Bring on the Boots


Yeah right, Los Angeles…

After our weirdo-LA-November-heat-wave this week, is it wrong to say I welcome this morning’s gloom? Is it just me, or are you ready for the colder seasons already? Don’t get me wrong, I am most definitely a summer addict, but I have a close full of chunky knits and cozy scarves just dying to get out!

Well here’s to the cloudy 60-degree weather–Finally! So happy to finally be wearing boots today. Think the chill will last?


IMG_4449Yeah, I’m really tiny (four-eleven is my height by the way…) so it can be hard to find clothes that fit me properly (unless I want to shop in build-a-bear). Sometimes, though, I have fun with my size and really embrace it. I might be swimming in todays billowy, oversized t-shirt, but I love the look!


FIDM Alumni Stylist Panel

Last week I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of meeting and greeting some of the biggest names in celebrity styling. I was lucky enough to get my name on the guest list for the FIDM Alumni Stylist Panel, a well-attended event hosted in the New Mart in Downtown LA.


The event was centered around a fantastic question-answer session with a very impressive, star-studded panel featuring:

danielDaniel Musto, the head stylist for NBC’s Fashion Star, who’s guest-starred on several talk-shows and styled countless celebrities.

Daniel has styled: Paula Abdul, Ashley Simpson, Giuliana Rancic, Jenny McCarthy, and many more!

See his work: in USweekly and Cosmopolitan Magazine, on American Idol and Ready for Love–just to name a few.


hm1Linsday Albanese, stylist and style expert, who’s entire persona has practically become its own brand as she takes Hollywood by storm.

Lindsay regularly contributes to: InStyle Magazine and “Fashion Police”.

She’s been on TV!!: E! News, Access Hollywood, EXTRA, The Today Show etc.


jonoJonathan Colombini, well-known celebrity hair stylist, who’s work has been featured on red carpets and magazine covers alike.

He’s done their hair!: Annalynne McCord, Vera Wang, Angie Everhart, Karina Smirnoff, Kim Richards, and Fergie



alfieAnd Warren Alfie Baker, another talented celebrity stylist, specializing in menswear.

Has styled for shows: The Taste, The X Factor, Karaoke Battle USA.

Some of his leading men: Nicholas Hoult, Zachary Levi, Colton Haynes, Jessie Spencer, Peter Facinelli, and Steven R McQueen.


clearly not flattering lighting for any of us…

Aside from being an excellent networking opportunity, I really gained a lot of insight into the world of celebrity styling. Here are the top five most interesting facts I learned from the panel:

1. Personality vs. Skill: Something I noticed about all four stylists was that I couldn’t pick a favorite. I felt a sincere connection with each one, and wished I could be friends with each of them. In other words, I kept saying to myself, “God, I would love to hang out with him/her.” That common thread seems to be the secret to their success–not to say each of the stylists isn’t impossibly talented, but being as personable as they are sure doesn’t hurt . Daniel said it himself:  A celebrity stylist is on-set for several hours at a time, and you’re more likely to get hired if you’re fun to have around.

2. “Fake It ‘Till You Make It”: This was undoubtedly a theme for the entire night. I mean, the event itself was for FIDM Alumni and I’m obviously still a current student. But I just put my name on the list and walked in like I belonged there. The panel, too, had similar stories about accepting new jobs and getting “in over your head” on assignments. Lindsay joked about talking her way into her first big styling gig, and knowing she was completely under qualified, but jumping right in anyway. Never sell yourself short or let fear stop you from taking a leap; worst case scenario it’ll just be a learning experience, but more likely you’ll be awesome!

3. Styling Hollywood Isn’t Always Glamorous: One of the questions asked was “What was your most challenging experience styling?” And all four panelists had a “story from hell” to share. (Even Jonathan, who originally couldn’t think of a bad experience he’d had, later chimed right in.) Stylists have to please many frustrating people (damn publicists!) and can sometimes work brutal 28-hour days. But the stylists all agreed that these experiences help you build a thick skin and become more confident in the long run.

4. What’s the Difference Between a Stylist and a Style Expert?: This question was actually one that I asked the panel, myself. I learned that once a stylist racks up a certain level of success and recognition, he/she becomes a consultant and spokesperson for brands and products. For example, if Lindsay gets interviewed on EXTRA and is asked about upcoming trends, she’s not actually “styling” anyone so she is acting as a “Style Expert” and not a stylist. That part of the profession is supposedly a lot fun, but it doesn’t come until way down the line in a styling career.

5. They Take Interns!: This note made me realize that these stylists are people too. And while they’re rich, famous, and working with celebrities, they’re very reachable. The panel members encouraged the audience to follow them on Twitter and Instagram and made us all feel like we could really connect with them. The stylists also told us that they’re always looking for interns! This was obviously very valuable information to a student like myself–and as soon as I have a minute in my life to breath, I might take them up on that offer. What the stylists said they’re looking for: an energetic, personable, hard-working person who can learn on-the-go and has a car!

How Ripped is Too Ripped?

My Brand Management professor is constantly making fun of brands, trends, and consumerism in general. His favorite thing to pick on is the concept of “distressed denim.” He says he just can’t wrap his head around the idea of paying for pants that have holes in them. Of course, when he goes off on one of these rants he can be very funny, but I have to respectfully disagree with this one. My favorite pair of jeans in my closet are ones with humongous gaping holes all down the thighs:


Wearing my fahvs to esquela

I love distressed denim. Distressed anything, really. I love the idea that you like something so much that you wear it until it literally falls apart.

Today I’m out to prove that ripped jeans aren’t just for rock concerts or music festivals, but they can be fitted right into a perfectly stylish, everyday outfit:


T-Shirt: Alternative Apparel, Scarf: Karen Michelle Boutique, Belt: Who knows? It’s so old…, Jeans: Ever, Sandals: Dolce Vita

For me, ripped jeans isn’t about teenage angst or rebelling against society, distressed denim is no different than printed denim: I find it to be just an extra element of design.


Excuse the tag on my scarf. Oops.

In my look today, adding polished details (like tucking in my t-shirt and adding a scarf) balances out the grunge of the torn jeans.

P.S. Only in LA could I get away with sandals in November!











Photos by Jeremy Goldstein

Music Monday – GROUPLOVE

If you have ever been in a car, chances are you’ve heard Tongue Tied on the radio. Numerous times. Possibly hundreds. So you’ll see that I picked this song for my Music Monday and skip over it–


Because while you’ve heard the song on the radio, you probably haven’t seen the music video.

Watch it.

It starts off with a shirtless guy passing out head-first into a kiddie pool, then it shows the story happening backwards to reveal how he ended up there. The suspense kills you, like “What on earth is going on?” Until it all makes sense at the end–er, the beginning.

The first time I saw it, I literally said out loud, “Oh, obviously…that makes sense.” Enjoy.

Click Here to Watch the Video

Happy Friday – November 8th

It’s seriously Friday again? Where did this week go?!

Five things that made me happy this week:








1. Love Your Body Fashion Show! On Sunday night I had the unique privilege of working backstage at this incredible show. The organization mixed plus-size models into their runway show, and it was amazing! Met such great people and some truly talented women. The message of the evening was clear: beauty comes in all sizes!



I did not take this photo

2. Apparently I’m “Swaggy”…This is so LA, but on every street corner we have people selling fresh fruit. It’s the best. I always go and pick up some mango and watermelon between classes at school. On Tuesday, I was standing on the corner with my bag of fruit, and a man told me he hadn’t had good watermelon in years. So I gave him the rest of my bag. He said, “Wow, you sure are swaggy, Miss!” Ha! I busted up laughing.



Man of Style

3. My boyfriend’s shoes. Earlier this week, Jeremy was wearing shoes similar to those featured in my list of best men’s shoes (see my post: “The Financial Guy’s Shoes“) We share great taste!



taken from yogurtland’s website

4. Yogurtland’s new flavor. I was in Yogurtland the other day (big surprise) and saw that they had “Match Green Tea” flavored yogurt. I was so excited about it and thought I was being so healthy, but turns out that it has the same amount of calories as the Cookies & Cream flavor. Apparently the nutrition facts don’t change between most flavors. Although it wasn’t actually a healthier choice, I still loved it!



SoMo Time!

5. Joseph SoMo! Last night, Jeremy humored me and allowed me to drag him to the SoMo concert at the El Rey Theater in Hollywood. I have the biggest crush on SoMo, so I was screaming and dancing and jumping around the whole time–sorry, Jer, but thanks for being a good sport. All in all, one of the best nights of my life. Feels like I dreamt it.

Happy Friday!

I Love This City!

“I didn’t know if it was ‘The City of Angels’. I thought it was ‘Lost Angels’–the city of lost souls.”

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Love My Town!

“If you’re in it to win it, you just gotta stick with it. Through the good times and the bad times.”

I know it’s not Music Monday, but you need I need to share this–even on a Tuesday!

This is more about the video than the actual song, anyway…Sorry, Jared Leto.

Live in Los Angeles? You’re part of something amazing. This will give you chills and hopefully inspire you to accomplish something amazing today:

Music Monday – Sara Bareilles

Okay, so I’ve decided to nationally cancel Mondays…

I can already tell today is gonna be a rough one — I mean, it isn’t even 8am and I’ve already had to spell out the word “Bareilles”…plus it’s freezing outside. Mehh.

I promise this video will make your Monday a little brighter (i.e. make you want to dance in public) And if it doesn’t then you’re a sociopath, sorry.

“Brave” – Sara Bareilles

The Financial Guy’s Shoes

On Tuesday, I went to the student activities office to ask somebody a question, and I saw that there was a workshop going on. I had no idea what the topic of the workshop was, but I was on my lunch break anyway so I sat down to listen.

The workshop ended up being about building credit so you could take out business loans. *Yawn*

But I have to tell you, the way the speaker presented himself made me want to stay and listen to everything he had to say. Every hair on his head was in place. His slim-fit suit was flawlessly pressed. His tie was artfully clipped to his dress shirt, which matched his pocket square. His watch? Loved it. His belt? Perfect.

But the greatest part of his entire outfit was his footwear. He was wearing the greatest men’s dress shoes I’ve ever seen!

After he concluded his workshop, several students stayed behind to ask him questions. I did as well. But I didn’t want to ask his financial advice; I wanted to ask about his shoes. Obviously.

“Hi David,” I shameless approached him, “Can I take a picture of your shoes?” (The things I do for this blog…)


This picture does NOT do these beauties any justice…but look at him striking that pose. He was clearly flattered. Hehe.

I didn’t want to push my luck and ask who made his shoes, but once I got home I tore up the internet trying to find them. I never found them, but I did find some other great ones. I had no idea there were so many nice dress shoes for men. Why do they all wear the same black ones when there are so many other unique and wonderful options?

Here are some of my picks that I came across in my search: (Some of these even have price points lower than $100! Can you guess which ones?)



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 Any of these shoes catch your fancy? Each one is its own link, so click away!

Happy Friday – Nov 1st

Happy Friday, lovelies :)

Five things that made me happy this week:


Johnny Knoxville, you’re my hero.

Bad Grandpa. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, it is an absolute must. It’s a new level of crude and crass, obviously, but boy is it funny. I literally can’t remember laughing so hard in a movie theater in my entire life. Spoiler Alert: When Gramps gets thrown through a store window by that children’s ride? Priceless!


spice cupboard

Yankee Candle in Spice Cupboard. I was walking through Target on Wednesday and found my way into the scented candles aisle. (Of course I did, I’m obsessed.) After smelling basically every candle, I picked this one to be my favorite.



A text that made me smile. He knows I love mango, and they made him think of me when he saw them in his kitchen. Can you say, “Cutest thing ever”??



I “mustache” you a question…

Furry ‘Staches. I was grocery shopping in Ralphs, and came across these little beauties. You go in for milk and eggs, and come out with stick-on furry mustaches? I’d call that a highly successful shopping expedition.

And last but not least…


“Reality TV worlds collide” – US Weekly

Best ever group costume. I’ve seen a lot of families do group costumes for Halloween. But this year, the prize for best group costume definitely goes to Honey Boo Boo’s family. Dressing up as the Kardashian-Jenners? OMG, I laughed for hours when I saw this picture. It’s still making me smile, even as I post this. Amazing.

You CAN Do Leather Leggings!


Clearly it ended up being sunny and hot…

Yesterday was one of those weird-weather days, typical of LA, where you’re not sure wether it’s going to be hot or cold out. (Yes, this really happens here.) So I paired a chunky knit pullover with leather leggings, threw on open-toe shoes, and headed off to school. I figured, if it ends up being cold then at least I’m wearing knit…and if it ends up being hot at least I’m not wearing boots.

At school, a girl in the elevator told me I was brave for wearing leather leggings.

“I have a pair sitting in my closet,” she told me, “But I seriously have no idea how to wear them without looking trashy.”

Well, Girl-In-FIDM-Elevator-Whose-Name-I-Don’t-Know, this post is for you. And anyone else who wants to rock this look and needs a push in the right direction.

The key to wearing leather leggings, and not looking like you walked out of a music video, is balance. In other words, leather leggings are super tight and majorly sexy, so you want the rest of your look to be more loose-fitting and laid-back. Like my chunky pullover yesterday (pictured above.) Wearing something baggier also just helps cover the weird wrinkly-thing that leather does when it’s stretched across your hips….or is that just me?

Here are four fool-proof pieces that complement leather leggings and save you from looking “trashy”, as Elevator Girl put it:

Shirt - Chiqle, Necklace - H&M, Booties - Aldo

Shirt – Chiqle, Necklace – H&M,
Booties – Aldo

#1) Classic chambray button-down. Denim and leather are two of the biggest fabric trends we’re seeing this fall, and they happen to play amazingly well together. Normally I’d suggest that you stick to one trend at a time, but in this case it’s a great combo. Also, just a side note: throwing on leather high-heeled booties with these leggings make your legs look miles long–even for a shorty like me!

Shirt - Sugar Lips, Boots - Steve Madden

Shirt – Sugar Lips, Boots – Steve Madden

#2) Plain white tee. This is so, so basic that most people wouldn’t even think of it. But, honestly, a plain white t-shirt is probably my favorite thing to pair with leather leggings. Extra points if it has a couple rips in it–so badass. The key to this one is the fit of the tee: don’t go too tight or too short. Keep it relaxed and casual. Think “I’m sexy without even trying” and you’ll be golden. Plus, wearing a plain tee leaves open the option to throw on a leather jacket as well. Sounds crazy, I know, but as long as the white t-shirt is longer than the jacket, the look will work (the white will break up all the leather.)

Shirt - Urban Outfitters, Boots - Steve Madden, Necklace - Renuar

Sweater – Urban Outfitters,
Boots – Steve Madden, Necklace – Renuar

#3) Oversized sweater. This one is easy. Basically anything oversized and comfy will balance out the look of the leggings. I’d stay away from any print that’s too busy, though, because the leggings make their own statement. Wide stripes, like the ones I’m wearing here, are safe. Also, a sweater like this will cover your hips and butt, making the leggings less scary to wear. Yeah, I said it, you’re not the only one who doesn’t want skin-tight leather stretched across her butt. I know I sure don’t want that on display. A baggy sweater makes me more confident in this look.


T-Shirt – American Apparel, Jacket – Olivaceous, Boots – Steve Madden

#4) Military jacket. Yeah, mid-calf boots make me look shorter, but I love ‘em too much to let go. The fourth piece that is always okay to wear with these leggings is some sort of over-piece: a fur vest (not cropped), a white blazer, a military jacket etc. Again, it’s nice to have something that covers you’re hips a bit. Also, something like this military jacket has a very similar “voice” to the leather leggings. They’re both edgy and cool without competing with each other. No idea what I’m talking about? Just take my word for it.

Okay, ready to embrace this look? My leggings are See You Monday, but MICHAEL Michael Kors, Mimi Chica (they’re matte–super cool), BDG (available at Urban Outfitters), and American Apparel all make some great options.

Have Fun!