Although the first day of Spring kicked off yesterday, this in between weather makes me think about taking a proper getaway and when that happens - you have to go warm weather and beaches as far as the eye can see! With that in mind, I present to you the 10 items that are an essential when it comes to looking amazing. What I love about these key items is that many of them can be interchanged with your looks even when you're back battling the temperatures. You'll love some of my faves from maxis from Mark, Ombre Ikat scarf by Echo Designs and a fab classic bikini by Burberry.
Nicholas Kirkwood wins the Accessory Designer Award presented by Susie Bick
The British Fashion Awards took place last night to honor the most influential people in fashion today and celebrate the reputation and development of British fashion! Enjoy an interview with Salma Hayek as well as see Nicholas Kirkwood receive his award for Accessories Designer. Read below for the entire list of winners.
British Style Award : Alexa Chung
Emerging Talent Award- Read - to - Wear: JW Anderson
Emerging Talent Award - Accessories: Sophie Hulme
Emerging Talent Award- Menswear: Jonathan Saunders
Red Carpet Award : Roksanda Ilincic
New Establishment Award: Erdem
Accessories Designer: Nicholas Kirkwood
Designer Brand: Stella McCartney
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Professor Louise Wilson
What a few days this has been! Yesterday I invited my sister, who recently became engaged, to a number of bridal shows. It was an amazing time and I love the fact that there is nothing better then having a weekend with bridal runway shows and brunch as well! Being chic is always an essential and can be done with these fun pieces with this brocade jacket by Stella McCartney and pair it with these leggings from Theory. Accessorize it all with these fabulous Ralph Lauren burnished calf boots, Clementina ring and gorgeous Balenciaga bag with rose gold hardware.
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'm such a fan of Kelly Osbourne! She's the perfect mix of sweet and feisty and I love seeing her on E!'s Fashion Police. I also love that Kelly takes care of herself and always shows a number of looks that are on point with the season's trends as well as (more importantly) being true to her own style aesthetic. I love the look she's rocking for Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards this past weekend. You can recreate this fun look by wearing Stella McCartney Ruffled One Shoulder Cotton Blend Dress which is super chic and very easy to wear. Pair this with Giuseppe Zanotti's hot pink pump. I would have also added in (as this is a fun show) this fabulous Mesi Jilly Cowrie Shell and Onyx ring with Kara Ross's Cuff which adds some symmetry to the overall look.
Yes it's still the summer but like my wardrobe that is for being out and about, my workout gear also transitions as well! I am a huge fan of rocking black and grey when exercising and many times when I am doing a class, I love to layer it up as well. There's nothing cuter than cropped yoga pants which are from Fila and are all about performance. Include a simple tank like this one from Splendid and a cute cropped terry tee by Stella McCartney and you're ready for the fitness runway as well as looking fab! Pop on your Ryka sneakers and to pull your hair back, Forever 21 has a great scarf with just a bit of color. Grab your Adidas bag which also allows you to run around right after to whatever the day may take you. Keep it fresh by putting The Body Shop's gentle facial cleansing wipes. As you guys know, we're getting closer and closer to NYFW so I also pop in one of my super nutritious snacks from Fresh Diet so that I can snack in a healthy way!
As I mentioned last week, it's all about staying healthy on Kitten Lounge whether it's for a designated event or your lifelong process. Each Fri, you're going to find fab ways to get styled to look fab but to dress appropriately at the gym. Right now, my obsession is workout leggings! Not only are they comfy but it pulls together your look in such a great way! Stella McCartney's yoga stretch jersey pants are definitely a must! I've been wearing these pants this week during my workouts. I love tanks and once again this Nike tank has that great fashionable look while also being suitable for hitting the machines. Complete the look by this brands' hoodie - especially when the weather begins to turn. I love Puma's and this is a cute look. I love sporting grey and black and although I pair down my jewelry when I work out, I don't exercise without at least a little bling. I'm loving Emily Armenta's ring which is definitely something you'll notice when you're on the elliptical.
Earlier this week, I've been tweeting out about Fresh Diet. No I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight as I'm a size 2 but I do believe that it's important to stay toned. As you know, I'm always traveling for work, running to events and attending brand meetings for collaborations. This means I'm grabbing food on the go or I'm so tired when I get home that I may not be making the most healthy choices (or falling asleep out of pure exhaustion). Whether you're like is super crazy or you feel that you need portion control, Fresh Diet is a customizable meal plan that creates order out of your culinary life. First you select how long your plan will be for (mine is a month), how many calories you wish to eat (I picked 1100 - 1200) and then comes the fun part. Go to your pantry and select the items that you don't like by food category. This will help you when you start selecting your daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert - if you opt out of dessert you can have another snack or appetizer) as it will alert you when an ingredient you don't like is included within an item you selected. For every meal, you choose between a small selection of items and each day, you get a new series of items to choose from! Once you select, you wait for your meal to arrive which is at your door (or in my case doorman). When you've completed your meal, you can place your bag outside and they swap it - no intrusion, no worries about waiting around for the delivery and all the heating instructions are included on your handy dandy menu. I'm a huge fan and have had such a fab selection and I love that a rep reaches out to ask how everything is going. If you need to halt a delivery, everything can be managed within your account online - easy! It's definitely worth checking out and I love that they are sponsoring us in our #KLFitness as we tone up for Fashion Week.
Throughout this month, we will showcase products that support breast cancer. They may or may not be beauty focused and when visiting the site, you can see more in terms of how much and to what funds it goes towards. Yes we definitely believe that supporting this cause is a year around one but we also love the enhanced focus that takes place this month! Now, since our trip to Miami and being able to do a kick butt workout with celebrity trainer, Gina Lombardi of 'Deadline Fitness', we have enjoined maintaining fitness stories within the site. Now we love love Stella McCartney and her design collaboration with Adidas and we hope that it never ends, it is also one of the few times that we actually create an entire look around one designer! But how could we resist whether it's running, yoga or aerobics - you'll look amazing. Now the look doesn't have any linkage to supporting the efforts for research and awareness of breast cancer but the other items do!
We all need to stay hydrated and why not do so with Pink which not only keeps you going from one portion of the workout to the next, but it supports those women in need! In addition, we have already fallen in love with this acupuncture mat that not only relieves your stress but allows you to get a workout, but we had to mention it again! Acushakti is my new best friend (note that currently the orange and the green mats are available - pink will be available in Nov with a portion of proceeds going back to a breast cancer organization). I can't say that you will see me doing yoga positions on it (yet), but I do enjoy resting on it to relax my back and just to allow it to do what it does best. This also supports breast cancer awareness and of course helps you look and feel amazing!
This week, I'm hosting (via Kitten Lounge) a super fun 1 hour class at Physique 57 in partnership with Dove on Sat May 15th from 3 - 4pm and Physique 57! There will be 10 of us sweating it out and having a great time. If you're in NYC, you can win a chance to workout with me and a few of my friends and you can bring a friend along. To enter, simply let me know what's your favorite workout when you're at the gym! I will select a winner on Tues at 12 pm. This event is sponsored by Dove and it's a chance to check out an amazing center, learn a routine, get to know more about Dove Visibly Smooth and more!
Of course when it comes to working out, I love to think about what I will wear and I have been drooling over this super cute Pineapple Tank by Stella McCartney for Adidas. It's not only cute to run around in but even better when working out. In addition, you have to have super cute shorts and I love that at Forever 21, they have a number of colors. Finally, you have the bag. As you know, last week I was at the FEED event with Lauren Bush last week and I started rocking my bag this weekend. It's a great way to get a bag that not only looks good but this bag feeds 3 Guatemalan children for an entire year as well as supporting women artisans that make this bag! You can't beat that fashionable find whatsoever so definitely pick one up! At Kitten Lounge, we will continue to talk about this issue as ensuring that children have the nutrition that they need is an essential!
Each season I think about the fact that I can never have too many tunics! I live in them! They're perfect for the cabana but it doesn't mean that you can't take it with you to brunch, dinner and much more. I love the fact that you can pair them with a cute pair of heels, a little clutch, a fun bracelet and a pair of fab skinny jeans! Calypso is one of my favorite places to go when you want a tuinic. I love the embroidery and when you place it with the jeans, it looks effortless! Finally, it's always about the accessories. This cluster bracelet has a nice pop of color so that you don't feel that you're completely in tan and it picks up a bit of the fab Tory Burch (if you haven't RSVP'd then make sure you do for our fun shopping event at their NoLita store) clutch which is perfect. To top it all off, the heels are absolutely fab and love that they're beaded!
Yesterday I hit the gym after taking a bit of a break. I always exercise but I wanted to focus on strength training and more. With that in mind, I'm a big believer in dressing for the part! With that said, I love Victoria's Secret Pink, I work out in it, lounge and travel in it! One of the best collaborations that VS Pink could have done is create lines of clothing from universities! I love wearing my Alma Mata, Indiana University and having a little bling with yoga pants is perfect! The fact that it's grey is also a huge bonus and of course, I love pairing it with a simple tank top.
Finish this look off with Stella McCartney - I love her collaboration with Adidas the sneakers are cute and have a very fashionable flair and I love the bag which can hold everything that you feel you need!
Yes the Noreaster has hit the east coast. How chilly was it yesterday. I have to get a lot of motivation going just to leave my house when it comes to going out for fun! One of the things that I hate about the winter is that I don't want to feel like I have to sacrifice my style for warmth! This winter I'm thinking of cute sweaters (those who know me know that I am not a fan of this portion of my wardrobe as a rule) but I do love American Eagle's Thermal Collar Shirt. I think this is perfect for staying warm and you can showcase a cute necklace! Juicy Couture's necklace is full of drama and it can peek out from your shirt. I'm a fan of boots and I'm obsessed with these thigh high Stella McCartney boots! Now when you're running around you're all set whether your hanging out with friends at an apartment, meeting up for lunch or whatever happens to you when you end up leaving your own home! Finally, you have to have the perfect skinny jean and this pair from Arden B is an essential for the weekend when you're going for a relaxed look. Take some time to think about how you'll dress on these chilly weekends!
I'm obsessed with Wizard of Oz and in thinking of how much I love the movie, I decided that I had to style Stella McCartney's Button Shoulder Dress. I love the tie, the button detail and so much more. With a dress like this, you don't really need to do a lot in terms of accessories; however, you know me - it's a crime not have a little bling. So pair your Emerald City look with this fab cuff which is a little yellow brick road and this gorgeous Cabochon Citrine Ring! Of course the perfect way to top off this entire look is with Stella's fragrance which not only smells amazing but is fabulous to hold. This is perfect for a dinner out or simply when you feel like dressing up!
09/11/09: (L-R) Amerie, Ciara and Amber Rose attend the Nicole Miller Spring 2010 Fashion...
As mentioned yesterday, this year's Fashion Week coverage on Kitten Lounge will have one look from the line and then I will accessorize that look. This way you can see pieces that will hit stores next Spring but know how to make it come together. Today's look is focused on the girl that has that amazing launch party she's going to. You got your investors, you toiled over your projects and finally you're presenting all the items that you have been working on. You want to be fabu! This dress from Nicole Miller (who is also one of the Mentors that appeared on To Be a Star - not my episode but a different one) hit the runway last night and as you can see, it's a statement within itself. The accessories become tricky when you have an iridescent look, a higher neckline, etc - BUT this can still be paired with great items. Instead of trying to find the best color or going with your standard black, I decided that gold would be perfect but a mixture of golds to add warmth. Manolo Blahnik's patchwork d'Orsay heels are awesome as it adds in those tones and really connects the other other pops of gold that are found in the JLRicci Tiger Eye ring and Stella McCartney's Melamine clutch! What a fab dress and in addition to my attendance of the show, check out Amerie, Ciara and Amber Rose who sat front row as all the looks came down the runway. This is definitely a way to ensure that you'll be noticed and look like the woman who is sure to take over the world in your niche!
When it comes to my favorite shoe, it's flip flops hands down! I could live in these and I love more than just my Havianas. I love the kinds that also look a little less casual and are perfect to wear with dresses. When it comes to the flip flop, it's all about a shoe that is clean and minimal. These shoes are great since they embody this description whether it's Prada, Tod's, Calvin Klein or Stella McCartney. What's my favorite shoe within this collection? I love Stella McCartney because of the color and the details. I also love that her shoes and everything that she creates is totally eco-friendly.
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