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Gretchen Rubin is the author the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister, TV writer Elizabeth Craft. She lives in New York City with her husband, two daughters, and puppy Barnaby. She rarely changes out of her yoga pants, is a massive consumer of caffeine, and is afraid to drive.

Some things Gretchen loves:
FRAGRANCE
"In my book Happier at Home, I write a lot about my love of beautiful smells—whether from an ordinary bottle of kitchen vanilla to the most expensive perfumes. For traditional fragrances I love Frederic Malle. Gorgeous. My favorites? En Passant, Lys Mediterranee, Iris Poudre. And if you love scented candles (I sure do), Un Gardenia la Nuit is extraordinary. A true gardenia scent, which I constantly hunt for and rarely find."
 
FILM
"For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about the movie All That Jazz. This movie came out in 1979, so many people don’t remember it. But it’s thought-provoking, unforgettable, funny, entertaining. In it, the director and choreographer Bob Fosse fictionalizes his own life in the character of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, pill-popping, brilliant Broadway theater director. Just watching this almost wordless opening scene gives me chills: Those hands reaching to the air!"
BOOK
"The book I most often recommend is Christopher Alexander’s strange, brilliant A Pattern Language. The book sets forth an archetypal “language” of patterns that make the design of towns, buildings, and—most interesting to me—homes the most pleasing. This book helped me to see the world in a new way, and as a consequence, I’ve been able to do some things differently in my own space. Some “patterns” that I love most: Half-hidden garden; Cascade of roofs; Light on two sides of every room; Child cave; Secret place."
 
COOKING
"In Better Than Before, I describe why I quit sugar and generally eat a very low-carb diet. Which is great, but eating low-carb eliminates a lot of handy foods! I was thrilled to buy my trusty Krups Egg Cooker. It makes seven perfectly hard-boiled eggs at a time, so I keep a bowl full of hard-boiled eggs in my fridge. Easy, healthy, delicious, inexpensive."
Follow Gretchen:

Twitter: @gretchenrubin // Instagram: @gretchenrubin

...and see more of her recs on the UNDRRATED site (launching soon)! 
READER'S FIND: BAKERY
When Undrrated subscriber Lindsay Bazos (a designer in Brooklyn) wrote in to recommend Patisserie Burrow: "Literally a hole in the wall Japanese bakery in Dumbo that makes these amazing face cakes," I was intrigued—then amazed. Pastry artist Ayako Kurokawa creates custom portrait cakes with chocolate and buttercream dots (per the website: "This is a cake with face on top.") among other gorgeous treats. I'm keeping Burrow on tap for when I want to get someone the coolest birthday cake ever.  —Marina

Gretchen Rubin photographed by Elena Seibert.

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