This is What 43 Looks Like

Lobbyist and lawyer Heather Podesta persuasively presents her top career and aging-well advice

As told to Nikki Ostasiewski
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Photograph: Melanie Acevedo

On her Capitol Hill career
“Most girls don’t grow up saying, ‘I want to be a lobbyist!’ I never anticipated having the largest woman-owned government-relations firm.”

On her three career mantras
“You’re only as good as your last 15 minutes. No job is too small not to do well. Always, always pay attention to detail.”

On making her distinctive style work
“I didn’t really discover fashion until my early thirties. Today I follow certain rules: only one piece of jewelry, nothing too short or low-cut—and tailor everything. And I do love a five-inch heel, preferably Prada.”

On her two beauty must-haves
“I need to have my game face on and have it last all day. I’ll often run from a meeting to a work lunch to Capitol Hill to a dinner. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lipstick No. 11 [$24; sephora.com] stays put—and Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo [$32; aveda.com] keeps my salt-and-pepper hair looking fresh.” 

Next: This is What 40+ Looks Like

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First published in the December 2013/January 2014 issue

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