Even though we're weeks away from consistently warm weather, fashion continues on with what's currently available within our favorite boutiques, what's being rocked on the runways as well as what's being worked on within design teams all over the world. Fall 2013 accessories have been showcased and of course I had to share what some of my faves are for the upcoming season when we're back in layers again! Check out key accessories in a number of categories from shoes (for men and women) and handbags. Check out some of my faves including Alberto Moretti, Attilio Giusti Leombruni, Bottega Veneta, Brian Atwood and Gucci for their current Spring collections as well as checking our friends at WWD for the Fall previews.
Last week I had to share one of the favorite looks that was created by Johana from NBC's Fashion Star. This week she was paired with Daniel again as they had to create separate pieces that are meant to be worn together in order to create a cohesive look! Yet again, I was all about Johana's look as her pencil skirt was perfection and I love Daniel's tops! During the show, there were three distinct variations that made it on the runway; however, when it came to production (as Saks actually bought both), you can see that they have a blush/black ensemble as well as a black/white combo. The beauty of this look is that they look fabulous separately but when placed together, it's as if you have a dress!
Roll over the images to see how I would accessorize the above in terms of shoes and handbags! In addition, see how these items are a universal for your accessories and how you can include it within other looks that you plan on wearing during this season and the next! You'll find these accessories consist of Reed Krakoff, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Stephanie Cesaire.
It's the first day of April and we know that there are bound to be some April Fools shennanigans throughout the day but this isn't one of them! Now that we're in step with spring, throughout the month I'll be sharing fabulous coral infusions in a number of ways as we continue to Spring into Fresh which is an overall theme for this month in general. It can be done in a number of ways with a range of hues within this fabulous shade!
ACCESSORIZE IN CORAL
Roll over the above images in order to see how we took a fabulous strapless dress and popped in some color while keeping the look simple and clean! In addition, make sure that you check out how fabulous the shoes are within this spread! Coral is such a great hue as it makes a number of skintones look amazing and brings a warming element to the overall look! Included within today's post, you'll find accessories to enhance your Quiksilver by Alice + Olivia, Alexis Bittar, Marissa Collections, Hugo Boss and Bottega Veneta to name a few!
Back in November, I pre-ordered a fabulous chain link bracelet in gunmetal from Shay Accessories courtesy of Bonfaire which is a great place to order a season ahead and to receive it just in time of the season! This classic accessory has always been on trend and now, I'm all about getting a number of these from a variety of designers! Chain Link Bracelets are fabulous to rock on your wrists and are the perfect blend of casual and edgy chic! Here are some of my favorites!
Eddie Borgo puts a twist on this chain bracelet by having a silver finish with one of the links being pave! This bracelet has smaller links as opposed to the large ones that you would find in a piece such as the one I have from Shay Accessories. Another small chain link bracelet is this rose gold Jennifer Fisher piece which is my second favorite metal (to silver of course) and looks great on so many skin tones. Marc by Marc Jacobs has their Turnlock bracelet which has the tortoiseshell look and is perfect to wear with casual outfits as well as those that can be dressed up! The lock feature is great from an aesthetic standpoint as well as to secure the closure.
The gold plated Versace bracelet is the epitome of a classic look with the medallion of the famed house. Bottega Veneta is known for their leather braiding and this chain link bracelet is oxidized silver with this detailing on it as well. I'm a huge fan of pave and love this Cubic Zirconia Pink Gold bracelet which is definitely a super sweet and femme accessory. Trina Turk's chain link bracelet in gold, adds whimsy with this cute elephant charm. Finally, another great chain link bracelet option can be found from Lou Zeldis' black chain link bracelet is another way to put a twist to this classic piece.
My tech is pretty important to me no matter where I go but during NYFW it's such an essential that I double check to make sure that I have everything. Although I'm so fortunate to live a few streets away from Lincoln Center (one of the areas that NYFW takes place), I can't bank on being able to swing by my apartment when I'm off to shows, presentations, gifting suites and so much more. So I ensure that everything is not only fashionable but I can run my office from anywhere and still hang out with my girls as we touch base between sushi and cocktails (love TB'ing with Raijean, my sister, Makeda, Kitty and more).
So to stay fab and connected, I suggest the following! Like many my iPad allows me to do a number of things from staying on schedule, taking notes, taking some pics etc. Keep it fab by including it in my Linea Pelle (love that they are sponsoring me this season and that you will see me rocking their bags, belts and of course my case) Dylan Croco iPad Case. I'm not an orange girl per se but it's Paul's fave color and I love rocking hues that he loves seeing. I love the Go Smart Stylus which allows me to work on my iPad without using my fingers and to accurately selecting what needs to be done. As I never know when I'm traveling, my passport is always on hand and I enclose it in a vibrant holder by Lodis. All of this can fit into my Bottega Veneta bag which is a fab hobo in a caramel color.
My key accessory is a scarf and I love this one by Guess that works well with a number of looks or if there is a slight chill in some of the presentation areas. I am a huge fan of sunglasses and love this retro oversized pair by Miu Miu. Since I love to do touchups or to build upon a look, I always bring a few more cosmetic items than normal and this cosmetic case maintains a great pop of color by Givenchy cosmetic case. Finally, it's all about a fab wallet as you'll be pulling it out a number of times for whatever reason - no need to stop accessorizing, love this one by Alexander McQueen.
UPDATE: We have a special giveaway for our bloggers - Go Smart Stylus wants to give 4 of their fab instruments away! To enter to win, you must leave a comment below that includes your name, your blog and your Twitter handle. 4 winners will be selected to receive the Go Smart Stylus which allows you to navigate your tablet! We will announce a winner on Feb 7th (the first day of NYFW FW2013).
One of my favorite lines hit the runway today in Milan, during Fashion Week - Bottega Veneta! What's not to love in their shows with phenom colors for dressed, drool worthy handbags (personally obsessed with the yellow clutch) and oversized sunglasses! Anna Wintour of Vogue also attended this presentation - I would have loved to have seen her sunglasses as she always has great style.
I am all about running around and getting my day to day tasks taken care of - even in this heat! Sometimes it's not an option to put it off or to hope for rain so you just have to think smarter and lighter!. I'm obsessed with this Malene Birger style as I was obsessed with it when I saw it in black and white and now that I see it in this washed out yellow - kismet! Bottega Veneta has a fabulous cowry shell pendant necklace on a silver chain as well as python wedge sandals. Because I love mixing textures as well as metals, I love this Roberto Coin diamond bracelet that has silver, gold and rose gold - decadent. I would also pair this with Nicky Hilton's quartz ring which is a nice pop. Finally, I'm OBSESSED with Jimmy Choo's leopard print calf hair bag! I love that their bags also come with a cuff that can be an accessory to your bag or one that you can slip on your wrist!
The Kardashians definitely have a matriarch that keeps everything in check even while she works on her personal empire. Last week, Kris Jenner stepped out to attend Google and The Hollywood Reporter hosted an event right before the White House Correspondants dinner! I love Kris Jenner wearing this long sleeved banded dress in white! It's a sexy look while definitely being age appropriate as she is always on point with her look .We're loving her woven black clutch and may we suggest this one by Bottega Veneta which is oh so chic. I'm drooling over her earrings as they are classy, eye popping and can be noticed wherever you happen to stand! To get a similar look, try Colucci Diamonds availale at one of my favorite sites, Forzieri! Finally, it's always about the shoes, I would have actually opted for this fab mesh pair by Giuseppe Zanotti as I love the fun exchange of textures between mesh, banded and woven! White is so crisp and there is a way to bring it to a feminine as well as an edgy look.
Vacations seem to be few and far between but I am constantly traveling! Tomorrow I will jet off to LA to mix business and pleasure together! I'm excited to be with my boyfriend on his Social TV conference that he produced and will be on panels for, I'll be working on a number of items involving the ever growing Kimmie brand and of course taking some much needed down time/ I'm loving that I will have a chance to enjoy some time by the pool!
When it's time to have some pool time, I believe in rocking it out! First you have to start with the bikini, I'm loving DVF who has an awesome zebra beaded ensemble which is perfect! Make it look super cute by slipping on a pair of shorts by Rag & Bone. Super cute shorts beg to have fab heels on and when in a bikini, I love rocking wedges and this pair by Brian Atwood is amazing! Rock on a pair of sunglasses with Tom Ford and finish it off with Bottega Veneta's woven leather satchel which is the perfect way to take much needed down time - when you can!
The weather may be up and down wherever you live around the country but once he gets inside, it's time to enjoy drinks and nibbles with friends. Whether you're stepping out of your home office or leaving your office you want to make sure that he looks fab when it comes time to enjoying the season. Start off with a crisp shirt from Paul Smith in one of my fave hues - purple striped wovens. Rock this over a pair of skinny jeans from Edwin and a fab velvet blazer at J Crew!
This is a great base that we can add fun cufflinks from Bottega Veneta which has fab detailing and yet is very casual! A sterling silver Gucci bracelet watch makes sure that he stays on time or can check when you're bound to arrive to the party. For the ultimate comfort, he can slip into Ralph Lauren's Hayward Vachetta Driver. I love the color, the sewn detailing with the penny look across the top. He's definitely ready to go out for the evening and beyond.
When I'm out and about, people notice that I rock the exotics everyday. I have my python satchel bag, iPad case and matching coin/key zip all from Rebecca Minkoff, my Jimmy Choo wallet, Ziordia python passport holder (this was a phenomenal bag brand that is no longer available but I love it) and so much more! I think it's so important to have that pop especially as we go into outerwear weather when you need these accessories to show your personal style!
With that being said here are some of my faves that I know are awesome to rock regardless of season. Gucci has a phenomenal hobo bag that embodies one of my favorite motifs - Marrakech. I love Marc Jacobs' fun green python cosmetic case which adds a nice color within your bag and can be worn even when it is not the spring season. I'm LOVING this richly burgundy wallet that contains python as well as calfskin by Jerome Dreyfuss - love the embellishment on here as well which is a nice touch. When you're traveling all your documents will be secure with Rebecca Minkoff . Passing out business cards gets luxe when Bottega Veneta comes out of your bag. Finally, keep it mobile with this gorgeous iPad case from one of my fave online boutiques, Luisaviaroma which will have your travel companions take a second look at what you're up to.
I'm already thinking of Thanksgiving from what I'm wearing, how the table should be set and of course what is being served. I'm super pumped that I have started picking out color themes based on some of wardrobe choices and today I present charcoal and blush or neutral tones. As you can see from this Bottega Veneta gown, I love the extremely chic but easy flow of this dress that has a dominant grey/charcoal color as well as color blocking with the neutral in this fab racerback style. This look can definitely be seen and utilized throughout your home.!
We start off with your table which can be set via Thomas O'Brien who has an entire set of charcoal matte settings! Before guests sit at your table to chow down, make sure that they enjoy some cheese on these fab Marble Cheese Boards from Velocity and Design. Lay out more appetizers on this custom buffet from Ethan Allen which has the fab distressed wood and maintains the charcoal look as well.
Guests can enjoy lounging in between and after meals by resting on this Louis XV Sleigh Back Chaise from Restoration Hardware. This elegant furniture can have a bit of that boho chic vibe by throwing on these French Grain Sack Linen Pillow Covers which are also available at Restoration Hardware. Together you have an effortless but chic look that all your guests will enjoy as you move throughout your space during holiday season.
We are now securely in Fall so it's time to rock a number of styles that are all about layering and fun colors! Since the weather is in between you can have this fun asymmetrical tank top in navy by T by Alexander Wang and pair that with Paige Premium Denim jeggings which make this look super easy to wear and is perfect when you're going into various transitional temperatures. Pair this look with Pringle of Scotland's jacquard poncho cardigan (salivating over this and it is available in a camel color as well) - this does so well with the weather and will become one of your favorite items to wear! I love that it has such a fun collegiate and yet very autumn look!
Now it's time to accessorize! I'm loving Lanvin's pendant necklace which has a fab drop/lariat effect and brings out the inner goddess. Your wrist should definitely rock Chan Luu which adds just the right amount of chunky depth and I love the play of the hues within this bracelet. Slip on these brown Frye Shirley boots which are an essential as they are flat and are over the knee boots! Yes you can mix this rich brown color with burgundy hues as it's all just play. Finally, tote all your items in this fab hobo bag from Bottega Veneta which is a red snake embossed leather. This is such a fab look!
He's all about working on a number of projects, running from one event to the next and ending the evening with cocktails mixed with a bit of a business talk when need be. He needs to be versatile and know that he doesn't have to change his outfit a number of times throughout the day when he has a fab look that works well with so many things. In that light, today's neutral look is perfect to share with the guy in your life. First off, it's all about the cashmere blazer from Bottega Veneta which can be dressed up and down depending on where he is off to. Pair it with the perfect pair of skinnies by November. Of course, it's all about the details and I'm a huge fan of Robert Graham who has a number of fab shirts that have great cuff detail (one of the things I remember about Paul's shirt when I first had a dinner date with him is that he had cuff detail when his cuff was folded up and I believe it was a Robert Graham)!
Rock fab accessories with Gucci's rose gold watch, a fab pair of camel suede boots from Salvatore Ferragamo which has a fab pop of blue in it and is wing tipped style. Finally, you can rock a nice bag that will look amazing by wearing Marc New York's leather satchel which has a fab aged look.
As I've mentioned before, this fall my wardrobe is all about neutral tones and playing with the hues together. It's all about playing with tones together and showing the dynamic abilities that monotone hues can have. I started off with a fab pair of lambskin leggings by Utzon whcih is the ultimate in luxe and comfort which is essential. I adore cowl neck tops and this one by Iliaria Nistri is the perfect balance of layered sheer fabric with a fab oyster shell color. With the in between color, this All Saints shrug is the perfect way to ensure that you are properly secure from the chill of fall. Of course when it comes to accessories, I am OBSESSED with Bottega Veneta's amazingly woven leather tote! A fab cocktail ring from Somchintana White is the perfect way to add pop to your hands and to add glamor to the overall look. Zoe Opaque's necklace continues the theme of rocking champagne hues with the fab drop pendant necklace. I love the antiqued look as it makes the outfit have a depth to it. Finally, slip into Camilla Skovgaard's ankle boot which has a mix of textures and hues.
It's officially Fall so I have to share my must haves for His Style when it comes to accessories that work with a number of looks. It's about embracing color, texture and a bit of old world elements that are perfect no matter where he is off to! I'm obsessed with Ralph Lauren's Weekender bag from his Purple Label which is an amazing hue (and of course when you need a bag to borrow, it works so well with you). I love classic items like this as you can still rock old world style even if you're jetting off to Vegas for a long weekend. I love Tom Ford's aviator sunglasses which is yet another fab find that you can wear when you're layering up with your motorcycle jacket and cool scarves. Now when it comes to his feet, you can never go wrong with Tod's and this color is a fab new neutral and utterly divine. Rock it with jeans or a number of other pant choices. John Hardy has an amazing Macan Tiger Bracelet that has an awesome amount of heft and detail which is always something that I love to see! Finally, rock his cash to perfect in none other than Bottega Veneta's basketwoven leather which is so decadent and phenom. Together this is perfection for Fall and going into the Winter.
We know that the LBD is a staple in our wardrobes and we've all seen that the Little White Dress is also a seasonless essential as well! Of course you can always pair it up with black or blush but you can also kick it up a few notches. We've been sampling Kanon Organic Vodka and we've been loving it! One of my fave ways to enjoy it happens to be a Bloody Mary and I have always been a fan of using things that I love as an inspiration for my outfit selections such as the LWD. The gorgeous orange hue made me think of my favorite stone - Carnelian as well as python in a fab orange and rust hue. I'm loving Theory's dress which is a fab sleeveless white and Grecian inspired dress!
When it comes to accessories, pair this look with Alexandra Beth's jasper necklace which look fabulous and can be worn with a number of looks from casual to dressed. Pair this with Bottega Veneta's clutch which has such a rich look that you'll have no problem holding it all night. Free People'sVeda Stone Ring has another casual to luxe look that I'm loving and it has such an antiqued look. Finally, rock it out with Yves Saint Laurent's python wedge heels that are a fab neutral with pops of orange.
For the ultimate accessory at brunch, we couldn't leave you without sharing Kanon Organic Vodka (made from 100% organic wheat, distilled in a continuous, single column and mixed with fresh spring water - it has a light and aromatic taste with a warming feeling, but without the typical vodka burn) Bloody Mary's recipe which is super easy to make and refreshing!
Kanon Organic Vodka Bloody Mary
Yield: 1 quart pitcher
4 cups of organic tomato juice
1/2 tsp celery salt
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 pinches pepper
Sweet splash of Sriracha sauce
1/2 tbsp horseradish
Stir together and combine with 8 ounces Kanon Vodka. Serve over ice, garnish with celery and pickles, and enjoy!
What do you wear to a 4th of July BBQ, Firework Viewing, Party Etc
This is a super easy answer! Unless there is a suggested dress code ie - this is a cocktail event so please dress in your best summer whites, the door is completely open to what you would like to wear! In that instance, you think about all the places you will be hopping around to that day, what the weather is like and the feeling that you would like to present in your dedicated style! Although you're more than welcome to rock your red, white and blue colors, this is not necessary! I once had someone ask me when I taped a segment why I didn't have more of an Americana look. Since it wasn't mandatory that I wore one, I prescribe to the theory that Americana style doesn't mean a certain kind of look NOR does it mean that certain colors must be worn.
For me it's about comfort! If I'm not going to be at the pool, more than likely, I would rather be decked out in a super cute flowy maxi with fun accessories. I know there will be tons of pics, if it happens to cool down a bit or you are in extreme AC you're covered. I love having that goddess look when I'm out and having those fun neutral tones. This allows me play with my jewelry and as I am a huge believer in mixing metals, the above pieces by Bottega Veneta, Satya Jewelry and Ila & I are so drool worthy and pair perfectly with a new fave line of mine - Jen's Pirate Booty! Whatever you choose, it's all about fun! Have an amazing Fourth of July.
Whether you do a lot of travel or you are simply grabbing items as you head out the door, I have some phenom essentials. The day before any trip is hectic for me, tomorrow I'm jetting off to "the beautiful Dominican Republic" which is said by every stewardess as we are moments from landing. Although I hear the weather has been rainy in Santo Domingo, I'm hoping that Sun is gorge since it's the only day I won't be working as the factory is closed. Then Mon - Wed, I will be designing my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 12 collection (my third collection with them). I was just there in May designing my Spring 12! As you know, I travel each month whether it's heading to do another segment on HSN, a press trip, designing shoes and meeting with my brands so I have my system down to a science! With that said, I will pack my bags today but I always have last minute packing that goes into my large purse.
Earlier this week, I attended the holiday show and fell in love with Lug Life is all about keeping you organized for the day, overnight, in fitness, for moms and when traveling. They have a phenom Clipper Flat Iron Case which allows you to curl your hair and slip it in one of many color cases so that it can cool and that it can leave with you without you worrying about waiting for it to cool down. You only have precious minutes before your car service gets a little testy that you're delayed! Of course I have many cosmetic bags and many do go in my luggage as typically, I carry it on the plane but I always have the items that I use that morning in my bag. I'm loving Bottega Veneta's cosmetic case which is luxe and so essential as I do my perfected eye and head out the door. I carry Rebecca Minkoff with my everyday whether it's her fab key python studded case (love), her matching iPad cover (LOVE) and when I travel I always have her MAC bag in my luggage! But I also love her Lunch Money Pouch which is cute but I put a few extra dollars in here to give out tips as I'm going in and out of airports, hotels and when I am buying my guilty pleasures (Life & Style, Us Weekly etc). Finally, as an Accessories Expert, you know it's always about my bags and everything goes into something luscious. My bag of the moment, it's got to be about MJ! I wear his oversized sunglasses in a number of hues and I have always been about Marc Jacobs bags as well - this is a bit bling with the accessory on the bag, the textured patent leather and the fact that all this and more can be stored in here as I make my way to the car to head to Terminal 5!
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!
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