I Got a New Attituuuude!

About a year ago, I sat down and thought about what I really wanted to do with my life career-wise. I’ve worked in marketing pretty much since I graduated, and along the way I discovered a love of graphic design, social media, project management, and content marketing, all on top of my perma-love for fashion and magazines. But how did that translate to a comprehensive career that addressed both my creative side and my slightly anal organizational tendencies? Was it working at a branding and design agency? Managing promotional marketing projects? Something in the digital space?

Magazine on iPad

Once I made a list of everything I like to do (told you I was kind of anal), I tried to figure out if an all-encompassing job even existed–maybe some things would just have to be hobbies. After going over the list several times, I realized there was really only one type of job that hit every point: magazine editorial. However, this is a weird and exciting time for the publishing industry–the internets have changed the way people get their news, and tablets and smartphones have changed the way people consume once-printed information. Shizz is getting real.

Cincinnati fashion stylist This is my job now, yo

So I figured it was a long shot–I’d keep my eyes and ears open, but I like to be realistic. I maintained that realistic point of view when I was contacted about a part-time stylist position opening up at the local magazine; I was realistic when I interviewed with the heads of the art department and told them I needed something full time; I was realistic when I talked to the publisher about my ideal job (you know I had the description ready!); and I was realistic when I dropped off some requested paperwork and there was an offer letter waiting for me. And now, somehow, I’m a full-time Fashion Stylist and Art Assistant at Cincinnati Magazine, and realistic has become reality. I’m so happy I get to do this.

All I can say is, just keep going.

Projects: Lessons from a Drag Queen

So remember when I was MIA from the blog because I was working on work as well as several other projects? Well, some of the fruits of that labor are now available for public consumption!

Lessons from a Drag Queen

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For Lessons from a Drag Queen, I interviewed drag performer Mystique Summers for the March issue of Her Cincinnati to glean some tips about the skills that elude many women, like the proper way to walk in heels and the secret of contouring (pro tip: step away from the banana powder, ladies). Mystique (aka Dante) was gracious and open, and spending time in the Cabaret’s dressing room with her, Penny Tration, and Monica St. James was just as entertaining as you think.

Sadly, the March 2013 issue will be the last issue of Her Cincinnati, so I’d like to acknowledge everyone who brought Her and its predecessor A-Line to life. I’m proud to have been one of the many women who contributed to the spirit, wit, and style of those publications, and they will be sorely missed.

Winner of the $40 The Limited Gift Card!

Drumroll, please…

According to the number generated by the Official Drawing, the winner of the $40 Gift Card to The Limited is…

Congrats Ash! I’ll be in touch via email to get your information and send your prize!

Big thanks to everyone who entered! As a not-so-conciliatory consolation prize for the un-winners, check out the trend feature I did for the July issue of Her magazine:

Her Favorites is similar to Tumblr Tuesday, but with a Cincinnati twist. You can read it online here.

Ask T: How Do You Get the Clothes for Magazine Pictures?


Time for another round of “Ask T”! This is not so much a styling question as it is a stylist question:

Hi Tamia,

I really like your work in A-Line magazine!  I’ve always wondered how you get the clothes for photo shoots. Do you have to buy a bunch of stuff? If so, who pays for it and where do you keep it?


Hi K,

I’m freelance, so I usually pitch an idea or concept for a shoot, then the editor suggests tweaks/adjustments according to the timing and theme of the issue. From that point, it’s my job to set up the shoot, including a date, location, photographer, models, hair and makeup artists, and of course, clothing and accessories.

The clothes are “pulled” or “sourced” from local retailers since it’s a local magazine and we’re too far away to work with showrooms and designer PRs in NY and LA.

Cincinnati Fashion Stylist

So, instead of flipping through lookbooks and picking the skirt from Look 4 and having it messengered over (apparently, even when that’s possible, it’s a hassle–hence services like The Runthrough), it’s more about researching boutiques, visiting retailers to make an introduction, and getting a feel for the type of merchandise each shop carries.

Pictures and Pick-ups

For each shoot, I pick out several looks (outfits) from local shops, including clothes, shoes, and accessories. There’s a lot of running around, jotting down notes and taking pictures of various items at each store to keep track of what’s out there and which shops have what I’m looking for!

Once I figure out which pieces will work best together, I pick them up from each store the evening before the photo shoot. The items are loaned, meaning they’re returned to the shops after each shoot. There’s a merchandise loan form that we use to keep track of the stuff we borrowed and guarantee their safe return, or payment if something happens. Nothing has ever happened, but it’s nice to have backup in place!

Cincinnati Fashion Stylist Styling for publications in a city like Cincinnati requires a slightly different process than it would in a place like NY or LA, but I’m fairly anal about the way I like things to be organized, so it all works out!

Hope I answered your question!

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