For the past few weeks, I have shared a number of bracelet styles or brands that I am a fan of within Wrist Wednesdays; however, this is not the only item that is within this category! Watches are a major portion of showing some wrist love which also have a number of styles within it. Although I rarely wear watches, it's more likely that I will wear one within this wrap style as I am a huge fan of wrap bracelets. Here's a roundup of fab watches to consider and why I think it's the perfect accent to include within your look! Roll over the images, to see watches that I definitely encourage you to wear from Lacoste, La Mer, Sara Designs, Salvatore Ferragamo and Vince Camuto!
Denim is for more than just what you wear when you're out and about, it's a fabrication that's perfect for the home as well. I have some fabulous finds that I know are perfect for your living rooms and kitchen.
When I think of great casual style, I think of denim and today's inspiration comes from a great classic casual brand, Coach which has a heel that you'll love wearing with a number of outfits to add a twist to your Americana looks. Why relegate this fabric to just your outfits, continue to infuse it throughout the home.
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Infuse this hue throughout your space whether it's this color OR other arrays of color. Take some time to roll over the images to find out what I'm loving within this theme.
We're not finished with inauguration day activities but we had to share our highlights over the weekend as well as what took place today as President Obama was being sworn in. We love the looks that everyone has been rocking. Michelle Obama (how much do you love that she has her own Twitter account to share her thoughts with us - @FLOTUS) and her girls looked amazing during the Kids Inaugural Concert this weekend with performances by Usher and Katy Perry.
Yesterday, Obama was sworn in to office for another term in the White House and had his fabulous family by his side. Michelle wore a Reed Krakoff dress and matching cardigan in blue, the color of the party. Malia wore a cute dress which was on trend with an age appropriate color blocked dress (which was created by simply layering a long sleeve top under a sleeveless dress that she wore while her father campaigned). Sasha wore purple Plenty by Tracy Reese dress named, Mariposa (you can still snag this piece and we love how Sasha updated this look as she had worn this ensemble before) and added oomph to the look by pairing it with a gold sash to create a belted look and a flare in her outfit. Both opted for - tights.
This morning, a number of stars were present at the inauguration including John Legend, Jay-Z and Beyonce (who sang the national anthem immediately after President Obama was sworn in). Jay-Z looked dapper wearing a Dior suit. Beyonce was a vision with a Pucci dress, Dior coat and stunning jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz which looked phenom and were making statements of their own as she walked in and sang (without her ear piece). Michelle and her daughters looked fabulous as usual. Michelle had a coat by Thom Browne in navy with a dress whose fabric was inspired by a man's silk tie (love when menswear goes femme). I love that during the swear in, her legs were exposed and the coat was not accessorized and she completed the look with kitten heels from J.Crew. This look was accessorized (when she was getting ready to walk) by Reed Krakoff boots, a jeweled belt and gloves from J.Crew and Cathy Waterman earrings as she headed to the parade after the swear in. This entire look is slated to go to the National Archives!
We can't wait to see what the family will don for tonight's events and we'll keep you in the loop!
UPDATE: 01.22.13Racked reported, that during the Today Show, Jenna Lyons, Creative Director of J.Crew will be retiring the color of the Lady Coat that Malia wore. Although this style has been a staple within the brand's line, out of respect for her to have her moment, the color will no longer be available. The belt that Michelle added to hear Thom Browne coat, was actually a bedazzled bridal sash from the line and this too will also be retired! If you were able to snap up these finds (or still can) fab - if not, the hunt continues!
It's getting to be at about that time when you only have a few hours to get the gifts that you want others to enjoy! We have a number of accessories that are perfect for you and who you're gifting! Egard Watches is a fabulous series of limited edition watches that are perfect to bring his look together. In addition, he could use fabulous cufflinks and why not have white and black diamonds on them to ensure that he's snazzy from Luisaviaroma. Of course when it comes to her (and what you may think of sending my for Christmas) are these fabulous Yves Saint Laurent Blue Tribtoo stunning metallic blue shoes! These will dress any jeans and simple looks. In addition, we're loving Ramiro Encizo's Petit Noor Tote in this neon cherry wash that allows bright pink to mix in with the neutral tones of this bag.
We love working in our remote offices during the holiday season! A chance to be out of the city for a bit as well as to gain a new perspective! His Style is about taking it preppy with fab accessories. We're huge fans of Rugby and although we're focusing on this striped cardi which is all about retro athletic style, we're loving everything else about this look too! As you head home, make sure to bring some other fab finds with this Saddle Weekender Bag from Ralph Lauren Purple Label as he'll want to cart his gifts. Pop on this super warm scarf from Bally which continues the stripes. We love fingerless gloves by Tyro with a great jersey stitch and finally, complete the look with Gucci aviator sunglasses which are always in style.
You never know where inspiration for your decor strikes but when it comes to my accessories, I let that take the lead! I'm obsessed with Ramiro Encizo who has this fab back that's blue and black! What I love is that if you look carefully. there are a blend of hues in blue which is perfect to dress up an outfit or to ensure that your living and dining rooms are set! I am a huge fan of Moroccan vibes and infusing other motifs within them. I'm loving this Knoll couch which reminds me a bit of the 60's parties and is perfect to catch a snoozy with the perfect throw. Enjoy nibbles dipped in various flavors by DVF. For a bigger spread, this Ethan Allen tray is decorative and can hold anything you have been whipping up in the kitchen. Keep the lighting intimate with this pendant light from Ylighting. Keep the theme coming with these fab shakers that continue the Moroccan theme at Macy's. Pillows add an extra layer of texture and are perfect with the theme and we're huge Horchow fans!
As many of you know, the 360 of what I do beyond Kitten Lounge also includes my role as an Accessories Expert. Here recently, I have been working on projects (soon to be announced) where people will ask who have I styled/dressed or who do I wish to dress and how I go about obtaining them. I thought about this when I happened to see images from Saturday night's event for Spike TV with Eddie Murphy: One Night Only. I loved seeing how Eddie's girlfriend, Paige Butcher was dressed. There is something about keeping it simple, stunning and regal so as to compliment your date on his big night while being phenomenal!
Paige is an Australian model who has graced a number of covers including Maxim, Fitness and more. In addition she has appeared in commercials, movies, etc. To be clear I have never met nor have never styled this laid back beauty; however, I can tell she has an inner boho chic vibe which I am drawn to those sensibilities when it comes to styling as you can mix glam and natural elements together. Although I think she looks great, as an Accessories Expert, I would definitely enhance her look with the following:
I would have loved to have seen her rock these Cabochon earrings with Lapis Lazuli (I have been obsessed with this stone since I was in 3rd grade and found that it has been used in many of the jewelry and tombs of Pharoahs! These earrings by Kendra Scott are glam but have a bit of an earthy nature which can be worn for an event or just around town. This Mallary Marks ring is stunning and dynamic. Catherine Weitzman has been one of my fave designers for a number of years and I love this gold leaf cuff. Finally, I would have swapped clutches for this fabulous Nancy Gonzalez blue python clutch has edge which can be rocked with denim to grab drinks with the girls. Together this look is enhanced and yet still looks fabulous with her dress and nude pumps!
When certain hues come to mind, I automatically put them in my regal category and Cobalt is one of them! One of my fave hues to rock in polish is Cobalt Blue and I'm loving this one by Yves Saint Laurent. I have fantastic pics to get this hue throughout your home! First, getting it in your bedroom this hue goes from regal to tropical with this fabulous bed set from Anthropologie with its feminine texture and it's perfect hue for him as well without him feeling like it's a girl color. You can mix this in with grey and other neutrals. Head to your living room and ensure that this color splashes along your walls with this bookcase from Crate and Barrel with lighting from the chandelier which can be bought at Bed Bath and Beyond. Continue within your dining room or kitchen as your meals can definitely be glammed up with plates and serving wear from DVF's home line and as you serve the perfect beverage and want to have ice on hand when friend's are over, this Waterford Crystal is the best way to keep the party going!
Suitsupply, for the third year in a row, will be dressing the Dutch Olympic and Paralympic team and their entourage! Their head designer, Murray Coetzee designed the above four looks which we will see next week during the opening ceremony. There is a nod within its style to iconic English sports and being trimmed by the colors of the Dutch flag. How cute is the oversized tulip just to remind you that this is the fkower of the dutch! How can you not love the tennis blazers and cricket cable knits. If you check out other portions of this collection which can be purchased, there are badges decorated with British landmarks.
In addition to loving the looks and wanting the trench coat! I would definitely suggest these fun hues if you're looking to rock a little orange and blue while watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony next week. As you know, I'm a huge fan of all shades Butter London and on my other days, Essie as these bring in both of the hues that these Olympians are wearing for their country.
We love prepping for the 4th of July, it's the middle summer holiday that we all enjoy. It reminds us that we need to make sure we make the most out of the rest of the summer! Today's pieces are inspired by this glitzy Vineet Bahl sequin knotted chiffon dress! We love that you can pop red into your home even beyond party times with this fab cabinett by Pottery Barn whether it's for kitchen items or to store your shoes! Serve everything on this Ikat blue and white platter from Mikasa and allow your guests to lounge in this Jennifer Delonge chair!
The world is excited for the Summer Olympic Games! What's not to love about days of a number of events with sports you love and people that you can cheer for whether it's your country or a fave country that you've visited? This year's host city is London and we're loving the pieces that have been made to honor this! Butter London created a bronze, silver and gold nail polish set which allows you to rock medals on your nails. I also love that Jimmy Choo has their infamous acrylic clutch decked out in the Union Jack flag! Of course you can't talk Union Jack clutches without including Alexander McQueen's box clutch as well.
Who doesn't love a casual look? This is one that is perfect for whatever he has in mind whether it's a long weekend, a brunch, heading out to work or taking a half day and taking some time for himself. This easy look is a casual one that kicks off with a Club Monaco and it's simple cornwall blue classic shirt. Pair it with these perfectly distressed Chimala jeans available at J. Crew. Complete this look with a fab pair of casual chic Christian Dior beige suede captoe shoes (just a bit of a way to luxe up this style of sneaker). Pop on this gingham fedora with beige and the cornwall blue color by Comme des Garcons and finally - the bag is everything whether he's planned a little nibble in the park or is hitting the friendly skies, I'm loving this twill weekend travel tote by Gucci.
Happy May - we're finally locking into the time period where we definitely don't have to worry about these dips in temperature. Many of us have actually begun to dip into our summer wardrobes and we're not even looking back towards our winter gear. My love for maxi dresses has definitely encompassed the maxi skirt! I'm loving this fabulously striped pleated skirt from Alice and Olivia. When you wear something that not only has a number of colors as well as textures and movement, I like to create a little simplicity and love that this tank top from Club Monaco is the perfect item to pair with this skirt! I definitely want to pair a fun necklace with this look and Noir Jewelry has this fab bugle knot necklace has fun hues that are woven in. On you hand, this Dara Ettinger cocktail ring has a fabulous yellow hue which brings sunshine from your hand! Yellow picks back up in this look with my fave pair of sandals by none other than (shocker) Giuseppe Zanotti which has your feet wrapped in this hue as well as adding a little extra bling. With so much color, it's an even better excuse to include this python stacked set of 3 bangles to make everything look completely relaxed by Ted Rossi!
When I think of someone with fab men's style two people come to mind, McArthur Jospeh comes to mind. Not only is he the editor at Fashion Indie but he is also a menswear blogger for his own site, Daily Mister. I love how he nails the bow tie look everytime that I see him at an event, in his offices or when he's snapped by others at an event! Second, is Quentin Washington of Avenue Swank which is the epitome of someone who is always suave and chic whether he's in his hometown of Washington or popping into the city to attend events. I love their personalities and with them in mind, they have inspired today's post!
Here is a way of creating that same fab style and of course you can put components of it together or break it apart to make it your own. Start off with these fab cornwall blue striped bermuda shorts by Kai-Aakmann. I love that these shorts elongate the leg and when paired with a crisp white button down shirt by Maison Martin Margiela (who has a fab design house for men and women). Roll up the sleeves to give it a bit of a comfortable edge and top is off with this fabulous Etro fedora hat which has a lot of varying prints which is perfect for this look! Make the look pop from the blues by introducing the yellow paisely bow tie that's available at Mr Porter. Accessories are everything so we have to have the perfect tote to hold it all together - I love the Fendi washed calfskin cut out bag! This is perfect when you're running from one appointment to the next as no one likes a bag man! Finally, chic is defined by these fabulously suede Tod's driving loafers. Love the color and the serene yet sporty look that it adds into this overall look.
It's all about bringing sunshine with you wherever you go! Start off with this fun piece by Thakoon! Sometimes people get overwhelmed when choosing pieces that not only have a primary vibrant color but other hues that are in it as well! I love that there is such an exotic look to this dress that you should pair it with a set of 2 bronze tone arm cuffs from Maison Martin Margiela. Slip on Elliott Chandler's citrine cocktail ring as it's another item to keep you in a sunny disposition. Julie Tuton's earrings are the perfect way to rock this look for those messy bun days. This Chloe sequined box clutch ties in the remaining colors of this dress in a fun way without being matchy matchy. Finally Charlotte Olympia has fabulous Rapunzel raffia crepe de chine wedge pumps which are super cute and sweet to this fun look.
I love flowy dresses for special events and Sonja Morgan (earlier this month) hosted Nickelodeon's Orange Carpet Premiere! Yellow is definitely the color of the season and my closet. But there are other fabulous chiffon gowns that you should have on your list. I'm loving Oscar de la Renta's one shoulder silk number which is fabulous and makes you look like the belle of the ball. I also love Halston Heritage's Ocean Degrade Hem dress which has a gradiating hue that also allows a bit of skin to show so that everyone can see how fab your shoes are. I also love this necklace by Bidermann which is a cuff and accents your neck (this works with all three dresses). These dresses have a bit of the Grecian aesthetic so Cathy Waterman's, Gold Laurel Leaf Ring is the perfect way to complete this look.
Last week, I shared a great spring time look with plaid! Today, I present seersucker to you. I'm loving Brooks Brother's Slim Fit hooded shirt which can easily be paired over Topman's grey twill shorts. This is a great look for walks in the park, walking man's best friend as well as just hanging out after work for a few pints. Accessorize this with Tod's leather bracelet which has a preppy rugged aesthetic as well as a seersucker oxford by Jack Purcell. Finally, cap the look off with this fun bag from Prada which elevates the letterman jacket to a chic level.
Yesterday I went by a preview appointment for the Tanise Francis - Fabric Twinz runway show. I took a moment to interview Bridgette of BNichole Accessories which you can view right here! This evening, I went to the actual show to see the Fall 12 collection of the line that has been worn by members of Basketball Wives and Mob Wives! I loved many of the sequin outfits which are perfect for those red carpet moments. If you're not aware, Paul LOVES instagramming/color blasting pictures so during yesterday's show he took pictures of two of my favorite looks of the show which are the top 2 pictures! To show you how bright the gorgeous blue sequin dress is, I have the actual shot that was taken. This model also rocked a phenomenal pair of studded black pumps which added a sophisticated edge to this look!
Although I have used beauty and accessories to establish the tone of your decor, there are times when decor inspires decor! I have been obsessed with this Louisa Settee couch available at Anthropologie for weeks. Partly because my sister loves her blues and also because I love a number of the hues that run through this couch that allows you to play with color within your home. This color is fab for your living room as you can include this fab lamp available at Horchow and can either maintain the classic look of your apartment or allows you to pop in a fun modern element for a chic apartment. Set your table in the dining room with the playful colors by adding in napkins in a fab navy available at Kohl's or visit Bloomingdale's fun crisp blue hue by Thomas for Rosenthal in Sunny Day with their fun dinnerware.
When it comes to outfitting your kitchen or bringing in this room into your living room with Le Creuset's teappot which has a fab whistle. Horchow has a fab floral series of pots which can be used for condiments or even flowers. Kosta Boda's vase is also a great way to pop in another element of fun while also adhering to the color scheme. Finally, after a day of updating your decor, head over to Urban Outfitters to deck out your bed in the most comforting of ways.
Although we have had a seasonably warm winter with sunshine and fab temperatures, we know that we still have 3 months of unpredictable weather! Eventually, we will hit that portion of the season where there will be rain, sleet, snow and the icky period of slush that can eat away at your footwear. Fortunately, there are options to this problem and with a season still ahead of us, I had to share with you some of my fave women's rain boots that keep you dry but stylish. I'm a big believer in having more than one pair as I love being able to change from one style to another depending on what's going on or how I'm feeling.
There are always key staples that one needs to think about. For those days that are near blizzard conditions, you simply want a pair of boots that cover as much of the leg as possible and have the most amount of warmth. I definitely suggest Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shoes' which has a bold blue look but will allow you to trudge wherever you are heading! If you need the ultimate coverage but need something sleek and chic, BCBGeneration has a fab pair of white boots that bring the mod look to your inner snow bunny! Coach's Janeva boot is a fab pic when you're thinking of something that is not only chic but for a night out! Although you may have to consider cabbing it in these - you know that whatever sidewalk you meet is definitely easier to navigate with them on! With so many options, check out other pairs that are currently available at Macy's!
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.
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.
This morning marked the 2nd official day of Fashion Week and my 3rd day as I had shows prior to the official season. With a long day of shows and events yesterday as well as Fashion Night Out (loved being able to do Style Sessions at Henri Bendel with fab designer Ted Rossi) - it was a full day. But I popped up to head to Emerson (yet another show produced by People's Revolution and my third day in a row to see Ms Cutrone in action) at Lincoln Center. This season was the first one that they had done in the tents which is always an accomplishment and creates additional buzz. They also had eyewear that was provided by Eyefly. There were a number of cute dresses and separates. As a whole the collection had a fresh look that was dominated by white and black with pops of blues and purples. As always, I have the final walk of all the models and the designer herself that popped out as is custom!
Although Fashion Week starts tomorrow officially, I will be running around going to a few shows as well as doing my last minute errands in terms of getting my complete looks. So for me, Fashion Week starts in a few hours with a presentation, runway show and other tidbits. For him, he can relax and work on his projects and shake his head as I am forced to run in and out of the worst weather possible for my key time of year. It also seems like those that are US Open bound also feel the same way as their games were cancelled last night - I feel their pain but at least NYFW is not cancelled but it will make running around in my stilettos a sport of their own.
With the fall weather that is coming upon us it is allowing me to rock some layers in addition to some outerwear and for him, he can get cozy. Although he is not at the games right now, he's loving Heineken Tennis Classic by Sol Angeles' exclusive collection that was created in conjunction with Heineken and is currently available at Arthur Ashe stadium. If you're in the complex, you have to check them out as they have a number of cute items and for men's casual wear for running around, going to the gym etc this is phenomenal and apparently sales reflect that the public loves it! He pairs this with American Essential's drawstring jersey pant as he runs out to grab a bagel, get a haircut and all the quick prep he needs to be snazzy for days at the tents, media lounges and after parties. All Saints' hoodie caps the look off as we love playing with grey and to add a pop and to be truly playful in the land of blue, we finish off with these zippy Adidas Original sneakers! Happy Pre Fashion Week and it's official that we will be recapping what we're seeing starting tonight all the way until the end of next week!
We're getting closer to September's New York Fashion Week which will showcase Spring/Summer 2012. But right now, we take a look back to July when Hugo Boss' runway show took place at Mercedes Benz's Berlin Fashion Week. I love the accessories and especially the bags that they wore as they hit the runway! Take some time to catch the blues, greys and blacks in terms of fab items that you're favorite guy can wear soon!
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