When Birchbox first launched many moons ago, I remember saying to a friend that this was unequivocally the best idea ever.
Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends! With 2015 rapidly winding down, it’s a perfect time to reflect on just how much we have to be thankful for. Here is one of my very favorite Ted Talks about the power of gratitude; it’s honestly amazing.
I am 33 years old today. And I am happy. And I say that so plainly because, well…it takes time. To be happy. To figure out how to be kind to yourself. To not just choose that happiness, but to feel it.
While my hair off-camera is generally pulled into a low bun or tousled and flipped from side to side (a frenetic and self-conscious tick I adopted for moments I feel anxious, the onscreen Rachel Zane hair is something that leaves little room for insecurity.
Press events require you to look dolled up. Getting dolled up requires hair and makeup. Hair and makeup requires a glam team. The best half of that equation is undoubtedly celebrity makeup artist, Daniel Martin. I love this man, and not in that industry way of saying you “love” someone as casually as you order your macchiato.
Dreadlocks. Nose ring. Yoga instructor. Social worker. Free spirit. Lover of potato chips & lemon tarts. And if the DJ cues Al Green’s soul classic “Call Me,” just forget it. She will swivel her hips into the sweetest little dance you’ve ever seen, swaying her head and snapping her fingers to the beat like she’s been dancing since the womb.
To describe a facial as “life changing” sounds dramatic. Absurd, even. The kind of thing that I would roll my eyes at, and perhaps even guffaw over. So let’s take a deep breath as I become one of those people.
Zane. Rachel Zane. The savvy paralegal/lawyer in training/confidante to Donna and Louis/lady to Mr. Mike Ross on Suits. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, an ambition that trumps (well) Trump, himself, and a closet that rivals Olivia Palermo’s (or Lauren Santo Domingo depending on who you fawn over).
Sometimes you meet a makeup artist that is so beautiful, skin so flawless, eyes so clear, that you’re fairly certain she’s landed on the wrong side of the camera. This is what happened when I was set to get glam for The Critics Association panel for Suits, and in walked Kayleen McAdams – celebrity makeup artist to the stars, and coveted by the likes of Sofia Vergara and Jessica Biel – that Kayleen McAdams.
Meet Vicky Tsai. Owner of TATCHA skincare (my go-to for glowing skin), and a woman with such insider knowledge of Kyoto, that it’s geisha approved. No, but really. It’s actually geisha approved.