In With the New + Kendra Scott!

Hello friends, and happy Thursday!

This is a bit of a different post for you all, but as I said before, I have some new additions coming to TSC, and slowly but surely you guys are going to see (and hopefully love) the changes.

Here’s the first order of business…

I’m super excited to announce the launch of The Studded Collar Youtube channel! I had a channel before, Days With Kay, which was strictly for vlogs. On this blog’s channel, I’ll be sharing daily vlogs as well as lookbooks, Q&A’s, lifestyle & beauty videos, fashion videos, interviews, and so much more. I can’t wait to bring some of my ideas to life and share them with you all!

I also want to hear what you guys have to say! Be sure to follow all my social media links (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and now Youtube) so that we can interact with each other and I can chat with you all! I want to know what videos you would like to see as well as any questions you may have. I love staying in touch with you guys as my viewers, readers, and friends, so don’t be afraid to reach out to me!

Today I’ve posted my first ever TSC video, and I want you guys to see it! The first vlog that I’ve decided to upload is actually from a little while back, but I chose to upload today for a special reason. Yesterday, Kendra Scott released their Summer 2017 collection, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, as always to be expected from the brand. I had the chance to visit their headquarters in Austin and tour the office, which was such a cool opportunity that I had to vlog it to share with you guys! I also got to see the new Summer collection a few weeks early while I was there, which was awesome.

I’ve gone ahead and linked the video below, so go ahead and watch it on the new channel! Don’t forget to subscribe, as this is where all my videos are going to be uploaded from now on- I know you don’t want to miss out. (:

Thank you all so much for reading (and watching), having your support means a lot to me! I love you guys bunches, and can’t wait until next time…

Kay B xx

Spring Break: Day Makeup Look

Hi hi, loves, and happy Friday!

I am super excited about this article because it’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. With Spring Break just around the corner, I thought I would come to you with a few fun articles just in time for every student’s week in the Spring.

Today, I’m coming to you guys with a Day to Night Makeup tutorial. It’s fairly easy, and it’s pretty versatile because you can have a nice day look that can easily be turned into a darker, more defined evening look without removing any of your makeup. You could also do each one individually and rock it however you like! Anyway, let’s get started with the day look. (:

Photo Credits: Erin Smith

1. First, we’re going to start with a fresh face. Make sure to wash your face so that your makeup goes on smoothly.

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2. Next, I’m using my foundation to even out my skin. I mix these two foundations to match my skintone- I’m combining Covergirl TruBlend in the shade d6 and Covergirl Outlast 2 in 1 in the shade Honey Almond. You can use your fingers, a sponge, or a brush to blend in your foundation, depending on your preference.

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3. Now, I’m using my Elf HD Lifting Concealer on my eyes to even out the color as well as prime my eyelids.

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4. Now, I’m going to use my Kabuki brush to set my concealer and foundation with my matte powder by Covergirl in Honey Almond.DSC_0061foundation done2

5. Now let’s work on the eyes. I’m going to use this Rose Blush pink shadow all over my eyelid. It’ll brighten my eyes and, since it’s so bright, it will illuminate the other colors I use and make them appear more pigmented.DSC_0088 DSC_0100

6. Now, on the outer corners of the lid and the outer half of my under eyes, I’m going in with this warm Cocoa Brown shadowDSC_0113DSC_0122 DSC_0117

7. Now it’s time to put this lighter brown shade in the crease to define our eye shape.DSC_0127DSC_0119

8. Next, we’ll use a black pencil liner on the upper eyelid for definition. I’m using the shade Black Out by Ulta. After applying it to my top lid, I will smudge it a bit with a smudge brush to make the appearance thicker and smokier.DSC_0141 DSC_0152

9. This is one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine- filling in my eyebrows. Looking at the difference just makes me feel accomplished because a good eyebrow job equals a good day. (: This is the difference between my eyebrows when done and undone.DSC_0187

10. Now, it’s time to frame our eyes by applying mascara to our lashes. I’m using Colossal Volume by Maybelline for a separated, fanned out look.DSC_0202DSC_0203

11. After this, it’s time to put our highlight and bronzer on our cheekbones. I’m using Warm Bronzer by Elf, and I’m using the lighter shade on the left to highlight my cheekbones.DSC_0227

12. Now it’s time to add some color to our cheeks with a rosy blush. This is Dust Rose from Sephora.DSC_0324

13. Finally, we shall apply a tinted balm for a pop of color on the lips. I chose Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Pink Punch. I chose a tinted balm as opposed to a lip stick or lip gloss because it keeps your lips hydrated throughout the day, and the color lasts really well for several hours while on the go without looking to harsh. Perfect for a casual day look.
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Here you have it- the final look! I love this makeup look because it perfectly defines all your features without going to overboard for a casual day. It’s pretty versatile, and the eye makeup looks good with any eye color because the colors used are pretty neutral.

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If you wanted to define any parts of your makeup look more or less, then you’re able to do so and still look well put together. In fact, this makeup look can easily be transformed into an evening look without removing one swipe of makeup. You can even do the night makeup look on its own for an evening out! If you want to see the continuation of this evening makeup look, stay tuned on the blog for part two. (:

Thank you guys so much for checking out this tutorial. It’s my first one and there will plenty more to come! I hope you enjoyed it and, most of all, just have fun! Until next time…DSC_0269

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

A Night Among the Stars: FGI Rising Stars Award Show

Hello hello, my loves, and Happy Snowy Studded Collar Saturday (boy, is that a mouthful…) Yes, I have been absent from the blogosphere for much longer than I would ever have liked, but being a full time student and having such a demanding schedule really takes a toll! But I promise to be a bit more consistent from now on. (:

What better way to get back into the groove of things than to share with you my experience at my very first award show?

IMG_5930I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Fashion Group International Rising Stars Award Show in Dallas this past Thursday, and what a show it was! For those who do not know, the Rising Stars Awards are granted to those in the art and fashion industry who have truly made their mark in their area of expertise. These fields include art, photography, jewelry, beauty, interior design, and, of course, fashion. It was so humbling to be in the presence of such hard workers who have really made a name for themselves, and I was honored to be among them that evening.

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Along with the award shows, the night also included a series of fashion shows from big-name brands like Macy’s, BCBGeneration, Karen Millen, Nordstrom, Belk, and Aftershock London. Here are some shots from the first show by Macy’s.

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I loved the vibrancy of the collection. In every piece color was incorporated and each caught everyone’s eye. In all honesty, there were some looks that were a little too busy in color for my liking. However, each piece within those ensembles was gorgeous and we must remember that not every outfit is ready to wear off of the runway- some are merely meant to inspire!

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This is my favorite look from the Macy’s show because it displays a cute way to dress up a tee-shirt dress that can also easily be dressed down. The pop of color in the shoes was a great choice by the stylist- not too overwhelming, but easily makes a statement.

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Next came the BCBGeneration show. This collection was a stark contrast to the previous of Macy’s- here we were shown a gorgeous compilation of spring pieces in neutral tones with some sparse, light additions of color every so often. The color scheme was made of black, blue and white and the outfits themselves were not at all structured. I think that BCBG did a wonderful job of capturing the carefree and loose aesthetic of spring while maintaining a chic and put together collection. Bravo!

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The romper on the left is so cute. I love the balance of the full-length sleeves with the shorts. A great piece to own for Spring and an even better addition to purchase for Spring Break! *heart eyes*

More runway shows ensued from brands like Karen Millen…

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Can we take a moment to appreciate how flawlessly BCBG combined two of the top trends right now- Leather AND Fringe??? Way to make it to my heart, darlings. *swoon*

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The awards were given in a staggered manner, so after every few runway shows, a few awards were given. The lovely Mrs. Shay Geyer, IBB  Designer and Good Morning Texas Design Expert was the emcee of the evening and did a fantastic job hosting the night. The first awards were for the Rising Stars in Beauty, Jewelry Design, and Art.

IMG_5850Congratulations to Dr. Nalia Malik, the Rising Star in Beauty…

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Megan Thorne, Rising Star in Jewelry Design…

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And Shayema Rahim, the Rising Star in Art!

I would love to also extend my congratulations to the Rising Star in Photography, Brandon Lyon, and the Rising Star in Interior Design, Brant McFarlain.

Besides seeing the awards and watching the shows, I did have my fair share of fun and met/ reunited with some wonderful people!

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It was such an honor to meet the lovely designer Lucy Dang who was also in the running for a Rising Star award in Fashion. I am in love with her designs and beautiful execution, and she was just as sweet in person as I thought her to be. (:IMG_5926

I also had the honor of meeing co-founder and Editor of DFW Style Daily, Leah Frazier. She was so fun to chat with and it was so great to speak to someone as accomplished as her- I gained quite a few key lessons from her. Go check out her online publication, DFW Style Daily, if you haven’t already!

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Fellow bloggers Cydni of It’s Her Strut, Ty Jones of Words and Wardrobes, and I hit it off and had some fun with the photo booth. (: They’re funny, sweet, and incredibly smart. Go feast your eyes upon their blog goodness!

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While chatting it up with others in the biz like Alex Young of Eat Style Dallas, photographer extraordinaire Stephanie Drenka of Geek Glam, and Velma Puente of VP Cosmetics, I would see men in police uniforms walking around the venue. My first thought was, “Wow, security is pretty tight around here if they’re mingling among the guests!” Then, later in the evening I saw the two officers looking at me from behind their cop glasses (BTW: the technical term for “cop glasses” is Aviators. Please remember this…) and they stopped me in my tracks. They asked if I was having a good time and I responded saying of course I was! Then they said that after inspecting me for a little bit they were going to have to give me a citation- my first citation!!! “Oh gosh, a citation for what, officers?” I responded with a light laugh and a smile.

“A citation… for being Fashionably Fierce!!!”

No, these were not your every day police officers.

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These were the Fashion Police.

The Fashion Police prowled the venue throughout the evening and gave out “citations” to some of the best dressed of the evening. Needless to say I was quite flattered and was more than excited to receive my first positive citation from the (Fashion) Police.

I even got to take my first “mugshot”!

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The last award of the evening was the most exciting one- Rising Star in Fashion! The nominees were Lucy Dang, the designer I had the pleasure of meeting earlier that evening; Esé Azénabor, a friend of mine and newly showcased designer at Spring/ Summer New York Fashion Week 2015; and Binzario Couture, who shared a gorgeous bridal collection.

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And last, but by no means least, Esé Azénabor

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After watching all three shows, I think everyone can agree that it was anyone’s game. All three designers were equally deserving of the award as they and their designs were absolutely phenomenal- out of this world!

In the end, Lucy Dang took home the award and now holds the title of Rising Star in Fashion. Congratulations!

After the show’s finale, I met up with dear friend and designer, Allison Mitchell, who looked fabulous as usual. I also got to chat with Esé for a bit afterwards and she, too, looked flawless and was just as warm and bubbly as ever.

IMG_6437IMG_6438Allison and Esé showed at NYFW together, pairing Esé’s clothes with Allison’s purses, and they put on quite a show! Check out both of their websites for more details regarding their work and products.

It was a dream of a night and I still feel humbled to say I laughed and danced among the stars, rising and risen. Thank you, FGI, for such a memorable night!IMG_6441

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and Twitter, and like my Facebook page to keep up with me when I’m not blogging! If you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below, or, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at thestuddedcollar@gmail.com (:

Stay Fab, darlings,

Kay B xx.

Sweet Valentine: Daytime Look

Hello, hello, hello my darlings, and Happy New Year!! I apologize for being unable to ring in the new year with you all and for the low supply of new posts, but you know well enough that I am never far from you and return as quickly as possible. (: I hope that 2014 holds fond memories for you all and that new ventures, lessons and sweet times lie ahead in 2015.

Welcome to my first post of 2015! (cue the confetti) With the first major holiday of the year already a month behind us, we have Valentine’s Day to look forward to. Yes, even if you do not have a significant other you can still expect to have fun on V-Day! Whether you will be spending the day with your lovie or taking on the town with your best girl friends, you can still look killer while doing it.

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Dress: H&M | Shoes: Steve Madden | Jewelry: Charming Charlie | Nail Polish: Maybelline ColorShow

Valentine’s Day dawns the most pink, red and white than any other day of the year, but you do not necessarily need to put together an outfit that makes you look like you covered yourself in glue and frolicked through Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day isle. I’ve put together a daytime look that is perfect to wear while with your girls or your boyf and it includes the festive colors in a more wearable fashion. (:

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Note that my dress is not all red, white, or pink, but within the pattern, pink is the predominant color. I accented my look with neutral-toned, gemed jewelry to add a touch of formality. The look is sweet, feminine, and is perfect for a fun day with your special loves.

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Believe it or not, this is my first bubble skirt purchase (a bubble skirt is one that comes out at the dress’s waist line and has a rounded figure), and I really like it! I appreciate the placement of the waistline- dresses that have their wait’s seam at your natural waist are some of the most flattering as opposed to an empire wait that makes your torso, at times, appear smaller and your mid-section wider (depending on your body type).

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When wearing a dress as busy as this, it’s best to choose a solid colored shoe. That’s not to say that the shoe itself can’t make it’s own statement. These suede, ankle-strap, open toed platforms from Steve Madden are simple in their neutral tone, but don’t fail to stand out with its thick straps and heel.

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I opted for a soft, romantic look since this is a daytime outfit. I love how the muted fuchsia lip pops but doesn’t appear harsh with the other softened makeup features. A light rosy blush and a soft smoky eye married beautifully with this ensemble. Like this post and comment below if you want to see this make-up tutorial!

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Just some candids of me being… well, me. (:

Well, my darlings, that’s all I have for you today! I hope this inspired you somehow and that you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting this together for you. Remember that regardless of whether or not you have a Valentine, you should show some extra love to others- it’s what keeps our world moving after all!

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

Christmas Gift Guide for Her + Holiday Giveaway!

 

Happy Holidays, my loves! We have T-minus 6 days until Christmas and I am more than excited! Spending time with family and friends, seeing all the Christmas lights and movies, everything is just so magical at Christmas time. Something that goes into making the season really fun is buying gifts for your family and friends!

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It can be tough to decide what to get for those close to you, especially the ladies in our lives. So, here is a little gift guide to make the gift shopping process a little easier for you all during this exciting, magical season.

1. Kate Spade Goodies

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If you know a lady who loves to write, journal, is hyper-organized, or just loves Kate Spade, then this is the gift for her. I love the polka dot and sparkle designs from Kate Spade for their office collections, especially this Agenda and Pen. Their mugs and phone cases are so cute as well. I don’t know about you, but if someone got me a gift that made my everyday tasks a bit cuter and more fun, I would be quite appreciative. Besides, who says you can’t be chic while jotting down notes, whipping out your phone, or making yourself a nice cup of tea?

2. The Best Albums to Close Out 2014

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Music is a huge part of my life, so I am a bit biased when I include this gift idea in here along with the specific artists like Taylor Swift and Charli XCX. BUT if you’ve got a friend who is always humming a tune or gets lost in the music, get her a few CD’s that speak to her taste! Whether she’s a fanatic for boybands like One Direction or goes crazy for alternative rock groups like Walk the Moon, getting a music CD from her favorite musician(s) is a thoughtful gift. Plus, it means more to get CD’s from groups you know she loves than getting the generic, basic… dare I say it… iTunes gift card. *shudders* (But we all love iTunes, so no one can complain about that gift either (: )

3. Bath and Body Sets

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Another lovely gift idea for your girlfriends and lady-loved ones (I tried… you know what I mean) is a bath and body set! If she likes mysterious yet floral scents, then the BCBGMaxazria Bon Genre 4-Piece Fragrance Gift Set is the perfect gift set. For a cool, wintery scent that is a breeze of crisp air upon opening the package (my inner poet has been unleashed and she can’t be tamed) then the Philosophy Snow Angel Super set is the winning ticket! Finally, Julep has some awesome hand and body lotions, and for a sweet, warm scent that is great to use all year round, purchase the Hands in the Air hand lotion gift set. Honestly, with any of these three, you can’t go wrong!

4. Too Faced Makeup+Brushes

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Not only are makeup sets great Christmas gifts, but they are also awesome stocking stuffers! A brand that I have really started loving recently is Too Faced, and their palettes are just darling! Their new Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette and Beauty Wishes Sweet Kisses Palette are great gifts because 1) the quality of the shadows, bronzers and blushes are amazing, and the colors are dimensional as well as neutral enough to compliment any skin tone! The browns, burgundies, pinks, and shimmers are beautiful for the Christmas season and beyond and are sure to make this lucky gal quite holly and jolly.

5. Sunglasses

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You guys know by now that I absolutely love sunglasses and I find them to be such a cute accessory. Sunglasses would be such a cute Christmas gift, especially as a stocking stuffer. The gorgeous sunnies you see above are from an awesome company called Raen Optics. They have some amazing quality glasses that take sun ray protection to entirely new- and fashion forward- level.

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One of my favorite lenses from Raen is their Remmy Lens. This is Remmy in Crystal and I absolutely love it! It’s nothing like any of the other sunglasses I own and I’m so in love with it. I ordered these from DITTO using their awesome try-on-at-home technology and I was nothing short of impressed. Check out my article about DITTO and their virtual try-on-at-home feature- you’ll be amazed by what you see. Thanks so much for the sunnies, DITTO!

Now, don’t go away just yet! I want to thank you guys so much for all your love and support- that is the greatest Christmas gift you guys could give me! To me, Christmas is more about giving than receiving, so because I love you guys so much, I have a Christmas gift for you- MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!

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DITTO and I have partnered to give a little Christmas Cheer to one of you lucky readers. One of you will win a $200 gift card to DITTO to spend on any pairs of sunglasses your heart desires! To enter, follow all of the prompts in the Rafflecopter below: (1) Follow DITTO on Insta and Twitter, (2) Follow me on Insta and Twitter, and (3) Subscribe to The Studded Collar. It’s super easy- once you’ve done that through the Rafflecopter below, you’re in the running to win 200 buckaroos for DITTO’s fantastic website. The contest starts NOW and ends on December 27th, next week Saturday.

That’s all from me this evening, my loves. I wish you all a holly, jolly, Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year. I love you all, good luck in the contest, and until next time…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

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“One Day You’re In, the Next You’re Out”

Good Afternoon, darlings, and happy Tuesday! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the holiday season and are just as excited for the holidays as I am. I know I typically do not post on Tuesday afternoons, but I felt like doing a ”

I know I typically do not post on Tuesday afternoons, but I felt like doing a “Tossback Tuesday” post to one of the most memorable nights- Fashion X Dallas 2014. If you haven’t seen my recap of the event, you can check out my write-up here!

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It was an amazing experience that I could never forget, and one of the most memorable parts was meeting the designers whose designs graced the runway. I had the chance to chat with them a bit backstage and interview them. I thought it would be fun for us to reminisce together, so I’m here to share a few of my chats with some of the designers with you. (:

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MELISSA FLEIS

Kay B: “If you can tell us before everything goes out on the runway tonight, what inspired this collection and what is the story behind it?”

Melissa Fleis: “I guess the story is that it’s a collection. It’s a collection of past works styled together. So I took pieces from Project Runway, I have pieces that are from my most recent collection, pieces that are brand new for the collection- it’s just kind of like a mashup, which is awesome because I’ve never done that! You always build a collection, and then you show the collection together, but I said, ‘Let’s just view this from new eyes.’ I like how everything goes together no matter what season it is and that’s how I try to sell to my clients.

KB: That’s such a cool concept, really!

MF: Yeah, I believe that if you buy a piece then you should be able to extend the life of it throughout so many years.

KB: Speaking of seasons, what would you say is your favorite trend right now for Fall, if you do believe in “trends”?

MF: Ok, this is inevitable to be a trend- last night I was in a crowd of so many women and I just saw blood orange lipstick everywhere! Also, you’ll flip through a magazine and it just instantly pops into your head and it’s weird, even with designers, how people are so in sync with things.

KB: So true.

MF: So I don’t wear ponchos, but that is a complete trend! *laughs* I also love how people can wear socks- like, over the knee or a little bit higher. I think that’s really cute and I may try that. Booties are my favorite, I’ve been wearing them for years, and I think they’re just now starting to become a trend which I love!

KB: Me too, everything you’ve said is on point! Now, major question- Fringe: Yes or No?

MF: Yes, I- Yes! I have something fringe for the show tonight- leather fringe!

KB: I already love it, yes! Now, that’s good- combining two great trends, leather and fringe, together is a golden combination! My final question for you is this: what advice do you have for aspiring designers or anyone who wants to make it in the fashion industry?

MF: I would definitely say to start creating. Start thinking. Whether it’s drawing, whether it’s sewing something, just become familiar with it first-hand.  Go take an internship, go study with someone, go take a class- learn! Then you can harness those skills and become- you know you want to become an expert in your one area. Not all designers can cut, sew or for patterns… some are just straight designer and they can sketch and they’re done, which is fine! So you want to really know your skills, know what you’re good at.

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MYCHAEL KNIGHT

When I spoke to Mychael Knight about his inspiration for his collection and presentation, here’s what he told me.

Mychael Knight: I really wanted to embody femininity without  being matronly. We found a floral print from an old couch we saw and I fell in love with it. It was gorgeous, floral and looked a bit lacey, but the colors we dated; I used that print in bright, fluorescent colors against white to make it more youthful and create what you saw this evening.

Kay B: What is something that you are always mindful of when designing women’s wear.

MK: I just keep the woman in mind. I want to design clothes to capture the femininity, confidence and beauty that all women have so that they can feel confident, beautiful, even sexy when they wear my clothes.

KB: What is one word that you would use to describe your experience on Project Runway

MK: Wow, there are lots, it was such a whirlwind! But I definitely found it humbling. I had never worked so hard and with so many other incredible, hard-working people. It really opened my eyes to so many things. Also, it made me so thankful because I would not be where I am today, I would not have presented my collection today, I would not have been standing here talking to you today if it were not for all the support, love and people I’ve been surrounded by during this experience.

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MICHELLE LESNIAK

Kay B: The esthetic of your clothing is so unique, I haven’t seen anything like it before!

Michelle Lesniak: Thank you! I really like how the pieces came together to make something so out of the ordinary but visually captivating.

KB: Your collection was definitely one of the grandest to walk the runway. It almost reminded me of what I see at New York Fashion Week- the difference was that your collection was a lot more wearable! What did you do to achieve that?

ML: I definitely appreciate how artistic fashion can be, but I wanted to make something that women can wear. When everything is put together, it looks very much like high fashion, but the key is layering. When you take each individual piece, you can wear it on a day to day basis and style it as you please.

KB: Speaking of that, do you have any tips for layering during the fall and winter season?

ML: My tip- started with the thinnest layer and work your way up! Also make sure that the layers you wear together can be worn individually as well. Once you’ve done that you have a successful, killer outfit for the season.

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LAURA KATHLEEN

Kay B: I absolutely loved watching your show. I noticed that you used a lot of color blocking- what made you want to use that route in your designs?

Laura Kathleen: I like that you noticed the color blocking! I used that technique a lot in the collection because I wanted my substance to be in the textures. If you look at the blue jumpsuit that I opened up with, you’ll see that it looks blue from afar, but up close, there’s kind of a reptilian print. The textures not only add visual appeal, but also substance and body.

KB: That blue jumpsuit was probably my favorite item in the entire collection- I just can’t stop thinking about it!

LK: Funnily enough, the blue jumpsuit is my favorite in the entire line! I really wanted to incorporate a jumpsuit because it’s such a versatile piece; it can be dressed up with a statement necklace and some heels or dressed down with flats and simpler jewelry. Also, the waistline on jumpsuits is really flattering.

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I’ll never forget what a wonderful night FXD 2014 was- I’m so grateful for everything that I learned and all the wonderful people that I met. I’m really looking forward to next year’s events and everything else that is yet to come.

Speaking of events on the rise, I have an exciting holiday article for you guys coming really soon! This post is going to be a little different and even more special than my others because I’ll be getting YOU involved! To stay in the know, make sure to follow all my social media links for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog either! (It’s in the bar on the right of this page (: ) I’m off for now, but Happy Holidays, my loves!

Stay Fab,

Kay B

Homecoming Trends 2014 ft. Tootsies

Hello, darlings, Kay B here! I hope you’re all doing well today. (:

As you all may or may not know, I’ve collaborated with Tootsies for an exciting project and I’m so excited to release it to you all right now! I came up with four gorgeous looks showing off different styles using Tootsies’ latest merchandise for…. Homecoming!

For those who don’t know, Tootsies is a gorgeous, high-end, designer clothing store specializing in clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. They have the hottest trends and the best in-store consultants to help make your shopping experience the absolute best. I’m so excited to share these looks with you and I know you must be anxious to see them, so without further ado, let’s get started!

1. Classic

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Dress: Alice and Olivia | Shoes: LK Bennett | Necklace: Ziio | Earrings: Noir | Purse: Franchi

Black and white is a classic, timeless combination when it comes to anything, especially apparel. Instead of going for the “Classic Little Black Dress,” I chose the Little White Dress (with some black detailing). The silhouette of this dress is extremely flattering- the seam right under the bust along with black, lace, triangular cutouts on the side will make your waist appear smaller. I think one of my favorite parts is the high neckline; it allowed me to wear the gorgeous statement necklace by Ziio. Because the ensemble is black and white, I wanted to have some fun with the jewelry, so though this necklace has a tribal feel to it, it’s not too loud and the colors marry gorgeously. I love mixing styles to form a collective theme!

P.S- can we just take a moment to fawn over those shoes? There are no words besides fabulous and flawless to describe these beauties.

2. Glam

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Dress: Parker | Shoes: Pelle Moda | Necklace: Lisa Freede | Earrings: Noir | Purse: Franchi

Now, this look is probably the most fun of the four! I honestly wouldn’t typically go for such a bold look, but once I put it together, I felt so fun and ready to dance the night away. This sequin covered dress really sets itself apart from all others with its symmetrical pattern, flattering cut, and the fact that it is NOT ITCHY. Sequin dresses are notorious for being itchy, but I felt so comfortable. I really like that the dress isn’t extremely short because the sequins and deep-v neckline are already speaking volumes. Remember that if you want a totally bedazzled dress- let it hit you right above your knee or 1.5 inches above- you want to look classy and glamorous!

3. Edgy

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Dress: Alexis | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Earrings: Robert Lee Morris | Cuff: Pilar Olavem | Purse: Franchi

When most people think of an “edgy” style, leather, gold studs, chains, and moto jackets come to mind. However, you can look edgy, classy and formal without all the biker gear! It’s all in the details, darling, because they add up. I went for an all black ensemble with a pop of red in this gorgeous Franchi clutch. I love the gold studs on the clasp that add just enough dimension without overwhelming the whole look. As much as I love this clutch, my favorite aspect of this outfit is the fringe on this flawless Alexis dress. It’s different, adds movement to the straight silhouette, and definitely adds edge without losing any femininity. You see? This outfit is actually pretty simple, but the black, fringe, and red clutch with gold detailing are all you need to rock your Homecoming.

4. Surprise…

Alright. I only intended to make 3 looks for you all, but that’s no fun, right? So I have a fourth “surprise” look to share with you guys….

A jumpsuit!

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Jumpsuit: Black Halo | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Earrings: Claudia Lobao | Cuff: Pilar Olavem | Purse: Whiting Davis

I know. Most- if not all- of you were expecting to see an out of this world dress, a skirt and top combo, or even a maxi dress. A pantsuit? What is this? Well, darlings, it’s fashion, the unexpected, it’s redefining and it’s style. You do not have to wear a dress to homecoming, and you can look just as beautiful, just as feminine, and just as flawless in a gorgeous, well tailored pantsuit like this one. Leave a comment down below and tell me what you think about wearing a pantsuit to Homecoming!

I can not stress how important it is to dress so that your beautiful body is done justice and is well flattered, and in this jumpsuit that was not an issue.  The seam below the chest is well placed and makes my waist narrower and the wide pant leg makes me appear taller and smaller up top. I love the small v cutout along the neckline adding a feminine touch as well as dimension. What I found really unique were the front pockets! Rather than being on the sides which would make my hips look bulky, they were placed at the front of the suit- very well thought out. I went for gold details to compliment this all black ensemble. It makes the outfit look warmer as opposed to silver which would give off a cold vibe.

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I can’t sign off without giving the most massive thank you to my dear friend and talented photographer  for this shoot, Allie Burns. She did an absolutely amazing job with the shoot and delivered photos beyond my expectations. She’s incredibly talented, and if you are looking for a photographer in the Dallas area, contact her!

Allie Burns, photographer: allie.b123@att.net

A huge thank you to Tootsies as well! I felt like a princess and had an amazing time putting together Homecoming looks for you. I feel so blessed to have received the opportunity to partner with you and look forward to future projects!

As for you darlings, thank you for your immense support. You’ve finally seen the face behind The Studded Collar! Now you know that I am not a robot, but rather a teenage girl with a passion for fashion, writing, and Starbucks.  Now, I want to hear what you have to say about the looks I created! Tell me in the comments and mention which one is your favorite! Also, follow me on Twitter (@StuddedCollar), Instagram (@StuddedCollar) and like my Facebook page (The Studded Collar). Of course, don’t forget to subscribe and go check out the oh, so lovely Tootsies! (www.tootsies.com). I love you loads, and loads, friends.

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx