All Laced Up

What I’m Listening to: These Boots are Made for Walkin’ by Nancy Sinatra

Aaaand just like that it’s summer. Maybe not according to the stars or the calendar but if you ask me 78 degrees is at least 10 degrees over the spring standard. Anyway, it was the perfect temperature to go downtown (and wear this adorable new top from one of my favorite brands, Reformation). 

(Ps. Fun fact: The bowls and the beads were both imported from Greece) 

Peace,

Kathleen-June

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

Walt Disney World

What I’m Listening to: Ghost by Ella Henderson

(Disclaimer: I know this post is late, I’m moving so it’s been cray over here.) 

After four days at mouse world my feet hate me, I think I have diabeetus, and I’m now secure in the knowledge that packing only crop tops and no sunscreen is a bad idea. Hey, I’m not the wayward wisteria for nothing.           

            

Peace out✌🏻️

KJ

Valentine’s Valentine

What I’m listening to: Momma Tried by Merle Haggard

Valentine’s Day is almost here and you know what that means. If you guessed the price of chocolate chips goes up 23 cents then you win a free box of chalky candy hearts. I personally want to know who is gifting their S.O. with chocolate chips. I can’t envision a scenario with that ending well. Even if you’re making them into cookies it’s still weird. Buy them something normal like those terrifying bears that sing 70’s songs while they “dance”, their dead eyes staring into your soul.
Anyways. I love all holidays, but I have a special place in my heart for Valentine’s Day.

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Long Necklace: Tiffany’s
Dress: Vintage
Earrings and short necklace: Kate Spade
Shoes: Nine West

Christmas 2014

What I’m Listening to: ‘Can You Love Me Again’ by John Newman

(Note: I know it’s 2015, but I’ve just now awoken from my sugar coma so hush.)
Another Christmas has come and gone, the gifts are strewn all over the house, there are probably chocolate coins in the carpet and the place smells suspiciously like Love’s Baby Soft. Hmmmm.

That aside, I figured I would share some photos of my Christmas. I’m not turning this into a haul post, because no one actually likes those. (To anyone angrily saying that they do right now, just remember, everyone knows you’re lying. (And you probably smell like Love’s Baby Soft.))

The first thing I want to show y’all is how I wrapped the presents this year. I used three different types of high gloss plaid wrapping paper, soft caramel colored satin bows and handmade brown paper tags. If you’re wondering how long it took me, let’s just say I may be a season further on Bewitched than I was before I started. Let’s also leave it at that.

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Well, it’s been fun but I gotta go try to make some hot cocoa for my sugar hangover. “Hair of the dog” and all that.
Peace.
KJ

6 Last Minute Gift Ideas

I see you, looking around the CVS frantically, looking for literally anything that you could give as a gift. It’s Christmas Eve, and you, my friend, have blown it. You look at Pinterest, hoping for an idea that will make a set of Easter salt shakers from the discount rack seem legit. Instead, you are greeted by suggestions of hand stitched gloves and lovingly crafted quilts. After it becomes clear that when bloggers say “last minute” they mean “the only gift you didn’t start on before the Clinton administration” you fall to your knees in defeat, taking the fruitcake display with you. The clerk at the front is not amused, as you’ve disrupted her glove stitching. Here are 6 actual ideas for last minute gifts. I found all of these items at the CVS, including gift wrap, so you can do this too. (Trust me.)

6. For Your Hipster Friend

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5. For a Kid

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4. For the Coworker you Know Nothing About

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3. For the “Basic” Friend

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2. For the Superior You Have to Buy Something For

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Anyway, a candle is sort of like the blanket in the fact that it’s inoffensive, everyone can use it, but it seems nicer than the blanket. Just make sure you smell it.

1. For the Old Relative Who Complains About Their Joints All the Time

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****Bonus Round: Gift Wrap****

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It’s time to wrap up this post, the cashier has put down the gloves and is coming towards me. Time to pay for the fruitcakes and never ever return.
KJ

Montgomery and Monograms

First off, let me just say that it was a great weekend for football. Georgia beat Auburn, and WKU beat Army. It was also a great weekend for weather, with the Alabama sunshine deciding to take a break for a little while. (Yes, that means winter clothes in 70 degree weather, don’t judge me.) A quick rundown of my outfit: Sweater is from Victoria’s Secret, skirt is from Adrianna Papell, jacket is Pim + Larkin, heels are (surprise!) Lands’ End, and the adorable monogrammed scarf is Marley Lilly.

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Downtown Montgomery

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Showing school spirit!

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Montgomery love

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Heels and Tiles

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Pop of Color

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Smiles and Scarves

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Happy Pre-Holidays!

KJ