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Blog Love / Ones to Follow

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Suma of Fashion Beauty Junkie

I’ve been following Suma since we met at an event a while back and I’ve actually learned some beauty insider secrets that I haven’t learned on my shoots. For instance, did you know that the newest “IT” shade of red from Mac is not Ruby Woo, but is the red that was partnered with Rihanna, now called RiRi Woo? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. You can even win both shades on her current giveaway at the moment.

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Renata of Scorpion Disco

If Nanette Lepore and Amy Winehouse had a lovechild, it would be Renata. I met this girly rock’n’roll fashionista a while back when she was writing for a magazine that I was styling for, but it wasn’t until we ran into each other at an event recently that I found out about her adorable style blog. If you’re a Bostonian, you probably have seen the blog The Bostonista, but her bbf’s (best blogger friend) blog covers all things fashion going on in both Boston and NYC.

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Amanda of Fashionableeme

This bubbly fun-loving Californian has over a million followers on the Poshmark app (and I thought my 40k was impressive!) and it’s no wonder why. I met this fashionable blogger at an event for Poshmark and she’s the reason that I’m now addicted to selling on the app. Now I’m not only following her great closet on there (@fashionableeme), but I’m a fan of her real girl style that mixes her West Coast ease with a bit of feminine polish.

Summertime and The Livin’ Is Easy

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There’s something about summer that forces everything to become a bit more laid back—including my style. I can’t deal with anything fussy when the temps go up.

You can’t go wrong with a white tee and boyfriend jeans, but you can make it a bit more polished with your accessories like a bright structured bag, wedges, sunglasses, and a scarf or headband. When you mix simple gold accessories like April Soderstrom’s featherweight hoop earrings, it almost seems effortless.

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STYLIST TIP: While I’m not a hair stylist, I’ve been asked many times on set to fix the talent’s hair when a hair stylist is not on hand. I’ve learned this easy hair trick from the pros:

1. Pull the hair back into a ponytail and secure with a clear elastic or one that matches one’s hair color.

2. Then take a piece of the hair and wrap it around the elastic until it’s covered.

3. Secure with u-shaped bobby-pins and you instantly have a polished summer hair style. Add a scarf or turban headband to combat the humidity and frizz.

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top: James Perse / jeans: BDG (old, similar online) / shoes: T.J.Maxx / bag: Topshop / scarf and sunglasses: c/o George Gina & Lucy / earrings: c/o April Soderstrom / bracelets: PatchNYC, etc…


#FridayFavorites / Eco-Friendly Edition!

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I ran into the South End-based jewelry designer, Sophie Hughes, at an event when I was in Boston a few weeks ago and gushed over her cool hoop earrings that she was wearing. The clever design doesn’t require any annoying backings or hooks. It intrigued me, as a piece dangled down behind her ear lobe, as the rest hooped around. The edgy quality of the hammered metal, along with its simplicity made them the perfect hoop earring in my book. Like a girl after my own heart, all of Sophie’s designs are made with reclaimed materials, so her popular collection is eco-friendly.

A few days ago these sustainable and carefully crafted beauties in a patina finish showed up at my door and I’ve been wearing them every day since.

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I fell in love with Love Nature NYC candles after being entranced by the scent when By Brooklyn burned them over the holidays. Go figure, the one I got from there was seasonal, so my apartment would no longer smell like Christmas when it burned out after a few months.

The best summer scent, according to Mindy, the buyer there, is “Tomato Leaf.” While I winced at the idea of my home smelling like an Italian restaurant, she wasn’t wrong. This local Brooklyn candle company now makes my living room smell like a fresh garden—and without the toxins or carcinogens of most candles out there, thanks to its soy-based formula.

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As a stylist, I’m faced with challenges in making things look good. When it came to my own home, I’ve been stumped on how to make a cat litter box look better. It’s been tucked away in a corner of my office, so while guests didn’t notice it, it wasn’t hidden from my daily life. We’ve tried the covered box and even the fancy “igloo” box, but the ugly plastic just doesn’t fit in with all of my antiques and “industrial chic” furniture.

Finally, we came up with this idea. This chest made with renewable materials from IKEA was the perfect size and price to conceal the litter box. We cut a square out of the side that’s facing towards the wall for the cats to enter and placed the litter box inside, along with the scooper. I also placed a mat at the bottom, so any litter that spilled would not fall through the base.

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It now sits in our hallway, where guests think we have a pretty storage chest, and have remarked that they had no idea anything smelly would be in there. The one drawback is that it hides it so well that we sometimes forget to do the litter daily!

Ready For July 4th Style?

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Swimsuit: c/o K.Belo Swimwear / Sunglasses: Free People / Espadrilles: T.J.Maxx

I don’t know about you, but I get in the patriotic spirit every year at this time and love to rock some red, white, and blue—minus the cheesy American flag tee.

This year, I will most likely be wearing this great star-spangled swimsuit from the NYC based swimwear company, K.Belo. I never thought I’d be this into a one-piece suit, but it has that retro silhouette with a modern, sexy feel…

…not to mention flattering enough that I’m actually posting a picture of me in a bathing suit on this blog!

Bonus: you can remove the straps for a tan-line-free day at the beach.

Check out this style in other patterns AND this pattern in both one piece and bikini styles here.

Happy Independence Day!


Printcopia GIVEAWAY!

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You may recognize this image from my post-wedding shoot with photographer Uma Sanghvi at 5 Beekman Street, the abandoned palace in lower Manhattan that just sold recently and is about to become a hotel.

The images have been living basically on the popular wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, in addition to Uma’s and mine, but sadly, I never got around to doing anything with these masterpieces.

Then Printcopia approached me to print on their canvases and I realized that it had to be a special image to be printed for me—whether it was my own art, my family, my cats or even my wedding. So, finally after 2 years, this gorgeous photograph officially became art hanging in my new home.

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Getting inspired?

You can also get your favorite image printed on a high quality canvas by entering the giveaway below.

The winner will be announced next week. Stay tuned.

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