Tag Archives: Vanessa Mooney

Feeling Neutral

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Elizabeth & James top / Zara jeans (similar online) / J.Lo shoes / Gypsy Nation vintage bag / etc… watchband bracelets / Gypsies & Debutantes friendship bracelet / rings c/o Vanessa Mooney / Free People sunnies (similar online)

With all of the traveling that I tend to do, it’s tough to pack “outfits,” so I usually opt for pieces that are interchangeable—hence my gravitation towards the color black. I love these neutral pieces because they can be dressed down like so, or they can each be bumped up a notch with other pieces.

xoLiz

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K.I.S.S.

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H&M (UK) trench / Zara tee and belt / AllSaints Spitalfields jeans / Plenty by Tracy Reese shoes / vintage Guy Laroche bag (c/o my mother-in-law!) / bracelet (from Impressions in Charlottesville, VA) / BarIII necklace / ring c/o Vanessa Mooney / etc… coin ring / other jewelry, vintage. 

My professor in college always engrained in our heads the acronym, “K.I.S.S.”—otherwise known as “Keep It Simple Stupid.” Less is more. While this applied to my studies for once upon a time when I was an art director, it can be applied to style as well.

There’s something to be said about the woman dressed in black always looking chic and that’s probably why it’s the shade that I naturally gravitate towards when I pick out my own wardrobe.

All you need to dress up a simple tee and jeans is a funky necklace, a tough ring, and/or a cool bracelet like this one that I just picked up when I had the chance to explore Charlottesville, Virginia, after my shoot there last week. A few statement accessories can polish up any simple outfit. 

I always thought that it should be “Keep It Simple Smartypants.”

xo Liz

A Few of My Favorite Things

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Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent cardigan and Jessica Simpson jacket (both TJMaxx, sweater similar online); Alexander Wang knit top (Barney’s Warehouse Sale); C&C tank top; Levis jeans; Frye boots; vintage Dooney & Burke bag, 1940’s sunnies, and turban headband (similar); c/o Vanessa Mooney rings; etc… coin ring and watchband bracelets; Alex & Ani bangle charm bracelets; all other jewelry, vintage.

Whether I’m styling a photoshoot, a person or myself, I want to get the most for my money. That’s when sales and discount designer stores become necessities to me.

I love to invest in pieces that only get better with time and that will be a staple in my closet for years to come. I’m also a sucker for the latest fashion, so when it comes to those items that don’t last as long, I’m pretty frugal. Of course it’s ideal when you get the latest fashions AND save!

Here are a few of my favorite things to both splurge and save on:

1) These Frye boots have been in my wardrobe rotation for almost 5 years now and they’re only getting better—of course with a few revival trips to the shoe repair. Sometimes it’s worth spending a little extra so you don’t have to buy new pieces every year (with a coupon discount of course).

2) My dark wash Levi’s skinny jeans were not quite a “splurge,” but they’ve lasted when most of my jeans get worn out from the squats and other accidental exercises I tend to do while working on a photoshoot. I recommend at least 1 pair of classic jeans in a dark wash in everyone’s wardrobe. They’re great for both dressing up and dressing down—so you get more bang for your buck!

3) This Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent cardigan is a splurge, but it’s one of those great pieces that you can layer with constantly throughout the winter and even the transitional seasons (or a freakishly warm February). When purchasing a sweater, make sure you rub some of the knit with your fingers. If it begins to pill, then steer clear immediately. Just because it’s a $200 sweater, doesn’t mean the quality equals that.

4) A well made classic piece like from one of my favorite designers, Alexander Wang, is usually a good investment. Make sure the quality lives up to the name and it’s not trendy. If it’s something you can wear multiple ways and for seasons to come, then it’s worth it. Don’t buy it because of the label. Do keep in mind that if it does have the label, you can sell it at a consignment shop when you’re sick of it down the road.

xo Liz

The Next McQueen

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It may be bold of me to say, but I think I found the next Alexander McQueen.

On the last evening of NYFW, I went to the Wesley Nault presentation with an open mind. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the designer. I checked out the former Project Runway contestant’s past collections online and saw he had some avant garde, yet wearable designs. In his Fall 2012 collection presented last night, I’d pretty much wear everything. Well, other than the leather and nylon face masks. Just to warn you, they’re not for the faint at heart…but there is a sweetness to balance out his edge.

I overheard a guest saying, this was his best collection yet. Everything came together beautifully in the hotel lobby-like space in SoHo—the Swarovski blinged out (Edward Scissorhands meets goth meets Prada’s spring collection) jewelry by Satori Breonn, the Downton Abbey inspired hair by Timon Cana and the beautifully scary and sad makeup—complete with tears—by Amanda Forsyth. I can’t wait to see what comes next for Wesley Nault!

Below are my highlights from the show:

Accessories designer and friend, Emily Kammeyer and Liz of Dear Andi in Kanvas top (from Something Else, similar online); Chaiken camisole; vintage belt and bag; Wilster skirt (similar); etc… custom headpiece.

On Liz: vintage bag (similar…more affordable and durable than delicate eel skin); c/o Vanessa Mooney pyramid ring and ring from necklace; etc… coin ring; other rings, vintage.

On Emily: Cambridge Satchel bag (similar); Alexander McQueen ring.

As accessories designers, Emily and are were both excited to see the emphasis on accessories at this show. From the statement jewelry to the Louboutins, I think every girl (and some guys) drooled over it all.

We also both happened to wear our neon statement bags to the show to stand out in the sea of everyone dressed in black. A Cambridge Satchel has been on my wishlist for over a year now, and Emily may have convinced me. She was able to carry everything and the kitchen sink, while looking fab. I, on the other hand, could barely fit my iPhone in my delicate clutch…but it still got a lot of attention, being you don’t see eel skin in fashion much these days. One male fashionista instructed me that eel skin should never be worn under the arm, as it can ruin the dye. Noted. At that moment I almost traded my bag for his personally designed Tom Ford clutch.

I think I had some bag envy!

xo Liz

Dear Andi at Fall 2012 NYFW

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Friend and fellow stylist, Athanasia Nichols and Dear Andi’s Liz Teich in Jason Wu for Target dress (for a limited time at Target); American Apparel tights; Seychelles booties (Gilt Groupe); Rag & Bone tux jacket (sample sale); Vanessa Mooney rings; custom Nona E. Rose belt (similar at Thistle & Clover).

Well I just survived the first day of Fall 2012 Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and never thought I’d say this, but if this is what fall will look like, then I’m ready for it!

My first stop was the KAELAN show at Lincoln Center. I admit, I had somewhat of a mental block as to what season I was looking at when I walked into the room. Yes, we’ve had some bizarrely warm weather lately, so maybe the designer, Kaelen Haworth, was going with that trend.

I’d wear pretty much everything in this versatile collection—and in a few months when it gets warmer. At first I thought it was odd that she would present these looks as fall, but in reality the line between seasons are often so blurred—especially with pre-fall and resort collections in tow. Maybe the transitional wear that can be easily layered like this is indeed the way to go.

The asymmetrical hemlines throughout the collection make otherwise classic and simple looks like this a bit more intriguing, in addition to the juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity in most of the looks—complete with bow-ties and lace.

There’s nothing innovative about the suiting looks, but they sure are wearable and well tailored, with the slim carrot shaped cropped leg and lace balancing out the boxier jackets.

Kaelen’s Fall 2012 collection seemed to be inspired by the 20’s, with this drop waist dress as its most obvious nod.

Just when we thought harem pants went away, then there is this…and it makes me want to relive the trend. This is a harem done right—to the point where my friend who joined me at the show had to convince me that those were indeed a harem silohuette when we were across the room.

These two looks are by far the strongest of the show, epitomizing the inspiration of the collection with the tailored lace and 20’s feel. While there were other “cold shoulder” and lace looks, these were the most unexpected.

I’m not sure what I’m more looking forward to at this point—spring or fall, but I’m definitely feeling the looks from Kaelen.

…not all that different from my own personal style at NYFW.

xo Liz

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To Boston: With Love, Florida (By Way of NY)

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Vintage dress (Gypsy Nation); Seychelles sandals; vintage belt and Dooney & Burke bag; House of Harlow sunnies (similar online at Crush Boutique); Vanessa Mooney Pyramid ring and ring from necklace; custom etc… charm necklace; Alex & Ani bracelets; Jane Tran ponytail set (Viola Lovely).

So New York beat Boston in the Superbowl on Sunday and of course, as a Giants fan, I have a bit of New York pride at the moment. Yet, I still have a soft spot for my home away from home, Boston.

I visited this great city last week working on Boston Magazine’s spring fashion issue and was impressed how surprisingly stylish Beantown really is! Here are some of my favorite sartorial discoveries:

Viola Lovely
Courtney, the editor of Boston Magazine, introduced me to one of my new favorite shops, Viola Lovely. The owners create lots of unique collaborations with some amazing designers like Yigal Azrouël and much of the proceeds go to charities like breast cancer awareness. I ended up leaving with not only great pieces for my shoot, but the best dry shampoo from Serge Normant and cute ponytail elastics by Jane Tran (Chan Luu’s sister) that look as cute on my wrist as on my hair.

Crush Boutique
This Beacon Hill gem, along with Moxie shoes and Good jewelry, is one spot I have to stop by while in Boston. The two lovely ladies who run this shop carefully edit the cutest and still affordable pieces each season from everyone like Ali Ro, Parker and BB Dakota to those I don’t want to admit I love like Nicole Richie’s vintage-inspired line, House of Harlow 1960. Now Crush is opening an outpost on trendy Newbury Street next week, so I can visit them while shopping at some of my other favorite stores too.

Alex and Ani
Speaking of trendy Newbury Street, I was delighted to find that my new sentimentally special bracelet designs can be found at their own namesake shop there. The “Tree of Life” charm and initial charm on my gold energy infused Alex and Ani bracelets are symbols with a lot of meaning with my childhood BFF that we both will be rocking while thinking of each other. Maybe we’ll add more to the mix in years to come.

Oh Boston, we’ve got to stop meeting like this.

xoLiz

Dear Andi Goes To The Artists and Fleas

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Vintage cape and hat (Spooky Boutique at The Artists and Fleas); Zara button sleeve sweater (similar online); Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent cape sweater (TJMaxx); BDG jeansSorel snow boots; Portolano cashmere scarf (similar online); vintage bag (Gypsy Nation at The Artists & Fleas); etc… braided watchband bracelet (By Brooklyn); Vanessa Mooney “Pyramid” ring and necklace (spiked ring from necklace); all other rings, vintage.  /  photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

Despite the first official winter snowfall in NYC, I took a trip to the Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg. I pride myself, as a stylist, to be a purveyor of unique fashions and accessories. When you have friends like Martha Camarillo and Ricky Becker  (pictured above), then this makes it all too easy to find.

As a lover of vintage, these two boutiques within the market are HEAVEN. I’d live in here over Carrie Bradshaw’s closet any day. Every time I visit Ricky at the dual level Spooky Boutique, he gets the excitement of a child playing dress up and immediately pulls tons of pieces that I can’t leave without—like this fabulous cape coat and one of my signature hats, which was his own mother’s, both from the 70’s. Most items are quite reasonably priced for vintage in NYC, like my Givenchy sweater that was only $80!

Martha travels all around the world to find her gypsy-inspired finds, channeling her Southwest roots and my own love with the culture. My mother, “Andi” brought back much of these styles from her own travels and integrated into her own jewelry designs (like the two rings worn on my right hand).

After Martha’s recent travels to the Middle East to find the most amazing pieces, she just had to share them with me. Of course, I didn’t walk out empty handed. I scored a fabulous frock and a cool hat—supposedly once owned by a famous musician—to add to my already too big collection. She loves her finds as much as I do and offered to trade for the studded Moroccan style bag that she once sold me (shown). She conceded and admitted that the special find at least went to a good home.

xo Liz