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

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

Aero Now VIP Launch Party

Hey everyone!  Aeropostale released their Aero Now line, and they are bigger, edgier, and better than ever. They say we’ve changed, so they’re changing too.

I had the amazing opportunity of attending Aeropostale’s VIP Launch Party as I was invited by Aeropostale!! *squeal* I know, I flipped out too! I met some really fun people, checked out their awesome new, edgy style, and got to talk to some people there!

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Here’s my outfit for the party!

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*I’m not sure of what the specific model of my purse is, but it’s from Guess (:

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The DJ’s tracks were on point through the whole event, and what’s better than good music and great shopping? *heart eyes*

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The store set-up was so cute and definitely matched the overall transformation- cool, edgy, fun, and inspired.

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I had the chance to talk to the event host, Mr. KB (we’re twins), and I asked him what three words he would use to describe the new Aero line.

“That’s a toughie!” he said, “I would say young, unique, and impactful.

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I talked to three girls, Bella, Mariana, and Destiny, about the Aero Now launch, and here’s what they had to say!

Me: What do you like best about the Aero Now line?

Bella: Definitely the skirts.

Mariana: I love everything!

Destiny: I really love the shoes.

Me: What do you think is different about this line compared to the last one?

B: Definitely their style, I would say it’s edgier whereas the last one was more girly.

M: Yeah, I have to agree

D: I think the style is different, and it’s a lot more trendy now!IMG_9524IMG_9500

Everyone was raving about the new jewelry; I wanted to take every piece home!

What else was all the buzz at the Aero Now Launch Party? Bethany Mota’s new line, of course! 18-year-old Bethany Mota, or MacBarbie07 as she is known on YouTube, has released her new Fall collection as well as her first perfume just in time for the Back-To-School season. The YouTube star turned designer has impressed me yet again with her edgy yet feminine pieces.

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One of my favorite ensembles from Bethany’s new line. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it!

I had an absolutely amazing experience at the VIP Launch Party, and I want to say a huge, huge thank you to Aeropostale for the invite. The new clothes are to die for and remind me that we are the Now Generation. I couldn’t have asked for a better time. (:

I also want to thank all of you guys for your immense love and support! I get emails, DM’s, tweets and more full of so much love and kindness and it means the world to me! Without you all, I wouldn’t be here doing what I love to do. (:

So, as a thank you, I have some gifts for you! From now to August 1, use the code “Her Campus” at the checkout for Aeropostale and you’ll receive 30% off of your purchase. In addition, I have four awesome song downloads for you guys! Just go to http://www.dropcards.com/aeronowvip and enter the code “aeronowvip.” You only have until August 1, so go now!

Be sure to stop by your closest Aeropostale and shop the AeroNow line! Until next time, my darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Roman Holiday

Good Morning lovelies,

This post is long overdue, but I have been crazy busy lately with the school year coming to a close and pushing through the last few weeks (month and a half, really, but saying ‘weeks’ makes it seem more bearable.) On the first Sunday of April, my mother and I attended a Mother/ Daughter Fashion show, and the theme was Roman Holiday. I have to say my outfit was one of my favorite pieces that I’ve put together, and I just had to share it with you all.

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Necklace: Charming Charlie

Bracelet: Charming Charlie

Ring: Charming Charlie

Leather bow: Forever 21

Sugar Lips Fit-and Flare Dress: Dillards

*Heels: DSW

*I bought these shoes from DSW, and forgot the name of the designer, so I will update this with the designer’s name later (:

I feel like this outfit is ultra feminine and classy and I can’t get enough of it. Let me know what you think and stay tuned for more from me!

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx