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Model and artist Sharon Alexie’s beauty regimen
My mother is Cameroonian and she always wears a very bright red lipstick, it’s her signature. When I go out in the evening, I do a brownish contour on the lips with an elegant dark red in the middle. The Rouge Dior Lipstick in 964 Ambitious Matte Finish is a shade that I really like. I also like Dior Forever Couture Luminizer; the way it blends into the skin feels so natural. I use Vaseline as a highlighter on my lids, a trick I learned on set. Finally, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder is the only powder that I think works on me. I also love the eye shadows from Fenty. In the morning, I use Augustinus Bader’s Cream Cleansing Gel, followed by Essence as a toner and Hydra Life Fresh Sorbet Crème by Dior. A truly feminine scent sets me up for the day. I like Louis Vuitton’s Attrape-Rêves perfume and Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. I am very demanding on the way I do my hair; either my mother does it or I do it myself. When I pull my braids out, I’ll use a creamy cleansing conditioner, like As I Am’s Coconut CoWash. I’ll also use a mask, like Olaplex 4-in-1 Moisture Mask or Coconut Oil Moisture Mask Jamaican black castor, also from As I Am, depending on what issue I have with my hair. At the end of the day, I remove my makeup with a liquid makeup remover, like Bioderma Sensibio H20 micellar water, then I cleanse twice, again with Augustinus Bader’s gel cream cleanser. I use scented creams before going to bed: I’m drawn to anything that smells of honey or vanilla, or a traditional Cameroonian oil called Manyanga.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
For her first-ever hotel project, Manhattan-based interior designer Jessica Schuster took a doozy, or rather two of them: Over the past five years, she’s redesigned two Miami boutique hotels Beach, Esmé and Casa Matanza, both backed by New York-based Infinity Hospitality and located across from each other on South Beach’s Española Way promenade. Esmé’s interiors of 145 rooms were meant to be “softer and softer”, says Schuster, while in 42 rooms Casa Matanza is “darker and darker”, but in both Schuster used a palette of saturated citrus colors and jewel tones, and retained many architectural features of the hotel’s original 1920s buildings, including arched doorways, peaked cypress ceilings, and a fireplace uncovered during demolition. The result is a richly eclectic space that guests may not want to leave or need to leave: Schuster has connected Esmé’s multiple rooftop terraces to a series of small bridges, so visitors can stroll from the new swimming pool to the cabanas to the Spanish tapas restaurant. and sangria bar, and sister properties will soon be connected by an underground walkway so people can discreetly enjoy the amenities of each property. “I was borrowing from yesterday, today and tomorrow to create this whimsical, fantastical experience,” says Schuster. “It’s very different for Miami.” Rooms in Esmé or Casa Matanza starting at $300, esmehotel.com.
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Sneakers in spring colors
Although Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, the founders of New York-based accessories line Mansur Gavriel, have no shortage of options when it comes to choosing their own shoes, the two like to “wear sneakers almost every day. days,” they said in an email. They are big fans of Veja, the French brand founded in 2004 by Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion — recognizable by the letter “V” engraved on the side of the shoe — and respected for its sustainability efforts, including the supply of wild and organic rubber. cotton from Brazil, as well as working as much as possible with chrome-free leather. “We love that Veja is environmentally conscious as it’s something we’ve always thought about at Mansur Gavriel,” the duo wrote. “We intentionally create classic shapes that have longevity and use leather that wears well and lasts over time.” A new collaboration between the two brands kicks off this week that features Veja’s classic Campo sneaker in four striking colors. Choose from a morpho butterfly blue, soft clay, pink rose or sunrise yellow – and pair your new pair of shoes with Mansur Gavriel accessories, like a woven tote or a slouchy shoulder bag, while you’re at it. . $175; veja-store.com or mansurgavriel.com.
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A revived East Hampton gallery space
From hosting women’s liberation salons run by Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan to one of the first portraits of Andy Warhol, art collectors Robert and Ethel Scull were at the glamorous center of 1960s culture, everything like their modernist mansion in East Hampton. True to the original spirit of their home as a living art gallery – the Sculls once covered the walls with works by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few – the art collector, designer and women’s rights advocate Lisa Perry bought the property in early 2021 and reinvented it as Onna House, an art space devoted to creating visibility for the work of artists and designers who are passionate about identify with women. When it opens to the public in May, the house, which Perry has transformed to incorporate Japanese design elements like a verdant moss garden and a quiet tea room, will host its inaugural exhibition, featuring the artist’s colorful woven tapestries. Japanese textile Mitsuko Asakura and a collection of paper dresses by Swiss-born artist and designer Ligia Dias. While visitors can book viewing appointments, Perry also hopes Onna House will be a gathering place for discovery and collaboration among creatives, with regular community events and discussions. onnahouse.com.
It was the desire to look polished while “cooking up a storm and building giant cakes” during photo shoots for magazines like Saveur and Williams-Sonoma that she says drove food stylist Mariana Brooklyn-based Velásquez to design her signature cross. -back, pinafore style aprons. She had them made by a women-owned workshop in her native Colombia and started selling them about a decade ago. While planning his 2021 cookbook, “Colombiana,” Velásquez began imagining a line of dinnerware that evoked the essence of Santa Cruz de Lorica, the Colombian port town where his grandmother lived who had made a living impression on Velázquez as a child for his fusion of Caribbean and Lebanese cultures. Now, in partnership with Colombian workshop owners Blanca Muñoz and Catalina Avila, she has produced Casa Velasquez, an elevated line for entertaining that includes table linens, her signature aprons and a hand-painted menu and brand names. -places in the exuberant local palette of terracotta. , mustard and pink, as well as dresses and tops with voluminous sleeves inspired by the dramatic arches of the city’s public market. The cotton and linen pieces from the first collection, in stripes and chrysanthemum prints, are meant to be mixed and matched, and although Velásquez thinks the fun is back, they could also be used to brighten up a weeknight dinner. otherwise routine. From $30, casavelasquez.co.
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