On Liz: Rachel Pally dress / Christian Louboutin shoes (sample sale, similar online) / etc… chandelier necklace (fall 2012 collection) / vintage clutch and cuff
On Jill: Similar dress online / Christian Louboutin shoes
Loomstate 3-in-1 convertible dress / Urban Expressions bag (TJMaxx) / Simply Vera sandals / CLO bralette / House of Harlow 1960 sunnies (Crush Boutique)
As a stylist working for myself, I tend to forget to take vacations. This past week I managed to trade in the city life for the relaxing vacation life with a wedding at a resort and then a beach house with the bride, groom, and some friends in the Hamptons.
You may have been following my @dear_andi tweets with hashtags like #hamptonsproblems and figured this out yourself.
Of course, you can’t take the city girl out of me and I was probably the only person wearing black out there. Though, my Loomstate multi-functional dress was not only convertible, but could easily transition from day to night.
I’ve been away from home for the past week, working on a shoot in Boston and for a weekend getaway in Maine. These are just some of the behind-the-scenes of my week:
1 – What the front of a mannequin may look like when you’re photographing the back. #Insta-Tailor
2 – This is what I spend last weekend doing. I know you’re jealous.
3 – Shopping spree at TJMaxx. Too bad none of it was for me.
4 – Dinner at Lucky’s in Boston with the talented Lana Soussan of GYPSIES + DEBUTANTES (spotted on DAILYCANDY today!). I now have arm candy envy.
5 – My new swimwear c/o K.BELO–too bad it was too cold to wear this weekend in Maine!
6 – So much for a boat ride.
7 – The perfect lobster dinner for a gal with a severe shellfish allergy.
8 – I could get used to this kind of life…now back to the reality of a city girl.
BCBGMAXAZRIA dress / Seychelle’s shoes (similar online) / Scala hat (TJMaxx) / etc… watchband bracelet / vintage belt (c/o my father), bag, and all other jewelry
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I know I did. I celebrated my birthday at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (courtesy of my mother-in-law, who got me a membership for my birthday). It was a bit overcast, but perfect weather for strolling through the flowers and sketching the botany.
Though, despite the lack of sun, I wasn’t taking my chances after getting a nasty sunburn on a shoot last week when it was overcast.
Thank goodness for great hats like this one from TJMaxx for only $20!
Winter Kate kimono top and Patricia Nash bag (both at TJMaxx) / Gap tank / Levi’s shorts / CLO bra / DV by Dolce Vita sandals / vintage belt and earrings / Warby Parker sunnies / Gypsies & Debutantes friendship bracelet / Alex and Ani bangles / etc… watchband cuff / OPI nail color in “Mermaid’s Tears”
I finally got my Warby Parker sunnies in, which you voted on and chose for me (well done readers, well done!)—just in time for the gorgeous weather we finally had after what seemed like an eternity of rain here in NYC.
The best part about these sunnies is that they’re prescription, so I could finally see clearly all of the amazing views that Red Hook, Brooklyn had to offer this weekend. Not to mention, shielding my allergies at the amazing Chelsea Garden Center out there.
STYLIST TIP: Opt for nude shoes if you are self-conscious about your legs. This will create the illusion of longer gams. Dark flat shoes will make you appear shorter—especially if there is an ankle strap.
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.
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.
On Sara: dress (similar) / BCBG clutch / shoes (similar)
On Liz: BCBG dress (similar) / Rag & Bone blazer / Nine West shoes / Betsey Johnson jeweled bracelet / etc… watchband bracelet / rhinestone bracelet (Nordstrom Rack) / vintage ring / Ray-Ban sunnies / clutch (TJMaxx).
My gorgeous (and also stylish) art director friend, Sara, and I felt a bit out of place the other day while strolling through Peekskill, New York.
We were definitely overdressed to pick up iced coffees at the Peekskill Coffee Shop, but it was a necessary trip with the time we had to kill between our friends’ wedding ceremony and reception. It sparked a lot of turned heads and cat calling, as we were pretty dolled up for a Saturday afternoon in the ‘burbs.
I love being able to dress up and my physically demanding job rarely gives me the opportunity to. It was so fun to feel like a scene from Sex & The City, with our cocktail dresses and heels, grabbing coffee. If only every day were that glamorous!