A Not-So-Mellow Yellow

What I’m Listening to: Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones

Happy Mother’s Day! Although I swear it was January five minutes ago, apparently it’s now almost summer. Not that you’ll hear me complaining; summer is one of my favorite seasons. The main reason? Summer fashion of course! Like this dress, which is one of my new favorite pieces. (Do you hear that? I made this sound like a normal fashion blog for three entire sentences (truly a new record).) And yes, the dress really is as bright as it looks, I love it. (P.S. the pockets are real) Peace + pockets, 

Kick

Easter 2017

What I’m Listening to: Down by Marian Hill

Happy Easter! The mini-sister had a good time, though apparently I’m not allowed to buy candy for her Easter egg hunt unsupervised again (157 eggs is apparently overkill for one child). What’s not overkill however is the gourgeous pattern of this dress, I love when contrary seeming colors mesh so well. The brooches add just the right amount of sparkle for a holiday dress. 

In the spirit of Easter, we must be reminded of the words of Mark 16:5-7: 

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” 

        – Mark 16:5-7 NIV

It can be easy not to notice all of the prophecies that Jesus foretold and then fulfilled simply within the Gospels. Of course the most important is that He would die, and then on the third day, rise again. There is no miracle greater than that. If He can keep that promise to us, He can keep all of His promises; to take care of us and guide us, just as He told us He would. Rejoice, He is risen, He is our faithful Shepard, and we are forgiven! 

Peace and chocolate eggs, 

Kick

A Capital Brunch 

What I’m Listening To: Just Let Me Cry by Lesley Gore

I know what you’re thinking, so yes, the title is a pun. I went to the Capital Hotel here in the state capital to have brunch (I’ll give you a minute to allow my mastery of both the English language and puns sink in). It was amazing, I got the biscuits and gravy which were delicious. (And aren’t those tiny jam jars the cutest?) Anyway, it’s also abruptly turned rather summer-ish, so time to stop pretending the 50 degree lows were cold enough to warrant a wool coat I suppose. Instead, I’m breaking out the sandals, jean shorts and summer tops early this year because I enjoy tempting the weather to smite me for my hubris. (It’s supposed to be back in the 50s by Wednesday.) C’est la guerre! 

Peace,

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

Gyeongbokgung Palace

What I’m Listening to: Froot by Marina and the Diamonds 

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I’m currently in Seoul, South Korea. Korea has been awesome! I have seen some incredible places, and eaten some amazing things. One of the places that I have been fortunate enough to get to visit is Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Don’t worry, I won’t detail the whole history of the Palace here, I’ll just link to their Wikipedia page instead.) (And yes, it was snowing.)  

    
     
    
     

   

    
 Annyonghi Kasayo! 

KJ

Lipstick + Plaid

What I’m listening to: Limetown, Episode 3: Napoleon 

Well, it’s for reals the “Holiday Season” now. Which means pie, gingerbread, and those weird ribbon candies no one who doesn’t remember when California wasn’t a state likes (September 9, 1850 btw). So what’s a better coat for the season than the ever-flattering swing coat? Especially this one in such a cheery plaid! (Did that sound appropriately fashion blogger-y? I feel like yes.) The other thing I’m loving is this nude Yves Saint Laurent lipstick (this one is #22). It works great, especially in the cold, because it hydrates and protects your lips. Kind of like a grown up version of my favorite lip balm of all time Baby Lips. Alas, I must now wrap this post up, somewhere in the world someone is unwittingly purchasing ribbon candy and I must warn them before it’s too late. 

     
      
 

Peace, 

KJ 

Jacket: ChicWish 

Jeans: Blank NYC

Ankle boots: Nine West

Labor Day Weekend Collaboration ft. Faith from The Petite Pearl!!

 What I’m Listening to: Message Man by Twenty One Pilots

Happy Labor Day Weekend everybody! Today my blog is being taken over by one of my favorite bloggers, Faith, who runs the blog The Petite Pearl. Over the last few weeks, we have put together a collaboration. We answered all kinds of questions on all kinds of topics (from our favorite bloggers to our dream vacation) and now you can read our answers! Faith’s half is right here and you can find my half on her blog here. Be sure to check it out!! Happy reading!

 

1. Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?

I definitely wish the 1950s style would come back! I love the look of long, A-Line skirts with a button down and cardigan, or the ever popular letter sweater or varsity jacket seen in movies!

2. Who is your all time favorite artist?

This is such a hard question for me. I really love a variety of art: Monet, Degas, Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Mary Delany. I could spend hours and hours in art museums, so I can’t possibly pin down a favorite.

3. If you had a warning label what would yours say?

Probably something like: “Will drive you completely crazy with over-planning, too many lists, and general Type A, perfectionist, crazy person abnormalities.” Something like that, maybe…

4. What celebrity would you want to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

Taylor Swift. I have been a huge T-Swift fan since day one. She is just such a fun person and seems so grounded and real despite the crazy fame she has gained. I would definitely want to meet Meredith, her adorable cat, too. And her bff Karlie Kloss. What a fun circle of friends that would be.

5. What do you do to stay in shape?

I love taking fitness classes! Sometimes I have a hard time motivating myself when I’m alone, so I definitely feel the pressure to try my hardest when I’m around others! I love taking dance classes, yoga, and Pilates. 

6. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

23. Just counted. Oops…

7. If you could travel anywhere today where would you go?

Right now I’m feeling the whole Mediterranean, sailing, beach-y vibe, so probably Majorca, Spain, with a detour to Sicily and finishing it off on the island of Santorini. Sigh.

  8. Who is your favorite author?

Again a hard one. You’re asking some one who has more books than hairs on my head. I adore the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, though, particularly One Hundreds Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. His work has such a magical, whimsical flair, but portrays a spectrum of human emotions and actions. Simply put: he’s a genius.

9. Favorite singer?

Gosh I can’t choose favorites! I’ve always loved Justin Timberlake, Florence and the Machine, and, on the other end of the spectrum, Nat King Cole. I’ve been listening to a lot of Mumford and Sons recently since I will be seeing them in concert in August! I really listen to everything and anyone, though.

10. Do you collect anything?

Books. I have so many, from current books to memoirs to nonfiction to classics. I particularly love collecting the classics, and have many very old books my grandmother gave me, including one of the first editions of Little Women. 

  

11. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I’m not a very daring person really, but one memory that comes to mind is when we were out sailing in Florida and spotted a pod of wild dolphins swimming nearby. They started moving in really close to the boat, so without hesitation I just jumped in and swam with them. It was incredible, and felt sorta daring for me. I saw a mountain lion whilst hiking once, and have made some pretty daring driving moves, but I don’t know if that really counts, haha.

12. Favorite big-time blogger?

Carly from The College Prepster initially inspired me to start my own blog, but I also love Bows and Sequins, and Classy Girls Wear Pearls.