$75 Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Well lovelies, it’s the season of giving!!! And I am excited to be partnering again with the Stylish Blog Girls from Stylishly In Love (Sophia),  Bold Subtlety (Annick), Mama Fashion Files (Aracely),Rhymes With Fashion (Alexandra), Merch Maven (Candida), and Your Stylist Karen (Karen) to host a fantastic giveaway — just in time to kick off the official holiday season!!! We will be giving away $75 cash via Paypal to one lucky reader! Woo-hoo!!!

Givaway Bloggers 2Giveaway Collage 1Now, unfortunately, WordPress.com (the site that hosts my blog) is not able to accept the tool for hosting the giveaway…. so we’ll be improvising a bit.

To enter the giveaway please click one (or all) of the the following links: Sophia, Annick, Aracely, Alexandra, Candida, and Karen.  These links will take you to the posts where you’ll be able to enter.  While there, be sure to check out their amazing blogs too!

The giveaway will run from November 22, 12 a.m. EST until November 28, 12 a.m. EST.

It would be so amazing if one of you, my lovely readers, would win so please, please, please head over to enter NOW!  I’d really love if one of you won!!

In the meantime, let me know what you do with that $75…

Good luck!!!

xo, Kenya

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OOTD: The Color Blocked Sweater

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater You know…  I am completely surprised that color blocking is still going strong.  Not surprised in a bad way…I love color blocking…  but we all know that fashion can be quite fickle at times.  This trend seems to be an exception though.  And I mean in a big way…  it just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon and in fact, has been getting reinvented each season!  So at what point is it no longer a trend?  Hmmm….

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater I’ll let you ponder that for a moment.  In the meantime, a color blocked sweater, blouse or top is an easy way to work this trend into your wardrobe.  In particular right now as color blocked looks are no longer focusing only on the body of a piece…  many looks now are blocking the cuffs, the collars and even the sleeves!

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater I chose this sweater in fact because it was blocked on the back panel and the cuffs.  Add in the fabulous oxblood color and elbow patches…. and it was pretty much a done deal!

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater What I’m Wearing: J. Crew Factory Sweater, Victoria’s Secret Boyfriend Jeans, Zara Heels, Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy, Guess Leopard Print Watch, Arden B. Accessories

Where Am I: Lakepoint Plaza

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater Are you surprised that color blocking is still hot?  Love it or hate it?  And when do you think a trend becomes a classic?

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Style Remix x Style Feature x Media Collabo

Animal Print Top Shop Cropped Top So, you can probably tell from the title that today’s post is going to be a mixed medley of topics!  Thought I’d share with you an outfit style remix, my current style feature on Eve’s Addiction and my recent collaboration with the Charlotte Observer.  Enjoy!

Style Remix

Animal Print Top Shop Cropped Top If you all recall, my last post was a fabulous style challenge with some of my blogger friends featuring our interpretation of animal print . The style challenge was so much fun!  I honestly can’t wait to do the next one.  But as with everything I do…  I always overthink!  So, when I was considering the look I wanted to feature, I just couldn’t quite decide on what look would be the best.  So…. I took 2 sets of photos!  Yes 2!! Ultimately I decided on the more chic look for the challenge itself but I still wanted to share my remixed version too – which is more casual.

Animal Print Top Shop Cropped Top I think the moral of this story is that (again) animal print is so versatile and completely a new neutral!  You can rock it so many ways for so many occasions and still look great!

Zara Boyfriend Jeans and Boots

What I’m Wearing: Blanc Noir Faux Leather Jacket, Topshop Cropped Top, Zara Boyfriend Jeans, Zara Boots, Fendi Vintage Clutch

Where Am I: Southend Uptown

Style Feature

I was also super flattered to recently be asked to be featured on Eve’s Addiction blog and website as part of their series “Sparking Across America”.  I am representing NC.  Eve’s Addiction is a great online source for trendy, designer style, and personalized sterling silver jewelry.   Be sure to check out the shop and my feature!

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Media Collaboration

And finally, I also really excited to share a recent opportunity that I had to partner with the Charlotte Observer on a style article on how to incorporate the hottest fall trends into your wardrobe.  Please check out the full article here.

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Thanks loves!  Hope you enjoyed the potpourri of topics today!  Have a great rest of the week!!!

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Copy Cat Style Challenge: How Do You Rock Your Animal Print?

Copy Cat Challenge Animal Print Collage 2I am super excited to be collaborating on my first ever style challenge with some of my favorite and most fabulous blogger friends!! Each one of these ladies has such an amazing style esthetic so I knew this challenge would not only be fun but would give each of us a chance to showcase our unique fashion perspectives!!

In order (above – top then bottom, left to right), meet Alexandra from Rhymes with Fashion,  yours truly, Sophia from Stylishly in Love, Aracely from Mama Fashion Files, Annick from Bold Subtlety, and Karen from Your Stylist Karen.  Please take a moment to check out (and follow) their fabulous blogs!!  You will not be disappointed!

Topshop Animal Print Crop TopNow, for this style challenge, we decided to choose animal print as our theme.  One… because the animal print craze is still extremely hot right now but also because there are so many great ways that you can incorporate animal print into your look – regardless of your personal style!

Topshop Animal Print Crop TopOf course this isn’t the first time that you’ve seen me in animal print on the blog.  It is actually one of my favorite prints right now.  I have multiple pairs of animal print shoes, purses, tops, blazers and pants!!  The crazy thing is, in my mind, animal print has become the new neutral!  It is absolutely a perfect way to add a little edge to your look, yet, as you can see from the ladies above, it can be worn with so many different pieces and styled in so many different ways!!  You can’t ask for much better than that!

What I’m Wearing: Blanc Noir Faux Leather Jacket, Top Shop Cropped Animal Print Top, Rachel Roy Coated Jeans, Zara Heels, Urban Expressions Clutch

Where Am I: Shopton Road

So….  how do you neutralize your animal print?

Topshop Animal Print Crop Top

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The Embellished Sweatshirt: Part Deux

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtOk, so you guys know that I have a tendency to become obsessed at times.  And generally, once the obsession hits, I just can not get enough of whatever it is!  If I find a shoe that I love, then you best believe I’ve purchased multiple colors of it!! (I just can’t help it….  I have an addictive personality… at least I know it).

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtAnyway, I’m that way with trends too….  once I am ON a trend…  I am ON it!!  Once I start loving boyfriend jeans, I am on a mission for every color and type of boyfriend jean there is.  And well, right now, I am all over embellished sweatshirts!  I can’t stop buying them and I can’t stop wearing them either!

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtI grabbed up this bad boy from Topshop while in Vegas last month.  It was the contrasting textures that really caught my eye!  I love the funky and edgy vibe, which, of course, makes it pretty easy to style!  Even better…  while the embellished sweatshirt is a great alternative to a knit sweater, it can actually become the statement piece in your look!

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtWhat I’m Wearing: Topshop Sweatshirt, J. Brand Jeans, Zara Heels, Michael Kors Belt, Zara Clutch

Where Am I: Ballantyne Village

What fall trends are you obsessed with right now?

Topshop Embellished Sleeve Sweatshirt

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Trend Alert: The Stylish Sweatshirt

3.1 Philip Lim for Target Boom SweatshirtI can not tell you the last time I actually wore a sweatshirt intentionally as a part of my look.  Not that the sweatshirt is horrible… it’s just for the most part, I have saved them for lazy days around the house or a quick trip to the grocery store.  But with so many cool, chic and fashionable sweatshirts ripping the runways and in stores this fall…  I have quickly changed my opinion on the purpose of this old closet stand-by!

3.1 Philip Lim for Target Boom SweatshirtYep, that’s right…  The sweatshirt has gotten a makeover!  And we are talking a million dollar makeover too!  Fantastic colors and prints (like leopard and plaid), awesome embellishments (like jewels and feathers), and fabulous fabrics and textures (like leather and lace).  In fact, this new and fashionable sweatshirt can be a great alternative to that knit sweater that you are thinking about wearing and can even be styled very similarly to a sweater as well!  And even better yet, this reinvented look can be just as versatile too!  Pair it with jeans, a skirt or  shorts…. dress it up or dress it down!  I just love it!

3.1 Philip Lim for Target Boom SweatshirtOf course, I picked up this one as part of the 3.1 Philip Lim for Target madness – mostly because it was just SO fun!  I decided to layer it with a chambray button down, jeans and boots.  But there are so many more possibilities with this guy (and the others I’ve grabbed up — lace and leather included) that I will feature in future posts!3.1 Philip Lim for Target Boom Sweatshirt

3.1 Philip Lim for Target Boom Sweatshirt

What I’m Wearing: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target Boom Sweatshirt, J. Crew Polka Dot Chambray Button Down, Joe’s Distressed Skinny Ankle Jeans, Zara Ankle Boots and Vintage Gucci Clutch

Where Am I: Shopton Road Plaza

Are you loving fashionable sweatshirts right now?  How are you rocking ’em?

3.1 Philip Lim for Target Boom Sweatshirt

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I Think Colored Leather is Back!

Loft Faux Leather SkirtOkay, so it’s no surprise that leather is one of the hottest looks for fall right now but am I the only one noticing that there is something a little different this go around? Yep, there has been a major color explosion in leather this fall. And I must admit… I am pleasantly surprised and perhaps even a little in love with it!

Loft Faux Leather Skirt Now keep in mind that in the past when I would think of colored leather, my mind would always go back to images of Eddie Murphy in red leather pants (or even better the all leather red suit)! Hmmm… Not such a good look!  I mean I know we thought that was hot back then but looking back on it… I’m just not sure.

Loft Faux Leather Skirt Anyway, even with that, I can’t not love colored leather right now! I have picked up more than my share of colored leather skirts and shorts and I think it’s simply because they’re not all black! So, when I saw this skirt from Ann Taylor, I knew I had to have it. I liked this one in particular because it’s a way for me to rock leather looks at work!

Loft Faux Leather SkirtOf course I may look back on this 20 years from now and ask myself what was I thinking but for now… I’m loving it!

What I’m wearing: Victoria’s Secret Poplin Shirt, Ann Taylor Faux Leather and Ponte Skirt, Gunmetal Booties (really old), Tory Burch Tote

Where Am I: Lakepoint Plaza

Have you gotten into the colored leather trend yet? How are you working the look?

Loft Faux Leather Skirt

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