This Fall, I've traveling a bit for my New York Times "Skin Deep" book tour. After wrapping a fun fete last night at Blushington in New York's Upper East Side, I'm rolling on to Dallas. Next stop: Forty Five Ten's TTH store on December 16. Mark your calendars!
Recently, I was taken down by a nasty, lingering cold and despite all the options out there, this hippie-ish remedy was an end-of-day lifesaver: I'd have a proper soak with a scoop of Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath in a full tub. It isn't as smelly as it sounds and in fact has a lovely therapeutic aroma from the eucalyptus and wintergreen that are in the product. Call me a converted bath person. (P.S. light candles during your bath ritual, like our Pseudonym Terrific Scented Candle, for a zen vibe.)
I've had many people ask me about our logo and general aesthetic of the brand and for Ellis Brooklyn, it really came down to me working with a fellow creative who is not only modern but has that extra something. That creative would be Yolandi Oosthuizen, and something we're proud of is that we have truly worked hand in hand on the packaging, design and feel of the brand. She also works on many other cool projects, such as creating the logo treatment for the great TBS show "Search Party." Posters for the show's Season 2 premiere (Nov. 19) have been going up all over Williamsburg, Brooklyn and they have a vintage Nancy Drew feel. (Fun fact: before I knew Yolandi was working on the show, I interviewed "Search Party" star Alia Shawkat on her favorite beauty items for the New York Times. I adored how she owned her curly hair.)
If you're a fan of beautiful design, take yourself to Paintbox where Eleanor Langston, a former beauty editor, is elevating the nail art game to eye-swoon heights. Recently, I caught up with Eleanor over lunch in Soho where we talked beauty and business how it's all about the mix of service and merchandise these days. Cue the holiday bells: Ellis Brooklyn will be available at Paintbox in their curated shop starting this week! Snag your holiday gifting there while waiting for your killer mani or simply gift yourself—because who needs an excuse?
For all the talk of Brooklyn companies from chocolate to perfume, perhaps the one that started the movement in Williamsburg is Catbird. The jewelry company that could, founded by the amazing Rony Vardi, has been in Williamsburg for more than a decade. She's not only seen the neighborhood undergo tremendous change, but her business has also thrived and grown with it. For those unfamiliar, Catbird changed the fine jewelry game. Gone are the days of giant baubles and in are layers of delicate gold bands and unique single earrings. Walk into Catbird's store on Bedford and immediately feel the energy—it's exactly how women want to wear fine jewelry now. You can count me as a huge fan. In fact, whenever I travel, I bring along Catbird gifts with me as a little reminder of home. All of which is why I'm personally thrilled to say that Ellis Brooklyn is launching with Catbird this week. Stunning fine jewelry meets modern fine perfume—talk about my dream world combo.