Kicking it at Kick Pleat

Bonjour, mes amies! Kay B here with another article for you all. I hope you all are feeling more rested than I am at the start of the new week- I feel like I have been on the run every day since last week, and this weekend was no different.

On the bright side, I was kept busy with lots of fun and exciting activities- one of them being going to Kick Pleat in Austin to interview designer Miranda Bennett!

Photography by Angelica C.

We had a great chat together, and you can read all about that interview here.

For those of you who are don’t know, Kick Pleat is a women’s clothing, shoes and accessories store with an airy aesthetic and clean design that will transport you to the finest of high-fashion dreams.

The exterior and interior design of the store speak to the vibe of the clothes and accessories that grace the racks and shelves of Kick Pleat. A woman will walk in through their doors and immediately feel empowered to breathe life into her unique persona through the many ensembles and pieces that Kick Pleat has to offer. I had so much fun looking around and venturing through the shop.

Each section of the store has its own voice and speaks to each customer uniquely and individually. Just as every woman has her individuality, you won’t find anything like what you will discover within the white mod walls of Kick Pleat.

My favorite parts of the store were the dressing room and the shoe stadium, by far. Can we just talk about this stadium for a minute? Goals, without a doubt.

Of course, I want to share my outfit with you all from my Kick Pleat visit. It was a daytime event, so I decided not to dress up too much while keeping it light and classy on sweltering spring day. (Seriously, “spring” in Texas is in the upper 80’s…)

Top: Candie’s | Shorts: H&M | Booties: | Coach | Sunglasses: Aldo | Purse: Mix No. 6

It was such a beautiful day outside, though I’m almost certain that Texas skipped the spring season and went straight for summer. So I wanted to wear light and loose garments while still looking put together. I chose for my makeup look of the day to be a light one as well, in regards to color tones as well as application. The Mac Pro Longwear foundation is my holy grail on beating hot days such as Friday. Let me know if you want to hear more about my makeup and skincare routine!

Can you tell that I was (and still am) obsessed with this shoe stadium? I can’t get over it- and don’t believe I ever will…

My outfit for this  day was pretty neutral in my blouse and booties, so I brought a pop of color to my ensemble with my cinch waist shorts from H&M. I love these because while they are a longer pair of shorts, they’re loose and airy enough to wear on the hottest of day. Not to mention, the cinched waist is not only a beautiful addition of detail, but is also very flattering. When worn with a loose shirt tucked in or even a fitted blouse, it draws attention to your waistline and makes it look smaller in your mid-section

If that doesn’t win you over, then you should know that these shorts have pockets. AND a drawstring bow. You’re welcome.

I had so much fun visiting Kick Pleat, interviewing Miranda Bennett, and shooting for this article. I’m so happy to be back on the blog and can’t wait to share even more with you guys. Look out for some exciting new additions and changes around here soon… I think you guys will like what I have in store for you all. (: Don’t forget to keep up with me on all my socials (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and very soon we’ll be adding YouTube to the mix! Also, big thanks to Angie for the photography- go ahead and check out all of her photography here.

Sending lots of love to you all, and wishing you a wonderful rest of your day or night! Until next time, lovies…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Fall Into Autumn Trends

Fall into Autumn Style

Alright lovies, autumn is just about here (technically, it begins on September 22…) and I know something you don’t… the hot trends for Fall 2013! As a kid, I learned sharing is the nice thing to do, so I want to share the trends for fall this year with you. That way, we won’t be stuck in that summer rut and we can be ahead of the game together (: Let’s get started!

1. Brights + Animal Prints

It seems like natural, cool and warm tones are being hushed this year by this loud and proud trend.

It seems like natural, cool and warm tones are being hushed this year by this loud and proud trend.

Anything seen at Fall Fashion Week is a must in your closet. This trendy combo was seen as tremendously popular among several designers. DKNY models rocked cheeky cheetah spots while Burberry showed off cool and abstracted giraffe patterns. Moschino Cheap and Chic also flaunted a loud leopard print with a bright pink mini skirt. Note to self: show the fashion world your wild  side!

  • Tip: Try a neutral coloured animal print pullover with a bright skirt or pants.

2. Micro pattern

Simplicity goes a long way

Simplicity goes a long way

Small prints are leaving a large footprint in the fashion world this season. Polka dots, stripes, and even lovely hearts are taking on the minimalistic approach.  These patterns shouldn’t be at all overwhelming. In fact, don’t over think it because the style is simple! Thin stripes or itty bity polka dots are a simply sweet statement in themselves.

3. The Three B’s

Take on these 3 B’s to be absolutely fabulous!

Take on these 3 B’s to be absolutely fabulous!

Well ladies, we all know it’s true: what boys can do, we can do better (and do it in heels.) But, we conquer males even in fashion! Remember these 3 B’s: Button downs, Blazers and Boyfriend jeans.  While button down shirts and blazers can be dressed up and down, boyfriend jeans are more laid back and casual. Nonetheless, these three are tres fabu, oui?

4. Dainty “bunny ear” hair ties

Add some flair to your everyday pony with these cute hair bands.

But really, these are too cute not to wear!

During the summer, everyone seemed to be wearing those non crease hair ties… don’t be one of the crowd by recycling that trend this fall! This time around, your hair ties should have some spunk. With a unique, feminine feel, these silky ties add a chic accent to any outfit.  And guess what? These hair ties don’t crease and they’re cuter than this summer’s repeated hair elastic.

5. Lil’ Booty

"These boots were made for walkin'..."

“These boots were made for walkin’…”

This fall trend is a classic, and quite obvious. Keep in mind the type of boot that is most popular this year: booties! (Ankle boots, that is.) From combat boots, to bootie wedges, these boots were definitely made for walking the streets this autumn. Of course, our beloved saddle boots are still a hit. Just stay current and show of your cutie booties! (The shoes, ladies. Modest is hottest, ok?)

6. Midi Rings

Sometimes being stuck in the middle isn’t so bad

Sometimes being stuck in the middle isn’t so bad

It looks like midi rings are ready for round two as they transition from summer to fall. Varying from intricate to simple and delicate, these rings have been, and will be, all the rage this fall. If you’re yet to try out this jewelry trend, give them a go! They give you’re jewelry some attitude.

7. Army Jacket

Attent-hut! These jackets should become a staple in your closet and become a go to jacket!

Attent-hut! These jackets should become a staple in your closet and become a go to jacket!

You can look just as tough as the troops do while still looking fashion forward. Army jacket’s color—olive green—can be used as a neutral, so this jacket is very versatile. Pair it with almost anything and never even think of sacrificing warmth for style; army style jackets are very warm and cozy! Our servicemen and women have started a trend that will be one of the most popular this autumn! How awesome.

There you have it ladies, some of the fall trends for this season! I can’t wait to rock these items. You can check out my Back to School post (The Hallway is Your Runway) under “Trendsetter” for more fall trends. If you have any questions or suggestions for new posts, just comment them below! Have a fabulous fall.

Stay Fab,

Gigi xx.