Miriam Sternoff

my style

CLOGSPIRATION

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(dress- topshop, clogs- dolce vita, sunglasses- valentino, bag- vince)

Let's talk about clogs. I don't know about some of you, but clogs have such a nostalgic feel for me. When I was about 6 maybe 7, my mom had a pair of custom burgundy suede clogs made for me and I lived in them. I was completely hooked then and have always been since. Sadly I outgrew those and didn't put another pair on my feet till the 90's when for a brief second they were cool and then just like that with all trends it faded. Well as I am not one for trends,  I continued to wear them through high school even though I got teased by all the people who had just worn them when they were "in".  Cut to a few years ago and my sister started wearing them with high waisted jeans and a top tucked in a la Olivia Newton-John in Grease. And again I was hooked. Although unfair that I do not look like my sister who's legs are taller then my whole body but that's a whole other conversation.  From the moment I saw my sister in them, I went on a hunt for some and because I have the smallest feet known to man, could not find a pair in my size that did not look like a kids shoe. So about 5 years in the making, I have finally found my pair from Dolce Vita gods. Now what do I like about clogs you ask? Well, they instantaneously give any outfit not only a retro feel which I love, but can be thrown on with the most basic of pieces like jeans and a t-shirt and it just looks cool and effortless. The best part is they really can be worn in the summer with a cute little dress or shorts.  And can transition you into fall paired with jeans and chunky sweater or throw on a pair of opaque tights or chunky socks and a dress. 

More style inspo below...

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SECOND SKIN

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(top- club monaco, jeans- j. brand, sunglasses- moscot, shoes- dolce vita

shirt around waist-vintage levis)

(photos by tabi bonney)

So many people ask me what my method is when putting looks together both for my everyday life and now specifically for my blog posts. Well this answer may not please everyone, but I have to say honestly, I don't really have one. Aside from a big event or wedding, I have never been someone who plans ahead of time what I put on. A big part of that is, being that I dress people for a living and am in and out of stores all day looking at clothes,  so I tend to fill my closet with great basics so I don't have to think. Another part of the non process is I tend to go off of how I feel that particular day. If I feel like wearing sweats, than I do. If I feel like wearing a ball gown then so be it. When I force myself to wear something and am not comfortable, I just am not fully myself and am focused on feeling uncomfortable rather then what is ahead of me. One of the main things I always say to my clients is, we can always elevate your style, but if you do not feel confident in what you are wearing then you don't look confident.  This look was one of those days that I just wasn't feeling amazing about what I was wearing. I realized it was because I was a bit uncomfortable as I usually have a longer top on because I like to cover my backside. Call me a prude I suppose... Once I threw on my vintage levis shirt, I immediately felt better and walked out the door. So moral of the story is always have sense of your own personality in your clothes, don't get lost in someone else's uniform. As that will shine through and exude confidence regardless of your style! 

 

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GREY MATTERS

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(cashmere tank/culottes- club monaco, bag-furla, sunglasses-steven alan)

(photos by tabi bonney)

Transitioning between seasons can be tough, especially when living in LA as it is still pretty warm, but I am so ready to start wearing fall clothes. I was lucky enough on a recent shopping trip to Club Monaco to stumble across some pieces that have that fall feeling yet still warm weather appropriate. Keeping it monochromatic with pale greys is a good way to ease into a fall palette.

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THE NEW WHITE SHIRT

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(top-zara, pant-yohji yamamoto, shoes- brian atwood)

(photos by tabi bonney)

I am always on the hunt for crisp white shirts with a bit of a twist and a great pair of black pants. A great classic white button up and a pair of black trousers is something I always have in my closet, as they are such a basic classic staples. I swooned over this white top from Zara when I saw it. I love how it still has the crisp feel of a tailored button up, yet the gathered detail and slight cropping in the front gives it a great modern twist. I have worn it with everything from jeans for a more relaxed style to pairing with a black leather pencil skirt to dress up a bit for meetings or a night out. 

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ALL IN ONE- PART 1

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(Jumpsuit-O'2nd, Leather jacket-zara, shoes-christian louboutin)

(photos by tabi bonney)

Since I can remember I have always worn jumpsuits, or onesies as I like to call them. Something about a one piece just oozes ease, elegance and comfort, even when it leans towards the dressier side. I hit the jackpot when I found this one by O'2nd. If any article of clothing screams me, this is the one that could define me. Drapey, yet structured, black the only color really in the world, interesting details, and maybe the most important can be worn with flats or heels. SO basically the perfect onesie known to man. I threw mine on with a leather jacket to add some layering as, well I always wear my leather jacket.... Blazer, oversize cardigan throw a t-shirt underneath or just plain ol by itself are perfectly acceptable options for this most perfect onesie.

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PLEATS PLEASE

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(top/culottes- club monaco, sandals- charles jourdan, knit sweater- zara)

(photos by o'neal mcknight)

Ok, finally getting to all my vacation pics from the last couple weeks from both our anniversary get away to Palm Springs, and our memorial day weekend in Montauk with my family. There were so many amazing moments and images to capture from PS, I though I would break them into two different posts. So here is the first.... Palm Springs is seriously one of my favorite places on earth. I  love that I can drive 1.5 out of LA and end up in both a desert oasis and also a colorful time warp (more colorful time-warp next post). There is nothing more beautiful then the drive into Palm Springs. The neutral colors and textures up against the backdrop of bright blue skies is electrifying. Basically the perfect place for a quick photo op. And a quick photo op it was, as the winds were so strong, we were getting blown all over the place, which was a win for me as the wind picked up my pleated culottes that I am beyond obsessed with. And let's not forget the matching pleated top. Some ppl have started calling these matching two sets, co-ords, but I think I'm going to go with twosies. Way more fun to say, and totally fitting. 

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PUMP IT UP

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(plaid shirt- topshop, jeans, r-13, leather jacket- zara, purse- prada

suede pumps- christian louboutin, sunglasses- stella mccartney)

(photo by tabi bonney)

Basics, timeless, classic..... three words that equal my style motto. As you are learning through this little fashion journey of mine, is that I am really very simplistic with my style. I believe less is more, (unless we are talking about accessories, in that case pile on everything you have and then pile on more). But we can discuss that in another blog post.  I really do believe that you can dress up most anything in your closet, especially when you are working with basic pieces that can all go together. Ok, put on my to do list of posts " 10 basics that all women should have in their closets". 6 out of those 10 I have on on this moment. can you guess them? The one I want to point out today, is the pump. The most versatile of the shoe species. Clean lines, no fuss, goes with anything. Whether your a dress girl or a jeans and t-shirt kind of a gal like me, the pump is an instant pick me up. Like folgers coffee, but not all. Just remember these fall in to the category of investment pieces, hence the whole classic, timeless thing. So if you need to start a pump fund jar then do just that, as you will want these to last. Oh and start simple with a neutral color like black, nude or grey. 

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KOSHER SOUL X GALORE MAGAZINE

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It isn't every day that you get to eat, sleep, and work with your husband. To some that may sound a bit excessive, but for me it was one of the most amazing experiences to date. Filming our show Kosher Soul for Lifetime was such an adventure, not only because it was an experience of a lifetime ( no pun intended) but to also be able to create something with your significant other that you are so passionate about is a rarity. During our time filming Kosher Soul, we were asked to do countless photo shoots and interviews to talk about our show and what it means to break cultural boundaries as an interfaith, interracial couple. So when we had the opportunity to do a full blown fashion editorial for Galore Magazine, we jumped at the chance. As O'neal and I both come from a styling background, it isn't everyday we get to style ourselves and be in front of the camera. Cannot thank the team at Galore magazine enough for allowing us to share our story, our amazing makeup artist Nadia Mohammadpour and lastly, this shoot could not have come together without Landis Smithers who captured us picture perfect. Please read the full interview here.

1 :: blouse- L'agence, pants-amercian apparel, shoes- brian atwood. O'neal wearing, shearling coat- maison martin margiela, shirt/jeans-topshop, boots- barneys co-op, chain-versace // 2 :: muscle shirt-kelly cole, hat- bought in Italy, necklaces- escape from paris.  O'neal wearing, military jacket- custom, hat- goorin brothers // 3 :: lace dress- m.berlinger, belt- hermes. O'neal wearing, tuxedo-topshop // 4:: kimono coat with fur sleeves- vintage, bandeaux- american apparel, pants- viktor and rolfe. O'neal wearing, coat- mason martin marginal, shirt/jeans-topshop, chain-versace //5:: sheer leopard dress- h&m. O'neal wearing, fur coat- bally

BUTTONED DOWN

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(silk blouse-rag and bone, jeans-zara, sneakers-nike

sunglasses-slimskii, gold bangles, santee alley DTLA)

I believe every person should have certain basic staples in their closet for go to's. A silky blouse is one of those that all women (and some men) should always have. They are  just so effortless and sexy without trying to hard. I tend to always go for a looser fit for a more relaxed feel, that way you can wear casually with jeans or dress up with trousers or a skirt.  I love dressing down a silky button up, as it still gives you a polished, pulled together look when paired with jeans and sneakers. As a stylist I am running in and out of meetings. schlepping bags of clothes. Yes some of us still carry our own bags! So I always need to be comfortable yet pulled together.  

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5.18.14

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(dress/veil/belt- Carolina Herrera, shoes- Brian Atwood, jewelry- my grandmothers

O'neal- Topshop tuxedo, brooch-vintage, shoes- Calvin Klein)

(photography and super 8 video by Meredith Heuer)

Reflecting back a year ago now to my wedding day and thinking it may be cliche to say my wedding day was one of the best days of my life, but it was. The only way I know how to describe the whole day, the entire weekend is perfectly perfect. I could get all mushy and go on and on about every detail, however the saying a picture is worth a thousand words is entirely true. So I am going to keep this brief (ish). To be completely honest, I am not the girl who had ever really thought about the actual day of the wedding, the details, venue.... so when the time came to plan my wedding day I just went with what was organic to me. Intimate, simple, classic. I was also planning a wedding from across the country, so I needed simplicity during the planning process. We got married at a little oasis in the middle of New York City. The Park Restaurant brings the outdoors indoors with its brick lined floors, ivy covered walls and trees growing in the middle of the space. Ceilings resembling an Aviary, birds come flying in and out of the ceremony space. For the reception upstairs in their penthouse, which resembles a Japanese garden, My amazing florist Amy Merrick used over 1000 white lillies to line the family style tables. Votives and candlesticks of varying heights atop mirrored runners made the room feel like a wonderland. As I said I could go on and on... starting with the welcoming shabbat dinner for our out of town guests, to our pool side meet and greet of our families which had never met before to our actual wedding. Everything was pure magic. A few precious captured moments below....

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BROGUE SEASON

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(dress- isabel de pedro, shoes-steve madden, clutch- sandro)

(photos by andrea gagne)

Brogue season is upon us. The not too warm enough to wear sandal weather, but too warm to wear a booty. Enter the brogue. The perfect transition shoe from spring to summer and can be paired with just about anything. I typically wear a brogue, or wing tip shoe with a slouchy pair of jeans or trousers. But I finally got to wear this Isabel de Pedro dress that I ordered months ago and have been dying to wear and immediately thought to pair it with these silver lace ups for a little 40's retro vibe. And as always I have to have some sort of "borrowed from the boys" vibe in anything I wear. More style inspo below...

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MONOCHROMATIC STRIPES

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(cotton blouse-banana republic, skirt-topshop,

shoes-christian louboutin, clutch- vintage)

(photos by tabi bonney)

Happy accidents are sometimes the best accidents. My plan was to pair this skirt with a pale blue loose fitting tank top and talk about monochromatic dressing for spring. Blah, blah..... I happen to be wearing the striped top already, pulled on the skirt to to then change into the tank top. But alas this combo of striped shirt/striped skirt was my happy accident.  I still achieved the monochromatic vibe I wanted and figured out how to elongate my already very short self. Vertical stripes can be a girls best friend. 

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THE BOYFRIEND CROP

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(TopDerek Lam 10 CrosbyJeans-Genetic JeansShoes-Casadei,

Bag-Alexander WangSunglasses-Stella McCartney)

photos by Tabi Bonney

Ok, so this is my first outfit post and it has taken me two days to write it. Why, you may ask? Well, simply I overthink everything (I'm a Libra) my brain goes a million miles a minute, I get all wordy and tongue tied and I end up going on and on and on,  Which I am doing at this precise moment. So, I finally said to myself, SELF, just be your natural self and c'est la vie......  I hope through this blog I can encourage you to express yourselves in your own organic way. Take some risks in all aspects of your life. Get out of your comfort zone and try new things! And I hope along the way I can inspire you both visually and creatively. Enough of all that, lets get to the important stuff, the clothes!... I am a huge denim head, pretty much I am in some kind of denim or sweat pant ensemble on any given day. These particular jeans are somewhere between a boyfriend cut and mom jeans, so you want to make sure you balance them out with something more delicate on top and pair with a classic pump or ballet flat. Since I'm a bit vertically challenged (ok, I'm really short) I styled my jeans with a crop top and my favorite pumps to elongate my frame.  If I teach you nothing else, proportions are your best friend! 

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BANDANARAMA

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(Top-MM6 Maison Margiela, Jeans-R13, Shoes-B Brian Atwood)

Photo by Tabi Bonney

I'm constantly looking for interesting locations to shoot around LA, and seriously no better place then downtown. There is always some sort of surprise waiting to happen just around the corner. And low and behold I turn the corner and alas a forklift. I think we can all agree when you see a forklift in the middle of the city, you drop everything and do a photo shoot. Am I right? I think so....  Coincidentally I just happen to be wearing a top that doubles as a bandana or a tablecloth (construction worker chic) so basically today was a good day. I immediately fell in like with this top, as I am a huge fan of simplicity with a twist. I tend to be attracted to pieces that take a classic silhouette, like a mens button up shirt but have some sort of interesting drama or edge to them. I love the ease of this top, as you just button, wrap and go! Icing on the cake is that it is versatile in the way it can styled. If you have the gams for it, wear on its on with a pair of strappy heels or for a more layered look, throw on with a pair of skinny jeans or black leather pants if your looking for a bit more of a rock in roll vibe... Need to go from day to night? Grab an oversized boyfriend blazer and throw over your shoulders.

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THE CLASSICS

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(Denim jacket- vintage levis, denim skirt- oneteaspoon, Shoes- brian atwood,

belt- my moms, watch- vintage concord)

photos by andrea gagne

 

There is nothing more classic then the perfectly worn in vintage Levis jeans or denim jacket. Not a day goes by for the most part that I am not in in some sort of denim ensemble. Whether it be a pair of jeans or jean shirt or jacket.  I believe that every single person should own at least one pair of really good pair of jeans. Especially since now a days it is acceptable to wear jeans to almost any function, dressy or not! My sister wore a denim jacket over her wedding dress and it was perfection! So naturally when I get to wear an entire outfit made up of denim, I am in my happy place. I literally click my heels together and say, "there's no place like home". One of my favorite denim lines is Australian born Oneteaspoon. Every single pair of their jeans has a worn in lived in feeling as if you have had them since high school. And lets be honest shall we? There is nothing better in this world then when you finally get your jeans to the point where they feel like a second skin. I knew when I found this skirt, it would be in constant rotation. It is so versatile and again can take you from day to night. I had originally thrown on a tshirt and vintage reworked denim jacket but the jacket was a tad too boxy. So I grabbed an old belt that I stole from my mom about 10 years ago, Shhhh don't tell her, wrapped it around my waist to cinch in and voila a denim baby was born. 

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GROWN UP EYELET

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(eyelet skirt-tibi, crop top-tibi, leather jacket-zara, purse-dolce and gabbana,

shoes-brian atwood, sunglasses-stella mccartney)

photos and video by tabi bonney

I am much more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. However, on the rare occasion or two you will find me in a skirt or dress, I lean towards a very classic, lady like vibe. I like to pretend that I am Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" strolling down 5th avenue without a care in the world. A girl can dream right? Anywho, Tibi has been one of my all time favorite designers for as long as I can remember, especially in my days of living in New York in the summer time. Every piece has an airy no fuss feel. Somehow they manage to capture classic and timeless with an urban feel to their pieces. This skirt/ top combo are no exception. I am usually scared to death of wearing white as I am a bit or a lot a bit OCD and if I get one bit of dirt on me, I actually freak out. However, I couldn't pass this skirt up. It has a little bit of everything I love. The eyelet pattern and pleating add an interesting texture and shape. And it has pockets. So by default it is pretty much the best thing in existence. Anything high waisted I love as it is the best way to show off your waist. Just remember you always want to pair something high wasted with a crop top or something tucked in so your shape does not get lost. Whenever I wear something that leans towards the softer side, I tend to throw on something with more of an edge. In this instant a motorcycle jacket with silver details to toughen up the look.  

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