This is What 43 Looks Like

Jewelry designer Nicole Murphy says no to the nonsense.

By Nikki Ostasiewski
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Nicole Murphy
Photograph: Perry Hagopian

On turning a hobby into profit
“I used to sit on my bathroom floor and bead jewelry to relax. Then I started wearing the pieces when I went out, and people asked where they could buy them. So I joined forces with a friend to create a jewelry line, Friendship, Love & Peace by Nicole Murphy [].”

On editing her wardrobe

“I’m into classics. I want to be able to pull it out of my closet in five years and have it still work. No more waste.”


On dating . . . again

“Since my divorce [ex is Eddie Murphy], I don’t tolerate nonsense: ‘This is me. And this is what I expect out of you.’ ”


On her beauty staples

“I’m growing my hair, and Wen Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner [$36;] is making the process manageable. As for makeup, I love Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 [$42;] and Lancôme Définicils Mascara [$29;].”

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First Published July 1, 2011

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