Real Women Wear Chanel Featuring Stylist Leslie Christen
What's Orange County's secret to the refined chic look? Some call it a crossover between New York City chic with the street savvy of an afternoon in Monaco. Well, if you know anything about Orange County’s best kept secret’s – it’s that it take’s a stylist like Leslie Christen to pull off the best looks of the housewives of Orange County and beyond.
While we can’t disclose her closet confidants, we can tell you we may have seen a few of her clients hanging around tinsel town. Beyond, the glitz and glam of the styling business, Leslie can be found with her two sons, Micah and Logan and, of course her husband, Sequoia Slentz.
Dying to know more about her style and how she incorporates the Chanel brand seamlessly into not only her job, but her everyday life as well, we asked her a of couple questions!
How do you incorporate Chanel into your everyday life as well as into your business?
Chanel is an iconic and timeless brand, one that I recommend to all my clients as investment pieces that are a must to round out any wardrobe. They elevate casual outfits just as well as they complete dressier looks. When you walk into the room in Chanel, you get noticed!
What’s your go-to uniform?
I am a jeans and tee kind of girl, always with a third piece like a blazer or coat, a coveted handbag and statement jewelry to finish the look. You'll mostly catch me in sneakers while working on set or with a client shopping, but I am just as comfortable in heels. The more classic the pieces the better, but I love to throw a little edge into my looks.
In your opinion, what’s the best accessory?
A kick ass handbag that goes with everything; I don't have the time to change it everyday and my wardrobe colors aren't too diverse, so it's not too hard for me. I buy one per season (okay maybe 2 or 3). After it's been "retired" I have them cleaned and stored properly with pillows inside and covered in a dust bag with a picture attached.
What statement Chanel piece would you include in your wardrobe?
Bold statement jewelry are Chanel standards, they make the most exquisite eye catching pieces. But my all time favorite ones are the Chanel Oversized Gripoix Hoop earrings. They are absolutely positively stunning, big and bold earring that make a huge statement and they can be worn with anything! I am giddy just thinking about them.
What would be a great Chanel investment piece?
You can never go wrong with a Classic Flap in Caviar Leather, it will most likely out live you and the person you bequeath it too.
Who is your style muse?
I love the Parisian aesthetic and I am constantly swooning over Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief at French Vogue, and her classic chic style. She's dressed this way for years but yet always manages to look so interesting.
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Want to book your own private styling session with Leslie or just need some outfit inspiration? Head over to Leslie's personal blog, http://www.lesliechristenblog.com, and check out all of her tips!