Instagram Vs Facebook & Getting To Really Know Tulsa's Former Visual Director At Iconic Miss Jackson's : Stacy Suvino

 I don’t know if you follow me on Instagram but it’s kind of becoming an even more personal visual diary for me. I used to post every single thing there including the insta spam from the birthday party the night before, the endless good hair day selfies (I mean that's my asset you guys. I do have great hair and no shame in saying so) every single part of the 8 course meal, I didn't miss a #tbt...yep that was me. Guilty as charged. When I finally decided to bite the bullet and finally start my blog (this had been something I talked about for 6 years) I knew I needed my friend Andi's help. I had watched her over the years with her own blog   and insta   and loved what she was doing. We developed my tone and formula for what I was doing and now if something doesn't match my tone and formula, it doesn’t go on my instagram.  Plain and simple. All of the other fillers go on my facebook as that for me is a completely different platform in which I share information. I really love the message it conveys as I am now really branding myself with my lifestyle blog baby.  I came across an insta page of Tulsa local Stacy Suvino  about two years ago before I had even met her and had to immediately follow. I became and avid reader of her blog and loved everything she was doing in the world of fashion and style. I was thrilled the day I met her and I always tell her she's a local celebrity and she laughs and says no way! The timing of me asking her for this interview was perfect for two reasons: One...to help others who are really trying to work on branding themselves through instagram (And Stacy's gram is the best I have seen. I literally am on the edge of my seat awaiting her next post)  and two: as Tulsa, Oklahoma just demolished our beautiful Miss Jackson's I want to keep it alive through everything Stacy did there as their visual director and show you just how amazing this girl is and all the fabulous things she contributes to my current hometown. I think she is a celebrity and I am sticking to that ! (for those not local to Tulsa please read about Miss Jackson's here. It was our place.It was such a special special place ) 

Shopping their very last day in business. I bought the last hat on the shelf and will treasure it forever. 

Shopping their very last day in business. I bought the last hat on the shelf and will treasure it forever. 

I jokingly but not jokingly asked Stacy if I could spend the whole day with her to which she replied sure, but I am really not that interesting! I call your bluff beauty. This is one to watch dears. I am thrilled for everyone to get to meet the lovely talented Stacy Suvino . She has such an interesting story and I am grateful for instagram connecting me to her. I feel incredibly honored to know her. 

Photo by Kat Harris.

Photo by Kat Harris.

Here is my delicious interview with this incredible set director and stylist whose hometown is the adorable Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

 

-What brought you to Tulsa? 

I came to Tulsa to work as The Creative Director for Miss Jackson's

Photo by Tony Li.

Photo by Tony Li.

-Where do you shop?

Locally I shop at Cheap Thrills Vintage. She gets some really interesting pieces and knows what I like so she sends me photos of what she thinks I might be interested in. I integrate newer pieces from Top-Shop, Asos, Pixie Market and Bergdorf Goodman.  I also shop regularly at Grey Dog Vintage  in Fayetteville, Arkansas for cute dresses and separates with interesting patterns. I am a collector of Vintage costume jewelry and I do a lot of buying when I go back to NYC. I hit up all the flea markets but my favorites are The GreenFlea on the upper West side and The Chelsea flea market  in midtown. In Fayetteville, I frequent Mae's Emporium   for a great statement necklace or earring. Locally, I love to go to Silver Wolf Trading Post  for Vintage Southwestern pieces. 

 

(Blue checkered dress photo & short red plaid dress photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh. Stacy photo in hat by Toni Li. Pink dress photo by Jordan Best)

-What is the most stylish spot in town? And the most stylish spot anywhere in The US?

Locally, The Tulsa State Fair. It's great for inspiration. From the bright colors of the rides to the mix of fashion ranging from street wear to western wear.  And in The U.S, New York City. The city is not only a melting pot of people but one of the most diverse in fashion. There is so much originality and personality represented whether it be the  well dressed girl/guy in a designer piece on the upper east west side or the guy/girl in Harlem or the lower east side who mixes thrift/vintage/street pieces into their style. fashion doesn't have to break the bank. I'm proof of that. Personally, I love to incorporate vintage pieces that feel modern with newer pieces. A mix of high/low. Some of my favorite pieces are under $50.00 but my trick is to style them in a way that feels rich in layering and texture. 

 

Photo by Tony Li. 

Photo by Tony Li. 

Photo by Maria Grimm

Photo by Maria Grimm

-Who is your style inspiration?

Jenny Walton, Iris Apfel  and Julia Sarr Jamois   

-What is your guilty pleasure?

Dr.Pepper and Cheez-its

 -What was your first fashion moment?

I was an intern at Bergdorf Goodman and I saved up all semester for a Kooba  handbag. Fact: the fire alarm went off sometimes at the dorm and I would always grab my portfolio, bible, and Kooba bag to take outside with me . Ha!

 -Oldest thing in your closet?

A 1940's Plastiflex Clutch

 -What are you wearing today? 

A NYC bomber jacket, Asos jumper, converse chucks and tassel earrings

 

Photo by Kym Brinkley

Photo by Kym Brinkley

 -From start to finish what would be your ideal food day?

A bowl of cereal, scrambled eggs and an avocado for breakfast. A slice of pizza and Caesar salad for lunch. Cheese enchiladas with a side of beans, rice and grilled corn for dinner. I would eat Shake Shack is my favorite place and I would eat there everyday if I could. A hot dog, cheese fries and black and white shake is my go to. Concession stand food is my jam. I typically eat like a five year old but I'm getting better at trying new things. 

 -How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I wear what makes me feel confident and beautiful. Beyond that I try to evoke graciousness, kindness, a sense of humor and smile. 

 -What's the best advice you ever received?

Charles Faudree  was one of my mentors and biggest fans in work . He told me that no dream was too big. To keep pursuing it and embrace the process...even the struggles.

-The worst advice?

I can't recall any bad advice so far

-The spring/summer item you are coveting?

A silk striped tulle dress by Depozzo

 -Your best project to date with styling ?

 As far as styling, The Black Optical   Spring 2016 campaign and as a set decorator ..the 1940's themed Miss Jackson's fall campaign

 

Black Optical Spring 2016 Campaign . Photo by Darshan Phillips. 

Black Optical Spring 2016 Campaign . Photo by Darshan Phillips. 

Miss Jackson's Fall Campaign . Photo by Nathan Presley

Miss Jackson's Fall Campaign . Photo by Nathan Presley

-Your favorite window installation you ever did?

For Miss jackson's, for my final installation we did a series called "The Art of Fashion" One of the windows depicted was an artist's studio with lots of layers and textures and had a maxed out feeling. At Bergdorf Goodman, one year one of the Holiday windows had a delft theme..sort of a mad delft tea party if you will. The back wall was covered in a delft print, loads of china, fabric, and The most spectacular Roberto Cavalli dress was featured in you guessed it, a delft print. This past year I visited The "China:Through The Looking Glass" fashion exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and that very dress was on display. It was fun to see it again after a few years. 

 

 -Advice you would give to women waking up and looking in the mirror and getting dressed?

You are beautiful as you are. Even what others recognize as flaws. When you are getting ready for the day, choose what makes you feel good about yourself and sparks that inner confidence.

 

Photo by Nick Livingston. 

Photo by Nick Livingston. 

-Instagram...yours is killer in really branding yourself and your photography! How did you start this process and know what you really wanted to put out there? There are so many platforms and I notice you share on fb one way, and insta the other? What advice do you have here !

Honestly, I just post things that I like on Instagram. I see it as an artistic platform. I tend to post images of street photography, interesting people, places I'm visiting, my work process and occasional images of my style. I don't post things to gain followers, I just put content out there that inspires me and hopefully will do the same for others. I will sometimes post some of the images from instagram on facebook but I keep my facebook postings less art driven and more of what I'm up to and my thoughts. As far as advice, post what you like and maybe create continuity with your editing style. 

 -Whats next for Stacy?

I'm set to style several ad campaigns and do a few window installations, Beyond that..I'm not sure but I hope it will be an interesting chapter !

 

Photo by Tony Li. 

Photo by Tony Li. 

Photo by Tony Li.

Photo by Tony Li.

 I am really not all that interesting Samantha ! Yeah right! See...told you so.  Keep up with Stacy here. I look forward to following this one's next chapter !! And Stacy..let's go drink Dr. Peppers and eat cheez-it's real soon together! 

Shop the story here and happy weekend loves..off to strategize my next instagram post !

Xo

Sam