One Earring Is Enough

There’s something understated and modern about sweeping your hair behind your ears to reveal just one ridiculously cool earring. It’s jewelry that makes a statement while being the opposite of everything tacky “Statement Jewelry” claims to be—you know what I mean? Wear less to get more—an idea we’ve been into for awhile, but one that feels right again with all the holiday merriment of late. Your schedule is busy enough, your outfit doesn’t need to be. Plus there’s the casual, cool factor: You forgot half of your earrings. On purpose.

1. IAM by Ileana Makri Safety Pin 10-Karat Gold Earring: These find the right balance between tough and sleek. I’d pair with a simple gold stud on the other ear. They also offer a more elongated version, with diamonds…which I’m planning on buying should I win the lottery. I’m feeling optimistic about that.

2. Sorelle Mara Earring: The architectural feel of the hoop/rod combo plays nicely with a single sweet pearl. Keep the rest of your look simple and let this earring do the talking.

3. Hirotaka Pavé Diamond & Gold Bar Arrow Earring: Earrings—in this case, earring—are more fun with a little danger. Though the tiny pavé diamonds make this one look a little less threatening.

4. Common Muse Nelle Ball Earring: J.W Anderson-esque (check out our gift guide) and ornamental-looking—like a silver ball on a tree. The very friendly price point makes this one a great option for those who’d like to dabble in the single earring arena. 

5. Lee Brevard Julia Earring with Stone: There are loads of options from Lee Brevard both in style and price to mix and match. Inspired by antique French military medals, this one feels medieval and gives a nod to the beloved Stone Paris version.

—Eva Alt

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Jennifer Fisher, Jewelry Designer

“I started my line after I had my son. That pregnancy was really tough—I underwent chemotherapy years before for a tumor, so the doctor didn’t want me to carry the baby. We tried a surrogate, but that didn’t work. Finally, I got pregnant naturally three years after we started trying. When my son was born, I was working as a stylist and wanted something to represent him…but ‘mom jewelry’ didn’t really inspire me. All I wanted was a simple dog tag with his name on it hanging on a long chain. Very simple—so I made one. It was an instant conversation piece. People started asking me ‘Will you make me one?’ and ‘Can you do this?’ And at one point, my husband was like ‘OK, this is a full business. You need to quit styling and do this.’ It’s been nine years since I started designing jewelry—our 10-year anniversary is in September.

I design stuff that I want to wear and hope that other people want to wear, too. You never know. It’s so funny to see the things that hit and the things that don’t. I’m very stubborn—I’m a Taurus. I love making things that are large scale, like massive costume jewelry. But you have to do stuff that’s going to work for editorial, celebrity, and the real person who’s going to be wearing the jewelry. So, in a way, I have to do three different lines. It’s fun though! Also a little crazy.

I run my Instagram, Twitter, and all that stuff. It’s stressful—like this morning, at 7:04am, my husband was like, ‘Honey, do you want coffee?’ I asked what time it was, and he said 7:04am. I was like, ‘You know I have to be up at 7am to post!’ There are specific times that work for our brand. I’m finding that it’s actually really helping business with my fans seeing a personal side to me and not just being all brand-based and jewelry-based. I’m a mom, I’ve got two kids, I’m a real person.

I’m obsessed with beauty products. It’s a problem. We’re a very beauty-friendly office, and I’ll just walk around with an SK-II mask on my face. The girls are used to it by now. People send over a lot of stuff for us to try, which is nice.

When I was a kid, I had really bad skin. I went on Accutane twice. I’m lucky I didn’t get scarred, but my mom always made sure that I took care of my skin. I’m now starting to teach my kids to wash their faces. My son plays a lot of sports, and he’s starting to get a few marks—like a blackhead here and there—so I’m teaching him the values of cleansing your face and moisturizing afterward. I actually carry around the Glossier Soothing Face Mist for when my kids get dry spots. They hate lotion, so it’s easier to just spray them when we’re out.

As a kid, my mom would take me to this amazing woman in Santa Barbara for facials once a week. Now I go to Joanna Vargas, and I swear by her. Joanna teaches me how to care for my skin, and she has amazing products. When I wake up in the morning, I use her Vitamin C Face Wash, but I also use Tatcha’s Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder. I think skin gets lazy, so I like to switch between a few cleansers. I used to have a Clarisonic, but I’ve since switched to the Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System, and I like it a lot better. I never remember to exfoliate, so sometimes I use Nude Skincare’s Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash. It looks very space-age, and the product itself has these little grains in it so you feel them, but it also makes you feel very bright after you use it.

After that, I’ll use a toner and a mixture of Caudalíe’s Premier Cru The Elixir and the Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil. If I need something heavier, I’ll use Tatcha’s Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream. I always use a really good eye cream—that’s another thing that I think is important. My mom taught me about moisturizing your body and eyes. I wish I would have done more of my neck. Now, I’m starting on my neck and boobs with Caudalíe Premier Cru The Cream. I met the woman who owns the company at a party, and they actually gave out this product, but it’s amazing.

This Urgo Filmogel Pimples stick is really good. I got it in a pharmacy in France. I’m getting a zit on my chin right now, so I’ll just spot treat it with this. It’s great.

And I’m not going to lie, I have cosmetic dermatology—I get ‘done.’ I go to Pat Wexler for Botox. I started young, and I think that’s really helpful, but I’m not trying to push people to do it. Someone suggested it, and it really helped with the wrinkles. I really believe that. We’ll see what happens in the next few years.

You know what I think always makes you look really good? A steam shower. I have one, and it just works. Then I like to use Mio products for my body that I found during my pregnancy. I still use the Mio Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother. For the various scars I have on my body, I have this Vitamin E Ointment from Webber—I got it in Canada, and it’s really nice stuff to put on your lips, too.

Twice a week, I have a nurse come to me, and I get a vitamin B-12 complex through an IV. It hydrates you if you’ve been drinking a lot. Along with that, I do a lot of green juices, especially from Liquiteria. Over the last year, I stopped eating dairy and gluten, and it’s made my skin so much better. I really feel that whole inside-out beauty philosophy. I don’t even work out anymore—I just eat better, and that’s easier for me. I do love lemon water, too. My dad sends me fresh produce from California. He has lemon and avocado trees, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce…and he ships it all here. We got a hundred lemons here a couple of weeks ago.

I try not to wear a lot of makeup on my face because I think it can make you look older. Every day I use the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, and that’s the only base I use. Olivia Chantecaille is a genius when it comes to stuff like that. Sometimes I’ll play with Clarins’ Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum. It sucks in all your puffiness. I’ve never used anything like that in my life. I’ll mix it with Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium if I’m looking for lighter coverage.

I’m obsessed with Chanel. We call it ‘the shiz.’ They have a bronzer that my makeup artist, Imane Fiocchi, uses. She saved me by introducing me to a lot of this stuff. They have this great blush that I use—Chanel’s Joues Contraste in 68 Rose Ecrin. She introduced me to Charlotte Tilbury, too, whose products I’m obsessed with. Her Filmstar Bronze & Glow is so good! Imane also introduced me to SK-II Facial Treatment Masks. I use the SK-II Signs Eye Masks every morning now.

I don’t wear any lip color. Ever. I’m weird. One of my good friends, Athena, wears a red lip every day, and it looks amazing on her—but her skin tone is also perfectly pale, and she has black hair. I just look like an old lady when I do it. I’ve tried Nars Lipstick in Red Lizard…I think less is more for me. Maybe it’s the California in me. If I’m going for nude, Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Modern is good—it’s a good way to take the red out of my lips. The Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Total Lip Treatment is good to use before it, though. It plumps the lips.

Imane taught me how to contour myself, so I’ll do that. I just use a Sephora brush that makes a really nice line with my bronzer. Marc Jacobs’ The Conceal Full Cover Correcting Brush is my favorite brush, though. I use it with the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ocher and Almond over dark circles and for any other concealing needs.

I do eyelash extensions as well. I get them done at JJ Eyelashes, and I love them. You get a manicure, pedicure, and foot massage while you get your eyelashes done—it’s great. I don’t really wear liner. Imane tries to push me to wear liner sometimes. I went to the Grammys last year, and I got my makeup done by someone else—she did a great job, but I just look at the pictures of me, and I think I like it more natural. On my brows, I wear the Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil or Maybelline’s ExpertWear Twin Brow & Eye Pencils—the cheap ones that get you two pencils for $5. My mom uses that, and she taught me. I still think it’s a good one. I get my brows done at Robert Sweet William Halke at Barneys New York. He changes your face. He’s down in the basement, and he’s a fixture there. He’s always wearing a three-piece suit and is always very serious, but he is amazing.

Marie Robinson has always done my hair color. Jessica Gillin does my cut. I had dark, shorter hair last year. I really wanted to have dark hair, but it just didn’t work for me. It looked dead.”

—as told to ITG

Jennifer Fisher photographed by Tom Newton on February 12, 2015.

Donna Karan talks about the wonders of a good leotard, Michelle Monaghan rediscovers ’90s makeup, and Soraya Silchenstedt shares what’s in her gym bag all in The Top Shelf.

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Shiona Turini, Consultant

“I grew up in Bermuda, my entire life. I left for college and moved here, so I haven’t been in New York for very long. All my friends and family are from there, so I try to go back as much as possible. During the summer, that’s as often as ever other weekend, if I can. In New York, it’s different, you know? I go out for fashion events—it’s work. But in Bermuda, I’ll get there on a Friday and everyone would be at this one bar called Captain’s, which actually just closed. Now we usually go to a lot of beach bonfires or clubs and listen to a lot of reggae. On Sundays, boat life is pretty big. Our going-out outfits are like bathing suits, and you can’t repeat them. I probably have as many bathing suits as I have shoes.

My mom was a big shopper and she would spend hours in shoe stores, so my interest in fashion definitely started there. I remember being really annoyed that she spent all this time shopping, and I was like ‘What about me?’ [Laughs] And then it clicked one day, and I got it—she had an arm full of gold bangles, which I wear now. I look at them, and it reminds me of everything before me leading up to this point in my career as an editor and style consultant. I look at them and think, ‘That’s where I came from.’

I was going out a lot when I first moved here—not just to fashion events, but music industry events too. I was working at YSL before it became a thing for celebrities to be dressed by brands, so we were one of the first people to dress Kanye West. Even though most of my nightlife in New York is work-related, there are some nights where I’m like, ‘Lets go dancing!’ If I hear about a reggae party, I’m there—hands down. I just took a screenshot on my phone of one coming up, and you best believe I’ll be there. I’m very much moved by the music, so if there’s a DJ that I’m into like Q-Tip or Solange, I’ll be there.

I hate getting ready alone. I live by myself in the city, but one of my best friends lives three blocks away from me—obviously because he’s obsessed with me [Laughs]—so he’ll come over a lot if we’re all going out together. I’m a girl’s girl though, so I like having my girlfriends over. I guess that’s me growing up with my sister and all of my girl cousins—we grew up kind of forced to get ready together in the same space. Old habits die hard. I like to coordinate and be part of the same story with our outfits. It’s a process—but really, it’s like one big never-ending adult slumber party.

I have to turn on music. Right now, it’s all Drake all the time, but I have really eclectic taste in music so I’ll play anything—I also really love country music like Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. And there’s always a cocktail. It used to always be wine, but now it’s pretty much tequila soda. In Bermuda, it’s Rum Swizzle—basically every fruit juice and rum, then this stuff called Bermuda Gold, which I don’t even know what it is. I just know it’s homemade, and you have to let it sit for three weeks.

There comes a point in the night though when I just have to get out of the house. Last week we were, how do you say, hasthag not-invited-to-the-MET-but-going-to-all-the-after-parties? I don’t like to leave the house super late, so I left my friends at home because I was like, ‘If I sit in this house for one more minute, I’m just going to go to sleep.’

I want to say I’ve been dressing the same way to go out since I was very young—a crop top, high waisted bottoms, and lots of jewelry. I think it’s a silhouette that looks good on me because I’m a curvy girl, and I don’t try to hide that. Rather, I like to enhance it and make my body look even better.

I like gold jewelry, and I go through waves. Sometimes I like really simple, minimal jewelry—very delicate, personal pieces. And then other times I like chunky cuffs. It depends. But right now, I’m more into the Piaget Possession collection. It doesn’t feel like it will distract from my makeup or outfit, but it’s still beautiful and makes a statement.

For a little bit more, I like the idea of wearing two of the necklaces together, kind of layering it up. The necklace and the rings are layered. And this fits in with the simple look. Get a couple classic, small pieces and layer them to look special. I’m just starting to invest in buying jewelry because—let’s be honest—I have enough shoes to last me a lifetime. Now I’m trying to get more into jewelry pieces that mean something and that I know I’m going to have forever. I can invest in it, but I can still wear it every day in a more casual way.

My makeup is usually pretty toned down. I like to pay a lot attention to my skin and eyeliner, but there’s never a colored shadow or colored lip. When I had blonde hair, I really had to pare it down, because if not, I felt like I looked like I was auditioning to be in a music video or something. It was just a little too much. I also think that, for a black girl, it was a process to find the right products for my skin tone and my shade. Now, I think there are so many amazing options, but a few years ago, really the only resource was MAC. Now that there’s so many options available, it’s a little more fun to experiment with makeup. Right now, I actually am mixing two foundation shades, and I got so many compliments on it the other day when I tried it. I think it’s worth the extra time. I mix Dior Star Fluid Foundation in 040 Honey Beige and 050 Dark Beige on my hand and apply it to my face, then I’ll take the darker 050 Dark Beige and blend that into my hairline. I did it the other night, and everybody was like, ‘You look so good!’ And I was like, ‘Do I need to do this now?’ [Laughs]

Then I use a lot of Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Honey. I like Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Diorskin Star Concealer, too, and I don’t knock drugstore. I went to the Essence Music Festival last year with Covergirl and the makeup artist who does Queen Latifah did my face, and it looked so good! Drugstore—holla! No seriously, I really love this Covergirl Queen Collection Nautral Hue Minerals Bronzer in Brown Bronze. I find that there are so many bronzers now that work on all skin tones, so that’s not something that I’ve struggled with. I love this Tom Ford Soleil Collection Large Bronzing Powder, too, partly because of how it looks in someone’s hands. All of the Tom Ford makeup is presented so beautifully. It’s like how when you have good workout clothes, you feel like a better athlete. Same with makeup packaging—you feel like an expert even though that’s not the case.

When I’m going out, I love these Nars Eye Paints for eyeliner, but it’s not really the one I’m using lately. Right now, I use the Tom Ford Noir Absolute For Eyes. I put it on with a slanted brush. It might be more work, but I like how it looks, and I like the feeling I get—dipping the brush in and wetting it just a little bit. The rest of my makeup doesn’t take me that long, so I feel like I can spend a bit more time on my eyeliner.

And for my lips, I just like nude lipsticks. I have a favorite one—it’s in my purse right now. This one is Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke, but Coco Ravish is good too. I like a matte look at night.

I have gotten a lot better with styling my own hair recently. I used to always go to Yusef, who was one of the first friends I ever made in New York, but then he got Rihanna as a client, so he’s unavailable. [Laughs] A black girl’s relationship with her hairstylist is very complicated. We would get into these very strange fights, and I’d be mad at him, but obviously I didn’t want someone else to touch my hair. He would be too busy for me, and I would get very territorial. He’s doing so well and such amazing things. When he is in the city, I will go all the way to his house deep into Brooklyn just so he can do my hair.

But now, I’ve found this young guy after some trial and error—his name is Billy and now he works out of Warren Tricomi. He’s so nice. If I need him for like a TV segment or something, he’ll wake up with no complaints. First thing in the morning, he’ll show up here, so bright and chipper with a coffee for me! He’s one of the nicest, most polite people I’ve ever met. But, he likes to experiment with my hair, and I’m always like ‘No. Just do it like this.’ [Laughs] I like to keep it streamlined. I’ll never be one of those girls that can have bed head or look undone or messy. It just doesn’t work for me, and I accept that fact. I went through a period where I loved my hair stick straight—that Naomi Campbell look from back in the day, Gucci ad, just like long and pin-straight. For the past few years, I have been using extensions if I’m not going to wear my hair naturally curly. It took me a long time for my curls to be juicy. During the summer, I’ll take my extensions out and sometimes do braids, or I’ll just wear my hair in its natural curly state, which takes way more product than when it’s straight.

OK, so when I do it myself, I use a flat iron to do all the waves and curls. I just like how it looks better. It’s a little choppier, but still polished. If I am washing my hair and wearing it curly, I only really trust Hair Rules. I co-wash it during the summer—it’s just washing your hair with conditioner and not shampoo. The Quench Conditioner is really good. And then, when I wear my hair straight, I use a lot of Kérastase. I use the Bain Satin Shampoo and Oléo-Relax Masque as conditioner.

I feel like, with black hair it gets really dry, so I keep these three products in rotation: the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Duo-Serum, the Kérastase Elixir Ultime, and Warren Tricomi’s argan oil, which I get when I go to the salon. With extensions, these products really protect the style. And because I can’t do dry shampoo, if I’m going out and my hair is too dirty, I’ll just wash the top of my hair in the kitchen sink and blow it out.

This I used to be obsessed with Narciso Rodriguez For Her—then all my friends started wearing it, so I had to quit it. On one hand I want to say, ‘Does it really matter if someone smells like you?’ On the other hand I get the switch. My friends would walk into the house, and I’d think, why do you smell like me? I’ve recently switched to Byredo’s La Tulip during the day and Tom Ford’s Black Orchid exclusively for night. Actually my bottle is in Bermuda right now because I left it there, and I refuse to go and buy another one.”

—as told to ITG

Shiona Turini photographed by Tom Newton in New York on May 6, 2015. Shiona wears pieces from the Possession Collection by Piaget. Read more ITG After Dark here.

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Erica Weiner, Jewelry Designer

“I started my company around eight or nine years ago after I decided I didn’t want to be in the fashion industry anymore. Initially that’s what I thought I wanted to do. But when I got out of college and actually started working, I was like, ‘Fuck, no.’ I didn’t want to schmooze and go to parties with these people who were just personalities—I wanted to make things. I’ve always been inspired by antique objects—when I first got to New York, I was working in costuming on Broadway, and we would get to be up close and working with all of these period clothes. We were doing this production of Annie, which is set in the Great Depression, so it was my job to find, make, or rent a police helmet for this policeman’s costume that was period-appropriate to the 1930s…and I had a day to do it. I love that kind of challenge. Then we worked on the show Cabaret and had to find 60 pairs of mid-1930s soft bras. I bought them and then altered them with modern panels of stretchy material so the dancers could actually dance in them without ripping them because they didn’t have elastic in them. I loved that shit and did it for three years.

After that I started doing pattern and sample making for the clothing brand Imitation of Christ. A lot of that was focused on production management—I really got to know the world of all the best specialty people in Midtown…who does the best zippers, buttons, stuff like that. So I thought I’d go into another production job at another company, but instead I just started making jewelry. At first, it seemed like a nice hobby—I found some cool little pieces that were cheap and portable, and I would play around with them, but then I started getting good feedback from craft fairs I was going to. Then I got a big order from Anthropologie maybe four months after I started. They were like, ‘We need 10,000 units in six weeks. Can you do it?’ and I was like ‘Yup!’ Like I said, I like that type of challenge, and I found a way to do it. Startups weren’t so much of a thing back then—and ecommerce definitely wasn’t either. I got a friend to help me build a website because Etsy hadn’t even been invented! Now we have a store and e-commerce is huge for us—we just did our first online sample sale, and it was so successful.

I’m very into the wedding and engagement-ring style right now. They’re so sentimental. People have been giving them to each other for so long…everyone has a moment with their ring. Men come in to buy these rings, and they’re sweating. They need to sit down or ask for our advice—seriously it’s crazy. It has so much to do with money and love and commitment and fear. It’s a big moment. Sometimes, they’re spending more money than they ever spent in their lives. Finding great antique rings is like hunting and gathering—people who collect jewelry are totally nuts usually. We go to London a lot—to the public markets to find pieces. They’re sort of there to rip tourists off, but once you start asking around, you figure out the right places to go from there.

I don’t wash my face in the morning because I have really dry skin, and my friend told me that at night, your body makes all these special oils and stuff that’s trying to protect your face—it leaves like a mantel of the good oils and bacteria. And once I stopped washing my face in the morning, dryness was gone. I mean, sometimes it’s super oily, but I like oil. I feel like I need it. Throughout the day, I’ll moisturize dry spots with this Palmer’s Coco Butter Formula Swivel Stick that looks like a glue stick. At night I’ll switch between neroli essential oil or Rodin Olio Lusso. The scents fade fast, but they’re quite relaxing when you’re putting them on.

Instant gratification is big for me. If it doesn’t make me look better instantly, I’m not going to use it. I’m sure everyone talks about it, but this Clarins UV Plus HP Tinted Daily Sheild SPF 40 is awesome. It makes your skin look flawless, which is great because otherwise I’m terrible at putting on sunscreen. The Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50 is also really nice and not as expensive. When you put it on, it feels like nothing—not gritty at all. During the day, I’ll carry the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment—I’m not prone to it, but I keep it in case I get a really terrible mega zit. When I’m stressed, I’m a picker, so if I put that on, I feel like I won’t mess with it. It’s a good solution.

At night, I always use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser to take off my makeup. After that, I immediately moisturize. Sometimes with coconut oil, but recently I’ve been using Decleor’s Aroma Night Essential Night Balm. It was recommended by this aesthetician I had in Chicago, and it’s so intense. I put that all over my face including my eyes, which I don’t think you’re supposed to do. Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment smells really nice—I put it on my breasts and just vibe out with this smell. I don’t love fragrance during the day, but it’s not going to distract or annoy me while it’s melting into my skin at night. Sometimes I’ll put Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate on my eyes, then coconut oil on my hands and legs. I drink a huge pot of tea throughout the evening, too—some sort of herbal mix from this a shop on Atlantic Avenue that’s near our store there. My parents live in Maine, and they harvest mushrooms there for chaga mushroom tea—that’s good, too.

I just learned how to do eyeliner in a way that looks somewhat grown up with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. I do the top lid and then just the inside corner of the eye and waterline. My business partner was like, ‘Looks you need some help here.’ [Laughs] Then I’ll add some mascara to make my eyes look more alive, like a woman who can be taken seriously. I started doing it all like six months ago. I’m not loyal to any brands really, but I do like Ilia and Dr. Hauschka’s Volume Mascara—they’re not waterproof, so it comes off easily when you wash your face, and they don’t burn my eyes if it flakes. I guess I’m allergic to some mascaras because it burns like hell.

I was getting ready for a wedding earlier this year and a woman recommended MAC Lipstick in Hot Tahiti to me because it sort of looks like you’re not wearing lipstick—it just looks like lip color. I put on a few layers and that’s enough. I still have some leftover Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey that’s probably expired…it’s sort of the same color as Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry. The Fresh one smells really good, though. Then I have Glossier’s Balm Dotcom. I put it on before I leave the house, and it stays for long enough. I’ll still carry it around for touch ups though.

I spend most of my time trying to make it look like I have more hair. I have friends who swear by prenatal vitamins—they’re just calcium and zinc. I take Chinese herbs but not for beauty. They’re called Culing Pill Herbal Supplements and have the added benefit of making everything balanced, so your skin looks freaking amazing all the time. But my hair is still sort of sparse, especially in my eyebrows. I fill them in with the Instant Brow Pencil from Benefit and just pluck strays.

I wash my hair every other day. It’s fine and kind of oily, so I’ll use hair powder—either the Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder or this delicious-smelling Lulu Organics Hair Powder in Patchouli + Amber. It makes my hair look a little fuller while taming the frizz. Then I’ll dab on some Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme or Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam. Any combination of two things seem to work.”

—as told to ITG

Erica Weiner photographed by Tom Newton. Read Soraya Silchenstedt’s Top Shelf here.

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The Perfect Playoffs Mix, Inspired By Rihanna

Red carpets these days seem a little, shall we say…scripted? Long gone are the surprises of a Björk or a Lara Flynn Boyle Halloween-costume-meets-gown—or even a Sharon Stone “I-bought-half-of-this-at-the-Gap” moment. Now all there is to look at is your standard gown showdown. Beautiful, but sometimes a little boring.

Somehow, someway, basketball games (of all things) have become the best place for star style in the red carpet’s stead. Perhaps it’s not surprising—the stadium is where you go to not only have nachos, but to willingly pay $10 for beer that’ll get warm before you finish it. It’s also the place where bad gal RiRi—all-around fox, singer, CFDA winner, and someone ITG loves so much that we named a conference room after her—gets the chance to wear a Céline dress with trainers to a Clippers game. Another winner: when she wore a windbreaker, athletic shorts, and strappy, single-soled sandals that match her White Out pedicure. Scroll through enough courtside paparazzi shots and you’ll see a trend emerge: expensive shoes with workout gear; runway gowns with retro sneakers. Like high-low dressing, just a little bit more extreme. And with the playoffs coming up, consider it a call to action—or to athleisure.

And finally, for your enjoyment, please play this song while you read the rest of this story.

Outfit(s): There are two paths to decide between here—dressing up or wearing your usual workout garb in a dressed-up way. Mix in opposite-leaning shoes to contradict the outfit above it. A big, colorful sneaker is a good choice for a dress, as is a glam heel for men’s shorts and a jacket. Both options are better than an oversized hoodie and jeans, really.

Lipstick, Etc: Be like Ri and choose a lipstick that stands out against a mostly naked face—bonus points for a longwear formula that’ll hold up to game food. From there, add a tad of liquid liner for good measure or choose to focus on bushy, drawn-in brows.

Snacks: Order according to Instagram. LOL, kidding. Eat what you want.

Jewelry: Pile it on—chokers look even bolder when doubled up, and hoops are almost too obvious. There you have it. Now take your talents down to the comments.

—Claire Knebl

Photos of Rihanna via Getty. Clothing and accessories photographed by Tom Newton. Traveling cross-country for the Playoffs? Don’t forget the Five Cool Things to fly with.

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