BY JANICE O’LEARY | June 18, 2012 | Style & Beauty
Boston native Lauren Fitzgerald signed on with the modeling agency Maggie Inc. and quickly became one of the city’s most in-demand models. Known for her no-diva-here personality, she is the face of local fashion designer Sara Campbell, has walked the runway for Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, and starred in most of Boston’s top fashion shows. Her beautiful smile might not just be the result of good genes, but also her upcoming summer nuptials.
Boston is my home because: It’s where my family is. I grew up here—it’s my foundation.
Boston inspiration: The ocean. A quiet beach has a way of instantly clearing my mind.
My beauty philosophy: A smile goes a long way.
Secret of my success: Be professional. Having a business mind-set with any job will get you further.
Cause closest to my heart: Cancer research.
Boston guilty pleasure: Abe & Louie’s macaroni and cheese or a cannoli from the North End.
New discovery: Wedding blogs. Our photographer’s, leahhaydock .blogspot.com is one of my favorites. I’ve recently found Addo Novo in the South End for home decorating. 80 Thoreau in Concord is also fabulous for food and cocktails.
I stay in shape by: Running, playing tennis, and hiking.
Go-to beauty brands: A mix, from Chanel to Maybelline.
Beauty black book: The Loft Salon by Michael Albor on Newbury for hair.
Advice to my 16-year-old self: College won’t be as scary as you think.
Beauté: The Radiant Serum, La Mer ($260). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil 63 (Marine), Chanel ($28). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660.. Bb.Texture Hair (un)dressing creme, Bumble and Bumble ($27). Mitchell John, 67 Broad St., 617-951-0122. Ultra Moisture Lotion, Olay ($8.99). CVS Pharmacy, 631 Washington St., 617-338-0128.
Beautiful bijoux: Large mesh scarf necklace in 18k gold, Elsa Peretti® for Tiffany & Co. ($16,950). Copley Place, 617-353-0222. Matte chrysoprase 14k gold pull-through earrings, Swallow ($300). Good, 88 Charles St., 617-722-9200. 18k gold and rutilated quartz pendant necklace, Ippolita ($3,195). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660.
Wellesley resident Shannon Allen is creator, executive producer, and host of The Pre-Game Meal on NECN, chairs events to support diabetes research at the Joslin Diabetes Center and at the Chelsea-based charity Roca to assist high-risk young people, and is head cheerleader for her husband, Celtics forward Ray Allen.
Boston inspiration: The Joslin Diabetes Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.
My beauty philosophy: Confidence is your best beauty trick. Own it.
Secret of my success: I’m not afraid of my big ideas.
Cause closest to my heart: Type 1 diabetes. I would take it from my son, Walker, in a heartbeat.
Boston guilty pleasure: Wing It.
Best beauty advice ever given to me: Wear lipstick or lip gloss the color of your nipples. It’s the perfect shade to complement your complexion.
I stay in shape by: My husband is my personal trainer. He’s a beast!
Go-to beauty brand: Bobbi Brown.
Beauty black book: Kai Gomes at Avanti for hair, Anna at Bella Santé for brows, Cynthia at Lash L’amour, and Mariolga Pantazopoulos for makeup.
Would want my eulogy to be: She loved.
Beauté: Dior Addict Lipstick in Palace 354, Dior ($30), Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream, Shiseido ($95), Macy’s, 450 Washington St., 617-357-3000. Body Buff, Moroccanoil ($42). The Spa at Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-439-3914. EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Crème, L’Oréal ($8.99). CVS Pharmacy, 631 Washington St., 617-338-0128
Beautiful bijoux: Mammoth ivory 30-inch beaded necklace, Ivory Jacks ($1,235). Good, 88 Charles St., 617-722-9200. Gold all sorts stud earrings, Links of London ($430). Bloomingdale’s, The Mall at Chestnut Hill, 617-630-6000. 18k yellowgold cocktail ring with white diamonds, Suel ($7,710). Louis, 60 Northern Ave., 617-262-6100.
Alina Apteker was born in Poland and started Longwood Lifestyle & Events with her husband, Jim, more than a decade ago. This April they launched their own charity, Longwood Giving, to help fledgling nonprofit organizations get on their feet. Their spaces are coveted for topnotch events in Boston, the Cape, Newport, and most recently the Nantucket Beach Club. The business is a true family affair, with her mother-in-law often found directing the catering kitchens; Apteker jokes sometimes that she married her husband for his mom.
Boston inspires me: Because between Boston and Cambridge we have the most PhDs per capita.
Secret of my success: Respecting other people’s time.
This decade: A woman gets to know the world in her 20s, herself in her 30s, and is ready to make a difference in her 40s.
Won’t be seen with: Painted nails—too precise a look for me. I like being able to get my hands dirty.
I stay in shape by: Role-playing as PE teacher with my six-year-old. When no one sees, I play on monkey bars with her.
Go-to beauty brand: Soelle Argan Oil—one product for the entire body from head to toes, literally.
Beauty black book: Pini Swissa salon.
Beauté: Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Eye Cream SPF 15, Elizabeth Arden ($49.50); Iridescent Eye Shadow in Anthracite 169, Make Up For Ever ($20). Sephora, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-4200. White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream SPF 15, La Prairie ($150). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Luminous Hairspray Strong, Moroccanoil ($21). Salon Acote, 132 Newbury St., 617-262-5111.
Beautiful bijoux: Aquamarine and diamond pendant in platinum ($6,300), Tiffany & Co. Copley Place, 617-353-0222.
Sherry Ladha Kelly was always in the business of science, but it wasn’t until 10 years ago that she went back to school to earn her PhD in pharmacy. Now she works for one of the city’s big biotech firms, Genzyme, as a liaison between oncology, hematology, and the organ transplant divisions.
I’m most proud of: Going back to school to get my doctorate of pharmacy degree.
No one would ever guess: I ride a Harley- Davidson motorcycle.
Cause closest to my heart: The Ellie Fund for the fight against breast cancer and the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence.
Boston guilty pleasure: Chocolate-covered strawberries at The Bristol Lounge.
Favorite feature: My legs.
Trademark look: Skinny jeans, T-shirt, boyfriend jacket, and four-inch heels.
New discovery: Remodeling a condo and staying under budget.
Go-to beauty brands: Obagi cleanser/toner, La Mer moisturizer and eye cream, and La Prairie sunscreen with SPF 30.
Beauty black book: European Skin Care by Lolya, brows by Katrina Hess, hair by Marco Evangelisti at Icon Salon Newton Centre, blow-dry by Sam at Alexander Salon.
Advice to my 16-year-old self: Don’t allow others to tell you that you can’t do something.
Beauté: Success Age Splendid Deep Action Oil Serum, Guerlain ($184). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Dahlia, Estée Lauder ($45). Macy’s, 450 Washington St., 617-357-3000. Cellumination Cream, SK-II ($150). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Restorative Hair Mask, Moroccanoil ($41). G20 Spa + Salon, 278 Newbury St., 617-262-2220.
Beautiful bijoux: Platinum and diamond Art Deco earrings ($16,500) and 30-inch diamond opera necklace ($120,000), Shreve, Crump & Low,39 Newbury St., 617-267-9100.
ALEXANDRA "LEXA" MARSHALL
When novelist Lexa Marshall moved to Boston 35 years ago, after traveling from her hometown in New York to Ghana to New Haven, she intended it to be temporary. But it was here that she met her husband, fellow writer James Carroll. Together they started their family and writing careers in Beacon Hill. Marshall is the author of five novels and one book of non-fiction, and she has taught writing at several universities in the city.
I’m most proud of: My kids and my books.
Boston inspiration: The Public Garden, Esplanade, and the Harborwalk.
My beauty philosophy: Beauty is as beauty does.
Secret of my success: Let it be.
Cause closest to my heart: The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum in the Boston Public Schools.
Would want my eulogy to be: Reading from my books, by my writer friends.
Favorite feature: My eyes.
This decade: I hope to achieve more of the same, especially to stay healthy.
Won’t be seen without: Cashmere.
New discovery: Fort Point Channel as the Innovation District.
I stay in shape by: Practicing Gyrotonics.
Advice to my 16-year-old self: Resist authority—a slogan that never goes out of style.
Beauté: Shaping Facial Lift Serum, Clarins ($70). Macy’s, 450 Washington St., 617-357-3000. Traceless Foundation SPF 15 in Pale Dune, Tom Ford ($78). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Body Soufflé, Moroccanoil ($52). The Spa at Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-439-3914. Grooming Crème, Bumble and Bumble ($27). Mitchell John, 67 Broad St., 617-951-0122.
Beautiful bijoux: Cabochon emerald drop earrings ($24,900) and platinum, emerald, and diamond necklace ($165,000), Shreve, Crump & Low, 39 Newbury St., 617-267-9100.
Philanthropic advisor Julia Owens grew up in Beacon Hill and attended Phillips Academy in Andover. She advises clients about high-risk charitable giving and has been a trustee of a family foundation for almost 20 years. For Owens, philanthropy is not about seeing her name on the side of a hospital wing; it’s about getting her hands dirty and moving the needle.
No one would guess: I am a really good freestyle rapper.
Cause closest to my heart: Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
Boston guilty pleasure: A Fenway frank at a Sox game.
I stay in shape by: My walk to work is 1.17 miles, so no matter how hectic my day is, I get in that walk two times a day.
Beauty black book: Corey at Mario Russo does my hair and is also my Dr. Phil. I go in for highlights and come out with a new life plan!
Next decade: I want to have a family in whatever form that takes. I would adopt in a heartbeat or be a single parent if that made sense.
Advice to my 16-year-old self: Pearls and a Patagonia is not a good look.
Beauté: Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in 401, Giorgio Armani Beauty ($30). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660. The Body Refiner, La Mer ($110). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. PreVious Restoring Formula, Clinica Ivo Pitanguy ($300).Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660. Vitamino Color Expert Shine Color Protecting Conditioner, L’Oréal ($20.99). CVS Pharmacy, 631 Washington St., 617-338-0128.
Beautiful bijoux: Multicolored sapphire and diamond drop earrings set in 18k gold, Arunashi ($29,000); diamond Jaws 18k gold bangle, Stephen Webster ($22,500). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-3660; moonlight ice ring with moon quartz and diamonds, David Yurman ($2,300). David Yurman, Copley Place, Boston, 617-236-8777.
So many Boston transplants come here for education, but Amber D’Amelio came for love. She met her husband, Mike, then moved herself and her daughter across the country from Los Angeles. She has spent the past two years exploring all the city has to offer and getting schooled in the fashion event business.
I love Boston: For its ease in walking about, great authentic restaurants, and rich cultural history.
I’m most proud of: My daughter, Chelsey—I marvel at the beautiful young adult she has become.
My beauty philosophy: Makeup should enhance what you have, not conceal who you are.
Causes closest to my heart: PETA; supporting the integration of youth with intellectual disabilities; and assisting and creating new opportunities for battered and abused women.
Would want my eulogy to be: She was a loving wife and mother, authentic to the core, who enhanced the world around her in meaningful ways.
This decade: I want to help bring major events to Boston to advance the city as a hub for fashion.
Go-to beauty brand: Vincent Longo lip stain, because I can kiss my husband and not leave lipstick all over him.
Beauty black book: Ashley Brecken at Salon Marc Harris.
Beauté: Dahlia Noir Body Milk, Givenchy ($51). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500. Pure Color Lipstick in Wanted, CK One ($16). Ulta, 15 Mystic View Road, Everett, 617-381-0040. Skin Base Foundation in 08, Illamasqua ($42). Sephora, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-4200. Hydrating Styling Cream, Moroccanoil ($32). Roffi Salon & Day Spa, 134 Newbury St., 617-536-9600.
Beautiful bijoux: 18k yellow-gold and amethyst earrings, Elizabeth Gage ($10,500). Shreve, Crump & Low, 39 Newbury St., 617-267-9100..
Photography by Melissa Mahoney; Styling by Justin Reis; Hair by Jana Rago; Makeup by Dani Wagener