It’s weird when you see or hear something that completely sums up an idea for you. This image does that for me. It completely represents my style to a T.

First, the paillette sequin skirt is off the charts incredible. And the pairing with a simple T-shirt is perfect. 

High/Low. Formal/Casual. It seems like they are polar opposites, but that’s exactly why it works.

I’m now officially on the hunt for this skirt :)

Oscar Fashion Wishlist 2012

I was thinking about how I would style some of tonight’s oscar nominees if I had the chance. This would be a dream come true, so after looking through the most recent runways, these are what I would choose for some of hollywood’s leading ladies.

Jessica Chastain - Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Help

I think this dress from Armani Prive’ Spring 2012 Couture would be absolutely stunning on Jessica. The color would be gorgeous against her pale skin and red hair, and the delicate paillettes would glitter and shimmer in all the lights like liquid. I would style it with a classic, loose updo to show off the neckline and to provide a soft contrast to the modern lines of the dress. I also would do her makeup with a smokier eye to complement the edge of the dress.

I also think wearing an Armani could provide her with good luck this evening, since she was seated in the front row at the Armani show when the Oscar nominations were announced. I think I would take that as a sign :) 

Rooney Mara - Nominated for Best Actress for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I realize that this is a bit on the racy/edgy side, but that is exactly why I love it for her. From Versace Spring 2012 Couture, I think this could be just great on Rooney. I may not want this color on her, however I think that she could totally pull it off. I think the mix of the delicate lace at the top, with the strong curve and futuristic shape at the hip is fantastic. Someone young and fresh with such a strong look like her’s would be perfect in something like this.

I also think that someone like Michelle Williams could also rock this look. (Although I know that would be a HUGE departure for her).                                                    Speaking of Michelle Williams…

Michelle Williams - Nominated for Best Actress for My Week With Marilyn

Michelle typically does very demure and very vintage inspired. I would personally love to see her in something with a bit more edge. This beautiful black dress from Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 would be perfect. Still not to over the top for Michelle, but just enough with the sheer panels in the skirt and the modest neckline. We rarely see her in black, and I think it would be a beautiful contrast to her blonde pixie cut.

Obviously these are just my dream picks if I had the opportunity to style these lovely ladies, but we will see what everyone shows up wearing in just a few short hours. Stay tuned in the next few days for my complete review of all the fashion from tonight’s academy awards. 


Hello everyone!

I am unbelievably thrilled to have my new website, and to have such a great way to communicate with my clients. I want to give a VERY huge thank you to what I lovingly refer to as “The House of Mitchell”. Made up of husband and wife powerhouse Kathy & Jeremy Mitchell, who are responsible for the complete design, layout and operation of the site, and Jeremy’s sister Leslee Mitchell, who is responsible for all the incredible images on the site. They are an incredibly talented bunch, and I am very blessed to call them such dear friends.

This blog will be a place where I share the work that I have done, in addition to my thoughts and opinions on all things hair, make-up and fashion. I hope that you will find it informative and maybe at times entertaining :)

Thanks for reading, and check back often!!


RSVP for 1st Annual Studio Soirée

Official Press Release for 1st Annual Studio Soiree


Visionary stylist Kara Gaylor opens flagship salon in
Nashville’s famous Music Row neighborhood

Nashville, TN (Friday Dec. 2, 2011) – Appealing to an upscale business and leisure clientele alike, veteran stylist Kara Gaylor will be unveiling the Kara Gaylor Studio to the Nashville community in a 1st Annual Studio Soiree event to be held on December 8, 2011, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, at her location conveniently located a block off Nashville’s famous Music Row at 700 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN.
The Studio Soiree will feature live music with complimentary food and cocktails, and there will be multiple drawings, as well as beauty gift baskets.  In addition, Kara will be offering 15-20% off all salon, make-up, and styling services for both new and existing clients who book services during the evening.
The Kara Gaylor Studio offers professional hair and make-up services, as well as individual styling, wardrobe advice, and personal shopping  for men and women alike, all of which are available in-studio or on-location.  Unique services including make-up application and hair styling lessons or workshops are also available upon request. 
Kara Gaylor is a premier hair, make-up and wardrobe stylist whose services have been based out of Nashville, TN since 1999.  Her portfolio includes working with individuals like Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., and Building 429, as well as styling high-profile photo shoots, music video shoots and celebrity appearances on shows like Saturday Night Live.  In addition Kara has helped hundreds of local clients update their looks, organize and manage their wardrobes, and handled professional make-up artistry for their weddings, special events, and everyday activities.
For more information about the 1st  Annual Studio Soiree or booking services at the Kara Gaylor Studio, please visit or contact Kara Gaylor at 615-500-8866.


Press video for Julienne Irwin produced by Rabbit Hole Creative. I did the hair, make-up & styling for the performances throughout, and at the end of the video. Keep your eye out for Julienne, she’s great!

Never leave the house without lipstick & earrings

Sue Gaylor