Fall Pattern Mixing with Leota

Fall Pattern Mixing with Leota

I love color and pattern mixing.  I always get asked how I choose what to mix.  Honestly I don’t really think about it.  I am unapologetically myself and I really don’t follow many fashion rules.  Having said that if I look back at outfits that I’ve put together usually there is a common color involved when I pattern mix.  In the case of this Leota Dress, I knew immediately that I wanted to pair it with something Leopard. Another way to pattern mix is to mix the scales.  The scale of the leopard spots is bigger then that of the flowers in this Enchanting print.

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I love using Leopard in the Fall and it would be absolutely tragic if Leopard ever got tacky.  Wait its not tacky, is it?!?! I think that given the right stripe you could actually style this dress with a striped jacket if you are really bold!  But this Leota Jacket would be really cool as well even with the Top thats in this Enchanting Print.

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The fabric on this Maya Dress is really versatile, I dressed it down with these camel colored suede booties and a denim cropped jacket. I styled it on my instagram with just heels for a dressier look.

While, the Leota team graciously sent me this beautiful dress, I have mentioned before that I fell in love with the brand from buying a couple of pieces in the Cheesecake Boutique in Upper Arlington.  Jessica at CB is a genius at finding fits for your body type and the bonus with Leota is that most of the fabrics travel really well.

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Oh I forgot to mention that founder, Sarah Carson uses women of all shapes and sizes in her campaigns, which I absolutely love!  I love what she says on her site, “Dry cleaning is expensive so we make our product machine washable.  They are wrinkle free because we have better things to do than iron.”

Thank You! #Leotainthewild

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THREAD

THREAD

I recently got to go in to the amazing Thread store in the Short North that just opened. I have to say this area of High Street has really become a happening place here in Columbus. There are so many shops that you could really spend a whole afternoon meandering around.

Walking up to the Short North Thread location you can immediately see that lots of thought went into the overall esthetic of the store. It’s modern but has very trendy industrial accents. I think they are definitely living up to the mission of “delivering a remarkable experience by being a presence in the community”. I just love a cool local story and going into a store that feels like an experience.

Shopping should be fun, it shouldn’t be dreading the way things are going to fit or going to the same old place and buying the same old thing that you have always worn. I really went into the store thinking I’m going to try on at least one outfit that isn’t necessarily “me”. I sure did do that with this Red Skirt by Staci Snider. Peter, the sales associate at Thread did a great job of describing the designer and what her inspiration is.

I didn’t walk away with the skirt but I am seriously considering going back to pick it up because it was just so beautiful and interesting. I tried it on with a long sleeved cropped tee first by David Lerner that can be purchased directly online or in store at Thread.

I also had to try it styled sporty with a simple ruched top. There aren’t many stores where you can have this much fun with high end fashion in town so the couple that I found I will be highlighting in the coming months on my blog!

Fashion is kind of an art, its what we use to say who we are. When I was reading the about section on Threads site I loved how it said that Miranda really takes time to find designers to make her boutique carefully curated. Miranda and I got to chat for a little bit and she is as lovely as her store.

More on this gorgeous wine colored top later but, it is a new arrival so here is the link.

Every couple of years I invest in a couple of staple pieces and one that I have been searching for is a BLAZER. I am not very tall (5’4″) and I have a short torso so I have been on the lookout for one that makes me appear taller. Well I found it!!! This blazer by L’Agence had me as soon as I saw it on the rack. The darts on the front pull the eye in and create an amazing illusion.

The pockets are also at a slant which adds to the slimming lines. The sleeves have a really nice slit detail or you can roll them up as well. The blue coated jeans by L’Agence as amazingly soft and stretchy. I am a hippy girl so it’s nice to find jeans that fit my hips but don’t gap in the waist. The Navy are almost sold out online but they have them in store and they also come in this rich chestnut color. My Gucci belt dresses it up even more. The belt was a gift from my Hubby from my trip to Venice a couple of weeks ago but one trick I have for getting pricey accessories is buy using credit card rewards, those things add up if you put everything on them (and pay off the card every month of course).

This silk top is also by L’Agence and is just divine! It’s sold out on their site but hey that’s another reason to visit the store in Grandview or at their new Short North Location. I really need an excuse to get over to the store again, although this store could seriously get me in a lot of trouble. Thread has generously supplied you all with a 15% off code Pinklemons15. Have fun shopping and tell your friends!

Photography by the amazing Chad DiBlasio, Makeup and Hair Provided By Mukha Spa

Pre-Mother’s Day

Pre-Mother’s Day
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Similar Kate spade dress / Daisy Garden Dress

I on purpose am not going to look at what I wrote last year about my mother (bare with me if I repeat anything).  I am curious to see what comes from my heart this time.  When I was little (as you may have read last year) my mother was an addict so she didn’t raise me much of my life; consequently Mother’s Day has always been a hard day for me.

I am so blessed with my children and by plenty of people that love me so don’t feel bad.  I just got thinking this morning that I have come so far.

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I went through very bitter dark feelings until I was a young adult.  There are a couple of poems that I wrote her (a shared interest that we had) at 12 I wrote “Someday”  which was when I just wanted her in my life so bad, I would just sit and cry and write.

Someday I’ll see you.

Not alone.

Not in hiding…Someday I’ll see you. 

Someday I’ll see you 

We’ll be together.

In the same room.

Together…Someday I’ll see you.

Someday I’ll see you 

everything will be okay.

No one will care…Someday I’ll see you.

Someday I’ll see you. 

Nothing will matter. 

My love for you will never die…Someday I’ll see you.

Someday I’ll see you. 

“I love you Mommy, I love you Mommy” 

I will say….soon 

Someday I will see you.

I don’t remember if “Soul” came before or after but I felt so abandoned and just plain mad.  I would caution any parent that has a child that has lost a birth parent to really listen and if you listen good you can hear them screaming inside.

 

 

Hate, the burning desire to hate creeps up into my soul everyday

I try to push this feeling away.

But, sometimes no more can i take 

Hate is bad, I know 

but, why must life provoke me so.

I have shed many tears through hate

Im not proud, Im ashamed 

are so much

My soul can only take so much.

This can be controlled…I tell myself day by day.

I think the last dark one I wrote (there are many others) was “Fly Away”.  Stick with me, its gonna get happier.  

Lord, take me to a place unknown. 

I feel that I’m ready to go home.

Lift me up to flyaway there, like a flock of birds flying high in the air.  

The earth is filled with so much hate. 

Of which I feel that i should not participate.

Lead me to this paradise, so that I don’t have to feel this rueful strife.

Bring me through those golden gates.

I just cannot take much more of this place.

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On 03/01/01 (I know the date because I wrote it down) a Pastor at the Lutheran Church I was attending talked about forgiveness and she said something that struck a cord.  She said “Make a list of people that have hurt you and forgive them.  Im not going to share the whole list But #1 was My Name and #2 was My Mother.  I don’t remember why I put myself down first…maybe it was because I knew that my heart wasn’t right but regardless, that day was a breaking point.  I forgave her.  I forgave her for the drugs and life that she let consume her.  I let her back in.  I had for the sake of protecting myself pushed her far away and convinced myself I didn’t need her anyway.  Fast forward to the day she week before she died: I sat in the room with her by ourselves, she couldn’t really talk from her stroke.  We just stared into each others eyes for a while and she just kept nodding at me like she could her my voice.  I wasn’t talking but I was thinking; I love you, I forgive you, let go of your pain go home and be new.  I had several more moments like this with her, one where she confirmed that she had already trusted in the Lord.  When I got the call that she was close to the end. It was just her daughters sitting around her after my Nana went home for the night.  We sat there for a couple of hours and then with my hand on her chest, and hovered over her I felt her last heart beat and heard her last breath.  I think she gave that to me. Somehow in that one moment, that one small gift made everything amended.  The closeness I needed all of my life, I finally received.  I hold on to that moment every-time I get sad.

I Love you Mommy, I will see you again.

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