Denim is for more than just what you wear when you're out and about, it's a fabrication that's perfect for the home as well. I have some fabulous finds that I know are perfect for your living rooms and kitchen.
When I think of great casual style, I think of denim and today's inspiration comes from a great classic casual brand, Coach which has a heel that you'll love wearing with a number of outfits to add a twist to your Americana looks. Why relegate this fabric to just your outfits, continue to infuse it throughout the home.
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Infuse this hue throughout your space whether it's this color OR other arrays of color. Take some time to roll over the images to find out what I'm loving within this theme.
It's been shoetastic in my world as a number of items have found there way into my closet. With so many, I have been outfitting my office with them as when I'm not wearing them, they become art that everyone can enjoy when they're here. When I like a color, texture etc I find a way to bring it into my living and work space so that I can shake things up a bit. Although there has been a lot of inspiration, I love certain elements that scream Spring/Summer which works well for the current season and can be warmed up during the fall and winter to create a light look when the skies are grey.
When it comes to my handbags, Balenciaga is never far from my thoughts - the City Bags in a number of colors, how can I possibly be expected to choose? But they also have phenomenal footwear as well. I'm loving these Espadrilles that combine navy, white and beige. I love the striped effect which creates a classic preppy feel that's super crisp. This particular style makes me think of nautical, wicker and more which is perfect for an office and allows me to work on deadline, organize samples, get my outfits ready for segments and more.
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These shoes made me immediately realize that I needed to have a touch of nautical in my room and I'm in dire need of massive storage. I headed over to Homegoods and found that they had a number of massive baskets and I love that there is a lid. This basket is completely filled with beauty product which is great as when people come over, they can take a few goodies over with them! A leaning mirror allows it to lean on the wall so that I can see my look before I pop out (or you can take a few selfies) - white wash is definitely my style as it's crisp and I'm a huge fan of CB2. Every office needs fabulous chairs and your office should also be a great place to do a photoshoot whenever needed and this chair adds structure to the image and of course if from one of my fave places, Horchow.
When it comes to accents, anchor the room with a fab rug such as this grey and white one which is a bit beach and very casual and is available at Macy's. Prop your legs up on this tufted ottoman or put your favorite style books on it to accessorize your room. Finally, I'm a huge believer that every office should have beverages so that you can instantly congratulate yourself for great deals that you closed, segments that were booked or to toast to the weekend. This Bali teak bar cabinet is perfect to sit within your office and easily accessible.
As you read this, I just completed Day 5 of my 12 week Revolt Now Fitness with Nichole Huntsman. She's like having a personal trainer that you can do from your phone (I did that earlier this week as it was a crazy day), tablet (check) and your laptop! More on this in a few paragraphs. As you know, I'm always working out and I'm a huge believer in looking amazing when you're doing it. I am that girl who will still wear makeup, super cute outfits and more as I never think there is a reason to look less than your best. This week, I have been rocking some cute looks and wanted to share a few of my fave key pieces for the next time your hitting the workout routines!
I always rock a bit of pink when I work out, some workouts are intense and a bright hue can make you push through that wall! This pink sports bra by Under Armour is a great way to keep you cool and you can layer a fun tank on top of it if you feel like you don't want to show that much skin. I love pairing this within my Victoria's Secret Pink Colts shorts (although I've lived in NYC for over 10 years, I'm from Indiana originally and this is my fave football team) which is perfect for when you're hitting the gym super hard. When I'm not doing yoga and am doing super cardio, it's all about wearing the right shoes and I love these navy and pink New Balance sneakers. There are times I head to the gym and come home but I still have quite a few things that I take with me so this super cute Hello Kitty duffle is definitely about the business of working out. Since the weather is still chilly here, it's all about the hoodie and I do love a little retro love - so this is Adidas one is the perfect look wherever you're going! Complete the look with a fab accessory that won't get in the way - Catherine Michiels is definitely a great piece. I find that when you're hitting the gym or whatever your workout is (and yes these can be used on a daily basis even when not working out), ENERGYbits can be swallowed with liquid (it's not a pill though) or chewed and is made of 100% algae. It boosts your energy, balances your blood sugar and is also a meal replacement - just to name a few things that it does which can help you.
Now this time of year is crazy, it's post the holiday season, the spring/summer is coming up, I start booking a lot of work and like any woman in this time of year, you want to prep the body to look amazing. So I have been doing a number of workouts and one of them includes Nichole Huntsman's Revolt Now Fitness. I love that she has videos that range between 21 - 40 minutes which allows you to work out, learn why these exercises are beneficial to building muscle and she creates a very conversational tone. In this challenge, if you work out as well as eat the menu that she has set out, you're bound to see significant results within 6 - 12 weeks. I have to say that even after doing it for the past 4 days with her instructed day off, beyond feeling sore, I feel the results beginning which is such a win! I love that for under $10 a month, you have access to her videos and whether you're doing it at home, on the road, etc it's worth making the commitment to yourself. I can tell you that there are times that I double up her workouts or I also go into a number of other routines that I love to do!
On a rainy day like today, I'm always asked what one should wear when traveling to a warmer climate when you need to hit the road running. I love keeping it light and easy and of course it's about pops of color for your accessories! I love playing with primary colors as it's a classic look!
This look is easy whether it's in the spring/summer and the weather might be a bit rainy or you're looking for a way to head to the airport! I believe that everyone needs a great trench coat and should have a navy as well as a khaki one. In addition, a long one as well as a short one is an essential as well. Building out great outerwear in this category is an essential and is a great way to infuse color! This Coach (I definitely want to rock the one in pink) trench is definitely the perfect item to have in your closet. Pair this with L'Wren Scott who always has great ruffle tops that are classics as well as fun prints. This yellow one has a great pattern and one that works well with this Paige jegging.
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Running through the airport doesn't mean you need to slack on style nor does it mean that it needs to be cumbersome when you hit TSA and have your items scanned! I love Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Rubber bracelet which is a great way to show off this look. Effy Collection Citrine ring is perfect to bring this yellow hue back into the outfit and is a great cocktail ring that is always one of my signatures when I'm out and about. Although I am a heel girl, I'm also very much so into flip flops (usually Havaianas and sandals! These sandals from Sergio Rossi are perfect and can be worn casually as well as dressed up - I'm absolutely in love and know that I must pick up a pair for my spring/summer! The red with the navy and white stripes is absolute perfection and seems to scream warm weather. Pop red back in with this fringed clutch (yes if I am traveling for a meeting and am heading from the airport and straight to the conference room, I will have it in hand. This clutch by Mara Carrizo Scalise has an elegant rich and worn leather that just completes the look. Finally it's all about the luggage and although I tend to travel light (even when I appear on HSN for 3 segments) with a weekender, I like knowing I have options whether I need to bring more OR I want to change it up a bit. Nothing is better than Diane Von Furstenberg's collection which combines form and function together!
Now admittedly, the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala took place here in NYC back in May at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center and one of my favorite housewives from Bravo's, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cynthia Bailey looked so timeless when she hit the red carpet this summer! I had a brief moment of meeting her weeks after this event in New Orleans at Essence Music Festival at the My Black is Beautiful Booth where I was a celebrity stylist at this P&G booth on behalf of Crest as I am a Brand Ambassador for Crest 3D White! She was absolutely stunning and has amazing skin! I love the plunging neckline of this color blocked dress that also huge her curved and how she mixes her metals together. As an Accessories Expert, I am always focused on styling the right touch for this look. As a fan of natural pieces, I have fallen in love with Kimberly McDonald and am obsessed with this large geode ring with rose cut diamonds (my signature piece is an oversized large cocktail ring by Ana Reign and when I see people that can carry this look off, I'm always looking for was to add it in) as well as her geode necklace! Usually, I love mixing designers but these pieces are perfect together.
You know that I'm a huge fan of minimalism with a pop of vibrant color! With that said, in a dream world I would have white bedding as nothing ever stains! I've always been a fan of Anthropologie and love how this bedding makes me think that each night I have the pleasure of sleeping on Cloud 9! With Fashion Week being days away and juggling the schedule of Kitten Lounge in addition to the launch of , my personal space is even more important to me each day! This chair by Lily Pulitzer Home is available at Neiman Marcus. I love that this navy and white chair with pink piping can sit comfortably in an all white room. As usual, my shoes become my mobile art and today, it's all about this heeless pair of Alexander McQueen shoes which always make a room feel more whimsical! Make your room feel warmer with this fab lighting from YLighting which carries on my Japanese theme in this room along with the Katagami prints available at Crate and Barrel. Finally, who doesn't love to nibble on sushi and to make it special to put it on plates such as these from CB2?
We keep it crisp and clean with these white looks with a pop of navy by Ralph Lauren. I love the heels and the hats that are included with this look that we will see during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London for Team USA. Also check out the fab designer as they have items that you can wear as you cheer the team on!
Today's the day! If you're reading this by now, I have already finished the first of 2 segments today on HSN! As many of you know, I'm a spokesperson for Sebago's women's collection as well as I designed a collaborative line with the brand known as Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection! Some of you have already checked me out at 5am this morning and you can see me on air again at 3pm today!
What I Wore Today for this first segment is a fun outfit. I am a HUGE fan of Butter London and I am breaking out of just wearing on shade - today, you saw me rock then Branwen hue. I rocked a fab pair of leggings that were made by TS (you can get the same effect with Mcq by Alexander McQueen. I have two tanks layered as I am a huge fan of racerbacks I suggest for the bottom layer, something like a white tank from Delia's and then layer it with Kimberly Ovitz's mesh ribbed tank which adds a little edge. My look is nothing without the right accessories. Of course you know I have my large and fave onyx ring from Ana Reign Designs (you'll see this by the time I have pics from behind the scenes) but I am excited about the bling that I brought in thanks to the generous people of Ross-Simons. They sent me Charriol pieces which are perfect as there are femme and whimsical elements with a mix of edginess to it. I'm loving my Charriol bandles which have a great amount of bling and then I also have the ring that has pave diamonds on it as well!
To complete this look, I'm rocking my gingham (yes they are navy and white) Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection which is such a great way to have a comfy casual shoe! Of course this pair is also available in tan as well which is also available! I'll see you guys at 3pm and thanks for all the love and to those who purchased - woot!
There is something about taking some time to yourself as you rest by the pool or at the beach! I love that style finds itself here as well! I'm loving today's His Style which focuses on wayet style. I love starting with the basics with a v-neck grey t-shirt by Banana Republic and pair it with these fab Burberry Brit checked boardshorts so that's he swim ready! Finish it off with a crisp pair of Havaianaswhich have the soles of the flip flop sewn into the covered shoe! Love it! I enjoyed attending a fun Havaianas event last night which showcased a number of fun and limited edition pairs that will be out there in your store soon!
When it comes to accessories, I love Tiffany & Co has when it comes to this fabulous Oval Signet Ring. Pair this with Miansai's leather bracelet which is a great way to add a pop of something different. Finally, keep cool weather at bay with Lanvin's hoodie which is perfect for you to rock whenever he isn't wearing it!
Lakme Fashion Week continues and I'm always a fan of white! It such a crisp color and on top that, I love that when you accent it with other hues it looks even better! To that end, I enjoyed seeing Suhani Pittie and Nimish Shah which showcased this hue within their shows. Of course with Sunday being our decor editions, I thought about how you could bring this into your home.
I like the idea of having at least one piece being completely white such as this fab cushoined couch available at Horchow. This white and black pillow sham is the perfect accent by Lauren by Ralph Lauren. I'm also obsessed with this fabulous mosaic lamp at Horchow which also has a stark white crisp lampshade which is piped in an accent color. This footstool by Ballard Designs is a must without a doubt! Since you have to have a sense of time, this minimalist Dot Clock by Areaware is the perfect item to pop into your living or sitting room.
Tuesday, I'm off to LA for the week! I always love when I'm able to pack my bags and head out for a series of days where I get work done, meet people and do a number of other items! With the Oscars being this week, there are a number of fun activities that I will be able to attend as well! When it comes to traveling, it has to be all about comfort for sure. Since I am going in between temperatures, I love wearing a skinny jean such as the ones by LAgence. Pairing this with a simple grey tee from All Saints, allows me to fly and hit the ground running! Add a fun necklace such as this choker from Aurelie Bidermann adds such a much needed flair. I'm loving this color blocked trench in navy from Ivanka Trump!
More adornment can be found with additional items such as Azhar's black and white Contrarie ring which adds a special sparkle. Coach's Poppy collection brings in the classic horse and carriage aesthetic which has a nice rose hue to it. I'd cap this look off with Delman's patent leather ballet flat known as the Falon! I received this a few weeks ago thanks to the fab PR team at Delman! If you want to add a bit of color in, this is a great way to do it in a very simple way and allows you the utmost comfort when you're boarding your flight and then hitting the ground running!
Although I have used beauty and accessories to establish the tone of your decor, there are times when decor inspires decor! I have been obsessed with this Louisa Settee couch available at Anthropologie for weeks. Partly because my sister loves her blues and also because I love a number of the hues that run through this couch that allows you to play with color within your home. This color is fab for your living room as you can include this fab lamp available at Horchow and can either maintain the classic look of your apartment or allows you to pop in a fun modern element for a chic apartment. Set your table in the dining room with the playful colors by adding in napkins in a fab navy available at Kohl's or visit Bloomingdale's fun crisp blue hue by Thomas for Rosenthal in Sunny Day with their fun dinnerware.
When it comes to outfitting your kitchen or bringing in this room into your living room with Le Creuset's teappot which has a fab whistle. Horchow has a fab floral series of pots which can be used for condiments or even flowers. Kosta Boda's vase is also a great way to pop in another element of fun while also adhering to the color scheme. Finally, after a day of updating your decor, head over to Urban Outfitters to deck out your bed in the most comforting of ways.
The other day I was chatting with my friend who is beginning the early stages of finding the amazing guy and realizing that there is definitely a future with him. She's in the stages of bringing items over to stay in as it's not quite the time to leave items over - according to her. It made me think about how we go into so much effort into our looks from what we wear in the day and then at night. If we had the opportunity, how would we dress our guy or in many cases, if a guy was thinking of how he should rock his slumber style, how would he do so?
I would think that he would want to keep it easy and comfortable so I have a long sleeve grey tee from Surface to Air and paired with these suede bottoms in navy from Polo Ralph Lauren which is perfect for sleeping in, staying up and running to the bodega across the street! He can also slip into UGG Australia's Byron slippers which will keep him warm and allow him to keep this fab casual look. I have to say that I love rocking a scarf indoors so I can't help but to pop in this portion on the easy look available at Luisa Via Roma. Stephen Webster's onxy signet ring is a fab way to round out the accessories. Finally, we love a man who rocks fab beauty and he can do this simply with his Jack Black kit which ensures that he has all the basic necessities to maintain his fab good looks!
We know that Fair Isles was a trend last year for women and for men! SO here is another updated way that you're guy can rock this and be ready for running errands, brunching and so much more. It starts off with the iconic cardigan sweater by Oliver Spencer which has a classic navy and white hue. This can have a tee underneath and be worn over a pair of jeans such as the ones by Rag and Bone. Stay protected from the chill as temperatures start to dip with Pringle of Scotland which has become a new fave around Kitten Lounge! Pop on this John Hardy ring which has a masculine edge to the signature ring. Finally, slip into Converse by John Varvatos in order to be ready for wherever the day takes you!
Navy is such a staple color that you may feel confused on how to dress it up. With the in between weather that we are experiencing, I thought it would be best to look at how you can rock this shade in a comfy way as well as being able to work well within your lifestyle! First it's all about the leggings, I love these grey Helmut Lang as it's stretch and jersey which allows your legs to look phenomenal. Pair this up with this fab navy Schumacher blouse which has just enough to detail where you can wear it out for a fun night out while also having it on when you're running errands, doing meetings and more! Finish off the overall look off with these fabulous Gianmarco Lorenzi suede boots! I love that it has a bit of that military embellishment which is a nice detail that you can show off with each step.
When it comes to adding a bit more bling, I love Michael Kors' rose gold watch that has a navy face. Ellen Himic's pendant smoky quartz necklace is the perfect piece that will make your blouse look fab. Finally, I'm all about rings and love this Charlotte Bjorlin D'Elia quartz ring is known as the beast ring as I love its claw like appearance.
This past Menswear 2012 show and Women's Resort 2012 for Salvatore Ferragamo rocked serious shades of blue on their mutual runways. I do love that every now and then it's fun to compliment one another's sense of style. Today with the reprieve from the weather we enjoy some serious hues that work well regardless of the season!
Summer is all about easy peasy and it's also all about being able to hop around whether it's in the city or outside of it! Paul and I have a wedding we're attending in NJ in a few weeks and it forces us to actually spend time away from our millions of projects and to experience something new! I love this look as it is such a fab look for my boyfriend! My boyfriend loves rocking his shorts and tees. Today, I took a classic Rugby shirt in navy and paired it with one of my fave pop colors that you have heard my talk about on my last two visits on HSN - yellow! Why not revamp and put a twist on the classic J Crew chino by adding this soft yellow which is the new neutral for women AND men! Cap off this look with classic nautical shoes from Polo Ralph Lauren as it's perfect for whatever it is that he's up to! Finally, anytime you travel, you have to have a fab tote and as nautical prep as everything is, John Varvatos rocks it out but stays within the trend that's being promoted!
A blue period isn't always a bad thing! In many cases, it's fun to rock blue with a crisp white as no one can bypass a bit of nautical flavor! Im loving the simple striped tank with cute white shorts! I love this agate bracelet paired with a fab pair of Christian Louboutin! With plans being made for 4th of July you should definitely ensure that you look the perfect part when you're nibbling n treats and waiting for fireworks to come!
The Red Carpet Show on E! is my favorite to watch when it comes to seeing the stars. I love hearing the interaction and you never know what happens when the camera rolls and they hit the carpet. I can't wait to hear what Joan and the Fashion Police say this year about the looks that we saw last night. I have to say that yet again I'm disappointed that more accessories were not on the carpet, They were either non existent or underwhelming overall. There were times that it seemed that all the attention was placed on the dresses and the jewelry was added after the fact. As I was chatting back and forth on Twitter many of us shared the same sentiment and thanks to @JuleReDesigns and @JewelryInsider, who fun to chat with about this and you can catch up on the comments by searching the hashtag #emmyjewelry so you can catch up on those comments!
Glamour is all about the entire package, fab dresses, amazing cuts, fabulous shoes and yes earrings, necklaces, etc. But fortunately there were standouts that made it into the roundup of what definitely gets the Kitten Lounge approval. I love the fact that navy dominated the carpet, that many dresses were Greco-Roman inspired (this is a huge trend that you will also see for the holiday season so if you're wondering what would be great to wear for your holiday parties this is it) and of course going back to blush and white was also prevalent. We have a gallery of images and if you love these, you can see the rest of the images on InStyle.com!
The other highlight of the night was seeing the Calvin Klein Envy commercial with Zoe Saldana, I absolutely loved this commercial!
I am a firm believer in that there is no excuse to leave for an event or your home without feeling like you are dressed for the occassion. Whether you're just finding your style or attempting to rework your entire closet and your budget may not be where you would like it to be, you can still be someone that everyone looks at wishing that they had your sense. It's all about finding what works best for you and being able to translate that so that others follow suit.
When it comes to my style of dress, it's more of a classic one. My accessories are the areas that I definitely let my personality come out; however, my clothing involves simple, classic lines. Am I going to a Broadway show, out for drinks at the newest lounge or simply meeting up with friends? You never know and that's what I love about it. My day takes me to various places that are planned and unplanned and I hate thinking that I'm not 95% dressed for most occassions that I may be invited to at the spur of the moment (no I don't travel with a ball gown in my large bag). Today, I'm wearing the classic wrap shirt dress. Although mine isn't from Ralph Lauren (but you could be wearing BCBG's, Alexander Wang's or DVF's) and nor is it black (I'm in Navy), I thought that I would share my approach to getting dressed to provide the appearance of effortlessly putting an outfit together.
If you happen to like what I'm wearing or any other day, it's mainly because I know the shapes that make me feel comfortable. When you continue to buy the same items, you definitely have a large portion of your signature look and you never have to wonder how things fit. In fact, I build my outfits around my accessories so the actual articles of clothing are my standard basics that have classic shapes that have worked well over decades although I'm on 30 - if you love Mary Tyler Moore, Audrey Hepburn and many of these iconic dressers - you'll see that I too love them and include elements of their looks within my own closet.
I'm all about accessories and can't imagine leaving the house with a few of them on. Above are items that are not meant to be worn together (although you totally could) but can be paired with this outfit. When I'm at events like I will be tonight and people may not know who I am, how much easier is it to say "oh there's Kimmie, she's in the wrap dress with that gorgeous shell ring (I don't own one in black; however, the one in beige that I have has been the ultimate conversation maker and can be worn in all seasons). As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Ted Rossi's and I do feel underdressed if his python cuffs are not on my wrists (when I'm truly out for the evening, you will see me holding one of his clutches as well). I love the shirt dress as it is for all seasons; however, with the chill in the air, you will see me pairing mine with a stacked boot! These gorgeous boots are definitely a great way to elongate the leg and to give you a certain spring to your step. The wrap dress does come with a belt; however, I love emphasizing the waist and if you're wearing a dress where you can take your belt off, why not pair it with a wide one. Hopefully, it has an interesting buckle and something that draws the eye! Finally, although you will almost never see earrings on me (it's the one accessory I don't really like wearing) I encourage pop within accessories as well and love these by Bounkit Jewelry!
Now with this gorgeous black wrap dress you can stick with black accessories or you can add various elements of color! Today I'm in Navy and you will see me pair my look with brown! I love items that allow you to be a conversation piece and encourage people to come to you to chat. This is one of the most essentials of making it at an event and being a great networker. Once you wow them with your style, you can wow them with what you bring to the table. Style is just as casual as anything that you do in life. You may have to work at finding your own groove, but once you do it's second nature and this is a holiday gift that keeps on giving from now throughout the sidewalk and carpeted runways that you will hit. I'll see you guys tonight at the W at the Fashion 2.0 Fashion Trivia event where I will be one of the contestants for the Fashion Bloggers!
No matter how hot it is or what trip I'm going on, I always pack a cute graphic T-shirt. I may wear it while I'm there or I may wear it on the plane there. There is something about a graphic shirt that makes me feel comfortable and lets me know that whatever happens I won't find it cumbersome to move around. That being said, I could go for the cute tiny graphic t or something that is definitely bold and out there - making a statement. Last month, I posted about Sailor Jerry who participated in Project in Vegas . I remember seeing this shirt on the website and thinking that it would make a great entry for LAGOON since it's a great nautical blue and I love that it has the Spiced Navy Rum on there. This is definitely cute with jeans, short white shorts, yoga pants and more. It's a great look that could definitely be a staple when you're looking for something quick and cute to wear. Take a peek at the site and see what else is up your alley.
While I was in Vegas, I had the opportunity to travel to the west coast in order to find out about a line that is Philly (I love that you can meet people from all over and then realize that they are practically in your backyard). With a debut at Magic, it was definitely exciting to see that this line not only has interesting clothing but they also have a rum line, Navy Aftershave and much more. Now I have recently fallen in love with lines that are all about showing tattoo art (Yellowman has been posted on here various times) and was interested in learning more about this super cute line, Sailor Jerry. I love this style of hoodie where the hood itself zips. When unzipped, this shows two anchors that are definitely noticeable. This would be so cute with flip flops and a cute pair of espadrilles as well! In terms of THINK CITRUS, you can definitely add in pops of color by pairing this with a lime, orange or yellow tank top with a cute pair of white shorts. I love that this line is design and manufactured in the US.
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