I am so delighted to introduce new StyleSprinter series called Red Lipstick Club where I will be posting interviews with girls that truly rule the male-dominated world. Whether it is a favorite red lipstick that provides them with super-powers or something else, #RLC girls are here to inspire you pursuing your dreams and make things happen.
I am glad to introduce you my first #RLC guest, an award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Liliya Anisimova. I met Liliya in 2006 at Lomonosov Moscow State University where we studied TV Broadcasting. Later on, I decided that writing is my true passion, while Liliya picked the visual side of journalism. After college, our lives left us on the different continents, but I always remembered Liliya’s impeccable style. Luckily, we found each other again, this time in New York City. Liliya switched her attention from TV to documentaries and achieved recognition from international filmmaker community. Her sense of style evolved due to the demands of the profession (she talks about it later in the post), but its still very chic, memorable, and inspiring.
Please welcome Liliya as she speaks about fashion, beauty tricks, and her life of a New Yorker. Also, feel free to reach out to me via this contact form if you would like to be featured on Red Lipstick Club by StyleSprinter.
How can you describe your style? What’s your signature look?
I like girly looks and high heels, and admire women who can wear that all the time, but unfortunately most of the time I wear sneakers and men’s shirts. Probably the most common outfit of mine is skinny black or other dark color jeans (my favorites are 7 For All Mankind, All Saints, and J Brand), Saucony sneakers (I like one particular model, ‘Jazz’) or All Saints black boots, and Ralph Lauren plaid shirt. I usually buy male size S or M so the shirt is oversized. I like to shop for shirts in men section because male versions are longer than female ones. Also, the stores usually have wider selection of shirts for men than for women. Actually, I have never purchased anything in Ralph Lauren’s women department. I guess I just found my ‘niche.’
Who are your fashion icons?
I love Audrey Hepburn’s style during the period when she collaborated with French couturier Hubert de Givenchy in 1950s and 1960s.
Which trends will you be adding to your wardrobe this upcoming season?
I love spring because in my mind it’s associated with bright and light colors. Those feel like a fresh breeze after dark colored fall/winter collections. I’m not a fashion addict and don’t follow all the fashion trends that are coming up each season. Instead, I buy what I like, and sometimes it happens to be fashionable. But when it comes to spring shopping, I love purchasing new pieces of clothing because they usually fit my esthetics, pastels and bright colors, and all kind of prints.
I noticed that this season many brands referred to floral prints, and I like it for many reasons. Firstly, I love flowers because they make me happy. I like giving flowers. I like receiving them. I like flowers on my bed sheets. Not to mention that my name translates as ‘Lily.’ Also (you probably feel the same way), floral prints remind me Russian traditional ornament, which I personally love. I often wear those extremely warm wool shawls with variegated flowers–those add color to dark winter looks.
Dresses: Milly and Ted Backer.
Silk shirts: Equipment.
Jeans: All Saints.
Tracksuits: Abercrombie & Fitch.
Coats and outwear: Burberry.
Shoes: Prada (heels), Saucony (sneakers), and All Saints (boots).
What are you wearing while working on a movie? Is it different to your everyday style?
It is extremely different. And I think my professional style affects my everyday looks too. When I shoot myself I wear super comfy clothes and usually the ones that don’t require special care and can be easily washed. Cameras and all the equipment usually dusty and dirty, tripods often have dark special grease on them, you don’t want to wear your best dress on the shoot.
Even when I used to work as a TV anchor for the travel channel, I often wore cheap and easy to clean clothes because you never know when you get a stain (but you definitely will). Also, sometimes I had to wear the same clothes next day–to make it look like it was shot the same day. In other words, clothes for TV has to be super practical but look expensive and neat. At that period of my life I wore a lot of polyester shirts (that are not as comfortable as silk ones), but those served its function in the fields perfectly. Those looked exactly like silk on camera, but were much cheaper and easier to clean. So I learned some tricks.
What is your favorite shade of red lipstick?
I usually don’t wear lipstick at all, but I have one Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro lipstick in #504 that I put on in the evenings and for special occasions.
What is your morning beauty routine?
For shower it’s always ‘It’s Raining Men’ shower gel by Lush. It smells unbelievable and similar to my favorite fragrance by Chloé. When it comes to hair care, I usually use products from Alterna Caviar line, Macadamia Professional, and Oribe. I use La Prairie Foam Cleanser, La Prairie Marine Biology Tonic, and either White Caviar Illuminating Moisturizing Cream or Cellular Radiance Cream by La Prairie. First one is supposed to even the skin tone and make my freckles less noticeable, and the second one is for older skin, but I use it if I need a quick and powerful skin recharge.
What are your five go-to makeup products?
#1: La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation, it’s a great 2-in-1 product that I can’t live without.
#3: Clinique High ImpactExtreme Volume Mascara in black.
#4: Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ Mechanical Brow Pencil, especially during summer time when my brows get really light.
#5: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Make-up Setting Spray, I believe that the person invented this product deserves Nobel Prize for making women’s lives so much easier! This spray holds the makeup for hours, even days. Awesome stuff!
Your favorite drugstore finds.
Jokes aside, I think that No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum that costs less than $10 really works. I saw Rapid Lash Enhancing Serum in beauty stores for around $30, but this drugstore find is so much cheaper and it is very effective. Your lashes will love it!
What is your proudest achievement to date?
I’m pretty proud that any work I do is recognized and rewarded. When I started my career in broadcasting, I very quickly got promoted from the news reporter to anchor. When I was working for the travel cannel, it received a lot of awards. Working as an independent filmmaker, I received awards myself and got into the major film festivals. But I guess what I’m really proud of is that I always do what I enjoy, and my work is always my passion. If the project does not fulfill me enough, I simply start looking for something new.
What do you do to stay in shape?
Sometimes I look at my pictures and decide that I need to start dieting. Usually it lasts until the evening when I feel that I am starving and already lost enough weight. That how it works most of the times. I guess I’m just lucky to have good genes so I don’t have to do anything to stay in shape. I travel a lot and I have the idea that on holidays, vacations, and during the weekend calories shouldn’t be counted. I introduced this lifestyle concept to all my friends, and most of them are skeptic about it, but this theory works for me.
What do you miss the most about Russia?
Food (of course!), food (again!), and good mani/pedi. It’s a struggle to find a good manicure salon here, almost impossible. I pretty much gave up because I can’t find the place that does the same great job as Russian manicure salons (no matter how much you pay for such services in the U.S.). After three years of leaving here, I just accepted that fact.
NEW YORK CITY
What do you love about living in NYC?
I love the City! Its rhythm reminds me Moscow. Sometimes you want to run away from New York because it gets crazy, but when you get somewhere else – you get bored. I love other places in the U.S. and most of them I love because of the weather, but I love New York without any specific reason.
Top three places to visit in NYC.
It depends if you are a tourist or not, but I’ll try to pick something that works for everyone.
#1: Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar at Metropolitan Museum. It’s not as touristic as Empire State Building or Top of the Rock, but it has a great view and you can sit there and enjoy the sun during the warm season.
#2: Highline Park, it’s so unique and so New York!
#3: Dumbo tour that can be combined with Brooklyn Bridge walk.
Where do you shop in NYC?
Online! (LOL) I do online shopping a lot actually, but if you want me to name specific locations where I would go if I am feeling spendy, I would probably go to Soho. All of my favorite stores located there: All Saints, Aritzia, and Bloomingdales. And if I feel like hardcore shopping, there are some great outlets in the City like Century 21, and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets that is about one hour away from NYC. I also love shopping while I’m traveling, because different cities have different collections and some unique stores too. My absolute favorite is Kitson in LA. I always stop by there when I’m in Cali.
Top 5 favorite NYC-based restaurants.
#1: Pearl Oyster Bar.
#2: Fish (cheap, but serves great fresh sea food).
#3: ABC Kitchen.
#4: Tao Downtown.
#5: Pure (vegan place).
I also like Rue 57, I think we met there with you once (KB: Yes, we did!).
Your favorite movie about NYC.
Hmm, is it too cheesy to say “Sex and the City”? Ok, let’s stay classy and say, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Ted Baker Coat (similar) // Juicy Couture Skinny Jeans // Chloe Crossbody Bag
Saucony Jazz Low Pro Vegan Sneakers // Allude Sweater (similar in yellow)
Flower Headband (Liliya bought it for $2-3 somewhere in LA)
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P.P.S.—Check out below a trailer for one of Liliya’s documentaries.