Now admittedly, the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala took place here in NYC back in May at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center and one of my favorite housewives from Bravo's, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cynthia Bailey looked so timeless when she hit the red carpet this summer! I had a brief moment of meeting her weeks after this event in New Orleans at Essence Music Festival at the My Black is Beautiful Booth where I was a celebrity stylist at this P&G booth on behalf of Crest as I am a Brand Ambassador for Crest 3D White! She was absolutely stunning and has amazing skin! I love the plunging neckline of this color blocked dress that also huge her curved and how she mixes her metals together. As an Accessories Expert, I am always focused on styling the right touch for this look. As a fan of natural pieces, I have fallen in love with Kimberly McDonald and am obsessed with this large geode ring with rose cut diamonds (my signature piece is an oversized large cocktail ring by Ana Reign and when I see people that can carry this look off, I'm always looking for was to add it in) as well as her geode necklace! Usually, I love mixing designers but these pieces are perfect together.
As many of you know, as an Accessories Expert, you'll find me in a number of projects whether it's styling people during Essence Music Festival on behalf of Crest earlier this month, being in a Palladium Jewelry campaign in Cosmopolitan Magazine or being on HSN on behalf of Sebago (I'm back on again Aug 16th at 7am and 3pm) talking footwear style and showcasing my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection. I love operating within the world of accessories whether I'm a spokesperson, working with lines or educating people. It has taken me around the world and it's a continual process in understanding the vitality of the industry!
I am very excited to be the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Shoe Week which is a shoe focused series of events that will take place during NYFW SS2013 (Sept 6th - Sept 13th). Attendees will enjoy watching a variety of runway shows, presentations, exhibitions, media lounge, Handbag and Shoe Lounge, cocktail events, parties and more that focus on luxury shoes and related accessories as a means to place this category and its designers front and center. Although our events will be throughout the week and at a number of venues, I love that one of our locations will be at the Glass Houses on Sept 9th as we have a number of venues within our schedule. In conjunction with my Co-Founder and CEO, Paul Farkas we were pleased to see this week's Huffington Post Style article and have enjoyed interacting within the industry to put on an amazing experience during Fashion Week as well as to continue with our ongoing mission!
Of course, my Kittens will be looped in so each Saturday leading up to these events, you'll get to know a little more about Shoe Week and our phenomenal partners! I am so thrilled to have Q by Pasquale as one of our participants. Pasquale comes from a shoemaking heritage where his family's craftsmanship with "made to measure" shoes could be seen on Carey Grant, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. Today Pasquale continues this heritage with placing his skills on such stars as Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron. Having them included within our Shoe Runway show as one of a number premium heels is a great way to extend the vision of Shoe Week!
Next week, find out more about Shoe Week and my Co-Founder, Paul Farkas.
Last week, I jetted off to the Essence Music Festival as I had a number of Meet and Greets and style sessions at the My Black is Beautiful booth. As a Brand Ambassador for Crest, as well as a noted Accessories Expert, I shared how a white smile was an essential accessory to the overall look as well as how those who came by could continue to take their look to the next level.
Although I landed very late Fri night, I was super excited to head straight to the W Hotel to relax. Since they have Bliss Spa products in their hotel, I knew that I would love relaxing, taking baths and more with their lemon based items! In addition, the rooms were cozy and had a bit of the classic Southern style - how cute were these shuttered windows which could be opened to see the general area. I also loved being able to have dinner the following night in the famed French Quarter!
While I was away at the Essence Music Festival at Crest, there were a number of celebrities making the rounds throughout New Orleans! Carol's Daughter had their pop up shop which allowed people to buy a number of their products AND to get a chance to chit chat with a number of celebrities! Unfortunately, I was in the midst of doing my Meet and Greets at Crest but I had to share two of my favorite people that I wanted to see if my times had meshed a little better - Erica from Mary Mary (which I ended up seeing later at NOLA Emeril's restaurant later that night) and who is pictured next to founder, Lisa Price and of course Tank! One of my fave products right now is the Macadamia Hold and Control Smoother which my boyfriend uses all the time to style his hair. I love that not only is this a fab product in terms of unisex use but as many of you know Paul is Italian, Sicilian and Hungarian and loves this in his hair so it's definitely a multi -texture tool! He loves using this on the front of his hair for a thicker look as he uses another styling gel for his sides for a sleek look and then another for the back. You can't say that guys don't pay close attention to their hair!
Check out more images from Carol's Daughter Pop Up Shop.
Today through Monday, you'll find out about my Meet and Greet appearances which took place as I am a Brand Ambassador for Crest! Crest and a number of P&G brands were apart of the My Black is Beautiful Booth. Attendees were able to get makeovers and to interact with Olay, Crest, Gain, Cover Girl and Pantene. As a Celebrity Accessories Expert, I gave on ths spot styling tips and share why a great accessory always includes a great white smile! Of course, when I left for this trip, I knew that I had to have my basics for any kind of travel with my amazingly gorgeous, Linea Pelle tote (which I have to say that it even took my laptop which is not pictured here) Daisy Tote in Scotch (the side detailing is perfectly boho). Inside is very roomy and of course I am never without my Moo Cards which has various, pictures of me included on one side and my info on the back, when I travel I always have a Life & Style as well as an Us Weekly, sunscreen, Moleskin notebook , Rebecca Minkoff change purse, a smaller Linea Pelle purses which are great for a number of uses - the smaller one held quick casg and the larger one held my camera, Sony Bloggie and sometimes my cellphone and I love my beaded Moyna zipped bag with the fabulous eye on the front as it houses my SwarovskiHello Kitty mirror. In addition, I always have my passport on my as well as the nail polish I happen to be wearing (Butter London) and my Jimmy Choo python and leather wallet is always with me as well!
I love having a larger tote when you're doing a number of appearances and traveling as this bag is super accessible and with the rolled straps, it doesn't dig into your arm and this is such a fab color that you can rock with a number of looks.
I'm out and about in New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival on behalf of Crest for a series of meet and greets so if you're in the area, come to the My Black is Beautiful booth which is a collection of P&G brands.
As I love Chanel, I remember being transfixed by their Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 show which was so ornate and had this Parisian mixed with Bombay style. Check out the video above - who doesn't want to watch fashion in the midst of the most lavish meal settings ever and check out the campaign as well!
I'm going to be at the Essence Music Festival next week! As a Brand Ambassador for Crest 3D White, I will be at the My Black is Beautiful booth styling next Friday and sharing what your go to accessories should be for this season and transitioning into fall! I'm pumped that I'll be wearing a number of accessories from Linea Pelle! In addition, we have the White Room Challenge coming up as well - find out more!
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As an Accessories Expert, Kimmie appears on HSN, designs, is quoted/featured in various publications talking about style from an Accessories Forward perspective! To work with Kimmie or to see project portfolio, visit her site here.
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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