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My Beauty Uniform: Lydia Fenet

Beauty Uniform: Lydia Fenet

By day, Lydia Fenet heads up strategic partnerships at Christie’s Auction House, and by night she’s raising money for nonprofits as one of the world’s leading auctioneers. She’s also about to release her first book, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You. Here, Lydia shares her super fast hair and makeup routine (which takes seven minutes!) and the trick she uses to feel confident in front of a 1,000-seat audience…

Lydia Fenet beauty uniform

When I imagine a day in the life of an auctioneer, I realize I only have the movie version in my head. What’s a typical day actually like?
One thing I always clarify is that, at Christie’s, you can’t only be an auctioneer. You have to have a full-time job here, as well. I’m the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships, so the bulk of my day is spent pitching, brainstorming and meeting with brands to talk about how we can work together. If I have an auction that night, I’ll get on the phone with the organization to talk through the lot (the items up for auction) and make sure I have an understanding of what I’m selling. And I’ll ask if they have any fun anecdotes that I can bring up on stage.

Ooh, like what?
Like, I was the auctioneer for Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, and one of the lots was an incredible house rental in Costa Rica — which, they told me, also came with access to a submarine! So that night at the auction, the bidding got to a high number — then stalled. And I said, ‘Did I mention that there’s a submarine that comes with the property?’ And suddenly the amount almost doubled. Sometimes it’s just knowing how to drop these points in to get people to spend that extra dollar.

Beauty Uniform: Lydia Fenet

So, how do you switch from workday mode to auction mode?
Well, first I transition to my job at home: mom. I hang out with my kids — Beatrice, Henry and Eloise — in the evening, and then I get ready once the baby is asleep for the night. At this point, I’ve figured out a go-to look, so I can get ready and out the door in less than 20 minutes. I have an arsenal of cocktail dresses that I wear for auctions. If the event is black tie, I might get something from Rent the Runway or borrow from a friend, but I never wear a full-length gown on stage because it’s restrictive and I need to be able to move. And I never wear silk because it’ll show if I perspire, and an auctioneer who can’t raise her arms is going to have a hard time doing her job! I stick to dark colors and lined dresses so I don’t have to worry (I use Secret antiperspirant, as well). I usually wear dresses, even offstage. I’m almost six feet tall, and they didn’t make tall jeans until I was in my teens, so I never got into wearing pants.

Beauty Uniform: Lydia Fenet

Do you have a go-to makeup look?
Yes. Pretty much everything is Laura Mercier: I put on their tinted moisturizer, then the Matte Radiance Baked Powder, and the eyeliner in Black Gold. I use a NARS blush in Outlaw, and MAC Bold & Bad Lash mascara. I put my lipstick in my purse because there’s no point putting it on until I get to the event. I like MAC lipstick in Brave, or Clé de Peau in Dragon Red. The whole look takes between six and seven minutes.

Wow! Including hair?
Yes. Since my hair is already clean, I’ll just curl it quickly before running out the door. I use Fekkai Full Blown Volume shampoo and conditioner, or R+Co Smoothing Shampoo, which feels glossy. I’ll tell you, the one hairspray I ABSOLUTELY love is the Shu Uemura Texture Wave. I once did an auction where they had a hair and makeup team, and they used it on me right before I went on stage to smooth my hair down. It was a miracle! I never used hairspray myself before that, because it always felt sticky. But with this stuff you don’t even feel it!

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Any special treatments?
I do have eyelash extensions. That’s my biggest trick. They last for months, and give your eyes a real pop, which is really helpful on stage. I get them done at Ebenezer in midtown Manhattan, and it’s my favorite thing. They give you a massage when you’re there and I always fall asleep — which they’ve always been really sweet about, especially when I was pregnant.

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Is there anything else you do to feel comfortable on stage? On Instagram, you said that when in doubt you wear a red dress.
Always. It’s not just red, either. I remember going to the Clinique counter when I was 12 or 13 and, you know, they would assign you a color type: winter, summer, spring or autumn. Because I have very dark features, they told me I was a ‘true winter,’ meaning I should go for bright reds, hot pinks, canary yellow — very bold colors. That was like the moment I’d been waiting for. I thought, ‘All right, here we go!’ Those colors make you feel vibrant, like you’re not afraid to be seen and stand out. Clothes are a kind of armor, that way. I mean, even the cover of my book is hot pink and red.

Lydia Fenet beauty uniform

It doesn’t sound like you have a lot of downtime on days like this, between work, home and then going on stage. Any pointers on keeping your energy up?
Part of it is that I do have a high energy level, frankly. But I’m also a big believer in exercise. I had a coach in high school who told me to try not to take more than two days off from exercise, because after that you’ll start to feel a noticeable difference in your endurance. It really stuck with me. I used to run religiously before I had 100 things to do every day. But I still try to fit movement in at some point, even if it’s just getting off the subway a few stops early and walking the rest of the way home. Anytime I need more energy, I use exercise because the lift is so huge for me. Also, when I get tired, I try to remind myself that it’s okay to be tired. I’ll tell myself: Just go. You’ll pick up once you get there.

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You must be pumped with adrenaline after doing an auction. What do you do to wind down for the night?
I’ve never been a great sleeper, and I struggled with terrible insomnia as a kid. My parents would put me to bed at 6:30 and I’d be up until 11. I read to fill the time. To this day, there’s nothing I love more than being in bed with a book. I’ll read a chapter until I literally can’t keep my eyes open.

Beauty Uniform: Lydia Fenet

You’ve talked about learning to get comfortable with rejection, as a necessary part of your job. Do you have any pointers on that?
You just have to brace yourself. Rejection never goes away. Even writing this book, I was reaching out to all these powerful, high-profile women to contribute quotes about what they’d learned in their careers. I remember one of them turned me down early on — someone I really wanted to include – and I got that terrible feeling everyone feels when they get rejected. But I remember thinking: Good. Now you know what that feels like, and the next one won’t be so bad. Ultimately, all of us are going to get rejected, but the key is remembering that they’re not rejecting YOU personally. They’re rejecting a scenario, or something that they’re not interested in at this time. But there will be other times. So, don’t think of it as a door that’s been closed. Think of it as a momentary pause. Rejection happens to me every day of my life. It doesn’t feel good, but at the same time, if you don’t ask you never find out an answer. So, you might as well put yourself out there and try.

Beauty Uniform: Lydia Fenet

You clearly work incredibly hard, but looking at the amazing career you’ve built, do you ever have pinch-me moments?
All the time. I remember walking through Manhattan on a beautiful day a couple years ago, when I was pregnant with my third child. I looked up and saw the window of my first apartment. I burst into tears. I’m sure that pregnancy hormones were partly to blame, but looking at that window took me back to my first years in New York, sitting in that apartment and wishing that I knew more people and had somewhere to go (other than work). Standing on that street all those years later, feeling fulfilled personally and professionally, it was so overwhelming. Overwhelming and empowering at the same time.

Thank you so much, Lydia!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including an immigration lawyer and a podcast host.

(First photo and eighth photo by Stephen Speranza for the New York Times. All other photos courtesy of Lydia Fenet.)

  1. Chelsea says...

    Great read and so relatable! Especially the part about worrying over perspiring through her dress, it’s definitely something I consider when choosing my outfits. I recently bought this dress from Of Mercer that has black inserts perfect for disguising sweat stains. I especially like to wear it for situations when I get stressed and nervous (like meetings!) https://www.ofmercer.com/collections/dresses/products/heather-grey-hudson-dress

    • Nellie says...

      Came here to say this! It’s a lifesaver in the summer months.

  2. Carrington says...

    OMG reading this and realizing she’s coming to do my organizations Ball auction next month! SO exciting!

  3. Noelle says...

    Loved this one! And I just loved that last paragraph about her pinch me moment. Gave me chills. Can’t wait to read her book.

  4. Emily Newhall says...

    I just tried to request this from my local library website. They didn’t have it, but they did give me a suggestion: “Did you mean ‘The Most Powerful Man in the World’?” No, MEN, I did not mean that.

  5. Sonia says...

    I really liked Lydia’s comment about going to the Clinique beautycounter and getting colorprinted. Does anyone remember Color me Beautiful? You would get color-analyzed and then get be advised on which tones of color suited your undertone? I feel like that was so 80’s but i totally follow it! I’m a winter and i think almost 70% of the women color-analyzed would be one. Blue undertones would be either a Spring or Winter and then Green/Yellow undertones would be Summer or Autumn. It wasn’t like you couldn’t wear certain colors it was more like finding the right tone of a certain color that you suit you best.

  6. Leslie T says...

    Jo or anyone else, slightly tangential to this posting…Are the No. 6 clogs/clog boots worth $400? I’m hovering over the “purchase” button skeptically. Seems like people really love them though.

    • Danielle says...

      I know a number of people who have considered them to be a great investment piece. For me and my budget the Dansko Maria’s work just fine (plus it’s kind of nice not to stress about a wooden sole in wet weather).

  7. CT says...

    I love this! I find it so motivating to read about successful women in a field I can relate to. To whoever linked to the NYT day in the life, thank you!

  8. Melissa says...

    Very interesting post, thank you! Will look for her book.

  9. Jean says...

    Wow! Loved this, loved her, what a class act!

  10. Kate says...

    I clicked over to Lydia’s Instagram feed and couldn’t help wondering who is following her around taking all these stunning photographs?! If I get a good photo of myself all dressed up once a year I feel lucky! It reminded me of another post here a little while ago about how women spend so much time taking photos of others (family, friends) that we rarely get to be in the photos (awkward selfies aside.) Maybe I’ll need to pick up Lydia’s book to find out who shoots all her gorgeous outfits.

  11. Linda says...

    Joanna, you’re newsletter hits every box for me. The articles are well written and not too long (I’m Gemini so no patience for detail). I’m so glad I found you and look forward to the next one each time. There’s always something that inspires me. I also love the ‘day in the life’ idea and it rings a bell for me as well.. hmmm. Was it Lonny – I really miss that mag. One of the only ones I read cover to cover. Editor Michelle Adams, right? Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m almost 72 and still finding everything here very relevant to me. Do something on finding your career in the last third of your life. I’m an aspiring writer and home-decor consultant. In my head, I’m 35. In the mirror, I’m 71+ and surprised every time :))

    • Allison says...

      Go, Linda! Cheering you on from OKC!

    • Andrea says...

      I love your comment and I’m cheering you on, too!!!!

  12. Ms Nina G says...

    Great one Cup of Jo! (And great lady!)

  13. Stylish, intelligent, interesting, and hard-working. I will keep an eye out for her book. Thanks for the intro!

  14. Katie says...

    “They’re not rejecting you personally. They’re rejecting a scenario…” OMG I needed to hear that today!!

    • Chelsea says...

      Me too :)

    • Emily Newhall says...

      Yes, fantastic advice.

  15. Maia says...

    Funfetti! An aunt would make them for me as a little girl. I’m now 36, still my favorite.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love that!!

  16. Ceridwen says...

    I liked what she says about rejection and taking it then moving on. Also, good tip from her coach. I get way more energised from regular exercise and know when I need to get back to it when I start to feel really flat (physically and mentally). I always feel a boost when I go and clear my thoughts too.

  17. Amanda says...

    I have an Eloise too. :-)

    I’d love to hear how Lydia manages childcare with day work and night obligations. It’s amazing that she gets to live her dream. I miss dressing up and would love an excuse.

  18. Rae says...

    She is so elegant, humble, and fascinating. I look forward to her book!

  19. Amanda says...

    I thought she looked familiar when I opened this post–then I realized she had a profile on Into the Gloss this week, too! I genuinely am wondering–is this a coincidence or is it coordinated publicity for her book release (to be fair ITG didn’t mention her book)? If so, it’s a good job at getting her in front of a lot of women readers.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, it’s a bummer when that happens, editorially, because we always want our original content to feel very fresh. but it does happen sometimes when publicists are doing a push. her publicist should get a bonus!

      still, the posts are very different. ITG focuses much more on her soup-to-nuts beauty routine, whereas we do a mix of beauty, career and lifestyle. hopefully they complement each other well.

      thanks so much for asking xoxo

    • Stefa says...

      Not sure if I’ve quite got the hang of commenting (‘strictly lurker’) but thanks Jo for the detail on this. I read Lydia’s piece on ITG and I think it’s a credit to both sites that both pieces feel so much in the tone of each publication. Kudos to her publicist and I will look out for Lydia’s book given she’s clearly a woman of style and substance.
      PS Brava to the team at CoJ for a brilliant week of content (yesterday’s post on death was phenomenal, thank you). I’ve been part of this community for years and it’s such a joy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Stefa, that means so much to me! What a kind and lovely note. Thank you so much.

    • Lauren says...

      What I’m soooo curious about, is how would this have been co-ordinated like this? Like would the publicist offer to pay a certain amount if this (great!) Beauty Uniform “airs” at a certain date? Sometimes Joanna has talked a bit about these ‘behind the scenes’ things in her replies and it’s always fascinating :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh no, nothing is paid for at all! The exact dates are just a coincidence but basically a publicist will email a bunch of publishers/sites they have their eye on and pitch a book or person (in this case, Lydia) for stories around a book launch or other release. Usually websites don’t all bite but in this case we both did! The post for us was finished a few weeks ago but for various reasons we saved it for this week. So we ended up the same week as into the gloss ended up doing theirs. Sometimes this happens! It’s not ideal but it’s fine — and of course Lydia has earned all this amazing attention!

    • BP says...

      Whoa -wow, Joanna, I really appreciate your honesty on this set up. Because this story was awesome and inspiring and Lydia clearly rocks. But she also is clearly “on the circuit” and it’s really refreshing to read a non-spin response to your readers’ observations. Thank you for that.

  20. I adore her style! So colorful and fun, yet classic.

    One of my goals this year is to do a style makeover (you can read about it by clicking on my name) and I’m going to save this post and follow her on Insta for inspiration! Her wardrobe is too dressy for my day to day life, but I want to capture her essence without sticking out too much in my casual Pacific Northwest town!

    • Yulia says...

      Oh, that sounds so interesting–and your site looks great. I’m going to check it out!

  21. I love the story of standing under your old window and realizing how far you’d come! What a boost!

  22. Vicki says...

    Wow, she is a powerhouse! Go Lydia! I love what she said about rejection.
    I also work in a field where rejection is part of the game. When I put my work out there I’m always proud of it so I’m always disappointed if its rejected, but I also find that, after the initial feeling, I come back to my work with fresh eyes about where my work may fit better, or any edits I should make. Being in a line of work where this happens often keeps me humble, which is a good thing to be, and makes success all the sweeter.

    • Megan says...

      Love that reminder that rejection keeps us humble!

  23. Emma says...

    would love to know what those books are shes reading at night! I’m sure she has a great bookshelf!

  24. stacey w. says...

    Wow! She seems so awesome and is hitting it out of the park on all levels.
    I am not wired that way but I am totally inspired by people who are! You go, Lydia!

  25. NSU says...

    OMG I love you featured a woman with an intense job (and a family!). We need more role models like her! Thank you.

  26. Elizabeth R says...

    Utterly specific question: does she wear a scent? and if so, what? She has my dream job, incidentally.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! she wears Jo Malone French Lime Blossom.

    • Louisa says...

      Oh what a great question!
      This makes me want to have a post about wearing/not wearing a scent. I *love* wearing fragrance and yet I never wear it because it seems either unprofessional to wear to work, or too much of a statement if we’re just going out with friends.

  27. Kristina says...

    A great interview, and about so much more than just beauty! : ) I totally agree with her thoughts on exercising: “Just go. You’ll pick up once you get there.” Whenever I’m headed to work out and I’m feeling sluggish I remind myself that actually doing the exercise gives me energy. I also give myself permission to stop if I really don’t have the energy (don’t want to risk injuring myself if my alignment or mind-body connection is off!), but I almost always push through because I know I’ll feel better. Thanks for sharing–she sounds fascinating and fun!

  28. Diana McNeill says...

    I got chills when I finished reading this post! I dream of having her confidence (and career, as I’m in the same industry). I am ordering her book right now. Thank you for featuring her!

  29. Michelle says...

    I work in the nonprofit space and went to a gala this fall, where she was the auctioneer. I was SO impressed with her! I’m so glad to know that she’s now an author, too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so cool!!!

  30. Kristin says...

    She is incredible! What an amazingly cool life she has. I am a super shy public speaker, so I wouldn’t actually want to do what she does…but man, in another life, another time…I want to be her! :)

  31. Cecile says...

    Waw, so much energy and purpose! Love it. Also: I REALLY want to know how she “quickly curls her hair” – in just a few minutes?

    • Robin says...

      Lol likewise! I feel like my hair type is probably fairly similar to hers. I always put my hair up when I want to look put together because anything else takes too long.

    • Ashley says...

      I can’t speak for her, but a curling wand (not a curling iron) is so fast and easy for me… and I’m terrible at styling hair. Section the top half out of the way, do a few big sections, and then release the top and do a few more big sections of curls. Takes me less than 5-7 min usually, and it can look relaxed and beachy or more polished (depending on how long I hold the curl on the wand and how much I brush it out after the curling is done). Google curling wand tutorials. That’s my 2 cents, anyway!

  32. Rachel says...

    I have seen her do an auction! It’s hard to describe how amazing she is. I remember being absolutely mesmerized. When she was conducting the auction, it was like she was the center of the universe. Lydia not a regular person – she is stunning and brilliantly quick and has an unusual presence. I wish you could show a video so that readers could understand!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i LOVE hearing this. googling videos right now :)

  33. Jo says...

    I love that there was just a small blurb on beauty products and rest were about insights into her career, work-life balance, family etc.

    Very well done, Kelsey!

    • Jessica says...

      You want to know something interesting? I didn’t’ even realize that there were very few beauty products mentioned in this post until I read this comment. When I asked myself why – it became apparent – her confidence, intelligence, awesome career and the fact that on top of all that she’s a mom to THREE made her so beautiful (and cool!) in my eyes when reading this post that speaking of beauty products would almost seem superfluous.

      Agreed. Job well done CoJ.

    • Kelsey Miller says...

      Thank you, Jo! I’m glad you enjoyed the non-beauty parts too. I was so fascinated by all the details of her daily life and I figured others would be too. How often do you get to talk to an auctioneer, y’know?

    • Christina says...

      Came here to say the same. And I love that the idea of beauty extends beyond skincare or makeup or hair products to WELLNESS (sleep, work/life balance, spending time on what makes you happy, happy = beautiful, I could go on and on). As Jessica said, confidence, intelligence, etc. Bravo, Kelsey and CoJ!

  34. Holly Halpin says...

    This…all day long. I’m going to post it by my computer to remember:

    “Ultimately, all of us are going to get rejected, but the key is remembering that they’re not rejecting YOU personally. They’re rejecting a scenario, or something that they’re not interested in at this time. But there will be other times. So, don’t think of it as a door that’s been closed. “

    • Maclean Nash says...

      Exactly! My favourite saying is that “NO” stands for Next Opportunity!

  35. I was so excited to see the title of this post because her interview on Atelier Dore is amazing as well and that’s where I first heard about her!

  36. Amy says...

    I love that this mama is unapologetically into her career! I LOVE having a career and feel that there’s an assumption that I wish I could “quit my 9-5” (especially with the constant barrage of MLMs on social media telling me how terrible my 9-5 apparently is). But also I’m just wondering how Lydia gets her eyelash extensions to last that long, because I had to go in for fills every 3 weeks and quickly got sick of it.

    • Jackie says...

      Yes yes yes yes yes! To everything you said. If you have that much time to post on Facebook about how amazing your SAHM life is, PLEASE realize your need for a different job is showing. (Working Mom rant over, thank you :)

    • Jackie says...

      wohoo! I second this

    • Hilary says...

      So glad you pointed this out! All my insta accounts are people talking about “mom guilt” and I’m over here like “oh I feel guilty because I love working outside of the house!” rather than guilt about working in general. I’d love to hear from more mamas like Joanna about this!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i LOVE LOVE LOVE work. i always have, even when i was a snow shoveler or babysitter. i feel totally unapologetic about it now (in the same way that my husband feels unapologetic about working!), but it took a while to get there. i’ve talked a lot to my friend’s mom, who was a working mom big-time back in the 80s (she would have to go to china for a month at a time), and is still so so close with her kids, and always has been. i should interview her for all of us!

    • Mina says...

      Joanna – THAT is an interview I would LOVE to read!!

    • Kerri says...

      I would LOVE to see more content on this topic as well, it’s something I really struggle with (loving my work but feeling guilty as though I should want to be with my kid 24/7). So appreciate hearing your perspective on this, Jo!

    • Holly says...

      I would love to read an interview with that woman too! Or maybe more broadly on the idea of travel for work and children. I have a one year old but consistently travel for work, so I’ve been separated him for 1-2 weeks at a time frequently. That’s what it means for me to work and to be involved in my field, but it’s a really different model of motherhood than most of my friends — especially with small children, I feel like I don’t hear about it much. It would be great to hear more perspectives on this.

  37. Pearl says...

    In the first picture, is that a tattoo on her back or the dress’ design?

    • That dress is aaaammmmmmmaaaaaaaazing.

    • Pearl says...

      Thanks Nikki! I am happy it’s the dress!

  38. Jen says...

    Love this post! I had the pleasure of watching Lydia at work at an event in October, and she is SO good at her job; so gregarious and entertaining. I approached her after and got to talk with her for about 10 minutes, and she is just as lovely one-on-one!

  39. Sara C. says...

    I love that little anecdote at the end. I also live in the same city where I first lived right out of college–a time when I felt so unsure, and I love going by my old apartment sometimes, and thinking, “if she could see me now….”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, sara :)

  40. Robin says...

    Great interview! I really appreciate how she’s honest about having a naturally high level of energy. I have a naturally low level of energy and sometimes wonder how the heck people do SO MUCH! It’s incredible what this woman accomplishes day to day. And It’s so refreshing to hear her say that her energy comes naturally to her, instead of saying something like, my energy comes from eating a perfect diet, and drinking only fresh rain drops.

    • Reg says...

      “…drinking only fresh rain drops.” too funny!

    • jan says...

      “Also, when I get tired, I try to remind myself that it’s okay to be tired. I’ll tell myself: Just go. You’ll pick up once you get there.”
      This really is the key I think. I’m going to do more of this.

    • Anne says...

      Yeeessss

    • Sarah says...

      I so agree. Her honesty is refreshing. At 32, I’m coming to accept than my natural pace is… shall we say… leisurely? I’m working to reframe this part of myself positively. (It’s easy for me to relax, I know how to slow down and enjoy small moments, etc.) I think it’s awesome that we all have our own rhythms!

    • Robin says...

      Sarah, leisurely is my pace too! And it’s also hard for me to feel positive about this. A lot of people tell me they wish they could prioritize work-life balance like I do. When they say that, I think they think I’m lazy and not committed to my work. But the truth is, if I try to increase my pace to match someone who is naturally energetic, I burn out within a few weeks and end up failing.

    • Sarah says...

      Robin, I could have written your comment! I’ve felt all those feelings. I try to remind myself often that the “go-go-go is always best for everyone” mentality is a weird American phenomenon, and that if we lived in many other countries, our pace would be celebrated!

    • Julia says...

      I love this—another low energy woman.

    • Kelsey Miller says...

      Same, same, a thousand times, same.

  41. b says...

    I’m going to come back and read this again, but can we get a day in the life with her? I’m utterly fascinated.

    • Joaquina says...

      that’s funny, I’m such a sensation-avoider that her life seems way too hectic for me. I mean good for her, she’s so active and productive! But just reading about all of her activities, having to do so many beauty treatments,
      makes me appreciate my slow, low-energy, humble life. She seems really cool though.

    • Nadine says...

      So elegant…especially like the yellow-green dress toward the end. Definitely want to spend more time with her!

    • Jo says...

      Second this!

      COJ – I remember your ‘Work life balance’ series you’d done in the past. I still refer to it when I need some inspiration.

      I’d love to know what Lydia’s day/week looks like and how she manages to get so much done. She sounds awesome.

    • b says...

      Joaquina, me too, but I’d love an insider view of Christies (as much as she’s able to give us, of course).

    • Claire says...

      Wow, I’d love to see that, too! COJ, can you start a ‘day in the life’ series with cool people? That’d be awesome!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that idea!! wasn’t there a magazine (real simple maybe?) who used to do a photo-driven “day in the life” story as their last page? it was so, so good.

  42. Jackie says...

    Ooh her dresses are so Mrs. Maisel. Loved everything about this – the constant hustle, the easy makeup, the running, the family. Let’s be best friends, please :)

    • Sarah says...

      Yes!! That picture in the yellow dress— total Maisel vibes

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good call!!

    • Tara says...

      That was my first thought too!

  43. I really like her vibe. So professional and yet I feel like I am her sister or something. Just lovely.

  44. Meg says...

    I absolutely loved this piece! It is always refreshing to hear powerful and successful women discuss their doubts/insecurities – certainly everyone has them but not everyone is willing to share. I especially loved the moment about seeing the old apartment – I always think back to how aimless and out of place I felt at a younger age. My mom always told me that she felt so lost in her 20’s and that she loved her 30’s because she got her confidence back and felt more in control. I am now understanding what she meant. Aging can be a beautiful thing!

  45. Chickie Explains It All says...

    People actually do suffer serious health consequences from lack of sleep, and while I do understand the point of “just go,” it is also very important to “just stop” sometimes. As women, we are often sleep-deprived and expected to do more. It’s not possible (or even desirable) to keep this up.

    • Sasha L says...

      There’s good research that even the folks who think they need less sleep are actually being harmed by sleep deprivation. It really is ok to let yourself sleep and to make that a priority. Choosing sleep is often the kindest thing you can do for yourself.

      I feel for Lydia, I don’t think she’s neglecting her sleep or encouraging anyone to get less, it sounds like she suffers from insomnia and has just accepted it. Insomnia can be terribly hard to combat.

    • elinor says...

      Totally get what you’re saying, but I (a fellow “bad sleeper”) read it a little differently! When I’ve going through a bad sleeping streak (even if I’ve been , reminding myself that I can handle being tired really does help me get through the day and not get so anxious about being low on sleep. To me it’s more about cutting yourself some slack about something you can’t control:)

  46. Vancouver reader says...

    she’s great but it’s the third time I’ve read about her in the last week or two-is she on a major promo or just coincidence?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Her book is coming out soon so I think people are excited about her!