By Emily Glynn
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
When she isn’t tackling Alzheimer’s disease alongside her favorite charity, BvB Phoenix, Brittany Barnett plays her hand at fashion, an art that comes second nature to the promotional event specialist.
“I love observing how other people piece things together,” she says. “I could be wearing the exact same outfit as someone else, but depending on how we accessorize, we might look completely different. That’s what I love about fashion. You make it your own!”
For Barnett, this means Minnetonka fringe boots, curve-hugging Levi’s and steals from Poor Little Rich Girl, her favorite local boutique. Her effortless bohemian wardrobe percolates with adventure and creativity, a charming glimpse into the life of the quintessential girl next door.
“My mother always tells me I was ‘boho-chic’ before it became a thing,” she laughs. “But I just wear what I like. As soon as you find the style that complements you best, that’s when your confidence really shows.”
Sifting through her closet, one might stumble upon some anomalies (such as football gloves and cleats), but Barnett’s staple accessories can’t be found among her hangers of breezy Anthropologie dresses.
“The rings my grandmother gave me as a teenager never leave my fingers,” she says.
Describe your personal style. I had to ask friends for help with this one! I said eclectic, fringed and lacy. They said boho, carefree, relaxed and confident 80s/90s chic. Where can we find you on your day off and what are you wearing? My goal this year is to learn how to golf! So, either on the golf course wearing lululemon, tennis shoes and a polo, or riding around in Chuck Taylors and a loose T-shirt. At night, I like to check out dive bars and places with live music – always in a dress or romper with wedges! Name your top three beauty must-haves. L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara, Crest Whitestrips and St. Tropez self-tanner.
By Emily Glynn
Photo by James Patrick
A former player in the world of corporate finance, Scott Burdick has since tapped into his creative side as managing partner and co-owner at Wiseman and Gale Interiors, a luxury residential design firm.
As one of two men in an office of 20, Burdick’s wardrobe choices are under a fair bit of scrutiny.
“To a small degree, my style is a reflection on my company, so I try to keep it pretty pulled together,” he says. “It needs to be professional, stylish, semi-conservative and comfortable.”
Though he’ll opt for jeans and a crisp blazer nine times out of 10, Burdick’s sharp, streamlined style proves that having a uniform doesn’t necessarily correlate with predictability. “I’m uninspired by things that look overdone, too coordinated and too thought out,” he says. “I prefer the unexpected.”
His outfits come together organically, thanks to a closet full of timeless, versatile pieces from Carolina Herrera and Italian designers like Prada and Brunello Cucinelli.
And while Burdick isn’t keen on shopping, there is one exception he’s willing to make. “Since I was a kid, I have loved Il Bisonte Italian leather,” he says. “When I’m traveling, I’ll make that a destination for sure.”
What would we be surprised to find in your closet? It’s more about what you won’t find … I have very few pairs of shoes (less than 10), two styles of jeans and a gazillion blue button-down shirts. When I buy shoes, there is no limit; I go for super high-quality and conservative, and I wear them into the ground. With jeans, my eyes get used to the way I look in the same pair. Changing styles can be traumatic, so I stick to the same one or two. What will we never find you wearing? Sunglasses. I feel like they block my vision. What is the last movie you watched? I Am Love starring Tilda Swinton. This isn’t the last movie I’ve watched, but it’s noteworthy because it sends me into orbit – so incredibly stylish.