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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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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Salon Style

Senior Prom was last week and there was no way I could procure the up-do I wanted all by myself.  That lead me to my usual salon.  I really did not know what to expect.  Do they already have an idea in mind?  How much time will be spent on me? Will they know what I want?

I texted my hair dresser before hand to ask her what she thinks will look good with my dress.  I would recommend this to anyone getting styled for an event.  This way we were able to send ideas back and forth.  We were both able to be on the same page before the appointment, making the whole thing run smoothly.

When she started doing my hair I learned I needed to be very specific and honest about how I want my hair compared to how it was.  Most people get very uncomfortable with asking their hairdresser to change something when they do not like it.  One might be weary of hurting her feelings.  What you don’t know is they will happily change something if you want it differently.  The one thing you need to remember is that she can not read your mind and will happily tweak until everything is how you pictured. My hair dresser had to redo a part of my up-do three times, but it was all worth it when it was finally perfect.

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Let me know if this post helped you! What are some of your tips to getting the hair you want in this situation?

xx, Kendall

Elie Saab: Spring Couture 2015

This Lebanese designer has a impeccable taste for sequin and crystal. This season he dedicated this collection to his past.  He pulled inspiration from his parents and nature, creating a breathtaking collection.  Saab is known for his glittering red-carpet fare, he is one of the most consistent couturiers, but his always injects freshness through channeling inspiration from his childhood in the 60’s.

With classic silhouettes, collection embodied sophistication and luxury.  The delicate fabrics and intricate detailing are truly amazing.   Above the knee frocks paired with sateen heels were a first for Saab.  Other unlikely silhouettes- a tulle coat and sheer jumpsuits- gave off a low-key vibe to the collection. The gowns were even built with pockets to keep with this vibe!  Elie Saab rarely uses prints, preferring the simplicity of solids, in his designs but this collection featured a tulip print.

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Which looks are your favourite? let me know in the comments!

xx, Kendall