Monday, May 7, 2012

New Vintage Items Added: Dancing Queen

Channel the glamorous disco divas that ran Studio 54 in their slinky silk gowns, voluptuous furs, and wine stained mouths. Inspired by the likes of Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Cher and Grace Jones, KISMET brings to you new vintage goods. Check out our showy earrings, decadent cuffs, and bold gold necklaces. Shop it here!  

Monday, April 30, 2012

Snash Jewelry

As much as I heart NY, I am definitely hearting Snash Jewelry's double ring with cutout of NYC skyline. The inspiration of this line's fanciful collection seems to vary greatly from mystical creatures (dragons and dinosaurs) to your more familiar, absolute creatures (like deer and rams) to the exact opposite of nature itself (with Snash's city skyline pieces). This collection may not be cohesive but there is definitely something here for everyone. With a discreet sense of humour, see Chillaxsaurus Necklace or Baconasaurus Necklace (yes I did have to zoom in to verify that those were in fact really pigs in the dinosaurs mouth), these pieces are just straight up cool signature styles to wear as your every day go to piece. What's even cooler is that with closer inspection, some of these pieces hold a secret that only a select few will see for themselves. It's as though the wearer holds a little secret that only they know.  I also love the comical way the designer rationalizes the situational humor of its kooky pieces in the product description. What at first glance someone might think is a sweet dinosaur head necklace will realize with closer inspection that in fact, "ummm does that dinosaur have shades on...and a baby in its mouth?" Yes, yes it does....

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


You haven't heard? KISMET has DRASTICALLY reduced prices on its vintage items!!!

Be sure to shop the sale before you miss out on that piece you've been eyeing...Items have been going fast!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Interview with DIY Blogger Shereen Sarthou

Thank you to Shereen of DIY Fashion Accessories blog for taking the time to interview me. Click the link below to read the interview as well as check out many of this crafty blogger's easy and affordable DIY projects to make your own wardrobe a little more personal and interesting. 

Listen to the interview here!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Around The World With KISMET

KISMET has just added new vintage items to our website. To shop the new goods, visit us hereBelow is a sneak peek of some of our new items inspired from my various travels around the world. Vintage apparel, accessories, and bags have been handpicked from either my own travels to Iran, Qatar, China, and Mexico or have been handpicked by friends and family visiting exotic countries such as Egypt, Indonesia, and Peru. Enjoy these worldly treasures!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cork Clutch

I love all things natural...or at least things that look and feel natural when you can't have it all. This is the perfect Spring clutch. Shop here at J.Crew.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Going on 4 days of LDR on Repeat

It's amazing to me how mesmerizing Lana Del Ray is and how she oozes sexiness out of every pore in her body. Her voice sounds as sultry as her dark eyes, full lips, and Jessica Rabbit hair. I believe it's her quietness, somewhat awkward, almost strange personality that intrigues me so much. Maybe because it seems to conflict with her assured, undaunted exterior that comes through especially in her music. Here are some of my favorites from the singer who so refreshingly is not just another beautiful face in the music industry, but a truly beautiful talent as well.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Secret Girls Club - No Boys Allowed!

     One of New York's charming attributes that make it all the more intriguing are its many secret hot-spots, whether it be an unmarked underground club or the speakeasy that can only be accessed through a secret hallway. Of course, leave it to New Yorkers to make certain enthralling destinations more difficult to get into so that only an elite few can enjoy it. But perhaps this is their form of initiation into the city, meant only for those of us who live here to enjoy. What with our city being one of the largest tourist attractions, it makes sense to keep secret one of the few places left that have not been ransacked by millions only to have nothing left for the rest of us. It reminds me of my best friend and I who found the most wonderful boutique in SOHO years ago that had trendy, expensive looking apparel but was really dirt cheap. We had just made our rounds at the usual H&M, Topshop, and Zara but were disheartened as everything we requested our size in was already sold out. This is my weekly routine at H&M. I walk by the window display, see a fantastic jacket, ask the sales clerk where I can get it and they reply with, "Oh that's been sold out. We got it last week so its been on the floor for a while." Since when was one week on the floor a while? Well in New York, its an eternity. So at the time, as selfish and childish as it seemed, my best friend and I pinkie swore to keep this newly found boutique our little secret, convinced that if we let the word out everyone would flock to our magical haven and buy out everything we wanted.
     So I thought I had heard it all when it came to New York's secret hot-spots. I mean, what about those secret pools made out of recycled dumpsters that were popping up around Brooklyn a few years ago that you could only access if you ran in a certain crowd? But of course this city has its way of never ceasing to amaze me. I met someone at an event that I attended a couple weeks ago and as we were discussing vintage shopping she began to let me in on a little secret called Shareen's Vintage, which is a shop set up on the 2nd floor of an apartment on W. 17th Street. The funny thing is, the store's entrance (a big black door to an apartment building) is pretty much unmarked and unadvertised. It has strange hours so you would only know it's open because the store owner, Shareen Mitchell, leaves a beautiful red tulle dress hanging from the fire escape. Then it dawned on me that I have in fact seen that dress before! I was on my way to meet some friends for dinner and saw this enchanting red dress hanging outside. I thought it was so cute that I snapped a photo of it, only to realize much later that it was much more than just a dress being hung out to dry. The shop is set up as though you are walking into a friends apartment. Except that friend happens to have racks and racks of fantastic clothes set up in each of her rooms and the friend also happens to be very generous, offering you wine and snacks while you browse her closet. Major plus: the vintage goods are reasonably priced (items range from $20-100). To create an even more intimate experience, boys are not allowed so that girls can feel free to try on garments wherever they like. 

So there ya go...cats outta the bag. I guess I was never that good at keeping secrets...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

KISMET Spring/Summer 2012

I know that KISMET's Spring/Summer collection is long past due and that you all are probably tired of staring at the Fall/Winter collection, but I promise you that the new collection is on the way. It has been such a great experience creating this next season. With the past collection, I purchased supplies and findings from my suppliers to piece my jewelry together. However with this new collection, I have designed each finding and pendant myself and have actually created the models so that they are truly one of a kind KISMET pieces that no other designer will have access to! I wish I could share a sneak peak with you but I would rather it all be showcased at once. The rest of the styles are at the platers as we speak but I had an extra sample of earrings from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection that I decided to wear to an event last night. I was so excited because the first person I met actually noticed the small earrings I was wearing and as soon as we started talking told me how much she loved them! This made me even more excited to share the new collection with you! However, being that the findings and pendants are being produced rather than purchased from a supplier, the production is taking a lot longer than anticipated. Especially since this is my first go round creating models myself. But don't worry, my goal is to have the new samples photographed, produce inventory, and post on my website by end of April. Thank you all for being so patient! Because I don't have a sneak peak photo to show you of the new line, here are some beautiful images instead to feast your eyes on. The theme is Spring to celebrate the first day of the new solstice!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ombre Tights

I love these ombre stockings by designer Tiffany Ju from Atlanta, Georgia. Here are some of the beautiful color options she makes. Check out her Etsy shop at BZRBZR.