Category: Editorial Styling

A Belated Tribute to Mad Men

PROLOGUE

This project – a project very near and dear to my heart – my last ode to Mad Men – is now yesterday’s (or rather a week and a half ago’s) news. The buzz about the series finale has quieted to a whisper among die-hard fans or those behind on their DVRs. Everything I know about the Internet and blogging and Google and the immediacy and timeliness of it all tells me I need to let this project go and write it off as a series of unfortunate mishaps, time and money and energy I’ll never get back. But I refuse to let this project die in the depths of my external hard drive. So, without further ado, I present my final tribute to Mad Men: Marie in Manhattan, a short story of a woman whose life ran parallel to Peggy and Joan.


MARIE IN MANHATTAN

Mad Men D Edited

Marie moved to Manhattan in the fall of 1965, just a few weeks before her twenty-second birthday. She came to New York City with the hope of becoming a writer. To pay the bills, Marie took a job as a secretary. Although typing company memos and contracts wasn’t the best use of Marie’s written skills, she was a capable typist no matter what the content. Her personal record was 48 words per minute.

Mad Men C Edited

After nearly two years in New York, Marie hadn’t made much progress with her career, but she had made new friends and met a man, Paul Miller. Paul was an associate editor at The New Yorker, and he was certain he could make Marie a star. He told her she was the next Pauline Kael.

Mad men B Edited

By the summer of 1968, Marie had her foot in the door at The New Yorker. They had published one of her short stories titled “The Dandy Game,” which was a witty anecdote about the life of a secretary in New York City. Before the piece was published, Paul pulled some strings, and Marie came into the office to meet with the Editor-in-Chief. “You’ve got a spark,” he said, “don’t lose it.”

Mad Men A Edited

On a warm Sunday in the spring of 1969, Paul proposed, and Marie said yes. Planning a wedding would be a welcome distraction from her career. Monday morning Marie returned to work. It didn’t take long for her co-workers to learn of her engagement. “Congratulations!” exclaimed Anna, whose desk was adjacent to Marie’s, “You don’t have to worry about being a writer anymore, you’ve got a ring!”

 

Shot on location in the Garment District of Manhattan courtesy of Breather.

Advertisements

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part IV

It’s the fourth and final installment of my Transitional Fall Fashion series – the go-to fall outfit! 

First, I want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone I worked with in this series:

Model Mercedes Bleth for looking beautiful in each and every look I styled.
Photographer Logan Potterf for being an amazing director and having a keen artistic eye.
And last but not least…
Encore boutique for supplying all the apparel and accessories featured in each and every look.

Next, let’s recap the first three parts of the series:

PART I – BRING A JACKET

Fall 2014 Must-Have: The Chic Sneaker

PART II – OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Fall 2014 Must-Have: The Hand Chain

PART III: FALL’S BEST FRIEND

Fall 2014 Must-Have: The Vest


PART IV – THE GO-TO FALL OUTFIT

035_4597_COPYRIGHT_LOGANPOTTERF_2014

 It’s good to have go-to outfits in your closet locked and ready for that day you oversleep or impromptu girls night. 

038_4609_COPYRIGHT_LOGANPOTTERF_2014

 Choose pieces that are quick and easy and make you feel and look good no matter what your mood.

036_4603_COPYRIGHT_LOGANPOTTERF_2014

 A flowy neutral-colored sweater + denim + booties pretty much sums up my go-to fall ensemble (pun intended). 

037_4607_COPYRIGHT_LOGANPOTTERF_2014

A basic drop earring and simple statement necklace complete the look. 

034_4594_COPYRIGHT_LOGANPOTTERF_2014

Up your essential-fall-outfit game with my fourth and final Fall 2014 Must-Have: Coated Denim!

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Encore Exclusive

Coated Denim: Seven For All Mankind

Bootie: Sam Edelman

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part III

Today I’m coming to you with Part III of my four-part series, Transitional Fall Fashion featuring apparel and accessories from Encore boutique.

If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

In Part I and Part II, I shared tips on how to compose the perfect fall outfit AND some of my must-have accessories for fall 2014.

Part III showcases the layering accessory that should be your best friend this fall: the vest!

Don’t forget! A new season doesn’t mean you have to purchase a completely new wardrobe. Many pieces featured in this series are basics you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases, like my fall 2014 must-haves!


PART III – FALL’S BEST FRIEND: THE VEST

Fotor01002113946

 The vest is my third must-have accessory for fall 2014. They’re a fun, functional, and flattering!

Fotor01002115214

Adding an asymmetric sweater vest over this graphic tee and bralette instantly gives this ensemble a cozy fall vibe.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Graphic Tank: Feel the Piece

Bralette: Cosabella

Sweater Vest: Encore Exclusive

Denim: Genetic

Bootie: Diba True

Fotor0100212094

Maybe a structured shearling/faux leather vest is more your style. Pair it with your favorite plaid button down for a quintessential fall look.  

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Button Down: Encore Exclusive

Shearling/Faux Leather Vest: Wells Grace

Bootie: Diba True

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part II

Last week, I launched Part I of a four-part series, Transitional Fall Fashion featuring pieces from Encore boutique.

In Part I, I explored the importance of layers during transitional seasons like fall and shared one of my must-have items for fall 2014: the chic sneaker.

Today, in Part II, I’m sharing another technique to compose the perfect transitional fall outfit – it’s all about opposites!

If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

Before we get started remember this: a new season doesn’t mean you have to buy a completely new wardrobe. Many pieces featured in this series are basics you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases. 


PART II – OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Fotor01001100443

Transitional weather poses a unique opportunity to pair pieces in your wardrobe from different seasons

Fotor01001102010

Take your go-to summer miniskirt and couple it with your favorite fall flats and three quarter-length tee.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Michael Stars

Skirt: Tart Collections

Flats: Kaanas

Fotor01001104027

OR take an easy summer tank and throw it on with fall essentials: skinny denim and riding boots.

P.S. This AWESOME hand chain is one of my fall 2014 must-haves!

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Line & Dot

Denim: Citizens of Humanity

Boots: Diba True

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part I

IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL!

A new season means looking at your wardrobe in a new way. This is particularly important during the fall and spring because they’re transitional seasons. No matter where you live, fall weather can be unpredictable. One day it feels like summer, and the next day it feels like winter. Sometimes, the change in temperature can even vary within the span of a day.  You head out in the morning, and there’s a crisp chill in the air. Then, by the afternoon, the sun has warmed things up.

So, today I’m launching a four-part series showcasing transitional fall fashion. A couple weeks ago, I partnered with Encore boutique to style transitional fall outfits. If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

Remember: a new season does not mean you have to buy a completely new wardrobe to be on trend. Many of the pieces that will be featured in this series are staples you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases. 


PART I – BRING A JACKET

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Layers are key during transitional seasons. The easiest way to stay cute and comfortable from day to night during unpredictable fall weather is to bring a jacket! 

Fotor0926113229

The first transitional fall outfit showcasing pieces from Encore features two wardrobe staples: a basic neutral dress and a structured moto jacket.

Fotor0926113433

I paired these pieces with one of my must-have items for fall 2014: the chic sneaker.

003_4480_COPYRIGHT_LOGANPOTTERF_2014

Footwear can be a challenge when transitioning from summer to fall. You’re ready to trade in your summer sandals but aren’t quite ready for boots. The chic sneaker is the solution!

007_4486_COPYRIGHT_LOGANPOTTERF_2014

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: Tart Collections

Jacket: Michael Stars

Sneakers: Bronx

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf