Moody Monday Blues aka OMG GUYS THIS LIPSTICK!!!!

Mondays are hard. Mondays coming back home on an amazing getaway even harder. The hardest is being so jet-lagged that you find yourself writing the post a week after the event but hey it’s a Monday so it’s a win.

One of the perks of travel is seeing all the cool trends around the world, sometimes even before New York…gasp! The weirdest…sometimes it’s at the airport. The Hamad International Airport has EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING a girl could want that she never knew she wanted.

Last Monday, it was lipstick.

One of the coolest perks with traveling all the time is sometimes I catch the hottest trends before they hit the states.

I walked towards my gate. I saw her. At first, I looked and thought “no” and looked away. But I just couldn’t leave, she called me back. “It’s blue” , “you are over 40” and then “it’s blue” again in my head. But not that Monday, Satan..NOT THAT DAY:

That time I spied with my big brown eyes Guerlain and the number 333; and THAT hue of Blue IS magnificent.

This lipstick applies in the most splendid fashion, smooth, creamy and crease free. The color? It absolutely POPS no matter your skin tone. Granted, the luxurious feel comes with a price tag of around $55 USD for the lipstick and case.

However, blue has a special place in my heart and it reminds me of my daddy. So Daddy this Blue’s for you.

(ps: the last pic is a hint about the next blog post. Are you thinking an entry about Qatar’s Q-Suite? Get out of my head. (wink, wink)

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Living My Best Life ...

This has been a hard week for us at LOLA with the death of icon Kate Spade.

We launched in Amsterdam because of bags and purses. Kate Spade was a major influencer in my love of a nice purse. Then today, travel guru and icon Anthony Bourdain. He showed me places I would never have ventured out on my own.

They both seemed so strong and to have it all, but that's just it, even the strong have moments of weakness. I am learning that self-care is first and foremost in my life. Granted this is not the life I planned for myself but it's the life I have and it's a good one.

June is a hard month for me: it the's ...it's just... bad.

This year I decided to take it back. Kicking off the summer in Italy.  Life is too short to "wish I had time to travel." or "if only I had the money". Sometimes you just have to go for it. Work out the details later.

This trip was all food, wine, fun and perfect.

Please remember, words hurt; pain is real. Please show some respect for those who appear strong but may not be. Compassion and love.

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You Can Always Go Home Again...Amsterdam

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, from parts of SE Asia to Japan to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam has my heart unlike no other. It was one of the first (of two) places I ever visited outside the United States. The other was Paris. I called the trip the "Kittykat Olympics". It only made perfect sense as the trip included the iconic shopping mecca that is Paris, as well as the ahem, 'recreational" activities of Amsterdam. Seriously, if shopping or smoking EVER became an Olympic event...I'm READY. No need for training. SEND ME IN COACH!!!! (especially if it's the shopping)

Amsterdam is a city no matter when you go you can always find something new or interesting. This trip was a last minute, "let's go see some friends for a couple of days" and that's exactly what I did. I strolled the canals with Lexie, we shopped, drank a lot and ate a little:

And the highlight of this little excursion was the pleasant surprise of the "My Name Is Prince" exhibit. More details and pics on my next post.

Remember...there's no place like home,

Love,

Dorthy aka Kit n Lexie

 

Luxe Shopping in the Heartland...It DOES Exist

I am a snob. I'll admit it. I think my city (NYC) is the greatest, but sometimes you have to go back to where it all began. Back to a time before fashion sense and an aesthetic eye, to a place where I wore a TON of colorful (at times too much so) floral dresses. Yup, I went back to Oklahoma.

I was staying in OKC this past week visiting my brother and his family. When in town I usually spend all my time with them, only taking a break to visit my cousins, aunts and uncles, but never taking a break to shop because ...well why...I live in New York. Today while heading to Trader Joe's for Almond Milk my life CHANGED...I saw a store that whispered "high end elegance". At first I was afraid it was closed, alas it was not...WIN! The store "The Consortium" located in the ultra chic Nichols Hills Plaza in OKC was everything I needed and more. From the fashion and accessories to the beautiful books. I just wanted to stay forever, and the owners Donna and Meghan Spears are so charming that you can't help but want to sip tea and champagne with the ladies while trying on gorgeous clothes.

The store itself is styled immaculately, and is like the closet of my dreams (if slides don't change just click on the picture)

 

The owners Meghan and Donna Spears are absolute dolls. You check them out on Instagram. Their link is HERE . Not only did I buy a beautiful slate grey/black Louiza Babouryan (who by the way has a website and IG of beautiful things) flowing skirt, but Meghan helped me style it with my natural hair t-shirt. (which I'm selling by the way...y'all the natural hair shrinkage struggle is real)

AND SUPER BONUS the skirt was 45% off !!!!! Did I tell you how much I love this place:

The Look: Simple grey "Grow-er NOT Show-er" natural hair tee, long flowing slate #louizababouryan skirt, vintage necklaces from my beloved Aunt Mae, rings: the Red one from a store that no longer exists in Amsterdam, the other a lovely black, silver and gold bauble found in Barcelona, with gold shoes and vintage Gucci clutch. A fun outfit that can be worn on a date or out with friends. LOVE!

The Look: Simple grey "Grow-er NOT Show-er" natural hair tee, long flowing slate #louizababouryan skirt, vintage necklaces from my beloved Aunt Mae, rings: the Red one from a store that no longer exists in Amsterdam, the other a lovely black, silver and gold bauble found in Barcelona, with gold shoes and vintage Gucci clutch. A fun outfit that can be worn on a date or out with friends. LOVE!

I never thought I would find the perfect "world traveler" in my own little world of Oklahoma City...but I did. If you are in the area and looking for the perfect "something"...The Consortium has it.

 

F__K I just cheated on SPG and I really, REALLY LOVED IT...Mandarin Oriental

I adore SPG hotels, I'm in love with the St. Regis. It is MY hotel, like seriously, but this past week I had the opportunity to try the Mandarin Oriental and well. Do I dare say the words: if I would have married the St.Regis;  we would be in divorce proceedings right now, as I have a new lover...the Mandarin Oriental. MO takes customer service to a new level. for instance I had my laundry done by the hotel, and THIS is how I get my underwear back:

Are you kidding me? They look like I just bought them from a store off of 5th Ave in NYC. #dead #icantevenbutIamandLOVINGit

Are you kidding me? They look like I just bought them from a store off of 5th Ave in NYC. #dead #icantevenbutIamandLOVINGit

The above is what sent me over the edge, but it all started with the check in. First, and here is a hint when checking into high end hotels. CHECK IN AS LATE as possible, even if it may mean missing a part of your first day. Remember the early birds are getting their worm, sure they check in early, then next thing you know the hotel is oversold in your price range, so the only option is FREE UPGRADE. This seems to happen to me more often than not when I check in late, so play around with it. I bet it works for you. So instead of King bedroom with park views, I was upgraded to a corner room PLUS executive club privileges. OMG...the executive club is beautiful with a great morning buffet, afternoon deli lunch, high tea followed up with an evening cocktail service. The staff is amazing and every day they said hello and welcome back. It was awesome, well actually better than awesome. Sad to say I was too busy eating and making new friends to take pictures. But Lexie did not miss an opportunity and I found her in the club for high tea:

Lexie Loves Luxury

Lexie Loves Luxury

 

The room was twice the size and less than half the cost of my NYC apartment:

My new home away from home but better....

The place is not onlu beautiful but the staff is first rate and the concierge had me a reservation at Nobu withing an hour, and the hotel also has a great Japanese restaurant called "Wasabi" where the fish literally MELTED IN MY MOUTH. I also tried the gym and spa which includes sauna, steam room, plunge pool, whirl pool and regular pool.

The pool in paradise...

The pool in paradise...

 

It was absolutely spectacular. This was how I stared every morning followed by breakfast in the executive club, followed up by a tour or shopping, back to Executive club for lunch or high tea, nap, then exec club for cocktails then dinner. All in all a wonderful day in and out.

Also, I decided to live my best life and had a choice between tennis or golf. Honestly, I thought golf would be something that I would work on so I decided to take a couple of lessons. And I think I have found my new sport:

All in all, my entire time was amazing. And I'm not going to lie. I went a little overboard and bought one little treat in the jewelry gift shop Amee Philips. I saw it, it fit and had to be MINE:

A beautiful little trinket for me :-)..now my trip is complete

A beautiful little trinket for me :-)..now my trip is complete

 

 

Thank You Hong Kong ...I DO Count

Sad that it takes going to another country to feel as if you matter. In NYC, I go thru life feeling very small at times, almost insignificant. Maybe it's because I am overweight, maybe it's because I am female, maybe because I'm black...however I feel like it's all three and perhaps even more. It's not a defeated or defeatist attitude, it's just my reality.

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