Monday, January 31, 2011

The Debut of my First Gown - The Koi Dress

So this was an exciting event for me as I was given the task of creating an animal for a photo shoot with Alexa Poletti and her amazing team. I am so drawn to animals that are in the water, and koi fish was the first animal that came to mind. My initial idea was to take existing pieces and reconstruct them to my vision of what a koi dress would look like. After discussing details with my mother, she told me she would sew my vision. So we set out and seeked fabrics that fit the fluttery fish we were going to put on a model. We first found our first accent piece at Piccolo in Belmont. It was perfect! It had all the texture we could ever want for the dress. Then we headed off to Hancock Fabrics and seeked out our final materials. Since we wanted the illusion she was wet, and the possibility she would go in the water, we went with a white spandex as the basis of the gown. Then because I am obsessed with tulle and sequins, those were the final touches we added to the dress. Sequins gave me the illusion of scales, and the tulle was to give the dress some flare. Of course my super talented Mom, Lugene, gave it some of her spin as well. With the orange scarfing, and the textures she felt would feel fish-like. So here is my first dress....there is more to come as well! As a wardrobe stylist I am always on the hunt for things that I cannot find. I find that it would be easier for me to just design what I am seeking. So here's to my journey of creating wardrobe! I am so excited! And if you have ideas for me, please email me!
But without further  a are the images from the shoot, and I am so grateful to this young team of talent! And I am so grateful for them to get me on track with starting my designs!

If interested in Candace K Styling designing something for you, please email to discuss rates and ideas at

Helping Subreen apply makeup to our Koi

Feeding the fish

Working on the dress

Fitting to Perfection

Alexa Poletti - Photographer
Subreen Davis - Hair/Makeup
Christin Sorensen - Model

So beautiful, and the day was fantastic

My Favorite image!

Thank you Alexa, Subreen, and Christin, this was an awesome project!

Friday, January 28, 2011

KOI KOI.....

So this weekend was a planned shoot for my Koi gown/costume with Alexa Poletti Photography, and we had a little hiccup with our model we had planned to dress for a month now. I planned this gown around her, and her features, and felt she would really look awesome in it. Well she decided yesterday she was not interested anymore! Ahhhhh! It was a little stressful when you work a project around a model and they cancel! So Model Mayhem was our next option scoping out all the redheads we could find on there that had similar features. Well in turn we found some really fabulous girls/models that would really portray this gown well. But only problem was we needed her in 2 days! We needed her to come fit today and shoot sunday! Our prayers had come true....along came Christin....a beautiful young model with a totally different look than our original model. She was perfect! All involved in the project were really happy to have her on the team! We really needed to refreshed with a person that had all the same passion as we did for this shoot.  Here she is, the beautiful Ms. Christin Sorensen.....Welcome to our team love! We are so glad to have you!

Plus, here is a sneak peek at my is going through some major alterations, but you can at least see the silhouette I am going for!

Fish Tail

This is just an option on the side we played with....

New Additions to Candace Kualii Styling Studio

So played around in my studio organizing all my schtuff yesterday, and actually got my husband to hang some shelves and stuff for me! Check it out! Also, my little lady dressed up in some of my stuff...she is silly. It is funny cause I just posted on FB that I needed a muse, and had one here the whole time....only in time will she be big enough to dress in this wardrobe.

Here are some pics to see my little creative closet....

What more can a little girl dream of for her Mom to be a Wardrobe Stylist!

Yep, there she is....little diva

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Some more pics from " YOU BITCH!"

"YOU BITCH!!!!!!!!" Lover's Quarrel Final Image created by the Talented "A TEAM"

So the image is in! It is more than what I could have ever imagined it to be! The styling was pretty simple with this one, as Avery asked me to go after red. The theme was red to represent anger, and lust. So with that, the models were given an accent piece in red, to portray the anger and lust they were feeling in the image. "Madison" was dressed in a very retro business woman suit with her accent piece being her red jacket. "Molly" wore a red corset, to show her lust right before her lover was blown away, literally....haha.

So here is the story behind the image, I hope you enjoy!

Today has been especially slow for Madison. She has been planning a special night and cannot wait to leave the office. After a long day, Madison comes home to her apartment in New York City. She left work a few hours early to surprise her girlfriend with an anniversary dinner at Le Bernardin.
She closes the front door and yells, “Mollybelle, I’m home! Let’s go out and celebrate!” Mollybelle does not respond. Madison puts her suitcase down and calls Mollybelle’s name once again. Much to her surprise, she hears a man’s voice coming from her bedroom. She grabs the shotgun from the coat closet and heads for the bedroom… She kicks the door open, “You BITCH!”

And here is the behind the scenes pictures!

Also check out the behind the scenes video posted at

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Photo Coming Soon! Tonight Actually!

So, was just checking out my tweets, and Aaron and Avery "The A Team" are going to be releasing the photo from the "Lover's Quarrel" this evening...!!!!! I am bouncing around with anxiousness to see how ridiculously awesome this picture will be. My vision for this image is sort of a Quentin Tarantino look with bold bright colors and shock value. I am gonna guarantee it has it all! But with an "A Team" twist! These Artists are amazing, and I really appreciate them incorporating me into their Art!

(I hope you are as excited as me!)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Behind the Scenes with Blue Fig Studio Lingerie Shoot

Really excited to work with Kami Ramesh again at Stowe Manor in Belmont! We revisited this 1920's Mansion for the second time to do a little lingerie/boudoir stuff! Since I am a wardrobe stylist, lingerie was really not my forte. But to do work with Kami again in the Manor was exciting! And I found that I can style lingerie more than I thought I could. It was also fun working with the girls to create these sultry Victoria's Secret looks.
 Another plus was that my fav Makeup Artist Tara DiPetrillo was with us! She did amazing work on all these girls! I also got a quote from Arielle Chamber (whom I have worked with twice in the past) saying it was the best shoot she has done! It warmed my heart! : )

So here is a sneak peek of the behind the scenes shots in this fabulous Manor!

Also, let me know if you or a friend are interested in doing Boudoir shots for you significant other for Valentine's Day! Our rates are hard to beat! I got some fantastic stuff!

Ahhhh, my new style kit

Tara doing her thing

Beautiful Makeup

Kaya doing Ari's hair

Zenia doing her thing

Me and my models! Thanks girls!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Behind the Scenes with the A Team's Next Creation

Sunday's have definitely become my favorite days working with the A Team! Today was a fun day dressing 2 models to be in a "Lover's Quarell" where a poor guy is caught in the middle. I had the opportunity to work with the fabulous Tara DiPetrillo where she did an emotionally charged woman and a sweet and sexy woman caught in bed with a man. Very charged by the bright reds in both women's wardrobe, it is supposed to represent the anger in the shot. Here are my behind the scenes shots from today! Thanks to everyone involved, it was awesome!

The "A Team" Aaron and Avery (plus their Assistant Amelia)

Avery doing Molly's hair


Moriah and Molly before the emotional whirlwind

Aaron prepping the models for the money shot

Ryan and Molly taking some pre-whirlwind shots

Really cool shots....

Pleading with the lover

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Pride Photo Shoot with the A Team - Aaron and Avery

So yesterday was one of those days, where I was overjoyed by the photo Aaron and Avery did, that I kept going to it and staring. I just could not believe the talents of these 2 young photographers! The timing, the lighting and the mood they set for the team to create this EPIC shot was on point. So last night I played the video of the process leading to the the final image for my husband (you can check it out at and when it got to the final image, I burst into tears! The overwhelming emotion I feel about this picture is indescribable. That is when you know that you have done something you are so proud of. Plus having these awesome photographers to work with is where I am going. If I can start creating costumes and have images like this, my life will be wonderful! I knew after seeing the image, all the hard work and dedication I have all paid off.

Again for your viewing pleasure....the final image....

Thursday, January 20, 2011

By Far the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!

So, here it is, the shot from this past sunday with the A Team! It is simply breathtaking, and I am so glad that I worked with them to help create this image! Without further a do.....

Monday, January 17, 2011

Behind the Scenes with the "A Team"

Yesterday was a fun magical day of preparing a model for a shoot. The inspiration for the shoot was a warrior princess that lives in the den of the lions, and it is feasting time! I would say my behind the scenes photos will explain it all! I want to thank the "A Team" for allowing me to dress the model for the shoot! One of my first creations in costume design! Also want to thank the makeup artist, Tara DiPetrillo for embellishing my wardrobe to enhance it with her war paint!

Our Greetings when we got there!

Getting some headshots

Eating the zebra, you will get it once the pics come out! : )


Some back detail

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Candace K Styling Photo Shoot!!!!!!

So I met with Kami today to discuss my ideas for my photo shoot! We are both on the same page, and would love to hear my followers comments about the shoot!  I am going for a Marie Antoinette theme with musical instruments. Let me know your thoughts!

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Additions to my Wardrobe!

Over the weekend was super inspirational for me, with designing my first dress, getting a few good pieces for my wardrobe, and getting my first bust form! Things are really getting exciting for me! You should check out my upcoming events page, and see all events I am doing! So excited for the next few months!
Flower Piece getting transformed to a Headpiece

1940's Gloves

1950's Peach Nightie

Vintage Barbie!

My New Bust form!