Teal Kitty

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Breakfast at The Plaza Hotel

TRAVEL, MY LOOKS, A DAY IN THE LYFEFiona LeahyComment

Teal Kitty here reporting from NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. For the past many years of my life I have suffered from temporary depression during this season. Fashion week season. I have vivid memories of missing anthropology class to watch live streamings of Marc Jacobs in my car in the school parking lot. Last spring I shed actual tears watching Peter Copping's first show as creative director of Oscar de la Renta. Being here in New York during this time, is an actual dream come true. 

Started the day off this morning with breakfast at The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel to celebrate my BFF Brooke's birthday. Unlike the Polo Bar, I forgot to make reservations far in advance and called the day before and got a table and didn't even have to pretend to start crying on the phone like how I had to do for Ralph Lauren. Plaza Hotel is definitely worth walking into the lobby just to see the twinkling chandeliers, and the afternoon tea made me feel like I was actually Blair Waldorf. 

I'm wearing a vintage kimono that I bought from a vintage trade show that happens once a year in LA called Inspiration. I bought it from a vendor who collects ceremonial kimonos and claims that this one is from the 1940's. I absolutely adore kimonos. I always am looking for vintage ones since otherwise it's hard to find them made with pure silk. Wearing my favorite booties, the Chelsea from Rag and Bone. Accompanied by my first ever ever designer handbag that I have had since I bought it when I was 16. It's a rare find to see these old Marc by Marc Jacobs bags with the turn lock. 

Happy Birthday, Kate!

INSPIRATIONFiona LeahyComment

Forever my queen, Kate Moss turns 41 today. Here is a small collection of some of my favorite photos of her. Kate has always been such an inspiration to me. I first fell in love with fashion through an Yves Saint Laurent ad back in 2008 that she was in. Ever since I always have to reblog every photo I come across of her on Tumblr and I buy every magazine that she graces the cover of. In the March 2013 issue of Vogue, one of my favorite writers Jonathan Van Meter wrote a piece named Follow Me about how social media has changed the model industry and models such as Kate Upton (not to be confused with Moss) were discovered by selfies. Van Meter closed the article with this, and it has always stuck with me:

"But even in this social media–besotted world of ours, mystique still has value, doesn’t it? If, when it comes to models, Kate Upton is the bodacious—and gravity-defying—Marilyn Monroe and Cara Delevingne is the let-it-all-hang-out Lena Dunham, Kate Moss is the never-let-’em-see-you-sweat Greta Garbo. She has not once tweeted or “liked” a single thing in her fabulous life, and yet she is, arguably, the most intriguing person modeling has ever known. “Kate is Kate,” as one fashion person put it to me. “She can do whatever she wants.” Like that pitch-perfect cover of Playboy that seemed to sell out on New York newsstands in one day. When I took my seat at Marc Jacobs’s Louis Vuitton farewell show back in October, I picked up the requisite folder off my chair and flipped through the list of models and looks. Included among the sheaf of exquisite black stationery was a letter from Jacobs. Its theme: “the showgirl in all of us.” Among the list of the 34 women who inspire him, Kate Moss was the only model who made the cut."

Read the entire article here. Anyways, happy birthday Kate! You are a style icon forever.