Shiny Star

There is nothing like being in NYC in the fall. The energy. The diversity. That drive. The feeling of constant hustle and bustle.  Making new connections.  Being strong enough to cut out the bad ones.  Always learning something new…whether it be setting up my new TV or learning how to be a better daughter/sister/aunt/friend.

Dress:  Re:Named , Boots:  Rag&Bone

Dress: Re:Named, Boots: Rag&Bone

2017 has been a wild ride and there are 28 days left until the New Year.  I have learned so much and had a blast along the way.  I’m using the time to celebrate and plan: 2018 trips (Bali with Akua/solo trip to who knows where but it's happening/Cuba/everything else in between), Star Wars parties, and a new website to highlight my public relations services.  I am grateful that I have mentors that encourage me to put more time into developing my business.  It is a very challenging experience; a bit terrifying, but intuitively it’s time to take that baby step to get it off the ground :)

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I wasted time being hesitant in that and a lot of other things, for way too long, time to do!

This wrap dress has been my 2017 “go to”.  I love how the lines and structure of this staple is designed to hug you in all the right places and show off all the right curves in your body.  It is also easy to style; just mix with a pair of your favorite shoes and you got an effortless outfit.  It wasn’t surprising why I loved this dress from Re:Named at Shopbop. Paired with my beloved Newbury Boot and lovely earrings my sister India made for me, I was good to go!

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The sheerness of the dress and the star print sold me as well! The star print whether on denim or kitten boots has been the constant trend for all four seasons in 2017.  I think it’s the solution for women who don’t want to wear sequins or millennial pink (Which I love-post coming soon!).  

The coffeeshop is my happy place!  The aroma of espresso beans, the noise of grinders, the movements of baristas & customers; it’s a change of scenery from being in the office or working from home (literally).  Devocion is one of my favs! When you enter, you walk through this long hallway where you see their coffee beans being grounded. Then, the hallway opens up to this large open area with high ceilings and natural light coming through the sunroof.  Since its so open and large, it doesn't get too loud.  You can actually get some work done, like I did!

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Earrings: gift from my sister India all handmade!

Earrings: gift from my sister India all handmade!

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Cafe philosophy is legit too - they source their beans fresh and direct from Colombia, and only Colombia, and roast them on location.

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I’m looking forward to closing 2017 wearing star prints, millennial pink, becoming a web expert and hanging out in as many coffee shops as possible!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY  MANISH GOSALIA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MANISH GOSALIA

How are you guys closing out the year?  Whatever y’all do make sure it’s what YOU WANT! Don’t get too caught up, let loose, value all the craziness that comes in between and believe that everything falls into place. Gotta have FAITH and PUT INTO ACTION what you really want in this life!

xo

Kos

Coffee Made Me Do It

I have had a DEEP love for coffee ever since I was 17-years-old.  It started summer of 2001 and the search for a part time job was on and I ended up getting a gig at Starbucks near Rockefeller Center. It was rad, blocks away from school, all the coffee I can drink, and a deep discount to match. 

Fast forward to 2017, nothing has changed...I still love coffee more than ever. So when my friend Candy launched her tee shirt line that had  a cute coffee pun, I had to support.

Faux fur coat, Sweatshirt:  1214 By. Candy Washingto n, Sunglasses:  LoveDay31 , Trousers: JCrew, Shoes:  Michael Kors   

Faux fur coat, Sweatshirt: 1214 By. Candy Washington, Sunglasses: LoveDay31, Trousers: JCrew, Shoes: Michael Kors  

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Thankfully, the Meatpacking District has coffee shops at every other corner.  While I still love my Starbucks, I do enjoy an intimate coffee shop as much as the next gal.  The sounds and smell of an old fashion espresso machine just feel like home.  

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I'm a tee shirt/sweatshirt fanatic there's never enough in my closet! If you are looking for some inspiration head over to 1214 By. Candy Washington.  There are now coffee mugs on the site! 

 

This post was done thanks to a big cup of coffee!  Shouts to coffee!!

xo, 

Kos

  

Leather Up

Cold today, warm tomorrow. NYC you confuse me with your cray weather, but I still love ya! It feels like every February NYC gets a rush of warm weather, than a blizzard the next day.  It can get tricky at times figuring out what to wear.

Since NYC was blessed with 60 degree weather the other day, I went to my favorite material: LEATHER.  It's a rad base to build any outfit.  And it's adaptable in semi warm or cold weather. Esp if you are meeting clients, running errands, or finally grabbing that long overdue drink with a friend.   

Vintage leather skirt purchased at  Hamlet's Vintage , Shoe:  Rag & Bone Newbury Boot , Bag: JCrew, Vest: Vintage hand-me-down from my sister, Turtleneck- White & Warren , R2D2 Necklace:  Love and Madness , Lipstick:  Smashbox Bing Matte

Vintage leather skirt purchased at Hamlet's Vintage, Shoe: Rag & Bone Newbury Boot, Bag: JCrew, Vest: Vintage hand-me-down from my sister, Turtleneck-White & Warren, R2D2 Necklace: Love and Madness, Lipstick: Smashbox Bing Matte

 A good leather skirt, leather jacket, and a knit makes the in between weather much bearable to deal with. One of my style goals this year is to build my leather wardrobe up adding a few rad neutrals: light browns and nude pinks. Leather has def become my base of choice as I get older, no fuss, makes a sexy statement in a sophisticated way! Leather Up!

Photography by  Steve Zak

Photography by Steve Zak

The vest has sentimental value, it was actually my sister's in the early 90s! It's super duper vintage and a gem :)

The vest has sentimental value, it was actually my sister's in the early 90s! It's super duper vintage and a gem :)

xo

Kos