Saturday, I drove along the 101 freeway from Santa Ynez to Hollywood on my way to the Simply Stylist Seminar and Shopping Event 2012 at the W Hotel. With Pacific ocean swells at my right, a glowing hot sun above and the beat of pop music blaring from my car stereo I couldn’t help but feel grateful for my beautiful life. Then, the infamous Los Angeles bumper to bumper traffic hit me like a shot of Jose Cuervo. I had 17 miles to go in 20, 19, 18, 17, 16….ugh…..10 minutes? Nearly throwing my right shoulder out, I yanked my overnight bag from the back seat to the front, performed a one-hand unzip maneuver and madly yet methodically pulled out every necessity to take me from drab to fab. The jewelry was layered on, my face powdered and my hair tossed about stylishly but there was no way I could change my clothes while driving down the road without getting arrested, causing an accident or ending up on YouTube. Long story longer, I pulled into the W Hotel 5-minutes prior to the start of the event, flung open the door, leapt out of my car and sprinted with garment, boots and handbag in hand to the nearest restroom while yelling to the valet, “I understand this looks crazy but I don’t have time to explain. Please take care of my car.” 4-minutes later, I found myself at the VIP luncheon surrounded by fashionable ladies and most importantly a much-needed Stoli and tonic awaiting my parched lips.
Hosted by Catt Sadler of E! News, the event featured a panel of style experts:
- Brenna Egan, Fashion Editor of Refinery 29
- Jamie Krell, Beauty and Fashion Expert featured on broadcast like The TODAY Show, Extra and Access Hollywood
- Kym and Alexis McClay, creative minds and designers behind Naven
- Jeanne Yang, A-list Celebrity Stylist and co-owner of Holmes & Yang
- Shea Marie, Fashion Blogger of Cheyenne Meets Chanel
Catt: What are the must haves this Spring?
Panel: something vintage, neon, bright color, printed pants, monochromatic looks, whatever you feel great in
Catt: What are the must have for every womans wardrobe?
Panel: something vintage, high and low-end items, accessories, great heels and bags, the LBD (little black dress), great fitting jeans
Catt: What items should woman splurge on?
Panel: quality & classic shoes and bags, great fitting blazer, wool coat, a pretty dress to wear to friends weddings
As I sat in a sea of twenty-somethings, cameras flashing, attempting to hold my head steady for if my chin drops or head turns too far left or right I suddenly have more chins than a chinese phone book, I heard each panelists repeat, ” Just because something is “in style” doesn’t mean you should wear it. Learn what looks good on your body and wear it. If you’re not sure if it looks good, take a picture of yourself. Pictures tell all. If you love 80’s style and it looks good on you, wear it. Why not? And, don’t be afraid to pair ready-to-wear, estate sale or flea market finds with higher end items. Buy classic high-end items and inexpensive accessories.” …………..ah, they were speaking my language.
Catt: I love that dress! Where did you get it?
Me: Actually, I bought it for $3.00 at an estate sale.
Catt: What? It’s great! $3.00?
Me: And there are 29 others all for under $250.00
She is as sweet and she is beautiful.
Elizabeth Kott of Closet Rich and me. She has a lot of talent in that tiny frame!