When I went to the Kensie showroom last week, I thought that I was just looking at the spring/summer 2015 collection. I was hoping that they would give me something, but I didn’t like to ask. Guess who got a major surprise. Turns out that I had gotten there just in time for their private sample sale. And then Vittoria said the magic words ‘Take whatever you want’. Did she have to tell me twice? Um, who are you guys following? You even have to ask? I tried on this fun kensie knit vest, which was like a shag carpet but super soft. That’s Vittoria in this mirror selfie. Along with my Citizen Ciao Victoria Bay tshirt ($38), Dittos brand Charlie jeans ($69), and Cat Footwear Irenea boots ($120), the vest made me look super rock star. Dripping with jewels from Lisa Hoffman Beauty and Shop Jacqueline Rose didn’t hurt either. After rummaging through boxes and gossiping a mile a minute, I ended up with three huge bags of loot. Um, HUGE. I had to drop off some baking samples at Intimacy for evaluation before my event, and then I ducked into the Union Square subway station to go home.
Just as I get to the bottom, these girls asked if I wanted to download some app to get free tech gloves. So I told them that they could each have one thing out of my bag for free if they gave me the techgloves in exchange. So Jasmine and Celeste became instant winners in my first ever (and probably last as I think a cop thought I was a shoplifter) subway giveaway.
Jasmine, who is going off on a Caribbean vacay and will be guestblogging for us soon, got a banana print off the shoulder summer dress and red and black polka dot sweater. Celeste got the blue and black knit vest. Congrats ladies!
And as you can see in photo 3? I still had a ton of loot left to work with.
For handbags, I got two structured doctor bags one in vibrant yellow and the other in black and white- classic. Then I got this fun tangerine/peach handbag which has a zippered pocket upfront, so it’s two bags in one. Score. And this peach trimmed faux snakeskin hobo with adjustable handle.
Kensie has a sister brand called Eric + Lani, and since they’re currently rebranding there was tons of merch for me to take home, including this grey tshirt dress with fpop art leopard print spots across the shoulders. I also got this sweet striped maxi with pink flamingos on the chest. So along with this Desigual bikini, my zosia sandals ($44.99) I’ll be hitting the beach in high summer style.
But back to winter…
For hanging around the computer lab in my building? I can pull on the sweet biscuit colored wool sweater from Kensie with female graphic (I turned it inside out, by the way) and jump into my fave novella skirt from Life is good ($29.99). You never know who you might meet on the elevator, I added my thrift store bangles, Ariel charm necklace ($115) and SUPRA Cuttler sneakers ($75). Casual, but ready.
So, let’s say I go outside into the actual winter cold. Layers! I fell in love with this shawl collared wool Kensie cardigan goes so well with my LL Bean Freeport Field jacket ($79) which I wear all the time even though it’s thin. Put both of these pieces over this Kensie tie-dye pattern stretch dress with huge drapey side pockets, and then slide on some Cory Vines Path collection leggings in onyx ($49).
I went a little nuts and threw in these shoes that Ami Clubwear sent over- yep, GOLD lace-up oxfords with a mesh cutout ($13.79– I kid you not). I’d wear black trouser socks with these and walk fast to keep the cold out. A sleek gold Citizen watch, red leather Chuck-Chuck bracelet, wool beanie and some tech gloves (thanks Jasmine and Celeste!) and you’re good to go.
Now for a more casual cuty girl look. August Silk cardigan, Erci + Lani heart graphic tshirt, my dittos brand jeans, and that super cute Kensie doctor bag in citrus yellow with royal blue accents. Then, because fashionistas don’t fear cold (or just wear socks with heels) I added these tropical print heels from Ami Clubwear ($8.99 no joke). Hello! Accessorize with $10 pink street beanie, Ariel charm necklace and gold Lisa Hoffman beauty chainlink bracelet with detachable bling pendant ($65).
The geekchic look? Of course! This, soft, fuzzy wool sweater from Kensie over a sweet little white cotton blouse from Harve Benard and my LL Bean True Shape jeans ($59). Add classic black oxfords, grey cotton crew socks from Uniqlo, my Khamra clasp necklace from Hechizo ($56). Add a red jade Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelet ($65), tech gloves, and a Strand Bookstore totebag for only $1!
No, but that totebag is really a dollar.
They didn’t have any coats, but if you’re looking for outerwear I found this site with tons of cute styles: www.dresslilly.com. prices started at $20, so you can get something cute- not sure about warmth, but cuteness is guaranteed.
Next up: Resolution Number 4- the tooth issue
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian