August 28 2014

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Meet NYC’s Coolest Nose—and Steal Her Best-Kept Beauty Secrets



For the true fragrance devotee, there is nothing quite like the experience of customizing your own scent—that singular thrill that comes with crafting a perfume from scratch, note by note, so that it is an ideal reflection of your personality. For those people, self-taught Brooklyn-based perfumer Julia Zangrilli is the ultimate provider. Her studio, Nova, offers both one-on-one customization sessions, group classes, and workshops so anyone can hone their olfactory skills. Besides crafting personalized blends, Zangrilli also recently teamed up with downtown jeweler par excellence Anna Sheffield on a trio of fragrances (Hazeline, Bea No. 3, and Moonstone in, fittingly, tones of rose, white, and yellow gold) for your body and linens, and designed four signature perfume palettes (each one comes with four unique scents ready to be layered however you see fit) for Opening Ceremony. Here, one of the city’s coolest noses shares some of her own beauty and style essentials.

“Most of my go-to places are the ones I work with, like Opening Ceremony, Catbird, Oak, Anna Sheffield, and Bonadrag. I also love Upstate and Loup Charmant for flowy, chic staple pieces, but my favorite way to shop is at a thrift store. And I can usually tell by eyeballing one rack if I am likely to find anything I’ll like. I love finding spots with vintage designer and pieces by strange labels. I tend to be wowed by either the very quirky or very basic. Thrifting can take a lot of time, but when I do it, it’s at MAHPS in Brooklyn.”

“I love full lashes, tinted lips, contoured eyebrows, and clear skin. I use a Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Benefit waterproof eyeliner, and L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara. For brows I like Anastasia Brow Wiz. I am obsessed with NARS across the board, but especially for its matte lipsticks. Sephora brand lipsticks are also excellent, and Tarte LipSurgence is amazing for a more subtle sheen that isn’t sticky. For skin, I use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer if my complexion is relatively on point, or a face oil mixed with Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation if I’m looking for more coverage. Always Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation under the eyes and on blemishes; that stuff is magic.”

“Every morning I oil pull with coconut oil, then rinse and floss. I just started brushing my teeth with oregano oil and water; a friend recommended it and it’s amazing. It literally makes teeth squeaky clean. Then I brush with Marvis toothpaste. On my face, I use a Clarisonic and Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Microdermabrasion. Once a week I’ll do a mask—I love Origins’ Clear Improvements Charcoal. For blemishes Aesop has a great zit cream that I want to eat, it smells so delicious. In warmer weather I use a bit of SPF plus face and body oil; recently I am loving Herbivore Botanicals for face and Neutrogena sesame oil or Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for body. At night I remove everything on my face with coconut oil, wash with a mild cleanser from La Roche-Posay, and then put on Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum. I have genetically dry feet, so I have an O’Keefe’s Healthy Feet ritual that I try to do at least once per week.”

“When I’m feeling indulgent, my favorite spot for gel nails and a pedi is Primp & Polish. If I want designs I’ll go to Christina Rinaldi of Prima Creative or Holly Falcone, who both do really fun stuff.”

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“I drink a Synergy Kombucha quite a bit, as well as green juices and avocado smoothies (sometimes made at home…sometimes Blueprint…sometimes bodega). I always tend to do something with Once Again raw almond butter for breakfast. For dinner, I usually eat at home with my fiancé, who loves to cook. In fact, he posts a lot of great quick recipes on his Instagram and blog called No Grains No Masters. I avoid processed foods and sugar as much as I can but usually cheat anytime I go out to eat.”

“My stylist is Jess Gillin at Marie Robinson; I have been with her for years and am obsessed with how she cuts and styles. She has a fantastic understanding of hair—weight, texture, volume, relation to face shape. I’ve also gone to her for extensions. And I love Alexandra Andrade for color, specifically face-framing highlights. She is the only one who can get them to look subtle and cool with my dark hair.”

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“I love Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca. Water is hugely relaxing for me. Give me a robe, pools of different temperatures, a serene setting, and I’m toast. The Russian Turkish Baths in the East Village are also a staple, but it’s more tough love than Aire.”


“The Greek islands are heaven for me: the landscape, the delicious food, the water, the sun, the air… everything feels so ripe, clean, vibrant, sensual. I’ve been there once and am headed back for my honeymoon very soon. The Standard in Miami is also an all-time favorite: the hammam, the pool, the mud baths, the yummy café. In Italy, my favorite days have been spent at an agriturismo in Assisi called Malvarina—built in the 1500s, it’s family-run, they grow and produce everything they serve to their guests, it’s so affordable. Plus, there are little farm dogs, lots of aromatic plants, and beautiful views. In the Osa peninsula of Costa Rica there is a magical place called Ojo del Mar, perfect for a yoga retreat or just chilling all day on the beach. You sleep in bamboo huts without walls, and there are monkeys and macaws everywhere.”

“I’m all about Pilates with Eleanor at The Swan.”


“I love Intelligent Nutrients shampoo and conditioner or Dr. Bronner’s if I’m feeling cheap. I really love Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric for texture and Meros Foundation Jell for sheen.”

“Lately I have been releasing a lot of my own fragrances, so I’ve been wearing those. Chakra is a nighttime staple, then throughout the week I’ll mix it up with the Tiki Surf, Wood, Pop, and Glass Palettes (the fragrance layering sets I did for Opening Ceremony). As well as the body and linen sprays I made for Anna Sheffield. The Nova for Anna Sheffield scents are named Hazeline, Moonstone, and Bea No. 3. They have more water content than normal perfumes and a little less fragrance oil, so they are nice and light—perfect for summer.”


Beauty 411: Anna Sheffield


Anna Sheffield's openingDesigner Anna Sheffield has, over the course of her career, succeeded at redefining the meaning of statement jewelry—specifically, that it need not occupy its own zip code to be impactful. In fact, some of Sheffield’s most iconic pieces are quite the opposite: astonishingly delicate creations that still manage to be attention-grabbing. It’s a fine balance that the New Mexico-born designer with a studio arts background first struck with her line Bing Bang (chock-full of dainty bands favored by the stylish masses, particularly for their mid-finger stacking readiness), and has continued with her eponymous bridal and fine jewelry line. And just last week, Sheffield opened her first freestanding store, a virtual jewel box on New York’s Lower East Side as precious as her designs, where bauble-seekers can peruse her singular fine jewelry collection. Though she may be constantly surrounded by jewelry, with her own accessorizing, she has a daily uniform. “I am totally a creature of habit when it comes to jewelry,” she says. “I wear a diamond pavé two-finger ring (or sometimes layer a couple), a mix of egg-shaped bangles, and stud earrings every day. I occasionally change things up with stacking and gemstone pinky rings, or vary my necklaces depending on what I’m wearing or feeling that day.” Here, Sheffield shares a few more of her go-tos, all of them—thanks to her mother’s influence—of the natural variety. “I avoid artificial ingredients in everything I eat as well as my beauty products.”


“I love Rodin body oil and use it religiously. The product is amazingly light and the fragrance just makes me happy.”



“I started using only natural and organic lipsticks last year, and for the most part, I’m sad to report, the colors leave a lot to be desired. However, they can be mixed! I like to blend Dollhouse Pink with Starlet, both from the brand ZuZu Luxe.”

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THE HAIR COLOR ACCENT: Manic Panic Hair Dyes

“I sometimes dye my silver [strands] and I have a color-mixing obsession with Manic Panic. Since tertiary colors are my favorites on the spectrum, I blend tones like pink and orange-red, cutting them with conditioner to achieve more of a tint than a full dye. Manic Panic is one of the most successful New York punk products of all time and they’re free of chemicals and animal by-products.”



“For wellness, I tend to like similar natural therapeutic treatments and products. I was recently introduced to doTerra, which has become one my favorite brands. They formulate all of their products with organic essential oils. Generally, I’m inconsistent with daily routines like taking vitamins. However, their xEO Mega and other vitality supplements are pure magic, so it’s easy to remember to take them every day.”


THE SIPPING REGULAR: Harney and Sons Japanese Sencha

“Drinking a cup of green tea is part of my afternoon ritual. Harney and Sons Japanese Sencha is hands down my favorite kind. Plus, the story of the company’s founders is heartfelt and inspiring, and I love that they’re based in the Hudson Valley.”



“When I don’t have time to leave New York City but need a reset, I book a spa treatment at Great Jones Spa. The sauna and steam room are a blissful combination. When I can get away for any length of time, I go home to New Mexico—no matter what time of year. I swear that the waters at Ojo Caliente have magic healing qualities. They’re situated in a river valley just east of Abiquiú, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted many of her most famous works. Another place I love to spend time in is L.A., and luckily I travel there pretty frequently for work (with a dash of pleasure). Also, California is a bastion for all things nature- and health-inspired. When I’m there, I eat at M Café every chance I get (go for the kale!). And if I’ve got any down time, there’s nothing better than a drive up the coast to Big Sur. Nestled in the redwood forest, there’s an incredible place called Fernwood Resort, where you can rent the most adorable cabins. It’s like waking up in a dream with the mist rising up through the forest and making those crazy bands of light…serious majesty.”