Now like many of you, I have so much tech it's a bit crazy when it comes to putting things together when I'm running around the city or seriously traveling on a trip! So when I am working with my clients I have a series of items that I love taking with me so I can stay connected and sometimes pass the time as well. As you guys know I'm a member of the Tablet Crew which is a great way for me to use my Samsung ATIV in my day to day life!
I use my tablet to draw sketches for my jewelry line as I love one of the programs that comes pre-loaded on the tablet, Autodesk Sketchbook Express - this is a fun program whether you're doodling or seriously making some sketches. For a number of files that come my way, it's super easy to navigate them and keep them organized with Box and Dropbox! In addition, I use my Sky Drive a lot which houses my pictures and recently I downloaded Office 365 (courtesy of the fabulous Microsoft team) that allows me to have all of my office programs (as I'm always creating something whether invoicing my clients, reading a document etc) and it allows these items to not only be in the cloud but it allows me to download this program to all of my tech (my phone, laptop and more). You can win a one year subscription of Office 365 for your very own! Simply let me know how you would use your Office 365 to keep your tech connected and to get your work done! I also love my Unit Conversion as when I'm running to my stores buying jewelry components I can convert the measurements! When I'm in some down time, I love Pianotime and Mahjong! In addition, I actually work out from my tablet as I'm doing a fun 12 week challenge for Revolt Now Fitness, each Friday I will share what I'm up to as I work on the challenges and get ready for Spring and Summer!
I'm all about accessorizing! When I first got my tablet, I spent a week trying to figure out the perfect cover for it! Interestingly enough, this tablet is slightly longer then the iPad so it doesn't fit with a lot of brands! BUT I realized that this tablet which is 11.1", can fit in cases that are perfect for Apple's laptops especially their thin ones! One of my favorite places to go to for my tech when it comes to keeping it away from harm is Piel Frama which is a phenomenal leather case house out of Spain! This morning my case finally arrived and I love that this brown leather case (which smells amazing) is almost like a folder/portfolio as my tablet can slip into it.
As you guys may know, my sister's fiance is a DJ and has spun internationally and at a lot of events here in the city! Although you will not see me doing this at any level that he is, I do love Urbanears that turns your tablet and phone into your own DJ tools where you can mix your music and feel like you're rocking it like a world class DJ! It comes in a number of colors and just fits right in my tablet and allows me to play! Of course, when playing this OR when listening to my music, Sol Republic is a must whether it's my headphones that sit on my ears or the ones I use when I'm running around that sit in my ear - it keeps the sound perfect while also allowing me to use it to talk on regardless of the kind that I am using! Finally, I can't say enough how much I love using my Go Smart Stylus which allows me to navigate my tablet from the tip of it when my fingers are tired! I'll continue to loop you in on what I use to keep me connected as it's always good to know what's out there as well as what apps are awesome!
We had a busy week this week! By mid-week we went back to the roots of Kitten Lounge (our devoted know that Kitten Lounge started as an Internet Radio show fusing music and fashion together back in 2001 in my digital music publicity days before it went to being a site in 2007) by heading to Webster Hall. CMJ (a huge music festival that brings a number of acts together) partnered with MoodSwing360 to bring phenomal ladies who rock together. It's a great chance to see people who are coming up, those who have re-launched and those that are already out there! We were pumped when we were asked to be a sponsor (hello see our logo on the flier) for this event as it was a powerhouse of women! Seeing Nina Sky (who I remember when I was repping music acts that were just starting out) being included as phenom DJ's that definitely bring the concept of music and fashion together. In addition, Lady Starlight (who has been Lady Gaga's DJ on tour and who came out last year to Lady Gaga's launch party for the Gaga Workshop at Barney's as she was in the holiday windows and had a number of items that consumers could purchase) also performed with a number of phenomenal acts - another fab fusion. With such a massive nice of phenomenal women, it's definitely a pleasure to support women who rock!
Now many people ask me what New York Fashion Week is. It's a time when brands come together to showcase their collections, concepts and more. Whether you're apart of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Milk Made or a number of other associations. My Co-Founder, Paul and I realized a need in the industry to ensure that there was more of a focus on accessories and presenting items that you may not typically see on the runways. This season, many sites have talked about the phenomenal footwear that has hit the runways for SS2013; however, I must say that the highlight of shoes took place during Shoe Week with this show!
We created Shoe Week as a series of fashion events that merged music with amazing DJ's, shoes and apparel designers. One of our four runway shows was Gasoline Glamour + Eva Varro! Both are brands that are our west. I fell in love with Gasoline Glamour months ago as I love how she embellishes heels and definitely gives you a rock star edge. I have been wearing Eva Varro for over 10 years so as Creative Director of Shoe Week, I had to think of putting the best pairings together. We also added in a fun element with a high end accessories pet line, Couture by Sophie. For those that attended our shows at The Glass Houses and were at this show, you listened to SpacePlant who DJ'd this show! Check out more images of this show by visiting our Facebook album.
Last night I attended the US launch of the book, An Englishman in New York at Thomas Pink on Madison Ave! This book was shot by famed photographer, Jason Bell who included Kate Winslet, Sting and Colin Asare-Appiah within his pages. We all know about this fab oxford line of shirts for men and women which is a UK company. So the pairing of the two together, definitely made sense. With the DJ spinning a chill upbeat vibe and with U'Luvka Vodka pouring drinks, it was an amazing atmosphere! Above, I am pictured with Colin, mixologist of U'Luvka and star of Discovery Channel's 'Cocktail Kings' and Philip Pepperdine of St Germain( (they created fab drinks too)! Paul and I took a moment in between nibbled and drinks as well.
So while I have been in and out, DJ Eloy has been DJing on a cruise for about a month and will then switch off to doing it some more during Japan Music Week next month in Tokyo! Now I think DJs definitely have a cool vibe and seeing that he is a fan of wearing the whole denim, sneakers and zippies - I thought of a look that I would love to see him rock on his next gig! I definitely think that he would approve. I'm a huge fan of Adidas and he loves Star Wars so this Wookiees jacket is super comfortable and yet very him, thrown over a simple grey tee - he's ready to go! Converse has a fun line of Jimi Hendrix shoes and I love the pair above - I don't think that I have ever seen him in Converse but I do believe that it's something that he could rock (even if it's only to go to 2nd Ave Deli - his fave spot) and of course, pair it all with fab jeans! Follow DJ Eloy on his site or on his Facebook page.
Now many of you know that we kicked off fitness earlier this summer as apart of my press trip to Miami as I did Deadline Fitness from Gina Lombardi! Now the event has passed; however, you'll still hear of tips from Gina as we truly believe that fitness is a lifestyle. Although we had a hiatus, we are back with Transitionally Fit and right now our focus over the next month is David Barton Gym! I just became a member of the Astor place location but they have a few in the city as well as in other locations! You'll hear about my time there and also about the environment. Previously, I was a member of NYSC and not to say that it's not a nice a gym, but it's a place to go to get a workout and I find it to be functional.
As soon as I walked into this gym I was shocked I really don't know what to say about the style but it has a mix of a Carnival seductive vibe to it. There are a lot of sexy components to the gym and there is always something to look at. I love the fact that there is lower lighting as it's not comfortable for me to exercise in bright areas. In addition, I love that they have a DJ booth where he/she spins in a disco ball - very cool. With tons of equipment room, there's always a machine available. I also love that due to its location on Astor Place, you have amazing views as you look out. I'm really excited to get some exercise time in at this location and to try out their yoga room which looked so zen as there were candles everywhere! Stay tuned throughout the month of Sept on the updates about this facility.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Jason Devereaux of Nostylgia Fashions! He is having a fab event that begins at 4 and runs through midnight! First off this store is more than just a place to get amazing wovens that I'm a huge fan of it's also a cultural oasis where fashion is mixed with art, music etc (stay tuned as they are opening a new and improved Inwood Tea Bar and Chess Lounge in their location - love places that do this). If you're looking for something to do or want to check out a new area, not only can you enjoy adding to your wardrobe with a fun summer sale but you can hear a DJ playing old school music, pick up some art and enjoy some Homemade Iced Tea Nutcracker! If I was in the city I would definitely check this out! But I can say that I plan on coming once they reopen their Tea Bar to check out everything! Below are the details - the weather is perfect for this!
You never know where DJ Eloy is spinning next (of course you could check out his website - DJEloy.com) as he could be at Prana, the beach house, cruise ships, Seattle or Japan. But one thing we do know is that he knows how to spin as he integrates videos - we all have our faves and you can check them out! But if you get to see him spin in person, you know that not only does he keep everyone moving but there are always fans that pop up to get a closer look on his skills. Check out DJ Eloy spinning with Axe Twist on hand to keep him looking fab and of course this fan steps in to get closer to the hair action. With dates coming up, we'll keep you posted on DJ Eloy's own video showing how hair action keeps him moving and grooving!
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Kimmie is the Co-Founder/Creative Director of Shoe Week which launched during NYFW Sept '12 and is styling a number of shows as well as having evening leading up to our second season of shows during NYFW Sept '13.
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