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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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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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

Beauty and Essex

Imagine walking into a retro and well lit pawn shop labeled “Beauty & Essex”.  As you enter, a man in a suit swiftly opens a door revealing the foyer of a bar and restaurant.

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This is truly a unique restaurant.  It feels like you are walking into a speakeasy in the 1920s.  The foyer has a grand staircase and is filed with mirrors, marble, and a beautiful chandelier. I image it is very much like a club that Jay Gatsby would have gone to.  The bar has a wonderful atmosphere and has a mix of modern and antique luxurious accents.

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The dining room is breath-taking with its decadent decor. There is a huge skylight in the center of the ceiling.  Looking out of it, you can see many luscious plants growing.  The seats- chairs and couches- all very pouch and luxurious in velvet and leather.

images-5The bathroom even reflects the 1920s with its art-deco tile, mirrors with round vanity light, and beautiful antique perfume bottles.  There is even a seating plush seating area and a bar.  The bar gives customers complementary champagne in the bathroom.  How better can it get?

The food is very unique with a tapas menu. Tapas is food to share with the the whole table.  The philosophy is that you get less and share it so you are able to try many different dishes.  I am obsessed with all of the creative gourmet dishes this restaurant has invented.

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One of my favourite items I ordered was the Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon, and Tomato Soup Dumpling:

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I hope you enjoyed learning about this unique restaurant. Leave me any questions or comments! (all photos provided by Beauty & Essex unless otherwise specified)

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xx,

Kendall

The Smith

As I wait for Sunday brunch, I see through the open doorways, the mouth-watering food.  I think to myself, the hour long wait will be worth it.  Sitting down at The Smith on 51st I unfold my menu to see a selection of  delicious items.  I could hardly decide what to order.  I finally decided on the Salmon Eggs Benedict.  It was so savory and melted in my mouth.  I can hardly wait to dine again at The Smith