Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Can't get enough (of Ralph Lauren)

I wanted to do a Fall Winter 2011/2012 recap (late I know, don’t judge me). But I can’t see past Ralph Lauren at the moment (this happened for spring too!). Nobody makes me feel like he does. His flawless and perfected silhouettes are finely touched to the very last detail. The look of the model, the music, and the mood of each and every show or ad he has ever put out there; are a carefully planned out balance to his designs. I can’t get enough! While I’m pleasantly surprised about the Asian inspired look for the Fall Winter 2011/2012 collection, I can still see his classic and cool elegance out loud as each model strolls down the runway so smoothly. I get chills, I am still, and can barely swallow. The brilliance that he portrays leaves me (almost) speechless. Ralph Lauren continues to fuel my passion and inspire me to always create, always imagine, and always be me. 
Thank you Mr. Lauren...you continue to amaze me

"I am 16 going on 17"

Although this isn’t the first time I’ve imagined myself as Liesl Von Trapp in the Sound of Music, I’m definitely there while admiring the ChloĆ© spring/summer line. Some pieces in this “lady like” collection have me smack dab in that gazebo, dancing ever so innocently with Rolfe. ChloĆ©’s prim and proper blush colored soft silk and tulle is singing to me, twirling me around, and making all of my dreams come true.

Runway images: style.comPhoto: Monica Feudi 
Visit chloe.com for the entire spring/summer 2011 line

Sunday, January 2, 2011

"Indian Summer" Photo Shoot with Joey+Jessica

A while back I had the privilege to work with Joey & Jessica Seawell on their project “Indian Summer”. As a stylist, they were a dream to collaborate with. Check out the final shots and visit their website http://joeyjessica.com to see more of their amazing work. 

2011 Resolution

Not sure if anyone noticed, but I’ve been slack lately. Hopefully 2011 will bring more inspiration, therefore more blogging. Get pumped!

Wishing everyone a happy & healthy New Year!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I've been meaning to share this...

I’ve been meaning to share this with someone and considering I’m about to talk about a spread in the October Vogue, the sharing is at least two months passed due.
So here it is, two months ago I noticed something great in the October issue of Vogue! Stylist Grace Coddington totally digs my style! Or at least that is what I told myself. When I laid my eyes on a particular shot from her photo shoot with photographer Peter Lindbergh and actress Carrie Mulligan it was almost a perfect match to something I created last winter with Andrew Day. We of course weren't in the South of France or rockin’ Haute Couture threads by Dior, but close enough!

Tracy Reese tulle dress. (my own) Vintage hat

Dior Haute Couture satin-organza-tulle gown. Vintage hat

Please follow this link to see a better photo of this and the rest of the AMAZING shoot: Vogue Gallery

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Artist Collaboration Project 2010

When you have a friend like Freida Bailey who is Senior Logistics Executive of North American Operations (LA, Miami, NY, & Canada) for RALPH LAUREN full time, and a networking creative mind on the side, you GO when she says GO! Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway) when she called to tell me she wanted to include me in the Artist Collab Project she was putting together, I jumped at the chance. Freida and I have grown to be close friends that we call family, but she is also my mentor that continues to push me in the “UP” direction.
In the weeks following Freida’s proposal we organized our project that included Jewelry Designer-Dana LeBlanc, Photographer-Abbie Cooke, Hair Stylist-Catherine Brockway, Makeup Artists Mimi & Jamie, and ME as the stylist/creative director. Put us together and we make a perfect team of personalities that mixed just as well as our talent. Notice we are all women, which was the obvious key to this project- GIRL POWER!
Power was definitely needed. The meetings and weeks leading up to the project were carefully planned...and this was the most difficult part for me. Me and Freida are friends but that doesn’t mean we think alike! She has a “Type A” brain and my brain is messy and creative. I work best when something is put in front of me that I can touch, see, and play with. After about a month of gathering models, conference calls, endless emails, spreadsheets, and an overall goal, it was time for the big day. I had made it through with a new respect for organized situations.
We started bright and early at 6AM (the first model arrived at 6:30) Freida had her friend (Mr. wonderful Alex) share his home with us and of course she had everything set up and flowing perfectly. Let me give you a run down:
Model arrives and collects cozy white robe.
Model gets beverage of choice (so what if it was AM).
Cat does hair magic.
Makeup is done by Jamie and Mimi.
I style Dana’s yummy candy-like jewelry on model.
Last is the photo shoot with Abbie, who takes a portrait of the model focusing on the bold jewels & model’s personality.
The end result is a networked circle of ladies. Each model gets a beautiful portrait, and the artists get portfolio work.
It was a long day full of creativity. I needed a certain feeling from the model to know what they were going to wear. This means I made a “Whitney spreadsheet” when I met each gal. To me Jewelry is special, each piece has it’s own personality that has to be matched perfectly with a woman’s character. Dana’s beads have so much depth, I could play for days! I can’t wait to see the presence of our day in the end result. Big thanks to Freida, Abbie, Dana, Cat, Jamie, Mimi & all of the models who put their time and energy into our project.

Dana LeBlanc:http://www.danaleblanc.com/
Abbie Cooke:http://www.chariotcreative.com/ 

Behind the scenes photos taken by yours truly:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Made that way

When I was a little girl my favorite color was shiny. My sister swore that wasn’t a color but I still beg to differ. I wasn’t thinking shiny like sparkles or glitter, for some reason I loved the “color” of clear lip gloss. Thick Lip Smacker roll-on lip gloss...that did it for me. I always felt a little different growing up. I even strived for it as I got older. I never wanted to seem typical, or do the things that were ultimately expected. I grew up loved and always felt confident even with my big teeth, gangly arms, and giant eyes (due to plus lenses for my glasses). I really believe this is what gave me the freedom I needed to explore with fashion or anything having to do with expressing myself.
On April 16th I chopped all of my locks off, just for something new and different (I couldn’t stop myself from being inspired by Edie Sedgwick any longer.) April 16th was also the day my nephew Carter was born. I had just left the salon and hadn’t even had time to get used to this drastic change when I got the phone call I'd been waiting on. Of course, when I walked in the hospital room everyone gasped over my hair and that was actually the last thing on my mind. Later that evening my sweet nephew arrived. We then found out Carter was born with Down Syndrome. It was a whirlwind of emotions for everyone. My sister and her husband were strong and calm... this news couldn’t touch their love for their new baby. By the end of the night everything seemed so normal and planned. I finally had a chance to focus on my new look and I thought, wow...here I am always striving to make a change and not be typical and Carter was made that way. 1 in 800 babies are born with DS, I’d say those are pretty amazing odds. Carter will be 6 months old soon, he is growing and learning so fast. I am such a lucky aunt and sister. My family continues to inspire me every day and I only hope to inspire Carter the way he does me. I wonder what his favorite color will be?
October is Down Syndrome awareness month. This blog is dedicated to Carter...as he was obviously born with Stylish Bones.

Please learn more about Down Syndrome awareness & join us for the Buddy Walk on October 23rd.
Here are some websites:
If you’re interested in making a donation in Carter’s name:

The adventures of ME & CARTER

It's true, I have the cutest nephew
Pumpkin Patch

Daddy Mommy & Carter