{ Seven Sussies }

I have a few favorite coping mechanisms for getting through the cold, dark months of winter. For starters, I try to always have fresh flowers around the house ~ the brighter and cheerier the better. It’s a welcome shot of nature in a city that’s especially desolate this time of year, and a sweet reminder that spring is just around the corner. Similarly, tis the season to inject a little sunny color into my bundled-up ensembles, and right now these yellow-rimmed Ray-Ban Clubmasters are my favorite way to do so.I’ve been trying to make time to read books a little every day. It’s something I’ve always loved but seem to have so little opportunities to do as a working-too-much grownup. Recently, Stephanie Lacava and Grace Coddington’s memoirs have provided the right amount of quick and easy readability, combined with transportive adventures and all-encompassing aesthetic obsession in every chapter. And for straight-up visual stimulation, I can’t stop being inspired by Bruce Weber’s ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ ~ my eyes are richly fed by each turn of the page.Speaking of being inspired, I recently worked with a too-cool hair & makeup artist named Gloria Noto, who also happens to be the founding editor-in-chief of Work, a quarterly magazine that’s all about breaking the mold and championing fresh voices in the industry (you can pick it up at equally too-cool spots like Opening Ceremony and Colette). Nothing makes me happier than meeting people who not only manage to make careers out of their passions, but also realize that it’s possible to pursue and excel in several of them at once ~ the sky is the limit! Hard work combined with creative vision and boundless determination: is there anything sexier?! Almost as importantly, she introduced me to my new favorite hair product, Baxter’s Clay Pomade. I’m trying to go for looser, piecier texture these days, like a French girl chock full of all that je ne sais quoi. I’m only sort of pulling it off.

|PHOTOS| by Mark Iantosca