I’ve Found My Spots

Celebration time! I’ve finally found my perfect leopard print dress to add to my closet! It feels like I’ve been searching all my life for the right piece. Either the colors were off, the leopard print too grainy, the leopard spots too small, or too big, there wasn’t enough variation to the spots, it just didn’t fit right, or it costs too much; now how many of you can agree with me on that last one! Lucky me, while picking up groceries at Target I spotted this cute little number in the ladies section. Now I don’t normally shop in the ladies section, first because I don’t necessarily fit into all the garments in the section (this is the XS!), and secondly because I don’t normally see too many pieces I’m dying to have. But this day was different, when I saw it I was hopeful and excited to try it on! Leopard print is my favorite of all the animal prints and I find it the most flattering to wear! Alas, I’m a picky one when it comes to finding my perfect piece of leopard print garments. My leopard print flats by Bamboo have served me well and I’m finding it hard to find a suitable replacement pair, that’s next on my “to-buy” list.

This dress is thin, and feels as if it’s a sheer fabric, yet it has full coverage (I wore a black bra and it didn’t ever show through). I love how easily it moves, even with the tailoring of the slightly puffed shoulders. Usually I’d turn away from a top that has the puffy shoulder look to it because in my experience it will pull on the chest a bit – luckily this dress did no such thing. It came at a perfect time because this week Jeff and I were invited to a Wine Society event at City Club in Downtown LA. I wore this very outfit on Thursday night and enjoyed spending time with my love and our friends 54 floors up, overlooking the glorious skyline of Downtown LA, sipping delightful tastes of local and imported wines. My favorite among them being Isosceles by Justin Winery – if you’re a red wine drinker you’ll have to try it! The dress brought on many a compliments and I was happy to report to them that they too can be jungle cat fashionable by the likes of Target!

What I’m Wearing:

Warby Parker glasses (here), Forever 21 necklace (similar), Merona dress (here), Kate Spade handbag (similar), Forever 21 pumps (similar), Statement Ring (original design by me), OPI nail polish, Clinique lipstick (here)

xo, Kate

Of course an Instagram shot of the evening with my love, Jeff! Be sure to follow @wearinla

p.s. thank you baby for taking the photos!

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Environmental Collaborative Art

I am so drawn to bright colors right now!!! It’s official, I’m over fall and ready for spring and summer color-blocking and crazy prints! Day one of my love for brights was inspired by Paula Patton’s dress on the Golden Globes Awards red carpet. Lucky for you, I did some research and found that her fantastic bright yellow gown was designed by Monique Lhuillier. After checking out her Spring ’12 collection and Pre-Fall ’12 collection I’m lusting after her designs so much more!! -I shall have to write another post about her collections!!- Day two brought me to notice Dana-Maxx’s hot pink-purple dress while I created a set combining Patton’s yellow inspirations and Dana-Maxx’s dress for Polyvore Live’s contest…funny that without trying, I stumbled upon yet another crazy colorful combination of art and fashion!

I’m a fanatic about Etsy…I have an Etsy shop, am apart of teams on Etsy, shop on Etsy, help others set up Etsy shops, and of course I blog all about it- as you have probably noticed! HA! It should be no surprise to you that in my hours spent on Etsy.com today I found more colorful bits to share with you!!! I found a post by WeirdWolf on Etsy’s blog about a small town being transformed by color by a couple local artists. Check out the 4 minute video that shows it all happening!
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Handmade Portraits: The Public Art of Maya Hayuk from Etsy on Vimeo.

Dana-Maxx & Polyvore Live

Since seeing Paula Patton on last night’s Golden Globes Awards red carpet in a daringly bright yellow gown it has inspired me to style and enter this outfit into Polyvore.com‘s latest contest Polyvore Live:

My tribute to Dana-Maxx

This outfit makes me smile so big! It’s bright, it’s young, it’s fresh, and it’s sophisticated! I am really excited about this contest because it allows me to enter into winning a trip to New York Fashion Week! The Polyvore Live event will take place on February 13th in New York City during IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Each Polyvore Live designer will have up to 10 looks from their collection modeled by top bloggers during a full-scale runway show. How cool would it be to be one of their top bloggers? Perhaps one day I will be! :D The designers showing will be: Lauren Bagliore, Vengsarkar Budhu, Sergio Guadarrama, and Dana-Maxx Pomerantz; all Fashion Institute of Technology alumni. How great of an event?! Even if I don’t win, which of course I want to with all my heart, we’ll all be able to watch the show live on webcast here: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/live it’ll be on Monday February 13th, 6:30 PM EST.

Cheers and wish me good luck! :) xo Kate


Little Black Dresses by ModCloth

As you all have gathered, I love my classic little black dress! I recently fell in love with ModCloth.com and would love to share my favorites of their ‘little black dress’ section! :)

Soda Fountain Dress in Cola: $45

After Darkness Falls Dress: $40

A Dab of Fab Dress: $70

Streak of Luck Dress: $50

Resident Heroine Dress: $60

Why I love little black dresses is simple: because no matter the design or cut you will always look classy, they can go with almost any color scheme for accessories, and the classic vintage styles will never go out of style! :D

Find the dresses shown above here at ModCloth.com:

1. Soda Fountain Dress in Cola: $45; 2: After Darkness Falls Dress:$40; 3: A Dab of Fab Dress: $70; 4: Streak of Luck Dress: $50; 5: Resident Heroine Dress: $60

Runway of the Week: Jason Wu

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Why I’m excited about Jason Wu:

1. He knows how to dress a woman in the sheerest of fabrics and still keep them looking modest

2: The use of small pops of colors in this line makes his pieces more versatile

3: He built his label starting from scratch as an unknown designer from Taiwan 

4: Many of his unusual patterns come from his watercolor art skills

5: One of his favorite clients is Leighton Meester – Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl (one of my FAVORITES!)