“stare off into space, for some reason it looks good in pictures. don’t raise your eyebrow. geez it’s cold”
“eeehhh my arms are so heavy i can’t stand straight. geez it’s cold”
“more staring at the ground, look i have pockets! geez it’s cold”
“aaaaand look up once to double check Jared isn’t taking pictures of the sky…”
“and back down. geez it’s cold.”
BTW I friggin love this sweater, it’s ginormous and perfectly acceptable to cuddle up and get lost in. Also, for maybe only the second time ever, I wore these rain boots when it was actually raining. Keep in mind i wear these rain boots very very, obscenely, often. watchagonnado?
it’s been too windy and too cold and i’ve been too lazy to take any outfit pictures this week. but then i remembered these that i took a way long time ago (like LAST YEAR guys. ancient days). and i said oh ya! these are pretty cute!
thus, your style post for the week. you’re welcome.
hmmm so life lately. we’re in that weird stage of season changing that I for one secretly adore. spring and winter are kind of duking it out right now for who’s going to be boss and we all know spring is totally going to kick butt, but winter keeps hangin in there, holding on by it’s icy cold fingertips.
this time is so similar to when fall gives in to winter, and yet it’s very different. you might wake up to a cool morning but there’s a tiny ray of hope mixed in with the icy breathes of fog in the air. a little spring promise.
in the fall, the season change can almost seem melancholy as the days become shorter and the air becomes cooler. but spring. ahh spring. each day holds just a sliver more of sunshine, each breeze brings just a bit more warmth. it’s like spring is giving us tiny sips of what’s to come, to keep us going through these last few days of ice. just a tease each morning, so that we’ll look forward to the next day, and the next day, just to see if today is the day that spring finally arrives.
i’m all for it spring. you can just keep on comin on. i dont mind a bit.
dont mind my white legs, they’re just going to blind you really fast
target beanie (sold out but i like this one), old (i mean old) jean jacket (similar) // ASOS swing dress (the best invention ever) (sold out, similar) // Sam Moon scarf (similar) //Shoe dazzle booties (sold out, these are cute)
we’re all fighting the bubonic plague around here, other wise known as the common cold, so forgive me for not feeling the creative juices flowing. The only juices that are flowing are phlegm. Sorry, but it’s true.
so i’ll just leave you with this sneaky little outfit that deceptively looks like I made some sort of an effort to look put together, when in reality i threw on the first thing i saw in the closet that would make me look relatively acceptable for public viewing. score one for me! i know one of these days i’l probably have to start getting up at a decent hour before work and making an effort to be a responsible adult but really, when rolling out of bed 30 min before i have to leave and throwing something like this together is working for me, why mess with a good thing?
UO sunnies (old)// RiffRaff head band c.o//forever 21 jacket (old)//UO dress// Target tights//Shoe Dazzle boots
6 months, two surgeries, one postponed wedding, countless doctor visits, and one Tootie later, I am officially deemed healthy and whole (minus a colon). Monday afternoon I went in to the hospital for my final surgery to replace my small intestine back inside my stomach where it belonged. If you didn’t know, since September I have been living with an illeostomy (or Tootie as I liked to call it), a piece of your small intestine that is placed through a hole in your stomach and empties into a bag stuck to your skin. This surgery was a necessary step in my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, which you can read about here.
to say that I am relieved that this chapter in my life is finally over is a bit of an understatement. there were moments of fear, embarrassment, pain, complete impotence and a total lack of self confidence that made me truly wish that I just didn’t have to be me anymore.
but…i made it.
I am so much stronger that I have ever realized. i have led a beautiful and very blessed existence these past 25 years and a part of me has always wondered if i would be able to withstand adversity when it hit me because of how loved and protected i have always been. but i realize now that it doesn’t work that way. being loved and blessed doesn’t make you weak. i could handle everything that was thrown at me through this because I knew that i had a family who loved me and a Father who was protecting me. Even when i didn’t understand, when everything felt too overwhelming to handle, I knew that I wasn’t alone, that I was loved, and that I was being cared for. i truly do not know how i would have come out of this if i hadn’t had that confidence in a God that is bigger, more powerful, and so much more loving, than me.
While i would never voluntarily go through this again, I’m grateful for the strength this time has given me, for the confidence in my faith and the confidence in myself. But it’s time to look forward, to plan for the future, and to get hitched to the love of my life!! wedding plans here we come!
I wore this to a Christmas party the other night and my mom told me I looked like the chick from Elf. Since that chick is Zooey Deschanel and she is adorable, I will take any and all ZD lookalike comments forever and ever, amen.
I also finally figured out how to do crown braids, inspired from this photo, and it’s now become my go to hair style since deciding to grow out my fringe. I knew I’d regret chopping those little hairs after about, oh, a month, but ah well ce la vie. They are now at that strange, i-dont-know-where-to-live stage and consequently I’ve been wearing lots of hats. Or crown braids.
This week has been very strange weather for December; 60′s and nary a chilly wind in sight! I have to say, I am far from disgruntled by the current state of affairs. A blessed break from the Snow Apocalypse is fine by me. Especially since it’s like getting me ready for our trip coming up. Christmas in California! I’m so excited to see my sister and brother in law and spend some time in their sweet little town. The 21 hour drive to get there with 5 people and a dog in one car? Tylenol PM you are calling my name.
Target top, tights, and boots (old)// Forever 21 necklace// ASOS dress
Sometimes you pick an outfit because you want to feel good and I mean good. You want to feel confident and hot and you want to walk with a little bit of a -must I say it- swagger because you know you look dang good and I mean good.
Other times, you put a hat on because you’ve lost count of how many days its been since you washed your hair. You wear a floaty dress because you’re going to eat Italian and you want to indulge in that 8th breadstick and everyone knows you don’t wear jeans to eat Italian.
But you’re always going to be a girl and a part of you will always want to feel good and I mean good so you put on those boots because they make you feel sassy and you swipe a purple lipstick on because it makes you feel festive and suddenly, by golly, you’ve got an outfit that’s not completely contemptible if you do say so yourself. So you give yourself a slap on the back and also permission to ask for extra croutons on the salad because vivre l’instant!
side story: there may or may not have been a tiny field mouse that crawled out of the general vicinity of my hoo-ha while getting these shots. I may or may not have screamed like a banshee.
Target hat and card// urban outfitters dress and socks// shoe dazzle boots
This year Easter was a bit strange. My family always gets together and has a big family Easter lunch, with ham and deviled eggs and potatoes and the whole get up.
Due to scheduling conflicts we decided to have Easter lunch on Saturday which happened to be my brother’s birthday (happy birthday Garrison!). I’ve been helping choreograph a local production of The Sound of Music and I had practice Saturday afternoon which ended up running late so I missed Easter :( boo hoo.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! In the end it’s not about the Easter lunch or the dresses or the candy, but it’s the fact that the God of all creation loved ME so much that He sent His son to pay for my sins and the sins of the world. A statement made on Sunday at my church really stuck out to me: If you were the only one who needed saving, if you were the ONLY ONE, Jesus would still have died for you. He loves you that much”.
So I was given an opportunity to style another dress from Eshakti! (first post here)
This time I decided to go all out on their customizable options. I chose the London dress with the Dahlia crinoline, but I chopped the sleeves off, lowered the neckline, and shortened the length. I love that you have the option to customize a dress with Eshakti. It makes each piece totally one of a kind.
I thought both pieces were just so cute, I had to style them as separate outfits! Get ready for picture mother flippin overload.
Option #1: The London Dress
Target sunnies//Primark chambray shirt// Eshakti dress//Target bag and belt//Guess heels
and Option #2! The Dahlia Crinoline
Primark chambray shirt// Eshakti skirt (with pockets!)//Target belt and shoes
So whaddyathink? Would you wear either one of the options?
FYI: The Eshakti girls are so sweet, they’re giving all ARF readers 20% off their purchase with discount code KLEGHHMLTN! YAY! Good through March 10th
Want a completely random post? How about 50 things you might not have known about me! YA
1. my hair is naturally a mousy brown color
2. My hair hasn’t been that color since 8th grade.
3. Chewing gum makes me gag, ESPECIALLY when people play with it, stick it on the side of their plate, or blow bubbles.
4. I’ve been wearing glasses since 2nd grade, when I couldn’t tell if a p was a q.
5. My very first memory is when I was 3 and I cut my own bangs. I remember crawling behind the couch and hiding the scissors.
6. Pink is my very favorite color
7. I had a huge gap in my front teeth when I was little, big enough to shove stick pretzels in.
8. I can’t whistle.
9. I LOVE to read
10. I cry embarrassingly easy. Like I cry about everything.
11. I don’t remember a time when I was not a Christian.
12. I’m a dancer
13. I adore musicals
14. I’ve lived in Oklahoma my whole life
15. Cooking makes me weak. All of that work work work, and then you’re not even hungry anymore, you’re just exhausted, and you still have to clean up the kitchen, oh bless.
16. I’m utterly wretched at ordering food. As soon as the waitress comes up I completely lose my brain and I stumble around my words for a good 10 years before someone finally takes pity on me and interprets my rambling for the poor waitress. It’s why I like the drive through, I can rehearse ahead of time or write it all down.
17. If I had to choose one style of shoes to wear for the rest of my life, I would undoubtedly choose heels.
18. I rarely wear bras (tmi?)
19. I’ve never really been into sports. If I’m forced to watch a game, I choose the team to root for by 1. how cute their uniforms are or 2. If they have anyone cute on their team
20. If I chose any job to suddenly be awesome at, I’d love to try being an ice skater, a nail polish namer, a hand model, or a book cover designer.
21. a part of me wants to live in one of these tiny homes.
22. I’m utterly addicted to Dr. Pepper
23. I love doing yoga although I’m not that great at it. It’s a work in progress.
24. I staged a rebellion in 6th grade against my mother so that she’d let me shave my legs. I refused to wear anything but pants (a hardship for me if you know me at all) for months (ok probably more like weeks, I honestly don’t remember how long it was) before my daddy gave in and told me to “shave my stupid legs just don’t tell your mother.”
25. My middle name comes from my aunt.
26. I have 13 cousins on one side and 3 on the other.
27. I love lima beans
28. My mom went on a trip when I was in 4th grade and I was allowed to fix my own hair that week. I’ve been obsessed with hair ever since.
29. My family calls me KaKa or Ka Louie.
30. mashed potatoes are my comfort food
31. I have abnormally long toes. I can pick things up with them.
32. I’m the only one in my family that inherited my mom’s blue eyes
33. My mom named my sister and me, my dad named my brother and baby sister
34. I’m utterly fascinated by dominate and recessive genes, family personality traits, and birth orders.
35. Music is a huge part of my personal expression. I’m highly influenced by music.
36. I’ve never broken a bone
37. I’m SUPER girly. I joined my college intramural team only because I liked the tshirt
38. I’ve never paid over $60 for ANYTHING in my closet
39. If I had to describe my style I’d call it experimental. I’m influenced by what I’m feeling or thinking or what I’ve been watching/seeing/hearing lately and this influence comes out in my style. I’ll try just about anything once.
40. I LOVE puppies but I’m allergic to cats.
41. I’m constantly looking for the perfect lippy. Whether that is a lipstick, lip gloss, chapstick, whatever. I’ve tried them all.
42. I love buying shoes, I’m not much into purses.
43. The summer time is my favorite time of year, even if it is 100+ degrees outside. Sunshine makes me happy.
44. I take baths daily, sometimes multiple times a day. It’s where I do my best thinking.
45. My first kiss was freshman year in high school at a new year’s eve party.
46. I would love to own my own business one day
47. I have very long eyelashes, they’re one of my favorite features.
48. I’m a shortie, 5″3
49. I have a horrible habit of judging people on their 1. hair 2. grammar or 3. smile. If I’m on a date and the guy hasn’t fixed his hair, I’m going to be highly irritated. Or if you use bad grammar, especially in a blog post, I will have to resist the urge to shun you. And if you smile and it’s a fake smile, or you can’t take the time to look me in the eye and smile, I’m not going to take the time to remember your name.
50. I started this blog on a whim and gradually transitioned into becoming a lifestyle blogger, almost without my knowledge. It just kind of happened that way. But I hope you love it and stick around!