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Your Shopping Strategy Shopping The Altuzarra x Target Collab (12 Stylist Picks!)


Tired of sifting through big store designer collaborations and finding nothing you want left by the time you actually make it into the store?

I have your strategy for shopping the upcoming Altuzarra x Target collection who’s preview was just released and will be out in stores on September 14th. This one won’t last long in stores thanks to fashionistas in the know and the strong looks created by the CFDA darling designer.

When Joseph Altuzarra teamed up with Target, he set out to keep the feel of his pricey line but still staying true to his brand without literally recycling his designs. Unlike past Target lines, he focused on the cut of the garments, which always helps make clothing look more expensive, but staying with Target prices—nothing over $89.99—something he’s able to accomplish when working with the large quantities that Target produces.

Check out my stylist picks of the nearly 50 piece collection and why you may want to add these 12 items to your shopping list:


1. This sheer bow blouse is a good bet to snatch up before everyone else catches on. I guarantee the dress versions of this will go first, but the blouse version is more versatile because you can wear it with jeans, layered with a sweater over it or even tucked into a skirt. This classic top will have way more legs than a dress (no pun intended).


2. This corset belt is also a good bet because it’s flattering on anyone and can make a cheap dress with no shape look much more upscale. It’s hard to tell how good the leather is from the picture, so that’s why my pick is the black over the black, which is lighter so you can see how the quality of leather is more easily. STYLIST TIP: If you do get the brown version, you may want to make the leather more buttery and weathered by rubbing Vaseline on it and you can add wear with rubbing it with sandpaper.


3. This pick could go either way, depending on how it feels in person, but right now the furry coat was EVERYWHERE on the fall runways and it’s totally on trend—therefore if you want to jump on board, this is an affordable way to make that happen.


4. I predict that these over-the-knee boots may be the first things to go in the collection, so while everyone’s fighting over the dresses in the front of the store, run straight to the shoes in the back and grab these. They’re a beautiful design and will no doubt be mistaken for a way more expensive shoe. The tricky part is whether the quality is there, so you may have to stop in the Dr. Scholl’s shoe pads department while in Target!


5. This sheer peasant dress is one of the most gorgeous of the collection with intricate embroidery making it look way more expensive than it likely is.


6. The peasant blouse version is equally as good and can be worn nearly all year-round, layered or on its own.


7. Everyone needs a well tailored blazer and this one with its well-placed darts, high cut arm holes and slim sleeves, this one is sure to flatter and be a classic staple for years to come.


8. This two-tone trench may be the priciest piece in the collection, but it’s well worth the investment. A good designer trench tailored with details like this would normally cost hundreds and not end in a price with $.99


9. Read #7 and add a showstopping WOW between the rich color and luscious fabric of this velvet blazer.


10. Add the velvet pants for a Gwyneth in a Tom Ford for Gucci 90′s moment—not to mention the beautiful satin striping details.


11. The cut of this 70′s influenced dress is extremely flattering on most figures and is sexy yet classic. It’s also one of the few dresses in the collection that you probably won’t get stopped by someone who recognizes the collection and asks, “oh is that Target?”


12. If you can’t score #4, grab these lace-up booties. They’re just as fabulous and you’ll live in them all season.

Happy shopping and good luck fighting over these items!

images via Refinery29

I’ve Got The Blues


It’s always a bizarre experience when someone shops for me, as I’m always styling others and not used to getting styled myself.

The Blues Jean Bar recently took this challenge and had their personal stylist send me a package of tops, jeans, and accessories tailored to my preferences and based on my personal style, as she could see by this blog.

The result? Dangerous!

Seriously, there was a whole box of goodies to try on sent directly to me including this tee, jeans and sunglasses. It was shopping without leaving home. You keep what you want and only get charged for that, and you send back the rest with a pre-paid shipping label provided. Easy as that.

The best part is that I discovered new brands that I never would have known about like Fidelity Denim, Henry & Belle jeans, and The Elizabeth Chronicles—which I of course love the name of that one!

You can try out The Blues Jean Bar (BJB Express) yourself and if you mention DEAR ANDI, you will get 20% off anything you keep!

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The Elizabeth Chronicles tee c/o The Blues Jean Bar // Fidelity jeans c/o The Blues Jean Bar // Vans sneakers // TOMS sunglasses c/o The Blues Jean Bar // Lilla designs zipper bracelet c/o The Blues Jean Bar // Rebecca Minkoff bag // Gorjana necklace // Rebecca Minkoff necklace (c/o) // custom made necklace by me // Maison Antonym ring (c/o) // Mally lipstick (c/o)

Happy Hour Shopping!

Vagamundo Sale

As you probably know by now, part of what I love about being a stylist is that I get to discover new brands and unique finds get them before everyone else does…and of course, share them with you so you can do the same.

One of my best kept secrets, as you may recall from all of my mentions on the brand is called Vagamundo. My friend Brandy designs and sources from around the world and brings unique pieces back from her travels. She’s in town from her travels (and from her new shop in Chile) this Thursday and we are co-hosting a trunk show together in NYC.

Please join us for Happy Hour, and round out your summer wardrobe with must-have Vagamundo pieces, and perfectly-paired etc… modern vintage jewelry, which is having a MAJOR sale at up to 75% off retail prices!
Hosted by one of my favorite photo studios in NYC:

DUNE STUDIOS @ 121 Varick St

6pm – 9pm
If you can’t make it, shop for Vagamundo online and be sure to check out how some of the pieces can be worn multiple ways, like how I styled them in the lookbook!

The Best Things In Life Are Free (or At Least Discounted)


There are a few common misconceptions of being fashion stylist.

Quite often, clients think I have a closet of shoes, handbags, and other fabulous things that I bring to every shoot (false!). I do have a styling closet with basic jewelry/accessories, but most of the time I have to prep for the photoshoot, otherwise all of my shoots would look the same, not to mention, I would go broke!

Another false notion is that I get to keep all of the wardrobe and get lots of free things on shoots. Yes, this is very FALSE. If I’m lucky, I get to keep something that even the client refused to keep, and it ends up in my kit.

I once worked on a popular coffee brand’s ads and didn’t even get free coffee all day, other than the Box O’ Joe that I poured into cups as a prop!

What I do sometimes get, is an insider look at what’s coming out or marked down first…or at best, a discount. That’s huge for me, because I always need to have the latest fashion, but between being a new homeowner and taking a big vacation soon, I need to save.

I worked on a shoot for Lands’ End recently and got to go to the company’s store at their headquarters and scored this easy-breezy summer silk dress that was marked down to only $35 from it’s original price at $220 (it’s not available online, but you can score a similar dress for $20!).

The same thing happened when I scored these sandals from another client of mine, Gilt Groupe, which is another one of my favorite places to shop for major discounts.

Speaking of major discounts, like the jewelry you see here? Stay tuned for a special discount just for my readers!

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Lands End dress (similar for only $20!) // Dolce Vita sandals // Gypsy Nation vintage bag // E. Kammeyer tassel necklace and bracelet (c/o) // Nashelle necklace (c/o) // Maison Antonym silver ring (c/o)

What’s your favorite discount find this season? Share it in a comment below or tweet to me @dear_andi.

The Ultimate Memorial Day Weekend Sale Guide


Looks from Alice + Olivia’s spring 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week in September. Get these pieces for up to 60% for Memorial Day!

Alice + Olivia // Spring Sale Up to 60% Off // Gift with purchase on orders over $250 (before taxes and shipping, ends 5/26)

Alternative Apparel // Extra 30% off Sale Items with code SHOPIT30 (ends 5/26)

Baublebar // 30% off full priced item (ends 5/26, Does not apply to Buried Bauble, Platinum Buried Bauble, Monthly Musts, Sales Item, Gift Cards, featured designer products or other promotional items). Additionally – Baublebar is running a Memorial Day Instagram Contest! They are encouraging their base to instagram their Memorial Day Selfies wearing BaubleBar. Be sure to hashtag #baublebar and #MemorialDay. On Tuesday, everyone who enters will receive a special treat.

Birchbox // Get your first box for $5 when you purchase a women’s monthly subscription when you use the code SUMMERSUB (*makes a great gift!* ends May 26)

Bloomingdales // Big Brown Bag Sale – Take an extra 20% off a great selection of sale and clearance items at Bloomingdales.com when you enter the code TAKE20! (Ends May 26)

Cache // 30% off everything + extra 10% off sale with code G358195 (ends 5/27)

Charm & Chain // 20% sitewide with code REWARDSTYLE (some exclusions may apply, ends May 26)

DVF // Take an additional 30% off sale items when you use the code SUMMER30 (ends May 26)

E.Kammeyer Accessories // All accessories are 20% off when you use the code MEMORIALDAY!

Gap // Take 40% off regular price styles when you use the code EVENT. Restrictions apply. (Ends May 26)

J.Crew // 30% off sitewide (exclusions apply, ends May 27)

Joe’s Jeans //  30% off sitewide with code HONOR. (Certain exclusions apply, ends May 26)

Joie // Receive an extra 20% off sale items when you use the code MDW20 (Ends 5/26)

Loeffler Randall // 30% off (ends May 26)

LOFT // 40% off sitewide when you use the code MUSTSHOP

Macy’s // 10%-20% off sitewide with code MEMDAY

Milly // 20% off select styles with code MEMDAY14 (ends May 26)

Need Supply // Take 20% off summer collections for men and women with code SUMMERSELECTS (ends May 26)

Nordstrom // Up to 40% off, no code required

Reiss // 30% off selected lines with code MEMDAY (ends May 26)

Saks // Up to 55% OFF Selections of Women’s Apparel. Offer valid online and in stores. Valid while supplies last (ends May 26)

YOOX // Up to 40% off spring sale + extra 10% off with code SUMMERNOW (ends May 26)


Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

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