1) You started blogging in 2013— how has The Lady K grown since you started/what opportunities have been made available to you that weren't available prior to the blog?
The Lady K went from just a simple idea of sharing my style with the world, to opening up so many opportunities within the fashion industry. I created The Lady K to showcase my personal style and share with my viewers my unique finds, thrifting deals, and overall love for styling. Since the start of The Lady K, I’ve been fortunate to work with so many innovative designers, social media mavens, fashion tech companies, and really translate my creativity to style with some outstanding people. With the growing bond of fashion and technology, the fashion world is opening up so many tech doors to make fashion fun, relatable, and limitless. The concept of The Lady K is about wearing what you love, self-expression, and at the end feeling comfortable with your own creativity. Social media platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have really given me a connection to link The Lady K’s concept with individuals who share the same fashion and lifestyle goals and feelings.
2) Tell us a bit about your design background and how it's helped you with your love of styling.
My design journey started as a young girl. I would spend all my time learning how to sew from my mother and grandmother. I would construct and deconstruct garments and make some really unique, experimental pieces. I had my sights set on going to FIT, but after being denied entry for my freshman year, I went to Framingham State University in Massachusetts to take a year to create, educate, and concentrate on my studies in fashion and continue to follow my dream of attending FIT. After finally being accepted to FIT, I started the journey to finding what I really love within the fashion world. My four years at FIT exposed me to so many different layers within the fashion industry. While I really enjoyed the construction aspect of Fashion Design, I discovered I had an undying passion for styling the entire look of an outfit. Directly out of college, I jumped right into freelance event planning and styling. Event styling was one of the pivotal steps into guiding me into fashion styling. It tested my creativity and helped me realize I had more of a vision of styling for people at the events than the actual events. I’ve applied my education and experience to style various editorial shoots, promotional shoots, and e-commerce sites. At the end of the day, styling just feels right. Do what you love, and LOVE what you do!
3) You get a lot of your pieces from thrift stores—what's the best piece you've thrifted recently?
On the way to Lake Tahoe, I stopped off at a thrift store in downtown Reno, NV. I found this vintage brown leather bomber jacket (think uber hottie Tom Cruise in Top Gun) for $5.99!
4) No outfit is complete without?
Leather, Lipstick & Heels
5) What's next for The Lady K/what can we look forward to seeing from you?
LA! In the next couple weeks I'll be ending my six years in NYC by packing and moving to sunny LA! Before moving to NYC, I set some serious goals and dreams which I've achieved. While chasing those dreams, I’ve met some amazing people, made some great connections and have really done NYC right. I feel like LA is the perfect next step to taking the blogging and styling life to a new place, and ultimately give me the bi-coastal stylist life I’ve been working towards. Also, with www.theladyk.com, I’ve started to use the site as a platform to tell the stories of young innovators, and their unique paths to turning their creative dreams into their everyday life professions. With this addition to the blog, I’m going to take a modern twist on fashion storytelling to reveal this generations tastemakers to the world.
6) Anything else we should know about you?
I have secret love for 90’s hip hop music, an extensive collection of vintage mugs, am obsessed with my Anna Nicole Smith bobble head, drink coffee as if it is water, and my shoe collection is nearing triple digits.
McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.
McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.
Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.
Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.
"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out,below.