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Have you ever wondered whose job it is to come up with those pun-perfect names for OPI nail polishes, like Pink Before You Leap? Meet Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, the brains and bravado behind the brand’s trend-sparking shades. “When we started out, 24 years ago, nail polishes had boring names like Red #47,” she says. Now this Hungarian immigrant and onetime acrylic-nail-system creator collaborates with some of the biggest celebrities and musicians (Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Serena Williams) -- which just goes to show how far a great product and a little pluck can take you.
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Her Favorite Things
Fourteen years after its launch, I’m Not Really a Waitress remains OPI’s best-selling shade.
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Weiss-Fischmann favors Paul Smith’s neutral rectangular frames.
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“I love classics like jeans, a great top, and heels,” she says. “This dark-wash denim is a good mix of sleek and comfortable.”
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Cast-Iron Casserole, by Martha Stewart Collection
“Food is very important to our family. My 90-year-old Hungarian mother is still a great cook,” she says. The most used item in her kitchen: the French oven.
6 qt., $150, macys.com
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Fleurs et Papillons de Tissus Silk Scarf
“I’ve collected Hermès scarves ever since I got one as a gift when I was in college.”
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Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen
“I use the Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen when I’m traveling to help me emerge from the plane looking refreshed,” she says.
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“When I was growing up in a Communist country, discipline was drilled into me, so I’m very organized,” she says. “I have an iPhone and a BlackBerry, but I also need to write everything in my planner.”
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Chanel Glossimer, in Giggle
Weiss-Fischmann’s favorite lip color hasn’t wavered in 15 years.
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La Cornue Oven