Today we are thrilled to bring you another closet in our open closet series. We recently connected with Kathleen from Carrie Bradshaw Lied and are just giddy about it! She is one of those girls that we definitely have a ‘girl crush’ on, and one that we know if we lived in the same town we’d be fast friends.
To tell you a little bit about Kathleen, I have to share how she describes herself on the ‘about‘ tab of her blog. It’s just the right amount of intelligence and sass that we heart.
‘Kathleen. 25. Fiancée. Daughter. Granddaughter. Sister. Aunt. Friend. Self-proclaimed budget-friendly fashionista. Chelsea Handler wannabe. Texan wannabe. Ex-Beauty Queen, Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2005. Chi Omega Tau. Will always love all things sparkled. Will always dream of THE dream job-a hosting gig for reality TV (I want your job Andy Cohen). Jen Lancaster lover. Shameless dreamer to be a future Real Housewife of _________. Kimora Lee Simmons fan. Kardashian fan. MICHAEL JACKSON FAN. Girly-girl fueled by caffeine, the gym, E!, Bravo, The Today Show, and my Blackberry & iPhone. College grad & 20-something who quickly realized life after college wasn’t as fabulous and sprinkled with sparkle as Carrie Bradshaw led me to believe my 20′s would be, which is what inspired me to start this blog.’
To further our introduction to Kathleen (we’ll call her CBL here for ‘Carrie Bradshaw Lied’) and her closet, we thought we’d get you started with a few questions (and pictures) about her personal style, shopping habits, and some personal tidbits.
Style Spies: Who/what inspires your personal style the most?
CBL: That is such a tough question! It’s probably a combination of magazines and other bloggers. I love checking other fashion blogs and seeing how real girls with different figures and budgets piece things together. I find that much more inspiring than a runway show of 6’ models.
SS: What is your one most-coveted piece in your closet, and why? (and if you have a picture, even better!)
CBL: I would definitely say my furs. My mink stole is certainly my most sentimental piece – it was my fabulous grandmother’s fur and it actually came from the ladies clothing store that she owned with my grandfather. Her name is monogrammed on the inside and it’s so special to me!
I have an arctic blue fox fur that I won off of eBay….for $80! I am so proud of this coat and I don’t care if I look like a linebacker in it. I’ve literally worn this jacket during a Southern winter where I had to roll the windows down in my car so I wouldn’t sweat while I was wearing it. Ridiculous – but true!
SS: From your earliest memory, what spurred your love of getting ‘dressed up?’
CBL: I’ve always been a girlie-girl. My mother always tells stories of how I loved high heels, dress up and lipstick from the minute I could walk! She would buy ladies hats and jewelry at garage sales and give me a suitcase of dress up clothes for my birthday. That was better than any toy, hands down. For as long as I can remember I just loved being feminine and feeling like a lady – dressing up in different hats, gloves, jewelry, heels – I’ve loved it from the time I was two to twenty-five!
SS: What knowledge from your beauty-queen years can you share with us, beauty or fashion-wise?
CBL: Some of those “beauty queen tips” are the best ones I’ve got!
1. Never use fashion tape for ensuring your clothing stays put – use toupee tape!! If it’s strong enough to keep someone’s hair down on a windy day, it will keep that top in place.
2. Want to lose 5 lbs in 5 seconds? Stand up straight.
3. In an interview, when someone asks you a question, answer the question first, then elaborate. When we (mostly women…since we’re talkers) don’t answer the question immediately and directly, it’s easy to ramble and sometimes not even answer the initial question asked.
SS: As a self-proclaimed budget friendly fashionista, what stores/spots are the best to find high fashion for less?
CBL: I’m a huge fan of Forever21, ZARA, Lulu’s and 6pm.com. If it’s trendy, I don’t want to break the bank on something I might wear less than five times. Plus all three sites have great return policies – very important when ordering anything online. Old Navy and Target always have great basics at great prices.
SS: On the flipside, what do you find yourself coveting if money were no object?
CBL: Chanel. Anything Chanel! I splurged on a beautiful jumbo pearl Chanel brooch in New Orleans last year and have some bags that were gifts for different milestones in my life. When splurging on special pieces, I usually will stop and think, “is this something that my granddaughters would fight over?” If the answers no, it means it’s not a classic and timeless piece and is probably not as necessary as my lustful fashion heart thinks.
SS: Is there a particular blog or blogs that inspired you to create Carrie Bradshaw Lied?
CBL: Absolutely! I love Pretty in Pink Megan (www.pipmegan.com) and of course we all love Cupcakes and Cashmere (www.cupcakesandcashmere.com). I have always had so many friends and strangers ask me about my outfit or accessories and so on. Finally I thought – why not put all of this info on a blog? I also love to cook and enjoy the occasional DIY project. I’m not a size 2 and I’m a post-grad twenty-something without a trust fund. I wanted my blog to cover several interests and be relatable and realistic.
SS: Favorite recipe to cook for the fiancé……..the recipes you share are all so great we know you have a few absolute favorites.
CBL: While I love a rich and hearty dish, I’ve always thought that real cooking talent was the ability to create something delicious and health-conscious. It’s hard to enjoy a meal if you know you’ll be cutting back the rest of the week to make up for it! Right now my favorite recipe to cook for him would be good old fashioned chicken spaghetti:
It is easy and delicious – both fresh and leftover (and I assure you it tastes better than it looks!).
Now do you understand the girl crush? To further it……continue reading to see a spectacularly girly yet sophisticated closet. We would love to get dressed in here everyday!
Open Closet: Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied……
Kathleen mixes patterns and textures not only in the way she dresses but in her boudoir as well. Note the leopard print chair fabric, paired with the floral lamps and touches on both the table skirt and drawer pulls. The mannequin forms with one of her prized furs and necklaces really finish the room.
The full view here, with her initials and the chandelier. Add to that more pattern mixing (zebra rug), some framed shoe sketches, and vintage suitcase and handbags stacked up; this room is truly personal and unique.
Showing off a darling red dress, we get a peek at Kathleen’s handbag collection. LV, Chanel, and a shopping bag from Bendels? Can we come over?
This budget fashionista is truly that: Louis Vuitton handbags living in the same closet as an on-trend white tuxedo vest from Forever 21. Which, by the way, we are now coveting.
If your closet can’t quite hold your clothing ‘collection’ as we’d call it, this boutique-looking clothing rack is a great way to hold the excess. Positioned on another wall in the ‘boudoir’ it looks like it’s supposed to be that way, and provides a great way to see all of your layering pieces, jackets, and coats. Kathleen has a sweet collection of fur, faux fur, cardigans, leather and even necklaces hanging on this rack. Our philosophy is the same: keep your things out and available for wear (don’t hide them in the back of your closet). Your daily ‘uniform’ won’t be such a uniform anymore with all of these options!
Oh happy day. An exquisite collection of earrings and accessories, neatly stored in a jewelry armoire. These are hard to find (I can attest), but a necessity for every fashionista. Kathleen’s love of color and dangles is clear…….for those of you who wear the same diamond studs every day, take a note from this jewelry collection! Be unique and wear fun jewelry, it shows your personality.
Alas, that ends today’s look into Kathleen’s closet. Be sure to hop over to her blog and learn more about this great girl, and make sure to wish her a glorious and beautiful wedding day (it’s less than a month away, yippee!). From 2 married ladies (Erin and myself), we can both say our wedding days were one of the best days of our lives! 8 years later, I remember it like it was yesterday, and want to do it all over again. Savor every moment, Kathleen!!
Thank you so much for being part of our open closet series!
Signing off in Style,
Mollie & Erin