Hi there! I’m Michael. And I’m thrilled you’re here.
I’m the founder of The Stylish Standout, which means I wear several hats—consultant, speaker, writer, editor, and style expert, to name a few. And in these different roles, I create Personalized Style Experiences for professionals and support fashion, lifestyle, and start-up companies through my Creative Business Solutions. I also manage TSS’s Blog, full of how-tos, shopping guides, essays, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the business.
Most recently, I was the assistant digital style editor at the now-defunct LuckyShops.com, where I reported and edited features on product launches, emerging designers, and on-brand collaborations; edited trend- and market-based shopping guides; and wrote “Ask Michael,” a weekly style-advice column. And I loved every single nanosecond of it.
Prior to LuckyShops, I crafted e-commerce copy for ShopBAZAAR.com, Harper’s BAZAAR’s e-commerce destination, and served as contributing fashion assistant at Lucky, editing the home and tech markets and coordinating all still-life photography for the magazine.
Before relocating to New York City to pursue (and achieve!) my life-long dream of becoming a fashion editor, I was a corporate trainer for a start-up financial services company. I developed, designed, and delivered dynamic curriculum on topics including talent and performance management, diversity and equality, leadership, process improvement and quality assurance, and steered corporate strategy across several business lines.
I studied journalism at Texas A&M University-Commerce and was born and raised in Dallas, where my obsession with skinny pants began.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS…
→ SKINNY PANTS: I’m meticulous about the hem of my signature silhouette stopping precisely above the ankle. It’s serious business.
→ BOOKS (AND MAGAZINES): After a pitstop at the Union Square Greenmarket, a typical Saturday afternoon includes a visit to Barnes & Noble.
→ THE DALLAS COWBOYS: Some of my fondest memories growing up are of my Dad and I settling in after Sunday dinner to watch our ‘Boys. Into adulthood, my avidity for #CowboysNation hasn’t diminished one bit.
→ VOLUNTEERING: Service is an essential part of my life. Through my church (First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem), and personal and professional networks, I contribute my time and resources to create the change I want to see in the world.
→ NOTEBOOKS: Despite my loyalty to all things Apple, I’m pretty old school when it comes to business. Give me a classic Moleskine Ruled Notebook in black, and I’m good to go.
→ CHICKEN WINGS: Drums > Flats. Don’t debate me.
Now that you know more about me, tell me something about you! You’re always welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m on social too: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are my where you can typically find me.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING…
“Michael is able to get into the consumer’s head and be creative from that perspective—and that’s not easy.”
—LEIGH BELZ RAY, Features and News Director, InStyle
“Michael doesn’t just give your work a voice—he brings a presence and personality to the atmosphere that pushes your brand towards excellence. His knowledge of the industry, focus on impact, and commitment to your end game is unmatched.”
—MELISSA KIMBLE, Founder, #blkcreatives
Having worked with Michael at Lucky, I can attest to his solid work ethic, unique point of view on style, and endlessly positive attitude. He’s passionate about helping women not just look good, but feel good!
—ANNIE TOMLIN, Beauty Director, SELF
“Editorially, The Stylish Standout bridges the gap between what brands need and what young women are looking for. Michael brings up-and-coming brands to the audiences that yearn for them in a seamless and authentic way, something that isn’t always delivered so effortlessly. And young professionals can find the inspiration and advice that speaks to them—not at them.”
—CHRISTINE CAUTHEN, Lead Editor, Blavity
“Michael’s a tastemaker that really has a passion for cultivating lifestyle content. By combining his expert knowledge, amazing attention to process and ongoing support, you will get results— guaranteed. I’d recommend Michael to anyone serious about expanding their brand; he truly cares not only about the content but he puts his clients and their brands at the center.”
—DREW-SHANE DANIELS, Content Strategist
“The Stylish Standout’s Blog is my go-to to find out what’s going on in the industry. Michael is unfailingly on top of it all. No exaggeration.”
—RACHEL GLICKSBERG, New York City-based reader of The Stylish Standout