krysta versus . ‘merica

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top .  Elizabeth and James : Castaway Bowery Tee

shorts . PLAINO Levi High Waisted Cutoffs  by Hanmattan on Etsy

clutch . SANG A : Chambray Leather Sand Blasted Leather

shoes . Free People: Gola Nation Retro Classic Sneakers

book . Slyvia Day : Crossfire Series (Book #3) 

ATTN MEN AND WOMEN THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

America: Home of the brave and land of the free.

It is safe to say that I am completely in my element when I am decked out from head to toe in gaudy American attire. There is something about slipping into a good pair of cut off jean shorts and throwing on an American flag bandana that makes you feel home. If you’re trying to make American Attire look cute, you’re doing something wrong. Enjoy letting go for a moment and showing your USA pride, throw on some Bruce Springsteen- Born in the USA or the Star Spangled Banner – the Whitney Houston Version, I shouldn’t even have to clarify but I will – and let us start this 4th of July off with a bang, but maybe we should get dressed first…

If you were to ask me what makes the perfect ‘Merica outfit it would consist of 3 Very important components.

1. Jorts (Jean Shorts for you amateurs out there) – short, long, overalls…just getter’ done.

2. Obnoxious American Flag gear – tops, shorts, shoes, bags, and hair accessories. Mix as desired. The more the merrier.

3. Budwiser, Bud diesel, Bud Heavy… shall I go on? The most important accessory to complete your outfit will be an ice cold brewski. I encourage a cooler of them, I promise the more you have the more you’ll look the part of a true classy American. Trust me on this, I may or may not be a pro.  Oh and don’t forget your American Flag Koozie.

If you’re not ready to jump head first and truly embrace ‘Merica attire this Fourth, may I suggest a “classier” alternative. I’ve thrown together a pair of Ombre Denim Cutoffs, Elizabeth and James Nautical top, and a SANG A chambray leather structured clutch. Not so fast now, did you really think that I would let you off that easy with out having to sport some version of the American Flag, who do you think I am? These Retro American Flag Sneakers will be the perfect punch to this relaxed 4th outfit!

Now go spell your name with a sparkler and sit back and enjoy some fire works with a cold one in hand. I’ll be doing the same at the Lake of the Ozarks, quiet possibly the most ‘Merican place I can imagine.

Now it’s your turn tell me why you love ‘merica. Comment “I love ‘merica because…” and I’ll pick a winner after the holidays.

xx Happy 4th! Be safe and stay classy America

krysta versus . boyfriends

krysta versus. in her shoesJeans Current Elliot

Top  CÉLESTE By Krysta Kerr

Shoes were bought in Paris

Riddle me this: Every girl needs them, simply glows when they’re with them, and can romp all around town with them. Uh, duh…Boyfriend JEANS.

If you’re anything like me, actually stealing a pair from my boyfriend tends to be hard when I lack the most important ingredient…the boy. Thank god for fashion trends and the world of online shopping to save me the hassle of finding a boy just to steal his clothes. Since we are on that topic, I’d like to say that when, and I do put plenty of emphasis on the “when”, I stumble onto Mr. Right he will be a perfect picture of a disheveled mess of handsome. And, at this point in my life I will take his clothes and wear them and quote me, Rock the hell out of them.  

There is something about men’s fashion that has drawn me in over the years and in turn rubbed off on my own personal style. Skin tight is not in my vocabulary. I always like to keep a nice fitted:slouchy ratio going on when putting my outfits together. As much as I’d love to run around in Boyfriend jeans and an oversized T-shirt all day long, I might get mistaken for a homeless person. So, the rule of thumb I stick to is simple: Baggy pants – Fitted Top or visa versa Slouchy Top – Skinny Pants, they just balance each other better that way.

So, go on my little minions and share your boyfriends with the world, I guarantee you’ll turn heads. There is nothing more attractive than a woman who can look relaxed and confident in her style. A little birdie once told me that men like when things are left up to the imagination rather than painted out for them. Think about it next time you’re about to slip into that body con (3 step) dress, give them the chase…

Well, seeing how this little fashion lesson just turned into a “how to get a boyfriend” tutorial from a highly unqualified source… I bid you farewell and good luck!

xx think like a woman, dress like a man 😉

krysta versus . beach bag swag

A surprise visit home to Kansas last weekend was a great success! It was a true test these past 3 weeks keeping my mouth shut to all of my friends but, I was sweetly rewarded with all the priceless faces when I showed up to my best friends going away party friday night. Nothing in the world beats a solid weekend home with old friends.
While I was home my good friend asked me my opinion on a good summer beach/pool bag. Naturally it got me thinking that I too need to invest in a new beach bag for any unexpected trips to Montauk or the Hampton’s this summer – Wink, wink. A girl can dream can’t she? krysta versus . beach bag swag
The 3 things I look for when it comes to beach bags are as follows. Take notes my little minions!
1. Material – can it stand up to all the sand, water, sunscreen, oil and beer you’re going to throw its way? My suggestion is to go with nylon, a waxed cotton canvas or crocheted straw. These materials not only repel any godly substance that will find its way on your bag but they look amazing as well! A classic WIN,WIN situation people.
2. Size and strap length – When in doubt think Mary Poppin’s when you go for an all day outdoor outing. Be prepaired for anything to come your way. Let’s be practical people, once it’s all said and done it’s a heavy load we are going to be carrying – lotions, oils, towel, sunglasses, hat, water bottle, snacks, speakers… shall I go on? You get the idea…we want what I call an “Endless Pit” kind of bag.
3. Last but certainly not least…I look for personality. Is this bag going to elude my personality without me having to explain a thing? Are you preppy? Go with the nautical stripe Sole Society tote or the J crew Navy woven tote. A little edgy, try the Mara Hoffman Printed tote (my personal favorite)! Do you love classic chic? I’d go ahead and suggest the Marc Jacob Nylon Tote in Beige. I have worn the Marc Jacobs in Black for a solid 4 years now and it has yet to go out of style.
Now that you have your perfect Beach Tote in tow, go on and soak up those rays, worry free of course. Just make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen, that never ends well and unfortunately a sunburn doesn’t compliment any beach bag and completely ruins your swag.
xx Suns out Guns out. 

Marc by marc jacobs tote
saksfifthavenue.com

Sole society
solesociety.com

J crew tote
jcrew.com

krysta versus . The Talking Shoes

Some days you just need your shoes to do the walking and talking for you. Be nice to your feet people, they go through more than you think. But it’s, “all for the love of fashion, right?” All I’m saying is give them a rest every once in a while, give them something to smile about, or in this case “wink” about.
krysta versus . The Talking Shoes
My love affair with loafers began two years ago when I discovered Del Toro and The Velvet Skull Slipper . It was love at first sight and naturally I have coveted everything Del Toro since. The man can do no wrong, case in point with these beyond fantastic PRINCE ALBERT BONE CANVAS SLIPPER LOAFERS WITH WINKING EYE EMBROIDERY.
I prefer to sport the bare legs when I fashion a pair of fancy loafers, it allows the attention to be drawn to your winking feet. To achieve this affect I went with my favorite pair of ACNE navy crinkled short, but any relaxed fit short will boast the same results. For a topper I went with a simple graphic tee to reflect my personality, thank you 3.1 Phillip Lim for letting me harness my inner “Weirdo.”  With the whole boyfriend look covered I felt it only proper to bring in a feminine touch with the Gold Sliver Tuxedo Jacket by rag & bone.
I decided to bring out the color of our shoes “eye” with this amaze balls shades of blue Dannijo Zinnia Necklace. Growing up my parents would bicker back and forth on the topic of what color my eyes were. My mother stood firm with, “baby blue, just like your grandpa.” As for my father he stood firm with green, maybe he only saw me on cloudy days? Guys, I have those freakish eyes that change with the weather, my mood, or my cycle. Blue one day green the next. Or, sometimes they decide to do one of both leaving it a debate forever open with no clear victor in sight – no pun intended here.
For the closing act, I give you a grey and banana yellow pouch bag by Proenza and a Coral lipstick from YSL, the perfect back up singers to our super star look  (as said in the voice of Molly Shannon, Duh!). Oh and don’t forget your La Mer camel leather watch, heaven forbid you be late for brunch!
xx ; )

Rag bone jacket
$1,130 – net-a-porter.com

Proenza schouler
ssense.com

Dannijo
dannijo.com

La mer jewelry
piperlime.gap.com

Yves saint laurent lipstick
bloomingdales.com

krysta versus . april showers

April showers bring May flowers, right? Wrong! These showers bring frizzy hair, which in my experience works on no one. krysta versus . april showers
With all of this rain hitting New York City lately, I find it only appropriate to dedicate some time to rainy day attire that wont make you look gloomy. I admit that I am feeling a bit nostalgic for Kansas, thankfully that’s nothing slipping into a pair of Baldwin jeans and popping on their signature KC ball cap could’t fix. With such an amazing Kansas City Brand, Baldwin Denim, acting as the heart of this look, I felt it only right to pair them with “yellow brick road” stompers – Red Acne Booties.
To accessorize I went with my trusty and ever loyal friend, Roberto Coin Cross necklace. Rarely will you see me without it decorating my neck. Isabel Marant’s cuff is the perfect bridge to our Dorothy red boots.
Being more of a hood wear’er myself, I rather leave the hassle of an umbrella at home. Didn’t you know that New York City is where umbrella’s go to die? I have found that Aritzia’s Talula Trooper Jacket has weather’d many a storms with me and without it’s coverage I would of been left a soggy mess. Now that we have the frizz under control with my hood and KC ball cap lets turn to the man of the hour…Mickey Mouse. With M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E (You just sang the Mickey Mouse club theme song didn’t you?) by your side, “you can do things and go places, all around the world, you’ll go marching” in the rain…
I truly feel that you can go out in the world and handle any weather that comes your way. Incase you’re still feeling uneasy about facing that rain alone I give you the ever coveted Celine Luggage Tote, the perfect PIC – (Partner in Crime). Need I say more?
xx the old man that bumped his head

krysta versus . green acres

“Green Acres is the place for me. Farm livin’ is the life for me.” Let’s be a walking contradiction, shall we?
I’d first like to admit that I once stole a box of sparkle crayons. Phew, glad I got that off my chest. I hid said crayons in the front pouch of my white floral short overalls when I was of the ripe age of 4. To this day, I feel like I owe overalls my life for not tattle taling on me. So, this one’s for you my ever loyal compadre. Let’s get back to being walking contradictions…
green acres
Starting with a focus, or as I like to call it the “heart” of the outfit, is key, because without it you’d have lifeless corpse of a get up. In this case we call on the dowdy and borderline masculine pair of overalls. Let the fun begin.
I started by thinking of the most feminine things I could – diamonds, lace, heels, and red lipstick.  Yeah, that ought to show those overalls who wears the pants in this relationship – see what I did there?
Pardon my french but, “Je suis convoiter la merde hors de ce collier Roberto Cavalli.” I mean, do you blame me? Is it a Flamingo? Is it a Peacock? I don’t know, and I don’t rightfully care, it’s a bonafied eyegasm ladies and gents. The perfect piece that screams, “Don’t mess with me bro, overalls are cool!”
This Simone Rocha floral lace top is ideal for balancing out a more masculine look. It lightens up the overalls, shows a little skin, and allows men to overlook the questionable farmer action going on…well, everywhere.
I could not bring myself to settle on just one pair of pumps for this look, so you’re getting two! Zara killed it with the black and white striped pump, ideal for a more subtle vibe. But, those Manolo Blahnik’s – did I die and go to Barbie’s closet? If you’re not afraid to be bold and loud with your style PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE go with a neon pump like this… you wont regret it! When in doubt, I like to always think WWBD? (What Would Barbie Do?).
I figured if we are going bold, let’s go big or go home. Thank heavens Satchel Company read my mind on the neon yellow memo.
And to finish this oh so desirable contradicting look, I leave you with the wisest of words from the one and only, Man Repeller – “Sunglasses, like red lipstick, change everything.”
xx “Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.”

krysta versus . high tops

Completely underrated is our dear friend, the high top. Two of my favorite characteristics wrapped up in one, dainty and masculine, when morphed properly, create the birth of a god(dess). There are endless ways to wear these little puppies and your ankles will be thanking you for the cozy addition to your, over flowing, shoe collection. Now, let’s begin our love affair with these under appreciated stereotyped bad boys.
krysta versus. high tops
1. They’re easy to love because they’re comfortable. Let’s be real…when living in New York heels never sound all that appealing while romping around the city trying to look fabulous. This is why I’m currently obsessed with the Be & D sneakers. Why not kill two birds with one stone; a high top with a stiletto painted on it – the ultimate illusion. You’ll be walking around the city with confidence, feeling 10 inches taller. Trust me on this one.
2. Perfect for executing that, “Oh this, I just threw it together (but I know I look amazing)” look. Props to Lanvin and Mochino for creating the Cadillac of high tops and making them the ultimate solution for this effortless look. Leather? Yes, please.
3. It’s a form of the fashion mullet and be honest, who doesn’t love a mullet? Business: Cute pant suit or dress on top & Party: fantastic high top on the bottom. What better way to do this than with a little bit of glitz? I am by no means a glitter kind of lady, but I can’t stop day dreaming about Kate Spade’s striped canvas high tops with a glittered toe. Talk about happy feet! It’s like a mini disco for your toes.
High tops are not just for punks and toddlers anymore ladies and gents; they’re taking over the world and looking damn good doing it.
xx happy high topping.

Lanvin hi top sneaker
mytheresa.com

Kate Spade flat shoes
piperlime.gap.com

Be & D be&d shoes
$210 – farfetch.com

Be & D be&d shoes
shopbop.com