I'm always being asked what I love in terms of beauty items. This includes a number of items that I use a lot versus those that are new to me but are definitely in my routine! I have been a fan and am obsessed with Koh Gen Do which in addition to having a fab beauty line, they have a number of skincare items that are a must. I have enjoyed using their Body and Bath Body Milk as well as their Body Wash which is like having a spa treatment to start and end your day. When it comes to the face, I love L'Occitane exfoliating gel. For a quick rinse (especially in this heat) I suggest Shobha's rosewater cleansing cloths which I love whether I'm getting my brows threaded at their salon or as a refresher. When it comes to my lips, when I am keeping it simple - Evolution of Smooth is the perfect solution and super addictive. Finally, I love a good dark nail color and when I'm not rocking hues by Butter London, you can find me in Essie this hue is Wicked.
We're getting closer to September's New York Fashion Week which will showcase Spring/Summer 2012. But right now, we take a look back to July when Hugo Boss' runway show took place at Mercedes Benz's Berlin Fashion Week. I love the accessories and especially the bags that they wore as they hit the runway! Take some time to catch the blues, greys and blacks in terms of fab items that you're favorite guy can wear soon!
Yesterday I closed out July heading to the Javits Center to check out a number of apparel, intimate and accessories brands at a massively large series of shows. I was inspired, excited and pooped! Now that we are in August, there are a number of things that go on this month that are in an effort to have a truly successful NY Fashion Week experience for Team Kitten Lounge! But in addition, with my upcoming collab launches, fab media push and events - things are just a bit more amped up then usual. The next few weeks is a serious push that I am super excited about and it's also the hottest part of the summer here in NYC! I'm already thinking of post Fashion Week which always involves phenomenal massages to end out 9 hard core days but I am also making sure that by the time I have come down from the fashion and last trade shows of Sept that Paul and I can say that we are hopping on a flight to Santorini!
I have never been but the images alone have given me such peace that I do believe that this season it must be a reality. Although I travel to a number of locations some of them being super exotic, it's not a vacation and if I revealed the last time I went on one, it would be too shameful to even admit! As always, it's all about the outfits, I definitely would want to rock an amazing bikini (love Matthew Williamson) that's super simple and can be paired with a kaftan. With these accessories from Noir, Alexis Bittar and Virgins, Saints and Angels I would definitely be in my element! Everyone needs bling even when it's time to relax. Of course, a simple pair of sandals from Christian Dior is a must! Only a few more weeks and then I'll be in holiday mode!>/p>
If you have yet to check out the July/August of Elle Decor then you definitely have to go to your nearest newsstand to pick it up! I have always believed that what you put on your body can definitely inspire your home and love that they agree with me! Taking Marc Jacob's fabulously sunny Mimi CDC Silk Dress from his Spring 2011 collection as well as accessories, they found a number of amazing items you can accessorize your home in to add pops of color and charm. I love that Yellow is the new neutral as well as the perfect item to have in your home regardless of the season! Check out the Yellow Trend Alert in this month's issue! There are tons of fun ideas and ways that you can infuse this hue into your home!
There are a number of sites that allow you to pay a membership of sorts so that you can get an amazing assortment of products that are perfect for you whether they're shoes, jewelry etc. I have to say that Birchbox has become my favorite site. You have the option between paying a monthly fee of $10 or an entire year for $110 with bonus points to receive oversized deluxe sample size beauty products. By providing info via a survey you can accrue points towards obtaining full sized product.
Now people will love this concept as they perceive samples as the perfect item to try out new product that they have yet to try. But I LOVE it because as someone who is constantly jetsetting whether I'm at HSN, designing collab lines or doing other segments, having the sample sized items allows me to ensure that I will have the perfect amount of items that are TSA approved. Above, are images from my box in June which include a sample of Kate Spade's Twirl, Pangea Organic's Facial Toner, Laura Geller's Baked Blush (which I have been using for years and love that this was a full product) and Deborah Lippmann's The Stripper To Go for Go-Go Girls which is a fab lavender nail lacquer remover. Fab packaging and items that I'm either a huge fan of or those that I am glad that I got a chance to try out. I also love that this curated box was focused on perfect travel items and as I just got back from Dominican Republic yesterday, this came in handy! You can also visit the site to find out how to videos, trend articles, photoshoots and to get the items that you love for purchase.
You can get in on the fun and for July, Birchbox is launching their collaboration with Cynthia Rowley who designed their July Birchbox and curated the contents with her favorite beauty must-haves. The box is still available to consumers who sign up to be a member by June 30th! As a fan of Cynthia Rowley, I'm loving that she has included her custom design nail strips by Incoco, AHAVA's Placid Bath Salts in Green Apple as well as their Dead Sea Mud, Lather Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub, Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose and Tweezerman Zip File. Such a fab way to get introduced to Birchbox!
I am spending the last portions of my morning here in Santo Domingo finishing my third collection for Sebago (Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 12) which is going to be phenomenal when it hits stores next year as there are fab boots (yes knee length and ankle) as well as some fab old school style shoes brought forward! This time, I stayed at a different hotel - Embassy Suites which is nestled inside of the Metro Country Club outside of Santo Domingo. Interestingly enough, not only do a lot of the Sebago related people stay here but Jet Blue Stewardesses (I was asked if I was one of them) and various team trainers for Major League Baseball Teams for the training camps that they run here in the area. I was able to hang out with trainers from the Boston Red Sox, Yankees and more while I was here. Many had their families here with them and it made me think of the casual dress when being here as June, July and August are the hottest (via temperature) times to be here.
Today's post is indicative of the perfect way to dress when you're in this new business kind of environment complete with a tee from J Crew, hat from Brixton, fun flip flops from Havaianas and boardshorts which are great for running around and then heading into the pool or your nearest ocean from Almond Surf Shop!
I've been a fan of Oprah since I can remember and anytime I see her, I think of the time that I interviewed her way back when I was 12 writing for Children's Express (now known as Y-Press) for the Indianapolis Star (just hearing her voice I knew I was talking to an icon). The advice she gave on being in the media and providing content still stick to me today! I also love that when Oprah wears something it's always a statement and of course you know it's pretty amazing. On the July cover of Oprah Magazine, she is wearing Natori's yellow tunic. I love it one because she looks fab but you also know that I'm a huge fan of Natori from way back and being able to meet her off and on and to have her play a mini concert for us was merely icing on the cake! So of course I wanted to provide how I would wear this same tunic look in my boho Miami style as I'll be heading down there in a little over a month with the girls and of course courtesy of Schick!
I am definitely embracing the cut off short although I have never worn a pair but I am on the hunt for the perfect pair! I love the sandals that Oprah has on but I would go for the beaded look and of course the ring has to be fab! What I love about the tunic is that you have great embellishment already this is perfect to walk around Soho or when you're in SoBe on Collins Ave on the way to Tequila Chica's (my fave bar) - wherever you are rock it with confidence!
Fourth of July was an interesting night! It rained a little but yet my boyfriend and I, saw fireworks in Red Hook at a great bar which made an amazing lemonade that had Triple Sec and Vodka - it went down nicely. We decided that it was time to check out some places that will be in our new area shortly and came upon Baja. Now, we had went past this restaurant before but ended up going to Sushi House (although we weren't pleased that they closed early on the Fourth of July even though people were still there and they were making fresh rolls). On this night, two revelers were looking for great food and found it here. This weekend's theme ended up being Mexican food as we had a lot of it but the chips and salsa hit the spot and I was quite a fan of the Enchiladas that had spinach and chicken! Although they were closing up soon, I could see why this is a favorite in Hoboken and that they also have another location in Jersey City.
If you can't pop in for lunch, dinner or brunch, you'll love their daily Happy Hour specials (I had a Pear Margarita that was really tasty). If you visit during a weekend for lunch, this is a nice place to stroll too and to also visit other places to get a drink and then to head to the many shops that Hoboken has to offer. I would also suggest this for a dinner as the food had a lot of of flavor and the staff was so pleasant to everyone that was there. Take some time to visit Baja to see for yourself if you find yourself in the neighborhood.
Happy Fourth of July everyone! Hopefully you will be spending today going to some great parties, having drinks and much more. A few weeks ago, Diane Von Furstenburg presented their Resort 2009 collection. First off, you know that I love DVF and this is my favorite dress of the entire collection. There is something to be said for classic lines, interesting prints and the use of classic colors too! All of that put together makes for a classic look that is also dynamic which will let you stand out. These pictures and more are available on Coutorture so that you can get a sneek peek on her resort collection and additional designers as well.
When I get my weekly mani's and my bi-weekly pedi's, there is only one place that I run to (I simply refuse to go anywhere else)! Dashing Diva has multiple locations all over New York City and they are definitely my sanctuary when I need a little time out! I love their pink colors, plenty of colors, fun events and so much more. I do enjoy going on Fri's to get my pedicure and manicures with a nice cosmo (I was also a huge fan of their wine pedicure as well) Recently, Kitten Lounge attended Dashing Diva's event which had the cast of Legally Blond the Musical in attendance doing a Bend and Snap competition. The pictures included below are courtesy of Sarah Conley which you can see more of her coverage on Style It! This location which was off of Union Square is my favorite one to go to! It was really cute to see the cast members together and to see the winners of the Bend and Snap competition!
Dashing Diva definitely loves the Kitten Lounge and its readers and is providing 3 Elle of a Pedicures (fit for Ms Elle Woods herself) which we will be giving away on this site on Fri the Fourth of July at noon! Getting a complimentary pedicure at the 3rd Avenue location (149 3rd Ave btwn 15th/16th) is definitely an amazing treat and a great way to enjoy the summer as well. To be one of the three winners, simply tell me your favorite pedicure shade (regardless of brand) as many of us go a little daring on our toes when it's the summer! All entrants must have access to NYC as it is valid here and all entries must be included as comments within this post. With so many shades, you're bound to find a favorite - my favorite "Chelsea in the Buff" or Vanilla -Rama (when it comes to mani's) and anything deep and vixen like when it comes to my pedi's.
First, I have to say thank you so much to everyone who participated! I love when people leave comments and share something about themselves! If you have always wanted to know what you could do to relax, I would definitely take notes from the people who left their great pieces of advice! But unfortunately, we only can have 2 winners although it was so close, I decided to give away 3 Spongelle Soaps!
Congratulations Jennae who was my favorite, I think it's adorable that she is able to relax while having fun blowing bubbles with her child. Obviously, she's a busy lady between doing graphics, blogging and also dabbling in yet another form of creativity! I checked out her site at Green Your Decor and I think we should all take notes!
Another kudos to Mary Jenkins! I love taking baths too and although I find to get the perfect one, it takes some time - it's so worth it. Check her out at Now Entering Momville - I definitely started reading it when I had a second and gave me some much needed laughs!
And finally, I love keeping it simple so how could I not include Theresa N who does yoga in her garden? Maybe it's because I grew up in the Midwest and sometimes miss those serene moments being out in NYC but it made me feel refreshed just thinking about it!
Congratulations ladies and thank you to everyone who put in comments as well. As a heads up and in honor of Fourth of July we have an amazing giveaway that will include two different items which is going to be fun. One involves a food that is definitely iconic when you think about Americana dining and the other is something that is quickly becoming a typical activity that we enjoy more and more! Both will launch on Mon and winners will be selected on Fourth of July so keep your eyes peeled!
Growing up, many of us were all about the Pop Up Books. There's something about turning a page and then realizing that something is much closer than what it would be in a traditional book. As we grew up, we got over the Pop Up Books but the idea still lives on - after all a Pop Up's beauty is that it lets you grasp something that you normally wouldn't be able to and as quick as it seems to come, it's gone again. Case in point is Ananas' Pop Up Store for her handbags which will be on the LES! This handbag designer is making sure that everyone has the opportunity to experience her pieces but for a limited time beginning June 24th - July 15th. Not only will you get the experience but you get first dibs on handbags, scarves, jewelry, etc that won't hit stores until Aug! In addition with your purchases, you will have the opportunity to receive a special tote that bares the logo included within this post. This is a great way to go from enjoying her collection online to being able to come to the store. But like any other Pop Up Book experience, when that last page is read, it will definitely be over. Get ready now by visiting her site and as she turns the page on this event, you can see her shop for yourself!
Ananas Pop Up Store
52 Canal St (Btwn Ludlow/Orchard)
Mon - Wed (12 - 8)
Thurs - Sat (12 - 9)
Sun (12 - 7)
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