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How to Style an Italian Getaway

Oh mi amor. Italy is one of my absolute favorite places on earth, so this summer when I traveled to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, I had to do right by this very stylish European country. I planned on daily Instagrams so the stakes were high. Not to mention over-packing in so NOT my thing, so the challenge was on. LOTS of fab looks, one medium sized suitcase and sweaty weather. I love a good challenge. 

The key to great packing is to create outfits before-hand. You pull out the pieces you know you want to wear and create looks around them. The defining factors to packing include weather, activities and the amount of days you are traveling. You do not want to over-pack or bring “just in case items”. You will most likely not wear them and you will have a massive suitcase filled with things you won’t wear.  The worst mistake is too many shoes. They take up tons of space and make your suitcase super heavy. Choose a few neutral pairs that can be worn multiple ways before you even start making outfits and only style those options. STOP THE MADNESS.

 

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I have only been to Europe in the spring so I was totally unaware of how hot it would be in June. Thank God I brought enough to wear each piece once (this is definitely breaking my typical re-style rule), otherwise I would have been naked. I still kept my suitcase items to a minimum because summer makes for less clothing. It helped that I was with my friend who is the same size as me because we could borrow each other’s stuff. Note to self: Travel with friends who have the same style as you and wear the same size clothing. The Dolce & Gabanna inspired look is actually my friend’s Banana Republic dress with an Anthropologie head scarf and earrings. This is the first night of our trip and I was already stalking her suitcase…..

 

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This is my most liked Instagram post ever. I know I look cute and all, but I think the backdrop may have helped:) High atop the hills in Montepulciano,  I was busy sweating through my cute look while drinking a lot of vino. This two-tiered white skirt has been in my summer wardrobe for at least 10 years and was not only free, but also used to have a third tier. I took a scissor to this baby years ago and no one has ever noticed, I love some home-spun tailoring. The hat was a $10 sample sale find and really took this look to another fun level while also protecting my face from the sunny elements. The less I age the better.

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On our day trip to Capri I had no idea what to expect. Swimming? Maybe. Shopping? Definitely.  Eating and drinking? Is that really a question? So my look had to conquer a lot of possible activities while still being fabulous (this is Capri after all). Turns out I did all three activities and my bathing suit disguised as a body suit was the perfect option. It also turns out that Capri is a tourist trap and looking fabulous was not necessary at all, but I’m Amy Salinger so looking fabulous is ALWAYS necessary.

 

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I’m pretty sure this dress is actually a cover up, at least the material would suggest that. Turns out I really don’t care, I wear cover-ups as dresses all the time. They are light-weight and cute so they work on days that I’m dying of heat (which is what was happening is this picture). It also usually means that they are less expensive then regular dresses so it is a win-win situation. I added in a bold gold earring and gladiator style cuff to really make this Italian look more Italian. I love a good theme.

 

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This jumper is basically a moo moo and I love it. We were having a 5 course meal at the villa in Tuscany we were staying at so having ample room to “grow” was definitely on the menu. This was the most random purchase from one of the biggest vintage stores I have ever seen. Everything was SO over-priced I was in shock. I found this piece (which was literally the only thing I could afford) and felt obliged to try it on. It was so ridiculous and NOT my typical style that I had to have it. It has turned into one of my favorite, cool pieces. Once I added in the oversized rope necklace from Anthropologie, I fell in love. It turned my moo moo into an actual outfit. It truly shows how the right accessory can change everything and how growing your collection is never a bad thing.

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This outfit made me feel like Sophia Loren and all things Italian. Not only did it encompass a huge trend of the moment (off-the-shoulder tops), but it was my, “I’m in the Amalfi Coast!!!!!” ensemble. Everybody needs one. If you follow my Instagram, you also know it was my, “I’m in the Hamptons!!!!!” top at one point too. Ah, the joys of re-styling.

 

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Another great sample sale purchase, this white eyelet jumper was perfect for our one night in Florence. That’s right folks, those are shorts with pockets, not a mini skirt. The nude wedges by Stuart Weitzman only assisted in elongating my legs, a goal every little lady always has. The key to their greatness is that they have a wide wedge that isn’t too high so you can actually walk in them. I hate high heels, so having something that is semi-functional for an entire evening is amazing. I will admit that our walking tour-de-force on the cobblestone streets of Florence put these shoes to the test….. Yes, my feet hurt by the end, boo.

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Something you learn very quickly in Italy is that shoes are one of their biggest sellers. They literally hand-make shoes on the street personally for you in real time. Crazy. Some years ago I was in the Hamptons and a woman walked by in these exact snake wrap around sandals, I fell in love. She let me know very gently that she had gotten them in Amalfi and you couldn’t get them anywhere else.  So what did I think? “Well then I have to go to Amalfi….”, and I did. I kept my eyes open the entire trip looking for these amazing shoes. And, lo and behold, they entered my stratosphere 10 minutes before I was suppose to board my boat to go back to the hotel. I barely tried one on before I threw my credit card at the guy and ran towards the boat. Like every great divine intervention, I know God wanted me to have them. Yes, I am serious.

 

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The fun thing about spying on someone else’s style (mine in this case), is that you can pick and choose what you like and apply it to your own look. I get styling ideas constantly from people around me, magazines, TV shoes, basically from everywhere. The key to this concept is understanding that you typically can’t or won’t copy an entire outfit from head to toe. Choose what works for your body type, lifestyle and budget. Above are some look-a-like examples from my Italian fashion show for you to pick from….

necklace, maxi dress,  skirt, jumpsuit, bracelet

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Yup, here are more fun options for you to emulate. The key to style is making it your own. Ask yourself, “What am I comfortable in, what makes me feel confident?”. There are two phrases that I hear constantly, “I could never pull that off” and “I would never put those things together, but somehow you made it work!”. First off, you shouldn’t be able to pull everything off! Every style is not for you, that’s what makes us individual, embrace it. Do what works for you and choose what makes you feel like a rock star. Secondly, play around! Most people do not come up with their most fashionable ideas immediately. It is a game, trying things is the only way you will ever know it it works. Now, off the the fashion races!!!

 off the shoulder top, hat, bathing suit, sandals, romper

 

 

Amy’s New Reel

 

 

 

Here it is folks, what you have been waiting for your entire lives….. My new, fabulous reel. So maybe the build up was a bit much, but seriously, it was time for a new reel. I don’t even think I had found clip-in hair extensions or botox in my last reel, meaning, I possibly look better and younger this time. POSSIBLY. Either way, here she is, shiny and new, enjoy!

More 90′s Style Please

Well now this is scary. For the first time, I am old enough that I remember the trends of the 90′s because I was already choosing my own outfits back then. Now here I am wearing the same looks in 2017. Shoot me.

 

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For years I was against tying anything around one’s waist, I felt it made you look dumpy. Now, go figure, I am SO into it. What a convenient way to keep my layering piece close by and ready for use?? I do love a good plaid and utilizing it in your look through “waist wrappage” is a fun way to offer an homage to the 90′s without having it puke all over you. What a lovely visual. Essentially this look is just a tank top with jeans, but by adding the plaid shirt and thin black choker I am SO on-trend. See kids, I can still be cool at 38. You don’t even remember the grunge era!!!!!!

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I threw this little number on to go to work because a top knot with dark lips is always appreciated by my clients (at least I hope).  I always say that the size of your hoops represents your “fun” level and based on these, I am super fun. I use them for hula hooping in the evenings. The key to this outfit is again, the no fail ode to the 90′s choker. You never need to buy an entirely new wardrobe to be on trend, it is typically about one or two pieces and in this case, it is the choker and touch of plaid.

 

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I upped the ante of this look by adding a pair of army boots. I will always love Doc Martens, but as an adult (or at least the appearance of one) I went with a more feminine style. These are French Connection and are patent leather. I also went with a personal plaid touch through my coat so once I take it off this trendy look is not SO obvious. It is more a tip of the hat to the 90′s rather then full on Kurt Cobain.

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My other obsession right now is the body suit with high waisted jeans. If you set foot in downtown NYC it is pretty much all you will see on every gal roaming around. There is something so simple and sexy about it. I will completely own up  to the fact that the Kardashians 100% inspired this look and I am happy to copy them. The only sad thing is that the BEST body suits are from American Apparel and they literally go out of business forever this week. I went into 5 different locations buying every body suit in site.

 

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And again, we focus on my extra large hoops. These are my best ghetto fab style and instantly kick this outfit up a notch. Hoops are an integral part of the 90′s style. If you purchase only one thing this season to rock a little 90′s in your life, make it a pair of fabulous, super big hoops.  

 

 

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Silk Camisole, Dr. Martens, Lace Bomber, Distressed Jeans, Choker

I am SO obsessed with this collage. It is a more mature version of 90′s style that can be worn by ladies in their 30′s and up. The major element that needs to be altered for the more “age established” ladies are the shoes. Stick with a basic sexy pump over a chunky boot to create a more sophisticated nod to the 90′s.

 

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 choker, slip dress, bomber jacket, t-shirt , loafers

 

Now I want to pretend I am cool enough to wear this, but I just simply am not. This is the type of outfit that I think is dope (yup, I am still cool enough to use that word), but admit looks best on others. The younger ladies can definitely get this funky and really go for it. A fitted t-shirt under a slip dress is so very Clueless (if you don’t know this reference, please dear God look it up), i.e. good for teenagers and 20 somethings. Pulling off a loafer with a long dress also means that you are below a size 4 because you have to be super skinny to have this work. So for all of you that don’t remember this trend the first time around, this look is for you. Go big or go home.

My Life as a Fashion Maven

I am a fashion maven. Not a stylist, not a consultant, but a maven. 

The definition of maven reads as follows: One who is experienced or knowledgable in a specific subject; an expert or a connoisseur. After years of being a fashion stylist, I realized that what I now did was much more than that. The goal of my current business is not just to dress people, but to teach them how to do it on their own through my expertise. I have gathered a ridiculous amount of information in my almost 15 years of running this business and nothing gives me more joy then sharing my absurd knowledge with the masses.

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My career has seen many twists and turns. At this point I literally think I have seen and done it all. People always ask me how I got into this business, how I maintain my client list, so on and so forth. I decided it was time to tell the story, to answer all of the questions about this crazy career that I essentially decided to get into with no formal training or experience. When you are 23 and you decide you want to do something, you do it. You have no fear of failing and the unknown is everything, so how can it be scary? You have no stability in life yet so instability is your norm. That is the best way to start a business my friends, with no back-up plan so you have no choice but to succeed.

Firstly I had to decide who and what I was about. I thought I was going to be a photo shoot stylist. I had moved to Chicago after college in Boston with NO connections, but isn’t that what Google is for? I literally sat at my computer and looked up fashion stylists and asked for advice or opportunities. Chi-town peeps are good people so they actually responded to me. I was introduced to an agent who would go on to represent me for commercial work. This proved to be a great introduction, but let me be clear, in all my years of photo shoot styling it barely added up to paying my rent. It is grueling work that always seems to be “for your portfolio”. Unfortunately that does not feed me (my stomach or my shopping habit).

 

 

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Although I literally made no money, the beauty of that connection is that my lovely agent went over to Harpo (that’s Oprah’s production company for those that live in a hole). Remember, I was in Chicago at the time where she was filming her show. I got an amazing call from my former agent one day asking if I wanted to come to Oprah’s studios and meet a senior producer about doing “behind the scenes makeovers”. Um, yes please. When I arrived, the producer asked if I worked with individuals and I said yes. I figured it was a little white lie since that didn’t seem too far out of my wheelhouse even though I had never officially done it before. And voila, my first personal client was born.

This was a whole new world to me. Now I didn’t have to rely on an agent to call me with a job, I could build my own business with personal clients. First up, branding. I had to create a logo for my business so I began to question who I wanted to target. I had to build a website (Ok, I hired someone to do it) and start marketing the hell out of myself. My original logo included the girl to the right who obviously was an image created in my likeness. I grew to hate this bitch. Why is she so damn perky?? Eventually I re-did my branding years later and switched to a more sophisticated fashion sketch. I am SO sophisticated yo.

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Photo shoots were mostly a thing of the past, but I did enjoy doing them every now and then while I was building my business. They looked great on my site and showed off my more creative side since you can really get crazy when you are telling a “fashion story”. That gal on the top left is from one of my early shoots. WTF. Why did I wrap tulle around her waist and put a dirty white trench coat on her? Was this story about ugly dressing? Ah, live and learn. But hey, I got to style Kate Moss. Yup, that is definitely the one and only supermodel Kate Moss in the top right shot. Ok, I was actually the assistant on that shoot, but it was one of the most surreal moments of my life. She was nice as hell and running around naked because she doesn’t give a shit. She was super friendly and I still have a girl crush on her. The rest of the images are from one of many magazine spreads I did much later in my career. When you are in NYC you have access to everything fabulous so you can really go all out with the styling. As much as I love doing shoots, they really pay jack shit and the amount of work is cray. I am too old and too materialistic to work for donuts.

 

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One of my favorite thing to do is host fashion events. This one was at a Bloomingdales in Short Hills, NJ. As you can see, my face is on that poster. I am sure you can imagine this was highly entertaining for me. For this particular event I was literally just walking around assisting customers with styling possible purchases. Seriously, it was great! You get paid very well for them to basically use your name and image to promote an event. I have also hosted fashion shows at Macy’s before which is WAY more work. Showing up and smiling is one thing, putting together 20 looks for a runway show is an entirely different beast.

 

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Over the years I have gone on television a bunch of times. Sometimes I am just commentating on trends or awards show style and other times I am pushing products that someone has paid me to do. I’ve got to be honest, there is good money in product pushing, but talking about bad fashion on a red carpet gives me a certain kind of high. I have also been on not one, but two reality shows. Seriously, I couldn’t make that up. The picture above is from a segment on Arise 360 I did with a fellow cast member from a show called Million Dollar Shoppers on Lifetime. It was crazy. Filming that show took years off my life. People think being on a television show is the most glamorous thing in the world, but I have never worked harder on anything in my life. You never stop working in production, the hours are insane. The glamour of it after the fact is definitely fun, but the journey to red carpet arrival is like climbing a mountain. A really big mountain.

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In addition to hosting events, I also do Sass N Style workshops. This is the biggest one I ever did with 250 people in attendance. I had 2 models, a man and a woman, that I styled to showcase the concepts I was highlighting. I LOVE talking about style to large audiences, both men and women, of all different shapes, sizes, lifestyles and socio-economic backgrounds. Everyone gains something different from attending and leaves with a better sense of understanding their body and how to dress it. It truly is the best feeling when attendees reach out to me after the workshop to tell me how it has affected their confidence. It is the reason I do what I do, it is why I now call myself a maven!

 

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As I mentioned, I do love the glamorous part of my job. I am mostly running around in the trenches, but on occasion, I do get to be in front of the camera or walk a red carpet. The picture on the left is from the first reality show I did with Tommy Hilfiger on CBS called “The Cut”. How funny do I look? That picture never looked like me, I am not a pouty kind of gal. It was my press shot that didn’t get much airtime since I was kicked off first. Oh yea, I lasted 5 days before I was sent to no-where New Jersey to rot away in a hotel. Note to readers: If you are on a competition reality show you are not allowed to go home when you get kicked off. You are sent to a far off place until filming is done. That is where all the crazy happens because you start to lose your mind and every 3 days another reality show loser shows up. That is a whole other very insane blog post…. The image to the right is a truly happy moment. I was all dolled up and on a very real red carpet for Million Dollar Shoppers in a fancy dress (that I returned the next day). No one ever actually owns the dresses they wear on the red carpet!

Fashion styling is hard work for the most part, you are lugging things, up long hours, killing yourself physically and smiling for your clients at the same time. With that said, imagining myself in a cubicle or doing a “regular job” seems insane. I realized early on in my career based life that I was going to live a life outside of the box, that my creativity was going to be the driving force behind my life. Don’t ever let society tell you what you can do, be the master of your own journey.

I LOVE Hoop Earrings

I think I own at least 10 pairs of hoop earrings.

Why you may ask? The answer is simple, depending on the style and size, you are dealing with an entirely different beast. Hoop earrings come in so many fabulous versions that choosing the perfect pair for your look can literally change everything. This may sound a bit dramatic, but have you met me? This is par for the course.

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I am TOTALLY obsessed with this new pair of hoops that I just got at H & M. Let’s be real, the quality is not so great (I need a rubber back just to hold them on), but I feel so “ghetto fabulous” (totally un-PC) when I put them on that I don’t care. I pretty much instantly become “Jenny from the block.” Don’t you see it? The large hammered gold material puts me into another world of style. A hoop earring can not only change your look, but the right one can change your mood. “Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, I’m still Jenny from the block……”

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Strangely, this pair is from H & M too. I only say “strangely” because I don’t even shop there that much. But, if you are looking for a quick “pick-me-up” emergency shop fix, then jewelry at H & M will do the trick. You know the feeling, “I need to buy something now or I will die!!!!” You won’t die, but $10 spent on a small and fun trinket will give you your mojo back. This pair of hoops are my ode to tribal fun. The fringe is adding a fashionable and fun change from a basic hoop. Paired with a simple white T and leather bomber, they change a simple look into something fantastic.

 

 

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Above is just a small sampling of my hoop collection. Yes, size matters. The smaller the hoop, the daintier the style. The bigger the hoop, the louder and more crazy things become. Choosing a hoop size is very personal. My more refined clients go for a thin, small to medium size. I usually choose a BIG size because I am sassy and outgoing. As you can see from this collection, depending on my mood and my audience, I do own a bevy of sizes. I can play any part I need to based on my hoop size, hell, that is what fashion is all about!

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I always get questions about WHAT to pair your hoops with. Well again ladies, this choice is personal. Above are a few options…. For the funkier, younger gal, a fabulous head scarf will do the trick. You can easily refine this look by tying the knot at the bottom of your head instead of the top. It is a perfect look for the beach or the pool. A fabulous floppy hat will also work. You can access your 70′s flower child instantly. A big question I get is about pairing your hoops with necklaces. A longer style is always going to be the easiest option. It separates the jewelry out so you don’t have too much in one place. Choose a smaller size hoop to not over-complicate things. If you are insane like I am, go for a statement necklace WITH your hoops. Why not? Choose a basic style hoop in this case so you don’t completely overwhelm your beautiful face. So start building that collection now ladies…….

statement necklace, gold hoops, headscarf, floppy brim hat, silver hoops