We're getting closer to the middle of the month and I had to do a double take when I looked at the weather for today and tomorrow - high 60s and the possibility of being in the 70s tomorrow - this is so exciting! Slowly but surely, I am prepping all of those winter items to cycle them to the back of the closet. Dreams of maxis, flip flops and more are dancing in my head! Roll over the above images to see the perfect look to wear when you know you're doing a million things and want a look that allows you to go from one thing to the next! It's all about having great pieces and today's post has French Connection, Roberto Coin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Nancy Gonzalez, Miguel Ases, Kelly Wearstler.
Although the first day of Spring kicked off yesterday, this in between weather makes me think about taking a proper getaway and when that happens - you have to go warm weather and beaches as far as the eye can see! With that in mind, I present to you the 10 items that are an essential when it comes to looking amazing. What I love about these key items is that many of them can be interchanged with your looks even when you're back battling the temperatures. You'll love some of my faves from maxis from Mark, Ombre Ikat scarf by Echo Designs and a fab classic bikini by Burberry.
Growing up, Spring Break took on additional importance as it went from a family vacation to those that I spent with college friends. Once you get into the "real world", it's almost like some of the things that we enjoyed growing up are supposed to remain in the past! For me, I'm always traveling and thankfully, my travels during the Spring are in the islands whether I'm producing lines, doing an appearance for a brand or meeting with potential clients for initiatives that will take place later in the year. It's a way for me to bring in Spring Break as all I need are cute bikinis and a well placed maxi!
This week, I am heading off to Charleston as I have styled a runway show that is participating on in Charleston Fashion Week! Having Shoe Week take on this component is definitely exciting and with the up and down weather that has taken place (with a possible snowstorm coming), I'm glad to make my way to the historic downtown of this city! Roll over the images to see how you can enjoy Spring Break in your own way whether you're traveling or just having a moment in the city. Yellow is definitely having a moment in my closet and I love (as many know I am not someone who typically wears gold) how the gold and neutral hues play together in such a playful way. I'll be sharing information from the tents while I'm there for a quick trip and if you have time, plan your Spring Break getaway so that you can have a moment in the sun as well.
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.
ACCESSORIZE THE LOOK
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!
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I have so many outfits and every now and then, I know that it's nice to have a fab outfit where I don't have to rock heels! I'm obsessed with this Black Romper which begs to have a number of fun accessories that are perfect for a night out with your friends or your significant other! I adore this Nancy Gonzalez hot pink crocodile clutch. Pair this with Ivanka Trump's pearl seed tassel necklace which adds a bit of a Victorian element to this high slit romper. Finish this look with fab Gucci crystal black sandals and this ring and bracelet Giuseppe Zanotti set and earrings from Ippolita!
I love a weekend prior to a holiday! In my case, the weekend prior to a holiday means that I can get odds and ends done prior to the 4th and my upcoming travel! It's all about the perfect pot of tea (whether I sip it in the morning, chill it or add a little champagne to it) which starts off with my Breville. I'm loving Kusmi Tea especially in Detox which is a great way to kick off the day. Since this weekend is bound to be gorgeous, I want to be ready for anything whether it's a lunch or a night out so slip on this Missoni jumpsuit which reminds me of candy and all the sweetness that a weekend is meant to have. Pair this with Gerard Yosca with this fab necklace and pendant. Slip on Zariin Jewelry's Green Agate Gold. Round out the look with Givenchy and this large leather bag as it's perfect to store items that you shop for when you're out and about. Finally clad your feet in Prada to make your weekend perfection!
It's been a heat wave for the past few days and we have made it to Friday! Although it feels like we have been living on the sun, there's never anything wrong with infusing it into your look. Maxi skirts have been running around all over the city and we love this Dip Dye one by Topshop. Pair it with a silk Alexander Wang top to bring some yellow back towards your face and bring on the accessories! Alexis Bittar's gold necklace with long molten Lucite is the perfect pendant to rock with this look. I'm loving Stephen Dweck's Crystal Quartz ring in bronze. Layer it in with Charriol as I rock their bangles everyday and add an ethnic twist with Linea Pelle! Finally, make your feet uber comfy with these flat sandal espadrilles by Tory Burch!
Today I did a fun photoshoot and rocked one of my new fave colors from ButterLondon, Chimney Sweep - a smoldering grey color with a bit of shimmer in it. I love all kinds of grey hues and this was super inspirational for today's look! I'm OBSESSED with maxi skirts and love this one by Tart which has stripes but I love that they are a little all over the place to give it a fun look. Keep it simple with a white tank from Anthropologie which is made of yarn and will keep you easy peesy breezy when you're running around!. Rock these gladiator sandals from Jimmy Choo and slip on this python gem ring by Ted Rossi! Finally, I'm loving this must have Max & Chloe. This is such a fab look and one that is perfect for a number of your summers!
I live for maxis as it's super easy to wear when you're cozy as well as to accessorize it up! I love that this striped dress by Calvin Klein looks amazing with these heels from Sergio Rossi pops in black, yellow and pink within the straps of the shoes. Pair this look with this large envelope Givenchy clutch makes the look upscale. I love this cuff which is an elongated one with a separation that creates an intricate look by Citrine by the Stones. Finally, rock a fab cocktail ring by Mesi Jilly, which combines onyx and a cowrie shell ring to add just a dash of glamour to the overall look.
There is nothing nicer than a simple white dress and then of course to pop in fab accessories. What I love about this Kain dress is that it has dramatic elements from a keyhole back to the peeks of what we'll see when it comes to your shoes of choice! I'd definitely pair these simple L.K. Bennett flat leather sandals with this dress as it's a simple shoe as well as a fab color to change the tone of this look.
Pop in another fabulous red hue with this python cuff from one of my accessories designer's Ted Rossi. I'm also loving his white python clutch which is the perfect way to add a crispness to this look! Purchasing this cuff now through the end of June allows you to support the Ilya Peckerman Fund which benefits the Vasculitis Foundation which is a run by fellow Accessories Expert, Pamela Pekerman. I'm glad to know that a designer that both of us have a great admiration for is showing his support in the fight to support the research and education that is needed in order to uncover the cause of Wegener's Granulomatosis which is the disease that Pamela's father passed away from. I am all about shopping for a cause and you can find many other brands that are supporting her with the sale of their products by visiting the Shop4Vasculitis boutique. Sabina Les is another designer that both of us are huge fans of and I'm sso honored to call her a friend as well! Her gorgeous Circle Chain Scarf is also joining in the fight by allowing a percentage of it's proceeds to go towards the Shop4Vasculitis initiative - as it is Vasculitis Awareness Month. Complete this look with one of my fave brands, Dara Ettinger which is a sliced geode.
Happy May - we're finally locking into the time period where we definitely don't have to worry about these dips in temperature. Many of us have actually begun to dip into our summer wardrobes and we're not even looking back towards our winter gear. My love for maxi dresses has definitely encompassed the maxi skirt! I'm loving this fabulously striped pleated skirt from Alice and Olivia. When you wear something that not only has a number of colors as well as textures and movement, I like to create a little simplicity and love that this tank top from Club Monaco is the perfect item to pair with this skirt! I definitely want to pair a fun necklace with this look and Noir Jewelry has this fab bugle knot necklace has fun hues that are woven in. On you hand, this Dara Ettinger cocktail ring has a fabulous yellow hue which brings sunshine from your hand! Yellow picks back up in this look with my fave pair of sandals by none other than (shocker) Giuseppe Zanotti which has your feet wrapped in this hue as well as adding a little extra bling. With so much color, it's an even better excuse to include this python stacked set of 3 bangles to make everything look completely relaxed by Ted Rossi!
I love maxi dresses and this summer I am not only incorporating previous season's of maxi dresses and rompers but it's all about the perfect maxi skirts! In addition, I do love a monotone look with pops of color from my accessories. I love playing with proportion as well so having a slim fit maxi skirt by Malene Birger and with this fab top by CLU. I love that there is ease in the top and together it's a very laid back look (it's a look that will take you from shopping in the city, partying at Coachella and lounging in South Beach. Take it super easy with these fabulous sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti which merges tortoiseshell and a little bling together. Rock a long beaded labrodite Chan Luu necklace which plays with the neutral tones. Stack a few fun python leather bangles together by Ted Rossi (my fave accessory designer and friends of mine) which pairs the tiffany blue color with the natural grey snakeskin. This is such an easy look and with the weather we're having in the city right now.
Now I love jeans - especially the dark ones but I have bitten by my new love of rocking colored denim. This officially went live when I was on HSN this weekend and was wearing Citron colored denim! Now I'm thinking of going beyond this and into more hues! It's so fun and a nice way to spark pop into your outfit while also loving the joy that denim (stretch please) can give! Today's look is inspired by this new love! Loving the Enza Costa creates a number of angles that make this look fab.
Of course, we have to bring some fabtastic bling into this look with neutral tones! I love this set of 3 slim Urban Warrior bangles by my favorite python designer, Ted Rossi. My new obsession is Dara Ettinger with this Lori Three Bezel Cluster Sunset Ring which is a nice way to show off fabulously polished fingers! Sergio Rossi knows about rocking the heel in a fun way! I love mixing the black and white bangles with a python in the caramel hue thanks to these platform sandals. Finally, you have to carry your favorite possessions in a luxe way - check out Mulberry's Soft Travel Soft Matte Top Handle. The embellishments on this bag are fantastic as you can only have the best hardware on your bag to showcase your sense of style!
I love rocking chambray and in this romper, it's all about being femme chic for sure! I love the ribbon and the button detailing that is on this wideleg look! With the fabulous weather that we have been experiencing all over, I had to show how Spring can be embraced within this look. I'm loving fuchsia an dthere are a number of ways of including this within the site. I love Nicholas Kirkwood's Snakeskin Platform Sandals that have a mixture of hues that make this the new neutral. This Panacea Agate Pendant Necklace is a simple way to bring color close to your face. Mix it up a bit by putting Zariin Pink Agate Gold Adjustable Ring which adds a fab mineral quality to the overall look.
Finally, if you find yourself doing a day where you're hanging in the neighborhood, then this Reagan Annapolis Shopper by Hobo The Original is perfect for you! If you have been looking through your Kitten Lounge's Spring Escapes Magalog you know that we introduced this very brand new shopper within our Magalog! We also gave you a chance to enter a giveaway! You have until noon on March 21st in order to be apart of this giveaway! Tell @KittenLounge and @HoboTheOriginal how you would fill your tote! Follow both accounts and let us know and you have a chance of winning this fun tote. Not only is this a cute way to complete your look but you can also wear this with so many looks!
In less than a week, New York Fashion Week for Fall 2012/2013 will hit NYC and I will be covering shows from Thurs all the way through Feb 16th! Then I have a few days and I am LA bound! I'm beyond thrilled as it has a been a while since I have been out West and I always love the food, scenery and style of dress out there. My inspiration today is all about west coast living and the zen I feel when I am out there! As a Botanical Goddess, you can go with the less is more motif. I am loving my tried and true designer, Roberto Cavalli one shoulder dress that has a gorge botanical print on the dress. I love that you can rock this Katie Decker ring with the citrine and diamond ring. Since there are a number of fab hues within this dress from purple to green, I'm loving this BCBG Maxazria clutch that is oversized and has a fab texturized look that plays well with this outfit. Finally, Giuseppe Zanotti's Crystal Zodiac Sandals (in Virgo of course as I am born under the sign) is the perfect way to complete this amazing look for a night out, opening and much more!
How can tomorrow be the last day of the year? How can 2012 be moments away? No matter what this year was like for you, we're all about to get a clean start as we continue to move and groove into the new season! But you don't have to think about all your game changing, it's all about style and in this spread of my fave fives - I want to show how a casual black number can be glammed up and yet still be very relaxed. We're going to have amazing temperatures tomorrow so I started it off with this fab RaVon maxi dress which can be dressed up and down.
I'm loving the fur and leather Rose Satchel Brahmin which was given to me as a member of the Vogue Influencer Network. I'm a huge fan of the bag as it looks decadent and can dress up an outfit quickly and of course enhances a look that is already in the fab direction! Because of the gold accents on the bag, today's look incorporates a number of golden hues. You can rock this dress with a fab pair of Rose Gold Crystal Flat Sandals by Alexander McQueen which is perfect for those on the west coast as well as those who will enjoy the temperate climate of weather in NYC. How can you not enjoy the glitz and the glam in every step that you take? Joanna Laura Constantine has a phenomenal cuff that has studding and a great organic feel to it. Kenneth Jay Lane has an amazing black bib necklace that's the perfect way to rock a bit of bling. Finally, the hand is always a focus point with me so this Mawi Cygnet spike ring adds a bit of edge to this look!
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!
We had a reprieve from the crazy heat that we have been experiencing in the city lately! It's supposed to be 90 today but since I am running around everywhere, I'm still going to dress with heat in mind. I''m such a fan of the short romper as you can always layer something on top of it in instances where it gets to be a bit cool and yet you always look dressed no matter where you go! Pair it with this fab ring from Judith Jack. I have a necklace from this portion of the collection that I love and know that this is the perfect piece to rock on your hand. A fab necklace from Carol Marie is not only oxidized but is a conversation piece that makes you so on trend. Finally, pair it simply with fun sandal shoes from Juicy Couture.
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