Friday, May 28, 2010

FitFlop Clogs

FitFlop has created a clog! Hmmm, I don't know how I feel about a non-heeled clog, but it does come in many fun colors. Has anyone out there actually gotten in better shape from this FitFlop technology? Pre-order at Kirna Zabete for $119.

Kathy's Design - Jersey One-Shoulder Dress

I wanted a fancy "t-shirt" dress, so I decided on making a one-shoulder dress with ruched sides. I chose bamboo jersey; it's a pretty slinky but really soft and comfy material. I throw on a cardigan for when I'm at the office; off comes the cardigan for a night out. And I looove the color - a super versatile and dreamy grey-lavender.

Two Tone Set Earrings

You know, I have never really thought about the unique things you can do with jewelry settings (other than rings of course!). This two tone one by Judith Ripka is a fun twist while still remaining subtle. Buy in pink, yellow or blue stones for $275 at Nordstrom.

Cut Out Neck Blouse

This sleeveless blouse has such pretty lattice-like cutouts on the neck! And the high collar also gives a tiny bit of an Asian vibe, almost Mandarin collar-like. Me likey! Buy in blue or white for super sale - just $99 at Adam!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jade Leopard Print Skirt

Jade Leopard Print SkirtThe label Rika has some amazing prints, like this jade green leopard! OMG, I wish I wasn't broke, because I would snatch this up in a heartbeat, it's on sale for $140 at Opening Ceremony.

Blue Tie Dye Dress

This dress has a cool painterly tie dye print I like very much! And it's tres affordable, just $66 at Revolve Clothing! Pair with flat sandals for day, some tan platforms for night!

Lyell Closing Sale

Sadly, Lyell in NYC is closing this Friday. I love this label for it's uber-feminine pieces, like lace trim blouses and chiffon dresses. Up to 60% off, including spring pieces. 173 Elizabeth Street, between Spring and Kenmare. Today and Friday, noon until 7 pm.

One Shoulder Ruffle Romper

I don't wear rompers myself, but I do think they can be a fun change of pace from dresses or skirts! This one would look great dressed up for a night out, pair it with some bright heels! Buy at Arden B. for $58.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Sex & the City 2" Premiere in NYC

I was thrilled to go to the HP press preview of "Sex & the City 2" last night with Alyssa! It started off with a press party beforehand with fun HP stuff I didn't have time to play with because stupid Megabus doesn't take into account rush hour traffic when estimating arrival times! I did manage to get a few shots of Vivienne Tam items and saw some of my favorite fashion bloggers, Jordanna of Clutch 22, Amy of Midtown Girl, Julia of Fashion Pulse Daily, Sarah of Style It, Jessica of What I Wore and Yuli of My It Things!

We then all piled into limos and off we went to the Paris Theatre! There were tons of tourists outside taking pictures as we walked the red carpet and I know I felt very special! Celebrities in the crowd (besides us) including Chrisitian Siriano, Vivienne Tam, Fern Mallis, Nigel Barker, girls from "The City" and more.

A review of the movie itself without any spoilers.... I found the first movie to be way too much of a downer. I personally identify with later seasons' Miranda, so that whole her and Steve almost breaking up really traumatized me! Well, no fear of being depressed after watching "Sex and the City 2" - it can only be described as a madcap caper with crazy fashion and lots of cocktails! I almost feel like they went too far in the lightheartedness, certain moments definitely maxed out my cheesy meter. But there was an extremely fun, yet touching scene between Miranda and Charlotte as they talked about the trails of motherhood that was dead on and probably my favorite moment in the whole film. It's definitely worth a girl's night out, so buy your tickets now!
After the movie was the after-party at Bergdorf Goodman! There Alyssa and I got out picture taken with Stanford, squee! There were belly dancers all about, delicious Middle Eastern food, tons of cosmos, and glamorous people checking each other out. Of course we had to leave super early to catch the bus, next time I am SO spending the night in NYC, I didn't get near enough time to hang out with my friends!

See all my pictures here:

Magic Elephant Tee

Magic Elephant TeeThis fun, colorful tee would be great with some boyfriend jeans and sandals! And all the proceeds benefit Magic Bus, a charity that helps children living in poverty in India! Buy at French Connection for $30

Coach Blogger Bags

Coach recently had four personal-style bloggers create their own limited-edition bag and I may eventually forgive them for not asking me ;). What Is Reality Anyway's Krystal Simpson created a fringey shoulder bag ($498), The Glamourai's Kelly Framel designed faux croc drawstring pouch ($398), Karla Deras of Karla's Closet dreamed up an oversized clutch ($398) with a detachable strap, and Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere came up with a pretty pink satchel ($498). You can pre-order your favorite now to get next month! I just wish they had fashion blogger prices, not Vogue editor prices :P

Linen Jumpsuit

Need a casual cool look for this Memorial Day Weekend? Toss on this chic, linen jumpsuit! It looks impossibly comfortable, but I'm not really sure why it's such an expensive $377 at ShopBop!

Scalloped Batwing Lace Top

Scalloped Batwing Lace TopThis grey lace top by Beyond Vintage is so pretty!! I has a matching underlay - I wonder if you could remove it and wear a bright tank underneath for a different look? Buy at Basic Boutique for $180.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fox Tail Keychain

More proof that tail keychains worn at the waist will be an official trend! This one at Oak NY is a much more expensive $142 - maybe you should just go to your local Furry Convention to find something similar.

Meeting Rachel Roy

It's been a fashion-filled past couple of days for me! Rachel Roy came to DC Metro area over the weekend to promote her diffusion label, Rachel Rachel Roy, which is sold on her site and at Macy*s. With clothing, shoes, jewelry and purses all retailing for under $250, RRR has quickly become my go-to place to look for on-trend, affordable pieces!

I was already planning to attend the event, but was thrilled when I was invited to actually interview the designer herself! When I arrived, there was already a forever long line of people waiting for autographs, fun music was playing and there were complimentary refreshments circulating about. Models were rocking her latest designs, one was even wearing the studded heels I had posted last week!
Almost three hours into her meeting and greeting she took a few minute break to speak with me. Up close I was slightly blown away by her glowy beauty and dazzling smile. It would be easy to hate her if she didn't work so hard and wasn't so impossibly nice - that's right she's one of those beautiful, talented, super sweet people that makes the rest of us look bad. Cut that out, will ya?

Talking about what inspired her to partner with Macy's to create Rachel Rachel Roy, she says that she always wanted to create a line for "the younger sister" for the shoppers of her designer, ready-to-wear line. She goes on saying, "This was the girl that I used to be or the girl that I aspired to be when I was a bit younger. Where I grew up Macy's was the fanciest department store in my city and the idea that what I'm doing can transfer down into a different price point means a lot to me, since I was that young girl who read Vogue but couldn't afford anything in Vogue." Sigh, I'm still pretty much there. "I guess I'm trying my best to respect my customer and give her good, on-trend product inspired by the runways."

As for this most recent Spring / Summer RRR collection, Rachel was inspired by a girl who was "Parisian traveling through Africa." A combination of her chic aesthetic with tie dye and ethnic prints, and flowy silhouettes resulted in an uber-tempting collection with items that fit into summer trends while remaining wearable season after season!
As for what's next, I hope I planted the idea of a dog accessory line, I would definitely snatch up RRR dog carriers, collars, bowls and beds! And, even though I swore I would never dress my pup even, I would love doggy clothes too! Rachel thought it was "such a cute idea!" so here's hoping ;) She asked to see a picture of my own doggie, but I was using my phone as a recorder. Also on the plate would have to be a line for little girls, since she has two of her own, and beauty. She's "a big fan of make-up and how that can transform you."

Finally, as a blogger I was obligated to ask her about how she felt social media and fashion could work together. Her company already does such an amazing job, heck this lowly blogger had a chance to interview her! She says "it's such a smart way to connect with you customers! I get instant feedback, so I hear when something works and when something doesn't work, I hear what they like and I get ideas from them. They can also get more information on me and just get to know me and what's important to me." Rachel does a lot of work giving back to the community, you should check out her Charity = Clarity Program and her work with OrphanAid Africa.

Once I shut of my phone recorder, Rachel actually asked to see a picture of my dog again, isn't that just the sweetest? You'll be pleased to know she totally cooed over Kyoko, thus making her the most awesome design ever ;)

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Check out all the pictures of the event here:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Suede Wedge Platforms

Suede Wedge PlatformsOoo, I was immediately drawn to this Whyred platform wedges, so simple and yet so impossibly chic! But at a pricey $455 at Gargyle, way out of most people's price ranges. And really, you could buy the Jeffery Campbell Pixie wedge for less than half the cost and get almost the exact same look! This would be a lust for less is said wedge wasn't currently sold out everywhere, though Sole Struck claims the will be getting more soon.

State of Style Awards & Benefit 2010

Last week was the State of Style Awards & Benefit 2010. Put on by the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, it brought together the efforts of major trade organizations, non-profits, industry veterans and designers involved in the development and preservation of the American fashion industry.
So first up was the Awards Luncheon, held in a Senate building due to fashion-related advocacy meetings earlier in the day. Of course I keep beeping as I try to get through the metal detectors, I ended up having to take off my shoes - the fashion horror! I was dressed a little conservatively just because I was also my own photog which means running around in sky high heels just wasn't an option. But notice how I did rock out some color, pairing a bright green tee with a dark purple skirt and blazer. It was nice to see how stylish people got:
Here's Tina Durisseaux of Tdurisseaux Style and Marc-Aidan Wiley, Fashion Editor of Mwari Magazine. I like the shoulder details on her cardigan!
What, is this DC's own version of Bobby Trendy?
And here is GWFCC President Christine Brooks-Cropper with honoree Fern Mallis!

As for the awards - GWFCC Fashion Chamber Choice Awards went to jewelry designer Evelyn Brooks; Fashion Advocacy of the Year Award went to Save the Garment Center (those of you who go to NY Fashion Week probably remember them!); GWFCC Fashion Scholarship Award went to student Abegbmisola Ademisoye; Honorary Fashion Leadership Awards went to D.C. Council member Michael Brown; Leadership in Emerging Business Award went to Lara Miller, fashion designer and Executive Director of the Chicago Fashion Incubator; and Elements of Fashion Legacy Award went to Fern Mallis.
As for the Benefit later that night, we got to see designs by Kustom Looks, Kas Collection, Evelyn Brooks Designs, Tashia Senn Collection, CG Originals, Tsyndyma Collection, Abegbmisola Ademisoye, Artistic Aya and Lara Miller. Here's me and Janice of The Capitol Fashionista on the red carpet! You love my Marc Jacobs misplaced heels!
Check out all of my pictures from the Awards Luncheon and Benefit here:

Chloe Scalloped Bikini

Chloe Scalloped BikiniI immediately thought this swimsuit is adorable...but I already have bittersweet feelings towards it. I wish it came in another color. I don't like black swimsuits for some reason...doesn't it seem counter-intuitive to wear a swimsuit that absorbs heat and hides your curves? And scalloped tan lines might be interesting... But if you love it, get it for $205 at Net-a-Porter.

Mounted Grace Necklace

Mounted Grace NecklaceThis mounted Grace Jones necklace just cracks me up! I feel like just wearing this would make me stomp around like a model going, "Rawr I'm fierce!" Buy at Ssense for the sale price of $57.

Cropped Sweatshirt Sweater

Cropped Sweatshirt SweaterI don't really believe in spending lots of money on the athletic sweatshirt look, but at least this Joie top has a touch of luxe wool and cashmere! Buy at Intermix for $178.

My Style Challenge: A Denim Dress

Inspired by Jeninne of The Coveted and Wendy Brandes, I decided to dip my toes into denim. Obviously I wear plenty of blue jeans (all skinny, all dark), and even the occasional jean skirt or jacket, but I can't help but harbor a secret hatred of the material that makes me think of cowboys, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, and ugly, Holly Hobby arts & crafts.

So, time get an attitude adjustment!
This is another piece I stole from my mom's expansive closet (which has taken over both my old room, my sister's old room, the basement... yes, it's where I get it from, I know, I know!). It's just a super simple denim shirtdress. It's a little loose, but I've discovered a belt fixes this problem easily... yes the belt was stolen from my mom as well :P
I paired with my pewter wedges that I love and my circle sunglasses since I'm always wearing my other pair by Oliver Peoples. A perfect casual Friday outfit! And later in the night I swapped out the shoes for some edgier platform heels and I was ready for a night out on the town!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Giant Spiked Pouchette

Giant Spiked PouchetteI don't know about you, but if I owned this purse I would run around swinging it about my head like a mace and scream "This! Is! Sparta!" over and over again. Luckily for my friends and family, it's an out of my price range $395 at Patricia Field.

Frilled Short Jacket

Frilled Short JacketI saw a jacket similar to this last night at the State of Style Benefit in DC (post to come once I get all my pictures in order!) and my friend and I thought is was super cute! Well this one is only $53 at AKIRA... tempted!

LOFT Summer Style Event

This Sat you can go to the LOFT closest to you for music, snacks and, of course, SHOPPING! Full price items are 30% off.... why oh why did my car break down this week and make me broke?? But... need more of their fab tees and tanks, I plan to get every color before I finish! Check out all the details at EventsAtLOFT.com.

Giveaway: Skagen Silver Mesh and Crystals Watch

Skagen Denmark has provided us with this gorgeous watch to give away to one lucky reader. This Signature Reflection watch has a sky blue glass face, Swarovski crystal time indicators, and a silver mesh band. I'm wearing one right now and I love the elegant, yet streamlined design. Its also surprisingly light.

If you'd like to win this watch, just let us know by leaving a comment on this post before 12PM ET, Friday May 28th. Be sure to leave an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win. We'll pick a random winner from the comments. Due to shipping costs we're going to have to limit this to US residents only.

Be sure to check out the Skagen Denmark website for more watches, as well as some beautiful, unique jewelry at pleasantly reasonable prices.

About Skagen Denmark:

The Skagen Denmark Collections reflect owners Charlotte and Henrik Jorst's creative Danish spirit with clean, elegant designs, skillful craftsmanship and technical perfection. The Jorsts have a hand in designing each piece of the Skagen Collection, from watches to jewelry to sunglasses.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Asymmetrical One Piece

Asymmetrical One PieceIt's not always easy to find a unique, interesting bathing suit, but this Rosa Cha one piece does the trip with its asymmetrical strap. It also has some corset detailing, this could be wearable as a bodysuit, don't you think? Does that make its $370 price tag at ShopBop any better?

Black & White Denim Blazer

Pair this black & white denim jacket with some blue jeans and you can get a much less obvious denim on denim look! Buy at Rock & Republic for $278.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Slouchy Scoopneck Tee

This looks super comfy and would look great paired with cutoffs and sandals for a BBQ, or dressed up a little with a slim skirt! But mostly I'm posting this because this tee isn't grey or even gray, it's "grai." Bahahaha. Also available in a light blush, you can buy at Revolve Clothing for $74.

White Bermuda Leather Shorts

Looking for a great summer leather piece that you could actually wear to the office? Look no further, these white leather shorts look light and fresh and are long enough to appease many (but not all) HR departments. Buy at Asos for$313.

Silk Asymmetric Tie Dye Dress

Silk Asymmetric Tie Dye DressWhile everyone is swooning over the white Halston Heritage dress designed and worn by SJP, why not rock this more unique tie dye dress to you "Sex & the City" premiere? Buy for $276 at Far Fetch.

Corvus Noir

You simply must check out this company I discovered recently, Corvus Noir! All the jewelry are reworked vintage pieces, one of a kind and super unique! And affordable, prices can be as low as $35 - not bad!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Distressed Leather Clutch

This Rebecca Minkoff clutch is so eye catching! I love the metallic / distressed finish combo, it has a shiny, almost marbled feel to it! Buy at ShopBop for $350.

Kathy's Design - Ruffle Blue Top

One of the latest things that I designed and made is this top with a bustier-inspired ruffle and armwarmers. I found this amazing cerulean blue, gauzy, wool jersey that I fell in love with... but turns out was a pain to sew because of the delicate nature and the stretchiness of the fabric. Panic inducing, but I'm so happy that it turned out so well! I wore this with a charcoal grey Phi skirt, grey fishnets, and Stella McCartney grey heels.

Studded Twill Trench

Studded Twill TrenchOoo, wouldn't your rainy morning be less depressing when you threw on this studded trenchcoat? I love the slightly puffed shoulders, for some reason they come off as badass instead of girly. Buy for the sale price of $300 (originally $448) at Leifsdottir.

Warm Floral Print Top

Warm Floral Print TopWhew, what a night and morning of car issues! Back in the saddle now though ;) I love the warm floral print on this top, apparently taken from a vintage swatch! Buy at J.Crew for $88.

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Style Challenge: Military Vest

I find it very difficult to create outfit posts when I'm on a shopping hiatus, when things are familiar to me I assume everyone else find them boring too! Luckily for me, I have a shopaholic mom who's almost the same size as me... I went on a hunt at her house last week and found this great military-style top (one of three similar ones she has yet to wear). So of course I yoinked it!

So what to wear with it? Hmm, I threw on a knit pencil skirt and was quite pleased with how it looked, but I needed more color! I ended up putting my bright pink cami under the top, you can just barely see it peeking out. And, even though I was afraid they would clash with said cami, I put on my red heels. I opted for simple jewelry to go along with the utilitarian vibe. What do you think?

Rose Clasp Belt

I really want to expand my collection of stretchy belts (right now I have one) and I really love the rose clasp on this one! Buy at Fred Flare for just $12!

Kooba Launches Footwear

Kooba Launches FootwearI love Kooba purses, so I'm tres excited about their footwear launch! "Growing organically into a lifestyle brand Kooba thought this was the obvious next step for them. They’d often find themselves looking at a detail that they just developed for a handbag and thinking how sexy it would look on a shoe. As a result, they partnered with The Peter Marcus Group on this launch due to their extensive and impressive experience in the footwear industry."

The collection is currently focused on summer essentials, lots of sandals in cute colors or fun embellishments. It is on the pricey side though, between $225 to $385 for shoes just isn't doable for me anymore, sniff!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sex and the City 2 Tickets


Buy advance tickets to Sex and the City 2!
If you plan to see "Sex and the City 2" opening weekend, or even the following weekend, I highly recommend buying your tickets now! Big openings tend to sell out surprisingly far in advance, so avoid the lines - spend them drinking cocktails instead! Buy at Fandango now :)