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BITS & BAUBLES | THREE THINGS FROM SEPTEMBER

Friday, September 29, 2017

Talenti Gelato And Cozy BlanketFlannel & Leather Leggings

Oh hey hi, happy Friday! Somehow, September has come & gone, and it's been pretty eventful.. where to start? In case ya missed it, I MOVED! I've already done a couple of posts on organization & things, & once everything is put together, maybe I'll do a little apartment tour!

September is one of my favorite months, only because fall TV is back. I don't watch a whole lot of non- Netflix, but I'm super attached to the ones I do watch, like this is us. Y'all know how addicted I am, & can WE TALK about the last scene of the premiere on Tuesday? HOO. I need to know every single detail of what happened, asap.

I've also been doing a bit of will & grace bingeing, since the revival is almost here. I've only ever watched the show casually, tuning into re-runs when they were on. So far I'm loving it just like I used to!

Blush Bedding And Fairy Lights
Flowers

Let's talk about a style favorite... living in the south makes fall hard because instead of dressing for the fall you WANT, sometimes you gotta dress for the fall that is, which most times includes short sleeves & jean shorts. BUT it's cooled down some days & I've been able to wear the flannel that I love! It's an autumn staple, no question.

Okay, tell me all about your month! What have you been reading, watching, etc?

xo,
kae

CLOSET ORGANIZATION MUST HAVES

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 
My closet was a MESS as a teenager. Sure, I color coordinated my clothes, (a system I still implement) but everything else was very dicey with no real organization. Since then, I've tried to get into the habit of keeping things tidy, for my sanity.  

I'm still trying to get things the way I want them in my new place, but these are some must haves I think we all should have: 

ARMOIRES
Filled with space, armoires are a great way to hold jewelry, PJ's, or any other closet necessities.

RACKS
Another space saver! Depending on the size of your closet, you can find a rack to fit pretty much any need. It's perfect for things you need an easy reach for.

SHOE HOLDERS
A must have, am I right ladies? Instead of haphazardly strewn all over, shoe racks help keep shoes in place and easily seen, so you don't spend ten minutes wondering 'WHERE IS MY OTHER SHOE!!??'

BINS
I am ALL ABOUT the bins. I've got a sweater rack & I also utilize specific bins for things like belts and scarves. You can utilize them however you want, even making your own bin system. Yes, please!

How do you organize your closet?


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xo,
kae

THINGS YOU MUST DO THIS AUTUMN

Monday, September 25, 2017



Fall is the perfect time to do all the fun things. It's (ideally) the perfect temperature, and there are so many fun festivals & pumpkin patches & pumpkin coffee. (because anything you do must involve pumpkin coffee)

1// Go To a Fair
I don't know about other states, but in texas the state fair is always in september-october & it attracts A LOT of visitors. These kinds of fairs are especially fun because of all the different things available-- concerts, fried everything, beer... the list goes on!

2// Visit a Haunted House
Whether an entertainment house or a legit, (well, so they say) haunted place, go for it! Nothing to get you in the Halloween spirit like.... some spirits! (WHAT a horrid dad joke I'm so sorry)

3// Make Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is soooo easy to make, but I've never actually made any! It's on my bucket list this season, & it should be on yours too. It's a saucy twist on regular wine that's so cozy.

4// Refresh Your Wardrobe
One of my favorite things about each new season is dressing for it and giving my wardrobe a little refresh, and luckily one of very favorite things about fall is the fashion! Go through your closet and see what pieces you're in need of. (& a couple you just desperately want is okay, too) Get a bit carried away! You deserve it.

What's on your fall bucket list this year?

xo,
kae

PLAID, FOR FALL? GROUNDBREAKING.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit
Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit
Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit
Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit

Because I just know Miranda Priestly would balk at spring's autumnal pattern counterpart, but it's such a staple! 

I can't get enough of plaid & flannel in the fall, especially put together with some leather. Whether it's in skirt or pant form is up to you, but there's something about the leather + plaid combo that screams casual autumnal vibes.

Throwing on a pair of booties gives off a sense of effortlessness to the look, tying everything together. 

I've rounded up some of my favorite flannel looks below! 

KAE'S FLANNEL PICKS:
details// 
flannel | target
faux leather pants | mossimo (similar)
booties | target (similar here)
choker | f21 (similar here)

xo,
kae

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CLOSET WHILE STAYING SANE

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Clean Out Your Closet & Stay Sane

Cleaning out your closet is one of those things that needs to be done every once in awhile, but it's a tedious task that you'd rather put off. BUT I've found that the more times I clean it out, the more I've found a little system & rhythm to make it at least semi- enjoyable!


Break It Up
If you just go in blind, you'll end up being super overwhelmed & won't know which way is up. Instead, you should start one chunk at a time.

Take a handful of clothes out, lay them on your bed, & go through the items one by one. & repeat!

Be Tough
Any pieces that are the old 'eeh I haven't worn this in a year but I'll start now!' or 'this came from xx, so I'll keep it even though I'll never wear it' bits need to GO. Be tough with yourself & genuinely ask yourself if you still love it & you will wear it, more than once or twice.

If the answer's no, or there's any sort of hesitation, LET IT GO!

Be A Stylist
Once you've picked what you're keeping, find other items in your closet to pair them with. You'd be surprised at how many different combinations of things you can come up with!

You'll end up coming out of the clean out feeling refreshed, & like you've gotten new clothes to work with.

Obviously this system can be revised to fit your needs, but I've found it works well for me, & I STAY SANE, which is most important, no?

Do you absolutely dread when it comes time to do a clean out, or do you go full-steam ahead? What's your method?

xo,
kae

MONDAY STYLE VOLUME 004

Monday, September 18, 2017

monday style 4


It's been a LOOONG hot sec since I've featured a monday style post, & since I was just introduced to the sweatshirt/ long skirt situation via pinterest, I figured now's the perfect time!

But really, how chic is this combo? You can't get any more carrie bradshaw than a good tulle skirt, & paired with a sweatshirt tied at the waist gives it an elongated situation. Popping on a pair of heels puts some eloquence into the look, yes? 

I've been SUPER into the Gucci leather disco bag, but I can't get over the price tag. A bag like the Dorothy Perkins, however, is a sort-of-dupe that still looks pretty & makes the look street-chic. 

I'm thinking I'm going to have to try this out in real life & maybe turn it into a post... 

How about you? Would you rock these pieces together? 

xo, 
kae

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT AUTUMN

Friday, September 15, 2017

Overalls And Bell Sleeves

There's a reason why bloggers everywhere obsess over autumn. It's the start of a new season, a fresh start, & everything feels lighter. Crisper. 

At least, that's what I think. Tell me if I'm wrong? 

I feel like there are at least three key things that make autumn superior, and why I get SO EXCITED for its impending arrival:

 1// The Coziness
To me, there is nothing better than a crisp autumn day, complete with a pumpkin candle, warm blanket, & a good book or tv show. We all need slowness in our life sometimes, and what better way?

2// The Fashion
As much as I love my off the shoulder dresses & sandals, we must admit that autumn dressing is just superior. From booties to knitwear & floppy hats, it's all so gorgeous & fun to put together. (if you fancy a look at some of my current wardrobe picks for the season, click here)

3// The Smells
Specifically, candle smells. Notes of pumpkin, apple, & all the yummy smells we associate with autumn flow through the air & everything feels a bit... warmer. Not to mention the smell of your mom's house on Thanksgiving.....

What are your favorite things about the season?


xo,
kae

I TRIED DRY BRUSHING SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Is Dry Brushing Worth It?

A skincare method known as dry brushing has been circulating through the blog & beauty world for some time now. If done effectively, it's supposed to drain toxins in your body by stimulating the lymphatic system, all while reducing cellulite & unclogging pores.

SOUNDS GOOD, right?

But does it work?

To test things out, I started incorporating brushing into my nightly routine. It's best to do it every single day (some even say twice a day) but I do it at least once every other day. 

I brush starting at my feet and moving in an upwards motion towards my heart. (always brush towards your heart) 

Once my entire body is done, I like to hop in the shower & alternate between the hottest & coldest temperature I can handle. This stimulates blood flow, plus it's just a good relaxer!

After about a month of practicing this method, I wanted to see a difference. I wanted to feel better & see improvements in my lymphatic system. But, so far, I haven't noticed anything significant. I'm known for being a tad impatient, so maybe I just need to give it some more time.

That being said, though I haven't put the WDAC stamp of approval on it, I'm not saying you shouldn't try it. It seems to be one of those wellness rituals that you have to try for yourself to see if it works for you.

I think I'll keep the routine up for another month & see what happens? 

If you've had success with dry brushing, tell me about it!

xo,
kae

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

Monday, September 11, 2017

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Each year the first signs of autumn include a few sure things: cooler temperatures, dark lips, & PUMPKIN SPICE. It's a staple, no? But the price of an every day coffee shop stop adds up to... not pretty.

BUT, there is hope: thanks to pinterest there are HUNDREDS of recipes to choose from so you can make your own PSL.

I found this recipe & knew I must try immediately. I made some alterations: I didn't do whip on top (for normal PSL I prefer it but for some reason I'm not a fan if I'm making it myself) & I found that 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree is.. a bit strong, so I opt for one TB, but you could even do less!

YOU WILL NEED:
1½ tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 oz brewed coffee
½ cup milk

WHAT TO DO:
1// Add in all your ingredients in a saucepan 
2// Stir and bring to a simmer
3// Take the pan off heat once simmered and pour into mug
4// Add whipped cream & a sprinkle more of pumpkin pie spice, if you desire!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

HOW SIMPLE is that?

Do you prefer SB or homemade seasonal drinks? 

Homemade PSL

xo,
kae

THE OVERALL EDIT

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Overalls Edit

Overalls have become a sort of kae staple over the past couple of years. When they first came back a few years ago, I was veeery hesitant. Why do we need that trend back? I quickly came around, however, & I've never looked back.

I think what makes them so great is they are kind of the ultimate 'didn't really try but still looks effortlessly chic' outfit. You can wear literally anything underneath them, depending on the seasons. Off the shoulder tops are a great transitional piece, as well as bodysuits, bell sleeve tops... the list goes on!

A little striped tee + overalls is a classic combo you can never go wrong with, either.

Take a look at some of my overall picks, plus tell me what your fave overall pairings are!

xo,
kae

WHY WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When You Don't Feel Good Enough
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I'm currently in the middle of a breakup.

Okay, so technically it's not me that's in the middle of it, but one of my friends is & that's basically the same thing, right? You go through the heartbreak with them, your heart breaking in the process. & the worst part is, you can't fix it, nor can you fix the unsettling feeling of not being good enough.

For the sake of this article, let's call my friend Jane. Jane is one of those rare truly genuine friends you couldn't have picked better if you'd tried. She's smart, strong, and kind, but one strike of a match is all it took for her to feel lesser, small.

Jane is just one woman out of thousands upon thousands who are trapped in 'not good enough' land.

Women are conditioned to let others (especially men) make them feel small. We shrink ourselves until we're no longer the confident, loud, carefree women we came to know and instead a hollowed out shell of that girl. Pavlov told us how difficult it is to become unconditioned to something, which could explain the struggles we face in figuring out who we are and how to not be silenced. As simple as not caring what other people think sounds, it's virtually impossible.

But why?

Everywhere we turn we are bombarded with images of 'the perfect woman.' Long, perfect strands straight out of a shampoo commercial, impossibly thin, perfectly tanned (but still usually white) skin. That has become the standard of beauty & perfection. As if that wasn't enough, we've got the world telling us that nothing we do will be good enough and we will never be equal. It's no wonder we become untrusting and inesecure, these feelings potentially ruining any chance of healthy relationships and even friendships.

It has to stop.

If you've come for the answers on HOW to stop it, you've come to the wrong place. I wish I knew. I thought maybe it would magically come to me as my fingers strummed the keyboard, but I'm just as clueless as I was when I started this post. 'SO WHAT'S THE POINT, KAELEEN?' you ask.

I think the point is that sometimes all we've got is each other, and we should let each other know. We are good enough.

And on the occasions the only one we have is ourselves, still be kind. Tell yourself the things you tell your closest friends. Because babe, you aren't a knockoff.

You're the real thing, worth diamonds & all the finest rosé.

xo,
kae

16 AUTUMN BUYS YOU NEED RIGHT NOW

Monday, September 4, 2017


Because OMG IT'S FALL AND PUMPKIN SPICE IS BACK AND YOU NEED ALL THE AUTUMNAL THINGS, yes? 

Autumn Buys Under $60
Autumn Buys Under $60

I for one am very glad to see the crushed velvet trend staying around this fall. There's something so chic about it, especially paired with a good boot

Sweaters are of course an autumn staple in every language, and what's even better than normal sweaters? GRAPHIC sweaters. I'm especially into the Actually I Can  situation. I need it in my closet like, yesterday.

Which picks are your fave?
xo,
kae

TOP FIVE SHOWS TO BINGE RIGHT NOW

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's September & your fave shows are coming BACK! I'm ready. Are you ready? To gear up (because we're all adults here & if spending an entire day in bed with a show is what we wanna do, who's gonna stop us?) I've listed my top five shows you should binge RIGHT NOW.

I coincidentally made a post like this nearly one year ago to the DAY & I'm proud to say I haven't double listed any shows. (obviously these first ones are good as well, & you may as well add them to your queue)

Top Five Shows To Binge RIGHT NOW!

1// The Bold Type
I've been talking about this show in maybe every post lately? It's just SO GOOD. & it desperately needs a season two! If you were a fan of the bond the PLL girls had, but hated the plot holes & pretty much everything else about the show, (maybe I'm just talking about me here) you'll love TBT. All the girl power & female friendship without the problematic things! Who knew a show like that could exist? You can watch it on the freeform app now!

2// This Is Us
Last year this is us was the show EVERYONE was talking about, and for good reason. If you're still on the fringe about it, I promise it's worth it. It's worth the tears & the feels. The entire cast (including the adorable kids who play Past Big Three) is incredible. Nobody outshines the other, they all just shine in their own way that makes the story beautiful. That's what an ensemble show should be.

Season two premieres the 26th, & in the meantime you can binge season one right here!

3// The Keepers (docu series)
I'm fascinated by true crime documentaries and The Keepers, about the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, is so interesting and kind of disturbing when you find out just how much the Catholic church covered up. Definitely worth the binge! You can watch on netflix.

4// Sex & The City
Maybe this shouldn't be on the list, since I'm only about three episodes in, but it's a quintessential show. I started it after my friend became appalled that I hadn't seen it & I'm so into fashion. (Carrie did have the looks!) Don't we all strive to be a modern day Carrie Bradshaw? You can watch free if you have amazon prime!

5// Jessica Jones
The past year or so I've gotten a bit more into Marvel, & while I haven't seen every show/ movie, Jessica Jones is a must-see. She's so badass & sarcastic & it's just a great show. WHERE IS SEASON TWO?? We need it. You can watch on netflix now!

What shows are you binging?

xo,
kae
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