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Awesome Trunk Show Alert

In honor of today’s triple date— 12.12.12 —I’d like to share with you 3 of my favorite rising designers that are hosting some pretty cool trunk shows in NYC just in time for the holidays. If you can’t make it to them, be sure to check out their designs in their online stores.

Promise they will make some pretty sweet and unique holiday gifts…


Nona E. Rose belts at Henri Bendel
712 5th Avenue at 56th Street, 2nd floor New York, NY
Saturday 12/15
10am – 8pm


E. Kammeyer accessories at Ame Ame
318 E. 9th Street, New York, NY
Wednesday 12/12


JSDNYC handmade clothing from vintage fabrics at BROOKLYN NIGHT BAZAAR
45 N. 5th Street, Williamsburg (btw Kent and Wythe Aves.) near Bedford L subway.
Friday 12/21
6pm – 12pm


Falling for Nona E. Rose

Nona E. Rose Fall/Winter 2012 collection, styled and photographed by Liz Teich.

I’ve known the designer, Rachel Sax, of Nona E. Rose for nearly 15 years, since we met both studying fashion and art at RISD for a summer…before going to college together and becoming sorority sisters [insert joke here].

I love that I’ve watched her style develop over the years and now she’s become one of the most creative and fashionable people I know. She’s channeled that energy into her work over the years and most recently in her collection of belts—all made in NYC—inspired by vintage designs under the namesake of her stylish grandmothers, Nona E. Rose.

You may be sick of me talking about this line, but I’m a huge fan—and apparently I’m not the only one. Most recently, it got picked up by Henri Bendel and featured in numerous publications and blogs (other than my own!).

I felt so honored when Rachel came to me to not only style, but also photograph her latest collection. We gabbed over coffee while had fun playing with her vintage style, yet fresh pieces.

Lucky you. You can also enjoy the benefits of knowing Rachel and get 20% off on my picks from Nona E. Rose!


Make It Work

dress: Lauren Moffatt| belt: Nona E. Rose | shoes: Topshop | bracelet: etc… | watch, bag & rings: vintage

I have a tough time passing up a good deal—especially when I get it for free.

As you saw from my post on a recent clothing swap, I scored a MAJOR find—this gorg satin Lauren Moffatt dress—that no one knew how to make it work for them. I figured that for the price, I’d make it work!

Luckily all this frock needed with a little taking in from the shoulder area (for only $25), as well as a fancy belt from Nona E. Rose’s first collection to give it some shape. Some clothing may not have much hope, but in the words of Tim Gunn, “make it work.”

STYLIST TIP: Never underestimate the power of tailoring. You can make a cheap piece from Forever 21 look like a high fashion from Century 21 with just a few nips and tucks. Not sure how? A good tailor should know—or send your fashion conundrums this way (



Clothing Swap Success

I’m a big fan of the clothing swap. Yes, I’m selling a bunch of my pieces from my kit or my own closet on, but there are just some items that I’ve loved for years and it’s good kharma to get them to your friends (and friends of friends), who may love them even more than you did.

Tonight I cleaned up at a clothing swap hosted by my friend Rachel of Nona E. Rose in the East Village. I scored with a Lauren Moffat dress, a Vince top,  Sam Edelman heels, American Apparel maxi dress and a rad oversized-shawl sweater that’s Olsen-worthy from Calypso, care of my friend also named Liz that used her employee discount but fell out of love with it—and now it’s love at first sight for me.


1. Gather a group of stylish friends (5-12 usually work well) and have them each bring a bag of clothing/accessories they don’t want anymore. 

2. Supply snacks and spirits, and gather everyone in a circle.

3. Each person goes through their pile of clothing and tells a story about the item, as well as why they don’t want it anymore. Be honest about holes, stains, fit, and even if it’s from an ex-boyfriend.

4. If someone wants it, they must speak up…but if more than one person wants it, it goes in the center of the room to the “hot commodities” pile, where people can try on the pieces at the very end. 

5. Whatever is not claimed goes into the donation pile, which should be taken/picked up by a local charity. I’m partial to HousingWorks and The Opera Thrift Shop (which picks up for free in NYC!). 

6. Enjoy your new items and the satisfaction of giving your old ones a good home!


Mixing Prints

jacket: Zara | top: Jennifer Stewart | bandeau: Free People | pants: Greylin (TJMaxx) | belt: Nona E. Rose | shoes: Worishofer | clutch: vintage | bracelets: Gypsies and Debutantes, etc…, E.Kammeyer

While on my way to a shoot the other day, I overheard a Starbucks barista say, “You know it’s almost fall when you are unpacking the stuff for spiced pumpkin…”

Noooooo. Save summer!

That being said, the one thing I’m looking forward to summer nearing its end is the fun fall fashion trends. One of my favorites, is mixing prints. When done right, it can look quite chic.

STYLIST TIP: The trick to mastering mixing prints is to vary the size, but keep it in the same color family. Obviously black and white is the easy way to do it, like I did. If you get a bit bolder, then try in the same color tones (ie jewel tones). When in doubt, the matchy matchy look is actually in. While it’s not always my favorite, wearing a matching printed top and bottom is actually acceptable this season. Think your grandmother’s polyester 70′s suits—but hopefully a bit more chic. 



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