Getting to know Handbag Designer Patricia Nash

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Today I had the pleasure of meeting designer Patricia Nash at a local Macy’s department store. As I walked in I could hear music that was light, yet current (no elevator music by the escalator, please) and even from the door I could see shoppers milling around and speaking with a poised, beautiful and sharply dressed woman. I knew from pictures that this woman was Patricia Nash, CEO and designer.

Working with a plethora of well known clients (such as Disney, Warner Bros. and who do you think created Marc Ecko Enterprises Accessories LLC anyway?!) Patricia Nash launched her handbags in 2010, much to the delight of many consumers. While she has been immersed in the industry for some time (and is also a vintage handbag collector), Patricia said it took the lifetime of her career before the the light bulb went off one day when she was moving her mother out of her house. While she was there she found a handbag that her mother had received from her father-in-law that she had kept carefully wrapped up for many years. Moved, Patricia knew that this is what she wanted her handbag collection to be inspired by.

Probably the most important thing that I wanted to know was how Patricia takes the focus of her inspiration and turns it into what the consumer will love. Patricia says, “Most old world crafted bags weren’t the most useable, so you have to take the inspiration that you see and make sure it fits right across the body, the right length even over a heavy coat with a lot of pockets. It all comes down to today’s woman while still keeping the integrity of the old world craft feeling. Even though the bag may look “messy” I’d rather it be that way and look more unique and true to the branding.” When you look around at the bags, you definitely get that authentic and vintage vibe from every collection. I am personally in love with that type of style, so it’s safe to say I was in my handbag glory.

We ended but not before I asked questions on beauty (I didn’t forget!). Though Patricia does travel a lot she’s never without her beloved Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which she uses all of the time, every day. She’s also a fan of Clinique! At the end of the day it’s all about destressing with a mani/pedi (OPI is her fave!) and she’s definitely interested in getting a Bubble Bath gel pedi.

Deciding on my first Patricia Nash purchase was not easy. I loved all the different totes and satchels and the exquisite detail of the items had my attention on everything offered at the store. I’ll be honest, I felt frantic because items were going fast (I saw three women buy the bag I had originally thought I’d buy (the Ferrara Satchel) while I was waiting to do the interview). Even still I’m browsing online loving on the Ferrara Embossed Floret Satchel in Grey. Tell me those details aren’t amazing. You can’t, because they’re jaw dropping.

The particular bag I bought (below) is a crossbody where the strap detaches and you can use it as a wallet. It doesn’t appear to be online at Macy’s but this style is the most similar. This wallet was also in my hands, but in the end I ended up with just the crossbody.

PS: Patricia Nash enjoys a good selfie just like the rest of us 😉

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area check out Patricia Nash on August 9, 2014 at Macy’s South Hills Village Mall from 10am-2pm after that she’s taking a break and jetting off to California. To find out if she’ll be coming to a store near you check her personal appearance schedule.

You can also shop Patricia Nash at Zappos, Nordstrom (I’m loving this canvas travel tote), Dillard’s and also directly at

***I was invited by a representative of Patricia Nash to conduct an interview at a local Macy’s department store. I was not compensated for this and all opinions within this post are my own. This post contains one or more affiliate links.

Fashion Week: Looking Good In Photos – An Insider Interview With Getty Images Own ASTRID STAWIARZ

With Fashion Week in full swing those of us not able to attend are watching the shows and checking pics and blogs from the comfort of our homes, decked out in our finest fuzzy bunny slippers (not couture approved, I imagine).

But what about the INSIDER info? I, for one, am just as interested as what the artists from the other side of the camera think. The photographers. They SEE IT ALL. Photo Journalists, above all, know what looks good. Whether it be how you’re posing, what you’re wearing, or how your makeup is showing up for print… constantly observing the good and the bad, they hold the secrets.

As luck would have it, I got the opportunity to interview a top photographer for Getty Images, Astrid Stawiarz! Astrid is well attuned in not only all things photography and fashion, but also BEAUTY!

Get to know Astrid:

A native New Yorker, constantly energized by the diversity of her great city is a self-taught photographer. She is a favorite of celebrities who adore her positive manner and a highly sought-after fashion week photo journalist for her honest, immediate and personal perspectives on the increasingly commercial trends of style and design. Her unique ability to make everyone feel comfortable, special, and appreciated has earned her the trust and confidence of some of America’s most prestigious newspapers and photo-journals – including her regular work for the Wall Street Journal and the The New York Post.

Just within that short bio, Astrid boasts a pretty amazing resume. She obviously knows her stuff, and the industry recognizes that. Let’s learn her secrets!

How do celebrities ALWAYS LOOK GOOD IN PHOTOS?! I’m sorry. I know they’re trained to always be “on” when walking the red carpet, or when sashaying around at an event… but, geez. Every pose, stare, grin… perfection. Help us, Astrid!

We hear all of the time about how lighting can be evil, and play tricks. How can we conquer lighting make it work FOR us rather than against us?

  • Soft lighting and avoiding direct flashes from a camera is ideal. Stay out of the sunlight and find a shady area. Sunlight creates harsh shadows on the face and makes make-up melt.

What poses work best to make the body appear slim?

  • Know your best pose and show off YOU! Everyone’s body is different so you must figure out what your best feature is. Whether it’s your perfect jaw line, long legs or your favorite outfit, show it off and be proud! Practice at home with a point and shoot camera in front of a mirror. Ask close friends on what sides or poses work for you.

How about to slim the face?

  • Tilt you head up slightly while turning it 3/4 — or angle your camera slightly above your head while tilting your face halfway.. never take a photo from eye’s level it will flatten your face.

Which celebrity is the best at working the red carpet and why? Do they have a trademark pose?

  • Putting one foot over the other, turning your hip slightly and placing arms over the waist is classic pose for celebrities like Blake Lively.
  • Also, take note on how Angelina Jolie made a typical pose for the cameras all her own by showing off her legs at this year’s Academy Awards!

Now, let’s talk beauty! Obviously, when you’re in the public eye, you want to look your best not just for the camera, but in public too. Astrid gives us tips on WHAT MAKEUP LOOKS GOOD for print as well as in person.

What is the best type of makeup to use for photography purposes, but is still easily wearable in public? Such as products that photograph best at events. 

  • I’m a huge fan of Dior skin foundation, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, YSL Touche de Eclat foundation / correction pen and the Smashbox HD line! You also don’t want to put much finishing powder over your makeup or make your complexion too dewy.
  • Spray on foundation looks too caked-on — I like to start with lightly applying foundation in small even layers and accent the eyes, lips with a touch of blush.

Who always presents the best face (makeup wise) for events?

  • Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence show off their natural features by NOT piling on the makeup…same with Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and Frieda Pinto. Makeup should enhance your look, not hide it.

What is the most disastrous thing you’ve seen a celebrity do (beauty wise) that ruined their picture (no names needed!)

  • I’ve seen orange spray tan skin overpower a beige nude colored dresses. I’ve also seen celebrities put to much eye makeup on that it looks almost Halloween-ish, so much so, that you can barely see their eyes. I saw photos of an A-list actress with highlighting powder all over her face because the camera flash caught it..always test your finished makeup with a photo! Cameras can sometimes see what your eye’s can’t!

Confession. When I’m going out somewhere and I do a full-on face of makeup, I always take a pic to make sure I don’t look hilarious. I’m SO HAPPY that Astrid gave that as a tip, because I felt like I was a little silly until I read that lol YAY for being smart and normal!

Stay tuned for part 2! Where I’ll be showcasing some of Astrid’s best photos from all of her shows at the end of Fashion Week!

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