H&M x Balmain

I am ecstatic to announce that in less than 24 hours, Nov. 5, the newest collaboration H&M x Balmain will be in stores and online.

Designer collaborations have becoming increasingly popular because of their monumental success every time. Think Target x Lilly Pulitzer and H&M x Alexander Wang. Each of these collections sold out in a matter of hours after they were released.

Ever since the H&M x Balmain collaboration was announced in June at the Billboard music awards in LA, I have been patiently counting down the days till the collection hits stores.

Here is a little bit about our collaborators:
H&M is a fast fashion retail company.  It sells trendy clothes at affordable prices.
Balmain is a fashion house from Paris.  It is well known for it’s color, fluidity, and elegance. Current creative director Olivier Rousteing has a mission to grow the brand even more and said this collaboration is a dream come true for him.

Here is an interview with Olivier Rousteing regarding the collaboration.

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So…. What are the clothes like?
There is no doubt that the collection resembles Rousteing’s signature work at Balmain.  Some pieces can even be tracked directly to their inspiration from the runway. The collection is filled with trousers channeling the same inspiration found at Balmain today, beaded mini dresses paired with exaggerated shoulder jackets, draped skirts, and over the knee boots. All pieces made from luxurious-feeling fabrics from silk to suede.

My favorite piece of this collection I would have to say is the green sequin embroidered dress with the draped silk skirt as a close second.

Rousteing was able to deliver a collection at lower prices and, therefore, accessible to more of his fans.  Will the general public match Rousteing’s enthusiasm? Well, I guess we’ll find out when the collection hits stores tomorrow, Nov. 5.

Get ready for Balmainia!! #HMBALMAINATION

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What do you think of the pieces in the H&M x Balmain collection?

xx, Kendall

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The Best Fall Outerwear

I am an outerwear kind of gal.  Being one of those people that’s always freezing makes outerwear a necessity for me, so why not start a collection?  I am obsessed with outerwear and believe you can never get enough.  If you life in the north, I know you feel my pain for the beautiful but brutal winters here in New England.

7 coat trends to try this fall:

  • POLAR VORTEX: think casual, uber cozy and puffy parkas and anoraks with hints of fur.

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  • FUR SURE: rich fur is making a comeback but in a completely different way.  Companies now have found a way to make faux fur identical to the real thing.  This luxe textile will be big with not only coats, but also collars, stoles, and even cuffs.

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  • THAT’S A WRAP: Wrap coats instantly amp up the sophistication factor of any look.  These coats are also made of ultra cozy material.

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  • CAPE CRUSADERS: the dramatic cape has made a comeback once again.  Not only in the classics, but also in a myriad of ranges- long, dramatic, and even weatherproof.

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  • FRINGE FINISH: fringe is everywhere! I cant wait to try out this trend with a fun fringe coat

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  • BOMBER BLISS: Cozy, functional, and durable… what does this coat not have.  I love this silhouette with super warm sherpa wool.

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  • CREAMY COLOR: colored coats in classic silhouettes are everywhere this fall.  Colors are great because even though you may not enjoy the cold weather, a colorful jacket does the trick to instantly brighten someones mood.

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What coat type are you most excited to try this fall?

My sister just purchased the light pink pastel coat in the “creamy color” category and I might just have to steal it from her closet because I’m so obsessed with it. I also can’t wait to try the cape coat trend.  I have never tried on or had anything like that and I am super excited!

xx, Kendall

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Fall 2015 Trends

Fall is my favorite season not only because of my birthday, but also for the clothes!  Fall is the perfect temperature for layers.  Summer is too hot and humid for my cutest clothes and winter I end up piling on layers until I resemble a snowman.

Here are 5 fall trends to follow this season:

1.Flares: Nothing says casual-chic like a great pair of ultra flared jeans. It’s no wonder flares are super flattering and comfortable.  I love this trend because they go great with big chunky sweaters and booties for fall.

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Shop the trend:
Free People 
7 For All Mankind
Lucky Brand
Hudson
True Religion

2. Fringe: The 70s are back and better than every.  You can find anything this season in fringe whether it is a bag, a vest, top, or my favorite, skirts.

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Shop the trend:
Trina Turk
ZARA
Nordstrom
Nasty Gal (on sale now!)
Forever 21

3.Suede: suede everything is on the rise. Coats, shirts, pants, skirts, even shoes. In a range of colors from taupe to rich burgundy, this is a trend you’ll want to be sporting this fall.

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Shop the trend:
ZARA
H&M
Oasis
Urban Outfitters
Topshop

4. Over the Knee Boots: These boots are essential for fall.    They were huge last year and will be just as prevalent (if not more!) this season. Bonus: you can stretch your summer dresses into fall with these fall staples.

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Shop the trend:
Stuart Weitzman
Sam Edelman
Chinese Laundry (on sale now!)
DSW
Ivanka Trump

5.Long Line Blazers: I am obsessed with these. This menswear trend is extremely easy to pull off and instantly elevates any outfit to ultra chic.

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Shop the trend:
ZARA
Rotita (on sale now!)
House of Fraser (on sale now!)
River Island

What are your favorite trends for the fall? Which will you try? let me know in the comments below 🙂

xx, Kendall

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DVF Spring 2016

It’s that time of year again! New York Fashion Week has begun with all of its usual glitz and glamour and more.  Many have traveled across the world just to see the iconic shows.  One of the first runway shows to kick off the season was Diane Von Furstenberg.

Since the iconic wrap dress, DVF has been known for its classic, feminine styles.  I love the beautiful prints, colors, and the flattering styles I see every season on the Diane Von Furstenberg runway.

This year was no exception to the goddess-like styles made famous in previous seasons.  Filled with whimsical feminine forms, the clothes are anything you could dream of and more.  The color palette consists on beautiful fuchsias, gold, white, turquoise, light pink, and black. The fabrics looks absolutely decadent when brought to life on the catwalk.  Black-and-white patchwork maxi dresses, floral jumpsuits, and gold embroidery where just a few of the luxurious prints.  The 70’s vibe to this collection is just a glimpse of the styles to come this spring. Karlie Kloss started the show and Gigi Hadid closed it.  This is not a collection you will want to miss.

here are a few of my favorite looks from the show:

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What are your favorite looks?  What are your favorite runway shows from NYFW Spring 16?

xx, Kendall

Halter Top Transitional Look

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I love this look as a transition into fall.  Rolling up my jeans is a go to styling tip for me when its still warm out during the day but gets a little cooler in the evening. It makes a look a little more casual.

Halter tops like this have such a flattering cut for any body type.  I have found so many similar tops to this that I love.  I decided to go with the pink because I realized I barely have any pink in my closet!

I am not normally a statement earring type of person, but when I saw these amazing earrings I knew I had to have them.  They are so great for elevating a simple look.

JEANS- The Gap
TOP- Ann Taylor (on sale now!)
EARRINGS- own
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What are your go to looks and styling tips for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall?

xx, Kendall

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Tips for Finding Jeans That Fit

As fall rolls around, jeans become a staple and a necessity.  However, it is so frustrating to shop for jeans.  Every store uses a different pattern to make their jeans, so there is no universal fit or sizing.  At one store, a pair of jeans could fit you in the waist but be too short, and in a another store the same size could be too long and tight on the waist. I know that the frustration is all too real.

I recently went shopping and was upset to find that I could not find jeans from my favorite jean store that I felt were a good quality fit.  I was on the verge of tears thinking that I would never find a perfect fitting pair of jeans ever again (I wish I were joking). None the less, I went into every store in the mall that sold jeans.  I tried on a bunch of different styles at every store but was not 100% happy with any of them.  I was getting more and more discouraged by the minute and almost didn’t go into the final store (Levi’s).  I am so glad I did  though because I found two pairs of jeans that fit perfectly and I could not be more happy with.

Here are some tips for finding jeans with the right fit:

  1. Know what kind of jeans you are looking for.  Prepare this before you begin your shopping process.  There are so many combinations that it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed if you don’t have a game plan.  Ask yourself “Do I want skinny, flair, or something in the middle? What wash do I want? What kind of waist would I feel most comfortable in (low rise, mid rise, high rise)?”
  2. Try on multiple sizes for each jean.  Nobody wants a jean to be to lose or too tight, so get multiple sizes. I have even had my size vary with different types of jeans in the same store.
  3. Take your time.  I like to take my time when trying on jeans because they can be tricky.  I try to do different activities while I am trying them on like walking around to see if they will fall down when I move, sitting down to make sure the back isn’t too low,  bending down and squatting to see the flexibility of the fabric, and staring in the mirror and seeing if I like the wash on (it can look different from when they are folded).  This may sound a little odd but it will give you a better idea of how they feel.
  4. If they don’t feel right and you don’t feel 100% confident in them, move on.  You may be reluctant because you’ve been eyeing this pair for a while but, trust me, you’ll be happy you didn’t settle when you find the perfect pair.
  5. Don’t get discouraged.  I know it can be disheartening when you feel the world is working against your mission to find the perfect jeans but don’t worry! With some time and effort you will.

Do you have any tips for finding jeans? What are your favorite type?  What stores do you like? Please let me know! I am always looking for different store and styles to try. 🙂

xx, Kendall

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This outfit is great for a casual day.  It is easy outfit to transition into fall with a sweater but is also great for hot days.  The contrast between the ripped boyfriend jeans and the feminine blouse and sandals is why I love this outfit.  I’m so glad I dug all of these pieces out of my closet. This outfit will be one of my staples for the next few months

How do you like to style jeans during the summer?

Sunnies- Ray Bans  I  Top- Forever 21 (similar)  I  Jeans- American Eagle  I Watch- Fossil  I  Ring- Antique Claddagh (similar)  I  Shoes- Kenneth Cole (similar)

xx, Kendall

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Cannes 2015

I have always heard that everyone wants to go to Cannes for the Cannes Film Festival and the amFAR Gala and now I know why.  The Festival was likely this years most glamorous event and the gala a social climax.

This years festival theme was la femme.  Showcasing more female directors, leading actresses, and producers than ever before.

From runway to red carpet, the fabulous fashions of the event are not something to miss.  These are some of my favorites:

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Let me know which outfit from the events is your favorite and why. 🙂

xx, Kendall

Patterned Playsuit

I am loving playsuits and rompers for summer.  They are quick and easy and make a look very put together in seconds.  I picked up this one at Abercrombie and Fitch recently.  I really have liked a lot of their new items since they reinvented the brand.  This one attracted me because the pattern is so unique and beautiful.  The flowy sleeve is also super fun!

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Playsuit: Abercrombie & Fitch

Belt:  j.crew (no longer sold)

Shoes: Steve Madden (no longer sold)

Sunglasses: Pacsun

Necklace: own

What trends have you been into for summer and what are your favorite rompers/playsuits? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

xx, Kendall

(photography by Kerry Keough)

Met Gala 2015

Every year I look forward to the Met Gala.  It is one of the special times in NYC that many people get to dress up and look fabulous and basically feel like royalty for the night.  The fashion is always spectacular and this year I loved ever spectacular ensemble I saw.

Here are just a handful of the many dresses I absolutely love from this year:

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Please let me know which gown (or tuxedo) was your favorite from this year! 🙂

xx, Kendall