Birthday Dress // metallic pleated dress + turning 26

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Jane's Carousel photo shoot
No matter if it's your birthday or you're celebrating someone else's, the perfect party dress will ensure you feel sparkly, confident, and ready for anything. My 26th birthday is just around the corner (Friday, August 17), and this year I'm shining extra bright in metallic
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a gold metallic dress
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's birthday photo shoot in Brooklyn
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Jane's Carousel pics
I'm a planner, so I had this birthday dress picked out months in advance. But the one thing I couldn't nail down was the perfect necklace to go with it. I wasn't finding anything worthy in my own collection, so I turned to Red Carpet Rocks. The company, which is essentially Rent the Runway for jewelry, reached out to me just in time, and I totally lucked out by finding this stunning fringe statement necklace to complete my b-day look. 

The renting process was way simpler than I ever would have thought too. They hand-delivered my jewels the very next day. Three days later, someone came to pick up the necklace — I didn't even have to leave the house or deal with a shipping label! You can rent this exact same piece for yourself by clicking here
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a fringe statement necklace from Red Carpet Rocks
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's birthday party outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a jewelry rental from Red Carpet Rocks
This metallic dress is just as fun to wear as it looks. It's shimmery, flattering, and totally twirlable. The fact that it looks like I'm wearing liquid metal is icing on the cake! While at first I struggled with finding a suitable shoe, a nude heel quickly became an obvious choice. After all, the last thing I wanted to do was upstage this standout frock. 
Fashion blogger Kathleen Harper doing a photo shoot with balloons in NYC
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a gold metallic dress
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Brooklyn Bridge photo shoot
[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // necklace: rented from Red Carpet Rocks (I also like this style to buy) // heels: Ann Taylor (similar pair here) // earrings: Juicy Couture (identical pair here) // eyeshadow: Urban Decay's Naked Smoky palette // lip color: Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in "Lotus Root"]

Every year, Antonio and I shoot special photos for my birthday. This year was no different, but we decided to kick things up a notch. I planned far in advance (I literally bought this dress in December knowing I'd save it for this moment), and we woke up at 6 am the day of our shoot. 

We traveled to Brooklyn and took these pics before Brooklyn Bridge Park got crowded. I especially love our shots in front of Jane's Carousel. For me, it was the perfect way to welcome a new age. I can't wait to see where 26 will take me!

// SHOP //


Check Yourself // red gingham shorts + twist top

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer outfit ideas
Red gingham: the quintessential pattern of summer. It always seems to tag along on picnics, trips to the fair, and beach excursions. But for when I'm not living a summer paradise, I WEAR the print loudly and proudly...and it's almost the next best thing! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper with her bichon maltese puppy
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear shorts on a date
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's white weave Michael Kors purse
 Red gingham is whimsical on its own, but put it in the form of high-waisted ruffle shorts and you have yourself a charming, feminine outfit-starter. To up this look's edge factor, I paired my gingham with black and white. After that, my retro red accents were a no-brainer. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear red gingham shorts
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer date night outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear red retro sunglasses
I’ve been wearing shorts more than usual this summer and I’ve found they’re actually more versatile than I previously thought. This look for example is totally date-night appropriate. I’ve been trying to branch out in the shorts department too - they don’t all have to be denim! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a twist crop top
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style pics
 Photos by Dan Harper 
[top: Zara (similar one here) // shorts: Zara (identical pair here) // shoes: Express (I also like this pair) // sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // purse: Michael Kors (I also like this one) // earrings: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // lip color: Marc Jacobs lipstick in "Oh Miley"]

The adorable pup in the second photo is my family’s dog Cody. I love featuring him in my photos whenever possible. These were taken during one of my visits home to Chicago this summer, and Cody definitely stole the show! 

// SHOP //


All Ruffled Up // high-low skirt + one-shoulder top

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer date night outfit
Whether you're headed to a wedding or an afternoon soiree, add allure to your look with a ruffled high-low skirt and an elegant top. Dangle earrings and a pop of color serve as the perfect finishing touch. 
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper posing for photos at the Art Institute
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style 2018
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a high-low ruffle skirt from Banana Republic
Bringing this skirt back for the second time this summer, this go-around I'm rocking it with a delicate one-shoulder blouse. I love how the top's ruffles play off the pleats in my skirt, dialing up the drama in a playful yet polished way.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style pics
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a ruffle skirt and ruffle top
This skirt is one of my favorite purchases of the summer. I've already worn it multiple times, twice now on my blog, and it's starring in two more looks I'm waiting to photograph. It's just one of those pieces that makes me smile, you know?
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an off-the-shoulder ruffle top
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Chicago summer street style
 Photos by Dan Harper & Sarah Harper
[top: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // skirt: Banana Republic (similar style here) // heels: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // purse: Trina Turk (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Banana Republic (similar pair here) // earrings: Banana Republic (I also like this pair) // lip color: Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Lipgloss in "Taboo"]

I wore this look in Chicago for a family brunch and then around the city for a full day of adventuring. These photos were snapped right outside the Art Institute, and I love how the yellow flowers in the background compliment my sunny clutch. I wish I could say I planned it!

I hope everyone's enjoying their week so far — can you believe it's August already? 

//SHOP//


Orange You Glad // plaid shorts + twist crop top

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper's summer 2018 street style
Let's talk orange! Arguably THE color of summer, orange is bright, bold, and full of fun. And contrary to popular opinion, anyone can rock this cheerful hue. I grounded the orangeiest of oranges with navy, white, and a dash of lavender. My advice? Don't be afraid!
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper, wearing an orange twist crop top from Zara
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper, wearing plaid shorts in the summer
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper, showing how to wear high-waisted plaid shorts in 2018
Twist crop tops have been steadily creeping onto the fashion scene this summer and I am so here for it. Back in May, I immediately snatched this one up in two colors (the orange you see here and also in black because, versatility). Not only is this style made for high-waisted anything and everything, but it's a brilliant swimsuit coverup too.
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper, wearing Urban Decay orange lipstick
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper, wearing high-waisted plaid shorts
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper's 2018 summer outfit ideas
I may be alone here, but plaid has a tendency to feel "too played out" for my liking. However, it's such a classic print that of course I own MORE than a few plaid things. I combat my iffy feelings about the pattern by pairing it with uber trendy pieces — like look-at-me makeup and/or modern accessories such as pointed-toe shoes and studded jewelry. Traditional, meet edgy. 
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper, wearing an orange twist crop top from Zara in 2018
Nyc fashion blogger of Kat's Fashion Fix, Kathleen Harper, wearing orange twist top and plaid shorts
 Photos by Sarah Harper
[top: Zara (similar style here) // shorts: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this pair) // slides: Nanette Lepore (I also like this pair) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff // sunglasses: Banana Republic (I also like this pair) // choker: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // earrings: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this pair) // watch: Fossil // lip color: Urban Decay's Vice Lipstick in "Crash"]

Although I quickly threw this outfit together earlier this summer when I was home in Chicago, it's actually one of my favorite looks from the season. I especially love how my orange top, sunglasses, and lipstick really popped. But why stop there with the color? My purple crossbody adds a whole other dimension of fun!

// SHOP //


Best Dress // wedding guest look

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing what to wear to a wedding
With wedding season in full swing, it can be challenging to find that perfect guest dress that's versatile enough to work for any and all of the receptions on your calendar. Lucky for you, this lace number is multi-demential, seasonless, and surprisingly flattering. Prepare yourself for the compliments!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's wedding beauty makeup look
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's wedding outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's gold Michael Kors clutch
Give any wedding look an extra pop with a standout metallic purse. Coated in shiny gold, this Michael Kors clutch is elegant and dressy with major edge. Not going to lie, at my last wedding I felt like royalty carrying it around all night!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a special occasion dress
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer wedding dress
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a lace burgundy dress
Sophisticated, dramatic, and totally glam, lace dresses are not just a passing craze. They've steadily been increasing in popularity over the years, and for the past few seasons they've been hotter than ever. In burgundy, I can still rock this piece through fall and then wear it yet again once spring rolls around. #BangForYourBuck.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer wedding outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's wedding guest dress 2018
 Photos by Dan Harper 

I wore this exact look to a wedding I attended earlier this month. Not only was I showered in compliments, but I felt amazing AND amazingly comfortable all day/night. Better yet, my dress stood out against your typical floral prints and LBDs. If this isn't the ultimate frock for a wedding, then I don't know what is!

// SHOP //