Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Redbook Feature

I am so honored to be included in this month's issue of Redbook Magazine as one of their Real Women Style Awards winners.  I went to NYC for 3 days to shoot the photos for the spread, celebrate with a cocktail party & enjoy a shopping spree with 9 fabulous ladies.  It was so much fun to meet the other winners in person and get the chance to spend time together.  I instantly bonded with Kendi, who I had so much in common with & is even sweeter in person than you can possibly imagine.  Everyone was refreshingly real, down-to-earth and kind, which made it such a wonderful experience.  Today I'm sharing a few photos from my trip & a behind-the-scenes video from our shoot!

The first night we were there, JCPenney sponsored a cocktail party to celebrate the Redbook Style winners. It was held at the top of the Hearst Tower with the most amazing view of the city. The only two missing from this photo are Caroline & Vicky, who couldn't make it to the event.

What I'm wearing:

I chose this flattering fit & flare dress for my first look - I really loved the blush/taupe/burgundy color pairing.  I wanted to stay true to my personal style, which is all about taking classic, tailored pieces and adding a bit of edge with modern accents (like a leather jacket & strappy heels).

What I'm wearing: 

For my second look, I went with casual but polished pieces that I could wear everyday - this rust blouse is such a great color for fall and I've already added these booties to my wish list...they were crazy comfortable!  Georgette had Caroline and I cracking up the whole time - it was 90 degrees the day we shot these photos & she got stuck wearing a leather jacket...but she was such a trooper!  

In between having our pictures taken, we were each interviewed about our own personal style - what has shaped our preferences over the years, what inspires us and what pieces we gravitate towards.  One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing the outfits that everyone had chosen - they were all so unique & inspiring.  At the end of our long shoot, we toasted with champagne & did our best attempt at Ellen's Oscar group selfie (above).

You can see a special video from our time in NYC here.  And be sure to check out the other girls' sites ~ they all have amazing style!  Marisa, Karla, CatieCarolineKendiMariaVickyGeorgette & Brittany.

Thank you so much to the Redbook team for this incredible opportunity, to the hair & makeup crew for helping us feel beautiful, to JCPenney for our amazing shopping day & to all the wonderful ladies in this group.  I truly feel like I walked away with 9 new girlfriends...and, to me, that's the best gift of all.


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