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 of 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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Top: Similar Item | Skirt: Similar Item | Shoes: Lulu*s | Clutch: Lulu*s

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Office Approved

Greetings from back at home! I am currently all cozied-up in my bed (that I missed so very much) whilst writing this blog post. My body is still adapting to the slow pace of my hometown after being in the city full of dreams and busy, ambitious people. After experiencing my first ever NYFW, I have returned with even more inspiration that I can't wait to share with all of you. As for now, here is something that I worked on before I left for the Big Apple.

LuLu*s and I teamed-up to create three looks for the office. I guess you could say that I was already preparing for the big city itself with this project. As I roamed the streets of New York, I noticed businesswomen and fashionistas galore. The looks that I had put together portray the perfect balance between the two. The cut and texture of each piece of clothing are classics for the office, but the different colors and patterns are perfect touches for a more stylish demeanor.

Professional yet fashionable sophistication--the perfect words to describe these looks and New York City. In an upcoming post, I will share more of my experiences from New York Fashion Week, including what I wore. Stay tuned. <3

What I Wore:  Exclusively Lulu*s

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to School with Tulle {Space46 Boutique pt. 2}

I'm still in New York for New York Fashion Week, but decided to post part 2 of my Back to School look featuring Space 46 Boutique today to give you some loveliness while I'm gone -- and let's just say, there is nothing quite as lovely as layers, and layers of tulle.  I love tulle, and Space 46 Boutique does an amazing job creating beautiful tulle pieces.  They are so lovely, I even decided to take the black tulle dress to fashion week, more on the black tulle dress HERE.  Thank you Space 46 for these.  They are definitely something I'll treasure for many years.

What I Wore:
Skirt: Space 46 Boutique

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back to School with Tulle {Space 46 Boutique Pt.1}

School is back in session, and I couldn't be more excited! Although there's a lot of hustle and bustle, I am finally beginning to really experience my senior year. It's hard to believe that every event and game that I go to with my friends this year will be my last. I even had a hard time this past month with some of my friends from the class of '14 leaving for college. I can't imagine what it will be like when my closest friends and I go separate ways. :(

As for now, we are only at the beginning of the end, and I can still enjoy back to school shopping like I have as a child. For this school year, I have been swooning over tulle, and this gorgeous tutu is made by Space 46 Boutique. What I love about this particular tutu is how Audrey Hepburn-esque it is.  The dress is well made--the quality of tulle is amazing, and as you can see from the images, it's nicely layered with the perfect structure.

I will be heading to NYC for New York Fashion Week through invite only this upcoming week. How exciting is that?  It will be a little quiet here on the blog until my return, but don't fret, you can check out updates on my adventures in the Big Apple via Instagram.   This will be my second time in NYC, but this this time around, it will be for all things fashion.  Eeekkk {in a high pitch squeal}!!!  Enjoy, and have a great Labor Day weekend!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Scent of Fall

A preview of my fall favorites, and what you'll see me in most during the upcoming season. Skinnies (x), oversized sweaters (x) and ankle boots (x). effortless style that is comfortable, and always looks pulled together.   Fall is the best season for fashion, and I seriously cannot wait to dress for fall.

What I Wore
Sweater: Yes Style | Skinnies: F21 | Boots: Nine West | Watch: Michael Kors | Purse: TjMaxx | Sunglasses: Elegant Oversize Square ZeroUV

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sweater Weather

For those cool summer days, it's time to bring summer into fall. Yes, yes...I know -- like you, I'm still not quite ready for fall, but with the drop of temperatures, especially at night, thin sweaters and light jackets are only practical.  So for the not-so-hot summer days and cool summer nights,  a stylish sweater is in order.

For this outfit, I wore my thin oversized cowl neck sweater, and to give it a dressier look, I paired it with a few of my favorites: sequins and leopard, perfect for a date night.  Unfortunately, no dating for me.

What I Wore
Sweater: Target {I really want this one} | Skirt: TjMaxx | Purse: COACH | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: ZeroUV

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