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Leah Wyar Romito

OUR LATEST HAUTE MAMA LIVES AND BREATHES ALL THINGS BEAUTY.

As Beauty Director of Cosmopolitan, Leah Wyar Romito oversees and edits the 20+ pages of beauty editorial in every issue. She covers the backstage trends at Fashion Week, attends new product releases/events (getting sneak peeks into what’s to come in the beauty industry), and has made appearances on TV shows like Today, Kelly & Michael and Kathie Lee and Hoda. Romito is well into her third trimester, due in early November with her first baby. Baby will fit perfectly into the Romito family, which already includes a much-adored pug named Eloise, Leah, and her husband Nick. We chatted with Leah about her pregnancy style and must-have products. Check out what she said:
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN 6 WORDS OR LESS.
70% tomboy
15% trendy
15% traditional
HOW HAS YOUR FASHION SENSE CHANGED SINCE YOU GOT PREGNANT?
I’ve tried really hard to wear a lot of my pre-pregnancy stuff—and only buy key pieces: cool, neutral-colored stuff that enhances my style.
MOTHER/CHILD MATCHING, YEA OR NAY?
Nay, nay, triple nay!
WHAT TRAITS ARE YOU HOPING YOUR CHILD INHERITS FROM YOU?
My taste in music (he moves around a lot when I play Bruce Springsteen, so he seems to have the music-appreciation gene already) and—sorry, Nick—my nose!

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DESCRIBE THE HATCH PIECE THAT YOU’RE WEARING AND HOW YOU STYLED IT.
I love the chunky, cocoon-like qualities of this cashmere Waffle Turtleneck. Plus it’s so versatile—today I paired it with my old-school Members Only leggings and Dior boots, but I also love how it looks with ripped jeans.
WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU CURRENTLY LOVING?
Sneakers, anything gray and black, It-jackets, sporty/cuffed-ankle pants, anything furry or fuzzy.
WHAT PRE-PARENT FASHION TREND DO YOU HOPE MAKES A COMEBACK IN YOUR CLOSET SOMEDAY (I.E. WHAT DO YOU MISS, IF ANYTHING)?
All of it—especially my Alexander Wang leather pants and skirt. I’ll be busting my butt at Barry’s and Flywheel until every last stitch fits.
WHAT BAG ARE YOU CURRENTLY CARRYING?
A black YSL Classic Duffle…but I’m sure my Tumi diaper bag will be more practical soon.

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IF YOU COULD ONLY KEEP 5 THINGS IN YOUR BAG FOR YOU AND BABY/CHILD, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
01. iPhone w/card-holder Kate Spade case for my ID, credit cards and Metrocard 02. Armani Rouge Ecstasy lipstick in 404—pulls me together in seconds! 03. Purell 04.Travel tubes of Aquaphor—the ultimate mommy/baby multitasker 05. A clear Sephora makeup case (soon-to-be a diaper-wipe “clutch”)
WHERE WAS YOUR LAST VACATION AND WHERE WILL YOUR NEXT ONE BE? KIDS, PLEASE OR KID-FREE?
Last one: Hawaii; next one: Italy or France—definitely with baby.
TOP 3 ‘DOS’ FOR DRESSING DURING PREGNANCY.
1. Beg your ex-pregnant, similarly sized friends if you can borrow their maternity  jeans (biggest expense). 2. Buy lots of tees and tanks (they’re comfy, hide the belly and look great paired with jeans and jewelry) 3. Rock a signature or two from your non-pregnant past. Mine? Heels and a bad-ass mani from Paintbox
THREE FAVE HATCH PIECES:
The Waffle Turtleneck, The Bomber Jacket, and The Jersey Drape Dress
Photos by Allie Kircher

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