How To Not Get Turned Away

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top: THML (similar here) / camisole: Banana Republic / jeans: J.Brand / shoes: Report / bag: Cambridge Satchel Co (limited edition at Bloomingdales, similar online) / sunglasses: Juicy Couture (TJMaxx) / bracelets from top to bottom: E.Kammeyer, etc…, Baublebar / nail polish: Essie in Canyon Coral

Whether I’m traveling or prepping for a job all over the city, I like to be comfortable and ready for any occasion with my wardrobe, like that last minute event after I’ve been running around all day.

While exploring “N’awlins,” I noticed that I was always more dressed up than the average person—tourist or local. I figured it was a casual city, so when I tried to get into the fancy-pants-eatery Commander’s Palace for lunch and $0.25 martinis, as per recommendation of Helena from Brooklyn Blonde, I was stunned that we were (politely) turned away thanks to the hubby, who was wearing shorts. Granted he was wearing a J.Crew button down and his nicest pair of linen shorts, but I guess Southern charm still reigns. I can’t argue with that!

STYLIST TIP: If you want to take an outfit from running around all day into a night out, look for some fancier elements like the way these sandals have metal details on them and opt for fabrics that can be dressed up like this gauzy one, which are ready for any occasion, as opposed to jersey cotton. You can also take a bag and tuck in the strap for an instant day time bag turned clutch. Dark denim always takes an outfit up a notch into evening.

style photos by Joshua Boccheciamp, travel photos by me.


Spread Love It’s The Brooklyn Way.

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As you probably have seen by now, I’m proud to call Brooklyn my home. There’s really nothing like it and I’ve seen in just the past few years how this Renaissance of art and design has taken over. I like to think I’m in good company of these innovators and between selling my own designs at Brooklyn venues like The Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg and at the By Brooklyn shop in Carroll Gardens.

Then I just found out about the new site that just launched in 2013 called BKSTYLED. Don’t call it a “blog” and it’s not quite a “magazine,” but whatever it is, it features all things Brooklyn cool from fashion, design, decor, street style and even coffee shops. I feel honored to be in good company and to have my design featured on it today.

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If you can’t make it out to Brooklyn, get your own etc… bracelet made from vintage watchbands by yours truly here.


Get “Hipknotized”…Again and Again.

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One of my favorite parts of styling is finding new and unexpected ways to wear something.

For instance, I once used an E.Kammeyer headband on a shoot as a necklace and it quickly became in demand that way. Now the designer transitioned from hair accessories to jewelry (check them out!).

I even once styled a vintage jacket upside-down on an editorial shoot and it had quite a couture effect.

Then Hipknoties came into my life.

You saw me wear this as a scarf in this post, but I love that there are literally endless ways it can be styled.

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To get this dress look, I draped the fabric around me like a tube dress, but then tied the top into a halter with the clever little clear elastics that it comes with.

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Next, I gathered the fabric at my waist and then wrapped another clear elastic. The brilliant part is that with the translucent band, it becomes like a seamless bow.

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Voila! I made an instant dress from what was a scarf yesterday.

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The Hipknoties come in small, medium and large sizes for the different effects you want. I love how versatile the medium size I got was, but I can see the benefits to owning a small (cute little tops, skirts, an effortless scarf and even a turban!) as well as a large (hello maxi dress!).

My suitcase on this trip was pretty light thanks to this handy little piece of fabric and I even got an easy breezy wrap-style top out of it.

Did I mention the HUGE bonus of it somehow not wrinkling??

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For instructions on how to style this top, as well as other ideas, check out Hipknoties on OpenSky and let me know if you come up with a new way!

STYLIST TIP: Anything you can wear multiple ways and throughout the year is worth splurging on. You get more for your money that way. Something you can wear as a scarf, top and even dress you will get more wears out of than say, that dress you will spend $300 on and wear to a couple of weddings.


Pack Like A Stylist

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If I look sleepy in these pictures, it’s because I was up at 4am to catch a flight to New Orleans the other day. I really can’t complain though. I escaped the never-ending winter weather back in NYC for some sun and warmth—not to mention, some good sights and eats.

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This trip I vowed to pack less than I normally do. What can I say? I’m a stylist that likes to play dress up for every occasion. Lucky for me, OpenSky told me about the most amazing new product that helped me pack only a carry on for my trip for the first time ever.

That scarf you see me wearing by the ingenious company, Hipknoties, was sent to me by OpenSky to try out for my trip. It’s the softest cotton, which made for the perfect scarf/wrap to transition from airplane air to my destination, but it also can be worn a million different ways thanks to the clear elastic bands it comes with.

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tee: James Perse / scarf: Hipknoties scarf c/o OpenSky / jeans: J.Brand / hat: Lucky Brand hat (at Marshalls) / bag: Cambridge Satchel Co (limited edition at Bloomingdales, similar online) / sneakers: Converse /charm necklace: etc… / watch: Nixon / bracelets: etc…, Hathamade, Baublebar

Stay tuned for how I wore it different ways on my trip like a dress and top. I think I had too much fun with this garment.

After seeing all of the colors of NOLA, I kind of wish I got it in one of the bright colors it comes in!

Check them out.

Behind The Scenes of Accessories Magazine Shoot

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Believe it or not, this was the EDITED wardrobe and accessories from the recent Accessories Magazine shoot I styled.

Between what the editor, Nicole, and I pulled, there was an entire room of wardrobe and accessories—more than we could even keep track of.

Luckily, it was someone’s job to keep track of it all. How luxurious for this stylist!

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Needless to say, not everything we loved could make it in the May issue and June cover shoot. For instance, amazing feather pieces designed by Tess Johnson (see above with editor Nicole Phillip-Kronenberg).

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It was also unfortunate that not all of the amazing shoes could be shown…and there were a lot of them, like these holorgraphic shoes from Nanette Lepore, these graphic ones from United Nude, among others you saw here  previously from Rebecca Minkoff’s fall 2013 collection.

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I was given permission to share with you some of the fun things we shot, but I don’t want to give away too much before the issues come out in May and June, but I couldn’t resist sharing these AMAZING Herve Leger harnesses layered over each other.

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One of my favorite things to do as a stylist is to take something and style it as something else that it wasn’t designed to be. I’ve been obsessed with these holographic cuffs from Naked Label and they just sent me some more in time for the shoot. When I first discovered them, I tried them as an earring, but I couldn’t pull it off. I’m glad it worked for our futuristic-space-age shoot.

STYLIST TIP: Always look at all of the possibilities of your wardrobe. A necklace can be wrapped as a bracelet. A dress can instantly be turned into a skirt with a top layered over it. Even a necklace can be pinned into the hair for a hair accessory. Have fun experimenting and don’t take fashion too seriously!

 

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