Search Results for STYLED



i’ve always loved reading the real facts under the  caps. it’s fun learning new facts you wouldn’t necessarily ever learn on your own. this is where this project comes in.

gave us a real fact that we could showcase in a photographic way, in our style. which i thought was great. real fact 823: sailors once thought wearing gold earrings improved eyesight” …immediately i wanted to art direct a nautical inspired style shoot.

we hired the crew: the model, photographer, makeup, hair, and stylists and we were ready to make this real fact come to life. i definitely didn’t want it to be too traditional as far as the nautical theme so we updated the look to feel a bit more fresh. (her sweater looks like little life savers, doesn’t it?)

i started by creating an inspiration () to get the ideas started.

it turns out, sailors are pretty superstitious and really believed that wearing gold earrings would cure their eyesight. they thought the metal on their earlobes had magical healing powers for their nearsightedness. so i definitely wanted to go over the top with earrings on this shoot.

our stylists, built this wild gold earring made from all sorts of vintage jewelry and charms. it was awesome!

we imitated the feeling of waves by using blue mylar cut into strips. i loved the look of it.

and how about that gorgeous hair? kristine was rocking the perfect retro look.

and i thought it would be interesting to show you guys a little bit of the behind the scenes on this shoot, so you could see the process!

we set up in my friend heather’s live/work studio. we wanted to keep the backdrop very simple but add something unexpected. we rolled out the pink seamless at an angle to give that great line in the photos above.


i brought on sunshine & sarah (the two lovely ladies that styled our benefit shoot as well!) to give us a cool take on sailor style. we spent the morning going over their pull and choosing the two looks we loved the most. they brought all of these sunglasses as a nod to the sailor’s eyesight. check out the pearl detail on these…


there is always so many wonderful options, making this part difficult. (look at all those shoes!) i always have to keep in mind, just because i’d like to wear it, does not mean it works for the shoot.


the day before we went to a prop house in LA to source all sorts of nautical pieces. it’s always important to pick way more than you think you should… options are vital in shoots like these. what looks good on the sidelines may not read in the photo and it’s a huge bummer if you don’t have enough to choose from.


so there you have it! we thought the nautical theme fit well for this eye-opening fact and we were happy to put our designlovefest twist on it.


partnership:  and designlovefest
photography by:
art direction by: bri emerystyling by: hair by: 
makeup by: 
location:  studios
behind the scenes by:



i love a good floral arrangement, they are basically instant happiness. i usually like to have a vase or two around my house with fresh flowers, especially if we are entertaining. it is the little things that count. my floral skills are basically cut the stems and throw in a vase so i thought it would be nice to learn a couple of tricks from a true professional. kristen owns and is always creating arrangements that leave me saying, how in the world did you do that? when approached me about what projects i had in mind that we might be able to collaborate on, i knew it was time to make the floral workshop come to life. i originally thought that i would make the workshop something simple but alas, that is never the case. it was a lot of work but turned out beautifully. it is always fun to see so many different vendors come together on one aesthetic vision.

we hosted the event at which is such a dreamy space. so much natural night with white walls and cement floors, i’d move in if i could. the linens (and the that kristen and i are wearing in the first photo!) are handmade by rachel in this studio. she is insanely talented and hand paints the patterns on each one.

read my mind with those perfect white and . they always hook it up with their .

the setup started early with all hands on deck. kristen woke at 4am to buy the freshest flowers, and we made about a million trips up and down the tiniest elevators with the rest of the goods. at 8am i promised myself to never do one of these again but by 11am i was wanting to do one every weekend – funny how quickly you forget the hard parts when it magically turns out just how you pictured it.

made this gorgeous garland to make the frame for a photobooth where the students could take photos with their arrangements. we hung some of linen as the backdrop.

created a phenomenal brunch spread for the event. talk about above and beyond with their creativity and attention to detail.

and everything tasted just as good as it looked…

i mean, come on . heath ceramics, found stones and pretty packaging made the display on another level of awesome.

i am always one to vote for mimosas on the weekends, especially before noon. delighted us all with their mimosa bar. fresh squeezed juices, berries to muddle in your glass and striped paper straws to top it all off.

one of the coolest things about , other than the best mimosa bar, is that they donate 50% of all of their profits to a non-profit organization. nothing like a drink that gives back, eh?

and of course there is ! they provided 30 different vintage crystal champagne flutes. we love using their glassware for our events because they are so unique. remember this one?!

taught the class of 25 how to create a tabletop arrangement pretty enough for any dinner party. helpful tips like selecting a vase that is half the size of your intended arrangement and building your flowers in an asymmetrical shape were among some of the advice she shared. she walked the students step by step through the arranging process and explained the purpose of every flower and trick.

it was so much fun to see how each student varied their own arrangement. they each had the same flowers and vases but everyone’s was slightly different and unique to them.

arranging is definitely a process with no step skipping allowed. the small adjustments made a big difference in the end result.

all in all, it was the perfect way to spend a saturday.

i left the event feeling more sure than ever that designlovefest needs to start hosting more events. they always end up being the best time and all of the work it always worth it. i’d love to hear your thoughts on what events you’d like to attend or what new skills you are looking to learn. let’s get these going!

oh! did you see i am pretty sure we are moving in, which means EVENTS IN THERE!


florals by:  – see more floral posts here!

art direction: bri emery
location: studio
a collaboration with  – see the feature on their site




for this final top shop look we pulled inspirations from one of the most iconic fashion beauties of all time, twiggy. i could look at images of her all day and still feel inspired, the expressiveness of her face blows me away. i love how almost all of her photos are shot in a studio but she somehow always makes it feel original.


yellow happens to be my favorite color so when we pulled this sweater i knew it had to be apart of one of the looks. the combination of the with the easiness of was an unexpected but perfect match. the bow on my head was a last minute addition from a scarf that i almost always carry with me on my purse. any old scarf from home can become an over exaggerated outfit addition!


thanks for all of the feedback on the collection of topshop posts (and here too)! i always love to hear your thoughts on what we are putting together!

photos by: styled by: joanie cusack
hair by: shop the topshop sweater & skirt           

more style posts: right here and last week’s topshop post here!



i very rarely wear pants. you can scroll through all of my style posts and probably will only find 5 or 6 posts where i’m wearing pants. (remember this retro jumpsuit?!) i just feel more comfortable in skirts and dresses. i tried these floral and had little faith that they would fit right. sometimes this style of pants can appear too crotchy (i know you know what i mean.) but these fit fantastic. and to my surprise, were even flattering.

i paired it with a simple pink cropped sweater and metallic heels. and of course a vintage cadillac. the look felt very classic california housewife to me. it actually reminded me of the .

we have one more look in the 3-post topshop series coming next week. which do you like better, last week’s fitted green dress or this more casual look? i think my favorite is this look.

photos by: styled by: joanie cusack
hair by: shop the cropped sweater & pants at                

more style posts: right here and last week’s topshop post here!



and i had been dreaming up a 1960’s photoshoot for some time and we knew we had to make it happen when we saw the summer collection that was straight out of my 60’s dream – crop tops, gingham, wiggle dresses and pixie pants.

we pulled three looks for this shoot and was one of the rare occasions when it actually looked better on the body than on the hanger. i am not usually a fan of fitted all over but somehow with this dress, it just worked. i love the contrast of the form fitting silhouette with the high neck and below the knee hemline. it was definitely sexy but still understated. feelin pretty from mad men in this look.

stay tuned for the next two topshop shoots! are you a fan of the fitted dress look?

photos by: styled by: joanie cusack
hair by: shop the look at                      

more style posts: right here
Next Page
 photo 1_zps2362d795.jpg
 photo press_zps16ed2344.jpeg
 photo work_zpsnrxwbhbd.jpg

 photo DSC_7838-1_zps1axry6fb.jpg
 photo plant01_zpsvbblfnip.jpg
 photo mail_zps0136b91f.jpg

 photo jobboard-check_zps431bea8e.jpg
 photo downloads_zpsd641254d.jpg