The Assistant Files: Beverly Hills

Great stylist assistants are damn near impossible to find. Now that I've had assistants myself, I know just how good I, and a few others were. One such brave soul is Masha Ossovskaya, my sample-sized counterpart (bitch always got to try on the Givenchy) on many a 12 hour shoot and hellish fitting. Throughout our time as assistants to the best celebrity stylists in Hollywood, Masha and I endured it all together, and thus developed a timeless bond of Hollywood veterans (who sometimes have flashbacks)...

Get Emma the size 37 Louboutins and Zoe the size 38 Choos!!!!

WHO was supposed to do the pull at Neiman's for Faith?!?! 

WHERE is the Bottega belt for Salma?!?! 

Someone go get my dress from The Row from dry cleaning at The Peninsula!!!  

While I am now based in New York, Masha is still killing it in Hollywood, channeling her avant-garde style into fabulous editorials and chic red carpet looks. We recently caught up and reminisced about some of our crazy styling stories.

  • How did you get into celebrity styling?

To be honest it was a "right place at the right time" kind of thing, I had a friend who was assisting a big stylist and she called me the day before the Oscar's saying they needed an extra hand, and then I never really left.

  • Have you ever been starstruck by a client?

Not by a client, but I get totally starstruck by meeting fashion people. I once worked on a Tom Ford shoot and nearly thought I was going to faint in his presence.

  • Did you ever think something that your boss had pulled was awful, but had to play along?

Ha, always makes things a little awkward! I'm not the best at hiding my opinions but luckily I've been fortunate enough to work with people that appreciate that honesty. However, ultimately the final decision is theirs.

  • Sometimes, the assistant gets lucky and scores a ticket to a fashion show or event, tell me about your first NYFW experience.

My first fashion week experience was actually before I started styling. It was the Marc Jacobs F/W 2011 show and it was totally amazing. I remember the models stomping down the runway to Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People".  My friend happened to be working for the company at the time and managed to snag me a ticket.

  • What are your favorite designer, and jewelry showrooms to pull from?

KCD for clothes, but I love jewelry! There are so many great designer's out there it's hard to pick just one! I would say pulling from Broken English is my favorite because they have an amazing collection of designers and a very well curated vintage selection.

  • What was the best/coolest shoot location you've ever worked on, and what was it for?

Morocco, for a campaign with Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

  • Who are your favorite designers right now? 

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, his romantic, gothic, beautifully detailed pieces are the stuff of dreams. And I love what Alessandro Michele is doing at Gucci right now.

  • What blogs/magazines/sites do you read? 

Sites: Jean Stories, The Thick, Garance Dore, Into the Gloss. Magazines: W, Paris Vogue, Cr Fashion Book.

  • Did you always want to be a fashion stylist? For me, I watched the Rachel Zoe Project and literally said "I'm going to do that." I also said "Why is this girl Taylor ALWAYS complaining!? I'll take her job in 2 seconds!" Little did I know... that show was NOT an exaggeration! 

I always knew that I wanted to be in fashion but I didn't necessarily think that I would be a stylist, I interned at a magazine in San Francisco and when I moved to LA I started working in fashion pr. I always loved planning shoots and being on set so I started assisting a stylist on my off days and it was sort of a natural progression from there. 

  • Dream client? 

Diane Kruger

Check back soon for more from The Assistant Files! 

Throw some sneakers on with that suit

I am lucky to be surrounded by many well-suited men in my life. I don't mean to brag, but yes, I work with beautiful men in suits all day, every day. And while I love a well pressed shirt and a crisp pocket square, I love it more when they change out of their 'shoes' and into sneakers at the end of the day. 

Sexy suited man companions below, including style influencer DJ McDonald

I kind of hate mens' dress shoes. Sneakers are just so much sexier. I can't really explain that statement- you'll either agree or not get it. (If you don't get it, you also probably have no problem with square-toe slip on mens' shoes) No shade. 

One of my styling rules: whether it's a tuxedo, or some jeans and a tee shirt, when in doubt- throw on some Common Projects and call it a day . 

A Periscope Makeover

99% of men need style help. You're probably not part of the 1%. It's fine, that's why i'm here. From pop stars, to CEO's, to your uncle who works in banking, I'm here to make men a better looking place. 

I recently worked with Jon Jacques, a professional magician who you probably know from his series Magic Moments, on the Ellen Degeneres show, or from the #1 weekly broadcast on Periscope, #ScopeStars. Jon utilizes his fame on Periscope to change lives and spread happiness, extremely admirable considering he is also the CEO and founder of Applause, the first Periscope network which utilizes the Twitter-owned app for advertising and media opportunities. It's hard to believe the man has time for all he does, which is where I come in. I can at least help the man dress. 

Everyone has a great before and an even better after... right? 

Everyone has a great before and an even better after... right? 

I set out to provide Jon with a wardrobe to outfit the dual aspects of his life- CEO and entertainer. Bearing in mind that he is young and handsome, I stuck to Suitsupply, Zara, and Club Monaco to create a wardrobe that he could mix and match for meetings with clients, red carpet events, or an appearance on Ellen (!) (Disclaimer: I LOVE Ellen. Like, I own her book from the 90's My Point.. and I Do Have One

Anyway, my point is, with a few key pieces and some guidance from a licensed professional (i.e. moi), you can unearth some hidden gems amongst this city's (or any city's) men. And we are all the better for it. 

DBag Dating: An Interview With the Author

Marina Khoroch and I met while working as starry-eyed young interns at at I remember thinking, "That Russian girl is really chic." as we continued to churn out the SEO tagging of thousands of items for the site, and organize the accessory closet.

Many years, jobs, dates, and cities later for the both of us, we re-connected via her brilliant blog With posts like WHAT BRITISH MEN CAN LEARN FROM THE FRENCH & VICE VERSA and THINGS I MISS (AND DON’T MISS) ABOUT NEW YORK MEN (two subjects I empathize with far too well) the chronicles of her dating disasters (and successes!) are written with a pithy honesty so easy to relate to, I was compelled to pass along a story or two of my own. That's right- Mugshot Guy... almost forgot about him. 

Photo: Caroline Owens

Photo: Caroline Owens

Evidently, I'm not the only one enthralled by Marina's Parisian dating disasters, soon took notice, and she now posts for them regularly. 

We recently caught up, and I shot my personal Carrie Bradshaw a few questions:

What lead you to create DBag Dating? Did you feel you were dating an abnormal number of Dbags and felt there may be others like you out there (like myself)?

My dating history had always been bizarre, as I tend to seek out characters, instead of normal human beings who I am compatible with. Then I moved to Paris and it got weirder than ever, as I kept on running into these ridiculous “Lost in Translation” scenarios that provided endless entertainment for my friends. One day, my friend Rachel (author of blog said to me “These are truly terrible. Why don't you write them down, I bet you there are plenty of women going through the same thing!” I launched the blog a few weeks later.    

You profile men from all different countries, boroughs, and vocations- is there a Dbag story that tops them all in terms of dbag-ness for you?

I think Doctor Douchebag – a story about a pompous French doctor who kept on highlighting that I was cute but not very bright – is a definite classic. It even has a sequel! 

Which city or country has proved to be the best for straight up sex?

I think any city can be great for that – men are universally simple creatures! The only difference is that in Paris, quick sex could evolve into a relationship, while in New York it usually sets a more casual tone from the get-go! 

A little word association - one word or phrase to describe dating for each of the following:

  • New York – Rat Race
  • Paris – Hot mess
  • Moscow – Top-rate meat market
  • Italy – “Bella, bella!”
  • London – Signet ring seduction
  • The Rich guy – Unfamiliar turf
  • The Hipster – All-too-familiar turf
  • The Unemployed guy - Waste of time

Relationships and social media- do you unfollow on social media after a breakup? Personally, the only way to get over it is to NOT see it on a feed anymore.

Not really, I feel like the guys I usually date hardly use social media anyway. If I do unfollow them, I will end up stalking them anyway! 

Do you think that the future (or present) state of online dating has negatively impacted our ability to meet and socialize with the opposite sex in person?

Not necessarily, I feel like we have all actually become even more open as a result of online dating. It really gets you out of your immediate friend and comfort zones!  

You've recently begun writing for, was that a total Carrie moment for you?

I won’t lie, the first article that came out was a very cool moment for me, especially since people finally stopped thinking that I was completely crazy! 

You're very open about your dating history on your blog, do you ever worry that the subject of the post will read it? Have you ever been confronted or contacted by one who've read about themselves?

I’m always surprised that this hasn't happened yet. In Paris, I lived in this tiny walkup and kept half-joking that I’m scared to go home because one of the guys I wrote about will be waiting for me with a jackhammer. But that never happened.  I think some of them were actually flattered!  

Who are some bloggers whom you admire, and what do you think of the blog-to-book trend?

Leandra Medine (Man Repeller) for the wit and business-savvy; Garance Doré for the honesty and visual direction; Amy Odell, who never had her own blog but is an excellent writer! Blog-to-books are fantastic, as long as the books actually have substance, as opposed to some “curated lifestyle” nonsense. 

What celebrity would you like to profile for Dbag dating because you suspect they'd have some amazing Dbag stories?

Elizabeth Taylor. She’s seen it all. 

Agreed, Elizabeth Taylor HAS seen it all. She would have so much advice to take (and to NOT take). So pour yourself a glass of Bordeaux, get comfy and read through It might even inspire you to fire your Tinder account back up, just for the comedic value these encounters have the potential to generate. 


Black Tie on a Budget

So you're at work on a Tuesday, minding your own business, when suddenly the marketing department informs you that you have a black tie event to attend with the executives of the company.... on Thursday.

THIS Thursday. Oh, sure, let me just pull a black tie outfit out of my ***... closet. 

Two days notice is pretty quick, even for an experienced stylist like mahself, so I scrambled to explore my options. 

  • - So not my style to borrow a dress that like, four girls I went to high school with wore to each others' respective weddings. No offense RTR, but the gallery for each dress that the 'real people' send in, almost always kills it for me. #Basic. Plus, I ALWAYS hone in on the only rentals that are $350 #goodtasteproblems.
  • Relish in the fact that my homecoming dresses still fit, and make the aqua-tulle-mermaid thing work. 
  • Find a whole look for under $200 that I would actually wear again.

So, after scouring my favorite cheap and cheerful sites, which requires an editor's eye (there is a LOT of slutty looking crap out there) I found this little gem on for $99. What can I say, I love a jumpsuit. I only had one shot at choosing a size, since I needed overnight shipping and there would be no time for returns- so, I sized up and relied on my secret weapon- my tailor. She tapered, cropped, and secured me into this thing. 

It's my kind of black tie look- not so serious and gown-y, I didn't want to be carrying my bustle up the stairs at da club- the Cinderella thing doesn't really fly in the Meatpacking district. I grabbed some sexy lace-up heels at Zara on my lunch break, and brought an oldie-but-goodie H&M clutch, and a $5 body chain from Forever 21 (which totally competed my vision). 

I also had a gift certificate for a blow out at Dry Bar, which I highly recommend. Nothing like someone doing your least favorite beauty routine for you while you drink champagne and watch Bride Wars. 

So, all in all I spent:

  • $99 on cape jumpsuit thing
  • $60 on heels
  • $5 on jewelry 
  • $0 on hair 
  • $0 on drinks

Mission accomplished.

How you doin? #Wendyshow

I get 98% of my news from Wendy Williams. Yea, I said it. Are Wiz and Amber Rose back together? (Do I care?) What did Trump say this week? (again, DO I care?) Do we believe that Rihanna says she doesn't have casual sex? (No.) 

Wendy is a fellow Jersey girl, Cancer, and ex-drug addict (just kidding, I don't do drugs) and I finally got the chance to go a taping of her show. 

It was everything you gay-man soul wants it to be. You line up at 8am in Chelsea, and are shuffled in to a waiting room to bond with your fellow ladies and gays about what you could possible write to "Ask Wendy"! 

Well, I wrote something as a half-joke, and of course they loved it. A production assistant brought me into a room to rehearse my question and perfect my "How you doin!" In the end we ran out of time for me to ask my question (Thanks Marlene from Florida *eyeroll*) I was half disapointed-half relieved, and since I won't even say what my question was here on my blog, I guess I'm glad it didn't end up on live TV. 

We had George Takei as our guest... just another crazy old gay who rambles on about his wedding and marriage until the music comes on and Miss Wendy has to get the hook... but we got lucky since Taye Diggs had to shoot a segment for next week that day. He was late because of traffic, and kind of a diva, but super hot and made up for George Takei's ramble. 

If you are a Wendy fan- request tickets ASAP! It was so much fun! DJ Boof is awesome- the hype man is awesome. A Wendy staffer even asked me to come back and model for one of their fashion segments in the future... #Howyoudoin!