Why Did You Wear That: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

By |June 5th, 2014|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smith whydidA few weeks ago, the day came that I declared I was finally ready, willing, and able to dip my toes back into the dating pool.  So, I did.  It was funny that once I let it be known I was going back on the market, an interested buyer presented himself.  I had met him before, but because he kept complimenting my hair, I figured he was either gay or a hairdresser, possibly both.  When I ran into him again at a theme party one fateful Friday evening, he let our mutual friend know that he would be holding me captive and we spent the rest of the night attached at the hip… or maybe his hand/my butt… logistical technicalities.  In any case,  we’d spent a fun PG night together and deemed ourselves a perfect fit.  And just like I mentioned, once I started to get exactly what I wanted, I freaked the eff out.  He wanted to hang out that Sunday, but I was busy filming How To Tuesday and being fed hot toddies downstairs at Bakehouse in an attempt to fend off the oncoming and imminent flu.  As expected, I woke up the next morning feeling as though I had swallowed an entire carton of used Bic razors.  After a trip to the doctor (who complimented my dedication to still looking presentable when I felt less than human), I was diagnosed with a case of acute pharyngitis, aka, physical hell.  That benched me for the next week with ten days worth of antibiotics.  I let interested parties (okay, party) know my verdict and though disappointed, I promised I’d be well enough to see him the next Friday.  Like any good nurse, he checked in on his patient every day until then and made me feel slightly less miserable.  When Friday finally rolled around, the anticipation was at an all time high, but most importantly, what would I wear? kirsten smith why did kirsten smith whydid kirsten smith nyc3

kirsten smith nyc7dress: Wilfred Free, jacket: Andrew Marc, similar here, bag: Alexander Wang, boots: Frye, scarf: similar here, ear cuff: similar here, necklace: similar here

To be continued… xx, WhyDid

How To Tuesday: Roped In

By |May 20th, 2014|How To Tuesday, Why Don't You Watch?|

rope braidIt’s probably a pretty bad sign when the people at your local watering hole all gush about how great you look because it’s pretty much the first time they’ve ever seen your hair look anything less than a lion’s mane.  While I spent the majority of my late teens and early twenties attempting to tame the beast that is my hair, I eventually began to embrace and encourage the natural wavy/curly/frizzy texture.  However, summer is just about to be upon us and that humidity and my hair have bigger beef than Jay-Z and Solange.  Therefore, it is crucial to come up with clever ways to disguise the duress and one way of doing so is with a rope braid.  Upon first glance, I thought I would never master this style, but how could the queen of fishtail braids not accept the challenge?  It took a few “spins” to get it right, but once I did, I was happy to add this hairstyle to my summer arsenal.



How To Tuesday: The Perfect Margarita (Just in Time for Cinco de Mayo)

By |April 29th, 2014|How To Tuesday, Why Don't You Watch?|

kirsten smith smittyAs mentioned, May is a mere few days away.  Spring is in full swing and summer is hot on its trail.  Sure, Memorial Day is the real “summer kickoff” but I consider Cinco de Mayo the primer.  The last time I made a Cinco de Mayo video was beyond fun, but a bit chaotic.  This week’s episode gets down to the nitty gritty- a Cinco de Mayo (and basically all summer long) essential: the perfect margarita.  Watch as my special guest, Cesar Navarro, walks us through the simple and delicious recipe.



How To Tuesday: Damsel in Distressed Denim

By |April 22nd, 2014|How To Tuesday, Why Don't You Watch?|

destroyed denimIt seems counterintuitive to want to wear something that looks like it’s been handed down– for several generations, but destroyed denim came back onto the fashion scene several seasons ago and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  I especially like it for the warmer months as if those extra holes are going to provide any extra ventilation in prevention of the dreaded “swamp ass.”  My parents are always confused when I wear a pair of shredded jeans around them… even more so when they find out how much I shelled out for them.  So, if you are anything like Dick and Georgia and want to achieve the look of distressed denim without distressing your bank account, I have the tricks to DIY destroyed denim.  You can also apply all of these techniques to denim cut off shorts (like the ones I taught you how to make last spring here).



How To Tuesday: Hop, Hop, Hop.

By |April 15th, 2014|How To Tuesday, Why Don't You Watch?|

lace bunny earsBefore my nickname was “Turtle” it was Kiki B- B first standing for Bendel, later for bunny.  Not sure if the second iteration has more to do with me actually looking like a rabbit or my proclivity for falling down hypothetical rabbit holes.  In any case, I once required guests at my birthday party to parade around downtown in darling little bunny ears.  Birthdays are great excuses for props… as are brunches.  And wouldn’t you know, Easter is coming up and that’s prime brunching time.  What better way to add a little fun to your Easter brunch than with some stylish lace bunny ears for you and your guests?

Pro tip: You can also create lace cat ears with the same technique (which I made for my special video guest, Bud).