Our July cover star shares all of her favorite things right now, from beauty to fashion, books and beyond.

By Samantha Sutton
Jul 01, 2020 @ 12:45 pm
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A cover shoot in quarantine is unlike any other. So, without any InStyle staff, glam team, or professional photographer on set, Alicia Keys recruited her family — husband Swizz Beatz and sons Egypt, 9, and Genesis, 5 — to get the job done for our July issue. She threw her hair into a casual bun and steamed her ready-to-wear options on a Saturday morning, ultimately choosing colorful looks from Chanel, Fendi, and Givenchy, as her family members took turns behind the lens.

Between shots, the musician made pancakes for her hardworking mini-assistants and consulted with her trusted stylist, Jason Bolden, about her ensembles. “It was a full-on family photo shoot, and everybody had a part to play,” said Bolden, who was on FaceTime and texting with Keys throughout the morning. “Alicia wanted to make it feel normal and fun so the kids would really enjoy the experience. But then as soon as it was over, she went right back to just being Mom.”

Whether she's rocking designer ensembles or whipping up breakfast, Keys does it all in style. So, for our July issue, we asked our cover star to fill us in on her favorite things of the moment, from fashion and beauty to fitness and pop culture. And although it goes without saying, her answers didn't disappoint. Scroll down for 14 of her current obsessions.

CURRENT READ 

"Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson."

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To buy: $22; amazon.com

MANE ESSENTIAL 

"Creme of Nature Perfect Edges Extra Firm Hold."

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To buy: $6; target.com

GO-TO SHADES 

"Celine sunglasses."

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To buy: Similar styles at nordstrom.com

FITNESS FAVE

"The Class by Taryn Toomey."

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EYELASH MVP 

"Chanel mascara in brown."

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To buy: $32; nordstrom.com.

DENIM STAPLE 

"Ripped jeans from Mother."

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To buy: $245; nordstrom.com.

FASHION HIGHLIGHT 

“I’d re-wear the Versace dress that I wore to open the Grammys this year.”

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MUST-SEE TV 

"The Last Dance, the Michael Jordan series on ESPN."

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SIGNATURE DRINK

“Vodka and sparkling water with muddled lime.”

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POWER HEELS

"Prada."

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To buy: Similar styles at nordstrom.com.

DREAM DESTINATION 

“Somewhere in the Maldives.”

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LIP PICK

"Dr. Pawpaw lip balm."

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To buy: $8; ulta.com.

SONG ON REPEAT

“'Feeling Good,' by Nina Simone."

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SANDAL OBSESSION 

"Pharrell's HU sandals."

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To buy: $90; adidas.com.

For more stories like this, pick up the July issue of InStyle, now available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download.