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.
“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.