For those of you just joining us, here’s a quick recap of the collaboration I am working on with Forever 21. I was recently asked to create three looks that illustrate different parts of my day to day, so I decided to pinpoint the main aspects of my work life. The first look, which you can see here, is what I would wear to a professional meeting in midtown. The second outfit, shown in this post, is a perfect example of what I wear when working as a personal stylist, which is another part of my profession in fashion. When I’m consulting women and their wardrobes, or out shopping with them, I like to be comfortable in what I’m wearing. There can be a lot of walking and schleping clothing, which in the summer months, when it’s so hot in New York, I love to wear loose fitting clothing, so a flowy dress like this one becomes the perfect uniform for me.
Hat: Found in a little store in Chico, California / Bag: Bought on a trip to Morocco
A couple weeks ago I got to partake in a really fun shoot with the brand, Donna Morgan, which is a great line of dresses that all retail under $200. The pieces are extremely versatile and easy to style for all sorts of occasions. So to help demonstrate this, I picked two dresses and styled them a bunch of different ways showing how to take a look from day to night just by simply swapping out a few simple items and accessories. One of the pieces I styled was this colorful maxi, which is perfect for the end of summer. What’s great about this piece is, although it’s super cute on it’s own with it’s playful pattern and beaded neckline, I wanted to change it up a bit for day time looks, so I opted for more casual accessories such as neutral tones to keep relaxed unfussy. For my evening looks I chose white pieces to layer with, which I think adds an immediate elevated feel and instantly takes a simple maxi to the next level.
Hat: Found in a little store in Chico, California / Vest: Unknown (old) / Boots: Zara
Remember when I said I went a little crazy at J.Crew? I just couldn’t help myself, there were just so many cute items to pick up and add to my closet for spring. But in order to make this shopping spree worth my while, I decided to combine and remix a few of items I bought in a bunch of different ways, so I will be rolling out those looks throughout the week. Stay tuned!
Shop my favorite nude pumps, coral lipsticks and black shades below…
I recently went a little nuts at J.Crew in order to give my closet a bit of a spring refresh, and ended up coming home with quite a few new cute things. I generally dress fairly casually when running errands and working from home, but sometimes I want to look a bit more polished than usual. These pants are the silkiest, most comfortable pair I’ve worn in a long time and I love swishing around in them – they have great movement, unlike a lot of suit pants I’ve tried in the past. I decided to pair them with a more casual piece on top and this camo sweatshirt was the perfect thing to dress the overall look down a bit. I kept my accessories muted by opting for grays and silvers and topped it all off with a bright coral lip.
Shop my go-to lipsticks, favorite silver heels and my full outfit, below! xo
(Not shown – a pair of heels, my Nikon SLR and some sort of scarf and/or gloves.)
As someone who is constantly on the go, running here and there, while basically lugging everything around in one large bag, my appearance by midday is often less than glamourous (read: frazzled and sweaty). It’s times like these when you need something that will help you reset and refresh for those crucial and transitional moments, especially when dealing with rapid climate change where you head straight from the freezing elements into a heated building for an important meeting or appointment. Not always a pretty sight!
Luckily, I’ve discovered Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths by Ban, which is a new innovative product from Japan. What sets these cloths apart is the PowderSilk™ Technology, which leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, smelling fresh, with no sticky residue. I am a huge proponent of anything that offers a quick fix when in a pinch, especially when it’s travel sized, so, I’ve started keeping a pack in my purse and now have added them to my styling kit. They have been quite the lifesaver so I definitely recommend giving them a whirl.
Now that you know what’s in my bag, I thought it would be fun to share a peek into what makes up my styling kit, which represents another side of my life. Each stylist has their own personal tips and tricks, and building your kit takes time and experience, but when I’m on a shoot, I know that the bottom line is I need be prepared and ready to fix any issue that could arise regarding the clothing.
Above are my go-to items that I use on-set, which now definitely includes Ban Freshening Cloths. I’ve found them incredibly useful as a quick refresher during outfit changes and just for general use when on set after a long day. After wrapping up a shoot, I love to blow off steam with friends over dinner and drinks, but I’m usually feeling sort of haggard. Now I just wipe down my neck and underarms with one of the cloths, swipe on a bit of mascara, blush and lipgloss, and I’m ready to go! xo
This post is sponsored by Ban. You can read more about the product here, but as always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for your continuous support. #bantotalrefresh
Lately I’ve been very into neutral pieces paired with a pop of color – namely red. The great part about styling an outfit that is made up of understated colors, is it makes accenting with a bright hue simple and fun. In this case, I just added a bold bag and a stand out lipstick to an otherwise very neutral ensemble.
Below I gathered up some similar items (all in varying price points) so you can easily click and shop the look!
For those of you who don’t know this about me, in addition to maintaining this blog and collaborating on brand campaigns, I work as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant. Though I generally keep my job separate from this platform, it’s been my career for the past five years and is a huge part of my life. So when Staples asked me to use their Arc Notebook and demonstrate how I put it to use, I thought it was the perfect time to explain how I prepare for new or existing clients.
( First things first: When preparing to meet with a new or existing client, I will usually jot down notes or ideas beforehand: what we’ve discussed their current style is, what they want it to be and how we are going to accomplish that – whether it’s trends we want to try or places we want to shop. Much of what I eventually do with my clients is very hands-on and the final looks are captured on camera, but my preliminary process involves, a pen, a notebook, and often Pinterest to get the ball rolling and create a place to help my notes and ideas come to life. )
As a child (of the 80s, I might add), I loved writing and would collect all sorts of stationery, sticky pads and notebooks. To this day, I have boxes of pretty paper and so many random half used notebooks, it’s not even funny. In an age where everything is electronic and done on computers, iPads and iPhones, I find myself even more drawn to putting pen to paper. There is something satisfying about seeing my ideas and thoughts come to life on a fresh sheet of paper. As I’ve gotten older, much of the work I do requires lists and note taking. I have come to rely on larger, sturdier notebooks that aren’t flimsy and are easy to flip through. With that said, I am happy to say that this Arc Notebook fits all of my criteria and has been perfect for client meetings, jotting notes and just generally keeping me organized. Do you guys have a system when it comes to keeping yourself on track?
Happy Thursday! Just a quick update… I will be in Seattle for the next few weeks, so if anyone in the area is interested in working with me for personal styling (closet consultation, one on shopping trips, outfit-making) please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to meet you! xo