Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Off the Shoulder Christmas-ing

Choker: Zaras
Shanico

Holls Balls



2 of my Ride or Dies


My roommates and I threw a small girls night to celebrate the Christmas season last Saturday. Our cute little condo isn't the best for hosting but we made it work and it was a fun evening! The roads were still a little dicey and I am so thankful that it has melted now. We wanted to make it a fun night to dress up, so I went with all black with a bold red lip to add a festive color pop. I found the top I wore at Express a few months back and had to buy it. The off-the-shoulder shirt can be tough because it falls down all the time, or you can't wear a regular bra with it. or you have zero range of motion. But this top had a sassy zipper down the back and a rubber lined front piece to keep from falling down! You can find my exact top here and right now it is 50% off!! Their entire site is actually. It would make for a great NYE top if you are wanting something different than the traditional dress which is the look I was going for at our party. My pants are from H&M a few years ago. I mostly wear them to work but thought they would be fun to dress up my outfit. They are high-wasted but I wore my shirt over my pants this time rather than tucking it in. My heels were just simple black pumps from Target. 

Cannot believe Christmas is this Sunday. I don't feel I have watched enough Hallmark movies to make it seem real yet!! I need to get on that. But in all reality I am so STOKED for Christmas per usual and am really looking forward to NYE! 

Merry Christmas Y'all! 

Love and the 90's are Back in Full Swing

-Kate

Monday, November 21, 2016

Taking Care of Your Boots this Winter!


Shirt: H&M, Jeans: JBrand, Boots: Target, same as my last post


Pay no attention to the mess you see behind me... 

C-Tippy


In honor of Thanksgiving this Thursday I want to mention how thankful I am for these goofballs. They keep my laughing and are there for me when I need prayer or just a buddy to watch a movie with and sip wine with. Grateful to have two friends that feel like family. 




Saturday night Christina and I got to see Holly dance at the Portland Winterhawks Game. It was fun watching a Hockey game, but even more fun watching her dance! It was drizzling that night but I really wanted to wear my new over the knee boots so I knew I needed to spray them first with waterpoof spray to avoid ruining the material. You can find this product really anywhere and it's very inexpensive. Listed below are other tips and tricks for taking care of your leather boots or any kind of material that needs protecting from the weather or time. You all know how much I love my boots, so it's important to take good care of them so they last longer! I have had my cowboy boots for 6 years now and I attribute that to taking the time to care for them. 



If you (like me) are in the market for some cute and affordable cowboy boots I suggest you checking King Ranch Saddle Shop for cute and affordable boots for women. The Holidays are almost here and these boots would make great gifts or maybe that's what you want for Christmas! They also have boots for the lucky guy who gets to take you out dancing at Bushwhackers or any other country bar in town! Just make sure once you buy them you take proper care of them so they last longer! 

Love and Booty Care ;) 

-Kate

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fashion and Politics... One is More Fun than the Other


Pinterest Outfit Inspo
And #2





Dress and Sweater: H&M; Boots: Target


I've been pretty obsessed with this look for awhile now but kept getting discouraged by how expensive the boots were that people recommended buying. Until one day recently I was in Target and came across practically the cheaper version of Steve Madden's over the knee boot. I love the idea of the sexy shorter dress with a chunky sweater and boots, but also love the look paired with jeans and a leather jacket, or a cute flannel. Really these boots can be worn with almost anything and be sexy. Maybe not something I would wear in my office, but definitely a good date night outfit or night out with friends. Glad I found these, and that they were priced so affordably at $49.99. Target again for the win! If you are ever looking for inexpensive boots that are great quality, I always recommend shopping at Target first. If they don't have what you're looking for, try Nordstrom Rack.

Back to work today after staying home sick yesterday. The cold everyone has been enjoying finally found me. A little Nyquil always seems to do the trick even if I'm not feeling 100% today either. Taking one sick day is enough to make me feel guilty, taking two days is unheard of in my mind. Too much to do at the office.

Happy Election Day. God is on the Throne, that's what I just keep telling myself. Also, talk about last minute but I still need to drop my ballot off...

Love and Fashion is more Fun than Politics

-Kate

Monday, October 24, 2016

Family


I am such a blend of these two people
"See mom selfie sticks DO come in handy!"

And just so y'all know, I bought the selfie stick in Europe and in really did come in handy. Just sayin'









A little overexposed, but I love this family of mine

This weekend I had a funeral to go to. One of my dearest friend's mom went to be with Jesus almost 2 weeks ago. I sat in the service and tried my hardest to keep it together as I had forgotten to stick a few tissues in my purse. Regardless my emotions didn't care that I had nothing to wipe the tears away with. I watched the slide show of Shauna's mom's life and I couldn't help but place myself in her shoes. In fact, Shaun's mom died of breast cancer and my mom's mom died of breast cancer when she was just a few years younger than Shauna. 

I sat in the pew on Saturday, and cried. I cried for my dear friend who bravely stood up in front of us all and shared why she will miss her mom and why her mom Shelly was such a wonderful selfless woman. I cried for Shauna's dad who now has an empty house to himself, and I cried for Shauna's siblings. 

I cried for myself knowing my biggest fear in life is losing my mom. She is the heart and soul of our family. She is the truest form of love I have ever known on this earth. She is selfless and positive. She is the hardest working person I know, but still makes time for us kids, and my dad and puts our needs ahead of hers. She is my best friend, but still knows when I need to just be hugged and loved on as a mom. She is the best Grandma, and the one who fills our home with laughter and music. She is always singing and ALWAYS praising God for the good and the bad that life brings. She is the rock of our family and the most beautiful woman I know. 

We spent Sunday in Hood River for our annual Moon Hood River trip. I think I was even more grateful this year for the family I have, and the togetherness we fight for. The Moon family loves one another and laughs together and defends one another and we act like children alot... 

I am so thankful for every one of them, and so proud that they belong to me. I love you Moon's, ya bunch of weirdos! 

Love and Appreciating What I Have

-Kate


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rehearsal Dinner and Bridesmaid Outfit Details!


 Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Forever 21, Hat: Old Navy, Sweater: Target Under the dress I have brown booties on too from Target, to make this summer dress just a little more fall
Dress: Lulu's; Heels: Jessica Simpson **My friend Shannon sewed on the lace to the bottom of my dress to give it just a touch of dimension. I love how it turned out!

Bridesmaid Pic with Molly. 


Cayly got us the cutest champagne glasses with our names on them! And also... I want to point out that I did my own makeup for the wedding y'all! I was so nervous but was so proud of how it turned out. You have NO idea how many freaking you tube videos I watched. Doing makeup is not my thing, so I was excited it didn't look like I got punched in the face. Ha!

Just beautiful and perfect and sexy and everything else, you fill in the blank. 


Love Ryan too and excited to welcome him into our friend family!
It was a lovely weekend. Exciting and also emotional. Not only did we send this girl off into married life, but that married life happens to be in Orange County.. :( 

I am so thrilled for her to start her new life down there with Ryan, but selfishly wish she could stay in Portland. Cayly is one of my dearest friends. Loyal and compassionate. A friend who knows my truest heart, and is always able to relate to me. You don't find friends like Cayly very often, so I want to hold onto her so tight. I also know that just because she lives in California does NOT mean our friendship is over, it just looks different now. Looking forward to visiting hopefully in the early part of the New Year! 

The whole wedding though was prayed over and blessed because Oregon was supposed to sustain some pretty heavy winds and rainfall and we did get a little of that, but nothing like the weather channel had predicted. The Lord's favor was certainly with us that day. 

She was elegant and beautiful, Ryan so handsome in his suit. They make a pretty great couple. I was so thrilled and honored to be one of Cayly's Bridesmaids and already can't wait to see that girl again. 

Love you Conger's, see you soon!!

-Kate

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Healthy Hair Routine



My hair has been such a work in progress for such a long time. I had the hardest time growing my hair out past my shoulders. My hair was damaged and the ends were constantly breaking. For 1) I change my hair color every 4 months or so, and 2) I use to wash, blow dry and style my hair every day. About a year ago, I realized that hair routine of mine had to change if I ever wanted to grow my hair out. 

My Hair Routine Now: 

1. I only wash it every 3 days. All you haters out there who think it's so gross or whatever, please know that doesn't mean I do not shower. It just means I don't shampoo and condition my hair while in the shower. The shampoo I do use on a daily basis is dry shampoo. I know this is old news at this point, but it really is a life saver. It not only makes your hair smell amazing, but it also soaks up the oil in your hair so you don't walk around looking greasy all day. It also helps for teasing your hair on day 1 when your hair has no grip because it's newly washed and silky smooth. 

2. I try to wear my hair naturally curly at least 3 days a week, so I am not applying any kind of heat to it. That has really helped and my natural curl is completely back. For awhile I lost it because my hair was so damaged back in college. But the curly mop is back and I try to embrace it more often. 

3. I put a hair mask on my hair once a week or once every two weeks at the latest. I put the mask in at night and just sleep with it in my hair and rinse it out in the morning. Keep in mind you will want to change the pillow case of the pillow you used because all of that oil from your hair isn't good for your face. So just change it out once you have slept on it. 

4. THE BEST THING I EVER DID FOR MY HAIR WAS: Taking Biotin Gummy Vitamins. It has been a game changer not only for my hair but for my nails and skin too. It really helps your hair and nails grow, and adds softness and shine to your hair. I get my bottle from Costco and take 2 gummies every day. I think the bottle only costs $10. It is WORTH it, I promise you. 

All of these items and this routine has really helped my hair grow. My hair is the longest it's been in I don't know how many years, probably since early college days. I just decided it was worth it to care for my hair. And hey the perk is, it takes less time to get ready in the morning, which is always a good thing. Keep in mind that if you are working out and your hair gets a little sweaty and it's only day 1 or 2, just add the dry shampoo. It will clean it right up. I promise it's not gross. 

What do you do that works for you? What am I missing? Please share any of your tips or favorite products in the comments below. I love to learn new beauty tips and tricks! 
Target

Target or Ulta

Costco

Love and Healthy Hair

-Kate