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Check It Out

patterned pant

Okay, so normally I don’t like drawing attention to my legs, as they’re my least favorite part, but there’s something so fun and slimming about these checked patterned J.Brand jeans.

Maybe it was because I was working on a shoot over the weekend that helped me get in my squat exercises, but I think I owe it to the ombré effect of the pattern and the two tone dark side, creating the illusion of my slender gams.

Whatever it was, I was loving it and how easy it was to pair with the effortless look over a boyfriend style chambray top.

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stacked metallic bracelets

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top: Madewell / pants: J. Brand / shoes: Plenty by Tracy Reese (similar online) / bag: vintage (similar online)/ bracelets: etc… , E.Kammeyer, Twistband / lipcolor: Nars

STYLIST TIP: Whether you’re a guy or gal and you want to roll your sleeves in a neat, yet effortless way, try my “GQ Sleeve Roll”:

1. First fold your sleeve up once until the cuff touches your elbow.

2. Then cuff again and repeat until you get your desired roll. I like to leave a little of the edge of the cuff out, especially if there’s detailing on it. Otherwise you can keep going until you have a crisp roll.

3. Then flex those muscles.


How To DIY A Bookcase

DIY Book case

Okay, so you’re probably asking why are you showing that book case again? Well, Mariel of the home and lifestyle blog, So What’s Bloomin’, brought up a good point in my comments section yesterday:

“Love love love that blue paint! I’m a little bummed that a) you didn’t give a close up shot of the shelf/paint color combo bc it’s a real bowling alley, hello!, and b) you didn’t show the photograph of your lovely grandfather which just adds that much more character :P

Well, here it is…plus more…

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Here you can see how we created the shelves with blocks of wood with heavy screws to support the shelves we had custom cut from salvaged bowling alley flooring from Build It Green (as well as my careful taping job before I painted).

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This is what the shelf looks like. Pretty cool, right? I may lacquer it one day so it has the total bowling alley effect. See how it pops off of the navy walls and the supports just disappear.

STYLIST TIP: If you’re going to use a darker finish for your shelves, try a lighter or bold colored paint.

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Next came the really fun part (besides nervously making sure the shelves fit to my measurements): decorating the shelves with personalized items. This nook is right next to my office, so I wanted to fill it with things that inspire me, like these old diaries that were my mother’s, where she actually wrote “Dear Andi” in every page.

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STYLIST TIP: Break up books by categrory, like I did here with my “New York” books, or with art, cooking, travel, novels, etc. It makes it easy for you to find what your looking for and more interesting for guests to sift through.

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STYLIST TIP: Shelves shouldn’t be for JUST books. Fill them with personalized items (like I did with my wedding bouquet in an antique silver pitcher) and art pieces to create an interesting focal point, rather than just a stuffy and overwhelming library. The rule of thumb is to break up the section after around 10 books.

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I always hated that I would get these random buttons with a new piece of clothing, but could never find them when I actually needed one. I save them in an antique medicine jar so now they not only look cool, but are also in a spot where I can find them.

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My art books are most important to me of all. They’re what inspire me—the older the better too. That Picasso book, which was my first book ever, as well as old magazines and sewing books are some of my favorites to get ideas from.

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I’m a sucker for a beautiful book. I received this gorgeous cook book from one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, Frankie’s Sputino and its antique gilded edges made me excited to display it on my shelf.

STYLIST TIP: Have some books that you love by hate the way they look on the shelf? Throw away (or recycle!) the dust jacket. I always discard mine and it makes for a cleaner look when I display my books.

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These old milk crates were my father’s “bachelor bookcase” back in the day, but now that they’re stained and fit nicely under this nook, they’re perfect to house our favorite photo albums. Yes, I still have printed pictures.

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My new favorite addition to the shelves is this frame we picked up in NOLA with a hologram of what looks like it could be my grandfather (that’s my actual grandmother on the left), but then you walk by and it has that Disney’s Haunted Mansion effect. My husband and I chuckle every time someone walks by. I love decor with a sense of humor.

If you have any DIY or styling questions, send them this way (dearandistyle@gmail.com) and I may feature you on the blog.

How To Update With Paint

Not only do I style fashion, but I’ve styled home decor clients like One Kings Lane, Gilt Groupe, Plow & Hearth and Target. That means my personal home styling is as important to me as my own wardrobe.bookcase_paint_navyBookcase paint: Benjamin Moore in Midnight Navy

Since recently purchasing my first home in Brooklyn, I’ve been on a tight budget. That means I’ve had to get crafty with how I’ve been decorating. It’s kind of like how if I was creating a set of a room for a photoshoot and I wanted to tie it together cheaply and quickly, I would add a painted wall or backdrop. It’s amazing what a difference a little paint makes.

This alcove in my new place was screaming for something to be built in it. After a contractor suggested to go to Ikea for shelves that he could install for us, my husband and I decided to head over to Build It Green to get some eco-friendly and affordable materials—and to do it ourselves.

We loved the look of bowling alley flooring and wanted to have it stand out as shelving, while making it appear like it’s floating sans ugly brackets. The solution: Painting the alcove and the supporting wood blocks a rich navy color.

Now it’s become quite the focal point when I give a tour of my new apartment.

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Mirror paint: Golden acrylic paint in Silver

I also don’t have the budget for new decor, so as you saw in this post, I’ve been trying to salvage the antiques that I didn’t totally love for my new place. This dark mirror frame looked out of place in my airy apartment, so a rough coat of silver paint made it like new.

Stay tuned for more of my home styling adventures on a budget!


Be My Friend (And Family)

Macys Friends and Family

Be my friend or family and get 25% off at MACY’S when you use the code “FRIEND” at the checkout through April 29th. Have you seen their fun shoes for spring? Now if they could only do something about this wacky weather.

 

Putting The “FUN” in Superfund

Gowanus Fashion

I was scouting for a shoot last night in my neighboring hood of Gowanus. For those who don’t know, Gowanus is quite possibly the most polluted region of NYC. Its center is a Canal that was once used to ship to factories, but now is considered to be toxic thanks to the nearby factories and expressway. It’s even rumored that it’s a mafia dumping ground and the recent hurricane didn’t help the cause.

Whatever it is, there’s something quite beautiful in its decay. It’s no wonder that artists are moving to this area and people are fighting to clean it up.

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I probably wasn’t dressed for climbing heaps of trash, but there was something kind of cool how my modern looking outfit juxtaposed with the deteriorating scene.

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Beth Lauren Necklace

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jacket: Zara / top: W118 by Walter Baker (at Macy’s, similar online) / pants: Topshop / sunglasses: Ray-Ban / booties: DVF  (at TJ Maxx) / necklace: c/o Beth Lauren / bracelets: etc…, Bauble Bar / bag: Alexander Wang

STYLIST TIP: When you’re self-conscious about an area of your body, instead of hiding that part, try garments that create an illusion. I’m personally not a fan of my calves, so these pants make them look thinner because of the side stripe. Same goes if you don’t love your torso or hips, look for dresses, skirts or tops that create a perfect hourglass with side paneling like this.


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