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!
My life is now complete! I have styled a SLIM JIM! This project was a little out of the norm for me, which made it extra fun to work on. I got to do things like make 8 cheese balls, turn a Slim Jim into a turkey, make delicious seasonal beverages, and make a votive out of some sticks, glue and plastic all thanks to a product we all love (at least in college), SOLO cups. The video came out really cute. It feels a bit Wes Anderson with hints of the Napoleon Dynamite rolling credits. A big thanks to director Morgan Anderson for having me on board and the agency Zocalo Group. Link to video below, which appeared on Instagram.
How do you make a tea bag not float for a photograph (I know you’re dying to know!)?? Pennies my friends. You un-sew the bag and add a couple chunks of change, resew, and voila! Perfectly tamed tea bags. When you’re a wardrobe and prop stylist, you gain all sorts of rather useless talents to the rest of the world, but super helpful if you live in the world of still photography.
Photographer: Brian Kuhlmann
Wardrobe: Kit This
Props: Yours truly, Courtney Rust
I was so honored to fly out to Fargo to style the expected #1 NFL draft pick, Carson Wentz for ESPN Magazine. Carson Wentz is a special athlete; he only played football his senior year of high school and is one of the few Division 2 draft picks. You can read more about this prodigy on ESPN’s website, HERE.
When working with pro athletes (or soon to be), it is important to find who they are signed with because the athlete can only appear in that brand. Nike was nice enough to send me a number of jerseys, pants, and shoes. I filled in the wholes at Eastbay, Sports Authority, and Sports Unlimited. Since Wentz is keeping his North Dakota State number in the NFL, I had the jerseys printed “11” locally. The badass matte black helmet was from Sports Unlimited (kind of like the Zappos for sports gear).
This shoot was such a blast! A BIG thank you to ESPN Magazine for having me on board!!!
Photographer: Markus Eriksson
Grooming: Naseem Rafiei
Wardrobe and Prop Styling: Courtney Rust
I’m excited to announce that I’m now a proud member of Union 476!!! Around 5 years ago a lot of the production houses in town that I used to work with all went union, which meant I could no longer work with them. Since then, I have still been able to work on a number of television commercials with a temporary permit, but not nearly as many as I would have liked since I wasn’t a member. This opens another door to a number of exciting projects.
Anyone else a big fan of Arrested Development? How about that Lucille Bluth?
She was my classy/worldly older woman inspiration for styling one of the actors for this project I did for the Field Museum with the super talented photographer, Taylor Castle last spring.
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.
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.
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.
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.