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5 Questions: Natalie Alcala

Posted by The E on January 23, 2013

5 Questions: Natalie Alcala

Starting from a young age producing short stories in grade school, writing has always been an essential part of her life. In addition to currently being Racked LA‘s associate editor,  Natalie also is BlackBook’s fashion writer, Birchbox‘s contributor editor, and writes her own blog, Natalie’s Menagerie. Her work can also be found in a number of noteworthy outlets, including Vogue and Bullett. Based in Los Angeles, Natalie is a fashion writer that is passionate about emerging designers and bringing fresh talent to the forefront. We wanted to learn more about Natalie and find out what trends to look for on the red carpet this award season, so we asked her our five favorite questions…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

LA — and not just because I was born and raised here. From the heavenly weather to the variety of food to the killer shopping to the picturesque beaches, we’re on permanent vacation here.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

Always evolving.

You’re best known for being a fashion and beauty expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

Good question! I’m really, really good at memorizing song lyrics. Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” is my speciality.

What’s your daily habit?

Eating kale.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

I could never give up my Calvin Klein denim jacket that I go from a yard sale when I was 14. It fits like a glove. When it comes to current go-tos, I can’t stop wearing this A.L.C. sweater. It’s so soft, and I love the pattern. I wear it at least once a week!

BONUS: What trends do you think we’ll see on the Red Carpet this Award Season?

Lots of white, neutrals and pastels. Superstar stylists will use the opportunity to showcase spring 2013′s strongest looks. Cher Coulter stole my heart at the Globes when she dressed Sienna Miller in this stunner by Erdem.

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5 Questions: Victoria Sánchez-Lincoln, Fashion Director of Real Simple

Posted by The E on December 12, 2012

Victoria

This week’s 5 Questions, we sat down with the Fashion Director of Real Simple, Victoria Sánchez-Lincoln.  As Fashion Director, Sánchez-Lincoln oversees the fashion department, which includes shaping the magazine’s monthly Style coverage, conceptualizing stories and overseeing features across the brand’s multimedia platforms.  In addition, Sánchez-Lincoln develops fashion editorial for Real Simple’s special publications, Real Simple Family and Real Simple Weddings.

Prior to joining Real Simple, Sánchez-Lincoln served as Fashion Director of Special Issues for InStyle, where she oversaw the fashion content for InStyle Makeover, InStyle Hair and InStyle Weddings. Previously, she was Fashion Director of Latina Magazine for six years, where she forecasted and interpreted seasonal trends.  She began her career as a designer and buyer in New York, and entered the publishing industry at Mode Magazine.

Learn more about Victoria and the sweet tooth habit she kicked with a little help from her husband below! And how chic does she look in her photo?! No wonder she went from assistant to senior fashion editor in less than two years!

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

Def NYC! I have been living here for 17 years, and I am constantly discovering new things about the city that excite me. NYC is so chic, multicultural and innovative. I also love that I don’t have to drive anywhere. I just take the subway or hail a cab!

Give us a sense of your personal style?

My style is lady-like meets Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I am very feminine—yes, I love ruffles, bows, and flow-y pretty pieces—but I like to add a fun color, some leather, unique jewelry, or a cool shoe to give a little edge and balance out the girly look.

You’re best known for being a fashion expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

Hands down: organization. I like things organized and well placed. Obviously, I belong at Real Simple!

What’s your daily habit?

It used to be NesQuick until my husband staged an intervention. That’s been replaced with something sweet at 4 pm.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

I could never give up my boldly printed 70′s Leonard vintage dresses that I got from my great aunt. They’re perfect to throw on when I don’t know what to wear but need to look great. Plus, they are always flattering—I consider them to be my version of a L.B.D. But my go-to item right now is my pair of Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee flat boots. They are comfortable to walk around NYC and also have that edge I like to add to my feminine look.

BONUS: What’s your best tip for styling this winter?

It has to be to invest in a statement coat. I own a few and regardless of what I wear underneath—leggings, skinny jeans, a dress—an amazing coat always makes me look instantly pulled-together.

Real Simple

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5 Questions: Lisette Geller of Denimology

Posted by The E on November 28, 2012

Lisette Geller

Regular readers of Denimology will probably recognize the name Lisette, the New York Correspondent who knows all the latest denim news from the Big Apple. But, readers might not know that Lisette isn’t just a denim expert – Lisette is a professional stylist, personal shopper and fashion consultant who has produced catwalk shows and lookbooks. As if that wasn’t impressive enough she is also a designer with experience of creating sportswear collections. And on top of all that speaks English, German and Portuguese fluently!

This week, The Habit had a chance to catch up with Lisette and ask her our five favorite questions to learn even more about her…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

Preferably both: LA in winter and NYC in summer. LOL! But on a more serious note, I can’t imagine living any place other than New York. The vibe, the action, the feel of this city is just the most amazing sensation in the world. And trust me, I have lived all over the world, just to mention a few places: Germany, Austria, Brazil…and I love the fast pace of this place here. Things get done like we say: “In a New York minute” – this attitude is the biggest drive for me.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

I am basic, no frills. I don’t wear dresses or pumps or carry clutches. I am a jeans-tee-sweater-boots person. I don’t use make-up and I don’t even try to project something I am not. Oh yes, I do take extremely good care of my appearance, but what you see is what you get. I don’t have two inch long eyelashes and my only concession to “come on you gotta do SOMEthing with your self” is black or blue nail polish! My slogan is: “like me the way I am or just ignore me”. And it works!

You’re best known for being a fashion blogger, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

I love communicating with people, understanding the way a person thinks and feels and that’s probably the reason why I am such a successful personal stylist and shopper.

What’s your daily habit?

Because of the different time zones all over in the world, I usually stay up until 3 a.m. to blog and interact with the brands in, like, Australia when they wake up before I go to sleep. The same goes for Europe and Asia. So this is why I work late and get up late. Then I enjoy my daily newspaper, go through some fashion mags to keep in touch with what’s going on and then I do the regular work which is visiting showrooms, attending press previews. When I have clients visiting, I take them shopping. I shop for myself! And I love hanging out in the Meatpacking District and in Soho to watch the street fashion.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

My Harley Davidson black biker jacket that I have had for almost 10 years now! That will stay with me FOR-EVER.

Go- to piece…hmm, that is a bit complicated. I am quite moody and inconsistent in my choices of clothes, so I actually have some different go – to pieces every day, or even twice a day! But lately I have been very much into my leather jeans and, of course, my black coated Habituals!

BONUS: What’s your best tip for styling this winter?

Heavy Army Parker jacket with faux-fur trimmings and bulky, so you can feel warm and cozy even when it’s freezing outside. Lots of leather jeans, coated and wax jeans in all shapes and forms, as they are perfect for keeping the rain/snow off of my legs. (I waterproof them). Please, pretty please, NO UGGS! But go for some cool classic Frye’s, or even some studded Ash boots. Super oversized sweaters, but NOT BULKY, we want to look at least a bit feminine or sexy, right!? Use them with a belt or tie a scarf around your waist. Or if you are wearing a cable knit fisherman’s sweater, tie a rope around your hips.

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5 Questions: Kim Friday of WWD

Posted by The E on November 14, 2012

Kim Friday of WWD

We love getting to know fashion experts, espcecially to pick their brain about the latest and greatest trends in fashion, but also just to see how they spend their time outside of fashion! This week, we were lucky enough to interview the Senior Fashion Editor of Women’s Wear Daily, Kim Friday. Kim oversees the American and European sportswear markets, covers the bi-annual runway collections and is a contributor to WWD.com.

Prior to her time at WWD, Kim was a freelance fashion stylist and writer for such publications as W Magazine, The New York Times and Los Angeles Magazine. She was also a frequent contributor to The Today Show and CBS’ The Early Show.

In her personal life, Kim is mom to a rescue pup named Lola, a five-time Godmother, an avid cook, yoga enthusiast and a horrible surfer. Learn more about Kim and her amazing winter styling tips for this season in our favorite five questions…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

Both. I’ve bounced between the two cities most of my adult life and couldn’t ever choose. I’m from New York originally and reside here now and I love the energy of it, the conveniences, and the culture. On the other hand, my father was from Los Angeles so I was raised a Lakers fan and I went to college there. I actually began my career at WWD in Los Angeles too, first as an intern while in school and years later as the West Coast Fashion Editor. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel back and forth a lot over the years but when I finally convince George Clooney to marry me it will be doubly great because then I can finally be bi-coastal.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

In a word…black. It began as a necessity when I was a struggling young assistant surrounded by all these amazing clothes on shoots, none of which I could afford. I adapted a uniform of black basics that were the best quality I could manage and then saved my pennies for sample sales or the outlets to buy great bags and shoes. The look sort of stuck so now I’m a devotee of labels like Zero Maria Cornejo, Rick Owens, Alex Wang and Tse Cashmere. I am obsessed with Ann Demeulemeester and Christian Louboutin for boots and shoes, Yves Saint Laurent for coats and bags, and over the past few years I’ve started having my tailor make classics with a twist for me. It’s a luxury in some ways as it allows me to get exactly what I want and be assured no one else will have it, but it’s actuality it’s not as pricey as you would imagine so I consider it a win-win.

You’re best known for being a fashion expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

Cooking. I love, love, love to cook and I just finished a monster kitchen renovation that turned out pretty amazing for such a tiny space. My friend Heather John Fogarty did a great post about it on her oh-so-chic blog The Foodinista,  http://thefoodinista.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/kitchen-makeover/ . I keep telling Teal she has to come over for dinner next time she’s here — consider this her formal invitation!

What’s your daily habit?

Talking to my dog as if she actually has an opinion about my outfit or whether or not I’m too old to still be swooning over Edward Cullen. She’s a wise little rescue pup that Lola Friday.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

Oh God, so many choices, so little space. I guess I’d have to say my little Louis Vuitton bag. The very first credit card I ever got in my own name was a Bullock’s department store card, who merged with Macy’s back in the early nineties. The very day I got it in the mail, I marched up to the counter at the Westwood store in L.A. and said to the sales girl, “What’s the biggest LV bag I can buy for my $500 limit?” She handed me the Speedy 25, which was $495 at the time. I bought it on the spot and wore it for years and years, which is why they are so classic. It’s a little too small for me these days, but my goddaughter will be very lucky on her sweet sixteen.

My go-to is the black raglan sleeve cashmere YSL coat that I splurged on for fall that is to die for. Everything looks better with that coat and I will have it forever.

Though I would be remiss not to mention the ridiculous Louboutin black suede slippers that I got last week that are sprinkled with little gold sequins and beads and disks that are hand-painted with real gold leaf. They are insanely beautiful yet shockingly comfortable and will undoubtedly be getting some heavy rotation until the weather turns to crap.

BONUS: What’s your best tip for styling this winter?

Like the Parisians, I believe in quality over quantity and lists. I never go shopping blind — well, almost never. As each season is nearing I go through my closet, toss or donate what’s done or what I haven’t worn, then make a list of the holes I need to fill, trends I want to add, as well as bring anything I want to fix or altered to my beloved tailor. Clutter is the enemy of any closet and it’s a proven fact most women only wear 20% of their clothes, so by keeping my wardrobe concise and re-inventing things I already have with the help of my tailor, it allows for those unexpected splurges.

This fall I think there is no better place to spend your hard earned cash than on a pair of coated black denim skinny or straight leg jeans. Habitual really does make the best ones — I know this because I’m the denim editor — and they look just like leather yet are much more economical, animal friendly and so comfortable. I’m also loving the boyfriend jean again, either plain or distressed in a medium hued wash. With both of these styles you can wear them casually with a slouchy sweater or T-shirt and a pair of Chuck Taylors (the only street sneaker in my book, sorry Isabel Marant) or dress them up with a blouse buttoned all the way up with a little crystal necklace and sky high heels, which would work for a date or work.

If you want the real scoop head to WWD.com where all the fashion shows every season worldwide are free to view!

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5 Questions: Gili Rashal Niv of The Tip Jar

Posted by The E on November 8, 2012

Gili

Based in sunny SoCal, Gili Rashal Niv is the Editor-in-Chief, Founder and resident shopaholic of The Tip Jar, a site that gives daily tips for the best beauty products, fashion finds and store openings. No stranger to the fashion biz, Gili majored in Merchandise Marketing at FIDM, worked at LA’s top boutiques and has been featured in WWD, The Wall Street Journal, C Magazine and more. Now you’ll find Gili putting all of her fashion finesse into styling the well-heeled of the West Coast, as a personal shopper and stylist to many celebrities!

Gili is also a new mother (see photo of her and her daughter below!) and we were so lucky to ask her our favorite five questions and get best tip about styling this winter…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

I’m definitely an LA girl and always have been. But I’m in love with NY and find whatever excuse I can to head east on mini trips a couple of times a year (as long as it’s not January or February…this West Coast girl can’t handle those temps).

Give us a sense of your personal style?

I haven’t really come up with a “label” for my personal style but certainly does have a So-Cal vibe mixed with a stand out piece to keep it looking different and my own. I could really live in a great pair of jeans and a good t-shirt, then mix in a cool jacket, great shoes and the most important part of all- a REALLY good handbag.

You’re best known for being a fashion and beauty expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

Not to sound cliché but I’ve discovered in the last year and a half that being a mom is truly my greatest talent and accomplishment thus far. I’m really good at it! My daughter is 20 months old now and I absolutely love my time with her. The first year was filled with more sleepless nights than I could’ve ever imagined being able to withstand and it is by far the toughest job I’ve ever had. But there are no words to begin to describe how amazing every little moment is.

What’s your daily habit?

I stopped drinking coffee when I got pregnant two years ago and never really had any interest in going back. But I went to NY last month for a couple of days and couldn’t resist a Starbuck’s soy latte with the chilly weather. So since I’ve been back, it’s been an (almost) daily treat I’ve gone back to. And everyday while at my computer I always go to TheSartorialist.com for fashion inspiration, One Kings Lane for home finds, and Shopbop.com or Net-a-Porter.com and add things to my wish list!

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

I may never be able to give up my giant Celine leopard tote. I carry it everyday and know that it will still be cool in ten years from now. My go-to piece is definitely my Isabel Marant quilted cotton jacket. Obsessed with it and I find any excuse to wear it.

BONUS: Can you give us your best tip for styling this winter?

Pick up a leather piece! Leather leggings and pants are huge this season but if wearing leather pants isn’t your thing, get a nice leather jacket or a top or dress with leather detail. Make sure though to keep it simple and you really don’t need more than one piece! If leather pants are out of your price range, a great alternative is buying a pair of coated jeans that look just like leather. I love, love, love the Eve High Rise Coated Skinny Jeans from Habitual.

And invest is a great pair of shoes! I prefer cute cropped boots with my winter looks. They go with just about everything and because they’re so big right now, you will find lots of different options to choose from.

Gili

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5 Questions: Sarah Lucero

Posted by The E on October 17, 2012

Sarah LuceroAs Stila’s Global Director of Creative Artistry, Sarah Lucero spends half of her time travelling and training Stila’s field team on how to use the latest Stila products. The other half of her time is spent backstage at fashion shows, helping top celebrities (like the Beckhams, Brooke Shields, Katherine Heigl, Julia Roberts) get red-carpet ready, and acting as a beauty expert for both television and print.

Sarah was also the makeup artist for our new Brand Campaign images. She is absolutely beautiful inside and out and we got to ask her our five favorite questions…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

California…or can I say both?! Here’s why…

I’m a California native born and raised in both Southern California and Northern California. My entire family lives in Northern California and that is where I will always feel at home.  Los Angeles is a great place for me to live as a makeup artist, since I work with Stila and the company is based in LA.  I do love the relaxed lifestyle here – I love to hike and spend time near the ocean to relax.  I love to be outside and LA weather is pretty amazing.

I work in NYC every month and I enjoy every minute of it! I would have loved to live in NYC when I was younger, just starting out in my career. I feel so much energy, passion, and positive inspiration when I’m working there.  NYC brings together creative and amazing people that create the feeling of pure opportunity, and I love that feeling!

Give us a sense of your personal style?

My personal style is very Boho Parisian chic. I love anything by Isabel Marant. She makes beautiful pieces that are really easy to wear to work, or dress up for an event. I always feel really cool and very comfortable when I’m wearing Isabel Marant. I wear Isabel Marant booties every day! Easy and comfortable-plus they look good with any outfit. And, I love Habitual jeans and I wear my skinny Alice coated jeans every other day usually with a t-shirt from James Perse. I also love dresses and wear Diane Von Furstenberg often, along with Victoria Beckham – she makes the most beautiful dresses that flatter my body shape so well!

You’re best known for being a make-up artist, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

My greatest talent besides being a make-up artist?? Hmmmm? I’m pretty good at making friends and making people feel comfortable in any situation.  I always say hello to people and I feel that a simple sweet genuine smile makes anyone feel calm and comfortable. Positive energy is very important to me.  My other talent is that I have a photographic memory.

What’s your daily habit?

I check net-a-porter.com everyday!  It’s a few minutes of fantasy to see what’s new! I can press order really fast too so it’s my secret habit!  I also walk outside every day. Walking relaxes my mind and allows me to listen to my body to see how I feel. It’s very important for me to do this daily since I had breast cancer a year ago. I love to be alone and enjoy the silence once in a while. Finally, I call my parents every day and say hi!

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

My fringe Isabel Marant boots with my Habitual Alice skinny jeans in Chianti – I couldn’t pick just one!  Worn together they’re my absolute favorites in my closet!  I could never give either up! I feel like it’s my daily uniform.

BONUS: What’s the one beauty essential you can’t live without?

Convertible Color in Peony – I’ve worn it every day for the past 12 years!  I don’t look like myself without it. That and several coats of black mascara, I always tell my team backstage, “You can never have on too much mascara!”

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5 Questions: Sari Anne Tuschman

Posted by The E on October 10, 2012

Sari

We absolutely adore FOAM magazine’s mission, which is to empower young women through celebrating individuality in fashion, beauty, music and action sports. And this week, The Habit had the honor of getting to know the Editor-in-Chief of FOAM magazine, Sari Anne Tuschman, by asking her our five favorite questions.

Before landing her current position at FOAM, Sari was the former Editor-in Chief of Los Angeles Confidential. A veteran in her industry, her career has been in both print and television, having also worked as a producer at E! Entertainment Television and executive producer of content at Plum TV in Aspen and as senior editor at Aspen Magazine. She also served as Hunter Thompson’s writing assistant.  Sari currently resides in Santa Monica, and when she isn’t focused on words or obsessing over grammar, she is enjoying the outdoors—skiing, snowboarding, and more often than not, surfing.

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

LA all the way. I’m such an outdoors person, I could never live without the ocean and mountains nearby. I love how outdoors-focused life is in LA; it truly helps you achieve a life/work balance. I can surf in the morning and then go to work running a magazine—how many other places can you do that? I absolutely love living in LA and feel really lucky to be able to do so. I can visit New York and appreciate it, but it’s not my place.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

I really like to be comfortable but still on trend and chic. I love mixing simple, casual pieces—T-shirts, jeans, even cut-off shorts—with something more dressy. Shorts with a blazer, tees with fur vests, jeans and silk tops. If I wear anything too stuffy or structured, I just don’t feel like myself. And I always—always—wear a lot of accessories. If I leave the house without jewelry on, I literally feel naked.

You’re best known for being the EIC of Foam, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

I’m a good friend. And honestly, I think I’m good at surrounding myself with passionate, talented, interesting, creative people, who help me become a better and more interesting person. And there’s no question they have definitely aided in any success I’ve had professionally.

What’s your daily habit?

Working out and eating candy. I guess I do the first so I can do the second.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

The one thing I would never give up is my grandma’s vintage green, sequined dress. She wore it to my parents’ wedding 45 years ago, and it’s absolutely incredible. It also fits me perfectly, which is the craziest thing. When she passed away, I also got a gorgeous hunter green suede Chanel purse that was hers that is in perfect shape. She took such good care of everything she had, and I love wearing those pieces because they remind me of her.

My go-to pieces in my closet are pretty much always the same thing—my Veda leather jackets. (And to be honest, I’ve been wearing my red coated-denim Habitual jeans A LOT lately.)

BONUS: How do you stay ahead of the trends?

Oh, I’d like to think I stay ahead of the trends, but I’m not sure I always do—that can be a full-time job! But I do try to pay attention to what I see around me on the street because sometimes there is nothing more inspiring than witnessing someone’s innate sense of style and allowing that to influence yours. I also read tons of magazines—of course—and try to stay on top of new designers and emerging smaller brands. But more than anything, I wear what I feel and look good in because that’s when I feel the best—whether it’s perfectly on trend or not.

Check out FOAM‘s latest issue here!

Foam Magazine

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5 Questions: Dree Harper

Posted by The E on August 14, 2012

Dree Harper

Dree Harper, blogger of Create That Style and contributor to Refinery29, has been involved in the fashion industry for over 20 years now. From retail, management, styling to designing, Dree has done it all! Dree’s love for vintage stores and thrift shops eventually led to the start of her own vintage clothing and accessories website called theURBANcollection.com. Among everything she does in fashion, she is also a mother to her son while also being a “top pinner” – Dree was listed as one of Mashable’s Top Pinterest Accounts! The Habit was so excited to learn more about her in our 5 questions…

We usually start off with our New York or Los Angeles question. But, since you’re located in Florida, we wanted to change it up! Twitter or Facebook, and why?

Definitely Facebook simply because it’s where more of my personal relationships are. I mainly use Twitter for my business life so while it’s a fantastic tool; it’s part of my working world. Facebook gives me updates on my family and friends, and it’s where I’ll find all the fun photos of important (and not so important) status updates that make me feel like I’m a part of their life even if we’re not close in proximity. I will say, however, that I try to limit my time on the computer after work hours. It’s not healthy to always be plugged in! iPhones, too!

Give us a sense of your personal style?

I’ve called my personal style “collegiate gypsy” in the past because I’ve always been drawn to both a clean, almost equestrian look (blazers, riding boots) as well as bohemian/ethnic styling. But I’m finding as my style evolves, my tastes are drawn more to quality fabrics and details whether it’s about vintage or high design. I’d say my style today is both modern and bohemian. I’ll always try to throw some kind of tribal print or earthy jewelry in the mix. That’s always been me! Gucci & caftans live harmoniously together in my world.

You’re best known for being a writer, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

It’s funny because I don’t consider myself a writer! The Refinery29 gig is more of a creative contributing position although I do curate the Pinterest column. I like to pitch new ideas and have a part of Refinery29′s strong voice, but it’s more about finding new stories than writing. The staff of writers and editors have skills I can’t even touch…they’re amazing! My greatest talent? Gosh, these days I’d say my best talent is sitting in front of a computer in my pjs and pinning massive amounts of visually pleasing images onto various boards. Ha! But seriously, I’d like to think teaching and leading my soon-to-be three-year old son is my best talent. Maybe it’s not my biggest talent but it’s where my heart lies at this point in my life, that’s for sure!

What’s your daily habit?

I’m from Seattle so coffee is pretty much my second language. We understand each other very well. Especially since I’ve become a mother! I also try to keep on top of working out and eating right but the gelato shop down the street likes to interrupt that plan at times.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

Never give up? Two things. A 70’s YSL Rive Gauche black blazer that my mother gave me. It’s the perfect fit. That and a 70s YSL leopard scarf that has actual leopards in the print. It’s huge! I may frame it one day. Go-to? Most days, I’m looking for my Soludos espadrille flats to wear with black leggings and an easy top that covers my bum. I’m a busy mom and I work from home! I can’t wear fussy things although 80% of my wardrobe is really for dress-up. I’m working hard on buying more basics. That’s kind of a new thing for me!

BONUS: Where do you get styling inspiration from?

Besides Pinterest, by way of runway shots, editorials and lookbooks. I’d also say through my love for vintage. I have a few clients that I source vintage for and it keeps me creatively immersed in styling. There’s nothing more exciting than finding something from the past that you can make relevant through the teaming of modern pieces and I make sure that’s part of the service. Having that business as well as shopping for my own closet keeps me inspired!

Dree Harper

Dree is wearing our Alice Coated Skinny jeans in Licorice….we think she looks adorable!

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5 Questions: Kimmy Erin Ratican

Posted by The E on July 25, 2012

Kimmy Erin

Kimmy Erin Ratican is no stranger to Hollywood’s glamour and glitz. Originally from Los Angeles, the fashion and beauty expert started her fashion career at the young age of 16, as she was already found styling magazine spreads all around the Los Angeles area.  She went on to study Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, while also gaining fashion and editorial experience at Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine internships. After school, Kimmy started freelancing as a writer, stylist, merchandiser and on-air hostess, and is now regularly asked for her expert advice by KTLA, Good Day LA, Women’s Health and Women’s Wear Daily, to name a few. When Kimmy’s not styling starlets (like Katherine Heigl, Anna Sophia Robb, Olivia Munn, Lauren Conrad and many more!), musicians, brides-to-be, and industry VIPs, you can find her writing on her own blog KimmyErin.com as well as ThePleat.comOnTheInsideMag.com,  and The Hollywood Reporter.

The Habitual team adores Kimmy for her unique style and bubbly personality.  We wanted to learn a little more about her, so we asked her our 5 questions…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

Absolutely LA! I was lucky enough to spend some time in New York as a fashion and beauty editor and got to know it very well, but it was never a city that resonated with me as a born and bred Angeleno. But there is an undeniable unique exclusivity that comes with being in the center of and a part of the center of American fashion and beauty that I don’t think Los Angeles quite replicates for me. But Los Angeles wins because of my lifestyle, general friendliness, getting to carry a heavier purse and wear more daring heels (the uptick to a limited subway system), and accessibility to nature and great light.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

I’m a dire Francophile and my style reflects that Parisian feel of relaxed, menswear-inspired femininity. I love slouchy jeans with a heel, blazers with mini’s, tailored shorts with ruffles.

You’re best known for being a stylist, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

I’m also a writer! I don’t spend enough of my free time  (ha ha! free time!) writing, but I do play with blogging and fiction when I can! But shopping is such an ingrained part of me, that I can’t help but admit (well, boast, really) that I consider my bargain-shopping skills to be top-notch.

What’s your daily habit?

I have a lovely ritual every morning, where I make the most delicious almond milk latte’s with my boyfriend which we drink as we check our emails and share news headlines and funny videos. I’m also on YouTube every single day. I’m very excited about all the access to fashion that site brings — I hope more fashion people will log in and get lost in gorgeous shows, interviews, and tips. The beauty world has it covered, but fashion is a whole new world on the Tubes! Love it.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

I would die if anything happened to my grandmother’s fur coat. DIE. The end. Done. It’s the one thing I’d save in my house from a fire.

I have 3 go to’s right now in my closet:

1. My habitual Moto waxed denim jeans in black

2. My Rag & Bone pullovers. Summer sweaters are my jam right now. Theirs are le best (also love Helmut Lang’s and Brochu Walker’s, but r&b just killed it this summer).

3. My Jean Michele-Cazabat Isola pumps. They’re not too high and they are the best black heel I’ve ever purchased.

BONUS: Where do you get styling inspiration from?

My friends! I have a very set kind of style; I love what I love and I do what I do so I tend to only see what I see in a collection. But my fashionable friends see things differently and force me to see things styled in new ways. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by a set of unique friends who inspire me.

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5 Questions: Sydne Summer

Posted by The E on July 10, 2012

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Fashion expert, stylist, host and blogger, Sydne Summer is always helping people look and feel their best. When she isn’t trend spotting, commentating on red carpet events, or appearing on the Style Network and E!, you can find her blogging the top fashion trends on Sydne Style.

Her fashion sense is as classy as she is, having evolved from her upbringing in Miami and L.A. to studying in Boston, London and Paris. Even though she is one popular and busy woman, we were lucky enough to catch up with Sydne Summer and learn about some of her personal fashion habits.

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

LA. I love the energy in New York and how incredibly chic everyone is. But I can’t give up my relaxed Cali lifestyle. Nothing beats the gorgeous weather, palm trees, beach and ocean. Plus, driving everywhere just means I get to wear even higher heels.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

I’ve always been a girlie-girl. I lean toward feminine fabrics and classic silhouettes. Even when I wear my denim, you’ll usually find it paired with a silk top or tweed blazer. Since I’m originally from Miami I’m also obsessed with color, especially neon. I always find that when I wear a bright top or dress people tend to smile at me more–or maybe it’s just because color puts me in a better mood.

You’re best known for being a fashion expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

I think it would have to be my eye for color. Whether it’s putting together outfits or incorporating unique color combos in my oil paintings, which I love doing in my spare time.

What’s your daily habit?

Dog time. I rescued my Pomeranian mix Bunny four years ago and she always puts a smile on my face. Even when I’m stressed prepping for a TV segment or finding the perfect mint necklace for a shoot I’ll look down at the adorable ball of black fur at my feet and realize everything is going to be just fine.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

My turquoise Manolo Blahnik sandals. I bought them with my first paycheck and love them just as much now as I did then. My go-to is a pencil skirt. Black is safe but I have them in all different colors and patterns. I usually wear them with a tee and statement necklace to meetings or a bustier at night.

BONUS: What’s your ideal summer outfit?

A bikini! Clearly I’m on vacay-mode. Denim cut-offs and a loose printed top are perfect for throwing on top when I leave the beach.

Sydne is wearing HABITUAL Almas Skinny jeans in Snowfall in her photo. You can find your own pair on Nordstrom.com!

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