Ready for a serious case of closet envy? Then meet Karen Reis, an Interior Designer who not only manages her own business, but who also happens to have one of the most amazing apartments located in downtown St. Louis. Our Vogue designers decided to play dress up with her designer and vintage clothing and accessories and took the day to see how this beauty with brains keeps her office-apartment-home so put together. Read on to meet Karen, scope her to-die-for wardrobe and to hear some of her tips on how to update your own home.
VT: How would you describe your own sense of style?
KR: In terms of both what I wear and my interior design ascetic, I love to blend modern and vintage. I love playing with color and accessories! There's a reason the 'start with a solid foundation' philosophy has been immortalized in both industries. Trends come and go but true style is forever. Style is how we distinguish ourselves from the thousands of others who have pulled the same shirt off the rack. As the wonderful Lynn Dell says, "Fashion says me too, style says only me." I always begin with fairly modern, clean pieces - a crisp white tailored shirt or the perfect sofa with clean lines, and build a story around them, give them a personality via accessories. Whether it's pillows and books or bags and bangles, I like to keep things eclectic, exciting and young!
VT: What was your most recent favorite fashion or home purchase?
KR: I'll have to go with a home piece. I was searching for pieces that would work in my '50 shades of white' bathroom and came across these amazing cow skulls on Etsy - I am a serial shopper on Etsy! A woman in California paints and decorates these skulls so each one is unique. As a designer finding a piece you know no one else will have is always a coup! Mine was inspired by Georgia O'Keefe and looks phenomenal on my wall! I had to assure the artist, who likes to know where you're placing her pieces, that while the bathroom may sound like I'm giving it the shaft, I am a designer and every inch of my living space is considered sacred and must be styled perfectly!
VT: If you weren't an Interior Designer, what would your dream job be?
KR: I would definitely be a furniture designer. I know that sounds like a cop out, too similar to what I already do, but I regard furniture design as such an art. You have to blend the skills of precision and artistry, not an easy task. I try to give as much business as possible to independent carpenters and designers, they craft each piece over long periods of time which lends real intent to their work. There is meaning to every inch of what they did, and with their own hands. Sometimes I yearn to live in the days when artists guilds apprenticeships (of the non-Donald Trump variety) were abound. I can tell you that all my most cherished pieces, furniture, pottery, jewelry, etc. were all crafted by true artists and have flaws and character. I love America and the modern world, don't get me wrong - I'm not going to be milking my own cow anytime soon! However, mass consumption has its pros and cons like anything else. The appreciation for real artistry has been lost in many industries, especially in the world of furniture. Thankfully, I think it's coming back with wonderful accessible independent marketplaces such as Etsy. I buy and sell from mostly large furniture distributors, but one day I hope to live in a world where there's a perfect balance between the two!
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It was a lovely day at the Skybar enjoying the races with the crew from The Supper Club, Inc. and I can definitely say, it's more about the hat than the horse!
1) Best Dressed - Everyone looked fabulous it was hard to choose a favorite! The ladies were so elegant in their dresses and hats while the gentlemen were close to stealing the show in their fine linens and seersucker suits! If I had to choose a favorite it would be the two ladies we met right when we walked in (see below) and also of course, my best friend Megyn and Tamsin the hostess in her lovely green and blue dress which matched her Vogue, 'Yacht Club' shoes perfectly.
2) Best Hat - Megyn's Royal Blue hat was bought in Covent Garden in London - it's a true classic and perfect for the races! Her matching dress was lovely as well.
3) Best Cocktail - Honestly there are few cocktails I've met that I haven't liked, but my favorite at the event was called 'The Thoroughbred' and was a mix of bourbon, peach puree, and a splash of Bitters - delicious!
4) Best Appetizer - Guests enjoyed platters of mini sliders, pork belly buns among other treats. Delicious!
5) The winning horse was called Orb, and we must say that we were all very excited to learn that a female jockey was part of the Kentucky Derby for the first time! Talk about girl power :)
Hi guys! My name is Jackie Chambers. By day I'm the West Coast Sales Director for a global trend forecasting company called Fashion Snoops and by night I'm a fashionista socialista about the town! I also write for a blog called http://tgifguide.com, the ultimate girls' guide to all things Travel, Gourmet, Indulgence and Fashion.
I moved to LA seven years ago to pursue my passion for fashion and have worked in every aspect of the industry from sales to event production to online marketing and social media management. LA is an amazing city full of talented and creative people so it's the perfect place for me to call home and spread my stylish wings!
One of the fabulously talented people I've had the opportunity to meet in LA is my friend, Tamsin Lonsdale. She runs an exclusive membership-based organization called The Supper Club Inc., and produces top-notch events around the globe. Her latest event is going to be held poolside at the famous SKYBAR at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip, exclusively for the Kentucky Derby.
Supper Club guests will enjoy the exciting day and watch the races while sipping on cocktails and bubbly at our own select poolside tables. Talk about the true LA lifestyle ;) Once the race ensues, the party will go on and a full spread of delicious bites will fuel the day. I can't wait to see all the men in their seersucker suits and the ladies' fabulous hats! My go-to outfit for this event is going to be a chic and polished summer dress, a statement hat, and the cutest matching shoes inspired by the summer season from Vogue footwear. Can't wait to see who will win the style race!
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Interested in joining the Supper Club? Visit http://www.thesupperclubinc.com
So our girl Ellie Meyer has just come back from Coachella and has recapped for us some of the most memorable moments from the weekend. Read on to see her answers and to see her amazing style!
Best Shows: Father John Misty, Band of Horses, Jurassic 5
Best Style Moment: Everyone seemed more comfortable this year with a lot of loose, flowy clothing and minimal ridiculous footwear. Function meets fashion = faith is restored.
Biggest Trends: The high wasted shorts/skirts & cropped T's combo and the jean shorts, casual tanks & booties combo were all over the place. Oh and flower headbands. Everywhere.
Best Giveaway: (no giveaways at Coachella! seriously, bunk)
Fresh out of college I started working for a marketing agency based out of Chicago, Marketing Werks, and have since been activating major brand sponsorships at music festivals and sporting events across the country.
This will be my 6th year at Coachella, and I'm as excited as my first to get out of this questionable Midwestern weather and into the desert sun (reminder to self: apply SPF, drink water, reapply SPF, repeat).
Though I'm working at the festival, I still try to find that business/pleasure balance thing by sneaking away for shows when I can and by doing some of the best.people.watching.EVER. At Coachella, your outfit is probably more important than remembering your tickets, and it's definitely a sight to behold.
Since I'm on my feet running around all day, I've learned that quality footwear is important (Enter: my Vogue 'Gritty Gulches'), being comfortable and layering is key, and my clothing should be the last thing I worry about (unlike the time I wore a short, flowy dress and the wind was out of control). I attempt to keep my style tried, true and classic, mixing timeless pieces with nothing too flashy.
SPF, water, repeat...