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One of the things I noticed about Nashville when I first moved here was the trend of "staying in." Not that people don't get together, it's just that rather than going to a bar (very New Orleans, or New York for that matter) to get together, people gather at home. There's often a fire pit and a blanket pile and lots of people cozying up while some super hip band guy strums guitar.
My friend Lauren and I talked about it quite a bit when we each moved here: are we the type to arrive at a party, kick off our shoes and sit cross-legged in a circle with people we've never met?
Ben and I went to a New Year's party... it was 100% THAT. We weren't quite ready to dive in, so we took a seat on a sofa off to the side of the room and slowly worked our way into the conversation.
And then lately, the more I follow along with what's happening in the wellness circles - staying in, drinking tea instead of champagne all night, listening to records on a cozy sofa versus dancing in 6 inch heels at a club... well the hipness of that is on the rise.
I was reading this post on Well & Good a few days ago and thought, well, there - my thoughts on this are validated. I would rather spend a night at home with a detox mask and 9 hours of sleep versus spend a night party hopping until I fall into bed at 4 a.m. And trust me, I did my fair share of that in my twenties. As my girlfriends and I get a little older I wonder if it's that we truly are more invested in our health and wellness or is it just that we've been there, done that? Or truly, is it that everything we need is right there in front of us?
What do you guys think?
Either way, I'm finding because it's less often that I do go out into the world I'm having fun with fashion in a new way. Lately I've been doing velvet everything. I've decided if there was one fabric that I had to spend the rest of my days in it would be this one. I'm back on a seventies style kick with a vengeance.
Bells & big lashes. Velvet & high-waists.
In the meantime, hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Whether you're out at the shows until the sun comes up or tucked in with a good book and bundle of sage, enjoy it to it's fullest.
Fire in your heart, fire in the sky
Nights like these are truly the best!
The full moon came roaring into Leo last night (I am a Leo through & through and am a serious Susan Miller follower, sometimes I seriously wonder how she knows me so well).
For my Nashville friends did y'all catch that sunset!?
I had a Galentine's date with my best girls - Keiko is in from NY, so she, Lauren, Keiko's bf Bobby and I had a lengthy dinner catch up in Germantown. When Ben's away it's easy for me to tuck in at home and never leave. It's truly so wonderful to have girlfriends here to spend hours talking life with.
No matter what your Valentine's plans are, whether you're spending it with a loved one or caring for yourself at home let that Leo moon brighten you from the inside. Lunar Eclipses are a special, deeply transformative time - an opportunity to let go of the past and illuminate something new in your life.
For Valentine's Day I've partnered with Boohoo - the gals there offered to send over something fun for the weekend and I love the lingerie inspired look we came up with. A little peek-a-boo lace to spice it up paired with this velvet bodysuit and this jacket that's become a serious favorite... it's all giving me a little rock star confidence.
The lip color is Cherry Blossom by AVEDA (favorite of all the things as always for those that asked on instagram! ) and I'm using their Pure Abundance and Damage Remedy Collection too, I'm definitely due for a haircut! AH!
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Weekend!
Thanks to Lauren for snapping these photos!
Something that's been on my mind more this last few weeks than ever: conscious consumerism. Every time we decide to spend our dollars we're making a statement. A statement that we support that company's values, ethics and mission.
In my travels I'm always on the hunt for trinkets to take home to remind me of those travels. I've always been mindful of shopping local, supporting local artisans, avoiding fast fashion... and lately I've adopted a rule of adding pieces to my collection that come from brands doing things to give back.
A good shopping tip to adhere to before buying something new: stop for a moment and ask - where was this made, whose hands assembled it? As you guys know, I'm also a vintage and thrift lover - pairing repurposed clothing with ethically crafted designs truly tell a fashion story I can get behind.
Over on instagram I'm running a little contest this week in partnership with Jimani Collections. Each pieces is handcrafted with love from Kenya! Empowering women and artisans, creating sustainable societies, it's a part of their mission, and I hope you'll share their message with a friend over on my page!
photos: my sweet Ben, who just put out a little punk noise grunge protest EP over on his site. It's a good listen to get a little rage out. 😬 🎸
Here's a few other pieces from brands I'm loving with a commitment to values that align with mine.
Lately I've been extra obsessed with stones and strands. You know, the jewels that take an outfit to the next level. I've always been a vintage lover (as you all know!) and I typically only pick up new gems when I'm out traveling. Wearing something special is a good way to have a little reminder of the places you've been...
Separately, I've had my ears pierced with 3 holes on either side since I was a preteen, I added a 4th hole while listening to black metal when I was like 16... REBEL!
However, my latest addition, this sweet little ear cuff is the variety that doesn't require any new piercings. LOVE THAT PART (I'm definitely not that same wild child I was at 16).
Anyways, thought I'd share these little beauties with you guys, in case you might be looking for something similar. I've got a special code at the jewelry house Stone & Strand (where I found this cuff) for 15% off. The code is ANDI15. Advanced apologies (or perhaps a you're welcome) when you decide you love everything on the site.
Another rule for me when hunting for new pieces is to shop local markets for indie designer brands that have a story and - secondly - to shop makers that are doing something special to give back. The other pieces I'm wearing here are from Blue Annie, a brand that caters to my modern bohemian style. Each of the pieces is made with such attention to details and with each piece sold a portion of the proceeds goes back to organizations that support women. Big win all around!
I've always been of the mindset that you can't go wrong layering on a few extra jewels. Sweet little baubles turn even the gloomiest days around. (And of course, Ann Bancroft's character, Miss Dinsmore, in Great Expectations has always been my style icon, so, well.... that surely explains something).
Here's a few more ear cuffs I'm loving too. Definitely want every single one!
As the sun goes down on another winter day (it was 4:18 as I started to type this) I find myself leaving my desk a little early, cozying up with a hot toddy and scrolling through the instagrams admiring my beautiful friends attending the most glamorous holiday parties. Le sigh.
With a week to go before Christmas Eve, and New Year's a minute behind that I'm finally starting to feel the itch to join in the festivities. Maybe it was getting our tree up (that's me up there, tree shopping earlier this week) or maybe it's the Yule Log that's on repeat on our Amazon Prime, but up to this point I've been content to live vicariously through those photos, you know, imaginary party attendance basically.
If I had it my way I'd convince myself that leaving the house when it's below 60 degrees is bad for one's health and therefore I'd absolutely never, ever make it to a holiday soirée. The good news however, is that I have friends and a bf that fare at least slightly better in the below freezing temperatures and order me to leave the house.
This week I've finally gotten out - I've attended two holiday parties and in each case as I took a little time to get ready for the night (i.e. peel off the pajamas that have become my home office attire) I was reminded that fashion was actually my first love! And, if I'm not going to be out glamping on a beach for the holidays (by the way, anyone want to send an RV to pick me up?!) then at least I can get in the game and dress things up a bit.
In all honesty, half the reason I've committed to party attendance is this beret and my new velvet booties. I found both on WOZNOW. I went a little overboard so pretty much every outfit I'm wearing centers on one of these two pretties or something I found in scrolling their hat or boot category.
In the spirit of the season I've put together 3 ensembles that are perfect for sipping egg nog while Mariah or Cee-Lo rock out the Christmas jams.
As a recovering thrift store junkie and die hard vintage lover when I don't have time to deep dive into those racks I prefer the sale section on the sites of my favorite brands. And, honestly, I'm not a girl to hunt too hard so this site has been my go-to this season in planning my holiday outfits.
I told you. The beret is pretty magical. And no one else is going to have it. (Unless you tell them, so shhhh). And ever since Gucci brought the pussy bow out in full force I can't stop, won't stop.
Look 2 is one part harajuku one part ugly Christmas sweater, because we're all going to that type of party at least once right? If not, we should be.
Since I've returned from Paris I've been in a serious all black errrthing mode. Or maybe it's because half the girls in Nashville channel the female version of Johnny Cash so well. Either way, here's look 3, and possibly the easiest to pull together in a rush.
Alright, that's it for today. And it's 5:44 as I wrap this thing. Sun's wayyyy down, toddy's coming wayyyyy up.
As a girl that's spent the last year traveling and creating content for my coming book, it's always important to have a solid list of the the essential items to pack.
After a shoot the other day as I was dumping out my bag, I thought I should give you aspiring stylists out there an insiders look at what's in my traveling styling bag. I've created the "Styling Kit Essentials" list below to give you guys an insiders look!
In my former life I designed clothes and produced fashion events, and I'm still working as an editorial and personal stylist when I'm home from my travels. All of that has taught me how important it is that while traveling light, pack the essentials to be fully prepared to make quick adjustments when out on a photoshoot.
When I'm traveling and working on my book I'm the creative director and the stylist for shoots because our crew is super teeny tiny (it's me, the photographer and whatever beauty we're shooting)! And to be clear, there's plenty of times when it's appropriate to roll out the suitcase and the train case, but tell that to the girl that hiked across rivers (yes plural) four times if you count going across and back, on shoots out in the wild this year.
If you're interested in becoming a stylist's assistant, this is a great starter kit to get you going. (Show up on your first job with this, and you'll get a serious gold star).
- Scotch™ Essentials (love these, they're easy no-sew solutions that can help with any wardrobe needs!)
- Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape - fits the hemline to the shoe, you can move the hem down for heels or up for flats without having to stitch or pin. It won’t damage fabric, which is super important if you're pulling wardrobe from a designer!
- Scotch™ Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Tape - instantly bonds fabric, especially good for preserving hemlines that may have become loose
- Scotch™ Essentials White Mark Eraser - removes icky white deodorant marks in seconds without water
- Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller - keeps clothes lint, fuzz and hair free
- Scotch™ Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips - hold garments in place - secure straps, necklines, blouse gaps, etc
- Sewing Scissors
- Hair Pins
- Mini Sewing Kit
- Rubber Bands
- Cotton Swabs
- Painters Tape (for soles of shoes)
- Safety Pins
- Binder Clips (for quick minor adjustments)
- Steamer (cordless if you're shooting outside)
- Black Marker
- Weekender Bag (to carry all your things)
If it's a big job with wardrobe changes and multiple models you may need to bring a rolling rack, hangers, garment bags and things to store the personal items. Always be prepared for whatever the specific shoot requires! Just about everything on my list is located in the Target closet section by sewing machines and kits.
This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Scotch™ Essentials. All opinions are mine alone. #WardrobeSolutions #CollectiveBias