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BITS & BAUBLES | THREE THINGS FROM AUGUST

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Hey, ya babes!

It's the end of August, can you BELIEVE? It's time for another bits & baubles, this time on what I listened to, watched, and did.

There's A LOT going on right now, in the world & in life. I haven't really spoken about Houston, if only because I feel so helpless not knowing what to do. It's so strange, being in the same state that a natural disaster caused so much devastation in. Luckily, the Red Cross is still taking donations & any little bit helps. My heart always breaks for the pets in these situations & Miranda Lambert's rescue, MuttNation, is doing a lovely thing: they've made an amazon wishlist of supplies needed. More info is here.

Now on to something a bit more cheery: CLOTHES. I've decided to re-start up my poshmark again & really start dedicating some time to it. It's actually really fun styling the flatlays! If you wanna check out what's new, head to @kaeleenmichelle.


As I talked about in this post, I've been obsessed with the bold type. It's so feminist & modern & genuinely funny, plus the main girls are all AMAZING. The mid-season is nearly over, but you can catch up here!

As for music, let's talk about taylor. Y'all know I'm biased & she could literally sing a chinese take out menu & I'd be happy. But WOW. First, if you haven't heard the new song OR WATCHED THE VIDEO, do it now. When the song first came out I honestly didn't know what to think. I wanted to like it but it was so... different. But that's the whole point. & the amount of symbolism in the video! I just love art, & she's definitely an artist. Will you be getting her new album?

ALSO aly & aj are BACK & their single is so '80s inspired and I'm in love. 

Annnnd after writing this I've realized we've actually covered four topics... oh well. Twisted clickbait?

Tell me all about your month!

xo,
kae

A PLAYLIST FOR SASSY BOSS BABES

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Playlist For Sassy Boss Babes

If you've been feeling off your game, you're not alone! It's hard to be on it & motivated at all times. If only the power I feel on the two hour high I get after watching the bold type lasted 24/7!

BUT good news: while pouring some rose, donning the reddest of lipsticks & blasting sassy music may not solve everything, it sure does help, yes?

So here's a lil playlist to help get your groove back:


Boss Babe Playlist





xo,
kae

BUSINESS CASUAL BASICS

Friday, August 25, 2017


Business casual might the hardest of the dress codes to get down, because there isn't one set definition. SO it's both fortunate & UNfortuante that it's becoming more & more common in the workplace.

What do we know about it? It's not casual casual. You shouldn't come walking in rocking Nikes or shorts. Skirts that hit a tad above the knee are good; any shorter & you're risking business casual judgement.

As for the rest of what we know, it's a little... hazy.

Luckily, I've put together what I've come to know as business casual, as it's my job of nearly three years' dress. Granted, it's retail, so the code can get a little lax at times. But these are the basics:

Blazers
As I've said many times, a blazer can totally change up a look. They are a business casual must have because you can throw them on over anything and it becomes instant work appropriate. Fitted & simple is the best way to go on this one!
Flats
Flats are the perfect office-to-weekend shoe because of the versatility. There are literally hundreds of different styles, patterns, & comfort levels to choose from. When worn with leggings or a wide leg pant, they look extra special.
Dark jeans
Depending on your company, you might be allowed jean Fridays, or dress code might even include nice, dark jeans. (no holes or appliques!) Dark washes are my favorite because they look a bit more dressed up than the usual jean, & can be worn with graphic tees, blouses, etc
Leggings (not worn as pants)
Under normal circumstances I am ALL ABOUT leggings as pants, but when it comes to business causal dress, make sure your top is tunic length & blouse-y. YOGA PANTS DO NOT COUNT! Make sure the leggings look nice enough to wear underneath a cute top.
Trousers
Wide leg, culotte, straight leg, patterned, solid, black, pastel, the possibilities are ENDLESS & there's really no question of whether it's dress code appropriate!
Obviously this is just scratching the surface, & there are so many contradicting articles and opinions that it can make your head spin if you're not careful! When in doubt, ASK.

Does the business casual code totally confuse you or are you ON IT? Let's chat.

xo,
kae

SOME INTERIOR INSPO

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

interior-design-inspiration

If we're being honest, I've been feeling a tad overwhelmed lately & not myself. I read something that chalked it up to the eclipse & mercury being in retrograde, & I'm going with that because that seems simple, right? HA. 

Anyway, I'm trying go get back into my groove & I've got some fun posts coming up. But today we're talking a bit of interior inspo.. my pinterest has been in full swing lately because I'm moving house!! (maybe that has something to do with things? we'll just pretend moving is super simple) 

In a perfect world, this collage is what things would look like!

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xo,
kae

WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM WATCHING THE BOLD TYPE

Monday, August 21, 2017


It was a Friday night, and I was drowning my Friday night sorrows in a tub of icing. (Don't wrinkle your face in disgust, it's a delicious, incredibly unhealthy thing of magic) I was still in a post pretty little liars haze (although thanks to netflix it will never truly be over) & in desperate need of strong female friendships in media, and so it was then that I decided to delve into The Bold Type, a show everyone's been talking about.

It's loosely based on the life of Cosmopolitan's editor in chief, and follows three best friends who work for a women's magazine. It's only seven episodes into the season, but in those seven episodes I have laughed out loud, cried into the tub of icing, and become inspired and empowered to be more bold in the way I carry myself and my life.

Maybe that sounds dramatic, like this show is the be all end all of feminism. It isn't obviously, as media is created by humans, therefore it's going to be flawed. But we should definitely celebrate when it's diverse and beautiful, because it's a form of art. Art imitates life. 

This is an age of fighting for diversity, women's rights, and normalizing the fact that we can be interested in fashion and relationships and beauty while also being interested in politics and art and world issues- and doing it in heels. We need media that celebrates and supports that, because this is our life.

I for one want to leave a mark in this life, as I have a feeling you do as well. You can't do that if you play it safe, something I have to remind my anxiety-ridden brain of constantly. We as humans are deeply afraid of failure, of not being good enough and that's a trope we have to get rid of. 

Romanticize failure. It's going to happen, but what matters is what we do with it, how we grow. That, to me, is how we're bold.

xo,
kae

WARDROBE PIECES TO INVEST IN

Friday, August 18, 2017


When I say 'invest', I mean finding great pieces and still working with a budget. Usually when you hear the term 'investment piece,' it's designer, which I do love.

But the reality for most of us twenty (& thirty)-somethings is not designer. (unless it's thrifted, which I'm getting back into & might do a post on eventually) But for now, we're talking good budget pieces.

Call this an updated version of last year's style staples post? Maybe?

THE BLAZER

Wardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The BlazerWardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The Blazer
A good, fitted blazer is key to taking an outfit from okay to business chic in a pinch. I love things like a pinstripe detail on the cuffs for an added oomph! 

PRO TIP: Wanna turn a graphic tee into work ready? Throw on a blazer. BAM.
AN LBD

Wardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The Little Black DressWardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The Little Black Dress

The thing about little back dresses is there are about a thousand you can choose from. Right now, my pick is a black t shirt dress that can be worn super casual or super dressed up. (especially in autumn, can I get a boots & scarf hey oh)
BUTTONED DOWN

Wardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The Button DownWardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The Button Down

Another versatile piece, this one is a wardrobe must have. A textured button down is a modern take on the white oxford that I'm loving! If invested in, this piece can be worn for ages. Timeless, no?
THE CARDI


Wardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The CardiganWardrobe Pieces to Invest In: The Cardigan

Cardigans are always one of the top ten wardrobe essentials, in my opinion. Investing in at least two neutral cardis will change the way you look at your wardrobe. Seriously. Sounds dramatic, but the amount you can do with a simple layering piece is crazy! Throw it on top of a simple dress, tank, or even with a denim top. 
DESIGNER BAG


Wardrobe Pieces to Invest In: Designer Bag
Wardrobe Pieces to Invest In: Designer Bag

This is the only INVESTMENT investment piece on the list, as I believe every girl should own at least one designer bag in her lifetime. The key to this one is research: first decide which designer you want, then from there research the best bags from that designer, & the marketplaces to get the best bang for your buck.
& THERE IT IS, all my essentials to invest in (on a budget, of course) 

What are the pieces worth investing in to you?

xo,
kae

TAKE ACTION AGAINST RACISM

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fight Racism

If it seems like I make posts concerning a lot of the tragedies/evil that happens, it's probably because I do. I believe I have a duty as a blogger, Christ follower, & human to speak out on the issues that I'm passionate about.

White supremacy is somehow still a nasty reality in 2017 that we must take active steps to stop. Instead of fueling the hatred and the fighting, it's important we take a step back and look at how we can help. I consider myself a democrat, but beginning with the 2016 election & continuing with every political event, I kind of want to distance myself from political parties entirely. It's ridiculous and after watching this video I completely agree that they want us to hate each other.

Why do we let these things continue to happen? The evil and the hatred is like a vicious circle that only gets worse each go around.

HOW DO WE FIGHT?

// The Clueless Girl wrote an amazing post highlighting active ways to help victims of Charlottesville & challenging racism.

// Speak out. Do not be silent. BUT watch your words.

// If you don't know the big deal with neo-nazis & the state of our country, getting educated is the first place to start. Then, if you still don't see it, re-evaluate.  You need to see it.

"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good."
-Romans 12:9

xo, 
kae

SEVEN DAY STYLE CHALLENGE

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Seven Day Style Challenge From With Dignity & Coffee

HEY BABES! Something I've been pondering on recently is getting out of your style comfort zone and taking chances. I don't even know what my 'comfort zone' is, I just know that I continue to grow bolder with my style choices, and after poking through a challenge Lauren Messiah recently did, I wondered what kind of challenge I could come up with.

Something to maybe inspire a little bit of creativity right from your closet and leave you feeling like the megababe you are. 

So, I give to you... the seven day WDAC instagram style challenge! Each day, starting Friday, August 18th, I'll be posting a look featuring that day's challenge, & I'm inviting you to do the same! All you have to do is go over the challenge, go through your closet, and ROCK IT. Use the hashtag #WDACStyleChallenge & I'll be featuring some of you on IG stories. 

The goal of this challenge is to get inspired with your wardrobe & have fun with it, because that's what style should be

Seven Day Style Challenge



So print this handy graphic out, tear through your closet and GET READY. This is gonna be fun!

xo,
kae

PRACTICING THE ART OF SLOWING DOWN

Friday, August 11, 2017

How To Slow Down And Be Present

The other night during my mediation, the narrator (meditator?? guru?? whatever you want to call the lady on the app) talked about slowing down. She talked about how the rushed pace of life often times has us literally rushing through the day; hurrying through tasks, through the grocery store, through dinner.

This is especially true working retail. I find myself constantly in a rushed haze, trying to accomplish ten things at a time. But always hurrying through can start to take a toll on your mind, no? When I feel myself rushing, I've been actively working to physically slow down; my movements, my thoughts, everything.

It's a work in progress, (as are most things in life) but I believe making a conscious effort is always the first step. 

SLOW DOWN a little bit. It's okay if not everything gets accomplished or you have an off day. SLOW DOWN. Life is meant to be fully lived, not just spectated & just another thing to check off the list.

I'm constantly reminding myself to be present, as should we all. So, consider this your little reminder, from me.

xo,
kae

Jeans & Dresses, Oh My

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How to Style A Shirtdress
How to Style A Shirtdress
How to Style A Shirtdress

I've been trying to get as much wear out of pretty summer pieces as possible in these last precious months. I've showcased this OTS number awhile back, but now I've remixed it with some JEANS.

I know, a dress over jeans is so 2004, right? But on a shirtdress it tends to flow a bit better. It's an interesting combination that definitely strays from your normal jean wear.

This is what I love about a shirtdress; the endless styling options & the way a simple change up can transform the whole look.

If you've been itching to get out of your comfort zone, pop on a pair of jeans over one of these babies. You know you want to.

details//
shirtdress | f21 (similar here)
wedges | target (similar here)
earrings | francesca's 
watch | target

xo,
kae

FINDS UNDER $50 YOU NEED IN YOUR WARDROBE

Monday, August 7, 2017

Under $50 Fashion Finds


HEY YA BABES! Coming at ya today with a few things you miight wanna add to your wardrobe like, asap. I'm LIVING for the end of summer vibes we've got going (mostly because I thrive in autumn, anyone else??)

& luckily here in the south we can squeeze cropped, off the shoulder, & tanks in just a little bit longer! The stripes on this tie waist top are SO CHIC, and I adore the red color of this layered dress.

I'm already drooling over cosy sweaters and this ribbed knit from f21 looks so gorgeous I've ordered it in both the burgundy & blush! Cardigans are an autumn staple, & a good cream color goes with everything.

Happy shopping!

SHOP THE POST:


xo,
kae

BEDTIME ROUTINE FOR BETTER SLEEP

Friday, August 4, 2017


Getting a good night's sleep is key for so many things: our immune system, mood, & overall happiness. But the whole getting the sleep is way easier said than done, yes? 

It's taken me a loooong time to establish somewhat of a routine, & it's still not perfect by any means. Some nights I'm naughty & use my phone in bed, or stay up til 1am netflixing.

BUT I've noticed that doing that leaves me waking up feeling less than refreshed, (who would've thought??) whereas having a good pre-sleep ritual winds me down & makes for a good night's rest.

// WIND DOWN WITH A SIP.
No, not of wine. (although I don't discourage a little glass of rose) I'm trying to drink more tea in the daytime, but tea to help wind you down at night is definitely a must-have. 

Sleepytime is my favorite- it's decaf, minty tasting, and kinda makes you feel like you've wrapped yourself in a nice warm blanket.

// CONSISTENT SKINCARE.
Our skin likes routine as much as the rest of us does, and sticking to a good nighttime regimen helps signal the brain it's time for sleep, My evening essential is definitely a toning spritz!

// SET THE MOOD WITH CANDLES + OILS.
In order for our mind + body to recognize it's sleep time, it's helpful to set the mood for sleep. Mood lighting & candles are two of my favorite ways, as well as playing some soothing music. (here's a couple spotify playlists I love) 

I also always turn on my oil diffuser & let the lavender flow. You can make your own essential oil 'cocktail' if it suits you, just make sure the oils are soothing & sleep inducing!


// READ + JOURNAL.
My routine once I'm actually in bed includes doing my devotionals, (there are SO MANY on the bible app) journaling, and sometimes I'll catch up on my current read

If you've got a busy schedule, sometimes before bed is the only time for reading & you should take advantage of it!

// MEDITATE.
If I'm being honest, I haven't been as consistent with meditating lately, but when I actually be still & do it I remember why I love it!

Ending your day with gratitude and positive thoughts is incredibly grounding & I can tell you, helps put you right into sleep.

What do you do for a good night's sleep?

xo,
kae

ON USING YOUR PLATFORM WISELY.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


TIME TO WORD VOMIT. The rise of blogging as a business in the past couple of years has been insane, mostly for the good. I see bloggers being featured in magazines, in commercials, & taking a stand for what they believe in... and that's amazing. We're not just bloggers anymore, we're influencers. 

Kinda cool, right? 

But like the Spiderman quotes goes, with great power comes great responsibility

It's our responsibility as bloggers, (& if you're not a blogger, as a human) to be a good person, and to use social media wisely. You know in mean girls when cady is comparing high school to the depths of the jungle, wild animals ready to pounce at any moment?

That's what the internet feels like sometimes.

Complaint after complaint, tear down after tear down. 

You know I don't stay silent when I see injustices happening (hence this post) but I'm talking about things like political injustices, police brutality, people treating others inhumanely... not defaming somebody when they do something trivial you didn't like. That's not what we should be focusing on.

I talk a lot about energy, & using your platform to tear down is negative on so many levels and a total energy sucker. Who even has the time to spend focusing on negativity? Maybe me talking about being a negative nancy is making me a negative nancy, who knows.

But I think you should want to strive to be a light, don't you? 

I'm blindly optimistic, sue me.


xo,
kae
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