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#FlashbackFriday – Holiday Movie Inspired Style

The holidays are right around the corner and the world did not end today, so if you’re still scrambling to figure out what to wear to all of those holiday and New Years Eve shindigs coming up, take a cue from some of our favorite holiday film characters.

Be sure to shop these looks at the end of this post and comment on what your favorite holiday movie style is…

Bridget Jones not only made a real curvy figure cool in an era of waif-like bodies gracing the silver screen, but she actually made Christmas p.j.’s look cute. While you may be tempted to wear your pajamas out when you don’t feel like dressing up on your week off, try one of these cozy yet chic pajama-inspired bottoms. Pair them with heels an a tailored blazer, along with some holiday bling, and you’re ready to warm up by the fire AND on the dance floor.

Back when LiLo was the adorable girl next door, the ladies of Mean Girls were the girls we all wanted to be in high school—even doing a provocative Jingle Bell Rock talent show dance in these pleather holiday outfits. While I would never suggest showing up to a party like this, there are so many leather/pleather dresses out now that are a sophisticated way to look sexy this season.

Whether you love or loathe Love Actually—and the cheeseball romantic in me cannot wait for this one to pop up on TV—you can’t deny how beautiful Keira Knightley looked in this holiday wedding scene, feathers and all. This holiday, go ahead and embrace the winter white and add a touch of festive feathers in your hair, like this one by Chan Luu’s talented sis, Jane Tran.

STYLIST TIP: Confused on what can pass as “winter white?” Check out the fabric to determine. If it’s a summer-weight fabric like anything linen, guaze, light cotton, chiffon, then you may want to store it. Opt for a heavier fabric like wool, ponte or angora, you’re in the clear…or white I suppose.

Remember that infamous New Years Eve scene in When Harry Met Sally where Billy Crystal professed his love to Meg Ryan? The second most memorable part was that hair—which came a long way from the retro beginning of the film. Want to create full bodied curls for your New Years look? Every hair stylist I work with swear by the “wand” clamp-free curling iron and Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray for some fun waves.

Have a happy and healthy holiday and New Year stylistas!


Holiday Market Picks for *UNIQUE* Last Minute Gifts

The Artists & Fleas Market

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Two locations:
In Brooklyn – 70 North 7th Street between Kent & Wythe Avenues, 3 blocks from the Bedford Avenue L train. Open every Saturday & Sunday from 10AM-7PM year-round
In Manhattan – Inside Chelsea Market at 88 Tenth Avenue (corner of West 15th Street) with access to the street and to Chelsea Market. Open daily from 10:30AM-7PM through December 31st, closed on Christmas Day

Must See Gift Idea: If you’re looking for jewelry for a loved one, then look no further than FSMNYC while you’re there. There’s something for everyone with their edgy meets trendy meets pretty style. The two and three finger rings ($70 and up) are great for your more daring loved ones and the stackable rings ($40-65) are less risky and almost guaranteed a crowd pleaser.


The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

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Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
open through January 8th

Must See Gift Idea: When you walk into Wrecords By Monkey‘s holiday shop you may hear that “no good music was harmed in the making” of these great gifts. There’s a small chance that one of your favorite albums may have been used, but most likely you won’t care when you see how cool their signature cuffs made out of recycled vinyl records, designed with organic paint. They’ve recently expanded their line into other accessories, house wares and now iPhone vinyl skins ($14), which surely will be a hit (record) this season. 



The Brooklyn Flea

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1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.), Fort Greene
open through the holidays, closed 12/29-30

Must See Gift Idea: Gnome Enterprises makes fun tees that can help you cross off just about everyone on your list in one stop. Kids especially will love the imaginative cartoons like a squid attacking the Brooklyn Bridge, a bear and tractor dueling and even PB&J as besties ($24 for kids and $28 for adults).


New Work Alert: Home Styling

As a stylist, I have to wear many hats in my job. Many people think I just go shopping all of the time, which is only an aspect of my profession. Trust me, that’s not always the case—and it’s not as fun as it sounds to “schlep” all over the city with more bags you can carry.

When I’m not dressing models or mannequins, or making garments look good laying down, I often work on styling home goods too. If you’ve every seen my Brooklyn apartment, you can tell that I am passionate about curating a space.

I recently received these images from a home shoot I styled for the catalog, Plow & Hearth. It was a fun shoot in Virginia, where the company is based and I got to “play” in a gorgeous farm house and make it look like a cozy fall afternoon back in April, warming things up with a fire and even flowers in the background. There really is no place like home.

Holiday Bling

1 – Made Her Think ring

2 – Suzanna Dai earrings

3 -Target Necklace

4 – Vanessa Mooney necklace

5 – Max & Chloe earrings

6 - Beth Lauren bracelet

7 – House of Harlow 1960 bracelet

8 – Lulu Frost for J.Crew necklace

9 – Alexis Bittar ring

If the holiday season wasn’t tough enough on your wallet from all the gifts you have to get (or you can DIY like I did!), getting decked out for all of the holiday parties isn’t easy on it either.

Instead of buying a whole new outfit and maybe only wearing it a handful of times again, consider investing in some *affordable* sparkle to add to your life to made an old frock seem new again—and for years to come.

What girl doesn’t love a little more bling in her life?

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

Still scrambling for those last minute holiday gifts?

You’re in luck.

I have a few stylist picks for you from my favorite little local shop here in Brooklyn, aptly named By Brooklyn.

If you’re not in the NYC area, you can still order these online and your loved ones—or yourself (I have/had/given almost all of these)—can enjoy these unique gifts wherever they may be. You can even get pre-made gift baskets for an easy holiday treat.

If you order TODAY or Tuesday, you will get *FREE SHIPPING* on orders over $75 and they will be delivered by Christmas!

Morris Kitchen syrups are perfect for foodies like me that prefer to play mixologist over buying a pre-made mix. I particularly am obsessing over their ginger syrup, which allows me to be creative from making my own gingerale to impressing with a dark and stormy cocktail.

I’m not sure what I love more: this Roaka dark chocolate with sea salt or its beautifully designed packaging. Either way, it will be a hit with whoever you give it to. I received this new flavor of dark chocolate with sea salt for Chanukah this year and am still trying to savor the small bar as long as I can.

The person that receives Mission Feral fig chocolate as a gift will love that not only are they receiving one of the most delicious desserts, but that you’ve also helped contribute to animal rescue organizations. It also happens to be one of the things I would spend the last of my money on in NYC (as I mentioned in this article).

The Good Batch cookies are better than any cookies I could possibly bake—and I take pride in my baking—so I often gift these…and then selfishly beg the person receiving them to share with me.

I recently gave this Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese board as a gift and I am not going to lie—I’m a bit envious. It’s great for those who love to entertain and now they can show off with writing the names of all of the fancy cheeses they serve in chalk. That’s a party I’d like to attend.

I just received this Love Nature NYC candle as a gift and I can’t get enough of it…and I haven’t even lit it yet! I left the cap off and the sweet aroma fills the room. When I do actually light it, I won’t feel guilty because it lasts for up to 60 hours and with a clean burn, as it’s made from all natural ingredients like soy. Even the packaging is recycled, so it’s the ideal gift for a eco-conscious person like me.

How cute is this Lichtenstein-inspired How Could I Ever Leave Brooklyn? tee? It’s new to the shop, so it’s one of the things I don’t own/haven’t tried/gifted…yet…but as a Brooklynite, I’m in love.

This “M.A.S.H.” card by Walk Up Press designed by my dear friend, Elizabeth DiGiacomantonio, is something I love to get for old friends and fill out like how we did way back when. Most likely now we’ve figured out we aren’t living in a mansion, driving a Porsche, or marrying Luke Perry, but we can laugh about the possibilities now. I’m getting all nostalgic just thinking about it.

Just when you think you don’t need another cookbook, The Frankies Spuntino cookbook comes along. My favorite restaurant in Brooklyn—and possibly Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s too—has compiled their recipes, tips, and tricks into this beautiful gilded-edged and embossed book that makes it feel like it’s been passed down for generations, but with recipes that are for these generations.

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