The LBD of the denim world and why you need them…STAT
I am a sucker for anything that combines fashion and learning! I can’t get enough of the conferences, classes and seminars, I always leave with new friends and a notebook full of new ideas. So naturally when I heard of the Simply Stylist seminar at the W Hotel in Hollywood (which in itself is a fabulous enough reason to go) I knew it was an event not to be missed.
Black and yellow was the theme of the day for me. I always choose to wear a dress that stands out when I attend these events. People tend to remember me easier and… hey, standing out in a sea of fashionable people is quite hard to do! My outfit is featured on the Simply Stylist website, if you are feeling kind, you can vote here.
Lunch was… lite? It’s Hollywood, I should have expected it. Yummy, indeed but I’m so not a salad girl! Networking with new people is always one of my favorite parts of these events. At lunch I met lovely fellow stylists, bloggers, and even a few fellow School of Style grads! Check out their fabulous blogs:
Jamie Gaul: comedian/fashion blogger at vogueandvodka.com
Erica Paonessa: fashion blogger at styleminx.com
Elizabeth Keene: stylist/fashion blogger at akeenesenseofstyle.com
Molly Drago: Stylist at mollydragostyle.blogspot.com
Emily Moiseve: Stylist at EmilyMoiseve.com
I met up with friend and fellow Personal Styling 101 grad, Courtney Jacobs and she snapped the above picture of me in front of the hotel.
Fancy fancy… the red carpet leading to the seminar
With Jamie Krell and Catt Sadler, such sweet and inspirational ladies
The panel was moderated by Catt and included (from left to right):
LA Editor of Refinery29 and former Vogue staffer
Style expert for E! and Style network
Founders of Naven fashion worn by stars such as Katy Perry, and Emmy Rossum
Celebrity stylist to Katie Holmes who she also collaborates with for their line Holmes & Yang
- Shea Marie
Fashion blogger for CheyenneMeetsChanel
Although the entire panel had some great words of wisdom, here are my favorite pieces of advice that I took home with me that day!
I’m disheveled and I own it - Brenna
Do your job better than anyone else no matter what it is - Brenna
Take a picture, it’s so much more honest than a mirror - Brenna
Have a centered life outside of work - Jeanne
Be as positive and as happy as possible, always laugh. Keep going and it will pay off. - Jeanne
Do an idiot check (3rd check) - Jeanne
Being bitter gives you wrinkles - Jeanne
90% of successful people is because of hard work not raw talent - Jeanne
Always be a first rate version of yourself - Catt
I picked up this amazing product after the seminar, Glam Glow Mud. Can you see the difference in my hands? The one on the left is so much smoother and brighter… I was sold on the spot! This stuff is the real deal!
After taking Class 1 with School Of Style and learning the business of styling (see my experience here) I decided to take it a step further and learn the ropes of being a personal stylist. This class was held in the “Darkroom” at smashbox studios, Hollywood and taught by the fabulous, Lauren Messiah. Chic, no? Lauren is not only an experienced personal stylist, she is also an ambassador for Westfield Malls, Kohls and a part of:Style For Hire with Stacy London. Pretty impressive stuff! Not to mention her website, LaurenMessiah.com is beyond any other stylist’s website I have ever seen. On that note… go check it out, she’s the real deal!
Class is in session! Really, who wouldn’t want this to be their classroom? I met so many fabulous fashion lovers and learned so much, if you have an interest… take the class!
Why personal styling vs regular editorials, celeb styling, and red carpet?
The experience is more one on one and you are able to help someone feel better about themselves, which betters their life and THAT, is something money can’t buy. What girl doesn’t just love a makeover story? Imagine being a professional makeoverer (I know, it’s not a real word but it sounds cool) as your job? It’s like, What Not To Wear, but in real life-your life!
What do you learn in Personal Styling 101?
- Benefits of Personal Styling
- Business Plan
- Building Your Website
- Equipment and Supplies
- Marketing Yourself
- Client Communication
- Taking Measurements
- Closet Audit
- Furthering Your Education
If you love fashion and styling like me, that list is about as exciting as a shopping spree! I loved every second of it!
For a personal style class I chose to stick to my typical wardrobe of black, white and a denim jacket. I’ve tried to get away from it for years but now I’m just learning to embrace it! I added bright matte lips (MAC Ruby Woo) sparkles and some winged liner.
Will you be taking the class? I would love to hear about your experience. Sign up here