Friday, October 9, 2015

Miami Recap With Kipling

Happy Friday loves!  I'm closing this week out with a full recap of the Miami trip that I took last weekend with Kipling.  I stayed at The Miami Beach EDITION Hotel and it was seriously amazing.   If you were following along on instagram, then you already saw some of these photos.  I was only there for two nights, but I definitely wanted to get into more detail and of course, share more. There's lots of photos! :) 

This wasn't a typical blogger trip as it was more press related and I have to say it was one of the best experiences for me.  It was very eye opening and great to see things from a different perspective in the industry.  I loved everyone that went and it was nothing but good vibes and great energy! I feel like I learned a lot last weekend and also had so much fun.  I went paddle boarding for the first time and was so proud of myself for not falling into the water. [ha!]  I even stood up and did it twice although my legs were trembling. A random fact is that I am a horrible swimmer.  I stay in the doggy paddle zone so when they asked if I wanted to wear a life vest you know I jumped up. 

This purpose of this press trip was to celebrate the launch of the new Kipling x David Bromstad Collection .  They wanted to show us the inspiration behind the designs and give us the opportunity to meet with both the Kipling team and David.  David Bromstad is probably my new favorite person.  No lie.  His energy was so contagious and he is extremely talented.  He is known for his interior design work on HGTV and once I met him, I instantly saw why he was such a good fit for the new Kipling collection.  Kipling is a brand that definitely takes me back to my school years in the 90s.  I used to wear their backpacks!  I love seeing the new direction that they have taken over the years and how they have expanded.  Their collection with David was heavily influenced by the art in the design district in Miami.  They actually took us on a walking art tour in Wynwood and I was seriously just blown away by the street art and galleries.  It was my first time there and probably won't be my last.  I have such an appreciation for art and it was incredible to be surrounded by so much of it. I loved hearing David's thought process behind the designs too.  Here are some of my favorite snaps from the art tour. 

After the tour they took us to a delicious dinner and to see some of the collection up close and personal.  The capsule collection features three unique hand drawn prints by David.  My favorite pieces are the ones that were inspired by passport stamps.  How amazing is that?!  Now that is the type of travel bag that I want to have.  I feel like it would inspire me to take more trips.  I also really loved the handprinted luggage stack.  So original and fun! The collection has everything from luggage to carry-ons to backpacks and even toiletry bags.  There is definitely something to suit all of your travel needs.

Here's a better look at the collection! 

The last day I just hung out by the pool and finally got to hang on the beach for a few.  I feel like I took hundreds of photos within those two days so let me stop it here. :) 

Hope you enjoyed this recap!  A huge thank you to the Kipling team for such an amazing time.  Looking forward to my next trip in November!  Happy weekend loves. :) 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chunky Turtleneck

It's not quite sweater weather just yet, but that didn't stop me from wearing this turtleneck poncho!  
I am all about chunky cable knits this fall. 

Poncho: Charlotte Russe | Jeans: Dynamite [similar style] | Boots: Prima Donna [old, similar]
Bag: Botkier | Sunglasses: Komono 

As much as I love layering, I also really like to just keep things simple with a few pieces.  I think right now weather wise, this is the best time to get in these types of outfits before the temps drop too much.  I am honesty dreading the fact that pretty soon I will be completely freezing outside trying to shoot photos for the blog. Eeeek!  

For this look, I wanted to play around a bit with my color scheme.  I love how all of these colors are different, but could also been seen as neutrals.  I think they just blended really well together.  You do not always have to wear dark tones this time of year!  I'm a huge fan of chunky turtlenecks and the fact that this one is also a poncho made it that much better.  Seriously, this is one of the coziest pieces that I have ever worn.  It's super casual, but I added in some heeled booties to dress it up a little.  These photos would have been way better if there were a bunch of leaves already covering the ground. :)

On a quick side note, Kiko is back home!!  I picked him up last night and so far so good.  He has to be completely confined to his crate for the next 4-6 weeks and continue on his meds, so hopefully we are on the road to a full recovery.  Thanks again for all of your well wishes and sweet comments.  You guys are seriously the best. <3