styling men by Lexie Tiongson


Whew, sometimes it’s a tough one. But, recently I’ve found myself styling men more often than usual. It’s funny because when I was talking to my friend Bryon about wanting to style men more, he told me that I’d probably recommend polka dot pants! I actually wouldn’t mind seeing that on a guy, but as a starter… I styled a couple of men this past weekend and told one of them to wear a polka dot denim button-up.

One of my really good friends, Nathan introduced me to Indochino, a custom online menswear tailor. He’s really into suits and the whole “Financial District” look, obviously. So, he asked me to help him style while Indochino had their traveling tailor here in San Francisco.

I really fell in love with the variety of fabrics they had. You can basically customize the whole suit. From the lining inside to the lapels, and even the vents!

The one thing I ABSOLUTELY LOVE about menswear are the accessories. Even though they can be so basic, a printed or patterned tie can really say a lot. I fell in love with this striped knit one so much! I might buy it for myself. The Vincero Gray 3 piece suit also caught my eye. Would love to see it on a guy some day 🙂

Even though suits may seem very straightforward at times, there’s always a way to take it to the next level. With styling a lot of men and talking to them about their personal feel on suits, I’ve noticed that they forget to add color.

I can’t wait to see Nathan in his three custom made suits. I know he’ll look fly walking around in the “FiDi!”

by Lexie, the elle tee

She’s Got Style by Lexie T.

When I opened up my e-mail and saw that Dan had sent me the photos from this shoot we did withOlivia and Jen, I jumped for joy!


Dan and I haven’t done a colorful shoot together recently and our goal is actually to get more out in the next month or two. The most recent colorful editorial we did was this one, back in May.



We added a little funk to this shoot by adding these glasses. Dan got really creative with that idea, hah! I really really love how this shoot captures Olivia’s personality. Some people think that models are really stiff and don’t like to have fun during shoots… but this girl, she’s got that good attitude.



Every shoot I style, I typically have a favorite look where I say, “WE NEED TO SHOOT THIS.” But, during this shoot, I liked it ALL. Part of it is because we all communicated really well as a team with what we all wanted. That’s what collaborations should be like, ya know?



These photos are amazing, needless to say and I can’t wait to show you what Dan and I have next for a fashion editorial 🙂 Stay tuned!

Photography by Dan Rappa
Modeling by Olivia Frischer-JE Models
Styling by Lexie Tiongson
Hair & Make-Up by Jennifer Toy 

azalea + lookmazing by Lexie


Remember when I went to this event and found out about LookMazing? Well, I got invited to another one of their events and it was definitely a blast!

This time, they had it at Azalea Boutique in Hayes Valley. It’s a great boutique with SO many goods! I just wanted to buy everything.

And what’s a better way to celebrate fashion? With cute drinks, of course! Loved the idea of putting berries in champagne. I also had a good time with Sam. We’re going to be working together a lot soon so stay tuned for our updates!

This event had the same concept as the last. We got to pick and choose our outfits from products in the boutique and do a little mini photo shoot with LookMazing. I helped style both Nkechi’s and Sam’s outfit. You can shop them here and here. And while they were taking their photos, I fell in love with these floral pants. I also thought these neon flats added that extra kick!

Later on, Sam #2 joined us! He’s one of my photographer friends so it was interesting seeing his photograph taken and having it the other way around! I can’t express how much I love LookMazing and the fun concept they put around their events. Taking photos with your friends is definitely fun… and why not shop the items you wear for 30% off?

And here are more photos for keepsakes. Shop Nkechi & Eric’s (he joined us too) outfits here.

Thanks again to LookMazing & Azalea Boutique for a wonderful night! Can’t wait to collaborate again in the future!

photos courtesy of LookMazing

she’s got style // 3 by Lexie Tiongson


I recently wrote a  behind the scenes post from the DK Studio shoot Well, here are the photos! We went for a more concentrated direction with different types of styles.

If you want to feel free, go for the tight skirt and loose shirt combo. It really creates a more diversified look.

You can’t really go wrong with simplicity. If you ever doubt yourself with your accessories, it might be because you’re overdoing it.

My favorite look involves a couple of layers. Leather jacket and shorts, such a juxtaposition, but really… this is what we do here in the city. Doesn’t that sheer top complete the look?

Comfortable, chic & casual. Sometimes you might need to wear those sneakers and a cool top like this.

And I love a good mullet skirt. Something I occasionally wear on those hot days I spend in Dolores Park!

Working with Carole, Dan & Aga was fun & exhilarating. I’ve never collaborated with a team like this before and I think we all did a great job and the outcome of these photos are perfect in my eye 🙂

Thanks to ArielSimone for providing some pieces for this shoot.

I’m a believer of all things wearable. Even though I love a great editorial in Vogue, sometimes I prefer to mirror editorials from NYLON for my wardrobe. 

Photography by Dan Kutler
Modeling by Aga
Styling by Lexie Tiongson
Creative Direction by Carole Morey

by Lexie Tiongson

gap rue party by Lexie

 I absolutely love entertaining parties. Especially ones that have a Photo Booth! Haha! Last Thursday, I went to a series of events… all in one night! And the first stop was the GAP Rue Magazineparty at their store off of Chestnut Street in the Marina (my favorite district). It was a celebration of their collaboration and The Icon Redefined Fall 2012 Collection. 

I had the honor of going with Cara, Nkechi & Sam. Don’t we all look pretty silly in the booth? All in all, I LOVED the concept. Thanks to TOMFOOLERY for letting us snap a few! Great props!

But, the props weren’t the only part of the excitement… check out the cool carnival like games Rue set up inside the GAP store! Talk about combining shopping with leisure!

And of course, part of the party was to celebrate both their Texas issue, which you can read here, and sharing “shine.” We all hash-tagged #howdorueshine all night on our social media networks.

Along with great music came great food. Carnival food!?! Need I say more. From cotton candy to funnel cakes and corn dogs to lollipops, everyone was munching.

And really, we couldn’t get enough of this photo booth. Haha!

Thanks to Rue & GAP for such an amazing night! I love being able to experience different ways to celebrate fashion.

by Lexie Tiongson, posted originally on the elle tee

Meet the Community Manager of Popular Social Media Site Copious

Almost right when I arrived in SF, I had the amazing opportunity of meeting Kaitlyn, Community Manager for Copious through involvement with a Copious photo shoot.  Instantly, I felt that Kaitlyn was  going to be a great person to get to know as a newbie in SF– the whole combination of new fashion tech start up plus creative opportunites was encouraging.

We have been very impressed with how our relationship with Copious has evolved– ArielSimone has been super successful with 6000 followers to date! We have Kaitlyn to thank. So now, we want you to meet her because she is just sooooo cool!


AS: Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started in this field?

KB: I’ve worked with start-ups for three years now ranging from international communication platforms to social enterprise.  I’m currently working in the social commerce space as the Community Marketing Manager of Copious, a social marketplace to buy and sell the things you love.  Right now, marketplaces are set up as a ‘one size fits most’ package.  Copious, however, creates a unique experience for each user based on the their interests and social connections- essentially, an E-bay meets Pinterest marriage.


AS: Could you tell us about some of your work?

KB: With Copious I’ve had the privilege of getting my hands dirty in all types of projects, from marketing videos to fashion shoots to creative marketing campaigns.  I’m the touch point to our community which is an amazing privilege since our community of buyers and sellers include some of the most creative and inventive people across the US.

Right now I’m managing the sweepstakes we’re running for a trip to New York City for Fashion’s Night Out.

AS: What inspires you? How do you stay motivated?

KB: The Copious team is incredible.  I work with some of the most intelligent and innovative people in the industry so I’m constantly learning and trying to push boundaries.


Not only that, but I get to interact with our eclectic community of buyers and sellers directly who inspire me on a daily basis .  I love finding ways to collaborate, like when we were able to get ArielSimone pieces in our first fashion shoot [styled by the elle tee].  After all, the only way Copious succeeds is when our sellers succeed.

AS: What is something that you always carry with you?

KB: Purse essentials: Android phone, wallet, gum, a spare of flats and five shades of lipstick (you just never know).

AS: What is the hardest part about your work?

KB: Both the hardest part, and in my opinion, the most rewarding part of working at a start-up is the unknown element.  You have to constantly poke, prod, innovate, redesign and take big risks in order to keep moving forward.  There’s never a dull moment working at a start-up, but then again why would you want things to be dull?

AS: Could you share one goal that you have?

KB: To be on the cover of Forbes.

AS: How would you describe your style?

KB: Boho rocker meets gold-centric drag queen.

AS: What it is that you love about your work?

KB: I’m constantly introduced to incredible minds within our Copious community of online sellers and buyers.  That always keeps my wheels turning.

Working in Silicon Valley has allowed me to meet so many brilliant entrepreneurs.  It’s a really inspiring environment and always keeps you thinking about what’s next.

AS: How do you bridge the gap between business and art?

KB: Give artists a social and sustainable platform to do business.

AS: Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs/artists?

KB: I think it was best said in Galaxy Quest: “Never give up.  Never surrender”.

by Nkechi Njaka

Classy and Dressy at the Matrix-Fillmore

San Francisco is so technology based that it’s almost uncomfortable after 5 days of the week. From Monday through Friday these series of events occur:

You enter a cafe, someone is coding…

You ride muni, someone is on their iPhone….

You walk down Spear Street, you see the Google Headquarters…

You go to a fashion event, and even then… someone is talking about their new technology-based fashion start-up…

After all this, you kind of just wanna go out and paint the town red! But, in this case, I’d be painting the town black… with this gorgeous ArielSimone dress. On Friday nights, I like to go far away from all of the “tech-based” stuff and take two extra buses to the Marina, my favorite district and visit the Matrix-Fillmore. A place where guys and girls gather to socialize, dance & just have a great time (with no networking or name-tags). Best of all, you get to dress up!

These are just a couple of items I’d wear with the ArielSimone one-sleeve dress to stay classy and dressy at the Matrix-Fillmore…

Friday Fashion Feature: East Coast Spring/ Summer Look

When we asked this fashionista what her outfit recipe was, here is what she said:

white blazer  ::  j crew
white blouse  ::  nordstrom from a long time ago
bright red/orange jeans  ::  j brand
shoes. ::  charlotte olympia
cold cuffs. ::  j crew

Since we never advise replicating another girl’s outfit verbatim, we have offered some other pieces that accomplish this same look with out copying it exactly. Check it out!

Styling the Backless Vintage Inspired Dress by Lexie

This vintage inspired backless dress is phenomenal for date nights, going out and just being your feminine girly self.  This was a really fun piece to select for this blog simply because I love the flirtines of it. I also love that it is a dress that I could wear and would wear. The print is really unique and really actually very versatile.These are just a couple of items to pair it with, according to your personal style and feel on vintage floral. And where would I love to go on said date? My favorite, Mamacita, which is a fantastic Mexican restaurant in the Marina. For more styling tips, check out my blog, the elle tee.

by Lexie Tiongson, stylist & fashion writer