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The Little Things

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All images from Cache.com,  photography by Mark Tully for Serge Nivelle/Tribeca Skyline Studios, styling by yours truly.

Often people are surprised that styling something so simple needs a lot of work. Take all of these images I styled for Cache for instance.

Today I’m working on more images like these, that may take all day to do about 50 of them. Though it’s not as easy as it looks. I often break a sweat over getting the fringes of a tassel to separate perfectly, and even am amazed myself by the amount of tacky stuff, museum wax, double stick tape, t-pins, metal tape, pliers, polish and other styling tricks I have to use just to get something so simple like a necklace to look good.

Sometimes it’s the little things…

xoliz


How To Carry Your Life In A Bag

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Dear Andi:
Has Dear Andi taken on the task of electronic carry-all bags? I’ve seen the Michael Kors at Apple and wondering if you’ve come across some other brands? Looking for something stylish that safely carries my Macbook Air and the rest of my essentials.
- Sara, hot yoga instructor, CA

 

ANSWER:
I’m always up for a challenge—and finding something that’s stylish AND functional is always a challenge. Yet, it’s not impossible.

The days of those rugged-ized laptop bags that were intended for tech geeks and engineers are no more. Even if you are one of those, it doesn’t mean you have to look like it. There are so many great electronic carryall totes out there now that are disguised as stylish handbags, but are still quite utilitarian. Most importantly, there are many alternatives to the designer ones that won’t break the bank!

These totes by Knomo and Rafe New York are great options that are perfect for your warm weather lifestyle and can carry more than just your electronics. Plus, they’re so affordable that you won’t feel guilty when you over stuff them—which I tend to do myself. If you’re willing to splurge a little, this classic one from Coach is worth it, as it will last for years to come.

If you just plan on carrying your laptop, cell phone and a few other small items, then a lighter laptop bag like this one from Marc by Marc Jacobs may be a great option for you or a stylish backpack like this graphic one by Tumi can be perfect for the active girl on the go.

I’m also a big fan of turning an every day bag like this great leather tote by Rebecca Minkoff into a custom one by getting a cute protective case for your laptop like this cool studded one for only $35 from ASOS—that way you get more for your money instead of purchasing just an electronic carryall.

As a hot yoga teacher, don’t forget to protect your cell phone/iPod while you’re playing tunes in class like with this waterproof case!

Check out these and more options below.

If you have other style conundrums, ASK ANDI by emailing dearandistyle@gmail.com with your question for a stylist’s advice.

xoliz

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Moving Like a Stylist

Sorry to leave you hanging this past week, but I just made a big move.

Okay, I’m still living in Brooklyn and it was only across the street, but I swear that packing your life up and moving takes years off of your life. Not to mention, the hardest styling jobs I ever work on are always when I’m styling for myself!

Luckily, I’m loving it and it’s been inspiring to finally style my home the way I’ve always dreamed.

After nearly 4 years, I packed up my apartment like a stylist. Forget boxes, I used my Ikea bags and jumbo bags from Manhattan Wardrobe Supply.

Mariel of the craft and lifestyle blog, So What’s Bloomin’, gave me this amazing housewarming gift with all usable items for my new home. How cute is this? You can get one customized for your friends’ new homes here on Etsy.

No, this isn’t a picture from a Korean karaoke room. These are actual light fixtures installed in every room in my new apartment. I guess I have to throw a karaoke party now, but after that, I will gladly give these away to anyone that wants to UN-install them. Any takers?

Like those crazy disco lights, a lot of my new apartment has been renovated by the previous owner with lots of, er, modern flair. It’s been a challenge to mix my style of eclectic-boho-vintage-flea-market-finds with the sleek new designs, but somehow it’s coming together.

I headed over to Brooklyn Reclamation to find some more industrial vintage pieces to add to the mix and create storage that I’m now lacking in my new apartment. This cool cabinet from the 1930′s restored from a school in Ohio works perfectly to bring the two styles together. Well, maybe not with the light fixture.

I went from too much storage in my old place to not enough in my kitchen in my new home, but this solution of keeping frequently used items in my kitchen like nuts and dried fruit in Ball jars helps me clutter my cabinets less while having easy access. Not to mention, is so Brooklyn.

I love this spice rack that was a hand-me-down from my sister so much that is was the first thing I hung up in my new home after I put my favorite spices in each jar and labeled the bottoms of all of them. It helped create extra storage space and still looks great hanging in my kitchen.

I’ve been flipping through my Domino Book of Decorating for ideas like this great DIY office nook. You’ll have to stay tuned to see more of my home decor styling.


The Red Carpet Winners at The Golden Globes

This may be one of the first years I enjoyed an awards show—beyond the red carpet—thanks to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey‘s comedic genius.

Though, I have to say there were more red carpet winners for me this year than ever as well. Other than Kate Hudson, who stood out the most for me in a striking McQueen ensemble, celebs seemed to take less risks this year. Still, they brought that Hollywood glamour to their chic, simple looks.

I won’t show the “losers,” but I will say, they are the ones that looked uncomfortable in what they wore, and especially with odd trend of the strapless gowns with tops that went straight across, creating what I call, the “uni-boob.”

Below are my favorite winners on the red carpet…who stood out the most for you?

Photo By Steve Granitz/WireImage

Katharine McPhee in Theyskens’ Theory

 

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Claire Danes in Versace

 

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Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney / Charlotte Olympia heels

 

Photo By Kevork Djansezian/NBC via Getty Images

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

 

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Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

 

Photo By Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

 

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Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

 

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Kristen Wiig in Michael Kors

 

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Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

 


#FlashbackFriday Vintage View of Modern Trends

My stylish parents circa 1980′s

vintage viewfinders from the 1970′s-80′s

To some of you, these weird plastic things may look like they’re from the “future” and to others, you may recall the days that we got our picture taken and took these home as souvenirs. Clearly my parents loved that idea—especially at swanky hotels like the former Catskills resort, The Concord Hotel—as I came across a bunch of them back at home on Long Island recently.

Okay, can we just talk about how chic my parents were back in the day? I mean, hello, my mother was ahead of her time wearing a now trendy PEPLUM dress and pointy metallic shoes that are eerily similar to the Louboutin’s I recently purchased from the sample sale.

I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.


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