Author: Courtney Watkins

YEAR-END RENOVATION UPDATE

GUEST BATHROOM RENOVATION IS A WRAP …and some other projects too! This post is long overdue.  The bathroom renovation has been complete for several months, but work was absolutely nuts during the year-end advertising push. Without further delay, enjoy the renovation photos in the gallery…

BTS VIDEO FOR UNCLEAN WORLD

Here is a funny  behind the scenes video on set with photographer Jason Maris for TG Madison’s  ‘Unclean World’ campaign. This video features “The Hacker,” one of four unclean characters.  Food service cutlery will forever give me germaphobic nightmares thanks to The Hacker, The Picker, Barffalo Bill, and…

FAVORITE MEDIUM ?

Before going back to school for commercial photography and becoming a photo stylist, I was briefly a high school art teacher.  On the first day of class,  students were asked to complete a short questionnaire.  The questionnaire included the obligatory art ed question,  “What is…

RECENT WORK + BTS

RECENT WORK FOR JOHN FULTON PHOTOGRAPHY As a stylist I source, make, or commission lots of unusual items for productions.   I keep a running  list of these odd requests. My list is appropriately named  “Things I’ve Done for Money .”   Making a bed sheet…

BUSY SUMMER

It’s been a busy, busy  summer.  I worked on a lot of interesting projects with amazing photographers + directors, the best crews, wonderful talent, and gracious clients.  I am a lucky girl indeed! Variety is what makes my job so much fun.  I am thrilled…

NECKLACE LENGTH CHART

HELPFUL VISUAL REFERENCE I love a good chart, info-graphic, or illustrated assembly manual.  This women’s necklace length chart is a helpful tool for online or sight unseen shopping. It’s also great visual reference for communicating accessory looks to your clients and/or assistants.  This simple chart…

OFF DUTY STYLIST

What do I do when I am not on a job shopping, sourcing, dressing, and styling? I am shopping, sourcing, dressing, styling, and renovating my Bungalow. In 2007, Mr. Wonderful and I purchased a 1917 Craftsman Bungalow. We have been tirelessly renovating this bundle of bungalow…

RECENT WORK

Mother Daughter Duo Avril and Cindy Joffe of Avindy Jewelry in Southern Living Photographer: Robbie Caponetto Prop Stylist: Yvonne Orchard Hair & Make-up: Jennifer Denise Wardrobe: Courtney Watkins Stylist

DECO DETAILS

SPARKLES AND FEATHERS AND FUR – OH MY! I recently worked on a project requiring a significant amount of wardrobe homework worthy of sharing. The project was an editorial portrait on location. My wardrobe pitch to the publication was simple: formal looks with Art Deco…

RECENT WARDROBE WORK FOR CHINET

Director: Gaysorn Thavat on Grand Large  / Gaysorn Thavat on Robber’s Dog Production Company: Grand Large Producer: Clint Cowen Unit Production Manager: Stephen Ostrander Hair & Make-up:  Kara Ramos Wardrobe: Courtney Watkins Production Design: Jack Van Matre  of Van Matre Productions  

END IT MOVEMENT AWARENESS VIDEO

Being a part of this production was an amazing experience.  Costuming 18 beautiful, young women as sexually exploited females was challenging, disturbing, and emotional. When the ladies loaded onto the box truck, the crew was immediately hit by a wave of emotion and heaviness —…

‘UNCLEAN WORLD’

  Recent wardrobe work for Dixie Smartstock’s ‘Unclean World’ campaign. Super fun project! ‘The Hacker’ is one of four unclean characters used in this B2B campaign. Agency: TJ Madison Photographer: Jason Maris Producer: Stephen Ostrander Art Director: John Gregory Creative Director: Jim Spruell Wardrobe: Courtney Watkins…

THANK YOU DR. KING

I live 2.5 miles south of the King Center in Atlanta. I drive Auburn Avenue, Boulevard, and Edgewood so frequently that this historic area becomes just another traffic marker on my drive home. However, the significance of the man behind the memorial is never overlooked….

CARING FOR CASHMERE

SALAD SPINNERS AND CASHMERE? JUST SPIN IT! You thought cashmere was DRY CLEAN ONLY?  Cashmere is washable!  But cashmere garments are delicate and should NOT  be twisted or wrung dry when soaking wet.  A salad spinner will gently remove access water without twisting or pulling potentially…

IKEA BAG HACK FOR THE GARDEN

I love using Ikea bags to organize wardrobe for productions (seen in Organizing Wardrobe and Props and Wardrobe).  I also re-purpose Ikea bags in my garden during winter months.  As a lover of clever re-invention, I decided to submit my extremely simple Ikea bag hack to IkeaHacker.net.

FANCY FRETWORK

O’VERLAYS DRESSES UP CASEGOODS! BRILLIANT!!!  O’verlays is a company that produces fretwork to dress up boring furniture and decorative pieces. They offer custom pieces, but their focus is on producing FRETWORK THAT FITS IKEA CASEGOODS !!!   ABOUT THE COMPANY Cheryle Rhuda and Danika Herrick are two likeminded…

ORGANIZING BELTS

STYLIST TIP FOR WRANGLING UNRULY BELTS Belts are challenging to organize both on productions and in your closet at home.  In my twelve years as a wardrobe stylist, I  have found that large, spring-lock carabiners work the best to organize belt options. I sort belts either by…

ORGANIZING WARDROBE + PROPS

IKEA BAGS ARE A STAPLE OF MINE! As a stylist, I physically move thousands of dollars of wardrobe and props from stores, to studio, to location, and back again. I am responsible for keeping merchandise un-damaged, organized, and easily accessible during the production.  I use Ikea…

EXPOSED SHOWER FAUCET

OBSESSED WITH EXPOSED SHOWER FAUCETS! I have been researching bathroom fittings for the master bathroom in my 1917 Craftsman Bungalow. I love the vintage look of exposed shower faucets, but prefer a thermostatic valve for precision temperature control. Unfortunately, most exposed shower faucets with thermostatic…

Set Education | Be Nice

From the producer to the unpaid intern, everybody is a valuable asset. My advice is to treat every person on set with the same respect you show your superiors. Treat people like your personal success or failure depends on their opinion of your work.

Pepsi Behind the Scenes

PEPSI  Live For Now Behind the Scenes pictures from the whirlwind Pepsi production through the Carolinas.  Starting with a midnight ocean swim in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and ending with an afternoon tailgating set-up in Charlotte, North Carolina . see more great BTS photos at Lauren Petrilli…

Mobile Fashion + Warby Parker

Warby Parker hits the Highway Attention eyewear lovers!  Warby Parker Eyewear is on tour!  The fashionable, affordable, and socially conscience eyewear is putting the rubber to the road for their ‘Class in Session’ tour.  This is great news for the southeast and especially ATLiens because the…

Mobile Fashion Trend

 Apparel and Accessories Going Mobile Catwalks are hitting the sidewalks.  Stacey and Jeanine Romo’s  Le Fashion Truck (pictured below) is a mobile fashion boutique in Los Angeles, California offering vintage pieces and Romo’s hand crafted jewelry.  Le Fashion Truck is one of many 4-Wheel Fashion Houses rolling out…

Warby Parker Eyewear

Warby Parker eyewear is high quality, on-trend, and affordable. Prescription, polarized Optical eyewear cost $95 Non-Prescription, polarized Sunwear cost  $95 Prescription, polarized Sunwear costs $150 The company’s flagship store is in NYC and they have 9 showrooms throughout the US.   Unfortunately, there are currently no showrooms in the Southeast,…

Strap Tamers Review

Marketing claims, “Strap Tamers® consist of a clip (to hold the bra strap) and pin which is fastened to the inside shoulder seam of a garment. You can leave Strap Tamers® on your clothing while laundered again and again. Whenever you wear that garment, the Strap Tamers® are already in place, waiting for you.”

GRIP HUMOR

So there I was, lurking in the sound stage shadows like a light-sensitive mole. This particular stage typically provided padded folding chairs for the wardrobe department and hair and make-up  (H&MU) department.  Unfortunately, all of the chairs were being used in video village to accommodate…

Production Rant: Bad Beans Spoil Crew Brew

Crew members with high maintenance coffee orders are killing me! You know who you are, ordering a grande soy, half-caff, light foam, blended, salted, whipped caramel FLOPP-IATO served in Vente cup…blah blah blah.  And when your order returns with sprinkles NOT chocolate syrup lovingly drizzled over the…

Super Sized Wool Pom Pom

Over 200 Beautiful Colours (wool) The wooly mammoth of a pom pom was created by Eleanor Davies, 22.  Davies is a 2012 graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London finishing with a BA fine art. Davies artist statement: ‘A pompom is traditionally an adornment, or an accessory. It…

Recent Work for Publix

Project: Publix Sunday DInners Agency: Matlock Brief: Celebrity Chefs share signature recipes for special occasions. Wardrobe, props, and menu support the occasion as well as reflect the chefs’ personal style, design aesthetics, and flavor. Photographer: Scott Lowden Wardrobe + Props: ME! Courtney Watkins Food Stylist: Tami Hardeman  Photographer’s Representation: Rep Girl Celebrity…

NPR on Anti-Obesity Ads

NPR All Things Considered Controversy Swirls Around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads January 9, 2012 Stark billboards and television commercials that feature overweight kids are part of a controversial anti-obesity campaign in Atlanta. The goal of the “Stop Sugarcoating It, Georgia” ads is to shock families into…

Wes Anderson the Corduroy King

Wes Anderson is pictured above filming  Moonlight Kingdom looking dapper in a two piece corduroy suit.  Mr. Anderson is not only a member, he appears to be the King of the Corduroy Appreciation Club.  Another perfect example of Wes Anderson’s appealing kitschy aesthetic.  I wonder if the official Corduroy…

Cordarounds: Horizontal Corduroy Pants

 Scientifically Proven 22% Reduction in C.H.I. …what is C.H.I.?  CROTCH HEAT INDEX, of course! Cordarounds are horizontal corduroy pants by crowd favorite, Betabrand.  These pants are cut from corduroy fabric running horizontally instead of the traditional vertical run. Cordarounds’ horizontal whales create a cooler, more comfortable corduroy pant….

An Hermes Leica? SHUT UP!!!

  Leica presents us with the new limited edition Leica M9-P, the special feature of this camera is the“Veau Swift” calfskin leather brought to you by Hermes. Original Post by Ryan Stevens, theryanstevens.com. The New Leica M9-P Edition Hermes Not only is this beautiful leather on…

Exposure Doesn’t Pay Bills

Commercial photographers and directors walk a fine line between genius and masochist.  They seamlessly handle a variety of tasks and skills.  Their skillset includes: Creative Professional Point-of-view:  a distinct eye; unique storytelling; clear artistic voice. Technical: proficient in cameras + lenses, lighting, grip + electric,…

Screen Printing | Danger Press

I use Danger Press for all of my screen printing.  They handle time sensitive printing, custom design, short runs, and they understand my peculiar printing requests for different productions. I may need 17 different designs printed on 17 different custom-made aprons in an extremely short amount of…

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