Q & A
Ranking up there with who built the pyramids, who really killed Marilyn Monroe, why Pippa’s bum has attracted such international attention, and how Newt Gingrich has managed to have three wives, is the mystery of clear skin. Some lucky people, who presumably have made a deal with the devil a la David Blaine, sleep in their makeup and wake up with perfect skin. Others credit a vegan lifestyle, eschewing sugar, dairy, and flour, with theirs. Some use extremely vigilant skin routines like Proactiv, monthly facials, and Retin-A. Others had pretty perfect skin through a traditionally acne-riddled period (adolescence) but woke up in their 20s, to what looked like delayed puberty. I fall into the latter category, and am still trying to figure it all out. But for those of us clear skin detectives, Renée Rouleau, celebrity skin care expert and disbeliever in a one-fits-all skincare methodology, is taking the mystery out of the equation by adding science and practicality. Her self-named skincare line caught my eye when I saw bloggers and beauty editors raving about her famed Anti-Cyst treatment all over Twitter. So for you TDO readers, I put together a comprehensive listing of queries and reader questions for Renee, to find out what do we really, really need to know about skincare? Read on:
1. Sum up your skin philosophy in a few sentences.
A one-size-fits-all approach is not in-sync with what the modern client wants, or needs, in their pursuit of balanced, healthy skin. Rather than pigeonhole clients into basic skin types (dry, normal, oily), I’ve created customized, benefits-driven regimens and high-performance formulations that garner meaningful results. With the proper tools, effective products, knowledge and a disciplined regimen, anyone can have great skin.
2. One of the ways that your line is unique in that you describe nine different skin types. Tell us about how you went about identifying these different types.
We know there is more to skin than dry, normal and oily. That’s why we’ve created NINE unique skin types to give your skin the best results. Dry, oily and combo really only tells you how much oil your skin produces. Most people have additional concerns they want to address from hyperpigmentation, teen and adult acne, aging, etc.
3. A lot of people think that acne is a teenage affliction, but adult-onset acne is on the rise. Why do you think that is? What kind of environmental/internal factors are at work? (more…)
“!!!” “OMG, I’m so jealous.” “OMG, I love her.” “Ask her if she needs an assistant!” The responses varied, but the excitement level was palpable when I told my friends I had the chance to interview Bethenny Frankel. Bethenny may describe herself as a barracuda, but in person, she comes across as a professional, warm, but smart businesswoman. She’s like the cool, all-knowing aunt every girl needs in her life. The one who you can go to for things you can’t ask your mom. The one who will tell you, “No, you shouldn’t buy those jeans” and answer without hesitating when you ask, “Yo, should I dump this asshole?” (love this site.) Her “Frank-elness” (sorry for the terrible pun) and honesty are among the core values of her Skinnygirl brand, which is why I was initially surprised when I heard she was making the foray into shapewear. Because isn’t shapewear partly based on hidden illusion and smoke and mirrors through can’t-breathe, secret foundation undergarments? But leave it to Bethenny to inject some candor into the shapewear industry by taking the “hidden” out of the equation, and making a line of visible, lingerie-inspired foundation garments that are meant to be seen: Skinnygirl Solutions. I asked Bethenny about her new line launching exclusively at 25 Macy’s, her thoughts on the 90 day rule, and why she’s against texting boys.
TDO: When do you wear shapewear?
Bethenny: This is a classic tank, I wear that under everything. I wear it when I’m going out at night with my girlfriends or husband, under a dress or a tank top. It’s lazy lingerie because when I get home because it’s like, “Honey, I have something sexy on.” It’s smoothing and inexpensive at less than $50 a garment. It’s shapewear you actually want people to see. And it’s not just shapewear: it’s a bra, tank top, and a piece of lingerie, all in one garment.
What were the pain points in the current shapewear industry that inspired you?
My brand is about practical solutions for women. Women say, “It rolls up, it’s too expensive. I’m embarrassed to wear it in front of someone.” I listen to women. That’s my job.
At this point, Alison Brod, the PR impresario whose firm is heading the event, pops by to say hi to Bethenny. (more…)
Donatella Arpaia, that is. You may have visited one of her many numerous restaurants, seen her sitting next to Jeffrey Steingarten as one of the judges on Iron Chef America or recognize her as the winner of Meatball Madness, beating out chefs like Andrew Carmellini. She returns to the New York Food and Wine Festival September 29th to defend her title. We caught up with her before her meatball battle and next big project: the birth of her baby! Read on to see what pregnant chefs crave and her favorite munchies in New York City.
The Daily Obsession: Legend has it that you used to be a corporate lawyer before going into food. How did you decide to make the switch and why? Were you wrestled with indecision?
Donatella Arpaia: I grew up in the restaurant business and my father and brother are both restaurateurs so it’s in my DNA, but from early on I was encouraged to be a lawyer. I enjoyed the study of law but hated the practice of it. At the time I was living in a small studio above my brotherls restaurant, Cellini on 54th st. I was grabbing a bite at the bar when I saw my brother needed help because his hostess didn’t show up I got up and pitched in. That was it! I knew at that moment I needed to change directions. I struggled a bit because I studied so hard and a lot was invested in my education, but really, I had no doubt about the change of course I was about to embark on. I never looked back!
TDO: For many people, pursuing a career in food is a dream—what advice would you give to them for success?
DA: Food is a wonderful and exciting ride but many people have only a very limited idea of what the reality of this industry is like. It’s hard ! I recommend they work in area of food they are interested in to get a really good taste of the reality of this industry. You must be extremely committed and passionate to succeed. (more…)
Taking care of your skin is one of the most important things you can do, but with all the new products and innovations, sometimes it’s hard to remember exactly what you’re supposed to be doing to protect it. Since we’re heading into the summer, we decided to talk to Dr. Tom Mammone, Executive Director, Clinique Research and Development and get his tips on how to keep your skin healthy and looking great. Here’s the scoop!
The Daily Obsession: To protect her skin, what products should every woman wear on a daily basis?
Dr. Tom Mammone: When we think of damage from the environment, we logically think of the sun first. But there are other, less obvious ways the environment can damage your skin. On a daily basis, our skin is exposed to lots of air and water pollution in the form of ozone, smoke, smog, dust and germs, and itâ€™s the daily accumulation of these assaults that lead to skin issues like lack of moisture, rough texture, and looking and feeling less supple. So it is important to use both sunscreen and antioxidants. Clinique always recommends using a daily sunscreen, but you do not need to use an SPF at night. Antioxidants, however, combat not only immediate but also post oxidative damage and are very beneficial if used twice a day. (more…)
One of our readers, CP, sent us a query: “In September, I’m getting married and would like to dress my bridesmaids in something off-the-rack around $300. I’m looking for a dress that could be worn with heels, flip-flops or barefoot. I like flowy materials and clean lines. The wedding will take place around sunset either on the beach or in a very green backyard. Do you have any good ideas?”
First of all, congratulations! And second, we know that bridesmaid dresses can be a complete nightmare, but they can be fabulous (and affordable), too! Here are a few of our suggestions: (more…)
We received a query from one of our readers, Agnes, on how to get Alexis Bledel’s look on Gilmore Girls. She just had two requirements: minimal effort and staying power!
Alexis’ gorgeous locks match her character’s intelligent, bookish charm personality. The long bangs (very “in” right now, by the way) should be easiest party to achieve. Just take your blowdryer and a round brush. Wrap your bangs around the brush and blowdry on low until dry.
For the wavy/ curly ends, the key is in the styling prep and finish. Begin by running a dollop of Bumble & Bumble’s Styling Creme through your hair. (more…)
Q: “I have hair right past my shoulders. It’s frizzy, poofy, and SUPER thick. I’m young, 16, and I have no clue how to style my hair. It’s so tough to get a great look for my hair. I like going straight somedays (but not bone straight), and sometimes I like to have just a little wave to it….School starts up again in a couple days, and I don’t know what to do. Any possible way you could help me?” – CJ
A: CJ, from what it sounds like…basically what you need are a few styling products and the right technique! (more…)
Q: “HELP!!! I’m in trouble. My sister’s wedding is around the corner and I cant’ find a dress!! It’s a formal wedding at the beach. I need to find the perfect dress without cleaning out the bank BEFORE July 30th. Please, throw me a few suggestions. Thank You!!” – from Alia
A: Don’t you hate it when you buy a dress that you never wear again? But have no fear, Alia! My recommendations are sure to be simple, elegant and definitely wearable for many occasions to come! While beachside and formal are a bit contradictory, I’ve tried to find pieces that fit both. First, I’ll start with Velvet. I am a huge fan of Velvet and the soft fabrics they use! The Tess Meringue dress is one that I personally have been contemplating to purchase even though there isn’t a particular special occasion coming up – just because it’s so pretty and simple – and most of all, on sale for only $99.
Believe it or not, but stores like Banana Republic have fantastic luxe-looking options that don’t break the bank. A good choice is this silk smocked dress. You can also try J. Crew. They have a beautiful, affordable selection. One of my favorites is the Avery silk short cross-back dress for $195.Â (more…)