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"just doin' that thing you do...."

by: liza darwin

January 08 2014

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Welcome to The Checklist, NYLON's new morning wake-up call. Whether you're looking for a little outfit inspiration, a new song to play as you drink that first cup of the coffee, or that one bit of news you can't leave the house without knowing, we've got you covered. We'll be updating every day during the week, every single early morning (New York time, natch), with a different editor--and sometimes special It Girl guests--curating the picks, so you have no reason not to make it your first-thing-to-check-the-moment-you-turn-on-your-phone. Still not enough early inspiration for you? Then head to Instagram--we'll be using the hashtag #NYLONDaily as a place for NYLON readers to show off the things that inspire them, and we want you to contribute!

The Checklist Curator: 
Liza Darwin, Senior Web Editor

The Look: Liv Tyler in That Thing You Do!
If Liv Tyler's character Corey Mason from Empire Records is my fashion inspiration for spring and fall, then the actress's That Thing You Do! alter-ego Faye is my muse during the bitter winter months. This is a girl who can make turtlenecks and headbands look chic, which is definitely easier said than done. The key in her case is pairing them with skinny cigarette pants (which work with flats and boots alike). She looks so good, no wonder she dates rockstars...

The Face:
NYX Collection Noir Black Eyeliner
True life: I'm addicted to black eyeliner. Seriously though, my top dresser drawer looks like an episode of Hoarders: Beauty Edition and it's not pretty. But despite all my options I keep going back to this one--a skinny liquid brush by NYX. I like it because it's super thin, easy to maneuver, and lasts all day. The fact that it costs a mere $6 is just a bonus.

The News: Polaroid's Socialmatic camera lets you print and share images instantly
Think of it as retro (AKA printing out your photos) and futuristic (uploading them to Instagram immediately), all rolled into one machine. The latest from Polaroid comes out by the end of next year...but the thing is, do we really need it?

The Inspiration: Neon signs by Robert Montgomery
Blame it on the neon NYLON sign that I see every day in the office, but I'm in love with Robert Montgomery's glowing words. With phrases like "the slow disappearance of truth and meaning," they're dark and melancholic...which oddly makes me enjoy them even more.

The Song: "Don't Wait" by Mapei
The soulful, smooth track from the Stockholm native has been riding the hype wave for the past couple of months, and for good reason. It's snappy enough to drag me out of bed in the morning, but not too upbeat to give me a headache before I have coffee. 

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