If you’ve ever lost hours of your life on Elle.com, well, you have Leah Chernikoff to thank. As editorial director of the site that publishes goodness on topics like virtual wedding crashers, coding empowers, editors in flats, and those seeking the toddler glow, she knows how to lure us in—and keep us coming back. Oh, and, as evidenced above, she’s also real good at pajama dressing, a skill that most certainly makes her a role model in our eyes. —mattie kahn
Q: How about a game of #FF? Who should we be tracking on Twitter?
A: Can we do #FollowInstagram? I like Twitter a lot, but I’m not attached to any particular handles.
A: So on Instagram, I really like @michelgaubert. He does the sound for every major fashion show, and he’s really witty. I love @snoopdogg, too, but he’s a little out-of-control. He does that thing where he posts, like, six photos in a row, and they might all be of his nail art and him holding a joint. But I think he’s still funny. It’s a statement! Also! Devil Alberda (@dalberda), an NYC ballet dancer who takes incredible behind-the-scenes photos.
Q: The MVP of your closet right now is…?
A: All I want to wear right now are boiler suits, and I just got one from Rachel Comey. This is the first one I’ve really committed to, and I love it. I wish I could wear it all the time. It’s blue and a little bit stripe-y, so it’s not the kind of piece I can wear a few times of week—but if that weren’t weird to do, I would do it.
Q: The last time working out felt fun, you were…?
A: Swimming, actually. I’ve been on a quest to make it so that every time I work out it feels fun—because I really don’t do it otherwise—so I went swimming before work at the Y near me in Brooklyn. It’s nice change of pace. You really are forced to take yourself out of that work/email/thinking/scrambling sort of thing and just focus on breathing in the water.
Q: What’s your neighborhood haunt?
A: I love Black Mountain Wine House. I’m always hesitant to give this answer because I want to keep it the way it is. It’s this little wine bar in Carroll Gardens, and it’s always the perfect amount of crowded. You can always go in and get a table, but it never feels like you’re the only people there. It’s especially lovely in the winter, because they always have a fire going and it’s very cozy.
Q: Your favorite red-carpet look ever. Go.
A: Oh, it’s so hard to choose when they’re not all right in front of you! But as a placeholder: Gwyneth Paltrow in that Tom Ford for Gucci red velour pantsuit.