Outlet Shopping Plan

So, I have a problem.  It’s called a shopping addiction.  The bigger problem?  I refuse to stop!  The only thing that could make a shopaholic more excited than a major sale is… living 5 minutes from the Outlets.  And that, I do.  Woe is me.  HOWEVER I have devised a plan that will (hopefully) keep my shopping and wallet in check.  I am going  to scout out exactly what will be available and what to buy.  No more of this walking in to a store, wanting everything and leaving with nothing but a very sad looking bank account.  Here are my picks one of the outlet stores by me:

J. Crew Factory is probably one of my biggest weaknesses.  All the bright colors, the sparkly statement necklace wall and everything is just so neat and tidy.  But no, not this time.  I am going in looking for some cute pieces for warmer nights out and casual weekend wear.

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Mega-Watt Metallic


Alexander Wang bag // Altuzarra tank // Sarah Magid necklace // J. Crew Collection skirt // Marc Jacobs sandals

There are some things you associate with spring like florals, pastels and breezy clothing.  Metallics, though?  For Spring 2014, designers including Altuzarra(above), Diane von Furstenberg, Zimmerman, Kate Spade and Emilio Pucci, just to name a few, sent shiny golds and silvers down the runway to surprise us all.  While donning a shimmery gold or silver number for New Years seems all too predictable, change it up this year by inserting some jolts of shine into your warmer-weather wardrobe.  If your outlook on metallics is still a bit conservative, try incorporating metallic accessories (those Marc Jacobs slides? “Ugly” and metallic = perfection).

Wednesday Wishlist: Neutralizing Spring

While I cannot wait to jump headfirst into spring, I’m having some separation anxiety with my winter-neutrals.  What’s a girl to do?  Simple.  Bring those hue-free items into the warmer months in lighter, more airy pieces while still holding on to some of those heavier layers to keep you cozy during this awkward sometimes-warm-sometimes-cold transitional period.  Here are some of my favorite that I cannot wait to add to my closet!

Spring Neutrals

Get Ready for the Most Fashionable Christmas Ever!

To say that I enjoy Christmas would be the biggest understatement I’ve ever made in my life.  But let’s be real… Everyone waits all year long for this most magical holiday!  Christmas lights go up, Christmas music is starting to be played on radio stations and Starbucks holiday beverages are served (very possibly my favorite part!).   So, when I saw the J. Crew/Mastercard  AND the Marks & Spencer holiday commercials released on the same day, I couldn’t help my little Christmas-loving-self!  I had to share them!

Being that J. Crew is one of my favorite brands, I instantly loved the ensemble choices throughout the commercial.  Sparkly, preppy and all-around cozy is the theme of this adorable commercial (and I love the Jenna Lyons-esque little girl)!  J. Crew really needs to make commercials all year long.

First of all, I have a bone to pick with someone on this.  Dear USA, why are our commercials not these chic, gorgeous mini-movies?  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is beautiful in this Alice In Wonderland/Aladdin/Wizard of Oz mash-up.  Oh, and how genius to make the Tin “man” & the Lion played by women!   I want to live in this Marks & Spencer world until December 25th!

Safe to say, I (and now you) are so in the full-on Christmas spirit!

Coral for Spring


I can’t think of a punchier, perkier or more perfect color for spring than coral.  It’s the just-right mix of pastel and bright, depending on the hue you choose.  It compliments every skin color.  It also goes with every color of the rainbow – so color and outfit combos are truly endless!  Coral is also a perfect color to wear into the hot summer months.  But for now, we will just use it as a summer buffer to wear during the spring months.  The above look is from J. Crew and it inspired me to scour sites for everything coral to add to my closet.

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Left to right – Top row – H&M Slingbacks, Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral, Essie Nail Polish in Tart Deco, BaubleBar Coral Bezel Bead Cuff, Zara Strappy Dress, Steve Madden wedges, Zara Button Neck Shirt. Bottom row – Stella McCartney Tailored Trousers, Zara Ankle Strap Sandal, River Island Coral jersey belted maxi skirt, Kate Spade new york Charlotte Street Small Sloan

This Weeks Absolute Must’s

Here are this week’s must have’s, must buy’s and must reads!

Bloomingdales showcased a major fall trend – jewel tones!  Don’t spend all season saving up for a pricey gem, just use their color for inspiration on your next purchase!

 Cynthia Steffe Peplum Dress



“If summer was any indication, fall will arrive fast and at full throttle. Gird yourself in the strength and glamour of the season’s collections and you’ll be perfectly prepared.” -Designer Fashion Fall 2012 – Glamorous Fall 2012 Fashion – Marie Claire 

 Prada Fall 2012


J. Crew’s Fall ’12 ads will not feature models but rather other famous faces such as makeup artist Alice Lane; Le Figaro’s deputy editor Virginie Mouzat, Tank‘s Caroline Issa, Rodin’s Linda Rodin, assistant director museum of development Angela Goding, and fashion editor for Wonderland magazine Julia Sarr-Jamois.




always FASHIONABLY kate