Get "Stylisted"

Just when you think you've seen it all, something comes along to make you realize there is a surplus of creative and innovative people with fabulous ideas. The latest fabulous idea? TheStylisted.

Founded by friends Julia Carmona (inset) and Lauren Katzberg, TheStylisted is a resourceful new website that caters to hair and makeup stylists and people who need to conveniently book their services. It officially launched in June of 2013 and I recently asked Julia more about this startup. 
Julia Carmona

LL: Where did the idea for TheStylisted come from?
JC: TheStylisted came from a personal pain point. Lauren and I had a number of formal events and often wanted the help of skilled experts to go beyond our normal beauty routine. (Nowadays, every photo ends up online, right?) But we were frustrated with the available options. We had two main issues:

1. Timing: Constrained by a narrow window of time before the event, we were constantly running to and from the salon, or worse, we would wind up at a department store makeup counter in our dresses, hoping they could squeeze us in.

2. Transparency: We wanted to learn more about the individual stylist, not the salon, before committing.

LL: How do you find your stylists and clients?
JC: Lauren and I share a beauty background, so we initially reached out to old contacts to begin the recruitment process. We've since been building our stylist network through targeted online searches and word of mouth. Our first clients were friends and classmates. It was very exciting to see people we didn't know signing up for the site! Now we're trying to spread the word through organic PR, strategic partnerships, and we've been participating in quite a few events around Chicago.

LL: How did you choose Chicago & New York as your starter cities? What are the plans for expansion?
JC: Lauren and I both graduated from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in June 2013. We had been diligently working on TheStylisted prior to graduation, so launching in Chicago made the most sense. We lived there and we loved it! We are both native New Yorkers, so expanding into New York was the natural next step. We have an aggressive roll out plan to be in over 20 cities by year five. (I should note, we've temporarily moved out to New York for the launch.)

LL: What benefits do your clients receive by using TheStylisted?
JC: We provide detailed information about the stylist you're hiring (rather than the salon) because we believe that's what women really care about. Clients have access to stylist availability and seamless online booking. Finally, in-home (in-office, in-hotel) convenience is key! When a woman has a special event, a work function, you name it, she shouldn't have to factor travel time into her beauty routine. Our motto: "beauty isn't pain...it's just inconvenient." We're here to help!

LL: How many stylists are currently part of your program?
JC: We have over 50 stylists in Chicago and we're currently building our New York market.

For more information on TheStylisted, or to sign up as a client or stylist, visit www.thestylisted.com.

FASHTastic Finds - October 25th

Happy Friday fashionistas! Here are some awesome new products and deals to check out today and over the weekend.

First are these totally cute bangles from Betsey Johnson, that each have a fun word (like "rock," "love," "sweet") carved out, along with a small pop of color in the jewels. Check out the entire collection here.


If you're planning to do some shoe shopping this weekend, check out this deal from Steve Madden- get 25% off your purchase when you use the Friends & Family promo code BESTIES now through Sunday. On top of that, you score free shipping!


Brahmin is introducing their Imperial line of handbags, which have really fun and feminine prints. Go to Brahmin.com to take a peek!


This season is all about leather, and mark. has some fabulous new pieces to check out. Get your leather fix with these two amazing products, available at meetmark.com.

Don't Mess With This Dress, $48
All Good Points Jacket, $50

Carrie Me Away

She won the 2005 American Idol crown after impressing Americans with her contemporary style of country singing. Now Carrie Underwood is making waves in the fashion world. Her style is often casual and down to earth but you can sometimes find her dazzled up, even when she's not hosting an awards show or putting on a show of her own.

In this look, Carrie sports casual skinny jeans with a pop of fun in the layered shirt and toning it down with some high heeled sandals. She tops off the look with a casual wristlet and some small, sparkly stud earrings.


So how can you get this look without breaking the bank? Try these comparable pieces to create a complete look, all for just $120!

Carrie Me Away
*Dorothy Perkins high waist jeans, $39
*Chiffon blouse from H&M, $24
*Dorothy Perkins peep toe sandals, $35
*Blue Mossimo wristlet from Target, $17
*Charlotte Russe rhinestone stud earrings, $5

Brand Spotlight: Day2Night

I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Candice Cabe, founder of the convertible fashion company, Day2Night. The focus of the brand is on convertible fashion products- which all started with the Convertible Heels. One shoe with five different heel heights, the Convertible Heels make traveling easier for women on the go! Transform your look from "day2night" by adjusting the snap-in heels to various heights. It's like getting five pairs of shoes in one box! Watch the video clip below to see how the heels convert.


Cabe also created the Versafinity Scarf, which converts into three different products. Below I am wearing it as a scarf, a neck cowl and a shawl. One piece that easily transforms to change your look in seconds! And it is super soft and cozy! Available in black, tan and white.


 

One of my favorite Day2Night products is the Convertible Ring that changes into a hair elastic. Stylish but practical, with several cute designs!


Another awesome product from Day2Night is the Convertible Handbag, which changes into a backpack with one simple tug on the straps! This is a great product for women who travel by bike, or moms on the go who need a stylish bag for daytime and a practical backpack for outings with the kids. Choose from gold or silver accents.



You can find and purchase any of these products and check out the rest of the collection by visiting the Day2Night website. For all Leather & Lip Gloss followers, enter coupon code LeeK001 upon checkout to get 30% off!

Name Your Own Price Fashion

Have you ever been shopping, fallen in love with a product and had to walk away disappointed because you couldn't afford it? Well, now you can use your powers of negotiation to get amazing designer fashion products online!

An innovative new fashion company, Nyopoly, offers shoppers the chance to negotiate prices on hot shoes, handbags, jewelry and more from top designers. Nyopoly (negotiate-your-own-price-oly) is a members-only shopping experience where every price is personal. Check out the video below for a sneak peek.


 "Nyopoly is like walking in to a store, grabbing an item off the shelf, and determining your purchase price with the cashier. It's not an auction, and you're not competing against anyone. Nyopoly (negotiate-your-own-price-oly) is a members-only shopping experience where every price is personal. With Nyopoly, you negotiate your price on current season and on trend designer brands, getting what you love, every day, at a price you want to pay." 

Here are the top 3 products from Nyopoly that I'll be adding to my wishlist:

1. Platform and Bow Pumps

2. Smoked Topaz Heart Ring
(by Michelle Monroe)

3. Italian Handbag

As per their commitment to provide a fresh and stylish shopping experience for their customers, Nyopoly buys all of their products in limited quantities to make sure they always have the most current products available.

Want to be a member? Request an invite by visiting www.nyopoly.com. Right now, enter promo code "leatherlipgloss" and get $20 just for signing up!

The Summer to Fall Transition

Now that Summer is over and Fall is upon us, it's time to try and make one last use of our favorite Summer pieces. You can still wear may of them well into Fall by changing the items and accessories that you pair them with. Below, I used a red sleeveless top for both a Summer look and a Fall look. I changed the bottoms, shoes and accessories to show how you can easily transition from a Summer look to a Fall look by using the same top.

Summer to FallFor the Summer look, I paired the red shirt with a cute blue polka dot skirt and some red sandals. I kept the jewelry relatively simple and threw in some sunglasses to really capture the Summer feeling. For the Fall look, I updated to a pair of jeans, low cut boots, a cardigan, scarf and some heavier jewelry. You want to add pieces that you can easily remove if needed, and you don't want anything too heavy. Jeans are light, cardigans are removable and low cut boots don't make you too hot in the Fall. The scarf is a nice touch in the evening.

You can choose Summer pieces like sundresses, rompers or tank tops and change the items you wear with them to get into the Fall groove. Leggings, boots, cardigans and scarves are all great transition pieces that will keep you from having to buy more clothes (although what woman would complain about a Fall shopping spree??) when the seasons change. For the budget conscious woman, this is a great way to save!