By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
As a young entrepreneur, Sydnee DiMascio has taken her love of retro styles and current trends to open – along with her mother – an online clothing boutique, Syd & Bean (www.sydandbean.com).
Taking inspiration from young Hollywood starlets Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid and Olivia Jade, she gravitates toward wearing and selling comfortable, stylish clothing to young women around the country. When it comes to giving style advice, DiMascio says, “Love what you’re wearing because your confidence radiates.”
With a closet full of her favorite brands, including Brandy Melville and Steve Madden, DiMascio notes her wardrobe is diverse, colorful and organized. She isn’t afraid of vintage-inspired checkered or gingham prints, while denim jackets, high-waisted jeans and choker necklaces are a few of her signature pieces.
“My style influences my career because I can instantly see an outfit put together and imagine how it’d look on camera,” DiMascio says.
When she’s not creating trendy looks for herself, her friends or her online boutique, you can find DiMascio hitting the golf course to perfect her swing.
“On weekdays, I’m pretty casual in leggings or jeans and a T-shirt, and, on weekends, it’s all about golf attire during the day and a well put-together outfit at night.”
What’s your favorite thing about owning your own business? It lets me be creative and share my creativity with others.
What’s a quote you live by? “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
What is your go-to outfit for a night on the town? I love a denim skirt with a black belt and a black bodysuit.
By Mandy Holmes
Photo by James Patrick
When he’s not perfecting his clients’ chiseled six-packs or assisting with their weight-loss journey, Brandon Burden ditches his athletic shorts for a more athletic European street-style outside of the gym.
“Being a former athlete and working in the fitness industry, I prefer a more tailored, slim-fit style of clothing,” Burden says.
Influenced by his worldly travels and a few stylish Instagram accounts, Burden favors simple designs and darker hues that he can dress up with boots after the gym closes. Always one to stay current on trends, Burden keeps an open mind for patterns that catch his eye when browsing stores like Zara and Urban Outfitters.
In the gym, it’s all about clothes that are stylish, professional and functional. Whether Burden is training at Maximum Fitness in North Scottsdale or perusing the streets of Old Town, he’s sure to be on-trend, comfortable and confident, noting that building confidence is key to helping his clients look good and feel good.
“I love helping people physically transform because it absolutely carries over into all aspects of their lives, one being how they feel when they get dressed or how confident they feel when they walk into a room,” Burden says.
What is your most prized possession in your closet? The dirtiest pair of black Converse sneakers you’ve ever seen. The shoes are covered with mud from Wrigley Field from the night the Cubs won the World Series.
What is your No. 1 style tip? Dress in clothes that make you feel confident. You’ll feel better wearing something you love instead of what’s popular at the moment.
What will we see you in on weekends? Slim-fit jeans or shorts paired with a T-shirt, henley, or a slim-fit button down with either Chelsea boots, classy sneakers or Vans.