My current role as InStyle’s Fashion and Beauty Editor At Large is kind of all things creative, thrown in a blender and mixed up. On any given day, I might be in Monaco on a press trip, doing a fashion or beauty segment on the Today Show, in the office writing a story, or out in L.A. shooting video content for InStyle.com with a celebrity. No day is the same, and that’s what I love about about my job.
I also really value working in a creative environment—it’s all about self-expression, especially when it comes to personal style. Just the way my schedule is varied day-to-day, so is the way I dress. One day, I might be wearing Yeezy’s, a pair of denim shorts, and a blazer; the next day I might be decked out in a Saint Laurent dress. It always depends on what I have going on. When I do a TV appearance, I amp it up, but my natural style leans more casual—often with a signature red lip.
I always use shoes to express myself and show my personality, and that’s where I start when getting dressed. I have a huge shoe collection at home—so many pairs! I’m totally a heels girl. I either go high or I go sneaker, but there’s nothing between!
This is my go-to off-duty look. Because I dress up and wear so many heels during the week, in my off time I just want to be chill. I have a baby girl, so on the weekends it’s a lot of local strolling around in Fort Greene, a museum, or hanging at the park.
Just being a mom in loose clothes and a comfy shoe is my preference when I don’t have to dress up for something. I think you can still be flirty by mixing a crop top with something a bit oversized. I’ve always felt like you can still be sexy, even when covered up.
This look is basically my weekday uniform for meetings and photo shoots. I love wearing an oversized boyfriend jean with a crop top or tailored shirt and a great structured jacket—usually double-breasted, like this one from Calvin. Add a heel and you have the perfect masculine/feminine balance. I have a huge collection of jeans—probably even more than shoes! I love vintage Levi’s—I can spend hours searching for perfect fits. This pair from Icons has a vintage feel and the most flattering boyfriend fit.
These Louboutin boots are so my style, since like I said, I dress from the bottom up. I ask myself, what’s the shoe that will offer this look the most personality? Since I wear a lot of denim and neutral colors, the shoes need to do the talking for the outfit. I like that the silver feels splashy yet still works with so much—I can get a lot of wear out boots like these.
Here’s a look for Fashion Month or a TV segment. Since I normally wear jeans, I always step it up a bit for an appearance. My style is all about shapes—there has to be something interesting about a silhouette like asymmetry or a cold shoulder. I love all the color blocking and sleeves of this sweater. And then the shoes—they’re just the sexiest heels I’ve ever seen! A snake is HUGGING my ankle. I also love that they’re black because they become so versatile. I could also wear them with jeans or a miniskirt. I have to admit, Gianvito is giving my Louboutin collection a run for its money! I just love a stiletto heel, and he does them so well.
I think social media has created this focus on images, and what sets you apart in that world is how you express yourself creatively. Instagram is a visual platform and people will, of course, be looking at your clothes and shoes. I am a visual person, so I value the quality of my pictures and the interest of my outfits. I love inspiring other people with how to put looks together, and I enjoy seeing how people respond and engage. Social media—and just being a magazine editor—has changed the way I shop. When I first started out, I wanted all the trendy things. Now, I’ve learned that it’s a waste of money, and I choose things with personality and versatility, and most of all have fun with it all.