Whether you're a lucky duck who's getting to have an entirely sunny weekend for Memorial Weekend or whether you'll finally get to basque in the sun on Memorial Day (as is the case here in NYC), you still want to know what you should be rocking in the world of accessories for this weekend and throughout the summer. Earlier this month, I launched #AccessoriesChat which allows me to share with you each Friday via Twitter (@Cocoabebe, @KittenLounge and @StyleTweetup from 1pm - 3pm EST. Roll over the above images to see what items I will be talking about and why I like it (Y-Clad, Ylang23, Norma Kamali, Chloe, Jamie Kreitman, Hayden Harnett, Objets d'Envy, Tieks and Sand by Saya. Also check out our Pinterest board which has our faves as well!
I have been so excited by The Great Gatsby movie that will hit movie theaters next month. As an Accessories Expert, I'm very excited about the movie as fashion and specifically the accessories will have a dominant place throughout the film directed by Baz Luhrmann. Tiffany & Co worked with Academy Award winning costume and production designer, Catherine Martin to create this world of glitz and glamour through its stunning jewelry adorned by a number of characters within the picture. Enjoy this video which shows the jewels and a number of behind the scenes info that will prep you for this film. In addition, if you're in NYC, take a moment to check out the window displays that were unveiled this week in order to showcase the Jazz Era elegance that is throughout this movie!
Now I have been a fan of yogurt for a number of years as it's a great source of a number of vitamins and goodies that you need in your system. I love that it's a snack that begs to be mixed in with other items as well as it can be used in baking a number of items for a healthy alternative! On Super Bowl Sunday this year as I was waiting for the much anticipated Beyonce half time show, I heard Macy Gray singing and realized that it was included within the Chobani commercial. It was such a clean and simple add that showcased how the Chobani aesthetic works into a well rounded and happy lifestyle!
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I was on Twitter and heard about Chocolate and Pistachio as a Chobani flavor. I assumed that it was an offering to check out at my local Whole Foods until I realized that there was a store! I had no idea but thankfully, the dots were connected and after a few emails it was unveiled to me that Chobani Soho is in fact a real place and one where you can enjoy sweer and savory blends! Roll over the image to see what I sampled last week as well as check out my two faves (both happening to be seasonal offerings (although you can get these cards that tell you how to make it at home when it's no longer offered at the store) - Smoked Salmon + Dill as well as Grapefruit + Mint. It was such an amazing experience and with two sizes (half portion - $4; full portion - $5.50), this is a great way to use it as a meal, snack or whatever you need to get through the day. In addition, I love that you can keep the glass containers or recycle them (take .25 towards your next purchase) and of course you can buy the premade items that may not have made it to where you purchase Chobani.
Stay in the loop with what's going on with Chobani via Twitter with the brand's account, @Chobani and their only store which is right here in NYC @ChobaniSoho.
Because I bounce around a number of time zones throughout the year, I'm always buying for various seasons as I never know where I will be AND even in the coldest of days, I don't wear sweaters as I'm always running around. What's always classic is black and white which works no matter what! In addition, I love to wear white year around (I totally don't agree with putting white on hold once Labor Day has passed). If you're running around here in NYC, you need a super coat and I'm loving this one by Burberry Prorsum check coat in black and white.This Max Mara Studio Felix top is perfect to wear with a number of looks and can be dressed up and down depending on what's going on - you can never forget to build the essentials within your closet. Pair this with Mes Demoiselles white leggings which is always chic.
Keep your legs looking long and luxe by rocking these over the knee calfhair boots in black by Le Silla (another obsession of mine). Continue the accessory love with a number of fabulous pieces. I'm not an earring person but I do love that these elongate your neck by Me & Ro. To add a little extra edge to this look, this Repossi ring has a great stacked effect and is black gold and diamonds. I love playing with neutrals and this Sydney Evans bracelet with pave black diamonds is fabulous. Growing up, I didn't like gloves because I couldn't wear jewelry and I hated taking things on and off. As many of you know, I rock large rings and they don't fit in gloves but once I moved to NYC about 10 years or so ago, I fell for fingerless gloves! It allowed me to text and to wear my jewelry - these gloves by DSquared are super cute and once again, add a bit of edge to this fresh look. Finally, I love the ode to old school classics (I remember rocking Dooney and Bourke when I was in middle and highschool) with this fab Dooney and Bourke bag which has the satchel effect.
Being from Indiana originally, I love sports in general and the Super Bowl is always one of my favorites to watch regardless of whether my team made it or not! In the past10+ years of me living in NYC, it also marks the proximity of New York Fashion Week for the presentation of Fall/Winter! But today, it's all about wings, potato salad, bevvies and more! Throughout today, I will be tweeting about a number of Super Bowl items so make sure to follow, @KittenLounge as well as @Cocoabebe. I can't wait to see what commercials are going to be our new faves and how the half time show will be (of course also seeing the winners of the game).
For those who love USA Network, you know they have been bringing back a number of episodes from their show lineups. Tonight, White Collar comes back with its winter season (the last 6 episodes which will conclude the 4th season) premier at 10pm EST and at 12pm today, you can enjoy Matt Bomer's partnership with Gilt and Alton Lane to bring this show's fashionable world to life! We love when things collide especially if it's a collection of bespoke suits and exclusive accessories that are curated with his character, Neal Caffrey in mind! You'll enjoy selecting a number of items that Matt Bomer designed and were hand selected - the ultimate in flawless sophistication. Over the next 36 hours, you can enjoy exclusive ties, bowties and pocket squares ($29 - $69).
In addition, you can purchase bespoke suits and shirt packages by visiting one of Alton Lane's 3 locations (NYC, DC, Boston) OR sending in your fave suit or shirt to be recreated in one of the curated fabrics. The "Caffrey Collection" includes bespoke suit packages from $2,000-$2,995 and a three shirt package for $425. This collection will be available today and for the next 7 days. Additional assortments are also included with this collaboration between Matt, the show, the network and Alton Lane with tailored apparel and accessories from like menswear brands. Gilt will debut an exclusive editorial spread which features Bomer in select Alton Lane product, and will also offer a complimentary Alton Lane custom pocket square designed by the actor to the first 500 Gilt members who visit the sale! What a great way to ensure that you're well dressed no matter where you are off to and to start your collection out on the right foot or to add the components that you may not have had.
A portion of the sale proceeds* as well as from customers who make an additional purchase from any of Alton Lane’s stores in New York, D.C. and Boston will go to Project A.L.S., a national organization with which Bomer is closely involved, that funds research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Gilt and White Collar have partnered together before so this second time will have a number of other components. The show will be featured in Gilt MAN's blog, the Gilt MANual: the Daily Guide to Permanent Style which will include a Q&A with Matt that speaks to his character's style as well as the vision behind his look. All 4 partners will comem together to host a White Collar sweepstakes for fans where they can win the ultimate Neal Caffrey-style weeked in New York which includes a bespoke suit and shirt from Alton Lane, a visit to the set of this show and meals at the character's favorite hotspots. This sweepstakes runs through Jan 29th.
While we're here battling frosty NYC, many came together in DC to party it up as the President and the First Lady made their rounds to a number of parties! Many wondered what Michelle Obama would wear and we all saw that last night she rocked a Jason Wu dress and as they danced to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" regardless of party, how could you not enjoy the moment and see that the two of them love one another. As she serenaded the two with the song that we all heard Obama sing on the campaign trail, how could not love, Jennifer Hudson's (we talked about her fab style yesterday while she was in Sundance) glam look? She looked radiant in a simple black stunning dress that definitely showed her in all of her essence!
Last night as we jetted on our way to RSVP, on the West Side Highway, we saw that the Empire State Building (thanks to The 212.com and Reddit/NYC for the fab image) was lit up in a festive LED light show that went from white to the fabulous colors shown and it twinkled. 2012 was an amazing and challenging year for many of us no matter where we reside or what we faced individually or collectively. It was great to see people on a mission to enjoy closing the year and paving the way to a new year whether it was going out to a club or doing a soiree at home!
Today, like many we took a step back, relished the thought of enjoying a chill day and contemplating how we get back to work and attack a number of resolutions, tasks and more to begin making this year count! Kitten Lounge and its related properties will be back and running with amazing and fabulous posts as we all get back to our schedules!
As Publisher and Founder of Kitten Lounge, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas Eve! Whether you're traveling to your destination or have already made it, I hope you're having an amazing time and will have an even better 2013. With only a handful of days left of the year, I wanted to include things that have taken place this year with Kitten Lounge as well other brands that I am apart of!
This past Sept, New York Fashion Week came showcasing the best of Spring/Summer 2013 fashions. In addition to Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and Milk Made Fashion Week at Milk Studios in the city, I was so pleased as Paul Farkas and I co-founded and launched, Shoe Week which I serve as the Creative Director for this brand which focuses on a fashion week for shoes. We presented a number of shoes during our runway shows at The Glass Houses, we had a kickoff event that we did with a shoe's best friend - handbags, at Linea Pelle's showroom here in NYC for our Style Tweetup hours before Fashion's Night Out and we had a fab closing party at XVI Lounge focusing on Sneakers! Our sneaker focused closing party, known as Sneaker Sessions was sponsored by Alma Tequila and Hot 97.
Being able to launch a Fashion Week here in NYC with a number of fabulous partners was such a great time and of course we will be presenting a fun showcase during NYFW in a few short weeks as well as a series of events in Sept for Spring/Summer shows again!
2013 for Shoe Week will be phenomenal as we're styling a number of shows throughout the year for a number of global Fashion Weeks, lookbooks and of course our industry focused events through the key portions of Fashion Week calendars! As an Accessories Expert, it's definitely amazing to share and pair phenomenal footwear designers with apparel designers whether they're brands that I have always loved, have become obsessed with overtime - with a need to share their brand with an audience of buyers, media and influentials.
So a few weeks ago one of my readers asked what was on my holliday wish list this year! With it being the last day of November and us heading into the last month of the year (can you believe it) - I had to give you a peek on a few items that I will be looking for under our tree this year. As you know, I'm always about accessories and having something fun to put on! So since this year has been quite a year to make for a great 2013, I am definitely looking for Santa to bring a few things my way that will come in handy! As many of you know I'm OBSESSED with Balenciaga from their city bags in various sizes to their cosmetic cases. I love them in a number of hues but this rose golden bag is perfect no matter what coast I'm on or what season! When it comes to rocking something fabulous and decadent, I think back to one of my favorite jewelry brands, Konstantino - I adore this blue topaz. When it comes to natural stones, I love this agate cuff from YSL which is perfect for casual days or my power meetings when I'm going over design concepts or an upcoming event that I am hosting.
Of course, I wear many hats so in addition to being an Accessories Expert, the founder of this site and other items - I am also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Shoe Week and having too many shoes is never a bad thing! I adore peep toe heels, over the knee boots and sandals (AND I have a thing for flip flops - Havaianas of course)! I'm fortunate that my work allows me to travel all over so I'm always buying summer clothing even when temperatures here in NYC are much colder! These K Jacques sandals are so fun as I love that there is the shocking pop of patent leather color and then calf hair - perfect for my kaftans and maxi dresses which are a tropical must! When it's time to go glam or to dress up my jeggings, I'm always a fan of anything by Giuseppe Zanotti - especially with these amber suede heels! Finally it's all about over the knee boots - Casadei is a must to have in my closet from peep toes and beyond!
I believe in being socially courageous! I find ourselves constantly putting myself out there. Comedian David Ahdoot hits NYC to partake in a social experiment about befriending others face to face on the street! Of course Scope Mouthwash is a great way to make friends when you're confident.
Last night was such a great night! There's something about great ideas coming together! Although this is not the full recap, I had to share! About a week ago, Celebrity Hair Stylist, Kristan Serafino and Beauty Blogger of Serafino Says and I talked about life, business and everytihng in between. By the end of the conversation, we knew we wanted to create an event that had celebs, beauty and accessories! Within less than a week, Accesshairize was born! None of this would have been possible without our great partner and sponsor, the James Bentley Salon.
We honored Laura Osnes, the 2012 Tony Award Nominee (our fingers are crossed for her on her big night on Sunday at the TONY Awards) and we chatted all things beauty and accessories while hearing her talk about Broadway, her show Bonnie and Clyde as well as her upcoming role in Cinderella! More details will follow but thank you Bartenura for the fabulous Moscato which everyone enjoyed (and HUGE thanks to Peg Samuel of Social Diva and Stiletto Consulting for the connect). Huge shout out to Nina Handbags and Ted Rossi who have always been phenomenal partners of Kitten Lounge and have carried their support into Accesshairize! I'm glad that Kaaral beauty products and Victoria's Secret had fab spritzers AND we all nibbled on Georgetown Cupcakes that were TONY Award themed. Not to mention, that it came just in time to the season opening of Georgetown Cupcake's new series where they take on opening a shop here in NYC (watch it on TLC tonight at 9pm!).
We will have another post updating this event and we appreciate all who came and we're already planning on the next one!
A few weeks ago at an event, Makeda of Glamazon Diaries as well as member of Blondes vs Brunettes asked if I would support her football team (she's a Brunette) that plays football in an effort to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. I love the cause and I know Makeda as well as the girls (yes event the Blondes) works hard towards this charity as well as to play the games. Upon receiving the shirt, I remembered a post I had seen by Blogilates that showed how to take t-shirts and make them into a DIY Racerback Tank that you could wear when you're out at the gym! So I had to combine all of this together for today's post!
Helly Hansen yoga tank which provides support while it peeks out. I paired this with the Alzheimer's Association bracelet band and my Reebok ZigNano as I love to pop the purple. I paired this with a fun pair of black gym shorts by Nike. Of course when I am off to the gym this weekend, I'll update this post with the tee in action - Go Brunettes!
Last week, I had the opportunity to pop into Scents of Departure event hosted by Christine of Tineey at Henri Bendel! Immediately, I understood that there were a number of scents that either embodied or were inspired by a city. These airport coded fragrances have amazing descriptions; however, I realized that there was an awesome quiz that I could take that would select the fragrance that was for me! What a great idea as I wasn't sure how I would be able to smell everything. After taking an interesting personality based quiz, I was told that I was London (LHR)! Apparently Miami and LA were close runners ups! With such fragrances as Dubai, Tokyo, NYC and more - you're bound to find whatever place is your home in your heart! Seeing that I run through so many cities and feel that I know a number of airport codes off the top of my head - this is perfect for the jetsetter. I love that they had a great window shopping location but going forward, they will have moved to the fragrance section on the second floor.
No matter how much fun or work you get done when you're traveling, the day after you feel like you are trying to sync back up again with everything that was going on while you were away. So now that I am back in chilly temperatures, this weekend is all about getting ready for a crazy next series of months without a doubt! As I zip up winter boots, I definitely miss the warmer temperatures (I was rocking Havaianas), beach, palm trees and so much more! In the meantime it's all about the Oscars tomorrow! Enjoy some of my favorite images from my recent trip to Santa Monica when I had some downtime!
He's super busy and a few raindrops are not stopping this train, to say the least! He has a million things to do and if it means NYC drops then he is simply going to have to prepare for the elements - it's not a monsoon after all. But then again, in NYC cabs are harder to get, subways delay even more and even opting to walk becomes a challenge as everyone walks at a "glacial pace" (Thanks Devil Wears Prada). Even so, he's prepared as the reward at the end of the day is a fab Ketel and soda to be sure. Jeans are a must in his world and although I don't see a lot of this on men, he is going to grab his Sorel Wellies to make sure his feet stay dry and that he has a bit of that military look and feel that we all need and want when we're taking on the world!
Over his jeans and shirt of preference, I am loving his Black Sport Quote Quilted Blazer from Ralph Lauren! I love that it knocks off the chill but that it's cut in a sport coat style so he maintains his smart look! Throw on his Paul Smith scarf as I am obsessed with the stripes and fun colors and really make this look pop with the key component of the day! London Undercover's fab umbrella is comical and whether you like a proper English Breakfast or not, you can't go wrong wearing this out and about or desparately trying to find it if you have to slide this into an umbrella holder in an office! Keep it all dry with this messenger bag that has a fab pop of red by Cole Haan.
We've had some chilly days here in NYC and although I want to rock fall's best, I have started to reach into my archives of heavier items! I love rocking fab leather, fur and other textures so in light of staying chic and warm, I am loving Mackage which has this fab caramel jacket which will allow you to be warm while rocking this fab fur look! Pair it up with Pour La Victoire in a must have riding boot as we're hitting the weather that we will have to have jeans on and you won't be able to have your jacket off. Mix hues by rocking Glamourpuss NYC's fur hat which is so luxe and phenom and will keep you warm (best worn with either your hair down OR in a nice sleek pony tail). Finish it up with these fab rabbit fur mittens! You'll look uber warm and chic as you brave the weather in order to find that next amazing item!
Last night, I headed to the west side to see the upcoming Coach Spring 12 collection! Although I have been to the showroom, Legacy Stores and more, this was the first time (as well as American press) that I had been to the Coach Carriage House Archives! It was quite a treat as everything that you see which is in cases has been cataloged much like a library and goes back to the beginning of the heritage of the brand - which started with men's! They are one of the the few American leathergoods that does this! I enjoyed seeing one of the first kits that men held their shaving items in (which included an old box from Gillette) as well as a ball and catchers mitt from way back in the day! They also had many suitcase sets that were chic and items from newer collections of Coach and Poppy that were on display. Many people looked for their first bags within these cases.
Of course, Spring 12 was on display and I loved seeing this gorgeously blue woven bag which I think every girl will want to have on their arm, these super cute almost pill box satchels which is another nod to a mod era brought current as well as an amazing collab which will be available within the mens stores although it's totally unisex. It's an ode to NYC and is reversible which I love! The images on his bag showcase sunglasses (which you see everywhere in NYC), coffee cups (the fuel that we use in NYC) and handcuffs (so not touching how or why but it's an image he has). Take some peeks at the images from above and the archives which is rather an extensive area!
The change in temperatures whether they are rising and dropping in NYC or my travel schedule makes temperatures change drastically, I know that I have to turn to way more preventative care to ensure that I can be everywhere I need to be. First off, your throat is everything, rock OTTE with this fab grey infinity scarf which adds depth, texture and warmth so that you don't have to be concerned about being exposed. I am obsessed with the fun pack that I received from Burt's Bees which came in time since yesterday I felt a bit of a chill coming on. I love the medicated lip balm which has eucalyptus in it, the honey throat drops and most importantly, the aloe and witch hazel hand sanitizer! These are perfect when you're in the office to ensure that you have what you need to fortify yourself! Increase your tea consumption by getting some of your fave blends by popping into places such as Sur La Table for Steven Smith Teamaker Lord Bergamot (obsessed with this tea without a doubt). I find that whether you're at home or in the office, you need to have a go to mug and I'm loving this one from MoMA. Sometimes I feel when I am fortifying to stay healthy, that I may smell slightly medicinal which isn't sexy - so definitely check out L'Occitane's Green Tea perfume which is refreshing but will make you therapeutic. Finally, head home or close your office door and enjoy Pommegranate Noir which is available at Jo Malone. Together you're staying healthy while looking fab and many of these items can still be used even when you're feeling at your most ultimate state.
Yesterday I talked about rocking fall when we are in between weather and do it blushingly! I have to say that we had some high temperatures in NYC yesterday so you'll be in a constant toss up between adding another layer or simply just being able to head out in lighter looks. Today's look is a super cute tank with a cuffed boyfriend jeans. I love this striped yellow and grey tank available at My Theresa that you can pair with a Current/Elliott jean. As you go running around doing your errands, having lunch and hosting meetings. Wrap your neck with this Paula Bianco scarf as I'm such a fan of infinity scarves and it's a great look to have when you're jetting in town. Adam Lippes's gorge necklace adds the perfect amount of bling and will look phenom with Prada's blue stitched leather sandal. Finally, Alexis Bittar puts everything in the right mood by having this encrusted crystal cocktail ring. There is no reason to run around with having that za za voom look!
It's the night that has been bombarding my inbox, been teasing us in stores - it's about Retail Therapy at its finest while doing it in style and meeting some of your favorite personalities! Tonight is Fashion's Night Out here in NYC and in many cities around the US and globally of course. Here in the city, you can definitely rock your shopping at a number of locations from 6 - 11pm tonight! It's a time to support your retailers, boost your closets and to enjoy it in a festive atmosphere. With global acceptance, you have to check out the official site to see what is taking place in your area! For those in NYC, I will be participating this year with Ted Rossi one of my favorite luxury accessory brands at Henri Bendel! You can meet Ted Rossi and myself, your fave Accessory Expert as we show you the collection and find the perfect piece to cap off your look!
On Kitten Lounge, I'm always excited to showcase items that I have my eye on and think that you should know about. I'm also all about accessibility so whether you can head out to your local Fashion's Night Out or want to get some shopping in prior to the official time slot of 6pm tonight! I present Kitten Lounge's Digital Fashion's Night Out which presents a curated group of amazing finds that are a must to have and you can shop throughout today and still head out later in the evening to continue filling your closets!
Beauty finds come to your door and this month, Birchbox partnered with Scoop to create the perfect look! I also love that Birchbox is a sponsor for Kitten Lounge's NYFW 4th Anniversary Cocktail Party on the 14th!
There is no excuse to not rock a scarf as it can add a pop of color to any look but you don't have to wear it just around your neck - find out the number of ways that you can wore these gorgeous pieces from SabinaLes!
Ted Rossi was my first introduction to the world of python and Swarovski Crystals so he has a special place in my heart as well as being a phenomenal human being! So you see me rock his pieces frequently AND I am honored to participate with him in tonight's Fashion Night Out at my favorite and most essential home of accessories - Henri Bendel!
I love mixing materials and when you pair a large bag with a pop of texture you have an amazing combination which is what I present to you in the Belt Bag!
Too many options are never a bad thing and when you have a 3-in-1 with amazing exotic leather, you have true success!
I have been writing about Virgins, Saints and Angels for years and if you've seen recent appearances since this Spring, you know it's always on my hands - but there are so much more. LOVE this Tribal Cross Pendant which is also available in silver!
I'm heading home to NYC after being in Tampa/St Petersburg/Clearwater for my appearances earlier this week on HSN! With Labor Day weekend coming up, the summer went by way too fast! With that said, there was a lot of travel, meetings, events and so much more. It meant that although I always look my best, I had to take it to another level Enjoy the clip of one of my segments that I did talking about Sebago's Fall line on HSN! I'm rocking SBS (Smart by Style) which I became the face of and which you will see for Spring 12. But equally important is my love for fab brows (thank you Shobha), having a dazzling white smile courtesy of Crest 3D White - as well as rocking nails courtesy of Polished Beauty Bar. In addition there are a number of lotions, scrubs and more that I use! Next week is New York Fashion Week which means tons of shows, participating in Fashion Night Out with Ted Rossi meet and greets at Robert Verdi's for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12, my 4th anniversary party for Kitten Lounge, it's my birthday and so much more. All of this will take place within a nine day period but at least my skin will look phenom! Of course, accessory wise you''ll see me rocking Virgins, Saints and Angels and Ted Rossi.
Yesterday I escaped from NY on the last plane to head to Tampa, FL in order to be here in time for my segments on HSN as Sebago's spokesperson. My thoughts are definitely back home as I hope everyone survived and continues to hold it down while the storm passes. If I were home, I'd stay inside and wouldn't even think about leaving. I would think about how I could work out a room that we have yet to think about in Paul and I's 2 bedroom apartment. The second room is a bit of a catch all of sort. Is it a guestroom, going to stay an office or could it be a drawing room? The possibilities go on and there is no reason why we can't just mix the 3 ideas into one. I like the idea of having this boudoir theme that serves so many functions whether someone is staying over, Paul is working on something or we just want to move into another space!
Today, I'm inspired by Lola Haze which has this Victorianesque dark elements that are sensual which is seen throughout her collection and especially in the Embrace Cami and Short! You know that I am a fan of nudes highlighted by black when it comes to color. This black/nude or black/blush combo is perfect whether you're decorating to your own taste or want to bring two gender's aesthetic together via color. I am loving the use of the colors within the furniture, accents such as knobs available at Anthropologie which is a great way to add a personal touch in a small and yet large way. Fun pillows, mirrors, footstools and more make everything on a completely different level while providing you aesthetic zen.
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>
My travel schedule is all over (not that it's because I write about travel directly but my work takes me all over between design projects, appearances and TV - it's a luxury to definitely be home in NYC) and even when I'm in the city I'm in brand meetings on top of the shoots with all the launches coming up this fall and holiday. So it's not often that I get to be out and about to have fun with people I don't see as often as I would like to! Amy, of Midtown Girl is also the founder of Socialista NY a group that allows fashion influencers and bloggers to come together and engage with one another. Amy's first event took place at the UGG Showroom in the Crown Building and did I mention that they have a fabulous wrap around terrace! This event allowed us to mingle, nibble on fab appetizers and enjoy sangria, margaritas and more. In addition, we all enjoyed getting manis and pedis via Spa Chicks on the Go. It definitely came at a fab time since I had a photoshoot the next day and even as the rain began to fall at the end of the night, we took the party inside! Throughout the night, I took a sneak peek at UGG's Fall 11 offerings. This brand is about much more then the pull on shearling boots that we're familiar with. I am obsessing over many of the handbags, jackets and stacked heels that are available. In a few days I will include info on their new launch since I am attending this in early August but know that it's super cute. It was definitely a fab event and one that definitely sets the tone for future Socialista NY events!
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.