Happy May as you read this I'm doing my final preps! Today, I will be at WJAL on ABC 7/Channel 8 talking in DC at 11am on Let's Talk Live on about Hot Mom style and accessories as Mother's Day is right around the corner and then I will be off to ABC 2 The List in Baltimore to talk everything summer from fab moms to what to wear this season. So while I'm off doing that, enjoy some of my face wrap bracelets and watches which I'll be talking about and/or wearing today by rolling over the above images including Michael Kors, Linea Pelle, Coach and La Mer Collections.
As you know, I'm not prone to rocking watches personally (strange that there are only 2 accessories that you'll rarely see me wear - but so it is) but I do love seeing one that has a good face. Whether it's matte, blinged out, white, etc - it makes for a great conversation piece. Today's Wrist Wednesdays includes a number of brands that I do love seeing whether it's on me or when I'm out and about. Roll over the images above to see more about why I'm loving Versace, Movado, Patek Philippe and Girard Perregaux.
The 9th episode of last week's Project Runway took place at the 5th Avenue Lord and Taylor department store with the inspiration coming from the retailer's signature, "American Beauty Rose", as well as the customer in mind as well and finally finishing the look with selections from L&T's Accessory Wall. The winner, Michelle Franklin, had their piece produced and is sold exclusively at the store's select locations, their website and included within the windows of the 5th Avenue location. Michelle's chartreuse satin colorblock shift dress with chiffon and microsuede trim is the perfect item to include within your spring wardrobes without a doubt.
As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of Lord and Taylor as I love purchasing my outerwear as well as shoes from the 5th Avenue location. I can always find what I'm looking for without having to worry about not finding a sales team to assist me! Above you can see how this dress began in sketch form and how it is available for purchase and how it is styled. Of course, you know when it comes to accessories, I always have a few twists and I love playing with yellow as it's a great neutral to build on top of!
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Here's how I would style this look for myself or for a few of my clients who love playing with neutrals! All of these items are available at Lord and Taylor and are perfect to wear with a number of other looks that you'll wear throughout the Spring and Summer! Roll over the images above to find out more information about getting the above.
In the world of accessories, it's so hard for me to have a favorite as I'm always embracing a new pair of heels, a bracelet, necklace etc. As many of you know, as an Accessories Expert, I always lead Accessories Forward! I pick my outfits based on these gems and love the whole process of finding the perfect mix. This time of year finds me doing a number of activities within short time frames whether it's styling a client, working on my jewelry line, checking out presentations and more. It's all about an outfit that works and ensuring that accessories keep me feeling completely in my element!
Leggings and jeggings are a major component to my look and I love a great shirt whether it's a button down or tee. I love these DSquared Slim Jeans which are a great pop of color and of course showcases the colors of my brands. It's all about an ode to old school with this fab ruffled shirt by Sara Roka.
This is such a crisp look that with fabulous accessories can really make your look phenomenal. I love these Sergio Rossi Painted Python Heels which is a great way to make a number of your looks come together without a doubt!. Never one to shy away from fun bold accessories, here are my top picks! Balenciaga's Arena Giant Rose Gold City is a fabulous touch whatever you're wearing. My readers know that I have been such a fan of this brand's bags and with so many colors that are available, how can you not find a favorite! A recent fave has been Kimberly McDonald who has so many pieces that has come on my radar. I love geodes and have been rocking a few pieces from a number of designers but her 18kt Rose Gold Geode and Diamond ring is such a fab item. Arm candy is an essential and I have a number of bracelets from Charriol and love their pave bar diamond wrist love.
Complete this look by a few more dazzling details. Lucifer Vir Honestus Diamond Trofeo Bracelet is a dynamic piece that works well whether you're dressing something up or taking it to the next level. Although I'm not a watch girl, there are times when it seems appropriate - this would be NYFW as I'm always running from one show, showroom, etc to another and getting just enough time to hang out with my girls. Movado'smother of pearl watch with diamonds is perfection. Finally, my sunglasses are everything! NYFW has some early call times when I'm backstage and events go well into the night. To ensure that I rest my eyes, I'm always looking for the perfect pair and I have been in love with Tom Ford's Rhi sunglasses which bring out your inner Charlie's Angel to be sure!
This winter season can be a challenge from surprisingly warm days to down right chilling to the bone temperatures! How do you dress for something like this? It's all about layers and great pops of color. I love a neutral palette and believe in mixing white, black and grey together. The versatility of this look allows you to go all over and throughout your day without wondering if you're appropriately dressed no matter the impromptu situation.
I love a great pair of skinny jeans and this pair from Paige Denim and add a fab white tank that can be dressed up and down by Rag and Bone is a fab look. Complete the look with a great rolled cardigan in grey from Ralph Lauren Blue Label. A fab pair of ankle boots add a nice touch to the look by Saint Laurent.
Of course, I'm all about accessorizing and love adding in fab embellishments to jazz up this look. All of these pieces have notes of silver, Mother of Pearl and quartz. Although I'm not a watch person, I do like this Michael Kors timepiece. Layer on a Chan Luu bracelet that adds in another subtle hue. I love this Mother of Pearl necklace which has a great depth of texture as a way to bring in an old world charm as well as being very modern. Finally, I love this quartz and diamond ring by Sandra Dini.
Finally, it's all about the bag - with this winter season that will soon transition into Spring, you have to have a pop of color and you know that I'm a huge fan of Linea Pelle as I love their rich leather, fab embellishments and amazing colors. This Dylan Medium Tote is a lovely yellow and I have been carrying this body style in the fall. I love that you can fit so much in here (many times I have my laptop in my bag and all of my tech goodies)! So kicking off today, you have the chance to win this fabulous bag and a winner will be announced on Feb 7th (the first day of NYFW) so that you can begin building your closet on the way to great style!
Win this great bag by visiting Linea Pelle and making sure that you sign up for their newsletter. Next follow and tweet @KittenLounge and @LineaPelle telling us what fabulous color you are looking forward to adding into your wardrobe this season and include the hashtag #LPKLSpring2013. A winner will randomly be selected!
Part of doing anything is getting the right mindset and if you're thinking of tackling your workout, then you should outfit yourself for sure! I have come across some phenomenal items to add to your look! I'm a huge fan of mixing it up whether it's a jog in the park, Exhale Spa's Cardio Core Fusion, yoga and more. When I just hit a few of my favorites in the gym, I love rocking a pair of shorts such as these by Adidas as well as giving love to my alma mata, Indiana University with this Victoria's Secret Pink athletic tee! To ensure the perfect messy bun, I love these Jilly Bands which allows your hair to be pulled back without having undue stress put on it (and I love the range of colors - a must in my beauty pack no matter what). Keep time with 180Limited which is a fab rubber watch which comes in a square and circle face option. I'm all about drinking water and love this glass bottle from bkr which not onl y has a silicone sleeve (once again choose your colors) but also has a cap where the handle is slightly tilted which is easier to hold in your hand as it fits in the curve of your hand.
Finally, it's all about the shoes and ensuring that they're not even good for your feet but that of course they look amazing with your look. I've been wearing these Therafit Shoe sneakers since my press trip in Jamaica! I love how it supports my arches and allows me to have cushioned layers. Dr. Lisa Masterson, who appears on The Doctor's created this shoe to empower women not only in the gym but throughout their lifestyle. There are so many hues that are available that we're excited to give you the opportunity to win a pair. Tweet @TherafitShoe and @KittenLounge how you will be healthier in 2013 with the hashtag #lifestyle2013 and we will select 1 winner on New Year's Eve.
It's almost New Years Eve! We're a big believer in making sure that we send the year off in a great way so that when the clock clicks over, you're still ringing it in well. Of course, we have fabulous options that you can think about for whichever way that you will be spending the holiday. If you're all about ultra glam and decadence then this is definitely a great series of items to consider. Start off with a fabulous silver gown with a plunging neckline by Jenny Packham which is so old world! David Yurman is a fabulous choice whether you're talking about this fabulous onyx necklace or this quartz watch just to ensure that you arrive fashionably late! Continue making this look count by pairing it with these fabulous Rene CaovillaSwarovski Crystal embellished sandals. As a huge fan of onyx and of course silver, I love this ring by Ugo Cacciatori which is ornate and definitely a conversation piece. Finally, add in a pop of color with this Kara Ross Prunella python clutch which incorporated neutral tones as well as a pop of pink within this fabulous envelope case!
Can you believe it? Tomorriw is Thanksgiving and we're thinking of all the yummy treats that we will be enjoying. But it's always about how to get where you're going. As many of us make the trek we should do it in comfort and he does so in some of my fave looks! I am obsessed with my Hoodie Buddies as sometimes I have left my headphones and love that they are sewn into my hood! So he can rock the same look and know that his music is secure, connect his instrument of choice within his pocket and let the music flow as he makes his trip to his final destination. As he waits, he can check the time with Nixon as well as staying fashionable. J. W. Hulme keeps everything together while also being able to look preppy cool (you can also borrow this on your next trip as it's perfect for overnight or a long weekend). His look continues to be relaxed with these PRPS jeans and fab UGG boots which continue the rugged look and as he waits, stay connected while protecting his ipad with Sandqvist which also accessorizes well with the bag!
This time last year, we had the freaky snow that came right before Halloween and now on the East Coast we're dealing with a hurricane (in the midwest there was an earthquake that came in at 3.9!) Yesterday we were out braving Sandy to stock up and I have to say there are times when an umbrella isn't the best thing when there's wind running around! But if you are able to rock an umbrella in this weather, Marc Jacobs can definitely complete the look. With the rest of the week being rainy, it's a pretty key accessory. I'm obsessed with Ahnu rainboots which came thanks to me attending Pamela Pekerman's Well Accessorized for the Holidays. I have to say that these are super comfy and yet fit your feet in such a way that you don't feel like you have a clunky boot. When the rains hit, you want items that are perfect for getting wet - this leather shopper tote from Hunter Boot is amazing and can be worn with this rubber watch from Swiss Army watch. Finally, I'm loving that there is no reason to not look super chic in this inclimate weather by Burberry trench coat with a hood! Together this looks super cute and ensures that your items will not be drenched! Stay dry and safe as we continue on with Hurricane Sandy.
We just switched our closets as it's getting harder and harder to wear a lot of our summer items and pass them off as current season. We're mid week and thinking of the weekend and that means, it's time to relax. We love that he can rock his comfy jersey track pants by Baartmans and Siegel with this fun graphic tee by O'Neill! Paired with this Brera watch and Sorel surplus boots. To keep the chill off, how about this quilted Lacoste jacket is the perfect way to complete the look whether heading to Whole Foods, brunch or wherever the weekend takes you!
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With the summer quickly coming to an end, you have to do something special whether it's going out with your girls, having a rooftop dinner with your honey and more. I'm loving that this dress is perfect by starting off with Roberto Cavalli and to have fun accessories inccluding Nancy Gonzalez, Gucci watch and Brown Sapphire as well Opaque Sapphire from Eva Fehren and Jamie Joseph. I love the fact that this cuff is a fab way to add a bit of bling with this Federica Rettore and of course complete the look with these stunning heels with Rene Caovilla.
Yesterday we swooned over Beyonce looking amazing in her dress at Vogue's Met Ball which was held Mon night! Today, we're all about how chic Tom Ford always looks and how although he rocked a fab accessory, Chanel Iman (she is perfectly accessorized), what else could he have included in his look?
I would have popped in a little red! I love Movado's Red Label Watch which blends well with cufflinks by Barneys which have the same theme as well as one of my favorite designers, David Yurrman. This signet ring with garnet is very classic and more importantly, eye catching!
Whether you're going to private parties, large ones or staying at home - one of the biggest nights to party takes place on this Saturday! It's about ending the year in a big bang. No matter how you spent 2011, what took place and the groundwork that you set about to make 2012 better - it's time to let your hair down, up and out as all that matters is that you have lived to see another 365 and to do it all again in the year ahead! You know that you're going to look phenomenal and to wear a number of items that will make you look fab to the next level and then there is that guy! He could be in your entourage, your destined intended or maybe you get to dress him. This night is about putting it out there and I am loving this look. Today's Kimmie's 5s for this week looks at how His Style rocks NYE and I had to start his canvas with this velvet regal plum blazer by Danish clothing line, Sand. Underneath of the blazer he loves to keep it dashing by having this striped Thomas Pink out in full force with a double cuff and paired with Ksubi black night raw rinse jeans.
If you're going to rock this look, here are 5 accessories that are a must to make him the beaux of the night. We kick it off with the shoes! We all know that Christian Louboutin is all about the look and taking it to another exponential level and this python skin doesn't disappoint. In addition, who will be heading down to the West Village to check out the Men's Store that won't be too far away from the Women's Store near Horatio this Spring - this is worth braving the elements for to be sure! Rock his pocket by placing a paisley Etro scarf in it which is chic and so modern! When it comes to hardware, I go to my faves for a guy! John Hardy's black sapphire cuff links are the perfect companion to place within his striped double cuff shirt - I love the etching and how classic the sparkle is without taking it completely over the top. Since I'm all about pave, this black diamond signet ring by David Yurman is so very necessary and regal. I think every guy needs a ring like this. Finally, time isn't even something to be considered on the night of all night's but to keep him in perfect step - Movado is the perfect piece to complete the look with it's stainless steel and black face which plays into the other accessories that are being worn!
When it comes to his style, it's ok to watch him stack on the accessories and to encourage him to continue building this portion of his closet. As I said earlier this week, it's all about the top 5's/. Guys love the simple half zip cardigan and you can never go wrong with this charcoal Polo Ralph Lauren classic and to pair it with All Saints' jeans. Everything else is a fabulous series of items that are also perfect for gifting!
I am all about the weekender bag which is great to run errands and to have as you travel throughout the holiday season. When it comes to a lush bag, you can't go wrong with this brown Gucci bag. One of my favorite jewelry designers, especially for men, is Konstantino. This necklace blends silver and gold together and I love the Pegasus in black which adds a richness and ties in the multi tones that can be worn together. Rock out more silver with David Yurman's chain bracelet. Slip on this watch by Ritmo Mundo which once again ties in our fab neutrals while popping in color and then finish the look with Tod's driver which I love in this shade and think this is a staple.
The weather may be up and down wherever you live around the country but once he gets inside, it's time to enjoy drinks and nibbles with friends. Whether you're stepping out of your home office or leaving your office you want to make sure that he looks fab when it comes time to enjoying the season. Start off with a crisp shirt from Paul Smith in one of my fave hues - purple striped wovens. Rock this over a pair of skinny jeans from Edwin and a fab velvet blazer at J Crew!
This is a great base that we can add fun cufflinks from Bottega Veneta which has fab detailing and yet is very casual! A sterling silver Gucci bracelet watch makes sure that he stays on time or can check when you're bound to arrive to the party. For the ultimate comfort, he can slip into Ralph Lauren's Hayward Vachetta Driver. I love the color, the sewn detailing with the penny look across the top. He's definitely ready to go out for the evening and beyond.
He's all about working on a number of projects, running from one event to the next and ending the evening with cocktails mixed with a bit of a business talk when need be. He needs to be versatile and know that he doesn't have to change his outfit a number of times throughout the day when he has a fab look that works well with so many things. In that light, today's neutral look is perfect to share with the guy in your life. First off, it's all about the cashmere blazer from Bottega Veneta which can be dressed up and down depending on where he is off to. Pair it with the perfect pair of skinnies by November. Of course, it's all about the details and I'm a huge fan of Robert Graham who has a number of fab shirts that have great cuff detail (one of the things I remember about Paul's shirt when I first had a dinner date with him is that he had cuff detail when his cuff was folded up and I believe it was a Robert Graham)!
Rock fab accessories with Gucci's rose gold watch, a fab pair of camel suede boots from Salvatore Ferragamo which has a fab pop of blue in it and is wing tipped style. Finally, you can rock a nice bag that will look amazing by wearing Marc New York's leather satchel which has a fab aged look.
Navy is such a staple color that you may feel confused on how to dress it up. With the in between weather that we are experiencing, I thought it would be best to look at how you can rock this shade in a comfy way as well as being able to work well within your lifestyle! First it's all about the leggings, I love these grey Helmut Lang as it's stretch and jersey which allows your legs to look phenomenal. Pair this up with this fab navy Schumacher blouse which has just enough to detail where you can wear it out for a fun night out while also having it on when you're running errands, doing meetings and more! Finish off the overall look off with these fabulous Gianmarco Lorenzi suede boots! I love that it has a bit of that military embellishment which is a nice detail that you can show off with each step.
When it comes to adding a bit more bling, I love Michael Kors' rose gold watch that has a navy face. Ellen Himic's pendant smoky quartz necklace is the perfect piece that will make your blouse look fab. Finally, I'm all about rings and love this Charlotte Bjorlin D'Elia quartz ring is known as the beast ring as I love its claw like appearance.
As Father's Day continues to approach whether you are gifting him, attending a friend's Father's Day Fete or are thinking of upping your own style, I introduce to you an easy to read Men's Style book that I highly suggest - Anything Other Than Naked by Glen R Sondag. Who lays out how to go about getting that wardrobe you have always wanted and making it well rounded and achievable! He walks you through finding the right collar and how you should wear your shirt, tie and suit combo. These are all fundamentals that you may have missed when you first started co-ordinated or may have never learned. Regardless, it's a must and as it is written by a stylish guy, you have no need to fear!
In addition to reading the book, here are some fab stylish items that are always great to have in your closet whether it's a pair of dress shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo, a tie by Christian Dior or a fab watch that is the perfect mix of bling and sport!
There is something about a guy that can rock a blazer and look fab while paired with jeans. I love that we live in a time where it's expected that we have this hybrid of classic/trendy chic style. For a guy, that means that casual dressing can definitely be amped up with simple details. This look reflects something that I have definitely enjoyed seeing out more and more. I think that more guys should have amazing blazers whether they are solid colors, pinstripes, tweeds and so much more. Pairing it with a driver is such a great look that works well when you're heading to the office, consultations and out for drinks. Although you will rarely see me with a watch on, I think it is classic for a guy and his prime signature! This is definitely something that works in all seasons and will make your closet well balanced.
It's all about moving around with ease and when he travels, there's no excuse to not be pulled together! If you know that you've got a flight whether it's a couple of hours or for much longer, learn to work a look that allows you to be comfortable while also showing that you don't throw your style out the window when you're moving and grooving. Now, I love to be cozy when I travel as planes can be chilly and I like to be cozy so I love this hooded cardigan (which you can totally steal for your own look as it's a good look on you - lucky lady) which is fab in grey! Under this, put on your favorite v-neck (James Perse, Gap Favorite T, etc) and then a nice pair of slim fit jeans in the wash of your choice. I am a huge believer in rocking a pair of Converse with this as a guy I once knew always travels with this footwear. Finally, the watch is an amazing way to wrap up this look. To fully look fab, rock your sunglasses and you're ready for whatever flight and if someone happens to snap a few pics you definitely won't be embarrassed!
Last week I let you in on a fab look that I am a huge fan of Wall Street! This week with NY Fashion Week kicking off tomorrow, I am sharing a fun look with you that works well when you are heading to the shows as well as to meet up for drinks, dinner and brunch. It's all about effortless dressing but at the same time showing fab style. Just like the whole boyfriend sweater for girls, this look is perfect for guys. It's a mix of collegiate wear from another era with a bit of that Geek Chic that is so amazing. To show that the style is definitely there, I love the idea of pairing it with a large gorgeous bag that is not a crossbody or something that looks anything like a backpack.
This look is fab since it simply requires a great pair of jeans, a collard shirt, a tie and a cardigan. You can pair this with boat shoes, driving shoes or even Italian sneakers - anything that is sleek. To complete the look, you can pair it with fab sunglasses and a watch and you're all set! I'd also suggest pushing back the cardigan sleeves and if you have an interesting sleeve, style it up and you're all set! I can't wait to see how many people wear this at the shows and this is a great look heading into the fall as well.
First off, happy September and what better way to welcome in the fall then to start with fab looks for men! Although I am the last person that you'd expect to be in a power suit (a la Dynasty), I love the look of the Wall Street guy and am super excited about the movie Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (loved the first one and Michael Douglas is definitely one of my faves right up there with Sean Connery and Richard Gere). There is something to be said for tailored suits, fab leather shoes, ties and don't even get me started on pinstripes! But when you're not in the office, you can't go from Wall Street to frat boy, there has to be a happy medium. Thankfully, Jack Robie has you set as they have the fab suits that you'd expect to see dreamy Wall Street types wear while also having components that can be dressed down. The line was created by none other that two former Wall Street guys who decided that they wanted to bring a little style to the everyday. The image above is from the Jack Robie photoshoot which is a great look; however, if I was brunching with Mr Wall Street - I'd love to see him a little more casual. The woven shirts come in a variety of looks but as we're getting closer to the fall - who doesn't want to rock a little plaid? Done this way, the plaid is sophisticated, crisp and fun.
I love the driving shoes by Sebago which are super easy to slip on and are perfect for a bite to eat at Paris Commune and then for an afternoon of finding Christian Louboutin's for me. The jeans in the image are perfect, I love that look but complete it with a fab watch. I think a watch (although I never wear one) is an essential component when it comes to a man's accessory. A guy says a lot in his shoes as well as what he rocks on his wrist. I love watches that have a lot of definition and complexity as it says quite a bit about the person wearing it. Together this look works with a number of casual affairs and guarantees that you're ready for whatever the day will bring.
You could win a Tag Heuer watch by simply showing your style! You can enter and leave a note letting us know which look you chose. Of course you could win one of those watches which looks amazing and is definitely working it since they start at $1,500! I'm looking forward to checking out the entries! If I had to choose, it would be so hard as I could see myself as more of a cross between Downtown Chic and Funky Fashionista!
You're never too late with TooLate? Does that make sense to you? If not, let me explain. You have all heard me talk about watches and you know that I like them but I find them a bit confining for a number of reasons; however, this changed when I saw these colorful watches which I feel are perfect for the everyday and make great gifts as well. I love that this Italian watch is available in various colors. How important are the colors? Well every month, new ones are added so that they go with the season and the fact that they're under $30 - AMAZING! You can buy many of them to match your style and they seem like something that you would expect to find at MoMA due to their minimalist sensabilities! Did I mention that I love that they are waterproof? Available online only, this is a must and one that you will see me wear. Make sure to check this out so that you can visit the site to see what colors will be made available next!
Yesterday my boyfriend and I spent some time in Hoboken. If we are going to live there we had to get acquainted with some of the amenities which would be bars, restaurants and boutiques. We spent brunch at Mikie Squared and thankfully, due to the good weather, we were able to sit outside and do a lot of people and puppy watching! I loved the vibe and the $10 Sangria Pitchers were a great way to start the morning as well. I can only imagine being here on football weekends! If you're looking for a place with various screens, a great outdoor area and a fun vibe on the inside, this is definitely where you need to go!
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