Why Did You Wear That: American Splendor

By |November 17th, 2015|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smith why did blog denim skirtSaturday afternoons during the fall in Manhattan often involve something some lovingly refer to as and others scoff at called “brunch.”  This past Saturday presented me with an especially relevant reason to partake in daylight libations because my oldest (not in age, but in duration) friend was in town for work.  Upon his arrival, we wandered down the street without an actual location in mind– this is an analogy for my life.  Stopping in front of a restaurant to inspect the menu, deeming it acceptable, and ordering a bottle of rosé as soon as our seats touched the chairs (I refuse to believe it’s out of season), we were off to a running start.  I thought myself clever asking for a turkey burger sans bun only to later find out that many restaurants use bread crumbs as a binder in their patties, canceling out all of my gluten free intentions.  We met up with a few friends at a neighborhood watering hole a few blocks down and much to my chagrin, said establishment was out of rosé, so Sancerre it was.  Typically dead on a Saturday afternoon before the evening rush of anyone but locals, the bartenders thanked us for making them laugh and keeping things “interesting.”  As we parted ways with one group of friends, we met up with another at a cash only joint that can almost lead you to believe you’ve been transported from the West Village to Southwest Detroit, almost- the plaid shirts and Patagonia vests are dead giveaways as to your geolocation.

At this point, I was fading fast and knew that the only last glint of hope for me was to order pizza (since I’d already fallen from the gluten wagon).  A few people are privy to the fact that in most instances of ordering pizza, I’ve fallen asleep before it’s been delivered.  Basically, I pay my doormen’s holiday bonuses in literal dough.  But alas, I was still standing when it was time to tip the delivery boy.  Unfortunately, even a Pandora dance party and pepperoni slice could not save my sad, sloshed soul.  I waved my friends on without me- okay, I fell asleep with my arm in the air- and called it a night, all before 9pm.

I sat straight up in bed around 1:30am and realized that I had slept the entire night away and wondered where my friends had ventured off to and whether I should gather bail money now or later.  I didn’t have to wonder for too long before my best pal was haphazardly trying his luck with the key to my door and Smitty all but lost it at the prospect of an intruder.  I rescued him from himself and he stumbled in to tell me what I’d missed (hint: not much).  After a chat session worthy of a highschool sleepover, and a critical dissection of our relationships, he passed out snoring on my couch and I found myself wide awake on Saturday night at 4am watching American Splendor.

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whydid kirsten smith denim skirttop: American Eagle, skirt: American Apparel, sweater: Henri Bendel, shoes: Steve Madden, bag: Chanel, dog: Smitty

Photos by Richard Smith

Why Did You Wear That: Now and Later (Later)

By |September 5th, 2013|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smithI love winter shorts, but this is yet another style gamble that you can lose the house on.  When executed properly, the look is young, playful, and a great way to get more wear out of your favorite shorts.  However, when you roll the dice and lose, the stares you’re going to get on the street won’t be those of admiration.  They’ll be looks of horror, possibly pity, and most likely secondhand embarrassment.  You know, the same look you had when you informed the girl seated at the table next to you that she had a toilet paper tail.  Oh, that was just us?  Anyway, many moons ago, I put together some winter shorts guidelines that still hold true to this day.  So, go ahead and hold off on stashing your short shorts for just a little while longer.

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kirsten smithhat: Urban Outfitters, t-shirt: American Apparel, sweater: Henri Bendel (similar here), shorts: c/o Cult of Individuality, tights: HUE, bag: Alexander Wang, boots: All Saints (similar here)




Photo Credit: Michael Stiegler

WhyDid and Win: Flirty and Thirty with Cosabella

By |June 25th, 2013|WhyDid and Win|

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Shouldn’t come as news that I’m semi obsessed with lingerie, delicate underpinnings, and basically anything lace.  Whether anyone besides Smitty sees it, doesn’t really matter.  Knowing  I’m wearing something beautiful and feminine under there is the ultimate confidence booster –and there is no brand more flirty or feminine than Cosabella.  I was first introduced to the brand while buying lingerie for Henri Bendel and needless to say, I’ve been a fan ever since.  The Soire Soft Bra is my go to for steamy summer nights.  In honor of thirty years of sexy (not me, silly), Cosabella and WhyDid are giving you a chance to win 3 Panty Pack from their newest addition, Trenta.

The new must-have group celebrates Cosabella’s 30 Years of Color and innovation! The fine lace of Trenta is shaped to lay flat on the body for a seamless effect. It features styles in all-over delicate lace and styles in smooth microfiber mixed with lace galloons and insets. The thong wraps your body smoothly with a single back seam to enhance comfort and emphasize the delicateness of the lace.

So say goodbye to VPL and enter for your chance to win by following WhyDid and Cosabella and using the hashtag, #Cosabella30.

Good luck, bellas!



Beauty Buzz: Poolside Packing

By |May 23rd, 2013|Beauty Buzz, Why Did You Wear That?|

You’ve packed your weekender, polished your fingers and toes and gotten that dreaded Brazilian (you have, haven’t you?) Get thyself to a waxer, woman.  The next hurdle you’ll face over the holiday weekend is preparing the perfectly equipped beach bag.  There’s nothing worse than trotting all the way down to the beach, finding the perfect spot and then realizing you forgot your sunscreen.  That’s a valuable fifteen minutes of Vitamin D and boyscouting that you’ll be missing while fetching your forgotten goods.  Below I’ve created the First Aid Kit of beach bags so you can spend more time playing beach blanket bingo with that babe on the chaise next to you and less time retrieving your lip balm.

1. Mar Y Sol Caracas Basket Tote, 2. Yves Saint Laurent Oversized Round Sunglasses, 3. Henri Bendel Wet Bikini Bag, 4. Jonathan Adler Stepped Diamonds Earbuds, 5. Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind Advanced Peptide Lip Treatment SPF 20, 6. Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30, 7. Henri Bendel Under the Sun Towel with Strap, 8. Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist





Why Did You Wear That: On Target Trend

By |March 18th, 2013|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

spring trends 2013 striped pantThe best way to freshen up any spring wardrobe is with a fresh pop of color.  These Mossimo® Striped Pants from Target are the perfect way to transition from chilly winter into brisk spring by incorporating a striking pink with deep navy pin stripes.  Paired with a cozy navy cashmere sweater for the early portion of spring then a crisp white tank when the heat kicks in, these polished yet relaxed pants are the answer to weekend errands, brunch, and summer Fridays.

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kirsten smittysweater: Henri Bendel (similar here), striped pants: c/o Target, shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here), bag: Malini Murjani, watch: Michael Kors, dog: Smitty

And be sure to check out the rest of the StyleList Curator Network‘s take on spring trends from Target.