Meet Melissa Baker, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and the body that made my job easy for the day.


Not only did I do the styling for K.Belo‘s recent swim shoot, but I helped produce and art direct their editorials and look book as well, so it was a relief to have an amazing model to make my job easier.

Normally I have to put something like a water bottle or toilet paper roll *STYLIST TRICK ALERT* in the bikini bottoms to smooth out the other side when the booty isn’t filling it out enough, but not with Melissa!


Ever since I stumbled upon Flavor Paper in Brooklyn when they opened their doors to the public for an art walk, I knew I had to plan a shoot in there. They’re a unique wallpaper showroom and printer that have incredible wallpaper that they design there or collaborate with talents like Mike D. of the Beastie Boys.

Only a few years later, it occurred to me that it would be the perfect venue for K.Belo’s “Havana Nights” themed shoot. Check out the tropical black light elevator that we shot in!


Mindy Dulberg of K.Belo and I caught ourselves in the bathroom during this gorgeous shot.


The designer/owner of Flavor Paper lives in the amazing building in Cobble Hill. Check out one of his pop-art hallways!


This was one of Melissa’s favorite looks.

It’s also something that The Style Darling would wear, as she’s often seen in these stripes!


The photographer, Ehren Joseph, chose this background, which was one of my favor papers at Flavor Paper.


(Turban made from swim fabric remnants, necklace by Beth Lauren and earrings custom made by me!)

Adjusting boobs is part of my job. Sometimes I use something like these to help fill out the top.


The lovely ladies of the shoot including myself, Diane Belgrod of K.Belo, makeup artist Maria Scali and hair stylist Corinne Tucci.


Mindy Dulberg of K.Belo and I had fun checking ourselves out in the black light elevator of the Flavor Paper building. We were ready to move in!


I’ve been working on so many exciting projects lately with clients, like K.Belo, that gave me permission to share with you before the final images come out, so stay tuned!!!!!