Being from Indiana originally, I love sports in general and the Super Bowl is always one of my favorites to watch regardless of whether my team made it or not! In the past10+ years of me living in NYC, it also marks the proximity of New York Fashion Week for the presentation of Fall/Winter! But today, it's all about wings, potato salad, bevvies and more! Throughout today, I will be tweeting about a number of Super Bowl items so make sure to follow, @KittenLounge as well as @Cocoabebe. I can't wait to see what commercials are going to be our new faves and how the half time show will be (of course also seeing the winners of the game).
We love Fashion Month as it has a number of issues that we love reading and Fashion Week! Today, we're sharing what we love that can be worn or used this fall! Check out our Magalog to see what we have our eye on. We've got your connected from our fave beauty items as well as accessories!
Earlier this year, Berluti presented their menswear shoe collection in Paris for their Fall/Winter collection which will be available in a few weeks. These are shoes that I can definitely see Paul wearing and with the heritage of this brand being around since 1895, this is a classic in your wardrobe!
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!
During New York Fashion Week FW 2012/13, I was able to attend Gen Art's Fashion Show that was sponsored by Crest 3D White (which we all know that I have been a long time fan of this and also enjoy that as a brand ambassador, it's always fun to be invited to their events). Whitney Port emceed the runway show which had a number of designers showcasing their work. Designers competed in the "Little White Wardrobe" and Win Shi was the winner of this event. Enjoy the video that features this fabulous designer and see why she definitely won!
With Fashion Week officially starting here in NYC, we had to show a fab show of men's that took place last month in Milan! What I love most about Giorgio Armani, is that he knows a thing or two about outerwear! I love his double breasted leather jackets as well as pea coats! The classic winter coat layered over a vest is another perfect look. I'm loving the blazer with the glasses - so chic and how about fab bags being carried by these well suited gentlemen?
When I'm out and about, people notice that I rock the exotics everyday. I have my python satchel bag, iPad case and matching coin/key zip all from Rebecca Minkoff, my Jimmy Choo wallet, Ziordia python passport holder (this was a phenomenal bag brand that is no longer available but I love it) and so much more! I think it's so important to have that pop especially as we go into outerwear weather when you need these accessories to show your personal style!
With that being said here are some of my faves that I know are awesome to rock regardless of season. Gucci has a phenomenal hobo bag that embodies one of my favorite motifs - Marrakech. I love Marc Jacobs' fun green python cosmetic case which adds a nice color within your bag and can be worn even when it is not the spring season. I'm LOVING this richly burgundy wallet that contains python as well as calfskin by Jerome Dreyfuss - love the embellishment on here as well which is a nice touch. When you're traveling all your documents will be secure with Rebecca Minkoff . Passing out business cards gets luxe when Bottega Veneta comes out of your bag. Finally, keep it mobile with this gorgeous iPad case from one of my fave online boutiques, Luisaviaroma which will have your travel companions take a second look at what you're up to.
This weekend we had fab weather but when I think of the fall, I think about beginning to add on layers - especially those you put on in case of inclimate weather. Growing up, when I visited my grandparents in Jersey, we also put items away in the Mud Room. This room was intended for rainy gear or umbrellas; however, we also used it for much of our outerwear. So in thinking of the Mud Room I instantly thought about these super cute Ashdale slip on shoes from UGG Australia that protect your feet from being wet but allow you be without your boots. I would wear this with jeans or other items and only when the rain wasn't torrential. Thinking of these fab hues, I thought about that cabinesque masculine since of hues and how this can pop up throughout your living space from red, blue, green and tan.
To start, your living space needs that leather chair from Ethan Allen and this rich tan hue is perfect as it's unisex in tone and begs to be dressed with this fab throw from Anthropologie. Lean back in the chair for the ultimate cozy factor by popping in a fun blue tone with this pillow. When you think about relaxing and braving the elements, who doesn't want a pop of red color for your fave mugs from Sur La Table and this vegetable bowl is perfect for snacking at Cooking.com! Keep things close and uncluttered with these spice boxes from William's Sonoma.
Finally, that great Mud Room/Ralph Lauren feel to this entire space can only be upped by actually dressing your dog in this Big Pony Dog Polo which is super cute and cozy!
As an Accessories Expert, I enjoy sharing what looks makes sense and how they are supported by accessories! Throughout the rest of the year, I will be hosting a number of seminars that look at accessories for fall, holiday and spring 12 trends Yesterday, I announced the first date which will take place in November at a fab space in the Garment District! If you have yet to have a one on one personal shopping session with me or have always wondered what it would be like, these sessions are in intimate groups (no more than 30) and will allow you to hear my thoughts on the topics of Accessorizing for Fall by showing how you can integrate key pieces within a number of looks, you'll receive a lookbook to maintain these trends, obtain accessories that will get you ready to start on your style path and of course, you will receive a complimentary one on one session with me that we will schedule based on your calendar!
I am so excited to see everyone during my Mix Fall's Accessory Trends Into Your Look and to share the vibe that you have been accustomed to from my style that is available on Kitten Lounge or on my appearances on such networks as HSN - right in front of you!
We have a number of upcoming sessions which you can see in the sidebar. But if you are one of the first 10 people to lock in your attendance, as opposed to paying $250, you will receive a 40% discount and receive this for $150! Simply use the code KimmieFallAcc at checkout in the field for discount codes. Find out more about myself and upcoming appearances at She's Kimmie.
As I've mentioned before, this fall my wardrobe is all about neutral tones and playing with the hues together. It's all about playing with tones together and showing the dynamic abilities that monotone hues can have. I started off with a fab pair of lambskin leggings by Utzon whcih is the ultimate in luxe and comfort which is essential. I adore cowl neck tops and this one by Iliaria Nistri is the perfect balance of layered sheer fabric with a fab oyster shell color. With the in between color, this All Saints shrug is the perfect way to ensure that you are properly secure from the chill of fall. Of course when it comes to accessories, I am OBSESSED with Bottega Veneta's amazingly woven leather tote! A fab cocktail ring from Somchintana White is the perfect way to add pop to your hands and to add glamor to the overall look. Zoe Opaque's necklace continues the theme of rocking champagne hues with the fab drop pendant necklace. I love the antiqued look as it makes the outfit have a depth to it. Finally, slip into Camilla Skovgaard's ankle boot which has a mix of textures and hues.
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.
It's officially Fall so I have to share my must haves for His Style when it comes to accessories that work with a number of looks. It's about embracing color, texture and a bit of old world elements that are perfect no matter where he is off to! I'm obsessed with Ralph Lauren's Weekender bag from his Purple Label which is an amazing hue (and of course when you need a bag to borrow, it works so well with you). I love classic items like this as you can still rock old world style even if you're jetting off to Vegas for a long weekend. I love Tom Ford's aviator sunglasses which is yet another fab find that you can wear when you're layering up with your motorcycle jacket and cool scarves. Now when it comes to his feet, you can never go wrong with Tod's and this color is a fab new neutral and utterly divine. Rock it with jeans or a number of other pant choices. John Hardy has an amazing Macan Tiger Bracelet that has an awesome amount of heft and detail which is always something that I love to see! Finally, rock his cash to perfect in none other than Bottega Veneta's basketwoven leather which is so decadent and phenom. Together this is perfection for Fall and going into the Winter.
Yesterday I talked about rocking fall when we are in between weather and do it blushingly! I have to say that we had some high temperatures in NYC yesterday so you'll be in a constant toss up between adding another layer or simply just being able to head out in lighter looks. Today's look is a super cute tank with a cuffed boyfriend jeans. I love this striped yellow and grey tank available at My Theresa that you can pair with a Current/Elliott jean. As you go running around doing your errands, having lunch and hosting meetings. Wrap your neck with this Paula Bianco scarf as I'm such a fan of infinity scarves and it's a great look to have when you're jetting in town. Adam Lippes's gorge necklace adds the perfect amount of bling and will look phenom with Prada's blue stitched leather sandal. Finally, Alexis Bittar puts everything in the right mood by having this encrusted crystal cocktail ring. There is no reason to run around with having that za za voom look!
The air is crisp, latte's are not only tastier but a necessity to keep our hands warm and layers sounds like your best friend! Yes - fall is here and although we will have the random warm nights (like last night) there is an undeniable feel to the changes in the seasons. I'm all about lighter hues and tones so I'm setting the fall in the right direction with nudes and blush tones. I am obsessed with Alberta Ferretti and this top is like a floating dream. From the high neck to the sleeveless top and of course I love the bit of a tail that comes out - you can think of popping on a blazer on those times when you want to layer up.
This paired over a simple pair of textured leggings is perfection! I love Reed Krakoff's leather and suede wedge ankle boots that embrace the fall season while being full of whimsy and perfect for traveling. Pop on a bracelet from Chan Luu (after wearing them on air on HSN - I'm such a fan) and of course a ring by Stephen Dweck which I have been a fan of for years.
NYFW has come and gone and now other cities are rocking their runways with a number of designers. We enjoyed some phenomenal weather (even though during NYFW we were going to have rain for days) and then fall magically came when the runways went quiet. I love that we're now in fun layers and I've been rocking fun looks as I have also been wearing my line, Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12! This fashion week season it has been super clear that orange is a hue that is going to be huge for Spring 12 for mens and womens. Good thing that we can all rock orange so his style will definitely incorporate the above look!
I love Balmain's peacoat - which is classic chic and who doesn't love the buttons, pair this with a simple shirt and a fan pair of jeans of his choice. I'm a huge fan of texture and hues so this Etro Houndstooth scarf is amazing and of course, you can't go wrong with Prada - these penny drivers are divine. Finish it all up with J Crew's weekender bag which is perfect for apple and pumpkin picking or just going away for a bit of a vacation.
I love this time of year when you can walk around with a few layers on and yet still have the need to want to be outside. Many of you know that I started in the fashion industry first as a model and then as a visual merchandiser (doing amazing window displays for a number of premium brands). Fall is one of my favorite seasons to check out the windows and since I live not too far away from Saks and around the corner from Bergdorfs I always pay super close attention to their visuals! My good little Kittens saw these images last night as I was walking and Tumbling the looks I loved and how I would be bringing this into my wardrobe by taking components and having them remade to be very Kimmie like. This fall, there are a number of phenom trends that we can think about bringing into our look from - texture, light hues and draping. At Bergdorfs, I'm loving the grey trench with the fur that brings in a pop of color. I love tailored items and I love the hat that picks up the fur color. Whether you're rocking a fur collar or finding another way to add a pop of something (anything Swarovski like - amaze). Bergdorfs also rocked it out with gorgeous blush tone dresses that has sparkle and ostrich feathers - find a way to bring this in ladies whether it's on the dress or an accessory that picks this up - must have now
As I said last night, you can never go wrong with Chanel and this tweed cloak must be seen in person as it has a number of textured fabrics in black and white of course and would look fabulous over a pair of leggings with thigh high or equestrian style boots. Saks brought it with the Chanel series of windows and really took it to the next level with this diva centric windo with caged booties (get a pair NOW) and textured tights. When I was at Robert Verdi's during my Meet and Greets for the launch of my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 shoe line, I loved that Hanes was there and they were definitely pushing textured tights (just like Capezio did when I was at their booths this summer for their tradeshow). You know I'm not a tight girl but I am loving this trend and will rock it out every now and then. Stay tuned for more window love throughout the fall and holiday season!
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!
I'm loving the love that everyone gave as I rocked out two shows on HSN for Sebago's Fall presentation today which is apart of an overall HSN Fall Showcase sponsored by Elle Magazine! By the time you have read this, I will be snoozing as I would have already completed my 5am show this morning which is the last of my visit until I am back next Spring with some fun items (including my line). With that said, I am (once I wake up) - fully vested in Fashion Week mode! I love dressing up for the shows, after parties and so much more. You'll see posts over the next few days showcasing some looks that I am absolutely in love with and Carnelian/Orange and a warm Citrine are always a favorite of mine. You can't go wrong with boho chic! I'm such a fan of Young, Fabulous and Broke as they are always on trend - ombre - obsessed. I'm loving the stacked bracelets with Helene Jewelry which has a nice ethnic vibe to it. Yesterday we talked about Giuseppe Zanotti and I love it in this hue. Finally, it's always about the cocktail ring and Dara Ettinger has a fab rock that is such a conversation piece. Whether you're heading to the runways or you're rocking your own runway sidewalk, we should all take advantage of fab hues, textures and warm weather items before we start applying our fun layers.
As you're reading this, I'm prepping in the studios of HSN to share with you fab style that's perfect for summer transitions and fall a la Sebago! If you're up check me out at 7am as well as again on 11am today! Then tune in tomorrow at 5am to see me again! While I am here in Tampa/St Petersburg/Clearwater, I am fully focused on New York Fashion Week as well! There are so many fun looks that I can't wait to wear at the shows, after parties and other appearances that are going on! I am OBSESSED with Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel. This short dress has all my fave finds combined into one - it's grey, ruched dress and a one shoulder effect. This look is completed with other fun shades of grey! Sethi Couture has a phenomenal diamond moonstone ring which is the perfect one to wear when you're out and about. Pair this up with Giuseppe Zanotti as I am a huge fan of these python peep toe pumps (having this in black and grey is an essential). Finish it off with a fab bracelet by Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo Candy Clutch which is such a must as it will look phenom with everything!
Going into fall, you'll see me rocking leggings, blazers and fun tops that are all about being paired with fab accessories. Especially going into Fashion Week, these are basic components that I always gravitate towards. This Elizabeth & James blazer is a great classic that will always look phenom with Topshop's leggings. Then you have a ton of tops that you can mix in - Marc Jacob's shirt is definitely a great way to pop color and texture in. In terms of accessories, you can always find a reason to slide into a pair of Christian Louboutin's - who doesn't love double platform heels with the signature pop of red. I'm loving Iosselliani's horn and multi ombre strand necklace which has the perfect amount of classic, natural edge to it. Finally, Valentino's one of a kind python satchel is a great way to add additional texture and is the ultimate conversation piece.
I love looking back at shows that took place earlier in the month for future inspiration. It reminds me of when I was younger and I used to watch CNN's Style Watch to get fashion from around the world, then I was off to dance class and back home to look at Vogue yet again! Many know that I love black and white, when we move into the fall its colors that I embrace fully. This season, I am popping in some other colors to soften my palette if you happened to check my tumblr page a few days ago! I am loving Giorgio Armani's Prive Fall/Winter 2011/2012 recent show where there was nothing but black, white, fuschia and mandarin orange! I am a huge fan of Japanese inspired fashion and this definitely took center stage at the show! Of course I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clutches, headwear and cuffs that rocked out on the runway!
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!
You know it's hot when I have to actually consider reducing my accessories as there is just too much heat outside and as much as I love my pieces with heft, I don't enjoy feeling sweaty under them. I know I begged for warmer weather especially during the Snowpocalypse of 2011, (especially when people were skiing at night on Park Ave) but 96 degree weather yesterday in NYC was not cute and a 100 degrees is certainly not cute (that may be why I have seen people checking into Heatpocalypse). You have caused many of us to ponder running out to a food truck, going shopping or even leaving the house (now walking under scaffolding is the best way to find any shade)! So with that said, we couldn't come up with an outfit that was weighty, we opted for this super cute ASOS twist bandeau mini dress and paired it simply with Matisse gladiator sandals at Lord & Taylor and ABS Jewelry at Max and Chloe. Choosing to stay cool over accessories is never something I thought I would do but it's insanely hot out there! Please bring a cool wind every now and then when you can so that we can go back to doing it up in style!
PS - Your brutal rays and heat have caused us to hope for a nice seasonably warm but crisp Fall!
Yesterday we kicked off (yes in the midst of the heat wave we're experiencing in NYC) our week of transitions in our closets! The fact is, many of us begin thinking about what we want to wear in fall and the easiest way is to begin with Accessories which we did in Monday's post! Today, we continue on our love affair with transitioning into fall with one of my favorite ways to dress in early fall. First off, colorblocking is perfect as it is a hybrid between black (perfect for all seasons) and white (which is always a nice way to pop in spring or even summer). In addition, many people wonder what to do when it hits the fall season and how one should dress. The beginning of fall allows us to wear a lot of summery items for quite a few weeks which is perfect and is exactly what the above look allows us to do when it's that Sept/Oct season!
I'm always a fan of black leggings (love that they have this python look from Victoria's Secret), when paired with a simple tee it has a fab casual meets edgy look! To glam it up, it's all about the accessories. These Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Slingbacks in black python are phenomenal and play well with pants, dresses and so much more! They're your staple for all seasons. Loving that these work well with one of my favorite python accessories designers, Ted Rossi, who has an amazing line with another texture that I love - Ostrich! Finally, I'm all about Swarovski as you guys know! So having a fab statement piece on my finger is a ring and why not go to Swarovski? You have a chance to win this Nirvana Swarovski piece as they are giving one away a month beginning from earlier this summer through the end of the year! Make sure you visit their site so that you can enter to win their fab giveaway.
It's super hot here in NYC today! We have a temperature/humidity that's a combo of 90 degrees with a high index! As much as I'm all about keeping it as skimpy (and classy) as possible, I do begin thinking about my fall transitions! This can definitely be attributed to the fact that this month I am shooting and taping a video for a major Oct issue as well as beginning to think about what I will be wearing during NY Fashion Week this season as well! When it comes to transitioning, I start with my accessories. I am all about neutral palettes regardless of the seasons and am obsessed with tan! The first thing that's an essential is fabulous Christian Louboutin pumps, this fabulous fun bag from Furla which has a pop of collegiate all over it with a fab texture. Of course I have been enjoying not traveling and spending quality time with my boyfriend, planning the next few months and being able to re-connect with friends; however, I know that travel will be back in my future shortly so the scarf by Franco Ferrari is amazing with its vintage sensibilities!
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