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Women of Style 2018

By Allison Mitchell

Photography by Tim Melideo | Hair and makeup by Jessica Rodde, TReSs Apothecary & Salon (as noted) | Jewelry provided by Lugano Diamonds, | Shot on location at Villas Fashion Island


For these five fabulous ladies, fashion isn’t just a state of mind; it’s a lifestyle.

Walking the Line
After years in the legal field, Cassydy Berliner followed her dream of curating online lifestyle content all the way to a fleet of some 245,000 devoted fans. Up next: a nonprofit venture linking influencers and women’s shelters.

I feel fabulous when I wear… something that I’ve had in my closet for years and repurpose it. Making something new out of something old is the true definition of style for me.
A piece I wear that empowers me is… anything customized, such as my favorite denim jacket with my name embroidered on it.
If I could swap wardrobes with anyone, it would be… Gwen Stefani.
The most cherished piece in my closet has to be… my Monique Lhuillier wedding gown.
When I go to a meeting, I don’t leave without my… red lipstick, a spritz of Diana Vreeland perfume and a Christian Lacroix journal.
My first fashion moment was… early on. I loved trying on my grandmother’s clothes and jewelry.
Bags: big or small? Big.

Hair and makuep by jessica rodde, TReSs Apothecary & Salon; opal drop earrings, and yellow lattice bracelet, prices upon request, both by Lugano Diamonds

Amazing Lacy
An avid philanthropist and personal stylist, Lacy Nicole is known as much for her work with JDRF’s Dream Gala as she is for her dazzling ability to dress both others and herself.

My fashion philosophy is… to be creative. One day can be classy and tailored, the next edgy and wild.
A piece I wear that empowers me is… my Balenciaga leather jacket.
The best style advice I ever received was… More is more and less is a bore.
The most cherished piece in my closet has to be… a tennis bracelet my dad gave me when I was young.
I never leave the house without… my diamond eternity bands.
My favorite designer is… Marchesa for their elegant and tailored designs.
In Orange County, I shop at… Atelier 7918. They have so many unique pieces and hard-to-find European brands.
My first fashion moment was… winning best dressed in high school.
Bags: Big or small? I am super into tiny handbags right now.
Patterns or solids? Both.

Rose-cut diamond earrings, and cushion diamond ring, prices upon request, both by Lugano Diamonds