Saturday afternoon, I will be attending Romona Keveza's Bridal Shows and will be giving you first hand info on all of her collections. As noted this past Saturday when we kicked off our bridal focus for the rest of this month, you will find a lot of posts that are geared towards brides and their parties. I've noticed that there has been a huge debate in the use of black when it comes to bridesmaids. Some people are opposed to it as they feel it's a bit morbid. I think that when you have an evening wedding and you're going for a glam affair, that there isn't a problem with this!
In addition, I think that when it comes to bridesmaids dresses, you selected your girls based on your relationship with them and the last thing that you should do is put them in looks that are not wearable after the event and/or that becomes a running joke within the party. I'm a huge fan of J.Crew who's placement within bridal is definitely one that many brides look to when it comes to their dress or those that are in their party. For the bride that is young and wants to go for a slightly different look, this Marchesa dress has a whimsical sassiness to it that is perfect for a fun wedding. Finally, Ann Taylor keeps it classic with this strapless dress that has embroidery in its tea length structure. All of these dresses can be recycled again for another look for a night out, vacation and more. In addition, I'm loving the fab jewelry that you can give as gifts that add a bit more personality to the look!
You know that I love Ted Rossi and beyond his phenom python aesthetic, I love that he has fab Swarovski necklaces as well as his cuffs that he is known for! Speaking of Swarovski, how can you not love this Nirvana ring which is available in black? Noir has an edgy pair of talon earrings that will look amazing from the lobes of your girls which is a great way to accent the neck. Finally, I'm a long time fan of Konstantino and this chunky sterling bracelet is definitely a keepsake that you'll wear again and again!
I love carrying clutches but we all know that you can't take all your fave beauty items with you. So you definitely have to pack a lot lighter! Anya Hindmarch's gold/glittery clutch is a phenom item to have on an evening out with your girls or your significant other! When I have to pair down, I always make sure that my eyes and lips have back up! I love Nars eyeshadow as it adds a fab pop. This gold color works so well when I want to switch from having a dark charcoal which tends to be my go to for a night out. I love plump lips so Bare Escentuals, Buxom is never outside of my bag. As a base, I love using Dior Creme de Rose as it smooths and also plumps my lips as well. Together, these are the perfect items to make my look flawless and ready all night long.
You know its hot when I passed up the opportunity to go out because I knew there would be a wait to get a cab and I didn't want to stand there sweaty waiting for it. For those fearless women who will brunch regardless and still believe in dressing to the nines - do so while keeping hydrated of course! Today's posts echos the sentiment of looking fabulous while keeping in mind that we are still in the midst of a heat wave that we are all battling in our own way! I imagined sorbet in a dream and it became the inspiration of this morning's post. Free People has a fabulous sleeveless colorblocked swing style dress that I am so loving. It mixes in that classic raspberry sorbet color, a nice peach hue as well as a lavendar. It's whimsical, will help you stay cool and is perfect for allowing you a full range of motion.
Pair it up with your sandals of choice as we have a million gladiators laying around begging to be worn. I'm loving this satin sorbet Cole Haan clutch which is perfect for brunch and finalize the look with additional whimsy from Noir Jewelry with a parakeet! It's all about staying phenomenally cool, making sure you are SPF'd up and that you're having fun while doing so!
As I begin prepping for my trip to DR for tomorrow, without question, I know I will toss in my black bikini. No matter how much I love trying something new, there is something to be said for wearing that classic black bikini! Today, Vix hits Kitten Lounge and we think about the classic going out to meet your girlfriends. It's a time to dish, drink mojitos and of course to ensure that everyone knows that you have ultimate style! Complete the look by going super classic. I'm loving Kate Spade's half circle tote which can be worn with whatever you're wearing (even if it's not beach bound)! Pairing it with a large hat is so decadent! Wedges are a must for the summer and Badgley Mischka has a fab pair that will rock out this look. Finally, you know that I'm all about charm bracelets so let's make sure that we keep it fab by including this piece that integrates black and gold available at Max and Chloe.
Here in NYC, I see more people feeling the need to be outdoors. You always had those die hard fans who even in the winter suited up but living next to Central Park, it's the thing to do to have some kind of activity going on! With that said, I'm seeing packs of boys heading to portions of the park for Rugby, softball, girl watching (that's a sport right) and more. So its obvious that if you all hang out for some bromance time that you just might continue to be out and about for a pint or food! Leaving your home always presents another opportunity to rock the runway so today's look is inspired by four brands that are all about classic Americana - Rugby, J. Crew, Sebago and Michael Kors tell my blues story without a sappy ending - plus it's perfect for the transitional weather we're all desperately hoping for!
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!
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!
Throughout the next few weeks, you'll find that Kitten Lounge will be talking about To Be a Star, a non-elimination reality show that follows 10 women who have star quality and how they evolve into learning various tools that will assist them in their careers! 9 girls have been chosen and 1 more will be added! If you're interested in being considered, you'll want to watch this video and to make sure that you make a 3 min video as well. I can't wait to continue sharing all of the information about this show as well as letting you in on some inside info as well! In addition to the To Be a Star YouTube Channel, you'll want to make sure that you become a fan on their Facebook Page!
I love the roundups! Sometimes, I need to be reminded of all the goodies that have been going on, will take place here and maybe just something that needs to be mentioned because you guys will love it! So what happened over the past week that is of note: Well, I am rapidly moving in with Food Editor and boyfriend, Paul so I am all about decor at the moment! Expect that Sundays are going to be packed with items that we actually will choose. Last week, I highlighted great pieces that are from West Elm! Expect to see interesting pieces of items that we have actually purchased over the next few weeks - starting with this Fri and learn about our color schemes. It may be a little TMI but I could use some design direction as I am in the middle of quite a few things at the moment!
We began an amazing and fun partnership with Lucky Magazine which makes me so pleased. If you want to be apart of the giveaway of one of the goodie bags that will be given away at Lucky Shops, make sure that you leave a comment here as this drawing takes place on Oct 24th and you don't want to miss out. At the same time, we also have another great Lucky item which allows you to play a Denim Stylist and you can enter through our site! We have a few shows in addition to magazines that we have partnered up with! In addition to Lipstick Jungle, you can also check up Starter Wife with an amazing interview from one of the key members of the cast!
In the realms of fashion, we loved covering Hayden Harnett which has amazing bags that have been on Gossip Girl and have been covered everywhere! We can't help wishing that the Hayden Harnett fairy would bless us with this season's bags. Fortunately, they have a site so enjoy some goodies. Pearls took on an entirely new meaning with this post about Moon River Pearls
I love reading and you got your first introduction of A.W. Gryphon who will be featured throughout the month as she is the author of 'Blood Moon' which is perfect as we get closer to Halloween. This is the first book in the 3 book series letting us know about the path of Amelia and how she not only finds herself but her own truths as Wiccan. Along the way she has some amazing Chanel pieces and this past Thurs, we received some great beauty tips!If you missed it, you know that I am all about Dashing Diva and they had Jennifer Hudson stop by and they are doing an amazing contest with ABC Daytime Soaps and SOAPnet! This past Thursday, you were hit with 3 beauty items and one of my favorites was the lovely Brazilian sisters of Beam Laser Spa - the idea of never having to shave again makes me gidddy and after 6 - 8 treatments it will be a complete transition! I can't wait and know that once I get this done (armpits) who knows where I will go next! Learn more about the process and that this is truly attainable beauty for everyone!
Looking forward, there is an unofficial meet up of sorts in the shape of my sister's party and I will be there! If you're in NYC, stop by, it's on the 25th and will be a lot of fun. Going forward we have amazing partnerships with WE TV which will start soon and Express as well! I am so excited about this and can't wait to share this with you. In addition, we launched our Holiday Guide and 25 Days of Holiday Glam. Find out how you can be apart of this. I think that this week was so jam packed that we will take a breather but know there is always something around the corner!
I love the idea of having themes. It's like when you walk into certain stores and although they have a lot of clothes they co-ordinate everything by color. So if you feel like you're in a light blue mood, you can go to that section and see all the shirts that fall within this color scheme. That was my intent when I began thinking of thematic posts by color for this spring and summer. Nothing is more fun than being able to look at posts that stay within a set color scheme or idea whether it's clothing, something for the home or even wherever you're going to eat.
Today, I bring this super cute Bubble Cuff from Sikara & Co which not only appeared at Magic in Las Vegas, but they had a case where they showcased some of their pieces as well. I remember when I first saw this company, I actually had a booth next to them at Shecky's Girl's Night Out in NYC. From that day, I became a fan and I was pleased to see their showcased pieces at the trade show. So, I am proud to include this piece within this month's concept, THINK CITRUS.
This cuff has over 50 bubbles of Amber showing it in variety of hues. This piece is truly an investment piece since it is able to transition from season to season and I love the pops of green that also come in as well. This can be dressed up and down is a fashion essential for your wardrobe. Take a moment to check out more pieces from Sikara & Co.
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