Blair Husain

Blair at home by Marko MacPherson for KiC

Have you ever met someone only to realize you have a million friends in common? That is precisely what happened to me and Blair. We would cross paths frequently, but did not really connect until a year ago when she ran into us shooting KiC on the street outside her apartment.  A jewelry designer with an eponymous line, mother of three and Best Dressed List topper; Blair is a stylish profile.

Although based in New York, Blair was raised in North Carolina and travels extensively. Through her travels, a broad range of cultural influences have come into play as inspiration for her work. Numbers are also important, because as she says “everyone has a number that means something special.”

Blair Husain Jewelry was first on my radar when I saw a lot of friends wearing her one-of-a-kind Roman numeral pendants and bracelets to honor special occasions. But it is her new pieces, especially the “rock” rings, that I think are gorgeous and fun.

Blair on the street courtesy of Quest Magazine

What inspires your jewelry: Architecture, the gemology department at the Museum of Natural History and the Zodiac rotunda in the NYC courthouse at 1 Centre Street.

5 Spring Essentials:
Valentino Rockstud flats
Any art from the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, she has such a good eye
Naeem Khan cocktail dress
AG jeans in white
Ralph Lauren Ricky bag in purple croc

3 Beauty Musts:
Gold shimmer elastic hair ties at Zitomers
Fresh Twilight Face Glow Cream
A smile… it makes you look prettier!

A perfect day is: Sleeping late, having coffee from Sant Ambroeus in their beautiful salmon-colored disposable cups, going for a walk around the reservoir , meeting my family for a big brunch at Le Magnifique, watching my kids scooter in the neighborhood while I window shop, going to SLT for a workout, getting my hair blown-out (such a luxury) then reading stories to my children (listening to them laugh, watching them smile) and hearing them say their prayers…then off to dinner with my husband to T-Bar where they have the best lamb burger and banana dessert! Bliss!

Being a mother is: What I am most proud of and feel very blessed to experience.

Next destination: A family reunion in Jamaica for my brothers 40th!

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THE ROW

Emma ruffled leather slides

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

Peak-lapel tie-waist coat

KHAITE

Alissa mid-rise slim-leg boyfriend jeans

DIOR

I-Dior leather point-toe bootie

AURELIE BIEDERMANN

Tangerine gold-plated necklace

SOLUDOS

Flor embroidered espadrille

ALTUZARRA

Campbell ribbed-knit cardigan

THE GREAT

The Army Nerd cropped stretch-twill skinny pants

ALTUZARRA

D'Orsay canvas espadrilles

ERDEM

Cordelia floral-print silk crepe de chine midi dress

BALENCIAGA

Button earrings

DIOR

J'Adior leather slingback flat

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My new fave: Sacai

Courtesy of Tmagazine

I was determined to celebrate my birthday in Valentino. When I fell hard for the first look in the SS12 show, I preordered it. As is often the case, what is shown on the runway is just not the same when delivered to the stores. With the day fast approaching and nothing new to wear, I reached into my closet and pulled out my recent standby and go-to dress by Sacai below. Paired with Valentino Rockstud shoes and a starched white collar, this has become my favorite, easy and pulled-together look.

What makes a Sacai dress so great and easy is that it is all one piece, yet looks like separates. The sweater is attached to the skirt, you just pull it on.

This dress has saved me a number of times these past few months. I don’t love a boatneck, so I tuck a collar, like the one below, underneath and I removed the silver cuffs.

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Garden

Let it grow

Courtesy of Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

It’s Earth Day and, if it doesn’t rain as predicted, we will be up to our elbows in dirt. Gardening has become an integral part of our lives and it’s very satisfying to grow our own food.

Recently, I have become a bit herb crazed. I am training rosemary trees into topiary balls and my kitchen counter is rapidly losing space to all the greenery. Herbs are easy to grow and smell divine. I am hosting a lunch tomorrow and, in lieu of floral arrangements, I have planted my favorite herbs in terracotta pots to be the centerpieces. Guests will have packets of seeds at their seats, instead of chocolates, with the hope that they will catch the gardening bug too.

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Looks

Run-around chic

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You will never see me in red jeans- nor pink, peach, baby blue or any other colorful denim. However, eggshell and very pale yellow appeal to my neutrals-only sensibility. Paired with a grey top and my fave new Supergas, this look would take me from the school-run to a meeting and beyond.

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Garden

Buying the farm

Growing food is all the rage. When Williams & Sonoma recently launched an agrarian section in its catalogue, I knew the trend is far reaching. Their mobile henhouse has gotten a lot of coverage and the organic vegetable beds are good, but it’s the beehive that makes me happy.

I have posted on beekeeping a few times. Thanks to my friend Lisa of BeeHaven Honey in Locust Valley, NY, I am dedicated to helping save the bees and want to learn more about the process. Williams & Sonoma’s agrarian push may very well help this cause and hopefully more people will take up beekeeping. You just need one hive, although I am told, one usually leads to a few.

We grow organic lettuces, onions, shallots and raspberries for the best pies.

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To Cartier, with Love

Last evening I attended the Cartier relaunch of the Juste un Clou. The highlight of the event, held in the Cartier Mansion, was the exhibition of jewelry, sketches and an interactive wall of images honoring Aldo Cipullo, the Roman jeweler who created the Juste un Clou and the iconic Love bracelet (through May 8th). I wear the Love bracelet on a leather strap above everyday.

While getting ready, I decided this would be the perfect time to test drive carrying a large wallet in lieu of a handbag. Fortunately, I had a car, so I left the big bits behind, but it was really freeing to not have a cumbersome bag at a packed event (btw Charlotte Casiraghi is even more beautiful in person). I took the Valentino below and it held my phone, keys and lipstick.

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Looks

The pencil skirt by Amanda Ross







The always chic and perfectly turned-out Amanda Ross was one of our earliest Style Setters. We caught up with Amanda recently and asked her to guest edit a post for KiC of her must-have Spring picks. “I absolutely love wearing a pencil skirt and creating a look around it. I buy one every season and look for something that works day and night. I love the color, shape and sexiness of this Givenchy skirt. Add a little bohemian flair with the fringe sweater, color in the ear, some rock-n-roll cuffs and a bag. Make a statement with your shoes.” You cannot go wrong with this look.

Amanda is currently a contributing editor for Departures magazine, the consulting fashion director for Anne Klein and fashion stylist extraordinaire! View Amanda’s work at arossgirl.

See below a few more options

  • Miu Miu cashmere and silk sweater
  • Tabitha Simmons metallic lace-up bootie
  • Reed Krakoff cotton-sateen pencil skirt
  • Thakoon embroidered silk blouse
  • Maison Martin Margiela belt
  • La Petite S***** bonded linen-blend pencil skirt
  • Bottega Veneta fold-over clutch
  • Lanvin leather and wooden sandals
  • David Szeto leopard square scarf,

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The simple clutch

Finally, after a long search, I found the perfect run-around clutch. Large enough to hold everything I need including my wallet, this clutch, by 3.1 Phillip Lim, is it. Another plus, it has a gusset so it sits upright, which is a must.

I bought one in tan and one in black, but the white and navy are good too. At under $300., I think they are a good find.

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CR by Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld’s eagerly anticipated magazine, the first issue to be published fall 2012, is simply named CR. WWD spoke with Carine about the biannual, slightly oversized and book-like features of the upcoming CR Fashion Book.

Fans of the former editor in chief of Paris Vogue, we hope that Carine channels her grown up and very personal style into her new project.

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Flms

Damsels in Distress

After a 14 year hiatus, Whit Stillman has a new film, “Damsels in Distress”. “Metropolitan, “Barcelona” and “Last Days of Disco, Stillman’s earlier movies, mirrored my own coming-of-age experiences. “Damsels in Distress” is not a continuation of the first three films, yet it mines the same preppy, upper-crusty mores. I hear it is really good and cannot wait to see it.