Category Archives: Beauty Secrets

Summer Up-Do’s and Don’ts


Vintage dress / H&M belt / Simply Vera by Vera Wang sandals (similar online) / Cambridge Satchel Company bag / Nixon watch / etc… watchband bracelets /  Gypsies + Debutantes bracelets (coming soon, others online)

photos by Nicole Rowley at The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

I’m usually not one for up-do’s, but rising temperatures and a back detail like this definitely call for one.

It’s funny that I have friends asking me about hair styling advice recently, when I rarely do more than run a flat iron over my own hair—I’m a wardrobe stylist, not a hair stylist. Though, I’ve picked up a few tricks here and there from hair stylists on shoots that I’ve worked on.

Braids are the easiest way to look instantly more pulled together when you’re having one of those bad hair days and this ‘do, though looks more complex than it is, couldn’t be simpler. It even lasted for what would have been 2 bad hair days thanks to the humid weather we’ve been having in NYC!

  1. Braid hair into two sections (a loose french braid works best) and secure with clear elastics.
  2. Next, pull one braid across the crown of the head and secure with bobby pins.
  3. Do the same with the other braid and tuck the ends under the first braid.
  4. Secure with u-shaped pins for more hold.
Beauty Secret: Loose hair and hair that frames one’s face is always more flattering for one’s face. Don’t pull your hair into a tight up-do or ponytail unless you’re prepared for a harsher look.

Warm Weather Essentials


1 – Bumble and Bumble “Surf Spray” – This essential is something I’ve found in just about every hairstylists’ kits on photoshoots to create that easy breezy beachy hair without a trip to the beach.

2 – K.Belo swim top and bottom  / Beth Lauren bracelet /  Jessica Simpson hat (at TJMaxx)

3 – Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 – Get flawlessly even skin, even while at the beach with this moisturizer with light coverage.

4 – Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics “Lip Tar” – This product was introduced to me by my makeup artist friend (with some famous clients like The Roots), Maria Scali, who got me hooked on this all natural, yet saturated line of lip color—which is perfect to get some color on you for those scorchers that you don’t want to wear much makeup on your face.

5 – Xhilaration Watch – For only $12.99, this could be the perfect watch to wear to the beach or at the risk of getting  splashed by the pool.

6 – Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rosé – This is the grown-up organic version of Chapstick. It not only soothes chapped lips with natural ingredients (stop eating those chemicals on your lips!!), but it protects them with SPF15 AND gives you a little rosy tint too—a MUST in your beach bag.

7 – Volcom “Fooled You” beach cooler bag – Fooled you is right. This cute bag doubles as an insulated cooler to keep your picnic at the beach or park cool. Cool!

xo Liz

Life’s A Beach


C&C California tunic / Gap tee / Zara pants / J.Crew bag / House of Harlow 1960 sunnies (similar online) / Havaianas flip-flops (similar online) / vintage jewelry

I was ready for the beach when I got a few pieces—courtesy of my new favorite swimwear line, K.BELOjust in time for my weekend getaway to a Maine beach house. Sadly, it was a bit too cold for my bikinis, but I still managed to put my cover-up/tunic to good use while walking on the beach!

BEAUTY TIP: To get a quick and easy bun ‘do like mine, try this…

1 – Pull hair into high ponytail, but don’t pull the last loop completely through

2 – Take the loose ends that are not in the elastic and wrap around the base of the ponytail

3 – Secure with U-shaped bobby pins (that preferably match your hair color)

4 – Pin the remaining hair in the loop down in a bun formation and marvel at your new easy style!

xo Liz

Good for Your Soles


Free People top (similar online) and sunnies (in store, similar online)/ J.Crew tank / Levi’s shorts / Worishofer shoes / Zara necklace / Nona E. Rose belt / Rebecca Minkoff bag / etc… neon and gold watchband bracelets / Shaya bangles / Alex and Ani bangles / Nixon watch

NYC living can be hard on people’s soles (pun intended)—especially if you’re like me and you’re on your feet all day. I scoffed at shopping in the comfort shoe section for years, but now I know why people do it. Though there has got to be a happy medium between comfort and cute.

These WORISHOFER wedges are my summer go-to shoe. Once reserved for elderly German women, when done right, they can look pretty darn cute on the girl on the go.

STYLIST TIP: If you’re like me and don’t love the way your legs look in shorts, try pairing them with a little wedge. The slight lift will make your legs appear longer and leaner. Of course this little photoshoot trick is the BEST secret to killer legs. 


Edgy Classic


J.Crew maxi dress (in stores now, similar online) / Converse sneakers / Gypsy Nation vintage bag via the Artists & Fleas / CLO bra / Urban Outfitters sunnies / etc… watchband bracelet / all other jewelry c/o FSMNYC

While I wouldn’t quite consider my style to be “classic,” I do appreciate good classic staples in my wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with an easy maxi dress and a pair of slip on Chuck Taylors for a warm day when you’re running around the city. I like to make it my own by adding some funkier pieces like this studded bag and the edgy jewelry by FSMNYC.

BEAUTY TIP: To get that edgy rock’n’roll hair that looks like you hardly tried (you just thought my hair was naturally that cool, huh?), twist small sections of hair and press with a flat iron to create effortless waves. 

xo Liz

Effortless Chic


Elizabeth & James blazer (Loehmann’s) / Gap sweater / BDG jeans (similar) / Vince Camuto shoes (TJMaxx) / Cambridge Satchel Company bag / Urban Outfitters Scarf  and sunnies / H&M enamel cuff / etc… watchband cuff / belt and all other jewelry, vintage.

It’s hard to worry about my own style when I’m so focused on the styling projects I’m working on. Sometimes I would love to walk out in sweatpants, but I never have—not even in college, unless I was getting hazed in my sorority—and never will. A worn in, loose fitting pair of jeans is the next best thing.

STYLIST TIP: If you’re going to go for a relaxed look like a boyfriend jean, polish it up with more tailored pieces like a blazer and a sexy bootie. Then you’ll be ready for your errands or even drinks with friends. 

BEAUTY SECRET: (Look! It’s a 2-fer!) So, if you want a cool quick bun updo like mine, but you have thin hair that doesn’t give you a beautiful bump like this, you’re in luck! You can achieve this look with a hair donut like ones I’ve spotted hair stylists everywhere now carrying in their kits.

OR my cheap and easy cop-out solution:

1- Take an old sock (preferably clean) and cut off the foot part.

2- Pull hair into high ponytail secured with a clear elastic.

3- Then taking the rest of the sock, put it around the ends of your hair and roll the hair until it covers the sock and reaches the base of your hair.

4- Secure with u-shaped pins and voila! Effortless good hair day.

xo Liz

Laid Back Boho


J.Crew dress (currently in stores, similar online or online here) / Vince cardigan (TJMaxx) / Under.ligne by Doo.Ri vest (Barney’s Warehouse Sale) / Report boots (Marshalls) / AllSaints Spitalfields scarf (similar) / H&M belt / vintage Dooney & Burke bag / House of Harlow 1960 sunnies / Shaya bangles / Alex and Ani bangles / Pepperbox earrings in 14kt gold and diamond chips / all other jewelry, vintage.

After working this Saturday on a shoot that I didn’t get out until nearly 9pm, the last thing I wanted to do the next day was deal with my hair, so I opted for an easy braided solution that completely my laid back boho look. Try this at home…

EASY BOHO BRAIDED UP-DO (perfect for the days you just don’t want to wash your hair):

1. Tease hair into a ponytail and secure with a clear elastic band.

2. Divide hair into two sections and loosely braid each, securing with clear elastic bands.

3. Lift one of the braids from the end and fold over towards the other side, securing with bobby pins that match your hair color. “U” shaped pins like these can work best.

4. Repeat with the other braid, blending it with the first one.

5. Finish by spraying with hair spray to secure in place.

6. Pretend your a milk maid or just enjoy the marvels you will get by others for this looks-a-lot-harder-than-it-is ‘do.

xo Liz