It's one of those weeks where it's going to be really busy! For those of you in DC and in Baltimore, I will be on air on your local ABC affiliates chatting it up! It's always great to be out and about in a different market. When I travel it's about comfort but also being able to hit the ground running. Roll over the above images and find out why I'm obsessed with this easy look that's perfect to wear when you have a million in one things to do. In terms of apparel, the Valerj Pobega top and Plein Sud Jeans. I'm loving the neutral color palette as well as the fun accessories that complete this look including Sergio Rossi, YSL, 3.1 Phillip Lim, CC Skye, Joomi Lim and Victoria Beckham.
We're a little over a week from the kick off of NYFW. What I love about this season is that right before the shows, there are a number of activities that are taking place that I'll be hosting, supporting others and more. I'm spending my time running to showrooms to finish styling my clients who will be attending shows, brands who I'm styling their shows and some clients who will just be in the city as NYFW ends on Valentine's Day. How do you dress when you're in work mode and running around like crazy? I love to do it with the look above! I obsess over the perfect white shirt over a pair of leggings, fab over the knee boots scarves and some fab accessories! This takes me from me showrooms, event spaces, cocktails with friends in the city and those coming in and my fab clients that love grab sushi and cocktails. This is a great day to night look and one that works as you go.
I start with the basics - I love a short sleeve tee that's draped this is great to layer but even in this freezing weather, I opt for no sleeves this shirt by Armani Collezioni that can be paired with these faux leather pants (sexy) by Generation Love which elongates the leg. I love that you can add a cozy layer with this infinity scarf by by Swell. Complete the look with my go to, over the knee boots by Sergio Rossi.
Bundle up against the cold with these super cute earmuffs by Coach and this fabulous purple coat with fur trim by Alberta Ferretti - how cute is it when this is all together.
Now it's all about the accessories. My eyes are sensitive in the sun in the winter as the cold air definitely makes me tear up. Rock these oversized sunglasses Givenchy frames. Karl Attens has a fabulous pair of fingerless gloves accessorized with fun Swarovski Crystals. Since I'm always on my phone, it's easier for me to rock this look as opposed to having completely covered fingers. Finally, it's all about the bag. This Michael Kors satchel is the perfect way for me to bring everything I need. This is the perfect item for those fashionable errands, meetings and the tent.
There are days where I love glamming it up in black! There is somethign about this that makes everyone look amazing. I'd start off with this gorgeous dress that is very whimsical by Lela Rose in tulle and silk. Pair this with fabulous Versace heels with a double platform peep toe! With the one shoulder effect of this dress, you only need a simple Mikimoto Diamond and Black South Sea Cultured Pearl Necklace which is simple but stunning. I've always been a fan of Kir Jewelry as I love their antiqued and modern look! This cocktail ring has a fabulous Mother of Pearl etched stone which adds depth to the overall look. Wearing this look means that an updo is definitely something that will enhance this chic look so that everyone can see your Phillips Frankel Diamond and Black Mother of Pearl Earrings. Finally, pop in a hue with this oversized envelope clutch by Valextra which is a fab blue/grey hue. For the modern day fairytale look, this is definitely one that you'll want to embrace.
I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and I know that many will still continue to gift others and continue to enjoy the festivities. This week, Kitten Lounge looks to 2012 as it is bound to be an exciting and hectic time. It seems like we'll be in warm climates and the fact that everything that I saw on the runways during NYFW SS12 from color, prints, cuts and more are now available - I'm already looking how to include it within my wardrobe! I am a big believer in kaftans and this year, I will have a number of opportunities to rock this look whether I'm on the East Coast on fabulous beaches in the south in between meetings or on the West Coast! Note that kaftans are not just recreational but can be worn as complete looks which have been recreated here. The biggest takeaway of color to incorporate this season is Citrus - specifically: Clementine, Tangerine and Coral. These hues dominated the runways for men and women and whether you place it within your apparel or your accessories, you will be on trend without question.
Begin your look with your canvas which is this Babajaan maite grey kaftan with fringe. I love this hue and to truly make this neutral look pop, it's time to add citrus! Oliver People's is one of my fave brands when it comes to sunnies as they have a retro flare that I embrace. This oversized look creates a bit of a nod to a 70s flare which is always on trend no matter the look. Tiffany & Co presents a citrine ring which is the perfect cocktail to carry whether it's that time of day or not. Include this bracelet by Alexander McQueen which pops in the pyramid rivet style on a brass cuff. Slip on a pair of cork pumps with spikes by Christian Louboutin. Finally, a look isn't a look without a fabulous bag and I am officially in love with Michael Kors' ostrich embossed leather satchel bag which is full of color and texture in a vibrant tangerine.
As mentioned yesterday, from now until the end of the year I will share with you my Top 5's (known as Kimmie's 5s - as an Accessories Expert you'll find the best way to complete your looks) within various themes as this is the time of year of lists after all! Today's look is inspired by the upcoming Winter Solstice and the dip in temperature being 27 degrees yesterday! We're still running around gifting, going to dinners and so much more! With that said I am all about caramel and rich brown tones! How can one dress up their outerwear and leggings which is a staple in my look when it comes to colder weather. I'm obsessed with the Prairie Hideaway Coat available at Modcloth. I love that it mixes in caramel, grey, black and cream and has a fun texture! In addition, this can be paired with any legging and of course, I have chosen the black pair by Alberta Feretti!. With that said, here are the top 5 caramel focused accessories that are fab for your closet and to complete this look!
Necklaces are essential and of course if it's from Virgins, Saints and Angels - I know that it's going to take your look to another level. Although this Magdalena piece is available exclusively at Nordstrom, it's tiered and drop pendant look is perfection for this look! Keep your fingers warm with fingerless gloves by Portolano. Keep your legs warm by slipping on Naughty Monkey's over the knee boot which is perfect for the season. Keep your eyes protected from the wind with Fendi'sZucca sunglasses which is all about being oversized and amazing. Finish the look with Prada's White Pebble Leather Convertible Satchel! Together - this is a super cute and clean look which will keep you warm no matter where you are off to.
It's so hard to dress for this weather. It's all about layers but sometimes you dressed a bit too warm for a day when the temperatures rise to 68/70 even when it's not the same level of humidity as it was in the summer. Other times, it gets super chilly and there is something about wishing you had grabbed another layer. This is a fab look when I love getting back to the coziness of the staple in my wardrobe for years, black.
My latest (one of many) obsessions is this Navajo cardigan style from Yigal Azrouel which is eye popping on its own and can paired over a simple pair of leggings. Slip on a pair of these Rider boots from Frye which has their logo on the side and presents a bit of that edge that we all love seeing. As you're running into the streets, rain or shine you need Chloe oversized black sunglasses. These are the perfect way to navigate the streets or to take a nap while traveling on a flight. Slip on Ted Rossi's J'amour Noir Python cuff which adds a pop of edge along with Kara Ross' Onyx, Hematite and Sapphire ring which is a conversation piece to say the least. Now you're ready for wherever this look is taking you!
Ah today I hit the streets with some serious appointments to see the holiday collections that will hit stores later this year. I'm excited but no matter how cute you make yourself, how much you limit your time outside, etc you still have that nice glow of being in the heat all day. No complaints as I'm not a snow girl but it just comes out of nowhere! So what do I do, I wear items that are super comfortable and only require accessories. As I write this I can only imagine how sweaty I will be at the end of the day so the best way is to just work with it. Having that great boho look, hair pulled up in a number of ways will enhance the look. I am obsessed with this slubby shirt which would be the perfect dress (I would wear it this way). It's like wearing your boyfriends oxford. This can be paired with a fab chunky necklace and these tall ankle sandals (they are definitely super cute and I may have to start obsessing over these shoes too). A well placed ring is the perfect staple to bring everything together (I am dubbing this look Hamptons Safari as I love the cool neutrals and the ethnic pops of flavor that are in the look). This is the perfect look for grabbing a latte with friends, drinks later or running errands, I would even travel in this outfit without a second thought! It's getting hot and yes we're in a heat wave but keep your inner beach babe cool with this fab look!
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