Why Can’t More People in Fashion be Like Kelly Cutrone?

Fashion

We’ve never met, but I feel like Kelly Cutrone gets me. Since I first saw her on MTV’s The Hills, I’ve admired and applauded her no-filter approach to working in the fashion business. Her best-selling books, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside and Normal Gets You Nowhere are an extension of her straight-talking, career-focused brand, and I can’t get enough of her projects.

I’m particularly drawn to people who have no filter. I find them more interesting and entertaining than regular people because they’re not afraid to be honest. I was born with no filter. When I was little, I apparently told a man with a cleft chin that his chin was “in two pieces.” /cringe. Luckily, he was a good sport about it.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve (thankfully) developed a filter and learned that saying exactly what I think isn’t always a good idea. Why? It’s not always polite, but more importantly, outspoken women aren’t always rewarded for it. So, when I saw Kelly Cutrone interviewing Stephanie Pratt for a position at her PR company and Stephanie revealed that her ultimate goal was to design handbags and Kelly responded, “so you basically want to use my experience, my clients, and their inside knowledge to ultimately leave here,” I was like, I need some popcorn because this just got interesting.

Most recently, Kelly stars in The Kelly Cutrone Project on CW Seed, which features behind-the-scenes interviews with prominent fashion designers. She recently said this of a pair of designer shoes: “This shoe says, ‘I’m rich and I dont wanna fuck you and I don’t really care about your opinion.'”

I wish more people in fashion and magazine jobs were this honest. While your average editorial assistant who is likely earning around $30,000 will portray the glamorous city life and high-end clothing on Instagram, Kelly is at the other end of the spectrum, explaining the breakdown of her $1M salary as a New York City resident – and how it doesn’t go that far. For young women planning their career paths in New York, this kind of unfiltered information can be incredibly valuable.

Catch The Kelly Cutrone Project on CW Seed.

Weekend in Cape May

Out & About

Last weekend a group of us went to Cape May to celebrate my good friend Jess’ birthday.¬†As a lifelong Cape Cod vacationer, I find myself comparing each beach town that I visit to the one I call home for two weeks out of every year. Cape May is unique in that nearly everyone seems laid-back. (Arriving around 5pm on a Friday, my initial thought was: Does anyone out here lounging on their porch have a job?)

On Friday night, we enjoyed live music at Carney’s and unintentionally crashed a reunion for the class of 1994.

We spent an afternoon and a half browsing the quaint shops for artwork, souvenirs and gifts. I picked up these peanut-butter covered pretzels for dessert at the Cape May Peanut Butter Company.

I picked up this banana toy for my cat, Dots, at Dog Days, a specialty dog store that also has a corner of items for cats.

Many of the stores carry great artwork, prints and inspirational quote cards that are perfect for decorating an office. I liked this one:

The Cape May Winery lets you sample six different wines for $6 and has a great selection of gifts for wine lovers. We enjoyed a delicious brunch at The Mad Batter without having to wait too long on line. There is usually a line down the street for a table!

Another fun place to go shopping is The West End Garage for handmade, vintage, antique and thrifted items.

If you visit, be sure to check out the beautifully colored victorian houses and Congress Hall (which also has shopping indoors, and pretty jewelry!). On October 11, there will be a Lima Bean Festival.

 

#ManicureMonday: Dior Nail Glow

#ManicureMonday, Beauty

Dior Nail Glow is one of my favorite nail products. It’s meant to enhance the white tips of nails in a french manicure, but I use it for a wash of pink on bare nails to make them look fancy. For more nail art, tutorials and polishes to try, follow my NAILS board on Pinterest.