Jun 13th, 2012
Kids: Madeline (16) Makaela (14 when she passed in 2004)
Occupation: Image Concierge/Fashion Stylist/Founder of Novella Style Group
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
H&H Interview with Kristen:
1. What are your top 5 wardrobe essentials?
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes… oops, wait that is 3 things. Truly there are traditional essentials that should be in every wardrobe. One great fitting pair of jeans is always better than several that fit you so-so. A little black dress, though these days we are seeing a lot of variations to the LBD such as red, navy etc. A crisp and well fitting white button down dress shirt. The best quality in a black pump you can afford. And don’t forget a versatile handbag that can move from day to night, and without a doubt accessorize!
2. What style advice do you have for new moms stuck in a fashion rut?
Spend an afternoon with me… seriously, I have found through my years in the business that making a small change that is just for you, such as a new haircut or a trip to the cosmetic counter can boost your self confidence and ultimately your outlook on your appearance. The smallest change can give you the boost you need to take your authentic style to the next level.
3. What is the oldest thing in your closet?
Traditionally in my family the youngest daughter will receive a wedding set that has been passed down for over 200 years. Madeline cannot wait for them to be hers.
4. What do you think was the all-time worst fashion trend?
Hands down any type of overall that is worn by someone over the age of 1. They are simply not flattering, regardless of your physique.
5. What would we be surprised to find in your purse?
Food! I always have food in my purse. I think it comes from being the parent of a diabetic child. Makaela had to eat often and it is a habit that stuck with me. A healthy snack is just the thing to keep me going during a long day!
6. What is your favorite reality TV show?
I have to admit I am a total “Housewives” junkie, that is until “All on the Line” premiered with Joe Zee from Elle Magazine. It portrays the fast paced and often cruel fashion industry for young and up and coming designers. They are given one day, one chance to impress one of the most influential men in fashion. I’m obsessed.
7. What is the funniest thing your kids have said or done lately?
Madeline is getting close to heading off to college. One day while we were discussing her future plans she looked at me completely defeated wanting to know what she was supposed to do with me. Is it to early to put you in a home? She asked. I laugh every time I think of that.
8. What is your favorite quotation?
“Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal.” Yves St. Laurent. To me that quote embodies the entire reason I do what I do for a living. Watching my clients tap into their inner beauty and authentic self is so fulfilling.
9. What is your guilty pleasure when you get a little coveted ‘me’ time?
I am an avid reader. I can escape to another world, another time and completely lose myself in the story. And what little girl didn’t love Cinderella, profound effect on my career choice. Cinderella is liberated from the wicked stepmother by designer footwear. Priceless.
10. Who is your favorite celebrity mom style icon and why?
Gwen Stephani is a complete inspiration. Besides being a mother she is also a singer, songwriter and designer of L.A.M.B (Love, Angel, Music,Baby). She is not afraid to be herself and express herself with her style and her music.
11. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I was born with a 3” difference in my legs and wore hip to toe casts beginning at age one until almost 3. I am very fortunate that the condition was caught at an early age.
12. What is your secret to staying Hot & Healthy?
Laughter is truly the best medicine. And of course high heels!
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