5 Questions for Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's Bazaar

When I was in the 3rd grade, several friends and I started a talk show called Style Files. My mom filmed as we sat around the couch in the living room, water filled coffee cups on the table in front of us, notes in hand, poised to ask each other the most scintillating questions we could contrive in reference to the world of celebrity fashion, news and gossip. In conjunction to our talk show, we printed a fashion magazine called Style File, complete with Cindy Crawford inspired photos (of us, of course) taped next to the articles.

Obviously, we thought we were pretty cool. 

Chrissy Rutherford (left) with digital editors from Harper's Bazaar. Photo courtesy Chrissy Rutherford's Instagram @ChrissyFord

Chrissy Rutherford (left) with digital editors from Harper's Bazaar. Photo courtesy Chrissy Rutherford's Instagram @ChrissyFord

To this day, I still keep fashion journalists on a pedestal that I erected and never took down after my "talk host" days for Style File. As a result, I find myself online reading and pinning fashion articles- a lot.

While in the midst of my digital fashion news search, a name that has continuously popped up in the byline of the articles I'm reading is Chrissy Rutherford, Digital Editor for Harper's Bazaar.

According to Chrissy's Harper's Bazaar bio, she cultivated her digital savviness while working as an assistant at InStyle.com, and then went on to be the shopping editor for FashionEtc.com. Chrissy's love for fashion flourished during two summer internships in the fashion closet at BAZAAR. When she's not catching up on the latest high-fashion news, covering industry events or interviewing her favorite models of the moment, she enjoys shopping and riding her bike around downtown New York.

After reading Chrissy bio, I knew I just had to interview her as part of our 5 Questions series. Thankfully when I reached out to Chrissy she was happy to do it.

Photo Courtesy Chrissy Rutherford

Photo Courtesy Chrissy Rutherford

5 questions for Harper's Bazaar Digital Editor, Chrissy Rutherford

1. How I got my start...

I started off as a fashion intern at Harper's Bazaar. I worked for the fashion market director and her assistant. It was a challenging experience as well as incredibly rewarding and one that I will never forget. After spending years as a teen reading Bazaar, I finally got to see how it all really works. 

2. Best advice I ever received...

"This too shall pass," from my parents if I was ever going through a hard time, like when I was trying to get a job in fashion after college. Obviously the industry is very competitive and it was the beginning of the recession, so job hunting was by no means easy. I had to be patient, but I always knew that this is what I was meant to do. 

3. Success looks like...

Achieving your wildest dreams

4. Happiness is...

Being with the ones you love

5. My guilty pleasure...

Romantic comedies and crop tops

If you want to see Chrissy's work, you can follow her on Instagram here and read her articles here!

5 Questions for Grace Atwood, Voice Behind Stripes & Sequins

I always love a good DIY site - especially one like Stripes & Sequins where the smart, witty and sparkle-obsessed lifestyle blogger, Grace Atwood, gets crafty with some of our favorite designers to learn how to make "homemade" versions of their high-priced creations.

Grace Atwood, photo by Lydia Hudgens

Grace Atwood, photo by Lydia Hudgens

Launched as a creative outlet in 2010, Grace uses Stripes & Sequins as a platform to showcase do-it-yourself projects and explore the worlds of fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle.

A DIY project by Grace Atwood. Photo by Lydia Hudgens, courtesy of Stripes & Sequins

A DIY project by Grace Atwood. Photo by Lydia Hudgens, courtesy of Stripes & Sequins

As the queen of runway DIY and reigning head of social media for the popular jewelry site, BaubleBar, Grace has a lot on her accessories filled plate, but she was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer Five Questions for us:

1. Most recent discovery...

Vegan milkshakes at blossom in nyc - they're better than the real thing!

2. Happiest when...

By the water.

3. Best advice I ever received...

If you love something, buy it in multiples!

4. Success looks like...

Happiness

5. Something very few people know about me...

I'm really shy!

Click here to explore Grace Atwood's world of Stripes & Sequins

Town & Country Offers New Yorkers a Guidebook to Neimans

107 years after it opened its doors in Dallas, Neiman Marcus announced during New York Fashion Week that it will be opening a 250,000-square-foot store in Hudson Yards on the Far West Side of Manhattan in 2018. 

As someone who was raised in Dallas, Neiman Marcus was the go-to for everything from Spiced Tea at the Mermaid Bar to afternoon touch-ups at the Laura Mercier counter.

Life without a Neimans? I can't really picture it.

I recently came across this Town & Country article on what New Yorkers can expect to find at their very own NM. If you're new to Neimans, you can look at it as a sort of guidebook for beginner's. For seasoned shoppers, it's a reminder of why we love it. Enjoy!

A model of the NYC flagship opening in 2018

A model of the NYC flagship opening in 2018

What New Yorkers Need To Know Before Neiman Marcus Opens In The City:

1. Both a blessing and a curse, swiping is extra easy here since your Bergdorf Goodman credit card is accepted at Neiman Marcus and vice versa. 

2. Folks in the Texas (where the department store has been headquartered since 1907) have a saying... "If I keel over in Walmart, drag my body to Neiman's."

3. No one does Christmas like NM. From their over-the-top Fantasy Gifts that redefine extravagance (like a replica Cowboys Stadium football field installed into your backyard to his and her camels) to their holiday window installations (like crawl tubes for kids that wrap around the store's exterior) that take the magic of the season to the next level.

4. You know Bergdorf's well-dressed Linda Fargo, now get-to-know her equally charming NM counterpart Ken Downing!

Coco Chanel and Stanley Marcus in 1957.   Getty Images.

Coco Chanel and Stanley Marcus in 1957. Getty Images.

5. Karl Lagerfeld's last Metiers d'Art collection (the fashion show was held at the site of the Texas State Fair) was inspired by a trip Coco Chanel took to Dallas 55 years ago to visit Neiman Marcus. Retail industry icon Stanley Marcus (Recommended reading for anyone going into the business of fashion: Stanley Marcus's book Minding The Store) presented Madame Chanel with the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion. 

6. When you go to Neiman's you don't just shop, you eat! Their popovers and strawberry butter are legendary.

7. And everyone adores how their in-store restaurants commence each meal with a gratis espresso cup of chicken broth and a pinch of cheese bread.

Neiman Marcus's new cookbook ,available in stores Fall 2014

Neiman Marcus's new cookbook ,available in stores Fall 2014

8. Oh and don't even get me started on those extra-large chocolate chip cookies! (Note: Shop first, then eat.)

9. Shoppers go ballistic during at the end-of-season "Last Call" event where merch is seriously on sale. 

10. The Neiman Marcus Group's CEO is a fierce and fabulous lady named Karen Katz. (Who runs the world? Girls!)

11. Sales associates, all-equipped with company iPhones, are known to jump through hoops for customers. If you wish, they can text you pictures of new arrivals (free personal shoppers for all!), hunt down ANYTHING from other stores, and deliver straight to your door. 

12. Many consider their monthly catalog The Book a fashion bible. With shoppable spreads shot by the likes of Richard Avedon and Erik Madegan Heck, it's a magazine-like glossy that aesthetes top their coffee tables with.

Article from Town & Country