Last night, Paul and I wandered the Village after a round table and made our way to a super yummie Thai restaurant! I love the fall when the weather is just beginning to turn and you get giddy wearing a number of outerwear options and layers. In honor of this, I created a fun his and her leather/shearling spread! I'm OBSESSED over his style which rocks YSL's coat which is in a fab charcoal color which always looks phenomenal. Paired with the perfect distressed jeans by D&G and fun shoes, he's ready to be out and about looking amazing! Cap it off with a fab pair of fingerless gloves by UGG and a super cute beanie cap to wrap up the rest of the look. A quick pop into Forever 21 can provide a number of colors that are perfect to finish the look.
When she steps out, Karl Donoghue's jacket takes the aviator look to another level by combining this fab sleek look and popping shearling in to complete the look. Rock these with UGG's newest foray into fab footwear with this mix of menswear. Keep it simple with Paige Premium Denim pants. She can complete her look by pairing it with Simonetta Ravizza's marble fur hat which looks so cute and is warm and this fab crossbody bag by Woolrich.
When it comes to obsessing over a few items my closet does mini shifts but the above items are apart of my musts whether you're running to events, shoots, segments or just prepping for the upcoming holiday season! Since Fashion Week, some of these have been apart of my beauty arsenal and one item I just received yesterday but am definitely drooling over it in under 24 hours!
NP Set (available at Target) is a must in my world of lip gloss. After going to the presentation prior to New York Fashion Week and meeting Napoleon himself, I am convinced that he has a number of hues within the pinky spectrum to make you look amazing while leaving in so many enriching nutrients that you don't have to worry about stripping your lips! Yesterday as I ran out the door, my doorman let me know that a little bag was waiting for me and thankfully I paused as L'Occitane just sent me their lip balms. Now I have been a fan of their traditional hand creams for years and I think it makes awesome gifts whether it's a thank you or you're just being a proper house guest but starting Oct 12th, you can get their limited edition "In the Patterns and Scents of Africa" which has Bogolan packaging designs that are inspired by traditional fabrics of the villages. In addition to the lip balms (including 10% shea), there are shea butters in hand and body creams. The three scents are derived from 3 African flowers: Desert Rose from Morocco (fruity and zesty), Hibiscus from Egypt (sensual and sunny) and Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast (warm with that hint of cacao).
During NYFW, Kitten Lounge celebrated its 4th Anniversary at a party at Shobha and one of our generous sponsors was Birchbox which included their Sept box (items curated in conjunction with Scoop NYC. Within this curation, they included Bliss' Blood Orange and White Pepper Hand Cream which is perfect for fitting within your purse. Everyone knows that I am obsessed over blood orange and I love the thick nourishing feel of this cream while being in one of my favorite scents. Finally, Caswell-Massey has been a mainstay in my travels as I carry the packets of their Cucumber Eye Pads with me. But if you wish to stock up or have a little love on your vanity, they also have this fab jar, These are soothing as the real cucumbers without having to cut them into the thin sheets. Simply take them out and place them on your eyes and be transported to calm.
Back in March, I concluded the fun of coming off a series of long weeks that involved NY Fashion Week in Feb, Capsule (trade show) for the launch of my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 11/Holiday 11 Collection to wholesalers, my first appearances on HSN and SXSW - to relax and go to the historic Russian and Turkish Baths in the Village thanks to Spa Week! Now you can click that link and read about my experiences but the biggest take away was that this was definitely a rustic, no frills but amazing experience when done downtown! I also learned that unlike most spa treatments where you're under towels and can disrobe completely, you may not want to do so when getting a Turkish style treatment and oh yes, there is a lot of water and exfoliating involved!
As many of you know, I am one of the Curator's for Aha Life and with that comes providing decadent finds to you and parties and special events for me. I attended a pre Spa Week Party kick off that took place at the decadent Trump Soho Spa that is located in the hotel. What a fun night of henna tattoos, mini treatments and mingling! Last month, I received an email about a complimentary Turkish Hammam and realizing that I was coming off of yet another serious of chaotic events involving co-hosting a Bloomingdales x Lucky Magazine x Dior Event, going back on HSN for a second time and ending all of it with being in Dominican Republic to create my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Fall 12 line, this would be AMAZING!
With my appointment made as soon as I got back, this past Mon I came (with bikini in hand - they do have disposable panties if you prefer) and enjoyed all that is Trump! The Turkish Hammam room is gorgeous as you lay on a marble table and the entire room is covered in mosaics of various hues. You constantly hear running water as the treatment involves you laying on the heated table, getting washed with very warm water multiple times (note that if you don't want to get your hair completely wet that you should let them know so that they can try to cover it but it will get a bit wet) and an exfoliating mitt is used all over your body (you do get to keep it but note it should only be used once to twice a week as it is very coarse). With so much heat all over you, bring a water bottle - I loved it and you can feel your body reacting to all of the stimulus around you. When you have been cleaned in every way possible your body temperature is brought back down in layers of cooler and finally COLDER water. This treatment is about exfoliating and not so much about massaging and it is one that I would definitely do once a month and know that I will be doing once Fashion Week is over. I think that I would actually do this and then go straight into a massage. There is also a Moroccan version which involves everything I described with a clay/mud. After so much attention to my body, I hung out in their Relaxation Room which allowed me to sample some phenomenal teas, read a magazine and just recover and enjoy the cool air. In addition, I could have went out on the deck and enjoyed sitting out there as well. It was definitely a fab treatment and one that I would suggest to anyone who wants to revitalize the skin and just to ensure that all those layers are no longer there!
You know next weekend looks good when you are currently sitting in a weekend thinking about the next one coming up. Yes I am pleased to attend a special shopping event next Fri but I can't lie that it's going to be fun to go to PaperDoll's concert in the West Village next Saturday night. I think this calls for those special skinny jeans, a cute shirt, clucth and all the python accessories that I can find! Seriously, I began chatting it up with the lead singer of PaperDoll and after visiting their main home and MySpace page, I knew that this was something that I would always want playing on my iPod.
PaperDoll has not only been making the circuit but they have played to sold out shows at Knitting Factory, Crash Mansion and Mercury Lounge. With the release of the their debut album, Ballad Nerd Pop, this pop rock band embraces its listeners with great melodies, catchy tunes and just the feeling of excitement about their own music. I am a huge fan of the 80's sound and my favorite song is definitely, "Everything is Fine" which has a great sound and gets you ready to prepare for a night out or you may already be out enjoying a night with the girls or your growing group of friends.
Most importantly, I see Teresa as that early Gwen Stefani during the No Doubt days. I think she has a great style and definitely makes her look her own while taking ownership of her lyrics. OIf you have yet to hear this band, you can hear them next Sat! I hope to continue following this band on Kitten Lounge. as you know that I enjoy sharing indie music and I will be out next weekend catching my first (and hopefully not the last) show. I will also share my thoughts on the show as well.
I am so excited to share with you guys the Village and it also has a site that's online where you can order their yummie peanut butter. The Peanut Butter Co is known for their sandwiches that have a variety of flavors within their spreads. Peanut Butter is not only something enjoyed by children but by adults alike! Enjoy such sandwiches as the Fluffernutter, Peanut Butter Cup (this has Nutella and their freshly
ground peanut butter), Peanut Butter Club (including
two layers of peanut butter and two layers of jelly between three layers of bread) and more. If you're not interested in having one of their amazing peanut butter sandwiches, you will be able to enjoy salads and much more.
As stated before, there is also a site where you can enjoy a variety of flavors. Recently, I purchased Dark Chocolate Dreams which is a mix of peanut butter and dark chocolate! I was so excited to get this as I wanted to taste this. I have enjoyed this on mini pita breads as a great snack! There is also a peanut butter called Bees Knees which has honey in it. They are definitely creative and at least you can enjoy this nutritious food by ordering online if you're not in the city. With so many options, you're bound to find something tasty.
Peanut Butter & Co is so pleased to let you know more about their amazing brand, that they have provided a variety of jars of their rich and healthy product for 4 winners in our giveaway! Simply answer your favorite way to incorporate peanut butter in a recipe or your favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich and you could be selected as one of four winners! Begin posting to this post and by Fri at noon on 06.04.08! I look forward to seeing your recipes, ideas and more!
What are you going to do - Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday and unless you call out tomorrow, you will definitely be nursing the night's before activities. That being said, there are going to be many places that will have Cinco de Mayo specials. One of my favorite places is La Palapa that has a West Village (shown) and East Village location. I tend to go to the East Village version but tomorrow I will be celebrating my best friend's birthday and am so excited to see if I like this one as much as the other. I love the margaritas here and am such a fan of their pommegranite beverage Take some time to visit the site and plan your own impromptu outing!
So this weekend was one of those gorgeous times where you wanted to do everything outside! Even when the sun went down, you still felt the need to enjoy every last little drop. My boyfriend and I took a lot of walks (except for yesterday because I wasn't dressed for the chilly temperatures). But it got me to thinking that a great way to have a great time with your sig other, friends, etc is to take a walk around the city. I used to say that wherever you go in the city it's like stepping into a completely different area. Wlthough you may not have available funds or the time for a vacation, being in the city is like a mini one. So when I found a site that looks at the 2 year quest of a man who walked every street in NYC - I was impressed. New York City Walk follows the journey of a man via pics - pics that you may recognize and those that you may not. Although most of us will not do this, I think it is a great idea to say - this weekend we are going to head to the Village, browse some shops, have a few snacks/drinks and then grab dinner. It's a great way to learn more about the city and also a great way to spend time with someone else as well.
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