Zara jacket / Gap Body tank / Ever skirt (similar online) / Ray Ban sunnies / Nona E. Rose belt / etc… braided watchband bracelet / Gypsies & Debutantes bracelets (coming soon, others online) / Plenty by Tracy Reese shoes (similar online) / vintage bag, earrings and all other jewelry
I’m not usually one for polished lady-like looks like the fabulous Saucy Glossie—especially with my busy lifestyle and trekking all over the city, but sometimes I can’t resist a beautifully designed find like this silk pleated skirt I found at the Barney’s Warehouse Sale. Of course, I had to make it more my style by mixing it with black pieces to give it an edge.
STYLIST TIP: When wearing a ladylike skirt, make sure to pair it accordingly with ladylike accessories like a structured bag and classic pumps to look put together (stay away from slouchy bags and wedges this time).
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!
- Braid hair into two sections (a loose french braid works best) and secure with clear elastics.
- Next, pull one braid across the crown of the head and secure with bobby pins.
- Do the same with the other braid and tuck the ends under the first braid.
- 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.
No, that’s not me as a kid with Robert Redford.
Being I was away for father’s day last weekend, I didn’t have a chance to do a proper post in the honor of the day. Better late than never—my father just sent me this great picture of in our most stylish looks from way back when.
I’m not sure if I support my pink and grey uniformy look, though those velcro kicks are pretty sweet—in an ironic hipster kind of way.
My father, on the other hand, has taught me everything I know about mens fashion (GQ helped of course too). Check out his cool aviator frames and retro tennis style. Men of Brooklyn get jealous because Dad’s were definitely the original hipsters.
p.s. I’m not sure who that great dog is, but I suspect that one of its owners was Julie Chaiken, judging by where this picture was taken.
“Andi” circa early 1960’s.
Go figure that the birth of the bikini and my mother happened at the same time. Of course the bikini’s popularity rose in the 60’s with its appearances in James Bond and surfer flicks. So my mother, who followed a pack of surfers in a van across country to California during this time, followed suit (too punny?).
I recently styled the lookbook for K.Belo‘s summer 2012 collection and thought of this amazing image of my mother when she briefly modeled during that era in a classic polka dot bikini.
K. Belo’s designs are based on vintage swimwear with fabrics aptly from Brazil, including an adorable polka dot bikini that you can mix-and-match to make it your own. I can’t wait until the new collection of swimwear is out in stores…and beach weather, for that matter!
If you happen to be in the NYC area this Saturday, March 31st, then you must stop by the trendy neighborhood of “BoCoCa” (has that caught on yet?), also known as the the Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens areas, and swing on over to the best boutique in Brooklyn to pick up gifts and unique finds, aptly called BY BROOKLYN.
I will be showing my entire new spring collection for my very first trunk show at the shop. You’ll see the debut of items in the images above like 6 different colored and neon painted watch bands and the newest popular item to sell out, the braided watchband bracelet (as seen on Lindsey Calla of Saucy Glossie).
If anything, come say hi/bring me treats/ask about custom orders/ask the buyer of the shop, Mindy, about her nail art obsession…
12pm – 5pm
261 Smith Street
Between Degraw & Douglass
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(F or G train to Carroll St…4th stop in Brooklyn.)
p.s. Brooklyn: Believe the hype!
Triple Five Soul coat; Jason Wu for Target top; Inhabit sweater; Jessica Simpson pants (TJMaxx); H&M socks; Dolce Vita desert boots (similar online); Etc… Modern Vintage cluster necklaces and coin ring; Rebecca Minkoff bag, sunnies, belt and all other jewelry, vintage.
Some people ask me if I just buy clothes for this blog…I don’t. Coming from an trained fine arts background, I use clothes like art and try to create new compositions every morning before I get dressed. It’s more of a challenge when you have to do this with those old pieces in your closet. I love challenges.
You’ve seen all of these pieces in my blog at one time, but I can easily mix them up for different looks. The preppy look I had with this coat + the feminine look I wore with this top = now Brooklyn cool.
How do you mix things up?
p.s. If you like these necklaces, come by the Emerging Designers Trunk Show at Fashion Center BID and check out some new spring designs.
Nona E Rose neon leather belts with vintage inspired casted metal buckles
If you haven’t noticed my raving about my good friend Rachel’s gorgeous line of belts inspired by vintage buckles and designs, then you must have at least seen me wearing them with just about everything (case in point).
Pieces from her spring collection just debuted at Henri Bendel and I’m so excited about these new eye-catching neon leather belts. I can’t wait to actually be able to incorporate the neon trend into my wardrobe with just a hint of it.
I’m also psyched that she was able to get inspired by my mother, Andi’s, old belt that was just collecting dust in my closet. Rachel completely updated the design of the belt (the buckle was plastic and the rest was not as chic) and made it modern. Now this vintage design is totally modern and fresh.
Is it spring yet?
Want to get your hands (or waist) on this belt? Come get your Nona E. Rose at the Fashion Center trunk show on March 7th in Manhattan. Click here for more info.