I'm so excited to share a new segment on Kitten Lounge as I'm always asked what bracelets I'm wearing and why! As an Accessories Expert, I have a number of bracelets I love to rock from cuffs, wraps and more. With Spring being around the corner, there's definitely a need to start boosting this part of your closet which allows you to dress up bikinis, maxi dresses and so much more. Wrap bracelets beg to be stacked and worn with a number of pieces whether you're displaying an array of colors, going monochromatic or sharing your colorblocked look.
This season many trends will be on display with a number of hues. I'm loving this silver vermeil and vibrant yellow bracelet from Sho London that has great braided detail as well as that charm effect. When it's about keeping it neutral, you have to consider Gorjana's triple sand colored wrap with ring hardware. Blee Inara has a braided bracelet that has a hanging charm which adds a bit of whimsy to the look with a bold turquoise which is always perfect for the spring/summer. Wrap bracelets come in various forms and I love the mixed media of this Venessa Arizaga which incorporates chain and threads. I love that although this piece is edgy, it has a classic look that works with a number of looks from boyfriend cardigans to simple tanks. When it comes to wrap bracelets, I love those that are thin but I also love the ones that have a bit of depth, Linea Pelle has a fan large wrap that can still mix well with other bracelets and has the look of multiple layers which is a great way to accessorize with the nailhead detailing.
Many of the above looks are boho chic and many times, you want to have heritage brands within the mix which are also including wrap bracelets within their collection. Links of London - they bring together roped braiding with sterling silver which definitely makes it a classic. Hermes has a buckled vintage bracelet that can be worn as easily with jeans as well as cocktail dresses. Finally, I'm loving the buckle detail of Balenciaga which is yet another great classic that you will find yourself gravitating towards.
Another great season comes to a close as last night, a handful of shows walked the Mercedes Benz Maimi Swim Fashion Week runways! I am obsessed with the prints that hit ANK Swimwear! Swimwear is all about bikinis, bathing suits and of course great coverups! If you want to see more from this collection, check out our friends at Miami Swim Fashion Week for images from this show and other brands that participated too!
Earlier this week, right after N Natori's preview event, I went to Meet at the Apartment to see a special preview of Bob Marley the Movie thanks to Amy Chandra, Editor in Chief of Midtown Girl and founder of Socialista New York! This movie is available in select theaters on April 20th, On Demand as well as on Facebook! This event oozed Jamaican elements as we munched on Beef Patties, Chicken Patties, Veggie Patties, Cod Fritters and Jerk Chicken by Miss Lilys. I also loved the fun tote bag, tee (from Cedella's line) as well as cosmetic case. This event gave us a peek into Bob Marley's life and the event allowed us to also see Cedella Marley (daughter of Bob Marley) via Skype to talk about her father's legacy, his influence on fashion as well as her clothing line which pays tribute to The Wailers, has fun bikinis and she will also dress the men's and women's Jamaican Track and Field Teams as well during this Olympics!
So much for the weather report that threatened fashionistas everywhere with the possibility of our biggest series of days of getting rained out! Today, temperatures rose and my sister, Paul and I headed to Le Bain at the Standard Hotel. As the sun beat down on us on the deck and the astro turf, we were treated to a presentation by Prism which included vibrant bikinis, bathing wear for men and sunglasses! The models sunned and baked on the waterbed pods and even had a hot tub to jump into. Guests enjoyed Svedka Vodka cocktails, crepes with various options and mini popsicles in cucumber, beet and fudge. It was definitely fun to mingle with others and then head downstairs to the Standard Grill to enjoy a few beers and to cool down from the heat.
See more images from Prism's presentation Spring/Summer 2012
The summer is here and we're so happy about all the possibilities that it can bring! Last month (yes it is the last day of May so we're talking about April), we introduced you to two weeks of some of our favorite bikinis and paired them with fab looks! In addition, these bikinis will be at Curve in NY and/or Las Vegas! We love covering Curve in Las Vegas and can't wait to share all the amazing intimates, swimwear and men's underwear while we're there! But if you thought that we were going to stop talking bikinis, we had to include a post about Maaji Swimwear and pair it up just in time for the summer! In addition, we love that we are launching our nearly month long giveaway of Maaji Swimwear (we can't wait to see them at Curve Las Vegas)! THREE fab winners will be selected on June 28th by simply visiting Maaji Swimwear's amazing bikini site and selecting their favorite bikini and saying how they will accessorize it. Your favorite bikini and how you accessorize it will be included on this post within the comments section. We'll select our three favorite comments and the winners will have the opportunity to win their bikini that they included on their post based on availability. What we love is that this will take place right before 4th of July which is one of the biggest summer holidays! We're super excited to partner with Maaji Swimwear!
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.
If you're like me, you're already planning your bikini outfits but you should also think about your skin and suncare as well! Yes the bikini is essential and you can never go wrong with such brands as Rosa Cha and of course, pair them with espadrilles from Jimmy Choo! But none of it matters if you're skin isn't flawless and being protected! Now I think your tote must have Boscia blot paper that makes sure you skin has no oils. Of course, even though it is a necessity, it can still look super cute! I know that many are against wearing makeup when you workout and hit the beach but the fact of the matter is, I don't leave my door without makeup on. I love that Luminess ensures that you have that celeb look of being blended without having to deal with a number of blending sponges. Simply find the right section of the spectrum for you and you're kit will have a number of containers for you to blend together in order to continue looking like a sun goddess. But let's get serious about suncare. Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down and learning about the truth behind the industry and what makes MD Solar Sciences stand apart from many of the brands that we have been rocking. This brand allows us to understand the myths and misconceptions so that we can be more informed as well as being protected! Available at its own website as well as via your doctor, this collection focuses on UVA and UVB skincare. With a full product range which we will share throughout our Spring Break month in April, we began with a super easy No Touch Body Spray! We love that you can opt for not touching it when applied OR spraying it into your hands and rubbing it in your body - of course, you can share the love by making sure you're entire group is evenly applied as well!
When we hit this in between weather, I always think about how much I miss the typical high school and collegiate Spring Breaks! They were filled with trips to South Beach, Orlando, San Destin and much more. You packed feeling silly to lair up in hoodies but knowing that when you deplaned, you'd be in amazing weather. Now, my work allows me to travel a lot and Spring Break can happen anytime but everytime March Madness starts, I begin to think about back in the day. This is why I knew that we had to bring Spring Break in this year - April 18th - April 29th we will launch our own break. Each day we will talk about our favorite bikinis and how we can pair them. Coming off of SXSW, I can definitely use a vacation but with a number of events coming up over the next few weeks it seems that it will be sometime in May or right after my next HSN appearance before I can enjoy solitude. Until then, I'm ok with warm climates and bringing my work with me.
To kick off our Spring Break, on April 14th, we'll have a fun Twitter Party which you can attend virtually and will include 12 editors who will party together as they are shown products that are phenomenal to prep you for Spring Break! We can't wait to share it with you as there are goodies that you may have the opportunity to win virtually.
One of my favorite categories within apparel happens to be bikinis! I could live in them and enjoy having a number of choices in my closet. What I love about a Gottex show is that it's always filled with classic, eye popping pieces. Whether you're checking out their bikinis or swim gear there's never a dull moment! Above are my fave looks and I had to let you know what it looked from the back! Take a moment to check out more images at Elle.com.
As the invite says above, we may not be at the Hamptons point just yet but it's time to start shopping for fun Hamptons looks or wherever your beach of choice is. You guys have heard that I keep talking about the Hamptons and that is the main theme for this summer, here on Kitten Lounge! It's all about feeling luxurious and doing it in a way that you most feel comfortable! I am so excited to introduce you guys to an amazing brand that will have a continued presence on Kitten Lounge and that I am so excited to say that I have partnered with! Apart has an amazing site that has a variety of pieces that are perfect for our everyday. As you guys know, we have been given a great discount when you use the promotional code, KittenApril at checkout; however, on May 13th from 6 - 9pm, come hang out with us as Kitten Lounge co-host the Splashion Soiree at Apart's Showroom to see their line up close and personal, to snag great pieces of their collection at a GREAT discount and to meet one of my favorite accessories designers, Cynthia Rybakoff that will also be on hand! She has PHENOMENAL pieces and they will look amazing with all the tunics, maxis and more that we'll rock this summer. In addition you can meet the fab team of Apart, get style tips by me and of course enjoy amazing nibbles and bevvies courtesy of Figenza and Skinny Water as we all want to stay chic and trim! This is a great brand that you'll want to get to know as we will see great pieces that I have hand selected that are key for this season as well as getting the chance to get a peek at their fall collection! Make sure to RSVP to Rose@apartstyle.com and come ready to begin thinking summer.
I saw my favorite show so far - Rosa Cha. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the line and if I could, I would wear bathing suits everyday without a doubt. I love that the Goodie Bags had Haviannas in them (I will be swimming in them by the end of the show) and I love the fact that there were steel drums playing prior to the start of the show. I was so pleased to attend this how as Chanel Iman was in the show and totally rocked her kaftan. For an accessory designer or anyone that enjoys accessories, I was delighted to see cuffs, rings, earrings and so much more. The pallette of the swimsuits stayed within the Opal White, Red, Green and Leaden Brown shades. Enjoy the gallery and will someone book me a trip to Brazil after seeing that amazing
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