We released our Holiday Gift Guide last month and earlier this month we had our Last Minute Guide and of course, we had to bring in a few more items so this is our updated, Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide. We review fabulous spirits such as Greenhook Ginsmiths, we still have opportunities to anyone who is a new visitor to Shobha's FiDi location, can receive a free treatment - details within this guide and so much more. We have giveaways for a fun panty pack for 5 winners with Affinitas Intimates and a pair of headsets we're giving away thanks to Sol Republic. We know that guys love rocking fun socks to showcase this essential accessory and we're glad to include Zoraab as we know that conversational socks are all the rage with our guys! We introduce you to a decadent 24K gold beauty products from OroGold Cosmetics - plus we tease you with some history although you will love the beauty round up coming later this week.. We have videos that will be deployed over the next few days as well as fun tips on decorating as we have fab information from Balsam Hill and Treetopia.
Happy December! We are now 31 days from the end of the year - can you believe it? It's amazing how fast 2012 has gone and it seems like we all have some crazy stories. Now it's about wrapping things up, kindling good things for next year and trying to spend as much time with friends and family as possible. We launched our Holiday Gift Guide last month and now we're excited to include another series of goodies that's perfect for you to think about whether you're gifting for yourself and others! We have a number of brands including Affinitas Intimates, Balsam Hill, Shobha, Korres, Marissa del Rosario, Beam Laser Spa, VelaShape, Sol Republic and so much more! We also have a series of giveaways to be included within here as well which will help you with your list.
It's funny, everyone that I have been talking to over the past few weeks all seem to be saying the same thing - that the month of Oct was a crazy series of weeks and nothing short of a test to say the least! Many of us dusted ourselves off and focused on being positive and making headway. Being in NYC, we not only had the hurricane, the aftermath of it but there were also a ton of things that took place that definitely felt like I was getting a chaotic learning experience. Coming into Nov, I was still feeling the shakes but at least, there was a light at the end of the tunnel and I was seeing the makings of what I truly wanted even though I had no idea that all the chaos, stress and near "holy crap" moments could lead to what I wanted. When I hit those points, I dig deep within and get into uber focus mode which means a lot of work, internal assessment and I emerge on a whole other level.
Every now and then, I like to talk about what you can expect over the next few weeks and now that we're days away from being apart of the festive holidays, Kitten Lounge will be in holiday mode to talk about dressing you to the ultimate fabulous person that you are! Kitten Lounge will also be incorporating a number of items that I have been working on - like my line which will be out next month in one of my most favorite stores that's a must visit (deets to follow as I definitely want you at the launch) and I am truly excited about it and can't believe that that is coming forward and just in time for the holidays. We'll also be going behind the scenes on a lot of the things that I do as an Accessories Expert and the people within my community that I work with from those that I dress, to those who assists me in making my nuvo glam world a reality! With less than 7 weeks to the end of the year, I'm excited to bring a number of new concepts on to the site which will carry over into next year.
We're uber excited for next weekend as we will be in the thick of the Black Friday, Shop Small - Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday madness (you can look above to links about what this is and how your brand can be involved). With the holiday season there is a massive adrenaline rush so check out your holiday goodies to add to your wishlist (or to check off) via our Holiday Gift Guide and on Dec 1st we will have our Last Minute Guide which has a number of additional goodies to keep an eye out for! Also check out our recent Style Tweetup that we had which has some fabulous tips to look holiday ready. Once everything calms down, I'm so thinking of going back to Montego Bay (which I was at this fall for a press trip) as I could use a little R&R after all this activity!
I have to say that the idea of having Christmas around the corner is exciting and yet slightly daunting! But no worries, I have you covered as we have our 2nd guide of the holiday season known as Kitten Lounge's Type L Gift Guide! This is the Last Minute Guide that's jam packed with goodies from a number of brands that you have seen from the Holiday Gift Guide that launched last month; however, we have a number of goodies that are in there that are fresh to the magazine! I'll let you know when we have new items added to this guide as it's a great way to keep you in the loop on what is a must on your list to gift others as well as yourself! Take some time to check it out!
If you have yet to check out the lookbook for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection, it came out earlier this week. With a number of fun shoes from my collection, it also looks at my faves. One area that didn't get highlighted was the makeup look that was created. I use a number of amazing products everyday and a photoshoot is a nice way to put everything you love using, would love to use and have ever thought about together. First off, I started using (in my shade of course), Dior's Nude Creme Gel Pack. I have been a MAC Studio Fix N9 girl since my college days so using this was definitely different; however, I was introduced to this foundation when I hosted the Pretty Party with Dior, Lucky Magazine and Bloomingdale's back in the summer. I love how light it feels on your face and how there is a bit of moisture in there as well.
I never go outside without using Laura Geller's Blush N Brighten and since I was the makeup artist for myself on this shoot, I had to pop it in there. Laura Mercier is new to my collection. Recently they sent me portions of their holiday line which will be included within our Holiday Gift Guide which will be available next month but I had to use the eyeliner for the shoot as I love that it had an extra pop of glimmer and once again, I have been a long time user of Urban Decay 24/7 so I was excited and thrilled with the results of this liner! Continuing on the eyes, I used Rimmel in charcoal as I love using this shade on my eyes and it never disappoints. Finishing off with Dior Show for Mascara ensures that my lashes are extra long and I loved using my new Avon Extra Long Lasting Lip Gloss in a fab berry/pinkish shade! I just finished shooting something fun with them and will let you know much more about it when I can! Together it created the look that you can see in the lookbook which is perfect from day to night.
Kitten Lounge's Holiday Gift Guide is available today through Jan 15th of 2011. In it's 4th year running, our guide is being sponsored by Natori. We have a number of amazing brands that are also being added to the guide throughout the next two months. This guide is perfect for those that are looking for gifts for that special someone, parents, friend, neighbors, co-workers and more. Our items cover perfumes, resorts, jewelry, baby items and so much more. We hope that you find a number of items that you're able to cross off your list or that you want to gift for yourself. More than just a guide that will get you through the holiday season, this is also an excellent tool that will prepare you for items that will bring you into a successful 2011 as well!
Decadence comes in so many ways but I definitely love it when it is aromatic! Natori is our sponsor for this year's Holiday Gift Guide which runs today through Jan 15th! The House of Natori includes lingerie, daywear, eyewear, home decor as well as fragrance. What I love the most from the line includes her signature perfume, body cream and candle. I love the fragrant rich scent that reminds me of the qualities that made me fall for Chanel No 5 but take it to another level with its notes of rich aromas that blend woodsy scents with fruity florals. Kitten Lounge is so excited that Natori is apart of our guide and bringing glamor to the holidays and the new year.
I have always said that what accessory you wear is an extension of you as it shows who you are, what you want others to perceive about you as well as sharing something about your history or heritage. I believe that that is why we were so excited to embrace Erin Hakansson who created jewelry from the initial desire to create jewelry for her bridal party and realized that a number of people were excited about what she created and wanted it from herself. In addition, her pieces are also inspired by where she has traveled to and provide a bit of insight into her as well as to whatever it is that you are sharing about yourself! We love that her pieces include a variety of metals from sterling silver, 14 karat gold filled as well as gold vermeil and that each of the stones are handpicked by her so once again there is a love for the human touch that is associated with her pieces! Her passion and love come through to each piece which allows you to be apart of her dream which is to spread her sense of style and for each person to make it their own! This holiday season, this is the perfect item to gift as well as to wear from one event to the next as well as into the new year.
We have loved Rebecca MInkoff for quite some time and between attending her events to have fun with a bit of tea as well as decorating cookies, we've loved seeing her collection to continue to grow! Whether you're looking for fab pieces to wear to head out to brunch, footwear or even the super fab iPad case that we have been drooling over here at Team Kitten Lounge, you're bound to find the perfect item that you would want to have gifted or to gift to others. If you've yet to enter the world of Rebecca Minkoff, now is the perfect time for sisters, friends and co-workers!
When it comes to your face, you only deserve the best and for those that wear glasses or like to trick people into thinking that they need them, you only have one source that you need to take a look at - Spex Club. Now they are known for having amazing designs for men and women but what's even better is that you can pick your preferred prescription frame for an all inclusive price of $78 as well as having the option of frames, readers and sunglasses for $58. You can have a number of frames that allow you to rock various looks that are unique to you! This is definitely a must when you're out and about. But don't be confused, Spex Club is also about ensuring that you rock your eyewear to the next level by having a fab blog that not only talks about certain styles but gives you tips on a variety of topics including how to make your makeup look amazing when wearing them!
It's definitely true that for every good girl there is a portion in her that is not exactly good - it's not to say that she's bad but she can be very good at it! We all have that in our personality and so why not rock jewelry that lets people know a bit of a heads up or at least a possible option that's out there? Shameless Jewelry is all about bringing in a little sweet with a little naughty and making sure that it is all in good fun from necklaces, bracelets and rings! I'm a huge fan of Kitten and Tiger and depending on the day and situation, you never know which one you will meet. What a great way to peg someone's personality when you gift them this holiday season!
This holiday season, we look to the Nile for an exotic fragrance that blends Egypt and Boho chic together in order to create Love the Key to Life. The sophistication of the fragrance begins with the black lacquered box which reveals an Ankh inspired fluted glass with sweeping forms unfolding and rising to form the classic symbol. The elegance of the bottle is a mere preview of the scent that it contains which has seductive top notes of Italian Bergamot, black currant absolute and pink peppercorns. The essence of this scent incorporates rose centifolia, orange flower and jasmine with hints of ylang ylang. This blend is complete with white amber, patchouli, sandalwood and musk notes. Love the Key to Life, is a decadent mixture of exotic warmth and sensuality which is perfect for all the events that you attend during the holiday season and well into the new year. Your signature scent awaits you this holiday season. Priced at $120, you can purchase this scent on their website as well as at the Plaza Beauty at the Plaza Hotel
located at 5th Avenue and Central Park South in NYC.
A few years ago, I fell in love with a line that would become a daily part of my routine whether it was for skincare or for cosmetics! Koh Gen Do Cosmetics is a great line that is based in Japan and uses many of the treatments that have been apart of age old secrets. I enjoy how soft it makes your skin and how it glows! In addition, they make the perfect gift when it comes to stuffing your stockings or if you were in the midst of doing a secret Santa exchange. I love their Spa Water which is a non astringent solution that you can use on your skin and use while you pair it with their organic pads which ensures that your face is clean. In addition, there are a number of moisturizers that seal in your skins nutrients without making your face greasy. Take some time to check out their site or to take a peek at their full collection.
There is always somewhere to go, which means yet another outfit combination to think of. It always ends up being the shoes which makes you wonder how you will complete the look. You love a certain color of heels but not the shape of the shoe - it would be easier if you could change them as necessary! Plattoes makes sure that you're favorite heels have the optimum amount of versatility by being able to change them with a simple twist of ribbon! You can customize it even further by the way that you wrap your ribbon within the hooks. In addition, they have a number of styles that allow you to have a shoe that works with your maxis, cocktail dresses and so much more. Shoe shopping just became easier and this is also a great gift for those that are just beginning to embrace their inner stylist as well!
We love all kinds of amazing designers and who doesn't love the House of Prada? This holiday season we want to ensure that you stay connected and protect your technology with fab items such as their red Saffiano Travel Collection iPad case as well as their USB drive which is essential whenever I am running around the city or jetsetting!
Looking good is a mixture of exercising, getting enough sleep, having fun with friends and eating well! Freshology also believes in having an amazing system and takes it to the next level by creating menus that keep you healthy and focus on a number of areas that work for you. Whether you're interested in maintaining your weight, losing it or going into your next phase of life as a mommy to be, they have you covered! Many of you may remember that Freshology was one of our sponsors so we're so glad that they are back during this holiday season. The fact is that the holidays are a perfect way to get together with friends and family to end the year but it is also an excellent way to kick off your new year. Check out the various meal options that can be available to you and conveniently delivered to your home. I have to say that my upcoming HSN appearance next spring as well as the constant travel is a huge factor towards considering bringing this into my routine for the new year.
Around Kitten Lounge, we believe that wine knowledge is definitely an essential when it comes to having a get together, going out to eat, etc. Although many attend classes so that they know what goes with what they're eating, we prescribe to the idea that you should drink items that you enjoy or at the very least, love looking at the labels. I love that Bouke Wines come from Long Island and that their collection include dessert wines, red, white, rose and more. Whether it's on your table for dinner or you're bringing it with you as a way to gift, it's never a gift that will be turned down when you show up. Check out their entire selection of wines!
I've always been about glitz and glamour and love that Objets d'Envy feels the same way with their fab selection of Swarovski Crystals. Whether you're jazzing up your holiday outfits, gifting friends and family or thinking about what you should wear going into the new year - this line is one that should be within your jewelry box! Keep your eyes out for updates as there is always a new sparkle being added to this ever growing collection.
Being a techy girl, I embrace many elements of it and being someone that loves music as well, I had to introduce a fab gift that blends you're love of your preferred music player, DJ skills and your happy place all in one! Introducing OhMiBod's Freestyle which allows you to feel the music. Now this gift is the perfect item to gift yourself or to give someone else. The Freestyle is a vibrator that connects to your mp3 player of your choice. As it plays, it vibrates and pulses to the beat of the music and allows you to enjoy it without having any wires that connect you. If you've been thinking of adding to your goodie drawer, this is an exciting option (it comes in a fab case as well as having many types of outputs so that the plugs work in whatever country you happen to be traveling in). In addition, OhMiBod, has a number of toys that you can enjoy that work within your lifestyle and yet they are all linked to your love of music! Take some time to check it out to see what works for you or your favorite on your checklist.
This holiday season it's all about amping it up from everything beginning with your casual wear to your intimates. For mom's to be or those that are new moms, there is no need for them to not embrace their inner sexy and thank goodness that Cake Lingerie has these ladies in mind! Team Kitten Lounge loves knowing that we know how to make the mommies on our list happy when it's time for them to go out or to have some sassy time at home. We're loving the Raspberry Ripple lingerie set and how cute it is that it looks amazing when you pop in some fab accessories. With a number of items to choose from there is no excuse when it comes to looking fab. In addition to the fab line, we're loving and hoping that you can support Cake Lingerie's nomination for "Best Nursing Bra Range" within Oh Baby! Magazine Awards which kicks off on Dec 1st.
Now many of you know that I have a little fur nephew that I love to pieces (oh Jimmy Choo - how adorable is he) and due to my schedule, as much as I wanted a little Yorkie of my own, the timing wasn't right. That doesn't mean that I still don't love Yorkies or that I obsess over my little fur nephew! In fact when the time is right, I will definitely have one but until then, it's all about supporting Sugar Chic Couture which we have been a fan of and makes yet another appearance within our guide. This season, I wanted to focus on getting your four legged baby prepared for her holiday dinner, bed time, snacks and being fully accessorized as this is a must without a doubt!
I love knowing that there are certain things that I wear not only benefit me but also others. That is exactly what you can expect when you're wearing the cosmetic collection of PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics! Whether you're finding your perfect shade, ready to donate or want to give the gift of being fabulous, this is something that should be within your cosmetic bag for sure!
The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu, CA is the epitome of cleansing and good living. If you're looking for a place to relax and to center on your own life, this resort and spa is the perfect way to reset your clock whether you come here right before the holidays or to emerge into the new year! The luxury boot camp allows you to focus on whether you're losing weight, detoxing, focusing on your nutrition or more this is a great place to recharge your batteries with the gorgeous backdrop of malibu behind you!
It's a given that when you go out, you must wear a super cute pair of heels (and in my case stilettos). I never feel dressed unless my calves are arched and although my shoes are comfortable, I always get giddy when it's time to get back to my normal height. Relax Missy makes sure that you don't have to wait until you get home to get cozy. These foldable shoes sit in a pouch and can be placed in your bag. Not only are they easy to get to, but they have enough of an adornment on them so that you can wear them out without looking like you dressed your outfit down too much. This is a must for all of the outfits that you'll wear this holiday season and while you get a pair for yourself, you definitely need to make sure that you stuff a few stockings with this gift as well!
As many of you know, I am a StriVectin Insider where I share tidbits of information about the brand as well as the fun products that I have been using. During this holiday season, we wanted to make sure that you looked amazing as well so StriVectin and Kitten Lounge are providing you a fabulous opportunity to make sure that you look amazing.
We are going to gift 1 lucky winner with the following: StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles, StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles and
StriVectin-SD Instant Retexturizing Scrub with a total retail value of $239. To win, visit StriVectin site and post a link about your favorite StriVectin product and why you love using this product as apart of your routine. A winner will randomly be selected and announced on Nov 22nd! Just in time for the holiday season a lucky reader will be able to win 3 products!
When it comes to a great way to go from being out and about in the day and then heading out for drinks after work or to fun parties, an accessory is a great way to make that quick change. Calico Juno Designs is not only skilled in creating amazing looks for weddings but also in your every day effort of being glamorous! Take it to the next level by getting custom pieces that are created with you in mind and full of colors that reflect your desired look.
This holiday season it's all about the little pops that are added into your look that create a maximum impact. Cynthia Rybakoff is known for creating pieces that allow you to get multiple double takes whether you're wearing something from her silver collection or you're rocking out to a piece that has a little more bling. She has you covered from pieces that are perfect to pair with denim to those that work well with the Little Black Dress that you've had your eye on all season long. Take some time to check out the entire collection as there is always something new that is being added!
We load everything into our iPods from our favorite music, shows, movies and more. As we're out and about, we're glued to all the media in our phones and previously, when we shared, we would hook it up to our speakers if we were getting ready to party or having one at home. Chinon takes this to a whole other level by creating a system that allows you to share videos, music and your photos with everyone whether you're at home, work or having a get together. The iPod becomes truly functional and everyone gets to see what type of items you enjoy downloading! In addition to taking your player to the next level, this box also plays digital TV, becomes a radio and more this is the ultimate gift whether you are getting it or receiving it!
Whether you're thinking that this holiday is going to be the most active one that you have had or you want to start your new year on the right foot, then you definitely should be reaching for Sibu Beauty which is made from SeaBuckthorne Berries and is known as one of the power boosters that you can ingest with their shots or that you can use daily as you wash your face. I have been using it for a number of months and do feel that it has given me energy as well as making my skin super soft as well! Check out their full collection as we all need a little boost of energy to get us throughout the day!
A white smile is the best gift to give to yourself and to others. You see your smile all the time as you take pictures, hang out with friends and more. With so many options out there, you're bound to find the one that works best with your lifestyle. Sparkle 365 is used by the Raiderettes during the current 2010 football season! Now if those fab ladies are using it then you know that every guy and girl should have one of these convenient sticks within their bags to ensure that your teeth are as white as possible! Visit their Smile Shop and be one step closer to having that fab look that you've always wanted.
Those of you who have seen me out and about after brunch know that I love to get new stationary. There is something about having a card or note for every season and don't get me started on what I love to do for the holiday season (I am all about the handwritten card and have over 300 this year that must be sent out. In an age of everything being digital, I am still nostalgic for the past in some ways. I have to say that Sassy Concepts and Designs has super cute items and since stationary is a very personal choice, we present some cute concepts to get your juices flowing but you'll have to go to the site when yuo're thinking about what you'd like to have! Whether it's a holiday card, thinking of wedding invites or you're looking for the perfect thank you notes to make your own, you've come to the right place!
Decadence is a state of mind but it doesn't hurt when you an added sparkle which is exactly what Carla Morrison provides within her collection. Although I am a Sterling Silver girl at heart, there is something to be said for having a golden glow that only gold can provide. It's a must when you're out and about and gives you the unmistakable sparkle that you're after for a night out. Think about your upcoming holiday events or what will be your signature for the new year.
I don't want to be that person when I hit a city and I have a map or I have to ask a million questions just to get to the other side of the city. At the same time, there are times I'd love to get a little tour of the area without having to go into a large group that is led by someone carrying a colorful umbrella or flag so that we can all stay together. I want to look like I know where I'm going and thankfully, GPS My City does just that! Not only do they have a number of locations and self guided tours that you can download to your phone at the fraction of a cost of a tour, but for those tour buffs out there, you can create your own guided tour and have people download yours as well! You can enjoy seeing the city as the GPS tracks where you are and you won't have to wonder how far you are from your next location. Before you jet, see if your destination is included!
If I've said it once, it's worth saying again. Anytime you purchase something that benefits someone else - it was well worth the cost! You'll find that World Wise Jewelry fits within that business model as it is not only hand crafted by an artisan but it is also all about using ethical practices in creating beautiful pieces that you're proud to wear as well as to gift to others! These items have the bling and the benefit factor which is essential to any well crafted look.
The best accessory is always clean and healthy skin. You can have the most amazing look but if your face isn't fresh and clean, the overall vibe is completely off. With that said, Terralina has an amazing trio that's good to use for the holidays, gifting as well as into the new year so that you can put your best face forward! The cleanser, toner and exfoliator are three amazing components that will leave your skin looking clear and amazingly soft to the touch! Check out more from this line to see why so many people are talking about it!
I just had a conversation with a fellow colleague and it was said that you're either a shoe person or a bag person but that's unfair as I refuse to choose which team I'm on. Of course I was told that I just love accessories - so with that conflict successfully squashed, I do love bags. They are one of my many signature pieces without a doubt! I love that bags show a bit of my edgy style without losing any of the classic elements that I grew up with! Enter one of my new obsessions - Elly Clay! Based here in NYC, you guys may remember that we tweeted about them before and as such, we're so glad that they are back again in our Holiday Gift Guide! Now what I truly love about them is that they have classic body styles that also show pops of color which is phenomenal! These bags are peeks into their Spring line but you have to check out their site as there are plenty of gifting options here as well!
The last time we checked in on The Bra Fit Expert, we knew that they were our go to place to get the perfect bra for our desired look, to get fitted in the way that we should as well as getting any type of consulting that we needed! But they are so much more than bras they have expanded into panties, daywear, lingerie and cute sleepwear as well. It's nice to have a go to source for yourself as well as for gifting options. With so many changes that they have gone on since Fashion Week, it will be exciting to see what else they will conquer within their world.
I am so that girl so guys if I'm over, I'm checking out your cabinets not that I care about the medication but I want to know what you're wearing! I've noticed since we have included Axe on the site on Kitten Lounge, that guys seriously are stockpiling it. I don't know if they love how fresh they smell from head to toe or they have been embracing the campaigns and realizing that the best way to catch a girl it to be completely BO free which only makes you more desirable! Now I must say that because of the campaigns, I do wonder what would I love to do more walk a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show campaign (oh one day that will happen I am sure of it) OR be in a fun commercial talking about Axe and making sure the guy is super clean? In true Kitten Lounge/Kimmie fashion then answer is both! This holiday season and going forth, definitely stop by and make sure that your brother, cousin, friend etc has this so that he knows what he must buy - it's an essential stocking stuffer.
Prior to this guide launching, I had the opportunity to attend Fusion Beauty Colorceuticals' press event with Kim Kardashian. During this event we were introduced to the product line but there was an emphasis on primers. In this collection you will find that each one focuses on a different concern which will ensure that you will be holiday ready from anti redness, acne control, brightening and anti wrinkle. Whether these are your issues or you know that someone you're gifting has expressed an interest in this - then you just found out what would be the perfect items for them to unwrap!
We all need to be accessorized and this holiday season, we need to make sure that our four legged friends aren't forgotten. This is why we love Bon Christiani who makes fabulous collars that will not only leave your gift friends tail wagging but you will be the talk of the puppy walks - which is the new cool kids table!
Everywhere we go, we're surrounded by music and in these days and times, it's nice to know that we can create our own soundtrack playlist as we're out and about. As we walk from place to place with our white buds, it seems like we have to accessorize them to make it our own! Fortunately, Deos agrees with me that everything is better with a touch of Swarovski Crystals. They have created covers for your earbuds that you can change just like your mood whether you're into a solid color, a pattern or design that you customized yourself! Now your buds are as unique as the songs that you rock out to as you walk around your domain!
The holiday season is upon us so that means you have to have extra pampering done. Going to the spa isn't enough, you need to have some at home love too! Thanks to Borghese, they have the Sali Esfoliante Salt Scrub which is perfect to use when you need some you time throughout the week. I'm a big believer in using scrubs twice a week. This scrub has sea salt and pumice, avocado, mango, she butter, grape seed oil and olive oil. Now as you run from one party to the next, you'll find that your skin is the softest one around.
The everyday can be ordinary but we have to find ways to spice our lives up with the little things whether it's your jewelry, keychains or whatever baubles you interact with on a daily basis. Thankfully, Trace Ellements is on your wavelength and has created a number of "one of a mind designs" that will add a little something extra to the everyday. From fab cocktail rings and glitzy rings, to a number of gifts from bottle stoppers to bookmarks, each item is meant to have a hint of bling that is bound to set you apart. This is perfect to fit into your next stocking selection.
The holidays can be rough with all of the shopping, going to parties, wrapping packages and so much more. I mean it's definitely tough to be you right? So why not gift yourself as well as those nearest and dearest by getting a Spa Week Holiday Card where you get a $100 gift certificate to use at your favorite spas for the cost of $79. It's a little bonus that will come in handy as you get focused on the upcoming season! Take some time for you and all those that mean something to you.
We have shared a number of amazing chargers on this site but I have found one that is truly artistic. Even when it is not charging your iPod or iPhone it sits as art and comes in white and in sterling silver (which you know that I love)! Gimme Power puts the power in your hands literally for the world to see. I love that your phone sits in this hand and charges and is held in the very same way that you would hold your phone as you're hitting the streets. This gift is a must and as it doubles as art, you'll love showing this to friends when they come over. Not only is this the new essential but it is on that should be gifted stat!
This holiday season, don't show up empty handed, bringing something refreshing is always welcome and when it's a fab gift set then your present just took on an extended life! U'luvka is a gorgeous bottle that is very artistic with its twisted glass teardrop shaped bottle and represents the synergy between male and female; moreover, its roots are based in the traditions of international friendship. When you go to your next cocktail party or dinner, bring this super cute Mini Gift Set which has "legless" glasses are meant to be hand held while drinking in the spirit of friendship (back in the day in Polish history they would drink and smash it - but you can just leave them for the next sip)!
When it comes to fab classics that are able to be purchased for every facet of your life (men, women, children, puppy, home decor and more) - you don't have to look any further than Ralph Lauren who has an amazing line in general. But this holiday season they have some extra special pieces that we should think about from a Tartan Plaid Attache Case, a gorge Shearling Clutch, a super cute Tartan Holiday Dress and a Red Holiday Coat for your little fur baby. When it comes to rocking a lifestyle from start to finish, they know how to make your life look that much more amazing then it already it is!
Lingerie is the most important portion of your wardrobe and having a great pair of panties can put an extra spring into your step. Affinitas is all about having great cuts of underwear with vibrant colors. With the holiday season coming up, it's even more important to have underthings that make you feel ready to take on every trip and event that you're going on! In addition to their line, you'll love that they have a little pack of underwear with 3 pieces in them. This is perfect to slip in your bag when you're going on a long weekend or just want to have a change up with you. Take some time to check out their website and to visit their Facebook page as well!
It's all about color and as an Accessories Expert, I love when I see lines that embrace that aesthetic! Introducing, SAFH which is a Brazilian based accessory collection that has fun pieces that allow others to give you a double take as you enter, stay and leave the room. The line believes in color, texture and just the element of cheerful surprise which makes this a line that you would want to wear with a number of looks this holiday season. We also love that this company is socially responsible in its work and beliefs which is yet another reason to support such a fab brand that is also influenced by the fashion capitals of the world while bringing the best of Brazil.
Kitten Lounge is all about fashion as as the Editor in Chief, I can say that my earliest memories came from Vogue and Barbie! I remember my first serious report being about the history of Barbie and the impact that she has on the world and where it's going. I learned a lot and when I learned about BARBIE: A Rare Beauty, I knew that this had to be apart of the Holiday Gift Guide as it's perfect for the collector or someone who wants to know more about it! In these pages you'll learn about Barbie Millicent Roberts and how at the age of 51, she continues to have the selling power of 3 dolls a second! In addition, you'll see a number of never before seen items as well - this is such a coffee table book and one that you'll want to show others!
When you think of iconic pieces of jewelry, you can't go very far on the list without saying pearls. Whether you wear them everyday or on special ocassions, it's one of those pieces that you know you want to have; moreover, it's also known as pricey jewelry. Enter Pearl Paradise which not only has a full collection of pearl necklaces, rings, bracelets, sets and more - but they are also about affordability. This holiday season, you'll find that a number of pearls in various hues are available to you! They're great to wear layered and you can start the process of creating your own soon to be heirloom pieces. Check out their entire collection and begin making your list this holiday season when it comes to gifting for yourself or others!
My main thing is soft skin. I think it is the ultimate accessory that is super easy to maintain. Soft skin is obtained by proper exfoliation while also drinking water and of course lotions, sprays and so much more. I am always up for trying new products so when I heard about Soy Spacasso, I knew this was something that had to be shared with readers! They don't leave any portion of the body out and if you know a guy who seems to feel that moisturizer isn't meant for him - think again as they have him covered too!
I love that this soy line is not only good for your body but for the mind as they work to educate you about products! From now until the end of the month/year, you can purchase 1 lip balm and Soy Radiance set and get another one free! This is perfect for getting yourself something while crossing someone off your list. In addition, there are a number of products available so you'll want to check them out in order to make sure that you are fully stocked!
Love and Kisses, we think about it as something that would end notes in the Victorian Era but it's also a fabulous way to wear pieces that stand the test of time with their stainless steel and Crystalized as well. XOXO Jewelry stands the test of time. This holiday season, we're about gifting fab items that ensure that they will not only be loved but worn from one event to the next. In this way they become heritage pieces which is perfect when you consider items for those who are near and dear to you in your life! Whether it's a fab bracelet, necklace, rings or cufflinks.
We're a huge believer in being pampered and in taking as many spa days as possible whether it's at your favorite salon or it's something that you do from home. Pampered skin is happy skin! But we also know that many people have sensitive skin and this holiday season, we introduce you to Eau Thermale Avene who are experts in this area and have been around since the 1700's committed to the cause of ensuring that your skin type is being focused on as well. They have a new body care line that is focused on sensitive skin and there has been a lot of buzz about how amazing this addition is to the line! Whether it's a matter of introducing their Moisturizing Body Lotion, Body Oil, Cold Cream Body Lotion or Gentle Scrub, there is an item that will work with you in your beauty routine! We also love that you can ask about where their products are sold as well as get some much needed advice by checking out their Facebook Fan Page as well as their Twitter account @AveneUSA.
Nothing is better then wearing pieces that are not only fab on you but have a bit of ethnic/tribal elements to it as well. That is something that we have come to love and expect from Lisa Jenks who has designed a number of pieces that you'll be super excited to see as you unwrap it! Whether it's a gorgeous bracelet, pair of earrings or a fab necklace, there are a number of great items to add phenomenal pop into your outfits! We're especially loving, the holiday collection of pieces such as the Tunnel which is made custom for you and if you're thinking of getting it under the tree, you might want to make plans now!
Today, we retire our NYE Guide but as always, you can reference your faves within our post! While you enjoy the Holiday Gift Guide (Nov 15 - Jan 15), our New Year's Eve Guide, sponsored by Nicole Miller, had a phenomenal opportunity to win their Cashmere Cape which is perfect for the holiday season as well as going into the new year. On Dec 18th, you tweeted and followed @NicoleMillerNYC and @KittenLounge letting us know where you would like to wear this cape in the new year with the hashtag #KLNicoleMiller - a winner was selected Dec 18th so that you can begin your new year with fab style! It is our hope that you enjoy this portion of the guide which highlights key pieces that are perfect as we head into the new year and begin to revamp your closet. It's a great supplement to what you have already enjoyed (or will enjoy as we continue to add a few more pieces) to our Holiday Gift Guide.
We love that Nicole Miller knows a thing or two about staying chic and always having cutting edge style. Whether we enjoy seeing her during NY Fashion Week with shows that have an ethereal quality or we embrace such fab winter appropriate pieces as the one above, you know that you're bound to find styles that scream the essence of sexy, chic and cool that we have come to expect from the line.
As we go into the new year, it's all about revamping your closet from top to bottom. You'll find that whatever your style rut you're in - the easiest place to start is in the area of accessories. As you try out new pieces, you'll find that you will carry it out into your wardrobe. It's so much easier to embrace patterns and prints when you start wearing fun accessories that work to broaden your horizons! We're super excited that Erin Hakansson took her love for design via outfitting her bridal party and creating custom pieces that have become on the lips of a number of people who enjoy wearing her take on fashion! By wearing her pieces, you not only have something unique but also inspired by her travel and essentially becoming a portion of your heritage collection. Jazz up your little black dresses this NYE season with fun items that are 14 karat gold filled, gold vermeil and sterling silver while all the stones being hand picked by Erin herself.
For our readers who have been following our fave brands on Kitten Lounge, you know that we have loved Plattoes since this summer during our Hamptons Summer Guide which showcased fun items that were a must for warmer climates. Although I will ring in the new year here in NYC, there are many people that will do so on a beach or anywhere where they can get away with rocking bikinis, super cute dresses that were made for high temperatures and more. We love that Plattoes are all about allowing you to customize your look but we love that they continue to come out with more styles and ribbons that are perfect to pair with a number of looks. We're loving the Gladiator look and to be honest, this has always been a great look that we have enjoyed seeing over the past few seasons and one that we will continue to embrace as we kick off the new season and begin thinking about the fall. Of course their classic styles are available and while you think about gifting, you have to make sure that your outfit is completely ball ready which is everything!
Now as you know, we have our phenomenal Holiday Gift Guide here on Kitten Lounge which we continue to add to! But we also love hearing about other ideas that people enjoy gifting and who can say it better then Robert Verdi himself as he shares with us a little something on his picks!
Today is a pretty crazy day as we just launched our Holiday Gift Guide which will continue to have new entries from now through Jan 15th! So with the madness and giveaways that we have going on today (as well as the Twitter Party that I will be hosting for Crispy Green tonight) I wanted to share a fun video that was released today on Nicole Miller's site!
Many of you know that this was one of my favorite fashion shows this past September and right after the show, I popped into her Fashion Night Out event as it was right around the corner. I love that this video shows both of these moments as well as behind the scenes looks at putting a show together, designing and so much more. I think that this is the perfect way to launch a week - enjoy!
If I ever get to that point (and please note that that will be way down the road although I did just turn 31) where I am carrying a child, then I will be more then happy to return to my modeling lingerie days but as a lingerie mommie to be model! As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Cake Lingerie and when I have friends that are pregnant, they will be gifted with this brand for sure! As one of our sponsors for posts on Kitten Lounge during NY Fashion Week, I have definitely taken notice of many of the pregnant editors that hit the shows and it makes me wonder if they're rocking fab pieces like the ones that you can get with this fab brand! I love that the line is always fun and sexy so that you can continue to bring luscious, sensual drama as you're that much closer to making a fab addition to your family. I can't wait to show you fab pieces from there collection as they will be apart of our Holiday Gift Guide that will launch within a few weeks. For now, enjoy these pieces and visit the site to see all the items that are available! Keep an eye out for their Facebook Fan Page for updates of their brand and check out their real mommie to be models as well!
Last week I began my holiday preview appointments which allows me to see what will be out there for the holiday season. Many of the items will not only be within the daily posts but in the Holiday Gift Guide as well! This holiday season, Victoria's Secret is all about glitz, glitter and sequins and not only is this in their lingerie and clothing, but this will be in many of the scents and lines within their beauty collection that you love! Seeing them turn one of their rooms into a Victoria's Secret winter wonderland, was interesting as we were in the midst of the heat wave. Above are products that are currently out that I am a fan of. Many of these will get the holiday makeover so definitely keep your eye out for them but for now, continue your bronzed beach babe look with these fab scents and shimmers!
White House Black Market has been around for a number of years. Whether you've seen these boutiques in the city or you have them in your local malls, they stand out due to the fact that their products are black and white! I have to say that in the past, it wasn't a store that I visited a lot even though I love various items that are available in black. If you noticed during our Holiday Gift Guide, we included various pieces that were perfect for holiday parties! I have to say that after a number of years, I became a fan!
On today's post, I have included a fab video of items that you should check out for Spring! You'll notice great looks that are perfect for brunch, nights out and much more. In addition, you'll notice that in addition to their typical black and white colors, there will be pops of coral as well. What a great way to think about what pieces you should be thinking about as you evaluate what spring will mean for your wardrobe!
On Nov 20th Coach launched their Holiday Blog-a-Day through Dec 20th! Although we will be featured on the site for the 30 days during their holiday season, on Dec 9th Kitten Lounge will have a primary focus on Coach's site and there will be a special post with added benefits for you! We gave away a fab bag and below you can catch up on what you missed for last year's Holiday Gift Guide. We always have a guide running and you can check out our latest one here!
Our 3rd Annual Kitten Lounge Holiday Gift Guide kicked off Nov 1st and will continue on through Jan 15th! In addition to great gifts that you'll want to have for friends, family and co-workers, you'll find that this guide also includes fun events as well. Whether it's a mixer, shopping event or a show - we have your holiday functions here. If you have a gift or an event that you would like to include, contact us to find out additional information.This year, The Kitten Lounge Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by Brooklyn based Tasty Morsels Bakery! With various clients ranging from Chloe Handbags, PR firms, Brooklyn Cancer Society and more, Crystal Horton, (founder and cookie baker extraordinaire) can create amazing cookies as she creates her own molds. Take a peek at her gallery and blog to see what she has created and what events she has participated in. With the holiday season coming so soon, you'll want to secure your cookies and there are no limits to what she can create for you and your group!
You can never be pampered enough. Whether you practically live at a spa or not, it's nice to have packets that you can use at home or while you're traveling! Elizabeth Grant makes the "at home", "while on the road and you're in between cities" and "me time" possible! I love that whether you're looking for eye or face pads you can find those that have caviar as a key ingredient which makes your face amazingly smooth, a treatment that has Vitamin C and more. Now when you're home from work or just coming back from an exhausting day - your personal spa is never booked and there's always room for you - just like any diva who's taking on the world would appreciate!
Lounging and night time just got sexier with this NY based lingerie line that's for the sexy, well traveled and always comfortable girl! Brulee incorporates silk, cotton jersey and includes embellishments of Swarovski Crystals and handcast gold that will put you at ease and left you feel like the queen/princess of your domain whether you're at home or traveling with your jetset friends. The line includes pants, boy shorts, leggings and rompers which are found in plum, black and ivory hues - night time just got enchanted with a pop of sexy edge.
We should always be on the hunt for casual warm weather clothing regardless of whether we experience traditional winters or not. Whether you're traveling for a getaway or you find that warm temperatures are coming your way - Southern Tide is something that you should begin adding to your closet! This Southern based company knows how to keep you outfitted for your next golf game, Lobster Boil (we have one each year with various friends and family) or a vacation to your favorite island locale. With pops of colors and fab pieces for guys and girls - take a peek at what will be great warm weather classics!
Whether you're a mommie, going to a baby shower during the holiday season or have friends who are having babies, BabbaCo is the perfect gift to incorporate form and function! Baby needs to be stylish and protected and the Babba Covers are perfect in the fall as they are used to cover car seats and carriers that tote around newborns and toddlers from place to place. In addition, there are covers that have SPF and UV fabrics that are necessities in the summer time. You know I believe that accessories should not only make you look good but if there's an opportunity that they can pull a little double duty, this is an added benefit. This is a cute way to stand out while your gifting and for baby to travel in adorable style.
When you're going to go the chocolate route, do it organic with Taza Chocolate which has no chemicals and no animal by products. It tastes amazing and is good for you. With so many options of chocolate, this is the perfect item to add to someone's stocking stuffer. I'm in love with the Chocolate Mexicano with Cinnamon which is something to spice up your hot cocoa with a taste of something different. Find your favorite and make sure to have some around the house for the holidays.
If you've seen me out and about, I can guarantee that most of the time I'm wearing something from Ted Rossi. Not only does he know a lot about sparkle but his python pieces are stunning. Whether you're running errands, heading out to brunch and more, you're bound to look gorgeous! In addition to having an amazing line, he was also one of the designers featured on my episode of To Be a Star, so watch out for his appearance where he shares his tips on personal style with me and aspiring models.
WHAT: Hope for the Holidays Sponsored by Amstel Light and Ocean Spray
WHEN: 12.06.09 ~ Time 11:00 - 7:00am
WHERE: 3rd Fl of 17th Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn
DETAILS: Get you holiday shopping done in Brooklyn this year while portions of the proceeds go to the Brooklyn Regional office of the American Cancer Society. Your support aids in funding Look Good ... Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, the Hope Lodge and Camp Adventure. Your $25 ticket (buy in advance or it is $30 at the door) for admission gives you 3 raffle tickets, the opportunity to shop at such vendors as Wendy Culpepper, Goldy & Mac, Sylvia Jewelry and more. Nothing is more fun than learning about new designers and shops and of course checking off your list for gifts!
When it comes to standing out from the crowd without ever saying a word, this can be done effortlessly with the help of pieces from Swarovski Crystals! They scream elegance and will draw more than a few stares. Imi takes it a step further by creating a collection of fun, palm worthy pieces that sparkle and glisten for every occassion! Whether you love strawberries, abstract pieces and more - there is a clutch that was made for you in mind! In addition, Imi just launched a series of bracelets with their famed Swarovski Crystals. On any given evening, the stars in the sky won't be the only ones glistening.
Many of you read about me covering Tasty Morsels Bakery at the Bust Craftacular this summer in Brooklyn. It was such a good time and as always, I love helping indies out while getting a great item that becomes a fave in my wardrobe. As is the case with most events, they get bigger, better and they include additional locations. This holiday season they're not only going to be here in NYC on Dec 6th but on Dec 12th LA and London will also be hosting this event! What a great way to get a few friends together and to get some shopping tackled! If you're a designer in these areas and looking to participate, fill out an application as there is still time!
A year and a half ago I fell in love with Hudson Jeans after a friend insisted that I would no longer have to worry about finding the perfect jean. I was drawn to their signature flaps and how they make a great shape to your butt whether it's your natural trait or not! When it came time to tape my reality show episode for To Be a Star, I knew I would be in their jeans again. This holiday season, they will be rolling out additional pieces to the line including the Boot Cut in Tequila Sunrise on the left, the Skinny Leg known as the Cape Cod (my second favorite to the Jean Legging) and the Lisa which is a 5 pocket skinny jean. This holiday season, begin thinking about how you want to ring in the new year and the importance of having a great jean!
As a former underwear model I can say that what you wear underneath does effect how you feel and whatever you're wearing on top is merely an extension of your undergarments. When I was growing up, my favorite pair of undies were the ones with the days of the week on them. I was obsessed and it always made me laugh that I was wearing Wednesday or sleeping on Sunday! But making a statement about your mood on your undies (they don't stop there as you can make additional statements on your yoga wear, PJ's and tees) is definitely something that Lolly38 knows about! We all have a wildside and why not make it apparent! It's as much as your little secret as you wish and it will add a bounce to your step! Check out the site and if you don't see what you're trying to say, then make something custom with a minimum of 10 items! Somehow Bachelorette Parties, Girl's Weekends, Sorority Trips and more will never be the same.
I am puppy obsessed - nix that I'm Yorkie obsessed. My sister, a very good friend of mine and a new friend has this breed and it's all I think about! I feel like the past year I have been talking about and now we're getting to the time that we will have one of our own soon! I'm all about being prepared and if you follow @SugarChic then you know that she's the owner of Sugar Chic Couture and she knows a lot about keeping your puppy happy. Above is a tiny sample of what's available from amazing beds, cute clothes (I'm not British but this jacket is super cute), sushi for dogs (yes this is edible and made for them) and a cute robe! Whether you're into collegiate or professional teams, you'll find a way to get your pup involved and your bound to spend a lot of time on this site making sure your puppies needs are met and he's happy in your home!
You can't talk about the holidays without talking about New Year's Eve. Around this time of year as I finalize what my holiday cards will look like, what parties I will attend and what my gifts will be for others - I think about how I plan on looking for New Year's Eve! Whether it's a huge bash or close friends, it's an important time to share with others. White Black House Market has a collection of dresses that are perfect for the occasion and with the right accessories, you can definitely ensure that your personal style is reflected. All you need is what your resolution(s) will be and to stick to them as we go towards 2010!
In the holidays I tend to keep it local the day of the holiday and then I head off to Jamaica, South Beach or wherever it's warm. If I don't go somewhere warm then, I tend to do so within the next few weeks so I'm always on the hunt for yet another bathing suit! Casa Bikini is one of my favorite places when I want a super cute suit that fits well and has great patterns. I always find something new and it allows me to get a little daring since I typically love the classic black bikini! If you're looking for the wow affect, this is a great site to consider as a gift for others and to snag a few for yourself.
I'm inspired by the sea on a daily basis. Partly because I live on a beach and the other part is that I enjoy the serinity that I get just being out there. To that end, I am a fan of the ideas behind Adore Adorn which incorporates natural stones and other elements that remind you of days at the beach whether you're there or in the concrete jungle so to speak! These pieces are perfect for a night out or just running errands. Be inspired and bring the beach with you wherever you go!
Kitten Couture is a collection that includes lariats that are comprised of natural stones and sea shells. These pieces are perfect to to wear when running errands, going out to lunch or for a night out on the town. These pieces are made for your lifestyle. Take some time to check out more from the collection and to decide which pieces work for you!
I love that fashion presents so many points of view and when I first found out about Coco Bourgeoisie, I fell in love! Instantly I connected with elements of an old world glam mixed with modern elements! I saw portions of a 50's style combined with the elite Ladies Who Lunch to the PR It Girls that are in NYC. Of course once I read more about the talented designer, Courtney, I realized that this Southern Belle not only had an amazing fashion background but got the importance of women having pieces within their wardrobe that were not only feminine but reinvented what a power outfit means! I love the detailing on the Leslie Skirt as this can be worn to product launches, cocktail receptions and more! The Jen Top not only works well with this skirt but would look fabulous with a pair of skinny jeans and a fitted blazer! When it comes to a wow factor whether you're at the office, running your own business or doing the "Ladies Who Lunch/Brunch" this is your new go to line!
As always I'm all about accessories and even better than having the perfect look, is knowing that your wearing something that benefits an entire community. Same Sky is hand crocheted glass bead jewelry that is made by women who survived the Rowanda genocide. Each pieces has the story of the woman who made it. In addition to Alicia Keys and Halle Berry who are wearing this socially conscious brand, it's essential that we support as well by finding our favorite color to wear and to gift!
Cardstore’s Holiday Collection ~ Cardstore.com offers stylish, original and on-trend holiday cards and invitations you customize simply and quickly online. Cardstore offers over 7000 designs from over 70 artists in styles that range from witty to heartfelt, trendy to contemporary, and vintage to classic. All cards can be personalized with photos and text and are printed on high-quality, 100% recycled paper. Cardstore will also print return addresses on envelopes and mail cards to recipients in your address book all for just the cost of a stamp. Cardstore.com -- smart, stylish, original.
I have always believed that accessories were meant to be worn which means that they don't need to be deemed a day time or night time only look! Thankfully, AO3 Designs seems to share my sentiments! I'm obsessed with a number of their clutches but the ones below are perfect for day and night! Many times I have been on my way to a gallery and although I'm in my favorite pair of skinny jeans and a cute top, I still want to pair a fab pair of heels and a little clutch. I'm a huge fan of embroidery and items of texture - these clutches are the perfect way to add color and to ensure that you have a conversation piece on hand at all times. Take a look at the various clutches available and begin to think about what your next go to clutch will be or who you should be gifting it to!
When it comes to my weekends, I can't kick off the day without walking onto my balcony, breathing in the ocean and then heading downstairs to get some tea. Whether it's freezing or warm, I have done this ever since I moved in with boyfriend and Food Editor of Kitten Lounge, Paul Belobritsky! I love tea, I can never buy enough and with a little organic honey, it's the best way to bring in the day with a few cups whether I get up at 10am or noon. Recently, I tried Village Tea Co and it is my new obsession and my mornings are never going to be the same. These teas are loose and when you open the canister (which you can reuse to put your knick knacks in), you'll find two pouches with loose tea and little tea envelopes (perfect for single cups or for those that don't have a drainer and yes you can wash them and dry them for future use). I started with the Sassy Green Tea but I will soon tackle the Roobios Cherry Blossom and the Jasmine Green Tea! This is the best tea that I have had in a long time and I do believe that going forward this will be the only tea that I will drink and can't wait to take it with me on my travels. With so many options, you're bound to find the perfect flavour for gifting, housewarmings and more!
I can't leave the house without a scarf! My favorite look is a simple tee and jeans with a scarf for a pop of color. I'm obsessed with them whether it's one with a texture or various prints. This is a must for the wardrobe and a great way to show that you know how to be daring when it comes to color. I love these scarves by Nepali by TDM Design as there is one for every mood and for every look! This is not only a perfect gift but something you would want to treat yourself too! Take some time to check out these pieces, not only because they'll make you look fab but by purchasing them you're supporting women weavers and women craftsmanship in Nepal! The founders of TDM Design ensures that not only are scarves handmade from the finest fibers but the women who make them are able to have their children attend school.
Every season we go back to our boots, we have those that we buy just so that we have a fresh start for the next season and those that we carry over from the previous seasons! Either way, new or old, wouldn't it be nice to change up our boots in a simple way every now and then? I have done the skinny jean with the boot and knitted leg warmers and although I love this look, I love that Bootzwalla pushes the envelope by having leather leg warmers that bring out the rock star in you! With a growing celeb clientele and fulfilling the niche of wanting to add an accessory to the boots (or heels) you already love, this is a great way to dress up your boots when you're wearing jeans, minis and more. Check out this hot brand and they also have other leg warmers and hats that you're bound to love especially with this upcoming season!
Feeling blue used to mean that your spirits needed a little boosting but now, it means that you’re decked out in Cynthia Rybakoff’s tranquil and eye popping collection! Not only are they handmade but she has made pieces for Tommy Hilfiger, Isaac Mizrahi and Ralph Lauren - not only are these icons in classic American style but it says something about her amazing sense of fashion as well. You know that I love natural pieces and this collection is full of various blue hued stones in Lapis Lazuli, Agate (my fave) or Sodalite; moreover, she also has my second favorite material - sterling silver. Although her blue collection is phenomenal she has a very diversified collection that is a must see. These pieces can go from your favorite denim outfits to a night out with a cocktail dress! These are pieces that are not only meant to get you noticed but encourage people to approach you in this networking situations to not only find out what you’re wearing but where you got your fabulous sense of style – this is a must gift for your nearest and dearest along with yourself!
Sometimes people get frustrated by change in general, when you change your mind about a restaurant or what you're going to do tonight. But we definitely have the right to change our minds when it comes to our look and fortunately, when it comes to nails - change is always good! This holiday season change it up a little with these fab colors or think about putting something a little extra in the stocking with Duri polishes. The ones above are perfect for the holidays but, since change is inevitable - they have an entire collection to choose from!
One of my favorite fashion accessories is the scarf! Yes it's perfect to pair with your winter coat but I go all year wearing various scarves of various weights as I'm out and about. Whether it's a last minute thought or just a great way to add a pop of color, it's a fashion must that is just as important as whatever signature ring I happen to be wearing at the moment. Fortunately, Rachel Park Designs agrees with me! She's known as not only the go to lady for scarves but ties as well! With an eye for prints, textures and taking looks to the next level, you'll never have to wonder whether heads will turn with these accessories - this is a gifting and must for your wardrobe!
I can't believe that we're in the last month of the year and yet I'm still thinking about what I should get friends and family while I'm out and about or looking at the Holiday Gift Guide! But today is a huge day as we're apart of Holiday Blog-a-Day. Not only are we presenting great items that are perfect for the holiday season, but I'm showing you how they can be worn and of course, we're going to give a bag away as well! So it's a good day for everyone involved! Below are three of my favorite looks that work well with my top 3 choices in bags.
THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
This is for all those that are looking to go to a classic party after work or during the weekend. I'm a huge fan of a cute black little number and then popping in color wherever I can. The Christina dress by Coco Bourgeoisie is not only the perfect black dress but has the pop of golden color that's perfect for any evening on the town! This is the essential dress that combines the ladies who lunch with the woman whose eye is the focus of the party. The Swarovski Crystal Amethyst earrings add a little whimsy with the entire outfit. But I love that the Op Art Layered Darcy Clutch by Coach has the cute fringe and brings such a sweet look to a dramatic outfit that has sheerful playfulness to it. This is something that will turn heads and with a pair of amazing heels, you're a photo op waiting to happen!
WORKING IT IN STYLE
I may go to a lot of functions but when I'm not, I'm all about staying chic and being warm when I'm working in Starbucks, going to Editors meetings and more. I kid you not if black and grey were taken out of my color scheme I wouldn't know what to wear. Although I could go completely grey, how about adding pops of unexpected color like blue! The Audrey Grey Tote is such a cute little bag and I love the strap with all of the hardware with the fab antiqued effect. It's a fun bag to pair with leggings, a cozy sweater and a pair of over the knee boots! But you know that I can't stop there simple doesn't mean that you can't have a fun look! First off this sweater begs for something on the wrists and this hand crocheted beaded bracelet is the perfect compliment! Same Sky has gorgeous beaded pieces that come in various shades and not only make you look fab from day to night but it works to support the women in African villages by allowing them to work and to make money to feed their families - it's social good at its best. You know I love keeping it natural and when it comes to my favorite stone, make mine agate! These raw Blue Agate pendants by Cynthia Rybakoff are so edgy with pops of charm that they are the perfect way to top off your look no matter where you're going or heading to. Nepali By TDM Designs scarves a nice item to wrap up in or to tie around the arms of your bag as you're running in and out. Once again, your supporting women weavers of the country and also supporting their craftsmanship! Simple, classic and yet you look like you came off a magazine.
THE ESSENTIALS ON YOUR LIST
Now this spread is an ode to my go to looks! You must have an awesome bag that works well with you, can carry all of your necessities and references your mood. The Sabrina Satchel in yellow will come in handy when all we see is grey and white outside - you'll definitely stand out! In addition, you must have a pair of boots and I am a fan of anthing over the knee - this pair from Tory Burch is AMAZING. Of course you have to have a bracelet - for me make it chunky and the ring is an absolute essential - be the conversation piece in order to generate conversation!
Coach has a variety of items that are perfect for gifting and are great to build your closet as well! Check out their collection for the holiday season and stay tuned to my tweets @cocoabebe to find out how one of these items can be yours! We will give a Coach bag away on Dec 24th to those who leave a reply about how they like to accessorize their bag. Do you have to choose the perfect wallet, do you change your key fob? One winner will be randomly selected the morning of Christmas Eve so get your answers up!
***UPDATE*** Congratulations Molly M! Send us an email so that we can send you your Coach bag! Happy Holidays and thanks to everyone that participated. Our contest if officially closed.
Hey guys, if you see me outside today, I'm taping a show that will be apart of one of the new projects that I'm apart of as the Fashion Editor of Chicology (you can also follow us on @chicologist - so it'll be fun. If you can and you don't mind battling the cold, check out Henri Bendel's Friends and Family sale that started on Thurs and will go through Sun! If you're here in the city, try to take a peek. It's one of my favorite stores and a great way to begin thinking about what you want to do for your holiday gifting (of course you can always check out our Holiday Gift Guide and learn more about our Coach Holiday Blog - A - Day partnership that will take place Dec 9th!)
Kitten Lounge's Holiday Gift Guide launched yesterday and we will continue to have additional brands included over the next few weeks as this will be up through Jan 15th of 2010! Of course our spread includes just a few of the goodies that are on the site including Ted Rossi, Purple Lab NYC and our sponsor, Tasty Morsels Bakery! Continue to check back as we will not only have additional items but this is a great way to begin thinking about what gifts you can get to cross it off your list! Not only is this a guide that focuses on gifting but it includes events as well that you'll want to know more about as well as restaurants and information for New Years Eve!
We're in our 3rd year of this guide and we also have a fun component known as the 25 Days of Holiday Glam. This segment kicks of Dec 1st through Dec 25th. There will be giveaways each of these days that you can win and is a way to not only introduce you to a fab brand and item but to also say thank you as well! This will be apart of the Holiday Gift Guide and also as a separate post within the main site. Although both of these items have been apart of the Holiday Gift Guide, we're adding in something new. We will include 12 Stars on the Horizon. These are individuals that work in the fashion industry (or are associated) that are either establihed or emerging people that you will want to know about. They work in the industry and defintiely deserve to be recognized as they do amazing work which you may need for future use! This will kick off Dec 20th and run through New Years Eve as a countdown of sorts!
Whether you catch me at an event, see me talking to someone on a show or you just happen to catch me out, you know that clearly I'm all about style. When I'm out and about, people will ask what made me think of Kitten Lounge back in 2007 and I always let them know that Kitten Lounge actually originated as an Internet show back in 2004 when it covered my favorite artists and blended my love of fashion but even that is not an accurate description so I thought it would be good to tell you how it came to be and why it is such a driving force for everything that I do. First off, hi - I'm Kimmie, the Editor in Chief of this site and although I'm not really into the whole "Letter from the Editor" setup, it's nice to understand who is bringing you all of this content and why it's all here!
I fell in love significantly twice when I was younger the first time was at the age of 3 when I remember looking through Vogue and loving gorgeous dresses that showed me that you could be a princess everyday. For those that know my love for accessories, only the big baubles caught my eye! I loved going with my mom to fabric stores where she would make items from Vogue patterns into reality and when she later opened a boutique of custom design clothing in Indianapolis, I was in love. My world opened up to gorgeous brides, sequins, shantung, gaberdines and more and I had an AMAZING closet. That love came from my mother.
My father gave me a second love - at the age of 5, he taught me how to use a computer. We had an Apple and I loved it (don't ask me why I have an HP now although I have to give it some love too even though I continue to dream about a Mac book haha). I loved playing games on it and wondered what would the possibilities of that machine be? Who knew that in college one of my majors would be Telecommunications with a focus in New Media? Leaving IU and coming to NYC, I began doing PR for independent music artists who were only available online and I assisted them in getting spins and getting them booked. Why not, my Great Uncle was Joe Henderson, tenor saxophonist with Blue Note, Verve, etc so it was in my blood and I loved it. But then again fashion kept pulling me back in.
Is it true that I modeled (yes lingerie/swimwear), had a fashion line and currently have my own jewelry line Kitten Couture, and also assist firms with their Social Media via my other company Sikara Designs Group - check it all. But is it true that Kitten Lounge has been around more than two years? Absolutely. It initially came on board in 2004 as an Internet Radio show that I hosted daily for an hour each day for 3 years. Then I played DJ's who had crazy mixes and then talked with indie artists about their personal style. I loved it but realized after I began blogging for another site that I wanted to talk about more than just accessories on that site and do more than just host a radio show. The Kitten Lounge became my place to talk about fashion, style, beauty, food, music and travel. I believed that as a whole person all of this was important to me and that I wasn't alone.
I realized that I'm around stylish and amazing people who they need advice on where to go or how to dress when they are not in the settings that tend to go to all the time. People have always gravitated towards the way I present things and what better way then to introduce my world of showrooms, designers, industry shakers and more to you! Where do I go from here? Because of Kitten Lounge, I have been able to attend Fashion Weeks, go to Project, Magic, see private presentations, launches of all kinds and more. But I truly loved it when I made the cross over to personality when I shot an episode of To Be a Star which comes out later this year. Sharing the importance of accessories, finding your signature look and ultimately branding yourself was so important to me and to the 6 aspiring models that I worked with to achieve it, I'm very proud that I could be apart of that experience.
It is my goal and vision to continue to push various themes that are not only keys to my success but are core mental investments: I feel that accessories are an essential way to set yourself apart and that in the vein of Audrey Hepburn, you can take great classic pieces and look amazing. In addition, you can be someone that crosses over into a lot of areas (hello - I run a style blog, have my own jewelry line, create Social Media strategies for fashion/entertainment firms and am a personality as well) and yet still make it truly your own. Finally and most importantly, Kitten Lounge is about community whether it's introducing you to my favorites that you may not be aware of, reaching out via Twitter (@cocoabebe) or checking in with such favorites as the Holiday Gift Guide which launches Nov 1st (I can't wait to share the fab giveaways that we'll have, those who will be in the guide and a list on who to keep an eye out for in terms of industry must knows for your business). The experiences that I have had and those that will come have come to pass as I'm always open to reaching out, learning and helping someone else. In doing so it has created friendship, trust and has allowed me to interact with groups that I would have never come across if I had done it alone. The power of collaborations and having good people as your checks and balances definitely come in handy when you're running 300 miles an hour - no you're not crazy, you just know that you can do 48 hours of work in a 24 hour cycle and still go out to grab drinks and have a little fun! I want to thank everyone that has made this brand successful and who has been with me in each phase of re-invention that I have been through and look forward to sharing a lot of AMAZING items that are coming up soon!
I am in love with the Orbit, which is a portable speaker by Altec Lansing! I love that this connects to my iPod, laptop, etc and that it's so handy! Once connected, you can turn on the system and then adjust the volume through the item that you are using to play your audio! This is perfect to take with you on the beach (it uses 4 AAA batteries), use it in study groups at Starbucks, if you're at home and are cleaning your closets - this is perfect! I have been using this since Nov/Dec as it was included within the holiday guide and it is one of my "musts" to take with me. It allows you to enjoy your music while being able to include others or to at least not shut yourself off from those that may be in and out of the room! I strongly suggest getting this and if you do, this will be one of the items that you will find yourself taking wherever you go! If you have the Orbit or are looking for something else, take a peek on the site and I am confident that you will find other items of interest as well!
There's a lot going on today without question so let's see. Hopefully you had an amazing Cyber Monday and walked away with some amazing deals that will keep you looking great and allow you to check off your holiday list as well! As a heads up, the shopping doesn't end as tomorrow through Friday, Ted Rossi (the fab accessory brand that makes pieces out of leather, python, etc) will have their sample sale located at 15 East 30th St Ste 300 between 5th and Madison from 10am - 6pm! This is great news as many of my bags for eveningwear are from this brand and I always receive compliments! I love that his pieces have that bit of luxe and with items starting at an affordable price point, this makes amazing gifts that you'll be glad to receive hugs and thank yous from!
Next up, as a reminder, Dashing Diva is giving away yet another polish today and they are the sponsor of the Kitten Lounge Holiday Gift Guide so let me know your fave polish today and you could win one! We are in the midst of the 25 Days of Holiday Glam, which means that everyday there will be something to win in various quantities. I will pull a winner for yesterday's giveaway so you still have time to get in on that one as it is a Shampoo and Conditioner from Yes to Carrots!
I am so excited tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I can't wait to enjoy all the nibbles that will come on various plates! With that being said, this is a huge kick off for so many people out there in terms of getting holiday sales. I am a believer that people will still have sales coming in and that you still need to make people aware of your products and sales that you may run. To that end, Kitten Lounge is all about being there for you! We are running special posts about Black Fri, Cyber Mon, etc and for those that are indies we are offering advertising as low as $10 to provide a chance to everyone out there to get their items in front of others. With the success of our Holiday Gift Guide that is currently live, you even have the opportunity to advertise in between that as well to give yourself some added placement or even within the sidebars. For those that reach out prior to Thursday, all advertising that you select will be able at 50% off. Send this link to others who are looking to have increased eyes and I can't wait until Thanksgiving!
She's Kimmie is a virtual scrapbook and is the best way for fans of Kimmie to connect with her, see where she's heading next and of course to get fab insider info!
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.
Co-Founder, Kimmie, connects brands with bloggers in intimate event settings via Style Tweetup.