On a rainy day like today, I'm always asked what one should wear when traveling to a warmer climate when you need to hit the road running. I love keeping it light and easy and of course it's about pops of color for your accessories! I love playing with primary colors as it's a classic look!
This look is easy whether it's in the spring/summer and the weather might be a bit rainy or you're looking for a way to head to the airport! I believe that everyone needs a great trench coat and should have a navy as well as a khaki one. In addition, a long one as well as a short one is an essential as well. Building out great outerwear in this category is an essential and is a great way to infuse color! This Coach (I definitely want to rock the one in pink) trench is definitely the perfect item to have in your closet. Pair this with L'Wren Scott who always has great ruffle tops that are classics as well as fun prints. This yellow one has a great pattern and one that works well with this Paige jegging.
ACCESSORIZE THE LOOK
Running through the airport doesn't mean you need to slack on style nor does it mean that it needs to be cumbersome when you hit TSA and have your items scanned! I love Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Rubber bracelet which is a great way to show off this look. Effy Collection Citrine ring is perfect to bring this yellow hue back into the outfit and is a great cocktail ring that is always one of my signatures when I'm out and about. Although I am a heel girl, I'm also very much so into flip flops (usually Havaianas and sandals! These sandals from Sergio Rossi are perfect and can be worn casually as well as dressed up - I'm absolutely in love and know that I must pick up a pair for my spring/summer! The red with the navy and white stripes is absolute perfection and seems to scream warm weather. Pop red back in with this fringed clutch (yes if I am traveling for a meeting and am heading from the airport and straight to the conference room, I will have it in hand. This clutch by Mara Carrizo Scalise has an elegant rich and worn leather that just completes the look. Finally it's all about the luggage and although I tend to travel light (even when I appear on HSN for 3 segments) with a weekender, I like knowing I have options whether I need to bring more OR I want to change it up a bit. Nothing is better than Diane Von Furstenberg's collection which combines form and function together!
We finally got some snow today. Throughout the weekend, I heard random reports of snow in Soho or other areas but now, knowing that I have seen it with my own eyes, I had to share my winter pics on how to look snowbunny chic and be warm at the same time! I'm loving this pom pom fur hat by Karl Donoghue which screams warm chic and is perfectly paired when rocking out Diane Von Furstenberg's Lizabeth cape - a fab silhouette. Keep your arms warm with my signature must, the arm warmers by Victoria's Secret. I love this because I can still type on my phone and I don't have to cover my rings. I'm loving this Sharon Khazzam multi-gemstone ring. This weather makes me actually wear my sunglasses as I like to protect the skin around my eyes from tearing up. As an oversized sunglasses girl, I adore these Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses. Finish the look off with a must have bag such as this one from Victoria Beckham which is fabulous python and then of course my key signature in the winter, over the knee boots from Rag & Bone.
You never know where inspiration for your decor strikes but when it comes to my accessories, I let that take the lead! I'm obsessed with Ramiro Encizo who has this fab back that's blue and black! What I love is that if you look carefully. there are a blend of hues in blue which is perfect to dress up an outfit or to ensure that your living and dining rooms are set! I am a huge fan of Moroccan vibes and infusing other motifs within them. I'm loving this Knoll couch which reminds me a bit of the 60's parties and is perfect to catch a snoozy with the perfect throw. Enjoy nibbles dipped in various flavors by DVF. For a bigger spread, this Ethan Allen tray is decorative and can hold anything you have been whipping up in the kitchen. Keep the lighting intimate with this pendant light from Ylighting. Keep the theme coming with these fab shakers that continue the Moroccan theme at Macy's. Pillows add an extra layer of texture and are perfect with the theme and we're huge Horchow fans!
Sometimes I love to rock a western style look and mix it in with a little western flair! Instead of rocking a number of accessories, I opted for this Etro button down shirt which has a number of fab colors and paired it with these Sylvie Schimmel leggings which are fabulously sleek. You've seen me rocking my Linea Pelle bag over the past few days and I OBSESS over how I can bring a number of items without having multiple bags. Lanvin has this fab Tutti Frutti crystal cocktail ring. Finally, these burnt orange suede Diane Von Furstenberg boots which are perfect for jazzing up any look!
Where is the summer going? In the midst of the bombs that have been dropping today - Tom and Katie divorcing, Lauryn Hill going to jail and Adele bringing in a bundle of joy (if you haven't heard get thee to E! immediately). In the midst of the madness, we're in the midst of planning 4th of July outfits! We'd kick it off with Diane von Furstenberg whoc has a fab white bikini with knot details. This will look amazing with Virgins, Saints and Angels Magdalena necklace! As you strut around your roofdeck watching the fireworks, rock these Christian Louboutin python and lace wedges! Finally, when you have to rock appropriate attire, slip on Roberto Cavalli with this dynamic red and white caftan.
Monday night, the CFDA had their annual awards at Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Some of my favorite designers and icons hit the red carpets. Stuart Weitzman who definitely ensures that we rock phenomenal shoes had a bit of a casual look meets Hamptons for brunch. Kenneth Cole always looks fab wherever he goes and I'm such a fan of Jason Wu as well. Of course you can't talk about the CFDA without a nod to its CEO, Steven Kolb as well as one of my favorite designers across a number of categories, its President, Diane Von Furstenberg.
I love Rachel Zoe she's a phenom stylist, designer and overall mogul! When it comes to her personal style, she has a number of looks that I love! I'm obsessed with finding the perfect white shirt dress. I love this maxi shirt dress and there's so much that can be done with it. I would definitely roll up my sleeves and unbutton a few buttons. Like Zoe, I like belting this and would totally rock it out with this obi style belt that's grey from DVF which adds nice dimensions to the look. Continue the grey love with this Stella McCartney grey chain tote that is super roomy! Slip into this Banane Watersnake Peep Platforms which are by Christian Louboutin of course and make a little pop with this Roberto Cavalli ring!
I hope everyone had fun partying it up yesterday no matter what you were celebrating! With all of the warm fuzzies that come with so much going on, it's all about looking fabulous for brunch with a large pair of sunglasses. With that said DVF was our inspiration as this fabulous one shoulder dress is the perfect item to wear to be out and about on a Sunday. I'm loving the Moritz pendant lamp at Neiman Marcus which is perfect with your living space. Make the living room even nicer with this fun Mathilde Sofa at Anthropologie which adds a fab bit of character to your room. I'm loving this fabulous stool available at CB2 which adds color, can be spare seating and more. Finally, the canisters that we love to hold bits and baubles are from Kohl's which is another way of bringing in this fab and vibrant hue!
I think that Michael Craig from Dinette.com would agree with me as he is all about resolutions for your home that when it's time to bring light into the home - start from within! With less light being outside, you need to make sure that you bring it in so don't forget your citrus tones. This fun avocado color brings a lot of light into the home. Start with your kitchen as it will give you great ideas in terms of bringing people over and even Michael suggests that you should always have a bottle of wine or two in case people pop by! I'm loving the glasses from Diane von Furstenberg which are perfect for anytime of day. As you cook throughout the day, the silicone potholder is available at Sur La Table. Serve up tasty treats from Jars "Tourron" on this fabulous platter and if you're making guacamole, you'll love this Mini Masher that makes the work super easy. You can also end the evening with Jars "Tourron"'s teapot. Keep a feeling of zen and light with Illume Good Nature Tin from my fave store Anthropologie!
Merry Christmas everyone and to those that don't celebrate this day, Happy Holidays for whatever it is that you do enjoy! With only a week left, it's all about being happy and enjoying your surroundings while thinking of how you are going to take everything to the next level next year! With that said, I thought about the warm hues that he holidays in general bring your mind to. I love amber as it's a warm color and since I am all about lights, everything in today's spread supports the amazing bird cage that is the perfect item to include in your living room and is accessorized by my top 5 choices. We kick it off with Restoration Hardware.
First, warm lights are only amplified by amazing aromatics such as those that are created by D.L. & Co. which sits in an amber jar. These Hungarian Jars which are also available at Restoration Hardware are a fab hue and look amazing when the light passes through them. I love glass even when there is nothing in it. Because I am constantly hydrating, you can never go wrong when you bring in a little DVF into your decor with this twirl pitcher which has a fab aesthetic. When it comes to giving our bookshelves a little love, this Daum figurine is super graceful with a ballerina which adds a bit of zen and class to your space. Finally, I'm loving seating options and this Rhys Ottoman available at Anthropologie has rich leather that gives off that fab sunburst hue that has been dominant within this post!
Your living space can take a few cues from some of your most beloved closet treasures! In honor of October being National PJ Month, I had to select Kiki de Montparnasse's Amour Lace Trimmed Silk Chiffon Camisole which is sweet and super cute to wear as your wrapped up in your cashmere blankie and super cute cashmere knee high socks! With that said, this great cream color can be accented with browns as well as tones of pink. These colors can be done in such a way that it looks amazing whether it's with your significant other, your bedroom, kitchen or living room!
I'm loving this Victorian inspired vase by Anthropologie which is a nice accent piece. This cabinet is a nice antiqued feature (I'm obsessed) from Rooms to Go that adds a bit of character and yet allows you to store a number of items in there that don't need to be out and about. Everyone knows that I'm all about taking your tea throughout the day so of course when I saw this set by Horchow I knew it would be a fab way to bring in a bit of the nip and chill. As you send your thank you notes as you're setting up a nice way to entertain guests for at home brunches, Neiman Marcus has you covered. All of your tasty goodies can be made with this white on white mixer by Diane Von Furstenberg you can have a phenom boho chic modern inspired sleeping space that allows you to have a great base of color while also adding in fun pops that are for you and your favorite guests or living partner!
Many of you know that I have been talking about AhaLife, a site that presents one amazing product a day that you have to know about! They have a number of curators such as Tim Gunn, Diane Von Furstenberg and myself! In factm today is the first day that I have presented something that is being included in today's great product line up! Check out more about The Skin that You're In to see what I am sharing with you! In addition, take some time to check out more about me via my profile on their site! It's a fun site to be apart of as you're guaranteed something new and fab in your inbox everyday!
Now right before Fashion Week, I let you know about AhaLife but as a refresher, it's a fun site that presents a new find each day that is only available on their site for 24 hours, These items are found by Curators (including such people as Tim Gunn, Diane Von Furstenberg and moi!) that work within various industries! I obviously cover accessories so when there is something that I have curate, I will let you know! In addition, I also shared the fab party that took place with AhaLife which was amazing as it was a way to see the various people that are apart of their community! I loved bringing Jeannine Morris personality and Editor in Chief of Beauty Sweet Spot, with me who is always my partner in crime but definitely one that I worked alongside with during NY Fashion Week.
Today, they showcase a product that I'm super excited about -- the Marchesa MiniAudiere Clutch which sold out last year and is back again! Now I'm not going to go into detail about this as you need to check out the site to read all the details! But what I can say is that I had the pleasure of holding this when I was chatting with the AhaLife team and I fell in love! What's not to love? I love that this bag is crystal embroidered and is done by hand (no two are the same) - but this year the bag is on another level as there is a quartz stone on the top of the clutch and of course it has the gorgeous diamond rings around it as well! This is so glam that I paused when I held it in my hands. I'm glad that Tabitha Simmons, fellow Curator and Vogue Stylist and footwear designer will go into more detail about this bag!
If you want a daily email about one new product featured each day, then you should definitely sign up as I have an invitation link that you can use for a limited time. Join the community and check out items that will be on your must get list.
One of the things that people love the most about Kitten Lounge is the fact that they are introduced to items that may not be shared on a variety of sites and that they are available online. We love taking some items that may be apart of a trend but it is presented in a different way. It has been something that I have enjoyed bringing to Kitten Lounge and it is something that is apart of the platform of a new site, AhaLife that you should know about!
AhaLife is all about bringing various items to your attention but doing it in a way where you can truly focus on key items. Each day you are presented with something that is amazing and it is broken out by the fun themes that you see in the cube above. These items are introduced to us via Curators - influencers that know something about fab items. These people include such amazing people as Tim Gunn, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jason Campbell (from the JC Report) and myself (you know that I am a fan of accessories so sharing my finds with you - ah-mazing!
This site launches very soon so I wanted to be able to share it with you and for now, they are opening their doors to those who have a love for learning about the new and amazing. Feel free to click this link so that you can be in the know. For a limited time, it is open; however, once it's launched then those who become members after this point will have a bit of a wait to get in!
Where did the week go? No, I'm not talking about the week but the warm weather. I was able to wear flip flops, ruched pants, maxis and more - then I woke up to chilly rain against my window! Last night I headed to Scoop NYC's unveiling of Minnie Mortimor's Spring 2010 collection (super cute pieces that will find its way here on Kitten Lounge and a little birdie told me that soon Scoop NYC will have an ecommerce site details to follow I'm sure). While there, I fell in love with Diane Von Furstenberg's Jaya Jelly Smoke Grey gladiator shoes. It got me to thinking about jean shorts as you see them everywhere but I tend not to wear them but I think this is such a cute way to wear them when you're running around or even getting ready to move from one fab apartment to the next. I love the Sunset Tank as it reminds me of the fab weather that we were teased with. Finally, this earrings are super cute and apart of Iman's Global Chic collection on HSN. Make sure that you check her out tomorrow and look at the site to see the times. I love her collection and am super excited that I get to meet her next week! Don't let the weather get you down as its bound to come back, it's just a bigger incentive to make sure that we are fully prepped for great looks.
When you step out this Valentine's Day everyone is going to notice your fab outfit, the smile and that you have a certain glow but people may not ask how that glow was achieved. Although people will assume that it's the fact that you're coming off of the beginning days of Couture/Fashion Week and that you have stamina to attend all the shows and that you're going to rock on through Valentine's Day and President's - you know the secret essentials that are necessary for your look! We kick it off with energy. I have been taking SoU! Energy vials daily and I am obsessed. It's so easy to take this liquid that goes into whatever you drink to ensure that you're able to attend everything that you have always participated in. Of course, no matter how good we are to ourselves with eating right, yoga and visiting friends - sometimes unwanted friends (pimples yuck) decide that they want to hang out. The only way to deal with them effectively is during the time that we actually take a break. Ensure that your lashes are lush with Rapid Lash! Finally, you have to have kissable lips and Carmex Moisture Plus will do just that and ensure that you're have that movie star sheen! All of these are an essential and the good news is that they are not relegated to just being used on the day of Love or on a day where you really have to wow people - they are your everyday essentials.
Yesterday (minus the rain) the weather was pretty nice! It made me think of the fact (unless I'm too hopeful) that Spring could sneak up on us sooner than we think! I wouldn't mind having a longer spring season! Regardless, trench coats are a staple and although the classic tan color is something that we should all have, we should definitely branch out. I find when I'm running around to Editor's appointments and more, that I rarely take my coat off unless I plan on staying for a bit. With that said, my outerwear becomes my outfit for the day.
So with that in mind, I am including a super fab color and great accessories that will work with the coat and whatever you happen to wear! I love Michael Kors bag which has a great texture and really makes this look pop in such a subtle way. In addition, I love that Diane Von Furstenberg has branched out into eyewear. The same classic look that she has brought to her apparel comes in these glasses and allows all of us to embrace our inner Jackie O's. Finally, it's all about the ring and I love that this incorporates my love for the beach with the mixture of a seashell and coral! This is cocktail luxe to the max!
There are many ways to wow people and it doesn't always mean that you're make up has to have that dramatic look. There is something to be said for having a great look that's clean, fresh and focused. As you know, we're looking at great makeup looks that are paired with various outfits. This idea came to me late last year when I thought about how I decide what I will do in terms o makeup. Thus, when we hit 2010, I wanted to roll this out! Diane Von Furstenberg is one of my favorite designers and I love the cool neutral tones of this outfit that has a pop of color via the scarf.
I'm not going to lie this look in terms of the makeup came together after receiving an awesome package from a new friend! Earlier last week you may have read my tweets about being included within a post on Femina Magazine's Blog! This magazine is huge in Paris and its Beauty Editor, Rivka Valerie Nahimas has quickly become an amazing friend of mine who was introduced to me via Franco Lacosta (who took my picture for the Blogger X DVF photoshoot) a few years ago. Since we connected, we have been emailing back and forth and as I love her focus on beauty, you'll see her posts on this site as well! I had the pleasure of receiving a book that she wrote Pour Etre Belle and she included two goodies!
One of the goodies was Giorgio Armani's "Eyes to Kill" palette. Once I saw this I knew that this would be the perfect look to have with this outfit. I love playing up my eyes and with the various hues, you can create a great smoky eye and accentuate it with VS Makeup Eyeliner! To enhance the goddess look, NARS has a fab lip stain gloss that I'm a fan of and why not add a little bronze hue with Guerlain Terracotta Tan Booster. Together this is a great way to to go out to brunch in the city or to do a little shopping in South Beach. Either way it's a nice look that has the wow factor without going to that dramatic level!
A classic dress is an essential to any wardrobe regardless of your style. When it comes to the It dress that everyone should have, I urge everyone to think about getting the classic wrap dress from Diane Von Furstenberg. It never goes out of style and it doesn't take a lot to add to it whether you're going out for drinks, heading to work etc! Of course being someone who loves accessories, you know that I can't leave you without adding a few gems! First of all make sure to have a cute heel (check my Jimmy Choo's would be perfect for this) and then think about your cute hand bag whether you opt for a clutch, hobo, etc. Finally, jewelry is always an essential. Now Nicole Ritchie has been a part of a lot of fashionable collaborations but her jewelry line, House of Harlow, is such a great boho chic line. Now what I love about this is that she is actually about to make pieces exclusively for Bebe and will be available on their site and in stores by the end of the week!
I love that although this jewelry is super cute, they're best when separated to add a little more oomph to your outfit which is perfect to mix and match everything! I love the pattern and love the tribal elements of the pieces which adds a great flavor to the classic wrap dress! Take some time to think about classic elements that you should be adding to your closet while making sure your accessories allow us to know more about your personality!
Diane Von Furstenberg Look Fashion Week Spring 2010
Usually I like for my accessories to jump out from my "primary" color; however, there are times when I love to have an impactful look. This gorgeous golden Diane Von Furstenberg dress hit the runways yesterday and all I could think of was an extension of golden luxe! To this end, I think minimal accessories are ok and that the gorgeous gold heels which have cute detailing on the back are perfect as a secondary focus. The necklace with its multi media adds various elements of depth (not only is this perfect for a night out but can also kick your jeans and tee look up a few notches) and of course the Swarovski bag is an obvious match to the overall look. If anything, one of the things that DVF knows how to do is to take a great style that works with various body types. The selling points of this dress is the length, the gathering and the asymmetrical qualities that allow the eye to follow the lines of your body. Take some time to check out more pieces from her look.
I love bathing suits! They're my favorite clothes and thankfully, you can never have too many! Above are my favorite suits that are available from various brands. My absolute favorite (like you had to ask) is the Diane Von Furstenberg piece! A close second is the one from Pucci. Either way, it's always fun to think about what suit you will wear during the summer and which ones will be your "go to" pieces as you go to the beach house, have a long weekend and so much more.
I love shopping but I love it more when it's online! There is something about getting an email about new items and spending hours looking for what you want most. Shopbop has become one of my favorite sites and I love clicking on their "What's New" tab. Although they had quite a bit of items, I wanted to share some of the things on my list from Juicy Couture, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tibi, Twelfth by Cynthia Vincent and so much more. It's all about pops of color, great lengths and just getting out of the winter blues that we have been stuck in to embrace all that's good about great weather and rising temperatures!
With it being Fashion Week, all attention is focused on the runways at the tents, presentations that are outside of Bryant Park and so much more. I love this time of year as it makes me think of the spring/summer being closer together, but I'm also thinking of another runway that is even more impacting in terms of helping so many that fight every day! On April 30th, St Jude Children's Research Hospital will present the Design Cares fashion show which is a collaboration of so many designers (including my fave Diane Von Furstenburg) whose pieces will hit the runways and will later be auctioned off in order to benefit pediatric cancer research. The sketch above is a custom couture gown for Design Cares by Maggie Norris Couture which is being donated for this worthy cause. I think this is such an important cause and Kitten Lounge (along with other sites that I write for) will keep you in the loop on this event up to the day (and of course the day after). There are so many amazing stories and interests that are associated with this amazing event, that it would be unfair to share it within one post. Definitely stay in touch as Kitten Lounge presents more posts about this and of course, you can see this event first hand by purchasing tickets to attend!
There are so many great looks for NYE whether you're trying to look a certain way based on where you're going or just to fit your mood. These are some of my favorite looks! I love the Edie Cover Up as it is DVF which I am a fan of! This is perfect for that South Beach pool party that will be perfect to wear while the ball drops! I love Lauren Conrad's collection. Readers of this blog know that I wore her collection as I reported about the action on the runway in the tents! This halter maxi is from Express and I will have a dress similar to this in plum. I love the shape of dresses such as this as it definitely brings that goddess effect! I also love this darling Tracy Reese dress which is a classic body with the colorblock! No matter where you are or what you're doing, this is a day to look fab and I think that these are great places to start (I would be pleased to have any of these in my closet)!
DVF is one of my favorite designers as I love that she knows how to dress women in varying sizes. She isn't afraid of color and knows how to make it work. It is beacause of these sensabilities that I have spent a lot of this year covering her line. I attended her Induction Into the Fashion Walk of Fame and I also participated in a special photoshoot where select fashion bloggers were dressed in her clothing! As I sat in the tents today, there was extra excitement in the air as this was definitely a star studded event with Eva Longoria Parker (I saw her earlier in the day and if you read posts below you will see footage of her), Jennifer Lopez, Molly Sims, Nina Garcia and more. This afternoon's show was entitled Rock Goddess and with elements of Native Americans, Boho Chic, the 7-'s Ali Mc Graw and more - this was a vibrant show that ended with the designer herself rocking the runway. Enjoy images that I have selected from this show and see many of the great earthy elements to this show!
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