Nothing like a chop to make you feel like a new girl!
Writing this is a bit like awkwardly running in to a friend I haven’t called back in months…Ohhhh, heeeyyyy….I bet you thought I forgot you, Foxes. Quite the contrary, you’ve been on my mind a lot. And, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I’ve been busy styling away since my last post (in July!!!).
At the risk of turning a style blog into a therapy session, I’ve been MIA here because life majorly kicked my ass the second part of 2013. My family’s been facing a serious illness. Though I am healthy, the fight’s affected and demanded a lot from me. Other than lots of great clients who completely made me feel normal (THANK YOU!), I retreated from almost everything else last year, including you. I’m sorry for disappearing without explanation.
My family’s fight for health continues, but taking on 2014, I’m (mostly) harder, better, faster, stronger and excited to get back to sharing with you. Still, it doesn’t seem right to move ahead without taking a moment to look back at all you missed. Here’s what I was up to while life fell apart. (Scroll/click on the photos for descriptions of the action.) Happy to be back at it, Foxes.
Making it Work at Work
What happens in the dressing room, stays in the dressing room. Still, I couldn’t help snapping photos of memorable moments and perfectly arranged clothes during appointments.
So many sweater options, I needed an extra rack!
Not-so-basic sweaters and starter jewelry for this client
Gooooooal! Love humor + elegant style
Shades of Fall.
Love making clients this happy.
Sometimes clients need a snack.
No black pants allowed
Can’t go wrong with polkas + cashmere
Injury forced me to style in Nikes this Fall
Perfect peplum. <3 Ted Baker.
These three friends are all clients. I ran into them together wearing many of the pieces we picked together.
This was for my mom! <3
Men of Style
A lot of people ask, “do you style men?” Of course! Guys want to look great too. I worked with some seriously dapper dudes the past few months.
Plaid was everywhere!
Hugo Boss. Always sharp.
He ended up taking home the colored and textured trousers!
Rag & Bone’s Metallic Moon Man is a personal fave
He wanted different…
Waistcoats are a great way for guys to finish a look
Tartan and teal trousers were winners
Epaulets are great for defining masculine shoulders
In addition to working one-on-one with personal styling clients, I’ve been on-set for quite a few runways and editorial and commercial shoots since we chatted. Turns out, I’ve got a knack with a steamer.
Loads of Clothes for Diablo Fall fashion shoot
This is how we roll
This shoot was in-studio and on the streets of SF
Details. This look made the cover of the magazine.
This Derby-worthy hat wasn’t really our look, but fun to try on.
I always try to leave set with new make-up tips.
Lead stylist Jane oversees final touches
Three of the five racks on this shoot. We were dressing an entire “family.”
Stylist secret: hardware stores have the best storage
Cutest model I ever met
My best friend, the steamer.
On-set improv. Tree = hanger.
Stacks of racks
Backstage at San Francisco Fashion Week
Model line-up on the last night of SFFW
I seriously couldn’t have done SSFW without the help of my stylist sister Nikki– follow her @NicoleBlairWear!
Flip-flops are a must after hours of styling in heels!
Pizza. Backstage food of champions. With uber-assistants Steph and Nikki.
You Can Never Have Too Many Shoes
As I reviewed the hundreds (I mean HUNDREDS) of photos I’ve taken in the past six months, I noticed shoes are overly represented in the mix. Kinda like in my closet.
I thought I was clever with the mirrors
Finally, a pair of Toms I like!
Casual kicks for a SAHM
Peep-toe booties + textured tights for a work event
Leopard shoe stalking at iFabbo Conference
Striped flats + polka dot pants
Want list: Charlotte Olympia Zodiac Loafer
In the midst of the stress, I found time to have some fun with family and friends (not to mention obsess over my cutie nephew, B).
Tapas with my Stylist Sisters Jen, Monica and Nikki.
Whole family in the car, excited for the first pool day of the year
Hubby pulling his best Rainman in Vegas
Cocktails on the terrace at The Claremont
Met a real Fox Hunter
Sunning in Tahoe
Sunning in Vegas
Fight on! It’s USC Gameday!
Celebrating my besties wedding McJohnson 4ever. <3
Gtown event at AT&T Park. Can’t tell but the park was just the 50 of us. So cool.
Date night with Lee.
Devon, my go-to fashion show partner in crime.
Transvestites close the runway!
B! (& baby bro) I mean his life vest is a KILLER WHALE.
Best dinner date. Ever.
Future USC Trojan. Taking the Tirebiter thing too literally.
It’s kind of appropriate that the first and last projects I did since writing were styling for my friend Kellee‘s awesome children’s clothing line Good Boy Friday. We shot the Spring/Summer ’14 lookbook last July and wrapped the Fall ’14/Winter ’15 last week.
First shoot with kiddos. Most important lesson: Jellybeans are the best bribes.
Cool Kid Inspiration Board
Top Model Finn working it for the camera
Future Rockstar? This little guy requested Kings of Leon play during his photo sesh.
Diablo Magazine Editors visited the set. It was the first time I got to meet new Style Editor Caitlin McCulloch, who I was on set with a couple weeks later at their Fall Fashion shoot.
Small models don’t mean a small pull