My tech is pretty important to me no matter where I go but during NYFW it's such an essential that I double check to make sure that I have everything. Although I'm so fortunate to live a few streets away from Lincoln Center (one of the areas that NYFW takes place), I can't bank on being able to swing by my apartment when I'm off to shows, presentations, gifting suites and so much more. So I ensure that everything is not only fashionable but I can run my office from anywhere and still hang out with my girls as we touch base between sushi and cocktails (love TB'ing with Raijean, my sister, Makeda, Kitty and more).
So to stay fab and connected, I suggest the following! Like many my iPad allows me to do a number of things from staying on schedule, taking notes, taking some pics etc. Keep it fab by including it in my Linea Pelle (love that they are sponsoring me this season and that you will see me rocking their bags, belts and of course my case) Dylan Croco iPad Case. I'm not an orange girl per se but it's Paul's fave color and I love rocking hues that he loves seeing. I love the Go Smart Stylus which allows me to work on my iPad without using my fingers and to accurately selecting what needs to be done. As I never know when I'm traveling, my passport is always on hand and I enclose it in a vibrant holder by Lodis. All of this can fit into my Bottega Veneta bag which is a fab hobo in a caramel color.
My key accessory is a scarf and I love this one by Guess that works well with a number of looks or if there is a slight chill in some of the presentation areas. I am a huge fan of sunglasses and love this retro oversized pair by Miu Miu. Since I love to do touchups or to build upon a look, I always bring a few more cosmetic items than normal and this cosmetic case maintains a great pop of color by Givenchy cosmetic case. Finally, it's all about a fab wallet as you'll be pulling it out a number of times for whatever reason - no need to stop accessorizing, love this one by Alexander McQueen.
UPDATE: We have a special giveaway for our bloggers - Go Smart Stylus wants to give 4 of their fab instruments away! To enter to win, you must leave a comment below that includes your name, your blog and your Twitter handle. 4 winners will be selected to receive the Go Smart Stylus which allows you to navigate your tablet! We will announce a winner on Feb 7th (the first day of NYFW FW2013).
It's the long Martin Luther King Jr weekend and inaugural weekend as well! For many, there will be no work on Monday so it's a great time to not only think about freedom in general and how far we have come but also getting some work done whether it's setting up your business, prepping for NYFW, catching some shows, and more. I am a multi-tasker in all that I do and I do a lot of work from the comfort of a number of chairs and couches while I have my shows (E!, Bravo, WE, Style and more in the background). It's so important that your workspace whether you work from home or in an office, you need to have a zen space as we work hard but should do so comfortably. As you know, I'm a huge fan of grey and like to bring it into my wardrobe as well in to my decor.
It's all about the chair, I love a great leather one that I can work upright in as well as to curl up in and this one available at Neiman Marcus is perfect. This retailer has a number of other great finds including this Giorgio Armani weekender in embossed croco. I love that it's such a fabulous traveling companion that it's perfect to accessorize your space with this great piece which ensures you're always ready to travel.
Pop in some color with this fun Chaps Seychelles pillow from Kohl's which has a nice worn look to it. Kohl's also has a coffee table from Sonoma Life + Style with storage baskets which is perfect in the home office. For additional storage which also serves as an ottoman, is from Martha Stewart. Continue popping in other grey elements with a cashmere throw from Design Within Reach which has a fab herringbone pattern. Curl up under this lamp from Ylighting with your tablet that is inside this Tod's iPad case. While sitting in my zen space, I enjoy drinking a lot of tea and having it with this Jonathan Adler cup is a perfect way to plug through your day. Finally, it's about the smaller details such as a vase form Venini which is perfect for your arrangements as well as this box which is great for odds and ends (I put my jewelry in them as I think it's essential to have a jewelry box to put your items in in every room) from Ethan Allen.
I love when it's time to travel (as you saw yesterday) and I love planning his outfit too. I love keeping it simple as you want to be able to access everything as well as to ensure that he's comfortable. I love these mustard stretch skinny jeans by Topman. Pair this up with a white tee by Vstr Visitor and is available on Swell. Let him slip into this Gucci leather drivers which are as comfortable as one can be on a flight and then hitting the ground running! With Tom Ford's sunglasses the look is nearly complete and a guy in aviators is never a bad thing!
Being a guy on the go, I'm all about protecting his iPad and interestingly enough, I make sure he has a number options. For this look, I love how he's rocking caramel and mustard tones so mobileexpressions by LuxMobile's textured iPad case is exclusively available at Target. They have you covered for a number of your most important tech items. He can slip this into his Obey Messenger bag which keeps everything stored and within hand reach!
When I'm out and about, people notice that I rock the exotics everyday. I have my python satchel bag, iPad case and matching coin/key zip all from Rebecca Minkoff, my Jimmy Choo wallet, Ziordia python passport holder (this was a phenomenal bag brand that is no longer available but I love it) and so much more! I think it's so important to have that pop especially as we go into outerwear weather when you need these accessories to show your personal style!
With that being said here are some of my faves that I know are awesome to rock regardless of season. Gucci has a phenomenal hobo bag that embodies one of my favorite motifs - Marrakech. I love Marc Jacobs' fun green python cosmetic case which adds a nice color within your bag and can be worn even when it is not the spring season. I'm LOVING this richly burgundy wallet that contains python as well as calfskin by Jerome Dreyfuss - love the embellishment on here as well which is a nice touch. When you're traveling all your documents will be secure with Rebecca Minkoff . Passing out business cards gets luxe when Bottega Veneta comes out of your bag. Finally, keep it mobile with this gorgeous iPad case from one of my fave online boutiques, Luisaviaroma which will have your travel companions take a second look at what you're up to.
Yesterday I talked about getting the summer version of the power outfit! The look that makes you feel so pretty and cute while allowing you to make the moves necessary to get to the next level! Today, I focus on another work essential! Now, if you work from home, you may have your team come to you so true loungewear is necessary but sometimes you have those hours or days where you have the home to yourself. You can truly be cozy, you're well stocked with coffee, salads and more - it's a power day of work where you, your laptop, iPad, legal pad and more will be tearing through work. When having those days, I do tend to start my day stocking my tote with everything that needs to get done to prep for conference calls, while tackling my ever growing to do lists. It's rare that I'm not at an event, traveling, etc so it's nice to start the day with tea in my babydoll to get work done!
I am a big believer in making sure that I am always dressed no matter what so why not have this phenomenal Betsey Johnson babydoll which is easy breezy and can even be layered over an elongated tank if you opt to not wear it alone. I actually do wear jewelry even when lounging as I think having a necklace (new to me and my new obsession Marv Graff) combined with a pave ring (loving Sethi Couture) are the perfect ways to enhance your look! Finally, a tote to put all the "must do" items together to start on first can be in this super fun Lanvin bag which has fab color to complete the look. Who doesn't want to be Pretty in Pink?
In his world, the concept of 9 - 5 doesn't exist as a potential business option can take place at any moment, thus he must be ready. His office could be at home, walking through the UWS on his iPhone or sitting in his favorite deli waiting for the Godfather sandwich! His Style reflects the changing times and if business can be done anywhere, why not merge pleasure and work together? With the outdoor smoking band, you're less likely to see him smoking a cigar in Central Park but perhaps he's in the Carnegie Club enjoying a cigar as he works from his iPad (they have wifi there). Being a fan of Rebecca Minkoff's python studded case (love it and use it all the time), it's only fitting that he rocks a stealth camoBen Minkoff case. Bringing a full supply of cigars or just having this case from Brooks Brothers on the off chance that he may purchase a new find at the Club is always a good idea. Work and play have merged so why not have a fedora to cap of the look a la Tommy Bahama and everything can be casually be carried away in this fab Burberry bag!
Rana of Reina Style talks Yellow Tail, heels, IPad and her collection!
Heels dress up any look!
She stays connected with her iPad as it's perfect for professional and personal uses - plus it fits in her bag!
Okku is a fab Japanese restaurant and lounge in Dubai.
When it comes to bringing fun style to Dubai and the rest of the world, you definitely have to add Reina Style to the list as they're a fun site that focuses on style that's perfect for Summer, Resort and Cruise! The fab Rana runs this brand and with a girl with that much style, I had to sit down and find out some fun facts about this Dubai fashionista! With boutique locations in the Middle East and being available online, we know that she knows a thing or two about jetsetting! I know that when I come to Dubai, I'm going to have to have her fave meal of Yellow Tail Carpaccio at OKKU which is known for their intimate vibe and stands out against such chains as Nobu according to Chow Dubbai.
When she's not working hard on Reina Style, you have to wonder how this fashionable lady stays in great style! She loves leggings since they are not only comfortable but they come in amazing colors. Of course she has a passion for shoes which make this look super chic while staying fabulous!! Although she's always up for heading to the beaches of Monaco, I had to know about her swimwear collection as many of you know that I will be doing a new photoshoot and showcasing fab bathing suits! She was inspired by the glamour of the world’s most exotic beaches and cosmopolitan trends, Reina resort collection has launched a swimwear line for the fashion-conscious world traveler who wants to look at ease while remaining stylish and sexy. Through luxurious fabrics, flattering fits and couture designs, Reina swimwear evokes self confidence and beauty in any woman. Offering styles that are both simply chic or dazzling in color and detail, each piece is sure to turn heads, while on holiday. WIth such a fab following of celebs as well, Rana feels that it’s a stepping stone and a mark of achievement! She feels grateful and driven to produce better and bigger collections to come. Although she is trailblazing, I wanted to know what's next for her and the collection. She is growing the collection in terms of styles and cuts, also expanding the line to cover-ups (kaftans and wraps), head and hair accessories and they will add some hair wraps to complete the beach-chic look.
I am super excited! It seems like I have been talking about it forever but I woke up to 20 degree weather here in NYC and by later this afternoon, I will be rocking in 75 degree temperature and relaxing in my hotel room waiting for my HSN air date on Wed 23rd for my 2am, 7am and 3pm slots! It's another project with Sebago and I will take you through their cute collection that has been curated for their premier appearance! As always I will be providing behind the scenes images, videos and more. To kick it off, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of my carry on bag. For those who know about my obsession with Hello Kitty and my love of Matchta Cream Puffs by Beard Papa - you'll notice that they have a fun collab and I will be rocking this bag in the Terminal 5 Jet Blue section!
I no longer carry my Travel Cow Mookie with me when I fly, starting this year, I have Chompy the alligator who is apart of the beanies collection. Something whimsical to calm me down. My iPad is protected by my Rebecca Minkoff cover (and I love my matching coin purse). My laptop is also with me for items that can't necessarily be done on the iPad. I still keep it retro with a stack of magazines (and my need to scour through West Elm with a new apartment to furnish). I even have a little black book for quick topics to jot down, my lip balm that never fails me and of course a small assortment of product in my cosmetic bag - all FAA approved in terms of their size! Of course, I still have my iPod with me (charging) as well as my HTC phone so I am all set and teched out! You'll hear from me later on today and stay tuned by reading the posts this week about HSN and of course you can follow and tweet me @CocoaBebe!
So far the show that has given me goosebumps and swoonfests from start to finish would be - Rebecca Minkoff! You know that I am a fan of her accessories (I've been working from my iPad this Fashion Week and of course it is protected by her Python Black case with gold beading and I love my matching coin purse) and when she added apparel and shoes, I was definitely all over her boho chic sensibilities as well! Yesterday I tweeted throughout the show talking about all the looks that I loved with shades of grey, green, black, cream and of course fur and amazing outerwear. Now I have to say that the ones above are my favorite look. Guaranteed, you'll see me in this shearling with fab cigarette pants (which is what she focused on a lot with this collection) and I love that as dark as this dress is, it's see through - phenom!
Kitten Lounge's Holiday Gift Guide launches on Mon! All the goodies that you can possibly imagine will be included. Whether it's for your friends, co-workers, family, loved one or new interest - we have you covered. You never know what will be included and we will continue to add throughout the season as the guide runs through Jan 15th. We have two fab examples of items that you will find. If you're looking for something for your cousin who is all about Juicy Couture but would love something exclusive, then she'll love the J Diamond Pull that is a limited edition and was released earlier this month.
Of course, I have my eye on not only the iPad (love that at Rebecca Minkoff's holiday party I received a gorgeous Touch and Go iPad Case and at the breakfast, I later received the matching coin zip too - can't wait to share some phenomenal details that will involve RM and Kitten Lounge) but also amazing apps that will allow me to flip through my favorite magazines when I get back to serious traveling. After seeing it and playing with it, it's my new obsession and is at the top of my list and I do believe that I have been very good this year. I've started making my list and am checking it for anything that I may have missed! What's on your wishlist this year?
This is the time of year that I am seriously living in Starbucks (writing to you from here this second) and am catching flights to learn more about brands. This week I will be in Boston and next week, I will be in Vegas for a number of fashion trade shows where I will be looking at men's and women's collections so expect to see a lot of goodies as we make the descent into fall! I know it's super hot but unfortunately, that's how the calendar works!
If you have ever been out and about with me you know that I always have a notebook of some sort in hand as I do a number of inspiration walks around the city as well as impromptu coverage. I scour through my book to make sure that I have followed up with everyone or whenever inspiration strikes. Personally, I love a leather book that has a place where your pen can be held so that you're never searching for it as well as having the elastic flap to close your book so that it doesn't fly open and your pages are protected! I also love when there is the bookmark as well. I have found that others have adopted my behavior as well. In addition, I think (based on me being inspired by others) that having a nice pen is the perfect compliment to a book. These crystal pens are perfect for an Accessory Expert as well as those that simply like to have something pretty with heft!
Finally, it's all about the bag! Earlier this year, I was introduced to LUANA which has gorgeous handbags but I couldn't take my eyes off of the Meg. Here she is shown in the larger bag and there is a smaller one as well. I love this as it's perfect for your iPad, small laptop and the items you have to take with you when you're on the go. I love the colors (the green one is my fave) and I like that it has the old world school bag feel to it! This is definitely a bag that you should check out. I will update this post to let you know where you can find this but I had to share it with you for those that will be heading back to college in a few weeks, young professionals or those that are just chic wherever they go!
With the amazing weather that we have been enjoying, you begin to think of all the activities that you can do outside as opposed to inside. Whether you're hitting Central Park, your rooftop, the beach, etc - you have to take in the fresh air. Right now I'm on the countdown to April 3rd as the new iPad is coming out. It will be so much nicer to bring this as opposed to my laptop as it's way lighter and can fit in this fab bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs! Grabbing my travel mug (I'm recently obsessed with hot water, lemon, honey from Hampton's Honey and a bit of ginger - yum) and then hitting outside to get some work done or just to wait for friends before hitting my fave brunch spot - Paris Commune.
This weekend is all about getting some serious work done outdoors as we have fun projects coming up. If you haven't already and you're in NYC, check out our week of fitness with Exhale Spa April 12th - April 19th. We have a fun partnership with an amazing showroom here in NYC and there will be a Hampton's themed event at this fun party (deets to follow) and a fun event coming up from one of my fave lingerie stores, Sugar Cookies. Kitten Lounge is definitely taking some huge steps that kick off this summer. If you've been enjoying our Sweet Guide (which has great Spring picks), you will LOVE our Hampton's Guide which kicks off May 1st and goes full force throughout the summer starting Memorial Weekend with one of our largest giveaways that will assist you to whatever global beach you're heading to. If you thought our Holiday Guide was amazing with Coach, you will flip at the fabness that will be in our second largest guide of the year.
Of course we also have Project Accessory which is an amazing new webisode that will kick off the first week of April. No longer will you have to wonder about what accessories you should embrace and what's out there as I will bring this to you weekly. We have fab brands that are coming on board and I can't wait to share them with you! Reach out if you're an accessories designer that wants to be on board. Of course, I've been running around a lot so if you want to stay connected make sure you check out the Kitten Lounge as well as The Style Pod. Enjoy the weather and happy Spring everyone it's the first day!
What's Spring Tech? It's my way of saying that any and everything can be accessorized. I have been drooling over the iPad since I saw bits and pieces of the Steve's conference and I definitely could see how this would help my work flow and make it easier to carry this tablet around. So this is on my wishlist for right now and then I always think about Spring when you're sitting at the first of March. Because I have nothing but love for Coach, I had to think of a fun tote - nothing is cuter than the Poppy ones. A few weeks ago I posted on Lemon Poppy but today, Minty has been incorporated as she seems to be the perfect compliment. Knowing that later on today I will be heading to a tennis event, it puts me in that flip flop state of mind so this pair is perfect! The more I think about, I wish it was warmer already as all of this would look great in a cafe or in a showroom while I'm doing Editor appointments.
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