As I am spending my last days in DR, I'm soaking in 80 degree weather, spa services and working on my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection all in one place. Yes, I was up at the early portion of the morning (3am) to watch the Royal Wedding line up on E! but it's our last day of our two week run of Spring Break 2011! Throughout the past two weeks, I have shared phenomenal bikinis that are perfect for this season, summer and your holidays wherever they happen to take you. To end as well as we began, I present Beach Bunny Bikini Swimwear that involves the Kardashian's Collection! Who doesn't love the look of Python so of course I had to add one of my favorite cuffs from Ted Rossi as well as the woven wristlet from Bottega Veneta and ending it with this fabulous Moonstone Cocktail Ring by Sethi Couture! Love that everyone has enjoyed peeking in on some phenomenal suits!
Even though we're almost done with our Spring Break series, it's also time to start thinking about Mother's Day! You know that we're a fan of coffee table books and no one does it better then Assouline Publishing who has a number of topics that you're going to love! They think about mom just like we're thinking about her and this lifestyle publishing brand has partnered with my favorite accessory brand - MCM Accessories with the First Lady Bag in this fab royal blue color. After launching their Mother's Day Guide, they partnered with MCM and your mom has the opportunity to win this fabulous bag (don't be stingy and keep it for yourself although it's luxe and super cute)!
To enter, visit Assouline's Facebook page and answer the question: What is your most cherished travel memory of you with your mother? Assouline will choose one lucky winner based on creativity and originality of the answer as they kicked it off today (runs through Tuesday, May 3rd)! On May 4th at 12pm, one lucky winner will be announced and you can see all the entries on the Assouline Facebook Page. Feel free to submit your answers on their side.
Of course as much as we love hearing about this, it's always amazing to add additional gifts to mom as she is phenomenal! So we continued the blue story with some of our favorite brands that are not shy about rocking this royal hue! You'll find Laura Geller which I have been rocking their baked line for awhile, Yves Saint Laurent's Mascara in blue as well as Jane Iredale's eyeliner! Of course, this could be super cute for you as well.
A few days ago, I received a super fab box that I had no idea would be heading my way. It's not to say that that is unusual since this is a normal occurrence. But when I realized it was from Dior I nearly swooned! I only wear Dior Show for my lashes as I love the look that it gives without giving you the need to double dip in order to look luxe even when you're just walking down the street. Dior sent me a collection of lipsticks from Dior Addict with the campaign that simply says, "Be Iconic" and of course that's how you feel when you're rocking the line. Love the hues, use of Kate Moss and having a number of items incorporated into the campaign including a kissable post card, stickers and red cherry Lifesavers.
Although I am not a lipstick fan per se, I know that I will be rocking these sticks from time to time. It made me think of other items that I have a healthy beauty obsession with and definitely want to try. As many of you know, Kitten Lounge is all about showcasing items that I love, have tried or think that it should be gifted to others. Rarely do I talk about items without personally trying it out and obviously, upon receipt I will follow up about this! With that said, the next three times are on my wishlist to trying out (even editors drool over products that they have only heard aboutt). Organix has a self warming Coconut Milk Sugar Cane Scrub. I believe in weekly exfoliation but having the warm sensation while doing so seems like something that I would love! A caviar scrub seems phenomenal and ever since I first heard of it upon its initial release, I know this is one that has to be tried and it's by Balenciaga! Finally, I'm a huge fan of Korres and while I am currently in DR, having an Aftersun Gel Yogurt is an essential as it instantly cools your face and body after being in the sun. In addition, the fact that there is real edible yogurt in it may be of note to those that truly want to enjoy all this product has to offer!
Sometimes when people are thinking colors they over look the power of beige! I got inspired the second I saw Indah Tachi's bikini in this fab shade. It's a fab color that looks fab on brown and tanned skin! In fact it's translucence is also quite illuminating. As we are in the last days of Spring Break 2011, it's important to also take into account the impact that this color has on beauty as well! Above are some fab items that you should keep thinking about to add to your beauty bounty including Jane Iredale, Bare Escentuals as well as Palladio! They're fab finds and they allow your skin to have that fabulously natural look with just a hint of something!
As you read this, I'm leaving NYC for a few days to head to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to design my second Sebago collaboration titled, Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12! With me heading to the beach (you know I have to get some in between the work), I can't leave my guys high and dry as we're in the second and last week focusing on Spring Break 2011! He looks phenom and any color can be his color when it's worn with confidence. He also loves accessorizing and dabbling! So we're loving when he rocks purple (it's a regal color) and with paisley to boot! When he hits the beach he does it in style and a man in leather is one that we can't deny! So as he rocks his Etrom make sure that he rocks two other leather goods that I'm loving right now! Tod's is more than just fabulous women's shoes line and this Charity Bracelet is fab and if he opts to leave it behind, you have something amazing that you can wear with your bikini instead! In addition, we're never far from drooling about Rebecca Minkoff and love that he can wear this and we can too! Finally nothing excites me more then a guy who smells amazing and with that said I'm excited to share with you Axe Excite which will keep him smelling amazing no matter which product he opts for within this family of fragrances and deodorants. We have 3 packs to give away so just let us know what excites you the summer when it comes to looking fabulous and you could be 1 of 3 winners. Winners will be selected a week from today!
As I begin prepping for my trip to DR for tomorrow, without question, I know I will toss in my black bikini. No matter how much I love trying something new, there is something to be said for wearing that classic black bikini! Today, Vix hits Kitten Lounge and we think about the classic going out to meet your girlfriends. It's a time to dish, drink mojitos and of course to ensure that everyone knows that you have ultimate style! Complete the look by going super classic. I'm loving Kate Spade's half circle tote which can be worn with whatever you're wearing (even if it's not beach bound)! Pairing it with a large hat is so decadent! Wedges are a must for the summer and Badgley Mischka has a fab pair that will rock out this look. Finally, you know that I'm all about charm bracelets so let's make sure that we keep it fab by including this piece that integrates black and gold available at Max and Chloe.
On Wed, I head out to Santo Domingo to design my 2nd collection for Sebago in my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection. I'm uber excited to get in some fun and sun as well as to design the follow up to my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 11 collection. With that said, I have a bikini for each day! I am a fan of many things and can't even list it as it would go on forever! That being said, I'm a huge fan of Rosa Cha! I have been for a number of years and who doesn't love a color palette of pink, black and white. This fab bikini would look amazing with this opal cocktail ring by Sevan Milky, fab blush wedges by Camilla Skovgaard and of course this fably adorned Helmut Lang Bunker Tote! It's yet another fab way to ensure that you're looking amazing no matter what global beach you're jetting to!
This Sunday's Snazzy Sundays continues our Spring Break 2011 theme! Sometimes you get inspiration for how something looks by something in a magazine or on a runway. But then again you may get an idea from your bikini! I'm loving Shoshanna as they're bringing in the fun Ikat print that everyone is rocking one way or another with their looks for yet another spring/summer season! There is something about white, turquoise, green and yellow coming together that makes everything bright as well as perfect for gatherings. We also love that it's still in keeping with the colors that we think about in terms of Easter as well! Follow the Ikat love by adding various hues that are found in the suit! I'm loving Haute House's Monroe Sofa which is so Miami chic and begs for color to be placed on it's cushions. For that, we get inspired by our fave Trink Turk pillows. Finally add some whimsy and bring in the sun with Perch Zooey Mini Chandelier Pendant Lamp. All are fab choices for a day/night in of keeping the season year around!
There is something about a stark white bikini on tanned, olive, caramel or any number of the gorg brown shades that many rock that makes you want to run to your nearest oasis! When you have an all white look in the summer, that's when I definitely get excited to wear gold. I don't wear this tone a lot but we all have our bling out moments and this is such a case. Vitamin A is one of my favorite brands as they always have such a fun suit that's perfect for your global beach destination. Of course, I'm charmed with Alex and Ani and this bunch of bracelets will not go unnoticed on your arm. Finally, show everyone that you rock, own and have stock in your divalicious card by rocking these sky high gold Donna Karan shoes and with the subtle bling by Cathy Waterman available at my fave boutique, Ylang 23!
Missed our Spring Break 2011 look from Trina Turk?
Sunshine is all the rage so of course you always want to bring it with you to whatever global beach you're calling home! I'm loving ethnic prints and so Trina Turks' super cute bikini that's available at one of my first go to's for bikinis - Victoria's Secret - this is a must! With so many colors, people wonder, how should it be accessorized, keep it easy breezy and pick a color. I picked yellow where you could rock, Michael Kors' handbag which is perfect to tote everything from SoBe to Ibiza. Nothing is better than rocking a mutually ethnic flip flop by my fave, Havaianas and finally, keep it global and charitably chic by embracing this fab bead bracelet by Same Sky (find out how purchasing their pieces in various styles supports others that could use your assistance as you rock them out).
We're so all about the sun and protection and each of the four posts today have involved a giveaway component so our last post had to include this as well! As apart of the Eucerin Ambassador program, we're focusing on Eucerin that includes great skin and sun care together with SPF in their lotions for the body as well as the face! We've all known about this brand but it's always nice to be reintroduced! So while you get to know more about them, I wanted to let you know that next month is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month! As many of us are aware, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. So as the temps rise and more of your activities include an outdoor component, make sure that you don't leave the house without SPF on your skin and don't be stingy, continue to reapply every 2 hours especially when you have toweled off, been swimming or have been sweating!
Begin stocking up now and make sure that it's around the house as well as leaving tubes in your bag as well. If you're meeting up with people to hang out, make sure to bring extra - sharing is caring, make sure that your friends are protected as well. SO with that said, how do you ensure that your skin is protected? We will continue to have this giveaway through May 5th so there is plenty of time to share. One winner will receive Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 15 & 30; Body and Face Lotion plus a Vera Bradley umbrella to help shield you from the sun and a matching cosmetic case to carry your SPF.
Nothing is better then having your faves at your fingertips. I have a number of products that I love or those that I would want to gift. One of the items I love gifting and can't wait to gift to a few of our fab readers is Stivectin's Beauty Pack! To be honest, I don't use a lot of the Strivectin porducts with the exception of Instant Retexturizing Scrub - I love little beads moisturizing your face and when you're on camera, constantly traveling, etc this is a nice way to baby your skin! But I know that many people are concerned about preventing and attacking wrinkles and so I think that the beauty pack is an essential to those who are ready to fight remaining beauty! In addition, let us know what your fave revitalizing product is and we will give you a beauty pack from Strivectin! This is a week long giveaway.
Now more items that I love, Jane Iredale is amazing to keep my lips scrubbed and who wouldn't love the brown sugar that is left behind? Now last week we included Amala's Handbag Essentials within Kimmie's Gimmies and I have to say that I am a super fan without a doubt! Amala is something that is always on me when I'm running around the city as well as traveling. So having this super cute pack that includes a Hydrating Hand Cream, Rejuvenating Hand Cream and Soothing Lip Salve. All are meant to beautify! Finally, my day CAN'T start without my Clarisonic. You can use the facial cleanser that comes within the box or your favorite but after charging you can put a drop on this mechanism and rub your skin without fearing that you're being too rough on your skin and it's always clean when complete! It's super light and I can't remember how I ensured that my face was squeaky clean without it!
Temperature should never dictate whether you opt for sun care on your skin. But we're never one to wag our finger, we provide fashionable options! As many of you know, I'm an Aveeno Ambassador so you'll hear a lot about what is going on on the site in terms of new products that are coming out for those who have sensitive skin and just care about having amazing skin. Whether you have babies or you like to pamper and baby yourself, I'm loving Aveeno's Baby line which ensures that you skin is moisturized and protected against the sun. Because skincare is so essential, we wanted to have this post focus on this (as well as a cute bag to store it in!
Thanks to the fab Aveeno team who also agrees with this initiative of amazing skin, we're giving away 5 sets of the above Aveeno Baby products (minus the YSL tote - sorry guys). We will run this giveaway for the next week. Let us know how you baby your skin and you could be 1 of 5 people who will one of the winners of this fab product that is super cute! I'll also keep you up to date on fun facts about your skin and Aveeno's initiatives to ensure that your skin stays healthy, happy, babied and sexy!
I may be heading to DR next week but it's for work I swear! I'll be designing my Spring 12 collection for Sebago! But don't think that I'm not thinking of the first vacation that Paul and I will be taking some point soon I hope! Yes we headed out to Austin as our first travel experience as well as to Philly - but once again work! So with that said I'm thinking of warm locales or his beauty bounty when it comes to taking a long weekend in the Hamptons! With that said, he loves beauty as much as I do and so why not have him decked out in some beauty product that would be perfect for him! Now I know that he's all about smelling phenom and I love Ginseng so Molton Brown is the perfect way to spice up some good things! Of course, a clean shaven man is such an important thing so using Schick Hydro is a great way to keep that close shave and combining it with a fab Aloe Vera Shaving Cream tube is perfect!
Everything can be tossed in this fab Vivienne Westwood man tote and of course he can lug a number of things around. Now with it being Spring Break, we had to do a phenomenal giveaway and we can thank the fab people at Schick you can experience the amazing Hydro 5 Blast and Hydro 3 Blast Razors and be travel ready! They are providing us with 3 sets of the below! Whether you're about to jet off or simply care about making sure he stays fabulously smooth, simply tell us where you're honey or guy you care about will be jetting off too! Winners will be selected next Thursday!
When he hits the beach, he wants comfort and although I could think about all the themes I'm rocking in my look, his basics must be met. So we kept it super easy with "get me noticed shorts" from Vilebrequin, my favorite Havaianas by Michael Bastian, a hat (looking dapper in Paul Smith) to keep him from the shade and of course, rocking Mosley Tribes? Simple and he's able to head out for Beach Volleyball, laying out or swimming up to the bar! Of course this gives you the chance to rock his sunglasses and hat when he happens to be running around.
Spring Break 2011 looks kicked off yesterday and we're always dreaming of the next best thing in bathing suits. Now I am a bikini kind of girl - I love two pieces! So when I see a one piece that catches my eye, then of course I have to share it! I'm loving this Orange Tie Dye suit by DiNeila. It screams SoBe, St Barths, Rio and Negril just to name a few locales. This is definitely perfect for those cabana parties or events where it's seriously bathing suit only. I'm also think that when it comes to SoBe, it's all about Nikki Beach and I love the hues and angles in this suit! So to ensure that you look like the sun baby for sure, pair this up with the phenomenal lamb leather cuff by Yasu Jutaro which doesn't restrict your wrist and only feels better with each wear as well as rocking Annette Ferdinandsen's Mexican Fire Opal Egg Ring available at Ylang 23. Of course, no look is complete without cork heels and how can you not love Christian Louboutin in this department? Finally, when you simply want the bag that has elegant edge, finish it off with this super cute satchel from L.A.M.B.!
As we have buzzed about on the site for the past few days, we're officially kicking off Spring Break 2011! From now through April 29th, we will showcase fun looks to prep you for Spring Break, Summer vacations and so much more. Of course we had to get you accessorized in and out of the cabana! I'm loving the super cute romper from Seafolly which is perfect when you're grabbing lunch as well as hanging out in the beach. This Australian brand has a number of suits, dresses and coverups that you will love! Of course you can never go wrong with DVF and I'm loving this print infused suit who has pops of color and who doesn't love turquoise?
We love the Spring because we know that it means we're pretty sure that the snow and severe dips in temperature are done! But the Spring is also a little up and down and makes us uneasy when it comes to how we're dressing! But one thing is undeniable, it gets us in the mood to add pops of color in our closet and looking forward to the summer! In addition, we pack our bags to warmer locales in hopes of getting a bit of a jump start on the warm weather! Thursday night, Kitten Lounge presented Kimmie's Gimmies with a fab group of fellow bloggers - sharing many of my favorite finds and musts for this season! On Monday, we will be in full Spring Break mode for the next two weeks showing you the best in bikinis and what goes best with them! With so many fun things going on, we had to swoon over Seafolly for our mini kick off today, an Australian brand that has a number of super cute looks. You'll see the behind the scenes look from their photoshoot to get you in the mood!
Everyday you get the opportunity to see things that I love but I felt that it was time to also bring together some of my favorite bloggers and influencers by introducing items within themes! From that second, Kimmie's Gimmies was born and since we're all thinking of warmer weather we're kicking off our Spring Break theme which starts next week by having an intimate group of fellow bloggers to see my pics in terms of my favorite place as well as items that are perfect for Spring Break! I rounded up Shyema of Beauty and the Feast, Dorian of Big Apple Style, Kitty of Kitty Bradshaw, Makeda of Glamazon Diaries, Lorna of The Fabulous Report, Shoshi of Modern Day Courtesan Magazine and NY Near Say, Christine of Tineey, Charu of Butterfly Diary and Shaunequa of Temple of Glam.
We arrived at Polished Beauty Bar on the UWS to get fab manis which is the perfect way to begin thinking about Spring Break. Obviously, I went to my stand by - Zoya's Indigo which is the perfect shade and everyone picked their fave colors! While we were getting pampered, we were able to not only get to know each other but owner and Celebrity Stylist of the salon, Susan Nam shared stories of shoots that she had been apart of and other fun facts. In addition, we were visited by one of our sponsors - Lush (on the UWS) so fun and who doesn't love it! Once we were perfectly polished, Susan shared how we can stay summer ready with our nails and explained what will keep our manis intact. With all that info, we had to delve into my top pics that were stuffed inside our fab bag!
I'm so excited to have had phenomenal sponsors including Polished Beauty Bar of course - CND (not only did they provide items from their effects line but they included Jason Wu's new colors that he did in collaboration with the brand - not available in stores until next month!), Zoya products, fragrances by Natori, Queen Latifah, Jessica Simpson, Gabriel Organics, a fab pop of color with Skagen Denmark, Monet Jewelry, Batiste Hair (dry shampoo which made Shyema excited), Lush Cosmetics, MD Solar Scienes and Amala! Take some time to check out images from this event as well as the fun video!
A huge thank you to all of our partners that made this event a success! Next month we have an amazing make up event to help you get that amazing look for all of your cocktail parties as well as in June having a fun dinner party! Kimmie's Gimmies will always be themed letting you know what's amazing and what you should be including!
There will be updates to this post with links of other attendees coverage!
Kimmie's Gimmies Spring Break Tweet Event ~ 04.14.11 @ Polished Beauty Bar 8pm
Above image provided by Seafolly, photographed by Max Doyle
Forget about the up and down weather that we have been having lately, we know that Summer will come to us or we will go to it! I can't lie that I am super excited to be heading to the DR later on this month for a few days to soak in some much needed sun! With that said, we may not be in college anymore but Spring Break reminds us of the times when we would pack up to fun locations where you only needed bikinis, maxis and more to be dressed for any and all occasions. Now this same theme reminds us to book our long weekends, take a week off and to also prep for consistently warm weather!
With that, we're super pumped to launch Spring Break on Kitten Lounge starting next week on April 18th - the 29th! You'll find out what bikinis we're loving, how to dress it up and you won't have to wonder what travel accessories and coverups are a must for your upcoming trips! We're loving the beach loving look of Seafolly and you'll be introduced to more brands coming up over the next two weeks so you're set for Spring and Summer! We'll have fun videos and more and I'll connect to you via Dominican Republic as I will be enjoying my own days away while designing my upcoming Spring 12 collection for Sebago! But a proper kick off would be nothing without a party! This Thursday night we're kicking off Kimmie's Gimmies Spring Break Tweet Party in the most essential way possible, 10 bloggers that I'm loving right now will join me for manis and some "getting Spring Break ready" advice by Celebrity Nail Stylist and Polished Beauty Bar owner, Susan Nam at her UWS salon. After getting our nails done, I'm sharing some of my must have's for the Spring/Summer of 2011. We'll include beauty, apparel and fashion brands (we have some fun brands that we can tell you about including Batiste and Skagen Denmark but will let you know day of who will be joining in on the fun) and we'll let you know what to keep an eye out for while also being able to give you opportunities to win giveaways. We'll stream as well as tweet away! Then come back on Mon as we start sharing our daily style spreads for Spring Break! We'll be tweeting and following the hashtag #KLSpringBreak.
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