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

POLO: Ralph Lauren x Elle

Happy November, my darlings!!

It’s Kay B here with another fun article for you guys. About two weeks ago I attended the POLO: Ralph Lauren Grand Opening at the Northpark Center, which was hosted by Ralph Lauren and Elle Magazine’s Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton. This was a grand opening unlike any other with a live fashion exhibition of the new holiday collection by Polo Ralph Lauren, an on-site artist sketching guests upon request, a lively DJ, and so much more.

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Fun Fact: This live model and I wanted to take a picture together, but she couldn’t leave her platform, so I hopped onto her platform, modeled with her in the store and then snapped a photo together. We weren’t sure if it was allowed, but all worked out and we had fun in the process! (:

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The pieces from the collection had an overall modern-classic vibe. What I love and always have loved about Ralph Lauren is that their clothing, accessories, etc. are incredibly sophisticated, versatile, and wearable for practically any style. The styles are timeless while keeping up with the times. It takes true artists to accomplish such a thing in the world of couture.

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Fringe on fringe on fringe!! Definitely a big trend this Fall and Winter, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a hardcore fan of the fringe. *heart eyes*

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One of my favorite pieces from the entire collection had to be the deep blue, velvet blazer with black satin detailing. It’s perfect for the holiday season and the Fall/Winter season all together. It’s a great statement piece that speaks volumes not in the patterns, but in the color and material. How gorgeous is this!

The collection had a good color balance with neutrals such as jean, black, and grey as well as pops of colors from pastels to heavily pigmented blues and greens. The best part was that every piece, regardless of pattern or color, could be styled in several ways. Again, the versatility is admirable.

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Elle Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton, and I after our interview.

While at the grand opening, I had the opportunity to interview the Senior Market Editor of Elle, Jade Frampton. To see what we talked about and get the inside scoop on what one of the biggest trends will be this spring, click here to read my interview with Jade Frampton.
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Elle shared their November issue with the party and took a brief moment to skim through and soak up some of the sweet details they had to share with us readers. Make sure you pick up a copy if you haven’t already!

The event was so much fun, and I enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. It was so nice to catch up with Janie and Blair Flowers of The Perennial Style, and to meet Kelley Barnes of The Style Barn as well as Leni Wagers of Brasillian Doll Blogger. These ladies are so sweet and even more gorgeous in person- definitely take a look at their own blogs and check out their style!

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Blair Flowers of The Perennial Style and I cheesing it up. (:

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It was so nice to finally meet Kelley Barnes! She’s such a sweetheart and joy to talk to.

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Leni Wagers is such a character! She’s as fun as she is kind and it was a pleasure to meet her.

Now if you guys follow my Instagram, then you know I just made a major change to my look. (If you aren’t following me already, then go ahead and follow to see what I’m up to when I’m not blogging!) If you didn’t know and have been oblivious to my past few photos, then you should know…

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I CHOPPED MY HAIR! Yes, I am now sporting a bob, and I love it. It took some getting used to, but I’m head over heels, all for it. It’s a different vibe, but it’s perfect for me. Let me know in the comments or on my Twitter if you’d like me to put together an article about how I style my short hair!

Here’s my full look for the Grand Opening. I wanted something chic but simple, so I opted for a white, cropped yet over-sized, crochet sweater and contrasted it with dark jeggings. To dress it up, I went for my strapped, platform, nude, suede heels (a mouthful, I know) and my black and white purse with gold hardware. It’s pretty neutral, but chic and put together. Pro-tip: whenever you have an event for which you aren’t sure what to wear, you can never go wrong with a black and white ensemble! I wanted to go for the cool city-girl look, so hopefully that worked! 🙂

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Well, my loves, that’s it for this article! Be sure to check out Ralph Lauren’s new collection and all their other chic goodies here, and be sure to check out my social media- Instagram, Twitter, you know the drill. I’m super active there and I love talking to you guys, so that’s the best way to see what I’m up to and even connect with me! Also, sound off in the comments below with any ideas you all may have for articles you’d like to see. I’d love to hear from you. I love you all lots, and until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

Spotlight: Interview with Elle Senior Market Editor

Hello, hello, friends! Guess who’s back?

Hint- it’s me. I run this place. Who else would it be? *laughs to self*

Ah, anyway, I’m back with a spotlight interview with someone very special. In my POLO x Elle article, you guys read all about my night at the POLO: Ralph Lauren Grand Opening hosted with Elle, and you know that I got to meet the Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton.

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You may also know that I got to chat with her in an interview about the new collection, her job, what advice she has for those aspiring to enter any part of the fashion industry, and much more. Read on to find out what else Jade Frampton and I got to discuss!

Kay B: What are your thoughts on the new Ralph Lauren collection for the holidays?

Jade Frampton: I love it! I love the new direction that Ralph Lauren is going in for Polo. It’s really sophisticated, and it has a lot of free formed themes- something we haven’t seen from them which I love. It still keeps that classic Polo feeling, a little preppy and sophisticated, but it’s really great for day to evening looks. It works for all styles, so there’s something for everyone and every situation.

Kay B: I was talking about that earlier and noticing that as well. Ralph Lauren is one of my favorite brands, and the versatility and the fact that it can acclimate to any time and any person makes it like a blank canvas, allowing anyone to style their looks to suit themselves.

JF: Right, and this (in reference to her own outfit) is all Ralph Lauren. It doesn’t necessarily look the way it was styled on the mannequin, but it’s unique to me. So I think everyone can really make their own look, which I do love about this [collection].

KB: What’s your favorite piece that you have seen tonight from the grand opening?

JF: I’m actually obsessed with the track pants, and I’ll tell you why. Track pants are actually a huge trend for next spring. They’re everywhere on every runway, so it’s all about wearing the track pant with a sophisticated top, wearing it in a non-traditional way. So, I’m all about the track pant right now, and I love the ones on display for the collection because they’re all black and I think they’re really sophisticated. It’s how I could get behind a track pant, whereas I don’t think I could get behind a red track pant.

KB: What statement piece must every woman have in her closet this season?

JF: I think that an amazing knit is always the best thing to have in your wardrobe for Fall, I just think it’s so great. We saw it so much on the runway in so many different ways, from skirts, to dresses, to sweaters, and I find it chic, comfy, and it looks good on everyone.

KB: What is your favorite part of your job as Elle Senior Market Editor?

JF: I think my favorite part of my job is to see things first, I mean, I love that! It’s so exciting when you’re at a show and you know that while there are a lot of other people watching it with you, you’re seeing something for the very first time. I think my favorite part of my job is meeting new designers, really young designers that haven’t had a chance to be seen by a lot of people. It almost feels like you’re discovering them and getting to meet them and seeing their progression from being a new designer. Someone like Jason Wu, a new designer, and then really blossoming in his brand and now being the head designer at Boss and just seeing the progression of people’s careers is really inspiring.

KB: What advice to you have for anyone wanting to enter the fashion industry?

JF: Intern. That’s basically what you do. It’s the only way that you can have a resume built up, it’s the only way to build up a resume to get a job. If you wanted to work at a magazine, it’s interning at a magazine, definitely. I think in any industry, like design, it’s interning, but it’s really interning at as many places as possible as opposed to staying at one place. Get as many experiences as possible. That’s good to know not only what you want to do, but also what you don’t want to do. For instance, I interned as a jewelry intern and it wasn’t for me. It was too small, things kept dropping, things go missing. I like tangible, big items, and I don’t want to lose anything- jewelry made me too nervous! So, definitely intern to know what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.

There you have it, darlings! It was so much fun to talk to her- she was so sweet and insightful. I hope you got as much out of the interview as I did, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Elle’s November issue before the month is up! Until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

Sunny Days and an Endless Summer

Happy Tuesday, friends! Welcome to another Studded Collar article where we shall experience another excerpt from my style journey. (:

We are now in the heart of summer, and it’s crazy to think that I am already half way through my summer break! I have been out, about, and on the run ever since I was let out for summer break, and now that I’m approaching the halfway mark, I’m realizing how much I’m wishing for an endless summer. I thought it would be nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle to take a trip to the park for a little bit. Plus, it was such a great excuse to wear my new Ray-Ban glasses from Ditto!

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Dress: H&M | Shoes: Target | Sunglasses: RayBan c/o Ditto

Photography: Rachel Brown

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For those of you who don’t know, DITTO is an online eyewear store that is unlike any other. They sell prescription glasses and sunglasses, but to take things to the next level, you can virtually try on any of their glasses on their website! Yes, you did read that correctly. To learn more, check out more information here about their revolutionary store.

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DITTO has a great program going on right now called Endless Eyewear that you absolutely have to try. When you become a member of this program, you can order any pair of sunglasses that you want from their website and keep it for as long as you want. Then, when you’re tired of that pair of sunnies, just order another pair from DITTO and send back your initial pair of sunglasses when you receive the new one. It’s that simple! You can swap out the glasses as frequently as you please, and the best part is that you can do this and get gorgeous designer glasses for just $19 a month! How amazing is that? It gets even better, darlings.

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I want to treat you guys because I love you so much, so go ahead and try out the Endless Eyewear program and your first month is on me. (: Click here to sign up and use the promo code STUDDEDCOLLAR to get your first month free! You can buy and swap as many cute sunnies as you want to for free during the first month that you’re signed up. Any pair/s and as many swaps as you want. No strings attached and no catch. Our summer may not be endless, but the number of sunglasses you could get when you sign up for DITTO’s Endless Eyewear definitely is endless! 

I hope you all are enjoying your summer to the fullest and making every moment count. I love you guys lots and lots, and until next time…
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Kay B xx.

Land of the Free

Happy Friday Eve (aka Thursday), darlings! I hope July is off to a great start for you all.

This weekend, July kicks off with fun and celebration with friends and family. Whether you’re heading out to the lake, going to a backyard barbecue, or just hanging around town with friends, 4th of July weekend is a fun time with loved ones and a great excuse to throw some patriotic spirit and festivity into your outfit!

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Top: Forever 21 | Shorts: Dailylook | Shoes: Converse | Belt: Cotton On | Bracelet: Anthropologie | Sunnies: Forever 21

 

What I’ve found to be a common occurrence in the past is that of some people wearing extreme outfits in which it could be assumed that they bought a flag and made a dress of it, or wearing red, white, and blue in overwhelming ways. That got me to thinking, and I realized that there are more flattering ways to wear the patriotic colors without looking like Betsy Ross passionately put your outfit together and still maintaining the fun vibes. I thought it would be fun to share a casual and cute outfit idea for the 4th of July that incorporates the red, white, and blue while looking cool and ever so American. (:

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Just admiring some imaginary fireworks then laughing as I remember it’s daytime and it’s not the 4th of July just yet… (:
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This outfit is perfect for celebrating the 4th and hanging out with friends and family. The boxy, blue and white, striped crop is a great compliment to the white, distressed, high-waisted shorts and balances out the color. Not only do the colors look great, but the wide and boxy top and cinched waist of the shorts will make your waist look a lot smaller! The horizontal stripes are also very flattering.

By the way, can we take notice of the fact that white converse already have all the U.S. colors? Simple and cute… I like it!

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Now, let’s talk makeup!

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Because my top is already so dark and I decided to sport a bold red lip, I opted for an overall softer eye and naturally blushed cheeks. I used a medium gold shadow on my lid, a rosy red on the outer half of my lid, and then a medium brown in my crease for definition. I lined my eyelids with the black liquid liner “Stiletto” by Maybelline and defined my lashes by using Maybelline’s Falsies Colossal Cat Eyes mascara. To add a light color to my cheeks, I lightly dusted a warm, rosy blush with tan undertones onto the apples of my cheeks.

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Wearing red lipstick is a great way to bolden your makeup look as well as tie your patriotic look together.

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“OMG I love America!!!”

Well, my loves, there you have it! I hope you all liked this outfit and that it gave you guys some ideas for your own ensemble on the 4th of July! I really love this look, and it’s so great for watching fireworks with friends, chilling out at the lake, or just having backyard fun with the family. If you guys want to share your 4th of July outfits with me, tweet me pictures because I’d love to see them! Just tag me (@StuddedCollar) in your pictures and I’ll retweet some of them. While you’re at it, check out my Instagram and my Facebook page! I’m always super active on Instagram and Twitter, so follow me to keep up with the adventures!

Also, a huge shoutout and an even bigger thank you to my friend, Rachel for taking these awesome photos. Check out her instagram here!

Remember to have fun, stay safe, and always, always, always…
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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

Summertime Blues

Happy Saturday, everyone!

As promised, I have a new post today for you guys, and it’s the classic Outfit of the Day post. I just finished my first week of my junior year and, honestly, I loved it! The work load has increased, of course, but it was so great to catch up with my friends, meet all my new teachers, and jump right into all the fun the year has in store.

That work load I mentioned has me confined to my room doing homework in my oh, so fashionable Nike shorts and t-shirt, missing the days of summertime freedom. Although I’m loving the year so far, I am feeling a little blue about summer break being over. That said, here is a blue Outfit of the Day throwback to my last day of summer!

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Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Macy’s

Bracelet: Charming Charlie

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I love this bangle bracelet from Charming Charlie. The blue gems accented with gold wiring work beautifully together, and I love that I can wear this bracelet higher on my arm than the typical bracelet or bangle. It adds a simple, subtle, yet unique twist.

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I love this maxi skirt because it’s definitely different from your basic skirt. First, the blue lace overlay is gorgeous with pink and red flowers thrown into the mix. The floral lace with a unique color theme is feminine and fun. Secondly, the fact that the lace overlay is of a maxi cut while the skirt underneath is short so unique! It makes the skirt more casual and makes your legs appear longer as opposed to a solid colored, single-material maxi skirt.

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From the front, this top is a basic cream tee with a little frocket. Then, you take a look at the back and it’s totally made of lace! As you can tell, I really like lace, and I love the variety in this outfit. Do note that it’s possible to have one print and vary its design in different pieces like I did here: I wore a lace skirt and lace backed top, but the laces are in slightly different patterns and colors. Both items still look put-together and simple! Depending on how you style patterns, you can wear any without it looking too busy. (:

I hope you are all enjoying your school year so far, and if you are on a holiday break, then I hope you are treasuring every moment! I may have the summer blues now, but I am honestly so excited for what’s to come this school year. (PS- Check out my last post to see how I prepared for the start of school!) Remember to keep those positive vibes and be the best you possible. (:

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Until next time, my loves,

Stay Fab,

Kay B