It's been shoetastic in my world as a number of items have found there way into my closet. With so many, I have been outfitting my office with them as when I'm not wearing them, they become art that everyone can enjoy when they're here. When I like a color, texture etc I find a way to bring it into my living and work space so that I can shake things up a bit. Although there has been a lot of inspiration, I love certain elements that scream Spring/Summer which works well for the current season and can be warmed up during the fall and winter to create a light look when the skies are grey.
When it comes to my handbags, Balenciaga is never far from my thoughts - the City Bags in a number of colors, how can I possibly be expected to choose? But they also have phenomenal footwear as well. I'm loving these Espadrilles that combine navy, white and beige. I love the striped effect which creates a classic preppy feel that's super crisp. This particular style makes me think of nautical, wicker and more which is perfect for an office and allows me to work on deadline, organize samples, get my outfits ready for segments and more.
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These shoes made me immediately realize that I needed to have a touch of nautical in my room and I'm in dire need of massive storage. I headed over to Homegoods and found that they had a number of massive baskets and I love that there is a lid. This basket is completely filled with beauty product which is great as when people come over, they can take a few goodies over with them! A leaning mirror allows it to lean on the wall so that I can see my look before I pop out (or you can take a few selfies) - white wash is definitely my style as it's crisp and I'm a huge fan of CB2. Every office needs fabulous chairs and your office should also be a great place to do a photoshoot whenever needed and this chair adds structure to the image and of course if from one of my fave places, Horchow.
When it comes to accents, anchor the room with a fab rug such as this grey and white one which is a bit beach and very casual and is available at Macy's. Prop your legs up on this tufted ottoman or put your favorite style books on it to accessorize your room. Finally, I'm a huge believer that every office should have beverages so that you can instantly congratulate yourself for great deals that you closed, segments that were booked or to toast to the weekend. This Bali teak bar cabinet is perfect to sit within your office and easily accessible.
The Olympics reminds us of the best of ourselves and following Gabby Douglas' story as well as seeing her actually win her individual and team metals makes us love her even more! Here at Kitten Lounge, we always thinking of styling people and since Gabby is young, I think of ways to dress fab people for their next event. I have to say that after seeing Gabby shine in her uniform, she deserves all the rest that she can get. I imagine that she wants to hang out with her mom and friends and if so, I'd love to see her in this super cute rocker chic meets prep type of look!
I love this Dance the Night Away tank by Tilly's available at Tilly's is perfectly paired with these black leggings from Topshop. I love playing with black and grey and pops of hues. This yellow drop necklace from Lola James is a cute piece to wear as well as this same designer's Boho Chic Bracelet set. To add to the luxe nature of this outfit, I love this David Yurman Citrine Wheaton Ring and a black version (I have this in cream) of this chain chevron Linea Pelle clutch and finally, pop in the casual nature of Converse fun lace sneakers!
Giorgio Armani hit Milan with their menswear show. We loved seeing suits as well as casul looks hit the runway. In addition, the large bags are perfect for trips wherever you're jetsetting destinations take you! Here are some of our favorite looks!
I hesitate to say it but in NYC, we've had one of the best winters ever! In many ways, we've been able to leave the house with a lighter jacket on and layers. Since it's almost mid March, we need to continue thinking Spring and rocking as many layers as possible! I'm all about taking super cute looks and keeping it easy. Pair this grey tank from Splendid with these super cute skinny jeans from Faith Connexion which has a great rinse and distressing on it. Top it off with Rachel Zoe's tailored leather jacket which is definitely a nod to menswear and will make you look ultra femme. To take this look for casual runs to the office and then to go out for drinks and beyond, I have fab accessories that you can layer in! First off, I'm DROOLING over Burberry Prorsum's rich plum clutch which I have been seeing in the windows currently and is always a head turner. Pair this look with these hinged bracelets (love mine) from Alexis Bittar to add in a pop of jewels and you can never go wrong with a cork heel. I'm loving this paisley brown toned shoe which is a great neutral fro Theodora & Callum. Finally, I love rocking fab rings on my hand and this one by Charriol has a nice texture and that casual bling which can go from day to night!
I ended my first day of NYFW FW 2012/2013 at the Empire Hotel for a fabulous presentation of Emily Cho handbags. Lauren Rae Levy (LRL Group) who I always love seeing at the shows and in between, hosted a fun evening of presenting the collection and having the opportunity of being able to talk with the designer. As an Accessories Expert, I'm always looking for the next piece, brand and designer that should become apart of my must haves when I am curating as well as appearing on segments. This season's collection focused on jewel tone bags that are made of calfskin and are full of texture. In addition, I love that the models were styled with over the top cocktail rings (which I rock all the time) as well as hoodies and leggings that were in fun hues! What a great way to show how luxury can enhance the most casual of outfits! These are clutches that I definitely will include on this site and with my clients for future styling!
Growing up, my sister's closet was always a gem to run through. My style was preppy and conservative while hers was a lot more fun. I wanted to merge my style (great investment pieces that are core to the closet) with hers (surprise pop elements) that would make my look one that was super comfortable and chic. Borrowing items continued until I started to build my new wardrobe which became the beginnings of my dream wardrobe once I arrived to NYC! I always think about my Sister Closet and the importance of remembering to balance the aesthetic. I would define my look with great classics, boho chic style and more. My sister and I don't borrow from our closets as I have amazing showrooms that have opened up my world! My sister and I now share business ventures with one another and I love when she shows up to my events (upper left hand corner I hosted a phenomenal diamond event, lower left hand corner my sister came by with the launch of my collab shoe line at Robert Verdi's and lower right she was there for the 4th birthday of Kitten Lounge) or will work with me on photoshoots.
As different as we are in terms of some elements of our styles, we love the idea of having core basics! Navy is always super chic and we love the blazer which can go from preppy to sexy chic depending on how it's worn! I love this J Crew blazer. A few times when I have been on HSN for my segments, Molly Sims has been rocking it out with her line right before mine or after - loving this lariat style pearl necklace which blends prep with a sexy edge. A fun statement ring is an essential in my wardrobe and I love that my sister also expresses her style in this way as we are both focused on accessories - this ring by Mark Davis Bea is perfect in blending of materials and really making the cocktail structure of this piece as an added bonus to any look that you're looking to complete. Finally, those who follow my social networks saw me tweet out about these YSL Riviera Suede T Strap Wedges that I saw in the windows of Bergdorfs! These shoes are drool worthy and are cute additions to any look that you're rocking - they're sassy, preppy and in a sense it's like taking the French Riviera with you wherever your heels go! My Sister Closet sense still drives many components of my look but now she knows her actual closets are completely safe from me!
Fashion Week here in NY is a few days away and I have been immersed in Fashion Week coverage around the globe! It's only appropriate to highlight a fun show that took place during the 2012 Fall/2013 Winter Menswears shows earlier this month with Dean and Dan Stanton's line, Dsquared2! As we continue to bundle up, I loved seeing the line which rocked sexy suits which is always something that I can appreciate with classic and casual denim looks! I love that denim was accessorized with fun outerwear and amazing leathergoods (ladies this comes in handy as you can share a bag when going away on a weekend). Anytime Paul and I travel together, he loves when our items can fit in one bag which makes heading out easier! On the upper left hand corner Dean and Dan, the designers of this line, rock out a classic suit while their models hit the runway showcasing fabulous and flawless style!
Next week is the Chinese New Year and of course there are ways to sport this through fab accessories that I have curated for you today! I'm in love with Daniela Swaebe's Dragon Horn Cuff which will look fab with any outfit that you're rocking! When it comes to necklace options, I'm always a fan of John Hardy's dragon pieces and love this necklace with the dragon encircling you and closing this piece with this fab ring. If you're not glamming it up and going for a casual look, Borgioni's dragon necklace sitting on the horn is a perfect look. Diego Percossi Papi's earrings are ornate and have a touch of feminine pink while I also love the dramatic Dragon Hoops by Noir Jewelry! Finally, you know that I love statement rings and Alsplendour allows you to rock the double dragon look!
I'm all about neutral tones and love rocking black and grey together as it's the cutest and chicest way to rock a style! I am a huge fan of boyfriend cardigans and lived in them last fall which means that they will be perfect for this season as well - Lola has the cutest one that has nice details. Pair this with a simple James Perse tee who has amazing soft and simple tees that are perfect to build your wardrobe. True Religion has a fab pair of grey super skinny leggings which are perfect for the season. Top it all off with Brian Atwood's suede and ostrich feather ankle boots are the perfect way to complete your outfit while also adding a sassy look to the most casual of looks. Finally, I'm obsessed with Monique Pean's pendant which is a nice casual touch to your look whether you're off having lunch, picking up goodies or going out for the night.
We know that the LBD is a staple in our wardrobes and we've all seen that the Little White Dress is also a seasonless essential as well! Of course you can always pair it up with black or blush but you can also kick it up a few notches. We've been sampling Kanon Organic Vodka and we've been loving it! One of my fave ways to enjoy it happens to be a Bloody Mary and I have always been a fan of using things that I love as an inspiration for my outfit selections such as the LWD. The gorgeous orange hue made me think of my favorite stone - Carnelian as well as python in a fab orange and rust hue. I'm loving Theory's dress which is a fab sleeveless white and Grecian inspired dress!
When it comes to accessories, pair this look with Alexandra Beth's jasper necklace which look fabulous and can be worn with a number of looks from casual to dressed. Pair this with Bottega Veneta's clutch which has such a rich look that you'll have no problem holding it all night. Free People'sVeda Stone Ring has another casual to luxe look that I'm loving and it has such an antiqued look. Finally, rock it out with Yves Saint Laurent's python wedge heels that are a fab neutral with pops of orange.
For the ultimate accessory at brunch, we couldn't leave you without sharing Kanon Organic Vodka (made from 100% organic wheat, distilled in a continuous, single column and mixed with fresh spring water - it has a light and aromatic taste with a warming feeling, but without the typical vodka burn) Bloody Mary's recipe which is super easy to make and refreshing!
Kanon Organic Vodka Bloody Mary
Yield: 1 quart pitcher
4 cups of organic tomato juice
1/2 tsp celery salt
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 pinches pepper
Sweet splash of Sriracha sauce
1/2 tbsp horseradish
Stir together and combine with 8 ounces Kanon Vodka. Serve over ice, garnish with celery and pickles, and enjoy!
Earlier this week I worked with a fabulous client who was looking for the best look that screamed Hamptons but was appropriate for a housewarming here in the city which has a roofdeck! Today's look is a version of the look that was created for her! I'm all about kaftans as there are so many options and they are my "must haves" for Summer 2011. TopShop has a fab serene blue that can be worn as a cover up over your fave bikini or paired with a cute tank top so that it is worn as a dress. If you feel that it is a little short, you can pair cute shorts and on cooler nights, how about a pair of leggings? Because the kaftan is the perfect mix of casual and dressy, it begs to be paired with fun accessories. I'm loving the fun peacock elements of jewelry with House of Harlow's peacock locket pendant and Free People's ring as well. In addition, everything can be evened out by popping in fun nude/blush tones. Love, love, love the fact that Jimmy Choo's clutch is the perfect item to pair with Alejandro Ingelmo's woven platform wedge pumps (I am obsessed with this designer and have been since Sept Fashion Week last year when he was on a Harper's Bazaar panel focusing on accessories) which are phenomenal. Regardless of how leggy you are, this is a great look and as always, I'm so happy to get pictures from my fab clients when they're set to have a fab night out (hopefully she remembers the fab gift she's supposed to bring and will enjoy dancing the night away with friends).
When he likes to hang out and have a good day to himself, he has to be comfortable and we're all for that. But sometimes he wants to have a spa day and when he does, nothing says comfy casual like mixing hues of grey, slipping on some Havaianas and making sure that he is only an arms length away from some of his fave products to maintain his skin! Whether you're there to assist him in exfoliating or he does it when you're out with brunch for the girls, this is the perfect look around the house and later on in the spring when the temperatures begin to rise. For now, we're all about keeping him cozy casual but later this week, we'll look at some fab items that he will be sneaking out of your cabinets to ensure that he is sexy smooth now as well as perfect for Valentine's Day, Fashion Week and more!
He runs all over the place from meetings, conferences and many trips. He has to look amazing but you can't forget about having the perfect bag! Whether you're guy in question is sophisticated, casual or a hipster, there is a perfect bag with him in mind! We're loving the Barbour Overnight Bag which is perfect for weekend trips on a romantic hideaway when you only need a few great tees and a sweater as you snuggle by the fire. When you're running around town and want to keep it casual, Rugby's Aviator Canvas is perfect running to the gym or even going away on weekends to pick fruits. Overnight conference trips beg for this Paul Smith Vintage bag which looks amazing no matter what you wear or what his style is (you'll fund that you want to take this too every now and then). Of course my favorite when you're doing some serious travel is the 1975 Rolling Trunk by Dooney and Bourke. I love the old world trunks and think this is the perfect when you're taking a long trip. It's so classy and one that will ensure that you look super chic.
My inbox is filling up with a number of parties from previews, presentations, viewing the Macy's Day Parade and more - I hope I have enough looks for it all! There are so many events and parties on the horizon that you need quick go to outfits that work whenever and wherever you're off to! Of course, if you're off to Thanksgiving this is an essential look and that way your sig other, brother and more will look super snazzy. There is nothing better then rocking a pair of jeans with a great long tee and a super cute blazer. I love love this blazer which is perfect for all seasons and will be something that you will love to wear as time goes on whether you're heading out to brunch or going to a performance! It's also a fabulous investment piece that will become one of your signature looks for sure. Now I prefer a casual preppy rugged look so these Sebago Fairhaven Boot complete the look so that all you need is a fab watch!
I live for the simple maxi dress to pair with accessories. Me, the girl who ran from gold has found a happy medium between my sterling silver looks and embracing another look. I've started to truly love that antiqued look of gold. There is something about the aged look that definitely makes me feel that I'm dressed but not too bright with the bold gold that I love on others but not myself (not to say that I don't have a little gold every now and then). Today, I present great ways to enjoy a sunny yellow dress (I live in Victoria's Secret 24/7) and to compliment it with Michael Kors sandals, Alkemie's Sting Ray Cuff and Alexis Bittar's pendant which is a perfect playful mix of hues that go from neutrals to bronze. It's a great way to wear a little bling while looking totally natural! We haven't left the summer yet so make sure you check out these great pieces and mroe!
I love large jewelry pieces and these rings above are perfect as they are a nice summer compliment to your outfits while also being totally natural. I have large shell ring that I wear and it's always something that starts a conversation. They're not heavy and they are casual/glam at the same time. If you have been thinking about them, then now is the time to pick one up! Take some time to check out the above pieces and as always the above links can be clicked on!
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