I’ve been following #NYFW mainly through instagram and one show that really caught my eye has been Zimmermann. I’m seriously obsessed. Pairing victorian era pieces with modern fabrics and feminine prints and mixing with sheer goodness! Here are my favorites…
My first taste of designer shoes came when I was 24. My cousin’s girlfriend at the time was an assistant manager at Sergio Rossi. One lovely Friday afternoon, I played hooky from work and drove out to Cabazon Premium Outlets where there was a Sergio Rossi outlet store. Then some 40% off retail price plus 50% employee discount later… I was on my way home with 5 pairs of designer shoes all for a whopping $770. Mind you, retail prices of those shoes were $525-775 each.
Fast forward 10+ years later and I’ve come full circle, Gianvito Rossi (son of the Sergio Rossi) is currently my favorite shoe designer of the moment. For those that aren’t familiar with him, his shoes are designed for the classy, sexy gal that is modern and loves understated elegance and doesn’t feel the the need flash her labels. She simply has good style and keen eye for beautiful shoes. So when I got an email to meet him person and be one of the first to view is Fall collection, I jumped at the chance! What topped off the experience was being able interview him. Shoes + Gianvito + champagne.. is a recipe for disaster.. for my credit card. Luckily (or unluckily, however you look at it), they didn’t have my size in the particular style I wanted but I walked away with a signed shoe!
Check out the interview below!
What was the inspiration for this collection?
You have two stories. One is about the sexiness of the stiletto and all these lace up things like the sandal, the lace up bootie with all these straight up laces. And on the other side, we have all these still 70s chunky story with the boots the booties the lace up and I think it’s very nice to combine these two stories. One is sexier sort of seductive and the other more loose they say more relaxed.
Are planning to open any more boutiques in the U.S.?
I just opened a store in New York… And next year, we’ll probably see more in the states… California is very nice place
Do you have a particular shoe that’s your favorite, the one you designed that you get the most satisfaction out of?
In general, that one the Vamp style (pointing to the shoe) is one of my favorite. The open toe bootie is one of my favorite and the high pump with the high back the tuxedo one which is very elegant. I like the very much… i think it’s super chic.
What inspired you to become a shoe designer?
I grew up in the shoe family so it became a part of me and I’m happy and lucky to have this chance.
Check out the event’s photos! All of SF’s finest really brought out their shoe game.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 25: Gianvito Rossi shoes sit on display at Barneys New York hosts an afternoon of shopping with designer Gianvito Rossion August 25, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
Of course, I couldn’t end with out a selfie
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 25: Gianvito Rossi and Jane Kim pose for a photograph at Barneys New York hosts an afternoon of shopping with designer Gianvito Rossion August 25, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
I’ve been into and have only been carrying cross body bags, as of late. And I’ve been digging this one (get it?) from Fossil because of it’s size and many compartments. It fits my laptop, planner, makeup, wallet and phone. Which leaves my arms free for a and yoga mat. And by yoga mat, I mean donuts. Something about the ease and function of having your arms free while galavanting around town while carrying all your necessities is pretty convenient. Plus, it’s so affordable!
Bag: Preston Bag by Fossil // Watch: Tailor Watch by Fossil // Jacket: All Saints // Dress: Zara // Shoes: Celine
Can I say how excited I am that Marissa Webb is the new Creative Director for Banana Republic? I mean she’s making it cool to shop at Banana Republic again! No longer are the days of lackluster boxy dresses, unflattering jackets and boring shoes. Yawn. I’ve always been a fan of her masculine feminine style layered just right with her sassy edge. While it’s long rival J. Crew might be for the color loving, print obsessed classic girl that appreciates a lot of bling and bright lips, I feel the new BR will be for the less than frilly, perhaps a bit more minimal, cool girl that loves masculine pieces fitted for the stylish female.
Can’t wait to see what she comes up with! I feel the current collection translates a lot of her style.
I used to correlate style with expensive things. But, in my 21++ (actually many more +++) of living… Style is not about what you wear but how you wear it. I realized a little late in life that I’m not a silk charmeuse, silk organza, bells and whistles kinda gal… while this might be right up someone else’s alley for me… Comfort. Rules. All.
So when I scored these $16 American Eagle shorts on our way to Palm Springs… yes, $16!!! They have been on heavy rotation… I wear them with heels, flip flops, blazers, silk blouses, tees, tanks, booties and sneakers. You name it. I love how you can wear them out to a nice dinner paired with a silk blouse or heels and a blazer just as much as you can wear it to the beach. This what I call versatility without compromising comfort or style.
How lucky am I to bid adieu to a great summer season amongst wonderful friends and this gorgeous mountainous backdrop. This past weekend was every bit perfection as we kicked off each morning with mimosas, beautiful lake views and scenic bike rides to the local store. There was even a crowd source Tinder swiping session on the big screen TV complete with unfiltered commentary. Very entertaining. And, for just a fleeting moment, this city girl thought to herself “hey, I can get used to this life”. But as the summer slowly began to escape us and as the sun laid to rest that evening, we were met by mother nature’s cold breezy touch and beautiful aromatic scents that welcomed us perfectly into fall.
Quite honestly, I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. If it’s hard to put on or I feel constricted, then chances are it won’t be in my heavy rotation, mostly consisting of denim, flattering blouses or comfy tees. I’m the same with shoes… slip it on, slip it out… is my motto. When I see a nice top, I like to dress it down with boyfriend jeans and fancy shoes. When I see a fancy bottom (i.e. skirts), I’ll first check to see if it will pair well with a t-shirt. I feel like it gives off the essence of being put together without it looking scraggily nor trying to hard.
A mid week getaway to the Parker Palms Springs is just what the doctor ordered for four LAdies needing a quick escape from reality. A prescription of flamin hot cheetos, spiked lemonade, girl talk, and pool time can cure just about anything. Well… almost. And for four girls with an active instagram account, every nook and cranny of the place is an instagrammer’s dream that we couldn’t help but get carried away with our instas (#psgirlsonly)!
BTW, how perfectly fitting is my Future Glory palm tote for my trip or for any tropical trip?
I was invited to the Menlo Charity Horse Show by the kind folks at Rosewood Sandhill. A great time was had with some of my favorite ladies feeding beautiful horses, snapping selfies with stallions while carefully maneuvering around and taking in the sweet aroma of horse shit. BTW, I wouldn’t recommend wearing open toe sandals to a horse show. Don’t say, I didn’t warn you.
In other breaking acquisition news, I pulled the trigger on the Givenchy Pandora Mini that I was debating over in THIS post. I must say I love it and I’ve been carrying it nonstop. It’s small and fits exactly what I need for daily use plus a bit more.
I’ve been a bit obsessed with croc-stamped leather as of late (notice the bag and shoes!). I feel it takes, the otherwise plain, leather and kicks it up a notch. I mean everyone one has a black leather bag but you can justify another black bag purchase if it’s new size, structure and, especially, a texture that’s not in your already growing collection. Now, if only I can afford the real deal… perhaps in a another, more luxurious, lifetime.
My latest lusting is Givenchy’s Mini Pandora. I’ve been in the market for a casual, unstructured, easy to throw around, mini cross body bag that leaves me handsfree and comfortably fits a phone, camera, keys, lipstick and a compact. Quite honestly, this was not a love at first sight kind of lust but as time went on I’ve grown to love the casual edginess of this bag plus it’s perfect for traveling and work. Now the big question is, should I or shouldn’t I?
Visited the Friends & Family sale at Saks a couple months back, hoping to catch 30% off on some shoes I’d been lusting after. Instead, saw a girl try on a divine Chanel number and felt compelled to do the same. After a few wham-bam-thank-ya-ma’am minutes later, they were boxed, bagged and on their way to a sweet new home. Necessity? No. But then again, when are they ever?
My last trip to New York I kind of splurged on this leather moto jacket. I’ve been wanting a moto jacket for quite a while but when I slipped this piece on I knew it felt right. This piece instantly adds a ton of edge to any outfit and looks great worn traditionally and draped over the shoulders. I’ve been wearing it a ton and, admittedly, feel like a badass every time. If you want to see, just check out my insta!
My wardrobe is very monochromatic. A comfort zone, if you will. My favorites are white, black and gray paired with denim or the occasional pops of color. I rarely wear prints or neon, for that matter, but pairing the two was quite the refreshing change from my usual colorless ways. Perhaps, this proves that I should step out of my comfort zone more often.
I don’t know if you can tell but I’ve been obsessed with cobalt blue lately. The rich pop of color adds a lot of sass and confidence to an outfit. We shot this look for Future Glory’s look book. Somehow the color blocked pairing of this sea foam clutch with my favorite cobalt blue skirt seems to work beautifully. Til next time!
I recently teamed up with Future Glory Co, a fab new bag line, for a fun shoot around San Francisco. The shoot was to showcase their new collection, which was in collaboration with the editors of 7×7 Magazine. With the modern city gal in mind, Future Glory Co’s bold new collection of clutches for the ladies, and some fashion forward gents, looking for chic alternative to an otherwise boring rotation of canvas totes and leather satchels.
In addition, Future Glory Co helps against the fight of human trafficking by donating a portion of their proceeds to Freedom House & Not For Sale. I love chic design with a good cause… makes buying a little less guilty :)
I love the effortless look of juxtaposing dressy and casual, like pairing these sweats with 5 inch stilettos. It has a way of looking put together while not trying too hard. I also love the way red, or any bright color, pops against a monochromatic outfit. Instantly making it more eye catching.
I’ve been, for a while now, in the market for a nice designer handbag. But, now that I’ve come to the point where I’m ready to pull the trigger, I just can’t decide on ONE bag. The problem is that I want a bag that embodies sleek sophistication while equally being comfortable and durable. I want something pretty yet some thing that’s easy to stuff, travel with and easily throw around.
Here are my top options:
1) Celine Luggage Tote- I didn’t love with this bag when I initially saw it. Now, that I’ve been seeing it more it’s grown on me. I like it because it’s structured and great as an every day bag but I can’t decide if I like it because I genuinely like it or because everyone and their mama has one. I do thinks it’s great and fits both my requirements, but I just can’t tell if this style will stand the test of time.
1) Givenchy Nightingale Large - This bag recently caught my eye. I like it because it’s slouchy and comfortable. I can pretty much throw in the kitchen sink and be ok. It looks casual but with a slight edge. I’d definitely use this bag everyday and am pretty sure that my cost per use would, undoubtedly, be the lowest.
3) Chanel Classic Flap in Caviar – I’ve been lusting after this bag for some time now and know this bag can stand the test of time, it has since 1955, but in all honesty, I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger on this $5000 bag. I know this is an investment piece that I can have for many, many years but with such a steep price tag… I just can’t do it. With that said, this is a great bag that can be worn both dressy and casual but due to it’s size, I don’t think it would make a great everyday bag.
Conclusion? I need to get 2 separate bags to serve the purposes I want. So the question now is , do I get the one I’d get the most wear out of or the one that’s twice as expensive and love? HELP!
Who says you can’t wear white after labor day? I think white on white is one of my favorite combos across all the seasons… except when it’s raining. I’ve botched up many white pants sloshing through the rain. Nevertheless, there is something so fresh and clean about an all white ensemble