Guest Editor: Nicole Young

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Nicole Young is a stylish trendsetter and accomplished journalist who has been published in USA Weekend, the New York Post, The Daily Mail(London), In Touch Weekly, Stuff Magazine, Zink Magazine, and NY Moves Magazine. Nicole can be seen working her magic on-air regularly as a contributor to E! News, ABC’s “Mirror Mirror” and The “PIX11 Morning News”. The fashionable multi-tasker also designs a sought after eponymous dress collection that is a favorite of famous style mavens like Kate Hudson, Rachel Zoe, Garcelle Beauvais and Tinsley Mortimer.

What made you want to become a designer?
My desire to wear exactly what I wanted to wear, when I wanted to wear it, without having to go shopping with my fingers crossed hoping it existed…that’s what drove me to start designing. Working in television played a role as well, feeling confident in what you’re wearing when you’re in front of the camera is very important and designing my own outfits was a great way to ensure that type of confidence.
3 items every girl should own:
Every girl should own:
 A ruched jersey dress - they are universally flattering and extremely versatile. (clearly I’m biased but my “clarice” dress is the perfect example)

A well tailored black blazer-even if it’s a $29 blazer from forever 21--bring it to the tailor, have the sleeves and the waist tapered and it will look like a million bucks!

A statement necklace-a fabulous “look at me piece” that can transform any outfit from so so to something special

Every outfit needs?
Every outfit needs a chic pair of shoes!

Which celebs you would love to dress
There are 2 celebrities I wold love to dress: First Lady Michelle Obama and Duchess Katherine Middleton. They both represent the gracious side of glamour that I love so much and would look amazing in my designs.

This summer I love...
Wearing lightweight jersey jumpsuits for day and night.

 Who is your style icon?
I have 2 style icons. My mother Gloria Young, and designer Carolina Herrera.
My mom has a great sense of style and has always been a very sharp dresser. She and my father both taught me SO many valuable lessons about why it’s important to take pride in how you look. She also taught me at a very young age that your clothes say a lot about you (whether you want them to or not) so make sure you’re sending the intended message.
As far as Mrs. Herrera goes-I love everything she designs, everything she wears and everything she represents as a woman and a brand. I wish that I (and every little girl in the world) could grow up to be as chic, poised and elegant as she is.

What is your favorite store?
I pretty much shop at 4 stores: Intermix, Barney’s, The Gap and TJ Maxx. The majority of what I wear is from my own collection but those 4 stores in particular carry the stylish basics and gorgeous accessories I need to round out my wardrobe.

Most challenging part of your job?
Everything, KIDDING! Seriously, most of my job is challenging and that’s why I love what I do.

Biggest highlight as a designer so far?
The biggest highlight of designing is, and always will be, seeing someone look and feel their very best in something I designed. Its also always fun when the entertainment magazines compare 2 celebrities wearing the same dress designed by moi.
Also being declared the "the Rocky Balboa of fashion" by the New York Times was a very proud moment in my career".

Favorite beauty product?
My favorite beauty product at the moment is my pro-activ solution cleansing brush (yes, I buy beauty products from a kiosk at the Manhattan mall J). I highly recommend it, my face feels baby soft after every use.

What are your favorite beauty tips?
1. Lash extensions are a great way to look made up without actually wearing any makeup. My favorites are by Xtend-a-lash.

2. You can never go wrong with a smoky eye and nude glossy lips

3. Toe nails painted in a rich color always look more sophisticated than nude/polish free toes

Any advice for aspiring fashion designers and business owners?
My advice to aspiring business owners is: do tons of research and prepare for the fight of your life!

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Instaweekend pt. 2

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Just a few of my favorite pictures from my Instagram! You can follow me at LorettaArnnette.

1. Forever 21 maxi dress. Polish - Aruba Blue by Essie
2. Morning hike at Mt. Rubidoux. Riverside, CA
3. The children's center at The Getty. Los Angeles, CA
4. Maybelline Color show - Go Go Green
5. My black and white camera! One of my favorite purchases ever.
6. Hand cuff bracelet that I bought in San Diego while visiting my best friend in college.
7. DIY ring to wrist bracelet. Polish - Denim Dash
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