Posted on April 15, 2014 by Katydid.com
Makeup and clothing are so naturally intertwined that you can hardly bring up one topic for very long without mentioning the other. That's why it should come as no surprise that one of today's hottest celebrity trends incorporates both of these fashion components. Yes, we're talking about coordinating lipstick or eye shadow color with dresses and tops.
Matching makeup to outfits used to be a huge no-no, but when stars like Lupita Nyong'o, Drew Barrymore, and Cate Blanchett do it for the red carpet at some of Tinsel Town's most glamorous events--including the Oscars--you know the tide has turned. Now women everywhere are rushing to copy this style.
Before you jump on the bandwagon, however, it's important to be aware that there is a definite art to matching makeup to outfits. If you're not careful, your look can devolve from cute to clownish faster than you can say "Bozo," so keep the following tips in mind:
- Lips are much easier to get right than eyes, so beginners should start there
- If you can't afford or don't want to buy an array of makeup colors to match everything in your closet, stick to a shade that complements only your favorite tops or dresses
- Strive for subtlety at first, as less is more when you're feeling your way around this look
- If you're not comfortable with bold colors, remember that classic, smoky eyes coupled with nude or pink lips is almost always a winner
- While exact matches are what make this look hot, using slightly warmer or cooler colors is acceptable as long as you don't end up clashing
Now that it's Spring, you have endless bright color options to play with. As with any new look, it might take a while to find the color combos that work best for you, so having patience is a plus. And remember, you can always use celeb photos or fashion magazine spreads for guidance if you're having trouble getting things just right.
Posted on March 25, 2014 by Katydid.com
All true fashionistas understand that the best part of any new season is the chance to swap out tired old wardrobe items for fresh new looks. The transition from winter to spring is perfect in this regard, as the warmer weather allows you to set aside bulky, oversized pieces for more form-flattering and colorful selections.
But putting together a great look for spring requires more effort than simply mixing and matching all your tops, tanks, shorts, and minis in different combos. Instead, we recommend following these fun (and affordable - when you buy from Katydid Collection!) spring fashion tips:
Dress in lighter layers
Spring weather is notoriously unpredictable, so layering—especially in the early part of the season—is still important. Pairing a lightweight cardigan or blazer with a tee and jeans, topping an outfit with a chevron print scarf, or even wearing a solid top over a patterned maxi dress are great ways to ensure you stay cozy in the chilly mornings and evenings, while still enabling you to easily remove a layer at midday when temps are at their highest.
Add colorful accessories
The warm weather also means you'll finally be able to show some skin again. And while bare arms and necklines can certainly be sexy, there are times you'll want to wear some fun accessories to help pull your ensemble together. We have a fantastic selection of nautical-themed watches, cause bracelets, college logo cuffs, state outline necklaces, and other cute jewelry designs that will go perfectly with all your favorite spring outfits.
We know you've fallen in love with your favorite pair of leather and rhinestone boots from Katydid, but it's time to banish them to the back of the closet until next winter. Casual spring footwear is all about flip-flops, so take your pick from the immense selection we have at our online store. Available in nearly 100 different designs and patterns, our comfy flip-flops can be worn with everything from yoga pants to our striped tie-neck halter maxi dress.
You can incorporate these spring fashion tips into your wardrobe no matter what your personal style happens to be, so visit KatydidCollection.com today to start shopping!
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Katydid.com
The Oscars ceremony is long finished by now, but the fashion world is still raving about the gorgeous gowns that were on full display at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. With so many head-turning styles making their debut on the red carpet, it was quite a challenge to select only a handful to talk about. But after much debate, Katy has narrowed down her Oscars Fashion Faves to the following lovely ladies:
- Jennifer Lawrence: Is there anyone that doesn't love J-Law right now? She
scored another fashion win in a strapless red Dior stunner with a backwards Neil Lane diamond necklace. “Peplum is very popular right now,” says Katy, which makes this form fitting piece a safe bet for Oscars night. Jennifer wins Katy’s Top Pick of the Oscars!
- Lupita Nyong'o: Lupita appeared on everybody's Best-Dressed list thanks to her custom-made pale blue Prada dress with a plunging neckline and long, pleated train. She topped off her princess look with a matching headband and minimal jewelry.
- Amy Adams: Although spotted just a week before the Oscars at a different event in a hot pink Vivienne Westwood gown, Amy opted for an understated but elegant navy blue Gucci number for the big night. Both dresses were winners in Katy’s opinion!
- Charlize Theron: Charlize caused many a double-take in a black, sheath-like Dior dress that showed off her incredible figure. While Katy loved the V-cut bodice, the hard to see nude straps were a bit distracting and made the gown feel like it was “missing something.”
As these Hollywood starlets proved, it's hard to go wrong when you have the likes of Prada, Dior, and Gucci in your corner. Nevertheless, if Katy were gearing up for a walk down the red carpet, she'd trust her fashion fate to local Dallas designer Nha Khanh. Khanh, who is known for dressing such celebs as Brooklyn Decker, Kim Kardashian, and Giuliana Rancic from E! News, offers truly amazing creations that would surely land Katy in the Best-Dressed category right alongside these other classy women!
- Jennifer Lawrence: Is there anyone that doesn't love J-Law right now? She
Posted on February 26, 2014 by Katydid.com
Dallas, TX -- Katydid Collection, a privately held women's clothing label and lifestyle brand, plans to unveil several new college-themed products at the upcoming 2014 Campus Market Expo (CAMEX) trade show. As an exhibitor at this year's CAMEX event, which will take place March 9-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas, Katydid will give customers and other trade show attendees a sneak peek at school-focused footwear, decorative home accents, and related accessories in original designs.
Scheduled to be released in early or mid-spring, Katydid's first series of college-themed merchandise will include flip flops, scarves, tee’s, throw pillow and coasters. These made-in-the-USA products will feature colors and themes associated with Big 12 and SEC powerhouses such as Alabama, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma. A wider selection of items and school color combos is expected to follow later in the spring or summer.
Katy Messersmith, president and head designer at Katydid Collection, predicts her label's new products will resonate most with budget-conscious students, alumni, and fans.
"Wearing school colors is a classic way for college students to show off team pride and school spirit, but can be very expensive when shopping on campus," Messersmith says. "We wanted to give these students--and other fans--a far more affordable means of dressing up for the big game or creating the trendiest room in the dorm, and we believe our new line is a major step in that direction."
Retail buyers wishing to preview Katydid Collection's college-themed product line at CAMEX 2014 must fill out an event registration form, which can be found at www.camex.org. Interested parties that are unable to attend CAMEX are invited to submit product queries via the official Katydid Collection website at www.katydidcollection.com.
Posted on February 25, 2014 by Katydid.com
Celebrities and fashion naturally go hand in hand, so it's hardly surprising that clothing, handbags, and jewelry spotted on Hollywood hotties often become the next must-have items for mainstream Americans.
Take state outline necklaces, for instance. These necklaces have been worn by such mega-stars as Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, Jessica Simpson, Anna Kendrick, Julianne Hough, and Rachel Bilson, and are now one of the latest jewelry trends because of this celebrity exposure.
If you want to emulate your favorite actress or show off some state pride, you could spend several hundred dollars on an outline necklace from an upscale boutique. Or you could make the smart choice of buying from Katydid Collection instead.
At Katydid, we offer two varieties of state necklaces: outline and cutout. State outline necklaces are plated in either gold or silver and come with an 18" chain. State cutout necklaces are gold-plated and come with a 16" chain. Both styles are chic, simple, and best of all, very affordable.
Current choices for state outline necklaces include:
Current choices for state cutout necklaces are:
We plan to keep expanding our selection of state necklaces in the coming weeks and months, so if you don't see your favorites on the list today, keep checking back!
Remember, ladies, you don't have to spend a fortune to accessorize like a glamorous actress or pop star. All you have to do is shop at Katydid Collection, where you can always find the trendiest products at bargain prices.
Posted on February 24, 2014 by Katydid Collection
There are many ways to find inspiration these days for what colors to wear each season. For this coming Fall season 2014 Pantone has just released their forecasted trending colors. From exotic reds like "Sangria" to a dignified "Royal Blue", there are many variations and hues to choose from to include in your wardrobe. Katydid Collection loves to include trending colors each season to provide freshness to the shop's assortment.
Let us know which color is your favorite! Is it "Radiant Orchid", "Aurora Red", or maybe "Misted Yellow"? Read about all the new Fall Colors here.
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Posted on February 11, 2014 by Katydid.com
Deciding what to wear for date night is always a conundrum because of all the different variables involved. For example, you have to consider where you're going, who else is going to be there, and whether or not those hot skinny jeans still fit before you can even begin to narrow down your choices.
Needless to say, putting together a great outfit for a Valentine's date takes this challenge to a whole new level as you strive for a sexy, flirty, and fun look that not only suits a particular venue but also fits your personal style.
That's where our Valentine's Date Fashion Guide comes in. We've selected amazing outfits for several Valentine's Day scenarios that will help take the guesswork out of getting dressed for your date. Read on to learn more!
For an intimate date with your guy at the fanciest place in town, nothing less than your best will suffice. So it's time to take out that little black cocktail dress, your sexiest pair of strappy heels, and the matching clutch reserved only for your most special events. Finish off the elegant look with your finest jewelry for a drop-dead gorgeous result.
You might not be going to a swanky restaurant, but you still want to look incredible for your date. We suggest black skinny jeans with a long-sleeved crop top and a chic chevron-patterned scarf in a bold color. Add a pair of fleece-lined leather Katydid boots for warmth, and our hot pink zippered wallet.
If you're headed to a party or bar, you'll want to keep things casual yet cute. Our rhinestone jeans topped by a graphic tee and Aztec-print cardigan will do the trick. Accessorize with a pink "Bursting Hearts" cuff or a white "Sweet heart" cuff to complete the outfit.
For an evening in with the girls or some one-on-one time with your man, comfort is the name of the game. Throw on your favorite pair of jeans and a rhinestone tee along with a lace Katydid hoodie that's just right for lounging on the sofa. Then make a big bowl of popcorn, uncork the wine, and fire up the DVD player for your low-key gathering.
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Katydid.com
Even though it's still January and you probably feel like you've just dusted off your favorite down jacket and pulled your cutest wool sweaters out of storage, the fashion world is already looking forward to spring. All the major design houses have shown off their spring collections, which means retailers are now rushing to stock their shelves with the newest trends.
What can we look forward to wearing once temps start warming up again? Here's what's on tap for Spring 2014:
• Black and white: This classic color combo is back in a big way, and can be found in everything from skirts and dresses to pants, blazers, and blouses.
• Pastels: If you prefer a little more variety in your wardrobe, fear not. Pastels have been a prominent feature in many a runway show this season, so get ready to play up your softer, more feminine side with pale pinks and baby blues.
• Chevron prints: Updated for modern fashionistas, the zigzagging, inverted "V" pattern of chevron prints is more than just a holdover from the '70s. It's now a spring and summer wardrobe staple that injects a dash of boldness and vivacity into otherwise plain tees, tops, dresses, and accessories.
• Aztec/dreamcatcher designs: Another common sight on the runway this season has been Aztec/dreamcatcher designs. From loud and proud to subdued and refined, the versatility of this motif means it can be worn for both casual and dressy situations. Pair an Aztec print dress with strappy sandals for lunch with the girls or add a blazer and pumps for after-dinner cocktails. Here's a preview of this trend from our upcoming Spring line:
• Baseball-style tees: Sporty and fun yet decidedly feminine, women's baseball-style tees are another must-have for spring. With a form-flattering cut, contrast raglan sleeves, and cute graphics, these tops are perfect for spending a sun-splashed afternoon at the ballpark or enjoying a day of activities in the city.
Now that you know which styles will be hot this spring, you can start buying all your favorites at Katydid Collection today!
Posted on January 6, 2014 by Katydid Collection
Photographer Mei-Chun Jau has been captivated by art and image-making all her life. She was deeply influenced in early childhood by the work of two family friends, a photographer and an artist, and was enthralled by their ability to tell stories with images. Her early interest in painting and drawing led her to study photojournalism in college, where she distinguished herself while still a student by working concurrently for two Dallas/Fort Worth area metropolitan dailies. After graduating, she interned at three newspapers, returning to the D/FW area to become a photojournalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for three years before joining The Dallas Morning News. In 2008, after nine years at the DMN, she struck out on her own as a full-time freelancer. Known for artistic commitment as well as creativity and originality, Mei-Chun is as comfortable at a photo shoot with the family dog as she is with a former president of the United States. Her work has been published in FD Luxe, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Her awards include:
• Lone Star EMMY Award – Team entry for Interactivity – overview video editor - 2008
• Best of Photojournalism – Web Sites – HM for News Video and Sports Video - 2008
• Society of News Design - Award of Excellence - Special coverage, single section – 2003
• Barbara Jordan Award - Photojournalism – 2001
• Press Club of Dallas Katie Award - Photography - 2001, 2000, 1998
• Association of Women Journalists - Vivian Castleberry Award - Photography – 1998
Check out her website for more info here!
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Posted on December 16, 2013 by Katydid Collection
Katydid congratulates Shay Geyer for her recent Rising Star award in Interior Design, presented by FGI of Dallas during the Night of Stars event held November 15, 2013. It was a pleasure and honor to meet her. She is the "in the know" girl when it comes to everything interior design!
Growing up with a mother who is a highly regarded interior designer, Shay developed a natural flair for design by studying IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s founder, Beth Rafferty. An only child, she grew up frequenting the Dallas Design Center with her mom and fondly remembers creating outfits for her dolls and matching bedding out of the fabric samples her mom had gathered for projects.
Designing professionally since 2001, her passion for interiors and interior products makes creating beautiful spaces for clients a true dream job. Inspired by traveling, the arts, family & friends, Shay considers each day an opportunity to learn and grow from experiences to enrich her life as a designer. Whether starting from scratch or giving new life to existing pieces, Shay’s goal in design is to create an inviting atmosphere that reflects the personal taste of each client. Her projects are often regarded as “livable luxe” in which she infuses unique elements and statement pieces that still offer comfortable living. Shay’s vibrant personality and personal approach to design often land her high-profile and lifelong clients that trust her not only with their primary homes but also vacation homes across the country.
Shay has been the design expert for WFAA's Good Morning Texas since 2006. Her design segments can be seen on the show every Friday morning. She also writes a monthly editorial feature for Dallas based Beverly Drive magazine. She is one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s buyers for furniture, accessories, and lighting traveling all over the world to markets several times a year. Social media plays a large part in her daily design lifestyle. She has served on several social media panels including being a part of Kravet’s social media tour & Blogfest. As a woman who loves to throw a party, Shay hooked up with Global Views to host a tweetup for April 2010’s High Point Home Furnishings market & also with Hickory Chair for a celebrity studded fall 2010 tweetup in North Carolina. She was selected as a one of 8 designers from across the country as a Style Spotter for the 2012 April High Point Home Furnishing Market as well as the Fall 2013 Style Spotters Rewind to compete in the Style Spotter Pinterest contest.
Shay is married to wonderful man named Brian & has 2 daughters; Jaylie (8) & Brooklyn (2). They have a lovable Boxer named Roxy. Family, church & giving back to the community are high on her priority list. She is involved in several charitable organizations including Fashion Group International, Family Gateway, Junior Associates of the Dallas Museum of Art and Equest and serves on the boards for The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and The Family Place Partners Auxiliary.
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