Each season Kitten Lounge's Love Guide shares my favorite picks for Valentine's gifting as well as what's perfect for Spring as we begin to think about getting our wardrobes together! this season I have a number of favorite brands to share with you from beauty, accessories and items that are perfect for traveling. We include such items as Balenciaga, Avon, Laura Mercier, Walter Steiger and more!
Whether you do a lot of travel or you are simply grabbing items as you head out the door, I have some phenom essentials. The day before any trip is hectic for me, tomorrow I'm jetting off to "the beautiful Dominican Republic" which is said by every stewardess as we are moments from landing. Although I hear the weather has been rainy in Santo Domingo, I'm hoping that Sun is gorge since it's the only day I won't be working as the factory is closed. Then Mon - Wed, I will be designing my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 12 collection (my third collection with them). I was just there in May designing my Spring 12! As you know, I travel each month whether it's heading to do another segment on HSN, a press trip, designing shoes and meeting with my brands so I have my system down to a science! With that said, I will pack my bags today but I always have last minute packing that goes into my large purse.
Earlier this week, I attended the holiday show and fell in love with Lug Life is all about keeping you organized for the day, overnight, in fitness, for moms and when traveling. They have a phenom Clipper Flat Iron Case which allows you to curl your hair and slip it in one of many color cases so that it can cool and that it can leave with you without you worrying about waiting for it to cool down. You only have precious minutes before your car service gets a little testy that you're delayed! Of course I have many cosmetic bags and many do go in my luggage as typically, I carry it on the plane but I always have the items that I use that morning in my bag. I'm loving Bottega Veneta's cosmetic case which is luxe and so essential as I do my perfected eye and head out the door. I carry Rebecca Minkoff with my everyday whether it's her fab key python studded case (love), her matching iPad cover (LOVE) and when I travel I always have her MAC bag in my luggage! But I also love her Lunch Money Pouch which is cute but I put a few extra dollars in here to give out tips as I'm going in and out of airports, hotels and when I am buying my guilty pleasures (Life & Style, Us Weekly etc). Finally, as an Accessories Expert, you know it's always about my bags and everything goes into something luscious. My bag of the moment, it's got to be about MJ! I wear his oversized sunglasses in a number of hues and I have always been about Marc Jacobs bags as well - this is a bit bling with the accessory on the bag, the textured patent leather and the fact that all this and more can be stored in here as I make my way to the car to head to Terminal 5!
2010 went by super fast and readers were able to enjoy the journey along with us in all of the amazing changes that took place over the past few months. Over the next few days we will have some fabulous recaps as next week is a new page for all of us especially with some new concepts that are being brought on to the site. This year brought a number of press of trips our way but hands down, things turned up when Aly (SheKnow.com), Jeannine (Beauty Sweet Spot) and I hit Miami to hang out with a number of other top bloggers in our industry and the fab teams of Lippe Taylor and Schick. It's definitely hard work to be at a cabana at the Delano and to interact with everyone on the most perfect of 90 degree days and then to party on those 80 degree nights!
We also enjoyed the Hamptons in the fall so of course I rocked plaid chic in the perfect way) and then we spent some time at the Make a Wish Foundation Charity Benefit that took place at 1Oak this fall. We're all about having a good time for a cause of course and that night certainly didn't disappoint. When I think of this year, I also think of the amazing people that I work with that make it possible to do what I do. It's always amazing to add new people to my list of people that I adore! Love that Lori Diamond and I took a moment at a lunch recently as she introduced me to a new client list where members have become friends and she definitely knows how to throw an event! The funny thing is, we were already quasi or pseudo connected! Take sometime to enjoy the above images as I can't think of 2010 without thinking about these items and of course this week we will continue to post up more items!
If we're connected on my social networks, you know that I am jetting off to Cancun on Tues to cover the Royal Holiday Resort with a few bloggers and am so happy that Aly Walansky will be with me on this trip. If we can conquer the bungalows at The Delano during our press trip for Schick in SoBe, we plan to do the same in Mexico. They sent us our agenda for next week and all I could think about was getting my clothes together! But of course, right around the corner, I have a trip to go to Dominican Republic for one of the projects that you guys will begin to hear about in the next few weeks. It involves me designing accessories for a brand and later appearing on TV! More to come.
Anywho - here it is that I should be planning for Cancun as it's on Tues but I have already raced ahead to think about fun dinner outfits. Yes we'll be at an island but I love dressing for dinner when I'm away and I happened on 6126! We all have our opinions on LiLo but I will say that much like Lauren Conrad's first line, this is one that I love. I love this dress as it reminds me of fab 70's/boho chic style which is on trend this season (but who are we kidding the 70's is generally on trend). I love that the dress has hues of salmon/coral, blue/purple and cream hues. In fact if Cher had just come out singing Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - I would want her to wear this dress! Love the concept of this photo but of course I wanted to tweak the accessories.
I would take out the chunky shoes that had been included in this shoot and go for this pair of shoes by Mr Louboutin! It has that disco vibe but I think it looks much better and I don't mind that I'm continuing the matchy matchy vibe of the outfit. What I love about this look is that I have introduced natural tones! I'm a huge fan of the colors that you find in wooden pieces and in amber so when I saw the faceted glass ring by Burberry and the snakeskin clutch which had various tones in it, it was a no brainer that it would make this outfit look phenom! Finally, you need a great necklace but I wanted to tie in the hues of the overall look and yet reflect a natural component - enter the shell necklace. I'd also check out more items by Mali Sabatasso as I think that the collection has a number of striking pieces in various hues (new designer to me but I am obsessing over these pieces)! This is definitely perfect for a night out with the girls, a special someone or maybe a business dinner where you're on display and you know that you have to bring it!
Earlier this month I headed out to Boston to visit the headquarters of TJ Maxx and Marshalls as they brought in various influential bloggers within the digital space. Now I will have a full post about our trip which allows us to learn more about what being a #Maxxionista is but today it's about Boston. I had never been to this city before and I must say that a 40 mins flight is the best travel to get there. I was so excited about checking out The Liberty Hotel as from the site it looked great. It wasn't until I checked in and was sipping on my complimentary champagne that I was told that it used to be The Charles Street Jail! Standing in the lobby, I looked at it with new eyes and realized yes this did look like a jail and although it's 4 stars I got a little nervous until I was staying in the new part known as the tower. The second video above is the way that this hotel allows you to say that you don't want to be disturbed. You can place your Solitary key on the door. I have to say that I wanted that key as we all know that I'm obsessed with wearing them but I did leave it behind haha!
There were quite a few people that were sent out on this trip and on the first night I hung out with Bryce Gruber of The Luxury Spot, Alexis Wolford of The Beauty Bean and Daniel Saynt of Fashion Indie. I had recently met Alexis through our Miami trip at the Delano for Schick but I've known Daniel and Bryce for awhile. While eating dinner, we saw a carousel across the street and vowed that we'd take a ride. We got the last one of the night and since I forgot my camera, Daniel was awesome to take the vid but you can hear him in the back. Although the trip was overnight, it's definitely a city that I want to explore a lot more!
I can't believe that next week is Sept which means that not only is it my birthday month but Fashion Week starts again! It's all about seeing shows, presentations, going backstage to do interviews and the parties! I love running into my friends who are also covering, talking shop and somewhere in between, you find the time to upload content. I also love that I get interviewed about what's going on or someone snaps a pic for whatever publication they are working with so you always have to be ready. I'm all about easy dressing that's super fashionable, no fuss and looks fab with heels. At the same time I know what works in terms of beauty items to keep on site. My secrets are now yours with my musts.
First, I have used Palmer's Cocoa Butter since I was a little girl. I can go through an entire large tub in a very short period of time. I love the smell, the fact that it keeps my skin smooth and when you do have blemishes, it takes them away (on a recent trip back from Miami TSA took my Cocoa Butter (but this is in any drugstore so no worries on not being able to find it) - it's not a liquid sigh at least I had a backup). I don't go anywhere without this and although they have a convenient stick, I love the tub! Another tip: if you use this everyday, God forbid you forget a day, after taking a shower and toweling off, your skin will stay hydrated!
The past few months I have definitely embraced my inner Poppy from rocking the bags, jewelry, travel accessories and soon jacket - such a cute line but now the fragrance! Coach's Poppy scent has been in my bag since I went to their launch event. It's a fun fragrance and it wears well throughout the day. I do believe it is becoming one of my signature scents as it's perfect for summer and going into the fall, I believe it will work here too!
Jane Iredale has a great cosmetic line and although I liked this translucent SPF 30 puff, once again after having lunch with the creator herself, I fell in love with it even more. Through all my press trips this summer, it has served me well. Since I will do a lot of running around in a small amount of days and being in and out of the sun, you still have to take care of your skin to ensure that it is protected!
Avon is a newer product to enter my little group of go to products. I have had the pleasure of attending a few events here and there and I was sent this large tray of glossed from them that had a number of shades in a natural gloss look, high shine and then sparkly. It wasn't until I was flying out to Boston the other week that I lost my Rosebud Salve (gasp). I was running around the house trying to find it and only the fact that I am anal about getting to the airport at a certain time stopped me from going into hysterics about this. I ran into my office and picked the clear Avon gloss and left - it was something at least. I became a fan after the first dab and haven't stopped using it! It glides on and it feels great. On the days that I don't want color, this is perfect - I'll definitely let you know about the other shades.
These are my essentials whether it's for NY Fashion Week, running around, traveling and more!
As my plane ascended into the air on my way to my first press trip in Miami, I knew I didn't need any of the magazines that I had brought with me. I intended to read Jon Paul Buchmeyer's 'Alphabet City'. Being someone who came from Indiana and moved out here to make it big and my mark, I knew that there would be some great stories. Written as a sitcom episode, you meet many of the characters that comprise his life! In addition, you see how a guy from Texas finds his way into the world of PR and meets such characters as Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams and so many more people. Each "episode" he learns about himself and we are taken to a variety of locations geographically as well as within the halls of Conde Nast as well. Much like Devil Wears Prada allows us to live in the splashy world of glitz and glamour while seeing the sacrifices that are being made by the newbie navigating - Jon Paul shares this as well.
We also get to know a lot about Jon Paul as he navigates his family, balancing his work life, finding out what drives his passion and like many of us - finding that perfect guy! As I read this book on the plane I found myself laughing and relating to many of the mishaps that he goes through and you also get a sense of NYC in a time before I arrived. This is definitely a book that I would suggest reading and in fact, I passed mine along to my bestie who had heard me talk so much about this book as it's a great read! If you enjoy Mary Tyler Moore as much as Jon Paul and I do, then you will love his references even more! Find out about his book tour as well as his interesting comments via his blog Alphabet City Blog which reads the same way as his book as well as having quotes from the book in it!
Wed I am heading to Florida! I'll hit 3 cities in a period of a week starting with South Beach for a fun press trip with Schick at the fabulous Delano! Now I have to say that usually I stay at Loews and it is my go to spot BUT I'm super thrilled to be staying at the Delano (it's a Morgans Hotel and I love the ones that they have here in NYC). I have to say that many times I have walked by the Delano and wondered how it would be to stay there. This trip is all about fun, hanging out with fab bloggers that I have befriended and some that I can call besties as well. Between the massages, lunches, dinners, etc we will be undertaking the serious business of working out as we all participated in Gina Lombardi's Deadline Fitness and staying smooth with Schick!
As my Florida trip continues, we'll stop in on Orlando for a visit to the "Happiest Place on Earth" and then of course on to Ft Lauderdale! The trip is about sun, fun and bikinis! In my opinion this is the best way to travel so here is one of my fave looks when it comes to hanging out in the cabana, poolside or at the beach!
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