Thursday, March 28, 2013

Girl Crush of the Week: Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly

I meannnnn...

I mean, you take one look at Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly and you just know she's fantastic. The Beverly Hills-based fashion and lifestyle expert, writer and stylist is every bit the modern day Audrey Hepburn her blog's namesake claims her to be. From amazing recipes (you'll see several included here) to amazing ensembles, Kelly's blog is the perfect combination of helpful tips paired with an escape from reality. Please join us in getting to know the fantastic Kelly Lee as today's Girl Crush of the Week!

  • Style icons? I idolize Audrey Hepburn for her charm and timeless style (Kelly Golightly is an ode to Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s). And, I admire Kelly Wearstler for taking bold chances.
  • Favorite book? Breakfast at Tiffany’s (big surprise, I know!).

  • What perfume do you wear? I don’t wear perfume but on occasion will dab a little vanilla extract behind my ears. It’s fun to smell like you’ve been in the kitchen baking all day, even if you haven’t.

This shot could easily be mistaken for a movie poster- so chic!

  • Interior design philosophy? I believe in the power of a white backdrop with pops of happy colors (pastel blues and pinks, bright orange and yellow are my faves). A white backdrop always looks fresh and happy and allows you to easily swap out accessories and art to suit your changing tastes. Also, lighting is everything. We’ve moved a lot (10 times in 13 years) and our number one requirement is always good natural light. Not only will your interior design always look better, but you will be happier. 

Kelly loves herself some polka dots!

  • Best "hidden gem" store? I love A.SweeT. in Beverly Hills, which carries clothing and candy– could there be a better combination? They have a great mix of up-and-coming labels like Mara Hoffman and Tucker, as well as fun accessories and gifts (Mr. Kate Cheerios rings!). In San Francisco, my favorite store is Past Perfect for finding vintage furniture and décor gems. If I told you my hidden gem store in Palm Springs, I would have to kill you (or at least wrestle you to the ground for a vintage bar cart). Once we’re done decorating, I look forward to sharing it… Scouts honor.

  • Must-have beauty product? I swear by Basis face wash (a steal at less than $7), Oil of Olay SPF 15 moisturizer, Bare Escentuals mineral powder foundation, and Chapstick.
  • Favorite song? Moon River and Our Love Is Here to Stay (my husband and I walked down to the aisle to the latter).

  • Secret addiction? Where to start? I have quite the sweet tooth and my addictions (all food related) come in phases (milkshakes were in our wedding vows!), but currently chocolate milk and root beer floats are in the daily rotation (I have the palate of a six-year-old). I also have a hardcore addiction to homemade jalapeno poppersNon-food related, it’s not much of a secret, but I have an ongoing love affair with polka dots (seen here, here and here). And then there’s my Swannie
This photo is everything. Mark, could you please acquire one of these swans for my bachelorette party?

  • Motto/Quote to live by? Happy girls are the prettiest girls.

Oh helllllo there.

  • Favorite drink? Other than chocolate milk and root beer floats… I enjoy a good grapefruit margarita. And actually love water, especially when jazzed up with Emergen-C.
Kelly Wearstler and House of Harlow cuffs seen here.

  • My bracelet stack isn't complete without... I have my constant three: a Kristen McCloud cuff, the namesake jewelry company of my friend and artist Kristen McCloud who is based in Rio; a Kelly Wearstler pyrite cuff (that I scored at a sample sale); and a House of Harlow cuff (that I picked up at a private trunk show held in Lionel Richie’s living room – only in LA!). 

  • I get my sweat on by... Slimmons! I don’t work out often (unless lifting a spoon to my mouth counts, and I do believe that’s the only reason I have the slightest wisp of a muscle), but when I do it’s with Richard Simmons. Yes, the man himself. He teaches at the same studio in Beverly Hills that he has taught at for 30 years. It’s one of LA’s best kept secrets. You will laugh the entire time and get a great workout in the process (Richard Simmons is also responsible for my parents losing over 50 lbs!). I love him to pieces. And the workout will only set you back $12. 
Can you tell I want it to be summer now? :)

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lauren's Looks for Less - Jessica Alba

Hi there, lovely T&S readers! I'm so excited to be back for another installment of Lauren's Looks for Less. This month's inspiration picture is of the ever-stylish Jessica Alba.

I love that she always looks perfectly put together without trying too hard. This is a really simple look, but the polka dots and monochromatic-esque flow make it look cool, casual and chic. Here are the pieces I found to re-create Jessica's look - you can get the entire outfit for $160! To add a punch of color, pull out one of your bright clutches or purses. Hope you enjoy!

J.Crew Factory Sweater: $52

Arturo Chiang Pumps via Piperlime: $79

If you haven't already, don't forget to enter to win a pair of bright pink KiraKira earrings here!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

KiraKira Marrakech Earring Giveaway

I am excited to announce that T&S is partnering with KiraKira today on the blog. For those of you who don't know, KiraKira is a lovely jewelry brand based out of NYC. KiraKira was founded by designer Suz Somersall, whose designs are influenced by the time she spent in Tuscany and Japan. The name KiraKira actually translates into 'shimmering' or 'bling bling' in Japanese! We here at Tartan & Sequins love ourselves some bling bling!

KiraKira offers a full line of jewelry complete with semi-precious stones and gold vermeil. After spending what seemed like hours on the site (so many amazing options), I have picked out some of my favorite pieces: 

Queen Victoria Gold Pendant

Gold Chrysoprase Pink Sapphire Soleil Ring

Pearl Gemma Drop Earrings

Now for the really exciting stuff. The ladies at KiraKira have generously offered a pair of their amazing hot pink Marrakech Hoops to one lucky Tartan & Sequins reader! My ears aren't pierced (I know, I know), but if they were, I'd snatch the suckers right up and pair them with a bright dress and a tan!

To enter, please use the widget below. A winner will be announced Monday, April 8th. Good luck!

Modeling the gold Marrakech hoops for scale.
The super fun hot pink KiraKira Marrakech Hoops!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Black & White

Photo Credit: TJC

When my fiancé set up a date night this weekend at one of our favorite restaurants, I knew I wanted to get all dolled up. You see, I think he's beginning to get a little to used to seeing me in workout gear so I had to remind him there was still a glamourpuss in there somewhere. 

Photo Credit: TJC

Channeling the big black and white trend of spring 2013 (whatever, black and white is always in style), I threw on one of my favorite LBDs, my houndstooth jacket (a little bit moto, a little bit classic) and my coral earrings for a pop of color. I added in my chic Gigi New York clutch and a pair of sexy patent pumps and I was good to go.

Houndstooth Jacket (similar), Forever 21 Dress, Gigi New York Clutch (c/o), 
Pour La Victoire HeelsJCrew (similar) and Hermes Bracelets, Jennifer Miller Earrings
Photo Credit: TJC

Photo Credit: TJC

My fiance got me these earrings a couple of years ago for Valentine's Day. 
Lord knows I love me a chandelier earring!

Photo Credit: TJC

Sorry there is only one pic of the dress solo- we were running late to dinner!
Photo Credit: TJC

In exciting news, I'm hosting a giveaway tomorrow on the blog! Make sure to check back to see what it is and enter to win!

Xo J

Friday, March 22, 2013

Girl Crush of the Week: Samantha Voss of The CHICago Life

To complete my love affair with The CHICago Life, this week I would like to introduce you all to Samantha Voss as today's Girl Crush of the Week. Just like Amelia, Sam is a power law student by day, incredibly chic blogger by night. Please join me in getting to know her better!

  • Style icons? Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia, Lauren Conrad, Blair Eadie, Chloe Sevigny, MK & Ashley
  • Favorite book? Anything James Patterson, strong addiction to criminal suspense novels
  • Favorite perfume? Chloe Love

  • Interior design philosophy? Your living space should reflect your personal style choices. If you wear neutrals go for neutrals in varying textures in your home. If you’re obsessed with everything Trina Turk then go crazy with the neons at home.
  • Best "hidden gem" store? This isn’t a hidden gem necessarily, but having lived in Sevilla with a Zara on every corner, Zara is my go-to whether it’s for an interview or a beach excursion.

  • Must-have beauty product? Bobbi BrownFace Touch Up Stick is amazing for covering up any blemish quickly.
  • Favorite song? This is hard, but I’m currently stuck on Started From the Bottom by Drake…I have a strong addiction to rap/hip-hop.

  • Secret addiction? Besides rap? My dog Bubba.
  • Motto/quote to live by? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
  • Favorite drink? Diet Coke.

  • My bracelet stack isn't complete without... My Marc By Marc Jacobs gold watch.
  • I get my sweat on by... I signed up for Daily Fit Tips from and they send me new workouts every week which keeps me from getting bored.
Isn't she adorable? To keep up with Sam, check out her blog, The CHICago Life!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cincinnati Soiree

Brandi and me in front of 21c.

The other weekend, I went to Cincinnati to spend a few days with my best friend, and Best Man, Mark. I hadn't been to visit him in Cincy for several years so a trip was long overdue. So I threw a lot of leather and sequins into a suitcase and off I went. Don't believe me? Check out this look:

I've had this skirt for years and think this is only the second time I've worn it- 
what's wrong with me?
A little half-tuck never hurt anyone.
Mark and Eric's Frenchie Lulu. She's the queen of the castle.

On Friday night, one of my other best friends, and bridesmaids, Brandi and her husband Michael came down from Cleveland to hang out. Once again, you may remember Brandi and Mike from their Design Envy post. Rumor has it that they are moving again soon and redecorating so we may see them again in another Design Envy feature!

Michael, Mark and Eric.

Brandi's Michael Kors watch, Hermes bangle and Prada bag.

Mark and Brandi.

The gents and their cool socks.

Don't mind if we do.

Abigail Street.

Love these light fixtures.

Michael and I. Michael is still mad at me for not bringing TC.

Mark planned a really fun night for us all. Mark, his boyfriend Eric and I all headed down to 21C to meet up with Michael and Brandi. We then out our name in for dinner at Abigail Street and headed to Kaze for some drinks while we waited. Dinner at Abigail Street was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Cincy. After dinner we headed to Igby's to play some pool and dance the night away!

I swear I went to the bathroom and came back to bottle service.
Pool with the pros.
Thanks for the amazing weekend Mark!