Launch Day for Warby Parker-Fall 2014 Collection

Hi Gorgeous.  It’s me, WG.  And I was wondering…How’s your vision?

If you’re one my fashionably bespectacled  readers, then *cue Beyonce voice* shawty shawty let me UPgrade you via Warby Parker’s Fall 2014 eyeglasses collection, Released TODAY!

After being contacted by their marketing team, I had the honor of previewing this collection last week, before it hit the market.  Though not a glasses wearer, I appreciate a good pair and am finding myself impressed with their sleek designs for both men and women.  Their marketing materials aren’t too bad either.  Peep some of the looks below:

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Before I get into my personal thoughts on the Fall 14′ line, here is what Warby Parker has to say about it themselves:

“Personality is what makes a good pair of glasses great.  Our Fall Collection is for those who own their style, exercise their wit and add life to the party.  We’re introducing nine new shapes-which means there’s a signature look for everyone in the room.  For the bold, we created three clever styles in crystal.  For the polished professionals, we updated three hardworking acetate frames with titanium temples.  And for the folks who really mean business, we designed a handful of angular silhouettes.  Two new hues were also added to the mix:  Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise.  The first is a streaked combination of rich, seaworthy blues; the second is a painterly mix of soft pinks and earthy browns.  Fall 2014 is available September 3 online at http://www.WarbyParker.com/fall-2014 and in stores and showrooms; frames starting at $95.”

I fully encourage you guys to view the entire Fall 14′ Collection at www.WarbyParker.com/fall-2014 but for now I’m going to focus on two of my favorite styles from the release.

Chandler Ti WomenThis is the Chandler Ti pair in English Oak.  From what I can see, the design is the same for both women and men.  The price starts at $145, including prescription lenses.  And Warby Parker’s site has this really cool “virtual try-on” feature which allows you to see how the frames will look on your lovely face via your computer’s/phone’s camera.  There is even a “Home Try-On” feature which seems to mean a trial run with your favorite pair of specs.  The lines on this Chandler Ti pair are stunning but what I love most is the color and finish.  The Chandler Ti  isn’t for the meek, and I’m visualizing it with a messy top-bun and Barbie pink lip on myself.  I wish they sold non-prescription glasses for those of us who just want to make a fashion statement.

Annette WomenThis pair is for my ladies!  The “Annette” does have a more conservative design style, but that gorgeous color still manages to make a big statement.  “Annette” comes in the shade “Petal Tortoise” which is a brand new hue for Warby Parker, introduced in their Fall 14′ line.  I think this pair is absolutely gorgeous, soft and perfect for Fall.  The frames will perfectly compliment a medium to small face, which is why I would personally opt for the Chandler Ti pair to balance out my chubby cheeks. “Annette” starts at $95.

Here is a visual idea of how I see myself in either of these pairs….for some reason they’re making me feel really cozy.  That, and the fact that I’m penning this in Starbucks where Pumpkin Spice is in the air.  I’m feeling a soft but chic sweater dress paired with comfortably stylish pink ballet flats to bring out the shades in both pairs of glasses.  Finished off with a blue nail, pink lip and messy top-bun.  I can’t imagine anything feeling more put-together yet casual.

T by Alexander Wang

T by Alexander Wang

Ballet Flats

Joie Temple ballet flats

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Nails by Katie G

Back to the Glasses:

Guys, I’ve been glasses shopping with my Dear Ol’ Dad before and these prices seem really reasonable and wow are they swaggy.  The “Virtual Try-On” and “Home Try-On” options are cutting edge and their website is super user-friendly.  And I saved the best for last…

“For every pair sold-we are going to distribute a pair to someone in need through our non-profit partners.”  ~Warby Parker

Now that’s swag with soul.  They got swoul.

Whimsington Gardens is Back, With a New Edition!

Well hello, loves! It has been ever so long and there’s no viable excuse for my absence so I won’t even attempt one. How’s about an apology instead? I’m sorry and I’ve truly missed you and the thrill and community of the WG experience. I hope the last ten months have treated you magically well and I’m happy to share that they’ve gifted me with a treasure chest of life experiences: Ups, downs and many peaceful moments of balance between the two. Though it seems peace and balance are going to require a new level of zen coming up in a few months, because guess WHAT? I’m having a little baby in December. A baby boy, rumored to be delivered on Christmas Day, to be exact. So what better way to kick off my return to the blogosphere than with a small post in tribute to my new found appreciation of maternity fashions?

Here are a few of my recent hits and a preview of one I’d like to add to my arsenal very soon.

So my mom had the really cool idea to throw me a gender reveal party last week. She knew the gender of the baby while myself and the rest of my family had no idea! She made a cake that was gender neutral from the outside, but was filled with blue candies on the inside! It was a very casual event, but I still wanted to be stylish for the inevitable photo-ops that arose.
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I wanted to keep it casual and comfortable, but chose to mix denims and add a punch of color with my vintage Reebok’s.  These are still my pre-pregnancy clothes.  I’m using the rubber band trick to make my pants fit at the waist, but the time to go shopping for stretchy pants is looming very near around the corner.

Oh, and the cake?  You ask…

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Before

After

After

It was an amazing night with my family, and guys, I was extremely nervous before cutting the cake.  I am not entirely sure why since I had no preference as to the gender, but for whatever reason I could hardly cut into it thanks to a case of the jitters.

 

Back to fashion, here is today’s outfit.  Again these are still my pre-pregnancy clothes but I’m finding that rubber banding the button of my bluejeans is giving me much longer wear from them.  And many of my shirts have been pregnancy conducive thus far.  But I have another growth spurt right around the corner, so I’m enjoying these former life clothes while I still can.

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photo(7)I have to be a cool mom!  I’m not ready for mom jeans, hence the ripped and frayed black jeans.  Leopard has never failed me and I love to pair my brown booties with black pants.  It’s probably not quite as taboo too mix the  shades as in the past, but I still feel like I’m making a statement when I mix black and brown.  My shoulders are still angular even if the rest of my body isn’t, so spotlighting them certainly helps to lengthen and slim my look.

Oh and this bun and bold lip?  Get used to it.  Never one to spend too much time on my beauty routine, I’m sure that motherhood will only serve to strengthen this personal conviction.  There’s nothing like a quick, chic, bone structure emphasizing up-do and a bold lip to speed up that morning routine.  And there’s something to be said for a signature look…Anna Wintour anyone?

Next up is my baby shower, still a few months away, but what’s wrong with a little wardrobe planning?  I’m visualizing a chic romper and so far this one is my pick!  It’s shockingly affordable, to boot…

Maternity Romper

Cute or what?  I’d rock this baby without a, well…baby.

Well folks, that’s all for now.  I’m off to grub some calories, happily on my way to that pregnancy 30-40 big ones that my midwife keeps warning me about.  YOLO!  Until next time, it’s good to be back.

Taking Charlotte Fashion Week by Storm!

Hi friends! I’m wishing you a happy Saturday and am certainly enjoying one myself, thanks to a little exciting news.  Charlotte Fashion Week is quickly approaching and the powers that be have expressed a desire to feature my services in their exclusive swag bags!  The swag bags will be given to VIP attendees…check it out!

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I will also be working behind the scenes at CFW and will keep you guys posted on developments!  The shows kick off on September 10th.

xoxo-Katie G

Yesterday’s Fall Haul; Check Out What I’ll Be Accessorizing With in the Coming Months!

Yesterday's Fall Haul!

I’m in DIRE need of new handbags.  I know all fashionistas feel this way, pretty much at all times.  But it was an emergency.  I have one bag that I’ve been using as a go-to…ONE!  And a quilted black purse that I use for the evenings.  It was getting embarrassing and increasingly difficult to call myself a stylist and fashion blogger while maintaining a straight face.  But have no fear, this has been remedied!  It’s my advice to always have a good brown/neutral bag in your wardrobe along with a black bag and a trendy  statement purse.  So I restocked on all three last night and added an emerald statement necklace (two trends in one!), a chunky gold bracelet and a LOVE necklace to my wardrobe.  My grand-total…wait for it…$85!!! And that’s including shipping and handling!  This leaves room in my budget for a pair of black biker boots next!  Until then, you can find me obsessively stalking my UPS tracking number until this pretty little package arrives at my doorstep.

 

xoxo-Katie G

Whimtastical Weekend Warrior Wear

Alliteration: the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables (as Whimtastical Weekend Warrior Wear) —called also head rhyme,  initial rhyme (definition thanks to Merriam-Webster; example thanks to moi).

Hi beautiful beautiful ones!  I’m checking in after an unexpectedly exciting weekend.  On Friday morning…a ticket to the Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2Chainz concert was magically dropped into my lap by the rap fairy.  I had to come up with an impromptu concert outfit…quick and in a hurry.  I love heels as much as the next girl, but right now I don’t have a pair that I find comfortable enough for an outdoor concert.  So flats it was, and I built the rest of the ensemble around that choice.

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The concert was so hype!

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The pic is a little blurry, but I think you can gather the gist of the outfit and its components.  I wore my hand-cropped Bob Marley tee with a plum, sheer maxi skirt, my leopard print Jessica Simpson sandals and a new staple in my wardrobe…a statement necklace of stones in multiple muted colors.  Since I wear a lot of leopard, the similar tones in the necklace make it a great piece to pull my mixed prints together.

Friday night was an absolute blast…all 3 performers were energetic and entertaining.  I took Saturday easy and rolled into Sunday brunch with an old friend this afternoon.

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This afternoon’s brunch outfit is comprised of two different leopard prints, a vintage Great Britain flag print tee and my trusty bib necklace to pull it all together.

So far, Charlotte and I are getting along just fine.  Until next time..

xoxo-Katie G.