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The Perfect Summer Outfit


I’ve been looking for versatile pieces this season to wear for my summer trips, whether abroad, or at a country summer house with friends. I also need ones that can double duty from running around the city prepping for styling gigs or running around on shoots and then catching up with friends over dinner afterward.

After some searching, I think I finally found this summer’s essentials that make the perfect summer outfit that will do for all of that.

Here’s my formula:

→The lightweight cotton top is a staple that every woman should own in their wardrobe. It’s great for avoiding sunburns, you can throw it over your swimsuit, or pair it with a pair of summery bottoms for an effortlessly cool and casual look.

→Tailored shorts are a great way to look polished and stay cool. These are extremely versatile because they are appropriate for work and weekends and can be dressed up or down.

→A comfy sandal is a must-have this summer. If fashionistas are shelling out $500 for these Isabel Marant sandals, you can rock a pair of comfy ones that still look cute. Yes, Birks are back and you can do it.

Good to go!

What are your essentials for this summer?

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J.Crew top and shorts // Birkenstocks sandals // Zara bag // Nashelle disc necklace c/o // all other jewelry, etc… and vintage


A Summer Getaway in Wisconsin


Are you ready for summer? I know I am. I’ve been waiting for the summer issue of Lands’ End’s quarterly magazine that I worked on, Apostrophe, to come out and it’s finally here. Check out the current issue online with images I styled in this story, as well as the “Surf’s Up” and “Five For Five” stories, all shot by Daymion Mardel.

Working on this shoot made me ready to layer up my summery pieces over my swimwear, but sadly I will have to settle for wearing a classic stripe, as seen here, which is probably more work-appropriate.

I’ll be set styling the next issue of Apostrophe this week in Wisconsin, so check both @landsend and @dearandi on Instagram for behind-the-scenes on the shoot and possibly my cameo when the issue comes out for fall. Stay tuned!

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How To Wear A Summer Dress In The Fall

Dear Andi,

I need an honest stylist’s opinion! I want to wear this floral maxi dress to a wedding next week and I’m not sure if it’s too springy for a casual fall evening wedding!

-Risa of ReallyRisa.com, Philadelphia


Dear Risa,

I’m all about maximizing your wardrobe and making it work for another season, so I say go for it, as long as you accessorize accordingly.

While I do say “yes” to white in the colder months, I would steer clear of it in this case. You will want to make your dress appear to work for the season, so why not mix some darker tones in? If you pair it with a black or navy tuxedo jacket, you’ll not only stay warmer, but you’ll look chic. You can even try adding some pops of metallics in your shoes and handbag to make your floral seem fresh instead of seasonal.How to wear a summer dress in a fall evening

Jessica Simpson orange floral dress // French Connection jacket // Steve Madden silver pointed toe pumps // Diane Von Furstenberg silver handbag // ASOS Wide cuff bracelet // Rebecca Minkoff necklace


Summertime and The Livin’ Is Easy


There’s something about summer that forces everything to become a bit more laid back—including my style. I can’t deal with anything fussy when the temps go up.

You can’t go wrong with a white tee and boyfriend jeans, but you can make it a bit more polished with your accessories like a bright structured bag, wedges, sunglasses, and a scarf or headband. When you mix simple gold accessories like April Soderstrom’s featherweight hoop earrings, it almost seems effortless.



STYLIST TIP: While I’m not a hair stylist, I’ve been asked many times on set to fix the talent’s hair when a hair stylist is not on hand. I’ve learned this easy hair trick from the pros:

1. Pull the hair back into a ponytail and secure with a clear elastic or one that matches one’s hair color.

2. Then take a piece of the hair and wrap it around the elastic until it’s covered.

3. Secure with u-shaped bobby-pins and you instantly have a polished summer hair style. Add a scarf or turban headband to combat the humidity and frizz.



top: James Perse / jeans: BDG (old, similar online) / shoes: T.J.Maxx / bag: Topshop / scarf and sunglasses: c/o George Gina & Lucy / earrings: c/o April Soderstrom / bracelets: PatchNYC, etc…

#FridayFavorites / 3 Summer Hair Tools


Sorry to leave you hanging yesterday, but I was counting on using the wi-fi on the Bolt Bus up to Boston for Anchor‘s launch event at Patch NYC  last night and it ended up being more like a dial up connection. Stay tuned for more exciting projects that I’m working on.

On a more fun note, I’ve been having loving my new easy breezy hair regimen thanks to these products that I learned about from the industry:

1 – My friend and hair and makeup artist, Jesse Lawson of Anchor, taught me how to use the wand on a shoot not too long ago and I’ve been hooked since. The trick is to curl vertically in sections and then leave the ends un-curled for a more modern look. I found this affordable alternative to her pro tool and it works well for every day hair.

2 – I know this looks like a cheesy 80′s tool for perms, but every single hair stylist that I work with on photoshoots SWEARS by this hairspray. It’s so lightweight that it won’t feel like you’re wearing a hair helmet on those humid evenings and the best part is that when you want to change your ‘do, you can just brush it out!

3 – I have to be honest that I received this product back in February at Christian Siriano’s fall show at NYFW, but I haven’t tried it until now. I tend to wear my hair more beachy and naturally wavy in the warmer months, so it’s the perfect product for when I want to keep the waves that I get in the morning by the end of the day.

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