Feb 16, 2011

Giveaways Celebrating New York Fashion Week

Hey Ladies,
GIVEAWAYS!!!! This Wed, Thurs, and Friday I will be posting 3 tees that 3 lucky women will get a shot at winning :-)
Today I had some fun at Samsung at the Time Warner Bldg in NYC and posed on a green screen to make it look like I'm a model on the runway. Cool, right?? The 3 tees I am wearing are the 3 styles I'll be giving away. Here is the 1st photo below...
To get your chance to win any of the 3 :: Just make sure you have signed up for our mailing list by this weekend. Winners will be announced this Saturday.
Good Luck, Ladies!!
Xoxo, Katie

Jan 27, 2011

A Page From Katie's Diary

This photo was taken of me last August for the premier of my
first collection. It reminds me so much of the heart of New
York City, and I'm so excited to be making the return "home."
I started this blog about 1 month ago. However, the vision was planted into my heart a little before that though....

In late November, I was in Italy for a design trip to obtain inspiration for the Elegantees collections of 2011. However, I felt so discouraged because my dreams were not working. The vision for my company is to fight sex trafficking through distributing the profits into the hands of those who are missionaries in the work of fighting the evil. But the finances of Elegantees are not realistically there yet, and I wondered what all my hard work and sacrifices are for. In all my discouragement and doubt, I just let it go emotionally, and then the blog came into my mind. The inspiration came to me when I was on a train from Rome to Milan. It was nice and quiet, and I was able to spend some alone time to just journal, process my emotions, and have peace about me realizing I cannot be superwoman. This company is not really mine, nor is the dream, or the skills even that I have been blessed with. I shared with God that I didn't want to do this anymore, it's too much to handle. I said He would have to if this is what He wants. And then the inspiration came because He showed me my company may fight sex trafficking one day when it's profitable, but for now, He has a plan for me before all that will happen. He wants to build who I am as a designer, as the hands and heart that direct this brand's image.

Modesty is the core of my vision in fashion. In the photography, the goal is to capture the beauty of the set, the clothes, and most importantly, the women wearing them. Many of ladies are not models by trade, they are simply beautiful women that are enhanced with beautiful styling and a lovely elegantee. As the Art Director of them, I hope to assure the women they are gorgeous so their confidence radiates from the inside out. I stand next to the models to direct them, hoping they will just be themselves. It’s important that you can feel like you could be friends with the women. As many of you know, my belief in modesty is rooted in motives, and I think of it in the shoots. If the motive is not to seduce, then, your motive is in being your true self. I believe this is so important, and that is one layer of the world of beauty I want to be permanently braided into the brand’s DNA. It means a lot to have the support of all you graceful women!! Because, otherwise, this would be a more difficult thing...modesty is not the norm in this industry.

The next month or so, I am going to be undergoing a makeover myself! I will be very busy working on the Spring collection, too busy to post on this blog. So, I will be praying for inspiration for ways this blog will become "new." I desire to minister to women and incorporate women other than me into the blog especially through video interviews and demos, while helping women style through them (and maybe get a few pointers myself ;-)).

I will also undergo a transition. I live in both Iowa and New York City (yes, bizarre!). However, starting early March, I will be spending much more time in NYC than I am right now and plan to rent a small room so my time in NYC will be much longer and I can keep some things there (currently I just crash with friends when I go over there, so renting something will allow me to feel like a New Yorker again, and get more rooted into fashion since I won't be living in a suitcase anymore...yay!). I am so excited for many reasons, but one thing is the blog. I believe there will be many opportunities to share my vision and dream with people who can help. Also, to work with a special women on the blog for each series to enhance her outer beauty through modest and classy styling, and maybe her inner beauty will shine more too. I know mine is after receiving so much love from all you ladies!! 

I am so thankful to all my fans. I am looking forward to what is ahead in the next few months. I believe there are many transformations for this blog, the Elegantees brand, and for me due in short time. I will talk to you in March :0)

Love always,

P.S. Once facebook hits 200 fans, I will be doing a huge Elegantees giveaway. Hope you enjoy it! (Other than the giveaways, I will be likely be not posting much if at all until March).

Jan 24, 2011

Elegantees' Beautiful Photos!

I just added a bunch of great photos from www.elegantees.com! I was the art director for them, and am so proud of the work :) Beautiful women, beautiful clothes. Let me know which of the 12 photos are your fav!!! xoxo, Katie

Jan 21, 2011

Belting Tips Video

The video I made of the latest belted looks, with footage from The Cloisters in NYC (and Josh Groban singing in Italian...perfect for the elegant occasions and styles). Enjoy!!!

Jan 19, 2011

Hi-Lo Sweater

A hi-lo sweater jacket is longer in the front and higher in the back. They are comfortable and very chic. The fullness creates a playfulness especially when adding a belt. In this first example, I wore all black with the navy sweater. My belt has silver hardware, so added a silver bangle. So chic....It even makes it look like I'm wearing a Diane Von Furstenberg dress, which retail around $400!!
Navy always reminds me of nautical (cruises, sunny weather, 4th of July colors). So, for this look I changed my black jeans to white, and added a white belt. The belt has gold studs on it. Brought the look tog w/ gold earrings.

Jan 18, 2011

Fullness on the Top of the Dress Deserves a Belt

Good morning, Beauties!! The radiant young lady in the middle pic is Kristina, and she looks so stylish in this Elegantees "Hayllie" dress. I loved the accents she added with her matching belt and bag, and the gorgeous nude heels! She's about 5'3" in real life, but I think she looks about 5"7"! The belt really lengthens her legs, which is otherwise hard to do with dresses that end at the knees.

I'm wearing the same dress. I added this belt because it happened to match so well! There are a lot of details on the top half of this dress, so breaking it up with a belt is a good idea. It makes it look like we're wearing a beautiful cropped blouse with a high-waisted pencil skirt. 

Now looking back at the total outfit on the far left photo, I see this would look just as thoughtful also with a black belt to match my leggings. So next time I wear this, you know how I'll be styling it ;-)

Wanted to share with you a Bible verse that was really helpful to me yesterday. Sometimes I feel so weak, or insufficient, and helpless. It's part of me having unrealistic expectations for myself, which can cause me to just beat myself up. But, even when I'm focused, and joyful, and have drive, I don't have it together even still! I was reminded of this in 2 Corinthians 12:9 where God is saying to us: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  When we are weak, He is strong. And how glorious is that! For us to be made strong by the God of all creation. Quite powerful!

Hope you have a wonderful week!!
Love always,

Jan 17, 2011

The Peplum

Transform your simple sweater into an edgy silhouette in 2 easy steps!

1:: Cinch a belt over your entire outfit
2:: Pick up the fabric of the sweater in the back to create a peplum.

It will also make your hem hi-low which is quite trendy ;-)

Aren't belts fabulous!!??

Thank you, Dr. King!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."                                                                                                                                                 -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 15, 2011

Layering:: Bring it Tog w/ a Thin Belt

I dressed down this gorgeous ruffle blouse with a camouflage knitted vest. Brought it together with this thin belt.

These colors coordinate because this yellow-orange belt is a warm color, the greens and denim blue are cool colors. The warm tone cheers it up. That's why I chose this belt and also these gold leaf dangling earrings.

I got the vest at a thrift shop, and the forest green ruffle tee from Elegantees.

Do you wear belts over vests. If not, would you?

Love always, Katie

Jan 14, 2011

Belting:: Wide Belt Over Peacoat

This week I went on a few romantic dates with my boyfriend. I'd like to share the experience of one of them since we took some photos! He took me walking through Ft. Tyrone Park in New York City around 190th Street in Manhattan. We then entered a "castle" where there was an art museum inside of it with 12th, 13th, 14th century art and the whole building had the same theme with its architecture. We loved it!! If you want to go sometime, it's called the Cloisters. Beautiful experience.

Before we met, I knew we would be doing plenty of walking. It was a nice January day so knew I wouldn't have to bundle up too much. I wore a tunic dress with warm leggings and my comfortable walking boots. A peacoat, absolutely necessary. Knowing I wouldn't take off my coat, I dressed it up my outfit by adding a wide belt. It was comfortable and stylish. Definitely try it sometime!!! I only have a few coats (this mustard tangerine coat is my "trendy" one), so in order to add a nice accent to an outfit we appear to wear so often, a belt is a perfect touch and it bring an element of surprise!! :-)