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#FridayFavorites / 3 Summer Hair Tools

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Sorry to leave you hanging yesterday, but I was counting on using the wi-fi on the Bolt Bus up to Boston for Anchor‘s launch event at Patch NYC  last night and it ended up being more like a dial up connection. Stay tuned for more exciting projects that I’m working on.

On a more fun note, I’ve been having loving my new easy breezy hair regimen thanks to these products that I learned about from the industry:

1 – My friend and hair and makeup artist, Jesse Lawson of Anchor, taught me how to use the wand on a shoot not too long ago and I’ve been hooked since. The trick is to curl vertically in sections and then leave the ends un-curled for a more modern look. I found this affordable alternative to her pro tool and it works well for every day hair.

2 – I know this looks like a cheesy 80′s tool for perms, but every single hair stylist that I work with on photoshoots SWEARS by this hairspray. It’s so lightweight that it won’t feel like you’re wearing a hair helmet on those humid evenings and the best part is that when you want to change your ‘do, you can just brush it out!

3 – I have to be honest that I received this product back in February at Christian Siriano’s fall show at NYFW, but I haven’t tried it until now. I tend to wear my hair more beachy and naturally wavy in the warmer months, so it’s the perfect product for when I want to keep the waves that I get in the morning by the end of the day.


New Work Alert / Improper Fall Fashion

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Produced by: Lydia Santangelo
Photographs by: Bob Packert
Wardrobe Stylist: Liz Teich of Anchor Artists
Shot at: EP Levine Studio
Hair Stylists: Mario Russo and Sal Malafronte of Salon Mario Russo
Makeup Artist: Dianna Quagenti of Team Artist Representative for MAKE UP FOR EVER
Prop Stylist: James Whitney of Anchor Artists
Props Provided by: Mari Quirk of Associated Quirks
Assistant Producer: Mary Elizabeth Loncich of TESstylist
Assistant Stylist: Olivia Linville and Erin Gray of Anchor Artists
Model: Colby Ellis of Dynasty Models
Production Interns: Isabelle Valentine, Julia Fachetti, Laura Williams, Michaela Carey

When the producer sent me her dark fairy tale-like inspiration for our nature shoot, I immediately thought of Lela Rose’s fall collection inspired by The Brother’s Grimm fairy tales. Of course Lela was the first designer I reached out to for this and the rest fell in place.

This was one of those photoshoots that I kept thinking, “I love my job.” I worked with an amazingly talented crew that made for the most creative collaboration and allowed me to really push the envelope on this one. Even the photographer cleverly fashioned (no pun intended) the nest-like head piece for this shoot, that worked in synergy with the Lela Rose bird’s eye patterned vest.

Check it out on the Improper site and find out where to buy the gorgeous fashion in the piece.


Boho In Brooklyn

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jacket: Zara / top and shoes: from T.J.Maxx / jeans: Madewell (similar online) / earrings: c/o Beth Lauren / bag: vintage / bracelets: Bauble Bar, Hathamade, etc…

You know when you wear something in your wardrobe that feels very “you?” I found it with this kimono-style jacket from Zara recently. As much as I tend to dress a bit edgier in the colder months with lots of black and leather, I feel quite bohemian in the summer and tend to dress with loose fabrics and dresses.

I’m loving anything with a bit of Asian-influence lately—especially after seeing it all over the runways for this fall! It could also be because I’m shooting an Asian style editorial this week that I did some fittings at the local Brooklyn shop, Kimera, at and am falling in love with the fabrics and silhouettes.

Stay tuned for those images!


How You Can Be An Insta-Fashion Designer

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I just discovered the most brilliant site called STYLYT which lets you, well, style “it.” In other words, YOU can design the next piece for up-coming-designers like the CFDA’s Incubator alums turned indie darlings, Timo Weiland.

You get to pick everything from the colors, fabrics and even little details to make their design your own. If your design is chosen, it’s yours!

If you vote on your favorites, you too get to partake in the fun and get an exclusive discount on the winning design. So seriously, everyone wins (vote for all the “Liz T.” designs on there!).

STYLYT has now given me an exclusive preview for one of my favorite indie accessories designers, E. Kammeyer—which you’ve seen all over Dear Andi. The collaboration comes out on Tuesday but you can get an exclusive members only preview a day early here.

Happy designing!

Let me know what you design by tweeting it to me at @dear_andi and I will retweet it!

Friday Favorites: Office Edition

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When I recently moved into my new condo in Brooklyn, I was psyched to finally have a separate office space for both my styling and jewelry line, instead of taking over half of our living room with clothing racks, files, bags, etc.

I turned this little lower level nook into my home office space, but found I was using it more as a storage space (thanks to a huge closet) and working upstairs. My office became an after-thought and always “it’s a work in progress” when I gave a tour of my new place. What gives?

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I was totally embarrassed when photographer Jonathan Rodriguez came to take pictures of me and my home, and  realized it was the paint color that was bugging me. I needed something more inspiring and soothing, so this pale gray color did the trick. Less clutter helped inspire as well.

Some of my desk favorites include these cute printed filing holders from the Container Store and this affordable Ikea lamp.

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Speaking of inspiring, an assistant of mine, Brenda of B Designs Interior Decorating, made me this adorable picture as a house-warming gift. It’s the perfect addition to my desk space.

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Any of my assistants know that I’m a sucker for these T.J.Maxx shopping bags. For $.99 each they are a stylish and convenient way to hold all of my purchases for shoots while I trek around the city. I found myself holding up the line yesterday because I just had to have the black and white one instead of a different print that was closer to the register!

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Three apartments in NYC later, and I still can’t seem to get rid of my stack of Vogue Magazines. How very Carrie Bradshaw of me, but perhaps this is getting out of control? Send me your thoughts and ideas!


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