Friday, May 30, 2014

Braving A Crop Top

 Crop tops are such a trend right now and there is something so fun and 1999 about rocking one, but lemme tell you, you have got to be a little brave. I love this one from Forever 21 with some high waisted pants because it shows the smallest amount of belly ever. I would like to try a white more flowy version with a high waisted skirt later in the summer.. I don't know why, but I just have that outfit in my head, so we'll see if I can find it! Today is the day I get to go hang out with a friend of mine I haven't seen in two years, so bring on the girl time!! Hope you all have a great weekend xo

Top: Forever 21 // Pants: H&M // Bracelet: H&M // Sandals: Aldo // Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Coca-Cola & Stripes

It's my last day of work this week and tomorrow I get to go pick up my friend Sarah at the airport in the morning for a reunion, shopping, and fun. This top and pants are both from my go to online store Romwe, where I get a lot of fun inexpensive summer pieces, and I love the pop of red with the white & black stripe pants. These pants often get referred to as my Beetlejuice pants, but that's okay with me because I used to love that show and I love these pants too!! Hope you're all having a good week! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Western Wear

I bought these leather cowboy boots way back in the day when I worked at Aldo and they became a little fad that I just had to have, but I haven't had much of an excuse to wear them lately. However, Stampede season complete with legit cow boys and girls is just around the corner, so what better way to fit right into my rodeo town than to throw on my old boots and this jean dress from Asos! I also love any excuse to rock red lips and I feel like an old western outfit is only complete with just that. 

This week is so busy at work, but I have one of my girl friends from back East coming to see me on Friday, so I am anxiously awaiting to take a vacation day on Friday to pick her up from the airport for shopping, supper, drinks, and a sleepover at my new house which I am so excited for her to see as well! 2 sleeps!!! Hope you're all having a good week xo

Dress: Asos // Boots: Aldo (old) // Purse: Michael Kors // Lipstick: Elf Matte Red Lip Pencil

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Little Blue Dress

I recently moved to a new town and in one part of it all of the buildings are painted with the sweetest mall murals and as soon as I saw them I was so excited to head there to take some pictures! I got this dress from one of my favorite online stores called Romwe where they offer free shipping to Canada and have lots of inexpensive fun styles. I love the pattern so much and it's such an easy fit to wear for days when you want to be dressed up, but still comfortable! This necklace was on sale at H&M for about 3 dollars and I think it adds the perfect pop of color to these blues! I am so excited that it's finally nice enough out for dresses, bare legs, and heels! Farewell boots and scarves until next Fall!

Dress: Romwe // Shoes: Aldo // Necklace: H&M

Monday, May 26, 2014

DIY Studded Jeans

Happy Monday! I had such a fun weekend meeting up with the photographer for my blog to bring you guys some more fashion posts, I filmed a brow tutorial, so I'll be getting that ready, and I tried out my new golf clubs that my husband got me for our one year anniversary and went out for 9 holes with a gal pal and had such a fun time!!

This was a post I did when I first started my blog and I kinda forgot about these jeans until I found them recently and loved the pocket I did on them, so I wanted to re-share how to DIY some denim studs!

I first saw this picture online and loved it so much, so I ordered some studs from ebay, you can find it here

And then I found this video on You Tube for instructions

And then I tried it for myself and I loved the result, it was really easy, it only took about a half an hour, and I think it looks so fun! Also, I've washed them a couple times and had no issues!

Anyways give it a go and let me know how you made out! I think my studs were 10mm. I recently ordered more and got 12mm and they are a little too big for my liking. Also, I got gold because the jeans I wanted to do them on are dark, but if you're doing light jeans I think silver would look best. Have fun!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spring Wedding Season Essentials Giveaway

Hey guys! I hope everyone had an awesome long weekend. Mine was jam packed with yard work, some golf, and lots of eating and cooking. I am super excited to have an amazing giveaway for you guys today. This time last year I was in Mexico and today is actually my first wedding anniversary, so it's the perfect day to host a Spring Wedding Season Essentials giveaway with lots of sweet goodies. Me and some other lady bloggers have put this little package together for one winner who will score a pair of Esqido mink lashes (if you missed my post about them you can check it out here), a personalized illustration from an amazing artist valued at 200USD, and a Bridal Emergency kit! A friend of mine gave me a Bridal emergency kit as a gift before I got married and it literally has everything you could ever possibly need on your big day! The giveaway will start today and run for one week! Good luck! xo

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Monday, May 12, 2014

5 Things I Learned from My Mom

1.I can still hear my mom's voice every time I put on a pair of pants, skirt, or shorts. Basically anything that covers my booty and there it is. Her little reminder to make sure "my crack is on straight". I used to wince and complain every time she grabbed my jeans by the hips and gave em a quick turn, but to this day I can hear her sweet voice and find myself making sure I am all on straight. This picture is of my mom and my older sister at her prom. Niki passed away six years ago and my mother's ability to remember, cherish, her strength and her love are so remarkable to me. 

2.Don't cry over spilled milk. It was my birthday. I had some friends over and we decided to make chocolate milkshakes and I was all over it. I got everything together poured it in the blender and pressed blend. All good right? Except, I didn't have the cover on the blender. Chocolate sauce went from the tops of the ceiling dripped down the walls in every crevice nook and cranny. There was my mom" We don't cry over spilled milk in this household" and off she went with her cloth helping me wipe it all up. I flew home last fall to see my family and we took this picture at the beach in my hometown. I always took growing up on the ocean for granted until I moved to Europe and traveled for 8 months and then moved to Alberta where there is no ocean in sight. I can finally agree that there is  truly no place like home! 

3.Don't wear SO much make up. Okay, so I still wear quite a bit of make up. Its my thing. I love the art of it, doing it, and how it makes me feel. But a little goes a long way in terms of eyeliner, bronzer, and blush and that's one thing I have definitely learned from my gorgeous mama who has never worn anything besides eye make up and lipstick in her life. If I had her olive brown skin I wouldn't want to cover it up with foundation either. Here is me, my mom on the right, and my mother in law on the left, another amazing lady in my life, on my wedding day!

4.Be polite. At the table, on the phone, in a restaurant, you name it. Say please and thank you, and mean it. My manners are one thing that have been ingrained in me that I am truly proud of and I have one person to thank for that and that's my momma. I can still hear her complaining if one of my friends called and muttered "Katie there" to her. She would repeat it like a parrot to me for an hour and remind me firmly that I better have better phone manners than that. 

5.Don't be lazy. If you're not going to study then go for a run she would say to me and she leads my example. That lady works harder than anyone else I have ever met. Between working full time, raising 3 kids, and keeping up not only with cooking, laundry, and house keeping while we ransacked the house it was endless amounts of yard work and gardening that she still keeps up with today. Here is a picture of my mom making the most delicious homemade bread that she made every weekend while I was growing up. The smell of fresh baked bread will always remind me of home. 

In honor of Mother's Day yesterday I wanted to share just a couple of the things that I learned from my mom growing up. I just love her so much. The thing I learn the older I get is just how alike my mom and I are in so many ways which explains why we used to fight so much growing up. I have inherited her stubbornness, sensitive soul, ability to love deeply, live freely, to work hard and to play hard. I love you Mom!