Category Archives: Stylist Picks

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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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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New Work Alert: Vagamundo

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Photographer / Paul Wright
Stylist / Liz Teich
Hair / Christy McCabe
Makeup / Izzy Ruiz
Producer / Brandy Faling
Location / Dune Studios

You may remember some of the easy breezy bohemian pieces I wore in these posts and unfortunately I couldn’t tell you where to buy it just yet, but now I can at least direct you to where you can. I styled the look book for the new Chilean-based collection of clothing and accessories, Vagamundo, back in the fall and it’s finally out online.

The majority of the clothes in the store in Chile are handpicked from vendors and fabricators in India. According to Brandy, one half of the design duo, “We then specifically choose the fabrics for each design, make changes to the fit/sizing as appropriate for Chilean or American bodies, etc., sometimes make some design modifications, and then have the clothes made to our specification.”

They also have a section of vintage clothing to combine with the more ethnic clothing to create a complete “urban bohemian” feel, in addition to an “eco-fashion” section of clothes where they upcycle vintage pieces with fabrics that the owners find in their travels.

With beautiful and unique styles like these, it’s no wonder why I got snapped by a few street style photographers wearing one of their jumpsuits during New York Fashion Week in the fall!

The store and site have launched, but if you can’t make it all the way to Chile (sigh), then like their Facebook page and stay tuned for updates. Let them know if there’s anything you like here too!

Just a heads up, prices are too good that you’re going to want to own it all—trust me.

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Pretty Little Multi-Functional Things

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top: Ted Baker // ring: Giles & Brother // compact: c/o Sulwhasoo

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It’s thisclose to spring, right?

It doesn’t feel like it this week while I’ve been in Wisconsin for a photoshoot (no more snow!), so these floral pretty little things are giving me that seasonal optimism, knowing it’s just around the corner every time I pull them out from my purse.

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powder compact: c/o Sulwhasoo (similar here too) // perfume pin: c/o Marc Jacobs Fragrances (similar ring here  and necklace here too)

As a stylist, I love anything that not only looks great, but is also multi-functional. Even yesterday, I picked up a necklace at an antique shop—because I have always had a bad habit of buying jewelry when I travel—and only for the reason that it can be worn maybe four different ways.

I can’t resist beauty products the same way. It makes me feel like it’s okay, if not proper, to apply them while I’m out when they look this good. There goes the “I have to go to the ladies room to powder my nose” excuse. Flaunt these beauties in public!

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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.

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necklace: K/LLER Collection

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ring: Maison Antonym

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necklaces: Le Mos

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Random Inspiration

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Best Dressed Awards Go To…

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Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

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Lupita Nyong wearing Prada

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Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection

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Sally Hawkins in Valentino

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Anna Kendrick in J.Mendel

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Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

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Karen O. in Camilla Staerk

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Olivia Wilde in Valentino

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Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan

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Julia Roberts in Givenchy

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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Amy Adams in Gucci

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Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

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Emma Watson in Vera Wang

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Bette Midler in Reem Acra

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Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

 

Which were your favorites this year?

My [Fashion] Oscar Predictions

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Oscar De La Renta and an Oscar // runway image via style.com (composed image via DearAndi.com)

 

It’s one of everyone’s favorite times of year: Oscars time!

While most people are making their predictions as to what actor or film is going to win on March 2nd, I’m always rooting for the red carpet.

It’s one of the best moments in fashion during the year not only because showrooms will finally have pieces to loan me once again for shoots, but because it’s where we see the looks that wowed on the runways come to real life.

Based on what I saw on the catwalk, these are my predictions as to what the celebs will be walking in on Sunday and what I would style them in. Which are your favorites?

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While I won’t be styling for the Academy Awards this season (sigh), I will be styling fabulous lucky ladies in NYC this evening for a pre-Oscar party with Damsels In Design at Chelsea’s VINTEDGE NYC.

Check out the invite below and click on it to sign up (there’s only a few spaces left so get on it!).

See you and your stylish self there.

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Trend To Wear Now: Get Sporty

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1. Gents Leather Baseball Cap // 2. ASOS Sunglasses // 3. Tamara Mellon top // 4. Michael Kors watch // 5. Milly top // 6. Cynthia Rowley skirt // 7. New Balance Sneakers

While the polar vortex seems to be never-ending, we’re having somewhat of a heat wave here in NYC this week—50 degrees and no snow in the forecast—so it could make someone count the days until spring (one month!).

One of my surprisingly favorite trends this coming season is the sporty trend. While I’m not much of an athlete past the sun salutations I do in yoga, I love this look probably because there’s a bit of an edge to it with a lot of black and white and interesting materials/silhouettes. From the mesh and leather in unexpected places to the prevalence of comfy but cool sneakers, what’s not to love?

Hey, if Chanel could get away with their models wearing them on the runway, I was all about it this past fashion week when I acceptably wore my Adidas kicks.

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What A Girl Really Wants This Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re spending it with the love of your life, with your besties, a fling, or even a pint of ice cream, it’s a day to show your love to others. Instead of flowers (which don’t last long), or in addition to chocolate (a girl can’t get enough), and don’t even think about stuffed animals, try one of these that are sure to be a big hit with her.

C’mon, what girl wouldn’t want jewelry or 30 days of luxurious underwear?

…and if you’re a bestie on a budget this year, blow your pal a virtual kiss by sharing this picture below via Instagram/Facebook/Twitter (press the top and front buttons on your iPhone at the same time to take a screen grab of it) from one of my favorite sites, Quarterlette, that shared it with me to share with you.

 

Kisses to all of you today and stay stylish!

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