Gorgeous, Gorgeous Girls...
A buzzy foundation that's worth the hype, an inexpensive LBD, art I have my eye on, and 10 other things I'm into this month.
LilaNur Parfums are crafted in France, but draw on the fragrant blooms of India. It’s an imaginative, olfactory journey to South Asia that requires no passport, but keeps ‘em wondering where you’ve just jetted in from.
Samantha Jones may no longer be with us, but her legacy lives on. Thanks to the Smilemakers, Rabbits, Gwyneths, and goops of the world, sex toys went from taboo to totally normal — so normal, in fact, that Sephora is expanding their beauty categories to include vibrators and other sex accessories this spring. (Let’s hope they’re smart enough to stock the Lelo, IYKYK.) After all, what better way to flush your cheeks?
Designer, hotelier, veritable fashion legend: Silvia Tcherassi also makes a mean little handbag, as it turns out — for under $400!
Gen Z fashion darling and social media star Matilda Djerf seems to be the name on everyone’s lips. Djerf Avenue, her well-cut line of attainably-priced basics is an homage to her Swedish roots, set off by practical, breezy styling. While the draped matching sets are the cornerstone of her brand, it’s her hair we all actually want.
Gorgeous gorgeous girls… rock The Attico. This is the kind of white shoe I want for spring: a dramatic, but sturdy heel cut low on the foot for miles-long legs.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin foundation has taken TikTok by storm. I managed to nab a bottle — I get the hype! I’ve always preferred a tinted moisturizer to a full-on foundation. My favorites are Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, Ilia’s serum-like skin tint, and Tower 28’s tinted sunscreen, which I use as my makeup base rather than my sole sunscreen. But the Beautiful Skin Foundation is in a category of its own: it gives me that healthy, dewy glow I crave — but with a lot more coverage. I apply it with an inexpensive flat-top acrylic brush and finish by pressing in with a slightly-damp Beauty Blender. Best of all, it looks like my natural skin! No cake face here.
Speaking of makeup, Chanel’s freshly-minted foray into the “clean” category was shrouded in secrecy for many years. Operating under the development moniker “Pollux”, the luxury house began exploring the carmine-colored Japonica Camellia flower’s potent antioxidant potential in the late ’90s. A rich red hue, the brand touts the flower as the lynchpin ingredient in its No. 1 de Chanel line, which boasts sustainable packaging and powerful anti-aging properties. I’ve yet to put my hands on the line’s serums, lotions, and potions to test those claims. But I’ve been enjoying the lip and cheek balm, which glides onto my skin for a subtle pinched-cheek, just-bitten flush that’s perfect for stashing in my bag on the go.
Watching genuinely creative people push and refine their limits is a joy to behold, which is why watching my friend Kerry Hays’s star rise has me front-row, hooting from the bleachers. Though her art is abstract in nature, the way she makes herself work within the confines of rigid shapes gives the paintings a meditative quality that borders on studious. And while a study it may be, this isn’t the work of a rigid beginner. Her lines are patient, pensive even, but they move with the eye rather than demand where it should travel. Her color choices (see: the mauve tones of a piece like this one) are loaded with instantly-recognizable intent that continues to make her a collector’s darling — and a standout original in a sea of otherwise (ahem) derivative Instagram artists.
A few other quick finds from the far reaches of the Internet: this sexy and sweet bell-sleeve top blessed off on by Vogue, a crisp cotton LBD for those dauntingly sweltering summer days (clocking in at $169!), and two gingham-checked confections suited for the matchy-matchy Spring we’re in for: a peppy knit set and a viral claw clip.