5 Style Lessons Courtesy of How to Get Away with Murder’s Michaela Pratt

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.


I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with my life on Thursday nights for the next two months. I’d been in a committed relationship with Shonda Rhimes, her primetime shows, and a good pour of red in a mason jar.

And now, it’s gone.


Winter break or some mess.

In its absence, I’ve taken to scouring the Internet for outfit inspiration courtesy of How to Get Away with Murder’s Micheala (Makaylah? Mikalah? Buller?) Pratt. I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way, but she is everything sartorially that I hoped Viola would be. Whip smart and stylish to boot. My kind of girl. Aside from that whole Aiden debacle because #GWORL.

In my research, I noticed a few patterns that I would like to apply to myself, and so, here where are, with five style lessons courtesy of Ms. Pratt.

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5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Mira Duma

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.


I’d seen Mira Duma all over the Internet before I knew who she was, or what she was famous for. I just knew that she was my height–or, so it appeared–with hair that was both chic and messy, and she always looked impeccable. A little research told me that she was Miroslava Duma, a former editor at Russian Harper’s Bazaar, who now runs Buro 24/7, the fashionable, Russian version of the Huffington Post. Duma is also the digital director of TSUM (a fancy Russian department store on the order of Bergdorf Goodman). And when she isn’t hard at work on her site, she’s more than likely posing for street style photographers or actual fashion campaigns for Oscar de la Renta’s collection for The Outnet, Roger Vivier or Ferragamo.

Though the-28-year-old stands a just a little over 5 feet, she reads taller than she actually is, giving me so many ideas for looks to try. I won’t even try to hide the fact that I’m obsessed with her (and she may or may not have taken over my Style-piration board on Pinterest). Let’s examine her style, shall we?

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5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Lupita Nyong’o

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.

Lupita Nyong'o style

I handed my July issue of Vogue magazine over to my mother with strict instructions. Please do not bend the spine. Lupita’s cover is a collector’s edition for me. I’m going to save it for my daughter, should I have one, so she knows that we too can command mainstream media’s attention.

What was it Jay Z rapped in “That’s My B*tch?”

“I mean Marilyn Monroe, she’s quite nice. But why all the pretty icons always all white?”

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5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Nicole Richie

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.

How to dress like Nicole Richie

The older I get, the more I am drawn to women who make their own rules. Whether it’s the way that they live their lives, how they climb the career ladder, or simply get dressed. I like a woman who isn’t afraid to be herself. And someone who can rock lavender–and now blue–hair is someone who clearly knows who she is and what she wants to say as a woman.

I can’t remember when I really started paying attention to Nicole Richie. I just remember her wedding dress and how she looked like an edgier, more rocker version of Grace Kelly.

When her father, Lionel Richie, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the BET Awards, I kept my eyes glued to the screen hoping for a glimpse of the mother-of-two. No dice. I just love any chance I get to see her style in action. Thankfully, her AOL web series turned television reality show, #Candidly Nicole, is premiering on VH1 tonight.

And I can’t wait. In honor of weekly doses of Mrs. Madden, I thought it would be the perfect time to explore her sartorial choices with 5 tips the we can apply to our sense style.


1. There Are No Rules

Nicole Richie's Hair

I mean, duh. This woman wears what she feels. I am really envious of the way that she switches her hair color. She wore silver hair to last year’s Met Gala, dyed her locks lavender and now, she’s sporting blue-hued follicles. Can I tell you a secret? I want to dye the tips of my hair cobalt blue. Or get a leopard streak in the back of my head. I think I could pull it off in my field, but I’m nervous. When I see Mrs. Madden though, it’s a reminder that they’re are no rules.

2. Layer Up

How to layer up courtesy of Nicole Richie

I went on this date once with the designer of a pretty big fashion label. This little French man who was twice my age (I didn’t know it at the time). He knew that I was a fashion writer, but thought for sure that I had some artistic side hustle, because I “dressed like an artist.” Nah, homie. I just get cold easily and like to layer up. I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to layer and Nicole nails it every time. Although, she said that she learned this from Harlow. “My daughter actually taught me this trick,” she told Elle magazine. “She is the girliest girl ever, so the only way I can get her dressed in the winter is to put turtlenecks under her dresses. And I think that’s so chic.” Agreed. Good eye, young Harlow.

3. She Wears the Pants

Nicole Richie wearing pants

I’m sort of like little Harlow in the sense that I don’t like to wear pants. True story, my Internet connection is titled #NoPantsAllowed. My neighbors are probably like, ‘There goes the neighborhood,’ huh? I just don’t feel ladylike in them. I will pick skirts or dresses, always. That is until I see a picture of Nicole in a pair of high-waisted pants that just skim the ground. And I’m like God, she’s so chic! Can I look like that? It also helps that she’s tiny and isn’t afraid of drowning in fabric.

4. Started from the Bottom

Nicole Richie Then and Now

Started! Everyone has a relative bottom when it comes to their style. Mine was high school and college. I was way too trendy. I wore whatever was hot at the time. So that means if I didn’t hide most of my Facebook pictures when my mom joined, you’d see tons of photos of me in Apple Bottoms, Rocawear and J.Lo jewelry. Not to mention I was so matchy matchy. It was just all around bad. But as I grow and figure out what works for me, my wardrobe has greatly improved. You remember Nicole on The Simple Life, right? See, she wasn’t afraid to scrap her style and start from scratch.

5. Put Your Thang Down, Flip It & Reserve It

Nicole Richie Fashion

So maybe I got a little excited with the Missy Elliot lyrics, but the same can be said of Nicole’s style. I really admire that every time she goes out, we know she’s going to show out (okay, really, I’m done speaking in lyrics) in completely different ways. Take the three looks above for instance, though she’s wearing similar pieces, the looks are completely different. The girl’s got versatility.

What do you think of Nicole Richie’s style? Will you watch her show #Candidly Nicole tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1? Who’s style can’t you get enough of?

5 Style Lessons Courtesy of New York City

5 Style Lessons Courtesy of New York City

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.

Or I guess that should read: 5 Style Lessons I Learned Living in New York City.

I’ve officially been Channing in the City for a little over a year now. When I first moved here, I wondered how my style would change, what if anything I would do differently. While I may be a bit biased (it’s always hard to see something when you’re right in the thick of it), I don’t think my style has changed that much. Just subtle tweaks here and there: shorter hair, new part, new tattoo–considering another one–and the biggest one, way, way more black.

But instead of listing the ways I’ve changed, I thought I would just share the style lessons I learned along the way, as a new New Yorker.


1. It’s Fun to Try Out Different Looks

The fun thing about fashion is it can be or mean whatever you want it to mean. My friends will tell you–with the group chat history to prove it–I love a theme outfit. One Saturday night I channeled hood fab Rihanna in faux fur, a white tee and baggy jeans. The following day I wanted to be a brown Carrie Bradshaw. The good thing about New York, rarely is anyone surprised by anything anyone is wearing so it’s great to figure out how to incorporate a new trend.


2. … Your Personal Style Always Shows Up, Anyway

For all of those “different” looks I thought I was trying out, in the end, I always still managed to look like myself. In a million pieces of jewelry. I think that’s because your personal style is bound (2 falling in lovvveee) to show face in the little details. When I went through my blog’s archive’s trying to pick pictures that I thought showed the changed while the articles of clothing were different, there was still something very me about the looks.


3. Grooming is Everything

I mean, not that I needed someone to tell me that. But in New York City, where people spends ridiculous sums of money to look homeless (should we blame the Olsens for that?), the grooming is that tale tell sign that said people, in fact, do give an eff. Even women who ‘can’t be bothered’ with that sort of thing make themselves look decent with eyebrow grooming, nails buffed, if not painted, and perfectly tousled hair. I love this sort of undone chicness.


4. Accessories Over Everything

I have known for some time that accessories mattered sometimes more than the actual outfit. But then I moved to New York and became well-aquainted with Zara. Considering that my version of making it rain is paying rent, there isn’t a lot left over to split among wardrobe decisions. But new shoes? A new bag? Jewelry? Even lipstick is a worthwhile investment to me. Accessories will make my Zara faux leather moments that much more noteworthy.


5. When in Doubt, Wear Black

I moved here with, maybe, 2 black tops and one pair of black shoes. I have so much black now, it’s scary. Did I become a New Yorker all of a sudden? Where did all of these black clothes come from? Turns out, there is some truth to when in doubt, and for me, in a rush, wear black. You will look so pulled together, you’ll, er, I look like I didn’t spring myself from the bed only a half an hour before I needed to start my journey to the train. But fear not, I still add in my pops of color–see what I mean, my personality still sneaks in!

Um, and bonus style lesson: your clothing acts as a conversation piece. Maybe it’s just me but I think just as fashion can act as an armor and be off-putting, it can be a charming ice-breaker among strangers on the train or passing on the street. Or maybe that’s just what happens when you wear color in a sea of black.

It seems that I’m making a habit of sneaking past milestones. I missed my first anniversary as a New Yorker. My 4th blogiversarytoday–snuck up on me, too. But please believe we will revisit both of these dates in the near future. But first, I have to find an apartment.

What does New York style mean to you?