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The 411: Cynthia Rowley

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Designer Cynthia Rowley has been charming the fashion community with her signature brand of offbeat feminine clothing since 1988. After her first collection was purchased while she was still a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rowley moved to New York and officially entered the biz she is still a crucial part of today. Along the way she has amassed accolades aplenty (a CFDA Perry Ellis Award for new fashion talent in 1994, a Legend of Fashion award from her alma mater this year) and successfully extended her creative reach far beyond clothes. Her eponymous line now includes menswear, accessories, and fragrance, and she was a pioneer in the collaboration department—she launched her Swell line of home goods with Target way back in 2003 and is responsible for the first set of designer Band-Aid bandages, not to mention a pretty adorable Tweezerman motif. More recently, though, Rowley—an avowed art lover—co-founded Exhibition A, an innovative retail Web site that makes owning a work of art an attainable reality for the masses. In anticipation of her presentation on Thursday September 13, we asked the longtime New Yorker to share some of her health and beauty musts in the city that never sleeps, even though her routine is decidedly low-maintenance. According to the designer, “I barely ever have time for anything except a pedi!”

The Convenient Colorist: Personal Best
“Me! I don’t have time for the salon so I love a good at-home color treatment like Clairol’s Perfect 10.”
Available at drugstores.

The Water Workout: Swimming
“I swim every morning before work. I’m very lucky to have a pool at my house in the city. Weekends are a sport extravaganza with surfing, waterskiing, tennis, and bike riding among my regular activities.”

The BYOP: Deborah Lippmann
“I just pop into local spots but I always, always bring my own polish. Right now I’m loving Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Game.”
Available at www.beauty.com.

The Daily Must-Have: Fish Oil
“Nature Made Fish Oil every day. It’s good for the mind and body.”
For more information, visit www.naturemade.com.

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Cynthia Rowley X Tweezerman; J. Lo Makes The Cut; And More…

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After successful designer collaborations with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Betsey Johnson, cult-favorite tool brand Tweezerman has teamed up with Cynthia Rowley on exclusively patterned nail files and slant tweezers that will launch next month. [WWD]

J. Lo has gone short. The American Idol judge has chopped off her long locks in favor of a shorter, texturized lob. [Us]

Attention, cult of Comme: Rei Kawakubo’s well-loved brand is set to add another brutally original fragrance to its main line of perfumes. Amazingreen boasts vegetal notes and will reportedly include mineral notes like traces of flint and gunpowder. Never a dull moment over there. [Basenotes]

Three years after the WHO classified indoor tanning beds as known carcinogens on par with asbestos and arsenic, college-age youths still don’t get it. 59 percent of 20-year-olds surveyed agreed with statements like “everything causes cancer these days” as a reason why they won’t give up concentrated UV exposure. [U.S. New & World Report]

Photo: Courtesy of Tweezerman

Ten Steps For The Definitive DIY Pedicure

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News flash: Winter boot season is over. This weekend, we put our lace-up oxfords in storage and now there’s no looking back. To spruce things up for the days of T-straps and peep-toes ahead (click here for 24 pairs of our favorite summer sandals), we consulted legendary manicurist Jin Soon Choi, of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa in New York City, and April Foreman, an L.A.-based manicurist whose well-lacquered clients include Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez, for some at-home advice. Here, a rundown of the essentials you’ll need for professional pedis, no trip to the salon needed.

Step 1: Set the Mood

We don’t like to get too froufrou about pedicuring at home (no palm tree toe dividers, please), and neither do the experts. When setting up her personal space for nail painting, Choi just prefers to fill the air with Brazilian or African tunes—Bebel Gilberto and Oliver Mtukudzi are on her playlist—and light a NARS Acapulco candle. “I love cocoa and vanilla scents; this one is magical.”

Step 2: Perfume the Waters

Nothing preps your feet for a pedicure better than a good ten-minute soak, says Choi. She likes to add essential oils, like Napa Valley Bath Co. Organic Lavender Essential Oil, into the lukewarm water. In a pinch, a bit of Epsom salts or even hand-softening liquid dish soap also helps remove dirt and soften calluses, Foreman adds.

Step 3: Use Salves and Stones

Buff thickened skin with a pumice stone (Choi’s tool of choice is Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone since “it has a long handle and is easy to use”) and apply a healing foot balm, like the ultra-nourishing Napa Valley Bath Co. Lavender Hoof Cream. Foreman also likes Kerasal Exfoliating Moisturizing Foot Ointment, which combines salicylic acid with glycerin to slough and hydrate your feet at the same time.

Step 4: Get in Shape

File rough nails into uniform shape, push back the cuticles, and rub in a few drops of olive oil—yes, olive oil; it’s rich in antioxidants to protect delicate skin from sun exposure.

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Good Things Come In Small Packages

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As anyone who’s survived a fashion week is well aware, you basically live out of your bag from sunrise until long past sunset (stopping home in between shows and after-parties is completely out of the question). So when it comes to purse size, the bigger the better—the better to hold your laptop, iPhone, digital camera, notebook, a pair of flats, and the assorted mix of miniature beauty products you will surely need to keep that pale complexion and those greasy bangs from getting in the way of street-style superstardom. Here, we’ve amassed a short list of our favorite shrunken-down beauty essentials to help you make it through the non-stop hustle and bustle of New York fashion week.

Tweezerman Itty Bitty Files

Raggedy nails are not a good look on anyone. Keep that manicure neat and groomed with these teeny, tiny emery boards packaged in a matchbook-sized case.

Tweezerman Itty Bitty Files, $4, www.tweezerman.com.

First Aid Beauty Repair Cream to Go

This latest bout of frigid weather is bound to leave your skin a bit chapped and red. Soothe and moisturize with this super-rich oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramide-enriched cream that works just as well on chapped cheeks as it does on frost-bitten fingers.

First Aid Beauty Repair Cream to Go, $15, www.sephora.com.

Supersmile Quikee No-Rinse Toothpaste

Smiling and schmoozing while sucking down Venti coffees is a deadly combination unless you have this potent paste on hand.

Supersmile Quikee No-Rinse Toothpaste, $6, www.supersmile.com.

Frais Skin Revitalizer + Makeup Remover Towelettes

Need a makeup redo between shows? Whip out one of these refreshing and hydrating cloths to quickly prep your face for that next round of concealer and mascara.

Frais Skin Revitalizer + Makeup Remover Towelettes, $8 for 7 sachets, www.beautyhabit.com.

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Tweezerman Celebrates The Big 3-0

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Tweezerman is really making the most out of the small canvas that is its popular slant tweezer. Over the summer, the New York-based brand collaborated on three limited-edition designs with Betsey Johnson, and this month, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company pays homage to the decade from whence it came: the eighties. The latest special edition of the much-loved tool is a two-sided tribute to the era of excess, with a black-and-white graphic New York skyline on one side and a retro-print font with the year of the brand’s birth on the other. An important tip to remember when using: Women rejoiced in fuller—albeit well-groomed—arches back then, so remember to pluck with restraint.

Photo: Courtesy of Tweezerman