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Tonight is the night my family starts our celebrations of the season.

 Gatherings  and many long standing traditions.  Too tall kids, donning their new holiday jammies,  gathering around their Papa for the annual reading of  “Twas the Night before Christmas…” , an amazing meal after a candlelit service, cookies and milk for Santa, + the list goes on…

Whichever holiday you celebrate and the traditions that surround that, I wish you the very best this Holiday Season.

Merry.  Happy .  Joy

K.

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Editorial Photo Shoot – The Break Down…..

As part of my new once a week blog plan, photo shoots get once a month coverage.  This week I thought I’d share the breakdown of a recent one.

The behind the scenes, behind the scenes, if you will.

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Day 1.  Test shoot.  The team meets up, along with the model to test looks, makeup ideas, and poses.

Everyone does everything, photographer on hair, stylist on lighting….

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A chance to play with outfits and have some fun.  When the real shoot happens, we are on a strict schedule , test is the time to play and adjust.

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Although just a test, some beautiful photographs can result.

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Day of the Editorial Shoot.  We have all plotted our looks with hair, makeup, wardrobe and poses on Pinterest.

Private boards are the best for secret team planning.  We can reference them throughout the shoot.

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Quarters can be cramped, outlets can be scarce.

While the beauty team works their magic, the photographer and stylist go through the wardrobe and finalize the looks for the day and have the head to toe looks ready to roll in order of shots.

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Beauty dept. has the look down.   Isn’t she pretty??

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Time to head out from the studio and get some location pictures.

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On location, constant adjustments happen, from hairspray to pins, to a lip retouch.  The team is a walking drug store, along with lights and cameras.

Hey, can someone go add some money to the parking meter???

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Being a visual lot, there will be some side pics……

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The team maximizes our time by grouping our looks together that use the same makeup and only minor hair adjustments.  There will be changing in the car or any dark corner where the model can hide.  Superman wasn’t the only one who could use a phone booth right about now…

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After 3-4 looks, back to the studio to switch up the beauty for the last 3 looks.  Then a return to the streets to finish the day before the sun sets.

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After 8 hours (on this shoot) and lots of grab and go snacks, it’s a wrap.  Some fabulous photos emerged from this shoot and are already off in the submission world to be published.  Watch for them in the coming months when you can see the results of this day.

Thanks for coming along on this shoot and seeing what goes on during a day in the life…..

Team shown: Julin, Cris, Jaaron, and Ashley.

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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.

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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).

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

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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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.

Me and my ears from way, way back....

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

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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.

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Friday: Feeling like Fall…..

Despite the gray skies and raindrops, fall coming quick is showing in other ways as well.

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Over a year ago, I created this Outfit Idea board for a client on how she can style her leather skirt.  Since then it has been re-pinned well over 1000 times on Pinterest.  As of late it has come back into action with more pinnings.   Although leather can be worn any time of year, I think Fall stands out as the perfect time for most.

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And this grouping has been popular as well.

Whether a bracelet, a shoe or a more major piece, jacket or pants, leather is a staple that shows up year after year as something to have in your long term wardrobe.  And for those who prefer faux, the designers are coming up with such great quality faux, sometimes it’s hard to even tell.

From full Designer look

To an individual piece.

From everyday retailers like Banana Republic for affordable pieces

To a fabulous faux.

Will leather (real or faux) make your Fall Fashion?

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Keeping it cool…….

Not to be the one to tell anyone what they have to wear but I am strongly suggesting an easy, breezy (no, not CoverGirl) dress for these hot days.

Top with a little jacket if you will be in an air-conditioned office and bring an extra pair of shoes to switch out once you are done with work.

For the shorter dresses, if you are worried about the breeze, pair with some boy shorts for tmi protection.

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In other news, had a fabulous Editorial photo shoot yesterday.  Thank goodness for this amazing weather, we were able to work well into the evening.

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It was the first shoot based out of my new studio space, which worked out fabulously.

And, there is a little, secret Japanese restaurant close by which was the perfect ending to a great day.  Yum!

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Monday Morning Madness…..

Glad for a little cloud cover this morning as I prep for an Editorial shoot.

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80% of a stylists work on a shoot, happens before the actual shoot.  Finding the wardrobe, putting the looks together, prepping the individual pieces.  A lot of behind the behind the scenes.  The actual on set work is usually easy peasy.

Recent publish in HUF Magazine.

Recent publish in HUF Magazine.

The heat was an unusual treat the last couple of days.  I had moving (into my new studio) to do, so a romper was my wardrobe of choice.

The Wilfred Free Izabel Romper from Aritzia.

The Wilfred Free Izabel Romper from Aritzia.

Paired with an old standby.

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I might have actually thought about Birkenstocks this weekend.  WHAT?

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While, I’m doing a slow move into my new space, I have started with the essentials.

A favorite quote art piece and a new Japanese vase I picked up in an art store in Oregon.

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And of course these.  These make me happy.

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What’s happening in your world?

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