Styling is a magical career because it takes you amazing locations with crews of wonderful, talented people.  That’s my favorite way to live.  When Santa Barbara Magazine asked me to style a story at the historic 1880 Union Hotel, complete with authentic saloon, along with my amazing friend and photographer Nancy Neil, I got super inspired by the idea of creating a sultry Saloon Songstress — a babe who wears leather and booties but is very romantic as well.

The place itself had so much incredible atmosphere and history and it allowed me to mix, layer and create looks that worked with the beautiful golden light of Nancy’s photography.  Put all of that together on our gorgeous model Raychel Roberts and the sultry, earthy, rock n roll quality came to life.

We combined gaucho hats with long gowns by Monique L’Hullier, fur vests and leather accents from Thomas Wylde, oxfords and booties by Christian Louboutin, and vintage jewels from the gorgeous Montecito boutique, Peregrine.
It’s my take on rock n roll western-inspired feminine – one of my favorite styles, which I wear often in my own life. Model Erin Wasson has a bit of this style in everything she wears.  Maybe its because she’s from Texas…
In this case, it was a very hot day on set so I wore this vintage dress from the early 1900’s — its delicate but so light and easy to work in — and paired it with my favorite work boots, the studded Chloe in black, which are super comfortable, stylish, and make me feel In Charge.
And of course a day of working with wonderful talented friends is always a perfect day. xxx, Leah