Friday, July 29, 2011

Simple Pleasures

It's Friday and I am thankful for that in itself! I love my weekends! Now that my long week is nearly over (and I survived after being on vacation for an entire week before), I am reflecting on some things that I am thankful for...the simple pleasures.



Compliments
Victoria Secret Siren Legging Jean, White American Rag Tank, Brown Rocket Dog Clogs, Crocheted Belt made by yours truly
Merona Boyfriend Watch, Jewels by Park Lane Feather Necklace,
Two-tone Rose Ring,  Gold Opal Ring from my Nana's Jewelry Box
My flight home was a melancholy one, but there was a silver lining. Upon boarding the plane, a female flight attendant complimented me on my attire (I thanked her) and then as I kept walking towards my seat I heard her say "so cute," again. As I exited the aircraft, I thanked them for the flight and service and she named me "best-dressed" of the entire plane. Made my day.




JetBlue Credit
The flight was a mellow one and I napped for most of it. Their in-flight entertainment provided by DIRECTV was out, so there was nothing to watch on the little TV in front of me. I wasn't concerned as I was already planning on napping, but JetBlue made sure they compensated me for this "inconvenience" and issued me a $15 credit towards a future flight! Fifteen dollars is fifteen dollars and I will gladly accept it. 




An Outing and a Phone Call with Friends
Vicky, Diana, and me
I was lucky enough to go to dinner with my friend Vicky this week! I haven't seen her in MONTHS. She's never seen my place, so I showed her my humble abode before we went out to eat. I am so happy she managed to drag me out because I've been in a bit of a funk lately and she made me feel loads better. Then the next day I received a phone call from Diana and we got to chat for a while! We haven't talked for a few weeks, so it was nice that we could have a good conversation and catch up. I love my ladies!




When life gets chaotic, sometimes you have to focus on the simple pleasures.
Happy Friday!

xoxox
kk

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Spotified

Are you using Spotify?


I first learned about Spotify from my Swedish friend back in August 2009. He was so excited about it and wanted to send me an invite so we could share music and talk about it all day long, but unfortunately it wasn't available here in the states. Now, nearly two years later, I am finally able to experience Spotify and all of its glory. I have been greatly anticipating the U.S. arrival and it's finally here!


I love Pandora as much as the next person, but this is more than a little different. You can create playlists, share playlists, make collaborative playlists with your friends (make the ultimate mix tapes!), sync your iTunes playlists, connect with Facebook (like most things these days), and if you're willing to pay $9.99/month you can listen on your cell phone and also listen to your playlists in offline mode. I'm not forking out ten bucks a month, but I still think it's exciting...I like that I can choose to listen to a specific artist and not have to wait to see if maybe the song I want to hear comes up on the list because I can PICK the song I want to listen to! Or I can listen to an album...like Incubus' new album...in its entirety. Awesome, right?! The biography portion and dates are actually a really nice touch, too. Kudos!

It's about time Spotify cut through all of the proverbial red tape to expand and plant roots here in the good ol' U.S. of A. Listen and enjoy!

xoxox
kk

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shark Week

Dah-nuh dah-nuh dah-nuh dah-nuh dah-nuh dah-nuh dah-nuh!
(in case you were wondering, that is the sound of the ominous music leading up to a shark attack)

It's that time of year again. SHARK WEEK!


I look forward to the Discovery Channel's Shark Week every single year. I've been watching it since I was a kid and it's my favorite event of the summer. I realize that admitting this makes me an even bigger nerd than most people probably knew. Shark Week seems to have attracted a greater following in the recent years (at least people like to advertise it on Facebook) and many people have jumped on the Shark Week bandwagon. I've been faithfully watching it and was especially pleased with the six new episodes that were introduced last year. 

I am anxiously anticipating this year's Shark Week and will record all of the episodes on DVR so I make sure I don't miss a single one. I have a thing for sharks that borders on obsession. I probably should have been some kind of marine biologist, or a shark biologist, rather! Great Whites, Bull Sharks, Hammerheads, Leopard Sharks, Whale Sharks, Goblin Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Blue Sharks, Mako Sharks, Basking Sharks...I could go on. I carry facts about sharks in my head that probably won't help me in my day-to-day life, but I love sharks! 

One of my dreams is to go diving with sharks. I'd ultimately like to cage dive with Great Whites. I've already staked out a few companies who do it, but it really comes down to funds and what I can afford. Great Whites can be seen up here in the Bay Area, but the visibility isn't as good as some locations in southern California and Mexico. 

Great White Shark diving is on my bucket list and I seriously hope to do it someday...in the meantime, I'll enjoy Shark Week to the fullest!

xoxox
kk

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dentist Day Two

My dentist appointment yesterday was less than ideal (although it could have been WAY worse) and I will gladly spare you the details. As a result, I have several more appointments in my future. In fact, I had another one today. This time it was for a filling. I'm not scared of needles, in fact, whenever I give blood or have a blood test I WATCH them stick my arm with the needle because I think it's interesting. Anyway, the needle wasn't the problem. The filling wasn't really the problem either. It's the uncomfortable feeling of sitting in a chair with your mouth open for too long. It's also the lingering numbness that drives me crazy. I hate feeling like half of my face is paralyzed and I'm talking out of the working side of my mouth. It has definitely started to fade, but it is still ever present and it's going on three hours now! I am grateful for the numbness during the drilling process, I just wish I could turn it off as soon as it's done. Especially because I had to come into work immediately after my appointment and I feel silly trying to talk. C'est la vie.

My next appointment is in August so I've got a little more time until I have to brave the drill again. Luckily they are only tiny fillings. I can't wait until I'm only going in for regular cleanings.

Now that I've been to the dentist and I see what work I need done, I cannot stress enough how important it is to go in twice a year for cleanings and to floss daily! I know it can be scary, but do it!

xoxox
kk

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hello Gray Monday...

It's Monday. BLAH. So far I'm not stoked about this morning. Mostly because I was suddenly awake at 3:00AM due to a crying baby in the unit beneath me. I quickly solved the problem with earplugs, which were conveniently within reaching distance, but I was still displeased from being woken up at all.

Another reason I'm blah today is because this is my first day back at work from being on vacation all week. This always proves to be an adjustment. I'll get through it though. It will even be a slightly shortener day for me, too, because I have a dentist appointment today at 10:30 to get my teeth cleaned. Joy! (In case you overlooked it, that last part was sarcasm.)

I'm really trying not to be pessimistic today, but this gloomy weather right now isn't helping whatsoever. Happiness is a state of mind, so I'll be trying my best to overcome the blahness and focus on the positive things going on in my life right now...like getting my new geeky glasses in the mail!




Happy Monday!
(check out that positivity)

xoxox
kk

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Leaving My Love

Right now there is nothing sadder for me than every time I have to leave my love. Something needs to change. We talked about it. We are both more than willing to pack up our worldly possessions and leave town, but unfortunately it isn't quite that simple. I'd go into detail, but I'm just not feeling up to it.

So while I wait to board my flight back to the northern part of the state, I will also be fighting these tears of sadness. I am looking forward to seeing my family, but right now I can't help but be melancholy. I miss my love already.

*sigh* 

xoxox
kk

Friday, July 22, 2011

TOMS Shoes Featuring The Row

Earlier this week on Monday I talked about the Olsen twins and their fashion quest to take over the world. Then I discovered that the shoes from their recent collaboration with TOMS shoes were now on the market. I love TOMS shoes for a plethora of reasons including, but not limited to their comfort and the generosity of the company with their One for One motto. This latest addition of high-end fashion is just one more reason on a long list to love TOMS even more.



Priced at $140 for the Alexandria and the Hayden and $150 for the Larry, they aren't cheap, but they are made out of cashmere and Italian wool. In the grand scheme of The Row they are reasonably priced, but it would be an even bigger gesture if "Tom" decided to give two pairs of shoes for each pair bought since they are considerably more than TOMS regular classic shoe. It shouldn't be much of a hardship since TOMS is a for-profit company and these luxe shoes were originally projected to be priced from $98 to $150. Since they ended up on the high end, I think it sounds like a good deed!

Like all things Row, these shoes are classy with a touch of luxury...and they are calling my name! Any fan of The Row will likely love these limited edition Fall must-haves and I doubt they will stay in stock for long, so get 'em while they last!

xoxox
kk

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mary-Kate and Ashley

Are you obsessed with Mary-Kate and Ashley? I am. I have been for years. Remember my post Desperate for a Dog? That was a song from MK&A's singalong cassettes. Yes, I had them. I'm at the age now where I can freely admit that I was a watcher of their videos and I frequently listened and sang along to their tapes. I had them ALL. That song was stuck in my head for weeks afterward and it'll probably be stuck in my head for a few more since I brought it up again!

Now that they are older and have expanded their billion dollar industry beyond straight-to-video movies, I'm happy that they have laid tracks in the fashion world. Especially the affordable fashion world with their line Olsenboye at JC Penney. I don't generally shop there, but I do love some of their items like the 'Ghillie' Lace-up Shoe.

Aren't they adorable?


I've seen many, many pairs of lace-up wedges, but these are one of the cuter pairs and ones that I would definitely wear. Right now they aren't too expensive and they are on sale for $39.99. The shoes I really like though are from Elizabeth and James.

These are the Hippie Wedge in black.

Priced on sale at $155, they are still out of my price range at the moment. They were even more out of my range at their original price of $395. Perhaps someday I'll be able to afford shoes that are exorbitantly priced. Until then, I'll dream about frocks and shoes from Elizabeth and James and also from The Row.

Here is the E&J Spring/Summer Lookbook...



Here are a couple of the items I loved from the 2011 Spring/Summer line by The Row. 

Normally I wouldn't go for such a deep V, but it still feels tasteful with this jumpsuit.

For a little racier of a look, this dress has an even deeper V, but I can't help but love it! The jumpsuit is definitely more versatile, but this would be a fun dress for a night out on the town with a special someone or just to get dressed up with your girlfriends. 


Fashion is everywhere. Sometimes I can afford what I like and sometimes I can't. I would love to have the freedom to buy what I want whenever I want it, but that just isn't the reality of my life right now. Even if I could afford to buy endless designer items, I would still be super selective with the ones I bought. It's just my nature. Besides, it isn't about having what everyone else has, it's about knowing what works for you and choosing accordingly. I'm not saying you should always play it safe and not take chances, but deep down inside I think we all know what works and what doesn't for each one of us.

xoxox
kk

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wedding on the Brain

I have wedding on the brain.

I'm not usually wedding obsessed, but lately I've been having the urge to look at wedding dresses online. I resist as much as possible, but sometimes, I have to give in. So why am I thinking about weddings when I'm not a betrothed? It could be because so many soon-to-be-brides are posting on Facebook every other second about what wedding task they've checked off of their list or how many days are left until their wedding day arrives. It could be because I saw my best friend get married last year and I'm reminiscing. It could be because my cousin just got married several weeks ago and another good friend of mine is tying the knot next month. It could be because I want to get married...and soon.

I have a dream wedding. We all do. The type of wedding you would have if you had an infinite amount of dollar bills and the word "budget" never entered your vocabulary. I'm realistic enough to know that my dream location, my dream decorations, my dream dress, my dream whatevers will likely not be made into realities. At least not all of them. Am I heartbroken? Hardly. I am perfectly okay with this. I'm not about to become a bratty Bridezilla at the drop of a hat or go into debt by spending an absurd amount of money on a dress I will only be wearing once. I think a lot of people tend to lose sight of the bigger picture. The more important picture. It isn't all about putting on the most lavish wedding so much as it is about the union of two people who are very much in love who are making a public commitment to stay together until death do they part. 

My must-haves for my wedding? My closest friends, my family, and most importantly, the man I will promise to love and cherish for the rest of my life.

This was the part where I was going to share with you a trailer of Tony Romo and Candice Crawford's extravagant wedding, but apparently it had to be removed from the Internet due to a copyright claim...lame! If you didn't see it, there was confetti, fireworks, and a cigar bar. Not exactly necessities for my wedding, but it was fun to watch. You should see the size of that rock weighing down that poor girl's finger. Those two lovebirds certainly spared no expense on their wedding and it appeared they had
a wonderful time...and so did their SIX HUNDRED guests.


I personally couldn't even begin to imagine having 600 guests at my wedding. The mere thought makes me a little anxious, but I don't think I'll have to worry about that...

xoxox
kk

Friday, July 15, 2011

Simple Pleasures

As the end of an extremely busy work week rapidly approaches, it's nice to slow things down and stop to smell the roses, or whatever your flower of choice is. 

So, in the spirit of sniffing lovely fleurs, here are some of the simple pleasures that I am enjoying at this time...

Big Kats
These were better before they changed to Extra Crispy, but I'll take what I can get. The only place I can seem to find these scrumptious Big Kats are at Jo-Ann Fabrics of all places. 


Hummingbirds
Seeing my hummingbirds come around makes me so happy. It's nearing two weeks since I refilled this bottle and it's practically gone! They sure are thirsty and I'm happy to provide them with a nice little treat. I love that they come by so frequently. So frequently, in fact, that I am 
beginning to tell them apart!


Blank Canvases
I have other paintings I could be working on, but I haven't been feeling very inspired to finish them at this time. I can't force myself to work on something I'm not motivated to work on because it just won't turn out right in the end. Even though I really wanted to get a giant canvas, I picked up a number of smaller canvases instead to try something a little different. I'm looking forward to this new project of mine! Let the creative juices flow!


It really is all about the simple pleasures in life. I hope you find some of your own to appreciate!
Happy Friday!

xoxox
kk

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tarte

I've never been much of a lipstick wearer. Lip gloss on occasion, but usually only in clear or a very light shade. Chapstick is worn daily. I tried tinted lip balms, but I wasn't really impressed. So I tried lipsticks again. They were too...something. Whether it was the smell, or the taste, or the shade, or the thick caked-on feeling that made my lips feel like they were suffocating, I always found something wrong with them. Then I tried lip stains. Now I'm obsessed.

Have you ever tried a lip stain? It gives you the color you want, but it's like you are hardly wearing anything on your lips at all! One of my favorite lip stains is by Tarte.


I like their LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint for a number of reasons. 
1.) It is infused with peppermint. This is what persuaded me to buy it in the first place!
2.) It glides on SO smooth. Plus, it has a bit of glossiness to it.
3.) I can make my lips a bold color or a can just dab a little on to give them just a hint.
4.) It's clinically proven to increase your lips moisture...true!
5.) It earned Sephora's natural seal, which means it's been made without a lot of yucky stuff like paraben or phthalates
6.) It just plain rocks! Not to mention that Tarte is an eco-conscious company.

The shade I am currently hooked on is Lust (red). It is pretty much my go-to for color and I always have it in my bag. If you aren't into the gloss so much, you can always tone it down with their matte formula, which is also vegan-friendly!

The next stain on my list by Tarte is the limited edition Tarte for True Blood. 


Another shade of red, but it has an iridescence to it that I cannot wait to try!

For a girl who never wore any kind of color on her lips, it's amazing that I want to stain my lips red or any color for that matter! I'm branching out of my comfort zone and getting a great look that is effortless and works for me.

xoxox
kk

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Mp3 Experiment

Have you ever heard of Improv Everywhere? They cause scenes. Literally. You should really check out some of the stuff they've done on their website improveverywhere.com. So what exactly is Improv Everywhere? The official "About Us" is as follows:

Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents.

I've seen a few of their scenes online like the No Pants Subway Ride and several others. One of my best friends posted a link on Facebook to The Mp3 Experiment Seven from October 2010. I hadn't seen this one and I thought it was pretty amazing, so I had to share.

Over 3,000 people in New York City downloaded an original Mp3 file comprised of music and instructions from a mysterious, goofy voice. People assembled in various stores in Times Square and at exactly 6 p.m., everyone pressed "Play." What happened next was incredible.

Check it out...


One of my favorite parts is when everyone freezes on the sidewalk. How crazy for everyone not participating to see all of those people simultaneously stop dead in their tracks. I bet it threw more than a few people off when thousands of people suddenly became as still as mannequins. 

I'm sure tons of planning and coordinating goes into every scene of organized chaos, but it is well worth it when you see the end product. I think it would be so cool to be a experience something like that and be in on the secret. It looks like so much fun!

If you are in New York City, or even in the surrounding area, I think you should participate! Their next big scene is The Mp3 Experiment Eight and it takes place this upcoming Saturday, July 16th at 8:30 p.m. in Lower Manhattan. If you go, take pictures! You can even RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

If you aren't in NYC, Improv Everywhere does tour periodically and they are apparently making a stop here in the Bay Area! San Francisco to be exact! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to go and that it won't coincide with my friend's upcoming nuptials. An official date has not been posted yet, but when it does, I'll be sure to mark it down on my calendar! Who's coming with me???

xoxox
kk

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Easy-Peasy Mani-Pedi

Have you ever used Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips? I could have sworn that Sally Hansen came out with these nail strips years ago, but it's possible I used a different brand back then. Minx, perhaps? Incoco maybe? Regardless, when I first discovered nail strips, I was stoked. Nail polish that I didn't have to brush on and wait an eternity to dry completely. I got them in a pinkish color and thought they were great because I wasn't going smudge them minutes after I thought they were dry. I was also able to apply them in the car which was awesome...no mess! Since then I've periodically used Salon Effects, Chic Prints for Nails Sephora by O.P.I., and Minx in a variety of shades and patterns.

They are a little on the pricey side, but it is certainly cheaper than going to the nail salon because I swear these last me longer than a regular manicure. The solid colors are nice, however, they don't last long as I'm rough on my manis and they tend to wear away faster. The patterns seem to keep a little longer for me since they have more going on and it's harder to see the wear, especially with the glitters. This past weekend I opted to go glitzy and use the fun Frock Star glitter strips again that Amanda over at A to B used a while back.

I'm practically a pro at these so it doesn't take too long for me to apply them, but I highly suggest following the directions for prepping your nails. If I'm lucky, I can complete a full mani-pedi with the strips like I did this time. I used the excess part of the strips and the extra ones in the package for my toes and the glitters are totally forgiving, so it wasn't difficult to make it work...you have to work quickly though! This mani-pedi is already several days old and it still looks pretty good! They are starting to wear a bit at the tips, but like I said, that's typical for me. I'm definitely not the girl who is getting the 10 days of wear out of these.

Here is the completed look...



I like to glam it up from time to time and I certainly did! In a few days I will be switching it up and using the more neutral, yet glittery, Glitz Blitz. Fun! Fun! Fun!

xoxox
kk

Savvy Seconds

I posted last month on Kate and Emma about my love for thrifting and finding gems in other people's castoffs and I also briefly mentioned consignment stores. A few weeks ago when I was out on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton, I passed by a consignment shop I've always wanted to go into...Savvy Seconds.

Immediately upon entering, I knew this was going to be my kind of store. Nice jeans for less than department store prices (some even brand new) and gems galore. Savvy Seconds only accepts clothing from the past three years. I'm not sure how they would verify this specifically, but I think it roughly translates to "things that are still in style." The items they accept are from stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, J.Crew, Zara, and other high end stores. Think brands like Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Bebe, Karen Kane, Ella Moss, Tahari, Rock & Republic, J Brand...and the list goes on. Like any place, you still have to be selective, but I found a couple of long-sleeved shirts that I couldn't live without. Because they are long-sleeved and it is the summer season, I actually got them for a discounted price. 40% off! Luckily, they are lightweight, so I won't have to wait to wear them because they are perfect for a cool summer evening.

Here are my purchases...

Karen Kane

J.Crew

If you have been doing some closet cleaning lately and want to try to make some extra cash, take in your gently used items (I think you need at least ten items at the Pleasanton store) and see what happens! 

xoxox
kk

Monday, July 11, 2011

A New Way to Dust

Do you like to dust? Me neither. I do, however, like to dust my hair with one hair product in particular. Have you heard of Unite EXPANDA Dust Volumizing Powder?



It.Is.Amazing.
My hairstylist used it on my hair two months ago when I went in for an appointment and I was impressed with how quickly the volume was achieved. The best part is, not only does it give you incredible insta-volume, but it also doubles as a dry shampoo. Or at least that's how I use it, too. Unfortunately, I didn't snatch it up immediately and I had to buy it online instead of at the salon. I know a great product when I use one and I should have known it was going to sell like hotcakes!

I didn't wash my hair for two days after I got it done at the salon (nearly unheard of for me) and I only needed to use a touch of Unite's 7SECONDS Dry Shampoo on my bangs. That's it. The rest of my hair was flawless and not greasy in the slightest. Just sprinkle a little bit of the magic fairy pixie dust, er, I mean EXPANDA Dust Powder, on your roots (a little bit goes a LONG way) and voila! Beautiful hair with tons of volume.

If you can find it, I highly suggest buying it. It's my new go-to hair product!

xoxox
kk

Saturday, July 9, 2011

One Man's Trash...

Yesterday afternoon on my way home from work I saw a sign for a garage sale. I thought it was a little odd since garage sales usually happen on Saturday or Sunday mornings, but when I saw two kids jumping up and down with their own signs, I knew it was for real. I rather enjoy snooping around and seeing what worldly possessions people are selling, so I stopped to take a look.

There really is something to say about "One man's trash is another man's treasure." I've put on plenty of garage sales and it's amazing that people want to buy the things that you don't want anymore. Whether it's clothing, knick knacks, old luggage, books, or whatever...sometimes you find some things you like! Though I passed on the VHS tapes and the singing Big Mouth Billy Bass, I did find a few items I thought would work in my place.

Here are my new treasures...

~ Hand painted glasses ~
Perfect for a nice, cold mimosa or maybe even a bellini! 

~ Small, square bottle and a bud vase ~
I'll be using the bottle as a bud vase also...these are just waiting for a small flower or two!

Three dollars for the whole bit wasn't a bad total by any means...I also bought a clear vase similar to the one in the background of the photos, but taller. The set of glasses were the most expensive (marked as $4, but I got them for $2) and the woman running the show gave me the bottle for free. She runs her garage sales like my family and I do...we give stuff away!

xoxox
kk

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dream Jobs Part Trois: Food Edition


We all need to eat to survive. These are my foodie dream jobs.


CUPCAKE WARS JUDGE
I want my cake and I want to eat it, too. Who doesn't? I have the biggest sweet tooth of everyone I know. Cake for breakfast? I'm in! Cupcakes are perfect, miniature cakes and I want to eat them all. Or at least taste them! And those miniature cupcakes? Well, they are the perfect, bite-size cupcakes that you can eat in one quick bite! Being a judge for Cupcake Wars would mean that I would get to sample all kinds of creative cupcakes made by talented bakers. I can practically taste the frosting now.



FOOD CRITIC
Okay, so I probably wouldn't fully appreciate the subtle hint of whatever it was you snuck in that fine dish, but I'll likely love what I'm tasting overall...unless it's meatloaf. Ugh. I think it would be fabulous to dine out and taste the great, fine foods that lavish restaurants have to offer. Then, I would write an eloquent article about what was to die for and what might kill your taste buds. Of course I would want to do it all anonymously. No sense in having people know that I'm critiquing their food! I'm more of a baking queen than a chef, so I will graciously accept a meal that someone else has cooked for me.



CHOCOLATIÉRE
If I didn't know any better, I would say that chocolate runs through my veins. I don't think a day goes by that I don't eat some kind of chocolate. If only I could have a small chocolaterie like in Chocolat. It sounds delicious and incredibly romantic. I can imagine making confections that literally melt in your mouth. Chocolates that are exquisite not only in the way they look, but in the way they taste as well. I would set out each little piece of chocolate perfection like the piece of art it was and people would love them...at least I hope they would!


Talking about good food is starting to make my mouth water and my tummy growl...off to find something sweet to nibble on!

xoxox
kk

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dream Jobs Part Deux: Art Edition

Art soothes my soul. I also have this incessant need to create it. That is why I also have dream jobs that are specific to the art realm.


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo found here
I am definitely not a professional photographer. I am not trained to fully understand lighting concepts in regards to how a photograph will develop, nor do I know all of the fancy lingo that photographers throw around to other photographers. I have read up on photography, but simply stated, I am still a novice. I do have an eye for a good photograph, however, and I hold a degree in Fine Art. That said, I would love to capture beautiful images and share them with the world. Not to mention the obvious travel aspect of the job.



ARTIST
Photo found here
Most people find it easy to call themselves artists. For me, however, it's a little more difficult. Like I said, I have a degree in Art. That doesn't necessarily make me a world-renowned artist, but it does imply that I at least have some artistic sense. I seem to shy away from calling myself an artist, but I do love creating art. I prefer painting to drawing and would classify myself more of an abstract expressionist than anything else. Collage art also strikes a chord with me as I enjoy "borrowing" elements and using them to create something new. In terms of sculpture, I have always been drawn to ceramics. Sometimes you just need to get down and dirty and create with your hands! Welding is arguably my favorite form of sculpture though. If only I had a torch and a workshop to weld in! My most prized welding project? The delicate metal rose I made, which was definitely a challenge. I have never attempted to sell any of my artwork, although I have had several family members argue over who would take possession of one of my paintings. Where did it end up? In my own room.



FASHION DESIGNER
Photo found here
Again, not exactly qualified for the position, but I have the creativity inside me to create beautiful things. How exciting would it be to see people wearing something I designed? Maybe not as exciting for you as it would be for me, but I would love that! Travelling to all of the Fashion Weeks in Paris, Milan, New York...it would be fantastic! Oh, the possibilities. I have been intending to use the sewing machine I received for Christmas last year to alter some of my existing clothing to better suit me, but I have yet to do so. I have also been dying to make some of my own items. Dresses especially. Maybe I'll head over to the fabric store this weekend and pick up some material to make myself a dress. If I'm not creating frocks for the fashion runway, I might as well make them for my own everyday runway!


I strongly believe that everyone has creativity within that is just waiting to burst out. Find something you love that allows you to be creative!

xoxox
kk

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dream Jobs Part Une: Travel Edition

I have a number of dream jobs (don't we all?) besides the obvious acting career I would love to have. While I realize I am likely unqualified for most of them, it's always nice to dream!


FLIGHT ATTENDANT
I have no patience when it comes to dealing with tons of needy individuals. I would rather handle a handful of or two of needy individuals instead. Thus, my flight attendant status would be on lovely, privately chartered planes rather than commercial nightmares. Whether it is international travel or domestic, I can cater to the wealthy individuals who prefer to fly in style. Champagne? Coming right up!


JETSETTER
I have no idea what the official job title would be, but I would like to be one of the people from jetsetter.com who gets to travel to one of their future sale locations, stay for a while, write a review, and experience the luxury vacations they offer on their site. Is it a long shot? Sure. With my love of travelling, I would be more than willing to hop on a plane and travel to Costa Rica, Telluride, Amsterdam, or Bali. I would even settle for the U.S. trips to Maine, Arizona, Florida, Utah, or New York. It might be work, but I would find time to experience all that these resorts had to offer.


PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO A TRAVELLING INDIVIDUAL
I have always wanted to be a personal assistant. For whatever reason, it just seems terribly exciting to me! I know I would do a superb job at organizing someone's calendar, keeping them on-time for appointments, and staying one step ahead of them on day-to-day happenings. Running errands is actually kind of fun for me to do and I already do an excellent job of picking up coffee in the morning! Personal assistants may accompany the individual they are supporting on business trips, too. I certainly wouldn't object to any business trip. Chicago? NYC? Detroit? Dallas? London? Wherever! Besides business trips, there's always the possibility of working vacations. How amazing would it be to go on a working vacation in Kauai? Whether it's a CEO or some other high ranking executive, I would jump at the chance to be a personal assistant.


Who knows if one of my dream jobs will ever fall into my lap? It can't hurt to send it out into the universe! 

xoxox
kk



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Dreaded Dentist

I'm not scared of the dentist per se, but I certainly do not enjoy the appointments. Between the prodding and the scraping and the whole keeping your mouth open for too long, it's a little annoying. Plus, there's always the possibility that he tells me that I have a mouthful of cavities or I need a root canal or something awful.

Last week, I finally went in for an appointment. I haven't been in to see a dentist in an embarrassingly long time. I'd give you a firmer date than that, but it's truly longer than I care to share. I actually don't even remember the name of the last dentist I went to see because he retired shortly after my first and only appointment with him since he retired shortly thereafter. He was one of the best dentists I've ever been to and I was sure I wouldn't find a comparable one with the same type of chair-side manner. My work has dental coverage and it covers two cleanings per year, which I haven't exactly been using recently. So I finally broke down and made an appointment with the dentist my boss goes to. He was raving about how great his dentist was, so I figured, why not?

As soon as I entered, I was greeted by name. I've never even been there before! It was a nice touch and also helpful that the women were so cheerful. After another nice woman took my x-rays, the head honcho came in to talk about them and poke around my teeth with the sharp pokey thing...otherwise known as an Explorer or Probe. I was holding my breath (literally) and staring up at the ceiling trying to distract myself by counting the holes in the ceiling tile. After an eternity, or a few minutes rather, he was done and gave me the verdict.

I need to have my teeth cleaned and have three small cavities filled. He's more concerned about me getting my super strong, healthy teeth cleaned than the itsy bitsy cavities at the moment. I'm not really concerned either way. I'm not particularly looking forward to any of it, but it needs to be done! Better step it up on the flossing in the meantime.


xoxox
kk

Things I'm Looking Forward To...

My weekend was mild. I spent a few hours in Half Moon Bay on Saturday, but I wasn't really feeling up to being there so I left before even more people flooded the beach. The rest of the weekend was spent trying to stay cool and then attending a 4th of July barbecue. Unfortunately, fireworks and sparklers were not a part of my Independence Day...*sigh*...there's always next year!

Anyway, despite my lackluster 4th, I am still looking forward to a number of upcoming events...



A MUCH NEEDED HAIR CUT

Not such a big deal to some, but I am finally getting my hair cut tomorrow after nearly 6 months. I am also getting it colored, but that's more of a regular occurrence to keep my headshot look consistent. I'm dreading getting it cut. I know I'll have to take off about 2 inches. I've been growing my hair now for a few years and it seems like it's taken an eternity! Of course I saw an old photo of one of my favorite hair styles and I wish I had it that way. Wouldn't you know it's a shorter hairstyle! I've been suffering through the grow out process and it's finally to the point where I feel like it's long again...once it's trimmed, I know it's  going to feel short again! Blah. I guess it'll grow!



USING MY NEW CURLING IRON


I bought my new curling iron last Thursday and I finally pulled it out of the box. Confession...I actually used it today, but my hair didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to. It didn't turn out bad, but it could have turned out better. I was a little rushed yesterday morning, so I'll be trying it out again this weekend. I know what I need to do to prep my hair a little better, so I'll be on my way to sexy, wavy hair in no time! Thankfully, I'm really good with a curling iron so it's not only easy to do my hair, but fast, too!





A POOL DAY


There really isn't any reason why I'm looking forward to Friday other than it's the end of a short work week and the beginning of the weekend. I'm thinking about starting my weekend by the pool. Now that I have my pool key again, there's no reason why I shouldn't walk over with my beach towel and dusty book for some R&R. It certainly wouldn't hurt to get a little bit of color either. This time last year I was bronzed beyond belief. Not so much at the moment...






A TRIP

Who doesn't love a vacation? I have an upcoming vacation in the near future and I'm flying to my destination. I seriously love airports and it's probably because I enjoy people-watching so much. There are plenty of people to watch coming and going at the airport! More than my love of airports and people-watching is my love for my beau. I haven't seen him in an eternity and I simply cannot wait to see him! Maybe I'll have a nice little tan before he picks me up! Another thing I hope to get before I leave...




A PEDICURE

A wise man once told me, "Be good to your feet and they will be good to you." I believe it! So, before I jet-set off to another land, I'll be getting my feet massaged and my toes painted. Getting a pedicure is relaxing and everyone deserves a little pampering from time to time. Besides, having pretty feet makes me feel pretty and since it's summer time and sandals season, I've been showing off my amateur painted tooties for too long!




I have plenty of things to look forward to at the moment...my only problem now is waiting. I am incredibly impatient!

xoxox
kk

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Google+ Project

I'm not really sure how I was granted trial run access to Google+, but I'm not going to scoff at it! I joined immediately for fear that I wouldn't be able to if I didn't right at that moment. Silly, I know. I like being granted early access for things. It's exciting for me!

Google+ is a lot like Facebook, but different all at the same time. Instead of Groups you have Circles. Instead of a News Feed, you have a Stream. You have Albums, but you also have a Scrapbook. Instead of the "Like" button, you have a +1 button. You can also chat with your fellow gmailers like you would if you were in Gmail, but it's kind of like you were on Facebook chat.

While there are similarities, the differences are apparent. For example, all of your +1's are available for you to find at a later date. They are put into a folder, if you will, so you can access them if you choose. I've been seeing Google's +1 button showing up in various places, but I never really understood what it was for. It's only a matter of time before the +1 shows up every time right next to the "Like" or "Recommend" FB button under the heading of an article for you to share with your Google+ peeps. 

Sparks. These are supposed to be things that interest you. Do you like fashion? Add it to your Sparks list and receive article and video updates about fashion related things. The more specific you are, the better your results will be. Then you can share them with specific people in your circles when you find something really exciting that must be shared. 

Google+ also links with your Picasa account. Don't worry. I'm pretty sure your privacy settings are still in effect. I'm not sure if Google+ will be able to link to your Facebook account or not, but it would be nice to be able to transfer over albums from FB to Google+.

Hangouts are also a part of Google+. The idea I'm getting from it is that you get to go back to the way things used to be when you were younger. Remember when you got to see your friends everyday just by chance? Remember when you used to eat lunch together or just walk by the upper quad and a group of your friends had just randomly convened? That's the idea. You let your people know you are "hanging out" and then you can video chat with them and others all at the same time. It certainly doesn't make things like they used to be, but it is a nice thought that you could all get together if everyone is scattered throughout the states. 

Here is a screenshot of what your profile would look like...click on the screenshot to view it larger.



I can't say for sure if Google+ is the next big thing, but it certainly is doing some things right. I have multiple Gmail accounts that I switch between, but I can still access Google+ with a click of a the Krista+ button at the top left of my Gmail account.  Click here if you want to learn more. If you want an invite...let me know! I'll see if I can work some magic.

xoxox
kk