Bows, Flounces, and Ruffles! Oh My!

What I’m Listening to: Naive by The Kooks

Happy Valentine’s Day! Someone once told me you shouldn’t wear themed clothing for holidays, but as anyone who’s read my blog before knows, I clearly didn’t listen to them. It’s Valentine’s Day, so I’m wearing pink, red, bows, ruffles, sequins, and flounces, all in one fluffy frock (this dress legit has it all). Of course, I can’t totally abandon my grunge roots, so I accessorized with my Dr. Marten’s Mary Janes.

Peace (and PSAs against those candy hearts),

Kick

Bookshelves & Patriots

What I’m listening to: Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes

Well, the game is over and wow. When I started drafting this post in the middle of the second quarter it read very differently. Now I can say it was a game to remember; especially since it set several records for not only the Pats, but also for the League. Amazing game aside, the first half had me picking out a bookshelf for my bedroom instead of having to focus on that pre-halftime score. For months I’ve been swearing I’m going to buy a bookshelf so I can move my books out of stacks on my floor (I know, I know, so 2005) but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I pretty much knew what I wanted so my requirements were pretty straightforward.

1. Large enough to hold all my books but narrow enough to fit between the side of my bed and the wall.

2. Have adjustable shelves so I can fit everything from paperbacks to vinyl records.

3. Be (reasonably) inexpensive. 

With these three criteria in mind I started searching online. Wayfair (HGTVs favorite brand) had some bookshelves, but most (save one) were either too small or impractical/unattractive. Same deal on Amazon. Thwarted thus far I turned to Ikea and after navigating the world’s largest website menu I finally managed to find what I was looking for. I narrowed it down to three (plus the aforementioned Wayfair shelf).Once I got it down to the semi-finals it was time for my decision maker: which one would fulfill my number one requirement? As it turns out, the black bookcase is higher than my ceiling, so that was out. The low cream-colored one was an awkward height and the more I thought about it the more I realized I don’t actually want a blue bookshelf. As such,  I now have flat-pack furniture being delivered to my house so that I may embark on an even more harrowing adventure: putting it together. Join me next time for more sketchy sports commentary (this is 100% an empty threat) and me putting a bookshelf together backwards (definitely a real threat). 

Peace, 

KJ
Links to the above bookshelves can be found here, here,  here and of course here

Mini-Post: A Study in Blue

What I’m Listening To: Read My Mind by The Killers

Welcome to Mini-Post Monday, where I feature a quick rundown of an outfit plus a great quote from a book I’m currently loving. This week I’m sharing a quote from Time Regained, the final volume of Marcel Proust’s seven volume saga Remembrance of Things Past. I’m also loving flowy 1970’s inspired dresses right now, they’re just the right blend of style and comfort. This one has a such a fun print! “Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader’s recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book’s truth.” 

               ― Marcel Proust, Time Regained

Peace, 

Kick

5 Things Every Girl Needs For the Christmas Season

What I’m Listening to: Wait for Me by Kings of Leon

Less than a month ’til Christmas Day! With that in mind, you know there’s never a better time to make a list (and yes, maybe check it twice) to make sure you’re ready to have a terrific Christmas this year.

5. A Great Playlist

I don’t just mean Christmas music, (though that’s basically a given). I’m talking about the kind of music you love to get ready to, the kind of music you like to wrap presents and bake Christmas cookies to. A versatile, fun, up-beat playlist that always makes you feel pretty, chic, and maybe even a little bit dangerous.

4. A Killer Dress

Christmas is a time for parties, and whether you are the world’s biggest introvert or the social butterfly to end them all, you should have at least one dress that makes you look fantastic. Every girl has a few styles and colors that suit them best, but don’t be afraid to try something new.

3. A Checklist

I know, I know, nobody likes a checklist. But as one of the few who do, you know it’s my duty to let you know how simple they’ll make your life. (I definitely don’t have an endless supply of color-coded lists that span across multiple devices and notebooks.)

2. A Pretty Lipstick

It doesn’t have to break the bank, though if you are looking to splurge you know I’m going to suggest YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine. Their colors are perfect for whatever you’re looking for, from darker shades to a super pale pink. For those looking for a less expensive alternative I think that L’Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks are smooth, color-rich options that won’t put a dent in your Christmas shopping budget.

1.  The Christmas Spirit

I bet you guys knew I was gonna get sentimental, but it’s true and you know it. After all, the most important element of Christmas, is Christmas. The excitement, the joy of Kroger selling Sweet Tart candy canes, and of course the sense of a new beginning that’s so integral to the Christian celebration of Christmas.

Peace (on Earth),

Kick

Thanksgiving 2016

What I’m Listening To: Sixteen Tons by Johnny Cash

Happy Thanksgiving! This year I made four pies, however I still consider my crowning achievement being predicting Easton Corbin’s presence in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Of course I’m not the only winner today. That prize also goes to my new Dr. Marten mary janes. I am absolutely in love with them. They’re somehow both pretty and rebellious (and they go with almost everything). Today though, I paired them with a jumpsuit and a neutral lip. (And yes, I did make that pie.)

Peace (and Gravy)

Kick

Reality Boots

What I’m Listening To: Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand 

I know, I know, it’s a terrible pun based off the title of a movie that came out before I was born (it was called Reality Bites for the whippersnappers in the audience). But let’s be real, if you’re not at least 35% here for the puns you’re in the wrong place my humor adverse friend. Anyways, it’s finally starting to cool down here in Arkansas, (meaning it’s dropped below 87 degrees) so it’s time to break out the fall stuff. What constitutes fall stuff you may ask? Boldly printed long dresses and blue suede booties in this case. Check it! 

Happy Almost-Winter-But-It-Feels-Like-Fall! 

Peace, 

Kick

Week Four: Grace & Faith

What I’m listening to: Man in Black by Johnny Cash

Welcome back to the fourth and last week of my month long weekly devotional series! As always, if you’re new, be sure to check out my previous posts in the series. The intro post has some additional information about our September of Peace devotionals. 

 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

                 – John 16:33 (NIV)

God does not want to scare us into inaction. Yes, the world is a hostile, angry place, but we were put here for a reason. In this verse God is letting us know that the peace we desire can be found in Him. He conquered the world, not so that we would never face any obstacles, but rather that we would know that we

 “can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

              -Philipians 4:13 (NIV)      

So, as we wrap up our September of Peace, I want to take the opportunity to sum up our series as two points. 

1. We live in a shattered world that we can never begin to repair, and we ourselves are shattered because of it. 

2. Our God isn’t asking us to fix it, or ourselves, only that we rely on Him; that He might do miracles both around and through us. 

Prayer Prompt: That we might be as blessed with understanding and guidance as we are with God’s infinite grace and wisdom. We pray for these things not for ourselves, but for His cause, to be able to be used as forces of good in this fallen world.