Tag Archives: Rebecca Minkoff

Wedding Styling Emergency Essentials

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I went to a wedding of one of my favorite couples this past weekend and while I was so excited for this getaway, the packing was more daunting than I thought. Not only was I packing for the weekend away, I forgot that I usually treat my evening clutch like a mini styling kit to tackle any styling emergency that may come my way—other my friends’ ways. I’ve saved many a wedding styling emergency with some of these essentials on my cheat sheet and now you can too, whether you’re a guest, a bridesmaid or a bride…

1. Topstick – Okay, so you may think I’m nuts for telling you that toupee tape is the #1 must in every woman’s evening bag, but how do you think celebs get through an evening without wardrobe malfunctions? This strong double stick tape keep those ladies in your dress. Take note Janet Jackson.

2. Wrinkle Wiz – Don’t you hate when you have your dress perfectly pressed and then you get those horrible lines after you’ve been sitting in a car? Problem solved.

3. Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin padding – Keep pieces of this in your purse to stick onto your shoes for those places that feel like they may cause blisters. Dance the night away. Repeat.

4. Tide To Go Pens – I love how these fit in even the tiniest of clutches and can save you from the drunk girl who spilled on your new dress. Just make sure to dab with water after, so it doesn’t leave a ring around the stain. You’ll thank me later.

5. Travel Size Big Sexy Hair Spray Hairspray – Double duty! This can save your hair do when it’s falling flat AND a run in your stocking.

Rebecca Minkoff clutch – Not essential, but it’s adorbs.

xo Liz

Good for Your Soles

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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. 

xoLiz

I Love Rock’n’Roll

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Zara top  and jeans / Rag & Bone jacket / TopShop scarf (currently in store, similar online) / Plenty by Tracy Reese shoesRebecca Minkoff bag / Nona E. Rose belt / etc… gold and neon watchband bracelets / H&M spiked cuff / Shaya bangles / Alex and Ani bangles 

Okay, so I’m deviating this week from my style resolution of more color in my life, but I tend to gravitate towards looks like these that are one part chic + one part edgy. There’s something about walking around wearing some skulls and studs that make you feel like you can take on the world.

STYLIST TIP: Avoid looking like you just stepped out of your mall’s Hot Topic but adding subtle edgy hints and mixing them with some more feminine, polished pieces like a tailored blazer or heels. 

xo Liz

p.s. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the etc… online shop is finally up-and-running so you can rock some of your own arm candy—even in NEON for a limited time!

Mix Master

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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?

xo Liz

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.

NYFW – Dear Andi’s Essentials

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Rebecca Minkoff bag; House of Harlow sunnies; TopShop card holder (similar); LeSportsac wallet; Warby Parker glasses; Serge Normant dry shampoo; Nars lipgloss in Pillow Talk; Josie Moran lip & cheek stain in Flamenco; Jane Iredale matte powder; .

When you’re running around all day in NYC, there are a few necessities that you can’t leave home without. My purse becomes my office and I have to bring it all along with me from morning to night.

It seems like Rebecca Minkoff created her “Morning After Bag” style just for gals like me that need to carrying everything and the kitchen sink from morning to night. Most importantly it fits papers from shows, folders for jobs, my guide to all things current and cool —NY Magazine for long subway rides, and my iPad that essentially is my resource to everything fashion/my styling portfolio/pdf reader. I’m not quite sure how fashionistas run all over town with just a little clutch!

Just as my bag as a stylist needs to be functional as much as stylish, I’m not into fancypants wallets. They tend to get ruined so quickly on my jobs, so I opt for a durable and *affordable* LeSportsac wallet. I even have another LeSportsac for my assistants to use. A card holder is essential for the quick draw of the Metrocard, ID for meeting industry friends for drinks, and of course, my business cards.

My on the go beauty regimen needs to be equally as functional: a little dry shampoo to liven up my hair (the downfall of hats!), lipgloss and lip stain for two different looks, powder to keep my face matte, sunnies for protecting my eyes (but never worn indoors!), and glasses to check out every detail of the latest designs.

Good to go.

xo Liz

Home Sweet Home

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Antique chair from Brownstone Treasures; Dresser from The Invisible Dog; Aloe plant and pot from GRDN.

Antique vase; flowers from Union Market.

Rebecca Minkoff bag; Anthropologie candle; vintage sewing desk, wine rack and trunks.

Ikea lamp; Jewish museum frame; Vintage desk, chair, frames.

Vintage milk crates (stained and now stacked as a book case); Antique travel clock.

Vintage records in vintage milk crate (So stereotypical Brooklyn, huh?).

“WC” letters from Urban Outfitters.

Photo of unknown relative; Candle from One Kings Lane; pottery by Jim & LaLa Howard; Peacock Feathers from M&J Trimming.

Antique  creamer.

Antique armoire and some trunks from Brownstone Treasures.

Pottery by Jim & Lala Howard.

Coffee table found on the street and restored/painted by yours truly; 1930’s setee; Antropologie pillows on left; Urban Outfitters pillow on right (similar online); antique mercury glass tea light candle holders, tray, table and camera.

Antique bottles from Bob & Judi’s Coolectibles.

I apologize for my lack of style candy lately, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. I recently styled a shoot for etc.. modern-vintage jewelry at my own apartment (pics to come soon!), which got turned upside for the shoot and turned into a photo studio.

In the midst of putting everything back together, joining my new favorite way of wasting time: Pinterest, and being away so much lately, I realized how much I love home.

I’ve turned my rental apartment that was once what I love to call “70’s Chalet Chic” due to the previous owner’s love for crazy wooden everything from sculptural walls to cabinets, into an eclectic mix of flea market finds and crafty touches, mixed with a bit of modern flair.

Kind of like my own style—with a lot more color!

xo Liz

I hope these images give you inspiration. Please tag Dear Andi if you post to Pinterest or any other site.

Discount Diva

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Gap sweater (currently on sale at the Gap); Emphasis skirt (Loehmann’s); DKNY tights; Marc by Marc Jacobs (Filene’s Basement); Warby Parker “Beckett” glasses (Warby Parker); Rebecca Minkoff bag (Century 21); Chaiken “Officer’s Coat;” etc… braided watchband bracelet.   /  Photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

First of all, I want to give a huge thank you to all of the stylish people that came by the Fashion Center BID trunk show where I featured new pieces from “etc… modern-vintage jewelry.” This new braided watchband bracelet was debuted at the show and a HUGE hit. 

Couldn’t make it? Not to worry! You can still get etc… pieces at By Brooklyn and at Habit Boston. There’s also talk of another trunk show with the Fashion Center in NYC soon—stay tuned!

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Speaking of chic affordable pieces, I recently received an email from a reader of this blog that is from Chicago and is unable to make it to the sample sales and designer shows that I take for granted, being so prevalent in NYC.

My advice to this stylish gal on a budget? 

Your best bet is to find local designers you like and get on their mailing list to find out when their sample sales are every season. Sometimes they may even give you a discount for just for purchasing through them directly, like these Warby Parker glasses, which are normally at the super sensible price of $95 for frames AND lenses, but the showroom gave me a coupon code upon purchase.

-Of course, being that I frequent discount stores like TJMaxx, Century 21 and Loehmann’s, for a lot of my jobs, to save clients money on wardrobe, so I tend to find pieces when I’m not even looking (like this great Rebecca Minkoff bag for 1/2 the price and then $20 off).

Sites like Gilt.com, RueLaLa.com, ideeli.com, and OneKingsLane.com make it easy to shop at a sample sale from home!

Another favorite way to shop is through local up-and-coming designers. I scour markets for the newest talent and have befriended many of them. Because of this, I’m lucky to sometimes be the first to check out new styles that often the big designers knock off!

From one lady on a budget to another…

xo DA

Email your wardrobe queries to dearandistyle@gmail.com.