Alix Ohlin, 40
Inside (Knopf), a novel that details how four characters intersect after one saves another's life.
"I don't like to pay full price, and I keep my look simple and understated," says Ohlin, an associate professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. "I prefer to shop online, on sites that have designer pieces at a discount."
"My mother's gold brocade and green velvet prom dress from 1958, which I wore to my own prom," says Ohlin. "It was so beautiful and I felt so special in it that I still have it. And it was free—the best price of all."
Her Makeup Story
The conflict: "My dream is for dewy, glowing skin that looks really natural—like I got it from eating organic and drinking lots of water. I don't want to wear foundation."
The denouement: Blush alone—blended on the apples of the cheeks—makes Ohlin's complexion instantly glow just as if she subsisted mainly on locally grown kale and green tea. A cream formula melts into her skin so it doesn't look makeup-y.
The drugstore hero: L'Oréal Paris Magic Smooth Soufflé Blush in Plume ($13)
Joe Fresh sweater, $19; 212-764-1730.
Mango bracelet, $24.99;
Mango skirt, $54.99;