Emily Giffin, 40
Where We Belong
(St. Martin's), a novel about a TV producer whose carefully constructed life is shaken when the now-teenage daughter she gave up for adoption appears on her Manhattan doorstep.
"I shop once a season and I try to buy good pieces that I know won't go out of style for years and years," says Atlanta-based Giffin, whose first book, Something Borrowed,
was made into a film starring Kate Hudson in 2011. "But somehow I always find an excuse for new shoes!"
A Michael Kors navy cardigan with gold buttons. "It was originally $800, but I got it for half price," says Giffin. "I've worn it more than 400 times over the years, as it's my go-to for flights. So that's less than $1 per wear, and it still looks new."
Her Makeup Story
"I've just started wearing makeup regularly in the past couple of years. I'd love to play up my eyes more, but I'm intimidated by all eye makeup beyond mascara."
Lining Giffin's blue-green eyes in a deep eggplant color makes them sparkle—and it's a simple three-step process: Drag a skinny liner brush through the shadow, then trace it along the upper lashline; use a Q-tip to smudge the color up and out.
The drugstore hero:
L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Perpetual Purple ($8)
Zara Basic dress, $79.90; zara.com
Merona for Target belt, $12.99; target.com
Forever 21 ring, $5.80; forever21.com