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The Little Black Dress

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My assistant always teases me because most days when she comes into the studio, I’m wearing all black. Maybe it’s the Manhattanite in me, or maybe it’s because as a photographer I want to minimize my presence and draw all the attention onto my subject. Either way, it’s so classic you can never go wrong. So now that we’ve established the color,  and you know my rules on personal style, let’s talk about shapes….here are 5 Little Black Dresses I’m currently loving:

The Tent.

This dress came into my life in Provence, at the MOST amazing vintage clothing store I’ve ever been to. I was there with the guys from Creatures of the Wind and they pulled out this dress for me and we all cooed over the billowing oversized pear shape. I think there is something sexy about a fabric that moves around your body like an interpretive dance, revealing curves with the simple gust of wind. Best part about this dress with pockets – it only cost me 10 Euros.

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Business Time.

This black TSE cashmere turtleneck dress is one that I can dress up or dress down and feel totally wrapped in luxurious comfort while looking professional. I love this straight cut shape, loose on the waist, so I’m not walking into meetings a total curvy babe alert. When the temperature gets colder I’m looking at transitioning into this style.

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The Curves.

I was so excited when I read Roland Mouret was doing a collaboration with Banana Republic this summer – I think he designs for women with curves in such a sexy, real way. The first time I zipped this baby up, it was an instant transformation from working girl to hot date. Still polished and simple in a way I like, but letting the hourglass do the talking. The fabrics Roland chose for this collection are also, btw, crazy comfortable. It’s a magical 2 sec transformation.

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Personal Style

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Over the past year, I’ve been going through a minimalistic phase, simplifying as much of my life as possible, including my beauty routine and wardrobe. Less is more right? When reading Steve Job’s biography, I really loved the idea of a uniform. As much as I love fashion, I love photography more and I want all of my time and energy to go into that, not picking out my outfit. So this transformation of simplification has begun and it feels really, really good.

This what I have found is important to me in this new phase of my personal style:

1. Buy less and save for quality. That item, whatever it may be, lasts longer, feels amazing, fits perfectly, makes you feel confident wearing it and is made of high quality fabrics. Even if you can’t afford these pieces new, there are sites such as LXR & Co. that sell luxury items on consignment at a fraction of the cost. I got my travel Hermes backpack that I LOOOOOVE here and a new Chanel watch for my birthday (above)!

2. Classic never goes out of style. I mean, obvi.

3. Shop conscientiously. I *love* companies like Obakki, whose philanthropic counterpart is a registered charity that focuses on providing clean water and education in Africa.  I also love FEED - with every purchase, you feed a certain number of school kids in Africa. Then there is MAIYET, a pioneering luxury brand that “incorporates rare artisan skills from unexpected places throughout the world, with the goal to promote sustainable employment in places that need it most.” I love my basic MAIYET white shirt dress and gold cuff. These things not only look good but make you feel good about wearing them and telling people about the brand because you believe in what they are doing with your money.

4. K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid. I was very inspired by Cuyana’s lean closet initiative that “challenges us to collect fewer, better things, and to donate the pieces in our wardrobes that are merely taking up space to those who need them”. Simplifying your closet and ultimately your life feels so good, and it gives you more time to focus on things that really matter.

5. Stay fresh faced. I used to wear a lot of makeup. Even though I’ve been living in New York for 11 years now, it took a while to shake my Texas roots and ideals of beauty. I realized last year in Paris I have been spending all this time “putting on my face” when really, it’s not the makeup that makes someone pretty. I have reduced my beauty routine to Restorsea face cream, sometimes mascara, bronzer, and lipstick. That’s it. 2 mins. Boom.

Recently, we were shooting a beauty story for Joanna Goddard’s blog, Cup of Jo. It was such an amazing group of women who came together, talking, taking photographs, and sharing beauty tips. Courtney, who was just as beautiful barefaced as with makeup on, told me about a documentary called Miss Representation about the way women are viewed in the media and how that makes us view ourselves. At one point in the documentary the point is made that every time you look in the mirror, you should imagine there is a little girl standing there hearing what you are saying to yourself. Horrid right?! I told Kevin there has not been a day in my life that I have not looked at myself in the mirror getting dressed and thought “if I could just lose 10 lbs…”

And now I have to ask myself why? For what? For who? What am I judging my body against that I would say that to myself? So these may be the articles of clothing I wrap around my body to move in and out of the day, but now when I get dressed I don’t tell myself I need to lose weight, I think about the things I like, that I feel fortunate to have. It’s not only a physical makeover but a mental one. So here are my new classics and it feels really, really good on the inside and out.

Above cover photo, the basic black turtleneck. I can thrown it on with jeans and get to work and then change into a pencil skirt and go out to dinner, so versatile that I live in these! 

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Tibi Agathe Jumpsuit: it looks like a dress but it’s pants! Plus it has super clean lines and amazing pockets. And as we know, Tibi also travels very well: Brazil & Paris

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Accentuate with red.

Lessons from my “Treasure Bag” a collaboration by Bag Snob & DKNY that fits perfectly in my world. 

Pssst- Another staple this fall- Georgie Redford Jacket

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A Three Way

One sweater, three ways. 

Recently I went on a little road trip up north for the fall and made use out of my favorite Banana Republic autumn sweater… which look suits me best

1. Classic New York- Navy pencil skirt, nude Ferragamo shoes, Burberry scarf and double breasted navy coat

2. On the farm, NH: Boyfriend shirt, snuggly scarf, Levi’s and Bensimons 

3. Americana Boston: Juma scarf, wool circle skirt, ferragamos 

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