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.
ACCESSORIZE THE LOOK
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.
This winter season can be a challenge from surprisingly warm days to down right chilling to the bone temperatures! How do you dress for something like this? It's all about layers and great pops of color. I love a neutral palette and believe in mixing white, black and grey together. The versatility of this look allows you to go all over and throughout your day without wondering if you're appropriately dressed no matter the impromptu situation.
I love a great pair of skinny jeans and this pair from Paige Denim and add a fab white tank that can be dressed up and down by Rag and Bone is a fab look. Complete the look with a great rolled cardigan in grey from Ralph Lauren Blue Label. A fab pair of ankle boots add a nice touch to the look by Saint Laurent.
Of course, I'm all about accessorizing and love adding in fab embellishments to jazz up this look. All of these pieces have notes of silver, Mother of Pearl and quartz. Although I'm not a watch person, I do like this Michael Kors timepiece. Layer on a Chan Luu bracelet that adds in another subtle hue. I love this Mother of Pearl necklace which has a great depth of texture as a way to bring in an old world charm as well as being very modern. Finally, I love this quartz and diamond ring by Sandra Dini.
Finally, it's all about the bag - with this winter season that will soon transition into Spring, you have to have a pop of color and you know that I'm a huge fan of Linea Pelle as I love their rich leather, fab embellishments and amazing colors. This Dylan Medium Tote is a lovely yellow and I have been carrying this body style in the fall. I love that you can fit so much in here (many times I have my laptop in my bag and all of my tech goodies)! So kicking off today, you have the chance to win this fabulous bag and a winner will be announced on Feb 7th (the first day of NYFW) so that you can begin building your closet on the way to great style!
Win this great bag by visiting Linea Pelle and making sure that you sign up for their newsletter. Next follow and tweet @KittenLounge and @LineaPelle telling us what fabulous color you are looking forward to adding into your wardrobe this season and include the hashtag #LPKLSpring2013. A winner will randomly be selected!
While I was away at the Essence Music Festival at Crest, there were a number of celebrities making the rounds throughout New Orleans! Carol's Daughter had their pop up shop which allowed people to buy a number of their products AND to get a chance to chit chat with a number of celebrities! Unfortunately, I was in the midst of doing my Meet and Greets at Crest but I had to share two of my favorite people that I wanted to see if my times had meshed a little better - Erica from Mary Mary (which I ended up seeing later at NOLA Emeril's restaurant later that night) and who is pictured next to founder, Lisa Price and of course Tank! One of my fave products right now is the Macadamia Hold and Control Smoother which my boyfriend uses all the time to style his hair. I love that not only is this a fab product in terms of unisex use but as many of you know Paul is Italian, Sicilian and Hungarian and loves this in his hair so it's definitely a multi -texture tool! He loves using this on the front of his hair for a thicker look as he uses another styling gel for his sides for a sleek look and then another for the back. You can't say that guys don't pay close attention to their hair!
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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!
Who doesn't love rocking yellow? It looks fabulous, makes you feel warm inside and there are so many ways to do it to make you feel comfortable. First, I'm loving this white tank with yellow embroidery from Anthropologie which has such a free flowing lok to it which will look fab with the flared trousers from Alberti Biani. Make it look fab by rocking a pair of Christian Louboutin which are white with a red back and heels and black straps. Rafe makes this look even more chic with their miniaudiere solid shell clutch and of course bling it out with Tiffany & Co's citrine ring!
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!
Sometimes it's difficult to go to the gym as much as I want to depending on my schedule but as you know, I have been heading to Lucille Robert for the past month to show you all the elements that are great about this gym with our readers. The biggest takeaway is that Emily is my trainer and she always teaches me little things that I can work on regardless of when I see her! This week, this came in handy when I didn't hit the gym as much as I wanted between doing lunges, wall push ups and more! I definitelyl suggest a trainer whether you do this weekly, once a month etc as they can spot you and let you know how better form can be a benefit for your ongoing excercises. More importantly, they can let you know about modifications that make it easier to your routines as you work up to doing it a standard way or to make you feel comfortable!
Of course, I work out best when I feel good which means - an outfit is essential! I am obsessed with Reebok sneakers as I love how it distributes my weight easily and that my feet are completely supported. I also love wearing socks by New Balance as they have just enough cushion! With the fabulous weather, I love that I can dress straight for the gym and throw on a hoodie to block the slight chill so this means that capri exercise pants are the perfect item to rock out in. Nike has a great pair that's puffed. I always keep it simple with tanks (although the other day I was working out in my Lakers tank) such as this one which is perfect for yoga by Tek Gear.
I'm loving this caramel and grey combo of style that's perfect for a Saturday afternoon that is springy! I'd definitely love to have this Donna Karan oversized sweater that's a 3/4 length! Pair it with the American Vintage Heather grey tank that can be worn with a number of looks and pop in a colored legging from TopShop! Of course as you're heading to brunch, there needs to be some fun pieces like Devon Leigh's Amber and quartz necklace which adds depth and an unexpected pop of color. Ankle boots are an essential in your closet and this Raphael Young panther pair are a nice way to complete the look. Finally, loving this bag which is so lush by Christian Louboutin and is known as the Sybil Springbock Fur Tote.
I hesitate to say it but in NYC, we've had one of the best winters ever! In many ways, we've been able to leave the house with a lighter jacket on and layers. Since it's almost mid March, we need to continue thinking Spring and rocking as many layers as possible! I'm all about taking super cute looks and keeping it easy. Pair this grey tank from Splendid with these super cute skinny jeans from Faith Connexion which has a great rinse and distressing on it. Top it off with Rachel Zoe's tailored leather jacket which is definitely a nod to menswear and will make you look ultra femme. To take this look for casual runs to the office and then to go out for drinks and beyond, I have fab accessories that you can layer in! First off, I'm DROOLING over Burberry Prorsum's rich plum clutch which I have been seeing in the windows currently and is always a head turner. Pair this look with these hinged bracelets (love mine) from Alexis Bittar to add in a pop of jewels and you can never go wrong with a cork heel. I'm loving this paisley brown toned shoe which is a great neutral fro Theodora & Callum. Finally, I love rocking fab rings on my hand and this one by Charriol has a nice texture and that casual bling which can go from day to night!
Here we are at the midweek of NYFW! We're going to runway shows, presentations, parties and so much more! We change looks throughout the day when we can and it's definitely tough during the winter season as you never know when a snowstorm can come messing up your fashionable looks. But when I hit the portion of this time of year when it's time for a fun night out, convertible looks are always fun. Something easy and chic and of course cab appropriate! I'm loving this tank fromHelmut Lang which has an asymmetrical angle at the hem and paired with black leather leggings from Jay Ahr. Slip on this pair of heel-less Giuseppe Zanotti's which look amazing and hello, there isn't a heel!
Cap off this look by this Rick Owens jacket. Finish the ensemble with the Agrigento amethyst raw necklace. Rock this crystal rock cocktail ring from Low Luv x Erin Wasson and finally the perfect calf skin hair bag which is classic and has a pop of color in it as well thanks to Fendi.
Yesterday I shared one of my fave looks to rock as you think about what you can wear for Thanksgiving. Today, it's all about that rustic boho chic vintagesque vibe that's fun to wear. Start off with basics such as jeggings from Seven For All Mankind and pair it with a Balmain tank which has the perfect amount of distressed detailing. Top it all off with this fabulous boucle Givenchy cardigan. Pair it with Yves Saint Laurent pendant which brings in natural qualities to the overall look. This cocktail ring by Dara Ettinger has a fab mix of clustered citrine and gold which is perfect as you're talking turkey. Finally, pop on Koolaburra's Veleta which has fab fringe detail which is perfect footwear conversation!
OMG it was super cold outside earlier today and by the end of the day, it was even colder! So now that we are in this season, how do we arm ourselves against it? Start off with this Raquel Allegra tank which is distressed, paired over Adriano Goldschmied Sateen jeggings! Wrap yourself in this fabulously warm Day Birger Et Mikkelsen chunky cardigan (which is an essential part of outfitting. As always, we need to rock fab accessories. I'm loving this equally chunky Sandra Dini musk quartz and diamond ring and this Chan Luu semi precious agate slice necklace! Finally, we need to ensure that our feet stay warm and I'm loving LISKA's raccoon fur boot which looks amazing and caps off this look wherever you're heading!
Yes it's still the summer but like my wardrobe that is for being out and about, my workout gear also transitions as well! I am a huge fan of rocking black and grey when exercising and many times when I am doing a class, I love to layer it up as well. There's nothing cuter than cropped yoga pants which are from Fila and are all about performance. Include a simple tank like this one from Splendid and a cute cropped terry tee by Stella McCartney and you're ready for the fitness runway as well as looking fab! Pop on your Ryka sneakers and to pull your hair back, Forever 21 has a great scarf with just a bit of color. Grab your Adidas bag which also allows you to run around right after to whatever the day may take you. Keep it fresh by putting The Body Shop's gentle facial cleansing wipes. As you guys know, we're getting closer and closer to NYFW so I also pop in one of my super nutritious snacks from Fresh Diet so that I can snack in a healthy way!
As I mentioned last week, it's all about staying healthy on Kitten Lounge whether it's for a designated event or your lifelong process. Each Fri, you're going to find fab ways to get styled to look fab but to dress appropriately at the gym. Right now, my obsession is workout leggings! Not only are they comfy but it pulls together your look in such a great way! Stella McCartney's yoga stretch jersey pants are definitely a must! I've been wearing these pants this week during my workouts. I love tanks and once again this Nike tank has that great fashionable look while also being suitable for hitting the machines. Complete the look by this brands' hoodie - especially when the weather begins to turn. I love Puma's and this is a cute look. I love sporting grey and black and although I pair down my jewelry when I work out, I don't exercise without at least a little bling. I'm loving Emily Armenta's ring which is definitely something you'll notice when you're on the elliptical.
Earlier this week, I've been tweeting out about Fresh Diet. No I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight as I'm a size 2 but I do believe that it's important to stay toned. As you know, I'm always traveling for work, running to events and attending brand meetings for collaborations. This means I'm grabbing food on the go or I'm so tired when I get home that I may not be making the most healthy choices (or falling asleep out of pure exhaustion). Whether you're like is super crazy or you feel that you need portion control, Fresh Diet is a customizable meal plan that creates order out of your culinary life. First you select how long your plan will be for (mine is a month), how many calories you wish to eat (I picked 1100 - 1200) and then comes the fun part. Go to your pantry and select the items that you don't like by food category. This will help you when you start selecting your daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert - if you opt out of dessert you can have another snack or appetizer) as it will alert you when an ingredient you don't like is included within an item you selected. For every meal, you choose between a small selection of items and each day, you get a new series of items to choose from! Once you select, you wait for your meal to arrive which is at your door (or in my case doorman). When you've completed your meal, you can place your bag outside and they swap it - no intrusion, no worries about waiting around for the delivery and all the heating instructions are included on your handy dandy menu. I'm a huge fan and have had such a fab selection and I love that a rep reaches out to ask how everything is going. If you need to halt a delivery, everything can be managed within your account online - easy! It's definitely worth checking out and I love that they are sponsoring us in our #KLFitness as we tone up for Fashion Week.
Yesterday I talked about getting the summer version of the power outfit! The look that makes you feel so pretty and cute while allowing you to make the moves necessary to get to the next level! Today, I focus on another work essential! Now, if you work from home, you may have your team come to you so true loungewear is necessary but sometimes you have those hours or days where you have the home to yourself. You can truly be cozy, you're well stocked with coffee, salads and more - it's a power day of work where you, your laptop, iPad, legal pad and more will be tearing through work. When having those days, I do tend to start my day stocking my tote with everything that needs to get done to prep for conference calls, while tackling my ever growing to do lists. It's rare that I'm not at an event, traveling, etc so it's nice to start the day with tea in my babydoll to get work done!
I am a big believer in making sure that I am always dressed no matter what so why not have this phenomenal Betsey Johnson babydoll which is easy breezy and can even be layered over an elongated tank if you opt to not wear it alone. I actually do wear jewelry even when lounging as I think having a necklace (new to me and my new obsession Marv Graff) combined with a pave ring (loving Sethi Couture) are the perfect ways to enhance your look! Finally, a tote to put all the "must do" items together to start on first can be in this super fun Lanvin bag which has fab color to complete the look. Who doesn't want to be Pretty in Pink?
Everyday we have a new obsession but this weekend we had to settle in on one of my favorite looks. Black and grey don't have to be drab at all which is one of the key components of this look. In addition, I am a huge fan of the brands above especially nOir which is a phenom jewelry line! I am all about the cozy cardigan, a simple tank and the fab accessories that make this look rock when it comes to your leggings or your jeans! Each day is a bit closer to being able to get closer to opening presents and ringing in the new year wherever you plan to see the ball drop. This look is perfect for errands, traveling and meeting that cutie across the way where the mistletoe begs to be used! What are your go to looks when it hits this season and what about this makes you want to carry it into the new year for your signature look?
Who doesn't love rocking the rocker look? It has edge and yet you're guaranteed to enjoy the sexy look that comes with it! Today's look pairs a fab pair of skinny jeans with the Zafira (Tamara collaborated with Marilyn Minter to create striking imagery of the 15th Crystal Anniversary Collection) from Jimmy Choo. Nude heels continue to be a fab trend that everyone is paying attention to. Top it off with a simple tank and a fab necklace and the look works from coast to coast. Layer up with a cardigan when you get chilly or a motorcycle jacket. On days where it's required for you to fly in and fly out this is perfect to wear when you board your flight!
Later on tomorrow night, I'll be back in NYC but for now I'm enjoying my business trip which has brought me to the DR. I may enjoy rocking maxis when the weather is warm but as the chill sets in - here are 4 pieces that are a must as I'm on my way back home. I love the above look as I can run to meetings, Editor's appointments and drinks later on without worrying about whether my look will work. I live for tanks and when it comes to layering up, I love having a tank that fits slightly loose. It looks fab when paired with a blazer but if it gets warm, you can simply wear it with your leggings and I love knowing that it covers my pants to the hip. The blazer is fab as it always pulls your look together and you can rock a cute necklace or even a series of cuff to complete everything. Finally, a pair of peep toe pumps in patent leather makes you NY chic and ready! Whether you're rocking leather leggings or a ruched pair, this is a fun essential to have. There are so many ways to play up this look whether you swap a blazer with one that has sequins or suede - always fun or whether you want to integrate more color.
Over the past few days I have spent a lot of times in design meetings as I begin working on my collab lines (this style also works well when you're traveling as well so that you can hit the ground running). It's like going into the boardroom but really showcasing a bit of my personality through my look. Fortunately, last week I was still able to embrace a lot of my summer looks with a layer of fall. This means that I'm able to rock my slubby tees and tanks with fab skinny jeans or leggings and a draped cardigan. It's pretty much my signature look as we are going into a transitional period from a leather standpoint. In addition, I am a sucker for a fabulous pair of over the knee boots! This season I am looking for a flat version of this style as I finally found the perfect heeled version last season! I love that over the knee boots elongate the leg, allow you to have a sexy vibe and it's practically like wearing pants as only a small portion of the jean pops out! Now because I enjoy wearing black and grey as we head into the fall and the winter, my bag is super key. During the Carmen Marc Valvo show this past Fashion Week, I drooled over every accessory that the models rocked as they were all from MCM Worldwide. I love that the line is always classic and yet has these fashionable elements that are thrown in. Since we'll soon be running around in cardigans, coats and additional outerwear, our bags take an even larger prominence in how we style ourselves. This bag is so decadent since it has those rich cognac/caramel hues as well as fab hardware and fur! Think about how you can pop in color and stand out as you go about your day!
It's been chilly the past few days but when it's grey outside with threatening rains, I like to turn the grey into my wardrobe! I love that it works well with a number of places that you will head off to and that this particular look is also a fab way to support Breast Cancer efforts as well. This look is super easy as you can start with your "blank canvas" which is a tee/tank and a pair of jeans. The cashmere rugby is super cozy and drapes well across the body. Then the boots have enough of that rugged edge that definitely shows that you mean business! Pop a bit of color in with a pink talon necklace and of course this ripped detailed bag as well. Grey doesn't have to be boring and it works well from season to season!
Can you believe that tomorrow is Sept - I can't believe it which means next month is Oct and we're almost in the holiday season. Before I get ahead of myself, let's close out Aug with focusing on looks in your closet. What I love most about Fall is the fact that you can play with layers which is always fun. I'm definitely going to be rocking skinny jeans and leggings, a long tank or 3/4 sleeve top and a long cardigan or blazer. What I love about this look is that it looks fab with a pair of heels, booties or riding boots! In addition, you can play with cuffs, necklaces of various lengths and more. You can rock a belt, the possibilities are endless. This is a basic idea but where you go with it and what accessories you throw in are only going to enhance what it is about you that you want to share with others. Many of these pieces are just great core basics that you should have in your closet anyway! Think about ways of taking simple items and jazzing it up whether you're going to the office, having a meeting or hanging out with friends later!
We all have that rocker chic style in us and it's super easy to recreate. Last night as I was walking around I could smell fall in the air. Being a girl from Indiana, it's one of my favorite scents no matter where you live! I love thinking about my looks for this time of year as it's a great transitional period that allows you to layer your summer pieces and then eventually bring in the winter ones! So I have the above jacket from Coach which I adore and can't wait to wear it with a number of pieces. I love that the lining is this gorgeous green and it's not even a question that it will be paired with skinny jeans (I know people are talking about the trend going to a bell bottom but I don't see this happening on a large scale and certainly not to a point where people are going to be dumping skinnies right and left).
I love wearing a tank (obsessed with Vince) into this look as it's simple and easy to put on when you have a day that doesn't have a power meeting per se and you're running around getting things done and then meeting up for wine and cheese! What makes this outfit drool worthy are the Christian Louboutin Armony Ankle Boots - with a removable cuff. I adore these shoes and think it adds the perfect rugged edge to this look while keeping it very clean. It's military meets Easy Rider and this is a must for what I want to wear when I'm out and about. In theory this look can be created very easily as it's that classic American style with a few piece that give it a worn look but in a chic way! Follow the #KL31BdayStar picks for our essentials for fall and what's on my birthday list!
In an ideal world, I would be in a cabana this very second taking in fab drinks, nibbling fruits and just lounging. But in reality, I'm running around the city getting odds and ends done as I have projects beginning and ending. But whether this is what you're doing now or will be, how cute is this look to sit poolside? I also love (minus the bikini) that this look can be broken apart and worn when you're out and about which is always a nice thing to have as well when you're thinking about building your look! This look could be super cute with a pair of cut off shorts and a tank and everything else would still look fab whether you're heading shopping, brunch or just hanging out in the park with friends.
Project Accessory is a series of posts in a year long project which looks to present designers and their pieces to Kitten Lounge's readers while also highlighting how they are an essential element to the overall outfit and the lifestyle through this weekly webisode format. As an Accessories Expert, Kimmie has worked with a number of brands who have signed on to this project. Last week she looked at Accessorizing for Brunch and this week she tackles how visiting a space is the perfect place to show off your space!
Project Accessory continues with 3 amazing designers NK Henry, Victoria Tillotson and Alexis Bittar. Today we tackle the ever growing question - how do you dress to a cool loft event whether it's to see a local band, go to a fashion show or to head out to an art exhibit? As mentioned in the video, it's about starting with your blank canvas. I live in jeans and tanks and wear this to a number of places. Since this is the look I'm most comfortable with, it's important for my accessories to amp up the outfit! Today. I started out with a fab Murano ring that I got in Italy and Whitney, a super long necklace that I created from my line, Kitten Couture.
Cuffs and bangles are the way to go on this one and I show you how a blank canvas merely amplifies the whole situation. Imagine that it's consistently warm, you have a number of events and you're all about keeping it casual. Now you have the perfect look and all you need is your favorite arm candy to complete the look!
I love this time of year but with temperatures still fluctuating, people wonder how to dress so that by the time you step out, you're not too warm! I love these tunic tanks that come with a scarf as it looks so breezy and effortless. You can pair this with a swing cardigan if a chill sets in but as expected here in NYC - we'll be at 80 degrees by mid week. Pair this with some goled love with this extra long cuff, fab pyramid ring and pop in some color with these Mimi Wedges from Christian Louboutin. Now you're ready to go through your day while you also have the options of unexpected beverages with the girls or wherever you may be off to.
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