Thursday, December 13, 2012

Not-Great Habits

So I bite my nails.

Ive stopped a few times for a few months at a time, but sooner or later I start again. They'll be nice and long and elegant, but one day I'll just be sitting watching tv and look down only to find I've absentmindedly bitten off my hard work.

But not this time.

This time, I'm going to make it stick.

A family friend once told me that he's always thought that being your nails means you're afraid to grow up. These words have stuck with me. I think they're true, too. I mean, I'm terrified to be a grown up and avoid it when possible. That doesn't mean I want my hands to look mangled and sad anymore, you know?

So this is the month that it all stops. I'm going to keep them painted and neat, maybe put that gross tasting stuff on them if I need to. Here's my starting point, and by next month I'll have long, healthy nails. Or at least I'm going to try.

What about you? Do you have any habits you're trying to break?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lookin' Good: Red Lips

It's winter now.

This means one thing: Red lips time.

Maybe it's the dramatic weather, or the creaminess of my complexion this time of year (due to the lack of sun,) but something about winter makes me long for a red lip. I feel more put together with one.
And pulling out a crimson tube for touch ups is possibly the best part of being a girl.

I have a few favorites.

My favorites are MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, Benefit Benetint Lip Balm and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in L'Exquise.

Today is a Chanel kind of day, you know?

Then again... what days aren't?

What's you're favorite winter lipstick?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Inspiration: Party Time!

Yup, it's Holiday Party time.

With that in mind, I put together this little number to put everyone in the spirit. So grab a glass of bubbly and see what you think!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wish List: Black and Brown

It's always annoyed me when people tell me what I can and cannot wear.

I mean, I appreciate advice, but when a magazine screams at me that yes, I CAN wear polka dots or someone says "oh, you CAN'T wear a dress with those shoes" or "you CAN'T possibly wear a fanny pack" something snaps in my brain. 

Whatever that person has declared unacceptable, I must wear. Right. Now. Even if I agree with the person, like with the fanny pack (they just don't need to work- can we all agree on that?), I must prove that person wrong. It's part of a stubborn streak I have that flares up at fairly useless times. 

The most annoying "you can't do that" I've encountered in my travels is the no black and brown together rule. I personally LOVE this combo and have never had any issues with clashing-while-wearing. In fact, I usually get some kick ass compliments when I wear this combination. 

So for this wish list I thought I'd put a dream outfit together, black and brown and red (lipstick) all over. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


It's officially Christmas time. Which means I am allowed to sing the songs I love far too much, watch the movies that make me feel warm inside, and decorate the bajesus out of everything.

SO naturally we've put up a tree, and we found some glitter-covered friends to go with.
Take a peek:

pizmas tree

clive, bixby and larry

christmas hippo

What about you guys? Do you decorate for the holidays?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Little Bits: Shoes

Hi all!
It's been a busy two weeks- now back to real life!

I should be posting more regularly from now on- (or at least till Christmas)

Anyways, here's a glimpse of what I've been wearing lately as I've been bustling about.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recent Acquisitions

So I went shopping.
By shopping I mean I took one of my smaller paychecks to the clearance section of Target.
The clearance section of... Anywhere is a treasure trove for me. Searching through the racks and finding those little jems and then seeing the price tag? VICTORY!!!!!

So here's my bounty from my last Target adventure:

Monday, November 19, 2012

End-Of-Year Goals

It's almost 2013.

I feel like I should do something-make a calendar, a promise, some kind of pledge; but lets be honest. I'm not exactly Captain Follow-Through (I TOTALLY just figured out next years halloween costume).

I'm not what people might call a self-motivating person. I honestly don't know what truly motivates me. Every form of motivation has worked for about a week at a time. But they all fail.

Observe: Guilt just makes me lie or avoid people, negative reinforcement sends me into a really self-depricating shame spiral, and 'fooling' myself just ends in a complex argument with myself that inevitably ends with marshmallows.

Basically the only thing that works for more than a week is consistent waves of positive reinforcement. The key is it cant come from me. When I say "go team this guy!" I feel (and sound) kind of like an idiot. And no one has the time to follow me around telling me how fantastic I am. I'm not Brad Pitt.

Unless you all have something very important to tell me...

Anyways, I'm bring this up now because, as you may have noticed, its November now- almost December, really. Seeing the leaves change and the weather crisp up makes me think about wrapping things up and new beginnings and all that. And that 2012 is almost over and i better have something to show for it. So I've been thinking about some goals- not overly large ones, but smaller, meatier goals. Goals that can be stepping stones to broader life goals or habits. So here's my little list of things I'd like to do before the end of 2012.

1. Do more yoga. There was a time when I did yoga every day for an hour. It was hard, but it was fantastic. I was a human rubber band, and calmer than I've been maybe ever. I had never been able to clear my head the way they say you're supposed to in meditation and before you go to bed. Somehow though, that year it clicked. For that hour, either my mind would quiet down or it would get so foggy and full of thoughts they would meld into a white noise; either way I felt quiet. Every class I left feeling centered. I miss that. I think that doing just 10 minutes of yoga a day- just yoga, in the quiet with just me- would be nice.

2. Go to the gym at least twice a week. I'm not an active person. I've tries to be a few Ike's but it always ends with me on the couch. I don't enjoy exercising. In fact, I kind of hate it. It frustrates me that the rewards are so hard to achieve; you don't get a six pack and loose 10 pounds in a week. The combination of this and the fact that it's hard and boarding make it really easy to just... Not. But I know I feel so much better when I do get off my butt, and the health benefits are undeniable. So instead of jumping into a big workout plan I will inevitably not be able to keep up with, I'm setting a simple, no-guilt goal: go work out twice a week. With any luck, it'll become a seamless part of my life. Like TV or mascara. But better for me.

3. Eat only vegetables twice a week. I love vegetables, So this one won't be hard. It's just so easy to get in the habit of eating far too much meat and starch and carny goodness this time of year. So going veggie twice a week seems like a good way to break it up and,ale sure I'm not falling into the meat trap and stay feeling vibrant even in February.

4. Moisturize. A lot. I get so dry and crispy feeling this time of year. So I want to take the time to coat myself in lotions and potions. I always feel so lavish and soothed after I just put on some lotion. I have some nice, rich creamy ones that I don't use enough and, well, what time like the present?

5. Take more pictures. I always love looking at photos- two of my most precious possessions are photo albums, one from my parents and one from my grandparents. They're filled with baby pictures and little snapshots. Looking at these reminds me that pictures are so much more than posing for Facebook or composing a flattering angle. But it's more than that- we have several albums in my house filled with pictures from our adventures when we lived in London and traveled around Italy and France. But instead of pictures of the Eiffel tower or the colosseum (which we totally have don't you worry,) these albums are filled with doorknobs, manholes, graffiti, tiles, street signs, hinges, all sorts of little details my parents knew we would never see the likes of anywhere else. It's those details that make exploring so invigorating. Don't get me wrong, I love to see the sights and bask in the big history, but those weird small things are what make your journey so special and your own. I want to remember those little things better and I think this might be a good way to start.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Apartment Updates

Can you believe it?

It's been two whole months in our apartment. We're getting fairly well settled in, and we've finally gotten some finishing touches done (well, for now- you know how it is)

Thought I'd give you guys a peek!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Favorite Things: Paris Sweater

I've been thinking about my favorite pieces in my closet and come to a very important conclusion.

Most, if not all, of my favorite garments are either impulse buys or gifts.

This sweater is no exception.

My cousin lived in Paris for about 6 months last year (I know) and I got to go visit her (I KNOW). On that trip, she lent me this luscious and insanely cozy sweater. Then she let me keep it. Now it's one of my staples, my favorite sweater.

 It goes with everything. It layers like a dream. And its warmer than some of my coats. I especially love to wear it with a vest over, like my leather vest. No matter what I wear with it, It always takes my outfit up a notch and polishes everything off, you know?

And it makes me think of Paris and my cousin.

What could be better?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Inspiration: Staying Cozy

It happened; the weather shifted from still-holding-on-to-summer-warmth to yup-winters-coming-and-it's-100%-fall-now. So I thought I'd look for some inspiration to get me through the chill. Time to break out the tea and jammies...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Friday!

Oooooh, what goes with my Giants hat???

Oh, thats right- EVERYTHING.

Happy Friday

And Game 3.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Makin' It Happen: Smashbook

Hi; I'm Katie and I'm addicted to scrapbooking.

No really though, I just finished my first scrapbook this week and I'm obsessed. Theres something deeply satisfying about taking paper and glue and making something adorable and, hopefully, worth treasuring. 

Today, while out on a grocery run, my roommate and I stopped my Michaels (cuz why not?) and I found this:

That's right kids; It's my first Smashbook.

I guess that means I'm finally a woman. 

Smashbook is a line of scrapbooks designed to be, well, smashed together. That is, it's not meant to be a particular style or theme but a conglomerate of scrapbooking bits and pieces. It's like a spiral-bound notebook but the pages are all cute and ready to be decorated. 

I'm going to use my Smashbook as a personal challenge: fill it up in the next 52 weeks. Hopefully, setting aside time every week or so to craft, create and look at old pictures will help keep me inspired. 

Here's to hobbies!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wish List: Flats

Ok, I love the look of heels, but let's be honest: they're hardly practical.

As a result, the bulk of my shoe collection is flats. Unfortunately they're all wearing out at the same time. OH NO- now I have to shop.

Here's some of my favorites

Monday, October 22, 2012

Say Hello to My Jewelry

I finally have all my jewelry unpacked and set up.

Although many people subscribe to the jewelry box school of thought, I prefer to hang up all me jewelry. That way I can see it all and grab what I'm looking for in the morning.

Take a look and see what you think

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Friday!

It's Friday! Go out and get yourself a well-deserved drink and something fried; I know I will be!

Here's a pic of my grandma's happy dogdog to get you going.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dress Is More: Striped Dress

Picked this little number up at Target the other day- and its already my new go-to dress. I paired it with my Madewells and green socks for maximum comfort. It's so soft and warm... I'm basically wearing a sweatshirt and tricking everyone into thinking its real clothes.

Who said looking good has to be uncomfortable?