Category Archives: Work

Bro vs Bro

Drew1. Canali blazer / 2. Ted Baker shoes / 3. Happy Socks / 4. Topman button down shirt / 5. AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans / 6. David Yurman ring / 7. 1901 silk blend tie / 8. Alfred Dunhill leather belt / 9. Hugo Boss watch / 10. Will Leather Goods duffel bag / 11. Spalding basketball

I’m excited to share with you guys a project I worked on this winter which airs this Sunday on HGTV – it’s season 2 of Brother vs. Brother! Last year I had the pleasure of working on season 1 and getting to know the Scott brothers who’ve since become two of my best styling clients and good friends. If you haven’t seen any of their three shows on HGTV (Property Brothers and Buying and Selling are the other two), be warned: you will instantly become addicted and not be able to tare yourself away from a marathon. The two are so infectious and endearing, it’s impossible not to love them, even more so in person. So in honor of the season premier, I thought it might be fun to share with you some key pieces that represent their style… 

First we have Drew, the realtor, aka the dapper one. Drew cleans up nice pretty much everyday on Property Brothers and Buying and Selling, wearing a lot of suits (I still need to count his ties – it would be a staggering number). On Brother vs. Brother, I get to dress him in some more casual looks since he actually steps in and gets his hands dirty from time to time. But my favorite look to dress him in is halfway between casual and a full-on suit, layering everyday pieces (he loves colored jeans by AG and Paige) with some more elevated ones like a blazer and slick shoes. A lot of nights after a 12-hour day on set, he’d cheerily jet off to play in a basketball game immediately after, while I’d be too exhausted to do anything other than come straight home to pj’s.

Jonathan1. Superdry twill shirt / 2. Milwaukee tape measurer / 3. Miansai bracelet / 4. Alden Indy boots / 5. Alexander Wang playing cards / 6. Fossil watch / 7. Happy Socks /  8. Rick Owens leather jacket / 9. Diesel jeans / 10. Recover wood iPhone case / 11. Occidental Leather pro tool belt

Next up is Jonathan. He’s the contractor, aka the rugged one.  You’ll often see him in Diesel jeans, plaid shirts (ideally with double pockets and/or epaulets), and his tool belt. He’ll usually rock some construction boots on demo days, but a great pair of brown leather ones like these Aldens look great with everything in his wardrobe. His off-camera style sometimes is a bit more elevated, and he loves a good solid leather jacket. Both brothers have a thing for loud socks, so at any given time we’d have a pile of about 30 pair of Happy Socks in the trailer.  A little known fact about Jonathan is that he’s actually a really talented magician, so sometimes he’d wow the crew with a card trick or two during downtime.

Be sure to tune in to Brother vs. Brother this Sunday on HGTV! And check out the fun behind the scenes web series with their brother JD! Lots of fun to be had.

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New Year / Growing Team

hearts2014 is coming in with a bang, which means lots of exciting new projects at The Life Styled. That’s why we’re looking for some motivated, style savvy people to join our team! Our days are busy with everything from styling looks for TV shows and editorial photo shoots, helping our personal clients updates their wardrobes, participating in workshops and events, and creating new content for the blog. These are some great opportunities for those looking to build careers in fashion styling and style blogging, for various levels of experience. Here’s what’s on the table…

This position is to provide support on styling projects including television, magazine, and personal clients. Responsibilities include pulling clothes and accessories for shoots and clients all over LA, assisting on television and magazine shoots, trend forecasting, research, social media, creating blog content, and some clerical/bookkeeping work. The schedule is part time and on an as-needed basis.
Qualifications: We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, reliable, personable, resourceful, and has a keen eye for style. The ideal candidate has some experience in the fashion industry. Fashion styling experience is preferred, as well as involvement/familiarity with social media and blogging. Photoshop skills a plus. Must have your own computer, wheels, and live in Los Angeles.

2. INTERN (Unpaid/ for school credit)
The Life Styled is currently seeking a part time styling/editorial intern. Candidates should be proactive, creative, and have a strong interest in fashion and trends. No previous styling experience is required. Tasks will include: trend research, social media, errands for styling projects, helping to create blog content, and some clerical/bookkeeping work. Looking for a commitment of 2-3 days per week. Some of the work will be done from home, and some in the field. Could lead to possible paid opportunities at The Life Styled.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate has some experience in the fashion industry or is currently attending school for a fashion related degree. An interest in fashion styling, blogging, and knowledge of social media are musts. Photoshop skills a strong plus. Must have your own computer, wheels, and live in Los Angeles.

We are seeking a photography assistant to help photograph content for the blog 1-2 days per week. Content will include fashion editorials, DIY tutorials, on-set documentary of styling projects, and cocktails.
Qualifications: Experience with fashion/lifestyle photography and knowledge of Photoshop a must. Must have your own DSLR camera, lenses, computer, and live in Los Angeles.

TO APPLY: E-mail with resume/portfolio, a bit about yourself, any scheduling conflicts over the next few months, and links to any social media pages you may have (Twitter, Instagram, blog, etc). Please note the position you are applying for in the subject of the e-mail.


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Friday Links

SwagThis week went by so fast, it almost feels like two weekends are joining up to make one. That makes absolutely no sense, especially since a lot went on this week. For one, I gave a talk on Wednesday at Studio DNA salon about how to use fashion to enhance your business {and your life}. It was tons of fun and they were a great group with lots of good questions. So I’m leaving you this week with one of the slides from my presentation, and a few other things on my mind/radar right now…

Having just upgraded to the iPhone 5 in July, I convinced myself that I didn’t care about the release of the gold 5S. And then Apple had to go and make the sexiest tech geek eye candy commercial using Goldfrapp as bait. UGH!

Style Me Pretty Living included El Diablo in their Autumn inspired cocktail round-up! I can’t wait to try the others that were featured. Fall cocktails are the best cocktails!

Tablet compiled a list of haunted hotels. Fascinating!

Speaking of hotels, I’m excited to try out Gild Hall in NYC around the holidays. Ever been?

I’m considering doing away with the long layers and going with a medium length, slightly more blunt cut instead. Thoughts?

I’ve been playing this album on repeat. Especially Girls, Heart Out, Chocolate, and Menswear.

These 25 Pumpkin Desserts look ridiculously delectable. Bourbon pumpkin milkshakes?? Come. on.

Have a swag filled weekend!

Image found here


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Brother vs. Brother

This winter I had the pleasure of styling two of the nicest, funniest, most talented guys on the planet – Jonathan and Drew Scott (otherwise known as the Property Brothers) for their new show on HGTV, Brother vs. Brother. It’s a reality competition series in which each brother leads a team of home improvement experts in adding value to homes. These guys were so fun to work with and they looked pretty smashing, if I do say so myself. I can’t wait to see it all unfold starting this Sunday on HGTV and you can see all kinds of behind the scenes videos on too. So if you like well dressed men doing demo work, set your DVR’s! My job could be worse.

Video via HGTV

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Belle of the Ball

Bride Outfits for Wedding Events

SHOWER: Lulu Frost earrings, ALICE by Temperley dress, Rubert Sanderson heels, BACHELORETTE: Kelly Wearstler clutch, P.A.R.O.S.H. dress, Giuseppe Zanotti heels, REHEARSAL DINNER: Stella McCartney clutch, Sass & Bide dress, Valentino heels (at Harrods), HONEYMOON: Karen Walker sunglasses, Hervé Léger swimsuit, Ancient Greek Sandals

This weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of WedPrep, a 2-day wedding workshop masterminded by the talented party pros Paige and Kelly of Bash, Please. The curriculum was packed with all kinds of helpful tips from the best in the biz and I was honored to be included in that pool. As the fashion professor, I shared my top tips for how to nail your wedding looks and all the shortcuts to headache-free bridal style. One of the things I talked about was the importance of dressing like the star of every one of your wedding related events as a bride. After all, you’re the center of attention at every party so these outfits should never be an afterthought. Even though a bride has a lot on her plate during the year leading up to her wedding, her party looks are just as important as the main event. So if you’re in the process of planning a wedding (or if you’re simply on the lookout for some cute party or poolside looks), here’s some inspiration for you to get to shopping! I love it when a bride follows a cohesive style story for her events, such as incorporating white into every look she wears. It’s all about enjoying every moment of your time as a bride, so I say milk it for all its worth!


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It’s officially wedding season and chances are we’re all either attending one or involved in planning one this year. I love weddings, especially helping couples find new and unique ways to express themselves through their wedding style. That’s why I’m super excited to be the professor of fashion in the upcoming workshop Wed Prep! Curated by the amazing wedding masterminds behind Bash, Please, I’ll be teaching alongside some of the top industry leaders of cool weddings – the awesome people who create the kind of weddings you want to be invited to. Whether you’re a wedding professional, a bride planning your wedding, or just a wedding enthusiast, we’ve got lots of valuable information to share! It’s a 2-day course that will cover everything – music, cocktails, beauty, florals, decor, even business and social media. So there’s lots to learn, and fun to be had!

Join us? You can sign up here OR try your luck at winning a spot! Just share your best wedding do or don’t on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and tag @wedprep in your post. Don’t delay – they will pick the winner on Tuesday! Hope to see you there!


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Lifesavers Lately

Joe’s legging jeans, Victoria’s Secret PINK tees, Theysken’s Theory leather jacket, Maybelline Colorsensational Vivid lipsticks, NARS #21 brush, NARS Albatross highlighter, individual false lashes, Klorane dry shampoo, Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer, Goyard tote, Kate Spade iPhone case, Kate Spade sunglasses, Tom Ford sunglasses, Yogi Super Anitoxident Green Tea, Starbucks mug, Target wedge sneakers, Steve Madden wedge sneakers

Ahhh how I’ve missed this blog over the past month. I don’t like to be gone for so long but sometimes I can’t avoid it. You’ve probably noticed that my blog often battles my day job for my attention. In this case, I spent the past several weeks styling a TV show for HGTV which required pretty much all of my time. I hate to leave my blog hanging but I love the fact that you stick around even if I can’t give you new posts every day. So thanks for your patience during the hiatus and I promise there’s plenty of new inspiration to share, starting with this collection of things that got me through my time working on set. If you find yourself in need of some new staple items for those never ending packed days, I highly recommend each and every one of these items. Most of them speak for themselves, but I do have a few specific notes:

Joe’s legging jeans – They’re equal parts flattering, soft, and comfy so there’s no restricted skinny jeans feeling. Maybelline Vivid lipsticks – They come in such an impressive range of high quality pop colors – I especially love Pink Pop and Shocking Coral. NARS Albatross highlighter + #21 brush – When you’re putting in long hours, it’s downright impossible to maintain a healthy glow without a little help, and this combo really does the trick. Lash extensions – Before starting the show I decided it was the perfect time to try lash extensions (I went to Lashfully). With the early wake-ups, it was so nice to not have to worry about sticking a mascara wand in my eye while I’m still half asleep. They looked glamorous but not too much for a regular day. I’m not sure I will become a devotee since it can get pricey and I still have yet to try the lash lengthening serums. I’ll keep you posted. Wedge sneakers – Even with the wedge, I was surprised to find they are just as comfy as regular sneakers and add an automatic touch of chicness. I’m sold on these altogether.

One last thing before we go back to business as usual. I’m selling my Louis Vuitton Speedy 35! LV just raised the prices on all their classic styles (those rascals), so if you’ve been thinking of adding this one to your collection, it’s the perfect opportunity. I still love it – I just want another LV bag in a similar style and need to prioritize. :) You can find all the details here.

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Queen of the Desert

No styling work is more fun than when I get to style my best friends. So naturally I was thrilled to get to be a part of my girl Jaimi‘s Style at Home feature on Glitter Guide. Jaimi has turned her Palm Springs home into a beautiful and happy place where I’ve been lucky enough to spend many long weekends with her gabbing and sipping pinot grigio, and I’m so glad she got a chance to share it. I helped her get dressed, choosing outfits from her wardrobe that felt quintessentially her but the Palm Springs version of her – glamorous but relaxed. Heather Kincaid took stunning photos as always, and Jessica Marx helped put the finishing touches on her beautiful home, working her magic the same way she did with mine. I love how this feature really shows Jaimi’s inner and outer beauty, and I’m so happy I got to be a part of it. See the rest of the feature here.

Photos by Heather Kincaid
Hair, Makeup and Nails by Fiore Beauty
Interior Styling by Jessica Marx


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The Knot – Winter

A few months ago, I shared the cover and fashion spread I styled for The Knot’s fall issue. Now, I’m so excited to show you Round 2 – the Winter issue! This one was extra thrilling to be a part of. Once again, the amazing Elizabeth Messina photographed some of the most gorgeous photos I’ve ever been lucky enough to have a hand in. The Villa at Sunstone Vineyards was the incredible setting – the most perfect place to spend a day. When we packed up, I did not want to leave as the sun was setting and the evening breeze was blowing. Dolce Designs created the floral wonderland that make this dream come to life. Erin Skipley brought her impeccable hair and makeup talent and made our gorgeous models look even more gorgeous.

I’ll admit, I’m like a giddy school girl getting to work with such stunning gowns like these from Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Claire Pettibone, Reem Acra, Ines de Santo, and Samuelle who designed that tulle stunner on the cover. Even the mens styles had me swooning with a tux by Yves Saint Laurent, the most perfect shirt by Dolce and Gabbana, and my favorite – the oversized Lanvin bowties (all thanks to Mr. Porter). And don’t even get me started on the diamonds…

Pick up your own issue, on stands now, and check out Grey Likes Weddings and Kiss the Groom for more peeks at the prettiness!

 Photos by Elizabeth Messina


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Packing Party

There’s something so daunting about packing for a long trip. I always intend to get started a few days beforehand and plan each outfit meticulously but in the craze of travel prep, it usually ends up coming together at midnight the night before an early flight. I then lay awake wondering if I have everything I need. The problem with “packing scatter brain” is that you end up bringing more or less than you need and often times the wrong things. The best thing you can do to prep for a trip is take the time to pack right. Here’s how I did it for this week’s trip to NYC for fashion week…

Start by pulling everything out of your closet that inspires you for this particular trip and place them somewhere where they are visible – I like to use a garment rack. Pull more than you need – you’ll edit later. Once you separate those items out from the rest of your wardrobe, it clears the clutter from your brain and you can focus on just those pieces. Since packing space is limited, I always try to avoid any really bulky pieces that I know I’d only wear once (sorry, sequined sailor blazer). You can make your one-time statements with smaller things like a bright top or chunky necklace.

To pack jewelry, I like to roll each piece into a cloth napkin or scarf so everything is surrounded by fabric and protected from rubbing against each other or tangling.

Once you’ve separated the key players from the bench warmers, it’s time to narrow down and make sense of it all. Starting with the pieces you are most excited to wear, put together some specific outfits out of what you’ve pulled and take pictures of each one. Taking pictures will help you make sure you have enough outfits while you’re packing, and also serve as a “trip lookbook” that you can reference later. You can always go back to the closet if you need to. I find that I always wear multiple different outfits in one day when I’m traveling, so keep in mind that you’ll need enough for both day and night. You don’t need to style every single outfit (more power to you if you have time) but just putting together a few ensembles in their entirety will help you solidify your key pieces and maybe even cause you to choose something random you may have otherwise left out.

Next, create piles on the bed of the things that are definite, categorized by type. You can visualize all the ways to mix and match them and you may find that you don’t need to throw in any extra pieces that would end up not getting worn. Once you see that you have plenty of each type (pants, blazers, etc) you can start to eliminate other things and put them back in your closet. Then you’ll have your maybes still on the rack and the definites ready to be packed.

Now it’s time to start packing. Start by neatly placing your definites into the suitcase. Things that matter the least in terms of wrinkling can go on the bottom (underwear, pj’s, etc). I like to roll each item rather than fold – I find it creates fewer wrinkles. For the items that are a bit more fragile (anything silk), it’s a good idea to roll them in tissue paper. Even if they still get some wrinkles, it gives you a piece of mind that your nice things are safe and secure. Once you’ve packed everything that must come with you, you’ll know if you have any extra space to throw in one or two last pieces. Often times that top you throw in at the last minute is the one that ends up saving you from a fashion emergency.

A note about luggage: Most luggage comes in the same variety of sizes. The biggest are usually around 25″ or 29″. I actually prefer the 25″ because I know I can stuff it full and not be over the airline weight limit, but it still holds a lot. On top of that, I like to bring a duffle carry-on in which I can put my computer, jacket, and any minor spillover from the suitcase. I always make sure there’s some extra space to hold any purchases I make on the trip.

And with that, I’m all packed up and off to New York for a busy week of fashion. Hmm which outfit to wear first?




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