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

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Miranda Bennett x Kick Pleat

Hello hello, my darlings, and happy Monday!

To much surprise, I am not dead, but I have returned to “slay the game” yet again. (; That’s what I hear the kids saying nowadays, so I thought I’d be a cool kid and give it a try.

I know I took a long hiatus from The Studded Collar, and I was surprised at how much time had passed since I was last here on these pastel pages. However, as of late, I have been planning a lot of exciting new changes and even more fun content that I am beyond excited to share with you all. Eventually, I will publish an article detailing more of what has passed and what is yet to come, but until then, stay tuned for today’s exciting share.

On Friday, I had the chance to meet and interview Austin-based designer Miranda Bennett at Kick Pleat. Ms. Bennett is an Austin based fashion designer focused on sustainable fashion. All of her garments are produced here in the USA and the textiles are naturally dyed in-house. Meeting such a talented designer was such an honor and I had so much fun chatting with and getting to know her. Read on to learn more about the local designer, brand, and what keeps her inspired.

Kay B: You focus on sustainable fashion – what made you gravitate to plant dyed apparel?

Miranda Bennett: I think the main [idea] for me was reducing the toxic effects of creating apparel. The garment industry is not known for its environmental consciousness. Thankfully, recently, it has become a lot more of a focal point, and there’s been a lot more transparency in people’s production process. I mean, for me, there’s that side of it- the environmental impact – but from the aesthetic side of it, I just felt like the pigments and the colors I could get from natural dyes were really special and had a really unique quality to them. I also love that we can formulate the colors in-house and on a small scale. I think that gives us a nice advantage in terms of being a small line because we can create things that are unique to the studio that we formulate and dye ourselves.

KB: You call your pieces “seasonless” and I found that to be a term I gravitated towards more than timeless. What you define a  seasonless piece to be?

MB: My thinking with that is that it’s something that you can literally wear through the seasons and year round whether it’s a matter of layering it differently or accessorizing it differently. It also, to me, indicates that it is something you are going to have season after season. So the idea is that these are like heirlooms or forever pieces so their things that you would have in your closet and draw on the following week, the following month, or the following years. It refers to a “wearablity,” but also something that you’ll have past a certain trend point or a certain season.

KB: So would you say that they’re pretty breathable and easy to layer?

MB: All of the fabrics are natural fibers, so inherently, they’re gonna be more breathable. We use primarily silk, linen and cotton.

KB: You like to say that there’s a dialogue between all the editions that you release – how do you maintain a fluid conversation between your pieces?

MB: We basically have core silhouettes that are the linchpin of the collection. What I mean by that dialogue is that with each new edition, we’re re-examining the cut and the fit of those core pieces, and we’re going to execute them in new fabrics or new color ways, or play with the proportions. That continuous dialogue means here’s the style that’s been a really well established piece of the collection- how does it react we alter the length or add a sleeve, do it in a different fabric… or even seeing it in a different colorway. But it can also inform other styles that can kind of gravitate around those core pieces, so as we introduce new silhouettes, there are definitely departures from our existing core styles.

KB: Do you like to sometimes look at the first edition and see how it has progressed to your most recent one, then examine that flow to get inspiration from that?

MB: Yeah, definitely! And that’s something that even on our Instagram- every time we share a different piece of apparel, we also reference when it was first introduced in that fabrication just to kind of hearken back to that and contextualize those pieces.

KB: Where do you get your inspiration from when you’re coming up with new editions and new pieces?

MB: The launching point is the way that a garment drapes on a woman’s body. It’s really less about having a very literal theme and more about wearablity, and drape, and ease and how something can be flattering to different body types. A starting point is pieces that we already have and kind of looking at how they’ve worked, what was successful about them. There’s definitely also those flashes of seeing a style, or shape, or color and then kind of inform that. It’s always, for me, going to go back to drape. I’m not a sketcher, I’m a draper, so for me it comes from being very hands on and seeing how something wears.

KB: Lastly, I have to ask- what is your favorite thing about fashion in Austin? It’s very quirky and different from other cities in Texas like Dallas, where I’m from.

MB: I think just the personality of people’s style. I think everyone here has a very personal approach to how they dress and carry themselves. It’s not necessarily very trend based, it’s very unique and idiosyncratic. [Also] the acceptance that comes with it- that people can dress and present themselves how they feel is appropriate to them rather than feeling like they have to have a homogeneous style or trend based style.

A big thank you to Miranda Bennett for taking some time to chat with me, and to Kick Pleat for hosting Ms. Bennett and helping get us together for the interview. We also got to vlog a bit, and that video will be up on my YouTube channel soon. (: (Yes, I have a YouTube channel! More details on that to come…)

If you want to see the garments and editions that Miranda Bennett has brought to life, feel free to visit and peruse her website.

Also, thank you to Angie for your photography skills! You guys can check out more of her photos here.

I’m so glad to be back in the blogging game, and I can’t wait to share even more with you guys! There’s more to come, and I’m so excited for what’s in store. I love you all so so much, and until next time…

Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

On the Radar: Madison Patrylick of MadJewels

Hello, hello, hello, loves! I’m baaaack! Boy, have I been absent lately. You can hear those crickets chirping loud and clear… and let’s clean those cobwebs out of here, please! Geez Louise, I have to dust off this keyboard, too…

Oh, but all jokes aside, I have been insanely busy lately. As a student, school is a huge priority for me, and junior year has been anything but a cakewalk, but I’ve gotten to a point where I can return to my pink Studded Collar throne and grace my bloggy kingdom with my presence once more. (:

Now, I’m very excited to return with this article. Late last year I met a sweetheart of a designer named Madison Patrylick.

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Madison is the driving force, founder, and designer behind the company MadJewels. From designing safety-pin bracelets for her grandparents at the age of eight, to the launch of her vibrant jewelry company in 2011, Mrs. Patrylick has come a long way in her career. MadJewels specializes in hand crafted jewelry using gorgeous, high quality, natural materials and gemstones. I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Patrylick about her company, her business advice, and some of her fashion must-haves. Keep reading to learn more about the face of MadJewels!

Kay B: How would you describe your brand? What sets your jewelry apart from others and makes it unique?

Madison Patrylick: Mad Jewels is bohemian chic and very bright. I think jewelry should bring out the brightness in your personality, and is really is a way of further expressing who you are as a person. Mad Jewels is unique compared to many other jewelry brands because it is BRIGHT. I am not afraid to use color, and I really love a good piece that pops.

Kay: Take me through a typical day in the life of a jewelry designer.

Madison: Oh gosh, every day is different! The to-do list is always a mile high; we are busy working on shipping out web orders, filling orders for our retail stores, heading to market to restock on supplies, designing new styles for upcoming collections, photographing new pieces, putting them into catalogs and lookbooks, marketing, social media, accounting, attending trade shows all over the country, and so much more.  There are so many business aspects separate from actually designing and putting a piece together, and most people don’t realize that!

Kay: What do you prefer about working for yourself versus working under someone? What are the pros and cons?

Madison: PROS: Love being able to spend time with my husband and daughter on a regular basis. She is the most important thing I have done in my life and always my priority. Working for yourself also allows you to be able to work when you feel most inspired or most productive, rather than being chained to a desk 8 hours a day.

CONS: I 150% miss receiving a regular paycheck, a Christmas bonus, and healthcare benefits. It’s way more expensive to be self-employed. I am now in charge of employees, so I have to make sure they come to work on time and do what they’re supposed to, so that the company isn’t losing money.

Kay: What has it taken to develop your brand into what it is today?

Madison: Blood, sweat, and tears…literally. I have stayed up until 3 am some nights completing orders, and have ended up with bloody fingers at the end of some days after making so many pieces of jewelry. It is very trying at times, and I have to constantly find the tenacity and will to keep going – and not throw the towel in.

When I have to travel for trade shows, it’s really difficult being away from my family and young daughter, but it has allowed Mad Jewels to meet so many new buyers and grow our rapidly expanding boutique stores that carry our line.

I have also made a lot of mistakes, and you have to quickly learn from them, get up and keep moving forward. But, as the saying goes: “Nothing worth while ever comes easy.” I can honestly say that I am doing what I love, so most of the time, it doesn’t feel like “work.”

Kay: It must be nice to be your own boss and manage your company- what advice do you have for young women who want to follow that path and start their own business?

Madison: It is great to be your own boss, but you have to be very disciplined! I would say be extremely organized; this is something I still struggle with. I am constantly reorganizing each and every day and finding new ways to stay “put together” within our office. Time management is a MUST. I have a detailed calendar and tend to certain business aspects at specific times during the week, such as planning out our collections, etc.

I also would advise anyone who is interested in running their own business to research in depth what type of costs up front they should expect, as well as save up money or have something else on the side to be able to live off of.  In new business ventures, the first few years are “startup” years, and most businesses put just about every dollar earned back into the business without paying themselves in order to continually grow.

Kay: How did you get the name for your company, Mad Jewels?

Madison: My dad called me “Mad,” short for Madison, growing up – so it fell right in. I do have to say though, when I am out or people say, “Oh, there’s Mad about Jewels,” it drives me craaaazy. It’s Mad Jewels, just like a first name and last name.

Kay: What is your favorite collection that you’ve created thus far, and which piece is your favorite overall?

Madison: Honestly, I would say our upcoming Summer Collection is probably my favorite. The La Dulce Vida collection for summer has neons and brights, paired with neutrals and everyday gems – so it really does have something for every occasion. Oftentimes, to get through working nonstop, I keep my head always “at the beach,” so I associate this collection very much with me being on a beach in my cute baubles and a bikini — rather than stuck in the office working. 🙂 My favorite pieces are the Serenity bracelets; they’re bone, freshwater pearls, hematite and quartz. Quartz is a great healing stone, and these are just neutral enough you can wear with a t-shirt and jeans or paired with brighter bracelets and a fun outfit.

Kay: Do you have any fashion, style, or beauty trends that you’re really liking right now?

Madison: I LOVE FRINGE! Leather, suede, lace – all of the textures done in more feminine ways are so hot right now. I am also loving the combat boots look for cooler temps. I own several pairs of gladiator sandals, too; I bought my first pair when I lived in Spain in 2006 before they were a “thing” in the States. To me, gladiators can take your typical sundress into something amazing.

As for beauty trends, I’ve been rocking purple lips lately! Its a very bright purple, and so fun for summer; I feel like it makes my blue eyes really pop!

Kay: If you could only keep 3 items in your purse, what would they be and why?

Madison: Burt’s Bees Chapstick (because I’m always chewing my lips when I’m deep in thought), my wallet (duh, I might need to buy stuff!), and a camera to snap pics of my cute little nugget…. I would love to not have to carry my phone around and be able to “disconnect” more, actually!

Kay: What is your favorite item in your closet, and what staple item do you believe every girl needs to have in her closet?

Madison: I recently purchased a vegan leather jacket that has a slightly wider shoulders, which balances out my hips! I am really loving pairing it with just about everything for an edgier look. I think every girl needs a cozy white and black v-neck, a well fitting pair of jeans, and a pair of killer gladiator sandals. AND OF COURSE, TONS OF MAD JEWELS!

Kay: From where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

Madison: I find inspiration all over the place! My daughter inspires me quite often; she’s so young that she makes me really take a step back sometimes to enjoy my surroundings and notice the little things in life a bit more than I ever have.

I also love getting color inspiration from my travels all over the world. Japan (and Asia) is probably where I’ve drawn most inspiration from, because they are a very vibrant culture and even their landscapes seem to have so much more color to me than many other places in the world. For example, our Belissima Hoops were inspired by the cherry blossoms that are a specific shade of pink; the labradorite ovals pick up so many hues of blue and iridescence that can be seen in the ever changing sky.

Kay: What do you hope for the future of Mad Jewels?

Madison: My long term goal is to be a household name! Ultimately, I want to have retail storefronts where anyone can come in and dress themselves up in our jewels, or send their man (or woman) in for sweet little gifts from the heart!

Kay: Have you faced any hurdles as a female business/company owner, and how have you overcome these obstacles?

Madison: Honestly, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any obstacles I have encountered just from being a woman. There are a lot of powerful women out there today, and so much of the fashion industry is run by strong women, I think I would be surprised if I did. My biggest obstacle in general as a business owner, is people underestimating all the things it takes to run our company; I don’t just sit at my desk and make jewelry to sell…it’s so much more than that.

Kay: What are the most important lessons you have learned in business and do you think these are applicable in everyday situations?

Madison: What a great question! Always listen to your gut, always. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.  On the contrary, if you feel like its right, then don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

Don’t get caught up in the bigger picture, and work on everything a little bit at a time — Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I also need to learn how to not be so hard on myself. I am my biggest critic, so sometimes I get caught up in things that maybe I haven’t been able to accomplish yet, and have to sometimes take a step back to regroup and say “Wow, I did that!” I think absolutely any “life lesson” overflows into a good business model and vice versa. At the end of the day, YOU are your business when it comes down to it. So how you treat your customers, employees and how you handle everyday situations is basically the same for your business.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I think Mrs. Patrylick seems like a pretty remarkable and fun lady! Her personality definitely shines through in her accessories and designs. Her current spring 2015 collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and hair accessories are so fun and vibrant- there’s a great style for everyone! Go ahead- click here to feast your eyes upon some her amazing pieces!

Also don’t fail to check out the Mad Jewels social media! (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter)

If you’re already hooked on MadJewels, head over to the website to check out more of Mrs. Patrylick’s accessories! I’m sure you won’t want to leave emptyhanded.

I hope you guys are all doing well, and are enjoying some warmer months! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, follow my social media, you know the drill. (: Also, if you want to ask me some questions or share something with me, hit up my email on my contact page! Until next time, darlings…

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

Gift Guide- Sunglasses

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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The Fashion X Dallas Experience

Happy Studded Collar Sunday, my loves! I hope you all are doing well and having a lovely day. This past weekend, from November 6-8, Dallas had the first annual Fashion X Dallas event- a weekend full of stellar fashion shows, intriguing gallery displays, and some of the most influential people in the fashion industry from Dallas to Los Angeles and anywhere in between. Fashion X was founded by the man behind Austin Fashion Week, Matt Swinney, who has already succeeded in making Austin the southern fashion capital as well as making Austin Fashion Week one of the top fashion events within the southern United States. With this and more under his belt, I predict only great things in the future for Fashion X Dallas. img_0233 Now, you’re probably asking what this has to do with me. Well, I had the honor of being invited by one of the designers displaying at FXD to attend the first ever Fashion X Dallas, and I attended the show on Saturday. Each day showcased different designers and Saturday, the finale, was the day for the Project Runway alum and All Stars to share their passion and talent with us. These designers have now made a name for themselves and are making it big in the fashion world- it was so humbling to watch their shows! I walked the red carpet, kicked back in the VIP lounge, went backstage and met some wonderful figures (including the designers themselves!) This was such a great event, and I want to share every moment with you so YOU can fully grasp it (this is why this post is longer than usual articles).As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words, so let me show you just how amazing of an experience Saturday night was. img_0193

Blouse: BCX | Skirt: Forever 21 | Reptile Skin Pumps: DSW | Tote Purse: Charming Charlie |

Bracelet and Pendant Necklace: Charming Charlie | Earings: Swarovski

I walk on carpets almost every day in my life, but none of them have held as much prominence as the red carpet. I will never forget my first experience walking down Crimson Way.

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As we walked into the event, Allie, my photographer, and I had some photos snapped of us.

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While waiting for the shows to begin, I relaxed in the VIP Lounge and chatted with other attendees.

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A big thank you to Amika for the wonderful demonstration and gift wall! If you guys are looking for a volumizing texturizer spray or dry shampoo, then definitely take a look at Amika’s selection. Both products spray on clear, smell divine and are incredibly light. I highly recommend  them to anyone with any hair type.

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I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing designer Melissa Fleis backstage before her runway show and she and I had a fun conversation about her collection, her favorite trends, and a golden piece of advice. To see the entire interview, stay tuned for another post coming soon. (:

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.”

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Next stop, the second floor. This is where the shows took place as well as where The Gallery resided. It was great to see all the products and meet the designers behind the magic.

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The founder of and designer for Consuela, Conni Reed, had these beautiful handbags on display that are absolutely to die for- the handcrafted, genuine leather already knocks it out of the park, but the floral designs are laser printed onto the leather for a flawless finish. Consuela also specializes in accessories and shoes. Go take a look at their website for a full view of her breathtaking products.

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Such a pleasure to finally meet the talented and charmingly relatable jewelry designer, Kristin Miller. All of her beautiful jewelry is made here in the USA with hand cast brass and custom cut stones. I’ve always loved her jewelry- it can be worn in any way possible and speak to each individual. If you haven’t already checked out her lines, I strongly encourage that you do. Right now.

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Madison of Mad Jewels caught my attention in the gallery with her vibrant, colorful display of handmade jewelry. When I asked her why she opted for such bright colors in the fall season among all the neutrals and darker colors, she told me that every season needs a little color, and every outfit needs a little pop of vibrancy. Honestly, she couldn’t have answered my question any better than she did. It’s her vibrant products that made her unforgettable, and if you want to be just as memorable, definitely look into Mad Jewels.

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With the lovely foundress of Mona Jain Jewelry. I was so taken by the perfect combination of  traditional eastern design with a modern esthetic. From the largest pendant  to the smallest drop earring, each piece is beautifully crafted and undeniably captivating.

IMG_0244 IMG_0241 IMG_0240img_0635 Allison Mitchell’s larger than life clutches are sure to turn heads, and they definitely caught my attention (Ever since I laid eyes on them I can’t seem to get them out of my head!) These clutches are made from genuine animal hide and velvet and are, as Allison told me, a blank canvas. The designs, colors, and everything in between are the first step- all stylings after that are up to the wearer, and that’s what set’s Allison and her product apart from other handbag companies. Simple yet revolutionary- I applaud you, Ms. Mitchell.

Show Time!

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The genius behind La Miniature, Jeffrey Sebelia, thanks the crowd.

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Laura Kathleen is all smiles after a successful showing of her edgy, feminine fall collection. Rightfully so- everything looked amazing! I love her use of textures as opposed to patterns

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Daniel Esquivel wows his audience yet again with his Parisian-esque line. It is certain that he had everyone’s attention when he sent his collection down the runway.

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Mychael Knight’s fun personality was more than evident in his colorful line of women’s wear. When talking with him after the show, he told me about his use of  an 80’s floral print and eventually modernizing it with neon colors is an appealing move. His collection definitely celebrated  today’s modern young women.

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Korto Momolu does it again, creating a collection of women’s wear with an elegant, classic flow and a timeless design. I definitely need this blue number in my closet pronto! Bravo, Mrs. Momolu.

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Melissa Fleis’s line was just as phenomenal as I anticipated it to be. It had all her edge and personality as well as the wearability she strives for. Congrats on another success, Melissa.

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Michelle’s line was absolutely genius. I loved the inspiration she got from the 1930’s- she turned a time period in which the US was in an economic depression into a collection that struck my interest, kept me wanting more, and made me anything but depressed. When I asked Michelle about the layering, she told me that it appears outlandish at first sight, but each layer is wearable in daily life, so no one should feel overwhelmed. Her tips for layering? Make sure you can wear each one individually somehow and start with the thinnest apparel item.

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Anthony Ryan Auld closed the show with a beautiful collection of a beautiful geometric and organic melange. I love that his pieces made me feel more than “That looks really cool,” and made me yearn for each and every item that graced the runway. What an artist, well done.

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Mychael Knight and I in the VIP Lounge after his flawless show and our laughter-filled interview (the full interview will be released in a later post 🙂 )

img_0822Michelle and I caught up after her show in the Lounge as well and talked about her line, her Project Runway experience, and fashion tips for the season!

img_0624img_0620 img_0630 img_0628 I had the chance to go backstage and chat with Laura Kathleen about her line after her show and the inner workings of the fashion industry. She also gave me a closeup look of one of her favorite pieces, the blue jumpsuit that opened  the show, and shared her thought process behind the piece. Besides being such an amazing talent, Laura Kathleen is such a sweet lady and is so fun to chat with.

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I had the pleasure of running into one of my favorite fashion bloggers and “Fashion Blogger Pen-Pals”, Ellen Flowers of The Perennial Style. Such a sweet individual who is sure to lift your spirits. Go check out her own fashion blog and see what she and her sisters are up to!

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One of my highlights of the night was meeting the one and only Courtney Kerr, one of my fashion inspirations and role models, favorite fashion bloggers and personalities, and not to mention quite the renowned fashion icon. She was just as sweet as I thought her to be and just as gorgeous in person as well. (Can we talk about her boot/dress combo? On point, but I’m not surprised.) Ms. Kerr’s bright, warm and fun personality made me feel at ease, and the funniest part of our meeting was that she initially thought I looked 25! Far from it, I revealed my tender age of 16 and she couldn’t believe me (: Her own website is just as memorable and captivating as she, so I highly recommend that you check out her own blog! Thank you, Courtney for being so receptive and kind to me when we met, I’ll be in touch soon. :*

There you have it , folks. This is the end of my full documentation of the first annual Fashion X Dallas. All full interviews with the designers will be posted shortly, so stay tuned. It was such an honor to be invited to this event and to be in the presence of such prominent and accomplished individuals. Thank you to everyone who made this experience so memorable, and a huge thank you to my photographer and friend, Allie Burns, for the wonderful photographs. This is just the beginning of the fun, so stay tuned with me on The Studded Collar, my loves. Until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Happy Homecoming + Style Steal

Hello, my loves, guess who’s back? Yours truly, of course.

For those of you who thought I had slowly faded away from the fashion/ blogging scene, let it be known that I am still quite present and am always on the scene. The month of October was probably my busiest of the academic year thus far (granted that it’s only been three months) and TSC had to take the backseat. Don’t fret, darlings, I am back from my fashion blogger’s coma and going at full speed ahead, so get ready for a fun ride.

This past week was one of Homecoming celebrations- from the Homecomig Dance, to homecoming week, to game this past Friday, everyday had something fun in store. Of course I have to let you in on the part you are all dying to know about- what I wore to the dance! I’m really excited to show you guys because I’m really in love with the ensemble I put together. The best part- it’s a Style Steal!! So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Dress: Teeze Me | Necklace and Earrings: Swarovski | Ring: Gifted | Shoes: Steve Madden

Before any of you smarty-pants out there start saying, “You’re wearing a pastel and that’s a spring/summer color! What kind of Fashion Guru are you!” Pipe down little ones, what I’m wearing actually isn’t light enough to be a pastel. This gorgeous ice blue dress with sheer lining, pleating, and tulle underlay made me feel like an absolute princess.

I love the positioning of the waistband that cinches my waist in and the way it meets the point of the triangular sheer material in the center of the dress’s bustier! Claps for Teeze Me, this design is very flattering! It’s a great combination of femininity and class, and then light, mod edge with the sky high strapped platforms from Mr. Madden. (:

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Enjoy the absolutely necessary shoe picture and grand “Hoco Selfie” with me and these beautiful ladies. ❤

Now, do any of you know of a lady by the name of Lupita Nyong’o? Well this wonderful actress has quickly become a style icon and a particularly breathtaking blue Prada dress of hers has become quite iconic as well. If you know the breathtaking garment that I am referring to, then you know that Ms. Nyong’o and I are practically twins. Here comes the Style Steal!

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Lupita’s dress is known far and wide as one of the most amazing to grace the red carpet. With a few modest differences, my dress easily parallels her own and can be viewed as Prada Jr. Lupita’s plunging neck line is mimicked in my own dress but my garment  has a sheer overlay covering my chest (Modest is hottest, ladies). The pleating, though more pronounced in my dress’s skirt, is quite similar to M. Nyong’o’s. Finally, because my dress is short, I opted for drop earrings rather than studs for a healthy and fashionable balance and matching drop-pendant necklace.

Homecoming this year was so much fun, and I couldn’t be happier with the way my look turned out. What did you wear to homecoming? Tell me in the comments below or tweet me pictures @StuddedCollar! As Homecoming season and October have come to a close (Happy November!), I am so happy to welcome the cool weather and the holiday season. I just know that this will be quite a fun, fabulous, and fashionable one. I’ve got some fun in store for you guys, and would love to hear your ideas for posts! Comment some ideas or tweet me, reach me on Facebook, Instagram, you know the drill… (: Well, let the holiday fun begin! Keep smiling, beauties. Until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Little Black Dress Designer Fashion Show

Hello, sweet friends, Happy Studded Collar Sunday!

I’d like to start off with a few announcements and thank-yous as well (Have to have an attitude for gratitude!)

First, thank you all so incredibly much for your kind feedback and the love you sent me about the Tootsies Homecoming Lookbook! I had so much fun putting it together for you all, and for your reaction to be so immensely positive was overwhelming. Plus, several of you guys sent me tweets and messages saying it helped you compose a fabulous ensemble for your next dance! I love you all so much and I’m overjoyed that you all enjoyed the post. I’ll do more projects like this in the future for you. (:

I would also send another big thank you to Tootsies for the opportunity to work with you all! I felt like a princess and the dresses, suits, accessories and more were gorgeous. It was such a fun experience and I am eternally grateful for it.

Now, I have one quick announcement before we dive right into the post. I have a new Instagram and Twitter! I’m switching over to an account I already have set up. My new Instagram is @16kayb, and my username for Twitter is also @16KayB. Go follow those accounts if you haven’t already, and in a couple of days I will change the usernames from @16kayb to @studdedcollar for consistency. I’m really active on my social media links, so go check them out. Now, let’s get started with all the fun!

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Dress: Pimkie | Shoes: Guess | Necklace: Swarovski | Clutch: Mom’s Closet

Bracelet/Ring: Charming Charlie| Earings: Gifted

You all may or may not know that the past two weeks have been occupied by Fashion Week in the world’s various capitals- first New York, then London, and today Milan’s came to a close. While I was unable to attend New York Fashion Week this year, I had the chance to have some local Fashion Week fun! I attended the Little Black Dress Designer Fashion Show and Party at Tootsies earlier this week. Several of Dallas’s fashion elite attended, and I had an amazing time meeting them and enjoing the show!

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Such an honor to meet designer Esé (left) and one of Dallas’s fashion elite, Christine (right)

The fashion show was hosted by Tootsies for the Little Black Dress Designer Foundation. This organization gives students and up-and-coming designers the opportunity to re-invent the classic Little Black Dress to potentially win an academic scholarship, funding for their brand, and career networking opportunities to kickstart their career. It’s an amazing association that has already awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to students since it was founded by Jeff Shell n 2008. Tell me this isn’t an amazing concept? (Seriously don’t, because you’d be dead wrong.) (:

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Had an amazing time attending the show with my beautiful best friend (:

I opted for a black dress because not only was it the theme of the show, but the little black dress is a classic statement. This gorgeous dress has a classic simplicity and became my canvas for the evening. I love that the underlay of the dress is like a bandage, or body-con, dress, while the overlay is a flowy, flirty, sheer material that gives the dress a higher level of formality and grace.

I feel like when girls wear black they always have a pop of loud color(s). That is totally okay (in moderation), but another option is to add color variety through metallics! I wore this gorgeous silver diamond drop necklace from Swawrovski, diamond studs, and then switched it up with gold Guess shoes and an all black clutch with divine gold and diamond detailing. My ring and bracelet had golden and jewel accents as well. It takes a plain black dress from drab to fab without wearing a fluorescent pink belt or crimson blue pumps. (:

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I had an unbelievably wonderful time at the show, and I thank Tootsies immensely. The show was beautiful and the dresses were to die for. Now, ladies, I want you to remember this quote- it’s golden:

“One is never over-dressed or underdressed in a little black dress,” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

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Much love to you all.

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx