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Autumnal Stylized Wedding Shoot

Another fairytale in the books! Styling this shoot at the most gorgeous venue with the most talented wedding professionals was such a lovely experience. I’m still swooning over the tablescape we created. Thank you so much Sheradee, Talia and Amy. I always love our collaborations! Also, enormous gratitude to Prescott Bridal, Borrowed Charm, Culinary Kitchen, Inspire Events & Design, Amy Cakes, Brown Egg Bakery, Spencer Stone, Wedding Story Writer and of course our gorgeous models, Griffin and Katy. See the entire gallery and all the vendors at http://www.glamourandgraceblog.com.

 

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Central Park Anniversary Shoot

I’m so honored to be published on the main page of www.stylemepretty.com! This beautiful couple, celebrating 12 years of marriage bliss and over 18 years together, laughed, cried and kissed (a lot!) through this Central Park Anniversary shoot by Julie Paisley. It was so much fun to work with Sheradee on the other side of the lens. She and Michael were perfect models, with the kind of love story that means not having to fake a single emotion or expression. There was never a lapse in stamina or joy or honesty. It was all there, genuinely and perfectly. I’m so blessed to have been chosen to dress them, to run through central park with them (after using a car service, a cab, a rickshaw and 5-inch boots to get us there!) It was a fairytale for them, and it was a fairytale for me. Hair and makeup by Kiara Hargrove. See all the photos here!

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Fairy Godmother

I always dreamed of being the princess growing up. Of course I did! That’s what most little girls dream of. I never realized how amazing it would be to play the fairy godmother. That’s exactly what my job as a stylist feels like.

Initially, I get to pick from 100s of gowns. Not just any gowns, gowns designed and made for princesses. Gowns made for women who have been dreaming about what they would wear since they knew to dream. Gowns that drape and hug and sparkle perfectly. Usually, the entire wedding centers around this enormous first choice, the gown.

I schedule hair and makeup and provide inspiration for their looks. I arrive with the gown, and I literally dress them. I button and zip and tie. I add earrings to their ears and fasten beautiful, sparkly necklaces around their necks. I place couture shoes on their feet. And I stand behind them as we both get the first look. I follow them throughout our shoot, holding their hand and holding the gown. I fluff and straighten and fluff some more. It’s an amazing experience.

And this Manhattan shoot in particular, it was dreamy. I can’t wait to show you more of it. Stay tuned.

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Come join in the fun! Learn from the amazingly talented Sheradee Hurst Photography, who is an award-winning, destination wedding photographer. She’s holding workshops that I’m styling all over the country in 2016. We would love for you to come and be a part of this wonderful learning experience. Check out the details here:

http://sheradeehurstphotography.com/for-photographers/

If you are a wedding vendor in Dallas, Houston, Tulsa, Arkansas or NYC, let’s talk about collaborating. This is a big opportunity to enhance our portfolios fairytale-style and make magic. Email me at krissi@krissifarrimond.com.


 

 

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Styling My Littles

My favorite people to style are my littles, and this beautiful fall day was no different. The scenery was gorgeous on the campus of prestigious Princeton University. Audrey and Quin played and posed in their sweet Tooby Doo ensembles, while being shot by the talented Anna Ksenzenko.

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Post-Apocalyptic Pulitzer Sunday VS. Black Friday

I realize post-apocalyptic Pulitzer Sunday actually pales in comparison to black Friday, but only because there is less to buy.

On Friday I was thinking, this is going to be one heck of a weekend. The weather is supposed to be gorge, we are picnicking with friends, crew cuts is opening in my neighborhood and Lilly Pulitzer for Target is launching Sunday. Talk about a euphoric bubble. Good weather, great shopping, bliss.

As you can imagine, all went well at the opening of crew cuts. Mothers and fathers (yes, I watched a sweet Dad walk his daughter around and make her try on clothes) bought their children full-priced clothing, children ate cupcakes and butterflies flew around while Bob Marley played in the background. (okay, not all of that happened, but most of it)

Then Sunday rolled around with lots of promise. I knew the race for LP would be fierce, so in the days leading up to it, I trained. I picked my partner, watched the LP party on the Target website 17 times minimum, marveled at the fun they were having wearing those clothes, drinking from those fancy clinks, and talking to Big. I scoured the look book countless times and hearted everything. I insisted we both make our favorites list, and figure out our plan to divide and conquer. I knew it would take an extreme level of focus and precision to come away from this launch with a cart full of treasure. And then my friend texted to cancel. What? Is this too intense for you? (I found it in my heart to forgive her) Needless to say, I was still going to camo-up and get to Target.

As excited as I was, I didn’t leave my house until 7:25, which put me pulling into the parking lot at 7:40, twenty minutes til launch. Surprisingly, and without satellite images to affirm my decision like the lady behind me (I’m not kidding here), I picked a fantastic location. I was, by quick count, the 25th person in line. My odds were good. I knew what I wanted, my priority list was memorized and I’m fast (I have the Hershey’s Track Meet certificate to prove it). Besides, some of these people brought their children, they are going to be SLOW, those kids were too young for the mission so I knew they’d be slowing those ladies down. In my mind, they were already eliminated.

It was two minutes until 8:00 when a nice woman came out to explain to the crowd where all the merchandise was located in the store, which irked me a little bit because I had already done my research in advance (thanks @thekeytochic). I knew where all the merch would be, and here she was making it a level playing field. Whatevs. It’s go time, they open, and the pack begins to move swiftly in somewhat of a single-file line until we were through the doors, and when push came to shove (literally), I just wasn’t prepared. All of my pre-game prep was done with a real lack of urgency. Remember? I was experiencing the LP party over and over again. That party was chill. I knew we would all be headed for the same things, but I pictured accidental elbows, disappointed eye rolling, intense bartering, shaking on it, making new friends, sharing flasks and making plans for celebratory drinks later, as we went through our sacks, half sharing, half bragging about our affordable Lilly Pulitzer purchases. I severely underestimated the competition. These ladies and their soldiers would show no mercy.

Have you ever seen a mound of ants scattering? They look kind of crazy, going really fast in all different directions, crawling over each other as if they can’t see one another. If you can picture that, then you can picture this shopping experience. My number 1 priority was the navy blue and hot pink “Upstream”  swimsuit. For whatever reason, I wanted that swimsuit the most out of everything. Even though I was 25th in line, I was, at best, 60th to the racks. This is when it became an out of body experience. Everything that happened after this was like I was hovering above watching these ladies fight over Lilly Pulitzer for Target. A miracle happened when I walked straight to the the aforementioned swimsuit and squeezed under the ladies stalking the kill above to grab two sizes, just in case. Next, I grabbed the white eyelet shorts, and the Nosie Posey clutch I never even considered putting on my list only because it was right in front of my face. I had just grabbed it as the crowd was literally throwing me this way and that, and I was bracing myself for a fall. This is when one of the ladies started screaming, “Oh my God, where are my children, I’ve lost my children,” and I know one of them was really little because she was carrying the child on her hip in line. I can’t believe she put that child down in a post-apocalyptic-run-for-your-lives mob. Can’t believe it. I do think she found them, but the crowd moved me away from them before I saw the outcome, which brought me to standing in front of the women’s eyelet tunic in navy, which I leisurely reached up to grab, and it’s seriously like I’m in slow motion, when a giant go-go-gadget arm comes from nowhere and snatches the tunic. I’ve never seen such mechanics in a wrist, the way and the speed in which this person flicked this hanger up was impressive. It came from the other side of the display. I never saw her face. There is no way that person knew what she was grabbing or what size it was. And that’s when I knew it was time to move on. In an 11th hour play, I grabbed the last pair of flip flops, and they were my size. It was epic. It was 8:01.

The items I walked away with:

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The Upstream swimsuit. I went to the dressing room, scared shitless to leave my cart outside to try this on, but I did it anyway. I determined the size I would live with (this line ran big – no chance of grabbing a third size – long gone) and then headed to checkout. I got home with the wrong freaking suit. How?? I distinctly remember separating the two carefully. There was absolutely no reason to have bad karma. Clearly, I was the most gentle person in the store. Obvi, no chance for exchanging it. wah wah.

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A pair for each girl, one in Girls, one in toddler.

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the random pick, super cute, nosie posey clutch

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white eyelet shorts – so comfy, and they were third on my priority list. Sometimes you just get lucky.

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the 11th hour play – “My Fans” flip flops

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Quin’s pretty, pink “See Ya Later” dress. If only I had been fast enough to get it for Audrey too.

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Girls “Nosie Posey” swimsuit. Impulse Buying at it’s best. Audrey is thrilled!

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“Nosie Posey” for toddlers bikini for Quinny.

 

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A Denim Miracle

I have been faithfully wearing skinny jeans for the last five years. If you over look the fact that most of the pairs I’ve owned have required me to pull them up every 30-seconds or so, they have been absolutely perfect! Okay, all kidding aside, they really do work for me, given my shape: fluffy in the middle, no back and skinny legs. Who’s with me? I have a short waist so the fact that most waists are meant to be worn at the hips is just a plus for me! Because of the butt issue, I’ve been absolutely terrified of the high-waisted, “surely better for moms” jeans. It’s already flat. Must it also be long? Changes in denim silhouettes are just scary. Why? Well, because for most people, jeans are their mainstay, the true closet staple, the daily relied upon article of clothing. They work for morning drop off, cooking dinner, weekend looks, going out on the town. They work for most occasions, even some workplaces, so once you find the ones you love, that’s that.  They are important, which is one reason I invest in jeans. Picking up inexpensive shirts and blouses is easy, but denim on a clearance rack? There’s a designer out there that had no business designing for the masses because those jeans don’t look good on anybody except them, and I’m doubting that. Jeans are personal. When I’m shopping for jeans, I usually pick up five or six pairs before heading to the fitting room. Why? Because I’m going to hate almost all of them on me. Then you hand them to your best friend, and they look perfect on her (but you still love her). Ladies, I think I’ve found a more universal pair. Are they going to work for everyone? No. Are you crazy? Are they going to work for a lot of people? Yes. Behold:

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Anthropologie Pilcro Stet Flare Jeans, $128, www.anthropologie.com.

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I picked up one pair, a size smaller than my regular size because they didn’t have my size. Internally, I shook my head and asked, why do you do this to yourself? Then I headed to the fitting rom. And just like that, we were in love. They have a lot of give in the waist so they work perfect for people who don’t do a lot of ab work. (wink wink) And if you do happen to have impressive abs, just size down. Who doesn’t love that? Additionally, if you are packing a lot in the back, a flared jean is the best silhouette for you. It minimizes your rump shaker. For me, they fit just below the belly button so not too low and not too high. They are offered in petite and tall. It’s important not to wear these too short.  A bell or flared bottom should almost sweep the floor, but never drag. And they are only $128, which might sound like a lot, but it’s considerably less than all the other over-priced denim I love. Remember, investment. You are going to wear them non-stop. If you still own this pair of jeans from 15 years ago, pull them out. They are back, and they are everywhere, although not all created equally.

Let’s talk denim! Any comments or questions? Please post below. Who knows? Your question might be the one everyone is asking. XOXO

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Holiday Party Looks

The holiday season is here, and social calendars are in full swing! It’s so much fun to get dressed up for a night out, and finding the perfect look is key to perfecting my joy.

Black-tie optional means a cocktail dress is perfectly appropriate and the same goes for a long gown, which makes the possibilities endless and the decision even harder. I really wanted to keep my entire look under $300 so I’m planning to wear jewelry I already own and hopefully shoes too. Many of the shoes below are just eye candy, as most people own go-to metallic or black pumps for special occasions such as these. And great news, dresses are on sale!

This is the cutest Ted Baker Snake Embossed Neoprene dress, perfect for a cocktail party or black-tie optional (or black-tie, according to some). You can find this dress at Harrods. The current price is $258 USD. Obviously, these Christian Louboutin Mea Culpa Flared Suede Pumps are HOT! If you can do it at $895 per pair, then do it! Husband or Santa, if you’re reading this, I wear a size 38. And my go-to, fancy-wear Stella Casablanca earrings to finish the look.

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Halston Heritage Plunging Gathered-Waist Jersey Gown. This dress didn’t drape right on me, and made me feel hippy. It’s a gorgeous choice for someone though, and it’s now on sale at Neiman Marcus for $237! I went with vintage-looking Naomi cluster earrings and Zora crystal necklace up top and Kristin Cavallari Copertina Lt Gold Glitter Pumps down low.

 

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A Diane von Furstenberg Draped Satin Jersey Gown. Is there a theme here? Yes, I’m obsessed with a beautiful, plunging neckline, long-sleeved dress. And I’ll admit, my closet is pretty dark in general, with navy and black being my favorite colors to wear. This was a contender for me, even though it’s completely see-thru (this is what slips are for, right?). It draped perfectly and would have been stunning with this Stella & Dot Casablanca necklace and Vintage Crystal Studs I already own. The DVF gown is on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue for $317.

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This Piperlime Collection Embellished Dress is great for showing off your legs! It was a little too stiff for me and not my favorite silhouette to wear, but I tried! You can find it at Piperlime for $109.

 

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This Black Halo gown is the first dress I tried on. Not only was it over budget, but it looked terrible on me! Too bad, right? Because it’s so pretty.

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If the sky was the limit, I would be wearing this look. This Kenzo Twill Mountain Dress is to-die for! But at $965, it didn’t meet my budget for this event. I added a REISS belt to it because fit and flare is better for me when the waist is belted, just a personal preference. And look at those shoes! Love, love, love these Consuelo Calfhair Ankle Wrap Pumps by Ivy Kirzhner, currently on sale for $258 at www.lastcall.com! Hurry. And Kate Spade stud earrings and a couple of bangles too finish the look.

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This is the Bloomingdales Boutique Gown (now on sale for $223) I chose. Really, from the beginning, I wanted to wear a long gown with long sleeves. I love the beading detail around the neckline and keyhole, and it fit perfectly (aside from drastic hemming). I also had the little train removed because I think it made it a little too formal and there is nothing more annoying than people stepping on your dress all night. The beading shows up a little silver and gold in this photo, but it’s actually all silver & platinum looking. I finished the look with jewelry I already own (whoop!) from Stella & Dot, Casablanca earrings with the bottom piece removed, the Casablanca bracelet and the Deco Cocktail Ring. I’m thinking of doing a faux bob for the occasion and polishing the look with bright red lips and nails. I know I’m wearing a 4-inch heel, but shoes are still TBD, although these Caparros peep-toe heels would be a great choice, and are on sale at Lord & Taylor for $60.

 

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If you have questions or need advice, feel free to comment below. Happy holidays! XO, Krissi

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Rustic-Glam Styled Wedding Shoot

Swooned Magazine picked up and published a styled wedding shoot I worked with Sheradee Hurst Photography to create. We are so proud of this project and so grateful to all the vendors who committed to it and did an amazing job! Thanks so much Trochta’s Flowers-Floral Design, JJ Kelly-Dress, The McGranahan Barn-Venue, Mitchener Farrand-Jewelry, Cake-Amy Cakes, Videography-Little Big Films, Make-Up-Toni Marlo, Hair-Sarah Woolly Hair Care, Stationery-myheartcreative, Nail Stylist-Brianna Mock and Model, Abby Davis.

Please view “Home Sweet Oklahoma: A Rustic-Glam Shoot at the McGranahan Barn.”

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Still transitioning to fall. Hang in there!

It has officially been fall for a month! For the love, can we get some consistent mid-50 degree temps? If you’re anything like me, you’re dying for fall to actually feel like fall for more than one morning a week.

You might be thinking, “You’re just now posting about this?” I’m answering, “Please. If you’ve been wearing this stuff for weeks, you either live in Alaska or you’ve been faking a chill because you’re dying to layer up.” Guilty as charged! I’ve been layering up every chance I get. This is how I’ve been doing it and doing it and doing it.

THE BLAZER. It’s definitely time to pull those blazers out of the back of the closet if you haven’t already. It’s hard to find a more perfect fall layering piece than a blazer. This adorable Zara blazer, with it’s gathered shoulders, is perfect for this time of year and into winter. If it’s warm enough (let’s be honest, it totally is), it’s perfectly okay to be showing off what’s left of your summer glow with those shorts. If you have an inkling to wear tights under your shorts, definitely do. It’s such a fun way to flavor your look. As the day wears on and warms up, toss the blazer on the back of your chair, roll up the sleeves of your button down and continue. A pretty d’Orsay flat perfectly compliments this outfit.

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DENIM JACKET. It goes with everything you can imagine. Slinky summer dress you were about to pack away? Check. Black trousers and a silky top? check. Jumpsuit? Check. No closet should be without one.  And those booties, which you can find at Madewell, are fantastic!

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COCOON CARDI. Ahhhhhhhhh, now we are talking. This piece, it’s like a security blanket. How many days in a row can you wear it? Let’s not answer that. Get one, it will comfort you in the mornings and shelter you in the afternoons as the cold air continues to blast from the vent above your head in your office, at Target, on a plane. They are easy to acquire. They are everywhere. I would top any outfit with a hat, but the fall has your head screaming to be topped, and this hat will transition perfectly into your winter wardrobe.

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OVERSIZED COAT. I am in love with this oversized coat, dress and boots. The black dress from Madewell (yes, it’s a fave) has a perfect little leather pocket, and is going to treat you right from sunup till sundown. Wear it with these L’autre Chose suede boots or d’Orsay pumps or any color of booties. It’s so versatile. The coat is adorable over the dress, but I can see it being equally adorable over jeans and a cream colored top, would be so great over anything red, a vintage t-shirt, a crop top. The sky is the limit. Be prepared to get your money’s worth.

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LEATHER DRESS. Just go ahead. You’re not jumping the gun on seasons, and it was cold when you left the house, right? A short leather dress may or may not be something you already own, but I think you should! With a plunging V neckline and peplum style pockets, this Cameo dress is unique and adorable. I’ll soften it up a bit with a white ruffle button down for fall and easily transition it to winter with a turtle neck and tall boots. I’m obsessed with these Pour La Victoire booties, which are currently on sale at Bloomingdales. Run, don’t walk.

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Keep up the good work. I’m sure we’re going to get some perfectly cold weather soon! Cheers!

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Family Photo Shoot: What to Wear?

Shopping for the Hopping family photo shoot took me no further than their closets. It was easy to pull together an adorable look with their own clothes. They are all dressed in blue and white (perfect for spring/summer photos) with varying patterns and little pops of color. Meredith is dressed in a blue and white striped tee, a cobalt blue full-midi skirt and a coral necklace. Nate is retro chic in blue jeans, a light blue and cobalt blue-striped button down, a grey pin-striped vest and a coral bow-tie. Eleonore is wearing a white sundress adorned with blue whales and a big, bright pink bow. Francesca is wearing a blue with white polkadots romper and a white-eyelet sun hat. They look adorable, and their pictures, taken by St. Louis photographer, Kristi Foster, turned out great!

If you’re trying to decide how to dress for your next family shoot, how about adding interest and revealing individual personalities while keeping your family photos beautiful and cohesive? Try adding your color and patterns. I love white, I really do, but I’ve seen too many pictures where the girls are wearing white sundresses and the boys are wearing khaki pants and white shirts. (The exception to this thought is a beach wedding. It could be tricky  getting around wearing a white dress. Also in this case, always wear what the bride requests. Just a tip, you’re welcome.) Adding color and patterns can be so much fun and not “too busy” at all. Just make sure to wear the same color palette so you look like you all belong in the same photo.

 

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