Favorite Little Pins: Rustic Love

before I forget, Happy Friday everyone (or at least its Friday evening for me, despite what time zone WordPress seems to think I live in). and for what seems like the millionth time, I apologize to anyone who is waiting for the Liebster Award post. it’s been saved as a draft for like two weeks and I still need to think of some of my own questions and pick 11 nominees (which takes considerable time on its own and which I haven’t sat down with enough dedication to do). it will come eventually.

in the meantime, i’m doing another Favorite Little Pins segment. these are fun for me to do and put together, in addition to my styleboards. i’m in love with this campfire photograph by Steven Leonti, as well as the light wash living area with bare wood and the “naked” cake (frosting-less cakes seem to have become popular lately. my own friend Mariya made one last month). and while its been hard for us Washingtonians to visualize this week (we had a couple of days of really hot weather!), chunky sweater season is just around the corner! that and rain boots (waterproof shoes are a must or you will not make it long in seattle).

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chunky gray sweater & amethyst necklace // fire photo on Flickr // mixed berry naked cake with sparkler cake topper // living room photo

I’ve been slowly moving into my townhouse in seattle. I can’t wait to start unpacking my things and start taking pictures of it to show you guys! until I fall into my autumn routine, blog posts may be scattered and inconsistent for the next couple weeks so bear with me! feel free to drop me comments and like this post.

xoxo,

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hey guys! I thought i’d take this opportunity to highlight a site I have mentioned before in some of my posts, Keep. it’s very similar to Pinterest except the products on the site are all hand-selected by a team of people (bloggers, designers, etc.) so the products and items on the site are much more selective. however anyone can make an account and you can “keep” (equal to the “repin” feature on Pinterest) items and arrange them on boards just like the pin board site we all know and love (or if you don’t yet know about it yet, what the hell is wrong with you?). it’s just another really great resource for finding awesome clothes, jewelry, accessories, home d├ęcor and furniture, and finding really great ideas to gussy up your super awesome life in general.

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I (finally) just made an actual account so feel free to go on over and take a look at it, maybe see if a Keep account is something you’d like to try out (and if so, go ahead and follow me!).

xoxo,

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Favorite Little Pins: Black&White (Oh, and Food)

so, here’s the deal: I am a pinterest whore. seriously. #confessionsofayoungadult. I am pinning things all the time, I always have lots of pretty pictures and tempting products filtering through my homepage. so much inspiration and so many great ideas. the site has a wealth of fashion pictures, apartment and home ideas, links to cool and helpful articles, yummy and beautiful recipes, DIY projects, you name it. if you don’t have a Pinterest account I highly recommend that you do so!

(Disclaimer: Pinterest is a highly addicting website and may countless hours in your day. possible outcomes include but are not limited to failing to study for your exams, putting off your homework, losing track of time, forgetting to do simple tasks, exhibiting obsessive behavior towards your computer or other computerized device, and experiencing a sharp rush of excitement upon finding an amazing new site, product, or DIY. user discretion is advised.)

also Keep is an amazing place. it’s almost just like pinterest but it has a slightly smaller and more selective community. plus the design of the site is both simple and stunning, kudos to the web designer.

and on one last note, I just found out today that I have hit 500 followers on pinerest! so exciting, thanks everyone!

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Recipe File: Penne With Marinated Tomatoes & Mozzarella // Outfit, source unknown // IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN art print // Recipe: Garlic Knots // Rugby Stripe Bins

in short, get a pinterest account. follow me. above are some recent pins I like. cheers.

xoxo,

kayla

Styleboard: Stripes & Denim

I don’t shop all that often. when you’re a college student working a part-time minimum wage job you don’t make much more than pocket change and shopping sprees are a luxury you literally can’t afford. that is, unless you can handle the guilt you feel later for spending all of your money and if you can handle the feeling of being broke until your next paycheck (longest two weeks ever). can’t even go get frozen yogurt or a cup of expensive Seattle coffee with a friend unless they’re paying! suffice it to say, I can’t really handle it. live and learn.

that doesn’t keep me from window shopping, though. below are some style picks I made mostly off of Pinterest. I really do think my closet needs a jean jacket. I haven’t had one since I was a kid and they are finally back in style. for whatever reason I always get caught up when I go to pay $30 for one. it seems a tad much (recall the college student budget) but the fact that I keep coming back to the jean jacket over and over and over again month after month tells me that I need to finally cowgirl up and buy one. also I keep coming to the black and white striped shirts, I’ve been seeing them a lot lately and really love the versatility of the piece. most recently I saw one being worn by Kate on The Fancy Pants Report. I think this piece may become a new closet staple for me.

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1 Denim Jacket from Target // 2 Handbag from Prada // 3 Panama Hat from J. Crew // 4 Slingback Boardwalk Sandal from Madewell // 5 Factory Printed Draped Tee from J. Crew

Note: The link for the Prada bag fell down the rabbit hole of tumblr and pinterest so I have no idea if it’s still available or where to get it.

xoxo,

kayla

Girl Fever

so if you know anything about girls, it’s this: we love to shop. we shop to reward ourselves, we shop to make ourselves feel better, we shop when we are bored and we shop just to spend quality time with our girl friends. do we waste lots of money this way? yes, probably. do we sometimes buy things we don’t need? yes, we do. do we sometimes buy a shirt and wear it only once before retiring it to the depths of our closet to lie alone and forgotten until we dig it up again months later, forgetting we even had it? unfortunately, it happens. i call these impulse buys. to guard against this, generally I try to adopt a 24hr policy, and it works best with online purchases. if you see something you want, don’t buy it right away. if 24 hours passes and you still want it, go get it. it doesn’t always work, but it helps. next means of keeping your money safely in your wallet is to look at things that are actually outside of your price range. not exactly healthy. if anything it actually makes you bitter towards the people who can actually afford to throw away lots of money on such things, but hey. not all plans are perfect.

in the vein of shopping (and also of complete boredom), I have also looked through my Wishlist board on Pinterest and pulled out some of my favorite fashion shopping finds! unfortunately, most of these products aren’t available in stores anymore so some of the links are hard to set up but that doesn’t make the clothes any less lovely.

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Shirt from La Garconne // MOTO Black Skinny Jeans from Topshop // Gold Flats // Gold Thimble Ring from LYLIF

xoxo,

Kayla

Favorite Little Pins: This Week on Pinterest

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anyone who knows me and follows me on Pinterest knows that I like to pin. a lot. more than a lot. some days it’s to the point where I actually begin to feel a little bad for my followers and remind myself to dial it back just a little bit. it’s been especially bad lately as my classes are wrapping up for this quarter and I am starting to spend more time in my college dorm room doing nothing. being completely and utterly bored. and brooding over my new-found single life (story for another time). or sitting outside in the UW quad being completely and utterly bored on my Samsung Galaxy S3 (there’s already an S4 now? wtf). and brooding some more. although not as much as when I’m sitting alone in my room. i just hop into my Pinterest app and bam, I’m rolling. there is literally no escape for me. i shamefully admit I often refresh the page several times to see if anything new has popped up since I last checked five seconds ago. #confessionsofayoungadult

anyway, above are just a couple of cute pins I pulled, nothing major. i’m very attracted to the pinks and the oranges, such pretty colors especially for spring and summer. bring on the sunshine, seattle! or just smothering heat without the actual sunshine, it sends that our way too. like today. and apparently tomorrow. the sun just hides behind this filmy layer of clouds. seriously, Washington?

by the way, I am indeed writing this at 1:44am. after complaining on Facebook that I just wanted to go to sleep because I was tired of thinking about my day and my week and the probably not so fun summer that lays ahead of me. turns out I’m just too agitated to sleep #Figures