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Questions with Caity – Partie Tres

Welcome back to the third installation of Questions with Caity!

This post is all about favorites! From activities to entertainment, here are some of my all time favorites.

What is your favorite weekend activity?

Hiking and cooking. Getting outside and having quality time in the kitchen are the two highlights of a relaxing, productive weekend for me.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes! A few, but one of my absolute favorites is actually a poem by Henry David Thoreau:

I went into woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

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What’s your favorite movie? TV show?

My favorite movie, since I was a kid, is Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Boondock Saints and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels round out the top three. 🙂

Friends is one of those shows that you can always pick up which is fun, I especially love watching that one during spin class!

What’s your favorite book? Do you have a favorite author?

I grew up rereading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas almost every year, and it’s still one that I love.

I’d say that my favorite authors are also ones from my childhood. My father read my brother and I fantasy books so I have a healthy appreciation of J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, Patricia Wrede, Sherwood Smith, and Diana Wynn Jones.

Favorite color?

Green is my favorite color, but I wear black most of the time.

Don’t miss out on the first two installments of this series – Questions with Caity and Questions with Caity: Partie Deux.

And if  YOU have a question – Just send it over via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram comment, or email at moicontrelavie@gmail.com.

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Questions with Caity – Partie Deux

I received so many fun responses to my first Questions with Caity post that I decided to plan out a few more installations.

So please, please keep the questions coming – You can even leave one down below!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Indiana Jones! I was obsessed. I planned to study history heading into college and wrote my admissions essay to Berkeley about how I wanted to be an adventure anthropologist – a la Indiana Jones – when I grew up.

Where are some of the places you’d love to visit?

I’m a HUGE fan of traveling and a few of the places on my To Do List are Caesarea, Petra, Turkey, and Machu Picchu.

{You can read more about my travel experiences & dreams in these posts: Wanderlust, Wanderlust: Travel To Do List, and Wanderlust: Travel In Style}

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Favorite breakfast foods?

During the week I love having oats with nuts, seeds, berries & protein powder. On weekends it’s either a smoothie before a workout or a giant veggie & soy chorizo scramble on a luxurious, lazy morning.

 

Biggest pet peeve?

Ignorance.

And people who walk slowly on crowded sidewalks. Usually looking at their phones. Groan.

Favorite fruit? Vegetable?

Grapes, pineapple & any and all berries.

And… Spinach maybe? I eat it every single day. Though I must convince that I also get pretty excited about sweet potatoes coming into season.

And if  YOU have questions – Just send them over via Twitter or Facebook, leave a comment below, or over on Instagram, or you can even shoot me a quick email at moicontrelavie@gmail.com.

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Questions with Caity

Hello loves!

I’ve received some great questions on social media and via email recently, so I thought I’d dedicate a post to sharing my answers with everyone.

Who are your style icons?

I’m a classic girl and my all-time favorite fashion mavens are Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Jackie O. What’s consistent about all of these women’s styles is how timeless they are. You can recreate any of their looks today and they’re still just as chic and flattering as they were when the originals wore them!

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{MCLV Mange: Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte}

What’s your favorite food?

French fries {especially sweet potato fries} and raw desserts.

What’s your favorite thing to bake?

I love baking, any kind of baking, but I’d say that chocolate chip cookies are probably my favorite. There are so many variations and ways to tweak them, and they’re both fun and quick.

And the results are always tasty!

Are you a strict vegan?

Nope!

I eat a mostly vegan diet, but wouldn’t classify myself as vegan since I eat eggs occasionally. I added them into my diet prior to having back surgery, at my doctor’s request, and I’ve found that it’s a good quick protein addition when I’m traveling or in a rush.

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{Hello – I’m a Fitness Addict}

What’s your favorite workout?

It varies constantly!

When its beautiful out I LOVE going for a run. I’m also totally addicted to TRX and sometimes go as often as three times a week. I also like to mix in Pilates and Barry’s Bootcamp is really fun when you’re in the mood for a good sweat.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

I honestly don’t think I could pick one place indefinitely. I adore San Francisco and I would be terribly sad to say goodbye, but there are a lot of amazing cities out there. I’d say, in a perfect world, I would split my time between London, San Francisco, and New York. And maybe I would add a little time on a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, just to be safe.

What? I said in a perfect world!

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Model Feature: Michelle Grey

I recently got the opportunity to interview Michelle Grey – A local model, actress, singer, dancer, and performance artist here in San Francisco.

She has just landed her first movie role and it was great to sit down and chat about not only her career and her many successes, but her advice for others interested in getting started in the entertainment industry.

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LV: You’re a performance artist who does everything from singing & dancing to acting & modeling – How did you get your start? What’s your background?

MG: Often people get overwhelmed when they hear this, they ask, “What is your focus?” But my career evolved over time into what it is now. My first love has always been music and I first performed when I was 5 years old at Church. From that very moment I knew what my purpose was and I’m blessed that my passion for music has never faded. So, for me this isn’t only a career, but my life’s work. I sang in church on Sundays, was involved in choir, played the flute, took singing lessons, performed at school for special events, entered talent shows, auditioned for school plays… Anything I could do to share my music. I loved how it seemed to bring happiness, peace, and hope to others, as that’s what it does for me when I watch others perform.

Acting became a part of my life as well because it was an extension of the same process. I was introduced to acting through musicals in elementary school and continued to pursue theatre into college as a Theatre major at USC .

Modeling was actually a bi-product of these jobs and ultimately a secret pleasure of mine as well. After graduating college and working in LA professionally many of the jobs I booked were modeling-related, but it wasn’t my focus at the time. It was later, when I needed more creative fulfillment, that I chose to embrace that part of the creative arts.

LV: From a business perspective what do you wish you knew when you first started your career?

MG: This is a big question and I’ve actually been thinking of offering a summer class to share some insight and clarity into these basic business aspects. However, when it comes down to it, a performance career is so layered that even the business aspects are intertwined with your personal self, and I think this is the most important business understanding.

Technically what you’re selling is – YOU.

I suppose I wish I had understood this more. Talent, integrity, passion, loyalty, hard work – None of that matters to others when the road gets rough. This is okay, it’s simply human nature. But when you identify clearly who you are, what you do best, know your market, and what you love to do, what drives you to create, what you will sacrifice for, and why? Then YOU have defined your “Brand” and can be true to it no matter the challenge.

Everyone has an opinion, some incredibly helpful, and others not. Creativity is always allowing yourself to grow and change, being current, succeeding in a fickle industry while feeding your purpose keeping you and your brand in alignment.

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Want to learn more about agents and managers? Head over to Legally Vogue and check out the rest of my interview with the beautiful & talented Michelle Grey.

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Style For Hire Interview

Style For Hire is a country-wide network of style experts co-founded by fashion consultant and What Not To Wear co-host Stacy London. Style For Hire offers styling services – in person and online – from experienced stylists who can answer any and all fashion-related questions to might come up with. From what to wear to a specific event to how to build a better wardrobe to shopping suggestions that will save you money in the future.

I recently had the good fortune to interview a member of the Style For Hire team – Nicole Bush – who shared her background & passion for all things fashion-related with me, as well as helping me answer some of the requests and questions that I regularly get during the Fall.

{Another example of a classic handbag – MICHAEL Michael Kors  Hamilton Artisan Tote}

Nicole’s Background:

[1.] Do you have a fashion background or schooling? Did you work in a similar industry prior to joining Style For Hire?

As far back as I can remember I was playing dress up and dressing my friends. I had worked in retail on and off but it wasn’t until I was personal training in Columbus that I realized this was my passion. After training clients and seeing their transformations (yet still dressing the same) I decided I wanted to help. I enrolled in the Style institute once I moved and the rest is history!

[2.] How long have you been working at Style For Hire? What about the company initially drew you to it?

I have been with Style For Hire for about a year and half. What initially drew me to SFH was Stacy London. I wanted to learn from her! I went into it with that mind set- just learn as much as I can. Once I was accepted, it was then that realized what a gem SFH was!

[3.] What is the best part about working at Style For Hire? What is your favorite thing about this company?

The best part of working for SFH I would have to say are all the amazing stylists! Having done a Westfield Mall Tour I was able to work with such talented women that I would have never had the opportunity to do had I not been apart of the network.
My favorite thing about the company is message that SFH stands for. Stacy truly wants to have every woman feel great! Who wouldn’t want to be apart of that!?

[4.] What’s the best part of your job? What’s the most rewarding experience that you’ve had?

The best part of my job is helping women build confidence! To just look at a woman who sees herself full of flaws, and show her the beauty I see- its an indescribable feeling.  The most rewarding experience is when my client then sees their own beauty…it’s priceless!

[5.] Do you see yourself staying in the fashion industry? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Yes I see myself in the fashion industry. I see myself in 5 years starting a clothing line and styling fashion shows.

{Example of a classic piece that Nicole recommends – Michael Kors Hamilton Large Calf-Hair Tote}

Wardrobe & Closet Updating For Fall 2012:

[1.] My first steps at the beginning of a new season are to clean out my wardrobe, rearrange my pieces, take inventory, and make a list of things I’d like to add for the coming season and then start shopping – online & in stores. How would you approach updating your wardrobe for a new season? What are the steps that you think that one should take?

In order to update your wardrobe one must know what they have. Start by editing your wardrobe. Pull anything you haven’t worn and go through that pile. Ask yourself why you haven’t worn it? Are you missing a piece to complete the look, does it not work for your body type or your personality? DON’T hold onto item you haven’t worn based on an emotional tie. That is the number 1 mistake people make. Instead donate to a friend or a charity. Make room for new pieces and KNOW your body and what works for you.

[2.] When the new collections hit stores it’s easy to get swept away by all of the fabulous clothing and accessories out there and end up with buyer’s remorse. I like to plan my investment purchases for the season in advance, after looking through the collections and seeing what the stores are carrying. What are your suggestions when it comes to buying investment pieces for your wardrobe that you plan to wear/carry season-after-season? What are you top recommendations for designers or stores that frequently carry the types of timeless, classic pieces that fit this bill?

First and foremost you have to LOVE what you buy! Investment pieces are just that- an investment. Think longevity. FIT is key here!

Be familiar with sales. When my Style for Hire clients are about to invest in a key piece I schedule shopping dates at store where my clients will benefit. Be it at Nordstrom on triple point’s day or Bloomingdale’s friends and family. They will get extra points and discounts which is always a bonus.

Designers such as Burberry, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren are always great for classic timeless pieces.

{A must have is a divine trench coat – Classic Burburry version pictured here} 

[3.] Having an organized closet is important to me because it means being able to easily access things, it reduces the amount of time spent getting dressed in the morning, and it keeps me from forgetting about pieces that are hidden from sight. What are your recommendations when it comes to closet organization? In your opinion what are the best ways for someone to organize and/or display their clothing and accessories to increase function and convenience?

Your closet is prime real estate, especially living in the bay area where space is hard to come by!  Your closet should be FUNCTIONAL everything in it should fit and should be able to be worn that season. Be sure to rotate your clothes each season. Store any clothes that don’t fit in another closet or a storage bin.

An organized closet can be your best friend! The first thing I do with my clients is organize their closet based on their needs. For instance, I had a client who always wore black and gray and typically pants.  When I rearranged her closet I put all of her black clothes in the back so if she wanted to wear black she had to work for it! Working from left to right, I arranged her closet by putting all of her dresses, and colorful blouses in the center and her gray at the other end. Because of this, she had a whole new wardrobe and we hadn’t even gone shopping yet!

Each season, I suggest you rearrange your wardrobe. If you notice you tend to wear the same go to outfits- mix it up. I like to hang as much as I can. If it’s folded in a draw you tend to forget about it. I use drawers for your everyday pieces- think underpinnings, sports bras, workout clothes, layering tanks etc.

I love to hang accessories so I can see them. Be sure to keep all of your jewelry together in one spot. This is usually the last thing you put on but the most important.

I really love how passionate and enthusiastic she is about fashion – There’s no risk of being told you should only buy designer or throw away all the clothes you’ve ever bought – SFH is only interested in helping build your confidence through looking your best. What’s not to love about that?

Thank you to Style For Hire and to Nicole for their time in setting up this interview – I hope that you all enjoyed this! And I have good news for the holidays – You can order a Style For Hire gift certificate online and give a friend or relative the fashion experience they’ve always wanted.

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