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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"My beauty uniform"

For years, I've had a girl crush on Jessie Randall, the creative director of shoe and handbag brand Loeffler Randall. A mom of three boys, Jessie lives with her family in Brooklyn; and in addition to having amazing taste, she's also incredibly warm and down to earth. Here, she shares her secrets, including a life-changing serum and a book that made her cry...
What's your daily routine?
I always feel like I have dark circles under my eyes—I'm always so tired—so I use Clinique line-smoothing concealer. I sometimes use a cheap drugstore mascara in dark brown or black. But I'm sort of superstitious about mascara; I feel like every time I put it on, that's the day that I cry. I use Dior Rosy Glow blush on my cheeks. It's a really bright pinky color that gives my face life. On my lips, I use Fresh Sugar lip treatment or Aquaphor. I like nude nail polish. That's it. If I have too much makeup on, I feel like I look crazy. My mom never wore that much makeup, and I just kind of followed suit. You often do the same things that your mom does!
Do you have a this-changed-my-life beauty product?
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum. I got introduced to Tata Harper products a couple years ago, and I love them so much. They're all natural, so I don't have to worry about weird chemicals getting into my skin or body. I use the Rejuvenating Serum twice a day (morning and night). I love it and need to have it with me at all times. It makes me feel alive; it hydrates my skin and gives me a lot of color on my face. My makeup all goes on so much better when I have that as a base. Plus, it smells so good. The serum is almost like a perfume. It's all made with flowers. The boys definitely notice it. They were playing with the cream and were like, "Oh, this is where you get the way that you smell." It's clean, nice and subtle.

What about when you're dressing up for a date or work event?
If I'm trying to look more polished, I'll wear a bright lipstick, like NARS Heat Wave, and I might do a face mask from Tata Harper or Fresh to slough off dead skin cells. My favorite thing is to go to a neighborhood restaurant called Fonda. My husband calls it my "Cheers," because we go there so often everyone knows us. I love it. It's the best Mexican food I've ever had. I love to get a margarita and just relax. I'm kind of a homebody so I like to be close to home. It's not something I necessarily think is a great thing about myself. I'm not the most adventurous person, going to some hot new restaurant. I like to know that if anyone at home needs me, I can get there quickly.
What do you do to style and take care of your hair?
I use Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner because I have really fine hair. And I love my hairdresser. I go to Snip and Sip in the West Village, which looks like a 1950's hair salon. My stylist is Ricky, and he has a really strong clientele of people that are big fans. It's really relaxing in there; they give out little glass bottles of Coke. (Diet Coke is my weakness! It probably does the most damage to my skin! But it's so hard to give up.)

What's your happy place?
I really like having a craft project going. It relaxes me. A year or two ago, Martha Stewart had this thing about cross-stitched portraits. I got obsessed with that article and started making them of my kids. Then I got overly ambitious for a fundraiser at my son's school and cross-stitched a pillow with a portrait of each of the kids in my son's class—there were 21! It came out so cute. It was a lot of work; it took my entire Christmas vacation. We went to Jamaica and I was on the beach cross-stitching. It was really calming. Now I'm working on a cross-stitch of our entire family tree.
What's your bedtime routine?
My nighttime routine is a lot of going back and forth to the kids' rooms. We do not have the best sleepers. My littlest is potty training, so of course he only has to go to the bathroom after he's supposed to be in bed. I have a beer every night; that's my relaxation. I also try to read every night. I try to be better about leaving my phone downstairs and reading in my room or working on a craft project.

What are you reading?
I really loved the book Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. She used to write an advice column called Dear Sugar, and they put all the columns together into a book. They're funny, they're sad; she's an incredible writer. It was so easy to read, I couldn't put it down. It has beautifully written advice. There's one about what advice you'd give to yourself in your 20s, and it's funny, heartbreaking, it's such good advice it will make you cry.

Do you have a stance on bath vs. shower?
We have a nice deep bath at our house, and it's a really relaxing place for me. I read on my Kindle and just hope I don't drop it. I like to put in some bubbles with a eucalyptus scent. I can stay in there for an hour.
What did your mother—or aunts or grandmothers—teach you about beauty?
My paternal grandmother had great style. We would watch soap operas, read The Enquirer and do our nails while she smoked. It was everything my (very natural) mother couldn't deal with; I'm sure it drove her crazy. But that sense of fun rubbed off on me. I loved spending time with her and loved her bright red lips.

When's one time that you felt really beautiful?
Our honeymoon. We stayed at a beautiful hotel in Capri, where we fell asleep for the first two days of our honeymoon. We woke up and it was Wednesday! Weddings are so exhausting. We rented a moped. One day we rented a boat, and that was awesome. It feels like a million years ago—we just had our eleventh anniversary. I got engaged really young, it was crazy, I was 23! We were engaged for three years because I thought, "I can't get married when I'm 23."
Do you do any activities that make you feel great?
My whole office has been going to SoulCycle, and we've all gotten so obsessed! I was intimidated at first, but I've gotten really really into it. My husband was saying, "All you girls! Your skin all looks so good, you all look so healthy!" It's funny, I feel like that's a big part of looking your best—exercising, getting your blood flowing. I was a runner but I never did the bike machine, so I was scared that I wouldn't be able to do it. It's definitely hard but it's so good. You sweat so much, and it's such a short workout. I'd highly recommend it.

Do you have any regrettable beauty moments/trends you tried?
Oh yeaaaaaah. In high school, I wore brown lipstick. It looked terrible on me. And a slightly darker brown lipliner. It was so bad.
What are you teaching your sons about beauty?
Since I have boys, I think there's less pressure in some ways to teach them about beauty. But I definitely don't want them to hear me talking about "Oh, I need to lose weight," which is not good for any kid to hear. That's one of the reasons I tried to get back into fitness. Two years after I had my littlest, I hadn't really done any physical exercise at all. I started getting back into it last year and one reason was that I wanted them to see how, as much as I take care of them, I also take time to take care of myself.

Speaking of beauty, how would you describe your shoe aesthetic? (I LOVE this pair for fall.)
I started the line when I couldn't find shoes that felt like me and my style, so we try to design things that people will respond to and think, "Oh yeah, that feels like me. I'm pushing a stroller and then running to work." Our customers have dynamic lives and a lot going on, so comfort is a very important part of what we do—sexy, cool, but also comfy enough to wear for blocks and blocks.
Thank you so much, Jessie!

P.S. Five more beauty uniforms and how to make a perfect top knot.

(Instagrams courtesy of Jessie Randall. All other photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo)

69 comments:

megan bachmann said...

my favorite interview yet! love her simple beauty routine & of course i'm OBSESSED with her shoe line! she is such a beautiful person, inside and out. thanks for sharing! i've got to try that tata serum.

erin said...

I love this series. Such a good little peek into someone else's daily routine!

catherine sprunt said...

I love this. But SURELY she is not 37!? Time to invest in that serum, I think!

Shruti Kapoor said...

Def. love Fonda. It's out goto place for Mexican. The food is delicious! Thanks for sharing this wonderful Q&A with her!

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Kate Glodney said...

fabulous tips Jessie!! Thanks for sharing. I'm also pretty in love with that camel colored leather jacket you are wearing in most of the pics. GORGEOUS!

Alison said...

Lovely! Have to ask, where are her jacket/shoes from?

Tammy said...

Love the beauty uniform series!!

Thanks for sharing ladies :)

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

I love these beauty profiles. They tend to be really refreshing and fun to read. :)

Erin O said...

So sweet and lovely! I love this series.

Erin said...

This is so incredibly sweet, and she looks so lovely! I love to see all these amazing women and how they care for themselves, make the best of themselves, and then get on with the rest of life.

melissa loves said...

Love these BR posts and love this one especially. I sense a kindred spirit and love her understated but, beautiful style. Off to catch up on the rest!
xo
Melissa

MM said...

Can you please tell me what skirt Jessie is wearing in this post. I've been looking for that exact one!

uptoblue said...

Love this! Also, where is her tank top from?? It's perfect.

emi ito illustration said...

I love Loeffler Randall! So nice to learn more about Jessie. I can't believe she's 37! She looks amazing!

Jo said...

She's to be congratulated for looking 23 at 37. These beauty profiles are so fun to read! It makes you realized that you can relate to people in more ways than you think :)

Sara Downton said...

This is my favorite series of yours! Another great one. Thanks!

jm said...

I love Jessie's simple routine and natural look. She is beautiful, and seems like such a nice person. I would like to rejuvenating serum. And I think her comment about excercise is true. I need to do more of that!

Julie Randall said...

I have such a girl crush on Jessie! Love her style. Also, we share a pretty fantastic last name. :)

Erica Hartmann said...

Loved this post! Can;t wait to pick-up Jessie's book recommendation.

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Miss Marie said...

I love your "My Beauty Uniform" posts, so inspiring! And I agree, is this woman 37!? She looks like she's still 23! :)

Emily Cooper said...

Haha! That's funny she thought she couldn't get married when she was 23. I got married when I was 19... so definitely a different culture here! She is so naturally beautiful, I'm jealous!
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Clementine Buttercup said...

Wow, she seemed so down to earth. I love when I see a glimpse of my own life in these articles.
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Nina Leung said...

Excellent series. Jessie is gorgeous and I love her shoe line, it's perfect! I would have liked seeing more pics of her and her family, like in the other posts from this series.

Stephanie said...

It's great to read a post that someone talks about exercise! I love all the motherhood Mondays and profiles of people but they never seem to talk about when they exercise or if they do! I love that she said that its great for her and a good example for her kids:)

Katrina Fleetham said...

I want to see her cross-stitch portraits! That sounds adorable. I love that having a beer every night is a part of her routine.

Natalie said...

Wow, her skin looks younger and healthier than mine, and I'm only 24! And I take pretty good care of myself. Good for her. I have to agree about the workout-- it's so good for your whole body-- muscles, skin, and mind. Good post!

Wendy said...

Loved this interview, but I NEED to see some of that cross-stitch! Pretty please??

Sofia said...

I love Loeffler Randall! But as someone who wears a 10.5 or 11 shoe size, I wonder why all of their shoes don't come in a size 11. I would buy more if they did, but it's pretty limited!

Tia said...

I just bought the bag she's holding in all the pictures!

kelly said...

she looks 23 now! she looks so young and fresh! and i love loeffler randall. LOVE.

Joy said...

I love that she cross stitches! Crafting is a great way to relax.

Elizabeth Cooper said...

Such a fabulous interview! She has an amazing sense of style. I love that it not only looks effortless, but judging by her makeup routine - it IS effortless! With three kids, I can see how she'd need to keep things minimal. Very inspiring - thank you for running these!

Em said...

I liked the interview and love this whole series. But seriously - hundreds of dollars for shoes? I don't see how that represents most women. I would love to find fashionable, comfortable shoes at a lower price point.

Eliza Lewis said...

Ahhh LR are my favorite shoes ever. I'm not surprised to see someone who is so stylish and effortlessly cool is the creative director. She looks Scandinavian. She's very beautiful. Now I really want those leopard sandals!

MollColl said...

Need that serum!

Emmy M. said...

Love this interview- she comes across as so down to earth, indeed! What a cool idea to cross stitch your family tree, sounds like something that would become quite the family heirloom. I also just put that Eucalyptus bubble bath on my Amazon wish list!

Jess Ehlers said...

These posts are my favourite, and her style is great!

danielle said...

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS = wonderful book!!

Michelle Panting said...

Her skin is just incredible! I absolutely love this series.

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Ginny said...

Yay for Jessie Randall...girl is everywhere lately! Her shoes have been my favorites forever and I've always loved her style. Please keep the beauty uniform posts coming...they are great!

Ginny said...

Sofia, if you call the Loeffler Randall office, they are super helpful about tracking down 10.5s and 11s :)

BusyBee said...

I always go to their sample sales in NY - her staff is very sweet and the prices are not too bad. I have a number of shoes by her and love all of them. Nice interview!

sophia Quinn said...

I really love this Post. Jessie is gorgeous and I love her shoe line, it's perfect!
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Katherine said...

I love, LOVE that she has a beer every night. That just seems so human.

Patty said...

These are so fun and interesting to read!

makeitintosomethingbeautiful said...

She is so stunning!! Loved the tips and enjoyed reading this write up, thank you!

Mimi said...

She's lovely! I love Tata's products too. Where are her awesome sunnies from? Please include outfit details in the interviews please :)

Katie Jones said...

Must have the deets on that muscle tank!! Love it! Thanks

TW Abel said...

She's amazing. One of my FAV pair of booties (black, peep-toe, with a wooden heel) are Loeffler Randall and are one of my favorite & most comfortable things I've ever owned. I wore them to death on the streets of NYC though, and had to take them to the cobbler to get resoled because I love them SO much.

Also. Tiny Beautiful Things is one of the best books of essays I've ever read. Cheryl strayed Is one of my favorite writers. I aspire to write like her.

xoxoxo

Jennifer Jamison said...

I'd love to know where she got that skirt - it's the perfect length!

cait said...

It would be great to see some of these posts feature women who have less-than-perfect skin naturally.

Catherine Masi said...

Another beautiful woman! And I have to agree, completely, in everywhichway, about Tiny Beautiful Things. A friend passed it along to me this past year and I often found myself staring off after reading a paragraph, taking it in, and then busting out into a sobbing mess. She's that good and profoundly real and insightful. Thank you for sharing, Jessie (your company + designs are pretty perfect, too!). And thank you, Joanna, for opening up your blog for this wonderful series. It's awesome.

Vale Cervarich said...

Yes, please can we see the cross stich? Thanks!!

Cait said...

I really love this feature. I had to laugh though, because I just turned 23 and will celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary next month. Married at 19 and I definitely don't feel too young at 23! It's totally different for everyone :)

Ali said...

I've had a girl crush on her for years. So lovely!

Kate at M is for make said...

She's so lovely, I think I want to be friends :) so refreshing to that she doesn't wear loads of make up, I also feel like a look a bit mad if I wear it!

Sandy Leonard Snaps said...

Happy to hear that you love Fonda as much as I do. What great food, great people, great vibe.

JennRosen said...

I definitely need to know where the jacket is from. One of their bags or shoes is on my wish list this fall (a birthday present maybe?)

h.jo said...

yes! tiny beautiful things is amazing. also love wild. beautiful, beautiful books!

Molly said...

Hey all, for anyone asking the muscle tank is Current/Elliot and the skirt is Theory. xx

samantha geary said...

Love this series, Joanna! This one in particular I love because she's so successful and healthy - very empowering and encouraging. Great interview :)

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The Supper Model said...

I have been such a fan of Loeffler Randall- a still have my very first pair, a pony hair moccasin in a tiger print that are still the most comfortable thing in my closet- admittedly I cannot wear them out in any weather as I have literally worn them to shreds, but will never part with them! Great feature-love the interview.

xoxo Darcy | The Supper Model
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Nadia Johnson-Lisk said...

Love these profiles, but all the women are so naturally flawless (seeming!). Wondering if there's anyone you could feature that has more than just mascara and air dried hair as their beauty routine--because, is that realistic?! Would love to see another viewpoint represented for those of us who, on a daily basis, use things like lipstick or eyeliner to feel beautiful, not just on special occasions. Thanks!

Louise Firth said...

What a fab jacket! I've been hunting for a leather jacket but maybe I've been doing it all wrong by looking for a chocolate or black one! Those shoes are fantastic too.

arif hidayat said...

I really like this series, the next series might be more interesting ..
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kcf1971 said...

I love this series.And LR shoes. Seconding the request for details about her stunning camel moto jacket.

Selene Preciado said...

More "beauty uniform" post please!!! ;)
Thanks!

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