IMG_8163If anyone tells you that playing dress up has to end at 6 years old they’ve clearly never gotten the VIP treatment at Kate Spade, because that’s exactly how I spent last Saturday. I played dress up, sipped champagne and ate cake with a select group of New York City bloggers.

I first became aware of the Kate Spade brand back in the early 90’s. Her signature purses were everywhere! As a teen I saved up my meager part time CVS paychecks and got one. Which makes me sad to know that my most treasured handbag has become lost over the years. I’m sure its no doubt a collector’s item. Today Kate Spade is more than just purses. Over the years it has become a tour de force in the fashion world, branching out into clothing, shoes, jewelry, fragrances and home decor. They are a full fledged global lifestyle brand that still encompasses its commitment to providing women vibrant, hip and trendy fashions.

The flagship store located on Madison Avenue at 67th Street doesn’t look like a store at all but more like a luxury townhouse. Its 4 floors of class and sophistication. The event took place on the top floor in a private room that could only be described as a plush walk in closet. There was a velvety soft couch and chairs, a table covered in champagne and desserts. Two of the walls hung the latest spring fashions, the third wall contained large cottage windows that looked out onto Madison Avenue, the fourth wall contained a large heavy wooden door that would separate us from the rest of the store and to complete the entire space is a dressing room large enough to accommodate 3 people. 

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Once everyone got acquainted the fun began. The store associates informed us that we could roam the store and select anything we wished to try on. We went in groups and as each attendee emerged from the fitting room she was met with, wow’s and cheers. When it was my turn to select an outfit I felt overwhelmed as there were so many pieces to try on. I didn’t want to select something someone had already tried and as I was about to give up I saw it, a red dress with a black and white neckline. I grabbed it and headed to the shoes. I spotted a pair of ankle strap heels, which they thankfully had in my size. My clothes were handed off to an associate (you don’t carry anything here) and I would meet them back at the 4th floor. Like magic, my items were already waiting for me in the fitting room. I closed the curtain and hoped for the best. When I stepped out…


I looked and felt like a million bucks! The moment I saw myself in the mirror I knew I had a to have this entire outfit. I chose the Wendy dress due to the color. They had all black but I’m trying to veer away from that. I think color agrees with me. This dress is also completely multifunctional. Worn day or night, with a special someone or out with the girls which is perfect as the spring gets warmer and summer approaches. I also loved that it hugged me in all the right places. I’m a mother of two and my midsection isn’t as flat as it used to be. And the heels…I haven’t worn a heel like this in years. But these are BETTER than the dozens of pairs I used to own. It was like walking on air. I could have walked to Brooklyn in them if you let me. Both of these items are available in store but only the dress is online.

Now the only question I had was, how would I explain a $600+ purchase to my husband? He’s a frugal man and 2 items for that much money would leave him asking me…

To which I say, yes. Yes, I am insane. Insane for these clothes!

Thankfully they’re having a sale so my total won’t be too high. Or will it? Because I also saw accessories and home decor products. And let’s not talk about if you’re getting married or know someone who is, their bridal section will make you plan your wedding all over again.

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As the afternoon started to wind down and it was time to return the clothing, our hostess and event organizer Evelyn Amick of gave us cute gift bags that included items from Carmex, Chantilly Dallas and Vive Mejor who provided DOVE products.

Playing dress up in high fashion clothes is how I expect to spend every weekend. Thank you Evelyn as you have now spoiled me. Looking forward to the next VIP dress up party.

Photo Credit: Jcsmooth


  1. i didn’t know you were a BLMGirl! I definitely had a great time. Yes, the prices were crazy high, but it was fun playing dress up. Kate spade has friends and family going on now too.

    • Hey!! Yes I am! I loved that top you had. All of their clothes are so colorful. I think I’m gonna start a GoFundMe to get some stuff lol j/k. I saw that sale! I’m gonna get a couple of things. Did you attend the event later that night in SOHO with Raven?

  2. Fabulous article! I almost felt like I was there with you, sigh, if only 🙂 That dress you chose was the business, you looked amazing <3

  3. I wanna play dress up too Valerie. Such a great article ad I hope you get to enjoy more dress up parties real soon.

  4. That dress…adorable! The shoes…super chic. I laughed so hard at your husband’s expected reaction. I think my husband would have done the same thing! What did you decide on?

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