Friday, March 29, 2013

Simple Pleasures


Because I'm so diligent with saving money, I plan on taking a little bit out of my tax refund to buy myself a present. So while I wait for it to post to my account, I'll be window shopping for a little treat pour moi. 




Michael Kors Ring
Photo found here
This Michael Kors barrel ring has a tortoise band that I find irresistible. It's simple, sleek, and it doesn't scream the designer's name. It would easily become one of my go-to rings and even though it isn't the same rose gold as my watch, I still wouldn't have a problem pairing the two together.






Tory Burch Flats
Photo found here
One of the hardest things for me to find is a pair of comfortable ballet flats. Tory Burch has basically hit the nail on the head by creating simple, yet stylish flats in an assortment of colors and styles. These particular flats are on my must-have list because they are the epitome of the perfect flat. Constructed with soft leather, these babies would be worn nonstop.






Cocktail Dress
Photo found here
I have a cocktail attire party to attend in the near future and I've been searching for the perfect dress. Even though I haven't committed to a color or cut just yet, I have been browsing over at Neiman Marcus. I have seen a number of Tadashi Shoji and Sue Wong dresses I'd like to try on and also this Diane von Furstenberg dress which would look great on me now and also when I have my killer summer tan. While everyone needs the perfect LBD, I  just love the bright hue of the DVF number which will transition seamlessly from Spring to Summer.


xoxox
kk




Thursday, March 28, 2013

What if money didn't matter?

If money were no object, what would you be doing?


I watched/listened to this video my friend Shannon posted on Facebook, and in a few short minutes, I was envisioning what my life would be like if money didn't matter. I would spend my days painting. I would be scouring the beaches for sea glass. I would be printmaking. I would be knitting. I would be sewing. I would be weaving. I would be writing songs. I would be collaging. I would be crocheting. I would be taking pictures. I would be learning new languages. I would be trying new recipes. I would be taking classes to acquire new skills. I would be cultivating a garden. I would be doing all of the things that I am too tired to do at the end of my work day. I would be free.



xoxox
kk

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Let's Be Honest.

I've talked about how I've been struggling, but looking on the bright side of things. And I'm still trying. However, I can't help but think about the past. A past that has been plaguing me for years. Nights seem to be the hardest for me since I'm left with my thoughts and little else to do but watch a couple of television shows before battling with insomnia. It's in those few hours that I feel the weakest, that I shed the most tears, and when I start to lose hope in finding someone who's right for me. I guess it doesn't help that his birthday is today and I've been torturing my heart with mix cds and memories. For me, he's the one that got away, or rather the one I pushed away.

I suppose it serves me right. What goes around comes around. I hurt him, someone else hurt me. But what's hard is trying to figure out how to move on. No matter who I've dated, I always circle right back around to him. Or at least the idea of him. It's been so long, I mean, he could be a totally different person now, but I know in my heart he is still the same. He's with someone else and he has been for a while now. It still doesn't stop me from thinking about him or from wishing I could run into him and see him again, if only to apologize one more time.

In May it will have been five years since he called me on my birthday. I didn't return his call. I don't know what he would've said other than, "Happy birthday," but it still hangs over me like a dark cloud of regret. I wish I would have answered. I wish I would have called back. Overall I wish things had gone differently. I wish I wouldn't have expected so much of him back then. I guess I thought we were supposed to have it all figured out. Now, here I am so many years later and I feel like parts of my life have simply fallen apart and I'm not sure how to put the pieces back together.

Sometimes I feel like I'll never find anyone who knows me like he did, who accepted me like he did, or who loved me like he did. He was silly with me and never made me feel self-conscious about myself. He really just loved me for me and he truly was my best friend. I think if I hadn't been so far away at school, things probably would have gone a lot differently. We wouldn't have been fighting so much and it's likely we'd still be together.

There are so many memories I relive in my mind that are crystal clear. One of them being when he took me on a little hike up to this property nearby where he lived. We sat and looked out at the view and he talked about how he wanted to buy it for us and build a house for us there. And at that moment it was like I saw our whole lives ahead of us and I had everything I ever wanted - him, a couple of kids running around in the yard with our dogs, and a home. It's something I've held onto for so long, even if it's been pushed from the front of my mind to the back over and over again. A few years ago when I was sitting around with a couple of my girlfriends talking, I remember saying how I still think of him frequently and wonder if I'll ever have another opportunity to be with him again. It's doubtful, I know. And we weren't perfect by any means, but there was an unexplainable connection with him that I've tried so hard to find with someone else and never have. I guess it's just hard to let go of a mindset you've had for so long. It's hard to let go of your first love. And it's hard to let go of old dreams and work towards finding new ones. No one can say that I haven't tried though.

Maybe I never got the closure I needed. Maybe if I saw him and said the things that have been weighing on my heart, I'd actually be able to move on. Or maybe it would make it worse. I don't know. Over the years I have found myself wanting to call him or write him a letter or something, but I never do. Even though I've pretty much always gone for any guy I wanted, I've held back on any attempt at winning him back. Most likely because I feel like I'm not deserving and I have some need to perpetually punish myself. I'd also feel like I'd be putting him in a situation with his current relationship and I don't want to be the source of any strife. I don't want to be that girl. I want him to be happy. And I truly hope he is. At least one of us ought to be.

xoxox
kk

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Arm Scarf

I've been knitting and crocheting for years now, but when I found a new way to make a chunky knit scarf without knitting needles, I knew I had to try it. Maybe you've heard of it, maybe you haven't, but I knit this scarf with my arms. No, you didn't read that incorrectly. I used my arms as the knitting needles. If you know how to knit, the concept is the same and I knit the scarf I'm wearing in less than a half an hour. No joke. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my go-to, quick-and-easy projects when I'm bored, but don't feel like spending hours knitting something else.


At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but I'm wearing it today, so that solved that issue. I'll be starting on another one soon and I'm thinking about doubling the yarn next time and using a different color. Maybe something neutral. I also went ahead and took the excess working yarn at the end and wove it through the start and finish of my scarf to make it an infinity style. I'm really happy with the result and I can't wait to make some more. Even though I told myself I wasn't going to do any other projects until I finished this one, I simply could not resist. I've given myself until the end of the month to finish my seester's scarf and by golly I will get it done, I just needed an in between project while I give my weary fingers a rest from clutching those darn skinny needles.


xoxox
kk










Friday, March 22, 2013

Simple Pleasures

Another week has passed and this is likely going to be another weekend that just flies right by. I think it'd be nice to only have to work 4 days a week, but unless I come up with a brilliant way to make more money or I strike it rich and win the lottery, I'll be continuing to drudge through a 5-day work week. In light of looking on bright side of things, here are some of my simple pleasures.




Tax Return
Photo found here
I've been procrastinating, but I finally did my taxes this past week. Thankfully, I've never had to pay the federal government any more than they already take out of my paycheck (knock on wood), which means I always look forward to getting my tax return. Of course my other "jobs" certainly don't hurt. I use quotes because I'm still waiting to make a profit from them, not because they aren't real.








Spring Weather
Photo found here
It has been noticeably warmer the past few days and I'm loving it! I'm also loving the trees that are in bloom...especially the one that is right outside my balcony. Even though this isn't a shot of my tree, this is an example of some of the trees I see lining the streets on my drive to and from work.









Passport Renewal
Photo found here
It may seem silly, but I'm really excited about renewing my passport. It may have something to do with the fact that I have to take a new picture, but mostly because the prospect of international travel is there. I'm currently in the process of filling out the paperwork because my impending vacation could quite possibly take me to another country, and I can hardly believe it's already been ten years since I was first issued one. I certainly thought I'd have a few more stamps in mine, but maybe these next ten years will produce more international travels. Fingers crossed!


xoxox
kk












Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dream Jobs Part Quatre: Acting Edition

If someone asked me what it is I do, I probably wouldn't start off by saying I'm an actor. Even though I have an agent and I'm SAG eligible. I haven't gone on an audition in months (the two times they called, I couldn't make it) and I have yet to book a paying gig up here. I know part of that has to do with the numbers game. I'm not going to book every commercial audition I go on and there are too few jobs up here for me to be auditioning regularly. So, if I'm only going on a handful or two of auditions every year, then my chances of booking something are slim. I'm not saying I'd be booking more jobs if I were living in L.A., but I certainly think I'd be going on more auditions in general. Not to mention that I really don't think I'm a commercial actor. I really think I'd be much better with a role on T.V. or in film. So, even though I'm making the best of the few auditions I get, I'm definitely not going to stop dreaming about landing a role in something amazing. So, here are some of my dream acting jobs for television dramas.



Sons of Anarchy
Photo from FX
I've been a fan of Sons since the beginning. Besides the fact that Charlie Hunnam is a total babe, SAMCRO reeled me in with its story lines and the seemingly alluring, dangerous life of being involved with a motorcycle club. When Opie died I actually shed a tear or two...his death was definitely mourned. Sorry for the spoiler if you aren't up to date, but it's likely you heard about it already. Anyway, I could definitely play the part someone's old lady and the best part is, I wouldn't have to try to hide my tattoos. In fact, they may even want to add some more! I haven't seen the end of Season 5 yet, but if Juice is still on there, he could probably use a girlfriend.








Homeland
Photo found here
I haven't the slightest idea what I role I'd play, but I love the show. Since it's Showtime, there tends to be nudity involved, but I'm not about to go flashing my ta-tas for everyone to see, so they'd either have to make me a friend of the daughter or a CIA agent who doesn't take her clothes off. Either way, this show is fantastic and it would be truly amazing to play a part in it.








The Following
Photo found here
With only six more episodes left in the first season, I'm interested to see how things will unfold and hopefully (finger's crossed) the show will be renewed. That said, I think it would be interesting to play one of Joe Carroll's deranged followers. There are plenty of them to go around and I think I could pull it off even though I certainly don't dream about actually writing a chapter in his twisted novel.




xoxox
kk


Monday, March 18, 2013

Sephora Obsessed.

I know I have a major obsession with Sephora. I probably spend way too much time on their website and I've spent my fair share of money there on makeup and skin care products, but I don't care! I L.O.V.E Sephora. One of the things I love most, besides the fact that they carry so many quality, high-end products, is their Beauty Insider program. It's easy to accumulate points, and with several options in the 100 point range and ever-changing 500 point perks, it makes the experience that much more exciting.

I've only used my reward points once (I like to hoard them until I find an item on their list that I cannot live without) and that was on a 500 Point NARS set, which made an appearance last November.

Photo from Sephora

It was one of the best "purchases" I've made there.


In order to join the ranks of the VIBs (Very Important Beauty Insiders) you do have to spend $350 during the calendar year, and I'm well on my way to solidifying my VIB status once again. Since I'm a single girl on a budget, I allocate money to different areas each month, but I specifically have a Sephora Fund. You may think it's silly, but it's a must-have when I spend $48 on foundation alone. Not to mention that I really like making online purchases because of the samples. I'm a sucker for a sample. And they give you THREE! It's how I've found some of the other skin care products I use and it's a great way to try out fragrances without having to commit. When you get down to brass tacks, Sephora really knows what they're doing and it shows. Whether I'm making an online purchase or walking into a store, I always have a smile on my face. 

Want to see more about Sephora's VIB program? Check out the video below!



xoxox
kk













Sunday, March 17, 2013

Simple Pleasures



St. Patrick's Day is today and even though I'm not a full blown Irish person, I do have a speck or two in me. So when I tell someone in my Irish accent to, "Kiss me, I'm Irish!" I won't actually be lying. In honor of the 17th, here are some of my simple pleasures...





Four Leaf Clover

Photo found here
There's nothing quite like finding a four leaf clover in a patch of shamrocks. I've only found one once in my entire life and I picked it, pressed it, and promptly lost it! Even though I know they are few and far between I'll still be keeping my eyes pealed!








Pot O' Gold

Photo found here
I know there aren't leprechauns running around and there isn't a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but it sure is nice to dream! Seriously, how cool would this scenario be...your son or daughter wants to chase a rainbow and look for it's end because they just KNOW they're going to find a pot of gold there and maybe even a leprachaun if they're lucky. You wait for a semi-rainy day, and he/she races inside from puddle jumping to tell you there's a rainbow! So you all pile into the car and drive off to see if you can find the end of the rainbow.  The parents who are humoring their kid laugh to themselves while they're youngin' in the back squeals with delight at the prospect of what they might find. Said parents are also devising a way to overcome their child's inevitable disappointment. But then....what is that? A man dressed in green off to the side of the rural road? And what is that? A REAL POT OF GOLD????? A bored and charitable millionaire decides to spread some joy (and wealth) to unsuspecting rainbow chasers. I'm just saying...it could happen.








Guinness

Photo found here
I'm not usually one to drink dark beers, but I couldn't pass up a Dublin brewed beverage on a day like today. I only had one and it was refreshing and surprisingly pleasant. The atmosphere certainly didn't hurt either since I was sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine and good conversation. It's likely I'll partake in another sometime in the future, but for now, I think I'm good. 



Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

xoxox
kk

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Modern Vintage

When I first spotted these Tahari pants, I knew I had to have them. Instead of paying the suggested retail price of $178, I got them for $20! It was a STEAL! Thank you Marshalls!

I decided to pair the trousers with my Lenox StyleMint T because it was slim cut and I knew I could tuck it in without it being bulky. Also, the modern stripes make the outfit feel a little less 1973 and a little more 2013. 

Taharai Doreen Pant, StyleMint Lenox T, Forever 21 Belt, Michael Kors Watch,
Swarovski Bee Charm, JewelMint Chain

Since the pants have an inseam of 35" and they were just a tad too long, I wore my black Coach platform sandals (also worn here) to keep them from dragging, but also to elongate my legs just a little bit more.

Couldn't resist using the gold flecked mirrors to add to the vintage feel. 
Overall, I was pleased with the results! I added a belt I bought way back when from Forever 21 that I've never worn until now, and I also wore a Swarovski bee charm (bought from Gilt) that I added to a JewelMint chain to wear as a necklace. 

This is one of my new favorite outfits and I'll be looking forward to experimenting with different tops to change up the look from time to time. 

xoxox
kk



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NARS Bronzer

Back in February of last year I made a purchase at Sephora and received the NARS VIB Trio for free! The trio included their liquid Illuminator in Orgasm, Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and Bronzing Powder in Laguna. I had been in the market for a new bronzer and this seemed like the perfect way to get a deluxe sample of one and some other products I hadn't yet tried.

Photo from Sephora


The moment I used the Laguna bronzing powder, I knew I had found my latest go-to bronzer. It goes on lightly and doesn't look like you're streaking your face with something unnatural. I have a tendency to use mine more as a blush at the moment instead of an all-over bronzer and it goes on perfect every time. The nice thing about this powder is that it is buildable so you can start off with just a touch and work your way up to the perfect hue of bronze. Not to mention that the golden shimmer isn't overpowering, so you won't feel like you're Edward stepping into the sunlight in the first Twilight movie. 

I went through the sample in no time and have officially moved onto the full-size product, which I definitely needed. It was well worth the $36 I spent on it! 
Photo from Sephora

With spring nearly upon us and summer just around the corner, this bronzing powder is great for any occasion and perfect for my presently porcelain skin and my future sun-kissed glow. As long as NARS continues to make this powder, I'll be buying it. 


xoxox
kk




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Monday, March 11, 2013

J'adore Dior

It's true. I love Dior. I've already expressed my love for their fantastic Nude Skin-Glowing foundation here, and I've briefly mentioned their mascara, but now I'm really going to talk about it.



Dior 'Diorshow - Black Out' Mascara 
(this photo is not of the waterproof version)



Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara is the best mascara I've ever used and I love it for so many reasons, including, but not limited to the following...

1. It doesn't flake. 

I used CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara for ages and I thought it was IT. That is, until I realized that a side-by-side comparison of the two would leave much to be desired for CG. Unlike LashBlast, Diorshow doesn't flake! It's creamy formula simply doesn't allow it to. I don't know how it's possible, but it just doesn't. Even if you're the kind of girl who likes to apply several coats.

2. It really is waterproof.

I can't tell you how many times I've had raccoon eyes because a mascara didn't hold up. The last year has found me in a puddle of tears more times than I'd care to acknowledge, but one thing is true, my mascara didn't run. It didn't smudge. And my eyelashes kept their curl. How? Diorshow is ridiculously amazing.

3. It is BLACK. 

Every mascara I've ever used has always been the darkest black the brand makes. I didn't think there was a difference until a consultant at Sephora dabbed a little of both Diorshow in Jet Black and Diorshow Black Out on her hand. It was obvious that the Black Out version was a blacker black. That's all I needed to see before I made my first purchase!

All in all, this mascara takes the cake. It makes my long lashes look positively perfect. I haven't dared stray from it since I began using it, with the exception of the time I ran out and had to revert back to LashBlast temporarily until I could get to Sephora for a new tube. It's safe to say that I've found what works for me, but if you have any suggestions to a mascara you feel is superior, feel free to give me a recommendation, or send me a sample.

xoxox
kk




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Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Ultimate KitchenAid Mixer

Every grandchild receives a KitchenAid mixer from Pocket Nana upon marriage as a wedding gift. I don't know why, but that's just the way it is! It really is a fantastic gift because they're a little pricey and it's nice to know you aren't going to have to fork out the dough to get one. Especially for someone like me who loves to bake!

I've always had it in my head that I wanted a yellow one (it IS my favorite color after all). And oh, how many different shades of yellow mixers there are. I've been pretty set on which one I'll want when that day comes, but that was before I discovered this gem.


How cute is this?! The Pioneer Woman gave away 10 of them last year and I wish I would have known because my name would have been entered in a heartbeat. Too bad I was too late. Not that I would have had my name drawn, but it it would have been worth the try! I found the website that makes them, called Un Amore by Nicole Dinardo, which is great except the price tag on these babies are $1349! Needless to say, they are a little out of my price range, but that's not to say that I couldn't save up for a custom paint job for my own mixer at a later date. Or I could take a stab at it myself. I've seen some of her other designs, and she's certainly talented. I really like this one too! I highly suggest checking some of her other work out, but in the meantime, here are some more photos of the mixer I originally fell in love with.

All photos found here on the Pioneer Woman's website.






xoxox
kk




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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What's today?

Some days I can't seem to figure out what day it is. I think it's Friday, but it's really Thursday. I think it's Tuesday, but it's really Monday. I'm pretty sure today is Wednesday, and even though I've already written the date more than a few dozen times, it doesn't stop me from perpetually forgetting what day it really is during my work day or even afterward.

Today is no different, but the one thing keeping me on track besides my desk calendar and my watch, is the paper chain I made to remind me of my dear friend's impending arrival into the Bay Area.


Max is moving up here from L.A. and I couldn't be happier. He is easily one of my favorite people in the whole wide world which you would know if you ever saw the contacts in my phone. My favorite peeps are the ones with an emoji icon next to their name or between their first and last. Anyway, there's just something about him that makes you want to smile. Maybe it's because he's a Pisces and I seem to get along rather well with Pisces or maybe it's just because he's an awesome person. Either way, I'm super excited he's moving up here because that's one more friend I'll be able to spend time...and believe you me, the friends I have up here are few and far between. Patience isn't really one of my strongest virtues, so I made the paper chain in hopes that it would distract me from becoming too impatient while waiting for him to get here and instead just keep me super duper excited. You've never seen someone who was looking forward to the Ides of March so much!

xoxox
kk




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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Restyled StyleMint

I posted yesterday about the glass buttons I bought on eBay and I'm happy to say that I received them in the mail that afternoon! They were even prettier in person. I swear, pictures do not do these little guys any justice. I racked my brain trying to figure out what I wanted to use them for, and since I really didn't want to wait too long and let yet another project fall by the wayside, I decided to revamp a button up T from StyleMint.

I bought the Violet Tank in white and also one in silver back in May of last year. Since I have two of the same style, I figured I wouldn't miss the original buttons if I were to swap them out on the white version. I couldn't be happier with the results.

Here is the original look...


I've always loved this top and it's dainty buttons, but sometimes it's nice to add a little pizzazz. 


So I went to work...

A penny for a spool of thread, a nickel for a needle...
Okay, so this photo is a little misleading since I actually used a seam ripper to take off the buttons, but none of those photos turned out well, so you have the pretend photo I took instead. 

I took off all of the buttons, but left the remaining threads until I got to each one so I would know where to sew on the new buttons. Worked like a charm...

One down, four more to go...


The completed look...


And a close up...


I seriously took a few dozen photos of the buttons trying to get an accurate color, but they just kept coming out differently, so trust me when I say they're just plain pretty.


I'm looking forward to some warmer weather so I can wear my "new" StyleMint top soon! I can't wait!

xoxox
kk





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Monday, March 4, 2013

Button Up

I have a new obsession and it comes in the form of buttons. And not just any old buttons. 
Glass buttons.

I was recently in a bidding war on eBay for a set of seven blue glass buttons. 


Weren't they a gorgeous color? I found them by way of another listing for a set of 10 pink glass buttons I had been eyeing that were for posted by the same seller. Unfortunately, I was outbid on the blue, but I certainly made her pay for them! I did manage to walk away with the pink ones and I am anxiously awaiting to receive them in the mail. Whether or not they are depression glass is debatable, but I do have faith that they are authentically vintage. 


So what am I planning on doing with said buttons? I haven't the slightest idea. I just know that I'm spending way too much time scouring the web for vintage glass buttons. I'm fairly certain I'll be making a few more button purchases in the near future, but for now I'll just be not-so-patiently waiting for my newest purchase to arrive and trying to figure out what clothing item I have that I can swap the buttons on!

xoxox
kk




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