I don’t want to think too hard about getting ready in the morning so I end up sticking to the things that I know. I’ve been using Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser for years. Same with Epicuren body wash and body lotion and Shu Uemura Silk Bloom shampoo and conditioner. Once a week, I’ll rub Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt on my scalp — it feels like a science experiment. My dermatologist, Jessica Weiser, turned me on to Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. It leaves my skin glowy and hydrated and has this gentle rose smell to it that is lovely. I use Augustinus Bader the Cream as my moisturizer, or I’ll use Weleda Skin Food. I’ll use Biafine if I’ve just been on a flight or am sunburned. Fig. 1 makes a lovely Vitamin C Eye Cream that brightens.
After I put on my sunscreen — EltaMD UV Clear Sunscreen — I apply Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation with a beauty blender. For a bronzer I use Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream from Chanel with a big brush. I’ll put on Ilia Clean Liquid Liner, maybe a little thicker at night. If I’m going to an event, I’ll add the Water-Fresh Blush from Chanel Les Beiges. During the day, I use By Terry Baume de Rose Liquid Lip Balm. My aunt introduced it to me in college and I’ve used it since. I’ve also gotten into the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil. For fragrance, I love Taffin’s Le Marron, and I just ordered the Hermès classic Caleche.
In the summer, I slather Supergoop’s Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 on my body. In winter, I use Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil and Santa Maria Novella Relax Fluid Body Cream. There’s something really luxurious about applying one of those and then wearing a thick sweater and being the only person who can smell it. I love Austin Austin Palmarosa & Vetiver Hand Soap — it is on every sink in my house, and makes a great housewarming gift.
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Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is now home to so many sleek waterfront hotels that it’s sometimes hard to remember the scrappy, artsy vibe that pulled them there. Visitors nostalgic for the early aughts will feel more comfortable at Penny Williamsburg, a 118-room hotel named for a Chihuahua whose portrait hangs over the entrance (a commission by the artist Michelle Devereux). “This is not a high-budget, Manhattan-style project,” says the Chihuahua’s owner, the hotelier Andrew Zobler, who wanted the space, he says, to feel “tactile and warm,” like an enviable apartment and achieved that with a mix of vintage and designer furniture such as Faye Toogood chairs plumped with Dusen Dusen pillows. Rooms come with plants, art books and a pour-over coffee set with beans from the nearby roastery Devoción. The hotel is minutes from the subway, but in a quieter corner of the neighborhood, just across the B.Q.E. from scruffy Union Pool. Upstairs, there’s a greenery-covered rooftop, where the restaurant ElNico serves up a Latin American menu that includes a bright pink vegetarian mole and ramp martinis. In the lobby, floating shelves hold hand-illustrated audio cassette covers — the sculptures of Michael Pellew, a founding member of Land Gallery, which works with artists who have developmental disabilities and helped curate the art throughout the hotel along with Pure Vision Arts. “I think we captured the Zeitgeist of the neighborhood,” Zobler says. “It’s this little jewel that has a lot of personality.” Sort of like his Chihuahua, Penny, who he says is now getting recognized on her walks around the neighborhood. Rooms from $200, penny-hotel.com.
A Redesigned Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Just a few weeks after the opening of its newly renovated Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan, Tiffany & Co. will be relaunching its cafe, Blue Box, with a newly appointed chef, Daniel Boulud. Like the rest of the 10-story building, the cafe, which sits on the sixth floor, is designed by the architect Peter Marino, who commissioned the ceramist Molly Hatch to create its artwork. To adorn the walls, the artist assembled her signature hand-painted earthenware plates in the shape of brooches from the brand’s archives. A constellation of small Tiffany gift boxes hang from the ceiling. The French-inspired menu will have three offerings, including a Breakfast at Tiffany’s — named for the 1961 film — which includes oeuf à la coque (scrambled eggs served in a shell), caviar, a croissant and café au lait. “We’re always referencing Holly Golightly, dreaming outside Tiffany’s window with her croissant and her coffee,” says Boulud. The afternoon tea will feature housemade pastries and savory sandwiches served with a Tiffany tea blend. A seasonal all-day à la carte menu currently includes a Wagyu burger and a lobster salad made with — what else? — blue European lobster. Blue Box Café by Daniel Boulud will open its doors May 22; reservations will be available starting May 15; tiffany.com.
An Interior Designer’s Ceramics on Display in Her New Los Angeles Store
The Los Angeles interior designer Wendy Haworth has always found magic in the last layers of a room. “I think you can totally transform a space with art, bowls, planters and an interesting chair or two,” she says. This belief inspired her new store, Now Voyager, which opens this month below Haworth’s Silver Lake design studio. The space is brimming with finds she has handpicked for their mix of style and function. A pair of Mies van der Rohe cantilever chairs sit near a midcentury Italian lamp and a stack of brightly hued woven throws from Turkey, while an 18th-century secretary displays small sculptures and abstract artwork alongside ceramic bowls, vases and match strikers that are made in Haworth’s on-site pottery studio. She and her boyfriend, Michael Towey, an engineer turned lighting and furniture designer, often spend weekends turning out the minimalist pieces found around the shop. Eventually, Haworth hopes to host workshops on floral arranging and the Japanese art of kintsugi. Now Voyager opens May 10, instagram.com/now.voyager.shop.
In 1981, the artist Tim Rollins got a job as a middle school teacher at I.S. 52 in the Bronx. His task: help students with learning disabilities make art and improve their reading and writing skills. What resulted became far bigger than any class. Together, Rollins and a rotating cast of teens, who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), developed a distinct visual language and a heavyweight art-world following. (By 1989, they were showing at the Dia Art Foundation and had their work acquired by MoMA.) After discussing famous texts like “Dracula” and “The Scarlet Letter,” the collective boiled each narrative down to a single image and painted it directly onto the book’s pages. This week, 20 works from the group’s best-known series, based on Franz Kafka’s incomplete first novel, “Amerika,” will be on view at Jay Gorney’s stand at the Independent Art Fair in New York. Also on display is a new painting by two original members of K.O.S., Angel Abreu and Rick Savinon, who have continued the collective’s work under the name Studio K.O.S. following Rollins’s death in 2017. “We’ve had a joyful reunion,” says Gorney, who first showed the work of Tim Rollins and K.O.S. in 1986. “I remember them so clearly when they were kids.” The “Amerika” series’s interlocking horn motif comes from a line in the book about the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, where, fittingly for this unlikely art troupe, “Everyone is welcome.” Independent Art Fair runs from May 11 to 14, independenthq.com.
A New Skin-Care Line Highlighting Haitian Plant Life
After Harvey Gedeon retired from his executive vice president position at Estée Lauder, where he’d worked for 13 years, he set out to shine a light on the potent plant life of Haiti. “I’ve been in the business for a very long time and yet I was never associated with Haiti, where I was born — that always bothered me,” Gedeon says. His new skin-care brand, founded with the beauty entrepreneur Nathania Dominique, is named Furcy Botanik, after Furcy, a village known as the garden of Port-au-Prince. The line, which is launching with an essence, a serum and a gel cream, features two star ingredients: djon-djon and guava. Both Dominique and Gedeon grew up eating djon-djon, a delicate mushroom rich in protein and vitamins that only grows in Haiti. After testing its efficacy in skin care, the founders realized it was also full of beta-glucan, a complex sugar that draws water to the skin. Guava, meanwhile, contains antioxidants that help repair environmental damage caused by the sun and free radicals. “I am rooted in Haiti,” says Dominique. “I want the world to know how rich in nature we are.” From $75, furcybotanik.com.