Black and White

Black and White

Ok not to be cheesy but todays outfit kinda reminded me of something.  Life isn’t always Black or White…  Im not talking about right or wrong because there are definitely lines in the sand there, Im thinking more about how we feel.  (I was thinking about the verse where God says he’d rather we be Hot or Cold just not lukewarm)  I have to admit my   attitude about almost everything has been so bleh lately.  Think about it coffee is great Hot or Iced Cold just not room temperature.  Although I’ve let somethings get to me Ive not been angry but I’ve not been happy go lucky either. I am so very blessed and I have the ability to choose my outlook no matter the circumstances. Today I choose happy.IMG_0065KAT_0898

I think I fit every possible trend in this outfit (Tweed, Lace, Velvet, Leather, and Suede!!!)

This Jacket is my favorite purchase this fall  I love the quality and how versatile it is, Talbots really hit it out of the park.  The velvet trim on this lace top is very sweet (currently 25% off)!  The leather skirt is from a few years back but current version is linked.

KAT_0891.jpgThese Kate Spade shoes also come in vintage rose.  I love anything with cute details like these pearls and ties.

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Closet Redo

I’ve been busy over here working on  projects that were kind of half done around the house.  We had a few rooms left that needed to be painted .  My closet which already had Elfa shelving from the Container Store needed finishing off and I also needed to paint it.  So in typical Kristin style, one night I was laying on the floor of my closet I know that sounds weird but I was tired from putting away all my laundry and sat there thinking about what I wanted to do and decided it was time to finish it.  Every room plus the storage closet in my home has the Elfa shelving which I love it because it’s interchangeable.  At our old house my husband had custom shelving put in in our closet which was beautiful but I almost like this better because I could change it out as seasons change so for instance this time year and have us a sweater so I put more shelving but in the summer I have more dresses so I need more hanging space.  I bought a few more decor shelves and I really love the shoe racks.  I also added a few inexpensive touches like these 3 M Command knobs for my long necklaces, a couple led lights for my vanity area and a couple gold frames from TJMaxx.  I have one last thing to do which is to add LIGHTS. I have this chandelier but I really need some can lights installed.  (Greg please read this) 

If you have an Idea or want something done…do something about it.  

Casual Friday 

I have totally completely been MIA from my blog the last month but I promise it will get better.  I looked busted for like 2 weeks from a stupid summer cold…then my husband and I were super busy with plans at our practice…then my dog ate my homework….lol….but seriously we had a lot happening and since this is just for fun it took a back seat.  Unfortunately we lost Greg’s Dad last Friday and laid him to rest just yesterday so of course we were spending lots of time with his mom.  I stopped into Talbots on Lane Avene and ….WOW is all I can say about the collection. And I did some theroputic shopping this dress is just a cute little running around number but the sleeves make it!  

They had 25% off so I also picked up another dress, a couple of pants and a jacket.  Don’t pass up this collection it’s really back to the high quality design and fabric that made me a fan years ago.  

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Hot Pink

Hot Pink

I absolutely love bright pink, so when I saw this dress pop up on the Nordstrom Anniversary sale I knew I had to have it!  Everyone that knows me knows that I love Kate Spade, but Ted Baker carries very similar styles and colors.  This dress also comes in black.  My shoes are old Stuart Weitzman but here is the style and I think these sandals would look great as well.  My earrings were a very special gift a couple years ago from Leo Alfred (they make a lot of custom pieces) but here and here are similar styles for less.  Finally, you can’t have a good work look without a pretty computer case, similar style here.

In other news I bought this kit for my nails and I love it!  With a business and 3 kids it’s hard for me to go get my nails done so it’s nice to be able to be able to knock it out myself at home!

 

Paint your Lemons Pink today!

I just got a chance to look at what Nordstrom had for the Anniversary Sale.  Some of my favorite pieces are below.  I only ordered a couple to things, I will post them with they come in!

These are my favorites for work

(they really have a great variety of price points on the sale)

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Color Blocked Top
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Pink Lace
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Knit Dress
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Scalloped Edge Sweater
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Crops
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Sheath
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Polka Dot Blouse

These are my favorite casual pieces

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Long Sweater
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Silk Top
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Asymmetrical Sweater
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Basic Tee
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Skinny with cool Hem

Barefoot in Skinnies 

It’s been a long week as usual!  My poor Father in Law broke his hip but through much prayer he had surgery and is recovering!  It’s amazing that less than 24 hours ago we were worried he wouldn’t make it.  

I bought these Hudson Krista crops last week at Nordstrom rack for 75% off!!!! and they may be my new favorite!  My top is from last year but Classiques Entier brought it back just a tad different it’s a really great staple piece that you can dress up or down.  

Curly Girl

Curly Girl

So lets talk about natural hair!  I had big bouncy curls as a child and then when I was 10 I was taken to get my first relaxer….BIG MISTAKE!  I continued getting relaxers till about 7 years ago when I met Becky at the Kenneth’s in Dublin.  She convinced me to grow the relaxers out and I am so glad that I did because honestly I still had to flat iron my hair when I wanted it straight but now I don’t have all of the chemical damage.  I don’t think I have the best curls but thats what the good Lord gave me to work with so I have just learned to embrace it.

The only downside to going natural is that when the humidity is high there is no keeping my hair straight….it just gets puffy.   July is usually super hot in Ohio so I was on the hunt recently for a new curly product to use.  I am mixed so typically products for Caucasian hair don’t work that great for me but on the flip side some Black hair products are too heavy.  Whats a girl to do!  I saw Ouidad at Ulta and instantly the Marketing compelled me because of the diversity they showed in the models!  I walked out with these three products as well as a shampoo sample pack just incase I didn’t like it.  I have kinky curls but I also bought the beach wave foam.

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Wave Create, Curl Immersion, Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask, and The Trial Kit

My process was to wash and apply the Melt Down Mask for 30 min.  Then I rinsed with cold water and applied the Immersion section by section and dry with a defuser attached to my GHD Dryer .  Here is the finished look,  I will say that if I do curls for a week usually the curls get better after a couple washes. The pic makes them look a little frizzy but they really aren’t its just back lit.

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Old Kate Spade Dress, my shoes are Classic Salvatore Ferragamo Kala pumps in Navy which are fairly hard to find but I did see that Zappos has some right now.  Usually Bloomingdales restocks them.

Here is a pic from today all I did was put a tiny bit of water in to reform the curls on top but Im really happy with this because usually I can only get one day out of my curls.

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How cute is the Zara top and it is on Sale!!!! Lip stick is Chanel Le Rouge Crayon in Cassis

If you get Lemons today paint them pink!