For fall skin care, nobody does it better than Tracie Martyn. It's one of few brands that are truly natural and have the ability to repair and transform the skin. The Enzyme Exfoliant is like an at home facial, and the Absolute Purity Toner and Firming Serum leave my skin glowing and refreshed.
After a summer of sunshine, saltwater and chlorine, my hair craves moisture. My new favorite hair product is Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream which protects from the heat and adds softness without weighing the hair down. For added volume I like Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray. In addition to a homemade concoction of avocado, coconut oil, and egg yolk, I use a Kerastase mask to repair all of the summer damage. My current favorite is the Resistance Masque Therapiste.
I think fall is the ideal season for makeup because the humidity is lower so you can wear a little more without it melting off and you can experiment with darker colors. For eyes, I normally wear Cocoa Mirage by Tom Ford however for autumn evenings I've been using the darker Golden Mink Eyeshadow Quad. My friend Permele introduced me to this palette and the colors are deeper and richer with more intensity. Even during fall and winter I prefer a pale lip and have been wearing Pink Dusk by Tom Ford which is the perfect shade of pinkish nude. It has more color than most nudes so it doesn't wash you out. I always skip foundation and use Armani's Luminessence Color Control Bright Moisturizer which has SPF 35- so important.
My current favorite nail color for the hands is Deborah Lippman's Naked which is a perfect, soft nude. I have them top it off with Essie's Gel Setter Clear Gel Top Coat which makes my manicure last twice as long. I've been using Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream for years and it is truly a miracle worker for soft hands and strong nails. For toes I usually prefer a pale pink during the summer however for fall I go for a classic, dark red like Essie's Fishnet Stockings Nail Color.
The subject of our latest interview, Nikki Jean, is an inspiration to me for many reasons- her incredible talent, her love and enthusiasm for her craft and most of all for her genuine humility.
NIKKI JEAN ON HER CAREER: Songwriting is not a career, it is a vocation. As such, its never been much of an option, more akin to an insistent car alarm of a calling. Every day my main goal is to make music with my friends, and it is deeply satisfying walking out of the studio at 4 in the morning with something to play on the ride home that didn’t exist yesterday. I’ve always held fast to the notion that I am inspired by good food, good friends, and bad bad men. .. but I think the closer to the truth is that I’m inspired by great minds, and small moments. . and what happens when the two of them collide. Hmm. . something important. . dental health? that’s true. . I was at a Patti Smith concert and she said “if I could tell you anything I’ve learned its to take care of your teeth”. Other than that. . go with your gut, follow your bliss, its rarely safe, fraught with hardship, and the most rewarding way to spend your brief time here.
Nikki in a self made skirt and top
WARDROBE STAPLES: I tend to make a lot of my own clothing, primarily skirts cause they’re easy and so comfortable. Outside of the things I make my current absolute favorite piece of clothing is a 1972 wool varsity jacket that has the Technics emblem on the back. It fits perfectly and its a piece I look forward to owning till someone pries it from my cold dead hands. I also am very keen on my 1986 Billy Joel concert t-shirt, a cheap Forever 21 Tupac loose tank, and a pair of black 531 Levi’s. I tend to veer toward classic Americana casual.
Billy Joel Concert T-Shirt
I LOVE my Heidi Wynne scarves and tank tops. . The scarves make even my casual outfits look finished and complete. The tank tops are the best ones I've ever had, and I've been wearing this style since middle school. The straps are just the right width and the neckline is flattering, it indulges my inner tomboy without sacrificing femininity, which is always the sweet spot.
CURRENTLY READING: I’m currently reading Linguistics for Dummies, The Metaphors We Live By, and This Means This That Means That. I just finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I highly recommend this book. . . it’s been life altering for my house.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
SUMMER TRAVEL DESTINATION: I spent much of the summer in Chicago, but took a brief vacation to Playa Conchal and the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. I didn’t know zip lining through the jungle was a life goal, but having completed it, I think it should be.
Monterverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Peter Thomas Roth anti aging cleanser. CeraVe Sunscreen (and PM lotion-super cheap and wonderful) Paula’s Choice BHA liquid, and any good Vitamin C serum.
Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, Perricone MD Vitamin C Serum, CeraVe Sunscreen
MUSIC PLAYLIST: Future - Commas, Drake - Hotline Bling, Post-Malone - TeArs, Francis & The Lights - Like A Dream. and Joni Mitchell, of course. . .
CURRENTLY WATCHING: Every cheesy formulaic Crime Procedural. Its part of my recovery process from Game Of Thrones.
Game of Thrones
FASHION ICON: I don’t have one per se. . . i just like what I like. 1950s silhouettes, ease of care of my garments, comfort and something to keep me from getting bored.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Any restaurant with Dice Raw. Family makes the food better.
FAVORITE CITY: I really don’t have one. . cities have their own unique charm, and if you get to know them, they’ll show it to you . . Philly, the Twin Cities, and Chicago all have a very special place in my heart.