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Reflections of 2016

January 1, 2017

My favorite time of year just might be New Years! Wiping the slate clean, starting fresh, taking inventory, organizing data, are all things as a stylist I do for my job. Part of my process in looking forward is understanding where I am at, and what I might have learned from my mistakes. With all that said, Here is what I am most grateful for happening in 2016.

Reflections of 2016

  • The Four Agreements– this book was a real game changer for me. I learned not to make assumptions or to take things personally. This self-management has allowed me to be more present, and to let go of the everyday insecurities. Oprah talks about finding the flow. The four agreements have helped me enter the flow – it’s a great place to be!

 

  • New house- we took the plunge and invested in staying in Seattle longer than originally planned. After years of renting, having our own space to invest in has Seattle feeling like home.seattlehouse

 

  • Hubs got a promotion- Yes! It is fun witness the patience, hard work and faith turn into fruition. His new job has created some adjustments in the family dynamic, mostly because my daughter and I have more alone time together than ever before. Very grateful for the time I get to influence her while she still seems to listen.

    What kind of wife would I be if I didn't attempt to do a funny out take

    What kind of wife would I be if I didn’t attempt to do a funny out take

 

  • Baby Lucia– Grateful to watch my family grow and have another girl gang member. Nothing like cute little girls to brighten up my day.Reflections of 2016

 

I usually like to focus reflections on the positives that I experienced, but 2016 was also filled with work challenges, lost opportunities and kid drama. All of which were experiences filled with disappointments to grow from.

 

Looking ahead for Chapter 2017

 

  • Turn my cell phone off – being less tethered to smartphone applications (games and social). I totally have an addiction to my cell-phone and games that I spend hours a month playing. I plan to use this time investing in paying more attention to people I care about me.

 

  • Less is more. Loving “The Minimalists” movement “love people and use things” instead of “using people and loving things”. I will continue let go of clothing and things I no longer need. Being a stylist, it is very hard to let go of clothing especially when it can go into my kit.

 

When I make a goal I try to The focus is on doing the action, not on achieving X goal by a certain date. Best of Luck for you and your adventures in 2017

Recent Work

BTS Bellevue Collection

September 25, 2016

The Bellevue Collection is made up of three parts: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. Bellevue Square has a bunch of great stores including  Nordstrom, Free People, Intermix, Zara, Anthropologie , Uniqlo,…. see a full list here.   Bellevue Collection creates both a  fashion forecasting lookbook and magazine which I got to style for Fall 2016. We shot this is the middle of July when fall fashion hasn’t official arrived and everything was on summer markdown. I spent five full days in the mall pulling for this shoot.

BTS Bellevue Collection Photo Shoot

This is my girl Julie, trying on an over the knee boot and it consuming her whole thigh

BTS of shooting

BTS of shooting

There was lots of fun movement in this shoot

There was lots of fun movement in this shoot

As a outfit was shot, and a picture was selected it would get printed out and added to the wall

As a outfit was shot, and a picture was selected it would get printed out and added to the wall

After the merch was shot I got to head back to the mall and return everything I had borrowed which took about 8 hours. I didn’t take a picture but next time I will. What a sight to see. The Bellevue Collection hired a moving company to move all the merch. A highlight in my line of work. I am usually the one hauling clothes around. I even had an empty store in the mall as a resting stop to hold my gear. Thank You, Bellevue Collection!

photograper: Jeff Engelstad MUA: Lindsay Watkins  Set Design: Gavin Derek Stylist:Lauren Schugar (if your have any interest in looking at my portfolio)

Recent Work

BTS Aspen Sojourner Magazine

August 25, 2016

Ever heard of Aspen Sojourner magazine? Unless you have been to Aspen the answer will likely be no. Well neither did I until I was asked to style a shoot . Since I had never been to Aspen and it’s always fun to check out a new city I was pumped to see what the Aspen fashion scene had to offer. Aspen was pretty fun, the weather was great and the entire city was walkable! Lots of cute restaurants and friendly sales people for such high end shopping.

BTS Aspen Sojourner Magazine

Look from Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 Ready to Wear

Look from Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 Ready to Wear

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2016 styled with Gucci blouse and heels

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2016 styled with Gucci blouse and heels

Unfortunately there were a couple of looks that were scrapped from this fashion story. This was for a mid-summer issue and I was struggling to make the most out of what I had. Fashion Photographer:Bernhard Donaubauer AD: Adriana Garcia MUA: Christine Morris Model: Maddie Cook I loved the patterned on patterned floral vibe of the layout.
styled by Lauren Schugar

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Lifestyle

Perch Magnetic Wall Storage

August 20, 2016

In a quest to become hyper organized I have become obsessed with the Perch magnetic storage pieces. Especially loving my Perch Magnetic Wall Storage in my bathroom. I superglued tiny magnets to my makeup and put them on my Perch wall! My hubs picked up the magnets at home dept, but you can also find them on Amazon.

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Perch Magnetic’s also helped me clean my desk off! My office workspace is always… messy. Being able to move my mess to the magnetic wall has helped clear off my actual desk. I have a compartment for everything. Looking for the perfect mid-centry file cabinet… Poppin is the answer. I bought the orange one.
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Perch Magnetic Wall Storage

Recent Work

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas commercial

August 12, 2016

New work for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority! This national commercial was filmed over the span of two days. 9 talent, 36 wardrobe changes in one day, plus forty extra’s. Getting to style a What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas commercial was so fun for me. Mostly because it is the ultimate Iconic Vegas experience, and I got to be a part of help create it. Directed by Arturo Pereyra Key MUA: Song Lopez & Krystal Randall

Now the crew helped me get threw this one. The boys on set became my life-line and I will forever be grateful for Dane, Buck, and Matt who had me laughing, and smiling for the 30 hours we spent together. I think they felt sorry for me. I had two assistants one that lost my Amex, and the other that was breaking up with her boyfriend. We never had a home base and moved locations multiple times a day. In my stylist world, this was not an easy job for me. Below are some BTS photo’s of a what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas commercial!

This was a proposal I had to create for each scene in the shoot. We didn't end up shooting in this location but wanted to give you an idea on how much pre-work styling involves

This was a proposal I had to create for each scene in the shoot. We didn’t end up shooting in this location but wanted to give you an idea on how much pre-work styling involves

fittings

fittings

on-location

on-location

The talent that provided me lots of laughs

The talent that provided me lots of laughs

on-set

on-set

strolling in the streets of downtown Vegas

strolling in the streets of downtown Vegas

Me and my daughter trying on bubble shirts my girl Lindsay bought us!  Just wanted you to get to see the merchandise I have to provide the wardrobe. It was a lot!

Me and my daughter trying on bubble shirts my girl Lindsay bought us! Just wanted you to get to see the merchandise I have to provide the wardrobe. It was a lot!

Lifestyle

Biobu Dishes

August 6, 2016

Living in Seattle has made me become very eco-friendly. I live in a green house, compost and recycle. Which leads me to my latest green purchase Biobu dishes. These green dishes that work great as both indoors/outdoors. Made out of bamboo, this dinnerware works for both hot and cold food. Biobu Dishes are top-rack dishwasher safe, BPA, PVC, and Phthalates free. For the larger plates that don’t fit on my top rack, I put them on the bottom rack and haven’t noticed any wear and tear thus far. These dishes have a mid centry flare to them with a simple design and color palette of mustard yellow, teal, and orange combo’s. The colors are so fun when I open my kitchen cabinet.
Biobu-Dishes

I have three different sized plates : 7′ side plate, 9′ medium, 11′ dinner plate and three different sized bowls: pasta bowl (my favorite size), side bowl, and the small (mini) bowl.  I actually love the small bowls. I want to order a couple of trays to complete my set!

I like that the color pops threw the frosted glass

I like that the color pops threw the frosted glass

Food & Health

Silja From Scratch

January 4, 2016

Meet Silja Danielsen from Silja from scratch. I worked with Silja for a couple days with Tommy Bahama.

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Besides being beautiful (obviously) Silja is passionate about cooking, photography, and having a healthy life style. Case and point her blog Silja From Scratch. Which is created, written, photographed all by Silja her self. Her goal is creating wholesome recipes and clean foods without refined sugars and processed ingredients.

Silja From Scratch

I personally love the colorful photography on this blog. What I love even more is the detailed description of how to make the recipes combined with the with an easy ingredient list. A lot of time in recipes I get over whelmed with needing 15 different ingredients. Especially in creating sauces or marinades. The recipes on Silja from Scratch are easy enough for me to try, and are super tasty.
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Family

Holidays in Ohio

December 29, 2015

Being Jewish, Christmas didn’t mean much growing up. Given that Las Vegas is a 24/7 city, growing up I always ended up working on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas day {I worked retail in Caesars Forum Shops, and after I turned 21 dealt blackjack at Hard Rock hotel & casino}.

Marrying into a family that celebrates Christmas has added to an already full holiday season. My family celebrates Hanukkah, and then we celebrate Christmas as an extended family (my family, my in-laws, and any relative willing to travel). This year both my family and the hub’s family are all together at my sister-in-laws house in Ohio.

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If I have learned anything from my sister-in-law, it is all about planned activities. This plan I believe was the success to ensuring that everyone had a fun time… the whole time.

Her house has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large family kitchen, a craft room, an office, huge basement, living room, a dining room and rooms yet explored. This translates to housing all seventeen of us and hosting dinner parties of up to 25 each night, making the holidays in Ohio very festive. Besides living in a large home, Beth, my sister-in-law has every room in the house decorated in Christmas. My father went from room to room in amazement – so many trees with countless decorations. One tree in particular is black (pictured below) is up from Halloween until St. Patricks’ Day, with a decoration change for each season between. My room even had stuffed animal white poodle with a Santa hat. In their Christmas themed house (below) are my brother & sister-in-laws” in Christmas attire.
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Next up in our family festive weekend is Christmas day in our pajamas, themed out by family. Pretty funny I thought.

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also known as Grandpa Jesse

also known as Grandpa Jesse

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Me, my hubs, and daughter

I purchased our pjs from ASOS.com

Next up the Ugly Sweater Party

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ok... so my sweater wasn't so ugly

ok… so my sweater wasn’t so ugly

The weekend was filled with lots of giggles, hugs, food, and cleaning up. So lucky to be married the coolest dude ever with a family to match, and most importantly to have both our families merge and become one.

Food & Health

TreeHouse Chocolate

November 18, 2015

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Aaron Koch is the creator of Tree House Chocolate Co. along with being a model on my set one day. If I can recall correctly Aaron’s sister is a model and she nudged him to start getting into it for some extra money. Aaron was so funny, he would put his drinking chocolate, branded Tree house Chocolate Co. packets all over the set. Randomly they would appear in the shot. For example a cup and packets of Tree House Chocolate Co. appeared in the picture below.

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this was the “after” shot and the packets were taken off set

It was so funny and memorable. His passion and excitement could only make me smile and laugh to myself. If you have ever been in business for yourself than you how important self promotion is. Early this week I smiled even bigger when I was picking out hot chocolate. I was going back and forth on what to buy. I had a box Swiss Miss with 8 individual packets, ya know with the marshmallows inside it because it was on sale. Than I picked up two packets of Treehouse Chocolate and thought why don’t I buy the better quality product. Then it dawned on me that it just might be Aaron’s drinking chocolate. Sure enough it was. If you have a hot chocolate lover in the family they need to try Tree House Chocolate Co. ASAP! Besides loving to support small business’s in the case the product was better for my body.

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Family

Sunday Fun day

September 6, 2015

Weekends are so much fun when you have nothing you “have” to do. Last Sunday was definitely a Sunday fun day for me. I started the morning off going to brunch with a big group of ladies. Than hung out with my family unit. Which included some errands and finishing all my returns from earlier in the week. Dinner out because me and my man were tired and knew either of us felt like making dinner.

Sunday Fun day bunch

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My super cute husband who I love and adore

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my mini who turns 11 in less than a month

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jacket & necklace: old JCrew/ shirt: old Madewell/ jeans: American Eagle

Sunday Fun day

I feel so blessed for my loving family, even on days when not much gets done. This Ted Talk made me laugh, and if you are married or have been married this is totally worth watching.