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I’m excited, because today I’m featuring something a little bit different! Travel expert, Kendra Thornton (featured on shows such as, Tyra Banks and Nate Berkus), recently asked if I’d like to participate in her upcoming “Kendra’s Night Out Challenge,” where stylists have been asked to pull a look together for this busy mom of three. Kendra will be spending a fab night out with girlfriends at the Ava Rooftop Lounge in NYC, and would like something that is reminiscent of Ava Gardner….. I mean, she had me at Ava. I loooove the story she has planned for this night, and I’m also loving that her trip is bumping elbows with Mother’s Day – such a great gift idea for all you mamas! I’ll turn it over to Kendra now, and let her tell you all about what she has planned – I hope it inspires you to plan something like this! Us mamas need some glam nights OUT, right?! :)

Kendra Lives a Dream in New York City


“I am in serious need of some girlfriend help.  I have not been traveling much lately, as I am a busy mom with three children to care for.  My days filled with carpools, bake sales, and laundry have not allowed me much personal time. My once keen fashion sense has now taken a backseat to yoga pants and t-shirts. My friends and I have found ways to steal chunks of time to get together to plan how to make this trip a once in a lifetime experience. We cannot believe we will be staying at the one of the top hotels in New York, the Dream Downtown Hotel. We will be living as large as the city itself by stepping out in style every evening. It will be so fun to enjoy sumptuous food and sample excellent wine.  However, it is difficult to imagine how I will come up with brilliant wardrobe choices for every event. I want to look fabulous every minute and seriously need your advice.

I am looking forward to a relaxing evening at the Ava Lounge, which is on the rooftop of the hotel.  I love the fantasy of immersing myself into another era. This spectacular lounge, inspired by Ava Gardner is all 1950s retro with just a touch of the French Riviera. I can already imagine myself lounging on one of the bench seats, looking fabulous while sipping on my favorite cocktail. I cannot wait to gaze out and enjoy all the amazing New York landmarks, including the Hudson River, the glitz of Times Square, and of course, the legendary New York City skyline. When I think of Ava Gardner, I can only imagine sultry, exotic glamour. I think it would be fun to fit the theme and go for a bit of retro Hollywood elegance. I will have to visit the salon in the hotel and ask them to give me one of those finger wave hairstyles and do my make-up with red pouty lips. Please help me to put together the perfect outfit that will be the final touch to turn me into a movie star look-alike for one dreamy night.

New York City is the most unique and style driven city in the world.  The choices of what to do are so vast, that I used Gogobot to help build my itinerary. It is always helpful taking advice from other expert travelers. The city that never sleeps is chock full of exciting adventures. When you are out on the town enjoying an upscale restaurant, a Broadway show, or just hanging out in a luxury hotel such as the Dream New York, you always want to look your best. It is fun to dress-up, create some ambience, and make the evening special.”


Okay, Ms. Kendra! Done and done. Firstly, I included a couple of photos of where she’ll be glam-lounging with her besties:

Ava Lounge 2

ava lounge

Gorgeous, huh? And heeere is the look I pulled that I think is positively perfect for a night such as this….

Kendra's "Ava Lounge" Look


I’m pretty obsessed with this look. The white jumpsuit is very of-the-moment, but the overall silhouette is ultra classic and sophisticated. The almost-bare, T-strap back adds a bit of sultry, and the pony hair leopard clutch adds texture, and a touch of the exotic. I kept the neckline clean and minimalistic-mod, and added some deco-inspired earrings, along with some killer glam cuffs (meant to be stacked) to lend some edge and glamour. The Choos polish off the look, along with some bold pops of color for Kendra’s sultry pout, and pretty pedi.

What do you think? Ready to pack your bags and meet up with Kendra and her gang? Me, too!! I hope you have fabulously glam night out, Kendra! Come on mamas, let’s take a cue from Kendra, and plan something fab, too!! Then just snag one of our stylists to help you pack ;)

-Carrie J