MTV Movie Awards

Happy Monday, friends! So - i'll admit. It's been a minute since we caught up. How are you doing? Did you have a good weekend? Did you miss me? I've been keeping busy visiting with my parents who are in from the east coast.

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Well, keeping busy with that, and this.

I had the pleasure of styling my good friend (and fellow Carnegie Mellon Alum) John Garet Stoker for the MTV Movie Awards this weekend. JG stars on MTV's Eyecandy - and in this look, he sure lives up to the name. Am I right, ladies?

The good people at Darkoh made us this bespoke suit for the occasion, and we paired it with a Zara shirt and Topman shoes. Personally, I think my boy really holds his own with these other two jokers (castmates Ryan Cooper and Casey Deidrick). Congrats on the success and looking forward to the next time we get to work together! 

What do YOU think of JG's look - does he belong on a best-dressed list? let me know in the comments below! And, if you're reading this in an email, be sure to click through to the original post HERE.

SimplyStylist LA

Sunday Funday is here, and I'm so excited to share with you my experience at the SimplyStylist LA conference yesterday! Having previously attended the International Style Institute last month and having the time of my life - I knew that I had high hopes for this event. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

The day began with a VIP brunch, sponsored by Barney's, and hosted by their fashion director, Tomoko Ogura. Complimentary Barney's giftcards were served with a side of mimosas - so you know I was on board.

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Following brunch, E! News Host Catt Sadler moderated a discussion with keynote speaker (and Victoria's Secret Angel-turned-Designer Alessandra Ambrosio. And yes - she is that beautiful in real life. The day continued on with panels featuring designers (Michael Costello, creator of Beyonce's stunning white Grammys gown), hair and makeup artists (Joey Maalouf of Rachel Zoe fame) and bloggers (Bravo's Stassi Schroeder). It was so inspiring to hear people from all aspects of the industry speak of their success and challenges along the way.

The afternoon session was a brand-immersion experience, giving us the unique opportunity to have one-on-one time with a number of exciting up-and-coming fashion, beauty and technology brands. (I'm particularly proud of the braid I was given by the stylists at ESalon.) 

Finishing the day, we walked away with VIP SWAG BAGS - VALUED AT OVER TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS! I'M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL OF THE GOODIES WE RECEIVED IN THE COMING WEEKS, SO STAY POSTED for more! So happy to have shared this day with fellow bloggers and influencers, and can't wait for the next opportunity to be together again.

SIMPLYSTYLIST OUTFIT CREDITS: BANDED COLLAR SHIRT BY H&M, SHORTS BY TOPMAN, LOAFERS ARE VINTAGE

What to Wear When It's 90 Degrees in March

So. It's March 26th. And 90 degrees (and climbing).

I dunno about all of you, but I could use at least a couple more weeks of Spring before we dive headfirst into summer. When it's this hot out, I like to keep my outfits really simple. And always carry a water bottle with me. Hello - we live in a desert, you know?

For me, the key to beating the heat is wearing easy, breezy pieces. I love an oversized shirt- like this grey pocket tee from Engineered Garments. It's a little stiff, which is nice, because it hangs away from the body, and lets me breathe a bit underneath. As for the jeans- the more rips and tears the better. This pair from Madewell is cropped, and has holes in the knees. All about airing out those Knees and ankles, amirite? Pair it with a classic sneaker - like mine from NEW BALANCE and you're sure to beat the heat, while still looking chic. (Or at least without looking like a melted popsicle.)

Check out my hot-weather look, with credits and links for purchase below.

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Credits: Shirt by Engineered Garments, Jeans by Madewell, Bracelet by Madewell, Hair Tie by Emi Jay, Water Bottle by Crate and Barrel, Sneakers by New Balance. Sunglasses are Vintage.

Menswear Test Shoot

Earlier this week, Nicholas and I got together with Oscar - a friend of mine from my drama school days - for a menswear test shoot. When we were planning this shoot, we knew we wanted to do something bold and graphic, with strong shapes and angles, so we decided the Walt Disney Concert Hall was the perfect location. 

For those not familiar with the Walt Disney Concert Hall, it was designed by architect Frank Gehry to resemble a ship with its sails at full mast. Its stainless steel panels reflect the California sun, and are one of the most recognizable landmarks in the heart of downtown LA.

We really enjoyed shooting this one - and as luck would have it, supermodel Jourdan Dunn was doing a shoot there at the same time. Great minds, huh? Check out our photos below. (Fashion credits at the end of photoset.)

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Fashion Credits
Look One - Baseball hat by TOPMAN, Kimono by American Apparel, Leather Leggings by H&M
Look Two - Hat is Vintage, Kimono by American Apparel, Shirt by TOPMAN, Harem Pants by Forever21, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Three - Blazer by John Varvatos, Oxford Shirt by Band of Outsiders, Flannel is Vintage (worn at waist), Kilt by Gap, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Four - Polo Shirt by Uniqlo, Bracelet by Mateo New York

Photography by Nicholas Galli. Makeup and Styling by Erik Anderson.

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Ides of March Heatwave

I dunno about the rest of the country, but here in LA it has been HOT all weekend. We were above 90 degrees the past couple of days. In march. Like, what? (At the risk of sounding unsympathetic... I realize that it is still quite chilly in many places. I did grew up on the east coast, you know. I get it.)

Here's my #OOTD solution for those in-between days. Easy. Relaxed. Casual. It'll keep you cool. (or warm, if need be.) Check below for links! And don't forget to Subscribe to #MOGBLOG with the link at the bottom of this post! exciting stuff planned this week!

DIY Shibori

Hey everyone! So excited to share with you our first #MOGBLOGDIY.

Today, I'll be showing you how to Shibori - or, japanese tye dye - your fabrics: clothes, curtains, placemats, even duvet covers! 

Shibori has been around for centuries, and has been gaining popularity on the fashion scene in recent years. And its no question why, something about the stark contrast of crisp white and deep indigo just oozes cool-kid chic. The problem is, in order to be done properly, the technique requires handmade precision...and that kind of craftsmanship comes at a price. But if you're willing to put in the elbow grease, the payoff is totally worth it.

Recently, you may have seen my venice beach photoshoot with my dear friend Casey Layne. For this shoot, we shibori-ed her short suit. Starting with some white pieces I found at the local thrift, I gathered my supplies and got to work. Check below for a step-by-step guide on my process.

THE PROCESS (From top, left to right)

Start with your textile. Plain fabric yardage, a tee shirt, dress, pillowcase - anything! Make sure it is prewashed and clean.

Next, identify the fiber content of that textile. Different textiles respond better to certain dyes. Your fabric/craft store will have multiple options suited to whichever you are working with. I was working with blended fiber textiles, so I used Rit dye - Rit is a union dye (which means it is made up of many formulas of dye and is designed to work on a variety of fibers).

After you have purchased your dye, its time for the prep. This is the fun part. And it can be done in a number of ways, depending on the technique/pattern you want to achieve. If you want more rounded shapes, use rubber bands or twine to wrap sections of the fabric, which will resist the dye into oval/circular shapes. If you want a more linear shape, you can use binder clips or clothespins to pleat the fabric and hold it in place, causing a more geometric shape. Or, you can use a combination of the two - like I did on Casey's blazer here.

Put on your gloves (you'll thank me later...nobody wants smurf hands for days), and prepare your dye as it says on the package. Typically, this will mean getting really HOT water and stirring your dye in until it is integrated smoothly.

After that, put in your fabric, and stir stir stir! Give it a solid half hour or so, and then let it sit and brew for an additional hour. After that, pour your dye bath out and rinse your fabric until the water runs as close to clear as you can get it. (Note: this will take awhile. Don't panic. Be patient.)

Finally, un-clip/pin/fold your fabric, and let it hang to drip dry. Enjoy your new Shibori!

THERE YOU HAVE IT! If you've ever tried shibori, or if you plan to after this post - let me know! Send me a link, I'd love to see what you're working on!

Coming soon... how to get casey's dreamy beachy waves from our venice beach shoot in our sea salt spray diy.

Venice Beach Babe

Every now and then, something so ridiculously exciting happens, you can't wait to share it with the world. This is one of those times.

This week, myself, nick, and my dear friend, Casey Layne - yoga instructor, lululemon rep, blonde bombshell, and all-around babe - had the pleasure of working together on an exciting beach shoot. We wanted to do something that would show another side of her; something that marked a departure from her sunny, bubbly, adorable self.

So we went full on cool girl badass. Bye-bye yoga clothes, hello matching short suit. I shibori dyed this look by hand, starting with all white pieces. We even grunged up her hair with my custom blend sea salt spray.

Be sure to check back soon for a DIY on how we made this look come together!

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hope you all enjoy looking at this shoot as much as we enjoyed making it! stay tuned for our upcoming DIY posts!

Laundry Day

Hey kids! Hope your weeks are all off to a good start... I feel like so much has happened in the last 48 hours it couldn't possibly be Tuesday already!

Yesterday Nicholas and I had the ever-dreaded laundry day. Ugh. To be honest, the only thing I like about doing laundry is the vibey laundromat we go to here in LA. So, while waiting for our delicates and unmentionables (and about 500 pairs of calvin klein briefs) to tumble-dry, we had an impromptu photoshoot.

Don't you just love when inspiration strikes in the strangest places? Tell me about some of the unusual places you've had a shoot and send me a link to go check it out! I'd love to see.

PS - I know this isn't the most glamorous post on the planet, but tomorrow I've got some really cool stuff planned. Including the first-ever #MOGBLOGDIY Stay Tuned!

International Style Institute

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the first-ever International Style Institute with celeb stylist Anita Patrickson at The Grove here in LA. Co produced by SimplyStylist, the three-day event wrote the proverbial book on all things styling. 

Certainly one of the most exciting weekends I've had in LA, and definitely the most informative - I feel like my brain is still reeling from all the information we covered! A slew of guest speakers, a personal styling challenge, hands-on experience (and a pretty solid gift bag) made for a weekend I won't soon forget. 

styled this bold look on the beautiful julie dreiling for our allure magazine sponsored shoot!

styled this bold look on the beautiful julie dreiling for our allure magazine sponsored shoot!

below are some of my favorite images from the weekend - (clockwise) getting side-eye from my classmates - oops, on set with allure Magazine Editor Kelly Atterton, Myself and my parter on our personal styling challenge, and the ever-important bag-o-swag. Love.

update: I just found out i will also be attending simplystylist's next LA event at the grove on March 28th. Let me know if any of you plan to join! I'd love to meet up there!

Move Over, Gwyneth!

There's a new lifestyle blog in town.

Welcome to #MOGBLOG - the lifestyle blog by Erik Anderson. Here, you'll get a glimpse into my life as a stylist and find exclusive content produced, documented and curated by me on topics like style, beauty, home, DIY and more. Stay tuned for updates! Can't wait to share with you. -E