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Designer 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.”
THE DAILY RITUAL: Rodin Body Oil
“I love Rodin body oil and use it religiously. The product is amazingly light and the fragrance just makes me happy.”
THE SIGNATURE LIP: ZuZu Luxe Lipstick
“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.”
Available at Whole Foods and www.gabrielcosmetics.com.
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.”
THE SUPPLEMENTALS: doTerra
“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.”
THE ESCAPES, NEAR AND FAR
“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.”
After reading in this morning’s Daily Mail that vegan inmates in the U.K. have won the right to have ethically sourced, animal byproduct-free cosmetics in jail—including nail polish, lip balm, and cellulite oil—we have vegan cosmetics on the brain. Those who prefer the extreme end of eating and dressing all naturally typically have the same guidelines for their cosmetics as well. This means that the usual no-nos, like petrochemicals, parabens, and sodium lauryl phosphates, are out, as is anything that comes from any living thing that walks, flies, or swims. According to a recent article in the L.A. Times, this prohibits beeswax (which is often used in lip balms and mascaras), milk (found in soaps), collagen (a skin strengthener derived from cows), carmine (a colorant that comes from beetle shells), and even the animal hairs that are used in applicator brushes. Instead, herbal extracts and essential oils fulfill all cleansing, moisturizing, and fragrance objectives; iron oxides and other minerals typically serve pigment duty; and sea algae and marigold extracts are popular choices for all your antiaging needs. While orange-jumpsuit wearers across the pond have only been given clearance to shop at cruelty-free beauty retailers like Honesty Cosmetics and Lavera, those of you who are not incarcerated should feel free to branch out: Beauty Without Cruelty, Zuzu Luxe, and Ecco Bella all offer good vegan skincare and makeup options and Urban Decay is reportedly working to put purple paw prints on the packaging of all of its vegan items for easier identification.