Warby Parker Eyewear

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Warby Parker eyewear is high quality, on-trend, and affordable. Prescription, polarized Optical eyewear cost $95 Non-Prescription, polarized Sunwear cost  $95 Prescription, polarized Sunwear costs $150 The company’s flagship store is in NYC and they have 9 showrooms throughout the US.   Unfortunately, there are currently … Continue reading

Strap Tamers Review

Product: Strap Tamers

Problem: Wayward bra straps

Marketing Claims:
“Strap Tamers® consist of a clip (to hold the bra strap) and pin which is fastened to the inside shoulder seam of a garment.

You can leave Strap Tamers® on your clothing while laundered again and again. Whenever you wear that garment, the Strap Tamers® are already in place, waiting for you.”

Materials: They are made from durable high-tech plastic (Polycarbonate, the same material used for “bullet proof glass”) and fine gauge stainless steel (which won’t leave rust marks or large pin holes on fine clothing.)

How to Use:

Rating:  2 Pins out of 5

Review: Unless you are wearing a sleeveless shift or a tank with very wide straps made of a thick material, don’t bother!

The product does conceal bra straps, but it also creates noticeable lumps underneath the garment where the Strap Tamer is connected to your shirt. Thicker fabrics, like tweed or wool, would help conceal the lump by softening the profile.

Also, You are limited by the width of the product. Your shirt straps must be wider than the Strap Tamer (1″ wide or wider) or the product is clearly visible.

12 Ways To Achieve The Very Best Glamour Shot

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12 Ways To Achieve The Very Best Glamour Shot from BuzzFeed. These are KILLING me!  Whitney Jefferson’s original post has 65 glorious Glamour Shots illustrating the science behind the 90’s Glam-Cam.   From her collection, I included one portrait per tip … Continue reading

Falling Models, Tumbling Talent, and Slippery Shoe Solutions

Bless their Hearts,

…these runway models are not alone in experiencing slides, slips, and falls.  Underestimating the power of a polished floor, we have all found ourselves flat on the floor, humiliated, and looking for the closest piece of furniture to crawl underneath.

I use one or both of these methods to prep slick, new shoes that will be worn by on-camera talent.  These very simple stylist tricks can prevent both talent tumble as well as personal embarrassment:

  • Sandpaper: Lightly scuff the bottoms of new shoes with sandpaper. Be careful not to scuff the sides of the shoes or any area that will be visible to camera. I keep both 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper in my kit.
  • Hairspray: Spritz the bottoms of the shoes with strong hold hairspray and let the spray dry for about a minute until it’s sticky to the touch.  Spray as needed.  I keep Nexxtacy by Nexxus in my kit because it is super sticky and alcohol free.

★ Make sure the hairspray will not damage the flooring surface. If you are uncertain, ask the art department, location manager, or props.

Exposure Doesn’t Pay Bills

Do I envy photographers?  Not a chance.

Being a stylist is not easy, but it’s manageable. Sourcing materials, prepping a project, juggling budgets, time management, digital communications, and the inevitable job changes requires a creative mind and resourceful intelligence while trying to remain calm and polite. On the other hand, being a commercial photographer requires a person who willingly walks a fine line between genius and masochism.

Excluding high profile photographers that show up only to press the little button, an established commercial photographer’s job description includes but is not limited to:

  • Strong creative voice or vision
  • Maintaining strong technical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Accounting and bookkeeping skills
  • Manage production budgets, contracts, and usage
  • Self Promotion, marketing, networking, and grooming existing clients
  • Ability to educate clients on basic production costs, protocol, and processes
  • Ability to give and receive effective criticism on personal work and concepts
  • Translate and communicate the client’s concepts into their personal creative vision and THEN communicate this same message into actionable tasks for the CREW who is hired facilitate this visual story
  • Of course, effective multi-tasking

Yeah!  That’s a lot of hats!  Simultaneously, they are being approached by for profit businesses to work for free! (non-profit work is at the discretion of the photographer).  In my experience photographers do not like saying no; they want to help; they want to do EVERY job that will either give them a strong piece for their book or gain exposure in a certain market they are trying to break.  Taking time away from their long list of non-paying, behind the scenes job duties can actually cost them money.

I have to hand it to all of the commercial photographers and directors out there, I admire your perseverance and tact in handling your business while keeping your creative wheels turning.  It is a rare talent.

WonderWorks: Aerospace Costuming, Scale Models, Props, and Consultants

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I have been asked to research space suits for several productions.  For a quality replica, the weekly rental costs are around $1500 for all of the accessories and badges; $1900 after shipping.  I have found several great resources but was … Continue reading

Spanx for Men: Does My Mirdle Make Me Look Fat?

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Always looking for new wardrobe solutions and products to help me do my job as a stylist, I had the perfect opportunity to test Spanx for Men, Manx. On a recent print production, I had to dress three male talent … Continue reading