Jennie Kwon Plays Beauty Guru

We hope she has a YouTube channel in her future.

When Jennie Kwon’s not busy designing itty-bitty rings or caring for her twin babies, she’s probably busying herself with a blush brush, giving her pals mini-makeovers. “I love the way just a touch of makeup here and there can transform the way you look and feel, just like that one piece of jewelry can make you feel unique and stylish when you otherwise feel blah,” says Jennie of her hobby. Below, her go-tos so you can play along at home. —liza darwin

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HAIR & SKIN

“Ever since entering my thirties, oils have become a daily essential. In my younger years, I was on a mission to destroy my hair with perms, dyeing (once even going platinum!), teasing, straightening, curling—but I feel like as you get older, hair, just like skin, becomes a symbol of health and well-being. So this Shu Uemura Essence Absolue hair oil is awesome—just a few drops, concentrated at the ends, and the remainder on the rest of your hair tames frizzies and makes your hair feel really nourished. Then, there’s Josie Maran Argan Oil. As popular as this is, not much needs to be said here. I use a few drops during the day and it works. And I cannot say enough about coconut oil. It’s my panacea. I cook with it, use it as a makeup remover, moisturize, and deep condition with it. I slather this on my body and use it as a moisturizer on my face (but only at night, as it is pretty oily), and I swear, ever since using it, all my stubborn flakies have gone away for good.  It is packed with antioxidants and vitamin E to make your skin glow!”

“I’ve tried all sorts of high-end eye creams, but Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream is the one I keep going back to. It’s pretty basic but really moisturizing, non-irritating, and scentless, and it keeps the fine lines at bay.”

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MAKEUP
“I’m more of a lip balm girl with the occasional red lip on a night out, but this Lipstick Queen Saint Natural lipstick is still the most balmy, buttery, comfortable one I’ve tried to date. Plus, this particular color leaves your lips looking stained in a really pretty and healthy way.”

Nars Gaiety is a very angelic-looking light pink that sort of blends into your skin but gives it a healthy pinch of color. I’m all about applying makeup once and being done with it, so Nars, dusted on top of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty makes it last all day.”

“This Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero is super-creamy and easy to apply—and is super-pigmented and lasts for a long time. Because it’s so creamy, it’s great to tight line with (a must!) and is pretty versatile. You can smudge it out or create a precise cat eye with it depending on your mood.”

Get a look at the ring Jennie made for us—it has three teeny diamonds!

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Make Jennie Kwon’s Mama’s Belly-Warming Beef Bulgogi

The mother of all family recipes.

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Like Jennie Kwon’s freaking stunning emerald rings and slender cuffs that are destined to be passed down from generation to generation, the designer’s mom’s sweet—but not too syrupy!—take on the Korean staple beef bulgogi has achieved family heirloom status. “It’s a comfort food—I grew up eating it, but it also brings back memories of watching my mom cook as a child. Inhaling the familiar smell of garlic and soy sauce, hearing the graininess of the sugar brushing against her silver mixing bowls as she stirred, watching her dip her finger into things to taste, and listening to her tell me stories about her childhood, my grandmother, and my grandfather whom I had never met,” she says. Though the Kwon matriarch mostly cooks by taste, Jennie’s finagled a recipe out of her that she’d be beyond thrilled for you to try out yourself. —alisha prakash

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Jennie’s adorable mom and her bulgogi!

Ingredients:
1 to 1 ½ pounds top sirloin or tenderloin, thinly sliced into ½-inch-thick pieces
1 white onion, chopped
½ Asian pear, roughly chopped
6 to 7 tablespoons soy sauce
3 to 4 tablespoons sugar
Black pepper, to taste
½ tablespoon sesame oil
½ to 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1 tablespoon sake
½ carrot, sliced
1 scallion, sliced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:
Prepare the meat by pressing with a paper towel to absorb excess blood, but do not wash. Puree ½ of the white onion and the Asian pear with ¼ cup water. Combine this with the soy sauce, sugar, a little black pepper, sesame oil, crushed garlic, and sake. Pour over the meat in a Tupperware, and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours or up to one day to marinate. You can cook this on charcoal grill—for tastiest results—or indoors. To cook on the stove, preheat a frying pan over high heat and cook meat, flipping occasionally, until it’s about halfway cooked through—the meat should still be a little bit pink. Add the rest of the onions, the carrots, and the scallions to the pan. Cook until meat is well done and thoroughly brown. Do not crowd the pan, as this can cause the meat to be soggy. Add a little more soy sauce or sugar to taste if you desire and garnish with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds. Serve wrapped in lettuce or ssam with rice and ssamjang and a side of kimchi.

You should probably get Jennie’s diamond ring on your finger, like, now.

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Couple Up: Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal

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You know what’s so like these two—those celebrities who we all kind of want to date? They’ve remained total pals: In 2011, five years after their split, he called her “the Audrey Hepburn of our generation,” and she labeled him “the Cary Grant of our generation.” Yup, class acts. —erica

Natalie Portman: A black Jennifer Behr headband, a big Acne turtleneck, and sunglasses from Elizabeth and James.

Jake Gyllenhaal: Nudie jeans, a comfy henley from Rag & Bone, and Original Penguin shades.

Right this way for more couples who once were…

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Of a Kind

Here comes Manon, making that whole feather jewelry thing feel fresh. —erica

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Here’s what I think: This Mes Demoiselles sitch is the most hippie-doo puffy vest there ever was. And that’s what I love about it. —erica

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The Insider: Kevin Kearney

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Later this fall, the Of a Kind site is getting a facelift—and we have this dude to thank. As CEO of Hard Candy Shell, Kevin Kearney has worked his design magic on the web homes of little publications like The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. But before you start thinking he’s all business, you should know this: His company’s also to thank for the fluff-ball heaven that is Cute Roulette. Here, get to know a guy we think is the bomb dot com. —mattie kahn

Q: What is the best part about your job?

A: I mean, I think it’s probably the fact that I get to pick who I spend all day with. All the employees that I’ve hired are people who I like spending time with, so being able to spend time with people who are smart, creative, and passionate all day is pretty good.

Q: What’s the last web redesign that really impressed you?

A: I think the New York Times’s most recent one. We do a lot in the media space, and that was one of the rare ones that we didn’t work on where I said, “That’s a great job.”

Q: What’s the worst piece of professional advice anyone has ever given you?

A: Don’t rock the boat.

Q: When’s the last time you went off the grid?

A: About two weeks ago.

Q: What was the occasion?

A: I went to Mozambique for sixteen days for diving. It was pretty great. It’s hard to be on the grid when you’re in the water with a humpback whale. On one of our dives, the whales were singing, which is a pretty amazing sound if you ever get to hear it.

Q: What restaurant in your neighborhood is underappreciated?

A: Everybody thinks Battersby and Dover are really great, but there’s a place called Bergen Hill in Carroll Gardens that I think is the most underrated.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about the nuts and bolts of Of a Kind.

A: Well, maybe this is obvious, but I think the real key to the success of Of a Kind is just the taste of Claire and Erica. Everything else is sort of secondary. To me, when I think of the one thing that matters about Of a Kind, it is that.

Meet more serious STARS right here.

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Pampa Bucket Bag by Hare+Hart for Of a Kind

BUY / 60 of a kind / $395

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Hare+Hart Teaches You to Care for Your Leather

Because it’s only an investment piece if you make it last.

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Oil and leather, best friends forever.

Like wine and Justin Timberlake, good leather only gets better with age. If you take care of it, that is. “When I turned 26, I complained to my boss at the time about getting old, and she said, ‘Whatever, I have leather coats older than you,” says Jennie Engelhardt, one half of the team behind Hare+Hart. “And it’s true: People save their leather.” She and her cohort Emily Harrison, who source skins and produce their bag-and-jacket line in Argentina, know the tricks to making the material last, and Jennie is down to share them. —lydia woolever

Get Down With Oil
“Number one: oil and condition. Leather really is a skin, and just like yours—out in the wind and the rain and the sun and the weather—it gets dried out. Oiling it regularly makes a huge difference. It keeps it supple. Do it at the beginning of the season. It’ll help prevent water damage. It’s really easy: Put a little oil on a cloth or old T-shirt—we like Obenauf’s—and rub it in. Wipe away any excess. They say do it in circles, but I don’t follow that. Use it on scratches. Use it in the lines and creases where you bend a lot, like at your elbows. Wear it out, oil it, wear it out, oil it. The more you wear it, the softer it gets, like your best pair of jeans.”

Pay (Some) Attention to Color
”I wear black leather in all conditions—if you have a black bag, you can do whatever. You can add black polish to it to cover up any stains, the way you do with shoes. You might want to be a little more careful with lighter leather, but even if your light leather gets wet, just put some oil over the water spots. I have a camel bag I wear all the time—in rain and snow—and I just oil it and let it get beat up. I get so many compliments on it. It looks way better than when it was new.”

Know What You Can’t Fix
“Remember that leather is skin and is porous, so things will absorb. There are some good cleaners for grime, but if I spill something like nail polish remover on my bag, that’s never coming out, no matter what I do. So avoid certain things. Like wine.”

These two made a leather bag you won’t want to put down.

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Hare+Hart Knows Buenos Aires

And now you do, too.

As we imagine it, Jennie Engelhardt and Emily Harrison of Hare+Hart spend all of their time eating medium-rare steaks, cracking open bottles of Argentine red, and tangoing until sunrise. But when the design duo is in Buenos Aires—they both also do time in NYC—they have to get work done, too, as they produce all of their line’s elegantly simple leather goods just outside the capital city. Here, the nine places you’ll find them when they’re not hanging out at factories. —lydia woolever

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Milion
Emily: “It’s a bar in a huge, old, three-story mansion in this chichi neighborhood—like the Upper East Side—called Recoleta. Argentines aren’t huge drinkers—so it’s not like the New York cocktail scene—but they make these amazing basil cocktails here. And there’s this beer called Quilmes, which is definitely cheaper to drink than water.” (Paraná 1048)

La Cabrera
Jennie: “This is a special-occasion parrilla, or grill. Emily gets their bife de lomo (tenderloin), and I like their ojo de bife (rib eye). We usually share an order of mollejas (sweetbreads) and provoleta (grilled provolone). We’re definitely not vegetarians.” (José Antonio Cabrera 5099)

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Domani
Jennie: Medialunas, or ‘half-moons,’ are the Argentine version of a croissant. They’re smaller and sweet—they have a little bit of honey on top. They’re everywhere, but the best are at Domani. It’s a block from Emily’s apartment, so we go there and do work a lot. It’s like a weird sort of IHOP or American diner.” (Salguero 3006)

Bosques de Palermo
Emily: “Bosques de Palermo is this big park with grassy areas and paths and lakes not far from my apartment. Jennie goes running there; I walk my dog.”
Jennie: “People are always having maté with each other in the park. It’s like tea-slash-marijuana. You drink out of the same straw and pass it around like you pass a joint. If people invite you to share maté, it means they like you. It has more significance than just sharing a drink.”

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Kansas
Jennie: “This place is hilarious. It’s trying to be really fancy, but it’s also trying to be very American. It’s like a nicer Chili’s. They have nachos and french fries, but my personal favorite is the fingers de pollo—the chicken fingers. We go for happy hour a lot. The Argentines love it so much—from fancy, older people to these trendy, mulleted hipster kids, all hanging out at this suburban American chain restaurant in Argentina.” (Del Libertador, Av. 4625)

Palermo Soho
Emily: “We both just love shoes. Palermo Soho is a neighborhood near my place that has great boutiques Jennie’s been in Buenos Aires less than 24 hours, and she’s already been to Mishka, our favorite spot.”

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Campo del Fiori
Emily: “After steak, Argentina’s big food is fresh, homemade pasta. It’s a staple. We go to Campo del Fiori for this amazing pre-fixe lunch. You get a drink, appetizer, fresh pasta, and then a dessert, all for like 12 bucks.” (Venezuela 1401)

San Telmo Antique Market
Jennie: “Every Sunday in San Telmo, this neighborhood downtown, there’s a huge fair with all these arts and crafts and antique vendors—jewelry, furniture, clothing, trinkets, these amazing lights and chandeliers from all centuries. I got some really cool old glass apothecary bottles there. It’s hard to transport stuff back to the U.S., but it’s a great place to just walk through and look around.”

Shampoo
Emily: “This is a silly, fun club where we go dancing. Argentines aren’t big drinkers, but they’re big partiers. They’re really into techno. You don’t go out until 2 A.M., and everything’s open ‘til sunrise.”

Get your hands on the rad bucket bag these two made for us!

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Next Level: Neoprene Coats

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Have y’all noticed that neoprene is everywhere lately? Thing is, as a material, it makes a lot of sense for winter outerwear when breathable fabric means icy wind cutting right through you. Here, four worth warming up to. —erica

LEVEL I: This Marissa Webb style's ultra-classic in every other way.

LEVEL II: So polished, right? And the ribbed cuffs on this MSGM take keep your wrists snuggly.

LEVEL III: SNAPS to this T by Alexander Wang sucker with its textured vibez.

LEVEL IV: Yah, it’s loud, but this Giles situation would cheer up everyone on your morning train. 

Get a whole lot more o’ this stuff here!

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