Kristian’s Countdown to 2013

Kristian Laliberte, the dapper Senior Editor of Refinery29, shares his resolutions for 2013 (and dishes on the ones he didn’t keep from 2012)

As Refinery29’s resident man about town, Kristian Laliberte has his finger on the pulse of what to do, where to go and what to buy. While this Columbia alum calls the East Village home, he has spent time in Paris studying at Archives Nationales and is currently in London while we conduct this interview. Among his favorite designers are labels such as Rag & Bone, Paul Smith, Gant, Dior Homme, A.P.C. and T by Alexander Wang.

Burberry Prorsum blazer, Kenzo shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, Giorgio Armani bowtie, Charvet pocket square, Hook & Albert lapel pin, Salvatore Ferragamo belt and Gucci shoes.


Personal style… That’s such a tough one because I’m always tempted to say preppy-with-an-edge, but that’s sort of the tritest thing, ever. I do love throwback/traditional pieces — cable knit sweaters, oxford button-downs, classic khakis — but I’m interested in more fashion-forward silhouettes and fabrications. I don’t like one completely head-to-toe look. It’s all about the mix.

Resolution from 2012 that was kept… Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t listen to other people when you’re forming an opinion about someone.

Resolution from 2012 that’s long gone… Sleep more. Gym more. Leave the office earlier. Stop procrastinating. A LOT of ‘em!

Kristian’s 13 resolutions for 2013:

1. Get a six-pack — third year in a row resolving.

2. Go gluten free. That won’t happen.

3. Visit Mexico City. Again.

4. Meet my future husband. (Can I resolve that to happen? Hmm.)

5. Curbing my Instagram addiction. Or maybe I’m fine with it.

6. Be smarter about money management.

7. Find an apartment with room for a big desk.

8. Stop making to-do lists that I don’t finish.

9. Moisturize before bed…every night.

10. Learn how to sew a button on pants, shirts, and jackets. I’m useless.

11. Drink more water.

12. Put my clothes out before I go to sleep.

13. Go to the gym. Kind of hand in hand with #1.


Photographed by KSW, Styled by Kate Lassar, Editorial Assistant Erica Johasky, Produced by Sophia Chabbott.



What are some of your resolutions for 2013? Tell us in the comments or tweet @Saks!



Work It

9 to 5 Chic’s Anh Sundstrom talks day-to-night fashion

We’ve all been there. You’re in the office, surrounded by suits. You want to flaunt your style — not to mention wear the latest trends from the runway and fashion glossies — but you’ve got to dress appropriately (i.e. conservative). What to do? Thanks to 9to5Chic blogger Anh Sundstrom, we career gals can have our proverbial cake and eat it, too. As the name implies, this San Franciscan’s site is all about showcasing her work wear, which, if you’ve ever taken a peek at her site, is the ne plus ultra of chic. And we should point out that Sundstrom’s a marketing manager at a medical software company. Yes, you read that right. So if she can rock serious style at her day job, well, there’s hope for the rest of us, too.

Here, as part of our Pin It to Win It holiday campaign, Sundstrom teaches us how to go from office to office party in a pinch and reveals how she went from corporate employee to blogger extraordinaire.

SaksPOV: When did the fashion bug first bite?
Anh Sundstrom: I’ve always loved shopping — my favorite time of year was always the beginning of fall when it was time for back-to-school shopping. In my senior year of high school (against my parents’ wishes), I worked two jobs at the mall: a clothing store and a shoe store. Suffice it to say I spent every dollar I earned at those two stores.

SaksPOV: How did you end up at a medical software firm?
A.S.: I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field and knew I wanted to work in the industry, but not necessarily as a clinician. I started in the marketing department of a medical textbook publisher and then spent six years at a medical device company in spine surgery. I love that I’m always learning — there are always new treatments and technologies to help improve patient care.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?
A.S.: Classic and modern at the same time. I try to incorporate new styles and shapes with workwear basics. And button-up blouses are my go-to for both weekdays and weekends!

SaksPOV: What inspired 9to5Chic?
A.S.: I only discovered blogs three years ago. I loved how I could find inspiration at every turn! My job had such a huge impact on how I dressed — it is five out of seven days, after all! — and decided to start documenting it with 9to5Chic.

SaksPOV: Your tips to perfecting office-to-holiday party style — in a snap?
A.S.: Just add bright lipstick, beautiful high heels and festive accessories. And always a smile!

SaksPOV: And as for those accessories?
A.S.: A gorgeous statement necklace can instantly put you in the party mood!

SaksPOV: Any advice to making runway trends work-appropriate?
A.S.: It depends on the trend. But I think, regardless, you always need to keep fit at the top of your mind. Nothing too tight, nothing too short.

SaksPOV: Essential must-haves every career woman should invest in for chic day-to-night dressing?
A.S.: The perfect black blazer, high pointy-toe black pumps and an ambiguous (but perfectly tailored) sheath dress — the kind that will work for any occasion and adapt to any dress code.

SaksPOV: What’s the 9to5Chic motto?
A.S.: Playing dress-up never gets old! (I’d prefer to be elegantly overdressed any day!)

SaksPOV: If we go in your closet, we’d find too many…
A.S.: Blazers! Everything looks pulled together under a blazer.

Quickfire Round:

Round-toe or Pointy-toe? Pointy-toe.

Eating lunch at your desk or Going out for lunch? Preference? Going out, of course! Reality? Lunch at desk.

Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray? Martha Stewart.

Mini or Midi? Midi.

Paper clip or Binder clip? Paper clip.

Florals or Stripes? Florals.

Grey’s Anatomy or HouseHouse.

Cocktail Ring or Cocktail? Cocktail ring (and wine).

Sequins or Snakeskin? Snakeskin.

Lipstick or Lip gloss? Lipstick, and make it red!

Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley? Napa Valley.




Have tips on transitioning your outfits from day to night? Tell us in the comments or tweet @Saks!


Audrey for the 60s and Now

My style icon and favorite brunette is and always will be Audrey Hepburn.  You guessed it.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to get within an inch of her iconic look and now David Willis has chronicled it in his recently published landmark photographic tribute: Audrey: The 60′s.  It was just the push I needed to create my very own Style Guide for SaksPOV (especially since everyone knows I live and breathe Audrey).

Hmmmm…What would Audrey wear today? Something classic, uniquely trendsetting with timeless appeal, a touch of the gamine but elegant. The hunt was on to recreate her elegant style from that “Tiffany’s” little black dress to looks from her high-fashion spreads in Vogue.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Eyes and lips. I started with Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Next up, Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Alice & Olivia sequined dress, Valentino dress with bows on the hem, 3/4 length leather gloves, green jeweled Anya Hindmarch clutch, a Christian Louboutin bag with an enormous black bow, Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Evening has to be a mod white and black striped sequined Alice & Olivia dress or just maybe the retro peachy Valentino dress with bows on the hem.  Of course, a night out also requires the perfect 3/4 length leather gloves, a striking green jeweled evening clutch from Anya Hindmarch or a dramatic Christian Louboutin shoulder bag with an enormous black velvet bow (there’s a theme building). To top it off, a statement necklace or the “must” Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Yes, that’s my purple party hat that was plunked on my head as I was ironically blindly asked to guess what famous legend I might be. Thank you, Audrey. Thank you Saks. You both inspire me. Now, hopefully, I’ve inspired you.

— Nancy Jane (NJ) Falk, The Brunette, The Blonde and The Brunette


What are your favorite iconic Audrey Hepburn looks? Tell us in the comments or tweet @Saks!


Just Hue It

Go bold with Blair Eadie

Back when she was just a Poly Sci co-ed at the University of Florida, Virginia native Blair Eadie was an intern at Saks Fifth Avenue. Now she’s back, as part of our Pin It to Win It  holiday campaign. Of course, in the years since she’s become one of the coolest fashion bloggers out there with Atlantic-Pacific, her ode to East Coast-meets-West Coast style. As for that name, it’s simple: Eadie lived in San Francisco when she was a merchandiser at the Gap and is now firmly planted in New York, as a consultant to Tory Burch.

But scan the pages of her blog and the hook is more than just bicoastal style. The girl has a way with color and prints. She’s fearless. And we’re jealous. Thankfully, in our Q&A, she shared her insider secrets — and more.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?
Blair Eadie: Colorful and eclectic but with a preppy undertone.

SaksPOV: East Coast vs. West Coast style?
B.E.: The East Coast is much more colorful and preppy, which I feel like is the foundation of my personal style, but the West Coast is where I learned to step outside of my comfort zone and take more risks. Now that I am back on the East Coast, but in New York, I am finding this city is teaching me to refine my style and “grow up” a bit.

SaksPOV: Top three rules in the Blair Eadie Style Guide?
B.E.: The top three rules would be…there are no rules. Rules don’t belong in a creative place. I doubt the book would do very well, eh?

SaksPOV: Personal motto when it comes to prints and color?
B.E.: There is no such thing as “too much.” Sometimes this works out well, sometimes not so much — but I will stick to that motto.

SaksPOV: Your advice for those wary of wearing color and prints?
B.E.: Be yourself. Take it and make it your own. Don’t force it.

SaksPOV: What are your style tips to wearing color during the holidays?
B.E.: I think most associate black and jewel tones with the holiday season — but I think pastels and primaries are just as relevant. I think when it comes to wearing color, especially color-on-color, it is important to pair rich, yet differentiated fabrications to give it more interest and depth.

SaksPOV: And what about prints for holidays?
B.E.: I think it is best to stay within one color family when you are wearing print-on-print and when you are pairing a print back to a color. Right now I am feeling for prints in unexpected items, such as a printed pump or printed bag.

SaksPOV: Who would you want to trade closets with?
B.E.: No one. Not because mine is perfect, but because I like to try and appreciate what I have. Also a lot of my pieces are special to me because they are part of my most favorite memories and moments and I wouldn’t be able to trade that for anything.

SaksPOV: What’s a typical day like for you?
B.E.: I wake up early to answer blog emails and hopefully sneak in taking pictures for a post before heading into the Tory Burch office at 9am. Each day in merchandising looks very different, which is why I love it. You can be working on detailing product one day, reviewing a new set of samples another, editing sketches and discussing color direction for the season or analyzing the business and creating a strategy for the next concept. I hopefully leave work by 7 or 7:30 pm and, about two to three days a week, I have a meeting for the blog. If I have a meeting, it is typically dinner or drinks, and then I head home around 10 pm, edit the post I did in the AM and prep it to go up the next morning.

SaksPOV: Favorite Pinterest board of yours?
B.E.: I like to keep my blog focused on strictly fashion, but with Pinterest I have a little more fun. The critters board is my favorite. I just love animals, and the images on this board put me in a good mood. I mean, who doesn’t love a picture of a puppy in an adorable sweater?


Polka dots or Op Art? Polka dots for the win.

Ombré or Colorblock? Colorblock.

Audrey Hepburn or Katharine Hepburn? I can’t believe you asked. #teamaudrey

Animal or Tech/Digital Print? Animal. Rarwr.

Bangles or Cuffs? Bangles.

Norma Jean or Marilyn Monroe? Marilyn.

Peplum or Padded Shoulders? Peplum.

Primaries or Neons? Primaries.

Tribal or Floral? Floral.

Forties or Fifties or Sixtes? 1950s.

Macaroons or Cupcakes? Neither. Haribo Gummies or Twizzlers.




How do you wear color and prints? Tell us in the comments or tweet @Saks!


Checking it Twice

Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings tells us what’s on his holiday shopping list!

My favorite part of the holidays is being with my family on the west coast and seeing how my nieces and nephews are all growing up so quickly!

Below are some of my holiday gifts this year. I won’t tell you who they are for because I want them to be a surprise!

Edward Marc Salted Caramels- 32 pc. Set |

These Edward Marc salted caramel chocolates are absolutely addictive. (Whenever I buy these as a party gift, I buy one for me too!)

Sony Music Bruce Springsteen,The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story (Deluxe Box Set) |

For a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, this is the ultimate gift…of all time!

Michael Aram Botanical Leaf Candle

A candle is always a welcome gift because you can never have too many at home!

Clarisonic Mia 2/Peacock |

This is a great gift for my family because we all struggle with our skin!

Baccarat "Harmonie" Tumblers |

To ease the holiday stress, these handsome crystal glasses will make any drink more festive!



Need more inspiration for the people on your list? Visit the Holiday Gift Guide.