Deva Blaisdell-Anderson plays one of the more behind-the-scenes roles at The Penny Rose, but her contributions are front and center. With each fashion project that we do, Deva creates short films to support the project—her glamourous imagery on film takes our readers behind-the-scenes and offers new fashion inspiration to them. As a video producer/independent filmmaker, Deva has a wealthy resume and she brings a creative eye and extraordinary talent to each film that she makes for our blog. We wanted to introduce readers to this savvy style setter.
How would you describe your personal style?
It's eclectic-comfort. I love wearing jeans (and thankfully I can wear them everyday for work) but I also adore vintage pieces and bold color and prints, so I'm usually in some combination of those elements.
What’s your favorite brand of denim?
I really like the fit of AG but I always come back to Levi's. It's such an enduring brand and has remained relevant, fits well and is priced right.
What fashion designer (or beauty brand) are you eyeing right now?
I have a Hazel dress that I got last year and I love it because it's really versatile—I can wear it from summer into winter.
What’s your favorite skin care item?
Mario Badescu oil-free moisturizer with SPF.
What fashion tip would you give to someone for the upcoming season?
Try the mix and match trend. I'm excited by all the florals out there right now because you can get a lot of color and texture in a single item. And I have an obsession with stripes so I love how mixing these kinds of patterns is really in right now.
If money were no object, what spa or beauty treatment/service would you be addicted to?
Facials. I find them so relaxing and I love the way my skin feels afterward.
On occasions where you need to get ready in a rush, what is your quick ‘n’ easy beauty routine?
I feel like I'm always getting ready in a rush. For me, the eyes have it, so I focus on them with some shadow that goes with my mood or outfit, liner and mascara. Add a little blush if I remember to, and I usually put on some lip color in the car.
What is the most unusual or surprising beauty product in your arsenal?
Well, it's not a product, but I always keep a spoon in the freezer. Like most people I know, I never get enough rest and it shows in my eyes. Pressing a cold spoon over my eyelids helps reduce puffiness and the shocking cold helps wake me up!
What beauty products would we find in your purse?
Lip balm, an array of lipstick colors (usually a nude, orange, pink and red option) and hand lotion—I can't stand it when my hands feel dry.
You’re traveling, and can only bring one bag: what favorite beauty/fashion items stay home, and what must go with?
I've made it a practice to only bring one bag when I travel and even though it feels like I pack light, I still end up bringing more than I actually wear. What I pack depends on the weather where I'm going, but as a rule I try to pack things that color coordinate; basics that mix and match well, and spice things up with accessories and scarves. I always include the clothes I travel in, so I plan that out too. Typically I pack: one pair of blue jeans and one pair of black jeans, which can double up for an evening or going out look, a black cardigan that goes with everything, a dress, a couple of fun tops/blouses, and everything else is basics—tanks, tees, etc. I pick a palette and stick with that. A pair of flats that are comfy to walk in but can also be dressed up, sneakers and either a heel, wedge or boot depending on what will make the most sense. A couple of colorful scarves and lots of earring options and rings. I'm also a big fan of those compression bags that you use to store bulky stuff at home. You just fold your stuff neatly and squeeze the air out and you end up with compact little bricks that just drop into your bag.
Mani or pedi?
Both. But pedi if I have to choose.
Lip gloss or lip balm?
Balm, I'm still looking for a gloss with a texture that doesn't get weird.
Heels or flats?
I'd like to say heels but I find that I'm usually in flats.