21 Questions with Kris Hilton

charley4Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve written but today I’m here to share with you a dear friend of mine. Let’s talk about Kris. I met Kris in New York over the past summer at a greek picnic. After having one conversation, we saw that we had a lot of similar interests, one being that we were from the same city. Kris Hilton is a fashion stylist from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve gotten the chance to interview Kris on his styling experience and expertise. Take a look!

1. At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion? 
I’d always had a love for fashion, but once I got into high school I began to take it seriously. I HATED the way everyone dressed and wanted to do different from everyone else.
2. How did you prepare for a career in fashion?
I started indulging in different industries my junior year of high school. I started off Designing, then went into Modeling. I wasn’t crazy about either of those and found that my real niche was Fashion Styling. It gave me more of way to express my creativity. I then began interning for several different companies and gaining my skills from hands-on experiences and used that to kick start my career.
 
3. What is your dream job?
 
My dream job entails working for myself. I promised myself I would never work a “job” anymore, my passion is now my career.
 
4. What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future include opening up 3 StyledByKHilton showrooms (Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles) that will include exclusive pieces from independent designers from all over. The showrooms will be open exclusively for fashion stylists & college students with fashion majors.
5. Where do you see yourself taking your styling career?

The sky is the limit. I want to focus more on the business aspect of my career. Yes, I love styling and working 1-on-1 with my clients, but the coin is in the business aspect. Open showrooms, open boutiques, manage a team. That’s my goal!

 
6. Favorite fashion designer?Image 11-14-17 at 1.04 PM (2)
My favorite designer is Karl Lagerfeld. The very first fashion show I saw was Chanel F/W ’09/’10. The presentation itself amazed me in so many ways and really sparked my interest to indulge deeper into the industry. Since then I have discovered and followed the works of Viktor & Rolf, Alexander Wang, Gareth Pugh, Balmain, Rick Owens, Y3, & Versace.
 
7. How do you go about styling your clients?

Every client is different. so every approach is different. Through my website, you can book my services directly. There is a section for you to explain your needs and we go about the consultation from there.

 
8. What is the essential accessory of Fall 2017?

I’m still obsessed with the male clutch. It’s a popular accessory in the New York fashion scene. I think it’s perfect for a night out. Especially for people like myself! I carry a million things in my pockets. Having a stylish clutch to compliment your outfit and contain everything you carry on you is a win win!

 
9. How do you describe your style?

My style is classic & clean. Even though it’s extremely versatile, all my looks maintain a clean gentlemen image. It’s always been my favorite style, I look and feel my best when I step out clean!

 
10. What is the most treasured item in your closet and why?

All my ties are my treasure pieces. They all have a unique story behind them, and usually when I have to wear a tie another story is probably in the works of being made.

 
Image 11-14-17 at 1.03 PM11. You’d never be caught dead wearing what?

Keep the fanny packs. I see it’s made a comeback and popular brands such as BAPE, Supreme, Gucci, Etc. have designed a new take on the fanny pack. Whether it’s worn cross body or around the waist, I’ll pass on it.

 
12. You can never travel without..?

I can never travel without my Carmex, my phone, & charger. I feel like if I were to ever be stranded somewhere, those are the ESSENTIALS I would need to survive.

13. What are you dying to buy next?

I think it’s time for a new designer duffel bag. I’m excited for my 2018 travels and I always like to travel in style. So my next investment will definitely be another bag.

 
14. If you had to style one celebrity (male), who would it be and why?

Big Sean! He has always been one of my favorite style influencers. His versatility is similar to mine so I feel like he would be fun and easy to work with..

 
15. The celebrity most in need of a fashion make over is…?

Someone please help Remy Ma. PLEASE. She’s trying to make a comeback and needs help in all aspects. I can’t help her!

 
16. Your favorite beauty essential is?Image 11-14-17 at 1.03 PM (1)

I always need my translucent powder. It keeps a matte finish on my eyebrows and foundation and keeps my face smooth and oil free.

 
17. If you had to style one celebrity (female), who would it be and why?

I would love the chance to work with Cardi B. Her 2017 glow up and transformation is amazing. She has nice style but could definitely use a few pointers. Her energy is also amazing, which is important when working with clients. I love to click with my clients both on a personal and professional level.

 
18. What are your strengths?

Commitment, honesty, promptness, and professionalism.

 
19. What are your weaknesses?

Constant reassurance. I always need 2nd opinions or reassurance. I wouldn’t really consider that a BAD weakness but It can get in the way sometimes.

Image 11-14-17 at 1.04 PM20. What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is my form of expression. When I look good, I feel good. I love the way an outfit can make me feel.

21. Do you think there is a difference between fashion and style? 

I always have and will forever live by this quote by Edna Woodman: “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.”

I agree with Kris when he said he couldn’t live without his charger and cellphone! If you would like to talk to Kris for any inquiries, you can contact him at:
Instagram: @styledbykhilton
Email: styledbykhilton@gmail.com
Portfolio: styledbykhilton.wix.com/portfolio
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Fashion Trend: Palazzo Pants 

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So this is last night’s look. Some friends and I went strolling through downtown Cleveland, OH. The scenery was beautiful! We visited the Corner Alley and Barrio. I got some delicious bacon tacos (yes, bacon) and a strawberry margarita!

Palazzo pants for women first became a popular trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The style was reminiscent of the wide-legged cuffed trousers, now available in a variety of colors and patterns today. You can find these at Forever 21, Boohoo, Asos, and many other retailers. I’m super petite, so the ones I found where a miracle! These fit perfect.

The way I paired my outfit gives me a simple bohemian look. You can pair this look with a cross body bag, gladiator or lug sole sandals, kimono, chunky necklace, and/or bold earrings!



GET THIS LOOK

 

Watch | Bralette | Pants | Bracelet



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Summer 2017 Wishlist // Must Have’s

Hey babes! I’ve spent some time doing some cleaning out of my closet and now I’m ready for some new and fun pieces to put into my wardrobe. I’m big on neutral tops and bottoms and pairing them with bold/statement jacket, shoes, and/or accessories. Here’s a list of items I feel like my closet is lacking. Feel free to roam these sites for yourself!


img_0422Phillipa Low Side Scoop Bodysuit | Every girl needs a white bodysuit. This one adds a fashion twist with some side boob action. I love it! You can find it here for $12 in a variety of colors. Like I said before, I love plain tops. I’d pair this with some denim shorts or jeans with the knees cut out, preferably in the color grey or black. You can even go the sporty route and wear this with leggings, a full zip hoodie, and some of your fave Nikes or Adidas.

 

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Shelley Shirred Bandeau Maxi Dress|Who doesn’t love a good maxi dress? And I love the fact that this one is bandeau style!! You can pair this with cute metallic sandals or even tan strap-up sandals. And if you don’t like denim jackets, you can pair it with a floral (or any pattern of your choice) kimono! You can find this here for $24 in khaki, navy, berry, and black! The model in the photo is sporting this with a long necklace which I would definitely do so myself!
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Niki Mustard Faux Suede Biker Jacket | THAT YELLOW! How could you resist?! Not only does this color pop on WOC, it is a fashion statement in itself! Try an all black fit underneath, or if you’re feeling frisky, go with all white. Any neutral tones would look under this jacket honestly. Even denim bottoms and a plain t-shirt would be cute. You can find this here for $62, which I find isn’t bad at all.

img_0426Crush Shorts – Light Denim| Here’s some high-waisted shorts with a little detail. I love the small amount of fringes at the bottom as well, but the lace up on the side is to die for! I’d go for a bodysuit, crop top, graphic tee, or shift top to pair nice with these babies! You can find these here for $35! Pair with some over the knee boots would look good too. These are definitely a must have for an edgy look for the summer!

img_0427Put Him On Read Shorts – Medium Wash | Ha. The name of these shorts is killer. It’s always good to have at least one medium wash and one light wash of denim shorts. I had an off the shoulder, all white bodysuit in mind with these. 😍 Maybe even a button down with some stiletto heels, pair it with a duster coat? A lot of looks you can do with these. And you can dress it up or down! You can find these here for $28.

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Ankle-length Slacks | If you don’t own a pair of slacks, now is your chance. You can find these babies right here for $15. Not bad! I’d love to have a bold pair of slacks, only because I wear a plain tops most of the time. H&M offers a lot of different colors and patterns, like black, beige, black & white patterned, etc. I even went to the mall and saw these, and they had them in a burnt orange color. Pair this up with a peplum top, button down, a blazer, flats, heels, or even sandals. The style options are endless!

 

🌴FAVE OF THE MONTH🌴

Crochet Caged Cheeky Bodysuit 

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I see looks on Instagram get pulled with this all the time. I think this is definitely a piece every girl should have in their closet! Find it here. This crochet and lace bodysuit is just beautiful. I see girls also pair it with a lace bralette underneath for an extra intricate look. Of course denim would pair well, but what else? How about a leather skirt and simple black heels? Go for a millennial look and try pairing it with joggers and heels. That’s also a look I’ve seen on Instagram by Kylie Jenner, Karrueche, and other celebs.



 SHOE FAVES

Pointed Toe Suede Flats| I. NEED. THESE. I’m not big on flats but these right here… I seriously need. And only for 20 bucks! You can find these sleek taupe flats with metallic detail right here!

Open Toe Stiletto Heels | What a beauty, and in rose gold! You can find these here in silver, nude, gold, and black. Take these babies on a night out on the town with a bodycon dress and a statement necklace!

Florence Frill Detailed Heels | The frill detail is to die for!! I’m pairing this with a jumpsuit and duster coat! Find it here in nude, deep red, black, grey, and yellow!

NMD by Adidas | These have been out for a while but I haven’t gotten my hands on these yet! Definitely can dress these up or down with jeans, jogging suit, athletic wear, etc. You can find these here.



CUTE BAGS

Arcadia | Handmade in Italy, for just $150 this bag can be mine (and yours)! You can find it here. It’s all leather with dual chain handles, embossed details, gold tone hardware, and a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap.

Marc by Marc Jacobs | Who doesn’t love Marc Jacobs? This leather canteen crossbody bag is only $130, which isn’t bad for a brand like Marc Jacobs. Like Arcadia, it has a detachable and adjustable strap and also top carry handle. Find it here.


 Got any suggested websites I should shop on? Got any of the items listed above? Make sure to comment in the comment section! Hopefully this’ll give you some fashion inspo for the summer! Also, check out my Instagram page @thestyleisland for more fashion inspiration. Take care!

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Fashion Spotlight: Beads By Bry

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Today’s Spotlight is on the young entrepreneur, Bryanna Workman. Bryanna is a college student who loves her craft! I’ve gotten the chance rock her beads (1st pic) and I love them! I like to wear Alex and Ani bracelets and these pair up perfectly with them. I also had the chance to speak to her about her entrepreneur endeavors. Take a look!

BEHIND THE BUSINESS

How did you get your concept/idea for your business? What made you want to start your own business?

“I came up with the idea for my business because multiple times I would go in retail stores looking for bracelets that weren’t bangles, had colors and were diverse. But, I could never find exactly what I was looking for.”

How would you explain your business to anyone who asked?

“The mission statement for my business is “Arm Candy Always Makes a Statement”.”

What are your goals for your business? Do you plan on expanding your business or keeping it small?

“My goals for my business is for it to eventually expand, and become a perfect place for women and men to shop worldwide. Hopefully one day I can open several boutiques and also have different kiosks in malls through out the United States.”

How long have you been making your own products? How do you come up with your designs?

“So far, I have been making my products since the summer of 2016. In addition to that I come up with my designs by throwing in different patterns and multiple colors and it just always seems to work and match in a weird way. I feel like the different colors and cute charms makes the bracelets and helps them serve their purpose. It attracts attention and catches people’s eyes because it’s not the usual jewelry individuals see.” 

[For inquiries about these beautiful bracelets, you can contact her at pware.beadsbybry@gmail.com & follow her on Instagram]

Hopefully someone, somewhere, gets inspired to follow their dream like Bryanna is doing, just at the age of 20. No one ever says its easy being an entrepreneur. Whether you’re in the early stages of your startup, just secured funding for your startup or you are ready for product launch, there will always be those times when you ask yourself if this whole entrepreneur thing is worth it. I say, DO IT! What do you have to lose? If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out. Any small brands you advise me to check out? Comment below! 💚

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C.S. Lewis

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COMFY + CHIC // RIHANNA

Comfy + chic… the middleman for the laid back and stylish. Here’s some of my fave  comfy + chic looks from Robyn Fenty herself..

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Rihanna spotted arriving at a nightclub, wearing Alexander McQueen.

The Puma brand ambassador wore a pair of McQ shoes by Alexander McQueen. These are the Run Lo in Moonlight (a mash up of pink, beige, blue, black and speckled detail). Although I’m not sure where she got her dress or flannel from, the popstar paired this plain fit with some chic accessories:

  • Adam Selman x Le Specs sunglasses ($119)
  • MCM train case ($495)
  • Custom ‘Fenty’ necklace designed by Jennifer Fisher.

DUPE THIS LOOK

Not bad huh? I’m very plain and simple with my color choices, but of course you can go with whichever colors of your liking! The Metallic purse makes the look stand in the middle of fun and plain jane. I chose Mac’s ‘Ruby Woo‘ ($17) as my red go-to shade but don’t hesitate to try something different! Now let’s move on to fit number two.

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Rihanna was spotted in a Burberry python trench coat.

Fenty made green and pink look like the most perfect color combination ever with pieces from Burberry and Vetements. The trench coat with the sweatsuit – this is what I call comfy + chic! Now unfortunately finding a sweat suit like this on Polyvore was hard to find, so here’s my take on this look.

DUPE THIS LOOK

Who doesn’t love an all black fit? And there’s nothing more comfortable than wearing sweats.  The super cropped hoodie gives you an edge, likewise with the fishnet panties & simple bralette. I chose Metallic heels to spice up the black and hint of red with a dark red Metallic lip from Lime Crime as well – Similar to Riri’s look in a fun and sporty way!

Rihanna wore a tee by Isaac Sellam Experience as a dress.

Believe it or not, the dress Rihanna is wearing in this pic above is a men’s tee by Isaac Sellam Experience. It’s the Trouillard tee, which features straps dangling from the hem. Of course, it’s sold out but click here to view the current women’s collection or click here for menswear. Rihanna graced this look with Tom Ford’s padlock sandals. Leave it up to Rihanna to keep this look very simple, but here’s my take on this fit with a hint of EXTRA.

DUPE THIS LOOK

Unfortunately the Aldo White Strappy Sandals and Denim Jacket were sold out, but those are common items you can find just about anywhere. I see a lot of celebrities and every day people rock this fit and it’s definitely in my book for comfy + chic. You can even make it as simple as Rihanna’s look without the accessories and jacket. Now onto our last and my favorite look 😊

Rihanna rocked a Balenciaga jacket in New York

Rihanna rocked a Balenciaga jacket in new York

Rih rocked a blue and black jacket from Balenciaga‘s Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Made of canvas, the off-the-shoulder parka features a detachable hood and logo-embroidered stand collar.Underneath she sported a Roc Nation t-shirt. This is the Clearport tee ($45) and on the front is a graphic of a private jet and the label’s paper plane logo. Rih wore her own Fenty x Puma high heel sneaker boot in white, costing no less than $600. The shoes have Puma branding on the side, a Gothic number thirteen and a side zip closure. I love this look for the edgy feel that overrides its simplicity, yet the overall look is still pretty plain. This look definitely gives off comfy vibes with the t-shirt and jeans.

Comfy black skinny jeans can be found almost at any retailer and goes perfect with any graphic tee. Ankle boots are also very popular! I love to go all black (or any other neutral color) with a pop of color. The light mauve pink compliments the neon burnt orange very well. This is something I’d definitely wear to a date, the mall, or kick back with friends.

As we come to an end, I’d like to thank hausrihanna for the amazing pictures! Check out their site for Rihanna’s latest looks. In the meantime, take a look at a few other fits that go well with my Comfy + Chic theme! Thanks for reading ❤️

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A Night Out On The Town

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Dress: Jasmine Off Shoulder Neck Detail Midi Dress in Black (Size 4)

Shoes: Liliana Triple Buckle Strappy Stiletto Heel (unavailable) in White from UrbanOG.com (size 7.5)

I got the chance to wear this lovely fit to my best friend’s birthday dinner two weeks ago and I loved every minute I spent with her and her family. The dress comes with a choker which is attached from the back of the dress, made from the same fabric as the dress. I paired this look with my apple watch with a black band to match my dress and kept it very simple looking. Very inexpensive look (besides the watch, haha)!

Concert Series: Tory Lanez 

Would you rather: leave to go to a concert early to get first spot in line even though you know the wait will be long to get inside, or leave late to avoid the long line and the wait even though you know you’ll have bad seats?
As my best friend and I planned, we were going to get ready for the concert early so that we could leave for the concert on time. But as you know with us girls it never works out that way! The concert started at 7:30 PM and we left my house around say….. 8:30 PM. Reasons being:

  1. I had to SLAY her make up and then mine. Which if you didn’t know, takes up a lot of time.
  2. Of course we took a thousand and one pictures.
  3. We’re black. So of course we were running on CPT (Colored People Time), haha.


(Outfit details ➡️ Knit dress: Express | Perspex heels: Fashion Nova | Satin coat: Fashion Nova | Choker: Sunny Mae Boutique)

Walking down the streets of Downtown Cleveland made me miss home so much. It sucks being 3 hours away. I couldn’t help but think about the exploring I plan to do once I come home for winter break. Along the same strip as our destination, The House of Blues, there’s a bakery named Colossal Cupcakes which I’m dying to try. Sucks to say I’ve been living in Cleveland all of my life and I’ve never had a cupcake from there. I’ve heard so many good reviews about the place that it’s now on my to-do list of places I need to visit.

For those who don’t know, The House of Blues has no seating. Close to an hour already into the concert, my best friend and I stood with a huge crowd of people as we listened to the opening act: Taylor Bennett (Chance The Rapper’s brother). He was amaaazzziiinnnggg!!! I can’t even explain how great of an artist he is. It’s  almost like having two versions of Chance; they sound exactly the same! Next up was Kranium, a Jamaican singer. I didnt know much about him ’till my best friend explained to me who he was. Then it poppped up in my head that I’ve heard one of his songs before. He had the crowd singing all old reggae tunes like “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and “Hold Yuh” by Gyptian.

And here you have it folks, the moment we were all waiting for! 😩  😍

Tory Lanez came out and performed all of his top hits! Luv, Say It, Flex, N.A.M.E…. the list goes on. My best friend and I were surprisingly  very close to him, which I definitely wasn’t complaining about considering it was packed and very hot. In the middle of his performance, Tory stopped his music to give us a review of his past life along with some inspirational words. He told us that no matter who they are (your boss, teacher, sister, mother, etc.), do not let anyone keep you from living the life you want to live.

As the concert came to a close, Tory began crowd surfing while singing his feature to “Litty” by Meek Mill. I was so close to touching him but not close enough! About an inch away but my hand couldn’t reach far enough. I was so bummed out when it all was over. Maybe if I just had reached a little further I would’ve been able to touch him. I bet the guy holding his hand to keep him up was very ecstatic. All in all, I had a great time and now want to expand my concert series! Next up: ????

Xoxo,

Charley Moné 🌴