THE shoe detective

039152730003-027_1An occupational hazard of being an investigator is constantly changing my look. Possibly the biggest challenge? Finding footwear that can go from digging through garbage to an A-list party.

Since my Alaia six-inch python stilettos aren’t exactly practical on duty, I’ve turned into The Shoe Detective.

As a Twin Peaks freak, my favorite shoe right now is the Nicholas Kirkwood zig-zag leather pump (available at Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus for $750).

They have a rose-gold heel, and the height is a manageable 3 1/2 inches. These would be perfect to rock in court, or wear to a client meeting.

But what if I need to make a fast getaway?

36840.1.detailHigh-end designers are offering some amazing snakeskin print slip-on sneakers – but instead of dropping $750 on the Lanvin version from Barneys or almost $2k for the Rick Owens version, I picked up a pair of knock-offs by Report at Macys for $30 (they are currently on NastyGal for $48).

These are definitely my new ‘go-to’ everyday shoe: Smart enough to pair with trousers, while at the same time flat enough to break into a run.

Bonus: If my travels take me through mud, bushes or a crime scene, faux-leather is much easier to clean.

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in carbar at night

We all know that gritty detective work can involve long hours in a hot car. But the combination of the California sunshine and a nightly Retin A regime mean that I’ve had to get serious about sun protection while on surveillance. So I needed to find products that will work overtime, from sitting under the blazing sun on the freeway in the morning to giving me a glow for events and nights out. By the way I also layer sunscreen on my hands  – I figure that it’s a better way to fight the signs of aging than fingerless gloves.  Read more


An addition to my piece in the Daily Mail today about makeup that’s meant to be worn overnight…for those of us who fail to plan ahead  [. . .]

  • Vaseline works as an eye makeup remover, lip gloss, and hair split end sealer
  • Use a matchbook as a nail file
  • Kool Aid or red Gatorade can turn into lip/cheek stain
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be used  as mouthwash in a pinch (just don’t swallow!)
  • Olive oil doubles as face cream
  • No ponytail holder? Try dental floss

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