Everyone knows that I am a huge fan of Natori as I have worn her collections to Fashion Week, have attended her home and listened to her play piano for us as well. Earlier this week, I stopped by her showroom to preiview N Natori, her full figure bra line! Pictured above, is Josie Natore and myself. In addition, there is a fab video of Nicolette Mason of Marie Claire chatting about the importance of the right bra for full figure women and how it's hard to find the right one. Although I don't fit the N Natori line, I was fitted for another bra and found that my size was very different then what I thought. I also learned helpful tips about your bra and how it should be worn!
When trying on a new bra, you should scoop yourself into it to ensure that you are taking up all the bra. I think it also helps with having a little extra hanging outside of your bra which isn't attractive. You should also begin using the last hook and then going in as it gets older. You should wash your bras by hand and you should rotate between 3 - 4 in a week and should only wear the same bra twice back to back! These tips help you with your bra hunt as well as extending the life of your bra!
Today is National Sake Day which kicks off the sake season (and the 1st day of October can you believe next month is Thanksgiving!?!)! My Glammie Kittens know that I love sake and enjoy drinking it with a number of dishes but on this day, it's all about having it with Sushi. Of course you could go out and enjoy an amazing spread but sushi is so amazing when it's made at home and you can invite people over. So how does one create a snazzy sushi spread? First of all you have to have great beverages I'm a huge fan of Gekkeikan which is one of the leading brands with a number of sakes and plum wines within their company! Below, I have a fab recipe that you can make. For those who love sake, they can have it alone or make a nice martini. Plum wine is always a nice sweet beverage to have as well to shake it up a bit! Above is an image of the rice patties where they harvest the crop in order to make the decadent sake that will be enjoyed throughout the year! I'm loving the Sake cups and pitchers that are great way to jazz up your affair available at Sur La Table.
As many of you know, one of my dear friends works with Uoriki Fresh which comes from the Tsukiji Markets in Japan. They're known for a style of frozen fish that allows it to arrive here in the US fresh after you thaw it out by simply leaving it on your counter before you begin using it. With this fish, you can make a number of rolls which is fun to do whether you do it in advance or have guests come to make their own! Definitely make it easier on yourself by having a rice cooker which ensures perfection each time and is available at Williams Sonoma. In terms of presentation it's all about having phenom chopsticks (loving the stainless steel) which you can get from Cooking.com and these GORG Agate plates and coasters which add a nice natural flair thanks to Viva Terra. Finally, the guest needs to match the sentiment of the event. During NYFW, I rocked this Nanami dress during my Meet and Greets at Robert Verdi for the launch of my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 line. This dress by Josie Natori can be worn alone or over leggings if you choose. I love that although it's not quite a kimono, it's done in the style and essence of one and has gorgeous colors and tones to it! Make your night or brunch fabulous today and below is one of my fave drinks known as the Gekkeikan Apple Blossom by Todd Richman.
Gekkeikan Apple Blossom by Todd Richman
4 parts Gekkeikan Sake
1 part Kobai Plum Wine
1 part Cranberry Juice
1 part Apple Juice
Top with Ginger Ale
Combine ingredients (except the ginger ale) in a mixing glass, add ice and shake well. Pour into a tall glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a green apple slice.
Whether you have casual Fri, are running last minute errands for the weekend or are trying to button everything down by the weekend before heading to LA for one of the biggest weeks ever (yes that would be me), you can still do it in style and comfort. I love tees and jeans as this combo is as essential and common as PB&J. I never know where my days will take me; however, if I know that I have in and out appointments with showrooms, a quick bite with the girls and other personal items, I'm happy to be dressed in my preferred look. But since I don't know if someone will want me to pop in, I definitely had to find a way to update one of my college oriented looks. I love that this one shoulder top has a striking graphic, is one shoulder and it's grey (when I visited Josie Natori and saw that her closet had amazing pieces and they were all black, it made me think of my closet where I embrace color but I have lots of black and grey in there). This paired with skinny jeans is not only chic but is truly comfortable. To make the look complete, I adore Ippolita which has bracelets that can be stacked and gives it a femme rocker look when paired by these booties from Elizabeth & James. All you need is a fab cocktail ring like the one made by Iosselliani and you're all set!
The past few weeks have been extremely telling for me. It has allowed me to see that one of the quotes I've always believed in "it's a small world after all" is definitely true. When I began Kitten Lounge, I knew that what I am doing now and what I will be doing in a few days was what I wanted but the journey to get there, wasn't so clear. It definitely takes a village and to work with others in order to get to wherever you're going. The more you meet, connect, understand and assist, you find that everything is a give and take and that it feels natural.
Speaking with a very good friend yesterday at breakfast, I was so excited that Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot was heading to her spokesmodel event for Rapid Lash. Knowing her in the time period that I have, I have seen her take her passion to something that she can enjoy everyday. Popping in later in the day, I not only saw her doing what she does best but learned that Duane Reade has an amazing upstairs location on 35th and Broadway that brings in many elements that have made Sephora successful! My focus was definitely to come and support which you will see in the video above. But it was awesome that she was excited that I was going to LA and that she was as excited as if she was going herself to go to Style Network. This coming from someone who has already done the E! Red Carpet and has appeared on TV numerous times made me feel less overwhelmed about the upcoming experience
The night before, I was invited to the home of Josie Natori which I wrote about on yesterday's post. To be in the home of someone who I have admired, attended her booth at various trade shows and have always wanted her robes was an amazing thrill. I had to pinch myself that I was looking in her closet and was so thankful for friends such as Karen Robinovitz of Purple Lab that brought me into this circle.
As I think about many items coming up over the next few days, weeks and months - I am thankful. It takes amazing readers to make this site a success, I love having great friends who are out there doing great things so that I can support and participate! I also feel that there is something about this year where everyone is seconds away from truly taking off in ways that they can only dream of! Here's to continued success in 2010! If you're out and about tonight and have no clue what to do but want to hang out, I will be apart of the Bunny Bar Crawl being hosted by Maria The Date Coach with amazing beverage specials, wearing my tail and ears! They just opened it up to men as well so bring your besties, hunnie and more!
Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot, appearing at Duane Reade as Rapid Lash's spokesmodel
Designer, Josie Natori, playing a mini concert for us in her UES home for the launch of her Essentials Collection
This morning I woke up and although I'm seeing Alice in Wonderland which is a dream like movie, I feel I just spent 2 hours of last night walking in my dreams. I was invited to the home of Josie Natori who has been an icon for me within the intimates world. Rolling back the tape, for those that don't know - I started in the fashion industry as an intimates model. I remember seeing her brand at trade shows and various boutiques. I loved her robes which made me feel like I was in luxury and to be invited to her home, I couldn't stop the goosebumps!
Josie was so welcoming last night and although I met her a few months ago at another event, I was so excited to step into her world and equally excited that she was thrilled to learn about all of us who use Twitter, our blogs and so much more. I had no idea that she played the piano and for those of you that follow me on Twitter, you got to see that. We were introduced to a peek into some of the pieces from her Essential collection which were amazing! I love her outfit above as this is definitely 2 pieces that I would love to have in my closet. Speaking of closets, I was so overwhelmed to see a closet that was even better than the one that was created for Carrie in Sex and the City, It was opulent, minimalist and AMAZING. She had bags from her collection that you can't even find anymore (Josie let us know that we could expect to see bags in her collection again). The images in her closet will be engraved in our mind as I would never take pictures of someone's closet as that's a secret place but I literally lost my breath taking it in. In addition, I smelled the Natori fragrance and I have to say, that as much as I love Chanel No 5 - I do believe that I am replacing my signature scent!
This week has been a whirlwind with various projects that I'm tackling, attending events and preparing for my huge meeting with Style Network. It was so nice to have that 2 hour zen period and to get to know more about Josie and all of her essentials.
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