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The Better Show & SnobSwap (I’m On TV!)

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Eliza // Jessica // Jessica // Liz

(all in wardrobe styled by me, available on SnobSwap)

If you don’t already belong to the luxury designer online marketplace, SnobSwap, you’re going to want to now. The founders of the site asked me to style and model in their recent appearance on the Better Show and I was thrilled to. Working with gorgeous pieces from brands like Marni, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, just to name a few, and all at affordable prices, made my job easy!

On top of that, my models were these gorgeous bloggers that looked great in everything I put them in. It was honestly the easiest fittings I’ve ever had to style in my entire career as a stylist.

Each look was modeled after a celebrity’s style (I was Lauren Conrad), so it was fun to recreate the outfits you may have seen them in the magazines wearing, with the trends for this spring.

Everything you see here can be purchased on the site (except for what I styled the lovely ladies of SnobSwap in and of course the host, Rebecca, and Kelly Osbourne).

Check out some of the behind the scenes pictures below and watch the Better Show on Tuesday (check your local listings. If you’re a local, it will be on at 6am on WLNY and nationally, 12pm on the Hallmark Channel) for our segment!

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Hidden Gems (Literally)

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necklace: Gypsies & Debutantes

I’m not sure how I’ve lived in NYC for over eight years now and did not know about the Museum of Art and Design (aka MAD) until recently thanks to my fashion friend/partner in crime, Emily of E.Kammeyer jewelry and the Accessories Gal blog. Maybe it’s because I generally don’t go above 14th street unless it’s Fashion Week or another work obligation, but this was definitely worth the trip up to Columbus Circle.

There are two noteworthy exhibitions that  you’re not going to want to miss if you are lucky enough to be in the area:

The Fashion Jewelry exhibition with The Collection of Barbara Berger and Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital with everything from fashion to furniture printed with 3D printers (for real!).

The jewelry exhibition features an array of unique designer pieces from Chanel to YSL, all from one women’s collection is incredible and as you can see by our pictures, a bit of fun. It closes on April 20th, so run to this museum before it closes.

Bonus: go there on a Sunday and catch one of the resident artists in action in their open studios. You can also enjoy drinks and bites on the restaurant on the top floor, overlooking Columbus Circle. This is a hidden gem in NYC that you should definitely check out and if you can’t, below is a sampling of the incredible collections currently on view there.

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How To Wear Denim On Denim

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jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim // top: Lumiere // jeans: Current Elliott (similar below) // shoes: Dolce Vita // sunglasses: Karen Walker // bag: c/o Alexander Wang // necklace: c/o Nashelle // bracelets: c/o E.Kammeyer and etc… // nails: Gelish from Dashing Diva

This past weekend was the first hint of spring—finally—in NYC and I was ready to shed my socks and winter coat and go for some slip-ons and a denim jacket.

The denim jacket is the perfect transitional piece for this spring and you’re going to want to invest in a good one to wear often. This one that I scored at a Barney’s warehouse sale a few seasons back has become a perennial favorite and I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of it. A denim jacket, when done right, is classic and so timeless that you’ll have it in your closet for years.

That being said, don’t be afraid this season to mix it with your other denim pieces for an easy, casual look. The “Canadian Tuxedo” has gotten a bad rep over the years (no thanks to THIS horrible early oughts memory), but trust me on this, it’s going to look current when you do it this season. Denim was all over the runways and will be on your shopping list.

Before you try this look at home, be sure to read this stylist tip.

STYLIST TIP: When wearing denim on denim, don’t try to match the pieces, but opt for different washes. It could look too matchy if you wear the same shade head to toe. Denim acts as a neutral, so it’s best when you treat it that way and pair two different shades.

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Be The Best Dressed In Your Office + A Deal For My Readers

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I got my start in the fashion industry over a decade ago, working for the company Chaiken. It was also my first experience with realizing the importance of fit and tailoring of clothing. I began my internship there with quite an Ugly Betty moment, wearing probably a too tight poly-blend top and an unlined a-line skirt from maybe one of the mall stores like Express or Arden B. and carrying an over-sized kitschy tote with Frida Kahlo’s face on it. Looking back, the plastic Mexican tote wasn’t all that bad, but I definitely didn’t look polished.

A couple of months and a sample sale later, I came away with sophisticated tailored pants, a few well-made dresses and even a gorgeous Italian wool coat, most of which I still keep in my wardrobe rotation today, as you’ve seen recently here.

I learned the importance of tailoring and fit from the founder of Chaiken, Julie Chaiken, herself. She made it a point to not only bring in a fit model, but try on all of the designs on employees to see how the fit varied from person to person. I even tried on pants myself right after they were sewn. There was so much attention to detail and fit to the point that you couldn’t help but notice.

The line, which has been famous for their pants since the 90′s and then a successful ready-to-wear line, has recently re-launched and paired down to must-have, perfectly tailored staples for your wardrobe. Just as it’s always been, the details are key, but it’s now about your wardrobe essentials, from these pants that you would live in to the perfect blazer for work. No matter your shape or size, I guarantee these pieces will make your office to after-work wardrobe the most polished.

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