Nicole's Closet

by Nicole Brice

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When Modern Grace Magazine asked me to collaborate on a segment called “Nicole’s Closet,” I was thrilled. I have been a collector of vintage and new high fashion for many years. My closet is full of pieces that are timeless-they can be integrated with ever-changing trends.

High fashion has always fascinated me. From design to the thought process behind it, fashion is my favorite form of self-expression. You can tell a lot about someone based on their fashion sense.

Bargain shopping is one of my favorite hobbies. Whether I am researching the latest trends and newest pieces from designers...or just trying to incorporate couture pieces into my closet from a previous season, searching for deals is always a fun-filled scavenger hunt. There are so many avenues out there to find authentic fashion pieces at a fraction of the price. Some are even brand new, with tags and more than half off the retail price!

One of my passions is styling other women. I love discovering what they prefer and then creating looks that match their unique personalities.

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For our first adventure in Nicole’s Closet, Larry, from Modern Grace, and I styled Dawn Clark from Industry Salon. Since I hadn’t met her before, I gave her a quick call to chat about her preferences. I instantly knew that the experience would be a blast!

After pulling a few looks from my closet, we took on the task of shopping. Not only were we able to find two handbags and a perfect pair of shoes, we also found these items at a bargain. I hope you enjoy our project as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Cheers!

Brands were Tory Burch (shirt, jewelry), Levi’s, Michael Kors (shoes) forget price, but retail is over $100, and Splendid was the other brand. (Retail for top was $89 - paid $12 on Amazon, Purse (backpack) was Botkier (Retail $150ish- we paid $59)and the black purse was Juicy Couture. (retail $50 - we paid $18