In this series from Pretty Hurts, Petra Collins photographs six New York women as they prepare for their days.
Linda Rodin, founder and creator of the beauty line Rodin Olio Lusso, sleeps as much as she can — nine hours, if possible. “Today, I got up at 11 a.m. If I don’t have to work the next day, and I watch TV late, I’m not getting up for anybody,” she says. “My dog, Winky, follows me to the bathroom. I rinse my face, I put on my face oil, putz around for a few minutes.”
She’s had the same silhouette, and love of denim, since she was young — and is out the door in 20 minutes with Winky. “I put on my jeans and my sweater, and we take a walk and he does his business, and I get my cappuccino. When I get home, I put on lipstick from my own line. At my age I’ve got silver hair, and I think it just adds a little color to my face.”
Click ahead to see Petra Collins’s portfolio of Rodin’s routine.
*This article appears in the November 17, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.
Additional reporting by Katie Van Syckle.
I love to sleep. I sleep nine hours a night, and I like to pretend I’m still in bed. I put on my robe, I rinse my face, and I brush my teeth. My robe is from the flea market, and it’s the most beautiful vintage robe. It’s terrycloth; it’s probably from the late ‘30s, early ‘40s. I can’t see anything, so I need glasses to inform the next step.
I put on my oil immediately. It’s moisturizing, hydrating oil called Rodin Face Oil. I probably use two to three drops. It doesn’t take much. I have a skin-care line, and I only use my products.
I wear lipstick all the time. I love lipstick. This is really an orange-red, and I’m actually making my own lipstick to be part of my line with Estée Lauder. I wear either a hot pink, or a hot orange. I go back and forth.
I’m a shell fanatic. Wherever I go and there’s a beach, I’ll spend, you know, five hours by myself with a basket. I bought the toilet seat about 20 years ago. I’ve been in this apartment for about 20 years. I don’t remember where, but I said, “Oh my God, a shell toilet seat!” How could I resist? It’s a very old toilet seat. But it’s held up!
I collect nail polishes. I love that packaging, and I love the color aspect of it. I don’t wear those colors, you know, but they’re like little color swatches. And the little gold top; they’re so beautiful. Whatever looks beautiful to me, I’ll buy it. To wake up in the morning and look at all that beautiful stuff is a gift for me, my gift to me.
I wash my hair probably every five days. I’m not a fanatic about washing it that often. And I just wash it and pull it in a ponytail. And I just always wear my hair up with very old-fashioned hair pins. I wear it down in a braid occasionally, but I just don’t want to mess with my hair. I just like it off my face.
I’m going to be 67, and I still wear the same jeans. I like to feel comfortable; I like to feel close to myself, and I think that’s the way I’ve always dressed; I haven’t really changed. And I love clothes; I love beautiful clothes; I love fashion, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be on my body for me to appreciate it. I love to look at it, but it might not look good on me, so I’ll put on my Levi’s and a groovy sweater.
My belt says “Hello Yellowstone” on it, and I’m hoping it doesn’t disintegrate because I wear it every single day. I’ve always wanted to feel in my own skin. It sounds like a cliché, but I think, if I would go an extra yard to try to be this or that, it never felt comfortable. I think you live and learn. I know when I feel healthy and right, and you know, I just really listen to myself.
My dog Winky is a boy, and he’s going to be 5 in January, and he’s the love of my life, and he’s just by my side all the time. He’s the sweetest thing in the whole world. He sleeps in my bed. He’s never away from me. When I wake up, he wakes up, and he follows me to the bathroom.
I’m out the door in 20 minutes. We go to this wonderful place, which is right at the end of my street, and it’s called Golden Crêpes, and they make the most delicious crêpes, but I don’t eat at that hour — but I do get the best cappuccino. And I walk in with Winky and they’re like, “Hi, Winky! Hi, Linda!”