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The New Style Of Jewelry To Covet

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necklace: Gorjana-Griffin

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the fast fashion trendy costume jewelry from shops like Baublebar, Topshop and even J.Crew, but there’s definitely a shift into more delicate and slightly elevated pieces when it comes to jewelry lately, even if you find them at costume jewelry prices.

These are pieces from my favorite indie jewelry designers (you may recognize from previous posts raving about them) that you’re going to invest in this spring and even to wear for years to come.

They may be simple, but they’re anything but boring. Of course, go ahead and layer them up this season.

sophie hugheslariat necklace: Sophie Hughes


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necklace: K/LLER Collection


ring: Maison Antonym


necklaces: Le Mos


Random Inspiration


It’s funny that sometimes you don’t even realize it when something has inspired you. I recently styled a photoshoot and it wasn’t until after that I noticed that it had a similar background and muted tone to these images of my mother from probably the 60′s.

Today marks 22 years since the passing of my biggest inspiration, my mother. I feel fortunate to have had such a remarkable person to pass down her genetics, talents and even ideas.

For those of you who haven’t read the “about” section of this blog, you may be wondering why this site is called “Dear Andi” and not “Dear Liz.” It’s because like the advice columnist, Dear Abby—who’s name is actually Pauline Phillips—I have always looked to my experiences and what I have from my mother, “Andi,” for advice on life and especially on style. I’m also lucky to have formed my own experiences to share them with all of you (don’t forget you can always write to me for style advice and possibly be featured here!).

Speaking of inspiration, here’s some Pinterest-worthy images that I’ve been digging lately and maybe will inspire you too:


I discovered this fashion photographer, Shae DeTar, from one of my favorite blogs, The Glamourai and am in love with this unique dreamy painted over photograph style. I may need to paint over all of my styling work now.


As you probably saw from this post, the Gaultier show was to die for and the head pieces have the wheels turning in both mine and my accessories designer friend Emily Kammeyer’s heads.


I can’t get Rag & Bone’s ss14 beauty looks out of my head this season. The simplicity of the orange lip and slick center part somehow seem so fresh against a palette of black, white and pastels.

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I’ve been coveting this NOLA and Brooklyn based showroom’s wallpaper from Flavor Paper for a while now, but can’t decide on which one I want for what wall in my apartment. Now my favorite local gift shop, By Brooklyn, is selling their throw pillows with the same patterns, so it’s less of a commitment with the same cheeky patterns.

Artistry Makeup


top: Zara // vest: Aritzia // ring: Giles & Brother

One of the biggest perks of working in the fashion industry is working with some of the top people in the beauty business and picking up a few tricks and latest trends.

I had the privilege to work with NYC-based celebrity makeup artist, Rick DiCecca, on a photo shoot the other day. He happens to be the brand ambassador of the beauty line, Artistry, and it was like Christmas working with him, as he showed me all of the amazing new products he helped develop. Here’s some of my favorites in the line that you’re going to want for your own beauty arsenal:


This palette of eye shadows is probably going to be the most used thing in my makeup bag now. It has just about every flattering color for every occasion and season because it’s all pretty natural-looking and subtle enough that it compliments your face, rather than makes it look made up. I used the taupe color that is like the dream every-day shadow I’ve been looking for that doesn’t have all that shimmer business that makes it look like I’m wearing makeup.


I then used a skinny bent liner brush for the darker espresso matte color to line my lids. Trust me, this looks way more natural than pencil liner and is surprisingly easy to do.


The tawny hot chocolate color was perfect to add in the crease of my lids to create more depth, yet still look natural and compliment my light eyes.

STYLIST TIP: Warm colors like browns look fabulous on blue and green eyes and cool colors like purple and grey works great on darker eyes. Think back to the color wheel in your high school art class and use complimentary colors to bring out your eyes.


This face highlighter and bronzer may have sold out, but this similar one will do the trick.


Using multiple colors instead of just one blush will create more of a natural flush to your face. Rick added that you can blend together or use one to highlight and one to contour on your cheeks.


I’m a sucker for a good lipstick and my bag may carry about 5 at one time, but this one may be the only one I need. It’s not only subtle in color, but it doesn’t have that tacky and fake feeling like most glosses do when you put them on.


I then used a highlighter gloss to add a bit of sheen to the center of my lips, making them appear fuller than they actually are (did you know your lips shrink as you get older??).

The bad news is this duo gloss is sold out online (contact Rick if you want one), but for $16.50 each, you can get a few of them and these have a built-in mirror and LED light to help you apply them!


I apologize to my readers, but the giveaway has been cancelled, but both Rick and I promise there will be another one coming up soon, so please check back!



see more beauty tips from Rick on his blog!

How To Wear A Hat





jacket: Kaylee Tankus // scarf: Zara (similar online) // bag: c/o Alexander Wang // hat: c/o Tracy Watts // top: James Perse via Marshalls // jeans: J.Crew // sunglasses: Karen Walker // earrings: Tom Binns  // boots: Dolce Vita // nail polish: c/o Julep

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a hat person. I wasn’t always that way, but I realized over the years both in my own style and on shoots how they just complete an outfit and make you look so effortlessly polished.

I’ve been obsessing over the Brooklyn-based hat line, Tracy Watts, as everything is classic yet has a little something that makes it special. Like the leather cap I wore during fashion week, these beautifully hand made hats get noticed.

I’ve met the designer, Tracy, numerous times and never actually seen her in a hat, but she did give me this amazing hat tip:

If the hat is slightly too big on you and you love it (like this hat for me!), Tracy said you can use the same foam tape that you would use to insulate your windows to keep it from slipping off.

Here are my STYLIST TIPS to wearing a hat:

DO always take a lint roller to your hat to make sure it looks clean and lint-free and steam it if needed

DON’T match your hat exactly to your outfit (ie, black leather hat with black leather jacket)

DO wear a wide-brimmed hat with hair that has some wave or body to it

DON’T store your hat without either other hats or tissue paper inside of it to keep its shape

DO angle a wide brimmed hat slightly to one side so it doesn’t overwhelm your face

DON’T wear a straw, linen, or lightweight hat in winter and don’t wear a wool hat in the summer. Keep them seasonal.

DO keep the outfit and accessories simple if you top it off with a hat

DON’T wear a hat that resembles anything from a cartoon (take note Pharell)

Take This Quiz: How Eco-Conscious Is Your Style?

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As a native Long Islander—or before I shed my accent, Lawn Guylander—I love seeing when fashion and trends trickle out from the city to the ‘burbs where I grew up.

When the Long Island based publication, Milieu Magazine approached me to come up with an eco-friendly quiz for their readers, it was a no-brainer to mix my two passions together: fashion and going green.

Take this quiz and see just how eco-friendly you are!

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check out more green ideas in this month’s issue:

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