30 days of jumpsuits with Beauty Director Jane Larkworthy

As the longtime Beauty Director for W Magazine, Jane Larkworthy is a bonafide beauty guru. We love her smart and witty commentary on the beauty industry and she’s our go-to source for the real-deal on skin care and makeup trends. Jane’s Twitter and Insta feeds are also dead giveaways of just how cool and down-to-earth she is. Find her at @wmagjane and scroll for a shot of her standard poodle Remy wearing vintage Chanel, you’ll see what we mean. So when we saw her feed flood with jumpsuits, we had to get the story behind it. We caught up with the natural knockout and veteran beauty editor to learn more about 30 days of jumpsuits and, of course, some of her beauty secrets.

TELL US ABOUT 30 DAYS OF JUMPSUITS. IS LIFE BETTER IN A ONESIE? Last Summer, W Magazine decided to cover my clothes for 30 straight days on Instagram. It was not only flattering, but a fun challenge and I really enjoyed both explaining the history of the clothes as well as setting up some crazy shoots every day. Anyway, a few more editors did it after me, then it kind of fizzled out. This summer, I kept thinking about it and decided to do it again, but with a theme. I already own about ten jumpsuits, but once it gained momentum, people and designers started loaning them to me, so it was extra fun. I will be sad when it’s done. I’ve probably got more than 30 days worth, so I might extend. That said, my daughter gave me the next 30 days idea: 30 days of kale. I bet we can totally do it. Okay, fine. Ten days of kale. Then it’s back to fashion!

WHAT BEAUTY TRENDS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW? The platinum blondes are cool (literally!), but it’s just about peaked, so maybe the pendulum will shift to super dark! I still like an interesting nail – maybe with an ombre glimmer of glitter near the tip – but only if it’s done in chic and subtle ways. I can’t deal with geometric shapes or negative space.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY MUST-HAVES? Burt’s Bees lip balm, House of Soveral Angel Balm, and Cellcosmet ampoules and serums.

IT’S ALMOST FASHION WEEK. HOW DO YOU GET READY FOR THE SHOW SEASON? Since it’s still going to be warm, I’ll get a pedicure, but not a manicure. I’ll just ruin it. Maybe give myself a moisturizing mask one or two nights during the week. Then a quick visit to my colorist Gina Gilbert to cover my gray and update the highlights! But, with facials, I’m very Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes – meaning: I know I could get one and should get one, but I’ll be too busy hiking up in the mountains until the very last minute before fashion week! Fresh air is MY facial!

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Power Couple: Lizzie Fortunato + Peter Asbill of Songza

If you asked us about our favorite things, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels and Songza would definitely make the cut of “Things We Would Need on a Desert Island”. So when we found out that two of the founders also happened to be one of New York’s coolest couples, our love for them went next level.

Lizzie Fortunato is part of the twin sister duo (her sister Kathryn heads up sales and operations) that founded the NYC-based jewelry and accessories line in 2008. Since then her gorgeous statement necklaces and mixed media bracelets have become a cult favorite with the industry’s most influential style stars. Peter Asbill co-founded the internet’s best playlist source with a music streaming service called Songza. Just two years after launching the mobile app, they were snapped up by Google.

We caught up with them to find out how they met and the playlists we should be streaming.

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HOW DID YOU MEET PETER? We met on a blind date and were actually set up by a good friend of my ex-boyfriend! Scandal!

WHAT IS INSPIRING YOUR DESIGNS RIGHT NOW? It’s typically fine art, architecture and travel that inspires my work — but the process is always accompanied by music. I tend to design in the middle of the night and prefer having music in the background as opposed to TV or anything else. I listen to a huge range of things but “Vintage Reggae” on Songza is a personal favorite when I’m working.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER FAVE PLAYLISTS ON SONGZA? I love “Songs to Raise Your Kids To” for classic hits (it’s a great long drive or dinner party soundtrack). I also love “Unexpected Best Night Ever”. I have to take credit here because this playlist was conceived when Peter and I were out to dinner one night and I suggested that he “needed a playlist for those times when you don’t think you’re going to stay out late and you didn’t even put heels on but you ended up having one of those epic 4 AM mornings”.

WHAT THREE THINGS ARE YOU COVETING RIGHT NOW? We just moved so I’ve been shopping primarily for housewares, but I’m really obsessing over light fixtures from One Forty Three (I’m dying for two of the brass swing lamps for either side of our bed… Hint, hint Peter!) and artwork by Sally King Benedict. I also love the new clogs out from N0. 6 — they seem perfect for fall adventures in the city and upstate. Oh and one more thing — pretty much anything from the new Rachel Comey store on Crosby. That whole store is heaven.

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HOW DID YOU MEEET LIZZIE? On a blind date at Barrio Chino on Broome between Orchard and Ludlow. She was very late. But very cute.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR SONGZA? By listening to our users! They told us that they needed a quick and easy way to have the perfect music for every moment.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVE PLAYLISTS RIGHT NOW? I have so many favorites! I love “90s Bachelor Pad” because I love silky smooth, light pop hits from the ’90s. And because it’s the perfect season for it, I’m really into “Poolside Chic” right now.

LET’S GO SHOPPING. WHAT THREE THINGS ARE ON YOUR LIST? For clothing? A button down from Barque, sneakers from Generic Surplus, and some Made & Crafted Levi’s, please!!

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People We Love: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

When we spotted their retro pale yellow truck at a Lucky Magazine boutique crawl a few years back, we knew Van Leeuwen Ice Cream was on to something. Not only is their artisan ice cream made from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with fresh and natural ingredients, but their stylish truck has fashion editors running for the ice cream man. Founded by Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen and Laura O’Neill in 2008, they now have six trucks and three stores around New York and Los Angeles bringing artisan ice cream to the masses. And they’ve got a book deal. With summer around the corner we’ve been craving ice cream, like a lot, so we got the scoop (get it?) on the business of Van Leeuwen and their Bali-inspired flavours from co-founder and owner Laura.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS OF MAKING ICE CREAM? There’s three of us, myself, Ben and Pete. Ben and Pete used to drive an ice cream truck around the neighbourhood. Back when Ben was in college, that was one of his summer jobs and Pete did it as well. So they would drive around the neighbourhood in Connecticut and sell ice creams – ice creams on sticks, so yummy but nothing particularly special.

They made a lot of money doing it – it was a very lucrative summer job. Ben saved enough money to take himself around South East Asia. Fast forward to 2006 when Ben was in his final year of college – he had this idea one day, this realization that there were all these ice cream trucks in New York but none of them were serving particularly special ice cream, in kinda cute but not beautiful trucks. He thought “Why doesn’t anyone scoop good ice creams off trucks?”.

I was still living in Australia then but was planning on moving over here. Ben called me one day and was like, “I think when you get here we should start an ice cream truck business.” I mean none of us have any formal culinary training but we’re definitely all very much food enthusiasts. It kind of grew from this crazy simple idea into writing a business plan and starting to toy around with recipes at home and finding places that would eventually make the ice cream. We came up with the recipes at home but then we needed somewhere we could make it all large-scale. We bought our first two trucks and had them retrofitted into what they are today.

WE LOOOVE THE COLOUR OF YOUR TRUCKS. Thanks! It was hard to find that colour because we could see it in our mind’s eye, this sunshiny-yellow. We’d go through all these Pantone books and we couldn’t quite find the right kind of colour, in regular paint books. But we ended up finding it in this vintage General Motors book. It’s a vintage car colour.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR SPECIAL FLAVOURS, LIKE THE SWEET STICKY BLACK RICE? Sticky Black Rice, I’m not sure if you know, but we also have a restaurant in Brooklyn, called Selamat Pagi. It’s an Indonesian restaurant. We opened that up about 18 months ago. I’m from Australia and when Ben and I were back visiting my family we would sometimes go to Bali because it’s so close and once you get there it’s really cheap. It’s an amazing place. We really fell in love with that style of cooking and that kind of flavour profile. One of the dishes you see over there is Sticky Black Rice cooked with coconut milk and pandan or vanilla bean. Once we started doing that for the restaurant it was kind of natural that the two departments would merge and we would start creating flavours geared from Selamat with the Leeuwen process.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK THAT’S COMING OUT. It’s a cookbook with about 60 ice cream recipes. It’s the type of book we wish we had when we were getting started. That’ll hopefully come out in the spring next year. We’re just testing all the recipes right now. It’ll be out with Ecco Press which is part of HarperCollins.

IS THERE A FLAVOUR THAT YOU GUYS LOVE BUT DOESN’T GET A LOT OF LOVE? It’s interesting actually. We have limited space in our freezers, particularly on our trucks, so in order to do special flavours we need to not do some of the other classics. We’ll still run specials but they won’t be available all the time, but the best flavours are cinnamon, hazelnut and palm sugar. We think all three are incredible but people do tend to go with what they know. Vanillia is 100% our best seller.

We have a lot of people who are really devoted to those flavours and are so sad that they can’t get them all the time now. Those flavours deserved more attention than they got, but I’m excited to make room for more special flavours. Recently we’ve been doing a goat’s cheese with berry compote which is incredible. Also, a milk chocolate with salted marcona almonds.

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Five Minutes with the Mother of Yarn Bombing, Magda Sayeg

We were super excited to sit down and chat with knit artist Magda Sayeg. Considered to be the mother of yarn bombing, Magda’s work has evolved to include the knitted/crocheted covered bus in Mexico City, as well as her first solo exhibit in Rome at La Museo des Esposizione during the summer of 2010. She leads community-based projects and works on commissions around the globe with various companies. Such as Absolut Vodka, Madewell, Insight 51, Mini Cooper, and more recently, Comme des Garcons. She is one cool chick. So we asked and she answered.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE ART OF KNITTING?

I kind of stumbled into it. I knew how to knit when I was sixteen, but didn’t really care for it that much. And then. All of a sudden there was a renaissance of knitting and then the D.I.Y. movement. Then a friend invited me to knitting circles. It was fun to go to on a Tuesday night and drink wine and hang out with other women. That was really my incentive; I didn’t really care about the knitting. But when I was in my shop [that I owned at the time], I was bored on a winter day and I decided that it would be pleasant to see something that was bright, warm and human-like (in a sense that was handmade). So I knitted the door handle. I guess in a way, that was how I discovered that knitting could be elevated to an art form. [When I did it] I didn’t say to myself “I’m going to elevate knitting to an art form and put it on this door handle.” It was very much so an organic, slowly conscious thing / process that happened.

Who knew that I would be the founder of the yarn bombing? I never thought that that would be in the cards. I’m really proud of that. Even though I don’t really own it anymore, the world yarn bombs. It’s really cool to see that it started back in 2005 at my shop.

TELL US ABOUT THE BIGGEST THING YOU’VE EVER KNITTED:

I think what I did just recently for The Dover Street Market [in New York] for Comme des Garcons was probably the biggest, most complex and interesting. If I could make all of my projects as compelling as that, I’d be a happy person. It was such a cool feeling. It really touched upon all these different passions I have. I really loved fashion for a while and then getting into this art. To me, it just satisfied me so much. I really enjoyed it.

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Magda Sayeg’s installation for Comme des Garcons at the Dover Street Market in New York.
[Photos by: Jonathan Hokklo]