WEST NEW YORK , NJ | Stylist | @CAYLAHUTTON
What is your favorite William Okpo piece and why?
The Yasmine Tank, I love how low cut & versatile it is. However, I also have a bunch of samples that were never sold that I love just as much. I take those pieces with me on every vacation, and rotate them through both my summer and winter wardrobes- I always feel like I’m living my best life in them lol.
What was the best phase in your life?
I think I'm entering into it right now- I am the most awake and alive that I’ve ever been in life. I am searching for a change- for newness and a fresh start. My husband is an amazing support system and I think life right now is about stepping out on faith, leaving fear behind and learning to fully trust myself.
Describe the next five years of your life, and your plans?
I don’t know what I’ll be doing in the next 5 days let alone 5 years lol. I’m trying to learn to take things one day at a time, be in the now- and in the moment! It’s hard, seeing that I’ve always had a plan and knew exactly what my next steps were and followed that down to the T, but right now I’m just learning to BE!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and who was it from?
My husband, he always tells me to stop comparing myself to others and letting their trajectories affect how I view myself. Everything happens how and when it is supposed to, there are no deadlines on dreams so stay the course, continue to do me, and things will come when God and the universe decide I’m ready for them.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Travel outside of the country (bonus if you travel alone) I think traveling changes you, it challenges you- it allows you to really see other cultures, people, history, etc. with a different perspective. I haven’t traveled alone yet but I hope to soon.
What is your beauty secret?
I don’t really have one right now. I can be a product junkie- I’ll try anything once if someone says it works! I am trying to edit down on harsh store-bought products and use natural things so right now I try to drink as much water as I can and do coconut oil mask at night!
At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
I think in high school but I never really understood how deep it could go until my junior/senior year of college.
How did you prepare for a career in styling?
I studied fashion merchandising in college, but through my first internship at Tommy Hilfiger, I realized it wasn’t for me! I needed more creativity and to be moving. I went onto three more internships all in fashion editorial; my last was at W Magazine where I interned for Alex White who was the Fashion Director of the magazine. She ended up hiring me as a fashion assistant in the closet which was one of the toughest times in my little fashion life lol. From there I went on to freelance for a bunch of different stylist working on ad campaigns, editorials, traveling, television and fashion shows working with some of the most amazing photographers, models, and stylists. All of those experiences helped me to learn all aspects of the business. I settled down at Gilt and then Mr. Porter to learn the e-commerce side of the business.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
I think dealing with “The Industry.” I know it’s all a part of the game, but honestly, it exhausts me. Everybody is a stylist, designer, model, blogger, influencer simply because their Instagram told them they could be – I hate that. It’s like nobody puts in the work anymore, or takes time to perfect their craft. I know I have to catch up with the times, but it's a struggle. I'm a pretty private person, and I like my work to speak for itself.
I read an article once how Rei Kawakubo has always said “that she doesn’t think she has succeeded at all, if she had she wouldn’t have to worry about next week’s cash flow- she wouldn’t have to worry about anything at all! For her, self-satisfaction would mean the end.” For whatever reason really relate to that- I think the sense of never feeling accomplished keeps me motivated and constantly looking for more. It gets me in trouble sometimes because I never celebrate the small things, which I need to start doing, but feeling like I have so much more to accomplish helps to keep me going.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Sensitive, Genuine, Curious, Introverted, Dreamer
PHOTO CREDIT: ASHLEY JO WILSON