Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Jess in Germany: Guest Post #3

I'm Stephanie, usually writing over in my little corner of the earth, and I've been entrusted by Jess with her Blogger password and administrative powers this week to ensure that the guest posting goes smoothly. Thus far, it's been successful.

So it seems as though Jess's readers miss her. Hundreds of you flock to her site daily and leave insightful comments, but this week you've gone away. I need you to come back though, because I need help.

I'm going to be featured in an upcoming issue of a magazine. Which magazine, you ask? Well, I'd love to tell you but because my mom recently told me she Googles my name regularly for fun, to see what's on the internet about me, and I don't really want her to find my blog (she found my Linked In - business networking! - profile and thought it was an online dating site), we'll have to play charades.

Magazine.
Two words.
First word - not fake, but _ _ _ _.
Second word - not difficult, but _ _ _ _ _ _. Got it?

Anyway, this article is on women and spending habits, and since I live in New York City, work at a nonprofit and have a penchant for expensive restaurants, I was one of the women chosen for the feature, which I'm thrilled about. I'll document every single expenditure for a whole month, then they'll set me up with a financial advisor who will likely tell me to stop eating out and I will whine that I refuse to cook in an apartment with mice.

The magazine is sending a photographer and hair/makeup person to my (run-down, slum-like) apartment on Saturday morning to take photos for the issue. Not only am I completely paranoid about the lack of space for a photo crew in my 600 square foot 2-bedroom, but there has been a mouse making cameo appearances in my living room for the past two weeks and my apartment is only slightly nicer than a rent-controlled slum and also? I have NO IDEA what to wear.

The casting editor suggested the following: "summery", "khaki", "cute". This does not help me in the least bit. A dress or a skirt? Capris or bermuda shorts? Short sleeves or spaghetti straps? I don't want to wear anything too flowy or too tight.
I like the above outfit, but maybe it looks too old (I'm 24)?

I really liked this dress until I saw that it was denim. A denim dress? Maybe it won't seem so denim-y in person, but all-denim outfits are generally never good.

So my question to you is: If your mug (and outfit!) were going to be permanently documented in a national magazine for the general public to see, and you were approximately 5'8" with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes (oh, and skin that hasn't seen the sun in a while), what would you wear?

41 comments:

  1. Dress! Or skirt! That way if they take your pic sitting DOWN you will still look cute.

    Well, you ALWAYS look cute, as far as I know, but whatever. The capris lose something in the seated photos for me.

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  2. I would definitely go with a skirt and a summery sweater. Classy, easy, and summery.

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  3. I love the first outfit. I don't think it's too old. I'm 26, in case that means anything :)

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  4. AH I'm so jealous! How did you get hooked up with that? I don't think I need a financial advisor, but I want somebody official to tell me I'm doing an a-okay job, you know?

    Okay we probs have different styles but I would wear a polo and jean shorts with birkenstocks. Oh I didn't mention that I have no originality in my style? Well- I have no originality.

    I'm excited for the hair/makeup!

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  5. I'm with Lisa. Totally stoked for the hair and makeup. And for what it's worth, I really like the first outfit. You're going to be great. And if the mouse makes an appearance, that will just make you seem like an authentic New Yorker. hee hee.

    good luck!

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  6. I really like the first outfit but since you're going to be in a mag, you need something a little less casual on the bottom I think (especially since you live in NYC! You've got a reputation of being cosmopolitan to uphold for those of us who live in decidedly less cool areas of the world!)

    So, I'd be happy with the top of outfit 1 + a skirt.

    Good luck! Do let us know what you decide on, and when we can pick up the magazine!

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  7. I like the first one! I can relate to your mouse problem. We've got one (or two!) in our Brooklyn place.

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  8. I like the first outfit too. Get some really great, cute summer shoes and it'll be perfect! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear more!! Don't worry I'm sure with all the commotion the little mouse friend will go into hiding ;)

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  9. I would for sure rock the khaki capris and then a nice spring shirt ... I am thinking something white, turquoise with some pink and some cute summer sandals. you should totally look casual and NOT Sex in the City- I never thought any of their outfits were believable at ALL, NYC or not.

    If you are in capris and sandals, you will look completely fresh and normal.

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  10. You could wear something like in the first picture, just not in black. Don't wear black. Wear fresh, spring/summer colors (i.e green, blue, yellow, orange). Or go with a skirt that comes to your knee or just above it. Also, probably don't want to wear spaghetti straps, but something with short sleeves. Look simple, but sassy. Hope that helps and good luck!

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  11. I like the idea of a skirt, but that top in the first pic is really cute. Sorry I'm not too much help today, my brain isn't totally awake yet. :)

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  12. AAHH!!! omg! that is SO AWESOME! WHEE!! fun!!

    ahem, ok then. i love the idea of a skirt or dress, BUT if they do take sitting-down pics make sure it's not a skirt that rides up / has the potential to Show More Than You Want, you know?

    i love that first outfit (i'm 27, which ew, sounds old now). i think sleeveless w/o going spaghetti straps is springy and cute without having to worry about too much skin.

    SO! EXCITING!!

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  13. I would definitely go for a dress or skirt too...I think it sounds great! And I'm sure that it will be so cute no matter what you choose. I can't wait to read the article. What month?

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  14. I like the first outfit. I think it's super cute.

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  15. I was going to say the capri outfit, but then I read Tessie's comment about sitting down, and she is TOTALLY RIGHT. Sitting-down capris look mommish. Nothing wrong with mommish, but it's not the look you're going for.

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  16. I say a cute summery skirt/dress will look awesome. If you're really pale, that first outfit might make you look even paler.

    And congrats on your magazine feature - YAY!

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  17. I would go with a summer dress!! Something cute, short sleeved or sleeveless, in a summer color (yellow perhaps). This is so exciting!

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  18. Cute summery dress or skirt. You'll look amazing! Good luck!

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  19. NO.
    FREAKIN.
    WAY.

    I LOVE that magazine! As a matter of fact, I just subscribed and am anxiously awaiting my first issue.

    SQUEE!!!

    I like the first outfit. I'd totally wear it. As others are saying, a skirt would look good as well. I have a totally cute white GAP skirt that would look great with it. Want me to ship it to you? ;)

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  20. I would wear a dress or a fitted top and skirt. I like that second dress, but I don't think it will photograph well.

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  21. Firstly: Jaw Dropping from Jealousy.

    Secondly: to combat an overly whitish expanse of skin, (like the white legs I sport every day of the year) wear pants. Something like tailored khaki's, a white button-up and a hot pink (or turquoise, or lime green) ribbon belt and/or shoes. Add some funky jewelry or a scarf/headband thing and call it good.

    xox

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  22. I would suggest something like this top with either non-capri pants or a skirt. And of course summer-y shoes.

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  23. Hmm, my link seems to be leading back to this page. Super helpful!

    try this

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  24. Dammit! lol

    Okay, just go here:

    http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse/product.do?cid=16814&pid=564770

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  25. Oh my god I subscribe to that magazine which means I will get to see you in it! Yay!

    No capris. I feel like capris are cute and practical and I wear them all the time but never photograph as well as you'd hope. Are jeans out of the question? Because that top in the first picture is adorable. And I don't think the dress looks too denim-y in the picture and the cut is super-cute.

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  26. I vote for outfit 1, although I really like the dress too. Maybe you could find a similar dress that is not all denim.

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  27. Skirts or dresses are ALWAYS a good bet, but don't go with the demin, it will make you look way too young.

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  28. This is so exciting!! I am going to need to buy said charade-d magazine as soon as the issue comes up (aka keep me posted)!

    Oh, and I think the first outfit is very cute and very you. Something like that would be great!

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  29. v. cool! and i love the first choice. i think its really classy!

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  30. NO DENIM! ;)

    i would wear a cute summery skirt (maybe khaki) and brightly colored top.

    i can't wait to see the article!

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  31. I like the first outfit. I say boo for spaghetti straps if you're really as white as you say you are...a lighter colour on top to brighten up your face maybe? Or maybe it doesn't need brightening...I have no idea. At any rate, that sounds like a neat gig - have fun!

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  32. I would stay away from the denim. Though look what happened to me when Real Simple came to MY house to photograph me last year!

    http://hankandwillie.wordpress.com/2007/05/23/the-real-simple-story-wearing-your-dirty-laundry-in-a-national-magazine/

    Good luck!

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  33. You are so famous!!

    I love the first outfit, and I think it's not too fussy.

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