Monthly Archives: Oct 2014

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.

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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.

My exception.  Head to toe Chanel.

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.

Mixed Designer Look.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.
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