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My advice to aspiring stylists and fashionistas and my experience with winning Project Style!

Simply Stylist

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!



Personal Styling 101

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
    • Pre-Styling
    • Returns
    • Billing
    • Fitting
    • 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

I’ve been playing with color a lot since moving to LA. Lots of sunshine makes it easy to do so! My favorite way of incorporating brights has been with blazers. I recently bought this green peplum one and blue textured one at Forever 21. How will you be styling brights this spring? 

Olivia Palermo has my favorite celeb style. Not only does her style rock, but she styles herself!

Styled by Petra Flannery this menswear inspired ensemble spices up the go to black blazer with a pop of green!

Styled by Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn her genius stylists! The look could from Asos for under $65!

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