Over 100 Ways to Style the Karlie Kloss Express Collection

April 11, 2017  |  Fashion 23 comments

When you think of Karlie Kloss, the words high fashion model, jetsetter, or glamour icon may come to mind. While she’s all of these things, she’s also down-to-earth, true to her St. Louis roots, and loves hitting up her hometown frozen custard joint. When Karlie began working on her collection with Express last year, she wanted to design for the real women in her own life such as her sisters and friends. Retro maxi dresses, embellished bomber jackets, a high-waisted trouser: these pieces resemble items in her own wardrobe, which are highly wearable staples for a busy life. There is something for everyone in the Karlie Kloss Express collection. Whether you are a bold fashionista who loves color and print, or a minimalist who prefers pairing neutrals together, you will find something flattering for your shape and style.

How to Style the Karlie Kloss Express Solid Red Maxi

One of the things I love about this collection is the versatility. There are 17 items, which can be mixed and matched over 100 ways. Karlie describes her own style as chic and timeless with a bit of an edge. I’d say this collection captures that perfectly. The pieces can be dressed up or down, worn at work, or even out and about with your girlfriends. If you watched the Karlie Kloss Express runway show last week, you’ll notice that the collection flatters a variety of heights and sizes. The show demonstrates just how well the designs work for everyday women.

How to Style the Karlie Kloss Express Collection

Closeup details of the Karlie Kloss Express Oversized Destroyed Embellished Denim Jacket

A boxy jacket over a maxi is the perfect contrast between sporty and romantic. Easily take this look from day to night by ditching the jacket. Work those dainty details such as the ribbon tied sleeves, high slit, and cut-out panels in the back.

Go sporty with a satin baseball cap

Satin baseball caps are anything but ordinary. Add them to any look for an elegant take on the classic athletic accessory.

Both sides of this Karlie Kloss Express Reversible Bomber are gorgeous

Reversible jackets give you double the style, double the fun. And with all of the whimsical embroidery and embellishments, everyone will do a double take to absorb each detail.

Go ahead and comfortable in your kicks

Karlie lives in her sneakers. Try pairing yours with everything from cropped jeans to flowing maxi dresses to mimic her off-duty style.

 Other items in the Karlie Kloss Express collection include a leather crop top and mini skirt set, empowering statement t-shirts, going-out tops, boss lady pantsuits, and adorable pins to dress up any look. Karlie’s favorite piece happens to be a high-waisted trouser with a wide leg. She likes to pair hers with a simple t-shirt for chic, effortless style.

Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing the karlie kloss satin reversible optimist bomber

At the end of the day, Karlie set out to create a collection that empowers women, makes them feel good, and keeps up with the girl on-the-go. I’d say she hit the mark.

Shop the collection in the blog shop!

This post was created in collaboration with Express and also appeared on Express.com. All opinions are my own. Read it here.

Spring Blooms with Soft Surroundings

April 8, 2017  |  Fashion 22 comments

I’m totally feeling the flower power of this Soft Surroundings gauze peasant top. Embroidered tops are a hot commodity right now, which I also fawned over last week. It’s lovely seeing embroidery pop up on everything from clothing, to bags, and even denim. It gives a piece a little more personality, and a lot more depth.

Yasmin Hakim in Soft Surroundings Embroidered Gauze Peasant Top

Soft Surroundings Gauze Peasant Top

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in Soft Surroundings at the Art Museum

Yasmin Hakim hanging out in Soft Surroundings

This particular top has a gauzy feel so it’s lightweight and comfortable. Wear it with jeans, or a button down skirt. Add a pop of color with your accessories for easy, breezy spring style. Shop more embroidered pieces at Soft Surroundings here.

Disclaimer: I was provided this top from Soft Surroundings. All opinions are my own.

Soft and Simple with J.Jill

April 6, 2017  |  Fashion 21 comments

Don’t you just love the idea of slipping into something soft, and then heading out the door? Simple style for a simple morning routine. This J.Jill dress is perfect for the casual chic fashionista. Made from Tencel, the maxi’s fabric is soft with a touch of stretch. It also has pockets, which I wish were more common on dresses. Every dress should have pockets, right?

Pure Jill Luxe Tencel Mock-Neck Maxi Dress

Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing J.Jill Tencel Maxi Dress

Pure Jill Tencel Dress

Pure Jill Luxe Tencel Mock-Neck Maxi Dress

Dress: c/o J.Jill / Cardigan: c/o J.Jill / Sunglasses: Ditto / Sandals: Target

Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing J.Jill in Webster Groves

This dress is slightly cropped, so a pair of wedges or flat sandals would work perfectly. Since it’s a beautiful neutral beige, warm or earthy toned accessories would complement the dress well. I’m a huge fan of the tencel fabric options at J.Jill. For more options, browse here.

Disclosure: I was provided items from J.Jill in exchange for a review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Runway Model for a Day with Karlie Kloss x Express

April 3, 2017  |  Events 20 comments

A couple of weeks ago the team at Express reached out and asked, “Would you be interested in walking the runway for the debut collection of Karlie Kloss x Express?” I didn’t have to think twice. The answer was hell yes!

The Venue

Karlie Kloss collaborated over the last year with Express to design her first fashion line, Karlie Kloss x Express (see the lookbook). After months of hard work, she decided to launch the collection in her hometown of St. Louis. Karlie chose to have the event at the Pageant theater, which holds a special place in her heart. At age 13, she was discovered while walking the runway for a friend’s charity fashion show here. Everything came full circle for her last Thursday when she once again walked the runway at the Pageant, this time as a designer.

The exterior of the Pageant for the Karlie Kloss x Express show

The exterior of the Pageant for the Karlie Kloss x Express show

The Prep

Karlie chose 10 contest winners and 5 influencers to walk the runway. She specifically wanted to have everyday women showcase the versatility and wearability of the collection. The group had a blast hanging out, touring St. Louis, and experiencing what it’s like to be a fashion model for a day.

To ensure the show was organized and professional, Express flew out a team of executives, stylists, photographers and videographers, social media experts, hair and makeup artists, and more from Columbus and New York City. The day before the show, we had fittings to try on three separate looks. Stephen Galloway, a top runway coach who has worked with Karlie and Giselle, gave us tips on how to walk like a pro. I learned what playing dress up for a living was really like, and I have to say a girl could get use to this life.

Karlie Kloss x Express St. Louis Trolley Tour Group

A day of fun in St. Louis with runway models, Danielle, Kahlea, and Mattea and the Express crew

Models Take St. Louis

The next day the runway models explored St. Louis. We checked out some of the city’s top landmarks like Forest Park, the Arch, and Lafayette Square. I recommend the trolley tour if you are from out of town and want to see the main highlights. We had a group of videographers and social media pros following us around for the morning. They captured our every move and I’ve never felt so important! You can catch some of the highlights on Express’s Instagram.

Runway Lineup for Karlie Kloss x Express Show

The entire lineup for the Karlie Kloss x Express runway show

Getting Runway Ready

After a quick lunch at Pi Pizzeria, we started prep for the runway show. 15 models had 3.5 hours to get glam. We worked with a team of hair and makeup experts from New York City. Halfway into the run-through, we completely redid our hairstyles because that’s the way things work. I went from textured wavy voluminous hair, to sleek and straight in less than 30 minutes.

Yasmin Hakim gets ready for the runway in hair and makeup for the Karlie Kloss x Express fashion show

Right before the show, the energy backstage was on fire. I had one of those out of body moments. I knew something special was about to happen and the excitement of the room was palpable. The frenzy of hair and makeup artists retouching models, stylists making last minute changes, the smoke alarm going off from the steamer…it all made the moment feel like real life and fantasy at the same time.

The Karlie Kloss x Express Fashion Show

It wasn’t long before Karlie entered the dressing area to give us a pep talk. At this point we had met her several times already. She proved to be down to earth and just one of the girls, but she also had an incredibly charming presence. You knew she was special. Right before the show started, our fearless leader leaned on us for support. She told us how important we were to launching the collection and that we inspired her. It was a touching moment for all of us. I think my favorite part though was having her there to cheer us on right as we stepped onto the runway. All my nerves disappeared and I rocked that runway every step of the way. And so did every other girl, novices at the runway, but confident to say the least. Watch the entire show here.

Blogger Yasmin Hakim Walks the Runway for Karlie Kloss x Express

One of my favorite looks from the runway – get the dress and the sandals

I loved every single one of my outfits. In fact there are 17 styles that create over 100 different looks. I would describe the collection as sporty and romantic. From breezy maxi dresses, to the bomber jackets you’ve always wanted (they’re reversible!), iconic tees, and even a couple of suits that flatter both petite and tall women.

It was a smart move for Karlie to showcase the collection with models of all shapes and sizes. Her designs work well on a range of body types. I usually don’t wear anything that draws attention to my waistline as my belly likes to make an appearance when I least expect it. But this red dress managed to make my waist look slimmer than ever. Dare I say, with that bust line, I actually had an hourglass figure.

A Day in the Life of a Runway Model for the Karlie Kloss x Express Show

Models cheer for Karlie at the Karlie Kloss x Express fashion show

Models cheer for Karlie at the Karlie Kloss x Express fashion show – get the optimist tee and shoot for the moon tee

Karlie Kloss speaks about her debut collection for Express

Karlie Kloss speaks about her debut collection for Express – get the blazer, bralette tank, and pants

Charlie XCX Performs

After the runway show, Charlie XCX performed some of her amazing tunes like Boom Clap, I’m So Fancy, and Break the Rules. Karlie treated everyone to Ted Drewes frozen custard, voted #1 Ice Cream in the world, and Karlie’s Kookies.

Charlie XCX performs at the Pageant in St. Louis for Karlie Kloss x Express Show

This was truly one of the best experiences of my life. The event was incredibly well organized, the team at Express was kind and professional, and Karlie was the most gracious hostess. I can cross walking the runway at a legit fashion show and getting slated for a video off my bucket list. I’m so grateful that I’m a blogger and get to experience events like this. And as a former Express retail employee, walking the runway at one of their fashion shows is like coming full circle for me too.

If you’d like to watch the show for yourself, it’s available on Facebook live here. Stay tuned as I style looks from the Karlie Kloss x Express collection for Express.com — coming up!

Disclosure: I was invited by Express to cover the event as an influencer. All opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Express. 

Wish List Wednesdays March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 11 comments

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What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite spring styles. So prepare your wardrobe for an onslaught of flirty florals, embroidery, and pastels!

This eyelet skirt and crop top scream spring.

Don’t you love the dainty little shoulder ruffles on this maxi?

Hit the boardwalk in this gorgeous gingham jumpsuit.

You’ll never get tired of wearing this classic blush midi.

Love the impressionist vibes to this shift dress!

For the pom pom connoisseur – this pouchette has a rainbow of them!

These embroidered espadrilles are perfect for your spring vacation.

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

 

Transitional Spring Style with J.Jill

March 27, 2017  |  Fashion 35 comments

Today I’m taking on transitional spring style. I’ve created two looks you can easily switch into when you’re not quite sure which way the weather will turn. In these uncertain temperatures, layering is your friend. If you begin the day with a chilly morning, try layering a denim tunic with a soft sweater. Skip the coat and go for cold weather accessories like a hat and biker boots for extra warmth.

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in transitional spring style with J.Jill

Layers for spring transitional style

How to dress for changing temperatures in J.Jill

When things heat up, ditch that sweater and add a floral scarf for a pop of color. Now that the sun’s out, throw on your favorite aviators. And swap your boots for a pair of open toed sandals. You’ve got a whole new look!

J.Jill Tencel Indigo PIntucked Shirtdress and Compassion Fund Floral Scarf

J.Jill Tencel Indigo PIntucked Shirtdress and Compassion Fund Floral Scarf

Transitional Spring Style with J.Jill

I love the simplicity of a denim shirtdress. You can easily layer it for transitional spring style. Wear it over pants or just as a dress. The classic chambray is a piece you’ll always be reaching for in your wardrobe for effortless style.

Disclaimer: I was provided this shirtdress to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Simple Spring Embroidered Tops

March 24, 2017  |  Fashion 22 comments

Looking for the perfect spring top? From ruffles to statement sleeves and even embroidery, it’s not difficult to shop a top with any or all of the above trends. The simplest tops are often the chicest, with all emphasis on the statement trend, not busy colors or prints. One of my favorite trends of the season is embroidered tops. The one I’m wearing below is under $40. For a clean spring look, I love the crisp white shade. With this minimalist top, All eyes are on the dainty ruffles and embroidery that pops.

Zara Shirt with Embroidered Flower

Top: Zara / Clutch: Loeffler Randall (similar) / Oxfords: Zara

Embroidered Top with Ruffles

Spring 2017 Trend Embroidered Tops on Bangles & Bungalows

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in an Embroidered Top

 

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in an Embroidered Ruffle Top

 

If you love this trend as much as I do, you’ll want a couple of fabulous embroidered tops for your spring wardrobe. I’ve chosen some of my favorites ranging from $33 – 170, with most under $75.

Oh and if you love the clutch I’m wearing, unfortunately it’s from a previous season. I bought it on sale and it’s still one of my favorites. But I’ve linked to a similar one above. And Saks Off Fifth usually has great deals on Loeffler Randall handbags available here.

Striped Dresses for Spring

March 16, 2017  |  Fashion 34 comments

Earth to spring. Stop flirting with us and make a commitment! I’m hoping that by channeling spring style, I’ll send some positive vibes out there and make the season arrive a little sooner. Today I’m sharing striped dresses for spring. Off-the-shoulder sleeves, stripes, and ruffles are a few details that make this particular dress so special. I added a pop of color with an adorable pink scarf. Learn some cool ways to tie a scarf from this video, which I recommend. There’s a method that turns it into a flower for your hair that I’m dying to try.

Banana Republic Off-Shoulder Stripe Dress

Banana Republic Off-Shoulder Stripe Dress and Scarf

How to Style a Neckerchief

Details of Banana Republic Off-Shoulder Stripe Dress and ScarfBlogger Yasmin Hakim wearing Banana Republic Off-Shoulder Stripe Dress and ScarfEven though this dress is now hanging in my closet, I’ve already got my eye on a few more amazing striped dresses. Below I’ve listed some gorgeous options at various price points from $40 – $250.

Hopefully you’ll find a style you love so you too can rock one of my favorite prints this season. Love my look? Shop similar styles in the blog shop!

Blush Tones & Bell Sleeves

March 15, 2017  |  Fashion 20 comments

I am a sucker for blush. This top had me at hello with its bell sleeves, cold shoulders, and brilliant blush hue. Blush happens to be one of those colors that flatters everyone in a way similar to grey, black, and white. Lately for me, blush has become just as key as any neutral. I’ve linked this top and a couple similar styles, all under $80. The blouse is perfect for spring and I will definitely wear it on repeat this season.

Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Cold Shoulder Top from Nordstrom Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing Quay All My Love Sunglasses Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Cold Shoulder Top from Nordstrom

Blogger Yasmin Hakim hanging out on the steps of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Cold Shoulder Top from Nordstrom

I wanted to do some spring cleaning. But with the moody weather, my closet is bursting with cold and warm weather clothing. I really thought Punxsutawney Phil was off his rocker when he predicted six more weeks of winter. But I suppose his job is a lot harder with global warming thrown into the mix. Poor fella. Shop this look and similar styles in the blog shop!