I’m currently the in-house Fashion Stylist at The New York Post.
My first job, however, was as a Legal Assistant at a start-up law firm; I thought I was going to be a lawyer. One late night at the office while trying to fix the paper shredder, I realized that I was in the wrong industryâ€¦
You would make a very stylish lawyerâ€¦
I have fun with style. Iâ€™m a really energized person who enjoys feeling feminine, prepared and well put togetherâ€”my clothing reflects that.
Do you feel more pressure getting dressed during fashion week?
When I was starting out I did, it’s intimidating. But I’m pretty consistent with my style, always a bit dressed up. Now I don’t think about it really, I just dress as I would any other day.
I find that people might be quicker to judge my personality because I work in fashion and dress really feminine. Weirdly, the people Iâ€™ve met in fashion are far more open. Â They’re also some of the hardest working and most passionate people in New York; itâ€™s an industry that weeds out the weak pretty quickly.
Whose style has influenced your own?
Patricia Field. She has no boundaries, no rules and no faux pas. Itâ€™s all about mixing, experimenting, and having fun.
Besides people, I’ve been highly influenced by Diorâ€™s New Look: full-skirted frocks, cinched waists, beautiful fabricsâ€¦all that glamour and polish! There’s this one image from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 show, on the carousel, that brought my fantasies to life. It was exciting to see a show that in many ways visually portrays the way my imagination works.
Favorite place to seek inspiration?
New York City has been my best resource, there are so many different styles: uptown, downtown, underground.
I take advantage of this by going out a lot at night; I get my energy from other people so I explore different scenes and see what people are wearing. I gain so many creative ideas this way, it really keeps me balanced. Â Iâ€™m just as inspired by the uptown women shopping at the Bergdorf Goodman second floor shoe department as I am by the go-go dancers who rock the late-night dive bar scene in the Lower East Side.
Where do the bartenders know your name?
TheÂ Cabin Down BelowÂ is one of my favorite bars, it’s warm and inviting. Plus it’s connected toÂ Black Market which serves up one of the best burgers, ever.Â You can spend the whole night in one place, which I often do.
Do you collect anything in particular?
An assortment of tutus, they run the gamut from Erin Fetherston to Opening Ceremony. I found a very special vintage frock at CheapÂ Jackâ€™s almost five years ago: a â€™50s ombre tulle prom dress spun from the prettiest shades of purple.Itâ€™s the one dress I canâ€™t find a place to wear, but when I do, itâ€™s going to be pure magic.
Never leave the house without?
Which designers do you most admire?
I would hireÂ Alber ElbazÂ to design my wardrobe in a second. I also admire Sass & Bide and Alexander Wang. Â I’ve been following many young designers that are really having fun, working hard and taking things to the next level, like Meadham Kirchhoff, Carven, Sretsis, and Â Timo Weiland.
I always read W Magazine and actually love Teen Vogue, thereâ€™s something about the photography, the colors, the layout, the stylingâ€”itâ€™s creative, fun, and well designed.
As for books: Shakespeare. Kate Spade made a series of clutches that look like books, their Shakespeare clutch has one of my favorite quotes on it. It’s a nice reminder of the way I felt in high school discovering his work. So, Teen Vogue and Shakespeare.
I prefer simple products for the skin; Nivea lotion and Dove body wash, both unscented. For grooming, I do get regular blow outs. I rarely wear makeup, so when I do itâ€™s pretty minimal: Tarte under eyeÂ concealer, Maybelline mascara, a touch of YSLâ€™s golden bronzer, and on a special occasion, a neutral-hued glittery Chanel lip gloss.
Do you wear any heirloom pieces?
A bracelet that I took from my motherâ€™s jewelry box; itâ€™s a thin Persian gold bangle with a beautiful, tiny, twisted bow appliquĂ©d on it. Also a necklace I wear everyday; a roughed-up silver square pendant inscribed with the words â€śhappily ever after.â€ť It keeps me dreaming about everything I want in my life: love, happiness, health– the real stuff.
Most memorable words of advice?
Donâ€™t blow off the small things, no one will ever trust you with anything more. I approach everything with equal weight, no matter what. My first assignment at the InStyle fashion closet (my first internship) was to organize hangers!
And work hard, dream big…as David Bowie said, â€¨â€śIâ€™m an instant star: just add water and stir.â€ť