Ready, Jet, Go!

Every project becomes my favorite to date, but this one is so good my eyes burn. For anyone that thinks this work is glamorous let me just tell you it is anything but!  I am a freaking work horse.  Blue collar to shame.  That is a small exaggeration but not really.  It all just goes back to perception.  We think everything looks good from the outside, but there is always a story.  Okay Jody and Amy DO look good.  Maybe that's why my eyes burn.  Anyway, the amount of blood sweat and tears that went into these Louboutin corset boots, but it was all worth it.  

Joseph Bradley Photography Models Amy Lee Whero of Marilyn's Agency and Jody Lee Petty.  Hair and Makeup by Jami Svay.

Valentine's Day For Him

What can I say?  I'm a sucker for an All-American Southern Gent.  If you are too, or perhaps your love language is Gift Giving, I hope you'll find some of the below items to be great ideas for the Him in your life, be it your spouse, brother, Dad or son.  Can't see the below image in your reader?  Click HERE.  

Remember THIS post?  I had just chopped all my hair.  Seems like ages ago.  It was!  I remember feeling a kinda sassy but very goofy and nervous around this sweet guy Nick, who is a real model/actor who so kindly volunteered his time to do this shoot.

Happy Valentine's Day a comin', ya'll!

Advanced Style

For many years now I have been following Ari Seth Cohen's high fashion, documentary style blog showcasing the street style of mature women and men live from the sidewalks of Manhattan and other great cities alike.  The stylish ladies he features, and their conviction to always put their most fashionable foot forward, remind me of both my Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  If the mailman was the only person she was to see that day my Grandmother was dressed to impress, masterfully accessorized, donning a perfectly coiffed hairstyle, finished off with a bright red or pink lipstick.

Below are a few recent images from Advanced Style.  Be sure to head over there, and actually, you should lock this one in your feed.  We could all take a fashion hint from these fearless style setters. 

I ordered the documentary and cannot wait to watch it this weekend with a girlfriend over wine and pasta.  I'll be sure to share my review!

'Tis The Season

Photograhy: Zach Alston. Models: Emma Claris and Tyler Von Seggern (Marilyn's Model and Talent Management). Hair and Makeup: Tia Rivers. Freaturing Kristin Hayes Jewelry.

'Tis the Season from one very special young couple on their first Christmas together!  This photo shoot with models Emma and Tyler was so much fun.  Everything about it was so magical and perfect.  Thank you to a good friend for opening her gorgeous home.  It was all made for a very prominent magazine if you ask me!  I had to get in on the action in the last picture.  How do you like my sexy tough model pose?  Ha!  Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope yours was filled with love, laughter, family and eggnog to your hearts delight.

For The Rugged Cool Man

Just a few chic gifts for your favorite rugged, cool man.  Yes, I want the antler chandelier lighting up every room in my (imagined) chalet in the woods, although one would look quite perfect in my Dad's cabin.  And, what man wouldn't love a bottle opener that tells him "Yes! You Earned It!"?  Only the happiest stocking stuffer ever.

What The Hell Is A Pork Lawn?

Photography by: Joseph Bradley Photography.  Wardrobe c/o: Taylor, Richards & Conger, Banana Republic.

Styling Darin McEntee was easy an the eyes.  What more is there to say?  Oh, well he did give me a replay of the most hysterical episode of Family Fued of all time, and I almost peed in my pants in his passenger seat.  Whether you like pork or don't care for it, you NEED this for your hump day.  

Behind The Scenes Fav For The Ladies

In preparation for an upcoming photo shoot on Thursday, I came across one of my favorite Behind The Scenes videos.  It is one of my favorites for many reasons, but if you are female (or not), there's likely really no guess work.  Happy play and rewinding. Click and watch.

Cowboy Baby


Model: Dustin McNeer (Directions USAPhotography: Zach Alston. Hair and Makeup: Shaun Colomb. On location: Sugaree Ranch of Horsemanship

Ride 'Em Cowboy Dustin!  Nothing more to say about this precious lad.  

(Oh, and yes, he is an Abercrombie & Fitch model).

Styling Nick Silverstein At The Humane Society Of Charlotte

 

 

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Clothing provided by: Belk, Blank Canvas, Silverfly and Taylor, Richards & Conger,

I reached out to some of the best in Charlotte's menswear for this comical and fun photo shoot styling Nick Silverstein at The Humane Society of Charlotte.  Photographed by the wildly talented young chap, Zach Alston, along with makeup and hair styled by Deme Fourtounis, Nick's exotic smoldering good looks deemed a perfect pair for our morning on set with our kittens and pups.

Hangin' With Paris

Shirt: J. Crew. Skirt: ASOS. Shoes: Cole Haan from Constance Consignment. Clutch: Vintage. Earrings: JewelMint. Bracelets: blydesign, Chelsea Charles, J. Crew. Cuff from Sloan Boutique. Cocktail Ring: Melinda Maria. Hair by: BLo ouT.

Such a fun impromptu meeting with Paris Pullen on the streets of Noda.  He'll probably want to kill me for saying this, but how adorably hip is this fresh prince of the Queen City?  Check him out four yourself at Higher Citizen. Untanned legs aside, I could not be more ready for spring!

Silverfly's School For Men

To all my savvy male followers and those who shop for them, I wanted to let you know about a fun event this weekend, School For Men. If you haven't shopped Silverfly, it's a fantastic men's store located at the Metropolitan offering "one stop shopping for denim, t-shirts, outerwear, work out clothes, grooming and accessories". Aside of the unique shopping experience Silverfly offers, owners Fidel Montoya and Keith Alyea are two of the nicest peole in the industry, and you know how I love local.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall seeing the below pic from a recent photo shoot of Mark Allen, AKA Mr. Tommy Bahama, styling Silverfly threads.  

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School for Men isn’t just for guys — girls will love it too!  Also at the event, my fellow stylist and Sloan Boutique store director and jewelry buyer, Linda Martinez, will be on hand to offer seasonal fashion advice. RE Salon an Med Spa associates will be on site offering grooming tips, while you shop up to 50 percent off select items. SILVERFLY, 1111 Metropolitan Ave., Suite 150, Charlotte. (980) 819-7216, silverflybrands.com

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I'm in Miami this weekend for a bachelorette party to celebrate this awesome, ridiculously hot, stylin' chic.  Happy Schooling!  Whitley

Revolve

 
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If you live in the Queen City and ever shop for quality men's clothing, you're sure to know Revolve upscale men's consignment.  Voted Best of the Best by Charlotte Magazine 2011 and 2013 and Best of the Best by Elevate for years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Revolve offers savvy fashion forward men a more accessable way to shop the best of the best in fashion.  Revolve specializes in everything from t-shirts to tuxes in brands from Brooks Brother to Prada.  One of the hardest working, most community-centric people in the biz, I am proud to call shop owner, Amy Pickard, my sweet friend.  I couldn't resist not sharing with you the 411 on her Annual Winter Blow Out Sale.  As you see, most of the store will be up to 90% off the already killer prices, so this is a great time to stock your closet for next year.  You say you're ready to pass along your threads to another great closet?  Consign them with Revolve!
 

Happy revolving!  -Whitley

The Sporting Gent

All Men's Clothing: The Sporting Gent.  

My OutfitSkirt: Woman Shops World. Tights: Gap (similar). Booties: Stuart Weitzman. Jacket: Gap. Purse: Chanel.

Charlotte friends, have you been to The Sporting Gent yet?  Located on the side of the historic Colony Shopping Center in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, The Sporting Gent is a gentleman's clothier and outfitter carrying some of the finest in outdoor and casual brands including Southern Marsh, Drake Waterfowl, Southern Propper, Rodd & Gunn, Hardy Fly Fishing, Sebago Footwear and more.  The Sporting Gent's mission is to preserve and support the true gentleman, from the field to the dinner table.  If you have been to The Sporting Gent, you know what a neat spot it is.  A missing niche has been filled with the finest. Whether you've visited yet or not, this Saturday is the perfect time to swing on by for some fellowship, refreshments (good bourbon) and holiday cheer. 

I hope to see you there after we finally get up our tree!

xo, Whitley

Mens Fall Fashion Preview at Belk

Recently I attended the 2013 Fall Fashion Preview at Belk where Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction, Arlene Goldstein, reviewed the men's fashion must haves for fall. Whether you're in the workplace or out for a night on the town, you can't go wrong with a sports jacket. This is an essential piece, because you can wear it with a nice pair of slacks or throw it over a pair of jeans for a comfortable but fashion forward look. Guys, be on the lookout for a variety of wine inspired hues from textured knit shirts, fine gauge sweaters and the classic corduroy pant that is making a major comeback this year. When it comes to shoes for the fellas, invest in a nice pair of desert boots. Desert boots are very versatile, so you will be sure to get your money's worth with a pair. Men, are you ready for a fashionable fall? I know we are!

Here is the Mens Most Wanted list for Fall 2013:

1. Plaid shirt

2. Textured knit shirt

3. Corduroy pants

4. Wine inspired hues

5. Sport coat

6. Fine gauge sweaters

7. The vest, tailored or a sweater vest

8. Five pocket pants- Denim inspired fit

9. English country tie

10. Desert boots

It's been a real treat expanding fashion and material for you male readers.  

Thanks fellas, (and ladies), for reading!

-Whitley