LaTonya Yvette

Writer; Stylist. New York.

By: Alicia Cesaro
Styling: Alicia Cesaro
Photography: Alec Kugler

LaTonya Yvette is hosting her birthday party next weekend on the leafy back patio of her Clinton Hill brownstone [Ed note: can we come?], and she’s probably going to wear a vintage white lace dress with a crown (because why wouldn’t you?). It happens to be the same dress she also wore on her wedding day. And the same one her grandmother wore on a boat cruise with a chic blazer, many years ago. It’s memories like these—along with creating stories with clothes and dressing up for no reason at all—that got the stylist, creative consultant, and writer into fashion in the first place. Her grandmother’s love of vintage frocks, her mother’s love of dressing both her and her sister in head-to-toe leopard, and her own love of writing is evident in every fixture of Yvette’s life; especially in the form of her blog and in her home and vintage-filled wardrobe. From the aforementioned lace dress to the gilded ladylike jacket she refuses to stop wearing (despite its well-loved condition) and all the vibrantly colored jewelry and accessories she supplements her new mom wardrobe of t-shirts and jeans with—it's clear there's more than a simple love of clothes happening here.

Did you catch that? Because, yes, Yvette’s a new mom—which means styling advice for expecting and new mothers is what she focuses on (along with hair, home, and all things lifestyle) in both her writing and styling careers. And because of that, her advice for those wanting to do it on their own is on point, too: “Don’t wait for someone else to tell you to do it, just do it. Write in your journals, write on a website. Style in your dreams, find a friend to take some photos. Just do something.” Meaning, if you’ve been wanting to jump on a creative opportunity, we’d take LaTonya’s words of wisdom as just the motivation you needed.