Kimono Love

I appreciate a well done Kimono, they are chic, versatile and of course, timeless.  Depending upon the textile, they can also be worn year around.  What is there not to love about a great Kimono?  As you know from a previous post, Rabens Saloner is one of my favourite designers, producing some of the most beautiful Kimonos I’ve seen.

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The one featured here coaxed me with it’s dark, rich, drapery textile, subtle tie dye and detailed beading.  It took mere seconds for me to scan my wardrobe for all the possibilities and they are endless.  Since there are only so many hours in a day; I decided to settle on the one I’d probably rock most.

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Denim is quintessential LA…we love it no matter the occasion.  Paired with this cozy Acne tee, and skinny Rag and Bone jeans in distressed blue, this look will flow seamlessly from day to evening.

IMG_7105By day a flat sandal is perfect, and by night, a great bootie or stiletto pump for dress up.  The beading coupled with the tie dye makes this particular Kimono a statement piece, which is why I would accessorize very little.  A dainty necklace and stud earrings would complete this look and prevent it from being too busy.

As stated, the possibilities truly are endless, it works great over a little black dress, shorts, a slip dress with the kimono cinched at the waist.  I’m super excited to don this new addition to my wardrobe, and encourage you to grab a staple Kimono to add a touch of flavour to yours.

A bit of flavour never goes out of style!

Danish Designer, Birgitte Raben Olrik, Creator Of Rabens Saloner

Birgittetheone_1-500x750 About one year ago I was introduced to Birgitte Raben Olrik.  I couldn’t help scanning her from head to toe, as my eye was drawn to each piece she wore, which had such clean lines, and exquisite detail.  Furthermore, the textiles looked rich and luxurious with the perfect drape.  I would later learn Birgitte is a clothing designer (not surprising) from Copenhagen, Denmark and creator of Rabens Saloner, now one of my favourite labels.  Since being introduced to the line, and brilliant lady behind it, I have accumulated several pieces.  I’ll share several looks with you within the next week or so. What makes Rabens Saloner so appealing?  Many of the fabrics Birgitte chooses are handmade and dyed, her line is not trendy, but for the woman who isn’t afraid to create her own identity. This makes each piece classic and timeless.  Birgitte acquires most of her fabrics from small artisans in Asia where she chooses the most opulent fabrics available. I’ve yet to wear a Rabens Saloner piece without receiving compliments.  This speaks volumes for the designer herself.  Birgitte’s passion for designing is evident in each piece she creates.  Her clothing line is such an expression of the art behind the making of each garment. IMG_7061 These Rabens Saloner pants are super versatile, and can easily be worn daytime with Birkenstocks, a sneaker wedge, flat booties or evening with a heeled boot like the one featured here, strappy sandals or simple pumps.  They have zippers on each side, which look great unzipped or zipped and scrunched up for a bit of edge.  I also love the tie-dye detail on them, the colour combination is beautiful, and the progression of one shade to the next is so well done.  Because I consider these pants a statement piece, I tend to keep it simple with the choices I make to accompany them. A simple white tee, low key jewelry and voilà!  Stay tuned for upcoming Rabens Saloner looks, and be sure to check out her website to see the new spring/summer ’15 collection. rabenssaloner.com

Starting Out With A Bang

So 2015 is here, and I exclaim the same thing every year, “This is going to be the best year yet!” and each year has it’s fair share of ups and downs, nonetheless, some areas surely could be deemed the best.

Well, this year has started out with quite a bang for me, and I mean the challenging variety of bangs.  I found out I have been the victim of Identity Theft, and am in the throes of dealing with all the aggravation associated, went in for my routine teeth cleaning today and ended up having a major unexpected procedure, I’m already exhausted from working well over a 40 hour work week!  As a result, the start of the new year has consisted of plenty of isolation on my part, peppered with a slight ‘funk’ to accompany it.

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What’s happening, this really isn’t what I intended to post?!  I was supposed to be posting photographs of my fabulous new Rabens Saloner pieces I added to my wardrobe just yesterday in preparation for spring/summer, rave about the many ways I’d rock them and share the brilliance of the creator, Birgitte Raben Olrik, of Copenhagen, Denmark.  An amazing woman with a loving spirit and an eye for breath-taking textiles…stay tuned, for tomorrow’s post, I won’t disappoint.

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Anyway, I began to find myself being drawn into a ‘pity party’ for one, and it was definitely on the verge of becoming a full-fledged all-nighter.  Have you ever thought everyone’s marriage, children, boyfriend, job, etc. seem so perfect, according to their social media posts, in comparison to yours?  Of course, I’m not intimating we all venture to the opposite extreme, and go about depressing one another, however, I suppose it would be reassuring to know there’s someone else out there feeling the challenges life sometimes serves up.  Well, here I am!  As I fantasized about escalating my ‘pity party’ to an all out rave, I received a timely message from an unlikely duo, Nas & Damien Marley…

I realize what we all know, which is everyone has peaks and valleys in life, and this won’t change.  We truly need both for our growth and maturity.  The valleys refine us while the peaks help us to remain in a posture of gratitude.  I’ve so much to be grateful…I’m able to stop and truly smell the roses, I love my jobs despite exhaustion at times, have amazing family and friends who make me belly laugh on a consistent basis,  food in the fridge, clothing in the closet, a car, roof over my head…I could go on and on.  Enough of these first world problems, everything is going to be alright, I truly do count my blessings…life is good.

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Transitioning Into Fall

Going from summer into fall is one of my favorite times of year.  I love watching the leaves as they change to vibrant hues, the crispness of the air, and of course, the rich textiles and tones fashion designers incorporate on the runway.  However, before getting into full-fledged fall attire, there is a transitional period.  The weather could go from breezy to heat wave in the same day…a  girl’s got to be prepared.

As I mentioned in a previous post, leggings have become a staple, and they are a great go-to transitional piece because it is so easy to layer with them.

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Natasha is wearing a Nesh 4.12 mesh hem drape tank with VPL Patella leggings in long black and a Brixton hat.  In the event the temperature dips, a great cardigan over this look is a simple addition which also keeps the look current.  Conversely, if the temperature rises, nix the hat and switch out the booties with a great sandal.

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This beautiful Paris fold over clutch by Elizabeth Weinstock completes the look beautifully.

With this next look, we’re stepping it up a few notches.  It is edgy, yet super chic…these pieces are not only great for transitional weather, but also going from day to evening.

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Natasha is wearing the Lora Executive bra by Out Incorporated with this beautiful Rabens Saloner Loresa serpent mix leather jacket over it.  We chose to mix this combo with the Loulie Rabens Saloner colour bleed pant.

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Adding this lovely silver Tokyo Cross Body clutch by Elizabeth Weinstock adds just the right amount of bling.

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Typically, snake-on-snake would not be ideal from my perspective, however, it seems to work with this look so we went for it.

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Although subtle, there is actually a lot going on here, best to keep the hair simple and sleek…this classic pony-tail kept everything on point.

Each piece featured here is available at Ron Robinson at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA

Model- Natasha Behrens/ Photography- Donyale Anise/ Shoes & Accessories- Model’s Personal Collection