New Work Alert / Forecasting Fall (Already! I Know!)

Accessories Magazine May 2013

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Photography / Peter SakasEditor / Nicole Phillip-Kronenberg
Stylist / Liz Teich
Hair & Makeup / Richard Cooley @ Utopia
Model / Nina Danielle @ The Lions Agency New York

STYLIST TIP: Don’t be afraid to use your accessories in unexpected and new ways that can create a unique look. The silver head piece on the model’s head is actually a Sibilia necklace and the hologram ear cuffs were actually Naked Label bracelets.

You’re Invited To My Party

Posh Party with Dear Andi

You’ve probably seen me raving about my new favorite app, Poshmark, but if you haven’t tried it out just yet, you’re going to want to tonight. They’ve asked me to host a “Posh Party” this evening at 10pm EST / 7pm PST.

I will be scouring all of the closets on there to find my favorite boho, indie and vintage finds and personally editing a closet of all of them for you to shop. Find me there @dearandi and I may add your pieces.

If you’re not on there, get your phone out and take pics of all of the clothing that’s been sitting in your closet that you never wear and start making some cash or maybe just look for that bag you’ve always wanted but can’t afford or pick up a dress for that wedding coming up. You may even find something that’s totally unique and a quite a steal.

Happy Poshmarking!

Be the first 10 people to sign up with the code HXEZC and get $5 credit!

It’s a Mod World

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As you probably figured out by now, I love all things vintage. Though, it’s scary to me that young hipsters are considering fashion from the 90′s “vintage” now.

I seriously spotted a girl on the subway last week that was dressed like me back in the day: floral dress, over-sized faded denim jacket, combat boots with scrunchy socks, and even a Jansport backpack. That’s an era in style I don’t care to return to.

I’ve always gravitated towards the fashion of the 40′s and 70′s eras, but this season 60′s mod fashion has taken over in such a cool way that I can get on board with. There’s something kind of vintage yet rock’n’roll about it that feels fresh for spring.

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dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim / boots: Steve Madden / bag: vintage / sunglasses: Urban Outfitters  / bracelets: c/o E.Kammeyer, etc…

STYLIST TIP: Go sock-less with your booties, flats or even heels as the weather gets warmer, but don’t forget to arm yourself. Try padding like these liners that I recently tried out by Silver Linings that are antimicrobial and absorb odors and moisture. Combine that with an absorbing powder like this one and you’ll be smelling sweet and looking good until the fall!

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c/o Silver Linings shoe inserts, powered by BrandBacker


Check It Out

patterned pant

Okay, so normally I don’t like drawing attention to my legs, as they’re my least favorite part, but there’s something so fun and slimming about these checked patterned J.Brand jeans.

Maybe it was because I was working on a shoot over the weekend that helped me get in my squat exercises, but I think I owe it to the ombré effect of the pattern and the two tone dark side, creating the illusion of my slender gams.

Whatever it was, I was loving it and how easy it was to pair with the effortless look over a boyfriend style chambray top.

arm candy

stacked metallic bracelets

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top: Madewell / pants: J. Brand / shoes: Plenty by Tracy Reese (similar online) / bag: vintage (similar online)/ bracelets: etc… , E.Kammeyer, Twistband / lipcolor: Nars

STYLIST TIP: Whether you’re a guy or gal and you want to roll your sleeves in a neat, yet effortless way, try my “GQ Sleeve Roll”:

1. First fold your sleeve up once until the cuff touches your elbow.

2. Then cuff again and repeat until you get your desired roll. I like to leave a little of the edge of the cuff out, especially if there’s detailing on it. Otherwise you can keep going until you have a crisp roll.

3. Then flex those muscles.


How To DIY A Bookcase

DIY Book case

Okay, so you’re probably asking why are you showing that book case again? Well, Mariel of the home and lifestyle blog, So What’s Bloomin’, brought up a good point in my comments section yesterday:

“Love love love that blue paint! I’m a little bummed that a) you didn’t give a close up shot of the shelf/paint color combo bc it’s a real bowling alley, hello!, and b) you didn’t show the photograph of your lovely grandfather which just adds that much more character :P

Well, here it is…plus more…

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Here you can see how we created the shelves with blocks of wood with heavy screws to support the shelves we had custom cut from salvaged bowling alley flooring from Build It Green (as well as my careful taping job before I painted).

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This is what the shelf looks like. Pretty cool, right? I may lacquer it one day so it has the total bowling alley effect. See how it pops off of the navy walls and the supports just disappear.

STYLIST TIP: If you’re going to use a darker finish for your shelves, try a lighter or bold colored paint.

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Next came the really fun part (besides nervously making sure the shelves fit to my measurements): decorating the shelves with personalized items. This nook is right next to my office, so I wanted to fill it with things that inspire me, like these old diaries that were my mother’s, where she actually wrote “Dear Andi” in every page.

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STYLIST TIP: Break up books by categrory, like I did here with my “New York” books, or with art, cooking, travel, novels, etc. It makes it easy for you to find what your looking for and more interesting for guests to sift through.

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STYLIST TIP: Shelves shouldn’t be for JUST books. Fill them with personalized items (like I did with my wedding bouquet in an antique silver pitcher) and art pieces to create an interesting focal point, rather than just a stuffy and overwhelming library. The rule of thumb is to break up the section after around 10 books.

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I always hated that I would get these random buttons with a new piece of clothing, but could never find them when I actually needed one. I save them in an antique medicine jar so now they not only look cool, but are also in a spot where I can find them.

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My art books are most important to me of all. They’re what inspire me—the older the better too. That Picasso book, which was my first book ever, as well as old magazines and sewing books are some of my favorites to get ideas from.

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I’m a sucker for a beautiful book. I received this gorgeous cook book from one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, Frankie’s Sputino and its antique gilded edges made me excited to display it on my shelf.

STYLIST TIP: Have some books that you love by hate the way they look on the shelf? Throw away (or recycle!) the dust jacket. I always discard mine and it makes for a cleaner look when I display my books.

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These old milk crates were my father’s “bachelor bookcase” back in the day, but now that they’re stained and fit nicely under this nook, they’re perfect to house our favorite photo albums. Yes, I still have printed pictures.

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My new favorite addition to the shelves is this frame we picked up in NOLA with a hologram of what looks like it could be my grandfather (that’s my actual grandmother on the left), but then you walk by and it has that Disney’s Haunted Mansion effect. My husband and I chuckle every time someone walks by. I love decor with a sense of humor.

If you have any DIY or styling questions, send them this way (dearandistyle@gmail.com) and I may feature you on the blog.

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