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My Beauty Uniform: Alison Roman

My Beauty Uniform: Alison Roman

Alison Roman is a food force. She is the author of the beloved cookbook Dining In and a brand new New York Times columnist. She is also the creator of the Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread cookies that took Instagram by storm. (Have you tried them?) Here, Alison shares her secrets, in and out of the kitchen…

My Beauty Uniform: Alison Roman

Let’s talk about lipstick. You’re always wearing awesome reds. What are a few favorites?
Yes, I own a thousand lipsticks and barely anything else. My mom always wore lipstick growing up and it’s something I started doing. Even on your worst day, if you put a nice lipstick on, you feel a thousand times better. For daytime, I have a few melon-y, peachy and magenta shades. I love the Glossier tints, and the Fresh balms, because they have both SPF and color. At night, though, I’m shellacking on a red lip that will not come off. The colors change with the season, but the ones I re-buy are Stila liquid lipstick in Beso and Sephora cream lip stain in Really Red. I do too much talking and eating and they stay put.

My Beauty Uniform: Alison Roman

Do you have a holy grail product?
Honestly, Boy Brow changed my life. It’s so subtle but so good. Enhancing your eyebrows does so much for a person’s face, at least for mine. It’s become as important to me as mascara. Boy Brow shapes and darkens your brows in the best way.

My Beauty Uniform: Alison Roman

Do you wear any other makeup?
I’ll use a BB cream and a highlighter stick, from either Glossier or NARS. Then I’ll use the Boy Brow and some Diorshow mascara, and that’s it. I’m so lazy. I’m almost 32, and I recently bought a concealer for the first time in my life. I don’t get enough sleep or drink enough water, and nothing will make me look like I do, but I’ll use the concealer when I’m taking photos.

My Beauty Uniform: Alison Roman

What’s your daily skincare routine?
I’m really bad at rituals. The one thing I’ve done with any regularity is to wear sunscreen every morning. I use SuperGoop Unseen Sunscreen, which is almost matte when you put it on. It doesn’t feel greasy at all, is nice to my skin and even minimizes my pores.

What is your nighttime routine?
I wash my face — well, not always. I keep makeup removal wipes on hand, for the times I’ll come home drunk, and am like, ‘I’m not going to wash my face, but I want to take off my makeup.’ I also use them when traveling. But when I am washing my face, I take off my mascara with Neutrogena’s oil free remover, and then I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. You only need a little bit, it isn’t drying, and my face feels really clean and dewy afterward.

Alison Roman Kitchen

Have you discovered any products while traveling?
My friend recently asked me to pick up some Redermic R retinol cream from a European pharmacy. I bought some for myself, and it really improved my skin’s tone and texture. I put it on at night before whatever random moisturizer I’m using.

Alison Roman Feedback

What do you do to style and care for your hair?
I went blond five years ago, and started to cut it short two years ago. When you color your hair, a longer length can be hard because it doesn’t age well. I’m committed to growing it out right now, though. I don’t have a shampoo I like; I’m always on the hunt for affordable shampoo and conditioner. But I can say the Christophe Robin purple hair mask, for blond hair, is AMAZING. I take free samples at the salon whenever I get my hair done, because it smells incredible and makes your hair look so nice. I haven’t actually bought it yet, because it’s a million dollars, but I really should.

Alison Roman Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Let’s talk about the success of ‘the cookies.’ Did you ever think that would be your cookbook’s break-out recipe?
It was a complete surprise to me. I didn’t even think there would be one recipe that would go that way. I try to make everything I put in books excellent, but you never know what’s going to hit with people and I feel really grateful that one recipe did.

What are your must-have kitchen tools?
I’m very basic: I have my fish spatula, my cutting board and my knives. I don’t play favorites. But there are certain ingredients that I love — California olive oil, Jacobsen flaky salt, anchovies, lemons, lots of pepper and harissa.

Alison Roman Beauty Uniform

Have there been any moments in your life — even unexpected ones — where you’ve felt particularly beautiful?
Recently, I’ve become more comfortable having photos taken without makeup, or even just leaving the house without it. It took me 32 years to get here. I’m striving for a level of authenticity, and it’s not practical to be done up all the time. If I’ve actually been cooking and working, I want people to see that. I’m not casually cooking in a beautiful dress, and it’s okay if people know that!

Alison Roman

Did you have a first beauty memory?
Definitely cherry Chapstick. I would lose my sh*t if I lost mine. As a kid, I loved going to the grocery store with my mom, and every time I’d pick one up and she’d be like, ‘You have 50.’ And I’d be like, ‘But I need THIS one.’ I guess my obsession with red lipstick has been life long.

Any regrettable looks or experiments throughout the years?
Oh, multiple. My driver’s license photo from when I was 22 was a-ma-zing. Nobody would guess I was this person. I had crooked bangs, and the rest of my hair was a shaggy chin length situation, and I was dying it red. That was only 10 years ago, but it feels like a lifetime ago. Sometimes I’ll wonder now, how am I going to look back on this moment in time? Will I be like, ‘Oh my god, I only wore high-waisted pants, why was I doing that?!’

My Beauty Uniform: Alison Roman

Do you have any career advice?
To be honest, I struggle all the time. I don’t have any secrets other than working really hard and doing way too much when I probably shouldn’t. My best piece of advice is don’t be afraid to not nail it all the time. I’ve done many things that weren’t successful or that I wish I hadn’t done. I still have anxieties about everything I put out there. I think, ‘Is it boring? Is it stupid?’ But if you’re afraid to do something bad, you’re never going to do something new. In any creative field, you’re inundated with content and what other people have done, and the challenge is to do something no one has seen before. So you can’t be afraid to do that.

Alison Roman

Last but not least, what is your beauty philosophy?
Less is more, but also do what makes you feel good. The problem with beauty advice in general is that people seem to say ‘this is the one thing everyone needs,’ but everything is so dependent on you — your skin, where you live, your body, your preferences… People will be like ‘get this specific facial’ or ‘massage your face with a jade roller.’ I used to feel bad if I didn’t do those things, like that was what it meant to be an adult woman. But whatever makes you feel good is all that matters.

Thank you so much, Alison!

Update: Due to a server outage, Cup of Jo was down from 8 p.m. on Wednesday to 3 p.m. on Thursday, so we’re republishing this post now. We also lost most of yesterday’s comments on all posts, sadly, so please feel free to comment again, if you’d like! Thank you so much, as always. xoxo

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including a ballet dancer, neuroscientist and restaurateur.

(Photos via Alison Roman/Instagram, The New York Times, The Cut, Bonberi and Feedback NY. Alison in her kitchen by Pineapple Collaborative.)

  1. Victoria Tripsas says...

    Where does Alison get her hair done? I would love to know more about her hair. I am trying to achieve pretty much this exact style and would love any tips!

  2. Niki-Jay Bougaard says...

    Hi there! Love these – I know this is the beauty section, but so often the people being interviewed are also wearing insanely great clothing – would you guys be able to maybe expand and caption what they’re wearing in future? (For the fashion fan girls plssss)

  3. Alexandra says...

    I would LOVE to see a Week of Outfits post with Alison!

    • Michelle B says...

      SAME!

    • Lidia says...

      Yes, same!!

  4. janine says...

    I’m constantly chopping my hair off into a lob or bob, then growing it out, then changing my mind and cutting it off. I’m a brunette, and I’m 43 with graying hair. Reading this/seeing these photos is making me think about lightening up and going back to shorter hair LOL!!!

  5. amanda june says...

    love this one!! just so fun and down to earth.

  6. Lisa says...

    She possesses such natural and seemingly effortless style that I almost didn’t even notice the clothes! Truly she shines through more. Love that.

  7. Laura says...

    Alison, your honesty and attitude is so refreshing! Yours is the kind of vibe that likely puts everyone around you at ease. Inspiring!

  8. I love her honesty! So no-nonsense and confident, gorgoeus to see.

    xx

  9. Sara says...

    I love her laissez faire attitude towards beauty, because it resonates with me; I don’t want to spend 50+$ on a product either no matter how perfect it is. Also, Boy Brow changed my life too. That product is perfect and I’ll shell out 16$ for it any day!

  10. Sarah says...

    The boots she’s wearing in front of Sahadi’s are PERFECTION. Does anyone know where she got them? Love!

    • Laura says...

      I must know as well. Those boots are gorgeous!

    • They are just regular ol’ Timberlands! I love them though, and they definitely know how to take a beating.

  11. Katherine says...

    Glad the site is back up and running! I missed you guys yesterday. :)

    Two things Allison said really resonated with me:
    1) “My best piece of advice is don’t be afraid to not nail it all the time.”
    As a type A perfectionist, I need to be better at this. What a great reminder of how important it is to try and to just do it, regardless of the outcome, rather than not do it at all out of fear or feel like the result is a failure if it doesn’t come out as expected/perfect. Embrace the mess, accept the unknown, it’ll still turn out okay!

    2) “I used to feel bad if I didn’t do those things, like that was what it meant to be an adult woman. But whatever makes you feel good is all that matters.”
    As a 33 year old adult woman, I’ve only recently begun to understand that I need to listen and pay attention to what works for ME, not what necessarily works for others (not to mention what “works” for the companies who are paying to try and convince me I need their products). To be fair, I love and appreciate the suggestions and advice I’ve collected from the fabulous women featured here with their Beauty Uniforms (and have walked away with some great products that do, in fact, work for me, thanks to their recommendations!), but it’s taken me a long time to realize I won’t be “less than” if I don’t wear a face full of make up or jump on the latest beauty trend.

    Also, if anyone hasn’t made those cookies yet, y’all best get to the kitchen STAT and make them because they are life changingly delicious. I trust anything Allison says just because of her cookies!

  12. Emily says...

    She has the BEST style (and recipes)…so excited to see her here. Can you do a week of outfits pretty please?

  13. MJ says...

    I would LOVE sources on ALL her clothes!! love, love her style and her delicious cookies too :)

  14. Katy says...

    I love the outfit with the high-waisted pants, simple striped tank and clogs. Please provide the details so I may purchase all pieces ASAP. Thx!

    • Victoria says...

      Same! Lovin’ those pants.

    • CM says...

      YES. What are these pants I must know.

  15. Liz says...

    Alison is so beautiful! And seems so fun : ) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Carol says...

    The denim shirt in the first photo: WHERE did she get it? Or what is the brand? It’s so hard to find pocket-less denim and chambray shirts.

    • RC says...

      I think I have the same shirt (or at least one that looks JUST like it) – and it’s from gap! I got it a few years ago so not sure it’s still in stock. I found that unlike the rest of their clothes this one runs more or less true to size, rather than big.

  17. Candice says...

    Oh I love Alison! When I think about another path to follow, I imagine waking up in Alison’s life (hehe). Especially with those high-waisted paints (no regrets in the future) and pasta!

    • GJ says...

      What a great catch! If it’s good enough for these power women, it’s good enough for me <3.

  18. Mara says...

    I love Alison’s style! Please please tell us where you found that beautiful fruity robe (wrap dress)??

    • ks says...

      100% agree. My google sleuthing is failing me and that dress is perfection.

  19. Hannah says...

    I already commented because I love Alison but now I’m back looking at her perfect skin again and am wondering… does anyone in Brooklyn have a dermatologist they could recommend? I’m in my mid-30’s and this summer my skin has FREAKED out with acne and I need help. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

    • Zoe says...

      I see someone in Manhattan, not Brooklyn, but I LOVE her … if you’re okay with making your way to Spring Street for a doctor, let me know :)

    • Sara says...

      Have you tried cutting out dairy? I cut it out earlier this year for unrelated reasons and noticed that it quickly put an end to the breakouts I’d been experiencing… Sad, but true :( Good luck!

    • I live in Brooklyn but my coworkers and I love Dr. Liane Mack at GlamDerm in Manhattan.

    • Becky says...

      Sara so true about dairy! I avoid all dairy but cheese. Ice cream, milk, yogurt are all triggers for my skin. The same for soy. My skin is much happier avoiding these things!

    • Hannah says...

      @sara YES! I barely have any dairy – the occasional ice cream and that is all. I notice a big difference when I don’t have any which is why I quit years ago. Almond milk all the way.

      @RWM Thank you for the rec!

  20. justine says...

    she’s the best! silly, but loved the relatable Christophe Rob shampoo costs a million dollars = relatable. also, where ARE your high waisted jeans from you are wearing with the animal print top? thanks!

  21. Sinds says...

    This is my favorite beauty uniform yet. I relate so much to this one! And those cookies really are THE BEST.

  22. Katie says...

    Absolutely LOVE her style! Simple, but edgy.
    Please do a style follow up post with her. Those camel clogs are making me drool.

  23. allison says...

    Alison, you are my spirit animal!

  24. jeannie says...

    What a fun beauty uniform! I love the advice “don’t be afraid of not nailing it all the time. ” And that last picture is especially gorgeous!

    • Heather says...

      YES. I feel like it might become a mantra for me! We were at the ER late last night with one of our kids who took a reeeal bloody fall off his bike, and then another one of our kids had night terrors at 3 am. So much stress and so little sleep… I was so frayed this morning getting dressed for work, just thousand-yard-staring into my closet, mentally immobilized. And then I thought: I Don’t Have To Nail It All The Time.

      It felt so forgiving.

      Thank you, Alison!

  25. lk says...

    I’m such a fan of her! And those cookies are….they’re special. Just really wonderful. Addictive. Fantastic.

    Her hard work shows – and seeing her beauty uniform is awesome!

  26. Annie says...

    Please do a week of outfits with her! All of my Instagram bookmarks are just Alison looking effortless at a dinner party.

  27. I can attest to “Dining In” being a winner of a cookbook. We have made 6 or 7 dishes thus far – all hits, no misses.

  28. Sarah says...

    I think it would be so easy to hide behind “perfection” when sharing your beauty uniform. I love how honest and relatable Alison was about things like coming home drunk & not wanting to wash her face, or having career anxieties. Her willingness to be vulnerable made me feel more normal & there is so much beauty in that. PS I can’t wait to try boy brow!

  29. Tara says...

    I’ve been making “the cookies” for every family party recently and every time I make them they are mostly gone before dessert is even served! I don’t think I’ll ever make another cookie again. Also love Alison’s style and humor on Instagram. Looking forward to seeing more of her column in the NY Times.

  30. Elizabeth says...

    Yessssss! I am always dying to know which lipsticks this flawless beauty is wearing. I was so excited to see this post today!

  31. Hilary says...

    Lovely lady, lovely post. That is all.

  32. Hani says...

    I just have to say…
    I never realized how often I click over to Cup Of Jo for a positivity boost till it wasn’t there!
    So happy everything’s back up and running 🙌🏼

    And as always, stellar beauty uniform 👌🏼

  33. Amanda says...

    I met Alison briefly at a book signing for Dining In at Book Larder in Seattle and she was so real, adorable and cool. Love seeing her success and this beauty uniform! I started reading this article right before the CoJ server crash and was like noooooooo, I need her beauty uniform! Thanks for another great feature, CoJ!

  34. Navi says...

    Those cookies are the best thing I’ve baked in a long time.
    Thanks for sharing!

  35. Cristina Atencio says...

    Love Alison’s book and her recipes- they are on weekly rotation in our house. On a beauty note- love that she doesn’t feel the need to use a TON of products (and looks great regardless). It’s a nice break from the multi-step skincare routines that so many espouse.

  36. Jess says...

    This is entirely off topic, but I would love to know where Alison’s bookshelves are from in the fourth picture!

    (Also, LOVE that quote about not being afraid.)

  37. I love her look! And her responses are so genuine. Can’t wait to make the cookies!

  38. Jess says...

    This is entirely off-topic, but I would love to know where Alison’s bookshelves are from in the 4th picture!

    (Also, LOVE the advice about not being afraid.)

  39. Annie says...

    Such a natural beauty.
    I’d love if CoJ could link to sources for the clothes and makeup in each photo underneath like they do in home tours. You know we’ll ask! I always read through the comments to find them but always get distracted by all the other good comments :)

  40. Rachel says...

    Would love a series on different careers. When I read these, I find myself wondering what their works days (and nights) are like and what they’ve done to get where they are today.

  41. karine says...

    that dress where she is holding the alcohol is. the. most. amazing. thing. ever. please share where it’s from. – ks x

  42. AJ says...

    Love! Lipstick is awesome. And I don’t think you’ll look back and regret the high waisted pants, no way! X

  43. S says...

    I want to know where every outfit is from – she has the best style!

  44. Stephanie says...

    I’ve been such a huge fan of Alison’s for a long time! Such a fun feature and wonderful surprise to see her on CoJ!

    Alison, check out the Kristin Ess hair product line at Target! I absolutely love her products, especially because they feel like salon quality at not salon prices. I haven’t used her purple shampoo/conditioner (I use the signature ones since my hair isn’t colored), but I’ve heard very good things! https://www.target.com/p/kristin-ess-purple-shampoo-10-fl-oz/-/A-52567229

  45. Emily says...

    i love alison’s cooking and food writing in general, and echo other folks’ requests for an outfits post from her!

  46. Megs says...

    Those cookies garnered rare praise (and gasp– a smile!) from a notoriously crabby parent on my daughter’s team. Ah, the power of a good cookie.

  47. courtney says...

    I’d love a tutorial on Alison’s hair ‘do in the last picture!

  48. Hannah Grinestaff says...

    I love this! I’ve always loved her look, and would love to see a week of outfits too!

    • Melissa says...

      Me, too!

    • Katie says...

      Yes, please!

  49. Audrey Elkus says...

    Just when I think Cup of Jo can’t get any better you publish this!!!!! I love all of her recipes and this was so, so fun to read. Thank you CoJ team <3!

  50. Lee says...

    I love Alison’s style! The beauty uniform was great–but honestly, I’d love her fashion advice/inspiration even more!

    P.S. I have her cookbook and love it!

  51. Gavi says...

    i NEED to know where alison got
    a. that satiny cream blouse
    b. that fruity/floral wrap dress

    • courtney says...

      Agreed, and those high-waisted dark blue jeans!

    • Kittt says...

      The dress is from Reformation. Sadly, that print is no longer available :(

      Dying to know where that blouse and those high-waisted trousers are from too!

  52. Nina says...

    I think a dark or red lipcolor is so flattering on almost everyone. I love that when women wear it without anything else, seems so chic. I haven’t tried those cookies but will now. Thanks (and ha i noticed the high waisted pant)

  53. Jenna says...

    I would love to see a (low maintenance) guy’s beauty uniform – I want to purchase some skin care products for my mid-30s hubby who currently only uses a bar of soap on his face! I’m clueless where to begin or what to get for him.. xoxo

    • Kate says...

      I turned my husband on to Kiehl’s and now he loves their Facial Fuel scrub and lotion!

    • Amber says...

      I got my husband a guy’s birchbox subscription one year, and he loved it. It has a bunch of little samples of skin care/ hair/ shaving products, and always a little gift like cufflinks, socks, a money clip, etc. He was able to test out different products and determine what full-size ones he wanted to buy!

    • Kim G says...

      Jack black has nice stuff for men, or Everyman jack at Whole Foods or target. I’d start with a wash, aftershave or moisturizer.

    • Siobhan says...

      Another vote for Kiehls for men in their 30s – my mum bought my boyfriend it as a Christmas gift one year and he’s loved it ever since, esp the facial fuel moisturiser!

    • Erica says...

      My boyfriend also uses Kiehl’s facial fuel scrub and lotion and he loves it. Whenever I run out of my face wash or lotion I end up using his for a few days and can attest that it’s great stuff!

    • Susan says...

      Do you have any products that he might want to try, to get a sense of what he likes or doesn’t? That’s how my husband has gotten into skincare. He had dry skin last winter and I had a Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream sample that I recommended he use and after he tried it and loved it, he started buying it for himself. Then, he started going to Sephora to get samples of other products in that line and now he has a whole (very basic) routine. Having him try your products feels like less of a big deal than, say, actually purchasing new products just for him.

      I think the best thing is to slowly introduce them. No one who is only using a bar of soap wants to start doing a 3 or 4 step routine. But if you have a nice, simple cleanser that he could try instead of the bar soap, he might realize that he likes that better. Once he’s used to that, it won’t be a big step to add a moisturizer, etc.

    • Lindsay says...

      Yep, took my husband to Kiehl’s last weekend and got him the beard oil. I wanted him to get the men’s shampoo too because he just uses the cheapest drug store shampoo, but two cosmetics purchases at once was a bridge too far!

    • amanda june says...

      ditto on getting my husband hooked on kiehl’s! their stuff is my favorite and he loves their facial fuel line now too (even though i refuse to tell him how much it costs because he’d just as soon pick up something random from the dollar store…)

  54. Chandra says...

    I recently discovered her on IG and really appreciate this interview. I’m in a professional/personal rut and this gives me some perspective. I love hearing from not starving creative entrepreneurs and what their lives are like. Cool.

  55. Kaitlin says...

    Alison is my favourite and, personally, I think that there are a half dozen recipes better than THE cookies (#1. Her Sour Cherry Pie. Go Make It Now.)

    Question for the COJ team: Have you done a make-up free beauty uniform yet? I’d love to see one!

    • Claire says...

      I would also love to see a make-up free beauty uniform!

  56. kaye says...

    Alison: thank you times a million for the chocolate bars and tangerine idea for dinner parties–seriously brilliant in that oh so simple, oh so good sort of way–also a great way to make good use of an overload of xmas chocs. when entertaining around the holidays.

    x

  57. lesley says...

    i like/love/lurve alison roman.

    THIS –> “I still have anxieties about everything I put out there. I think, ‘Is it boring? Is it stupid?’ But if you’re afraid to do something bad, you’re never going to do something new. ” i needed that today.

  58. Kate says...

    Does anyone know what those tan clogs are? I really like them!!

  59. Cynthia says...

    If I don’t have time to put on make-up, I will put on lipstick. I like Allison’s beauty philosophy, and her nails are gorgeous, too. Sorry Cup-of-Jo had server issues yesterday. So frustrating.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! all set now, thankfully. just so bummed to loose the hundreds of comments that were left yesterday!

  60. Kim says...

    All of these high waisted pants!!! ?Week of outfits next?

    • Colleen says...

      Yeeesss! Totally loving her outfits.

    • jenn says...

      Yessss to the week of outfits!!!

  61. Marissa says...

    They look like my No.6 clogs

  62. Alicia says...

    I second the question about the navy wide leg trousers … where are they from?

    • They’re from Jesse Kamm!

    • Mia says...

      Yes!! They look amazing!

  63. Zoe says...

    Her brows look way too strong in some of these pics to ONLY be wearing boy brow, right? I always want to use a product like that but then I’m so used to a more filled in look, so those little brow mascaras don’t do enough for me. But maybe Alison just has already strong/filled in looking brows naturally?

    • Samantha says...

      I can totally testify to Boy Brow and how amazing it is! It really does make your brows that full and filled in. It’s a total miracle product!

    • Just boy brow! I do have naturally strong brows but still find it essential to making them feel their best ?

    • A says...

      I personally hated boy brow! I thought it made my eyebrows too bold, wet, and like, fake looking. So, if you want extra bold, I’d say give it a try! I also didn’t love the matte lip color from Glossier… the color is nice but it dries my lips out so bad, I go from moisturized to chapped pretty much instantly when I wear it! I feel like I’m the lone Glossier-hater.

    • Lola says...

      Boy Brow is magic!

    • Michelle says...

      I have a cautionary tale about Boy Brow (which can apply to any brow gel, really). I used to love it. I have naturally pretty dark, thick brows, but Boy Brow made them more defined, which I loved. I used it for over a year, but started noticing that my eyebrows were getting patchy. I first attributed it to stress–I was dealing with a very stressful few months–but once things calmed down a bit, my brows didn’t fill in. I asked my dermatologist, and he said that brow gel can actually cause you to lose brow hair. I stopped using Bow Brow in January, and my brows have grown back! Hopefully this doesn’t happen to many other people, but if you are using a brow gel and losing brow hair, try stopping the gel for a while and just let them be.

    • ks says...

      Michelle, what in a brow gel causes that? (Said while peering in the mirror at my crazy eyebrows)

  64. Alyssa says...

    This is by far my favorite beauty uniform because it most feels like my philosophy and lack of “ritual” or the “right regimen.” I too just got into using the SuperGoop Unseen Sunscreen and it’s awesome. {Though I really need to be better at remembering to put it on!}

    • Kitty says...

      I like Supergoop’s Everday sunscreen but find it a little oily for my greaseball face. Def gonna check this one out!

  65. Kate says...

    At first when I made those cookies I was like “eh, nothing special” and forgot about them for a couple of days. On day 3, however, HOLY GOD THEY WERE AMAZING. I like knowing more about the rad woman behind that awesome recipe!

  66. Hannah says...

    I have blond hair as well and keep wanting to buy that Christopher Robin hair mask but you are right – it’s a million dollars! Maybe it’s time to bite the bullet, as your hair looks so healthy, Alison! Is that really your only secret?!

    • Yes! That and the occasional coconut oil mask (straight from the jar). I also have trained myself to only wash 2-3x week, max. I promise it doesn’t always look that healthy ?

  67. Kim says...

    Where, oh where, can I find that denim shirt? I’ve been looking for a replacement for my old, holey shirt and I think that’s just the ticket. Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

    • It’s from The Gap a few years back! I find them generally good for basic denim/chambray shirts like that, although they change the styles they carry frequently.

  68. Gillian says...

    Redermic R is available at CVS now! I used to hoard it before–suitcases full! Still if you need a reason to go to Paris I wouldn’t stop you.

  69. Cait says...

    Which lip product is Allison wearing in the second photo, where she has on the denim shirt? That looks like my perfect shade.

  70. Joaquina says...

    Her (navy?) trousers in the pizza photo are rad! Would love those but not sure they’d look as stylish on me. Her hair style was what I aspired to have when I chopped my hair last year but it turned out dreadful whereas hers is so cute.
    I used to be a Glossier fan girl
    however the packaging is just too egregious for my tastes. Must every darn purchase always come with that plastic pouch and stickers? I’ve complained multiple times to the co. but they insist it’s part of their branding. Sorry for the tangent.

    • Kate says...

      I agree about Glossier’s packaging, but I’m trying to the extra crap creatively (like repurposing the pouch to hold my insurance and registration in my glove box, and I gave the stickers to a grouchy kid in a restaurant).

    • Dawn says...

      Re: Glossier packaging; omg yes! I email them every time I order asking for less packaging with my order. They always say no which is so frustrating. Glad to know that there are others voicing concern; hopefully they implement a change.

  71. Melinda Rubin says...

    Those clogs! Where are they from?

    • Swedish Hasbeens!

  72. MelTown says...

    “My best piece of advice is don’t be afraid to not nail it all the time. I’ve done many things that weren’t successful or that I wish I hadn’t done. I still have anxieties about everything I put out there. I think, ‘Is it boring? Is it stupid?’ But if you’re afraid to do something bad, you’re never going to do something new.” THIS! I cannot stress enough how much my perfectionism and fear of failing or looking stupid has held me back in my life. At 35 it’s still a struggle, but I’m working hard to get past it!

    Also, apropros of nothing, my name is Melanie and I giggle every time I see or hear “melon-y” because I’m a weirdo.

    • hahaha this made me laugh and my name isn’t even melanie, so you’re not the only weirdo!

    • Katie_B says...

      Yessss, “if you’re afraid to do something bad, you’re never going to do something new” is so right, and exactly the reminder I needed today. Thank you, Alison and Cup of Jo!

    • Kate says...

      Haha! Now I’m giggling about “melon-y” Melanie! I’ll never look at your name the same way. Tee hee. Melon-y….

    • Summer says...

      All of this! I think I might print off that quote, because….such a struggle and source of anxiety (and I’m 36).

      Also, LOL at Melon-y! I’d never thought of that, but now I will! Side note: My name is Summer, and I always secretly get flattered when all the promo marketing/sales emails come out around May with stuff like, “Summer’s so hot!” in my inbox. Thaaaaaaanks, spam mail!