My new work uniform

It’s tricky getting dressed as a wardrobe/prop stylist.  You want to look like you’re put together because, well, that’s your job, but I also need to run around like a maniac all day while climbing up things, getting down on my knees, taking on and off my shoes, hauling Ikea bags full of wardrobe, jumping in and out of cube trucks.  You name it; I’m half stylist, half construction worker, half mule, half kid wrangler.  I also need to be able to stand for 12 hours and bend over while not showing my bits.

The next challenge I’ve run into as a wardrobe stylist is that I fear having decision fatigue.  Since there is zero consistency to my job, each day presents new set questions as to how I’m going to tackle something.  All day, every day, I’m making decisions for the better of the project and now, especially since having my daughter, I fear exhausting my creativity and common sense.  (I knew I needed to find a short-cut when my husband asked what I wanted for dinner, and I responded, “I just want you to put food in front of my face.”  My brain was fried.)  If I can find one less thing in a day to decide, the better.  I present to you, the JUMPSUIT.

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JUMPSUIT is an ungendered, multi-use monogarment for everyday wear. It will be disseminated in two forms: as a pre-made garment for purchase, and as an open-source pattern, available to download free of charge. The Rational Dress Society, LLC., is currently developing a comprehensive new sizing system that can accommodate up to 48 different body types using gender-neutral terminology. Profits from JUMPSUIT will go into a fund to purchase a full page ad in American Vogue. The publication of the ad will mark the end of JUMPSUIT.   –  The Rational Dress Society

Not only is the JUMPSUIT functional, it fits like a dream.  It’s beautifully made in Chicago, comes in durable fabrics, and is machine washable.  Yes, it’s perfect.  I have adopted this beauty in both the white and black as my new work uniform.

Read more about JUMPSUIT‘s mission and order your own JUMPSUIT here.

 

 

The land of nod

The stars have aligned and I’ve been able to work as the wardrobe stylist on the past couple of catalogs for The Land of Nod!!!  I worked with them many moons ago (see HERE), and it’s so wonderful to be part of their super creative team again.  I’ve been dressing their kiddos and having a ball.  I mean what better job can you have as a new mom?!!  Here are some of my favorites from a recent catalog.

It’s interesting going back to a project after some time away.  I’ve definitely evolved as a wardrobe stylist since my last catalog (we’re always learning/evolving, right?  Or what’s the point!) and have found this to be a great creative outlet in between all of the advertising campaigns.  I love that when I bring a kid to set I may receive a request to mess them up a bit.  Normally, I get requests to make cotton shirts wrinkle-free so that the talent looks like they are wearing folded sheets of foam core.  At Land of Nod I get to introduce loud colors and patterns, play with fit and shapes, it’s truly a joy to be part of.

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*These are photos taken of the catalog.  Cropping and quality differ from the images in the catalog.

Poor Blog is sitting in the back seat

I hate an excuse post, but I feel like I must come clean on why this poor blog has taken the back seat.  I think about you all the time, honestly I do, but the photo industry in Chicago has been completely bonkers busy for months and months, and I also have a 13 month old amazing human being to watch after who obviously comes before trying to market myself in any way, which has made it nearly impossible to come here to report all of the fun things that I’ve been working on.  There have been so many great projects like Land of Nod, Sprint, Beats for Apple, State Farm, Mercedes, Nike, Advocate, Walgreens, Kraft, Virgin Hotels, etc., that I need to dig up and write the post that these jobs deserve.  I also have some personal fashion discoveries that I want to share (the world’s most perfect jumpsuit).  Soon, my friends…  Until then, happy fall.

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