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Bakersfield Look - Nicole “Niki” Palisoc

Nicole “Niki” Palisoc

Nicole “Niki” Palisoc , 25, Occupation: Administrative Assistant, Recent CSUB Grad

Are you a Bakersfield Native? No, but I have been living here since 2005. I grew up in the Middle East, in Abu Dhabi.

Is there a style product that you absolutely can’t live without? My Ojon Rub-out Dry Shampoo during those in-between washes and bad hair days.

Do you think Bakersfield has a style? Bakersfield’s style is constantly evolving and casual. I like how everyone makes an effort to dress up, even if they are only having lunch or simply just walking their dog.

Describe your personal style. My style is a bit edgy; eclectic with a twist of Audrey Hepburn-inspired glamour.

How long does it usually take you to get ready in the morning? I have a 4-year-old daughter so most of my time is spent on getting her ready. I sometimes put my outfits together the night before so that I don’t scramble for clothes in the morning.

Is there a celebrity or person in your life that you get your style from? My favorite fashion icons are Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson. Their styles are effortlessly cool and they always find a way to reinvent themselves.

What is your favorite item of clothing? I love bright and colorful dresses and I wear them year-round.

What are you wearing? I am wearing a Marc by Marc Jacobs top, a Zara skirt, a blazer from Forever 21, Alexander Wang bag, accessories from Macy’s, and Kelsi Dagger boots.

Does your style change when you are not at work? I’m all about effortless style and comfort when I’m not working. I’m usually in floral dresses, skirts, and comfortable flats.

How do you personalize your ‘business’ look? I always like to personalize my look by adding a pop of color like a jewel colored blouse, bright colored bag, or shoes.

What are your favorite places to shop in Bakersfield? Apricot Lane and Kaur at The Marketplace for beautiful and one-of-a-kind cocktail dresses and La Coquette for cute tops, shoes, and denim.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you have made? I guess matching my shoes with my bag would be a big fashion faux pas and I have done this in the past.

Are you a bargain hound? I am definitely up for a good bargain but sometimes you also have to keep in mind quality over quantity.

What mistakes do you think men make when they dress? I don’t think men make a lot of mistakes in fashion; they just want to dress comfortably. My husband Christ loves his basketball shorts and jerseys but I try to make him wear nice polos and dress shirts whenever we go out.

Article appeared in our 28-5 Issue - December 2011