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#FlashbackFriday – My Style Gene

“Andi” circa 1965

Is there actually a style gene? I’m no scientist, but it looks like it could run in the family. Of course years of studying and working in fashion probably have helped contribute to my sense of style, but it is kind of bizarre to find photographs of your family from back in the day and realize where exactly you get your style from. Evidently from this image, it looks like I have inherited it from my mother. Check out those cool boots peeking out from her straight leg jeans.

Where do you get your style from? Send an image (whether it’s a relative, a celebrity or any other icons) to dearandistyle@gmail.com and you may be featured on an upcoming #FlashbackFriday!

 

Spring Trend to Wear Now: Cut Outs

1 – Oasis dress

2 – River Island shirt

3 – MM6 sweatshirt

4 – HELMUT dress

5 – Mink Pink shirt


Awesome Trunk Show Alert

In honor of today’s triple date— 12.12.12 —I’d like to share with you 3 of my favorite rising designers that are hosting some pretty cool trunk shows in NYC just in time for the holidays. If you can’t make it to them, be sure to check out their designs in their online stores.

Promise they will make some pretty sweet and unique holiday gifts…

 

Nona E. Rose belts at Henri Bendel
712 5th Avenue at 56th Street, 2nd floor New York, NY
Saturday 12/15
10am – 8pm

 

E. Kammeyer accessories at Ame Ame
318 E. 9th Street, New York, NY
Wednesday 12/12
7:30pm-12am

 

JSDNYC handmade clothing from vintage fabrics at BROOKLYN NIGHT BAZAAR
45 N. 5th Street, Williamsburg (btw Kent and Wythe Aves.) near Bedford L subway.
Friday 12/21
6pm – 12pm

 


How To Care For A Wedding Dress

 

wedding gown: Reem Acra

Dear Andi: Have a bride that bought a sample gown that has a little make up on it (foundation on satin-y corset loops). Any styling secrets to get that out???

ANSWER:
Oh no! That actually sounds familiar to me—I had similar wedding dress woes when I purchased a sample gown from a bridal boutique and it had someone’s foundation and red lipstick all over it. Normally, I pride myself in being a master at getting out stains, but this was something I couldn’t mess around with, especially working with vintage lace. I had to leave this one to a wedding professional.

The owner of my bridal shop miraculously removed every trace of the stains to the point where it looked brand new. Of course, being a stylist, I had to ask what the miracle was to get that out without harming my vintage lace gown and she replied it was just Professional Grade Oxi Clean that did the trick!

Otherwise, for smaller or less risky stains, I swear by this product called Gonzo that I keep in my styling kit and even bring along in my clutch to weddings, which has even gotten red wine out.
She may want to try that first, or if anything, she should keep it on hand for her big day. Whatever she does, make sure to apply with water so it doesn’t leave a ring around the stain from the product.

 

#Instastyle / The Big T’s of Shopping

Last week I was fortunate enough to style for two of my favorite stores that happen to both start with the letter “T”: TJ Maxx and Target. While I can’t show you the fun stuff coming out this spring just yet, you can see the exciting (and not always so glamorous) behind the scenes of styling for these brands…

1 – I spent the beginning of last week at the TJ Maxx home offices in Framingham, Massachusetts styling out looks for a PR event coming up in NYC this week.

2 – This was my ride for a few days, which not only got great mileage, but got me hooked on Sirius XM radio—which made commuting in hours of rush hour traffic more bearable for this city girl.

3 – You’d be surprised how much you can get for your money at TJMaxx. I would leave the store with over-stuffed bags of designer goodies and it usually came to less than $500!

4 – I spent the latter half of the week at the Target offices and studio in NYC. I loved this painting hanging there!

5 – #StylistProblems (Luckily I keep a magnetic dish/wand from the Manhattan Wardrobe Supply in my styling kit just to pick up t-pin accidents like this).

6 – Somehow I was gifted this orange branded with cloves at the photo studio. It was a nice air freshener I guess.

7 – Happy Chanukah! I celebrated with friends and my homemade lemon-zest star-shaped cookies. Hope your holiday is just as sweet!


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