Sunday, December 10, 2017

4 ways to instantly elevate your holiday looks!


Hey Lovelies, today I'm going to let you in on a few tips to elevating your style for the holidays! These are quick things you can incorporate when styling and trying to getting ready for the holidays. So, whether you're getting ready for a holiday party, spending time with your girls or just trying to look cute at home with family. These are some of the quick tips to get you looking extra cute in your outfits this holiday season! 

1. The Right Fit.

It's important that when you're picking out clothing pieces to wear, that they fit you right. Find clothing items that fit your body right, looks great and makes you feel comfortable and confident. You can also get things tailored to fit you to your liking. A simple and inexpensive way to elevate your look and find the right fit with looser clothing is by wearing a belt or sash. You can tie a belt or sash around the waist to really cinch in the loose fabric and make your top look and more fitting. 

2. Elevate your basics.

To elevate your basic clothing pieces, style them with a trendy statement piece or accessorize. A trendy or statement clothing piece paired with basics takes a look to a whole new level. Find a cute statement piece to style with a basic clothing item for your holiday look. The current favorite statement pieces I've been loving the look of are the straight neck plaid mini dresses or slip dresses. Those statement pieces look cute when worn with a basic top or turtleneck underneath. 


Alternatively, you can wear a simple clothing piece but, accessorizing the right way can elevate your holiday look. Simple looks are elevated when you accessorize the right way. So, wearing some cute studs, a bracelet and/or necklace and the right pair of footwear can elevate a simple dress you might plan on wearing. You can also try styling your holiday outfit with a scarf, handbag or a cute hat and see what you like best. 

Added Tip: Swap out your flats for heels. Sorry for all the flats lovers, but depending on your holiday outfit heels instantly dress up your look a lot more. Plus, this is such a great way to instantly elevate your look and make you look poised and chic. 

3. Try on different clothing items and layer your pieces.

Get creative and be your own stylist! Fashion is both fun and experimental, so definitely try to see if you can wear an item in a different way. Mix and match different clothing items to do this.  This will allow you to see what holiday looks you liked best and gives you multiple outfit ideas for all the holiday festivities.


4. Smile and wear your look with confidence.

Smiling and exuding confidence when wearing your holiday look is the best way elevate your holiday look. Wear a look that you love and that you're comfortable and confident in. A smile and confidence are the best (And free!) accessories to any outfit.So strut your stuff and serve all looks this holiday season with confidence. 


I want to see you all serving love and looks this holiday season, so I hope you enjoyed these quick tips to help you elevate your style for the holiday season!

Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in the KoutureChristmas Series!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Moodboards


Hey Lovelies, what better way to start off the holidays than with Christmas decor! When decorating your home or anywhere for the holidays it's best to have a theme and some inspiration. I happen to grab the best inspiration when I create mood boards! They're such a great way to compile photos that inspire you and form a theme on a visual mood board, whether it's a physical mood board or a digital one. Sites, like Pinterest and WeHeartIt, allow you to create digital mood boards with beautiful photos from around the web. 

I love photography but, the photos below are not mine and are from Pinterest and WeHeartIt, but I've compiled these photos I've found to make my very own digital mood board for inspiration. As the holiday season progresses I definitely plan to take a lot of my own Christmas-sy shots to show you all. Either way, you can also turn this digital mood board into a physical one, simply by printing out the mood board images below and sticking them onto a physical mood board of your own. Along the way, you can also add more visuals you'd like onto your physical mood board.



The mood boards I put together are holiday-themed, and I hope the different visuals gave you some inspiration for your holiday theme and/or decor. 



Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in the KoutureChristmas Series!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

25 Holiday Movies you need to start watching right now


Hey Lovelies, it's officially December and I'm really excited about the holidays, as I know many of you probably are. When it comes to the Christmas holiday season, I really like taking some free time to watch the many holiday movies there are! So, to kick off the new holiday series on the blog, "KoutureChristmas", is a list of the 25-holiday movie classics you need to start watching! 

1. A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is a timeless holiday classic that never gets old. 


2. Home Alone Series

This is a 90's classic that never fails to make us laugh throughout the holiday season with the likes of Kevin McCallister and the crazy concept captured throughout the series. 


3. The Polar Express

"The bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." Such a beautiful Christmas classic about the magical journey a boy takes to the North Pole on The Polar Express.


4. Merry Christmas Drake and Josh 

If you grew up watching Drake and Josh, you'll love watching this crazy Christmas movie with the two. 


5. Elf

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear" - Buddy


6. White Christmas

A 50's holiday classic with an emotional wartime prologue starring the likes of Bing Crosby singing you through all of your favorite Christmas classics. 


7. It's a Wonderful Life 

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings". It's a Wonderful Life is a 40's classic black and white Christmas fantasy film starring the likes of James Stewart and Donna Reed. 


8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This classic Christmas comedy as a live-action adaptation of Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is brought to life with Jim Carrey as the Grinch.


9. The Santa Clause Series

This movie series is another 90's Christmas classic that never gets old.  It follows the story of Tim Allen as Scott Calvin who starts off as a divorced dad but, after a major mishap, he transforms into the jolly old fat man we all know and love.


10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is a cute Christmas comedy starring young Dylan and Cole Sprouse. 


11. Eloise at Christmastime

The story follows the return of Eloise, a six-year-old girl famous at The Plaza Hotel (where she resides) for her antics. In this cute Christmas story, Eloise's antics come to play as she plays cupid in trying to reunite Rachel Peabody with Bill before Rachel marries another man.  


12. Love Actually

A classic Christmas romantic comedy that follows the lives of eight different couples dealing with the complexities of love before the holidays.


13. The Mistle-tones

A Christmas comedy starring Tia Mowry as Holly and Tori Spelling as Marci. Holly is a talented singer that forms her own musical group rival to Marci's musical group and challenges them to a competition Christmas Eve.


14. Christmas Cupid

Christmas Cupid is a comedy starring Christina Milian, Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray. Ashley Benson plays a famous starlet that dies unexpectedly and her ghost comes back to guide a Hollywood Publicist, played by Christina Milian towards true love. 


15. Disney's A Christmas Carol

This is a must-watch animated Christmas classic. A Christmas Carol follows the story of a miserable old man named Ebenezer Scrooge voiced by Jim Carrey. Scrooge encounters a spirit and three ghosts as a means to have him change his miserable ways as the Christmas Holiday approaches. 


16. The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Christmas musical fantasy that follows the adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king who stumbles upon Christmastown. 


17. Miracle on 34th Street

A beautiful Christmas classic that reminds you of the magic of the holiday season. There is both the original 1947 version and the 1994 remake so if you'd like try to watch both versions. 


18. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A classic stop-motion must-watch Christmas special. It's such an old-school and heartwarming classic for all ages. 


19. A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas is an animated Christmas classic and an all-time favorite that brings so much nostalgia. 


20. Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman is another animated Christmas classic special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman".


21. Arthur Christmas

A must-watch Christmas comedy that questions Santa's ability to deliver billions of presents to the whole world in one night. 


22. Jingle all the way

This Christmas comedy does well in displaying the craziness that comes with shopping for the holidays. This follows the mission of a father, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger who vowed to get his son an action figure that is sold out in every store. He travels all over town competing with other parents trying to find this one toy and the craziness that comes with shopping for the holidays unfolds.


23. Bad Santa

 As part of an annual Christmas scheme, criminals, Willie Stokes, and his partner disguise themselves as Santa Clause and an elf. This was done as a way to work as a mall Santa in their grand scheme to try and rob the department stores within the mall. This is a dark Christmas comedy that confirms all your thoughts about weird mall Santas.


24. Unaccompanied Minors

A Christmas Eve blizzard shuts down an airport leaving these unaccompanied minors in an airport to run wild. Their antics lead to holiday pandemonium before Christmas.


25. The Holiday

This romantic holiday comedy stars Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Kate Winslet. The two women, played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are from different parts of the world and decide to swap homes for the holidays and you follow the story that unravels for both women. 



As the first post for KoutureChristmas, I hope you liked this list of holiday movies to watch to kick off the holiday season! Let me know in the comments what you'd like to see next, on the blog, as part of the KoutureChristmas series! 



Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in the KoutureChristmas Series!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Build your winter wardrobe with basics


Hey Lovelies, winter is well on its way and also goes with a change in wardrobe. Sweaters, thigh high boots, cardigans, denim jackets, and more, but most importantly...layering, layering, and more layering. When it comes to building your winter wardrobe, it's best to start by incorporating basic and classic pieces into your wardrobe. So, let's get into how to build your winter wardrobe with basics. 

1. Start off with an over-sized sweater or turtleneck.


The most basic clothing piece that everyone should start off with their winter wardrobe is an over-sized sweater or turtleneck. It's such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe, as you can create several layered looks with a sweater or turtleneck. 

2. Go for neutrals.


Basic neutral clothing pieces can be paired with anything when creating an outfit. When building your winter wardrobe start with the neutral clothing pieces you may currently have in your wardrobe.  You can continue building from there by purchasing basic inexpensive clothing pieces in black, white, tan, brown and gray. Additionally, footwear in neutral colors also brings a look together. 

3. Classic pieces to have in your winter wardrobe.


These are few of the classic pieces that you could include in your perfect winter wardrobe for creating multiple layered winter looks.

 - Crew neck sweaters/sweatshirts
- Cardigans
- A-line Skirt (with tights)
- Basic Neutral Tops and Tees
- Turtleneck or mock neck sweaters
- Blue Jeans
- Black Jeans
- Fashion joggers
- White Collared shirt
- Bold/Printed Collard shirt
- Dainty everyday jewelry
- Denim jacket
- Trenchcoat
- Faux fur coat or Parka coat
- Leather moto jacket
-The Little Black Dress



4. Make sure everything is tailored to your liking.


You don't have to spend much money on basics, but make sure that the basic pieces are of good quality and fit your style and body right. When clothing fits your body right and is of good quality, you can end up creating a look that fits you perfectly.

5. Trendy pieces to have in your winter wardrobe.


Now, with every new year comes new trends people follow. And this is especially true when it comes to seasonal trends. However, it's unnecessary to follow every single fashion trend because that doesn't help you build a winter wardrobe tailored to your personal style. Grab a couple of trends you like and pair them with basic clothing pieces. From there, style the clothing pieces to your personal style. These are a few of the trendy or statement pieces that you could choose to incorporate into your winter wardrobe.


- Graphic t-shirt
-Leather moto jacket
-Faux fur coat
-Trenchcoat
-Oversized denim jacket

- Black sunglasses

- Cheetah print faux fur coat
- Striped collard shirt
- Courdoroy button front skirt
- Plaid skirt
- Oversized infinity scarf
- Plaid mini dress
- Courdoroy pants
- Plaid pants
- Denim skirt
- Color Block Windbreaker

6. Winter fashion layering inspiration


The key to cute layered winter looks is when it's done to your personal style but can also keep you warm during the winter. For example, you may love wearing skirts, but you can keep it winter friendly by wearing tights underneath. Winter fashion layering can be as simple as pairing an oversized sweater with an infinity scarf and wearing a pair of jeans and boots.

Tip: Wear a tank top (or two) underneath clothing for extra warmth. Also, wearing a pair of tights under jeans is great for extra warmth during the winter.

You can grab inspiration from anywhere (like Pinterest, Magazines, Instagram and so forth.) to figure out how to layer with your style for winter. Check out a few of my Pinterest boards by clicking the links below for some winter fashion layering inspiration!

www.pinterest.com/MissKouture/grunge-fashion-inspo/
www.pinterest.com/MissKouture/fashion-finds/
www.pinterest.com/MissKouture/90s-outfit-inspo/


Curate looks to your personal style when layering and mixing up basic and statement pieces in your winter wardrobe. 


Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in fashion.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Aesthetic Friendsgiving Ideas


Hey Lovelies, the holiday season has officially begun and I'm super excited about all the festivities to come. Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks and I can't wait to spend that time with family and pig out on all the food, hunty. Aside from spending the holidays with family, Friendsgiving is a great way to kick it with your squad during the holiday season!  

Now, you can kick it with your squad in style, for a fun and aesthetic Friendsgiving. These are four theme and decor ideas for inspiration to style your next Friendsgiving dinner party. Not only will you enjoy amazing food while, having a great time with your friends, but now you will have a cute setting to take some aesthetic photos in. 

Bohemian Backyard Friendsgiving

This boho theme can also be styled indoors but is brought to fuller effect in your backyard. You can style a bohemian themed backyard and dinner table using key decor to bring your backyard to life. String lights hung throughout the backyard and throw blankets on top of the chairs are a great way to start decorating your backyard with the theme. Decorate the dinner table by using cute decorative pumpkins, candles, and floral centerpieces and placing them however you'd like in the center of the table. 

You can also set up a hangout spot in your backyard, and this could be the spot to take cute pictures in. To set up the hangout spot, start by hanging up a tapestry. Then place a large rug (or a few small ones) on the ground and then place a bunch of different throw pillows and blankets on top of the rug. You can go even further with this theme by hanging up a few dream catchers or a string of polaroids throughout your backyard, or at the hangout area.

Key Decor

Rug
Candles
Tapestries
String lights
String of Polaroids
Decorative Pumpkins
Throw Blankets and Pillows
Decorative Floral Center Pieces


Hollywood Chic Friendsgiving Dinner Party

This is much more of a classic chic theme, and you could possibly bring in Old Hollywood glamour vibes within this theme as well. The key thing about this theme is a majority of the decor is in black, white and/or gold. White string lights hung around the room and black and/or white throw blankets hung over chairs is a great way to start decorating with this theme. To decorate the table, place decorative black, white and/or gold pumpkins and a white floral centerpiece(s) however you'd like within the center.

 Old Hollywood glamour vibes could be brought into this theme simply by playing jazz music in the background while you feast and spend time with your girls. This is a Friendsgiving dinner theme that can be styled indoors and is the perfect theme to use if you love a black and white aesthetic.

Key Decor

White string lights 
White floral centerpieces
Black and/or white throw blankets
Decorative black, white and gold pumpkins
Inexpensive decorative black and white table settings


Murder Mystery Friendsgiving Dinner

This is a fun theme to style and put together for mystery lovers. Plus, you can get great pictures of everyone dressed up to the theme. Key decor for this theme would be table candles, white and red floral centerpieces and decorative pumpkins placed at the center of the table to your liking. Also, incorporating a couple of inexpensive decorative red and black table settings would be a nice touch for decorating the dinner table. Lastly, create name cards for each guest where one side of the card displays the persons' name and the role you'd like them to play. However, the other side of the card will say if each person is either innocent or guilty and this side of the card will be the one facing down on the dinner table (The side with their name and role should be flat on the table facing up.). 

A cute way to thank guests for playing along with the whole idea is by giving them these gift bags (shown below) designed as packaged crime evidence with whatever goodies you'd like. The gift bags are a great do-it-yourself project you could try on your own using inexpensive brown gift bags and placing a copy of each guest styled name card on the front of the gift bag. 

 The key idea is setting the Murder Mystery dinner party in an era of your choosing. Then, you would have your friends come dressed up to fit the era, have dinner and later solve the "mystery." A "mystery" you would have put together to be solved and have everyone improvise from there to solve. 

For example, let's say you had set your Murder Mystery themed party in the 1920s. You would decorate to fit that era with the murder mystery theme in mind, and all your guests would come dressed to fit the theme. You would also be the one to create the "Murder Mystery" to be solved, place fake "evidence" and clues around your house (obviously in places where you're okay with your guests entering) and assign your guests characters to improvise. For example, after dinner, you then announce the mysterious death and disappearance of some flapper and continue on with a backstory.  Your guests would then improvise based on what you had told them and their given roles. Then, they would try solving the mystery you put together based on the fake evidence and clues you would have placed around the house. 

Key Decor

Table candles
White and/or red floral centerpieces
Decorative black and white pumpkins
Inexpensive decorative red and black table settings
DIY name cards with each person's name and role in the murder mystery


Girly and Vintage Friendsgiving

This girly and vintage Friendsgiving theme is the perfect indoor Friendsgiving dinner theme for you and your girls if you're feeling the girly vintage idea. This is such a cute look for a girly vintage aesthetic and is a theme that's pretty simple to put together for your Friendsgiving. Once again, string lights are a great thing to hang around the room. An additional cute touch would be to add a string of polaroids around the room as well. 

Decorate the table by placing decorative white and gold pumpkins, white and pink floral centerpieces and frosted white pinecones within the center of the table to your liking. You can also paint regular pinecones white and wait for them to dry off before placing them as little accent decor in the center of the table. As an added touch, try taking a couple of white and/or pink throw blankets and place them on the chairs. This is a Friendsgiving dinner theme that can be styled indoors and is the perfect theme to use if you love a girly vintage aesthetic.

Key Decor

Frosted White Pinecones
String lights and/or table candles
White and/or pink throw blankets
White and pink floral centerpieces
Decorative white and gold pumpkins
Inexpensive decorative white and pink table settings



Hope these ideas gave you some inspiration for your Friendsgiving party, so you can kick it with your squad in style, for a fun and aesthetic Friendsgiving. 


Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in lifestyle. 


Sunday, October 8, 2017

New York Fashion Week At A Glance


Hey Lovelies, so I know this is long overdue, but your girl is back and ready to tell you about Fashion Week! My friend, Jasmin and I were invited to a few shows and went to an event at New York Fashion Week and it was such an unreal, fun and beautiful experience. From the crazy commute and endless walking to the amazing shows...you're going to get a little bit of it all today. 

So, before I get into it, I want to start by thanking Francesca Liberatore and her team, Dan Liu and his team, the team at Art Hearts Fashion and the team at the Lexus X Interview Magazine event for having us!! We really loved and appreciated everything a bunch! And also thank you to the Mimi Prober team for inviting us to your show, even though we couldn't make it...you best believe I watched a live stream of the show, the looks were beyond beautiful. 


GETTING READY FOR FASHION WEEK


Honestly, I'm still shocked that we were able to get tickets and attend these shows. It was such a dream and I couldn't believe I was getting ready to go to Fashion Week and go to these shows to see looks from a collection shown live on the runway from designers whose work I adore. 

Before heading into our first day of Fashion Week, we definitely had to have our looks and travel arrangements ready. This is Fashion Week, basically, an excuse for anyone to either dress cute and fashion-forward or straight up just show up and show out looking all kinds of extra. During this particular week, it was pretty warm in New York City, and Jasmin and I literally walked passed these women wearing oversized fur coats...honestly, the level of extra was too real. 

Going into fashion week, Jasmin and I mainly commuted by train, a bus at one point, and did a ton of walking. To start off our first day of Fashion Week, we were headed to our first show which was hosted by Art Hearts Fashion in this beautiful venue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. When the show started and the first model walked out in the first look Jasmin and I were both shook by the beauty of the look. As the show went on we were amazed by each look that came out on the runway that day because they were truly breathtaking.


ART HEARTS FASHION


Art Hearts Fashion put on a show that had such an element of fantasy from the gorgeous venue to the collection shown that day. Each look worn by the models had such an element of fantasy. Every look was very much modern and fresh with that element of fantasy. It also felt like a take on good versus evil brought to modern times. Some models were styled in all white looks exemplifying purity and innocence, on the other hand, other models were styled in all black looks representing the opposite. It was such a great show and the collection that was shown was gorgeous.




LEXUS X INTERVIEW MAGAZINE


After the Art Hearts Fashion show, we made our way to The Lexus: Set in Motion event in partnership with Interview Magazine. It was a really cool and fun event hosted by Lexus and Interview Magazine for Fashion Week. Jasmin and I had this fun little photo shoot, ate some croissants (where the real food was at...we had no idea...you guys really tried it with having just croissants though) but, we took some more pictures, listened to some good music and lived life, as well as, got this cute swag bag.




STREETSTYLE CANDIDS


During Fashion Week, there are generally many photographers and press taking hundreds of pictures of different street style looks that are seen at Fashion Week. On our way to another showroom event at Skylight Clarkson Square, there were so many photographers and press people taking pictures of a bunch of different people rocking "street style looks" meaning fashion-forward looks that were walking our very own city streets. The crazy thing is a couple of them stopped us to take pictures of our looks that day! It was really unexpected, but cool because these were professional fashion photographers and they thought our looks were something to capture on their cameras.

FRANCESCA LIBERATORE


Francesca Liberatore's show was the next day at Skylight Clarkson Square.  The collection Francesca Liberatore presented was truly breathtaking, showcasing these beautiful floral appliques over sheer fabrics. The collection showcased very chic and free pieces which I adored. There was also the use of plaid print in a few of the pieces at the show. There was one particular piece I really liked that looked feminine and fresh, and it incorporated both this pastel pink plaid print and pastel pink floral appliques which really brought unity to the collection. I adored these other pieces that showcased these gold floral appliques over sheer black fabric within the collection, they were beyond beautiful. 

I really liked the layered pieces within the collection as well, everything went well together and looked so fresh and effortless. It was such a breath of fresh air seeing the different styles and silhouettes and layered pieces incorporating pants and not solely dresses within the collection. What I especially liked about Liberatore's collection was that the model's hair, makeup, and footwear were kept simple and each piece, beautifully crafted, had its own striking presence on the runway. 





DAN LIU


Dan Liu showed at the same venue, but a different gallery. Dan Liu's spring/summer collection was so beautiful and I liked the details that were presented throughout the show. Liu's collection featured very feminine pieces from the A-line silhouettes to the lace print in a white/cream and blush color palette. I adored this one piece within Liu's collection that was a feminine A-line coat dress designed with blush pink lace print and red buttons. 

The detail of the peacock feathers above the eyes was different and interesting, and in a sense really displayed a focal point of inspiration. Liu closed the show using a model who walked the runway with the peacock feathers above the eyes, a simple white dress, and she held this ring covered in the same peacock feathers behind her. I felt it was a great way to close the show as it unified the collection because without that last piece the peacock feathered eyebrows would have been a bold and confusing choice. Overall the collection was beautiful, and I really liked how most the pieces looked feminine chic but, still ready-to-wear. 




That's it for our New York Fashion Week experience! Jasmin and I really appreciate being able to experience a bit of Fashion Week, it was such a fun and beautiful time. Once again, a big thank you to Francesca Liberatore and her team, Dan Liu and his team, the team at Art Hearts Fashion, and the Mimi Prober team for inviting us! Also, to the team at the Lexus X Interview Magazine event, thank you for having us! 


Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in fashion.