Dana Pastore

Freelance Fashion Photographer & Creative Writer

2 Skills
Dana Christine Pastore

505 COURT ST APT. 7E E-MAIL: dana.pastore@gmail.com
BROOKLYN, NY 11231 BLOG: http://flaxentawny.wordpress.com
(860)716-1084 ONLINE GALLERY: http://flaxentawnygallery.tumblr.com/

Stylist with 10 years of professional experience in ready to wear, fashion and fine jewelry, consulting, jewelry design, modeling, event planning, service and sales, which will prove invaluable and bring the end consumer into a style all of their own.

Work Experience
Flaxen Tawny, LLC, Brooklyn, NY May 2010- Present
Co-Owner, Image Consultant, Makeup and Fashion Stylist and Blogger
Created Flaxen Tawny, a styling agency specializing in hair, makeup, editorial and photographic styling, weddings and events, image consulting and wardrobe analysis, as well as personal makeovers. Our goal is to help each client define his or her unique challenges and together create a tangible path toward change that they can take beyond their personal session with us, something that can help them maintain the change in their lives. We travel the eastern seaboard for our clientele – from Canada to Florida. We also write a daily blog providing advice and guidance on what’s hot in the fashion industry and often partner with Brooklyn-born salons and specialty stores to offer special discounts to our readers. Winner of “best women bloggers of the month contest” sponsored by Blogging Women.

Fashionmongers, LLC, West Hartford, CT May 2006 - Present
Co-Owner, Fashion Jewelry Designer and Buyer
Founded Fashionmongers, LLC, a virtual boutique specializing in affordable apparel and accessories for women. Our trunk shows featuring both new fashion and vintage accessories, bring a unique New York style to the suburbs. Styling by example is often necessary, so customers are shown a variety of ways in which to wear and layer jewelry. We also provide on the spot color and shape analysis determining the types of jewelry and accessories that would suit them best individually. Vendor associates include Hobo, Yochi, CC Skye, Sheila Fajl and Ettika.

Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY March 2007 - May 2010
Assistant Buyer
Supported the buyer in obtaining over $100 million of sales in fine jewelry. Chose both vendors and the product selection, creating look books advertising ideas, and vitrines for the stores. Worked closely with vendors in designing and styling exclusively created gift set items. Assisted marketing team and vendors in developing and designing in-store display vitrines and signage for all 52 stores. Teamed up with director of visual to merchandise all new seasonal product for the stores. Developed key holiday and giftable visual strategies each quarter. Vendor partners included Roberto Coin, Gucci, Marco Bicego, Faraone Mennella, Gurhan and Lorenz Baumer.

Lord & Taylor, New York, NY March 2006 - May 2007
Assistant Planner
Played a key role increasing sales by changing product category in 12 doors, initiating transfers and changing visual appearance. Participated in best/worst seller weekly meetings with DMM and GMM highlighting successes and failures. Responsible for prom dress seasonal recap to track sales and relay to stores how dresses should be merchandised.

Nordstrom, Farmington, CT July 1997 - May 1998
Drove sales in the Contemporary wear department by developing key client relations and providing stylist consultation.

Previous Experience
Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P, A October 2004 - December 2005
CIGNA, Contracts Specialist June 2000 - July 2001

The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY October 2004 - May 2006
Image Consulting Certificate Program

Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY August 2001 - May 2004
Juris Doctor

St. Joseph College, West Hartford, CT September 1996 - December 1999
Bachelors Degree in English/Creative Writing