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Behind The Scenes of Accessories Magazine Shoot

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Believe it or not, this was the EDITED wardrobe and accessories from the recent Accessories Magazine shoot I styled.

Between what the editor, Nicole, and I pulled, there was an entire room of wardrobe and accessories—more than we could even keep track of.

Luckily, it was someone’s job to keep track of it all. How luxurious for this stylist!

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Needless to say, not everything we loved could make it in the May issue and June cover shoot. For instance, amazing feather pieces designed by Tess Johnson (see above with editor Nicole Phillip-Kronenberg).

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It was also unfortunate that not all of the amazing shoes could be shown…and there were a lot of them, like these holorgraphic shoes from Nanette Lepore, these graphic ones from United Nude, among others you saw here  previously from Rebecca Minkoff’s fall 2013 collection.

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I was given permission to share with you some of the fun things we shot, but I don’t want to give away too much before the issues come out in May and June, but I couldn’t resist sharing these AMAZING Herve Leger harnesses layered over each other.

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One of my favorite things to do as a stylist is to take something and style it as something else that it wasn’t designed to be. I’ve been obsessed with these holographic cuffs from Naked Label and they just sent me some more in time for the shoot. When I first discovered them, I tried them as an earring, but I couldn’t pull it off. I’m glad it worked for our futuristic-space-age shoot.

STYLIST TIP: Always look at all of the possibilities of your wardrobe. A necklace can be wrapped as a bracelet. A dress can instantly be turned into a skirt with a top layered over it. Even a necklace can be pinned into the hair for a hair accessory. Have fun experimenting and don’t take fashion too seriously!

 

Shhh. My New Styling Secret.

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I came home the other day from a long day of shooting to these fun goodies in my mailbox sent from Tide to try out.

Man, did I wish they came a day earlier because one of the talent in the video I styled wore a white jacket and it was a challenge to keep it looking clean for the couple of days she had to wear it!

Still, I couldn’t wait to test these products out on both my shoots and my own wardrobe. I’m already a Tide detergent user and always carry a Tide-To-Go pen in my styling kit, so I had to see what could be even better.

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As you can see, my wardrobe is usually pretty dark during the cooler months (no, this is NOT separated), so I was psyched to hear that the Tide Pods brightened AND kept darks from fading in the wash.

Not to mention, for my busy schedule, I loved tossing one (the little swirl on the top left) in without the mess of pouring and measuring detergent into the wash. I also couldn’t stop smelling my shirt after!

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The klutz that I am, I’m constantly getting stains on my clothing. My new shirt (see above) got a food stain on the first wear so I tried out one of the new Tide To Go Stain Erasers before testing it on set on a shoot.

The problem I used to have with the To Go pens was that they tended to dry up after a few uses and a friend mentioned she even put a hole through a shirt from pressing too hard.

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This stain removal was a SNAP with the Tide To Go Eraser. Literally.

All you do is snap the cardboard and the stain remover is released onto the pad attached. The stain was gone without much elbow grease. It also worked for me when a model got self-tanner on the wardrobe on my shoot the other day.

STYLIST TIP: When applying a stain remover, make sure to pat instead of rub, otherwise the stain can go deeper into the fibers of the fabric. Also apply cold water after using stain remover, that way the stain remover will not leave residue. Remember, cold water is best for stains because hot water will set the stain into the clothing.

Behind The Scenes at K.Belo Swimsuit Shoot

Meet Melissa Baker, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and the body that made my job easy for the day.

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Not only did I do the styling for K.Belo‘s recent swim shoot, but I helped produce and art direct their editorials and look book as well, so it was a relief to have an amazing model to make my job easier.

Normally I have to put something like a water bottle or toilet paper roll *STYLIST TRICK ALERT* in the bikini bottoms to smooth out the other side when the booty isn’t filling it out enough, but not with Melissa!

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Ever since I stumbled upon Flavor Paper in Brooklyn when they opened their doors to the public for an art walk, I knew I had to plan a shoot in there. They’re a unique wallpaper showroom and printer that have incredible wallpaper that they design there or collaborate with talents like Mike D. of the Beastie Boys.

Only a few years later, it occurred to me that it would be the perfect venue for K.Belo’s “Havana Nights” themed shoot. Check out the tropical black light elevator that we shot in!

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Mindy Dulberg of K.Belo and I caught ourselves in the bathroom during this gorgeous shot.

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The designer/owner of Flavor Paper lives in the amazing building in Cobble Hill. Check out one of his pop-art hallways!

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This was one of Melissa’s favorite looks.

It’s also something that The Style Darling would wear, as she’s often seen in these stripes!

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The photographer, Ehren Joseph, chose this background, which was one of my favor papers at Flavor Paper.

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(Turban made from swim fabric remnants, necklace by Beth Lauren and earrings custom made by me!)

Adjusting boobs is part of my job. Sometimes I use something like these to help fill out the top.

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The lovely ladies of the shoot including myself, Diane Belgrod of K.Belo, makeup artist Maria Scali and hair stylist Corinne Tucci.

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Mindy Dulberg of K.Belo and I had fun checking ourselves out in the black light elevator of the Flavor Paper building. We were ready to move in!

 

I’ve been working on so many exciting projects lately with clients, like K.Belo, that gave me permission to share with you before the final images come out, so stay tuned!!!!!

Shop My Closet & Get $5!

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@dearandi @accessoriesgal @maria at the Poshmark event at the Dream Hotel Downtown

Instagram photo by @Fashionableeme

(follow these ladies on the Poshmark app!)

Just when I thought I couldn’t be more addicted to my iPhone, I then discovered Poshmark.

It’s a brilliant app where you can buy and sell pre-owned designer goodies and combines the community of social media with the ease of doing it all on your smart phone.

Now you can join me on this (dangerous) app and check out items I’m selling—and soon to be adding—to my closet.

While there are items listed for just $5, there are also those special finds that you can finally splurge on. Amanda of Fashionableeme.com told me she finally scored the Alexander Wang bag of her dreams on there for maybe $300 less and it still had the tags on it!

If that hasn’t convinced you enough, then if you are one of my first 10 readers to join and enter the code HXEZC, then you get a $5 credit towards your first purchase.

Happy shopping!


Star Gazing at Rebecca Minkoff

One of the perks of being a stylist is being able to check out all of the trends and fashion a season before the rest of the world does. One of the drawbacks is that I’m already making a shopping list of everything I want now.

Lucky for you, I get to share everything with you before it hits stores in the fall.

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I went to the Rebecca Minkoff press preview this week to check out some pieces from her fall collection that was inspired by space. While I was taking note of what pieces I wanted for an upcoming editorial, I also couldn’t help but create my shopping list of what I want this fall—like this amazing structured metallic bag below.

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Speaking of space, as Neil Armstrong famously said, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Minkoff’s collection took a giant leap for ready-to-wear to wearable high fashion for the masses with edgier pieces like these booties.

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Can we talk about the hologram trend that I can’t seem to get enough of? It seemed RM agreed and I can’t wait to see these accessories everywhere this fall.

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I don’t want to share too much of the collection—I’m reserving some of my favorites for editorials I’m working on—but it was great to see RM’s attention to detail that makes these designs look more high fashion than commercial. These are some of the most wearable, yet show-stopping pieces that are classic with a twist. As you know already, I’m a sucker for a good blazer, so this one had my name all over it.

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Of course we can’t talk futuristic without the latest technology. How great would it be to bring your own party in your clutch with these speakers coming out of it? Rebecca Minkoff has officially conquered the bag world and is taking the RTW world by storm.


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