cooper-spring-2013-preview-erika-brechtel

Last week I had the honor of being invited to preview Spring 2013 collections of about 30 brands — such as Twenty8Twelve, Mara Hoffman, Milly, Myne, Wren  – at the Cooper Design Space in LA’s fashion district. A group of fashion bloggers…and me…were asked to come into the showroom, pick out pieces to style an outfit, wear that outfit, and get our photo taken. This photo would be then blown up to 7′ tall (!) and displayed in the lobby of the Cooper building next to our pieces.

Needless to say, I was not entirely sure I’d be up to the challenge — me? Stylist? Fashion blogger?! I felt completely unprepared and had no idea what to expect. It was intimidating to say the least. Thankfully, everyone was super nice and now I have new blogs to follow:  Sydne StyleDamsel In DiorReyal FashionThat’s Chic and Could I Have That? (all total naturals, of course!).

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Here’s how it went down:

Step 1: Peruse the collections…grab some options…

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Step 2: Finalize the pieces…I was digging the pattern on pattern…
Addison / Whetherly / Twenty8Twelve (pants & jacket)

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 Step 3: Model that outfit yourself!
(My first thought: whyyyy didn’t I look at Pinterest for pose ideas???)

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The showroom is massive with racks and racks of lustworthy clothes! I’m such a fan of boutique brands, it was tough to pick just a few pieces. But I knew the look I wanted (my go-to look, above) and I knew that I really wanted a Twenty8Twelve piece in there somewhere (the jacket! I want!). We also had to bring our own shoes & accessories so you kinda had to work with what you brought.

It was such a fun experience and I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out! Much love for Chelsea for inviting me in the first place — she is just the sweetest and I’m thrilled I got to meet her.

Lesson learned: what may totally terrify you could actually turn out to be a ton of fun.

Street style photo by Michael Dumler

32 Comments

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    sara

    You are adorable Erika! What a fun event!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Hailee

    I’m in that building all the time! I can’t wait to check this out! That is so cool, congrats!!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Becca

    Erika you look beautiful! I love the outfit you picked – especially that jacket! Sounds like it was a fun event.

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    nina

    Wow such a beautfiul outfit.
    i love the pants

    xx
    Nina
    berries and passion

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Chelsea

    You look awesome. I love the pants, your smile, and that you went for it! Yay! xo

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Preciously Me

    Beautiful outfit! And lucky you to have been invited by all these great brands :)
    I’m a big fan of the Milly’s collections so I wish I could be there too ?

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Tobe | Because It’s Awesome

    you are too cute for words!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Leah

    you look incredible! i love the outfit you picked out.

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Amanda

    Love this outfit, you look amazing Erika! I want those pants!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Raiana Schwenker

    I cannot get over how stunning you are, every photo I have seen lately has just been so pretty!! You look great here as always, and it sounds like an awesome event

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Bettina

    What a fab opportunity! Love the look that you put together, it’s so chic and modern just like you!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    The Now

    Amaaaaazing!!! You look so cute and I love your poses. The outfit is so cute!!!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Miya @ Design Indulgences

    you did a good job and a good moral to story. not to mention, things that generally scare you, should be the exact things you try.

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Natalie

    SO fun! You’re gorgeous and I want to copy your outfit!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Albertina

    You look like a professional model!! So cute and love your outfit. Good job!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    You are so beautiful!!!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    elizabeth

    If I had a gorgeous bod like yours I would be blogging pics of myself every day! Great job!
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Emma (Glitter and Gold)

    Great opportunity, great picks and you look stunning mama! Please do a post on your workout and diet skinny minnie : )

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Natalie

    umm you look amazing in that outfit girl! Glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to more!
    xo
    Natalie
    dishesrunwaysandbriefcases.blogspot.com

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Lauren

    You look fantastic!

    Maybe you’ve found a new calling as a fashion blogger! :)

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Lauren

    ummm you are a friken model, lady!!! love what you put together!!! So fabulous!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Elisa

    What a fun event! The outfit is perfect and you did a great job with the pose!!

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Courtney Deyle

    Erika!!! You look absolutely gorgeous and I loooooove your outfit! It’s so exciting that you were able to do that :)

  • January 15, 2013 Reply

    Katie

    Love your outfit choice, you look fab! :) Now I need that Addison top!

  • January 16, 2013 Reply

    Gaby [The Vault Files]

    I LOVE what you chose, especially the whole pattern on pattern. The jeans are insane! LOVE them!

  • January 16, 2013 Reply

    Amanda

    omg Erika!! You look stunning! I LOVE your outfit!

  • January 16, 2013 Reply

    Jessica

    You look gorgeous! Those patterned pants are awesomel

  • January 17, 2013 Reply

    lily

    You seriously look SO gorgeous!!! Love love love that top photo!!

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

  • January 19, 2013 Reply

    michaela

    Erika- you’re a total natural! How cute! I’m obsessed with those pants. What a fun event…I need to go adventure into LA fashion district. Went to the flower district last week and loved it. Have a great weekend!

  • February 13, 2013 Reply

    lexi

    Congratulations — how fabulous! And you look beautiful! Love those skinny jeans. :)

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