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InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Cindy Weber ClearyIn honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary, who oversees all of InStyle's fashion content, has been with the magazine for fifteen years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, why she loves her job and more:
What year did you start?  1999How did you land the job? I wrote to Martha Nelson (the Editor of InStyle at the time) saying I liked the magazine and would love to meet her. How has your position changed since you started? It’s a much bigger staff and magazine! I’m working on so many more things besides our fashion pages: videos, new business initiatives. It’s an exciting time!What was your most InStyle moment? Probably the time I went to the Golden Globes ceremony and found myself elbow-to-elbow with Brad and Angelina, Leo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Salma Hayek, Will Ferrell, etc. I thought I was jaded about celebs—but not in that crowd!What is your favorite InStyle memory? Our wild offsite trips in the early days: Jamaica (pictured above, with InStyle Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein in 2000), Anguilla, Virgin Gorda…
Our motto was: “The staff that plays together, stays together.” We had a blast! I thought I had landed in magazine heaven! And I had.What do you love most about working at InStyle? The people I work with and finding new ways to help our reader look her best.What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle? What has remained a constant? The scope of the brand has changed the most! What has remained a constant: The commitment to giving the reader/viewer/customer a joyful and useful experience.What are you most excited about at InStyle in 2014? The spin-off of Time Inc will allow us to explore a lot of exciting new opportunities!

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Cindy Weber Cleary

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary, who oversees all of InStyle's fashion content, has been with the magazine for fifteen years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, why she loves her job and more:

What year did you start? 
1999

How did you land the job?
I wrote to Martha Nelson (the Editor of InStyle at the time) saying I liked the magazine and would love to meet her.

How has your position changed since you started?
It’s a much bigger staff and magazine! I’m working on so many more things besides our fashion pages: videos, new business initiatives. It’s an exciting time!

What was your most InStyle moment?
Probably the time I went to the Golden Globes ceremony and found myself elbow-to-elbow with Brad and Angelina, Leo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Salma Hayek, Will Ferrell, etc. I thought I was jaded about celebs—but not in that crowd!

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
Our wild offsite trips in the early days: Jamaica (pictured above, with InStyle Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein in 2000), Anguilla, Virgin Gorda…

Our motto was: “The staff that plays together, stays together.” We had a blast! I thought I had landed in magazine heaven! And I had.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
The people I work with and finding new ways to help our reader look her best.

What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle? What has remained a constant?
The scope of the brand has changed the most! What has remained a constant: The commitment to giving the reader/viewer/customer a joyful and useful experience.

What are you most excited about at InStyle in 2014?
The spin-off of Time Inc will allow us to explore a lot of exciting new opportunities!

Behind the Scenes: Jennifer Lopez’s April Cover Shoot

The pages of our annual April “Color Issue” never fail to amaze with rainbow-bright delights, and there’s no one as colorful or as vibrant (or beautiful!) as JLo. As such, we did our due diligence and packed for the shoot with luggage teeming with brilliant dresses (including one art-inspired Chanel creation), bold clutches and dazzling jewels.

Flip through the gallery above to get a behind-the-scenes feel of the cover shoot, and then head on over to InStyle.com to read about the atmosphere, which songs JLo danced to, and more.

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Rina Stone

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. InStyle's Creative Director Rina Stone shared with us her most InStyle moment, what she’s looking forward to in 2014 and more: 

What year did you start?
November 2007

How did you land the job?
I was working within the company and InStyle was looking to make a change.

How has your position changed since you started?
My focus was exclusively print, and now it can include anything from art directing animation to selecting a button for a shirt we’re designing.

What was your most InStyle moment?
Having lunch with Francois Nars (of NARS Cosmetics) and Chloe Moretz on his private island in Bora Bora.

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
There are millions but two really stand out to me. 1) A great girls’ night out in Paris with Cameron Diaz and makeup artist Gucci Westman after wrapping up couture week and our cover shoot (photo, above).

2) Shooting Sandra Bullock in Marfa, Texas (second photo). We had a great time with her and enjoyed a private tour of The Chinati Foundation.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
Being able to create beautiful things out of beautiful things.

What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle? What has remained a constant?
The mission and values are the same—we just have an expanded idea of what falls under the brand umbrella.

What are you most excited about at InStyle in 2014?
I’m excited to see what Time Inc. means as a stand-alone company.

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Patrick Moffitt
In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers—starting with Patrick Moffitt who has been at the magazine since the very beginning. As InStyle's Assistant Managing Editor, he's responsible for overseeing the production schedule and making sure the pages read well and look their best before everything goes to print. We interviewed him to find out his favorite InStyle memory, why he loves his job and more:
Photo caption: Year one. Working with InStyle's Founding Editor Martha Nelson and then-Executive Editor Charla Lawhon. With only a staff of 20, you worked closely with everyone.
What year did you start? 1994How did you land the job?Through a friend of a friend.How has your position changed since you started?It has changed 100 percent. We were so small back then—everyone handled multiple jobs.What was your most InStyle moment?Being on the red carpet at the Oscars.What is your favorite InStyle memory?The early days when we were a small group. We worked so hard collaboratively to create what became InStyle.What do you love most about working at InStyle?In my job I get to work with everyone, so I get a peek into every part of the process.What has changed the most since you’ve started? What has remained a constant?What has changed the most: The size of the staff and the size of the brand. What has remained a constant: The positive energy.What are you most excited about at InStyle in 2014?The new opportunities of our new company.

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Patrick Moffitt

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers—starting with Patrick Moffitt who has been at the magazine since the very beginning. As InStyle's Assistant Managing Editor, he's responsible for overseeing the production schedule and making sure the pages read well and look their best before everything goes to print. We interviewed him to find out his favorite InStyle memory, why he loves his job and more:

Photo caption: Year one. Working with InStyle's Founding Editor Martha Nelson and then-Executive Editor Charla Lawhon. With only a staff of 20, you worked closely with everyone.

What year did you start?
1994

How did you land the job?
Through a friend of a friend.

How has your position changed since you started?
It has changed 100 percent. We were so small back then—everyone handled multiple jobs.

What was your most InStyle moment?
Being on the red carpet at the Oscars.

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
The early days when we were a small group. We worked so hard collaboratively to create what became InStyle.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
In my job I get to work with everyone, so I get a peek into every part of the process.

What has changed the most since you’ve started? What has remained a constant?
What has changed the most: The size of the staff and the size of the brand. What has remained a constant: The positive energy.

What are you most excited about at InStyle in 2014?
The new opportunities of our new company.

Around the Office: Rina Stone’s Statement Necklace
As a supplement to the “Have Your Happiest New Year!” story in the January issue, InStyle staffers are sharing their favorite mood-boosting items. Check back all month long to see more #happyten pick-me-ups.
This Iradj Moini necklace makes me so happy that I can’t take it off. I wore it to an event the other night with a black cocktail dress and found an equally winning combination the next morning with my gray cashmere sweater. Smiles all around.” — Rina Stone, InStyle Creative Director
Plus, find happy ideas and more at instyle.com/youryear
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Rina Stone’s Statement Necklace

As a supplement to the “Have Your Happiest New Year!” story in the January issue, InStyle staffers are sharing their favorite mood-boosting items. Check back all month long to see more #happyten pick-me-ups.

This Iradj Moini necklace makes me so happy that I can’t take it off. I wore it to an event the other night with a black cocktail dress and found an equally winning combination the next morning with my gray cashmere sweater. Smiles all around.” — Rina Stone, InStyle Creative Director

Plus, find happy ideas and more at instyle.com/youryear

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Brooke Mazurek’s Chanel Polish
As a supplement to the “Have Your Happiest New Year!” story in the January issue, InStyle staffers are sharing their favorite mood-boosting items. Check back all month long to see more #happyten pick-me-ups.
Each season at Chanel's ready-to-wear show in Paris, attendees receive miniature gift bags filled with the brand's newest cosmetics; it's a highly coveted item. I assist InStyle's editor, Ariel Foxman, and while he and the fashion team are in Europe for nearly a month to cover the shows, I stay in New York to schedule and monitor every single meeting, appointment and show he has to attend. It might sound simple, but it can be incredibly complicated. 
After surviving my first season, Ariel returned to the office, thanked me for my hard work and then handed me that little black-and-gold Chanel bag filled with eye shadows and this (limited edition) Peridot nail polish.  Each time I coat my nails with this shade, I remember that moment with a smile and still feel a sense of accomplishment—it always makes me happy. It also marked the beginning of a very dangerous Chanel cosmetic addiction!” — Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor
Plus, find happy ideas and more at instyle.com/youryear
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Brooke Mazurek’s Chanel Polish

As a supplement to the “Have Your Happiest New Year!” story in the January issue, InStyle staffers are sharing their favorite mood-boosting items. Check back all month long to see more #happyten pick-me-ups.

Each season at Chanel's ready-to-wear show in Paris, attendees receive miniature gift bags filled with the brand's newest cosmetics; it's a highly coveted item. I assist InStyle's editor, Ariel Foxman, and while he and the fashion team are in Europe for nearly a month to cover the shows, I stay in New York to schedule and monitor every single meeting, appointment and show he has to attend. It might sound simple, but it can be incredibly complicated. 

After surviving my first season, Ariel returned to the office, thanked me for my hard work and then handed me that little black-and-gold Chanel bag filled with eye shadows and this (limited edition) Peridot nail polish.  Each time I coat my nails with this shade, I remember that moment with a smile and still feel a sense of accomplishment—it always makes me happy. It also marked the beginning of a very dangerous Chanel cosmetic addiction!” — Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor

Plus, find happy ideas and more at instyle.com/youryear

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Thomas Waller’s Snow Boots
As a supplement to the “Have Your Happiest New Year!” story in the January issue, InStyle staffers are sharing their favorite mood-boosting items. Check back all month long to see more #happyten pick-me-ups.
“I love my LL Bean boots! Winter is dark and snowy, and these boots are really bright, so when I look down, they never fail to make me happy.” — Thomas Waller, InStyle Accessories Editor
Plus, find happy ideas and more at instyle.com/youryear
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Thomas Waller’s Snow Boots

As a supplement to the “Have Your Happiest New Year!” story in the January issue, InStyle staffers are sharing their favorite mood-boosting items. Check back all month long to see more #happyten pick-me-ups.

“I love my LL Bean boots! Winter is dark and snowy, and these boots are really bright, so when I look down, they never fail to make me happy.” — Thomas Waller, InStyle Accessories Editor

Plus, find happy ideas and more at instyle.com/youryear

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: What It Was Like to Interview Britney Spears for the January Issue
I’m the Fashion Features Editor at InStyle and in addition to assigning and editing cover stories and fashion features, I sometimes get to write them. This was the case with Britney, who I have long admired since I was an editor at Teen People in the early 2000s. Here’s a step-by-step account of our interview that didn’t make it into the story:
1. As I walked up the dance rehearsal space, I could hear “Toxic” blaring. It’s one of my personal favorites and immediately took me back to her famous MTV snake performance. If I wasn’t nervous before about interviewing a cultural icon, I was then.
2. I was greeted by a very nice and slight guy who manned the door the whole time I was there. He basically acted as a bouncer, checking people in and out, but didn’t have as hulky or intimidating a presence as I would have thought someone in that role should have.
3. I hung out the lobby for a while waiting, listening to the rehearsal in the neighboring room, but it would get really crowded at times with handlers and business associates. It was also extremely hot in the space. Eventually I migrated to an empty locker room area that was a tad cooler.
4. At one point I saw the show’s producer, Baz Halpin, walk by and I asked to speak with him about the production. He told me about the snow and rain elements of the show and the number of dancers. He’s also worked with Pink and Katy Perry.
5. Shortly after I spoke to Baz and after about three spins of the chorus of Stronger, dancers started pouring out of the back room/rehearsal space. I heard someone mention something about lunch and then, sooner than I thought she appeared. In the midst of the scrum, Britney walked by. Her publicist ushered me into an adjacent office and we shook hands just like you would in a very professional greeting (firm handshake, mutual eye contact, polite pleasantries).
6. I didn’t include the shoes in the write-up of what she wore: totally cute hot pink Nike sneakers.
7. The next few minutes were really hectic as there was a tiny fridge in the office and the dancers were popping in and out to grab their lunches while someone else stood on a chair to affix thick black velvet fabric to the single window in the space (to keep out the lenses). Britney, who had taken a seat across from me, was just chilling. Even though she had obviously just been working out hard (and in that heat), her skin looked flawless.8. During the interview, she was funny, open, warm, and down to earth. Sure she was guarded about certain topics—relationships—but very open about other topics, like her disdain for how society puts too much pressure on women to look thin. In fact, one of my favorite quotes that didn’t make it in and that I think reflects her matured sense of self and her emerging perspective on the important things in life, is this one: “If you have a point in your life in which you are 15 pounds overweight, it’s okay. It’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.”
—Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker
The January issue of InStyle is on newsstands now. Read an excerpt of the cover story on InStyle.com.
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Behind the Scenes: What It Was Like to Interview Britney Spears for the January Issue

I’m the Fashion Features Editor at InStyle and in addition to assigning and editing cover stories and fashion features, I sometimes get to write them. This was the case with Britney, who I have long admired since I was an editor at Teen People in the early 2000s. Here’s a step-by-step account of our interview that didn’t make it into the story:

1. As I walked up the dance rehearsal space, I could hear “Toxic” blaring. It’s one of my personal favorites and immediately took me back to her famous MTV snake performance. If I wasn’t nervous before about interviewing a cultural icon, I was then.

2. I was greeted by a very nice and slight guy who manned the door the whole time I was there. He basically acted as a bouncer, checking people in and out, but didn’t have as hulky or intimidating a presence as I would have thought someone in that role should have.

3. I hung out the lobby for a while waiting, listening to the rehearsal in the neighboring room, but it would get really crowded at times with handlers and business associates. It was also extremely hot in the space. Eventually I migrated to an empty locker room area that was a tad cooler.

4. At one point I saw the show’s producer, Baz Halpin, walk by and I asked to speak with him about the production. He told me about the snow and rain elements of the show and the number of dancers. He’s also worked with Pink and Katy Perry.

5. Shortly after I spoke to Baz and after about three spins of the chorus of Stronger, dancers started pouring out of the back room/rehearsal space. I heard someone mention something about lunch and then, sooner than I thought she appeared. In the midst of the scrum, Britney walked by. Her publicist ushered me into an adjacent office and we shook hands just like you would in a very professional greeting (firm handshake, mutual eye contact, polite pleasantries).

6. I didn’t include the shoes in the write-up of what she wore: totally cute hot pink Nike sneakers.

7. The next few minutes were really hectic as there was a tiny fridge in the office and the dancers were popping in and out to grab their lunches while someone else stood on a chair to affix thick black velvet fabric to the single window in the space (to keep out the lenses). Britney, who had taken a seat across from me, was just chilling. Even though she had obviously just been working out hard (and in that heat), her skin looked flawless.

8. During the interview, she was funny, open, warm, and down to earth. Sure she was guarded about certain topics—relationships—but very open about other topics, like her disdain for how society puts too much pressure on women to look thin. In fact, one of my favorite quotes that didn’t make it in and that I think reflects her matured sense of self and her emerging perspective on the important things in life, is this one: “If you have a point in your life in which you are 15 pounds overweight, it’s okay. It’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.”

—Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker

The January issue of InStyle is on newsstands now. Read an excerpt of the cover story on InStyle.com.

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

InStyle at the 81st Annual Rockefeller Tree-Lighting Ceremony
"Two nights ago at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the streets were aglow with holiday spirit as thousands of people gathered to watch the annual debut of the Christmas tree. This year’s spectacle was a 76-foot Norway Spruce accessorized with 45,000 glittering lights, topped off with a Swarovski-encrusted crystal star. Performers, including Mariah Carey (decked out in an ethereal sequined gown), Leona Lewis and Jewel (both in glittery gold frocks), all took the stage last night, while the usual suspects—Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Samantha Guthrie narrated the 3-hour live televised special on NBC. I kicked off the evening on the 26th floor of a 5th Avenue penthouse, where I sipped cranberry mojitos and took in the awe-inspiring view of Rock Center. Later in the evening, I migrated down to the ground level and watched the lighting of the tree (at 8:55 p.m on the dot) from just a few feet away—it was magical.” —Kim Peiffer, Senior Fashion News Editor, InStyle.com

InStyle at the 81st Annual Rockefeller Tree-Lighting Ceremony

"Two nights ago at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the streets were aglow with holiday spirit as thousands of people gathered to watch the annual debut of the Christmas tree. This year’s spectacle was a 76-foot Norway Spruce accessorized with 45,000 glittering lights, topped off with a Swarovski-encrusted crystal star.
 
Performers, including Mariah Carey (decked out in an ethereal sequined gown), Leona Lewis and Jewel (both in glittery gold frocks), all took the stage last night, while the usual suspects—Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Samantha Guthrie narrated the 3-hour live televised special on NBC.
 
I kicked off the evening on the 26th floor of a 5th Avenue penthouse, where I sipped cranberry mojitos and took in the awe-inspiring view of Rock Center. Later in the evening, I migrated down to the ground level and watched the lighting of the tree (at 8:55 p.m on the dot) from just a few feet away—it was magical.” —Kim Peiffer, Senior Fashion News Editor, InStyle.com