Saturday, January 26, 2013

10 Signs You Need a Personal Stylist

Many people know that I am a blogger but few know that I am a fashion stylist as well. During college my love of fashion grew and became something worth pursuing. Thanks to Luke Storey and Lauren Messiah of The School of Style I was able to attain the knowledge needed to become a stylist and help others feel better about their personal image. That being said, below are ten signs that scream... "I need a stylist!" 

1. You are inspired by the outfits and looks of others but feel that you couldn't pull off the same look or could never be that creative.  

My response: This is so not true. We are all creative in our own ways, some more than others. For those who feel less creative you can use the help of a stylist to inspire you to take risks! 

2. Your clothes are faded, worn, or even torn. 

My response: These items need to go. Part of the services that I offer is a closet consultation where we go through the items in your wardrobe and decide what gets tossed, donated, and kept in your closet. Afterwards the help of a personal stylist is vital to rebuild your wardrobe and create new looks. 

3. Your clothes don't fit you anymore. 

My response: Whether you are losing weight (kudos) or gaining weight (it happens to the best of us) you MUST dress for your shape. This can be especially difficult during weight gain but shoving your body into pants that are two sizes too small is not going to make you look better. A well-trained stylist such as myself can help you dress for your body and feel confident. 

4. You have a certain budget for clothing.

My response: Having a clothing budget is great. It sets limits and gives your stylist an idea of where she or he can shop for you. I have styled clients using clothes from just TJMaxx alone. There is nothing wrong with shopping smart! 

5. You have a special event coming up in the near future. 

My response: Save yourself the stress of wardrobe worries and hire a stylist! Whether it is a wedding, class reunion, or holiday party a stylist can work with you to make heads turn. 

6. You hate shopping. 

My response: Despite the fact the I LOVE shopping, I know many people who detest it and that is okay. Hire me to do the work for you! Part of my personal styling services is bringing the clothes to you! I do the shopping and deliver the clothes in the comfort of your home so that you can eliminate the stresses of dressing room frustration. 

7. You don't understand color. 

My response: Color is a huge part of fashion. I have been asked many times how I thought to put two or more colors together and the answer is simple... the color wheel. Every color has a partner and sometimes you need a stylist to help you see the harmony that exists between them. 

8. You are opposed to trying new things. 

My response: There is nothing that I love more than putting together an outfit that my client is hesitant to try only to find out that they love it. So you think you hate sequins? That could be true and that is okay but you never know if you don't try something new. 

9. You hate packing for trips. 

My response: Packing for a vacation or business trip can be stressful but only if you make it that way. I have a great technique for packing that will eliminate headaches (unless you drink too many margaritas on the beach). 

10. You are tired of your work wardrobe.

My response: I firmly believe the days of boring work wear are over. There is a lot more room for creativity in various career fields today so hiring a stylist could be a fun way to make your work week fresh and exciting. 

As you can see below I can provide a wide range of services to my clients. Choose a service (or two) and tell me how I can help you! 

- Personal Shopping 
- Event styling
- Closet Organization 
- Coloring Consultation
- Online Fashion Consultation
- Lookbook Creation 
- Travel/Packing Consultation 
- Teen/Prom Styling

If you live in the Greater Philadelphia/New York area I would be happy to assist you in creating a new look for yourself that will inspire confidence and make you feel like a new person. You are worth it! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

(Amazing) Grace Coddington: An Irreplaceable Figure in the Fashion Industry

I am currently reading Grace: A Memoir, the incredibly popular story of the greatest living stylist of all time, Grace Coddington. With her humble beginnings in the moors of England to her title as creative director of American Vogue, Coddington is truly an icon for anyone looking to enter the fashion industry.

Unlike Anna Wintour, Grace had a isolated childhood during which she would wait weeks for a copy of American Vogue to reach a local store. She did not come from wealth and her lost her father at a very young age. Grace pursued a career in modeling and slowly worked her way up to British Vogue after a few failed marriages and a car accident that took many surgeries to correct her physical appearance.

After British Vogue, Grace came to America to work for Calvin Klein but soon came to the realization that her true love was magazines. This caused her to contact her old friend Anna Wintour looking for a job. Anna Wintour had just agreed to take over as editor-in-chief of American Vogue and invited Grace to start at the same time. Despite Anna's demanding personality she and Grace have worked together for years and continue to do so today.

Thanks to the hit documentary, The September Issue, Grace has become a celebrity by winning over the fashion crowd with her laid back personality and sense of humor which can see in the videos below.

Grace speaking about her constant efforts to be inspired. Her words themselves make you want to pay attention more to the world around you and find inspiration in everything.

An upset Grace can be seen in the clip above after Anna cut images from a shoot she worked on for the September issue.

I love the texture shoot above, one of my favorite Vogue spreads of all time. We really see Grace's superior taste and style come through here and throughout the entire film.

Have you read Grace Coddington's memoir or seen The September Issue? Tell me below!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Outfit of the Day: 01/10/13

I don't really believe in New Year's Resolutions but I have promised to blog more this year and hope to follow through with this. My ultimate goal is to do more personal style posts allowing you, my reader, to see my style and creativity.

Just a shot from the neck down as my hair and makeup were less than fabulous today.

Coat- Vintage, will be up for sale on my Hipswap shop
Dress- H&M
Bag- Aldo
Necklace- Vintage
Shoes- Go Jane 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sale: Target and Neiman Marcus Collaboration

This weekend I scored a pretty sweet deal at Target. Their collaboration with Neiman Marcus is on sale for 70% off the entire collection. I had been eyeing up two pieces for quiet some time and was pleasantly surprised to learn they were marked down so drastically. The first piece is a beige Tracy Reese blouse with blue sequin detailing. It was originally $79.99 on sale for $23.99.

Tracy Reese Blouse

Photo from Target.com

The second piece is a stunning dress from Lela Rose. It is perfect for work or a cocktail party. Originally priced at $99.99 it is marked down to $29.99.
Check out the rest of the collection here.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lesser-Known Fashionable Women in Film

We all love Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and we lust over every outfit worn by SJP in Sex and the City. For decades there have been men and women in films that have made a mark on fashion history but       there are even more lesser-known characters that are just as chic, yet not as popular within the realms of pop culture. Below I will list my favorites which hopefully inspire you to take some risks with your outfits and see some good films.

Sex Lies and Videotape

One of the most important independent films of the late 1980s, Sex Lies and Videotape is filled with characters that are entangled in a web of, well, the title speaks volumes for itself. My favorite character is Cynthia, portrayed by Laura San Giacomo. She provides the film with a vibrant energy and her outfits make her character all the more sexual. This film is a must see.

A Streetcar Named Desire

During a college lit class I was required to read Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. It took me about an hour to read and I was instantly hooked. My professor showed us the film of the same name and I fell in love with the characters and the sultry feel of New Orleans. Blanche, played by Vivien Leigh,  is a lost, yet stylish, soul.

Martha Marcy May Marlene 

In this chilling, psychological thriller Elizabeth Olsen portrays Martha, a young girl mentally trapped by her allegiance to a poly-amorous cult in upstate New York. While not fashionable in a typical manner, Martha has a natural style which lends to the mainly outdoor setting of the film.

Young Adult

There are few characters I can relate to like Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary in Young Adult. Another unconventional fashionista, Mavis is a young adult struggling to get her life together but looking her best while doing so in her small hometown. One of my favorite scenes is when she goes to a local mall, inquiring about Marc Jacobs, only to receive a puzzled look by the sales clerk. Her constant mani/pedis and intense makeup routine make her all the more lovable.

The Ice Storm

A retro 1970s wardrobe makes The Ice Storm a hotbed of fashion inspiration. My personal favorite is Sigourney Weaver's character of Janey Carver. Janey is wealthy, moody, and stylish. Aside from her wardrobe, the entire cast's clothing provides a look inside an important decade of fashion history.

Who did I forget? Tell me below!