Keeping It Current

Life has been absolutely crazy since I’ve returned from my trip, but I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and catch you all up on some current happenings and obsessions.

Lush // Recently, I made two new purchases from the handmade, organic cosemetic store Lush – the Big Blue Bath Bomb and Cup O’Coffee face and body mask. I’ve previously tried a bath bomb and enjoyed it so I thought I’d try out another.

Big Blue promised a relaxing, oceanic experince; however, I somehow missed the fine print where it said there would be literal pieces of seaweed in the bathtub with you (see image below). If bathing with seaweed relaxes you, then this is right up your alley! As for me, tiny bits of the water plant give me anxiety so it wasn’t the best experience for me. Also, the cleaning of the seaweed was a pain; I don’t usually like to give the bath tub a good scrubbing after my soak, but I felt the need to after this one. I give it a 7/10 for the scent and the beautiful color it leaves the water.

As for the Cup O’Coffee face and body mask, a ton of bloggers I follow have raved about the product so I had to give it a try. I bought the smaller version as I have sensitive skin and am allergic to most things under the sun and, you guys, I’m obsessed! It smells amazing (if you like the smell of coffee), and makes my skin feel unbelievably smooth. The only thing I recommend is not using it before bed as it does have caffeine in it and will keep you up all night – trust me, I learned this the hard way.

The Skimm // I like to start off my mornings with a cup of coffee and The Skimm. Interested in staying up to date on current events without biased BS? Join me and the rest of the Skimm community by signing up here today!  It’s quick, easy, and super entertaining; I promise you won’t regret it!

Zara // Now onto my favorite latest obsession: Zara! Since there aren’t any that are close to where I live, I jumped on the chance to explore one of the stores in Florence while in Italy. Needless to say, I loved it and picked up the two tops featured in the photo above. Have I mentioned how much I love neutrals?

Game of Thrones // Last summer, I got hooked on Game of Thrones, but barely made it through the second season before life got hectic. Just the other night, I re-downloaded HBO Now so that I can finally watch it all the way through before the new season starts.

That’s all for me this week! What have you been up to?

-K.

 

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Henri Bendel’s New York Fashion Week Event

This weekend I attended my first New York Fashion Week (NYFW) event at Henri Bendel with my friend and fellow blogger, Bri (you can check out her personal blog here). Essentially, it was a promo event that consisted of a sparkling water, snacks and a sale. Participants also received a free votive candle with a purchase of over $100 (I snagged a jasmine + bergamot scented candle). In true Kourtney and Bri fashion, we took advantage of the sale. My initial plan was to purchase a new cross-body bag, but ended up buying the West 57th Zip Around Continental Wallet in black, as well as the West 57th Pocket Case for the iPhone 6 in red. I’ll probably end up purchasing a bag from the next season online and have it monogrammed. All in all, the event seemed to be a success and we had an absolute blast!

Coffee in hand & ready to shop til we drop!
We had to get this shot qfter realizing we’re actually Blair & Serena
The goods

I will definitely be participating in more Fashion Week events, and even hope to actually attend in NYC in the near future! What is your favorite NYFW experience or designer?

-K

Classic Summer Fashion Staples

Classic Summer Fashion Staples

Happy Friday!

With summer being (unfortunately) half-over, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my summer wardrobe. While, I admit, I do miss my sweaters, I’m not ready to pack away my sandals and sundresses. A lot of the clothing I own can be mixed and matched and worn during all four seasons; As a Michigander, this is pretty important as  so we need to be prepared to experience all four in the same week. So, without further ado, these are some of my summer fashion staples:

Sunhat (I prefer mine with a monogram) such as this one from Marley Lilly. I love my freckles, but I’m fully aware of the damage the sun can do. A big sunhat (or baseball cap like this) helps keep your face out of the sun no matter what the outdoor occasion!

My obsession with over-sized sunglasses like these by Kate Spade from Nordstrom began with the dawn of The Hills. Lauren Conrad immediately became, and still is today, my favorite fashion icon. Luckily for me, these fit my face shape perfectly enough that I do not look like a bug when I wear them.

Wedges/cute sandals that go with just about every outfit are a huge staple in my closet. My personal favorite are my gold Jack Rogers; they aren’t the comfiest shoes, but they definitely go with just about everything I own.

Sundresses, sundresses, sundresses! I can’t get enough of them. They can be super casual such as a tee-shirt dress or they could be a day-to-night dress by adding the right shoes and accessories.

Maxi-dresses/Skirts are perfect for the exact same reason as stated above. One of my favorites are the versatile ones that can be a dress or a skirt.

These are just a few of the twice-as-long list of some of my necessities for a stylish summer. What are some of yours?

-K

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Fall Favorites

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Hello Friends!

Fall is officially here in Michigan and I could not be more excited since it is my absolute favorite time of the year! In celebration, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about fall and things that I am obsessed with at the current moment in time.

Chunky Cable knit Sweaters// They can be layered with an adorable pair of boots and jeans or just paired with leggings. My go-to place for amazing sweaters is J Crew!

Fleece Pullovers// Continuing the theme of comfy garments, I’ve always been a huge fan of your average crew neck and quarter-zip fleece, but I’ve never known love until I bought my Patagonia Snap-T Fleece Pullover. Okay, maybe that’s a tad over-dramatic, but, in all reality, it’s quite fabulous and I highly recommend checking it out!

Cider Mills// This really speaks for itself, the best fall past time in Michigan; donuts, caramel apples, and warm cider…. Nothing beats it!

Guacamole Chips// Okay, so it’s not quite fall themed, but they are one of my latest obsessions. If you enjoy tortilla chips and guac, you’ll LOVE the organic twist by Food Should Taste Good. I’ll admit, I was a tad apprehensive initially, but I ended up demolishing the whole bag with my friend. Yes, they are that good!

Quilted/Puffy/Fleece Vests// Last, but certainly not least, I find it quite essential to have, at least, one vest to sport during this time of the year. Vests are perfect for layering on particularly chilly days; it’s no surprise that my favorite comes from the store that holds my heart: J Crew!

What are some of your favorite fall things? Comment below and don’t forget, sharing is caring!

-K

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)

Growing up in Catholic school, philanthropy has always been a huge part of my life. Now that I am involved in a sorority, I have so many amazing philanthropic opportunities, not only per my chapter, but other Greek organizations as well.

A few weeks ago, while attending a retreat put on by my school’s Panhellenic Council, I had the privilege of learning about a new chapter (Sigma Sigma Sigma) coming to our school’s campus this fall following Formal Recruitment.  During their segment, Tri-Sigma spoke about their involvement with the charity Headbands of Hope; For every headband sold, the organization gives a headband to a child battling cancer, and $1 is donated to children’s cancer research.

As the philanthropist and self-proclaimed shopaholic I am, I grew quite interested in the organization and decided that I wanted- nay- NEEDED Headbands of Hope in my life. They have a large variety of headbands to choose from ranging from couture to flowered to headwraps, and everything in-between! I decided to go with the timeless couture piece, Bluestar (see left image).

Your purchase is mailed in an adorable satchel (see feature image) that is great to store your product in. You also receive a sticker which I chose to put on my laptop to stir up questions about the organization and peak the interest of others! Of course, there are many more on my wishlist, plus it’s for such an amazing cause. This is one purchase you do not have to feel guilty about going a tad overboard with!

Check out the link to the Headbands of Hope website above and feel free to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram. They also have a variety of ways to rock your new headbands on their Pinterest page.

Until Next Time!

-K

Style Trend: Lululemon

Style Trend: Lululemon
Purchases featuring Brunch & Bubbles tee from Francesca’s

Leggings: when many people think of this article of clothing, they think of “basic” white girls in Uggs and an over-sized sweater sipping on a warm Starbucks beverage. What people don’t know, is that, as a female college student, I feel as though it is a duty of mine to wear leggings. If I didn’t wear leggings at least twice a week, I would just feel so wrong in so many ways.

This article of clothing is so versatile: you can dress it up with a sweater, a statement necklace, and leather ankle boots, or you can pair them with a graphic tee and Sperry’s; the possibilities are ENDLESS! Did I also mention how comfortable leggings are? Pretty darn comfy, ask any woman.

When Lululemon first became a “thing,” I was quite uninterested in buying an over-priced pair of skin-tight fabric. However, after a long internal battle, I decided to take a leap of faith and gave into capitalism when I bought my first pair of Lululemon leggings, and a sports bra…. and a headband. Okay so I went a bit overboard for my first time, but I just wanted to try everything so that I could really ensure that it was all it was cracked up to be.

After my purchase, my wallet was crying, but I was elated to sport my new clothes and see what all the hype was about. My new purchases turned out to be actually life changing! The Wunder Under Pants (I bought them in desert snake deep coal black) were tight, but not to the point where I felt like I was busting out of them, also the fabric was extremely comfortable. They definitely put my Victoria’s Secret leggings to shame. Furthermore, the Hold Your Om II sports bra (heathered black) is one of the best sports bras I own. As a dancer, I tend to have a difficult time finding a sports bra that both gives me support and is super comfortable; however, the Hold Your Om II is definitely worth it and costs the same price as a Nike or Victoria’s Secret sports bra. Finally, I picked up a Skinny Fly-Away Tamer Headband (in ziggy snake butter pink black) simply because it was cute and on sale.

Do you have an experience with Lululemon or another athletic brand? Comment below and let me know what you think!

-K