We're the best fashion friends you never knew you needed! We sit down to chat about finding your personal style, often with influential industry figures and business owners - bringing you all of our sage advice and expertise. Making fun of ourselves, we report on the latest fashion trends - and fashion crimes, so you can learn from the best and make sure you don't land on the worst dressed list. Personal stylist Holly Katz and Celebrity stylist Nolan Meader are the fashion investigators... stopping the crimes of the innocent (and not so innocent) victims of terrible style choices. It's things we can't unsee. Fashion crimes committed by the people who have no clue they are stabbing us in the heart. Holly and Nolan, AKA the Hot Mess Express, roll in to brighten your day and report on today's crimes of fashion.
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Stylists In The City – How to Shop like a Stylist
This week we are back to work in New York City, and we are killing it! Get the insider’s scoop on our lives as stylists - shopping for clients, shopping for ourselves, tracking down the latest fashion trends, and getting hype when we find killer deals or get free stuff.
Nolan has been a Lady-About-Town all week, pimping out Holly’s dog, Schmutz (our show mascot) for modeling gigs, shopping for clients, shopping for Holly, cashin' checks and snappin' necks....I mean I'm just sayin. Because the life a professional stylist is hard, people! And it requires drinks. Nolan has also been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster – trying NOT to jump into on-coming traffic, but enough about that...
Our Stylists Extraordinaire drag us all over town, recounting some of their most ridiculous shopping adventures – from Bergdorf's with Schmutz, to Nolan’s fav-o-rite store Frame Clothing, to in-person VIP events at DVF and Alexander McQueen. Nolan even has a “Sex In the City-esque" moment with a dress! OMG OMG OMG.
The news from The City is that people are out and about, and they are WEARING CLOTHES! Nolan is like a kid in a candy shop walking around the Upper East Side, ogling outfits. Holly finds stuff she LOVES window-shopping, and Nolan is not always impressed with her choices, which, of course, he says out loud. Have you ever heard two stylists trash-talk? It’s subtle, but it is there, girlfriend!
Our two favorite stylists (and the only stylists you need to know) stumble upon the School of Visual Arts Student NYC x Design Windows Exhibition featuring shoes made of everyday items like Chinese food take-out containers, puzzle pieces and even bubble tea. Nolan was not impressed with the idea of shoes that might have held last night’s Lo Mein...NEXT. LEVEL. YALL.
Just so you know, some stores in NYC are still being plagued by shortages, so GET READY TO WAIT for items to arrive, and don’t be surprised to see empty shelves. Holly and her husband Jonathan head out to the Hamptons where they proceed to over-serve themselves in the shopping department. Holly has all sorts of excuses, but basically, the shopping out there is TO. DIE. Period. Although, Holly was tempted by a rubber chicken purse for a certain client (long story), and Nolan nearly had a heart attack on the spot.
Join us this week for an insider’s view of the highs, and certainly some lows, of shopping like pro stylists. It’s super glamorous until it’s not.
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“We are the best friends that you never knew that you needed. We are the industry insiders and fashions odd couple. In both of our everyday lives and industry events, we see the best and unfortunately the worst in clothing and style. We are fashion partners in crime dedicated to stopping the most heinous of all fashion crimes on the street and runways and beyond.”
“Hello!! We are in New York City. We're killing it. Nolan is killing it. Just wanted to give you an update on our latest adventures. I've been in town for 24 hours. Nolan has been taking care of Schmutz in New York, which has been amazing. They've had lots of adventures. He said nobody would leave them alone in Bergdorf's. We've had a great time.”
“I was shopping for my client, and then Nolan was shopping for me. It was a little awkward. But I was like, this is my stylist, but I'm a stylist, too. And I'm shopping for someone else. As Nolan says, it's a very unhealthy codependent relationship. So drinking is involved.”
“So, we needed a dog. And I said, “Well, why don't we use Schmutz?” And my boss was like, “Oh my God! Yes!” And so this morning I sent it in a picture of Schmutz. And when I looked at the call sheet when I got to the office, there was Schmutz's picture! So it's like, three supermodels and
FCP Report of Summer Wardrobe Do’s & Don’ts
Happy Summer Vacation!! Holly and Nolan are hanging out this week, talking Summer Wardrobe smack. Talking about people. Talking about what we're doing. Talking about where we're going. And, uhm, this brought up a very sensitive subject with Nolan, because he's got a lot of fashion beef. So, we ask: “What's your beef, Nolan? What are the Fashion Crimes we need to be aware of this summer?”
Nolan has some major rants this week about Summer Wardrobe Do’s and Don’ts:
Men don’t get tend to get pedicures; therefore, they don’t get to wear flip-flops. Summer does not mean you get to be a freaking slob. READ THE ROOM, People! Or, Read the Beach! The beaches in Maine are lovely and all (and the Bush family compound is there), but it’s not the Hamptons. And it certainly ain’t Martha’s Vineyard. So plan your outfits accordingly.
Our Stylists Extraordinaire help you plan and pack for your summer adventures. Flip-flops are for the beach (and for women), while sexy sandals – or preferably Valentino Rock Stud block heels - are perfect for dinners out.
Holly makes the point that, if it’s hanging out, you gotta throw it out. Shorts that are too short and boobs that are falling out are “No Bueno!” It’s important to invest in a well-fitting swimsuit. Pull that stuff in ladies! Try on a goddamn Miracle Suit, for the love of God! It's life changing...for reals. And no one paid us to say that.
And in other news, while we don’t like fast fashion, you don’t need to break the bank to by stylish. Nolan educates Holly on the latest Target designer collaborations. Holly starts Googling – right in the middle of the show – and falls in love with the Christopher John Rogers dresses. We do love a good Target collab moment!!! And talk about it extensively.
And don’t forget your summer style etiquette: Casual wedding settings do not mean ‘dress casual.’ Have some respect, please!! When in doubt – overdress. And Nolan reminds us of his formal point of view on this: You don’t wear white to a wedding, but you do wear black to a funeral. “To me, it's the ultimate form of disrespect. It says I don't care enough about you, because I don't care enough about you to put my best foot forward. And that, to me, is unacceptable. I would rather be overdressed than underdressed.” Preach, Queen!!
Don’t miss Nolan’s PTSD Prada flip-flop story, (very dramatic), and how it relates to Sex in the City. If you need to know, go check out Season 6, Episode 9 when Carrie is ‘shoe shamed” for her extravagant lifestyle. If you know, you know.
You say you are ready for a summer vacation, but, are you really ‘ready’? Listen now for your best summer self ever!
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What. Is. Going. On? We're hanging out today, talking smack. Talking about people. Talking about what we're doing. Talking about where we're going. And, uhm, this brought up a very sensitive subject with Nolan, because he's got a lot of beef. What's your beef? Nolan? What's your fashion beef?
It's a different vibe, right? If you go to the Hamptons, you're going not just for the beach, but for the parties, and the shopping, and the restaurants, and like, that sort of the crowd. It's the same thing with like Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod -you sort of go for the beaches. Or, if you're gay, you go to Provincetown, and like do a bunch of coke.
Nolan was at a “friend’s” house in the summer one year, and their puppy chewed through his Prada flip-flops. “Oh, Hell No! That happened. Your dog chewed them? What would you do if your dog chewed through someone's shoes? What would the first words out of y
Mary Higham: Style Blogger, Influencer & Sample Sale Queen
Get ready to Sparkle and Shine and live life in full color, Queens!!! This week, we welcome style blogger and personal stylist Mary Higham, creator of “Glam in Gotham.” Mary’s personal aim is to fill each day with whimsy and color, and she unapologetically believes that fashion should make people happy. Well, duh!
As Mary says: “Every piece of my clothing makes a statement towards a little piece of my personality - I wear my heart on my sleeve (sometimes literally)!”
Mary’s blog and Instagram page are saturated in her trademark fluff and sequins – as well as her beloved headbands – where she shares her perspective on her new life in NYC, tips and tricks for vintage finds, and loves to promote her favorite fashion accessories and styles.
Nolan brings us the goods this week and introduces us to Mary as only Nolan can: recounting a story about the first time he hung out with Mary at a Halloween party, where he got super trashed and had a great time… well, you can imagine.
But back to Mary: we discuss her first career as an event consultant specializing in meetings, conferences and trade shows. She then started blogging, moved to NYC – LITERALLY moving into a new apartment the day before the pandemic shut down the City - and decided to focus on her love of fashion when the world’s planning and live events actually died in 2020.
We L.O.L about personal shopping gigs, sample sales, thrifting, blogging, curating your own personal style, our love for NYC, and even why there is a lot of online discussion about the state of her husband’s pant-wearing status on most days. Some things just have to be seen or heard, so take a listen.
Seriously though, Mary shares how she supports up-and-coming brands by promoting and elevating the designers and products she loves. She then combines her professional experience as an event planner to connect brands and consumers.
We are so inspired by Mary’s business insights and career path: “You can’t fit a career in a box. Nobody’s life fits into a perfect box. It is not always in a straight line. There is no clear path. Carve out what you love.”
Join us for a wonderful adventure full of rainbows and unicorns, career journeys and the love of fashion! And of course, we include all the usual swear words and things that totally annoy us along the way.
In This Episode:
[2:11] NOLAN: It's been such a long year. So I mean, you wear so many hats. So, you're an event consultant. You're a stylist. You're a personal shopper. A color and style enthusiast, because it brings you joy. You’re like also like me, you're a sample sale queen.
[3:01] HOLLY: Mary, I just want to say I'm looking at you right now. I've only seen your picture. You're completely Gorg! Love your headband. She's got on this beaded headband and, I mean, super colorful rainbow dress. You look amazing!
[5:07] MARY: So, I'm actually adopted and I grew up on the Jersey Shore as an Asian kid with white parents - grew up on the Irish Catholic Riviera of America on the Jersey Shore.
[8:04] MARY: It’s not easy to follow your passion. I attended panels where brand designers and CEOs are sitting there, talking about how, you know, “One day I just decided I wanted to create my own line. So I cold called a lot of people and now look at how successful I am.” And I'm like, “That's not true. You started your career as an intern, you started as a stylist assistant.”
[11:28] MARY: I used to travel all over the world. So, I could be in any city or any country, like who even knows. But the most popular thing I ever asked about on my Instagram Stories was: do you want to know if my husband is wearing pants or not?
[17:43] HOLLY: And what is your shtick? Are you “fashion at your age”? Are you “fashion for a certain size?” Tell me what your shtick is… you believe in color, or what is your u
International Personal Stylist- Traci Jeske
Holly and Nolan are living la dolce vita-style this week, people! Not only are we talking Italy, but Canada, Dubai, and more.
We are so freaking honored to welcome special guest Traci Jeske this week. She is the director of En Vogue Stylist and an internationally certified Personal Stylist who helps women over 40 and beyond level up their glamour game to unapologetically create and live their best and most stylish second acts ever. Traci was born and bred in Canada before establishing her stylish, stiletto-sharp brand in Italy (via Australia, btw) where she has lived for the last 20 years.
In this episode, Traci tells us how she loves to blend Italian ‘la dolce vita’ with her flair for fashion and style. She divulges her styling experiences of over 30 years in the fashion industry, and reveals her tips for helping women find their unique style.
Traci is SO CHIC, Nolan can hardly stand it. She just oozes international charm, style and coolness - and now -Holly and Nolan have invited themselves to Milan next summer. Holly loves Traci, and Nolan loves Canada (because meds are cheap?), and no one can agree if they really like Balenciaga Crocs or not. It’s a hot mess, so you’ll just have to try to keep up.
Travel along as we follow Traci’s professional styling stories from Canada to Australia to London – and then to Dubai – where everyone literally dresses like the Kardashians, and Traci made the mistake one time of taking a cab instead of a Rolls Royce. Well, duh! How embarrassing.
Styling gigs in Europe, international designer fashion shows, living in Italy, and being a WOMAN OF AGE – we use all of our swear words through it all!
In This Episode:
[1:35] Nolan suggests that PERHAPS Holly’s weekly intros of him as her best gay each week are a tad too long…? [2:31] Traci dares to ask Nolan if it’s okay if she wears Balenciaga Crocs. [3:48] Nolan confesses his secret lust for Canada, and lists his reasons as to why. [5:19] Holly learns that her favorite photo of Traci was actually shot on the French Riviera, and thus, we get off subject (again). [7:24] We learn how Traci went to Australia, returned to Canada, and met her Italian husband. [9:45] Hear why Traci turned to her unique fashion style instead of learning Italian. [13:50] Traci shares what to expect when traveling and styling in Dubai. It’s beyond hot, and she got to style a photo shoot in a sandstorm! [18:16] Fashion Week War Stories: they are hard to get in to, we discuss favorite designers and how to have more fun on the side. [22:19] Traci mentioned her upcoming “Shopping Retreat in Italy,” and Holly lost her damn mind. [26:38] Apparently everything starts falling south after 50? Holly and Traci discuss how they help women fight their insecurities through fashion. [33:11] Hair weaves? Extensions? We debate.
[33:49| Nolan talks skin care: La Prairie vs. fetus facials vs. La Mer. [38:59] We discuss what is next for Traci’s brand, and how much we love her! Key Takeaways:
Once Traci figured out her passion for professional styling, she ran with it – literally spanning the globe. Don’t be afraid to do what you love. Styling gigs differ by county and culture. What people need, how to best style clients and what to expect can be very different depending on where you are, or where your clients are. Just when women hit their strides with wit and wisdom, life experiences, and finally get rid of their pesky kids, their bodies change. It sucks and we talk all about it. All the skin care products, short-term dermatology fixes and plastic surgery in the world don’t always help, and it’s freaking expensive.
“No matter your age, your size or your lifestyle, you can look and feel fabulous. There is no reason why you too can’t wake up
NYFW is on Like Donkey Kong
Oh, it’s on like Donkey Kong. New York Fashion Week is back and will be on FIIIIYYAA! Holly and Nolan can’t contain their excitement about this announcement, and this week, they are elated to discuss all things NYFW! They reminisce of fashion weeks passed, dabble in the idea of wearing matching outfits, speculate on how NYFW will look this year coming out of the pandemic, and the most important question: where are they going to eat?! Nolan recalls his favorite drunk story of Holly at a previous NYFW and Holly gives the audience the 411 on a fashion crime - her client’s colossal plastic earring collection. OYE. Tune in to this entertaining episode as Holly and Nolan plan their exciting comeback to NYFW! YYAASSSSS.
In This Episode:
[02:54] New York Fashion Week is returning! We will be talking about this until the end of time. [04:00] A slew of designers that usually do not come to NYFW are coming this year in support of New York City opening back up. [05:50] Holly and Nolan speculate how NYFW is going to look this year following the pandemic. [08:14] Planning and strategizing their outfits for New York Fashion Week. To match or not match? [14:27] Nolan is excited for the NYFW parties! He also discusses his favorite drunk story of Holly during NYFW. [23:37] Touching on what’s really important - where they are going to eat during NYFW. [26:47] Holly is giving us the 411 on fashion crimes she witnessed this week.
New York Fashion Week is returning! Best. News. Ever! Holly and Nolan speculate how NYFW will look this year following the pandemic; limited entry, masks or no masks, etc. Outfits, outfits, outfits! Holly and Nolan discuss the outfits they think they’ll wear to NYFW and the strategy behind them. To match or not match, that is the question. Nolan and Holly take a detour and discuss all things shorts - the look, fit, type, length, and Nolan’s aversion to shorts for himself. You can’t forget about the best part of NYFW, where Holly and Nolan are going to eat. Time to break out Google spreadsheet to plan out the restaurants they want to dine at as well as their backup restaurants. Fashion Crimes has spotted a serious offender. A client Holly is working with has a plastic earring collection big enough for a small village. Alrighty then. Links Mentioned:
New York Fashion Week - https://nyfw.com/home/
“I don't think I've ever been more excited for anything in my life, to be honest with you, which probably sounds sad but it's just so exciting. The thought of it (NYFW) being back.” - Nolan “We're going to have to hire somebody to follow us around.” - Holly “I would like, sell meth to go to the Tom Ford show.” - Nolan “I don't care if you have the most gorgeous legs, make sure your shorts are not too short.” - Holly “We eat nothing and then we drink four glasses of champagne and we wonder why we're absolutely destroyed in public.” - Nolan
VIP Stylist & Fashion Expert Joseph Katz
Watch out...hold the phone......B.F.D. ALERT! This is not a drill!
How lucky are we that Joseph Katz joins us on the Fashion Crimes Podcast this week! Joe is a Hollywood fashion expert, VIP personal shopper and red carpet commentator. He's best known for his expertise on the Red Carpet. His fashion media contributions include Good Morning America, The Doctors, Yahoo, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Associated Press, CBS 2 and NBC LA.
We start the episode diving into the disconcerting world of jackets these days as Nolan's devastated about the fit of his recent Balmain purchase. Joe reveals to us the outrageous style requests from his crazy rich VIP clients, his virtual styling offer, and his podcast “The Katz Walk.” His podcast brings in-depth interviews with celebrities and influencers about their style and personal experiences, as well as sharing the best beauty and lifestyle tips and tricks to help you look and feel your best. Grab a martini and enjoy the episode!
In This Episode:
[01:44] Devastation rocks the Fashion Crimes Podcast as Nolan can’t fit into his recent Balmain jacket purchase. [06:07] “The Katz Walk” podcast Joe created at the beginning of this year. [09:46] What Joe does as a stylist for his exclusive VIP clients. [17:04] Joe provides virtual styling. Is it similar to what you could expect from an in-person stylist visit? [20:50] Speaking with different agencies about all the different ways of dressing for corporations. [24:58] Joe’s history with bow ties and why he likes them. [34:06] How Joe is currently contributing to TV and what he’d like to do in the future.
The craziest styling requests Joe has received being a stylist for VIP and very wealthy clients. Diving into Joe’s Podcast, “The Katz Walk,” which brings you in-depth interviews with celebrities and influencers about their style and personal experiences. How Joe makes styling more accessible during a pandemic by offering a virtual styling option. Joe has made the bow tie a fashion staple in his wardrobe. He talks about why he loves them so much.
Joseph Katz Website - https://josephkatz.com/
The Katz Walk Podcast - https://evergreenpodcasts.com/The-Katz-Walk
The Katz Walk Podcast on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDgZmr1YXi6nNmR3DB6XxyA
Joseph Katz Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joseph_katz/
“I've worked with a whole range of people, but the uber wealthy can be very fun because a lot of times they don't look at the price.” - Joe Katz “Fashion touches everybody. So whether they're an NFL running back, or an actor, an actress, or a musician, I love to have them on the show just to talk about their style and the red carpet secrets.” - Joe Katz
Too much fun…
This pair is too much fun - loved the conversations and insights from this fashion loving/living duo!
Down to Earth
I am NOT a fashionista. However, after listening to them, I have a better idea of what to wear and how! They are fun, motivating, and informative about the industry.
If you are easily bored, this show is for you! They are an awesome duo that will have you laughing and engaged the entire time.
Real, Funny, and Entertaining
I love this podcast! I look forward to each episode as it is real, light, funny, and entertaining. I enjoy Holly and Nolan’s chemistry and friendship and find myself smiling throughout. And who knew I would learn such great tips about fashion and makeup?! A podcast must!