A Renaissance Dissidence

What I’m Listening to: Sharing the Night Together by Dr. Hook

I spent a long time trying to think of a good title for this post, attempting to find a snappy sentence that perfectly encapsulates this look, but I couldn’t, mainly because there are a lot of moving parts in this outfit, though it doesn’t look it at first glance.

The weather is turning cold here on the East coast, and I’m ready (mostly). The floral pattern of my coat (both inside and out!)

is helping me adjust to the sudden drop in temperature. Isn’t it darling? Of course, this is a transitional year for fashion so I paired the jacket with my Korean War-era military surplus pants and a fitted ruched blouse.

The top’s deep square neck is perfect for a necklace so I chose a traditional symbol on an unconventional chain.

The Luckenbooth is a Scottish motif, (this one also incorporates the national flower, the thistle). Named for the locked booths they were sold in, they are good-luck charms. The chain is of a multi-strand black woven material.

See what I’m talking about? A lot of unique pieces in one look. I think it is one of my new favorites!Peace,

KJ

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New York Fashion Week!

What I’m Listening to: The Curse of Curves by Cute is What We Aim For

One of my favorite things about living on the East Coast is that I can now participate in all the things that happen in NYC. Of course, one of my long-time goals was always to go up for NYFW and I got the chance just a few weeks ago. It was so fun to see how the city gets taken over, with fashion houses renting out all different kinds of properties to transform into their vision. YSL chose the middle of SoHo, though stepping past the black-clad bouncers and into a dimly lit entryway seemed to take you far, far away from the busy restaurant-lined street I had just been ushered off of.

From there it was a whirlwind (some of which you can see on my insta!) though I eventually at one point ended up on the roof, where a makeup artist showed me YSL’s (as of then) unreleased new products.

I ended up falling in love with their new Rouge Pur Couture The Slim. I managed to get my hands on one in 12 – Nu Incongru.

Isn’t it such a gorgeous color?

I also stopped in to check out Il Makiage’s first U.S. store.

(The moment I knew I was in the right place.) There I purchased a sparkly purple eyeshadow so rich it’s almost a cream shadow. I’ll link it here (in shade alter ego). It’s buildable so you can use the one color on your whole lid while still giving the perception of depth.

I always hoped to see NYFW, but never did I think I would be part of it. This was truly an awesome adventure!

Peace,

KJ

North East Adventures: Rhode Island

What I’m Listening to: Sit Next to Me by Foster the People

Hello and welcome to part one of my new series, North East Adventures! The series where I explore the only part of the United States I’ve never really lived in before (Army brat). First up on the list: a road trip that will span Maryland to Maine and back again. Without further ado, lets get started!

Welcome to Rhode Island

Isn’t it breathtaking? Even in the middle of summer the breeze is cool (not exactly the stagnant humidity of the South or the dry desert air of the southwest). I think I could have stood there forever. Still, soon enough, it was time to eat, and, sitting on a glassed-in porch eating fried seafood and the biggest powdered sugar donuts I’d ever seen, I was taking in the view. (what a view)

Walking down to the beach, you can wade in; some people were swimming but if you’re accustomed to 30A temperatures (like me), you might just want to get your feet wet. Isn’t it beautiful? Rhode Island really surprised me in how beach-y it felt, and I know I’ll be coming back soon!

Peace,

Kick

Happy Easter!

What I’m Listening to: Just What I Needed by The Cars

Happy Easter! (April Fools!) Isn’t this rose pattern pretty? When I saw it I knew it was going to be my Easter dress. There’s something so spring-y about it! Of course I couldn’t not do a statement shoe, but I wanted to look outside the typical white Easter shoes. These 1980’s inspired red patent leather pointed toe heels were exactly what I was looking for. (Try saying that 5 times fast!)

Peace,

KJ

DIY Fancy Easter Baskets

What I’m Listening to: Needles and Pins by The Searchers

Is this really my first DIY post? Well no time to start like the present. If you follow me on Instagram then you knew this post was coming. I’m making two fancy Easter baskets, all with supplies bought at Michael’s craft store. I bought everything on sale, as part of a sales event. For two baskets, here’s what you’ll need.

2 wicker baskets, plain

1 plastic garland with fake flowers (whatever kind strikes your fancy, I went for pink roses with white accents)

2 bags of decorative moss

(You’ll also need a pair of scissors to cut the garland)

The first thing I did was unwrap the moss and fluff it. The moss, much like regular Easter grass, gets flattened by being in the bag, so I pulled it apart to give it some more volume in the basket. Below you can see a comparison of the moss, pre- and post- fluff.

Both of the baskets that I bought were on the small side of what Michael’s carries, small enough that I was able to cut my plastic garland in half to wrap both basket handles. I started with just a basic wrapping technique until I was satisfied with how it looked. I secured both edges of the garland by tucking the ends inside the basket.

Finally, fill that Easter basket with candy!

Ta-da! A truly easy DIY that gives so much pretty character to a simple wicker basket.

Peace!

KJ

Prodigal Progenies

What I’m Listening to: (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

We are, truly, God’s worst creation. Nothing else on the planet rebels against Him. The trees grow and die as he beckons them to. The animals, the birds and the fish and the mountain lions, all of them obey their innate directions given to them by God. And yet, God loves us most. He put us in charge, He sent His own Son to die for us. Us. His biggest mistake, His worst creation. We reject and rebel against Him at every turn. He should have long ago stripped our responsibilities away, reduced us to nothingness and let something more worthy step into our place. Something more obedient. But He didn’t. He knew we would fail, but He gave us the job anyway. Because we’re not supposed to do it on our own. We are not in charge of the planet; we do not have to rule over ourselves and the other beings. We are apprentices. Servants. The infants that He is raising to be something greater than our genus species. He is shaping us, we are His children and He would never abandon or replace us.

“And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.

– 2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)

Lean on His understanding, for He is teaching us His way, not our way. When you don’t want to, look up at the sky. See the way He paints each cloud, formed each bird, see the care, love and patience.

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

– Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

He is our Father, our protector who will never fail or abandon us. He trusts us, despite every failing, with a deep and unworthy devotion. He does not limit our responsibilities, He increases them, because He knows He will be right alongside us, to help us take our wobbly first steps on the path He designed. God is not looking for our fear or sacrifices. He does not want the things that our earthly leaders do.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.

– Mark 12:17 (NIV)

All He asks is that we don’t try to solve things on our own, that we turn to Him and let Him show us the way. He does not wish to watch us struggle on our own when He can instead help us succeed.

Prayer Prompt: Ask God to show you the way to tackle a struggle or issue you are facing right now, even if you think you know how to solve it. He always has a better way.

Cats on a Dress

What I’m Listening to: Wish I Knew You by The Revivalists

First off, I know. Isn’t it amazing? A timelessly romantic silhouette, ready to sink into the river à la Ophelia but with bold graphic script and photo printed kittens to make it exactly the sort of statement piece I love. This kind of dress needs an equally trendy shoe, so my Ash platforms give me that fashion feel (and the height I love, fight me I like being extra-tall).Peace,

KJ