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Having a Quarter Life Crisis?

In the past decade or so, when any girl moved to NYC—or any city for that matter—it was expected that one would live like she were on “Sex and The City.” In reality, that rarely was the case.

We were broke, lost, and confused. There was no guide to prepare us for what actually happened (ie, NOT living in a rent controlled massive brownstone apartment, going to fabulous parties every night, and meeting a millionaire older man that you serendipitously run into time after time).

Now with shows like “Girls,” “2 Broke Girls” and “The New Girl” it’s okay to be clueless in your twenties. So, how do you get through it?

I recently was interviewed by the lovely ladies of the new online publication, Quarterlette, on how I overcame my “Quarter Life Crisis” (a.k.a. the scariest part of your life…your twenties) and began my career as a fashion stylist in NYC.

Check it out and if you’re in your twenties, I hope this and the rest of the site can give you some guidance to the subject that has been somewhat taboo.

I survived. So can you!

xoLiz


Mini Mentor

If you’ve ever wanted to dye your hair a different color, you know how scary the commitment can be. How about changing careers? That’s a zillion times scarier.

Now you can try out someone else’s career for a day or a week and see if it’s for you before making the commitment, through the website MiniMentor.com, which is launching today.

I was approached by their team to become a mentor on their site and take on an apprentice for a short period of time, with the possibility of taking them on as an assistant or just to teach them a few things they’ve always wanted to learn. Apprentices can shadow myself in the fashion styling world or other cool professionals like a filmmaker, recording artist, or even a sports writer for MLB.com.

You don’t need any experience in the field, but just the minimal requirements posted by the mentor. If you want to be a stylist, my requirements are someone that has interest and some knowledge in fashion, who is organized, eager to learn and will be on time!

Sign up to be a mentor or to shadow a mentor starting today at MiniMentor.com.

xoLiz


Cool People Rocking My Designs!

Blogger LINDSEY CALLA of Saucy Glossie wearing a *new* etc… braided watchband bracelet in silver

Rapper, A$AP ROCKY rockin’ an etc… watchband bracelet

QUESTLOVE wearing a custom etc… vintage button heart shaped pin on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 

I love seeing cool people wearing my designs. It’s the reason why I make them. When someone takes my creations and wear it their way, it becomes part of their style. Whether it’s a stylish big-time blogger, one of the hottest rappers on the scene, or one of my favorite musicians, I’m so happy to see that my updated vintage pieces can be loved by all.

Send pictures of how you wear your etc… modern vintage jewelry to dearandistyle@gmail.com and you can be featured on this blog!

If you don’t own any yet, there are a few chances for you to get some of our newest items in NYC at these trunk shows:

March 7th at The Fashion Center:

March 31st at By Brooklyn:

For more info check out Carroll Gardens Patch

xo Liz


From One Stylist to Another (MAJOR Celebrity Stylist)

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PHILLIP BLOCH Dishes with DEAR ANDI About Life As a Stylist—Former Model, Turned Actor, Commentator, Author, Philanthopist, and His Latest Venture, Online Shop Purveyor on OPENSKY.COM

I decided I wanted to be a fashion stylist when I was sixteen. At that time when people heard the word “stylist,” it was synonymous with hair, but celebrity fashion stylist Phillip Bloch was everywhere. He was one of the frontrunners in the industry, dressing the biggest names in Hollywood from Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry and even Michael Jackson. In a recently oversaturated world of stylists, Phillip Bloch has been the original (and authentic) insider in fashion.

When Open Sky told me that Phillip Bloch would soon be opening his own curated shop on their site, I couldn’t wait to learn more from one of my fashion idols. It’s perfect that he would share his expertise in fashion with his passion for philanthropy to bring you his handpicked collection of designer pieces—often at affordable prices—in one place for you to shop in.

Phillip chatted with me about this collection and everything from how he got his start in the business to just saying no to buying what the obvious trends are of the season.

Fashion divas beware: this is one of the most humble and honest personalities in fashion.

Liz: You’re considered one of the top experts in fashion, commenting on everything from the red carpet to the royal wedding. Can you tell me a little about your path to becoming one of the most successful, if not the first, celebrity stylists?

Phillip: I started modeling when I was a teen in NY and worked on John Galliano’s first show with Veronica Webb [who also has a profile on Open Sky], which led me to styling. I was always one of those models that could wear what I would want to wear. I’d come in and ask if I can put those pants with that shirt and they’d let me.

When I was leaving the business as a model, the editors and photographers said to me, “you should be a stylist.” I was looking for a job where I could travel, make good money and with exciting people. I lived in London for eight years and came back to NY, styling models and realized that it wasn’t really that exciting to me. I didn’t really like it, to tell you the truth. I worked with models that were whiners and complainers and—ugh, I thought, was I like this? So I thought if I’m going to dress people because I like the clothes, I want to do it with people who really do something for me.

People attribute me to being the industries “first stylist,” (I’m not THAT old!) but I was really the first that connected the showrooms in NY, LA and Europe.

In just the past few years, there have been so many stylists in this business that it’s become devalued like the Greek dollar. Stylists are often talked about, but it’s a very very very tough business. The business has become so big because of the exposure I got and Rachel [Zoe], and Brad [Goreski]—it’s just so exploited.

My advice to young people starting out in this business? “Be nice to everybody because these are the people you’re going to be in business with the rest of your life.”

L: I always say that the life of a stylist only appears to be glamorous. There’s so much behind the scenes that no one sees (the schlepping, the smoke and mirrors, the egos, etc.). What do you find to be the most challenging part of the job?

P: It’s a job with not a lot of thanks to it. I’m not saying any job is easier or harder than the other, but it’s always the joke on shoots, who’s going to have the bad day today? It’s always one of us—the hair, the makeup, the clothes—that gets picked on. One of us always has the hard day.

L: I, myself am a stylist in NY and while I’m a lot newer in the industry than you are, I find that to be so true. That’s something I definitely experience. I actually started my blog to share my experiences in styling.

P: It’s hard now, isn’t it? It’s very hard, even for me—not the actual work, but getting the job and getting paid for the clothes. Everyone thinks they’re entitled to free clothes.

L: I actually had someone ask me if I had a whole rack of clothes sitting in my office, like Rachel Zoe.

P: That’s the problem! I do my own work; I go on my own photoshoots and pulls [from designer’s showrooms].

L: I’m so impressed that you do that…and you manage to wear so many other hats in the industry—between being a designer, writer, actor, commentator and I know that you’re big on philanthropy. From one stylist to another (major) stylist how do you do it all and what are you most passionate about?

P: I don’t know how I do it all. I’m most passionate about my show right now, Cause Celeb. It combines everything I’ve ever done and learned—and everything that I’ve wanted to do. In my 20’s I was concerned with myself; I wanted to be a model…in my 30’s I was concerned with everything glamorous and fashion and making beautiful images…and in my 40’s I’ve taken what I’ve learned and am doing something with it more important for others.

I love the acting. There’s a line in the Notorious B.I.G. movie where Angela Bassett says, “My son told stories and people listened.” What a profound saying! I told stories as a model, as a stylist I told them through the clothes and as an actor you really get to be in character and tell a story.

L: With all of those hats you’ve taken on, now you’ve recently taken on the role as an online shopping guru on OpenSky. What can we expect to see on your expert-curated shop coming out this March?

P: When they came to me, I thought, wow this a really great idea—a way for people to be fashionable, have fun and do good by buying something that’s going to give back to the charities. I think every company and celebrity should be giving even just a percentage back to charity.

It also allows me to have my own collection as a testing ground—kind of like the appetizer of starting your own brand. What do people want from me? I get to use other vendors to see what people like.

What makes my shop different is that each month a portion of the proceeds from my shop goes to charity. The first thing I’m doing is working with Ivanka Trump, using a purse from one of her collections as part of my collection. She’s one of the celebrities I recently interviewed for my show Cause Celeb, so it’s perfect that we chose one of her purses as the first piece in my collection. A portion of the proceeds from that will go to her charity, Girl Up.

The thing I love about OpenSky is that they ask, what’s important to you. For me, it was important to keep my price points under $100. I wanted to start out with pieces that are transformational—you can wear them day into evening. There’s one purse that I’ll be featuring that has three purses in one for the day, evening and even the beach. I’m also featuring these camisoles that are great layering pieces or you can dress up with a skirt for the evening.

L: You don’t always see people in Hollywood talking about saving money when it comes to fashion. As a stylist, it’s important for me to save money for clients or even myself. What’s something that you think is worth the splurge on?

P: I stay away from the general advice because every person is different, every store is different, every item is different. You’re going to know in your life what you should spend more on. If you only make $1000/month, then you shouldn’t be spending $1000 on anything. I’m no Suze Orman, but I tend to think you have to use your own intuition and know what’s important for you [to spend your money on] and know your budget. I always say: do not spend a lot of money on something that you’re only going to wear a few times.

I tend to not go to the trends, like THE shoe or THE bag of the season. Cindy Crawford bought one of those burnt out velvet Gucci shirts years ago for like $1600 and I said, girl, bring that back! You’re going to wear it this week and it’s going to be everywhere soon to the point where you won’t be able to wear it for 10 years. I love designer pieces but don’t buy the piece that says the trend of the season.

My wardrobe has the affordable pieces from Express, H&M, J.Crew, Club Monaco with the Armani, Prada, Valentino—you’ve got to balance it. I spend money on good suits, leather jackets and sweaters…but you can even get those more affordable nowadays.

In general, I look for pieces that are transformational like a shirt that I can wear with a suit, on the weekends, or a million different places. If I’m going to spend the money, it’s going to be on something incredibly wearable and chic, something luxurious, or something that I’m going to live in like a black cashmere pant.

Of course if I’m going to spend the money on something, then I’ll save money by taking the subway over a cab that day!

L: I love that. You’ve got to balance fashion with your life.

P: Exactly! You can’t spoil yourself all of the time, but life is short—you’ve got enjoy yourself along the way.

Check out Phillip Bloch’s profile and sign up for your membership to exclusive insider sales on OpenSky.com.

xoLiz

Ask A Stylist

When I was contacted by Scout Mob to contribute to their site, I was totally flattered. When they asked me to be a guide to my top five places to find something fashionable in my city, I was flattered AND psyched. When they suggested vintage shops, it was a no brainer. As you’ve probably noticed, I’m a big fan of all things vintage and vintage inspired. Check out my top five picks on their site for vintage shopping in NYC.

If you haven’t checked out Scout Mob, you’re missing out. This site is like that friend you have that knows all of the cool things happening around your city and gets hooked up with deals from the owners of the places. You could be that guy!

xo Liz

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