The first weekend of summer (and half day Fridays for many of my Kittens) starts this weekend - hello Memorial Weekend and all the plans that that entails! This is when you have to have your go to swimwear at the ready as you never know what the summer will entail whether it's boarding the Jitney, getting pumped for Hamptons weekends, swinging down to Miami or rocking it on your terrace right here in the city! Roll over the above images to see what's on my style radar which is filled with bathing suits full of color (you can't say swim and not think Norma Kamali, snake print wedges by Alice + Olivia, a fun tote from Rachel Roy x FEED, Ten Thousand Things, Lagos and Roberto Coin. Find out why I'm loving these pieces and how they can be included within a number of looks.
I always tell people that brunch is the most important meal of the week! It's a great way to touchbase with friends and to chat about what's going on and what you plan to do together. As we continue to transition into spring weather we can wear less outerwear and get back into wearing heels and cycling through a number of fun accessories! Roll over the above images to see how this fun look with a focus on yellow is the perfect look for wherever you're heading off to this weekend. I love Tory Burch, J Brand, Roberto Cavalli, Kimberly McDonald, Rachel Zoe, Will Leather Goods and Alexandra Tempestato.
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.
The most important meal of the week is brunch! This is a great time when you and your boyfriend can come together to catch up with what took place over the week or what will happen, where you and a number of couples can come together as you meet over a new or favorite spot OR friends come together so that everyone can get looped back in as texting and tweeting aren't enough many times in order to stay connected. Brunch makes Saturdays and Sundays a little more special and is a great chance to rock looks that you may not normally wear or to unveil your new treasures to the world! When I hang out with friends, people always comment on my shoes first and with the weather turning (ever so slowly), you can rock your spring looks now.
Shoes are one of my top two conversation pieces and it's super easy when they're Walter Steiger who is known for his architectural style of heels. This curved heel brings a lot of drama into your outfit and I love the fact that these nude/blush pumps are a great way to build on top of an outfit!
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I'm all about rocking cute dresses and the essential cuff when it's time for brunch. It ensures that I have only what I truly need, allows me to stay in the moment without all of the tech I normally take with me and know that I will be picture ready as everyone arrives. I love ombre, it's been on trend from clothing, hair, nails and more. This Otte dress is such a simple piece and incorporates grey (which I love) and emerald (Pantone's color of the year). This simple sheath shape flows on its own and also enhances your natural shape and yet is super simple. Grey is a neutral as well as nude/blush. The emerald tone a great color to bring in to give a pop to the outfit. In addition, these heels with this dress will elongate the leg and I love how there is a bit of a high/low in this dress as it's a little longer in the back then in the front.
I love that this clutch by Stark is not only my favorite material (python) but has a neutral skin with a bit of grey, white, beige and green. This is definitely a bag that you can hold in your hand and accents everything nicely. Green Tourmaline mixes well with diamonds in this Sidney Garber ring which screams luxe fabulous when propped on your finger. It pairs equally as well with Chan Luu's classic wrap bracelet. Finally, complete the look with a fabulous necklace by Jill Alberts which brings the green back into your outfit closer to your face so you can see the motif running throughout your entire outfit in a subtle way.
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.
Because I bounce around a number of time zones throughout the year, I'm always buying for various seasons as I never know where I will be AND even in the coldest of days, I don't wear sweaters as I'm always running around. What's always classic is black and white which works no matter what! In addition, I love to wear white year around (I totally don't agree with putting white on hold once Labor Day has passed). If you're running around here in NYC, you need a super coat and I'm loving this one by Burberry Prorsum check coat in black and white.This Max Mara Studio Felix top is perfect to wear with a number of looks and can be dressed up and down depending on what's going on - you can never forget to build the essentials within your closet. Pair this with Mes Demoiselles white leggings which is always chic.
Keep your legs looking long and luxe by rocking these over the knee calfhair boots in black by Le Silla (another obsession of mine). Continue the accessory love with a number of fabulous pieces. I'm not an earring person but I do love that these elongate your neck by Me & Ro. To add a little extra edge to this look, this Repossi ring has a great stacked effect and is black gold and diamonds. I love playing with neutrals and this Sydney Evans bracelet with pave black diamonds is fabulous. Growing up, I didn't like gloves because I couldn't wear jewelry and I hated taking things on and off. As many of you know, I rock large rings and they don't fit in gloves but once I moved to NYC about 10 years or so ago, I fell for fingerless gloves! It allowed me to text and to wear my jewelry - these gloves by DSquared are super cute and once again, add a bit of edge to this fresh look. Finally, I love the ode to old school classics (I remember rocking Dooney and Bourke when I was in middle and highschool) with this fab Dooney and Bourke bag which has the satchel effect.
In the world of accessories, it's so hard for me to have a favorite as I'm always embracing a new pair of heels, a bracelet, necklace etc. As many of you know, as an Accessories Expert, I always lead Accessories Forward! I pick my outfits based on these gems and love the whole process of finding the perfect mix. This time of year finds me doing a number of activities within short time frames whether it's styling a client, working on my jewelry line, checking out presentations and more. It's all about an outfit that works and ensuring that accessories keep me feeling completely in my element!
Leggings and jeggings are a major component to my look and I love a great shirt whether it's a button down or tee. I love these DSquared Slim Jeans which are a great pop of color and of course showcases the colors of my brands. It's all about an ode to old school with this fab ruffled shirt by Sara Roka.
This is such a crisp look that with fabulous accessories can really make your look phenomenal. I love these Sergio Rossi Painted Python Heels which is a great way to make a number of your looks come together without a doubt!. Never one to shy away from fun bold accessories, here are my top picks! Balenciaga's Arena Giant Rose Gold City is a fabulous touch whatever you're wearing. My readers know that I have been such a fan of this brand's bags and with so many colors that are available, how can you not find a favorite! A recent fave has been Kimberly McDonald who has so many pieces that has come on my radar. I love geodes and have been rocking a few pieces from a number of designers but her 18kt Rose Gold Geode and Diamond ring is such a fab item. Arm candy is an essential and I have a number of bracelets from Charriol and love their pave bar diamond wrist love.
Complete this look by a few more dazzling details. Lucifer Vir Honestus Diamond Trofeo Bracelet is a dynamic piece that works well whether you're dressing something up or taking it to the next level. Although I'm not a watch girl, there are times when it seems appropriate - this would be NYFW as I'm always running from one show, showroom, etc to another and getting just enough time to hang out with my girls. Movado'smother of pearl watch with diamonds is perfection. Finally, my sunglasses are everything! NYFW has some early call times when I'm backstage and events go well into the night. To ensure that I rest my eyes, I'm always looking for the perfect pair and I have been in love with Tom Ford's Rhi sunglasses which bring out your inner Charlie's Angel to be sure!
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!
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.
Tonight, The People's Choice Awards had a number of celebs hitting the red carpet and I had to choose my favorites! I love when the carpets have fabulous white dresses on them. Taylor Swift looked phenomenal in this classic Ralph Lauren plunging dress accented with turquoise earrings was the perfect touch. Ellen Pompeo looks fabulous in this long white bohemian maxidress by Lanvin which I could see being such a versatile piece to wear for a number of things such as a night out, a day of shopping and on a rooftop in Miami. Rumor Willis looks phenomenal in her black and silver Alice + Olivia dress (we had posted about the green version of this dress during the holiday season) which has just the perfect amount of sparkle. Finally Nikki Deloach has this fabulous dress that makes me think of Audrey Hepburn (we'll update with the designer).
Each Wednesday in 2013, we'll provide a number of options within a theme, This month, we're focusing on the classic Little Black Dress. The LBD is typically associated with a cocktail dress but there are so many styles that carry over to a number of looks! We're loving Victoria's Secrets The Little Tee Dress which is perfect to wear alone or layered within an overall look. This is also perfect for heading out to dinner with friends and family in a casual setting, a work event or just running around! To dress it up, rock these McQ Alexander McQueen two tone leather ankle boots which are a mix between preppy style and a bit of an edge. Ass this textured Ncbis Eve necklace. Complete the look with this Deborah Pagani diamond golden moonstone and onyx ring which has a great array of neutral hues. Finally, keep the winter chill away with this fabulous Missoni mohair coat. This works well no matter the season whether you add a fun pair of glasses, tights, a boyfriend cardigan and a fabulous scarf. In addition, this dress comes in a number of hues which are perfect for creating an essential component to your closet. Throughout the month we will continue to provide more options on various LBDs.
Each day it's getting closer and closer to NYE and of course we'll be showcasing some of our favorite looks. Today, it's a nod to menswear as well as black and white which is always chic. We're loving this Elizabeth and James black and white tuxedo which can be paired over these LAgence suede leggings as well! Complete the look with a simple cami and then layer on accessories to finish this look! I'm loving this resin Tory Burch necklace with chain detail as well as (of course) this Balenciaga city bag which includes everything you need for a night out. Finally, these simple Lorenzi heels make this utter perfection!
We're obsessed with Brazilian fashion label Morena Rosa! Select images showcase the happy merge between effortless sexy style and boho chic with this labels accessories, headpieces and shoes. With the fusion of crisp white, golden hues and tonal browns with black - we're already thinking of how fab we'll look jetsetting with these pieces!
There is such a theme going on with my favorite key looks! With so many shows and events going on, Kitten Lounge is choosing one look from one show to cover. In my quest to do this, this season it seems like I am loving crisp muted hues and white! I have been a fan of MM6 Maison Martin Margiela as we have covered them on the site many times!
You know that I'm a huge fan of minimalism with a pop of vibrant color! With that said, in a dream world I would have white bedding as nothing ever stains! I've always been a fan of Anthropologie and love how this bedding makes me think that each night I have the pleasure of sleeping on Cloud 9! With Fashion Week being days away and juggling the schedule of Kitten Lounge in addition to the launch of , my personal space is even more important to me each day! This chair by Lily Pulitzer Home is available at Neiman Marcus. I love that this navy and white chair with pink piping can sit comfortably in an all white room. As usual, my shoes become my mobile art and today, it's all about this heeless pair of Alexander McQueen shoes which always make a room feel more whimsical! Make your room feel warmer with this fab lighting from YLighting which carries on my Japanese theme in this room along with the Katagami prints available at Crate and Barrel. Finally, who doesn't love to nibble on sushi and to make it special to put it on plates such as these from CB2?
Over the past few weeks you have noticed some rolling changes and I have another one from you. As an Accessories Expert, I always love connecting you with amazing finds or showing you how I would enhance a look that I already love. I'm excited to bring a new format to Kitten Lounge - simply roll over the images and be directed to more information without having too much text to clutter the space!
This weekend, ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars star, Shay Mitchell attended Teen Vogue's Back-To-School Event rocking one of our favorite looks cas to glam hot pink blazer, white cami and a cute pair of leather shorts that are cut in a romper style. She paired this with neon limon nails, a turquoise beaded necklace, blush pumps and an agate ring. Of course I had to enhance the look just a bit with a number of pieces that are perfect to top off this look and become great staples for whatever you're wearing.
I love this Botswana Agate Ring by Chan Luu which is a great neutral, of course these fab double platform heels by Rachel Zoe are perfect and have a bit of twise as I love that the ankle has a bit of a point - as someone who adores shoes, this is such a great paor to have in your closet. I'd switch out her limon nails for a soft butter melon hue by Butter London known as Bumster. Finish the look off with this fab turquoise necklace by Kendra Scott.
We know it's still toasty out but we have to think about how we can bring summer into a great fall look as we make the transition. I am obsessed with cami's as I love the lingerie aesthetic being brought into daywear in a classy way. Gold Hawk has a fab lace tank (this would be perfection with my upcoming HSN appearance) and pair it over a pair of simple Joe's Jeans (also fab for on air appearances) for a fun look. Glam it up and make it transition into the evening with a velvet blazer by Alexander McQueen which is a bit of tuxedo menswear that is super femme with a nipped in waist. Complete the look with Ivanka Trump jewelry in rose gold with a fabulous pendant. Moritz Glik has a Kaleidoscope ring in pink gold with white sapphire crystals that float within the ring. Finally, pair these Giuseppe Zanotti lace peep toe boots to complete the look.
We keep it crisp and clean with these white looks with a pop of navy by Ralph Lauren. I love the heels and the hats that are included with this look that we will see during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London for Team USA. Also check out the fab designer as they have items that you can wear as you cheer the team on!
Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed sipping Alacran Tequila cocktails whether it's mixed with seltzer or cranberry. The black matte bottle contains white tequila which is very smooth. This bottle inspired this fab look which is one that you can see me rocking when I'm out and about. Start off with a fab pair of Rick Owens leggings which can be paired with a simple top such as this white and cream one by Elizabeth James. Rock bracelets with a large python bangle by Ted Rossi as well as another fave, Linea Pelle. I'm always known for my rings and this aquamarine Alexis Bittar and these fabulous blingtastic sling backs, Gianmarco Lorenzi. Together this look definitely embodies the nature of this fabulous bottle.
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!
We love prepping for the 4th of July, it's the middle summer holiday that we all enjoy. It reminds us that we need to make sure we make the most out of the rest of the summer! Today's pieces are inspired by this glitzy Vineet Bahl sequin knotted chiffon dress! We love that you can pop red into your home even beyond party times with this fab cabinett by Pottery Barn whether it's for kitchen items or to store your shoes! Serve everything on this Ikat blue and white platter from Mikasa and allow your guests to lounge in this Jennifer Delonge chair!
Where is the summer going? In the midst of the bombs that have been dropping today - Tom and Katie divorcing, Lauryn Hill going to jail and Adele bringing in a bundle of joy (if you haven't heard get thee to E! immediately). In the midst of the madness, we're in the midst of planning 4th of July outfits! We'd kick it off with Diane von Furstenberg whoc has a fab white bikini with knot details. This will look amazing with Virgins, Saints and Angels Magdalena necklace! As you strut around your roofdeck watching the fireworks, rock these Christian Louboutin python and lace wedges! Finally, when you have to rock appropriate attire, slip on Roberto Cavalli with this dynamic red and white caftan.
I'm not going to lie, I am a huge fan of taking night looks and rocking them in the day. The essential classic night shirt is perfect to wear later in the evening but how about bringing it in the day? Brulee currently has a sample sale and this shirt is phenom to rock in the day for meetings, errands and to board a flight! Pair this with Zero+ Maria Cornejo which has a crop knee legging which is super cute. Pop on a pair of Rupert Sanderson yellow and black laser cut butterfly heels! I love Cathy Waterman's citrine ombre beads. Pair this with Fendi's cuff and rock this Elliott Chandler cocktail ring.
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!
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