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The beauty regime of model and artist Sharon Alexie
My mom is Cameroonian, and she always wears a very vibrant red lipstick – that’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. Rouge Dior Lipstick in 964 Ambitious Matte Finish is a shade that I like. I also love Dior Forever Couture Luminizer; the way it melts into the skin looks so natural. I use petroleum jelly as a highlighter on my lids, a trick I picked up on set. To finish, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder is the only powder that I feel works on me. I also like Fenty’s eyeshadow. In the morning I use Augustine Bader’s Cream Cleansing Gel, followed by the Essence ash toner and Dior’s Hydra Life Fresh Sorbet Cream. A truly feminine perfume sets me up for the day. I like the fragrance Attrape-Rêves by Louis Vuitton and Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. I am very picky about how I get my hair done; either my mother will do it or I will do it myself. When pulling out my braids, I use a creamy cleansing conditioner, such as Coconut CoWash from As I Am. I also use a mask, such as the Olaplex 4-in-1 Moisture Mask or Jamaican Black Castor Oil Moisturizing Masque, also from As I Am, depending on the problem I have with my hair. At the end of the day, I remove all makeup with a liquid remover, such as Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, and then double cleanse, again with Augustinus Bader’s Cream Cleansing Gel. I use fragrance creams before going to bed: I am drawn to anything that smells like honey or vanilla, or to a traditional Cameroonian oil called Manyanga.
This interview has been edited and abridged.
For her first-ever hotel project, Manhattan-based interior designer Jessica Schuster took on a doozy, or rather two of them: Over the past five years, she’s owned a couple of Miami Beach boutique hotels, the Esmé and Casa Matanza, both supported by the New York-based company Infinity Hospitality and located opposite each other on South Beach’s Española Way boardwalk. Esmé’s 145-room interior was meant to be “softer and sweeter,” Schuster says, while 42-room Casa Matanza is “darker and moodier,” but in both Schuster used a color palette of saturated citrus and jewel tones, retaining many architectural features of the hotel’s original 1920s buildings, including arched doorways, spirited cypress ceilings, and a fireplace uncovered during demolition. The result is a richly eclectic space that guests may not want to leave, nor will they need: Schuster connected Esmé’s multiple rooftop terraces with a series of small bridges, allowing visitors to stroll from the new pool to cabanas to the Spanish tapas restaurant and sangria bar. , and siblings’ properties will soon be connected via an underground passageway, allowing people to discreetly take advantage of each property’s amenities. “I borrowed from yesterday, today, and tomorrow to create this whimsical and fantastic experience,” Schuster says. “It’s very different for Miami.” Rooms at Esmé or Casa Matanza from $300, esmehotel.com†
Sneakers in spring colors
While Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, the founders of New York-based accessory 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,” they said in a statement. email to me. They are big fans of Veja, the French brand founded in 2004 by Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion – recognizable by the letter “V” on the side of the shoe – and respected for its efforts in sustainability, including sourcing from wild rubber and organic cotton from Brazil and working with chrome-free leather as much as possible. “We love that Veja is environmentally conscious, we have always thought of that at Mansur Gavriel,” the duo wrote. “We intentionally create classic shapes that last and use leather that stays put and lasts.” A new collaboration between the two brands debuts this week, offering Veja’s classic Campo trainer in four eye-catching colours. Choose from a morpho butterfly blue, a soft clay, a rose pink or a sunrise yellow – and match your new pair of shoes with Mansur Gavriel accessories, such as a woven bag or a slouchy shoulder bag, while you’re at it. $175; veja-store.com or mansurgavriel.com†
A revived East Hampton Gallery Space
From hosting women’s liberation salons led by Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan to sitting in front of one of Andy Warhol’s first portraits, art collectors Robert and Ethel Scull were at the glamorous center of 1960s culture, as was their modernist mansion in EastHampton. True to their home’s original ethos as a living art gallery – the Sculls once covered the walls with works by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few – art collector, designer and women’s rights advocate Lisa Perry bought the property in early 2021 and redesigned it as Onna House, an art space dedicated to creating visibility for the work of women artists and designers. When it opens to the public in May, the house, which Perry transformed to include Japanese design elements such as a green moss garden and a tranquil tea room, will house the inaugural exhibition, consisting of colorful woven tapestries by Japanese textile artist Mitsuko Asakura and a paper dress collection by Swiss-born artist and designer Ligia Dias. While visitors can make viewing appointments, Perry also hopes Onna House will be a meeting place for discovery and collaboration between creatives, with regular community events and discussions. onnahouse.com†
It was a desire to look groomed as they “cooked up a storm and built giant pies” in photo shoots for the likes of Saveur magazine and Williams-Sonoma that, she says, led Brooklyn-based food stylist Mariana Velásquez to wear her signature crotch. designs – pinafore style aprons. She had them made by a women’s workshop in her native Colombia and started selling them about ten years ago. While planning her cookbook ‘Colombiana’ for 2021, Velásquez began imagining a line of tableware that evoked the essence of Santa Cruz de Lorica, the Colombian port city where her grandmother lived and who had made a vivid impression on Velásquez as a child because of the fusion of Caribbean and Lebanese cultures. Now, in collaboration with Colombian workshop owners Blanca Muñoz and Catalina Avila, she has produced Casa Velasquez, an elevated line of entertainment that includes table linen, her signature aprons and hand-painted menus and place cards in the lavish 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 debut collection’s cotton and linen pieces, in stripes and chrysanthemum prints, are meant to be mixed and matched, and while Velásquez believes entertainment is making a comeback, they can also be used to brighten up an otherwise routine weeknight dinner. from $30, casavelasquez.co†
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