Tessie's Little Black Book: WILCO LIFE

** UPDATE: Wilco Life has evolved into @WILCOSUPPLY + www.wilcosupplyco.com **

www.wilcolife.co

www.wilcolife.co

Who: 
WILCO LIFE

What:
WILCO LIFE is an online boutique, showroom and pop-up shop based in Anchorage, Alaska. WILCO LIFE offers minimalist styles that service members can wear in uniform, featuring trends they love wearing in civilian clothes, too.
WILCO LIFE also showcases off-duty styles by companies owned by fellow veterans and military spouses. 

www.wilcolife.co

www.wilcolife.co

ORBIT Leather Phone Charging Wallet $110 - www.wilcolife.co

ORBIT Leather Phone Charging Wallet $110 - www.wilcolife.co

Harvest Label Rolltop Backpack $80 - www.wilcolife.co

Harvest Label Rolltop Backpack $80 - www.wilcolife.co

Where:  
Online at: www.wilcolife.co
On Instagram at: @WILCOLIFE
At The Boardroom AK Showroom: 601 W 5th Ave 2nd Level *between the elevators* in downtown Anchorage

Why:
Founder, Amy Slinker, saw a need for WILCO LIFE while serving in the Army National Guard.  As a servicewoman who was on an endless pursuit finding bags and accessories that will comply – or WILCO - with military regulations. She started compiling findings and posted via blog throughout the years, as many friends would tell her they could not find plain black bags to carry in uniform either.

With the establishment of WILCO LIFE, women and men who serve finally have the convenience of finding bags and accessories all in one place.

WILCO LIFE Founder, Amy Slinker, with daughter, Annabelle - www.wilcolife.co

WILCO LIFE Founder, Amy Slinker, with daughter, Annabelle - www.wilcolife.co

WILCO LIFE:  a boutique for military service members, spouses and anyone who loves minimalist style.

PACSAFE bag - www.wilcolife.co

PACSAFE bag - www.wilcolife.co

b.u. jewelry 'awesome mom' mini dog tag necklace $41 - www.wilcolife.co

b.u. jewelry 'awesome mom' mini dog tag necklace $41 - www.wilcolife.co

When: 
Check out offerings + shop anytime online at www.wilcolife.co or via Instagram @WILCOLIFE

Subscribe to WILCO LIFE for weekly showroom hours and info on pop-ups and events here. 

WILCO LIFE will also be hosting a Back to School Pop-Up on base at the JBER Mall August 13 - 19th *next to Starbucks*

www.wilcolife.co

www.wilcolife.co

Tessie with Mighty Purse XL Cross Body Bag - www.wilcolife.co

Tessie with Mighty Purse XL Cross Body Bag - www.wilcolife.co

TESStimony:
Although I am not from a military background, I was so smitten when I came across WILCO LIFE.  As a proud and constant supporter of our economy (aka an avid shopper) and major traveler, the Mighty Purse I purchased has saved me time and time again with its internal phone charger - plus it's super chic, minimal, and timeless style goes with everything. 
The inventory Amy has curated is incredibly appealing and displayed in a super streamlined way with a cool aesthetic.  
I love that I am not only supporting an amazing female Entrepreneur who does so much in our community as an individual but also has a great heart for her fellow servicemen, women, and their families, featuring multiple brands that are veteran owned and operated, obtain b corp status, and give back to vets and our world with their mission statements and resources. 
I highly encourage supporting WILCO LIFE next time you are in the market for a handbag, travel bag, gift for yourself or those you treasure.
I love WILCO LIFE so much I was honored to be approached by Amy personally to be an Ambassador for the brand, helping out with some consulting, marketing, event planning, product selection, as well as brand awareness! 
I absolutely believe you will find what you are looking for (including vegan leather options) and feel good about your purchase from WILCO LIFE! 

Mighty Purse - www.wilcolife.co

Mighty Purse - www.wilcolife.co

NLS Jewelry - www.wilcolife.co

NLS Jewelry - www.wilcolife.co

Keep up with all things WILCO LIFE via their
website: www.wilcolife.co +
facebook: 
www.facebook.com/wilcolife/  +
instagram: 
www.instagram.com/wilcolife/

 

Style Profile: Lauren Taylor Sweet

I first met Lauren a few years when I was asked by my photography friend, Elisa Ivers, to do makeup for her younger cousin from SoCal, Alyssia, and her BFF, Lauren.  From the moment I met these gals I was so inspired by their kind, adventurous, vivacious spirits AND their style was SO TOP NOTCH - even in their early teenage years!  I knew these ladies were bound for greatness and to be honest, they helped inspire me to start touring so I could travel more.  I love keeping up with Lauren and since meeting her she has only continued to grow into such an incredible woman -showcasing beauty for life and beautiful living (as displayed in her photos.)  I can't wait for you to read her style profile --- I KNOW you will be captivated and inspired by the answers and images.  
E N J O Y ! !

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Name:
Lauren Taylor Sweet

Location:
Los Angeles, CA

Occupation:
Freelance assistant and collector of used goods.

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Decade in Life:
20’s.

Describe your personal style:
I love blending conflicting concepts. Feminizing boyish pieces. Dressing up casual. Making something vintage more modern.

 I want my style to reflect thinking outside the box, but I also just want to feel cool and comfortable.

Favorite Color and print to wear:
Nowadays I prefer to either mix or monochrome solids, especially blacks and whites.

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Go to outfit for instant confidence and sophistication:
Vintage Levi’s. Every time.

Signature scent:
Anything with notes of citrus or musk. Or peppermint!

Most coveted piece in closet:
The black wool trench coat my mom wore at my age.

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Most lusted item you don’t own:
Jesse Kamm sailor pants. Or the incredible vintage Hudson Bay coat I found at that one place on Melrose but never did buy.

Top three favorite places to shop:
If I’m not hunting through eBay or Goodwill, I shop pretty exclusively small business. Aside from essentials at H&M, Aerie, and Gap. 

Favorite season and why:
Late California fall.  Crisp, foggy mornings. Long, warm afternoons. The occasional lightning storm. HALLOWEEN. And it’s still not too late for one last camping trip. 

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Film that best defines your personal style:
Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping.

I never leave the home without:
Sunglasses, my phone, all the makings for an impromptu picnic, a library book very near its due date.

Fashion Icons:
Georgie Flores, Alexa Chung, Harry Styles, Harling Ross, Issa Rae.

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Favorite album of the season:
Aly & AJ’s new EP, “Ten Years”.

Designer worth checking out:
Rachael Gladser, of RAWSON.

Favorite instagrams to lurke:
@manrepeller, @jedidiahjenkins, @palomawool, @helen_levi, @overheardla, @sunbeam_vintage

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Trend you wish never happened:
Strong believer that everything happens for a reason. Except low-rise jeans.

Advice to those establishing personal style:
Prioritize comfort and find your confidence. Shop sustainably—invest in pieces that have versatility and reusability.

 Make the most out of a little. 

When in doubt:
Denim.

image c/o: @luarentaylor

image c/o: @luarentaylor

Never be afraid to:
Be your own tailor.

Keep up with Lauren, her infectious zest for life, and influential style via her instagram: @luarentaylor - Yes, L-U-A-R-E-N ;) -

Style Profile: Garrett Lawrence Taylor

From the moment I met Garrett on tour I instantly gasped "YAS STYLE!" and wanted to be his friend.  Garrett is the epitome of class with total true to character style.  He is an absolutely magnificent Conductor + Musician but on the side I honestly believe he should teach pop-up classes to those wanting to define and perfect their personal style around the world.  Garrett's instagram feed is filled with so much inspiration and wonder, it's an absolute delight to follow.  

When asked of a quote or motto that defines his personal Garrett shared two Oscar Wilde quotes:

"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art."  +

"You can never be overdressed or overeducated."  

Both are so fitting and true of Garrett!  

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Name:
Garrett Lawrence Taylor

Location:
Harlem, NYC

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Occupation:
Broadway Pianst, Conductor, and Opera Singer.

Decade in life:
In my third decade of life. 

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Describe your personal style:
Vintage preppy. 

Favorite color and print to wear:
Blues/greens and multiple prints, paisley, checks, stripes. 

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Go to outfit for instant confidence and sophistication:
Dress shirt, tie, vest, jeans.

Signature scent:
Intense Euphoria Calvin Klein-a bold oriental amber fragrance with woodsy rich spice notes. 

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Most coveted piece in closet:
1950's double-breasted wool coat with raccoon fur collar.

Most lusted item you don’t own:
Vintage doctors bag.

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Top three favorite places to shop:
Fine and Dandy (NYC), Hi-Bred (Cincinnati), Ralph Lauren, TJMaxx

Favorite season and why:
Fall-it's all about the layers and textures. 

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Films that best defines your personal style:
Gosford Park, Talented Mr. Rilpley, Brideshead Revisited.

I never leave the home without: 
My pork pie hat and a good bag.

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

I feel most dapper in: 
A three-piece suit.

Fashion Icons:
Oliver Thornton, Dandy Wellington, Luke Edward Hall, Laird Mackintosh.

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Five classic essentials you think every fella should own:
1- Well tailored navy three-piece suit.
2- Dressy casual boots.
3- Dark wash slim-fit jeans.
4- A quality cardigan.
5- Beautiful luggage.

Favorite album of the season:
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue is timeless and classic.

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Designer worth checking out:
Reiss of London.

Favorite instagrams to lurke:
Iris Apfel Official, Le Loir en Papillon, Will Taylor (@brightbazaar).

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Trend you wish never happened:
The man bun. 

Advice to those establishing personal style:
Buy pieces that speak to you, shop in outfits, don't be afraid to mix patterns, tailoring, and a good fit are your best friends, go for quality and detail. 

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

When in doubt:
Put on a beautiful overcoat. 

Never be afraid to:
Be overdressed.
 

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Keep up with Garrett's timeless dapper looks, travels and sophisticated lifestyle via his insta: @gourmetgarrett + #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

image c/o: @gourmetgarrett | #ifgarrettcan

Style Profile: Lynn Andrews

Aside from being one of the most hysterical people I have ever met in my life - Lynn Andrews also wins at life with her incredible style.  Lynn is a quad-threat aka a Public Figure/Actor/Singer/Songwriter,  who recently moved to Los Angeles after completing the national tour of ANNIE where she played the infamous role of Miss Hannigan for over 1,000 performances (and got stage-doored by Maya Rudolph mind you!)  

I met Lynn while working on the national tour of Annie and was immediately so impressed with her comedic timing but also her ability to work so many amazing outfits and looks all within two adorably charming DVF suitcases.  She was like Mary Poppins with those suitcases - every day I saw her I was like “how the hell did she pull that off with our luggage restrictions?!”  

I had to ask her to share her secrets and thank God she did.  I feel like we can all learn a thing or two from Lynn Andrews - and personal style is a good place to start.  

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

Name: 
Lynn Andrews

Decade in Life: 
Dirty Thirties.

Describe your personal style: 
On the corner of butch and femme. 

Favorite Color and print to wear: 
Big bright African prints. 

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

Go to outfit for instant confidence and sophistication: 
Just black on black on black. Mix up them textures tho. 

Signature scent: 
"Mixed Chicks" Conditioner.

Most coveted piece in closet
My favorite leather jacket. 

Most lusted item you don’t own: 
Big ass faux fur coat. 

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

Top three favorite places to shop: 
Asos Curve, Forever 21 +, City Chic. They always keep the big girls looking correct. 

Favorite season and why: 
Fall. You can wear all your cute layers but you can still be going in on some cleav. 

Film that best defines your personal style: 
Scream.

I never leave the home without: 
MAC lip glass. Gotta keep em lookin' juicy. 

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

I feel most beautiful in: 
This white dress I got from Torrid years ago. I feel like Maria in "West Side Story". Tess, you know the one. 

Fashion Icons: 
Gabi Fresh, Nicolette Mason, Sanam Sindhi, Claire Danes (circa My So Called Life)

Five classic essentials you think every lady should own: 
1- denim/leather jacket
2- combat boots
3- rad sunglasses
4- black jeans
5- fit and flare dress in a bold print

Designer worth checking out: 
Westwood for LIFE!

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

Favorite website or periodical to lurke
Oh girl, I'm all over Pinterest. 

Trend you wish never happened: 
Ultra low rise jeans.

Advice to those establishing personal style: 
Well damn, if you like a piece, if it speaks to you just get it. Personal style is personal, you're not selling anything. 

When in doubt: 
Cleavage. 

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

Never be afraid to: 
Text first and and look like a boy. 

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

image c/o: @fakelynnandrews

Keep up with Ms. Andrews via her instagram: @fakelynnandrews and check out her band's debut EP "The Shirtwaist Sisters" at: https://theshirtwaistsisters.bandcamp.com/