At what age did you become interested in Fashion? How did you get your start as a stylist?
I became fascinated with fashion at age 17. I was a senior in Catholic high school. I began working at a local shoe store. I wore a uniform to school, so I really couldn't express myself while in school. I used my job as a creative outlet. I loved going to work and wearing "normal" clothes. My career as stylist started out when I took a leap of faith and decided to become and entrepreneur. I set up several test shoots, built a bomb portfolio, and here I am!
How do you spot trends and draw inspiration for your clients?
I read magazines, watch/attend fashion shows, and keep up with trends on social media platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Styling is such a collaborative effort. What is it like to always with work with new models, photographers, and designers?
It's great! I've met some great individuals through projects. People in the fashion industry can be seen as uptight (and some people are), but there are some great people out there who are willing to work with you.
What challenges do you face as a stylist?
I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to styling. I can spend days prepping for shoots.
On notable and enjoyable projects:
I've worked with a few small boutiques in the Orlando, FL area, but for the most part, I work directly with models, photographers, and personal styling clients. I think I do my best work under stress. I enjoy the impromptu shoots the most. I love bringing random props and clothing and creating looks on the spot.
Name the top 3 essentials every woman should have in her wardrobe?
I think every woman should have a great fitting pair of jeans, a black pair of heels, and a trendy hat for those bad hair days.
Who are your favorite designers?
I'm currently in love with Balmain and LaQuan Smith.
What is your dream job?
I'd love to be a buyer for a company similar to NastyGal. Unfortunately, they recently filed for bankruptcy, but I love the brand and how effortless they make getting dressed seem.
On upcoming projects:
I'm currently focusing more on personal styling clients. I've been taking on a lot more male clients, and I'm excited about it! I love making people feel good about themselves!