Style Idol - Rita Moreno

borrowing from myself

Do you ever have days where you stand in front of your closet and just don't even know where to begin? I had such a creative block with getting dressed this morning, so I decided to peruse my outfit post archives and just borrow an idea from past me! I ended up finding inspiration from this post from 2012. I didn't have the dress or shoes anymore, but I wore the same sweater and swapped the shoes and dress for similar items in my closet.

Next year will be 10 years since I started this blog, and I think once I hit that milestone I might start a series where I recreate outfit posts that I posted a decade ago! I think that would be so fun! Honestly the fact that I've been doing this for almost ten years is one of the main reasons that I keep doing it. Some days it feels so silly to be so dedicated to this blog since I don't think anyone really reads it anymore but it's turned into this intensely detailed archive of my life and I just feel so committed to keeping it going now. I keep thinking about how cool it will be when I'm in my 70s or 80s and I can look back and see weekly photos of myself aging, day to day writings about my life, and a pretty extensive chronicle of all the material items I was lusting after, haha!

dress - charlotte russe (old) | cardigan - forever 21 (old)

my top five favorite: albums

Even before itunes and ipods and spotify I used to prefer building my own playlists (with mixtapes!) to playing an album start-to-finish, but there are always some albums that I think are so perfect that I happily play them uninterrupted, the way they were intended to be heard.

First up is Power, Corruption, and Lies by New Order. One of my all time favorite albums, although I tend to play one side more than the other and I tend to go over and put the needle back on "Your Silent Face" over and over again.

This post could have easily been five Killers albums but I wanted to limit myself to one and give some room to other bands/artists. And narrowing it down to one was VERY DIFFICULT.  But ultimately Day and Age has my heart. Honestly whatever album "Dustland Fairytale" was on was going to get my vote, but when you add in "Spaceman" and "Human" it's basically a shoe-in. (Runner up would probably be either Sam's Town or Battle Born.)

This is the soundtrack for the movie Borsalino. It's just a super fun jazzy '20s-'30s inspired album and I put this on all the time when I need to get some pep in my step for the day. If I need to clean up or get dressed for a late shift at work after I'm already done in, this does the trick. It also reminds me of the movie (which I love!) and that's always a fun bonus when you listen to soundtracks :)

I first heard this when I was staying at The Polynesian in Disney World two years ago and I ended up downloading the album to listen to on the plane home, and then I found an LP on ebay to listen to on my record player. My favorite song on the album is "Pineapple Princess" followed closely by "Hawaiian Love Talk." It's just so fun and bubbly and, especially in the winter, it's nice to be transported to Hawaii (or a Disneyesque version of Hawaii, I guess, lol!)

Last but not least, my favorite Frank Sinatra album -- Moonlight Sinatra. This has spun around my turntable so often that sometimes I think I should buy a backup. Whenever I decide to put this one on, I just can't stop. I keep flipping it over, playing, flipping over, playing, until it's time for bed. My favorites on this album are "Moonlight Serenade" and "Oh, You Crazy Moon."

pajama day

I spend a lot of days in my pajamas, and I thought it would be fun to share some pajama outfit posts once in a while! They are pretty much *all* ASOS legging pajama sets.  For years my favorite pjs were the Joe Boxer sets from K-Mart, but when I discovered these from ASOS there was no turning back. The pants are literally the absolute comfiest things I've ever owned. When I run errands in leggings (I think we can generally agree that's the most comfortable thing you can wear in public, right?) I still can't wait to get home and change into these pajama pants. They are THAT cozy. I buy them one size up so the waist comes up really high, but they're not so big that the pant legs ride up when you toss and turn at night.

And maybe the best part is that they come in some really fun prints. I was so excited when I saw this pink and red lip print set because it matches my aesthetic so well! Unless they add some more pink pjs (fingers crossed though!) these are definitely going to be my Valentine's Day pajamas this year. Because who says perpetually single people can't have designated February 14th jammies?! ;D

floral bedding - my shop | heart purse in the background - old

recipe: strawberry coconut ginger smoothie

I decided to start my mornings with a smoothie this year (mostly because I have a large probiotic to take each morning that I can only swallow with something as thick as a smoothie, lol!) and this concoction is SO delicious! Plus it's dairy free, and the ginger adds an anti-inflammatory benefit, too!

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tsp. grated (or powdered) ginger
1 tsp. raw honey
2 ice cubes

Just blend it all together in your blender, and then enjoy! This makes a pretty sizable smoothie which is perfect for a "meal in a cup" situation but if you just want something refreshing to drink, you might want to halve the recipe.

Style Idol - Zsa Zsa Gabor


My shop is back open today (technically it's been open the whole time, but I'm back to shipping same or next day again now) and I'm just not ready for the lull. There's always a really horrible lull after the holidays when I'm *ready* to get back to work but the orders just aren't there for me to get back to work, to. If that makes sense. I get so used to the pace of holiday sales and then January feels so dead that it's kind of eerie. So this day - reopening my shop - is always kind of anti-climatic.

Anyway. I guess I should just take advantage of the down time and get some new drawings done. I have SO many ideas right now (mostly button sets, my ideas are all coming in the form of button sets at the moment) and I need to start whipping them up. I also thought I might just get a jump on next Christmas and start making new ornaments, cards, etc. now. It always gets so hectic around the holidays, why not get that stuff done WAY in advance so I can take it easy in November? Sounds like a plan to me! :)

dress - sammi's poshmark shop | cardigan - c/o modcloth
shoes - bait footwear | belt - forever 21 (old)

my top five favorite: perfumes

I feel like this one is going to be tough to explain *why* exactly these are my favorites. Scent is just such a hard thing to describe. But if you're at a perfume counter anytime soon, I highly recommend testing these out!

Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani - This is pretty much the only perfume that I wear in the summer. It's really light and fresh it and just makes me feel like I'm about to go to the beach every single day.

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent - For the longest time this was the only perfume that I wore. I got it right before my trip to Paris and Rome in 2016 and it's always reminded me of that trip ever since. It started smelling different on me after I got sick in December 2017, I guess my body chemistry was off, and I started experimenting with some other scents. I tried it again late last year though and it smells good on me again (yay!) so it's back in my daily rotation again :)

Princess by Kilian - I got this as a sample in a Sephora order a few months ago and completely fell in love with the scent! I can't describe exactly how it smells except that for some reason it is very nostalgic to me. Not in a "this smells like the body spray I got at CVS when I was 13" way and also not in a "my old lady relatives smelled like this when I was little" way -- I honestly can't pinpoint what it is, but it reminds me of being ~14 and I like it.

Replica By the Fireplace by Maison Margiela - This is my all-time favorite scent right now. You know Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside candle? It smells exactly like that, except as a sophisticated smoky perfume and not a candle. I way over-spray this whenever I wear it because I just want to be able to smell it on myself all day long.

Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford - One of my favorite youtubers mentioned this last year and I immediately got a sample, loved it, and then quietly lusted after a full bottle for about 12 months until the Sephora Rouge sale cracked my willpower and I finally got a little 30ML bottle for myself. I only wear this one once in a blue moon because it's so expensive, but man it smells so good. It's a really unique vanilla scent and I adore it!

Honorable mention -- my favorite actor, Alain Delon, used to have a line of perfumes and I HAD to own one. I got this off of ebay and it's definitely old and does NOT smell good but the bottle has his name on it so it has a very prominent spot in my perfume tray. It's called Samourai Woman (after his film Le Samourai) and the bottle is really pretty. I'd love to know how it smelled when it was new :)

DIY water bottle tripod

Last year I recorded one second of video everyday (using this app) and after a couple months of trying (and usually failing) to prop up my phone on various surfaces, I realized that I needed some kind of tripod that I could carry with me. Something to have on hand whenever a "one second" opportunity arose. I didn't want to weigh down my bag with a portable tripod, so I decided to work with what I already carry everywhere - a water bottle! This is honestly the easiest DIY on earth and it works so well. I made two "tripods" using my 16oz bottle that I take with me when I go out, and my 40oz bottle that I drink from at home.

Materials needed:

A water bottle
(If you don't already have one, here is a 16oz bottle, and here's a 40oz bottle)
A cell phone - pretty floral case optional ;)
An adhesive phone ring
An adhesive ring mount

Attach the phone ring to the back of your phone case, and attach the ring mount near the top of your water bottle. Let the adhesive cure for about 12 hours before hanging your phone from the mount. Since these rings swivel around, you can take video and photo horizontally or vertically.

And that's it! SO EASY! And it makes taking pictures and video a hundred times easier, especially if you're planning on trying to do the one second a day challenge this year. It also makes it easier to get selfies with your cat ;)

cool confusion

Ah, January third, that awkward time when I start dressing for Valentine's Day way too early and yet I also still have all of my Christmas decorations up.

Honestly I think Valentine's Day is the only thing that keeps me from having Christmas decorations up way into March or April. If it wasn't for the prospect of having another holiday to get excited about, you'd have to literally pry Christmas ornaments from my hands to get them out of my room. The main thing that I end up missing is the lights. I have fairy lights on my poster bed frame but there's really nothing like seeing the glow that comes from your tree each night. Sigh.

dress - asos | sweater - h&m

New Year's Style Idol - Mitzi Gaynor

Happy New Year, everyone!! xo Kate