Style Stud: Prince

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When I heard Prince had passed, my heart began to hurt. And quite frankly I didn’t know why. While I adored him, I wouldn’t throw myself in the category of his “number 1 fans.” Would I get down to “1999” and interpretively dance to “When Doves Cry”? Hell yes. But could I name 20 more songs … probably not

I think I was mostly fascinated by his persona … the man who could give you the hand and forever shame you without saying a word. The man who had the balls to change his name from “Prince” to “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” That is AMAZING. No one will ever be cool enough to pull something like that off ever again. NO. ONE.

Prince was among the select few artists that paved the way for every “weirdo” to know it is okay to be yourself. And that just because you are “different” doesn’t make you any less worthy of love and respect. And best of all, to embrace who you are.

So while I know Style Studs are using Philly-based women, I had to select Prince today, because quite frankly no one had his swagger and style. If only I could strut like this man. If only.

The creative world has a major hole in it today, kids. So to all my Prince fans, and to all of the kids who never fit in … let’s pay our respects.

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Style Stud: Nicole Michalik of iHeartRadio

30001c41-2486-41ad-a44a-a0344e8626daNicole Michalik has most likely talked to you on your way to work or school. Given you the right pop culture dish to share with your friends or coworkers (you know … so you don’t look like a complete square), and perhaps even offered you a chance to win free concert tickets.

She’s been a staple in the Philly radio scene for years, wearing several different hats across the iHeartRadio network, from Nik the Web Chick to Nicole and Chio in the Morning.

I mean … this chick is BUSY. Talk about “girl boss.” She works hard and looks good doing it, if I do say so myself. SLAY, Nicole (isn’t that what the kids are saying nowadays??).

Now let’s do the damn thing and get to know the woman behind this iconic voice, shall we?

What is your most beloved item in your closet right now? This long black, kind of see through, but not really, tunic/shirt from Macy’s. It goes with gym clothes and heels. And also my Louis crossbody. I bought it for myself for my birthday this past summer. It’s like my husband and kids until I get my own.

Describe your style in 4-5 words.  Casual, classic, with a little edge.

What is your favorite on-air interview to date and why? Oh, this is always such a hard question. I have to go with Bradley Cooper. 1.  Because he’s my #1. 2. Because he lived up to everything I hoped and more. I interviewed him 3 times and hosted a movie screening with him. He was always down to earth, friendly, gave hugs (swoon) and told me, “wow, that is a great haircut” (double swoon)

Where could we find you on an average spring Saturday in Philly? Flywheel at 12:30pm (FLYBEATS!!!!), brunch, then just bee bopping around. I also LOVE my couch and catching up on my shows. I want to find a husband who loves me as much I as love laying on my couch. Ha!

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You’re so open about your health and weight, which I think is awesome. What is a piece of advice you can give to someone with low self esteem or struggling with their self image? It’s fuc$king hard! I am very blessed with great hair, and not so blessed with a not so great metabolism (and hypothyroidism). So I try to focus on the good. I have an amazing family, amazing friends, amazing jobs, amazing apartment. The days where I get really upset about the scale, I remember that I used to be a size 24/26. And I just keep going. 

In a world where Podcasts rule, and streaming music is king, why do you think radio is so special? It’s a way for people to connect.  You turn on the radio and I am talking to you. I’m telling you a cool story about an event in Philly (like how Soul Cycle is FINALLY coming!) or how Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris celebrated their 1-year anniversary, or how I think Chio is being ridiculous. It’s like having your friend in the car, at the gym, or on a walk with you. 

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What inspires you? That I am a girl from a really small town in Pennsylvania who graduated with 104 kids in her class who always said she wanted to live in the city and be in entertainment. I always wanted this. It’s always been my passion. I’m inspired by people who have it a little harder than everyone else. I always felt I wasn’t the norm. I was always a little different. I still am really. I like being unique. Sometimes it just makes it harder, or takes longer to get where you want to go. Remembering that, keeps me going.

Since we only hear your voice, I have to ask, what is your work style like? Do you feel like you can dress down more, even go makeup free? I am pretty casual day-to-day, but I still always try to look presentable. Today I have on skinny jeans, a grey and cream open stripped shirt with a black tank underneath, my Yosi Samra flats, earrings, bracelet, and necklace. Almost every day I AM makeup FREE. I only wear makeup if I have a client meeting or an artist interview. I wake up at 4:30am, in work at 5:30am … so I’m not putting on a full face of makeup.  

Do you have a signature style? I LOVE my red lipstick. It works really well with my dark hair and blue eyes. 

What is your go-to lip color? Mac lip liner in “Follow Your Heart” and Mac lipstick in “Ruby Woo”.

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I feel like as a radio personality, you have to be so connected, to social media channels, pop culture. How do you feel about that? Do you ever wish you could turn it all off?  I am the Director of Social Media, and I also get to do a lot of cool projects for national (i.e iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeart Radio Music Awards), but yeah, sometimes it’s overwhelming. I love that it’s instant news, but there are times I wish things could just breath a little more. Plus, I loathe the Internet trolls. I hate that it produces so much hate. The whole culture of “mean behind the screen.” It makes me so sad and worried about the future.

Tell me … how do you feel about Beyonce’s new “atheleisure” line and will you purchase it? She’s a genius. She knows how to make money. If I like something, I’ll try it.  For now, Athleta is my go-to for workout gear. 

What is next for you? What does the rest of 2016 have in store? I would love to find the man of my dreams and lose some weight. Both are always such a struggle for me. I would love Bradley Cooper to come back to Philly for some more interviews, along with Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and Gaga. Ha! Plus get some travel in. Not to mention have the show(s) grow so more people can hear our antics. 

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Style Stud: Vittoria Woodill of CBS 3 Eyewitness News

unnamedYou may know Vittoria Woodill as a member of the CBS 3 Eyewitness News team and her reporting on “Taste with Tori” and “CBS 3 down the shore.” But I came to know her from her super successful fashion blog, Polished for Pennies.

After talking with Vittoria, I walked away from this Style Stud interview insanely empowered, almost having a new found respect for my “stripes” as she would put it. She just has the affect on people.

The girl is real, down-to-earth, and all about giving ladies the confidence they need to look their best and own who they are. I mean … does it get any better than that?

I hope her words have the same affect on you as they had on me. So without further adieu, meet Life Sucks In A Strapless Bra’s Style Stud of the week, Vittoria Woodill.

What is your favorite item in your closet right now? A Chanel Suit I got at a thrift store for under $10.

Where can we find you on a spring Saturday in Philly? I’ve been cruising around town on Citi Bikes more than I ever thought I would recently, so I’m hoping to keep that up this spring with my boyfriend to discover more of Philly’s corners and crevices. With coffee, cool sneaks and sunnies, of course.

Coolest moment as a reporter to date? The Papal coverage. When I covered the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia it changed my life. Also rappelling down more than 30 stories of a Philly building was pretty epic. 

What was your most star-struck interview so far? Steven Tyler. He was just so cool and chill. It’s hard to believe rock stars can be so grounded and it seemed he was. 

Describe your style in 4 words… Polished, Eclectic, Cool, and Bold

How do you juggle your full-time reporting gig on CBS with Polished for Pennies? Is there a method to the madness? The method is trying to balance the madness and not being so hard on myself. Both take so much dedication so a lot of it has to do with writing and styling for the blog when I’m inspired and not being so hard on myself if I’m not pumping out posts everyday, when I have to produce creative content regularly on TV. So the method is to just do, feel it, and don’t think about quantity, but quality and meaning.

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Where is your go-to place to shop in Philly for on-air looks? Usually Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Jomar, or H&M, but I don’t go out for specifics when I shop… I’ll shop anywhere if that something POPS and will POP on camera.

The earth is going to blow up tomorrow, where in Philly do you have your last meal and why? That’s easy… home and it doesn’t matter what’s on the menu… I’d pick that table over any any day. 

Who do you look up to/admire? My mom, my grandmothers, and Julie Andrews. 

What are some key pieces of advice for people starting out in communications? Work. Work. Work. Free work? Do it anyway. Work on networking, work on your craft, keep working to be a “brand” that make people feel something. Communication is all about people and if you’re working on your relationship with your audience and you care about that relationship enough to work on it and your skill… people will feel your authenticity. Be good hearted and sincere and they’ll listen. 

What is an accessory you could never leave home without? Sick shades. My Miu Miu cat eyes, Prada round frames, or classic wayfarer Ray Bans. 

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Do you have a favorite designer from Philly? If so, who? Nyjha Lawerence. She’s a talented 7 year old fashion designer and she’s a bright light in this world. 

I know you were an Eagles cheerleader, which is pretty awesome. Is there anything you miss about cheering? Quality time with the girls. We had such a blast practicing and working together and those women were beautiful, supportive, smart, and loving. A great group to be around and work with. 

You seem to be all about confidence, which I love. What advice can you give to girls to enhance their confidence? Wear your stripes. Be who you are. Feel what you feel. Speak your mind and celebrate the beauty of being an individual everyday. If you allow yourself and others to truly see your colors, and you wear them without fear of being seen… you’ll find yourself in your own skin and you’ll feel great about it. That’s how you define your style and from that your confidence. 

Your career really seems to be booming, congrats! Any insight into what we can see next from you? Great question and I have no idea! I just feel so humbled by the job and blog I have now and the ability to connect to people in the ways I am. Whether through writing, fashion, or television. So as far as the future is concerned I have no plans for what’s next, I’m really just trying to relish in the present and be open to whatever falls into my lap. 

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