Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Kennedy Center Honors

I wish to share this inspiring video with you. Hope you enjoy it. Love, Kelie

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

Hope you are spending the holidays with the people you truly love and who truly love you! 
Love, Kelie

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quote for today and everyday

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. 
- J. K. Rowling

Monday, December 21, 2009

R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

I can't believe it. All that comes to mind is: what causes a young woman to have a heart attack?
Life is so precious and unpredictable. This tragedy reminds us of that. Only God knows how much time is awarded to each of us. So before your time is up, love truly and live boldly. Rest in peace Brittany Murphy.
Love, Kelie.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Best of Harper's Bazaar December issue

20 top trends for 2010: Fashion trends, inspirations, and beauty tips to take you through the new year in style.

1. Mixed Prints Afraid your ikat will clash with your plaids or stripes will upset your florals? Well, fear not, for this season anything goes. Mix and match your most colorful pieces and let your imagination run free. 2. Tom Ford's New Film The king of sex and flash, Tom Ford, is making his big-screen debut with A Single Man, featuring Julianne Moore and Colin Firth. photo credit: Courtesy the Weinstein Company 3. Wild Wedges The season's coolest accessory goes on safari with patchwork big-cat prints and an edgy open toe. Alexander Wang wedge, $650. photo credit: Studio D 4. Couture Clogs Not just for hippies anymore, this boho wonder was made chic by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Céline's Phoebe Philo, and Louis Vuitton. Clogs on the Chanel runway. photo credit: Dan & Corina Lecca 5. Red-Hot Lips There were crimson-stained moues aplenty on the runway. The shocking yet sexy shade screamed old-world style for models everywhere from Dior to Bottega Veneta. Backstage at Prada. photo credit: Sean Cunningham
6. Designer Denim Blue-jean baby. Broken-in jeans were shown with élan in New York (Ralph Lauren doing it distressed), Milan (D&G mastering the look), and Paris (Stella McCartney showing the fabric in several skirt styles).
Ralph Lauren Collection , photo credit: Dan & Corina Lecca
7. The Hot New Model: Constance She opened the most anticipated debut show of the season at Céline and walked in dozens more, including Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant. Constance Jablonski is the new face to know. photo credit: Dan & Corina Lecca
8. Loving Lucite Designers were quite clear about their love of Lucite. Check out always-chic Bakelite too.Mark Davis bangles, $1,610-$3,200. photo credit: Studio D
9. Nautical Stripes Get in line with spring's most linear look: classic stripes. Blue and white are best, but you can pull off the Breton-inspired trend with any color combo.Michael Stars tank, $49. photo credit: Studio D
10. Summer Skins Leather looks were once reserved for the colder months, but the spring runways saw the slick material in all sorts of incarnations — from minishorts to T-shirts to full-on frocks — in a host of supple shades like caramel and rust.
Céline. photo credit: Dan & Corina Lecca
11. Copper Tones Not only did designers look to burnished bronze shades for spring, but the autumnal hue also popped up as a fun nail polish. photo credit: Sean Cunningham
12. Fantastical Florals Garden motifs have sprouted up again this season, with flowered patterns in full bloom.Tory Burch dress, $465, and belt, $150. photo credit: Studio D
13. Jason Wu Sunglasses Designer Jason Wu can now add stylish sunglasses to his long list of goodies. Modo for Jason Wu sunglasses, $275. Modo, NYC; 212-965-4900. photo credit: Sean Cunningham
14. David Webb The influence of legendary jeweler David Webb ran deep this season. Think jewel-encrusted enameled animals and extras with mixed stones.
David Webb bracelet. 212-421-3030. photo credit: Courtesy David Webb
15. Alice in Wonderland Director Tim Burton's vision of the classic promises a film full of magical moments. Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and newbie Mia Wasikowska as Alice, the movie premieres in March. photo credit: Courtesy Disney Enterprises
16. Pastel Eyes That Pop The '80s trend has moved to makeup, with a palette of icy blues, purples, and other sorbet shadows for spring.
Derek Lam. photo credit: Sean Cunningham17. Claude Lalanne The famed '60s French artist is having a moment. Her bronze sculptures, along with those by her late husband, François-Xavier, have been lining Park Avenue in New York, and her jewelry is on view at London's Ben Brown Fine Arts. And in 2010, there will be an exhibition in her honor at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.Lalanne bodices made for Yves Saint Laurent, Fall 1969. photo credit: Manuel Litran 18. Chandelier Earrings Shine some light on opulent chandelier earrings.Oscar de la Renta earrings, $350. Saks Fifth Avenue; 800-330-8497. photo credit: Studio D
19. Peter Copping for Nina Ricci Formerly at Louis Vuitton, Peter Copping made the transition to head designer at Nina Ricci seamlessly. The collection featured countless ladylike looks, with endless amounts of tulle, transparency, and ruffles. photo credit: Dan & Corina Lecca
20. Going Platinum Was it Lady Gaga or Donatella Versace who inspired the peroxide-blond locks for these lovely ladies?
Vlada Roslyakova. photo credit: Dan & Corina Lecca
We read it all so you don't have to!
Love, Kelie

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quote for today and everyday

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. - Mother Teresa

Monday, December 14, 2009

Recessionista files: Sample Sales.

STARTING TOMORROW • Fall and winter coats are up to 50 percent off at the Mackage sample sale. The Isa wool-and-cashmere coat with a pleated hem and leather trim is $275 (originally $550), the hooded Nev leather bomber is $325 (originally $649), and the cropped Bunny puffy jacket with a fur-trimmed hood is $275 (originally $550). Through 12/17. 275 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., seventh fl.; T–Th (11–7). • Merchandise is up to 75 percent off at the Betsey Johnson sample sale. The Ginger Snap wool jumper is $35 (originally $275), the evening pleated-organza strapless dress is $75 (originally $395), and the polka-dot printed canvas tote is $40 (originally $110). Through 12/17. Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave., sixth fl. (212-993-9251); T–Th (10–8). • Long- and short-sleeve TrioFit shirts, coats, dresses, and skirts are $100 or less at the Rebecca & Drew sample sale. The wool-silk pleated pencil skirt is $60 (originally $400), the slim-fit TrioFit shirt is $55 (originally $195), and the tiered-neck velvet dress is $80 (originally $400). Through 12/17. 342 W. 13th St., nr. Eighth Ave. (212-647-8901); T–Th (8–7). • Ben-Amun jewelry is marked down to wholesale prices or below at the annual sample sale. Through 12/17. 246 W. 38th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 12 (212-944-6480); T–Th (noon–7). • Women's ready-to-wear, accessories, home accents, candles, and fragrances are up to 80 percent off at the Calypso St. Barth sample sale. Through 12/18. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St. (212-725-5400); T–Th (10–7), F (10–2). • Save 25 to 40 percent on the current selection of Melissa plastic shoes at Kaight. Browse the pre-spring line and enjoy refreshments by 44 North Vodka. Through 12/15. 83 Orchard St., nr. Broome St. (212-680-5630); 6–9. ENDING TOMORROW • Dresses are $175 and leather jackets are $375 at the Elise Øverland sample sale. The selection includes one-of-a-kind items. Elise Øverland Studio, 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 1515 (212-239-4004); 9–7. Love, Kelie

Spotlight on the Sartorialist.

Post: The Sartorialist for Burberry's Art of the Trench We cannot get over the rolled up jeans and multi straps sandals! Post: Ok, While We're At It, I Love This Jacket Too, Paris
We cannot get over this jacket and cropped pants.
Love, Kelie.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Recessionista files: Sample Sales.

• Select merchandise is 85 percent off at the Ports 1961 sample sale. Coats are $75, jackets are $40, tops are $20, and shoes are $75. Through 12/11. 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 875; 11–7. • Various clothing and accessories are 50 percent off at First Among Equals during the holiday sale. Through 12/31. 177 Orchard St., nr. Stanton St. (212-253-2202); M–F (1–9), S–Su (noon–8). ENDING TODAY • Merchandise from Diane Von Furstenberg is up to 75 percent off at the sample sale. New merchandise will be arriving throughout the week. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St.; T (9–6:30), W (10–8), Th (10–7), F (9–3). • Cashmere, cashmere-blend, and cotton apparel is up to 75 percent off at the Autumn Cashmere sample sale. 231 W. 39th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 924 (212-398-2244); M–F (9–6). • Find deals on denim at the James Jeans sample sale. Jeggings are $80 (originally $180), straight- and skinny-leg styles are $80 (originally $180), boot-cut styles are $70 to $80, and one-of-a-kind samples are $15 to $50. 500 Greenwich St., nr. Spring St., Ste. 202 (212-221-4603); T–Th (9:30–7:30), F (9:30–2). • Alice + Olivia is hosting a sample sale. Party dresses are $179 (originally $440), fall pants are $99 (originally $297), and tops are $89 (originally $242). 80 W. 40th St., at Sixth Ave. (212-840-0887); T–F (8–8). • Prices range from $25 to $195 at the Miguelina sample sale. Blouses are $55 to $195, dresses are $150 to $300, and bags and accessories are $10 to $50. 20 W. 36th St., nr. Sixth Ave. (212-290-2996, ext. 301); W–F (8–8). • Women's ready-to-wear from the current and past seasons is discounted at the Proenza Schouler fall 2009 sample sale. Prices range from $100 to $1,450 (originally $435 to $5,800). 495 Broadway, nr. Broome St.; Th–F (8:30–6:30). • Cashmere, wool, silk, and alpaca sweaters and accessories for women are $150 and less at the Lutz & Patmos sale. The cashmere Cocoon cardigan is $125 (originally $495), the double-knit coat is $150 (originally $650), and cashmere scarves are $50 (originally $195). 425 W. 13th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 401 (212-463-9110); Th–F (11–7). • Select womenswear, menswear, and accessories from fall/winter 2009 are 30 to 50 percent off at Opening Ceremony. The men's Opening Ceremony suede cardigan is $476 (originally $680), the women's Boy by Band of Outsiders cropped-sleeve trench is $900 (originally $1,285), and the Jeremy Scott for Adidas JS3 Tongue sneakers are $154 (originally $220). 35 Howard St., nr. Broadway (212-219-2688); M–S (11–8), Su (noon–7). Love, Kelie

The Sartoriatlist might get his own TV show, but he doesn't want to star in it.

Scott Schuman is not a spotlight-hungry blogger. Au contraire, his work may have helped start the personal-style craze with his street-style blog The Sartorialist, but he has always fixated on the style of others, rather than himself. One might argue that his blog is successful because it distills style according to his personal tastes, and therefore is all about him. Quandary: Should I dress like I'm homeless today? Solution: The Sartorialist is into it! Quandary: Should I iron my jeans? The Sartorialist enjoys a crisp crease in a denim pant leg. Schumann doesn't see it this way. And that is why, as he negotiates for his own TV show and clothing line, he's keen to make sure he's not the focal point, directly. He told the Pedestrian at an event he attended to promote his book: ... Continue reading this story on nymag. Love, Kelie.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sneakers at a wedding? Everybody freak out!

I have to apologize for going under the radar for a couple of days. I was on heavy bridesmaid duty this weekend. One of my BFFs got hitched and needed my undivided attention for 3 days of celebration that felt more like a week. I am still recovering from it. Thursday was the rehearsal dinner, Friday the bachelorette party extravaganza and Saturday the wedding followed by a dinner for family and close friends.
This wedding was by far the most laid back and comfortable wedding I have ever been a part of. I woke up on Saturday morning, had complimentary breakfast at the hotel, took a shower, washed my hair, styled it, applied my make up, put on my jeans and walked over to the church where my wisteria dress and shoes were waiting for me. Since the hotel where we (the bride and the bridesmaids) were staying was only two blocs from the church, there was no need to rush or worry about traffic or MTA service changes.
Once I arrived at the church, I put on my dress and finishing touches and voila; I and the other girls were ready. The entire "female" bridal party was dressed and ready to go by 1pm. Did I mention that the wedding was at 2pm? How amazing is that? But this is not the best part. Believe it or not, the entire wedding party from the ring bearer to the pastor were sporting none other then Converse sneakers. I am a die hard heel person but my love for kicks has reached a new height since Saturday. At first, I was not warm to the idea. Of course I didn't let the bride know to what extend I cringed at the very thought of walking down the aisle in flats. I mean, who wears an evening gown with flats? At least give me a kitty heel! There is something about the extra 3 to 4 inches that just feels right when all eyes are on you. Well I had to do without the extra inches this time around. And surprisingly enough, not only was it extremely comfortable but it looked so cute.
The bride and groom had our kicks personalized which was a really nice touch! I recommend it to anyone who can think outside the Christian Louboutin box.
Love, Kelie.
PS: I caught the bouquet so wait and see what I'm going to do when I get hitched next year! ;) The only thing missing is a groom! Lol...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spotlight on the Sartorialist!

MOvember looks we loved!

Mrs. O is looking better then ever these days. Here are some of her best November looks. On November 5th, at the National Science Bowl at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC, Michelle wore this black and white jacket by Moschino. Photo: Getty Images. On November 18th, Michelle opted for a J. Crew ruffled blouse to visit Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo: Getty Images. This Moschino dress is to die for. Mrs. O-so-chic was all smiles at the presentation of Robert F. Kennedy human rights award to Malangu at the White House in Washington, DC on November 23rd. Quite frankly we would be all smiles too if we were wearing this dress , no matter what! Photo: AP. And for the finale! On November 24th, the first couple hosted the first official State Dinner. Michelle looked radiant in a silver sequined gown (the sequins were strategically placed) by Naeem Khan. Photo: Getty Images. Love, Kelie.

Monday, November 30, 2009

World Aids day!

Shop for a good cause at M.A.C. Cosmetics on World AIDS Day. The company will match 100 percent of the sales for all Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass ($14 each) and donate it to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund. M.A.C. Columbus, 148 Columbus Ave., nr. 66th St. (212-769-0725); 10–7. M.A.C. Harlem, 202 W. 125th St., nr. Seventh Ave. (212-665-0676); 10–8. M.A.C. Flatiron, 1 E. 22nd St., nr. Broadway (212-677-6611); 10–8.
Love, Kelie.

Recessionista files: Sample Sales.

Black Friday is long gone. But one thing New Yorkers can always count on is: sample sales. Shop on New York!
• Couture bridal dresses and evening-gown samples by Kelima K are 30 to 60 percent off. An ivory sheath with chiffon ruffles is $960 (originally $2,400), a silk taffeta ballgown with a shirred bodice is $895 (originally $1,695), and a short embossed silk dress is $575 (originally $895). Through 12/5. 229B Mott St., nr. Prince St. (212-334-6546); T–S (3–7).
• Handbags from L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers, and Kidrobot are up to 70 percent off. Prices range from $5 for small Kidrobot accessories to $150 for large L.A.M.B. handbags. The Keaton bag is $150 (originally $495), the Fisher clutch is $75 (originally $495), and the Kidrobot Slinger is $20 (originally $98). Through 12/3. 42 Greene St., nr. Broome St., second fl.; T (8–8), W–Th (10–7).
• Cashmere, cashmere-blend, and cotton apparel is up to 75 percent off at the Autumn Cashmere sample sale. 12/1–12/4 and 12/7–12/11. 231 W. 39th St., nr. Seventh Ave., ste. 924 (212-398-2244); T–F (9–7) and M–F (9–6).
Thanks ny mag!
Love, Kelie

Friday, November 27, 2009

Just because we love it!

Raffia bag. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere, $1,080. Available for purchase at Barneys New York.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Just because we love it and because it's Chanel!

Sunglasses by Chanel, $510, at select Chanel Boutique nationwide.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kick it!

If you live in New York, you know all about street walking. When you first move out here it's like being on an instant diet that actually works. Personally I lost at least 10 pounds on what we'll call: the "street walker" diet. On the flip side however walking this much is terrible for your heels! I am and will always be a die hard supporter of the high heel no matter how much walking I have to do. But this season a more casual kind of footwear caught my attention. The kick game is playing hard and everyone is tuning in.
DJ Mark Ronson for Gucci.
Comme des Garçons' take on Chuck Taylors. 212-604-9200 UES Upper Echelon Shoes.

We are loving the metallic finish, retro lines and hardware used on these fun styles. Everyone should consider adding at least one pair to their staples. There is a sneaker out there for every budget! So kick back, relax and enjoy the walk.

Love, Kelie

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just because we love it...and own it! Boot edition.

Ebbe cutout booties by BCBGMAXAZRIA, $275. Purchase here. Ok, let me explain. Yes, you read properly. I simply could not help myself. I went on a little shopping spree last weekend and bought these sky high BCBGMAXAZRIA booties! I know the economy is at a low but how will it ever recover if we don't give it a little push? Somehow this last statement helps dissipate all of my guilt. :) My wish list was long: chain purse, satchel, red wool coat, black skinny jeans, blue skinny jeans (the skinnier the better), boyfriend distressed jeans, button-down shirts, pearls, aviator shades, and on the very top of that list, boots - all kinds of boots: flat knee-high boots, rain boots, high heel boots, over-the-knee boots and of course booties. My spirits were high and so was the tab. But who cares? My Ebbe cutout booties were totally worth it! I did my part for the economy, will you do yours?
Love, Kelie
P.S.: I might let you in on some other great buys! Who knows? This might inspire you to give the economy a boost with a shopping spree of your own!

Monday, November 16, 2009

OMG Moment: So jealous!

Chanel has it's own magazine! Hip hip hurray! Here is your first look at the first issue of 31 rue Cambon. (the magazine was named in honor of the first Chanel store. Pretty classy! We like it!) Love, Kelie. P.S.: We're so jealous of purple Diary who collaborated with our idol, Karl Lagerfeld on the project! :) Good jealousy, of course.

Recessionista files.

Samples sales starting on 11/17/2009. Enjoy! ;) 1. Samples and stock are 70 percent off at the Marlies Dekkers lingerie sale. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl.; T–Th (10–6).
2. Shirts and hats are 70 percent off and hoodies are 75 percent off at the Kidrobot sample sale. Hoodies are $25, T-shirts are $15, and hats are $10. Through 11/18. 56 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave., second fl.; T–W (11–8). 3. Kooba handbags from current and past seasons are up to 80 percent off. Through 11/19. 141 W. 36th St., nr. Seventh Ave., nineteenth fl.; T–Th (10–2) and (3–8).

4. Classic crocodile clutches are 50 percent off at the Nancy Gonzalez sale. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl. (212-920-1211); T–Th (10–6).

5. Handbags, totes, clutches, and wallets are up to 80 percent off at the MCM sample sale. New merchandise will be added throughout the week. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl. (212-920-1211); T–Th (10–6).

6. Outerwear, sportswear, and dresses are up to 80 percent off at the Strenesse sample and stock sale. Through 11/19. 50 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl. (212-920-1211); T–Th (10–6). 7. Fall merchandise from Vivienne Westwood, Iodice, Bliss Lau, and Ilaria Nistri is up to 75 percent off. Prices range from $50 to $300. Through 11/29. Scatola Showroom, 544 W. 27th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., sixth fl.; Tu–F (10–7). 8. Receive 75 percent off women's ready-to-wear and men's suits, shirts, and accessories at the Christian Lacroix and Isaia Napoli sample sale. Through 11/21. 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St.; T–F (10–7), S (10–2:30). Love, Kelie

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn