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Style Maker Food Network Star

The Courier-Journal

September 2013


Stylemaker | 'Food Network Star' Damaris Phillips

 

As the recently named “Food Network Star,” Damaris Phillips may be most widely known for whipping up a mean pimento cheese or plating a gourmet dish just so.

But presentation for the “Southern spitfire” doesn’t end there. She likes to make herself look good as well.

Describe your style in three words: feminine, bright, experimental.

Damaris Phillips

Style icons: My mom has always had great style and an attention to “building your wardrobe with the staples.” Growing up, she always let us wear whatever we wanted, and that has impacted my style far more than any one singular person’s wardrobe. I am sure there were times (my grunge years, my sparkle phase, the year when I wanted to make my own clothes) when supporting my style choices was difficult; however, I never knew this, and she always complimented my creativity.

Signature accessories: large pearl earrings, bangles, printed scarves and a gold Irene bracelent (a nameplate bracelet that she got while on “Food Network Star.” It has the name Irene on it — her 50’s personality.)

What are you buying this fall to update your look: I’m in the market for a new fall coat. Also, I used to have a pair of cheetah print ballet flats that were covered in sequins. They fell apart years ago, but I am steadfast in my search for their replacement.

Favorite fall trend: All the jewel tone colors! Naturally, a very proper side of me is protesting all the fuchsia, plum and emerald dresses; however, since they are some of my favorite tones, I am throwing caution to the wind and just bought a magenta raincoat!

Favorite places to shop: Zappos, TJ Maxx and Unique Thrift. Also, I love Urban Attic for second-hand current trends — clearly I like a bargain. When I am in a hurry and looking for fun, seasonal pieces, Kristen at Blush Boutique always helps me find something to punch up a tired outfit.

Favorite style tip: Don’t buy based on size; buy based on fit. I love mixing patterns. So long as the colors are complementary, it usually works. Also it always adds uniqueness to blend in vintage jewelry and accessories with modern trends.

Items you’ll never part with: camel-colored suede cowboy boots, a ’70s-style locket that belonged to my grandmother and my jean jacket from high school.

Go-to outfit: maxi dress, jean jacket, boots, hoop earrings, bangles and anything gold, if it’s cool outside. Warm weather? Remove jacket and switch boots for sandals.

Must-have beauty products in your makeup bag: Smith’s minted rose lip balm, fake eyelashes, Tarte bronzer, a can of Versa air brush tanner (for touch-ups) and bobby pins.

How often you shop for new clothes: Often. Twice a month or every time my gentleman takes me on a date. I love a new dress for a date.

Favorite colors this season: emerald and gray.

Time it takes you to get dressed: 15 minutes, although this is usually just slightly less time than I need. Thank goodness for bangs. I pull all my hair into a topknot and blow-dry those puppies, and all of a sudden I look as though I styled my hair.

What are the building blocks of your style: boots, bracelets, nude fishnets, skinny jeans and coats. Lots and lots of coats!

What’s your style philosophy or motto: “Well, let’s just see if it looks good together ...”

What’s the biggest fashion or beauty risk you’ve ever taken: Oh my, once in middle school, I tried to use a self-tanner I bought at the flea market. Big mistake. I ended up looking like an oompa loompa and was mortified rolling into my sixth-grade homeroom. Self-tanners have come a long way since then, but I am still traumatized and always go to Sun Tan City for my healthy glow.

Every woman should wear a (fill-in-the-blank) at least once in her life: Fake eyelashes! I swear it is the best $5 you can ever spend. After inevitably gluing your eyelid shut at least once, using them becomes a breeze and instantly transforms you from tired to 15 pounds lighter!

What’s the biggest fashion faux pas a person can commit:wearing trends that don’t work for your body type. I would have loved to wear those high-waisted short shorts that everyone was rocking this summer; however, my thighs protested, and I stuck to knee-length sundresses.

By EMILY HAGEDORN | The Courier-Journal