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Styling Detail: I Tie Too

The difference between a good outfit and a great one is all about the styling details. My current love affair- all things tied up. In knot form or tiny bow, this is my go to styling move lately.

For a proportion transformation, and all around laid back look, opt for a double knot.

I tie too - Double Knot | DeSmitten Design Blog

For instant polish to an otherwise over-sized situation, tie up your favorite men’s button down or tee.

I tie too - Men's Shrt | DeSmitten Design Blog

Convert your classic white shirt from stuffy to street style chic with a simple front tie.

I tie too - Classic White Shirt | DeSmitten Design Blog

Tie on an extra layer, or tie up your button front skirt for a quick wardrobe reform.

I tie too - Skirts| DeSmitten Design Blog

(all images via my pinterest board made ya look)

Check Yourself

If you’ve stepped into a store, opened a magazine or watched an award show lately, there’s no doubt you’ve been assaulted with the black and white check print of the season. I always love the graphic nature of the contrasting couple, black and white, but in the abundance of 60’s vibe checks out there, (i.e. Louise Vuitton), I  found refuge and solace in the checks of Spon Diogo’s Spring 2013 collection. Somewhere between the buffalo plaid and the skinny grid prints, I fell in love.

spondiogo-ss2013 | DeSmitten Design Blog

spondiogo-ss2013 | DeSmitten Design Blog

Beauty Supply: Totally Kissable

I know it’s crazy early to think about Valentine’s day, especially because of the many events prior to that lovely day in February  (my birthday and New York Fashion Week, to name a few). Wednesday I will be heading over to the Design Sponge office for a little Valentine’s Breakfast, so I thought I would get into the V-day spirit early this year.

Which brings me to today’s post, my favorite beauty supplies (and other goodies) for being your most kissable self. Sometimes the act of getting ready for a date is more exciting than the date itself (unless you’ve been with your bf for 5+ years, like I have). Wearing only my under things, I start my date night ritual, pulling nothing but the best from my beauty product arsenal….

Beauty Supply: Totally Kissable | DeSmitten Design Blog

1/7: The paired down purely stylish skivs from the Ten x A Detacher collaboration are a perfect base for your Valentine’s day outfit / 2. This ultra thick and luxurious cream from Rodin leaves your skin hydrated and super soft / 3:  Creme de Coco Hair Masque leaves your locks silky and conditioned / 4: Essential Valentine’s day beauty tip- wear a barely there glossy nude lip so you can kiss all night without looking like you did. Natural Glow from Avon’s Totally Kissable Collection / 5: My favorite scent right now is Comme des Garcons, Wonderwood / 6: This Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar reduces redness and calms the skin with its rare and ancient alkaline-rich components.

(ten x a detacher photos via into the gloss)

*This post was inspired by IFB Project #81: What Makes You Totally Kissable

Everyday Imagery

The past few weeks have been busy to say the least! My days were full with various coffee shop meetings, custom stamp designing, upstate travel, unearthing treasures in Williamsburg and lining up my fashion week schedule, all the while trying to keep warm!

Gold Foil Cider Wrapper | DeSmitten Design Blog

Layering for the cold, Sweater dress over Skinny Jeans | DeSmitten Design Blog

Bundled up in my Pendleton Scarf | DeSmitten Design Blog

Casey's Custom Rubber Stamps, East Village | DeSmitten Design Blog

No6 Clog Sandals, Cacharel Camel Sweater | DeSmitten Design Blog

Wood, Lucite and Leather Marni Sandals | DeSmitten Design Blog

Black and White Pottery at Mociun, Williamsburg Brooklyn NY | DeSmitten Design Blog

Morning Chai at Gasoline Alley | DeSmitten Design Blog

Army Candy | DeSmitten Design Blog

1: Totally inspired by the gold foil cap on top of our Doc’s Hard Apple Cider, I’ve started a collection for a future DIY / 2: Braving the frigid temps by layering a sweater dress over black skinny jeans (worn with Zara boots) / 3: Bundled up in my favorite Pendleton scarf / 4: Wall of rubber stamps at Casey’s in the East Village / 5&6: Great deals at Beacon’s Closet, couldn’t pass up a pair of No.6 clog sandals, a Cacharel camel sweater and a pair of Marni sandals with a touch of leucite and wood heel / 7: Mociun’s amazing black and white ceramic dishes / 8: A new favorite coffee (where I get Chai) shop in Nolita, Gasoline Alley / 9: Watch + Chain + KJL Bangle = my current arm candy

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Sneak Peek

A labor of love is finally coming together, the rebranding of DeSmitten! First up, new business cards. I chose an extra heavy stock in crisp white from my favorite paperie, Paper Presentation. I opted for a slightly larger business card size and had them custom cut. True to form, I got a custom stamp made at Casey’s Rubber Stamps in the East Village. I love hand stamping each card because they all come out slightly different.


DIY: Embellished Sweater

Embellished sweaters and graphic sweatshirts are trending right now, and for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to amp up their favorite basic? Well this morning I did just that. I took an old Angora sweater dress that was rarely in my wardrobe rotation, and turned it into a must-wear now piece. The key to making this DIY work for you is choosing a simple sweater silhouette that has a heavy yarn in a solid color. Stay away from lightweight sweaters, you don’t want them to stretch out where you sew on your embellishment.



Choose stones, sequins, or buttons in the same color family in different shapes, materials and size. I went with neutral earth tones. Be sure to choose a needle that fits through all the holes in your chosen embellishment.


Play with your stones to create similar size and shaped clusters, with stones in different colors, shapes and materials. Then cut out post-its that are the average size of your clusters and lay them out on your sweater. When you are happy with your layout, pin the post-its to your sweater and try it on in front of the mirror. Be sure to move any post-its that are too off to the side or land in places like the center of your boob. Take off  your sweater and lay out your clusters next to the sweater in roughly the same layout as your post–its, making sure the layout has balance. Then one by one, sew on each cluster in place of a post-it.


And finally, WEAR IT!

(worn with Hansel from Basel tights from my favorite tights shop, the Sock Hop)