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.
Yellow is a great hue and this vibrant tone is definitely one of Pantone's Spring 2013 hues that dominated the runway! I love that just by wearing this color, you have an extra spring in your step and as we continue to have longer days and warmer weather, why not shake up your wardrobe with some fun additions? This is the perfect look for the weekend, casual days in the office or of course when you're working from home. This definitely falls within my category of "nuvo glam" as it's an effortless style of dressing that can be worn to a number of places without having to change.
Start out with this Rag and Bone tank top which has a nice flare to it paired with these Victoria Beckham denim leggings which have a slightly yellow hue. Keep it cozy with this striped yellow and white cardigan by Splendid.
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Complete the look with fun accessories including these vibrant heeless shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. Add a yellow sapphire by Jade Jagger which is the perfect cocktail ring. This gold plated and onyx necklace by Just Cavalli. Adorn your wrist with this fab Alexis Bittar cuff which is frosted with crystals. Finally, complete the look with this Marc by Marc Jacobs Q hobo bag.
When going out for a special event or just to hang out for date night, what do you wear?
I get this question a lot! Going out could be a number of things but when it comes to a fab night out and doing it up classic NY style, then I have to be decked out! Although I go out for a number of things it's always nice to do it up for New Year's Eve (I loved my dress that night as it was fab while not being fussy - it was a ruched body con dress as you can see). When I'm going out for drinks and hanging out with friends, this look is such a go to look! I believe in body con dresses (in terms of my go to look) as it hugs my curves and I like the ruching as it does allow some give. There are times I love to rock brights but at heart, I love my neutrals. This Alexie dress by Reiss is striped and works across all seasons. Pair this with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti watersnake slingback heels which are staples within my closet as I can wear dresses, jeans and more with them. Accessorize this clutch with a fabulous pony hair clutch by Vince Camuto. A key signature for me is a cocktail ring. I speak with my hands a lot (if you've seen me on HSN you know I can't stop) so you should give a little something to look at. This ring by Effy Collection is the perfect accent with its smokey quartz. A sizeable bracelet is also a major part of my look. I love this chain style by Ugo Cacciatore which is another conversation starter. Dressing in this weather is not always the best when it comes to the winter, but I do love this Karl Donoghue belted shearling coat which once again can be rocked with a number of your looks.
We love working in our remote offices during the holiday season! A chance to be out of the city for a bit as well as to gain a new perspective! His Style is about taking it preppy with fab accessories. We're huge fans of Rugby and although we're focusing on this striped cardi which is all about retro athletic style, we're loving everything else about this look too! As you head home, make sure to bring some other fab finds with this Saddle Weekender Bag from Ralph Lauren Purple Label as he'll want to cart his gifts. Pop on this super warm scarf from Bally which continues the stripes. We love fingerless gloves by Tyro with a great jersey stitch and finally, complete the look with Gucci aviator sunglasses which are always in style.
I am all about running around and getting my day to day tasks taken care of - even in this heat! Sometimes it's not an option to put it off or to hope for rain so you just have to think smarter and lighter!. I'm obsessed with this Malene Birger style as I was obsessed with it when I saw it in black and white and now that I see it in this washed out yellow - kismet! Bottega Veneta has a fabulous cowry shell pendant necklace on a silver chain as well as python wedge sandals. Because I love mixing textures as well as metals, I love this Roberto Coin diamond bracelet that has silver, gold and rose gold - decadent. I would also pair this with Nicky Hilton's quartz ring which is a nice pop. Finally, I'm OBSESSED with Jimmy Choo's leopard print calf hair bag! I love that their bags also come with a cuff that can be an accessory to your bag or one that you can slip on your wrist!
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.
I love finding my perfect outfitr to travel in so that I can hit the ground running when I land. On Thurs, I will head out to Tampa for another series of shows on HSN. I always take the same flights out and back. I love an early morning flight to Tampa so that if there are delays, I have plenty of time since my shows never start until the next day. Upon landing, I always meet up with my rep as we catch up, then we do a training session, I go back to my room to lay everything out, pop back out for lunch, spend some downtime and then go out for a reasonable dinner and then back to the room to prep. Because of this schedule, I never really change out of my clothes. Here in NYC it's rainy and in the 60's and I'll be heading down to 90 degree Tampa so I like a convertible outfit.
I'm loving these Alexander Wang pointelle leggings paired with this twist racerback tank from Rag & Bone. These can be worn alone but when you hit the flight, I love this striped Haute Hippie black and cream cardigan which is cozy and will look fab with a scarf to make everything super cozy on a flight. Finally accessorize it up with this Marni cotton and gold toned brass necklace. Slip on this Giuseppe Zanotti tubular ring and complete the look with this fabulous pair of Chrissie Morris striped sandal which is such a fab look!
When I think of someone with fab men's style two people come to mind, McArthur Jospeh comes to mind. Not only is he the editor at Fashion Indie but he is also a menswear blogger for his own site, Daily Mister. I love how he nails the bow tie look everytime that I see him at an event, in his offices or when he's snapped by others at an event! Second, is Quentin Washington of Avenue Swank which is the epitome of someone who is always suave and chic whether he's in his hometown of Washington or popping into the city to attend events. I love their personalities and with them in mind, they have inspired today's post!
Here is a way of creating that same fab style and of course you can put components of it together or break it apart to make it your own. Start off with these fab cornwall blue striped bermuda shorts by Kai-Aakmann. I love that these shorts elongate the leg and when paired with a crisp white button down shirt by Maison Martin Margiela (who has a fab design house for men and women). Roll up the sleeves to give it a bit of a comfortable edge and top is off with this fabulous Etro fedora hat which has a lot of varying prints which is perfect for this look! Make the look pop from the blues by introducing the yellow paisely bow tie that's available at Mr Porter. Accessories are everything so we have to have the perfect tote to hold it all together - I love the Fendi washed calfskin cut out bag! This is perfect when you're running from one appointment to the next as no one likes a bag man! Finally, chic is defined by these fabulously suede Tod's driving loafers. Love the color and the serene yet sporty look that it adds into this overall look.
As you can see, Mingling Mondays is getting a bit of a facelift of sorts. Mingling Mondays will be about fab trends that are in season (which right now will be Spring Summer as we are in transition) worn by many of our fave celebs as they're out and about and not on the red carpet! It's a great way for you to see their personal style and to give you options. Kitten Lounge will pop in elements that we love and want you to love and the accessories that can bind this together. Sandra Bullock hits the streets of New Orleans (image from US Weekly) and I'm loving that she's rocking a maxi (which has been a huge portion of my wardrobe in Spring and in Summer. I love that she's rocking it in a stripe that becomes a chevron at the top. Chevron is definitely a huge trend for this season and you can't go wrong within this black and khaki shade. I can't say that I'm a fan of having a north/south bag slung over her in a cross body style but I love that she personalized her look and took some of the volume out of this maxi by tying a knot in it - definitely a bit unexpected!
We've seen a number of celebs rocking maxis and I'm definitely loving Ella Moss' striped maxi which has the length that I love but also adds in a bit of a nipped in waist by having a romper element added in which allows a blousson effect! I love the wider straps as sometimes having skinny straps can dig in a bit. And when it comes to vibrant hues, Vince Camuto has this fabulous keyhole effect with a tangerine hue (hot off the runways of the spring/summer 2012 runway shows) that results in colorblocked chevron! I also love that the neckline has this natural collar which is like a necklace! In terms of rocking a cute bag, these dresses beg for clutches and an envelope style is the perfect item. One of the new neutrals which has been shown for a few seasons is this gorgeous yellow python clutch by Jil Sander. Together, this is the look of spring that will carry over into the summer!
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.
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!
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