What Rachel Antonoff Can’t Live Without

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The fashion designer makes sandwiches with English muffins.

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch or the Louis XV chair, but the ground coffee and the noise machine. We asked fashion designer Rachel Antonoff which items she can’t live without.

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The No. 1 thing for me is Blistex Lip Medex. If I had to choose between going away for a weekend without that or a phone, I would have to choose no phone. I have multiple ones of them everywhere — two in the office, and when I had a car, some in the car. When I started dating my boyfriend two years ago, he actually sent me a box of 200 of them, and they’re gone now. It gives my lips that little tingle, and it’s just the best. It’s all about the tingle.

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I’m obsessed with my mint-green KitchenAid hand mixer because I have recently become really interested in baking. It’s just so handy. To be able to make whipped cream out of basically nothing is astounding. The mother of my ex-boyfriend gave it to me years ago, and I thought it was a hilarious gift. I was like, “I’ll never use this.” But then I had the pleasure of meeting the chef Dan Churchill, and he taught me how to make a lemon meringue and it was on. I’ve made numerous lemon meringue pies, a blackberry pie, and a not-totally-edible key lime pie — but it was still well mixed.

I love Thomas’s English Muffins. I like plain and raisin — I never get whole wheat. I always toast them. Sometimes I’ll make a tuna melt — I do canned tuna, dill, and then sometimes a tomato or avocado with melted white American cheese. Sometimes I’ll do peanut butter. Sometimes just butter. Other times butter and jelly. I haven’t done a pizza yet.

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This is more of a concept, but I always need to have a funny book. It’s like a friend. I just finished You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein, and it was just so great. It made me laugh, but also well up a little bit.

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Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, the classic moisturizer, the yellow one. I hate things that are perfumed, and it’s just the right amount of thickness. I have a big one at home, and then a little one that I take with me on planes to slather on my feet in front of horrified passengers.

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I basically haven’t shopped in a decade because I just wear my own stuff, but the thing that I keep buying — I’ve now worn four pairs of them into the ground — are Martiniano mules. I’m wearing them right now. I stopped wearing heels for the most part, five to ten years ago, and sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re wearing fun shoes if you’re just wearing flats. These are really cute, they come in a bunch of colors, and they make every outfit look more exciting. They are not the cheapest, but I actually do wear them everyday.

Note: There are only a few pairs of the mules left, but the glove shoe is another impossibly chic flat.

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What Rachel Antonoff Can’t Live Without