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By Heather Dunhill I’m pretty jazzed to introduce this new monthly series, called “What I Wear to Work.” I’ll be sussing out the well-styled among our working set in the city and highlighting them here…snapping a few shots and documenting where they found everything from shoes to accessories, just in case something is a must-have […]

January 24, 2013


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By Heather Dunhill

I’m pretty jazzed to introduce this new monthly series, called “What I Wear to Work.” I’ll be sussing out the well-styled among our working set in the city and highlighting them here…snapping a few shots and documenting where they found everything from shoes to accessories, just in case something is a must-have for you.

I’ll also be perpetually on the look out for those at the top of their fashionable game for a feature, and I’m open to suggestions…so leave a comment if you’ve got one!

First up, ingénue Ariana Franco. Whenever I pop in to Juno & Jove and Ariana’s working, I always notice how her polished look is worn with ease. Nothing seems like an afterthought or too perfect, either. She’s a clothes-minded real girl who clearly expresses her creative, artistic (Ringling grad!) side…

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“I have so much fun styling this basic dress. I can layer it in many ways and wear it with different belts, a great year round piece. I almost bought it in two other colors.”

WHO: Ariana Franco, 25

ABOUT ME: “I graduated in 2008 from Ringling College with a B.F.A. in sculpture. In 2010 I went to Vermont Studio Center for a six-week artist residency. And in 2011 I was inducted into local art collective S/ART/Q and I have been showing with them for the last few years. My personal artwork talks about intimate space and I strive to create experiences for the viewer through installations of handmade paper objects.”

WHAT I DO: “I began working at Juno & Jove February 2011 as a sales associate/stylist. A few months later, I realized that [the store] didn’t have window installation displays, so I wrote a proposal to take on the project. I was hired freelance to create objects for Fall and Holiday 2011 with a Native American theme. Then, I was hired again to create three more season-themed installations in 2012. I am currently working on the production of Spring/Summer 2013.”

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Spring/Summer 2012 was a completely handmade paper installation.

“I have always loved fashion and working at Juno & Jove is a good fit for me. I really enjoy styling guests that come into the store. I began my street style blog Gypsy Queen last year to further explore my style and the relationship between fashion and art.”

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

Dress by Ganni, from Anthropologie
Belt by De Palma, from Juno & Jove
Denim Vest by ReUse Jeans, gifted from Veronica Pastore
Wedge flat with ankle strap by Madewell
Layering bracelets by JadeTribe and Vintage bangle from Juno & Jove
Rings by Sticks and Stones, from Juno & Jove
Clutch by Aldo
Sunglasses by Raen Optics, found at Compound Board Shop in Sarasota
Permanent accessory: The tattoo artist who did Deaths Head Moth is Jeff Rassier at Black Heart Tattoo in San Fran. Most of my other pieces were done by Dave Clements who worked at Oddity when it was on Siesta Key.

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Sunglasses by Raen Optics

Read Heather’s Fashion I.Q. in our January issue, and follow her on Twitter @heatherDUNHILL or subscribe to her updates on Facebook.

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