, or strappy sandals—are almost always appropriate in a magazine office.

When we moved from Manhattan to Williamsburg, Brooklyn a little over a year ago, we gained so much more space, which has allowed me the luxury of having a true home office. I love the pops of orange in there—I’m not usually much of an orange person, but keeping the rest of the room neutral seems to have made it work for me. The studded bulletin board is a DIY project that I made after spotting it on one of my favorite blogs, Court + Hudson. And I love the vintage dishtowel with the words “Thank you for wearing lipstick” embroidered on it. I bought it from My Needle Habit on Etsy, and I thought it was just the perfect sentiment for a beauty editor.” Pottery Barn desk, Ballard Designs chair, Anthropologie rug,  Target lamp.

It’s pretty much physically impossible for me to throw away an Hermes box. Here they’re getting new life in my home office.”

One of the biggest perks of my job is that I get to take home tons of beauty products to try. Literally every day I leave the office with a bag full of new nail polishes, lipsticks, skin-care creams, and so on. (Whenever I have to pop into the drugstore on my way home, I’m always terrified that I’m going to get stopped for some reason and they’re going to think I shoplifted everything, because how random is it to have five eye creams stuffed in your purse?)”

You recently started a blog, The Sparkly Life! What inspired you to start blogging?
Other fashion and style blogs inspired me—I’m a huge fan of so many of them! Also, I would get so many questions about my life as a beauty editor, so I thought that this would be a cool way to answer them. Plus, the site has given me a great opportunity to indulge some of my other passions besides beauty, like fashion and photography. I have always loved taking pictures, but it’s something I shelved for years, so this has been the perfect way to bring that back into my life in a small way. The blog has really become this great hobby that I really look forward to working on in my free time on weekends and at night. I have so much fun dreaming up new posts and it’s beyond rewarding to get feedback from readers.

This is one-third of my medicine cabinet. Thank god I have a big one, because I own a lot of beauty products. A few of the things you’re seeing: I am constantly testing out new mascaras, and I keep my current rotation in an old Laduree candle jar; I used to keep cotton balls in this glass jar, but I like it much better as a corral for ponytail holders; and I try a ton of hairsprays, but I always come back to Elnett. I use the regular one if I’m going for a soft, loose look, and the Extra Strong if I’m wearing an updo and want to make sure it doesn’t budge at all. You can also see approximately 10 percent of my nail polish stash in here—I have many, many more bottles scattered in various places around the house. Okay, so it’s possible that I have a bit of a nail polish problem—but it’s for WORK, okay?!”

The glittery nails here are Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. I can’t properly convey just how much I adore these things. I love the stunning designs, the zero-dry-time factor, and the fact that they are beyond easy to apply—I’ve even applied them on a plane!”

How do you sparkle?
With eye-catching accessories—and a great nail polish.

I wear bright polish on my toes year round, and currently, I can’t get enough of the neon trend. This is a shade from Orly’s summer collection. It’s a true neon that’s basically the exact color of a traffic cone—so cool.”J. Crew jeans (similar) & Christian Louboutin shoes.

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  • Sethrin

    is it just me or is everyone’s décor is starting to look the same? still pretty though, just nothing new, all perfectly styled. ahhh

    • Etta

      so true. all these women are starting to become an assembly line of stepford wives, imitating eachothers’ styles, buying or c/oing the same ugly monogram tiffany tote, wearing the same black zara heels and getting featured for their “original” style just because they drop “ebay” or “thrift” or “etsy” into conversation and are therefore so unique. yawn. i’d love to see real, unique style make a comeback in features. not the same carefully stacked poseur coffee table books (which they never read) on top of pale parisian end tables that signal these married women are still in middle school decorating their own “princess” rooms-remember you got married ladies. ask your husband if he’d like to select atleast one piece of furniture in your home. Or live like diego and frieda did – separately. 

  • April

    Love, love, LOVE reading about other stylish mamas out there! 

  • Jordan – Queen of LA

    she sounds so lovely. and what a cool job! can’t wait to check out her blog!

  • Tall girl

    I would just love to meet Alyssa in real life – she sounds just hillarious! And all those bottles of nail polish are to die for…

    But I agree with Sethrin below, that most of the interior designs featured on Glitter Girl look exactly the same. It’s not that the houses/flats are not beautiful, but it would be nice to see someone go wild with colours or go more minimalist. You need to keep us wanting to come back for more, you know. :o)

    • glitterguide


      We feature women with a certain style that embodies GG–so that might be the issue. However, if you find someone you want to recommend with a different style that would be a fab feature –we’re always open to that! xx-

  • BmoreLoveLeigh

    I spot a Gemma Redux necklace!  Love GR. 

  • NY.LON

    LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVE the artwork by Anna Coroneo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GawgusThings

    Ooh, I love all of these sparkly things!

  • Lynn

    LOVE her daughter’s smocked dress!  Would love to know where it is from!?

    • Alyssa Hertzig

      Hi Lynn, I bought the smocked dress on Zulily (I’m obsessed with that site–so great for kid’s clothes). I forgot the brand name, but if you send me a tweet or email me through the contact form on my blog, I will look at home tonight & let you know! :) -Alyssa

  • Cougarvintage

    Lovely interview!

  • For the love of black.blogspot

    Love Sadies tiny gold shoes!!!

  • Megan

    Alyssa is one of my faves on twitter and I was expecting nothing less! Her apartment is amazing, as is her vintage jewelry collection! Oh, and i am obsessed with the YSL envelope clutch. Thanks for sharing!

  • Yanira Garza

    I had no idea who she was and I’m glad you featured her. I’m really liking her blog and love seeing other moms featured! Hooray for us glitter moms!

    • Alyssa Hertzig

      Glitter moms! I love that! :)

  • Monique

    LOVE!! How cute is her daughter in those Louboutins?? It can’t get much better than that :)

    x Monique
    Petite Avenue

  • Dana

    What shade are you using in the EL invisible? 

    • Alyssa Hertzig

      Hi Dana! I wear 1CN1 in the EL foundation. (I’m super pale!)

  • Kate {Something Fabulous}

    Wow, I am so super jealous of her wardrobe! Gorgeous!

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Tracy

    Love your blog, and I LOVE the photo of your daughter trying on your shoes.  Can you tell me if that crib is the Bella crib from Bellini?  

    • Alyssa Hertzig

      OMG! you have an AMAZING eye! Yep, that’s the Bella crib from Bellini :)

      • Rebecca421

        Scrap my original request asking where the crib was from – just saw this!!

        I actually went into the Bellini store last week to look at the Bella crib.  I didn’t notice the floral piece on the curved back in this pic that I knew the bella had so I assumed it was a different crib.  For real, good eye Tracy!

  • Jolie Jouel

    Wow, what a dream job! I would love trying out the newest creams and makeup. Great wardrobe, house, answers, and adorable daughter.

    My jewelry blog:

  • Catherine Cason

    spotted Cambridge satchel!

  • Jessa

    I always enjoy getting a peek of another woman’s fabulous life and style, but Alyssa’s feature was especially enjoyable! I love that she has a fabulous life without projecting an image of haughtiness or getting caught up in the “stuff”. Pointing out that she doesn’t usually wear spiked stilettos while reading to her sweet girl seems obvious, but so many shoots are styled in such a way that it seems they want you to believe it’s realistic to do that kind of thing! It is possible to work hard and have a fabulous family/life/style and I am happy to see a woman featured who seems to both make it happen and genuinely enjoy it. Alyssa-your great personality is your best accessory and it shines thorough in this great feature!

    • Alyssa Hertzig

      OMG! This might seriously be the sweetest thing I have EVER read. Thank you so much! :)
      xoxo -Alyssa

  • WhatWouldGwynethDo

    Two of my favorite Twitter finds reunited! Fun read, ladies! 

  • Candacefremder

    I am dying for one of those Anna Coroneo paintings! I just looked at her site and her work is amazing!!! for anyone else who is a fan :)

  • Vinaya

    Does anyone know where she got her grey 3/4 sleeve shirt from that she’s wearing in the second last photo?

    • Alyssa Hertzig

      i got it at J.Crew! :)

  • Diana

    definitively a glitter girl, inspirational woman!

  • FashionableLena

    I love her blog, and it’s on my blogroll rotation.  What caught my eye was the blog title-The Sparkly Life.  I love almost anything with sparkles.

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  • Laura

    Love her polish on her toes! Oh for the life of a beauty editor!

    • Vinaya

      I purchased a similar colour. Orange Pop #59333 by Quo by Orly. It is a Canadian brand.

      • Laura

        Thank you! i’ll be scouring the internet now 

  • Rebecca421

    Hi – 

    Loving this blog entry and of course the cute photo of Sadie in those amazing CL heels!  

    Random Question:  Where did you find that crib?  I’m in search of a white crib with a curved back, turned side spindles and a storage drawer – check, check and check!  Love it.

  • Natasha Fatah

    Oh wow, she has my dream closet!


  • TheClosetAnthropologist

    I recently turned a spare bedroom into an office/closet, because I also agree that it’s much easier to not share the closet with your significant other. I love checking out how the fashion-obsessed organize their closets, this was no exception!

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    lovely… thanks for sharing

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