Natalie Bakopoulos, 39
"To capture a family story set against a historical backdrop for my novel, I read a lot of poetry and nonfiction of the '60s and '70s."
The Green Shore (Simon & Schuster), Bakopoulos's debut novel, follows the personal and political lives of a family living under a military dictatorship after a 1967 coup d'état in Greece.
"I like to shop online," says Bakopoulos, a lecturer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "I might say I choose quality over quantity. But impulse buys are fun."
"A pair of dark brown Frye motorcycle boots that were half off," she says. "I wear them all the time. I've had them for ten years now and just keep getting them resoled."
Her Makeup Story
The conflict: "I'd love to achieve that sultry, French I've-been-making-love-all-afternoon-and-still-look-perfect effect—but I keep coming back to the same old tinted moisturizer and sheer lip gloss."
The denouement: A soft black pencil eyeliner gives Bakopoulos the Gallic glamour she craves. Traced along her upper and lower lashlines, concentrating the color on the outer corners makes her eyes appear more wide-set. The liner naturally smudges, so she has a soft, smoky look by afternoon (even if she's only spent the day toiling at her computer).
The drugstore hero: CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Midnight ($7.50)
Forever 21 sweater, $17.80;
Cult Candy skirt, $50 (use code OPRAH1M for free membership);
Forever 21 shoes, $27.80;
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