Thursday, November 6, 2014

Glitz and Glamour {Homecoming 2014}

There is something so beautiful about simplicity.  And that was what I had in mind while searching for my last homecoming dress.  Of course, as most girls do, I drool over the sparkles and shimmer of the many homecoming dresses out there (how can you not? I mean, sparkles!  What's there not to love about that?), but I wanted to stand out from the crowd in my own way. Not by finding the most sparkly, shiny, reflective dress out there, but by doing the exact opposite--finding a nicely-cut dress with one simple "wow" factor.

I teamed up with LuLu*s to find my perfect dress.  They have so many gorgeous dresses to choose from, so it wasn't easy to come up with one dress, but after a thorough search, I finally found the perfect deep red maxi dress.  I was very excited about this dress because:

1.  I had never worn a dress in deep red to Homecoming before.

2.  I immediately fell in love with the jaw-dropping open back! (It definitely had the "wow" factor that I was looking for).
3.  I wanted a dress that was simple, elegant, yet a little sexy.  

This dress was it!  It had everything I was looking for.  Since the dress was simple, I was able to accessorize with a knotted gold necklace, gold t-strap heels, and a super sparkly clutch.  All from LuLu*s.  I can honestly say that this dress is one of my favorites out of all the dresses that I've worn to past dances.

And to top off feeling beautiful in my gorgeous dress made exclusively by LuLu*s, my senior homecoming was a night I'll never forget!  I enjoyed every moment of it spending time with my friends that I adore so much.  We laughed through the evening, and at one point, they had me tearing up with laughter!  There are no memories sweeter than the ones that put a smile on your face.  Props to my hilarious, "studly" date, and our group--you guys are the best!  Thank you for all the laughter, I wouldn't have wanted to spend my night with anyone else.

I'd like to give special thanks to LuLu*s for giving me the opportunity to once again collaborate with them for this memorable event.  I feel so lucky, and am still blown away, to be given the opportunity to get to work with such amazing people, and brands.  Thank you so much for everything. :)

If you have a formal event or school dance to attend, I highly recommend visiting LuLu*s. It's a one stop shop--you can find it all there.  They have so many cute and unique pieces, from dresses to jewelry.

Enjoy, and if you get the chance, leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

What I Wore

Dress: LuLu*s  |  Clutch:  LuLu*s  |  Shoes: LuLu*s  Necklace:  LuLu*s

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014


This season brings back a lot of good memories from my childhood.  During the fall, we spent a lot of time at the wineries, attending jazz concerts, antique shopping, and going to tea houses.  I remember dressing up in my prettiest dresses, hats, matching shoes, and purse -- feeling like a little princess ready for the ball.  I know it sounds a bit odd, but I always wanted to go everywhere with my parents, and it was enjoyable to be around them and their friends, and being that I was the only kid, I was showered with so much attention.  Don't get me wrong, I love my brother dearly, but I'm so glad that I got eleven years of love and attention from my parents all to myself.  I will always hold those memories close to my heart.

To celebrate Autumn and the nostalgic feelings that I get during this season, I wanted this outfit to be taken at the winery during sunset -- drenched in sun, and rich in golden amber hues.  Lucky for us, we were graced with the most beautiful sunset during our shoot.  The knitted, sequined, chiffon layered sweater, and victorian lace top was the perfect juxtaposition for the faux burgundy leather pleated skirt, caged ankle boots, and leopard pony-hair purse.  A fall outfit that I consider to be classy, feminine, and mildly bold.  I call this one, Merlot.  Enjoy!

What I Wore:  Idris Sweater: Shabby Apple | Lace Top:  Asos | Skirt:  TjMaxx  |  Ankle Boots: Lulu's  | Purse:  Alberta di Canio












Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall is upon us

Another outfit, and another look at how I transition summer into fall. This neon orange dress was a great summer piece that I'm not ready to put away. When you can't give up summer, you give it a fall facelift. By pairing it with a black felt floppy hat, black ankle boots, and a black moto jacket, I turned a summer piece into a fall look. And to make the outfit unforgettable, I added a statement choker, and matched it up with my white envelope clutch.

The weather has been cooling down by the day, and today for the first time this season, I felt the cool crisp autumn air.  It may have gotten cooler, but still not cool enough.  As for now, you'll continue to see me transition summer into fall.

What I Wore:  Dress: Lotus Boutique  |  Jacket:  Target  |  Boots:  Nine West | Purse:  MMS  |  Choker:  gifted.





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Transitions

The weather here in the "Tri" is still quite warm, in fact, warm enough to sport shorts and t-shirts during the day. However, I love Fall fashion, and would love to be in thick chunky sweaters, skinnies, scarves and boots, but it really is too warm for that. So like most fashionistas, we transition summer into fall.

This floral maroon playsuit is a perfect piece to do so.  As you can see, I wore boots, added a maroon fedora, and voila...this outfit screams Fall from head to toe, and yet still weather appropriate for where I'm at, which is very important.

What I Wore: Playsuit: Lotus Boutique | Boots: Nine West | Purse: Coach | Hat: Target







Friday, September 26, 2014

Summer...i'm not through with you yet!

"These pants though."  I've purchased a few pair of palazzo pants, all in solid colors, but this is now my favorite pair.  As you can see for yourself, the print is super cute, which I've had a hard time finding in these type of pants--and the magenta piping, and open-front slits, made these perfect.

As I have mentioned before, "Summer...I'm not through with you yet--and I mean it!"  I'll be rocking these and transitioning them into fall a few more times while the weather is still warm before I put them away for springtime.

What I Wore
Pants:  Lotus Boutique  |  Clutch:  Gigi NewYork  |  Blazer: Forever21  |   Top:  TjMaxx  |  Pumps:  Aldo Shoes







Monday, September 22, 2014

NYFW: Day #4

My last post, which you can view HERE, was on a more personal and serious note. As much as I look forward to the future,  I am still trying to savor my last year of high school.  I have games to cheer at and dances to attend, and I know I have plenty of time to be a grown up.  It's insane how fast time is flying by, considering that the first high school dance of the year is just around the corner.  I'm definitely not, but are you gals ready for Homecoming?  If you're on the hunt for dresses, be sure to check out LuLu*s!  They have absolutely gorgeous dresses, like the one I wore on Day #4 of NYFW, and most importantly, all at an affordable price.  What I love most about this blush pink chiffon dress is that I can dress it up, and go all-out glam, or...I could give the glam a little edge.  All by adding a hat, fur vest, and strappy ankle boots, I've turned a pretty dress that can easily be worn with gold strappy heels to compliment the gold sequined details, to what I consider, a more fashion forward look.

Like I did in New York, who knows, you might even have a mini-paparazzi following you around. ;)  Only kidding, but you'd definitely stand out from the crowd.  And honestly, I believe that standing out from the crowd is one of the best feelings in the world.  Dare to be different!

What I Wore
Blush Pink Chiffon Dress: Lulu*s 
Steve Madden's Black Strappy Ankle Boots: Lulu*s
Sequined clutch: Lulu*s







Friday, September 19, 2014

New York Fashion Week 2014

If only there were enough words to describe my love for the city.  New York Fashion Week is over, but I can honestly say that I still remember it so clearly, and I've been dying to share with all of you my experiences from my week in NYC, and now, here it is!

It was my first time traveling alone on a plane, so that was a nerve-racking first-step for me to take, but now I can fly solo like a pro.  As I landed in New York, I had my amazing aunt waiting for me.  I can't thank my Auntie Jenny enough for everything that she did for me. She took care of me for the whole week, accompanied me to all the events that I attended, and even played the role of my photographer ( Sai...Sister of Skai ;) ) all throughout her work week.  If you are reading this Auntie, getting the chance to spend time with you really made being in New York a greater learning experience for me, and that was just what I needed to help jump start the upcoming year.  Thank you for all your insights, knowledge, and wisdom; I love you!

The beginning of my first day was a bit sluggish since I was still adapting to the time change.  That evening, however, I attended the #FashionTruth event hosted by Modcloth, and enjoyed tapas at BARCA for dinner (absolutely delicious).  After eating at that restaurant, my favorite food is now Spanish food.

The next day was a little bit more busy considering that it was the first day of fashion week!  That evening I attended the #NYFWready event hosted by GiGi New York, Yosi Samra, and Priv at the Empire Hotel.  A coincidence it was as well since the Empire Hotel is the hotel from one of my favorite TV shows, Gossip Girl.  I am so grateful to have been invited to this event, which was also the perfect way to kick off #nyfw. The attention of getting my hair, nails and makeup done by Priv,  had me feeling like a princess throughout the night, and the connections that I made was price-less.  The event was everything, and more than I had hoped for.  

I would also like to give a huge shout out to the LuLu*s team for making my experience in New York even that much sweeter by sponsoring two gorgeous dresses, shoes, and clutches sent out via next-day-air for me to wear to some of the events that I attended -- I am so grateful.  I felt like a complete show-stopper strutting around New York in LuLu*s from head to toe.  People were taking pictures of me,  wanted to take pictures with me,  and even asked me what designer my clothes were from!

I could continue to ramble on about each and every thing I did each day, but that's not what I find most important about this experience.  Being in New York inspired me.  It gave me a whole new outlook, and reminded me of why I am doing what I do.  This experience has given me the oxygen to fuel my fire, and because of it, I'm ready to push forward, work harder, and get where I would like to be.  I'm still unsure as to where all this will lead, but as long as I'm willing to put forth the work,  I know something good will come out of it.  

And to my parents, thank you for sending me to New York and giving me the chance of a lifetime experience.  Both of my parents work very hard to give my brother and me such blessed lives.  They have opened multiple doors of opportunity for me, and give me the support and guidance to help me with any journey that I choose to take.   That is also why I never want to come back from any experience with nothing.  My parents are always hoping that these experiences help build me as a person, and although I did not come back from New York literally taller, skinnier, or less clumsy, there is something in my heart that New York has engrained in me, and it has opened my eyes to all of the possibilities out there.  My parents have always drilled me with the idea that with hard work, anything can happen.  Through them,  and being in New York helped me see it first-hand.  Any person out there can do amazing things.  It's just a matter of whether or not you are willing to work for it, and I now, in everything that I do, I need to ponder the question "How bad do I want this, and how hard am I willing to work for it?"  Sometimes, when we ask ourselves those types of questions, we tend to lie to ourselves, but maybe being aware of the fact that it can happen may help us choose the real answers.  Thank you again to my parents for giving me this opportunity.  Every time I think back to it, it reminds me of who I want to be, and what I want to do.  I love you both!

Some of you may already know, this wasn't my first visit to NYC, I was 13 on my first visit, and like it did then, I was, and still am swept off my feet.  However, the experience that I had from this visit was different from the last.  It made me realize that the "big city" is where my heart belongs.  Don't get me wrong, I do love my hometown, it is a great place to grow up, but I'm ready to venture forward and see what is out there for me.  I'm ready to experience life in place that is lively, and rich in the abundance of art and culture.

I'm excited to see what this coming year holds, and am so thankful for the love and support that I have received.  It is through your love that has nurtured my heart to dream bigger,  and through your support that has giving me the strength to go after my dreams.

xoxo Kitana

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NYC Vibes

Missing NYC, so I threw on this shirt for some NYC vibes. Stay tuned, I'll have all my fun candid images from NYFW up tomorrow!

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