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October 20th, 2015

Happy Birthday, Sunday Riley!

Every month, Tidbits wishes "Happy Birthday" to a local female entrepreneur.

This month's birthday gal is Sunday Riley, the creator of eponymous skincare and makeup line, locally-headquartered Sunday Riley - a fashion week favorite. The UT grad used her science background to launch a career formulating high-quality skincare products - her team is just back from fashion weeks around the globe, where her products were used on models at shows by Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham and Missoni, to name a few. We caught up with the creator of the celeb-adored Good Genes treatment to find out how she's celebrating this year.

Happy birthday! What’s on your birthday gift wish list?
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to buy yourself a birthday and a Christmas present and you’ll never be dissatisfied with what you received. I’m still deciding what I want this year…  

After a busy travel schedule, what's your favorite local pamper spot?
For manicures and pedicures, I swear by Isle PediSpa

You're the expert so we want to know: three makeup items you can’t live without?
Full coverage concealer, black gel eyeliner, and a good, dark, neutral eye shadow. I have to add that high quality makeup brushes are a must for me to be able to do anything with myself. 

What’s your go to coffee spot?
Catalina Coffee

Where do you head for a retail fix?

Usual date night spot?
I love foreign film so if we have the chance, I love the River Oaks cinema

Best cure-all brunch?
Common Bond has a great breakfast, Lucille’s makes the best shrimp and grits for brunch, and Brasserie 19 is perfect for people watching.

What are your essential fall wardrobe pieces?
Blazers and jackets from Stella McCartney or The Row, black cashmere sweaters, wool coats from Joseph or The Row, Isabel Marant ankle boots.

What are you most excited to wear now that it's fall?
I love boot weather. I buy the same pair of Jimmy Choo knee high boots every year and by the time the season is over, I’ve worn them out. 

Favorite accessory?
I have a fairly ambitious handbag collection.

Heels or flats?
Heels. I’m convinced they make me look slimmer. It’s probably wishful thinking. 

Go to nail color?
OPI Koala Beary for my toes, natural for my fingertips.

What's your favorite part of your job?
I love creating things. Creating skincare is definitely a passion of mine, and luckily I get to do it often. 

What's your guilty pleasure?
Bravo. My favorites are Ladies of London and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

How many candles are you blowing out?
I only ever blow out one candle. Infer what you will.

What’s something we'd be surprised to learn about you?
I studied playwriting in London for years and worked as a freelance camera operator on the side. 

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