Lady in Black: NYFW Edition

Hey hey, my darlings. Happy September and Happy Studded Collar Sunday! It’s crazy how fast time flies as we say goodbye to the summer and begin to welcome the fall season.

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Dress: Vince Camuto | Shoes: Steve Madden | Jewelry: gifted | Purse: gifted

Photography: Anna Grace Votteler

With the fall season comes New York Fashion Week, and this past Thursday, I was able to kick off the NYFW festivities in style with Allison Mitchell’s private preview party for her SS 2015/2016 Collection.

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I opted for a classic look, and what’s more classic than a little black dress? I love that the chiffon overlay of this dress is tea-length while the thicker dress layer underneath is knee-length. It adds a funky yet simple dimension to the look of the dress as well as modernizing what some like to think of as a “dated hemline.” I also really like that the dress combines a sleeveless cut with a turtleneck neckline. It’s simply unique and it makes this dress easier to transition from summer to fall- a richly colored jacket or coat over this number and come heeled booties would make this dress easy to “fall” for. (pun very much so intended.)
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I wish you guys could have seen the back of this dress- it made what seems like a simple, black shift dress stellar. the turtleneck collar wraps around and becomes similar to a shirt collar in the back. Then, along the center and down the back of the dress, a gold hardware zipper lines the dress. To add to the impeccable details, the chiffon layer splits down the middle so that the gold zipper is visible and adds a kick to this outfit. I’ll have to share a picture of it with you guys so you can see it.IMG_3718 IMG_3720 IMG_3714IMG_3725 IMG_3713

My dress was black with gold detailing, my shoes were black with gold studded detailing, and even my eye makeup was pretty dark with a slight gold tint gracing my lids, so I definitely wanted to add some color to this ensemble. I went for red because it’s bold and contrasts beautifully with all the black and gold details. It wasn’t too much and added a great pop of color to an otherwise dark outfit.

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Tip: If you want to vamp up your neutral or simple outfit, a bold statement necklace is definitely a lifesaver. If it’s in a bold color, pattern, or design and contrasts well when worn against one or two solid colors, you have a winner!

Putting together this outfit was almost as fun as the party was! It was so great to see Allison and her gorgeous handbags again, and I had so much fun catching up with old friends and making new ones like Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. Fun fact she was the first fashion blogger that I knew about and read, and she had a hand in inspiring me to start TSC, so it was quite humbling to meet her- she is even lovelier in person and such a sweetheart. Be sure to check out her blog!

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Allison worked long and hard on designing a gorgeous line for the coming year, and it definitely showed! Her work is impeccable, modern and definitely one of a kind. She designed her over-sized clutches to be functional, fashion-forward and different, and they definitely turn heads and get people talking. They’re made locally with dyed Connecticut calf hair, and you can see the quality in her work. It was pretty cool to see her bags before they made their debut on the runways of New York and Paris Fashion Week. If you want to see more of Allison’s work, head over to her website to check out the rest of her gorgeous bags for yourself!

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Well, my loves, that’s all for today’s post. I want to get more ideas for articles, so go ahead and tell me what I should work on next in the comments down below! Don’t forget to follow my Twitter and Instagram because I’m pretty active there. You also get to see what I do when I’m not blogging- I sometimes feel like Hannah Montana when I show you guys the more glamorous side of what I do, so check out my social media to see the best of both worlds. (: Thanks so much for reading, I love you oodles and noodles and poodles, and until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

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Nailing the Summer Mani & Nail Art Inspo

Hey hey hey everyone! I have been on a posting frenzy recently, adding new pieces almost everyday, and I hope you’re all enjoying them! I just feel that it is my duty to keep you all informed about the latest and the greatest in the fashion world right now.

Today, I come to you with an update on some great nail polish hues for the Summer and some nail art inspiration! If our outfits and makeup are going to be on trend, then our nails have to be too! Let’s get into it!

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The colors I used for today’s nail looks are Sally Hansen’s Coral Reef in shade 405, Breezy Blue in 481, and Lacey Lilac in 270. I also used Sinful Colors Professional’s Snow Me White in 101 and Forever 21’s Nail Color in Country Club Pink.

Look 1: Coral Reef #405

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This polish, Coral Reef, is in Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear line, and it definitely lives up to its name. This nail polish lasts for a good 1.5 to 2 weeks and appears beautiful and glossy when dried; it’s definitely my favorite line out of all the Sally Hansen products. This coral color is perfect for summer, adding a pop of color to your nails as it screams bright and fun!

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For nail art I chose to do some simple white dots using the Sinful Colors Professionals Snow Me White in 101. I used a dotting tool to place four dots along the third half of my nail towards the bottom. I did this for my pointer, middle, and pinky nails, but on my thumb and ring finger I placed four dots down the middle of my nail for some contrast.

TIP: Don’t have a dotting tool? Get a bobby pin and unfold it enough so that you can hold it well. Use the rounded end of the pin to make your dots!

Look 2: Lacey Lilac #270

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This is another polish in the Xtreme Wear line and I love it just as much as the others. I don’t usually wear purple nail polish, but once I applied this one, I really really liked it. It’s soft, cool and feminine and it’s actually a little lighter than depicted in the picture. If you’re not one to wear bolder, brighter colors, then this is the polish for you this summer! It’s soft and fun. Like a teddy or marshmallows…

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This is most definitely my favorite design that I’ll show you all today. I really fell for the lilac color and didn’t want a design to overpower it, so I decided to do an accent nail instead. I used a small brush to paint the chevron detail and I think it came out pretty nicely. If I did a design on all the nails, I feel that it would have been too busy.

Look 3: Breezy Blue #481

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As I was painting my nails I forgot to take a picture with the blue polish alone! So here is a shot with the nail art and the bottle of nail polish (again, from the Xtreme Wear line.) I have been wanting to buy a bright yet soft blue nail polish for a while, so I picked this up at the store the other day and it applied beautifully. What I love most about these polishes is that they apply so smoothly and dry without any air bubbles (my biggest nail polish pet peeve.) Most often you only need one coat of polish to do the job!

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I decided to do another nail art look with polka dots, and incorporate the accent nail trend but decorate the other nails as well. My ring finger has multiple polka dots and my others have one sole dot in the center. I used the Snow Me White again, and I’m really pleased with how this turned out!

Look 4: Country Club Pink

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If you’ve read some of my last posts, you may remember this polish from my “Country Clubbin'” post! The pink shade really grew on me, and I like that it’s light but just light enough to be noticeable. This pink shade is actually one of the colors of the Summer season, so I am pretty happy that I bought this! Pick up a pink polish like this in the store when you can and rock it for your own mani.

Look 5: Snow Me White #101

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Last but not least, the it color of the Summer, the clean and crisp white. White has been the standout color for this season, and I had to include this classic. Besides being known to make one look a bit tanner (though that’s not an issue for me…ha!), the simplicity of white nails is ultra chic and goes with any outfit you choose. Rock those white hot nails, ladies!

If you try out any of these looks, then tag me in your nail art pictures and I’ll try to tweet/ retweet some! I highly recommend the Sally Hansen polishes, so do check them out. (:

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx