the fall 18 edit

a structured blazer,

I bought this navy Balenciaga blazer in Paris. Not only is it a statement, but a wardrobe staple.

my favorite high waist denim,

if I had to choose one pair of denim these jeans would be it. The quality, fit and style is 10/10.

strappy sandals,

I won the vintage lottery when I found these never-been-worn Gucci (by Tom Ford era) strappy sandals in my size. I have since been wearing them with baggy trousers and denim with oversized sweaters.

a reliable grey knit turtleneck,

this perfect knit turtleneck will be on rotation all season long.

and a cool trench coat, always (rain or shine)

every fall I like to invest in an interesting trench coat — I am currently loving this split-back style and this wool blend trench.

 
 

BALENCIAGA structured blazer, MAX MARA knit turtleneck, KHAITE denim, THE ROW sandals, PACO RABANNE trench coat, RAEY boyfriend denim, TOTÊME knit, THE ROW ankle boots

To see more weekly additions visit @stylebrookekatherine or the shop my style page.

— BK

Totême: The City

Totême’s latest campaign, THE CITY, is an ode to New York, and seemingly, my favorite Totême campaign yet. The video represents all things I love about Manhattan — the movement, the energy, and of course, the ‘woman-on-a-mission’ slash ‘I-have-something-really-important-to-attend-to’ (even if that means running to The Line’s sample sale) style.

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Currently on my fall checklist?

  1. hair pulled back in an unfussy bun

  2. black ankle boots (that are made for walking)

  3. a chic and reliable coat

  4. that logo silk blouse (not available for purchase yet!)

  5. smart trousers

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See the video here.

To shop the looks, see the Totême: The City edit.

— BK

how to pack for Europe in a carry-on

I recently got back from a beautiful summer holiday in Italy. This was my first time traveling to Europe without checking a single piece of luggage. It was so liberating (fear of lost luggage, gone), that I told myself I'll never look back! I enjoyed the ease of moving from airport to train station to ferry without relying on my husband to help me — and, above all, landing at JFK after a 12 hour travel day (and not having to wait for luggage at baggage claim) was all worth the inconveniences of packing light.

1. folding method

Full disclosure, I tried a new packing technique by applying the “KonMari Method.” This folding method keep clothes as compact as possible and it has completely changed my view on travel and packing, and even at home organization (I am fully inspired by Marie Kondo's way of life but more on that later). When I first came up with the idea to carry-on I had my doubts but after an afternoon of KonMari folding practice and a little help from YouTube, I did it. Two cities and twelve days worth of outfits, five pairs of shoes, three handbags, one very large straw hat and my travel steamer (that I can't leave home without).

2. invest in smart luggage

Not all luggage is created equal. This trip my husband and I used carry-ons by Rimowa. Rimowa is an iconic brand, best known for their durability and a sleek design. A splurge, yes, but a worthy investment. Smart luggage, plus the KonMari method makes packing enjoyable!

3. pack what you love and can re-wear

Traveling light means rewearing clothes in new or unexpected ways. Whenever traveling, more than half of my luggage is filled with clothing I feel comfortable wearing and styling because it brings a sense of comfort. The remainder is filled with new purchases and favorite accessories. I find my best travel outfits are made up of old and new. For example, one night on Capri I wore my favorite The Row black silk dress with a new vintage black crocodile belt (to cinch the waist) and Loewe mules to dinner. Earlier in the day I wore the dress sans belt with leather flip flops and my new The Row pouch bag. Bottom line: have fun, be creative and don’t overpack.

— BK

the summer 18 edit

This summer I haven’t done a lot of shopping (besides a new handbag or dress, here and there). When I’m not wearing an easy, travel-friendly dress by Totême, my summer uniform is very 90s — a tee or knit tank paired with long denim shorts or baggy white trousers and flip flops or sandals. I also inevitably have been into the oversized straw hat trend (#Jacquemushat) because I am not a sun worshipper. My summer 2018 style? A $60 knock-off from Mango which I think is even better than the real thing. See below for a preview of my summer edit. To see more seasonal additions visit the shop my style page. 

— BK

THE ROW pouch bag, TOTÊME dress, JACQUEMUS straw hat, BALENCIAGA tee shirt, CELINE sunglasses, LEVI’S RE/DONE shorts, KHAITE knit tank top and TKEES flip flops