Nike Chi League

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A HUGE thank you to Howe Haus Productions for having me on board to do the wardrobe styling for Nike’s Chi League.  This was an impressive group of men, and I couldn’t be more honored to work with them.  If you’re in Chicago, I highly recommend going to see them play during their 10 week season during the summer.  You can find more information here.   Photography by Robert Maxwell.

ULTA

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I had loads of fun prop styling for San Francisco photographer, Sasha Gulish for ULTA.  My inner tomboy was pushed aside to find all the beautifully bright girly props in Chicagoland.  Seeing how our demographic was trendy gals in their mid 20’s, I only shopped at stores that cater to that crowd; Target, Home Goods, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, CB2, etc.  I ended up seeing these images months after the shoot while picking up makeup at ULTA and chuckled to myself because I was wearing all black, which made me feel proud of my ability to become a chameleon to whatever the client requests.  Styling is a bit like acting; to be successful at producing the client’s vision, you must play the part of who they are selling to by shopping in that mindset.  It has little to do with your personal taste, it’s rather your ability to successfully and tastefully fulfill a role.  The world doesn’t need to know that I hate pink.  They instead see that the ULTA shopper is someone who is on trend, happy, and enjoys beautiful things.

Men’s Journal – Andrew Luck

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It takes a special someone to replace Peyton Manning as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.  That talented person is Andrew Luck, and I had the pleasure of making sure he looked great for his cover feature for Men’s Journal.  A big thank you to NIKE for sending me tons of options to dress him in for the inside story, and a BIG thanks to Billy Kirk for sending me a bunch of great duffel/gym bag options, and lastly to Nordstroms for allowing me to use some of their men’s grooming product to style his locker.

 

“Captured Agents” for Trusted Choice Insurance

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ESPN Body Issue

ESPNBodyISSAs a large fan of ESPN magazine, (truth be told my husband has the subscription, but I steal it because they have AMAZING sports photography), I was SO excited to get the call to work on their renowned Body Issue with Argentinian photographer, Paola Kudacki.  Our athlete, Amy Purdy, (who I actually met many years ago on a shoot for Meningitis awareness), was our brave subject who bared all.  Talk about not letting a disability get in the way of being a superstar, Amy has won multiple medals as a Paralympic snowboarder, but you probably know her as being a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

The obvious thing that you’re probably wondering is, “What did you prop exactly?”  Great question… I didn’t.  Sometimes you get hired to provide things “just in case.”  For this particular job, my only request was to get crash pads that are under Amy in case she took a spill from the aerobatic apparatus.  This project was a nice break from my normal hustle and bustle, and a really fun experience to be part of.  A big thanks to Howe Haus Productions for asking me to be part of the team.

You can watch a behind the scenes video of the shoot and learn more about Amy Purdy here.

 

Re/Max

Re:MaxI’d like to start this post with a disclaimer: I DID NOT MAKE THIS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING HOUSE OF CARDS, but I’m sure glad I got to meet the guy that did.  This is a good example of the difference between a prop “master” and a prop “stylist.”  A prop “master” is someone who builds props for productions.  I often get requests to build props that aren’t readily available, but it’s never anything to this complexity.  If I were to build something of this magnitude, I’d be pretty confidant that you could fill an 8 hour audio book of me cursing.  Rich Schiller was the genius behind this task.  You know when you’ve come across a true “master” who brushes his shoulders with this stuff when destroying his masterpiece after the shoot affected him like killing a fly.

I, as the “stylist” was responsible for providing all the clothing and furniture/decor items you see in the shot, as well as all the rugs, lamp, pillow, chotchkies, and rack of clothing and shoes that didn’t make the cut.  Then on the day of the shoot, I finesse everything for the art director and photographer so that everyone walks away happy.

A HUGE thank you to Saverio Truglia for having me on board this fun project!

Creative Credits

Client: Re/Max, Agency: Leo Burnett Chicago, Art Director: Flavio Pina, Art Producer: Mariana Perin, Photographer: Saverio Truglia, Props: Rich Schiller, Retouching: Stick Digital, CGI: Paradigm Color, Producer: Monica Zaffarano, Styling: Courtney Rust, Hair and Make up: Gina Ussel, Location: Levinson Locations

 

#Girlboss

photoHere’s my recommendation for some pool side reading to any young entrepreneur.  Boys, don’t let the name deter you.  It’s for everyone.

Sophia Amoruso, founder of the wildly successful online shop Nasty Gal, talks to you like a friend and breaks down how she got to where she is today with tips on how to interview, how to be optimize your work experience, and how to not be afraid of failure.

The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion—it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.

It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

Some quotes taken from #GIRLBOSS:

“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”

“I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool.  Then let’s do this.”

“Failure is your invention.”

Here’s a great review on #GIRLBOSS on NY Mag’s The Cut, HERE.

Read this book.  Amen, Sophia.  You ARE a special snowflake.

 

 

Motorola X

I had so much fun working with one of my old buds, photographer Colleen Durkin, and some of Chicago’s finest crew members; Jenna Baltes, Morgan Blaul, Angela Finney, Damien Thompson, Melanie Trombley and so many other familiar hardworking faces.  This was a run and gun type of shoot where we didn’t even know if it was definitely going to happen until 24 hours before… I didn’t even get the sizes until two in the afternoon the day before the shoot.  Luckily, along with my awesome assistant Theresa Poborsky, we were able to shop it out at stores like H&M, Urban Outfitters, Levis, Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc.  As I’ve mentioned before, I always try to shop where I think the demographic that the ad is trying to portray would buy their clothes.  Since this was a group shot, it was a matter of assembling the talent in a way that was cohesive, but to maintain a personality in each of it’s characters.  The shoot actually became a stop motion short film that I still haven’t been able to get my hands on.  This is a compilation of some of the stills in the meantime.

 

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Mike’s Hard Lemonade

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And you thought that you’re only supposed to drink your malt liquor… au contraire!  In a pinch, you can even make your empty brew can a grill!

What you see in these ads is not photoshop hocus pocus, we actually had to make a grill out of a MHL can, which I’m not going to lie isn’t for the faint at heart or those who don’t want at least one deep cut from the aluminum with a sharp sting from the lemon.  As like with all things, when there’s a will, there’s a way and you can have your sausage with some lemon zest.

What you see are four of the six ads that I collaborated with super awesome photographer, Colin Beckett on.  The last two ads, which also show our clever side, come out in August.

Prop Glasses

Finding good looking, prescription-less prop glasses in store is a bit of a challenge.  There’s a lot of trendy options out there, but when the art director asks for you to present eyewear options to make the hunky model look a wee bit smarter while playing a doctor, you’ll want some everyday glasses on hand.  You can order these online for cheap from Bleu Dame, or for even more options for a little more change, Zenni Optical.

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