I was asked to participate in Kendra Thornton’s Fashion Challenge. Of course I said yes, because a) it involved fashion and b) it involved someone giving me a prompt and saying, “Create a look using your personal and creative style.” How can you say no? [I mean I know how, but why would you?]
Now, just a brief run-down on who Kendra is: She’s a travel guru, TV personality, and also does PR work. She’s also a mom and is the kind of beautiful that’s unfair. You know what I’m talking about- the kind of beautiful where you’re just standing there thinking, “How do you manage to do all you do and still look so good?” But enough gushing. Here’s the gist about Kendra’s Fashion Challenge, as told by Kendra herself.
Kendra’s Fashion Challenge
“As a mom, I have been out of the fashion game for awhile. Changing diapers, carting children to music lessons, and hitting the local Chuck E. Cheese does not provide me with much opportunity to flex my fashion muscles. That is why I am excited and a little intimidated about my upcoming trip new New York City and evening of fine dining at the Standard High Line Hotel. I want to feel comfortable and confident, and I want you to help me find just the right ensemble for this night of fun with friends. That is why I am introducing Kendra’s fashion challenge. Create a style board with your suggestions for what I should wear on this evening of wine and fine dining.
As you know, in New York you see people wearing absolutely everything. I want a look that will compliment an evening at New York’s premier boutique hotels, the Standard High Line. We will be dining at the Standard Grill, and I am hoping I can find an outfit that will be classically elegant enough for this New York bistro but still comfortable enough to relax with my friends late into the evening.
The winning outfit will strike just the right note of glamour and fun, just like New York city itself. I got a ton of help from other travelers and now I am looking for help coming up with the perfect New York look. Help me strike just the right note for an evening at the luxurious Standard High Line Hotel, and wherever else the evening takes me!”
Now, I think New York and I immediately think of sleek black dresses because I’ve seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s one too many times, but that’s hardly a fault of mine. It is summertime, though, and I decided the occasion called for something a little more daring than a trusty LBD. Also, never one to ignore a venue when planning an outfit, I checked out photos of the Standard High Line Hotel, taking into account their futuristic/retro looking rooms and their gravity defying exterior. I mean… wow, guys. Who comes up with designs like these? But those designs inspired a creation of my own.
Zoë Jordan Holkham top/J Brand jeans/Diane Von Furstenberg blazer/Valentino Rockstud slingbacks/Eddie Borgo ring/Julia Failey earrings/Tarte Lipsurgance in Tipsy
Gold was the first color that came to mind. Maybe it’s my love of glitter, or maybe it’s because I enjoy watching The Great Gatsby on infinite loop because the fashion, Leo, the music, Leo, and did I mention Leo? Taste in men and shiny stuff aside, I am a fairly practical human being, hence I paired the shimmery gold tank with a pair of black cigarette pants, because my history with hotels has taught me that air conditioning is the most touch-and-go thing on the face of the earth. The last thing you want to be is too cold, and just for extra warmth, I chose to pair the outfit with a menswear looking blazer.
In terms of accessorizing, I wanted to keep things simple because the gold top is so loud and eye-catching… but I couldn’t resist in the shoes department. I’m a shoe freak and these Valentino pumps have been everywhere lately. And lets face it: they’re hot. Strappy and studded, but in a nude shade that’s oh-so lady like, these shoes are what dreams are made of. [insert wistful sigh here as I stare at the shoes for longer than is healthy]
Okay, back on topic. My brother’s girlfriend is a fan of rose gold and she has this rose gold ring she wears all the time. I think it’s beautiful, but I wanted something a little edgier than her band, so I opted for a single, rose gold cage/hinge ring. Just one, statement piece of jewelry and I opted for that piece to be on the hands, because if you’re spending your evening wining and dining, people are going to notice your hands. Why not give them something unique and fun to look at while they’re at it?
Going back to my love of Gatsby and the 1920’s, I opted for a pair of art deco inspired pearl earrings, just to add a little more bling [I can't resist] while still keeping it sophisticated and cool. Since the outfit does a good job of staying in one, fairly neutral palette, I wanted to add a pop of color with the lips. I swear by Tarte and their makeup, especially their lip products. My favorite lip stain/gloss is actually by them and I have never received more compliments for any other lip product I’ve used. It also lasts forever and gives a tingly feeling as you apply it, so there’s that too. Considering the theme of the night, I couldn’t help but choose a Tarte lipgloss that was appropriately named “Tipsy.”
There you have it ladies! [and gents, if there are any reading this] I present to you my outfit for Kendra’s Night Out. Hopefully the night goes well, hopefully there’s not an earthquake and the hotel stays standing, and hopefully everyone is more optimistic than me upon seeing architecture that makes you go, “How is that thing still standing?”
Have fun, Kendra, and thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your Fashion Challenge!