Project Makeover Winner of the Year 2017 The Pictures you won’t see in Tucson LifeStyle Magazine!

Each year one lucky lady is selected to get a Grand Makeover that will change her life!!!

The Makeover Prize includes:

Ten Outfits Style Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Closet Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Personal Shopping + $700.00 to spend, Bra and foundations to take home with custom fitting , Makeup by artist at Dillard’s , Hair cut and style at Gadabout , Professional photo shoot by Tom Spitz, and an appearance on the  Morning Blend  TV Segment.

Blanca was the winner!!!

Selected as one of the three finalists her winning answer to why she needed this makeover was:

I need help to improve myself and I’m tired.  I don’t have the energy to do it alone.

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So let the Project begin!!!

Style Evaluation and Closet Evaluation:

Basically it should be called the “discovery”.  Why?  Because Blanca as well as all my other clients who have braved the Closet Evaluation  discover things about themselves they never have before.022 Blanca saw in her closet who she was many years ago, her current life (mom),  with very boring (mom) clothes, and  the forecast of who she wanted to be !

She forecasted a  mother who was well put together, who had style but still comfortable.  She realized the time she was spending on herself was next to nothing and it showed.

She realized holding on to garments that didn’t  work for her was a disservice to her.030

She also learned the best clothes that compliment her body type (apple).  She learned her assets being her gorgeous legs, skin tone, arms, beautiful face and smile.  She learned  how to accentuate those areas as much as possible and taking the eye away from her challenging areas being her midsection area.037

As we edited her closet , half was tossed because the item was dated, stained and old, did not fit,  and was in the wrong color for her.  Her color palette lends to vibrant rich colors so all pastels and muted tops, sweaters and jackets left the building!022

We also placed her full length mirror in a strategic place so she could actually see herself from head to toe!

By the end of our 2.5 hours she was energized and the transformation had begun! We had created a shopping list of new items that would achieve her style goal of looking like a cool mom and being comfortable at the same time!

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Fear Factor shopping! Comments I get before diving into the racks of clothes are ” I’m overwhelmed,  We won’t find anything, nothing will look good on me”.  As insecurities are surfacing I know with all my years of experience successes are on the way!

We found beautiful pieces at Dillards with the $700.00 prize money. 072

Since Blanca is a stay at home mom, and property manager we were looking for casual, fun well fitting clothes. Basically her ” uniform ” to be was a great pair of jeans and leggings for the season and beautiful tops that were steps up from her boring tees.

Here are some outfits we found at Dillard’s

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041She was in need of the little black dress! This dress by Theory  is simple and drapes beautifully to conceal her tummy area, along with the turquoise necklaces to draw attention upward around her face.  The  hem length shows off her legs and highlights  her shoes.  These shoes are very Prada-esque!!! Without the prada price

You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans! You just have to know how to wear them!  In her case the leopard top fits perfectly, skimming the body and concealing her tummy.   The blouse has a v shape at her neckline, which is also flattering.  045

She also needed some new shoes for the wow factor !

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As we were shopping for shoes Blanca went right to the 5 inch platforms.  Very impressive!! That doesn’t happen to often with my clients, due to the consistent need to wear flat comfortable shoes.  Taking the elevator up with a high heel is an added plus for petite frame!036

Makeup

Samantha Ruiz was the talented makeup artist who applied Armani makeup that took Blanca from ordinary to extraordinary!006

Makeup was applied using Artis Brushes, resulting in a flawless natural finish.  Brows filled in,  eye shadows applied, kohl eyeliner to bring out her eyes bronzer to contour her cheeks.  Rosy brown lipstick to show off Blanca’s full luscious lips.

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Professional Photo Shoot Day! (The photos that are in  Feb Issue of Tucson LifeStyle Magazine for the story)

To create a beautiful photo many people are involved!  The Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Scott Barker, Tom Spitz, Photographer

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Artistic Director of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Matthew Kaufman

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Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom Spitz

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and myself the Stylist is what is needed to make a great photo. We all collaborate to make it work.  It is a very fun process.  I love it!!

Before the photo shoot, I also need to mention Blanca went to Dillard’s for makeup. Samantha from Dillard’s Armani Cosmetic counter did her magic again, and Gadabout for her hair to be done  prior to  the photo shoot! Megan was the wonderful Hair Stylist from Gadabout.

Blanca had not had her haircut in a year and a half.  She also had a stressful year which resulted in hair loss, and lost the luster too.

Megan gave her a rich conditioning treatment, trimmed, shaped her hair around her face and styled it for the photoshoot !  Blanca was enjoying every minute of it and her hair looked gorgeous in the end!

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The location of the shoot was at Highland Park near her house.  This was of great convenience because her entire family was going to be involved with a photo , along with us running back and forth  to her house for wardrobe outfits.

Shot 1:  Being treated like a queen from her family was the first shot!  How fun as they showered her with treats and love! Dillard’s provided the awesome couch that Ted Baker provided Dillard’s  for his clothing line.  I provided the rest of the props.

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Blanca is wearing a coral shell  which adds a punch of color. The vest although we can’t see it in the picture adds structure.  It  slims her waistline along with adding a layered look without the bulk because they are both sleeveless.  A cardigan or jacket could be added for continued layering, but the vest is the detail a lot of us would not think to do!

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Shot 2    Wow!!!  Blanca is so beautiful here, nothing else needs to be said.

The blouse is so colorful and  extremely flattering on her.  The cognac booties hit perfectly in proportion to where the jean hem ends.  Simple outfit formula: blouse with interesting elements+ great fitting jeans+ cool current shoes+ jewelry = Fabulous Outfit!!!!

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This is my cruiser bike that was a prop in the photo shoot and it was a hit, because Tucson Lifestyle used it on the cover of the magazine!  Blanca was having so much fun and she seemed like a natural at modeling!

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Want to lose 10 pounds visually?  Vertical dressing!!!  Wearing the same color on the top on bottom, as Blanca is doing here. Add an interesting cardigan, great pair of shoes and jewelry and you’ve got yourself a great outfit!

Me and my bicycle!!!  I was goofing off in between the shots taken.

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Blancas transformation was a total success!  Her desire to be open to new ideas, wanting to learn and the willingness to make daily changes are the ingredients needed. She committed to making an investment on herself.    She was absolutely delightful to work with and I think for both of us it was a rich fulfilling experience.

And I am already looking forward to next year for another remarkable transformation!!!

If you are in need of a Makeover and want to improve your image please contact Monica at Monica@Tenoutfits.com.

Project Makeover Winner of the Year 2017 The Pictures you won’t see in Tucson LifeStyle Magazine!

Each year one lucky lady is selected to get a Grand Makeover that will change her life!!!

The Makeover Prize includes:

Ten Outfits Style Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Closet Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Personal Shopping + $700.00 to spend, Bra and foundations to take home with custom fitting , Makeup by artist at Dillard’s , Hair cut and style at Gadabout , Professional photo shoot by Tom Spitz, and an appearance on the  Morning Blend  TV Segment.

Blanca was the winner!!!

Selected as one of the three finalists her winning answer to why she needed this makeover was:

I need help to improve myself and I’m tired.  I don’t have the energy to do it alone.

dill1

So let the Project begin!!!

Style Evaluation and Closet Evaluation:

Basically it should be called the “discovery”.  Why?  Because Blanca as well as all my other clients who have braved the Closet Evaluation  discover things about themselves they never have before.022 Blanca saw in her closet who she was many years ago, her current life (mom),  with very boring (mom) clothes, and  the forecast of who she wanted to be !

She forecasted a  mother who was well put together, who had style but still comfortable.  She realized the time she was spending on herself was next to nothing and it showed.

She realized holding on to garments that didn’t  work for her was a disservice to her.030

She also learned the best clothes that compliment her body type (apple).  She learned her assets being her gorgeous legs, skin tone, arms, beautiful face and smile.  She learned  how to accentuate those areas as much as possible and taking the eye away from her challenging areas being her midsection area.037

As we edited her closet , half was tossed because the item was dated, stained and old, did not fit,  and was in the wrong color for her.  Her color palette lends to vibrant rich colors so all pastels and muted tops, sweaters and jackets left the building!022

We also placed her full length mirror in a strategic place so she could actually see herself from head to toe!

By the end of our 2.5 hours she was energized and the transformation had begun! We had created a shopping list of new items that would achieve her style goal of looking like a cool mom and being comfortable at the same time!

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Fear Factor shopping! Comments I get before diving into the racks of clothes are ” I’m overwhelmed,  We won’t find anything, nothing will look good on me”.  As insecurities are surfacing I know with all my years of experience successes are on the way!

We found beautiful pieces at Dillards with the $700.00 prize money. 072

Since Blanca is a stay at home mom, and property manager we were looking for casual, fun well fitting clothes. Basically her ” uniform ” to be was a great pair of jeans and leggings for the season and beautiful tops that were steps up from her boring tees.

Here are some outfits we found at Dillard’s

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016

030

041She was in need of the little black dress! This dress by Theory  is simple and drapes beautifully to conceal her tummy area, along with the turquoise necklaces to draw attention upward around her face.  The  hem length shows off her legs and highlights  her shoes.  These shoes are very Prada-esque!!! Without the prada price

You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans! You just have to know how to wear them!  In her case the leopard top fits perfectly, skimming the body and concealing her tummy.   The blouse has a v shape at her neckline, which is also flattering.  045

She also needed some new shoes for the wow factor !

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As we were shopping for shoes Blanca went right to the 5 inch platforms.  Very impressive!! That doesn’t happen to often with my clients, due to the consistent need to wear flat comfortable shoes.  Taking the elevator up with a high heel is an added plus for petite frame!036

Makeup

Samantha Ruiz was the talented makeup artist who applied Armani makeup that took Blanca from ordinary to extraordinary!006

Makeup was applied using Artis Brushes, resulting in a flawless natural finish.  Brows filled in,  eye shadows applied, kohl eyeliner to bring out her eyes bronzer to contour her cheeks.  Rosy brown lipstick to show off Blanca’s full luscious lips.

004

Professional Photo Shoot Day! (The photos that are in  Feb Issue of Tucson LifeStyle Magazine for the story)

To create a beautiful photo many people are involved!  The Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Scott Barker, Tom Spitz, Photographer

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Artistic Director of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Matthew Kaufman

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Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom Spitz

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and myself the Stylist is what is needed to make a great photo. We all collaborate to make it work.  It is a very fun process.  I love it!!

Before the photo shoot, I also need to mention Blanca went to Dillard’s for makeup. Samantha from Dillard’s Armani Cosmetic counter did her magic again, and Gadabout for her hair to be done  prior to  the photo shoot! Megan was the wonderful Hair Stylist from Gadabout.

Blanca had not had her haircut in a year and a half.  She also had a stressful year which resulted in hair loss, and lost the luster too.

Megan gave her a rich conditioning treatment, trimmed, shaped her hair around her face and styled it for the photoshoot !  Blanca was enjoying every minute of it and her hair looked gorgeous in the end!

020

023

The location of the shoot was at Highland Park near her house.  This was of great convenience because her entire family was going to be involved with a photo , along with us running back and forth  to her house for wardrobe outfits.

Shot 1:  Being treated like a queen from her family was the first shot!  How fun as they showered her with treats and love! Dillard’s provided the awesome couch that Ted Baker provided Dillard’s  for his clothing line.  I provided the rest of the props.

037

028

Blanca is wearing a coral shell  which adds a punch of color. The vest although we can’t see it in the picture adds structure.  It  slims her waistline along with adding a layered look without the bulk because they are both sleeveless.  A cardigan or jacket could be added for continued layering, but the vest is the detail a lot of us would not think to do!

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Shot 2    Wow!!!  Blanca is so beautiful here, nothing else needs to be said.

The blouse is so colorful and  extremely flattering on her.  The cognac booties hit perfectly in proportion to where the jean hem ends.  Simple outfit formula: blouse with interesting elements+ great fitting jeans+ cool current shoes+ jewelry = Fabulous Outfit!!!!

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Shot 3

This is my cruiser bike that was a prop in the photo shoot and it was a hit, because Tucson Lifestyle used it on the cover of the magazine!  Blanca was having so much fun and she seemed like a natural at modeling!

044

Want to lose 10 pounds visually?  Vertical dressing!!!  Wearing the same color on the top on bottom, as Blanca is doing here. Add an interesting cardigan, great pair of shoes and jewelry and you’ve got yourself a great outfit!

Me and my bicycle!!!  I was goofing off in between the shots taken.

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Blancas transformation was a total success!  Her desire to be open to new ideas, wanting to learn and the willingness to make daily changes are the ingredients needed. She committed to making an investment on herself.    She was absolutely delightful to work with and I think for both of us it was a rich fulfilling experience.

And I am already looking forward to next year for another remarkable transformation!!!

If you are in need of a Makeover and want to improve your image please contact Monica at Monica@Tenoutfits.com.

Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

 

Tips on Master Layering

1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best

J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with the most flattering layering possibilities.  I suggest layer with caution when it comes to bulky items,  Below I would of removed the denim shirt.

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Long and Lengthy?  A Ruler body type is great for the look below.  Thin with no curves

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3.  Pair Light weight pieces under bulk

Ted Baker Fleur Jacket, Vince Camuto Aqua Sleeveless Blouse, Thalian Burgundy Leggings, Nine West Brown Mid Boots, Vintage Silk Chiffon Purple Scarf

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4. Balance Layered tops under slim bottoms

Levi Strauss Blue Jacket, Pink Chiffon Buffalo Blouse, Zara Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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5. Layer the Same Colorwhite

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6. Layer Texture

Zara Grey Metallic Knit Jacket, Elizabeth and James Feathered Vest, J Jill White Cami

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Step One:   Max Jeans Grey Vest, Mossimo White Tee, Prabal Gurang Prism Necklace, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Step 2.  Add another layer with texture, and repeat the color.  Not overwhelming!  La Fiorentina Fur Vest

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7. Summer Dresses can be layered into Fall Style

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J Crew Sparkle Sheath Dress, Nine West Booties

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Added: Zara Black Knit Pullover, J Crew Black Grosgrain Belt,  5 Layer Strand of big Faux  Pearls

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Tool Box:  Items needed for  Layering

1. Vests

Lucky Army Vest, Lucy Black Hoody, Banana Republic Graphic Tee, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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J Crew Print Shell, Antonio Melani Man’s Vest, Premise Black Jacket, Vintage Scarf

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Talbot’s Zebra Long Jacket, Mossimo Grey Sweater, Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Blouse, Zara Black Leggings, Stuart Weitzman Black Boots

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Margaret O’Leary Black Knit Sweater, H&M Black Sheer Long Duster, J Jill White Cami, Ann Taylor White Jeans, Vince Camuto Brown Bootie, Italian Black Bag

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3. Cascading Hemlines

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Mossimo Knit Oatmeal Sweater, Trina Turk Taupe Silk Sleeveless Top, Zara Ivory Midi Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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4. Sleeveless Blouses , Tees and Turtlenecks

Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Top, H&M Black Man’s Vest, Barneys New York Black Fingerless Leather Gloves, Elevenesse Black Matador Pants, Stuart Weitzman Leopard Pumps

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7. Trimmings: Buy quality, don’t settle for a bad fake fur!  There are good fake furs out there and I personally like Vintage Fur.

Brooks Brothers Ivory Coat, Vintage Fur Trim

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8. Layer Jewelry. I enjoy adding layers of jewelry in similar colors and textures with one “off” piece. Vintage Jet Beads, Misc Strands

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9. Scarves  So versatile and add a splash of your favorite colors, patterns ect.

Trina Turk Black Leather Jacket, TeenFlo Vest, J Crew Taupe Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse, Vintage Limited Silk Scarf ( Circa 80″s), Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Infinity Scarves- Current Trend-  I like it!!

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Banana Republic Navy Cardigan, Mossimo Denim Shirt, Vintage Tartan Tie, Zara Black Leggings, Zara Motorcycle Boots

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Layering Clothing is fun, looks very chic and stylish and fundamentally can keep you warm this Fall.  Good Luck and remember the tips and work with your tool box!!

Palm Springs: The Inside Scoop on a great boutique hotel, Shops, and Sites

The Avalon Hotel:  Two Thumbs Up!!

Formerly the Viceroy,  a  gem conveniently  nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the historic Avalon Hotel Palm Springs rests at the foot of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains on four acres of fragrant, beautifully manicured gardens. Its Spanish architecture punctuated by a series of secluded, private villas, calls forth the iconic, storied Golden Age of Palm Springs.

This trip was to visit my mother, and I also  wanted to take the opportunity to treat myself and lap up some luxury!  I did just that.

Below: Feeling Glamourous  sitting in the gardens. Trina Turk swim cover , Valentino Sunglasses

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As tempting as these bikes were to borrow  parked in the front of the hotel, I managed to pick a weekend where temperatures were 110-114.  I passed on the leisurely bike ride.  Next time for sure!!!

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I had the good fortune of being upgraded to a bungalow, which I was told by the concierge  were built in 1933.

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Interiors  were updated with Hollywood Regency style  by renowned designer Kelly Wearstler.   It was perfect for a fantasy getaway!!!

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Guilty with a Selfie as I headed to the pool to relax and people watch of course!!!

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The property had 3 pools and the pool below was Adult only.  That’s where I ended up.  It was quiet and well shaded with mature trees which made me content!  Lemon Cucumber Water was provided for the guests 24/7.

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A little Swank never hurt anyone and this lounge area fit the bill.  By 8pm it was packed with hipsters and the usual suspects!

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The property had a Spa and I enjoyed a 90 minute massage.  The complimentary glass of champagne was a nice added touch prior to my Oh feel so good moment!

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Coffee in bed!!!

Ralph Lauren Stripe Blouse, Ann Taylor Navy Shorts, Cole Haan Sandals

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Downtown Palm Springs

Location Location Location is what they always say and the Hotel was walking distance to everything. So convenient!

The action seemed to be on  Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive. The usual shops, restaurants and bars were to be found and of course some always better than others.  I always ask the bartender of my hotel, in this instance my barista and he gave me great suggestions on where to dine, shop and find Mid Century Architecture which was in my two previous blogs

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Walking is the best because you will always see  things that get missed when driving. This car stopped me in my tracks!  Citroen, Maserati

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This Rolls Royce was the Citroen parking buddy

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Trina Turk Flagship Store.  I have been a huge fan of Trina Turk designs for years, so I was excited to experience the store.

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I like Trina Turk designs because they are a little on the wild side, colorful and quite frankly exude fun and style!  You feel good when you’re wearing Trina Turk!

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I was lusting over everything in this store! It has been so long since I saw eye candy this good in regards to Interiors!!!  Mid Century heaven!

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When I saw this bench, I couldn’t believe it because I have the same fabric for my  dining chairs!!!  My chairs were purchased at Annabelles Attic: 4 for $100.00.  That’s not a typo! This bench was going for $800.00

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Palm Springs Art Museum

When I travel I seek out the local museum and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this one.

Standing with “Your Dog” by Yoshitomo Nara,  2002

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A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection

Henry Moore Sculpture

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Modigliani- What a treat to see!

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Contemporary Wings always blow me away!  This pile of garbage for instance is taking center stage in the room.  WHY????

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This lovely couple I imagine fools everyone as it did me.  I thought to myself as I walked up the stairs -“What are they staring at? “Are they sleeping?” ” They are so still!”  GOT ME! they are sculptures!!!

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Time to get dressed up and go out to dinner!

Three Dot Black Cotton Dress Circa 80’s

I can’t believe this dress is still in mint condition. Someone brought it into my Consignment Store, Timeless in Palo Alto and I couldn’t resist buying it for myself.  The LBD that won’t die! Donald Pliner Sandals

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The Rooster and the Pig, Vietnamese Restaurant

The best Vietnamese food I have ever had!  So fresh healthy and delicious!  Slanted Door in SF you are #2!!!

Vietnamese Rice Crepe with Cabbage, Shrimp, Jicama, Herbs

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Chased the next day  with Sherman’s Deli

Sherman’s Deli is an institution and it is a must when visiting Palm Springs.  Pastrami on Rye anyone?? And of course dessert!

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On that Sweet note ,  I encourage you to take a little Desert Oasis Vacay to Palm Springs and be surprised with all it has to offer!  Soak up the MidCentury vibe, good food, friendly hospitality plus shopping and sites.

I look forward to another visit sooner than later!

 

The pictures you won’t see in the June Issue of Tucson Life Style Magazine Buzzing Around Bisbee!

This photo story  was about two girls on a road trip to Bisbee.

Bisbee is a great little getaway only 1.5 hours from Tucson with fun shops, interesting architecture and sites, music, and a cool laid back vibe for enjoying yourself without a lot of expectations.  

We started at 6am and didn’t stop till 6pm!  The entire day was great because of the team I was working with!

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The last shoot of the day was at the  Shady Dell Airstream Park.   I couldn’t help but reminisce  when I stayed there 18 years ago when it was $45.00 a night! I was booked in the  Spartan  Airstream004

To prepare for the success of the photo shoot I need to always visualize the outfits that will compliment the different “scenes”.  My job was also to create multiple looks using one base such as the dresses I chose and switch out accessories, add a jacket etc.  They worked out beautifully.IMG_1108 (1) Vintage Luggage that I had as props in my Store in California a zillion years ago!!!074

Flippin excited that Paige wore my Elvis dress!!!

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008It was a great day as I expected.   The shoot ran smoothly and on time which doesn’t always happen.  We started out by the Fairgrounds to do the “car shoot”.  Notice the bangles Paige is wearing !!!099

You gotta love a guy who smiles while shlepping!

083Vanessa striking a pose! Vanessa wearing Vintage  Circa 80’s Ralph Lauren Jacket103Getting psyched for Bisbee!!107Wayne’s Toys AKA  Tucson Auto Museum  provided the choice automobile. I enjoyed meeting the owners, they were a lovely couple.

090Once the car shoot was completed we all jumped in our cars and caravanned to Bisbee to finish the story.

Here is a look at my  behind the scenes shots :

First Bisbee stop:  Bisbee Breakfast Club where we all enjoyed lunch together too!112

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113The Beginning of the 1000 Step Stair Climb!  In front of the Copper Queen Hotel

134I  achieved completing these steps a few years ago.  Here with my friend Susan Firth.037_edited-1When walking the stairs you get to see so many  intricate, funky exteriors of little houses, bizarro stuff,  arts and crafts,   etc while you climb.014 080054_edited-1

Shopping Antiques at Acacia Art and Antiques

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124I love this store and of course I found something perfect to add to my white pottery collection.  I have a beautiful friend  in Boston who collects white pottery and I started a little collection of my own so everytime I look at it I think of her!006

Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill

Hustling is the name of the Game

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137Walking down  Main Street

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I trekked on the opposite side of the street for this shot!  I love it!!!

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Shady Dell RV Park!!! Vanessa wearing Betsy Johnson, J Crew Shoes.  Paige wearing Anthropologie, Lucky Sandals

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Vanessa, pull yourself together!

image Paige looks like a 1940’s glamour movie star!!  PJ’s:  Natori and Anthropologie

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The only phone booth left in America!!!

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Matthew said I was saluting at the end of the day with a smile!!   I enjoyed the day in Bisbee indeed!bisbee

I love the fantasy of a photo shoot.  They are a lot of work but also a lot of fun and the pics in the end are amazing that are selected for the magazine spread.  Thanks Tom Spitz for your amazing photos!

June Issue of Tucson LifeStyle — Check it out and  go cool off in Bisbee during the summer!!!

 

Behind the Scenes of a Tucson Lifestyle Photo Shoot

Being part of a Photo shoot is very exciting!   And being the Stylist for a Tucson Lifestyle Photo shoot is even more exhilarating!!  March 2016 Issue was just that.  There is so much prep work that is involved prior to the big day I thought I would fill you in on a little of the behind scenes and what it takes to have a great success the day of!

The Wardrobe:

In order to achieve “the look” of what you are forecasting for the shoot you must hunt and gather for the clothes. Two Words: TIME CONSUMING!!!  This task was challenging for me because I was first asked to shop local designers which was few and not particularly “the look” I had conjured up in my mind.  Whats a Stylist to do?  Move to Plan B!!!  Shop Local Boutiques  and add a few of your own personal items as well!!!  Now things were coming into place.  As I worked this process I did enjoy meeting so many interesting people. Laura Tanzer who I had met before gladly provided us with her amazing Palazzo pants, Laura-Tanzer-red-lotus-chiffon-with-high-waist-cotton-striped-pantMoni, Creator  of Cry Baby Couture greeted me at the door with her standard poodle who also greeted me enthusiastically on two legs and two paws on my shoulders!  Moni designed the amazing feather dress!!!IMG_0749

FullSizeRenderShahida Parides provided gorgeous exotic printed jumpsuits and tunics.FullSizeRender (1)  Avenue Boutique also helped out with providing some cute bralettes to go with palazzo pants and cute tops.

The Jewelry:

Roni, creator of Bella Sonoma Jewelry  fascinated me with her beautiful home, art and Limoge collection.FullSizeRender (4)  We are both from the Bay Area  and  seemed to hit if off instantly not to mention shared interests with the love of antiques and art!   I listened and  learned  about her mother who came from nothing in the Mid West  and built a Retail empire.    Her portrait hung above a beautiful antique table as I hand picked jewelry for the shoot. FullSizeRender (3)

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Charlene of Bowman and Hock was just what I needed one morning, I just didn’t know it till I met her .  We met in the parking lot of Chase Bank and the trunk of her car opened up as I excitedly was shown her collection that had a Dolci and Gabbana over the top feel. This transaction felt slightly illegal as pieces were pulled out of baggies and displayed on my neck. The mirror was the reflection in the  car window.  I felt somewhat calm and in control until she pulled out the GUN!!    I had to purchase it, because I was in a Gun token mood that morning!    Charlene was vibrant,  funny, enthusiastic and I loved her  jewelry designs. The necklace is the most mind blowing piece I  own. IMG_0902 Your collection really isn’t complete without a  F*** Gun around your neck!  I never get ahead!!! I wasn’t suppose to buy anything for myself.

The Location

Merci Gallery was the  stage to which all beautiful pictures came to life the day of.

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The Editor and myself discovered it one day as we were  casually walking down 9th Avenue.  As the small little Merci words popped out on an Industrial building, naturally we were intrigued since after all its TUCSON!!!  Thalissa as we later would build a relationship opened the door and it was a vision of wonderfulness. A wall of green plants, cool furniture,  champagne bottles and art on old brick walls.  This place was COOL!   This was the spot for the Shoot!!!024

The Players

In order to pull off something amazing a lot of talented people need to be in the line up!!! Let’s start with Tom Spitz the photographer. 019 This man has so much positive energy and enthusiasm I look at him in awe and learn. He is so easy to work with not to mention his amazing talent behind the camera.  I was surprised when he asked me my opinion on how things should be set up , looks ect… Okay!!!!!!!

Scott Barker: Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle. IMG_0750 Another  very cool guy to work with.  Very laid back and goes with the flow.  Present at the photo shoot  he is a believer in the people that surround him will do what they do best and he trusts them to do just that.  He is the diplomat needed at every shoot and  to keep the flow going and the work at the highest level.  He succeeds!  After the pictures have been selected for the magazine  he will write the story  that goes along with them.

Matthew Kauffman: Art Director of Tucson LifeStyle. A quiet player but very supportive and enthusiastic.  He is very much a part of the success of the end result because he is editing all the pictures and setting it up in the magazine._MG_0884

Studio 110 ( Hair and Makeup)

Vanessa Baird is the girl wonder who is beauty, brains , and overall awesome person!! 004I can thank my web designer Brittney Christie for introducing me to Vanessa when I was asking about Hair Stylists who would come on board for my Makeover of the Year Project 2015.  She is responsible for Jodis hair! ( Posted  Feb 2015)038  Vanessa and I pow wowed prior to the shoot with “looks” where both hair, makeup and wardrobe would come together making each model look amazing.FullSizeRender (7) I was trying on the clothes, texting her and she would respond back with what do you think of this hairstyle to go with….  When she texted me with “What do you think of a Turban”?  I gasped with excitement—- YES!!!!!!!  The turban ended up making the cover!!!006

015So not only did Vanessa and her team create amazing looks that day but Goddess Vanessa also was a model for the shoot!!! I am glad to say I know her now before she becomes famous!032

The Models

Models are scary and intimidating! Or we think they are! Why??? Isn’t it obvious??? They are tall, thin, young, thin, beautful, thin.  Get the picture.  Well the models selected for the day were just what I described above  but also  so nice and approachable.  I got to know each of them, Amber 009and Lauren 031And Thalissa 044Not only were they great to work with but extremely professional!

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This was a very long day!!!!   I started loading up my car at 6am,IMG_0747 and picking up last minute wardrobe items from Avenue Boutique as well as ending my day returning those items  at 6pm .  Patience is required because there is a lot of waiting around in between shots while hair and makeup is being done.   My duties for the day consisted of dressing the models, selecting the accessories, working with Tom, Scott, and Matthew on the vision of the poses and exact location of the shot.   Lunch needed to be ordered  and picked up also!  Ultimately I felt the need to  make sure everyone  involved was comfortable and  relaxed. 027 I also needed to jump in during the shot to make sure bra straps weren’t exposed, collars were in place, hemlines pulled down, jewelry behaving ect…  No dozing!!!! Be alert at all times.

The shoot was a total success in my opinion.  The entire team was in sync and we all worked together with out big egos getting in the way. I have heard it doesn’t go down like this all the time. I guess I got lucky!!

Below is the edited final pictures in the Magazine.  Stay tuned we are heading for Bisbee next for a Road Fashion Trip!!!

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I just discovered the best place to stay in Downtown Phoenix, plus extracurricular activities!!!

Thanks to Hotels.com  the Clarendon popped up as I was searching for a hotel in Phoenix.   My visit specifically was  to see the Gianfranco Ferre Exhibit at the Phoenix Museum of Art.FullSizeRender (12)

The Clarendon surpassed my expectations!!!! IMG_0099

At the special rate of $85.00 per night I decided to book it . The vibe was swank with a comfortable casual feel.  I have stayed at “Swank” in Palm Springs, LA , Chicago and New York, but the Clarendon had a friendly stylish vibe and for a first impression that says “welcome” to me.

As I was handed my key and headed to my room, I was asked if I needed any snacks complimentary – whatever I wanted– What? are you kidding me?  Twix and Cheetos were on the list, Woo hoo!!!  Yes please!  Why not I am on Vacation!!!

Perk #1003My room was spacious, quiet, and the decor was pleasantly modern.  Comfortable, clean and functional. Classical music was dialed in as I entered- NiceIMG_0097

The property had a heated pool convenient  if you visit in the winter , and a huge hot tub. Lots of properties have pools and hot tubs but the design, layout and coolness of the Clarendon’s is what separates them from the average norm! Perk #2007

Perk #3  Rooftop Garden and Bar.FullSizeRender (13)  Great view, Great lounge pads and on Thurs, Fri Jazz complimentary.  I didn’t even have to leave my hotel to listen to good music- Awesome.

Perk #4  Complimentary Wine from 5-6 nightly.  Unfortunately I did not make it in time for “Happy Hour” but I did find a spot at their comfy hotel bar later on and enjoyed a Martini while talking to Falyn, the lovely bartender.  She was not only pleasant to talk to but was a wealth of information on the cool spots to go to.falyn

Falyn’s pics which I will check out next visit : Phoenix Flea Market on Saturdays, Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar, Hanny’s ( Martini Bar)

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Lux Cafe was a perfect spot for my 4pm Espresso and I did cave at the temptation of baked goodies.  Great for people watching as well as delicious coffee and treats.

Ready for Jazz!!  The trio was great and to have this little luxury at the push of 4 flights up in the elevator you couldn’t ask for anything better-FullSizeRender (10)

Perk #5  The Clarendon has an awesome restaurant with gourmet food!!   I am so particular  where I eat and what I eat.   Again a luxury I didn’t have to step out of the property to obtain my high standards of dining.  Plus I can’t reiterate the casual vibe and comfort level overall.  I had the Shrimp Sofrito with Garlic Manchego Bread and it was absolutely delicious!shrimp sofritos

Perk #6  If you are a dog lover like me, it is so nice to see dogs welcome at your hotel. Indeed I did!FullSizeRender (9)

Perk #7 Breakfast complimentary in the dining room, and made to order off the menu.   I am sure we have all had the complimentary breakfast at Quality Suites and it passes but at the Clarendon you are enjoying Lux Coffee (local coffee) to start your morning followed by whatever you choose of the menu.  Local ingredients, organic ingredients  result in a great food.  I had Chilaquiles with over easy eggs and it was yummy!  I couldn’t wait till the next  morning!!

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As my tummy was happy and quite content I ventured off to the Phoenix Museum to view the GianFranco Ferre Exhibit ” The White Shirt According to me”.  This exhibit was extraordinary.  Phoenix being the only museum in North America to show this, how lucky was I, only 1.5 hours  from Tucson where I live.  The Installation was the exact installation as in Milan and Florence the only two locations to show the exhibit.FullSizeRender (2)Gianfranco Ferre was an Architect before Designer and was hugely popular in the 80’s.  The 24 White shirts exhibited all had a story behind them and were just eye candy by themselves.FullSizeRender (5)FullSizeRender (4)FullSizeRender (3)  The museum also presented  a small collection of his Couture pieces.  My Favorite was the black dress with red roses!FullSizeRender (6)

An interesting current exhibit   was the Zodiac collection . Renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) took as his inspiration for his twelve Chinese zodiac bronze sculptures from those that once graced the Qing dynasty fountain, in an eighteenth-century imperial retreat outside Beijing. Like other ornate objects, the original pieces were looted by the British and French troops in the Second Opium War in 1860. Viewed as a symbol of “cultural theft”, Weiwei re-created the gold-plated sculptures in 2010 as a subversive commentary on the nature of looting and repatriation.FullSizeRender (8)

Back at the Hotel!  Breakfast # 2 consisted of flapjacks and eggs with local sausage and roasted potatoes.  A sophisticated version of the Grand Slam breakfast we all know at Denny’s!  The flapjacks were the best pancakes I have ever tasted.IMG_0194

Needing a little exercise to burn off my sinful breakfast, I hopped on a cool bike that was complimentary Perk #8012clarendon For two hours I had fun exploring the neighborhoods specifically the Willo and Encanto districts.  Beautiful homes, bungalows, landscaping and the retro mid century era all was visible to me on a quiet Sunday morning.IMG_0210 (1)

IMG_0218IMG_0222I really felt free, peaceful and totally happy!!! Perk #9 that wasn’t in the brochure.

It is amazing what a little get away can do for your spirits and well being.  The Clarendon and Phoenix museum did just that for me!!!