Tools of the Trade

21st January, 2013

For meetings and dinners and parties, I’ll always be a high heels kind of girl ~ I just feel more ‘finished’ with a little extra lift. But when I’m really working ~ especially when styling a shoot ~ I absolutely have to be in flats. When you’re on your feet for 16 hours straight, constantly moving and running and bending and lifting, there’s no other option. My current favorites for location work (like a recent project shot in the desert around Palm Springs) are the boots Pamela Love designed for Nine West (above left). When I’m on a studio set, I’m all about a cool pair of sneakers ~ either my Nike Frees (Bethany tells me all the girls who work in the design studio at Balenciaga are wearing them too!) or the Missoni x Converse collaboration kicks (above right). However, by far my favorite accessory as a stylist is the cool new tool belt I picked up recently at Urban Zen:I’d originally called it in to use as an accessory for an upcoming fashion story, but quickly realized it was much more necessary for me personally. I have a big rolling suitcase that I bring to every shoot that contains my ‘prop kit’ ~ basically anything you can think of to fix anything that could go wrong or be needed on a shoot, from nude thongs to heel liners to Tide sticks to Benadryl to bug spray to fishing line to straight pins and wire cutters (and everything in between!). But I like having the things I reach for most on my person at all times ~ like scissors and a lint roller and clamps and double stick tape, plus my cell phone and extra jewelry options. It’s like a super chic fanny pack that saves my day on set ~ I don’t know how I got on so long without it! Come spring, when I can ditch the floor-length coats I’m currently living in, I even plan to wear it day-to-day over sleek shift dresses, as a hands-free purse alternative. There’s really nothing more modern than fuss-free mobility.

|PHOTOS| by Mark Iantosca

  • Denisa

    Very originally. I like that style. Great day.

  • Both shoes are awesome and look comfy.


  • Makes sense! Love your Missoni-sneakers, they’re amazing!

  • Nico
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  • Heather P.

    Leave it to The Glamourai to make fanny-packs look cool again!

  • Anonymous

    Love the tribal aspects! great shots xx

  • Juliette Laura

    Soooo lusting after those boots! Also that tool belt looks so perfect!


    Juliette Laura

  • Su

    The belt is really versatile and so cool! For work always flats or medium-heel. Never high-heels,NEVER! Unless you don’t what to work the next day…..hahaha….always a option. Awesome post!

  • Isa

    It’s awesome to hear that there are great fashionistas that don’t perpetually live in heels! I always feel pressured to wear heels more, but I’m afraid of damaging my feet in the long term and, quite frankly, if I’m going to be on my feet longer than an hour or two I just don’t want to put up with the discomfort!

    That said, the laser cut detail on the toe of those boots is beautiful!

  • Great nine west boots!

  • I keep saying all the time that sneakers are the best thing in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obssessed with shoes and I’m a heels kind of girl but man, could they me any more uncomfortable or what? I just can’t stand the idea of going shopping, strolling down the city or going anywhere where I have to stand on my feet for a long time and feel so “damaged”. I love the idea of freedom around sneakers. You can walk for hours, you can run, bend and lift as many times as you want and in the end of the day, everything will hurt but the feet.
    Now, my heart stopped for a minute because of those Converse. Where can I get one of those?

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Great boots, anbd the organazing belt looks really good quallity!

    <3 Val

  • Ah that utility belt is so chic, and looks like it will only get better with age. It reminds me of these handmade holster bags sold at the Williamsburg Flea by flux productions:

    I’m not affiliated, but it might be a good alternative to any of your interested readers. xx

    • Anonymous

      Great recommendation!



    All very good staples!

  • Anonymous
  • theclosetnextdoor

    Where is your style belt from???? I need one!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Urban Zen! You must check out their NY store if you live in the area ~ so inspiring.


  • chantelle

    I love the idea of making that hip slinging bag a handy object for work. That must save a lot of running back and forth!

  • I’m a heels girl too, but I purchased those Burberry sneakers you posted a while back, and I absolutely LOVE them! They go with everything, and have been a life saver. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂


    • Anonymous

      OBSESSED with those! So happy to hear they’re working for you!!


  • Courtney

    Hmmm Interesting! Thank you! Courtney from:

  • Malibu PR Gal

    Seriously stalking those Missoni sneaks and I can’t find them in my size : ( – love the fanny pack/tool belt too. I needed on of those back in the day. Styling is a serious job – very technical, yet very creative!

  • city0880

    thanks for share.

  • Erica

    where could one find this tool belt online? I love it, but am coming up short…

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