Styling Kit Essentials

Today I’ll be spending the whole day running from appointment to appointment pulling fabulous clothes and accessories, prepping for a big fashion shoot I’ll be styling tomorrow. Last night I spent some time looking over my styling kit to make sure I’d have everything I could possibly need, which made me think it would make a great post for aspiring stylists or for those that just like to be prepared (I use many of the things myself on a regular basis).

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{Kit Essentials}

  • Double-stick tape and Hollywood Fashion Tape – Double-stick works great for lighter jobs like holding straps in place, hemming pants, and sticking a collar down. HFT is a stronger tape that can keep a low neckline in place, hold a strapless dress up, close a gap in a button-down shirt, and help keep pockets closed.
  • Binder clips (in a variety of sizes) – These will almost always be necessary to pull a loose shirt or loose pants tighter on a model.
  • Silicone CoverUps – Great for use with sheer tops and swimsuits, as well as any lightweight fabrics that you might need a little more “coverage” under.
  • Lint roller – Pick up stray lint right before the shot.
  • Shout wipes – You never know when an emergency will call for getting lipstick or food off of clothes (but hopefully it never happens!).
  • Painter’s tape – The norm for taping the bottom of shoes so they don’t get scuffed during shooting (this tape is easier to remove than most). I’ve actually found black painter’s tape in art supply stores that is even better if the bottom of the shoes might be visible in the shot.
  • Sewing kit with safety pins – Just in case a seam needs to be sewn last-minute, and pins can be used for jobs the binder clips are too large and bulky for.
  • Hanging jewelry roll – Easy for organizing jewelry and keeping it all in one place (also good if you need to stay on the move during the shoot).
  • Seam ripper – Can be used in a pinch to cut off tags and loose threads. And less likely, can be used to rip open seams that might have been sewn into sample garments by previous stylists.
  • Steamer – Used throughout the shoot to keep all of the garments wrinkle-free. Perfect for use on embellished fabrics that you wouldn’t want to iron.
  • Clear garment bags – Essential for moving clothes to the shoot location and keeping them all clean and organized. I like the clear bags so I can easily see what’s in each bag.
  • Tag gun – If tags need to be removed for a shot, you can easily re-attach them with a standard tag gun and clear standard fasteners.
  • Shoe horn – I have an extra long one that has come in very handy when trying to squeeze model’s feet into tall boots.
  • Hand warmers – These quick-activating packs keep models warm on a cold shoot and are good for warming up cold hands for close-up jewelry shots (no cold blue hands!).
  • Paper towels and tissue – For the obvious: cleaning up spills, dirt from shoes etc.

Stay tuned in early March when I’ll share the shots from the shoot! Did I miss any of your favorite styling essentials?


Golden Globes Best and Worst Dressed

Let’s be honest – most of us fashionistas watch the awards shows just for the fashion. In fact, I rarely even watch the actual show, mostly tuning into the pre-show red carpet coverage. The Golden Globes are the official start to the awards season fashion, and I just had to name my best and worst dressed of the night.


Best Dressed 1

It’s all about red with Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (my personal favorite of the night!), Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors Collection, and Zendaya in Marchesa.

Best Dressed 2

A perfect plunging neckline (Kirsten Dunst in Valentino Haute Couture), a vibrant caped dress (Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture), and the best beading detail (Amy Adams in Atelier Versace).


Worst Dressed 1

Too many ruffles (Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent Couture), boring and dated (Maura Tierney in Elizabeth Kennedy), and love her but the white off-the-shoulder neckline isn’t flattering (Amy Schumer in Prabal Gurung).

Worst Dressed 2

Poofy, weird sleeves (Jennifer Jason Leigh in Roland Mouret), the color is nice but the bare midriff and matching choker aren’t working (Kate Hudson in Michael Kors), and a pancake bust with Snooki hair (Katy Perry in Prada).

Who are your picks for best and worst dressed?


New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

For most women, New Year’s Eve means sequins galore. It’s the perfect excuse to get all glammed up and wear your shiniest, sparkliest clothes and accessories. But sequins can be expensive, and who wants to spend a ton of money on a dress or outfit that can really only be worn one day a year (unless you’re the adventurous outfit type).

My solution to budget-friendly dressing is to shop your own closet! What basics do you have that could already work toward an outfit? Then add one shiny, glittery, fabulous piece (could be a shirt, shoes, necklace, clutch etc) that makes it special for New Year’s Eve. This way you’ll only be buying one new item, or you may realize you already have something that could work – sometimes it’s just putting pieces together in a new way. Here are some outfits I’ve come up with to create a New Year’s Eve outfit that’s perfectly blingy and wallet-friendly. And if you’re feeling really daring, you can even pair two of the sparkly pieces together (the gold blazer and black sequin shorts for instance). Cheers!

New Year's Eve outfits

From top to bottom:
Forever 21 Zip-Back Sequined Top $25
H&M Sequined Skirt $50
H&M Sequined Jacket $60
H&M Sequined Shorts $13
DSW Michael Antonio Citron Wedge Bootie $45
Forever 21 Sequined Capri Pants $33

Do you have your New Year’s Eve outfit planned yet? What are you wearing?


Christmas Day Cozy Favorites

One of my favorite things about Christmas Day has to be the fact that there is no excuse needed for staying in pajamas the entire day. My only plans include making hot cocoa, opening presents, and lounging in front of the fire reading a book. Below I’ve shared some of my ultimate favorite coziest finds, with some fun holiday pieces thrown in the mix.

Cozy favorites

My favorite soft, plush robe that I live in all year round.
The perfect lounging graphic shirt with a fun saying.
Curl up in the coziest down blanket ever in front of the fireplace.
Keep track of your hot cocoa with this personalized initial mug.
These holiday knit pajama pants will keep you warm.
Who doesn’t like a good crew sock in a festive color?
Down-filled foot duvets – sleeping bags for your feet!

What is your favorite way to spend Christmas Day? Will you be lounging in your pjs like me?


Star Wars: Fashion and Accessories

Happy Star Wars week here on SassySweetSF! I hope you enjoyed Veronica’s post about Star Wars makeup by Covergirl (I know I did!).

For the last couple of weeks I have been searching [almost] endlessly trying to find something I can wear to the movie premiere on Thursday night. I ended up going to Target and finding some great Star Wars sweaters and shirts (and accessories!) and I wanted to share those (and more) with you.

Darth Vader Ugly Christmas Sweater in black, $19.60

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Star Wars Episode VII Logo Vintage Tee, $14.99

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Juniors’ Star Wars Character Graphic Tee from Hybrid, now $10.99 (originally $24)


Star Wars Women’s 2 Pack Knee High Socks – Darth Vader, $9.99

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Women’s Star Wars Classic Logo Sweatshirt, $14.99

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Disney Star Wars Episode VII Stormtrooper 3D stainless steel earrings, $49.99

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Juniors’ Star Wars C3PO Foil Graphic T-Shirt, $29.00


Okay, so as you can see a majority of these are from Target, however, Macy’s Juniors’ department has a ton of graphic tees that are super cool. Looks like I’ll be stocking up on my Star Wars apparel today and tomorrow.

I can’t decide if I’m on the dark side or light side… I guess I’m on the “droid” side as I am a HUGE fan of C3PO and R2D2!

Which side are you on? Your graphic tee will tell all.




Holiday Party Attire (and Makeup!)

Veronica and I have our work holiday party tonight and I thought it would be a great time to share my outfit and makeup with you all today. I am obsessed with the blue feather dress I got from Express on Black Friday and am super excited to wear it tonight. Here’s my outfit (and makeup) for tonight:

Feather Print V-Neck Bell Sleeve Dress


Kelly & Katie Macaw Boot from DSW

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Crystal stud earrings from Macy’s Fine Jewelry (wore these at my wedding!)


My makeup will be simple, subtle and holiday-ish. With parties like these I tend to not go overboard with my glam, but am sure to add a little sparkle to my face with eyeshadow.

bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Liquid Foundation in Bare Beige 08 from Sephora 


Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette from Sephora


After using Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer, here’s how I layer these colors:

Eyelid base: “Limit”

Eyelid color: After wetting the brush a little bit I use the color “trick.” Wetting the brush prior to grabbing the color allows for the glitter in the shade to stay on the brush and not get all over your foundation.

Brow bone color:Naked Lunch” by MAC.

Then blend with a blending brush.

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen in black (I apply a thin line along my lash line)


Benefit Cosmetic’s “They’re Real!” Lengthening and Volumizing mascara


MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Blush in Rosy Outlook

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After I apply all my makeup, I apply Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting makeup setting spray.

There you go! Now you have a sneak peek of my look for tonight’s shindig. Veronica and I will be sure to take a selfie tonight (as we always do at these things…) and share our looks with you all on Instagram.




On Display: Holiday Windows

Saks Fifth Avenue

I was out doing a little holiday shopping the other night after work, and I started to look around and notice all of the amazing window displays in Union Square. They are always pretty fabulous, but there is something about the windows during the holidays that is just that much more special. Maybe it’s the extra sparkle, maybe it’s the magic of the season…I decided to photograph a few that caught my eye to share with everyone. At first I was annoyed that I kept getting so many reflections in the pictures, but after looking at them I think that’s kind of the beauty of the shots. You get a real sense of being in the city, making the storefronts uniquely San Francisco.

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{Detail of Saks Fifth Avenue display – this was my favorite!}

Saks Fifth Avenue accessories

{Saks Fifth Avenue accessories display}

Louis Vuitton

{Louis Vuitton – hard to see, but the circles of lights moved behind the clothing}


{Macy’s window}

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{Close-up detail of the Macy’s window – all about the gold!}


{Gap window featuring a cable car made complete of denim}

Neiman Marcus

{Neiman Marcus window}

Neiman Marcus detail

{Detail of Neiman Marcus window – doesn’t the mannequin look like a real person?!}

Christmas tree Union Square

{The famous Union Square tree and Tiffany & Co. in the background}

Union Square menorah

{A giant Hanukkah menorah in Union Square}

Macy's SF SPCA

{By far the cutest display, the SF SPCA windows at Macy’s featuring adoptable pets!}

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{More SF SPCA cats playing in the window}

Do you have favorite holiday window displays? If you live in or near San Francisco, it really puts one in the holiday spirit to walk around at night and look at all of the windows lit up, and stroll through Union Square to look at the tree and ice skaters. And of course, make a stop by the Macy’s SF SPCA window and ooh and awww at the adorable pets (you might find a new fur friend to adopt and bring home).



Leigh’s Holiday Gift Guide

Whether it’s for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Years or any other winter holiday you celebrate, holiday shopping can be tough if you really don’t know what to get someone. I know I’ve been there numerous times, standing in a section of a department store or beauty store just trying to think of what someone would enjoy receiving as a gift. I’ve compiled a list of 10 gift ideas under $100 to help ease the process for you. Enjoy!



  1. Nadri framed skinny cuff at Nordstrom, $58. This is a great accessory that can be worn again and again. It comes in gold and silver.
  2. Vanilla Sugar Ring Candle by Diamond Candles, $24.95. This candle not only makes your home smell cozy, but there’s a ring in every candle!
  3. Bosca “Executive ID” Nappa Leather Wallet at Nordstrom, $100. Sometimes men need an upgraded wallet, especially if they’ve had one for a while. Here’s a great leather wallet that will surely last another seven years.
  4. S’well “Love” water bottle at, $35. For those who are constantly drinking water, this stylish water bottle keeps things cool for 24 hours. 
  5. Hand Food by Soap & Glory, $8. Great for keeping hands moisturized during the cold months and not oily. 
  6. Cat Study Mug at Anthropologie, $14 each. For those cat lovers in your life…
  7. Renewed Hope in a Jar by Philosophy, $47. Great moisturizer for all skin types.
  8. Eternity Now for Men by Calvin Klein at Macy’s, $80. Men are hard to shop for at times, but here’s a great cologne gift set from Calvin Klein.
  9. Hudson Marble Mortar Pestle at Pier 1 Imports, $39.95. A must-have kitchen essential for combining herbs and more.
  10. Amazon Kindle at, $80. Who doesn’t love a good book and a glass of wine on those cold winter nights? Kindles make reading books 10x easier.

I hope you like these picks. Let me know if you purchase any of these in the comments below!



Veronica’s Holiday Gift Guide


  1. Customize a cozy sweatshirt for your bestie (they also have sequined emojis and fun icons you can add-on for free!).
  2. A luxurious candle in a universally pleasing scent and the prettiest glass jar.
  3. Shimmering drop earrings perfect for holiday parties or a night out.
  4. An ingenious and stylish bracelet that keeps hair ties handy.
  5. Hilarious tear-off desk calendar featuring funny e-cards.
  6. This chic Bluetooth compatible speaker will please any music lover (also comes in black, white, and turquoise).
  7. Party-perfect nail polish set in travel-ready mini bottles and fun, festive colors.
  8. This cosmetic bag lays flat to display makeup, then drawstrings closed into a portable clutch (I’m obsessed with mine!).
  9. For foodies, a gourmet sampler pack of six delicious oils and vinegar (any combo, your choice). Lime is my personal fav for cooking seafood and Mexican food!
  10. A sleeping bag for your feet, literally. I live in these slippers during the winter months!

Hope you liked my picks! Almost all of the items I own and recommend, or they’re on my wish list. Do you have any favorite gifts to give or receive? Let me know in the comments!



Leigh’s Favorite Black Friday Finds

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving and my food and shopping coma has finally subsided. I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday.

Per usual, my mom and I took to the Black Friday madness and literally came out with a substantial amount of loot. While I purchased the winter essentials, I also purchased some of my favorite winter pieces that will easily last through early spring, when it’s still chilly. My favorite items were from Express, as they had the best deal Thursday night – the whole store was 50% off and Old Navy had the same deal but through Black Friday. Here are seven of my favorite pieces:

1. Bare Traps Delrose Rain Boot, $69.95 from DSW

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2. Rampage Bram Slouchy Boots, $19.99 (Black Friday deal!) at Macy’s


3. Feather Print V-Neck Bell Sleeve Dress, $49.99 (purchased for 50% off that price) at Express


4. Lace Inset V-neck Tunic Sweater, $49.99 (purchased for 50% off that price) at Express *it is sold out online, therefore no link to sweater*


5. Grey Bunny Flannel PJ Bottoms, $16.94 (purchased for 50% off that price) at Old Navy


6. Swing V-Neck Sweater-Knit Top in Grey, $24.94 (purchased for 50% off that price) at Old Navy


7. Curvy Boot-Cut Jeans in Blue Reeds, $24.95 (purchased for 50% off that price) at Old Navy


Also purchased but not pictured for him (aka my husband): two fleece-lined zip ups in grey and black from Old Navy.

There was more accessories purchased from H&M (socks and a belt) and Forever 21 (two pairs of leggings) that were also a bargain. I purchased a coat-sweater from Macy’s that was originally $100 brought down to $20 for Black Friday. I had a hard time finding the photo, otherwise it’d be on my favorites list.

Hope you enjoyed my roundup and if you scored any great deals like I did, let me know in the comments! 🙂