stylist Q&A

Are there Full-time jobs for fashion stylist?

July 28, 2015

One thing that can be a drag for aspiring fashion stylists to understand is the inconsistency of the career: some weeks are full and others are void of jobs to be done and money to be made.


A common question can be “Are there full-time jobs for fashion stylist?” And there totally is! The sad part is that they are few and far between. Most fashion-oriented corporations have some type of stylist position if they have a strong web presence. Other will likely hire freelancers for photoshoots. For example, Zappos has a photo studio based in Las Vegas that shoots both product and on-figure clothing. Because the shoot Monday-Friday, their studio consists of  full-time stylist & photographers. (I know this because I tried to get in there as a freelance stylist which they never hire for) I have worked in many photo-studios that house both full-time and freelance stylists.

So if the freelance lifestyle isn’t for you and consistency is what you crave, start looking up retail companies based in your city. You might be surprised once you start digging which companies actually started in your city. Once you find the company than I would start looking creative directors, styling mangers to try and show you book to.  It should be noted, though, that oodles of experience is required to even be considered for a full-time lead stylist job in businesses like these. If your heart is set on it, find some internships and part-time work, and start your way up the ladder that is the fashion stylist career. The bigger the company the longer it will take to work your way up. Hopefully you know what your getting yourself into. Being a fashion stylist is not easy, so be prepared to put your time in!

Outfits

Finding a good fitting sundress

July 28, 2015

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Finding a good fitting sundress is no easy feat. The better the fit of the dress the more you will wear it. The Halogen dress I am wearing is pretty old, the pattern & cut seems very 60’s house wife to me. Every year I try it on and it fits like a glove, and as a result it has become a classic staple I wear at least once every summer. The key to finding any dress work is the cut, and I would encourage you to have summer dress (or anything for that matter) altered to fit your body. Below are some basic sundress guide-lines to think about when shopping for your body type.
Finding a good fitting sundress

Drawstring dresses– look best when worn loose slimmer sized hips… works really great on boy shaped bodies
Strapless dresses– work best on small busts
Wrap Dress– works wonders on a curvy body (mostly because they are belted & pulled in all the right places, and v-neck)
Tank/ T-shirt Dresses– work great on an athletic body
Slip Dress– looks great on petite body frame
Empire waist– tends to work great on a tall body frame/ for small busts
Halter dress– works well with busty ladies
Shirt dress– is always my favorite because it is timeless, and works well with most body types
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So what is the true secret of finding a good fitting sundress? Finding the fit that works with your body type. It’s that simple. If you have trouble finding clothes to fit you right, you need to visit a tailor. The store… the brand…. how much it is…. doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit right.

Outfits, Tips & How-tos

How To Dress Down Sequins

July 25, 2015

I am going to blame being born and raised in Las Vegas for my love of all things glitz and glamor. If it has some flash in some way, shape, or form I will likely like it. With my causal laid back style it is only natural that I dress down sequins every chance I get. Sequins is great to dress things up but it is my speciality to show you how to dress down sequins.

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How To Dress Down Sequins

I like to dress down sequins with softer lighter fabrics such as distressed denim, worn in cotton, and wool. For example: I might also pair the sequin skirt I’m wearing with a white button up collared shirt, a t-shirt and denim vest, and wool cardigan in the winter. Also your shoe selection helps create a dress down sequins look. Also the best time to find sequins on sale (usually 2nd to 3rd mark down)is end of January/ February.
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tank:Forever 21/shirt:Jcrew/belt:Madewell/shoes:Steve Madden
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Here is a couple more examples of how I to dress down sequins on shoot I styled with photographer Paul Herandez and MUA Shannon Rasheed.

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Outfits

$60 bucks bought me

July 22, 2015

As a stylist, depending on what I am pulling for I usually do a lot of buying and returning. Recently on shoot someone asked how can I afford to create my kit, and own so much stuff? I admit I have a lot of clothes but my job also involves shopping a lot depending on the project. While I am shopping and returning I tend to find really great deals. While doing my returns yesterday I got suckered in buying a couple of item’s that were a great price. No one twisted my arm but I know I will wear them a lot for how much I spent on them.

$60 bucks bought me

Loft I spent $35.87 & J.Crew $19.99

Loft I spent $35.87 & J.Crew $19.99

Of course this was before taxes, if I would included texts my total was $61.22.

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Loft Belted Cargo Jumpsuit: $98.00 $20.99

Loft jeans in Sand Dune $69.50$14.88

J.Crew Isla crosshatch slides $88.00$19.99

Couple of things to think about. These items were final sale. You should only buy a final sale item if you have tried the item on, and still love them. Never buy an item that is too small. It is very difficult and expense for alterations to make a garment bigger. Buying items on final sale usually means it’s been markdown 3x’s. By the time a item reached 3rd markdown it will not go any cheaper. The most important thing I can teach you is it isn’t a deal if you do never wear the item of clothing at all.

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The Loft jumpsuit looked a little Safari to me, so you can see it the picture above I already cut the sleeves. Now I love the jumper for $20.99, and I likely wouldn’t of cut the sleeves if I paid full retail for it. Happy Shopping!

Uncategorized

What I want from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015

July 17, 2015

Every year this happens… I make my list of what I want from Nordstrom Anniversary sale 2015. First off if you have never shopped the Nordstrom anniversary sale you are missing out on the opportunity to get your favorite items on a discount. In my case… items I cringe paying full price for. Full disclosure I rarely pay full-price for stuff. The perks of being a stylist is I am shopping all the time.
What I want from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015

When the anniversary sale comes there are some basics I like to shop for:

  • New Bra’s (Wacoal & Natori fit me the best)
  • A new pair of winter boots
  • husband’s shoes
  • husband’s work shirts (he is liking Hugo Boss film fits)
  • maybe a new “it” cardigan
  • Winter jacket for my daughter

With that said this year, there is some great makeup and skincare packages I am interested in. I also might purchase some new towels and Little Giraffe Adult size blanket I have been wanting for years but haven’t wanted to spend the money one. Below is what I am loving so far!

Let me know if you bought anything for yourself at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

stylist Q&A

Becoming a great assistant stylist

July 11, 2015

As the old saying goes… behind every great fashion stylist is a kick-ass assistant (or something like that), and it’s true! Having a great assistant that understands what you need help with is really important for your shoot to go smoothly, with as little hair pulling as possible. Here is my Do’s and Don’ts of becoming a great assistant stylist.

Let’s start with the facts: Assistants typically make $100-$400 a day depending on the job and client. This could be for quick returns or a 14-hour day, again, depending on the job.

So what qualities make a good assistant stylist? There are the basics like being on time, managing time well, getting work done rather than chatting, and so on… but what really separates an ok assistant from a great one is their ability to anticipate the stylist’s needs. Understanding the kind of job and knowing what to do without being told is priceless.

A great assistant will:

Know where all of the merchandise is all of the time. Losing merchandise is one of the biggest no-no’s!
Be able to set up and break down the wardrobe room efficiently.
Take pictures of all talent, and write down each look
Be working to repair clothes or clean up on down time.
Always ask questions when things are unclear.
Constantly be checking in with the stylist, and making sure that all of their needs are met. This can include little things like getting food and water.
Open communication… If a problem occurs that you can’t fix, communication is key to get it fixed ASAP
Have your own kit available if needed. (rolling racks, steamer, tagging gun, felt, hangers, etc.)

With all of the things that an assistant can do right, there is also a

“What Not To Do” list

• As an assistant, you should not try and hustle yourself a job; it makes the person who hired you look bad (and you as well). Trying to steal you stylist’s clients is not cool, and nobody in the industry respects that kind of work. With that said, if you have a good relationship with you stylist, you could talk to them about referrals or ask advice on how to go about getting new clients.
Complaining. This should go without saying, but complaining while on the job is draining for everyone there. We are all going through the same 10-14 hour day with you, so keep an upbeat spirit so everyone doesn’t have to suffer as well.
Don’t take short cuts… an assistant is needed because the stylist can’t do it all by themselves. Do it the right way first, so your boss doesn’t have to redo your work
• Social media sharing: do not post photos & information from a shoot/ or fitting before it is released to the public. Big NO…NO… If you’d really like to take a picture, ask for permission first, presumably at an appropriate time- NOT while you are supposed to be working.

Don’t be loud and draw extra attention to yourself: Even after you are done with your job and are waiting around on set, it is not the time to mingle with the crew. Other people are still working and you could miss something important or make someone else slack in the process of conversation.

Outfits

1981 High Rise Guess Jeans

July 8, 2015

1981 High Rise Guess Jeans are where it’s at least in my closet. There is something about the iconic Guess Brand triangle logo that makes me smile. People on set always make fun of me…. but I am telling you I just love my high rise Guess jeans. It’s the fit and fabric, plus the little girl inside me thinks the logo’s cool. Shop 1981 High Rise Guess Jeans by clicking Here.

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Crop t-shirt & belt/ Madewell, jeans/ Guess, sandals/Steve Madden
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I met my girlfriend Lindsay out for breakfast this morning, and we got so much of my work done in so little time. First and foremost she taught me how to use my new Wacom Tablet. It is a pen pad verses using a mouse. I have owned it for over a month and just pulled it.. and it is hard to use. But I am told it gets easier over time and once I really learn how to use it I won’t be able to live without it. Caught up on girl time and she snapped pictures.

Fashion

fashionable flip flops

July 6, 2015

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photo taken by:Luis Anthony Chavez

I love summer! Being warm all the time is right up my alley, plus it takes half the time to get dressed. Since you wear less clothing during the summer the same goes with your feet. I have a pair of flip flops right by my door that I wear weekly if not daily. Since Old Navy flip flops are practical but not necessarily fashionable I thought it was worth shopping for. Do you already own a pair of fashionable flip flops? Sadly to admit… I don’t hence the inspiration of this blog post.

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Oh…and here is some recent work I styled with shoes.com featuring flip flop inspired sandals. photographer:Matt Grossman & MUA: Jamyrlyn Mallory

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Editorials

Styling 4th of July

July 1, 2015

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July 4th Fashion at it’s finest. Well I styled the photos above so of course I think so. Styling 4th of July themed shoot was fun because I really had to hunt for clothing items that were all american looking without the flag itself.
photographed by:Mike Monaghan
styled by me:Lauren Schugar
modeled by:Megan Nakata

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Outfits

Best Poodle Mom Ever T-Shirt

June 28, 2015

My sister-in-law is hilarious. I love her so much. When my guy and me got together my sister-in-law, Beth, was not feeling me. Fast forward 12 years later and we are besties.

      Let me tell you about Beth. Beth wears themed holiday sweaters (like snowman in the winter), makes family recipes at Thanksgiving, organizes games and events (that you hate the thought of but have so much fun playing), has an amazing craft room in her home (endless cabinets full of supplies), has every mail order gift catalog know to man, and sends personal gifts (AKA my best poodle mom ever t-shirt). The bottom line, Beth always has me smiling and laughing.

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On my birthday I opened a package to find this pink Best Poodle Mom Ever t-shirt. I smiled really big because I do love my poodle. After trying it on, it did took me a minute to think about how I could make this t-shirt wearable in public. My solution? Cutting it up. So I ripped off the sleeves, the collar, and the bottom half of the t-shirt. Then I washed and dried it. Voilà, I turned my generic t-shirt into a stylish Best Poodle Mom tank top! Thanks Beth! You’re the best sister-in-law EVER.
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Best poodle mom t-shirt $19.99, shoes/ Ann Taylor, jeans/ American Eagle , bracelet/ Jcrew