Interviews

Shelley Callaghan Antica Farmacista

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Co-founders of the luxury (and just downright dreamy) home and body fragrance brand Antica Farmacista, Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan are moms, successful businesswomen and delightful human beings. They spent some time telling us all about their Mother’s Day traditions, the benefits of a good bottle of wine and what’s new that has them excited.

THE BEST MOM’S DAY GIFTS AND KEYS TO RELAXATION

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Aerin Lauder, founder and creative director of AERIN and style and image director at Estée Lauder, spent some time sharing a peek into her perfumed world. A lover of art, travel and easy refinement, Aerin pours herself into her luxury lifestyle brand and believes that living beautifully should be effortless. See some of the ways she brings that philosophy to life.

SEE MORE FROM AERIN IN OUR MINI Q&A

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Right now everyone’s talking about a “new year, new you.” While that makes for some catchy ad copy, there’s really no way—no matter what you do—to start over and get a new you. We’re all, each one of us, stuck with ourselves. But there’s liberating hope! Just take a deep breath and try working toward the possible, achievable goal of a new year, a better you … one day (even just one baby step) at a time.

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That’s what Dawn Russell, creator of 8G Greens Superfood Supplement, aims for—even if she does end up grabbing something from her favorite burger joint, In-N-Out. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 25, Russell started writing a new chapter in her book of life and began her wellness journey. Of all that she learned along the way to remission, she decided to take her knowledge of—and life-changing experience with—nutrient-dense foods and come up with a way to share it with everyone.

Now a business owner, mother of two and avid racecar driver, Russell is offering the results of many years of research and development with her nutritional supplement that packs a ton of greens and vitamins into one tablet that effervesces in water and makes boosting your daily intake of greens a whole lot easier. (Baby step #1.) Not to mention it’s lemon flavored!

Russell gave us some time to talk about everything from the importance of each green in the supplement to her favorite wellness resources and her secret for a happy, healthy life.

SEE DAWN’S SECRETS, FAVORITE RECIPES AND WHERE SHE ESCAPES TO FEEL BETTER

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We love a great blowout, which is why we’re so excited to have all the hair care and styling products from Drybar available at Nordstrom. Now we can all snatch up the genius line created by founder Alli Webb for blowing out some gorgeous locks right at home. Webb gave us some of her time to tell us about starting her company, her top five Drybar favorites and how to get the perfect results at home.

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Hi Alli! Tell us a little about your background. What was the idea behind Drybar, and how did it get started?
While growing up, I always struggled with my naturally frizzy, curly hair, and longed for a place that would happily blowout my hair at a price I could afford. I ended up becoming a professional stylist in my early 20s. In 2009, after being a stay-at-home mom, I started a mobile blow drying business, Straight at Home. During that time, it occurred to me that I was not alone in my quest—there was a huge hole in the market for a place to get great blowouts, in a fun, beautiful environment at an affordable price. I realized I needed to do this. So I partnered with my brother, Michael Landau, and my husband, Cameron Webb, to open our first location in Brentwood, California. We never dreamed it would turn into what it has. ‎

We love the positive, inclusive vibes of your company’s 10 core values and beliefs. What philosophy guided you in picking them, and if you had to sum them up into just one sentence, what would it be?
Life is too short to work someplace you don’t believe in, and where you can’t be yourself. Our parents ingrained that in us, and we’ve always thought of Drybar as an extension of our family! Drybar’s success is due to the hard work and dedication of us all coming together for one overarching goal: to make women feel great.

Your products and services are all named after cocktails and adult beverages (Dirty Martini, The Cosmo, Southern Comfort, etc). What inspired the theme?
While we were developing the whole bar concept, naming hairstyles after drinks seemed like such a fun way to order your favorite style off the “bar menu”. Our clients really love it!

Speaking of cocktails, what’s your all-time favorite?
I am most definitely a Mai Tai girl.

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What are your top five picks from the Drybar line right now, and why do you love them?
1. 3-Day Bender Curling Iron: I love this curling iron because it gives a seriously perfect wave! It uses NanoIonic technology to smooth the cuticle, setting curls in place—all while helping with frizz control.

2. Bay Breeze Hydrating Shots: Like many of our Drybar ladies, I love getting lots of blowouts and being blonde, which means a lot of heat styling and coloring. So having a weekly hair shot is an absolute must for me.

3. 100 Proof Treatment Oil: It’s a go-to product for me because it adds so much shine, plus it replenishes dry, damaged strands and also helps control frizz and flyaways.

4. Triple Sec Texturizer: Triple Sec gives amazing texture! It’s super popular in our shops with our stylists and clients because it adds tons of volume and texture, and the scent leaves my hair feeling super fresh and clean.

5. Detox Dry Shampoo: This is one of our bestsellers and for good reason. There’s no better way to make a blowout last than a great dry shampoo with a heavenly scent!

So tons of guys may not start getting blowouts anytime soon, but they’re definitely starting to care more about their hair and embrace longer lengths. General thoughts on: #manbun #manbraid?
I love a good man bun…and have seen a lot of men sporting braids lately. I’m into it.

In all your experience as a pro stylist and founder of Drybar, what advice do you find yourself always giving?
One piece of advice I like to give is to not let perfect stand in the way of progress. I am a stickler for things being just so, but I’ve learned sometimes you just have to take a leap and perfect the little details later.

Last question! Can you tell us any secrets to the perfect at-home blowout?
Take your time! Most people rush through their blowouts, but it only takes a little time and effort to get pretty hair. If you put the time in, the blowout can really last, saving you more time in days to come.

Shop:  Drybar Looks | All Drybar

 

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As Vice President of Sales and Promotions for Chantecaille, Alex Chantecaille has to travel the world as part of her job. We’re sure it’s not all glamorous jetsetting, but still. Sounds pretty fantastic! She also has a passion for practicing and promoting stewardship of our planet’s wilderness. It’s a trait that runs in her family–all of whom happen to play parts running the company started by Alex’s mother, Sylvie. And because it runs through the family that still runs Chantecaille, it also runs through the brand, which is known for raising awareness of important environmental concerns.

Alex Chantecaille took some time to tell us about the favorite places she discovered during a recent journey to Turkey and share information about how we can all get involved in protecting our natural resources; she also doled out tips on wearing Chantecaille’s most recent collection and (because we couldn’t resist asking) show us her adorable rescue pup, Ella.

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Alex at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Do what makes you fly”—from my mom.

That and “start swimming; stop running”—from a friend’s dad who is an ortho (it saved my knees!).

As a beauty expert, what’s the one question you get asked the most, and what do you say in reply?
Which cream/serum/eye cream do I use for night and which do I use for day? As we don’t specify Day or Night on Chantecaille skincare products this comes up a lot. The answer is: it depends on your skin type, needs, and where you live/will be using these products. Climate affects our skin a great deal; we often forget about that when buying a cream. It might be perfectly moisturizing while you’re in Scottsdale, Arizona for a golf trip, but too rich once you’re back home in the humidity of the Northeast.

Depending on your skin type, some creams are ideal for day, giving a boost of hydration and relaxing wrinkles; however, if you’re younger and oilier, this type of cream may be too rich for you. I’m always coaching my team to look and listen to the women in front of them. They need to address the very specific needs of that person and customize a personal regimen for her.

SEE ALEX’S GUIDE TO ISTANBUL, HER ADORBS PUP AND MORE >

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No stranger to the Nordstrom Blogs (we do love her style), Margaret Zhang is a writer, photographer, stylist and the creative powerhouse behind the blog Shine By Three. Oh, not to mention a law student at the University of Sydney and a brand ambassador for Clinique. We can barely keep up! Zhang found some time between all that (and traveling the world) to give us a peek into her universe. Read on for our full Q&A with this inspiring young entrepreneur.

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Beauty Blog: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Margaret Zhang: My mum has the most fantastic pearls of wisdom. Throughout my career in the fashion space, she has always reminded me that longevity comes from real skills, so you should never stop learning and trying to improve your work. It might take longer than faking it ’till you make it, but “at least you can sleep at night,” she says.

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What three things do you never leave home without?
I always have my phone, Lucas Papaw Ointment and Clinique Black Honey in my wallet. I don’t know what that says about me!

What’s you beauty regimen? How has it changed over time?
I cleanse, tone and moisturize every morning and evening, do some kind of sheet mask or clay mask once a week, avoid hot showers as they can be quite drying, drink 2-3L of water a day, and fit in 1-2 hours of exercise 5-6 days a week. Obviously, the products I use change as I travel because of different climates, mineral content of tap water and time permitted to work out, but that’s my baseline and I tweak from there.

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Bobbi Brown is a woman who needs no introduction, so let’s jump right into our recent interview with this much-adored beauty mogul as she shares her expertise, tips and tricks, a delicious (and simple!) summer soup recipe and so much more.

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What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
Bobbi Brown: My mother taught me that confidence is true beauty.

As a person who loves healthy food, what things do you find yourself going back to this summer? Even better, do you have a favorite recipe you could share?
My three-step soup on my blog, Everything Bobbi, is perfect for summer as it’s easy and works well with whatever veggies you have on hand.

Another summer favorite is my Coconut Kale Shake. I make it using coconut milk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, chocolate protein powder, frozen organic banana, frozen organic cherries and, of course, kale. It’s great for breakfast or as a midday snack.

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Laura Mercier–one of the biggest names in the beauty world–guides us on a trip to Paris, gives us a peek into her handbag and answers the one question she gets asked the most about makeup.

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What makes the perfect lipstick?
For me, it’s all about the formula. It must feel comfortable to the point where you forget that you are wearing lipstick, must wear all day and must not bleed. Choose a color that is in tune with your mood and personality, truly making it a signature accent to your look.

What three beauty products do you never leave home without?
Secret Camouflage, Primer Radiance and Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Love yourself before you can love anybody else.

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London-based makeup artist and mother of 1.5 (son Flynn, pictured above, is 4; baby #2 is due in June), Charlotte Tilbury has long been on the industry’s short list for styling top-tier cover shoots, fashion editorials and ad campaigns around the world. A flame-haired beauty herself, Charlotte counts Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow among her loyal clients and friends, relationships bolstered no doubt by a common bond of having young children. In honor of Mother’s Day, we caught up with the endlessly energetic, effervescent industry star to get her refreshingly honest—and uniquely British—take on being a modern mum.

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Supermodel, tsunami survivor and founder of the Happy Hearts Fund Petra Nemcova has partnered with Clinique to help children around the world. Together they’re promoting a limited-edition Clinique Happy Heart Perfume Spray and A Different Nail Enamel in ‘Happy’, with a portion of the proceeds for both going toward rebuilding schools in communities devastated by natural disasters.

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