I’m STILL here!

I know that this is against the blogosphere rules; making excuses for your lack of social media presence, BUT I have a good excuse!  Last March we added a little guy to our family (we’re over the moon), which basically took whatever free time I may have had to do anything online with my website or blog.  Having two kids under three and working in the world of advertising as a wardrobe stylist is no joke.  I’m making it happen, but sadly this asset of my business has become back burner.  With that said, I have the lofty goal to redo my website this winter and share new awesomeness.  I’m not making any promises because you know, life, but I’d love to make it happen!

Borden

I had a lot of fun spending time with a family who lived/worked on a dairy farm in Ohio.  I have a whole new appreciation of what it takes to be a dairy farmer.  They truly are some of the hardest working individuals out there.  Here are some images from the Borden campaign where I did the wardrobe styling.  Photography by LA based photographer, Diana Zalucky.

Sheetz

Here’s a new Sheetz commercial where I did the wardrobe styling.  I was requested by the agency to duplicate two looks taken from an old Free People lookbook.  This seemed simple at first glance.  All I needed to do was to go into the 5 Free People locations across the city and look for these items, but of course, nothing is ever that easy.  I quickly learned that the images were taken from a previous season and only a couple of the pieces were available in store.  I also knew that you never want to be married to one look and not present other options in case the looks didn’t come alive on the talent as the agency originally hoped.  This could be due to fit issues or the fact that sometimes, even trained actors, can’t make an outfit look convincing as if something they’d actually wear.

In the end the scavenger hunt was a success.  I found a number of items that were near replicas of the original Free People tears in a number of sizes, and other options in case the client changed their minds once the saw it in person.  This project is just another great example of making sure you shop for more than what was originally asked of you.

Thank you MK Films for having me on board!

The Lord’s Day Off

It is always so fun to collaborate with a creative mastermind like the photographer Taylor Castle.  I love that this image was inspired from the 90’s one hit wonder, “What if God was one of us,” twenty years after the fact.  Lucky for us, we know a DJ that looks a hell of a lot like Jesus  and was totally game to be like one of us and pose in front of the TV for this angelic photograph.  A big thanks to Chicago prop house, Propabilities for the sweet props, and retoucher Brian York for the making it so I didn’t have to create a set that looked like a sky, rather just a couple of fluffy clouds that Brian could manipulate in post.  Great job, team.

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State Farm – Insure your now

If you were to ask me what makes me the most excited about a particular project, my answer would be the people.  Honestly, what we are photographing and who it is for isn’t what gets my engine going.  If you are working with a great photographer who hires a hard-working/awesome crew, the project always ends up being fun and rewarding no matter what you are photographing.  This really held true for this project.

A HUGE thank you to Tru Studio for asking me to style both the wardrobe and props for this State Farm advertisement.  Tru Studio is made up of husband and wife photographer team Steve and Anne Truppe.

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900 North Michigan Shops

This project was SOOOOOO much fun to style for the 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago.  I frequent this mall to hit great stores like Space 519, Bloomingdales, J. Crew and Galt Baby.  Therefore, I was very excited to be able to create a body of work that will be used for many years around the mall and for their website.  For this project, I exclusively pulled all the wardrobe, shoes and accessories from Bloomingdales, which is one of my favorite stores to shop for commercial wardrobe assignments since they have a great selection of designers and killer return policy.  Since I knew this series would be published in black & white and on display for up to 10 years, I wanted everything to be timeless, elegant, full of great fabrics and textures.  I loved what LA photographer, Fab Fernandez was able to capture.

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Selfies at the Field Museum

Anyone else a big fan of Arrested Development?  How about that Lucille Bluth?
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Here are a couple of other fun shots from the campaign.

Disclaimer: No selfie sticks were present.  These selfies took a crew of around twenty people.

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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.