Last week a number of holiday windows went live in the city and I have to say that ot was with much anticipation that Barneys New York opened their windows with a number of celebs and fashion industry attendees. How can you not love Sarah Jessica Parker rocking Minnie's ears. We talked about Disney's Electric Holiday windows which brings Minnie Mouse and the gang through a fashionable exploration as well as having merchandise that is perfect for your inner child while also being amazing with its design aesthetic. Click the link to find out more about the windows and of course if you're here, check them out!
It has been an amazingly busy week and we're days away from debuting Shoe Week which has a number of events that will be included within its shoe focus. One of the many events include Sneaker Concert which is a sneaker event which will take place at XVI Lounge in NYC. This night will include sneaker heritage as well as premium ones! This event will have a number of your fave athletes as well as celebs. We can't share all the details but we can say that this event will mix sneakers x sport x music and of course fashion together.
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!
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!
Ah Kittens, we kicked off New Years Day talking about the Pink Prosperity Diamond which is phenomenal and decadent (more on that later); moreover, they are a family run business whose pieces are only available online! This diamond is one of many that is available at Leibish & Co! Valued at $1.6 Million, this is a piece that you will definitely remember seeing and if you have the opportunity to wear it, you won't want to put it down! With my love for all things glitzy and fab, when I was requested for a fun event - there was no way that I could say no! So after gathering fab influencers that should definitely find out more about fab pieces and picking out the perfect Theia Couture dress from their Spring 12 collection, I was very excited to host this event!
As an Accessories Expert, I have appeared on a number of segments, weighed in on articles and I always know the perfect item to complete a look. So when Leibish & Co asked me to come to the St Regis Hotel last Thursday to present their fabulous diamonds and World of Colors Fancy Diamond Chart, my schedule opened up immediately. In attendance was Leibish Polnauer, president of this company. For the past 30 years he has not only offered phenomenal diamonds from a number of price ranges but he just released a colored diagram that showcases the number of hues that diamonds can come in from various white, yellow, reds and more! This comes to over 250+ colors! Above, you can see a number of images from Leibish and I, their gorgeous model who rocked a number of phenom pieces - pieces that were actually owned by an amazing couple who attended sharing their story and how diamonds are an investment for them as they spent over $1 Million.
I loved being able to take attendees through a walk through of the diamonds offered and introducing people to those who have purchased Leibish & Co diamonds over the years. Being able to wear the Pink Prosperity Diamond was definitely something amazing and wearing a fabulous Yellow Diamond bracelet that was 54 carats and $160,000 was phenomenal - it was sad to take them off at the end of the night! Of course, at every event, it's a way for me to chat with friends and my sister (she is on my right above). See more about the event and those that popped by visiting, Leibish & Co's page! All images above are courtesy of Paul Schneck.
Yesterday my sister and I headed down to my favorite section of the city! As a former lingerie model, I love going to showrooms to see a number of undergarments. After getting to Hanes Showroom, we made our way to the Barely There presentation. I love the fact that this brand is all about seamless underwear - seeing lines is uber tacky but I also love the comfort that it provides when you're just wearing it around your home, running errands or when you're traveling! In addition to previewing new items from the collection, I loved that we met Christina and Kim Scali (as well as their fab mom) from the hit show Jersey Couture on Oxygen Network (currently filming their second season now) - they also have a fabulous boutique in Freehold, NJ - Diane and Co.
I loved seeing the full collection from shapewear, to push ups, comfy items and so much more. There are a number of fun hues and colors and seeing Kim and Christina walk us through the line and talk about their experiences as well as fitting women in their boutique was definitely a nice add in to the event. Once we left the event, we had a phenomenal series of bras, panties and shapewear as well as a very nice gift certificate from Macy's. Above are images from the presentation, the fabulous sisters (as well as a peek into their new accessory line that they received literally the day before), models rocking the line, their fab mom who looked fabulous and a quick pick of all my goodies! I'm personally obsessed with the t-shirt bras whether they have foam or don't have foam in them. Because they are so soft, you can also take the straps down, make them a one shoulder and so much more - fab!
My travel schedule is all over (not that it's because I write about travel directly but my work takes me all over between design projects, appearances and TV - it's a luxury to definitely be home in NYC) and even when I'm in the city I'm in brand meetings on top of the shoots with all the launches coming up this fall and holiday. So it's not often that I get to be out and about to have fun with people I don't see as often as I would like to! Amy, of Midtown Girl is also the founder of Socialista NY a group that allows fashion influencers and bloggers to come together and engage with one another. Amy's first event took place at the UGG Showroom in the Crown Building and did I mention that they have a fabulous wrap around terrace! This event allowed us to mingle, nibble on fab appetizers and enjoy sangria, margaritas and more. In addition, we all enjoyed getting manis and pedis via Spa Chicks on the Go. It definitely came at a fab time since I had a photoshoot the next day and even as the rain began to fall at the end of the night, we took the party inside! Throughout the night, I took a sneak peek at UGG's Fall 11 offerings. This brand is about much more then the pull on shearling boots that we're familiar with. I am obsessing over many of the handbags, jackets and stacked heels that are available. In a few days I will include info on their new launch since I am attending this in early August but know that it's super cute. It was definitely a fab event and one that definitely sets the tone for future Socialista NY events!
As you read this I'm heading off to Cancun which I will share with you when I get back as I am covering an amazing all inclusive. As I soak up the sun in other clients or enjoy the warm weather back in NYC, I start thinking about fall and holiday plans! Around this time of year I always start to think about all the formal places that I will be going to for events or key dinners where I definitely need to show out! In situations like this I know that my dress has to be amazing and the accessories NEED to make some serious statements as what else would an Accessories Expert wear? I have been drooling over this one shoulder dress from Roberto Cavalli as it embodies his style of having pieces that catch your eye but I love that it incorporates my love for boho chic! How can you not look at someone wearing this piece at an event. In addition, this style is on trend for what you'll see (and have seen at awards shows) the grecian inspired look is amazing and really brings out the inner goddess in you. It lets you look like you're floating through the room!
You can support this look with great pops in accessories. I love the across the hand ring by KARA by Kara Ross it looks amazing and yet is decadent. If you talk with your hands, it's a great item to have as you speak! The Prada shoes (I am definitely having a love affair with their shoes this season) are always a classic as the dress is so key that you don't need an over the top shoe. Finally, I am in love with the cuff by Wolf Cuff. It's Gladiator meets sophistication. When I was on my press tour earlier this summer, I happened to meet a guy at a bar who was wearing them and found that he was the designer! You know that when I get to meet a designer that is new to me, I practically fall all over myself to find out about their collection, inspiration and where they're available. Let me say that the cuffs are gorgeous, one of a kind and I wore one and wished that I could take it back with me to NY! This cuff is made out of alligator and has Swarovski Crystals on it! This is perfect to wear when you're dressing up as well as to wear when you're wearing your favorite jeans and a tee! Together the look is glam and not too fussy!
There are so many things to think about when it comes to a wedding from the space, to theme, dresses and so much more. Now don't read this post and think that I'm engaged! But here on Kitten Lounge, the posts do revolve around my interests or those of my friends who may be heading into a new phase. Some of my friends are getting engaged and I have been involved in the planning of their special day in terms of the look and so it made me think that next month we would take two weeks in June to look at trends in weddings.There are so many options and it can be daunting! I wanted to create a focus on the site where we could look at 5 distinct themes/looks so that it could help those that are just getting started! In addition it will include items that focus on spas, fun week of activities and more. For those in the planning process, I can't wait to hear back from you guys on what you think and yes, I'm available to assist whether it's your gown of the day, your bridesmaids and of course, your adorable flower girl dresses or your bridal accessories !
Above, our spread has the key components that we will focus on various dresses of course, fab lingerie day of and for that night, cute sets to wear when you're running around being the Anti-Bridezilla and of course, the ring. I can't wait until June to share with you the trends that I have pulled together and remember, in November, we will have a two weeks to focus on this as well so definitely stay tuned and let us know what you thought about June so that we can add even more towards the end of this year.
My style is definitely super easy. I need clothes that I can move in, run around and can cover a number of things as who knows how my day will end up? I am known for having great core basics and then amping it up with accessories. It's a signature and one I continue to perfect over the years! Especially when the weather is so back and forth, it's all about layers and with me, many of my looks in this season and the summer begin with Gap's essential or 'My Favorite Tee/Tank'. Simple colors that can be paired with a number of looks and pieces to ensure that people will ask where you got it from. Throwing a super cute jacket or shrug completes the look and on a day like today, wearing a pair of cute flared pants is a great way to complete the look. Philip Lim's shrug is perfect so that if the weather warms up, you won't be too warm and yet there is a pop of dressiness to this that makes it look like you put thought into your look.
Apart is a brand that you will see a lot of around here and they love Kitten Lounge and its readers so enjoy 10% off of your purchases by using the code - KittenApril as you shop! In fact, for those in NYC, they will have an amazing Hamptons style shopping event next month that I am co-hosting with them and of course, I will share some styling tips with you as well! Finally, a fun piece changes the dynamic of the entire look so Kitten Couture (yes my collection) has created this fun safari/tribal piece that you can wear super long OR that you can wrap. It is inspired by this whole Hamptons theme that will be kicked off on the site in May and is made of shells, wooden beads, snail shell, botswana agate and glass beads - but it's super light! This is definitely going back to basics for Spring.
Even though we're not even half way through to the end of the month, there are lots of great things going on at Kitten Lounge, Kitten Couture and our partners. For those that were participating in our Exhale events for this week, due to some switches, we are now doing this April 26th (with a fun event on this date) - May 3rd. We will also share with you our Hamptons Guide which launches the first of the month, our 4 Hamptons Totes that we are giving way (the value is over $500 per tote), our Hamptons Baby Shower baskets, our Hamptons event with Apart and so much more - there's lots going on so you'll definitely want to make sure that you're signed up for our newsletters and tweets to stay in the know!
The 82nd Academy Awards comes to life tonight. With the gorgeous weather that we're having, one almost wonders if they should have their viewing party on a rooftop but the weather isn't quite ready for that yet (unless you have heating lamps). The best part about watching the awards is being able to enjoy the E! Red Carpet! I love thinking about the stylists working together to create the perfect looks and then to see their work come to life as they hit the carpet. Tonight, I will attending a Red Carpet Viewing Party hosted by Dove VIP! It'll be a fun night of talking about gowns, seeing who wore what and who could have stepped it up a bit.
If I was throwing this viewing together, I would definitely begin with ensuring that my table was prepped. I love wooden bowls and containers as it provides a natural and rich look. Above are some fab pieces that are perfect for any occasion - take some time to check it out and then get cracking on your predictions of best dressed, best accessory and more!
I am a firm believer in that there is no excuse to leave for an event or your home without feeling like you are dressed for the occassion. Whether you're just finding your style or attempting to rework your entire closet and your budget may not be where you would like it to be, you can still be someone that everyone looks at wishing that they had your sense. It's all about finding what works best for you and being able to translate that so that others follow suit.
When it comes to my style of dress, it's more of a classic one. My accessories are the areas that I definitely let my personality come out; however, my clothing involves simple, classic lines. Am I going to a Broadway show, out for drinks at the newest lounge or simply meeting up with friends? You never know and that's what I love about it. My day takes me to various places that are planned and unplanned and I hate thinking that I'm not 95% dressed for most occassions that I may be invited to at the spur of the moment (no I don't travel with a ball gown in my large bag). Today, I'm wearing the classic wrap shirt dress. Although mine isn't from Ralph Lauren (but you could be wearing BCBG's, Alexander Wang's or DVF's) and nor is it black (I'm in Navy), I thought that I would share my approach to getting dressed to provide the appearance of effortlessly putting an outfit together.
If you happen to like what I'm wearing or any other day, it's mainly because I know the shapes that make me feel comfortable. When you continue to buy the same items, you definitely have a large portion of your signature look and you never have to wonder how things fit. In fact, I build my outfits around my accessories so the actual articles of clothing are my standard basics that have classic shapes that have worked well over decades although I'm on 30 - if you love Mary Tyler Moore, Audrey Hepburn and many of these iconic dressers - you'll see that I too love them and include elements of their looks within my own closet.
I'm all about accessories and can't imagine leaving the house with a few of them on. Above are items that are not meant to be worn together (although you totally could) but can be paired with this outfit. When I'm at events like I will be tonight and people may not know who I am, how much easier is it to say "oh there's Kimmie, she's in the wrap dress with that gorgeous shell ring (I don't own one in black; however, the one in beige that I have has been the ultimate conversation maker and can be worn in all seasons). As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Ted Rossi's and I do feel underdressed if his python cuffs are not on my wrists (when I'm truly out for the evening, you will see me holding one of his clutches as well). I love the shirt dress as it is for all seasons; however, with the chill in the air, you will see me pairing mine with a stacked boot! These gorgeous boots are definitely a great way to elongate the leg and to give you a certain spring to your step. The wrap dress does come with a belt; however, I love emphasizing the waist and if you're wearing a dress where you can take your belt off, why not pair it with a wide one. Hopefully, it has an interesting buckle and something that draws the eye! Finally, although you will almost never see earrings on me (it's the one accessory I don't really like wearing) I encourage pop within accessories as well and love these by Bounkit Jewelry!
Now with this gorgeous black wrap dress you can stick with black accessories or you can add various elements of color! Today I'm in Navy and you will see me pair my look with brown! I love items that allow you to be a conversation piece and encourage people to come to you to chat. This is one of the most essentials of making it at an event and being a great networker. Once you wow them with your style, you can wow them with what you bring to the table. Style is just as casual as anything that you do in life. You may have to work at finding your own groove, but once you do it's second nature and this is a holiday gift that keeps on giving from now throughout the sidewalk and carpeted runways that you will hit. I'll see you guys tonight at the W at the Fashion 2.0 Fashion Trivia event where I will be one of the contestants for the Fashion Bloggers!
I love goodies that come in the mail or those that come to my email. Kitten Lounge is always excited to partner with exciting brands, showrooms, PR firms and more! Look LA is definitely an interesting company that keeps their clients extremely visible! Amanda Righetti hit a recent event in this silver stunner by Dina Bar-El! Being a fan of silver, I knew this was the perfect dress to feature for today's post and although she looks fabulous, I have to say that I would have went another way in the accessories department! I love the effect of blue with silver maybe because I associate the two colors with water and flow. To that end, I would have popped a little sapphire in it and I think no evening out can be complete without a little python! This would have been a great way to add a little more texture and just to have a little something as the dress really speaks for itself! As always, the links are in the spread so click away!
One of the things that I love most about what I do is being able to learn about new designers. It's not just finding out about them but realizing that I have had the fashionable "ah ha" moment where I know I have met a line that my closet is incomplete without! This took place when I was introduced to Henrieta Duffner (yes she is the one modeling her own line) and realized that if she does come here for Fashion Week, then this would be one that I wouldn't want to miss! In addition, her Summer collection was so clean and yet dynamic that I can't wait to see what her next season will look like. I love that this does have a mix of Old Hollywood and Audrey Hepburn while adding something very new and distinctive. What are my favorites? There's no way that I could even pick one! If you're going to an event, brunch or anywhere where you feel that you need to turn heads, then this is the collection that will do it without making you look like you have tried too hard to do it!
Keeping it "Signature". What exactly does that mean? Well a signature is something that is your version of the "back to basics", "the classics" or an "old standby". It may not sound like it's fashion forward but it can be! For me, my signature works no matter where I may be heading to! It's the look(s) you pick when you have multiple things and you don't have a lot of time to change (or if you do need to bring something it may be a belt of sorts). As we head into this in-between weather, we start peeling the heavy layers for something that is lighter.
I am a fan of the Lauren Conrad collection as I have quite a few pieces. I love this wrap. It's a dynamic look, love the layers and it works when you're feeling 100% or even when you think that you may be bloated (we've all been there). This look is great with a simple black tank or tee and worn over leggings (the liquid leggings is a hot look and one that you should definitely put within your closet). You can also pop various colors into this scheme if you like.
A look like this needs a good pair of sunglasses - who doesn't love a retro pair like the ones from Tom Ford? Currently, I have a large pair by Marc Jacobs that has an olive tone in the frames which is a nice way to add a slight amount of color and yet keeps it to my signature look.
The bag is from my dear friends at Ted Rossi. You have heard me talk about how much I love wearing their cuffs and carrying their clutches (I wore them throughout my recent trip to the Dominican Republic). There is a definitely a feel of luxury when you carry their items and this looks amazing on your arm with this look!
Finally, add a pop of color (especially when you decide to go monotone - which I love doing) with the shoes. I love the Corsica strappy sandal which looks AMAZING with leggings. At my recent Jimmy Choo event, I saw girls with leggings wearing this shoe and it was very nuvo-glam! Not only does this add height but it creates a very nice silhouette that will leave people begging to know who your stylist is! My look incorporates simple pieces with pops of something here and there. What's your signature look and what is a must in your wardrobe?
With it being Fashion Week, all attention is focused on the runways at the tents, presentations that are outside of Bryant Park and so much more. I love this time of year as it makes me think of the spring/summer being closer together, but I'm also thinking of another runway that is even more impacting in terms of helping so many that fight every day! On April 30th, St Jude Children's Research Hospital will present the Design Cares fashion show which is a collaboration of so many designers (including my fave Diane Von Furstenburg) whose pieces will hit the runways and will later be auctioned off in order to benefit pediatric cancer research. The sketch above is a custom couture gown for Design Cares by Maggie Norris Couture which is being donated for this worthy cause. I think this is such an important cause and Kitten Lounge (along with other sites that I write for) will keep you in the loop on this event up to the day (and of course the day after). There are so many amazing stories and interests that are associated with this amazing event, that it would be unfair to share it within one post. Definitely stay in touch as Kitten Lounge presents more posts about this and of course, you can see this event first hand by purchasing tickets to attend!
Last night I enjoyed a fun evening at S Factor which was an open house/3 year birthday party. This is the infamous studio where you do pole dancing classes! I have to say that watching the demonstration made me want to join this class! This is a great way to stay fit, enjoy your body and of course to just enjoy having fun. I love the fact that it's an all women's group and really feel that it is an amazing opportunity if you have the chance to join. I have yet to join but think that I will try an introductory class without a doubt (thank you to those who showed me a few things - it was a lot of fun).
In addition to last night's event, there was a debut of Tasty Morsels Bakery which had the cutest cookies for this event. Since this was for S Factor, the cookies had corsets, frilly panties, lips and more. When I get these images, I will definitely let you guys know and update this post. Until then, if you are looking for tasty cookies with a great flavor and that can be customized, this is the bakery for you! It's perfect for events, corporate and anything else that you can imagine! The owner of this Brooklyn based bakery, Crystal Horton, is an artist which lends to the amazing creativity that she can do with her cookies! So, think about S Factor if you're in NYC and regardless of where you are, Tasty Morsels Bakery is the best place for you to find your sweet needs!
This Wed for those that are making plans for their amazing wedding, you can attend the ModernRomance Bridal Soiree at the Broadway Millenium Hotel at 145 W 44th Street this Wed the 24th at 6:00pm - 9:30pm. This is a great evening to see the Jenny Yoo Collection and also to meet various Wedding Planner Professionals. This event also includes appetizers and cocktails (provided by Hudson theater) as well. For $25, you and a guest will be able to enjoy seeing great garments and to start putting your plans into action! If you know someone or will be getting married and are in the area, this is the perfect event for you! In addition to seeing the Jenny Yoo Collection, you can enjoy the following attendees: Tarte, Abby Jean Invitations, Neuhaus Chocolates, Brides.com and Brides NY and many more. Visit the website to see how you can be added to this event. Of course, Kitten Lounge will be covering this event and sharing it with you as well.
This week we will temporarily focus on an event that is literally my favorite in the entire fashion industry! Maybe because I did a lot of bathing suit modeling at one time but I love Fashion Week Swim and Miami and when both are combined, you can't get any better than that. Next year I am promising myself that I will be an attendee/press (and gasp how great would it be if a swimwear line actually wore my - Kitten Couture Until then, I am dedicated this week to the Mercedes - Benz Fashion Week Swim Event!
So this week, we will be covering a variety of designers from the launch party at the Raleigh Hotel all the way to the very last show! The good thing is you don't have to have Uber VIP status to attend and you can still let your presence be known and get various forms of access to this event via American Express! You can enjoy a Poolside Cabana at the Meet and Greet at The Raleigh with a fab swimwear designer and of course you can see all the swimwear lines such as Red Carter and Ed Hardy!
I am so bummed that I will not be able to meet Tibi's swimwear designer, attend the Diesel show, go to a card member only private trunk show! This is a such a great time and if you will be there and are a card member, check this out and if you're aiming to be at the event next season, I will see you there without question! Stay tuned this week to find out about all the great designers at my favorite season's Fashion Week - sigh!
One of my favorite places to buy from is American Apparel! I love the idea that many of their pieces allow you to wear items in a few ways so that you can have your own look! That being said, every now and then, I like to visit their site to what is coming out soon. Take a look at this High Waisted Jersey Skirt. I love that this is so cute with the shirt that they paired with it, tanks and so much more. This is definitely cute for work or to attend an event!
Now here is this High Waisted Jersey Skirt worn as a halter dress with a cute short skirt portion on the bottom! This is so something that I would wear during Fourth of July, the Hamptons and so many more places. Put on your Grecian flip flops and you're set for shopping, brunch and so many more events in the city. How can you not love when one piece can have at least two options and you can only imagine how many colors this will come in as well! Take a look at this site and see what else you'll pick up online or in a store near you.
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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.
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