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the checklist

everything you need to know to start your week off right.

by: rebecca willa davis

photo by getty images

January 13 2014

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Welcome to The Checklist, NYLON's new morning wake-up call. Whether you're looking for a little outfit inspiration, a new song to play as you drink that first cup of the coffee, or that one bit of news you can't leave the house without knowing, we've got you covered. We'll be updating every day during the week, every single early morning (New York time, natch), with a different editor--and sometimes special It Girl guests--curating the picks, so you have no reason not to make it your first-thing-to-check-the-moment-you-turn-on-your-phone. Still not enough early inspiration for you? Then head to Instagram--we'll be using the hashtag #NYLONDaily as a place for NYLON readers to show off the things that inspire them, and we want you to contribute!

The Checklist Curator: Rebecca Willa Davis, NYLON Executive Web Editor

The Look: Maggie Gyllenhaal
There are loads of Golden Globes outfits to dissect this morning, but if you had to ask me which one has had the most meaning to me, I would have to point to this Chanel lace concoction that Maggie Gyllenhaal wore back in 2003. In this era of princess gowns and endless sequins, the actress' not-too-formal look embodied exactly what I wanted to look like circa senior year of high school. It's a little vintage, a little sweet, and totally wearable off the red carpet. So today I'm pulling on my white lace sweatshirt and black pumps and channeling a little bit of Gyllenhaal.

The FaceL'Occitane Shea Butter Collector's Edition Hand Cream
I've got that sort of unenviable dry skin that goes from flaky to cracked over the course of the first cold New York City weekend. And no hand cream--I repeat, none--turns my skin from scary to baby soft quite like L'Occitane's. And while this season's limited edition packing isn't brand spanking new, if you're also starting to feel the effects of 10-degree weather it may be time to stock up on it. After all, if you're going to be applying it every few hours you want something that looks good enough to display.

The News: Drama over the US Women's Figure Skating team selection for the Olympics
This weekend was the US Figure Skating Championships, and while first-place finisher Gracie Gold clearly deserved her spot on the Olympic team, the fact that third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu wasn't named to the team and fourth place finisher Ashley Wagner (who the New York Time describes as having a "ruinous skate") was. Drama on ice! Related: The Price of Gold, the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding doc, airs on ESPN on January 16, so mark those calendars!


The Inspiration: Kassia Meador's Instagram
Have you heard that it's cold in New York? Yeah, it's this thing called winter and it really stinks. Which is why I've been slightly obsessed with pro longboarder-turned-photographer Kassia Meador's Instagram. Be warned: You may experience extreme pangs of jealousy when you see snaps of her, say, traveling through Java while you're stuck shoveling the driveway.

The Song: Melody's Echo Chamber - "I Follow You"
A not-too-aggressive way to get your Monday going, courtesy of the French singer-songwriter (and a little help from Tame Impala's Kevin Parker).

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