Net-A-Porter sale

It's that time of year. The biannual Net-A-Porter sale! Navigating a major sale like Net-A-Porter's can be overwhelming, and sadly your wishlist will start to sell out before you even finish browsing the shoe section. But after years of shopping this sale, I've learned a few strategic shopping methods that help me find exactly what I'm looking for. 

No. 1 — search by designer

I always sort by designer. I begin by opening tabs of my favorite designers like KhaiteTotême, ProtagonistMaison Margiela, etc. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, this immediately narrows down my search to 10-20 items at a time, and then I know exactly what is on sale. This is my favorite and most-efficient shopping method. 

No. 2 — search by categories  

I also like to open tabs for my favorite items — denim, shoes and outerwear. I find these three categories sell out the quickest, and are usually the most discounted at 40-50% off. You can never have too many jeans, shoes or jackets, right? Lastly, I know my size in (most) denim, shoes and coats so this makes it even easier by limiting my search by size.

No. 3 — search for specific items 

My last method is to search for specific colors, fabrics or one-off items that I have been wanting or needing. Example: are you looking for a navy cashmere knit? That Altuzzarra pearl headband as seen on the runwayJennifer Fisher gold hoops? Black satin mules? Easy. 

Good luck and happy shopping!

— BK 

 

Brooke's sale picks: 

 

Stella McCartney coat | Protagonist cashmere bodysuit | Maison Margiela skirt

Totême knit | Alexachung denim | Stella McCartney vegan mules 

 Khaite satin dress | Building Block bag | Rosetta Getty mules

Acne Studios turtleneck

 

 

the white sneaker

I've always chosen comfort when it comes to footwear so over time I've grown a silent collection of sneakers. Silent, because on most occasions I opt for a flat or mule, even in the dead of winter.  But I really do love the ease of a good sneaker — they're unfussy and can be worn with just about everything (dresses, skirts, trousers, etc). 

Over the years I've gone through three pairs of white, low top CdG Converse, my first pair dating back to high school! I also went through a strong Golden Goose phase a few years back because the pre-distressed condition was ideal for walking around the city (I think this is the #1 reason why hundreds of girls wear them in NYC). Both sneaker options are fun and reliable, but I'm always on the hunt for a more interesting alternative. 

                                              Image from Atelier Dore 

                                              Image from Atelier Dore 

Nowadays, my go-to style is a more classic canvas or leather white sneaker. Last season I fell in love with Celine's '70s-style plimsole, as seen on the Spring/Summer 17 runway. This style will never not be cool, so after many white sneaker try-ons I finally purchased a pair with the classic red accents. I can't wait to wear them year round! 

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What is so great though about the white sneaker craze is that you can find a pair at any price point. Scroll below for my choice of anything but basic (no Stan Smith or Superga here!) white sneaker options.

— BK

fall/winter beauty

Last week I showed my hair stylist a photo of Nastjassa Kinski's natural wavy bob in Paris, Texas, and asked for the same short, sassy cut. It feels very fall 17, and also requires little maintenance (yes to air dry!) to achieve that 'undone' look. Since embracing my new bob, I also find myself wearing more bodysuits, turtlenecks and crew necklines that accentuate my face and giraffe-like neck. I love it — and having not gone this short in a few years, I never want to look back.

In order to maintain a healthy mane, I'm currently loving this moisturizing hair mask by Aesop, which is much needed for the colder, dryer months ahead. It's a light, soothing mask that I find works well on my thick, non-treated, short hair. Once shampoo and conditioned (I only use sulfate-free products, which deplete moisture), I section off my hair and set with these clips to air dry overnight. The next morning I brush it out (love Ibiza's line of hairbrushes) and spritz with my favorite anti-frizz spray by Philip B. Voila! 

As for beauty, I've also been playing up my eyeshadow, skipping eyeliner, and as always, playing up a strong brow that gives my new 'do a little more sass. This inexpensive brow gel, by the way, is my key to a perfect brow. I first fill in my brows with my favorite brow pencil, then brush my brows upwards with the gel to create a full, natural look. 

Right now, Bobbi Brown's long-wear cream shadow stick is my favorite cream shadow for creating a foolproof (and subtle) bronze-y eye. For daytime, I love Sunlight Gold, a soft, golden shimmer, and for an evening look, I lightly layer Golden Bronze on top and blend both shadows with my index finger. These shadows are also ideal for traveling, with no palettes or brushes required.

Lastly, with such fair skin, I always skip bronzer and hightlighter in the cooler months, and instead reach for a warm blush with terracotta undertones. This is my favorite winter blush by Laura Mercier in Spiced Cider, and I find that it adds a nice, natural warmth to my NC10 skintone. To see more of my fall/winter 17 hair and beauty inspo, scroll below. 

— BK

the fall 17 edit

This season my fall wardrobe is as minimal as ever. Back in September, I did a big closet clean-out by ridding any last season basics that I no longer wear or want to update and replace. Since then I have been slowly filling my closet back up, but with the current hot-and-cold weather I'm still holding on to a few late summer pieces, too.  

As always, structured blazers, turtlenecks and tapered denim are my wardrobe staples. This season I've added a few new staples but with modern updates, like a turtleneck bodysuit or an oversized printed check blazer. I also always rely on trench coats, which act as the perfect transitional piece when you're not sure what to wear on a October (or April) 70-something degree day. 

My favorite shoe of the season? Combat boots — but worn right, in a not so obvious way. Due to my strong love of 90s minimalism, and of course anything The Row, I recently purchased these distressed silk combat boots and they 100% inspired my wardrobe for the upcoming season ahead. I think they're the perfect dichotomy of sophisticate and cool-girl, and I couldn't be more in love with them. To get a similar look these or these are also great affordable options. 

Below is a preview of my fall 17 edit. To see more seasonal additions visit the shop my style page. 

— BK

The Row silk boots | The Row trench coat | Dries Van Noten white shirt

Wolford turtleneck bodysuit | Brock Collection straight leg denim | H&M check blazer

The Row mink handbag | Khaite cashmere knit | Toteme cream denim