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Happy Halloween……

Because I play with clothing and accessories for a living, people always assume I would love Halloween and dressing up.

No, not the case.

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When growing up, I always just threw costumes together at the last minute,  with whatever I could find around the house.

Black cat and gypsy were at the top of my lists

(funny, as I feel I have a bit of both, in my inner most self).

To me, trick or treating was about being with your friends and candy.  Most definitely candy.

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I am terrified of Jason and other assorted Halloween type movies, although I am a night owl, the darkness can scare me and whenever staying somewhere alone, I always check under the bed before turning out the light.

Yes, I am an official chicken sh*t.

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For all of you that love this night, I hope you have a fabulous time.  Send me your costume pictures, I love to see other people’s creativity.

Me, I’ll be with my bucket of candy.

Handing it out of course…..

Images from: here and here.


A question from you…..

Since this is the first week back at answering some style questions from you, I’m going to start us off with a repeat.  Below, is a question from N.  He is hilarious and I really had fun in answering this.  Make sure to get me your style questions, no matter how basic or dramatic, through email or FB.  Hope to hear from you all!

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Kim, over the years I’ve corrupted my poor child into a full blown label whore; reminding her there is no shame in wanting to be stylish at a price point her future older, likely retired husband should keep her accustomed to. We even have our own special look we give each other when we witness someone mispronounce a designer’s name or glare at her red-bottom shoes that scream “you can’t afford me!”

Admittedly I find myself in predicaments where I wonder when is enough…well too much? I’m styling her for a wedding this summer and found the perfect D&G dress for her to wear. Immediately I start pulling accessories to pair with the dress. Hermes clutch, Givenchy pumps and a Chanel bracelet. The problem with being a label hoarder is that you find yourself questioning style on different level than others; like is label layering okay? Yes your overall look is amazing but now you have this mismatch of designers smattered across your body like a Jackson Pollock painting. What is your thoughts on label layering and when is it overwhelming to a look?

-N.

Perfectly timed video from I-D Magazine.

I love this question. I had to post the entire thing for sheer entertainment purpose.

Thanks N. for the great question AND fun blog content!

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First off, let’s just say that your designer thing is going to narrow your daughters prospective partner pool by, oh, let’s say 97%!!! We all love the designers and the goodness that they produce but one does not need to revel in that at 100%. Back to that in a bit.

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The thought of doubling up on designers bothers me less than, head to toe in just one. As always there are exceptions to every rule (ie: a Chanel look) but if one wears a complete outfit, accessories included, of one designer, one is now dawning the designers personal style. Not their own. There is no creativity in that.

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My exception. Head to toe Chanel.

And head to toe anyone, seems like a lot of money spent on what could be sourced for so much less. (Again, minus the outfit above).

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Head to Toe Gucci. Pieces could be from Ann Taylor, Zara, Macy’s…

An ex Michael Kors employee in a copycat outfit 100% sourced from Zara.

An ex Michael Kors employee in a copycat outfit 100% sourced from Zara.

At least mixing up the designers, there has been thought put into the look. With this collabrative look , you will want no more than one “label” to show. As in monogram or red based shoes. Anything above that, looks like one is trying to hard. Let the cut of the jacket or the fabric of the dress speak for itself.

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Mixed Designer Look.

The above look is from three designers (not including shoes) and the retail is $2155.

Why not buy the designer shoes that you can wear with lots and then go less on the pants (TopShop), sweater (J.Crew), and shirt (Brooks Brothers)?

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Gisele in H+M clothes.

Now, to go back to my first statement about your daughters eligible dating pool, why only designer? Learning to pick out some fabulous investment pieces and pairing them with lesser known names (or God forbid, private label!!!!) is a skill in itself. Finding the goodness at all price points is a worthy talent that could come in handy, if let’s say that her dear husband, J. Howard Marshall, passes away of old age and his family sues your dear daughter for the entire estate. Being able the pair that Target tee with the Chanel jacket, with the Gap jeans and Aldo shoes will keep her styling even without the big budget. Spend the big bucks on the more traditional pieces, ones that are timeless and she can get ton’s of use out of them. Whether coats, purses, shoes, some amazing cashmere or leather. Then learn to shop at lower price points for the trendy and for the items that take the wear.

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With all that saved doe ray mee, your girl can spend her dollars elsewhere.

You can thank me now.


Amal Alamuddin Clooney Style – Let’s Discuss…..

The new Mrs. Clooney is all the current rage.

 Besides snagging the previously unattainable George, Amal is not only gorgeous, self confident, and a brilliant international attorney, she also has a fabulous sense of style.

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Even before her nuptials, my guess is that Amal has had a larger than average wardrobe budget which makes me all the more happier to hear, she is one who loves to mix high and low.  I shop Zara, Amal shops Zara.  We like her.  And not only that, but she can go from elegant dresses and suits, to distressed jeans and tee.  And sunglasses, lots of pairs of sunglasses.

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In looking at Amal’s casual looks, she is pairing her trendy denim with basic (albeit good quality) tee’s and then a classic sweater or jacket.  Mixing the investment pieces with the one season wonders allows for long term items to be updated with some inexpensive additions.

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In work/travel wear, Amal has paired timeless pieces that can all be mixed and matched.  The sweater, for instance would look just as good with a pair of distressed denim and some booties as it does with a smart pair of trousers.

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In a fun, well fitted Ted Baker dress, Amal looks fabulous.  Similar dresses for less can be found, the fit is the key.

**Although the above dress is currently on sale for $81!**

Getting Amal’s style really is about spending more on classics and updating seasonally with less expensive pieces.  Kind of what we are all about at KBS!  And although Amal goes from super feminine to rough and tumble denim, she truly maintains her personal sense of style across the board.  Great shoes (just as many brogues as heels), oversized sunnies and perhaps walking on Cloud 9.

In viewing a bevy of pics of Amal and her sense of style, pieces that are a must have for her wardrobe include:

1) Simple, well cut dresses that are perfect for London Tea or Legal Battles.

2) Clean lined trousers that can be dressed up or down.

3) Well made basic tee’s for layering under jackets and sweaters.

4) Fun, print pants.

5) Distressed denim.

6) Oversized sunnies

7) Great flat footwear.

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I got Lulyfied……

Tuesday morning, on “official business”, I had a visit to Luly Yang in downtown Seattle.  Never one to let anything get too serious, along with fellow squirrel watcher Andrew Hoge (Luly Yangs PR director /Assistant Manager), we were soon incorporating some fashion play into our meeting.

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First came this necklace.  Love.  Just imagine the visual impact with an open necked anything (blouse, sweater, gown).

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And then THIS!  Luly has artisans in Europe that turn her designs into these most beautiful pieces.

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Hand beaded fabric belts anyone?

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Oh my gosh, and then I was suddenly wearing this amazing jacket crafted from the most luxe materials; fur, leather, chain (stop right there, this piece was so made for me!).  And then the boots.

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Standing up in these gorgeous suede beauties, I expected to hobble, heels and I aren’t always friends.  But no, these boots are SO comfortable.  Andrew mentioned that Luly needs everything to be comfortable and gorgeous.  Walking through the cobblestone streets of Europe, one must have functional footwear.  And I might add hot!

Wrapping up our meeting and adding lots of new pieces to my wish list, just a great reminder that Luly Yang is so much more than bridal and gowns.  These pieces and some gorgeous cashmere to boot.  Next time you are in town, consider a visit to the luxurious land of Yuly.


Monday Morning Wonder…..

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So, Sunday, after my photo shoot in Seattle, I met up with my gal Saige.  She has the official role of meeting me and politely kicking my backside into organizational land.  Boo…. I mean YAAAAAA!  Yes, yaaa.  It is something that has to happen for us creative types.

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This blog and the corresponding FB page have taken on all kinds of roles and functions in the last two years and I am sure that there will be an adjustment or ten in the coming years but for now, I am setting some expectations to this style world of mine.

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Instead of attempting to do many weekly blog posts, I am being realistic.  For sure you will get one a week, perhaps a bonus second.  But expect to hear from me every Monday morning about one of the following:

•Celebrity Style and finding the pieces to duplicate .

•Style tips galore.  Quick tips from me, questions answered from you, tips you may have to share….

•Behind the scenes  - what is going on in my world.

•Keep your eye out for (lifestyle/trend/local fashion news updates)

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I hope that you will check in weekly for these and send your questions and comments.

Along with the AWESOME new schedule will be a monthly newsletter arriving straight to your in box.  This will include some great styling suggestions as well as insider info on events, etc.  The first one goes out 11.16 so be sure you are on the mailing list by signing up on the left hand side of this page.

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Have a fabulously stylish week!

xo K


Sliding in under the wire…….

Thirty-six minutes till kick off, I thought I’d slide a new blog post in before the Seahawks game, we are all 12thman around this place.

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Today I was with a client doing a closet consultation and something that came up many times was having a piece of ones wardrobe only falling into one category.  What I mean by that, is the assumption that a given piece (blouse, blazer, dress, etc) can only be worn in one way (dressy or casual).  Once you realize that this isn’t generally the case, you double your wardrobe.

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Using men’s fashion in this example, take the boucle  jacket as the example piece.  It is not just for casual or for office, it can run the gamete.

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Don’t hate me for this one but it is necessary.  I was in Canada over the weekend and witnessed this “don’t” from a place that I could capture it to share with all of you.  Cute, young gal with her friends.
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Blurry, I know but I am hoping you can see what I am sharing.  Reverse camel toe.  UGH!!!!  Caused by:
1) Wearing the wrong undergarment for her fitted denim
2)  NOT looking at the back of her outfit before leaving her home.
All camel toe (front or back) is bad.  Don’t allow this to happen to you.
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On a much prettier note, these are recent shots from a retro themed shoot, that I kind of love.  I styled this shoot along with the fabulous team of Vickie Miao (Photographer), Lis Krebs (MUA), J’Monique Hair (Hair), and  Kaylah G (Model).
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Off to watch the game, have a fabulous evening!
 I’d love to hear what you have to say about this post, please comment away.

Fresh at Fashion Week….

Wednesday evening at the Bellevue Hyatt, was the kickoff to the Bellevue Collections Fashion week.  The first night is a feature of new Independent Designers and a little like project runway in real life.  There are judges and the “contestants” were chosen as the creme de la creme of local, new designers.  And after a show of ten designers, a runner-up and winner were chosen.

Due  to a last second camera malfunction, less embarrassing than a wardrobe version, I had to resort to just a few iPhone wonders.

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First up, LU. By Jenny Fort.  Modern, clean lined and a tad fashion forward.  Both basics and pieces that will stand out but in a quiet way, not brazen.

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And they look so comfortable to wear.  Everything in her collection is designed and crafted in Seattle.

Check LU out here or here.

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Next up, Cuddy by Brian Cuddy.

Brian’s collection held lots of color and his inspiration comes from Jianzhi, a Chinese-style paper cutting from the Han Dynasty.  He makes original hand cut pieces of art and then transfers the prints into fabric through digital technology.  If adding some bold color through a blouse or dress is up your fashion alley, you can see more here.

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Third up on the Runway was Silvae by Deborah Roberts.

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After finishing her non-fashion education at UW, a summer spent in Italy inspired Deborah to pursue apparel design so back to school she went.  With her pieces, she is inspired by the Pacific Northwest and wants her pieces to be a merge of “feminine silhouettes, organic shapes, and her love of the surreal.”  See more of her work here.

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Next up was Boho Republic by Tina Witherspoon.  Tina is a self taught designer with a studio in Belltown, she is focused on women’s ready to wear.  She creates two annual limited run collections that are based on a 70′s vibe made modern.  To see more, visit her designs here.

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Fifth down the runway, were designs by  Fioravanti by Mia Fioravanti.   Mia comes from a family with a long history in the woolen business and fashion has been her life long pursuit.  She had some really strong looks that were different but totally wearable within the Seattle fashion scene.  Other than the fabric, all of Mia’s production happens within a two mile radius of her.

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Beacon Hill studio/shop.  To see more of Fioravanti, visit them here.

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And next we have Calotype by Kristie Metcalf.  This isn’t Kristie’s first fashion competition, she was also one of fourteen contestants in Bravo’s show “Styled to Rock”, which was produced by Rihanna.  Kristie is based in Seattle but it inspired by Scandinavian design.  To see more, check her out here.

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Seventh in line down the runway, was KLAD Apparel by Melanie Trygg.   One of my friends was perusing this line before the runway show and found many wearable pieces.  In talking to Melanie, she encouraged my friend to come to her studio and get measured for a custom version of her favorite pieces and at very reasonable price points.

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 As a petite and curvy gal, my friend was overjoyed at a made to order piece.  To see more of Melanie’s work, head here.

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Next up was April Pride by the designer of the same name.  With models all outfitted in berets and 80′s style earrings, her dresses were something that could be worn on the regular, comfortable with understated elegance.  April has an emphasis on exclusively sourced fabrics, made to order limited edition pieces, as well as a collection of tartan’s for every MacTavish and MaCrae out there.

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With a background in architecture, a foray in Interior Design and now in Fashion Design, you can see and learn more about April Pride here.

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Ninth in line down the runway was Tom Ordonio, a friends brothers friend.  :)  His label is only a year old and last year he was named “Best in Show” as part of a local magazine design competition.  His use of luxe fabrics such as leather, silk crepe, and wool cashmere create some pretty covetable pieces.

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I might have fallen in love with this one.  With calf hair and leather….

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To learn more about Tom Ordonio, check him out here.

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Last but not least, was Rebekah Adams.  She is a newcomer to Seattle, having lived all over the States and beyond, who had some wonderful prints and  unexpected fabric mixes.  Currently making pieces to order, you can see more of her work and details here.

Any standouts to you?  A designer you’d love to see more from?  Leave your comments and let us know!


Seriously though…..

Could someone just start taking over my blog?  Where did the week go?  I always have a thousand and one things going in my brain but to get them on the computer to you in a thoughtful manner seems so hard to do these days.  If I could just plug my thoughts into one of your brains for five minutes a day, we would be brilliant!!!!

So, at some point this week, a VERY good friend was adjusting me for a photo and was fussing with my hair to cover my ears.  Anyone who spends any time with me, knows hair is not my thing and I would gratefully accept a f/t person to follow me around and keep my crazy tresses in control.  But my ears, what?  I love my ears.  They have been pixy, stick out, ears since the day I was born and they have never once bothered me.  There are bits that I dwell on but perhaps nobody even notices those and everyone thinks of me as the stylist with the ears.  Who knows?!?  But I would be okay with that, those super hero hearing ears have served me well.

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A pic I had on Instagram for Throwback Thursday. Me and my ears long, long ago.

Do you have parts that maybe quirky or not “perfect” that you love and accept?  Why don’t we all do that with all of our parts?  Deep thought for the day that I wanted to share.

Last night I was at the Colette Sol USA launch party to celebrate the fabulous shoe line coming to us from the Netherlands.  The gal with the US rights is a massive humanitarian and decided that when these shoes entered North America, that they would do so as a Not for Profit with 100% of net proceeds going to support the end of Human Trafficking and Slavery.

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I’ve posted my styling from their Fall/Winter catalog before but they have lots coming for Spring, be sure to check them out here.

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Hearing about a local organization, Rescue Freedom, who was receiving the proceeds from last nights sales. Photo credit: Julin Lee

Lot’s of good things coming up.  Some more editorial shoots, an event or two, and lot’s of Fall Fashion coming your way.  In the meantime, I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Kim


Seasonal Switch….

For those of you who follow along on Facebook, you know that I was having some assistance with my wardrobe yesterday.  Yes, my job is to assist clients with their closets but it is always helpful to have an outside eye to kick my fashion backside as well.   I like to play with my looks and introduce something new now and again, and then its perfect for my friend to say “What the heck??  How is this you??”  And we have a laugh, I give her some story, and then out it goes.

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Closet clean out may have started with a local Happy Hour…..

The plan was to tape the process but  we ended up doing a very high speed clean out and in that time, we took out my strictly summer goods and managed to choose 18 pieces that no longer will be with me.  4 went to her, the rest will be finding other new homes.  I still need to reorganize and color coordinate but just the act of going through each item was so needed to start the fall fashion.

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Besides digging through the closet, one project at the top of the weekend list is the sock drawer.  Sandals being put away and colder weather (minus today) requires socks, tights, and leggings layers.  Go through your drawers and ditch the holey items, unmatched pairs, and take an inventory of your winter needs.

For the ladies, style can be added with patterned or textured tights/nylons but for many its equally about the warmth factor.  For the men, some fun socks can punch up your look.  Just a sneak peek of  pattern or color popping out from your pant cuff adds a little personality to your outfit.

One final tip, I want to share today is a way to get out of the house faster and still fashionable every morning.  This is perfect for the teens in your world as well.  If picking an outfit every morning is a burden or stressor, make yourself a Sunday Style rack.

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Just like menu planning, take 30 mins every Sunday and put together 5 outfits for the week.  Look over your calendar to know what looks are needed (client meetings, school field trip chaperone, etc) and make 5 or 6 (an extra option is always good) complete looks, shoes and accessories included for a quick, early morning grab once the week starts.

If a closet consult is on your fall to do list, drop me a line.  Let’s get your autumn off to a stylish start.


Back to Life, Back to Reality…….

Although we still have 21 calendar days left in the summer season, my summer officially ended today.   Kids back to school, laundry piles looming and officially back to business.  The summer flew by as it was filled with all kinds of fun, adventure, concerts, travel, family and friends.  Sad to see it over but excited for fall.  I always enjoy this time of year.

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Near the top of my list of to do’s is the wardrobe change over.  Shorts and such will make their way into bins and sweaters will be brought out.  I don’t follow the notion though, that white can no longer be seen this time of year.  The lightweight cotton yes, but a great pair of white jeans or a blazer, keep them in rotation for now.  Have a favorite sleeveless top you love to wear?  Wear it under a jacket or cardi.   Have fun with layering this time of year.

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For the non-Faceback followers, yesterday the September issue of Atlas Magazine came out and a fab team and I had 11 pages of Editorial published in there.  Kind of excited.

Check it out here  starting on page  135.

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Also, a recent look book I styled for a new to North America shoe line, just came out.  These shoes are handmade and a portion of their proceeds go to assist in fighting human trafficking.  To see the entire look book and learn more about them, visit them here.

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To all of you starting your fall routine today, I wish you a happy day.


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