Happy Memorial Weekend! As you read this I am heading back from Tampa to come home to NYC! I had a great weekend selling my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 on HSN. So now that I'm heading back home, it's time to think about rooftops, fun parties and more. I'm loving this maxi dress in colorblocked style in orange and bright pink by Tibi Slip on these amazing Ted Rossi wrappd cuffs to add depth to your look. Of course, it's all about fab bling with this Swarovksi ring and complete it with these leather sandals by Jimmy Choo!
A day filled with segments fly between being on air, doing some quick changes and getting in power naps in between! Today I rocked my favortie look - layered racerback tanks over leggings (and the second look had another series of layers with a cute blazer on top). I had a number of phenomenal accessories that rocked this look out which are Accessories Expert approved by me! I love my geode necklace that is outlined in gold by and my carnelian ring by Nugaard which is amazing. My large black ring by Ana Reign which is lovely in onyx. I love stacked pieces and although I had a Ted Rossi from their new collection which is python in pink and white. On my left, I stacked a Chan Luu wrap bracelet with two bracelets from Charriol thanks to the amazing team at Ross-Simons.
You can also see me holding one of various shoes I designed that hit the air today on HSN from my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection. Knowing that there was such a process in designing as well as mixed with my love for my numerous appearances on HSN - it was definitely an amazing day!
Today's the day! If you're reading this by now, I have already finished the first of 2 segments today on HSN! As many of you know, I'm a spokesperson for Sebago's women's collection as well as I designed a collaborative line with the brand known as Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection! Some of you have already checked me out at 5am this morning and you can see me on air again at 3pm today!
What I Wore Today for this first segment is a fun outfit. I am a HUGE fan of Butter London and I am breaking out of just wearing on shade - today, you saw me rock then Branwen hue. I rocked a fab pair of leggings that were made by TS (you can get the same effect with Mcq by Alexander McQueen. I have two tanks layered as I am a huge fan of racerbacks I suggest for the bottom layer, something like a white tank from Delia's and then layer it with Kimberly Ovitz's mesh ribbed tank which adds a little edge. My look is nothing without the right accessories. Of course you know I have my large and fave onyx ring from Ana Reign Designs (you'll see this by the time I have pics from behind the scenes) but I am excited about the bling that I brought in thanks to the generous people of Ross-Simons. They sent me Charriol pieces which are perfect as there are femme and whimsical elements with a mix of edginess to it. I'm loving my Charriol bandles which have a great amount of bling and then I also have the ring that has pave diamonds on it as well!
To complete this look, I'm rocking my gingham (yes they are navy and white) Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection which is such a great way to have a comfy casual shoe! Of course this pair is also available in tan as well which is also available! I'll see you guys at 3pm and thanks for all the love and to those who purchased - woot!
Now as you know, this past Sat, I got an invite for Ainsley! I am such a fan of this clothing line as I wore portions of their Spring Collection during my photoshoot for Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 (my footwear line). About a week prior to the show, I received my invite in a flask with an A monogrammed on it as apart of my invitation to this fun show on the west side. I am such a fan of presentations as I love being able to see clothing placed within vignettes that allow you to immerse yourself into the line's aesthetic. This Fall/Winter 2012 NYFW show makes me giddy thinking about cute blazers, chunky sweaters and this merge between the preppy/rugged look. Enjoy some of my favorite images from this weekend's show!
Yesterday I shot my lookbook for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection. There were so many phenomenal brands that were apart of this shoot to make it come together! We shot at Ink 48's penthouse suite and I love the fact that we had an amazing background from the Intrepid, cruise ships and the city backdrop in general. Right now, I'm going through all the images to be apart of an interactive and flippable lookbook - such a fun time! You'll be able to see what I wore and how you can get it as well as inspirations! Above, you'll see a peek at some of the collection as we went throughout the whole suite shooting in various locations.
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.
My world is full of a number of projects beyond just being the Editor in Chief of Kitten Lounge! The world of Kimmie is ever expanding with my spokeswork, styling a number of people as well as doing quite a bit of personal shopping. In addition, it's also all about my personal brand and designing. Although I have had lines under my own name, I am super excited about my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection. This not only allows me to share my love of leathers and shoes but seeing others rocking my K on their feet is fab! In a few weeks I will be putting a photoshoot together for this collection and for those that didn't attend the Meet and Greets, you can snag a pair yourself next spring at a number of stores including Bloomingdale's (select locations: 59th Street, Soho and San Francisco) as well as on HSN when I am back on air with them in March! I'll keep you up to date as I will also have limited pairs sold on my site as well. Until then, stay tuned to be looped in!
NYFW has come and gone and now other cities are rocking their runways with a number of designers. We enjoyed some phenomenal weather (even though during NYFW we were going to have rain for days) and then fall magically came when the runways went quiet. I love that we're now in fun layers and I've been rocking fun looks as I have also been wearing my line, Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12! This fashion week season it has been super clear that orange is a hue that is going to be huge for Spring 12 for mens and womens. Good thing that we can all rock orange so his style will definitely incorporate the above look!
I love Balmain's peacoat - which is classic chic and who doesn't love the buttons, pair this with a simple shirt and a fan pair of jeans of his choice. I'm a huge fan of texture and hues so this Etro Houndstooth scarf is amazing and of course, you can't go wrong with Prada - these penny drivers are divine. Finish it all up with J Crew's weekender bag which is perfect for apple and pumpkin picking or just going away for a bit of a vacation.
I love this time of year when you can walk around with a few layers on and yet still have the need to want to be outside. Many of you know that I started in the fashion industry first as a model and then as a visual merchandiser (doing amazing window displays for a number of premium brands). Fall is one of my favorite seasons to check out the windows and since I live not too far away from Saks and around the corner from Bergdorfs I always pay super close attention to their visuals! My good little Kittens saw these images last night as I was walking and Tumbling the looks I loved and how I would be bringing this into my wardrobe by taking components and having them remade to be very Kimmie like. This fall, there are a number of phenom trends that we can think about bringing into our look from - texture, light hues and draping. At Bergdorfs, I'm loving the grey trench with the fur that brings in a pop of color. I love tailored items and I love the hat that picks up the fur color. Whether you're rocking a fur collar or finding another way to add a pop of something (anything Swarovski like - amaze). Bergdorfs also rocked it out with gorgeous blush tone dresses that has sparkle and ostrich feathers - find a way to bring this in ladies whether it's on the dress or an accessory that picks this up - must have now
As I said last night, you can never go wrong with Chanel and this tweed cloak must be seen in person as it has a number of textured fabrics in black and white of course and would look fabulous over a pair of leggings with thigh high or equestrian style boots. Saks brought it with the Chanel series of windows and really took it to the next level with this diva centric windo with caged booties (get a pair NOW) and textured tights. When I was at Robert Verdi's during my Meet and Greets for the launch of my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 shoe line, I loved that Hanes was there and they were definitely pushing textured tights (just like Capezio did when I was at their booths this summer for their tradeshow). You know I'm not a tight girl but I am loving this trend and will rock it out every now and then. Stay tuned for more window love throughout the fall and holiday season!
Above are images from the Robert Verdi gifting suite where I launched Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 by chatting it up with Verdi himself, chit chatting with Nigel Barker (ANTM and phenom photographer - his wife is super cute), my 4th Anniversary of Kitten Lounge party at Shobha, my appearances on HSN prior to NYFW, inclusion within Cosmo for my Get Palladium Pretty campaign and co-hosting Fashion Night Out with Ted Rossi at Henri Bendel.
In doing this post, I feel like I am doing those "What I did over my summer vacation" write ups that we all had to do when we were in school. I remember that one summer was super uneventful and I literally worried about what I would present! But as we're enjoying the fall that has blown into NY (um Pumpkin Spiced lattes, light scarfs and cute layers - hello) I had to look at the 360 of Fashion Week and what it has meant for me in terms of coverage as well as my brand.
Regardless of who you are, Fashion Week for editors and such begins months in advance of the actual shows themselves. We spend a lot of time interacting with brands, their PR firms and related areas. These cultivated relationships, write ups and more result into us having access to the shows, backstage, parties etc which allows us to share with you what's going on. That has been my experience for the past 8 seasons. I cover a number of shows, presentations and lounges but this season took on a new significance due to projects that I had been working on for a number of months that all became public during SS12 NYFW!
Aug 28th - Sept 1st: Since NYFW in Feb of this year, I have appeared on HSN for Sebago as their spokesperson and days before the runways bustled with activity, I beat the hurricane to go to Tampa to present fall fashion within HSN Fall Showcase presented by Elle Magazine. It was a fun series of shows and I love that in terms of my styling, I wore SBS (Smart By Style) which launches in Spring 12 and as the face of the brand, it was amazing to wear them on air - then it was back on a plane home to NYC to do last minute preps and pulls for my appearances for NYFW!
Sept 7th: Although the season ran from Sept 8th - Sept 15th, I started it off with Robert Verdi's Chic Week Twitter Party where we officially launched and shared news about my Kimmie Smith x Spring 12 collection with a room full of my fellow blogger colleagues and press. It's always fun to chat it up with Robert Verdi and to give sneak peeks to people in the know! We streamed this as well so our virtual audience got in on the fun.
On the same day, newsstands had the October Issue of Cosmo Magazine and my Get Palladium Pretty campaign came out. I had shot the photos and the video in the beginning of August and if you go to Cosmopolitan's Facebook Page you can see the video I shot as well as find out how you can get an amazing piece as well. It's my second placement in the magazine as a member of the Beauty, Brains and Blogs Network that was created by the publishing team of Cosmo so being in the Sept issue and then having a huge page in Oct was huge and of course coming out during Fashion Week - I was thrilled! You can see everything here.
Sept 8th: On the first official day of Fashion Week, it was time to hit the shows and of course, that night it was Fashion's Night Out! I kicked this off at Henri Bendel with my dear friend and designer, Ted Rossi! We styled up fans of the brand and I provided amazing tips on how to look fabulously blinged out as he has been dressing me in python and Swarovski for years. It was the first time I did an FNO event and doing it at my accessory destination with a brand I have worn and loved for years was phenomenal! Kitten Lounge also did a Digital Fashion Night Out by selecting brands that we love that people could shop from throughout the day!
Sept 9th - Sept 11th: Although there has been a lot of activity, I'm only at day 2 and it's Friday. Fortunately, it was light enough that I was able to spend a few hours hanging out at the UGG Australia Showroom on their terrace for a post brunch to FNO (also I LOVE LOVE LOVE the slipper moccasins which kept me going in the evening when I was updating). We definitely needed it and I loved catching up with the Fashion Indie crew. You need a bit of a breather as many of my shows were falling on Sat and Sun and I wanted to be rested. In addition, over that weekend I hit a lot of the media lounges that took place which lets you know about in season or future product and of course, it's a great way to have catch up seasons. I ran into Verdi at the tents and we did a fun Pop Up Show with Robert Verdi talking Spring 12 Trends that you should keep an eye out for for First Comes Fashion - Fashion on the Go and we had one of my fave pop up guests, none other than Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson - Law & Order SVU) popped by too - she's gorge.
Sept 12th: Mon arrives and I'm running on the pure will to go forward as it's my birthday, I have a number of shows and presentations and I have my first Meet and Greet for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection at the Robert Verdi Luxe Lounge for Chic Week which takes place every NYFW! My shoes had been showing since the 8th but due to scheduling I could only come by on various days. It was such a great first day as I was able to see a number of buyers and celebs which I highly recommend checking out the gallery of images as Real Housewives Jill Zarin and Alex McCord (plus her hubby) came by, Nigel Barker (amaze photographer and judge on America's Next Top Model) popped in as well as a number of stylists and bloggers! It was amazing to see Shape, Elle and so many more come through as well. How did I celebrate my birthday - we headed to Pop Burger for Peach Cosmos, burgers and fries!
Sept 13th: It's Tuesday and I'm still going to shows, presentations, media lounges and spending a few hours chatting it up at my second Meet and Greet at Robert Verdi's We end the night having dinner with an amazing meal at The Red Cat with Adam, winemaker of Cupcake Vineyards.
Sept 14th: Wednesday, I have a few shows but that night, I had a fun Kitten Lounge NYFW 4th Anniversary Party at Shobha (where I get my brows threaded). This night was made possible by Shoba, Vita Coco, PopChips, Covergirl, Cosmo, Havaianas, Elizabeth Grant, Crest 3D White (I'm a brand ambassador for them - they are a must for me) and Birchbox - so much fun to have people swing by (read about it here). Earlier on this day, I saw that an article about myself and the merge of traditional and new media had been posted on Huffington Post Style (apart of AOL media) - so this was super amazing!
Sept 15th: It's Thursday and the last day of Fashion Week, so it's all about seeing the last shows and of course my final day at the Verdi Lounge to showcase my Spring 12 collection. By this time, sleep has definitely been a luxury and I have met so many people, brands and so much more that I can say that this is not only a successful season from a coverage standpoint but it is also successful for Kitten Lounge as well as the Kimmie Smith brand. Due to the coverage, we have received a lot of press and interest for upcoming projects and people finally get to see the items that I have been working on from my design line - SUCCESS. I also love that Shobha (which I'm a huge fan of) included me as a blogger/personality that is not only browlicious but my thoughts on Fashion Week and how I prep for it!
Sept 16th: That brings me to today - Fashion Week may have ended yesterday but now it's about making sure that everything was accurate on the coverage end, saying that you for the invites and of course following up on the items that involve my personal brand. We will be doing interviews about the shoe collection and my brand ambassadorship positions as well. In terms of what's next, it's about holiday at this point and I am already on the schedule to shoot an amazing video for a large beauty brand that has a tie in with a movie that will be released on DVD which is exciting. I'm already in the planning stages for designing yet another season and we're excited that it seems that Kitten Lounge will get a fun mention in a show that will be airing that covered Fashion Week - beyond thrilled. So the work continues and moves on but I'm so glad to have been apart of the hectic nature that is NYFW. Also a HUGE thanks to Natori, that dressed me for a number of my Meet and Greets - as I always know that her line makes me look phenomenal and she has fun cuts and prints that I adore! Stay in the loop with She's Kimmie.
In the midst of the madness of just having to focus on all that goes along with NYFW, I have been doing Meet and Greets at the Robert Verdi Luxe Lab for the launch of my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12! It's been rocking there as we have had Nigel Barker, Tinsley Mortimer, Bobbie Thomas, US Weekly, Essence Magazine, AP, Fashion team of Lord & Taylor, various mag publications and more coming through! It's been so much fun to introduce people to a significant project that I have been working on with this collection as well as to see the reaction of people who have fallen in love with the shoes. When you think about designing something months in advance and being able to collaborate with an existing brand, bringing in your own as well as to forecast the trend - it's nice to know that I got it right!
With buys already secured from Bloomingdales as well as HSN - it's super exciting to see where it will be available next Spring. I'll also keep you looped into our amazing photoshoot that's in the works!
With the day kicking off with heading to Victoria's Secret Rooftop Lounge, ARTISTRY/AMWAY Lounge, Allure Lounge and then The Daily Lounge - I had already put in a full day! Then I was off to the second day of my Meet and Greets at Robert Verdi for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 preview! So by the time that was completed, I was ready to eat! Thankfully, I was invited to the Cupcake Vineyards dinner at The Red Cat where we learned from wine maker, Adam Richardson about the new wines that are coming to the market. As I enjoyed my Watermelon Salad, Skate and then a yummy Marble Cheesecake, we started out with Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and continued on to Malbec, Shiraz and the new one - Red Velvet (there will also be a white version of this). Being a fan of the brand for almost a year, it was nice to ask my burning questions like the choice in name (they just loved the idea of having a certain emotion that you felt upon hearing it and ensured that upon consuming, it kept the feeling going). It was nice to eat among foodies, wine tastemakers and more. Over the next few weeks, we'll definitely introduce our faves to you!
This time next week I will be in the early stages of tackling New York Fashion Week for yet another amazing season. This year, it is taking new significance since in addition to seeing shows, going to after parties and lounges - I will be previewing my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection at the Robert Verdi Luxe Lab. This is a time where a number of industry will see one of the various projects that I have been working on as well as to get gifted in my line! It's such an exciting time and one that I have been looking forward to! For those that will not have the opportunity to come by, I had to sneak out one of my fave pieces that I designed! The leathers for all my shoes are phenomenal but I love this fresh take off of a typical penny style and this gorgeous green/blue antiqued hue. Known as the Cabana, it's the ultimate slip on and go shoe with a thin sole. I'll keep you in the loop on all the shoes that are being showcased and when I can share with you Fall 12, I definitely will!
This shoe's hue was the inspiration behind the assortment included within today's spread. I have always been a fan of this hue whether it's a votive from Anthropologie, a seat from Neiman Marcus or my personal fave - pieces from Horchow! If you're hitting the tents and everything in between, make sure to rest up as there are plenty of surprises coming from all directions when it comes to one of the biggest Fashion Week events!
I'm heading home to NYC after being in Tampa/St Petersburg/Clearwater for my appearances earlier this week on HSN! With Labor Day weekend coming up, the summer went by way too fast! With that said, there was a lot of travel, meetings, events and so much more. It meant that although I always look my best, I had to take it to another level Enjoy the clip of one of my segments that I did talking about Sebago's Fall line on HSN! I'm rocking SBS (Smart by Style) which I became the face of and which you will see for Spring 12. But equally important is my love for fab brows (thank you Shobha), having a dazzling white smile courtesy of Crest 3D White - as well as rocking nails courtesy of Polished Beauty Bar. In addition there are a number of lotions, scrubs and more that I use! Next week is New York Fashion Week which means tons of shows, participating in Fashion Night Out with Ted Rossi meet and greets at Robert Verdi's for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12, my 4th anniversary party for Kitten Lounge, it's my birthday and so much more. All of this will take place within a nine day period but at least my skin will look phenom! Of course, accessory wise you''ll see me rocking Virgins, Saints and Angels and Ted Rossi.
This week is super busy with prepping for last minute items that involve my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 11 and Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection (can't believe that they will be on shelves soon and that I will be planning photoshoots for this as well), shooting for an October issue of a major magazine (next week I will shoot the video portion for it), nailing down my Fashion Week Media Lounge for Sept and a number of other odds and ends as August is right around the corner! With that said, I need easy breezy outfits. The ones that keep me cool and allow me to still be super fashionable as I head into meetings. If you guys follow me on Tumblr, you may have seen my color palette for Fall 11 which has blush, grey, black, white, cream etc. It's a soothing palette and one that you will definitely notice when you happen to live in NYC. With all the travel that I do, I love being able to switch it up.
Today is my nude/grey outfit that is super simple, heat friendly and perfect for the pop ins that I'll do throughout the week! I live for leggings and it's a huge part of my fall/winter wardrobe. For the summer, I love having a cropped legging if possible and this pair by Arden B is perfection! I am a Jimmy Choo and a Christian Louboutin girl but when I am doing a lot of popping in and out you will see me in a number of fab brands - loving Pour La Victoire - nude slingbacks are a must! Have some serious neck appeal with Vera Wang's bib necklace and then have the most simple of tops such as this Milo ruched piece!
As many of you enjoyed Father's Day or simply a gorge day in NYC, I was in a cab heading to the 59th Bridge to make my way to JFK as I'm super picky about getting to the airport at certain times especially when there is an International flight. While sitting in the car watching the city slowly coming to life, people hopping over to their nearest bodega and bagel spots, I thought about the fact that this time last year, I was super busy going to Editor's appointments and press trips to fun locales where you learning about a brand or checking out the tourism of a city etc. I loved it but yet when I think about how often I fly and the reasons behind it - I definitely feel like I have truly stepped into the role of a business woman. I love that I hit Tampa very regularly so I can appear on air at HSN for Sebago and that I also head to Dominican Republic quite frequently as I have my soon to be released Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 11/Holiday 11, Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 and just completed and absolutely beyond phenom Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 12 collections.
Sitting in the car, I thought about a number of the collab design projects that will be rolling out next year and there is something to be said for knowing that the Kimmie brand has a nice selection of diversified lines that all have my "K" logo'd on the product in conjunction with the fab brand. In addition, I'm loving the ambassadorships as well as the fab partnerships (one so large that it calms me everytime I might get a tad antsy) that will be able to be announced officially just in time for New York Fashion Week as this season will be my busiest as I will tackle covering the shows, have some fabulous major mag placements as well as hosting a series of events that take everything to another level. WIth all of that good stuff it definitely means I travel a lot and although every now and then I let you know what I love love love. Here are more items!
I snapped a quick pic of my fave restaurant just outside of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (I believe this is in Boca Chica) - Boca Marina. I love that this gorgeous restaurant is like a lavish, large tiki hut with candles, shells and more and then outside is this large deck area. I have been here over their holiday weekends and you know that the Presidente's never stop flowing and the food - beyond! I highly suggest there calamari, fried cheese and the best bread ever when it comes to appetizer selections. Then for the entree, if you're starved, the Lobster Lasagna is a must and you'll never finish it (whether you're a guy OR girl) or the Sopa - yum! It's an experience and as the lights come down you feel like you're in South Beach such a cool vibe.
My travel must was having my jeggings which are fab to travel in and can be paired with my Havaianas which allow me to go through TSA super fast. Whether I'm on the flight OR in the factory in the offices upstairs, having my scarf ensures that my throat stays warm. Of course, I don't travel without Virgins, Saints and Angels OR Ted Rossi as it looks super fab, amps any outfit and people notice (love that the leather supplier having dinner with us that night said "Hey is that VSA" - that would be why I'm the Accessories Expert) and of course my lips are super important and I have been obsessed over Dior Addict Lip Maximizer (as well as Glow)!
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!
My guilty pleasure, personal trend and more is wrapped up in Virgins, Saints and Angels! I have loved this brand since 2006 and have loved this ring in Turquoise (which I now own via Paul getting it for me) which is PHENOMENAL! I love cocktail rings and I talk with my hands a lot. As an Accessories Expert, I believe bigger is always better if you can rock it!
Time is a rare commodity for me and although I travel to a number of places, I think some vaca time in St Barths with Paul would be amazing - hopefully we can slot that time in! I became inspired after attending Assouline's Press event.
My Sony Bloggie Touch is amaze - it takes pics and videos and connects to my laptop via USB! It keeps me connected to events, allows me to do quick vids of myself and I take pics in a flash - it's a must for my daily needs!
Happiness is 5 Napkin Burger which isn't too far from my apartment! I love their Original Burger OR Ahi Tuna with tater tots and a side of cream spinach! I always leave happy!
You hear from me daily from what I love to what I think that you guys would definitely love - so it was inevitable that I would also share some items that you may not know about me. As you know, I'm the Editor in Chief of Kitten Lounge which brings you fashion, style, beauty, travel and decor every day! In addition, I'm also an on air personality as you've caught me on HSN (there in Feb 2011 and will be back on air Memorial Weekend - May 27th and May 28th!) for Sebago as well as being a design collaborator for Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 11 and I just got back from DR and finished my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12! Beyond that, I also have my own clients that I style which is always fun to be able to bring my sense of style to their own sensibility. In addition, I love all of the amazing people that I have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with from Iman, Carmindy (What Not to Wear), Steven Cojocaru or Cojo and so much more! I'm always traveling whether it's to cover for the site or for a project that I am working on so there isn't a lot of rest in my world! This summer there will be quite a lot of work but thankfully, many of you will get to see it as I'll be on TV a lot more and I have some phenomenal partnerships as well. Simply put, I'm always inspired by something and the above will give you a little more insight about me!
The ability to juggle my work, friends and personal life - I'm loving my HTC Google Phone which allows everything to be synced up in seconds. I do so much that's Google based from emails, calendars, translators and more my laptop and phone work is easily integrated which allows me to stay on top of everything! I live for the old school taking notes in terms of ideas that I think I may want to come up with and since I'm always talking to amazing people, it allows me to adjust my Inspiration Boards as well as my Editorial Calendars to ensure that it all makes sense. Although I'm constantly being pitched, I also have my own projects that I'm always planning to come on board (Kimmie's Gimmie's was a fab idea that has now grown to monthly events). You never know when an idea pops up and if it's in the area of "Living the Lifestyle", then it's something that works within the aesthetic of the Kimmie and Kitten Lounge brands!
She's Kimmie is a virtual scrapbook and is the best way for fans of Kimmie to connect with her, see where she's heading next and of course to get fab insider info!
As an Accessories Expert, Kimmie appears on HSN, designs, is quoted/featured in various publications talking about style from an Accessories Forward perspective! To work with Kimmie or to see project portfolio, visit her site here.
Kimmie is the Co-Founder/Creative Director of Shoe Week which launched during NYFW Sept '12 and is styling a number of shows as well as having evening leading up to our second season of shows during NYFW Sept '13.
Co-Founder, Kimmie, connects brands with bloggers in intimate event settings via Style Tweetup.