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

Erica Paonessa: fashion blogger at

Elizabeth Keene: stylist/fashion blogger at

Molly Drago: Stylist at

Emily Moiseve: Stylist at

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!

Getting Schooled In Style

Above: My School Of Style Workbook and Coffee

I have read every book that I could get my hands on written by stylists, every blog, conference, live streaming… you name it. The last book I read, Secrets Of A Stylist by Sasha Charnin was by far the most helpful and insightful tool of all. I took notes on that book like it was my job! But really I had no job, what was the next step to take for someone who has no experience and can’t intern because most internships are in exchange for school credit. I’m not in school therefore nobody is going to give me an internship. So I googled “How To Become A Stylist” and I found this site for: School Of Style.

I had never heard anything from anyone about this school so I turned to the only outlet I know for this sort of thing- TWITTER! I tweeted Sasha and asked her if she had heard of the school. She hadn’t so I tweeted her the link and handle (@SchoolOfStyle) she checked it out and said it looks like a legit place. I love twitter! Where else can you just pick the brain of a stylist/author/fashion director of US magazine? I was told by someone in the industry that if you seek help in this industry by those that “get it”, those that have been in your shoes and made it, they will help you. So far it’s tried, tested and true!

Above: Smashbox Studios

I found myself at the amazing Smashbox Studios on Saturday morning ready to learn! Coffee (how cute is the Smashbox sleeve?) in hand, seat in the front of class, here goes nothing…

Above: A Stylist Sandwhich! Me with teachers Luke Storey and Lauren Messiah

Luke is a GREAT teacher, he’s so much fun and so full of knowledge! Side note, his laid back Cali attitude and vocab may or may not have something to do with the fact that “Dope” and “Capish” are injected into my conversations from here on out.

I’m not going to give away the class but I will tell you that I learned everything from what THE LETTER is (see… don’t you wanna know?) to the important part like, how to actually get the job! Secrets of the trade like: industry lingo, how to do a pull and Lauren’s fav: How To Get Fired, had my full attention. I loved absorbing it all! I’m ready to show up at a job and feel confident enough with the knowledge I got from class.

After completing Class 1 all students are added to the graduates list; which means I’ll be receiving emails for job openings. It’s my “in” to the industry because we all know… It’s who you know that counts!

Above: Luke and Lauren Teaching, Students, Outside the studio (Hollywood) and what’s in my bag

It was like the books that I’ve read actually came to life! I learned so much and seriously cannot wait to get back to class and learn more. The location is amazing, the class is fun, and the people are great. So you want to be a stylist? Here, let me help you! www.theSchoolOfStyle.Com Follow them on twitter (duh) @SchoolOfStyle

PS- Lauren’s blog is DOPE

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

Red Carpet Stylists: Unsung Heros or Masters of Disaster

Although the actual show itself was quite a bore, the red carpet coverage was quite entertaining. Seeing who wore what, who looked good, who looked terrible, and who was setting next seasons trends. Fashion is a funny business, isn’t it? The black dress is too boring but taking a risk will usually land one on the worst dressed list. We so often hear that fashion is fun, don’t take yourself too seriously, DO YOU! And then we judge, based on personal preference, what was she thinking, grandma gown, she’s so last season. We’re all guilty, no? So… here I go, my own dose of best and worst. All the cool kids are doing it.

But before I start, I have noticed that stylists (good or bad) rarely get the credit. Let’s face it, it’s not really “Celeb X” that is so trendsetting or “Celeb Y” that chose such a hideous ensemble. The fashion force behind them can either be an unsung hero (a la Grace Coddington) or the reason for “Celeb Z” catching the harsh judgment (a la Jessica Biel) of so many self appointed fashion police.  Again, guilty! I had so much fun tweeting away along with PR Girls, Stylists, Bloggers, and those of us who just plain love fashion. Here are the results: 


Oh Jen Rade, you are a genius! Angelina in Atelier Versace is HOT! From the classic bun to the red lips that match the red on the gown to, get this… the clutch was dyed to match the gown exactly. I really don’t think that Angie cares enough to be a fashion trend setter, therefore it’s Jen who get’s the credit for setting the next big trend: using red to make nude pop. I will be wearing this combo for spring. Angelina was hands down best styled of the night but it’s not like she was an eye sore to start with!

She didn’t stop with Angelina, Jen styled Katharine McPhee and what an amazing job she did. A nude custom Donna Karan tea length frock… classy yet on trend. That’s never an easy one to pull off. Katharine is monochromatic perfection. Donna + Jen = glamourous. Jen, you are the unsung hero of the 2011 Golden Globes.

Follow her on twitter: Jen Rade I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for this seasons red carpet! 

Taylor, we loved you on The Rachel Zoe Project, but I think we love you even more now. A raw talent who knows what she wants and how to get it. Kate Beckinsale looks elegant and chic yet so modern in this Roberto Cavalli gown with diamonds dripping from her ears. Statement earrings are must have trend, thank you, Taylor! 

Follow her on twitter: Taylor Jacobson  but don’t let her fool you with Kate’s sophisticated demure, she’s more than just a stylist, this girl has sass.  

It’s a Brad Brad world alright and he’s taking Jessica Alba along for the ride. He dressed her to perfection while prego but his work here is not finished. Brad Goreski might be brought to tears at the drop of a hat, but he’s bringing sexy back. Jessica glows, I need to know what is on her skin. She is sparkling in this Gucci gown with just a touch of red on her clutch. Bravo, Brad (pun intended).

Follow Brad Goreski on Twitter. He is like a perfectly styled box of Crayola crayons and you will love him.

Deborah Waknin is “Kind of Amazing” according to Sasha Charnin (Fashion editor of US Weekly) and I have to agree. There is no arguing that, like nude, the fishtail dress is a trend. Now Sofia Vegara has the body of an angel but, Deborah sure knows how to dress that body. The blue Vera Wang was nothing short of brilliant. Now the only problem is I have nowhere to wear a fishtail gown so I guess I’ll just stick to the blue? 

Karla Welch dressed, Paula Patton in this bright yellow Monique Lhullier gown, sending her to shine on down that red carpet. I don’t know if I should thank, Karla or be mad at her for making crave the days of summer and for wanting everything bright yellow. Well done! I love the risk, she stood out in a sea of nude dresses.

America’s new obsession, and possibly our next Jolie? Ryan Hastings had the honor of dressing up, Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci and she was stunning. All black everything done right. The edgy cut out’s, a romantic ruffled bottom, and her slicked back black hair… I like it! 



I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help myself… all I could think of when looking at Kelly Osborne and Tilda Swinton? The Jetson’s theme song, you know, meet George Jetson… Yeah, that one.

The gray hair and over structured gown was such a fail on Kelly. I love her personality but this does it no justice. Judd Minter was the Master of Disaster behind Kelly’s look. Although she did seem to love her Zac Posen gown and stood strong about all of the hate tweets regarding her gray hair. Good for you, Kelly, that’s what’s most important at the end of the day. But Judd, I can only hope for something a little more wowing next time. 

I really have no words for the whole picture that Jerry Stafford called styling here. Tilda was just all wrong, from head to toe. Points for trying I guess? 

And now… on to the next! It’s red carpet season and I’m excited to see which stylist get’s best dressed next. Who were your picks for best and worst styled at The Golden Globes?