When I realized today was Groundhog Day, I kicked myself for not saving this quote for the occasion. Being a California girl, Punxsutawney Phil and his gang’s predictions about winter and spring haven’t had as much impact on my life as the holiday’s namesake movie. In homage to Bill Murray’s day on loop, today’s inspiration reminds us to make every day an original. Here’s to a week (and lifetime) of adventures ahead. Happy Monday, Foxes. xo
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Some of you have asked for behind-the-scenes details on styling my client Kristen for the Golden Globes. It wasn’t that different from any other special event styling, though the glam quotient was significantly higher. By (semi-)popular demand, here’s how it went down, Foxes. Happy Friday! xo
How the Stars Do It
Before we jump in, a couple of differences between this and how celebrity stylists work. Like you or me, Kristen shopped for a dress; we were limited by what was available and spending real money. Most of the time celebrities and their stylists have access to designers, showrooms or publicists who lend or gift pieces in exchange for publicity. Some celebrities are even friends of or ambassadors/paid spokespeople for fashion houses. This means you can count on them to wear the brand often on the red carpet– Jennifer Lawrence and Dior, Kiera Knightly and Chanel, Emma Stone and Lanvin. Even though getting the dress was different, a lot of the styling process is similar.
Scouting the Look
Kristen found out she was going to the Globes about a week out. In case it isn’t abundantly clear, that’s not a ton of time. Putting it in context, most celebs have a month or several months of lead time before awards season to plan looks with their stylists. Thankfully, Kristen’s someone I’ve worked with for a long time so luckily we had a great rapport and sense of one another’s style.
My first step, and a common step of many stylists: online research. I wanted to understand what retailers had what pieces, how long it would take to get them to us. I also dragged Anastajza to see what was in stores and took a lot of photos. I pulled all of this info into a detailed scouting report, which included styling notes like shoe and accessory considerations, and sent it to Kristen. I also reached out to my retail contacts to get a sense of what was possible in terms of getting dresses to the store and getting alterations rushed– alerting the troops if you will.
Before Kristen Arrived
“The pull” is the fancy term we stylists use to describe the items we pre-select for a client to choose from. With research done and feedback from Kristen, we turned our attention to refining it. We decided to shop at Neiman Marcus because of the breadth of designers and styles we could try and the fact we could rely on their amazing service both in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, if we needed it. We quickly realized it was going to be faster and more reliable for us to purchase and overnight gowns as customers, rather than have the stores request them through their sale systems, which can take a couple of days. We arranged for them to be delivered and at the same time edited the selection on-hold at the store for her to try on. We also worked with the store to have plenty of shoe and accessory choices on-hand. As Rachel Zoe famously said on her show, “options.”
Everything pulled and shopping day upon us, our attention turned to dressing up the dressing room for her– I mean how many times in your life do you get to dress up for something like this? We wanted to make it fun and, because of all of the great help from our girls Pamela and Lia at the store, we had plenty of extra time for some fun and ridiculousness of our own, like selfies.
We used the personal shopping room at Neiman’s, which even for a jaded stylist is pretty impressive and giant (like the size of my living room and then some). All decked out with her gown selection, and plenty of extras in the back, it was really fun to see Kristen’s reaction when she arrived. Kristen’s Zac Posen gown was our pre-shop favorite and the first we tried on. From that moment, it became the one to beat. Despite other amazing choices (she looks good in everything!), we kept coming back to it.
Dress decided, we spent a lot of time swapping out jewelry and shoes and bags to find the perfect mix. I wasn’t going to LA with her so we wanted to be sure everything was set and talked about details like hairstyles and which direction her asymmetrical Alexis Bittar cuff should point. Luckily the dress fit beautifully through the bodice, but we needed some hemming and alterations at the hip, so we had her pinned up and crossed our fingers everything would be ready by Saturday at noon…when she had to head to the airport.
I was not joking when I said Neiman’s was amazing. We shopped late Wednesday and Kristen got a call Friday night her dress was ready. We had a standing date to take a look at it on Saturday and made a deal to wear yoga pants and be comfy after a stressful week. Of course, I comply and she shows up looking polished and perfect! I gave her a pass because she claimed she was dressed for traveling. Luckily, everything fit like a glove and the only challenge left was how the heck to get the dress on the plane. In the end, we stuffed and folded it up. I had already called ahead and alerted her hotel she would need a special garment steamed that evening, so we were sure it would be red-carpet-ready the next day.
Red Carpets & Beyond
Kristen got to walk the red carpet and was super sweet to send me photos of that and as she got ready. I mentioned it in my best dressed post and may be partial, but I think she and her look were just as stunning as anyone else on the red carpet. And speaking of sweet and stunning, these flowers arrived at my house a couple of days after the event. They were icing on the cake of a super fun week.
Oh Foxes, I promised you a Golden Globes fashion recap today, but I’ve been sidelined by illness and haven’t had the energy to type up all of my thoughts (sneak peek, how amaze was Emma Stone in Lanvin?!). Still, I couldn’t leave you entirely hanging and have some exciting news to share…I’ve been named the official personal shopper at Stanford Shopping Center!!
Now, you can shop with me for up to two hours complements of the super luxe center. Details on how to schedule an appointment here and more about my partnership with Stanford here (scroll to the second section). I promise Golden Globes tomorrow. xo
I’m usually all about color and prints, but lately, I’ve been feeling layered neutrals, especially camel. There’s just something about the rich, caramelly color that reads warm, effortless and expensive on cold days.
Case in point? This fashion week streetstyle snap, which inspired the outfit collage below (click to shop and learn more about each piece). I love how very classic shapes in a very classic color become very modern when mixed with surprise pops of color and texture.
It’s easy to look this chic, just combine a handful of like-hued staples: trench coat, crisp white blouse, pencil skirt and, my fave, a great pair of shades. Bonus? Each looks equally chic solo, so you’ll get tons of wear from every one. A couple of tips if you try this look: 1. it’s OK if the pieces don’t match perfectly, you want that variation of shades so you don’t look like a blob of sameness 2. make sure the pieces you pick are warm and have deep color, without that it’s just tan. Happy shopping, Foxes!
Holiday season hazard: I stayed out too late last night and am anything but inspiring today, Foxes. Happily, there is still good news to start the week off on the right foot: our post on how to fit a men’s suit was selected as one of the week’s best by Idependent Fashion Bloggers! If you’re following closely, it’s the third time one of our posts has been selected for the honor and I’m especially excited about this one because Anastazja took the lead on writing it. I’m so lucky to have her talents as part of the Fawkeshunter team. She’s a design and construction master and I can’t say enough about her fit expertise, which is why, if you missed it the first time, make sure to check out the post (and all of the other great top posts below). It’s all you need to yourself, or the men in your life, looking sharp this holiday season. Happy Monday, xo.
Keep it Clever
Do you know the difference between a cocktail dress and a gown? Do you know how a man’s suit should fit? How about what you should buy on vacation (as there are SO many things!)… Well, for all the little bits and pieces you need to know this season, we’ve got you covered in this week’s links!
Links à la Mode: December 4th
- Al Balsam Life: 2014 Skincare Favorites
- Attire Club: Top 10 Male Models to Know
- Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans: Nails Inc. Let It Snow Review
- Couture Stories: Age is a Number: Timeless
- Curvy CEO: Because Social Justice is Always in Style
- DressCode:HighFashion: Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne Unveil Burberry’s Festive Window
- Fawkeshunter: Dress like James Bond: How to Fit a Mens Suit
- Ginger Side of Life: What to Buy While on Vacation
- Happy Pretty Sweet: Crazy Cat Lady Gift Guide
- Head2Heels: Ode to Awkward
- Kremb de la Kremb: Hong Kong in Shanghai With Louella Odie
- Modavracha’s Spot: The Manket Trend: Men’s Blanket Scarves
- Ms. Fabulous: Shop Small: Awesome Indie Fashion
- Musings of a Fashion Designer: Fashion Pakistan Week
- My Fashion S/ash Life: Tips on Dressing for a Creative Commercial Job
- MySolee: The Dress Code in Effect
- State of Cate: 8 Ways to Stay Organized
- The Daily Luxe: Top 5 Christmas Fashion Campaigns
- We Are Ready Made: Fly With Laurence Airline
- We The Unicorns: BEYWATCH: “Haunted” Makeup Tutorial
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Call me a masochist, but I l-o-v-e braving the crowds Black Friday. My trick for staying sane through it all? I order my gifts online (like awesome Fawkeshunter Styling Gift Certificate Specials). I just think it’s fun to be part of the madness and to take advantage of it being socially acceptable to shop in pajamas. I usually use the opportunity to load up on items to donate to holiday causes.
Even without the added stress of needing that one perfect thing, Black Friday (and its digital twin Cyber Monday) still requires strategy. There are some great deal guides online and these are our favorites to help you map out a gifting game plan. Happy shopping, Foxes. xo
- BlackFriday.com: This site has all of the big box and many department store ads in one place for your browsing pleasure. Click here for Target, Costco and Amazon.com
- Popsugar Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Fashion Deals: This fashion-oriented guide has the details for retailers like Old Navy (hello 50% off EVERYTHING) and H&M, as well as brands like Aritzia, Rebecca Taylor and Stella & Dot.
- E! Fabulist: Another fashion-oriented list that includes retailers like LK Bennett (Black Friday like K-Mid), Hudson Jeans and Intermix.
- Refinery29: Over 60 fashion-focused deals, including luxe retailers like Barney’s New York, Neiman Marcus – Last Call and Les Nouvelles.
We’ll add any other great deals we see. If you tell us where you’re excited to shop in comments, we’ll make a point to look for sale details.
Feeling grateful one of my favorite holidays is so close, this Marc Jacobs’ nugget of wisdom seemed like the perfect way to start our Monday, Foxes. Whether it’s family time, Black Friday deal hunting or just lots of pumpkin pie, here’s wishing you loads of what you love this week. Happy Thanksgiving! xo
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Happy (almost) holidays, Foxes. If you’re like me, you’re already making your lists and checking them twice. I’m all about experiences over things this year and want to remind you this is the one time of year gift certificates for our personal styling services are on sale!
We’re giving you bonus styling time with 2-hour or longer gift certificate purchases. Share the gift of style with someone you love or spoil yourself:
- $250 – Two-hour styling certificate
Holiday bonus: 30 minutes free, for a total of 2.5 hours of styling. Applies to a single appointment.
- $375 – Three-hour styling certificate
Holiday bonus: 45 minutes free, for a total of 3.75 hours of styling. May be applied across two appointments.
- $500 – Four-hour styling certificate
Holiday bonus: One-hour free, for a total of five hours of styling. May be applied across two appointments.
All gift certificates are personalized and may be use on in-person or virtual styling services.
Mail Delivery available through Dec. 19 for a $5 printing and shipping charge. E-mail delivery is free through Dec. 24. Fawkeshunter Gift Certificates are available in any $25 denomination. Haute Holiday specials may not be combined with other styling credits or used toward Keaton Row purchases.
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As a sun-worshipping, flip-flop wearing California Girl, I don’t buy into summer ending or white getting packed away just because Labor Day happened. I do believe the passing of that three-day-weekend in September presents great opportunity for shopping and stocking up on warm, cozy styles in preparation for cooler nights (and days). For the first time in a couple of seasons, I feel like the style needle has really moved and we’re seeing new, fresh fashion. To guide you through these styles and silhouettes, I pulled together this fall trend guide for you Foxes. As always, you can click to buy any of the items in the collages on Keaton Row. And, of course, I’m always available for one-on-one styling to help you pick the perfect pieces for your wardrobe. Which fall trends do you love? Let me know in comments or on Facebook.
Capes and Ponchos
Burberry Prorsum’s personalized ponchos were some of the most photographed pieces from the fall runway collections. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves up a cozy, monogrammed, designer blanket on a cold day and call it the height of fashion?! Stylish ponchos, blankets and capes are one of the easiest and warmest trends of the season. Any incarnation of the silhouette works, but the super chic will indulge in western details like fringe or intricate patterns. Drape one over a shoulder for an effortlessly chic boho vibe. Or, grab a thick belt and cinch at your waist to define a flattering silhouette.
Ponchos not your thing? There’s still plenty of opportunity to snuggle up in softness this season. Some outlets hailed knits as the story of the Fall 2014 runways and there is little doubt that it’s a season where style meets comfort at a whole new level. Whether cozy oversized sweaters at Michael Kors or cable-knit leggings at Marc Jacobs , knits are head-to-toe for Fall 2014. If you try the knits-on-knits look, look for sophisticated styles and be cautious not to let the volume overwhelm you. You can still be fashion forward with the trend picking select pieces. In fact I don’t usually cite must-have styles, but an easy knit sweater you can luxe up with skirts or wear casually may be it for Fall 2014.
All of my female clients know I love A-line skirts. They look amazing on everyone, hiding the curves you don’t want and creating curves you do, all the while highlighting your waist. So it’s a happy season in my book when A-lines are the in skirt silhouette. On early fall shops with clients, I’ve noticed many of the chicest styles are structured fabrics like leather in the Gucci look to the left and even neoprene in some cases. I love clean A-lines, but styles with some flounce add femininity to a look. The style transcends skirts into dresses and jackets, so look for this flattering style in a variety of pieces.
And while we’re talking about skirts, it’s the season to channel your inner Angelina and adopt a thigh-showing stance. It’s especially haute for evening, but I have also seen milder versions of the thigh-high-slit in daytime skirts and dresses like the Altuzarra look on the right (looks like we’ll see this trend when his new Target collab hits stores Sept. 14). The look is daring so make sure you are appropriately covered in all of the right places. If you try the style for day during the cold months, you may even want to take advantage of the knitwear trend and consider some textured tights.
The A-line skirt trend is definitely overlaps a larger trend: mod influences in fall fashion. We see this in A-line and swing silhouettes, but also details like chunky heels, color blocking and psychedelic prints.
Wide Leg Pants
You may have read about the death of the skinny jean. While these reports of their death are greatly exaggerated in my opinion, there’s no doubt that fashion is leaving the slim-leg, ankle pant silhouette behind in favor of wide trouser and palazzo styles. I think these look especially chic in higher-rises, which define a narrow waist, and with a tucked-in shirt. When you want to wear something untucked, short-over-long like the 3.1 Philip Lim runway look on the right is a smart style strategy. To make your legs look especially long, pair with pointed-toed shoes.
One of my least favorite things about my grad school days living in cold east coast weather was having to cover up fabulous outfits with a boring black coat. Not the case this season. Statement outerwear in a variety of lengths and silhouettes is a thing. Details to look out for are volume, color and (faux!) fur…just not necessarily all in the same look!
Booties have been big for a few years, so you should have basic staples (you should!). This season, it’s about amping up your bootie game. The cut-out and peep-toe trends we saw in Summer (yes, if you missed it, Summer booties were haute) continue. Other details to look for: intricate embellishments, fur, color blocking and fringe. This trend is exceptionally versatile and looks great with all of the styles on this list– a word of advice, if you want to wear with skirts look for styles that stop just above or just below the ankle for the most flattering effect on your leg.
I’ve saved my favorite trend for last. I’ve already told you how excited I am when I find chic flats. Now, thanks to the likes of Karl, Raf and others, I can indulge in the comfiest of shoes in style. Streetwear sneakers are on a whole new level this fall with colors, embellishments and unexpected details. This trend is the most natural fit with knitwear and relaxed styles, though don’t underestimate the fashion forward. Both on the runway and red carpet, stylish sneaks and skirts and dresses are making their mark.
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And so the day is almost upon us, National Thrift Shop Day is Sunday! A day where I can brag about the Kate Spade purse that I got for $1 or my $20 pair of Citizen Jeans. Thrift store and consignment shopping has become an art to me. Slowly picking though the racks finding those unbeatable prices for gently used clothing. With all the “good” mixed with the “bad” sometimes fingering though the rack of endless clothing can get frustrating. Here are some tips for you Foxes to help get though the good and bad on this wonderful day.
Get the RIGHT Price
When people hear thrift store, they think of extremely low prices, and while this is true, always ask is it worth it? Really look at the piece of clothing. Look for holes, wear, and stains. Look at the price, is it 40% or more off? Stores have sales all the time, anything less than 40% off is just not worth the “used” price (unless it was limited edition and that’s just a whole new category). Getting over-excited about the low prices is an easy way to overspend and buy junk. Before you commit, look at the piece and try to picture at least three outfits that it will go with.
Find the good stuff
Some second-hand stores have no idea about the treasures they hold. To find them you have to be patient and have a good eye. I personally push all the clothing on the rack to one side and flip through each piece, takes like 30 seconds for each rack. This lets you see everything, even the pieces that are not designer and more vintage. Some excellent thrift shops around the area include; Plato’s Closet in Pleasant Hill, Way Side Inn Thrift Shop in Lafayette and of course the local Goodwills and Salvation Armys always holds a few surprises.
Do it yourself….. There are so many ways to make a $2 shirt look like it was $100. It is just a matter of how. With the handy Internet you can look up how to dye, cut, and sew almost any piece of clothing into runway-worthy fashion. Don’t be afraid to let your inner designer out. If you’re not creatively inclined you can always look too Pinterest or another one of my favorites High on DIY, both give detailed explanations on “how-to” and keep to new and upcoming styles.
Different from thrift stores, which usually carry donated items, consignment stores carry select merchandise that they sell on behalf of the owners, who get a portion of the sale in exchange. The curated items here are a great alternative if you don’t like going through the racks of a thrift store. Items are priced 30% or more below the retail price. These shops are in almost every town and always carry big name brands. If you’re near us in the East Bay, North Main Street in Walnut Creek holds many excellent consignment shops such as Labels, which carries luxury designers such as Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik and Burberry, along with many others. Other options on Main include Main Street Rags and Consignit Couture.
Go on the right day
Here’s the trick; go on the weekends. The weekend is when these small stores plan for the most traffic and will offer the best deal in hopes that the customer will buy more. Also, make friends with the staff, or at least small talk and keep it extremely friendly, sometimes you can smile yourself into an extra 10-20% for “early sale item”.
Re-sell stores are the answer for us shopaholics. Giving us stylish clothes at a great price. Though I only mentioned a few there are a ton of re-sell stores in almost every city, so have fun exploring. Remember to be patient and don’t get overwhelmed! Happy hunting Foxes!