A Day in the Life: Kelly

Kelly

Kelly
Age: 26
Current City:  Upper East Side, NYC
Job:  High School Literature and Writing teacher for students diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, and Aspergers
Fave food: “So many.  Kale, Brie, and everything bagels, to name a few.”
Favorite Book: “Right now, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories are at the top of my list – I can’t resist a twisted love story!”
Drink of Choice: “Black coffee in the morning and the afternoon, a sassy Cabernet or Malbec in the evening.”
Beauty Secret: “I’ve recently become obsessed with Elixirs and Hydrolats – I bring them to work – a quick spray in the afternoon makes all the difference.  Caudalie Elixir is my favorite.  Also, I’ve been mixing face serums with my face cream – I find that the combination absorbs into my skin more effectively.”
Ideal date: “Love dates.  But, I’m a 75-year old woman at heart, so I have to admit that my favorite date is at home, with a bottle of win, a Rom-com (if it’s my turn to pick) and food made by my favorite in-house chef, my 75 year-old companion.” – let me clarify he is not actually 75!
Favorite NYC Spots: “Although I’ve worked in the city for 5 years, I still feel new to all the kitschy-cool spots NYC has to offer – however, I’m forever in love with Grounded, The Blind Tiger, Westville, Extra Virgin, Candle 79, Caravan of Dreams, Doma, Taim, Union Square Farmer’s Market, The Strand and Pippin(“for browsing”)”

A DAY IN KELLY’S LIFE

6:35am – Wake up, jump in shower; Products: Caudalie Exfoliating Face Scrub, Caudalie foaming cleanser, Dr. Hauschka’s cream cleanser (“to bring some moisture back to the face”), L’Occtaine’s Verbena Shower Gel, “I recently treated myself to Kiehl’s Argan Conditioner—it helps to tame my unruly mane.”

6:45am – Jump out of shower, use SkinCeuticals conditioning toner, Onurth’s Neroli or Rose Hydrolat, Avene light moisturizing cream with a few drops of Onurth’s face serum (or Caudalie face serum), and Avene eye cream; For make-up, Laura Mercier’s mineral powder, NARS’ Blush in Orgasm or Maui, and Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.

6:50am – Dress; “I have yet to perfect the professional teacher look, though I’ve improved over the years (my students confronted me about my white New Balance sneaks, boot-cut jeans, and tiny teal backpack (that donned my initials, obviously) during my first year—such outfits aren’t cut out for the big city, apparently). I try to match jeans and cords of all colors with boots—some days call for a button down, others an oversized t or sweater, and others a blazer (I try to save the blazers for all-business Mondays or serious test-taking days).” – I love this!  Talk about teacher chic.

7:00am – “Attempt to make a quick breakfast—most days it’s toast with avocado. If I’m feeling brave, I’ll try to whip up a smoothie—if I’m running late, it’s a croissant at Petite Abeille, though I’m trying to cut those out in 2013…not going to happen.”

7:10am – “Out the door to try and catch a 7:20ish train!”

7:30am/7:40 – “Arrive at school. Make any last minute changes to lesson plans and necessary photocopies that I didn’t make the day before.”

8:00am – “My first and second period class arrives and prepares for an exciting day of high school!”

8:15am – “Start teaching my 9th graders! We’re reading The Hobbit, so early morning is spent in middle earth!”

9:45am – “Classes change: My first class of 11th and 12th graders arrive, so excited, as usual.”

11:15am-1:25pm – Lunch/prep periods; “I usually use this time to meet with students about papers/outstanding assignments/to prepare for the rest of the week. Since all of my classes are reading different novels, I never feel like I’m caught up. Most days I bring lunch to avoid going out, but I usually take a couple of minutes to grab a coffee across the street— my new favorite spots include Haven and The Commons in Chelsea.”

1:30pm – “My final class—11th and 12th graders—arrive, also very excited. We’re currently reading Kafka’s The Metamorphosis so everyone has been buggin’.”

3:00pm – Dismissed!

3:00pm-5:00pm – “I tutor two different students right after school for one-hour sessions—usually for the SATs or homework help.”

5:00pm-6:30pm – Prepare for the next day, grade papers and tests, catch up on e-mails, update student folders

6:30ish – Teacher dismissed!

7:00pm-9:30pm – Eat, drink, and watch an HBO/Showtime series show; “Dinner is simple—usually a salad, some cooked vegetable, always some cheese, and, if I’m in an over-achieving mood, a pasta/rice dish. Wine is always present. I’m a big fan of Breaking Bad (AMC!), Workaholics, Girls (Jan 13th!), and Homeland—the Wire instigated the series obsession—I blame Omar Little.”

9:30pm-11:30pm: “Shower, read, and work on lesson plans/grading. My routine at night is nearly identical to the morning, with the exception (very recently) of the Clarisonic, which Santa brought this year. Every few nights I also try to use Dr. Dennis Gross’s Daily face peels—though, these are pricey, so I don’t always have them in stock. I’m liberal with the eye cream at night.” – You’re a smart woman, Kel.

12:00am: Lights out.

Thanks Kelly!  You are hilarious.  I am so inspired by you and I love the honesty!  11th and 12th graders?  You must have the patience of a Saint!   And just another amazing teacher shaping the future!  In other news, my eyes are opened to so many new products!  I thought I was the product junkie!  I love seeing how varied everyone’s days are.  Keep rockin’ those white New Balances girlfriend!

How is everyone’s weeks going?

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Meredith

Meredith 

Background: Meredith and I met over wine and cheese at the cutest little French cafe in the West Village not too long ago.  We were “set up” by a mutual friend to talk about jobs, fashion, etc.  And I must say, we were friends at first sight!
Age: 26
Current City:  Lower East Side, NYC
Job:  Marketing Manager for a well-known fashion designer
Nickname: Mizzay, Mega, Poppins and the list goes on.
Beauty secret:  #1. Eye cream/serum (“I’ve heard that by the time you ask when you should start using it, it’s normally too late.”) Product: L’Oreal Youth Code, #2. Mixing foundation with moisturizer, extends the life of both, #3. Smith’s rosebud Salve on my cheeks for a dewy glow
Ideal date:  wine or beer in the darkest of dives, or a quiet speakeasy with out of the ordinary cocktails
Favorite NYC spots: Restaurants – Hudson Clearwater, Bell, Book & Candle, Alta, Barrio Chino, Extra Virgin, The Royalton, Pulqueria & Bars – Dark Room, Back Room, Kingswood, Peter McManus, Lolita
(Wearing: Forever21 sweater, Levi jeans, Coach flats, Balenciaga bag)

 

A DAY IN MEREDITH’S LIFE

7:15am – Shower; Products: L’Oreal Eversleek shampoo and conditioner (or as a guilty pleasure: Biolage) and Kiehl’s lavender body wash (“every little de-stresser counts”)

7:30am – Check emails, spray Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-in treatment in hair and comb through, blow-dry and put hair in bun until getting to work (for body and wave); “I pick out clothes based on what the day has to offer”, for instance; Meetings with management – pencil or column skirt with form fitting long-sleeved top, style-out/photoshoot – leather leggings and whatever shoes support the outfit (“If worse comes to worse, I’ll borrow something from the closet.” – must be nice!)

7:45am – Apply make-up (here’s what’s in Meredith’s makeup bag: Olay moisturizer, Cle de Peau foundation (same as Laura – I may need to jump on this bandwagon!), NARS Laguna bronzer (I use this too!), Maybelline eyeliner and mascara, Eos lip balm or Smith’s Rosebud Salve for lips and cheeks with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine “for subdued color”); Perfume: Moschino “Love” or Viktor and Rolf’s “Flowerbomb”

8:30am – Arrive to work; Eat breakfast – almond granola cereal and Pret-a-Manger coffee (“I think the main reason I go in there is because it smells like France”); Check Google alerts, vogue.com, wwd.com and Refinery29’s “5 Things You Must Know This AM” for all things fashion; Morning/Daily Maintenance include “meetings with my boss, gear up social media for the day: Instagram, Pinterest, manage influx of emails, have call with e-commerce team to discuss website issues, etc.”

1:00pm/2:00pm – Lunch: either a turkey sandwich with tomato and avocado on whole grain bread or Chop’t “my healthiest guilty pleasure!”

Afternoon – Photoshoot, brainstorm meetings for upcoming campaigns or styling out upcoming segments in the media.(sounds so cool!)

6:00pm – “The air/heat goes off at work which reminds me that I should probably leave soon…”

7:00pm – Drinks with old co-workers, sushi with friends or home to make dinner and have some wine!  Dinner at home – wine (Malbec or Beaujolais) with pita chips and hummus (Trader Joes Mediteranean hummus & sea salt pita chips “if you haven’t tried, please do”) to start and then chicken or tofu with kale and rice or pasta with portobello mushrooms mixed with San Marzano sauce.

8:00pm – Check emails again, catch up on episodes of Revenge, Modern Family, Real House Wives of Anything

10:00pm – Wash face with Philosophy Micro Exfoliating wash, apply Olay’s “Night of Olay” firming face creme, L’Oreal Youth Code Eye Creme and Eos lip balm; Exfoliate 2x/week with Bobbi Brown’s  “Buffing Grains for Face” (“which comes in the prettiest jar”); Bed with one or three of that month’s fashion mags – Vogue, W, Marie Claire or Elle

Thanks Meredith!  I love the attention to detail!  Having worked at Vogue, Meredith knows her products and has an amazing fashion sense.  I don’t know about you guys but her job sounds a lot more fun than mine!

Hope everyone in New England and the Tri-State is surviving the storm!  I’m currently cooped up in the suburbs by a fire watching the weather.  Eeek!

XOXO

Product Junkie

Man do I love my products!  While I try to branch out by buying different eyeshadow colors, lipsticks, etc., I tend to stick with the same makeup routine day after day, but I think it’s worth sharing!  So here are my beauty go-tos:

Sense a theme here?

1. NARS Corfu cream shadow, NARS Red Square lip pencil

2. Essie nail polish in Clam Bake

3. NARS eye liner in Kyoto, NARS bronzer in Laguna (this is a MUST BUY – works on almost everyone), NARS blush in Orgasm, Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (oldie but a goodie), NARS eyeshadow primer, NARS Earth Angel eyeshadow

I have green eyes and medium skin, but the NARS Laguna bronzer and Orgasm blush seem to be universally flattering (when experimenting on my friends).  The Kyoto eye liner is a great alternative to basic black or brown.  Kyoto is a green color with hints of gold and looks great on all eyes but especially green, hazel and brown.  NARS Earth Angel eyeshadow duo is by far my fave of the eyeshadow duos.  The earthy tones bring out the color of your eyes and can be worn for day or night.  To make sure the shadow lasts all day and night I use the NARS eyeshadow primer beforehand, which helps to avoid creasing and enhances the color of the shadow.  When it comes to mascara, I don’t care what people say – I am sticking to Great Lash!  I really don’t think any other mascara compares and I have been using it since highschool and it hasn’t done me wrong!  Save the $20 and go to CVS.  For night, I usually dab NARS Corfu, a gold shimmery cream shadow, on my inner eyes for a little bling and if I’m feeling really adventurous, I skip the Corfu and do a red lip with the NARS Red Square pencil.

While the above stays relatively stable, my lotions and potions tend to vary, and I love to exchange knowledge with fellow junkies.  So tell me, what is your day and nighttime routine in the lotions and potions department!?  Here are my top picks:

In order:  Fash wash, toner, eye cream, vitamin C serum, anti-aging serum, tinted moisturizer, anti-aging moisturizer, night lotion

I am always surprised by the number of people who don’t use lotion.  I might be an extreme case,  but I have been using lotion ever since I was little.  Every morning, I lather up head to toe and if I don’t my skin feels tight and uncomfortable.  Maybe I’m crazy, but I have dry skin and a serious fear of getting wrinkles (SPF4 for most of my life hasn’t paid off…should’ve listened to my mom).  SO because of these factors, I have a love for trying new products and figuring out which ones work best.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not use all of the above on a daily basis, but when I do, I swear I look ten years younger…

JUSTTT kidding.  But they really do help!  My daily routine is typically wake up, workout, shower/wash face, then apply toner with cotton pads (new addition), Ole-Henriksen serum and Origins tinted lotion (or regular lotion if I don’t want any coverup).  Because my skin is dry, the Origins woman suggested this “treatment lotion” toner, which not only brings your PH balance back to normal, but also retains moisture which makes your regular serum and moisturizers work better.  I had never used toner until about a week ago, but I really have noticed a difference in my skin and the glow it gives you, which is always appreciated as the tan starts to fade (at a rapid pace).  The Ole-Henriksen serum is a collagen boosting product, which means it noticeably fills fine lines and wrinkles and also helps your lotion and makeup absorb and stay put.  As an alternative, the Skinceuticals vitamin C and CE Ferulic serums do unbelievable things to your skin in terms of tightening, brightening and filling lines, but I have been milking a trial size for a while now because they are a bit expensive (hence the reason it’s not in my daily routine).  However, if you’re willing to dish out the dough, I think Skinceuticals is definitely worth every penny!  Next on the list, the Origins VitaZing lotion with Mangosteen.  Ohhh, the love I have for this little white tube of perfection.  I have tried other tinted moisturizers, like the famous Laura Mercier version, but for some reason could not find a match with my skin (maybe it’s the freckles).  Finally, when I tried a sample of this Origins version, I nearly cried tears of joy.   The lotion is very light but hydrating and appears off-white with little brown microbeads in your palm, but then somehow blends in and finds the perfect tone to match your skin.   I don’t know how they do it.  I don’t ask any questions.  But I am telling you, you need to go out and buy this product!  Now I sound like a used car salesman… but seriously, trust me on this one!  It makes skin look even and polished without looking cakey or streaked.  It also makes your bronzer and makeup look better.

Allure

Moving onnnn, when I don’t want any “tint” I use the Origins Perfect World lotion, which literally feels like a cold mud facial and has SPF 25 to boot.  The texture is so soothing it brings a smile to my face and the scent (as with most Origins products) is out of this world (pun intended).  When it comes to eye cream, I always tend to forget to put it on, but when I do, I love the Kiehl’s avocado based cream, for it’s refreshing, dewy formula, which is delicate enough for your sensitive eye area but still packs a punch (to get rid of oncoming wrinkles).  Last but certainly not least, NIGHT-A-MINS!  The smell, is again – delectable, and the product moisturizes and recovers like no other.   You definitely shouldn’t use this if you have oily skin, but for combination or dry skin it’s a must have!

Now that I have bored you with every detail of my daily skin regimens (can you tell this topic excites me?), tell me what you do on a daily basis?  What are your top makeup and lotion finds?  Where do you shop for your makeup and skin care?

XOXO

PS – While we’re on the subject, I am in the market for a new perfume – any suggestions?