Review: Kate Young for Target

Target’s newest designer collaboration is with Kate Young, a Brooklyn-based, sought-after stylist for the stars.  She has actually styled for Target in the past, which is what makes this collaboration particularly interesting.

According to Refinery29, Kate says that the Target collaboration is her proudest career moment so far.

According to Refinery29, Kate says that the Target collaboration is her proudest career moment so far.

I missed out on the first designer collaboration with Missoni, which I am bitterly reminded of every time I see a woman carrying a Missoni for Target tote at the airport.  (This happens all the time, ugh).  Since then, I’ve shopped the three latest Target designer collaborations (Jason Wu, Neiman Marcus, and Prabal Gurung).  I love that these partnerships let non-super-rich-people shop designer looks at affordable prices.

Target Style’s Facebook page has a preview of all the looks in the Kate Young collection.  Overall, I’m not loving the collection as much as the Jason Wu or Prabal Gurung ones, but there are a few pieces that really stand out.  Below are my favorite pieces that I think represent Kate’s fun, tasteful aesthetic and are the most versatile, long-wearing looks.

Beaded Dress in Yellow, $59.99

Beaded Dress in Yellow, $59.99

This Betty Draper-esque, mod mini dress is perfect for a cheery spring day.  (It’s also perfect for a gloomy spring day, a.k.a. April in Chicago, to cheer yourself up!)  I’d dress it up with black heels to wear to work or make it more casual with wedges for a weekend look.

Fitted Dress in Black with Belt, $49.99

Fitted Dress in Black with Belt, $49.99

This LBD is perfect for work or a dinner meeting, since it’s not too short or low cut.  I could definitely see this in my closet for years to come, as the simple, tasteful look won’t go out of style.

Jumpsuit in Black, $79.99

Jumpsuit in Black, $79.99

I love this sleek, classy jumpsuit for date night or grabbing drinks with friends.  A perfect way to experiment with the menswear trend, it’s structured, polished, and elegant without being too stuffy.  I’d pair with loose waves and a pop of red lipstick to keep the look young and fresh.

Flame Pumps in Red, $39.99

Flame Pumps, $39.99

Finally, these pumps with a cool, jagged cutout are rocker-chic and ladylike at the same time.  Wear these to work, a night out, to the grocery store… Whatever, get it girl!  I like that the details are interesting enough to catch attention without being over-the-top and inappropriate for more formal occasions.

Those are my top picks from Kate Young for Target.  What are your favorites?  Share in the comments!

 

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Recipe: 10 Ingredient Curried Broccoli & Greens Stir Fry

Eating healthy is not always (read: barely ever) easy.  By the time I’m on my way home from work, I’m usually exhausted and thinking about cheese fries with giardiniera or pizza or chocolate… The list goes on.  It doesn’t help that Chicago is home to some amazing grub food (lookin’ at you, Mr. Greek’s in the West Loop).  Sadly, neither my waistline nor general health would be positively affected if I ate what I wanted all the time, so I try to come up with tasty, healthy recipes at home.

Cooking is one of my favorite ways to de-stress.  Life makes sense in the kitchen and I walk away with a finished product that is (hopefully!) tasty and from the heart.  Tweaking recipes and creating something new is always fun.  I especially enjoy cooking for my boyfriend and family, but cooking for myself allows me to test out new recipes that I can eventually make for them.

I’ve had a new bottle of S&B Oriental curry powder in my pantry for awhile, bought on a tip from the great food blog Veggie Belly.  Tonight, I made a quick, healthy stir fry of curried broccoli and power greens.  I improvised, so it’s a sort of Indian/Asian fusion.  Leafy greens are a great source of fiber, minerals, and protein, while broccoli is high in antioxidants.  But more importantly, this stir fry is delicious and uses only ten ingredients!  You can whip it up in fifteen minutes.

Ingredients (serves 1):

– 1 small head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces

– 1 cup mixed power greens (baby kale, spinach, and red/green chard)

– 2 tsp S&B Oriental Curry Powder

– 2 tsp of peanut butter

– 4 tbsp of soy sauce

– 2 tsp of Sriracha sauce (omit if you don’t want this to be too spicy)

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– Small piece of ginger, minced

– Chili sesame oil to sautee

– 1 tsp honey

– Optional: 1-2 tbsp water

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Method:

1) Sautee the garlic and ginger in the chili oil until fragrant

2) Add the broccoli and greens, sauteeing until they start to heat up

3) Add the curry powder and mix

4) Add the soy sauce and mix

5) Add peanut butter, making sure to stir until veggies are coated

6) Add honey and mix

7) At this point, if the veggies are looking a bit too thick, add 1-2 tbsp of water to thin

I paired with brown rice for a simple, healthy dinner.  If you have extra, put the mixture in a pita bread pocket for lunch the next day.

Leave a comment letting me know what you think if you try this recipe!


Inspired by: Victorian Fashion

One of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day is to read historical fiction novels, specifically those set in Victorian Europe, which the second half of the 19th century.  I love how reading gives me the ability to slip into another world for a few hours.  I don’t think I would have actually been able to survive back then, because, well, I really love my Chi hair straightener and heated apartment.  BUT it’s amazing to imagine being an aristocratic woman during that time period: the grand balls, the waltzing, and, of course, the fashion!

Arguably, the most influential figure in Parisian fashion during the Victorian period was Charles Worth, known today by many as the Father of Haute couture.  Pieces from his label, House of Worth, were the most sought-after creations of fashion during the time.  Aristocratic ladies’ fashion during the late 1800s was all about impeccable tailoring and a perfect, meticulous fit.  Worth became so infamous that he was able to actually turn away customers and fit only the beautiful ladies whom he wished to dress.

Victorian Wedding Gown

Worth Tea Gown
Worth Tea Gown
Fashions of 1883

Fashions of 1883

It is hard not to be inspired by the beautiful fashion during this era.  Tragically, without a team of dedicated maids, it’s not quite possible to don a Worth-style creation today.  Here’s my take on how to make Victorian fashion wearable for spring and summer 2013!

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Though this maxi skirt from Akira is more reminiscent of a Victorian era petticoat, the elegant, ladylike work on the sheer bottom has a romantic, old-world feel.

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Add a pop of color with this flower print corset from Topshop, reminiscent of a lovely English garden and much more comfortable than a corset from the 1800s.

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Keep the look from becoming too girly by adding this chambray boyfriend shirt from Madewell.

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Finish off with a statement cameo necklace to invoke Victorian vibes, like this one from Etsy shop GayaDesigns.

If you are interested in historical fiction, check out authors Lauren Willig, Deanna Raybourn, and Tasha Alexander, all of whom have series featuring strong, smart ladies who happen to fight crime and/or solve mysteries while looking fabulous along the way.

What time period would you choose to visit if you could?  Share in the comments!