Makeout Monday~ Things I love this week

1. T-shirt Head Band.  Um sign me up for this tutorial.

2.  MAC Lady Gaga Viva Glam Lipstick and Lip Glass. And by now you know every cent from the sale of M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM goes toward the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund.  This is one of the best Nude lip colors I have come across.  Perfect for spring.


3.  Two new apps for my iphone.  Diptic and Photobooth.  I love these app because you can have fun with them.  Both are photo apps.  Diptic will let you collage photos together, and Photobooth, well its a photo booth! Smart, huh?
4.  Gap 1969 Sexy Boot Cut Jeans.  I have been lovin me some skinny jeans lately, but knew that I needed to re-introduce some "regular" jeans back into the mix.  Enter gap denim.  These jeans fit me so well and I love the dark wash.  They can be dressed up or dressed down.  Either way they are making me love boot cut denim.
5.  I found my trench coat obsession and fulfilled my desire at, none other than, JCPenney.  I really don't ever shop here, but on an outing with a friend, this is wear I found myself falling in love with a trench.  Oh, also, it was 80% off.  What is not to love about that?
Stay Sweet,
Kem

Sweet, Sweet Sunday

This, the last Sunday in February, is destined to be great! It is a shopping girls weekend day.  Shopping with girlfriends is one of my all time favorite things to do, well besides hosting parties at my house. 

I have an upcoming photo shoot that the sets are burlesque inspired and vintage circus inspired.  I have found some photos for inspiration. 

anyone know this source?

I love the dreaminess of these photos.  I can't decide if I want to go the direction of fairy tale or if I want to take a more sinister tone like these photos...

So, as you can see I have my work cut out for me. I will post photos of my findings!

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Shape up your closet ~ I 1.0

Welcome to installment 1 of shaping up your closet.  This has been an idea very near and dear to my mind, but held at arms distance to my heart. I am in no way asserting that I am an expert, I just have had it with my black hole of a closet, and the stress it brings me :)

You see, I am an avid collector of sorts.  I like to collect shoes, belts, clothes, bags, etc... You name it and I love it.  The problem is some where along the way my "collection" became very muddled and without direction.  You can't have true personal style when your closets runs the gamut of bohemian chic skirts and tunics all the way to the romanticism of lace and floral pieces or a slew of punk rock look held over from high school.

I very much am and old soul.  I feel as though some how I was born in the wrong decade and most certainly in the wrong part of the country.  Along with these vintage feelings, I am getting older (although I will always tell you I am 24) and I need my wardrobe to reflect how I feel and where I am in my life.  I am fortunate enough to have a well paying job, and I should be able to be comfortable, but, you know, look the part of a fun loving, vintage inspired, well paid adult.

This is where my journey begins.....

1.  Knowing your personal style.  Take a good, hard look at your closet.  Are you wearing 10% of the clothes you own because the other 90% either doesn't fit, or you hate it.  This is exactly where I found myself.  Loathing my closet, but continuing to shop.  Don't they say the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem?  Well my problem was I am attracted to bohemian, flowy, hippie like prints, and style.  I do not fit any the the aforementioned ideas.  For some reason I am drawn, if not carried, to these types of clothes.  I have hangers full of tunics, and maxi dresses, and peasant skirts.....no, no, no, no.....these had to go.

      If you don't know your personal style and seem to have a closet that is all over the place, find your most honest stylish friend and take her shopping.  Try on all sorts of clothes from different styles and find what suites you.  If you live in jeans and t-shirts, then find jeans that look amazing on you. Next find shirts that resemble the cloth of a t-shirt and formulate your style from there.

Within this installment, cleaning out your closet is the first step.  If it is too big, or too small, get rid of it.  If you haven't worn it in 6 months, then guess what? You aren't going to wear it.  If is has holes, or a safety pin holding it together, get rid of it.  I know this is so super hard, but well worth the process.

When you are finished clearing out the confusion, go through your "get rid of" pile one more time.  If there are any items that you are still not sure you want to get rid of separate it out.  Think of it as archiving.  At the end of this cleansing period, know where your "get rid of" pile is going, and get it there.  Are you going to donate it to Goodwill?  If so, take it there.  Or find a local women's shelter that is accepting donations in your area.  Just because you don't want to wear it, doesn't mean it isn't fabulous in another persons arms :)

Just remember, through this process you are moving out the bad, and bringing in the good!

Keep me posted with how your process is going.  Mine is heading in the right direction, even though parting is such sweet sorrow.

xoxo
Kem

Channeling Jackie O

If you have been following, I attended a wedding this past weekend.  I think February weddings are hard to dress for because it is still winter, but my mind has already jumped the gun and started thinking it is spring.  So instead of worrying about what color would be appropriate, I decided to pull a Jackie O.  Black and White polka-dot dress.  60's inspired 3/4 sleeve jacket.  Giant Sunglasses.  Pointy Black Leather Kitten Heels.  I think I would make Jackie O proud.





Stay Sweet,
Kem

Makeout Monday~ Things I love this week

1. Iced Lattes.  Cheers me right up!

2. Thoughts of spring.

3. A new friend to add to the Casa de Elliott

4.  In celebration of President's Day....

5.  Lastly I leave you with this thought....
 
Stay Sweet,
Kem

Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Today is awesome in Kansas City! It is 9:30 am and already 57 degrees! I love, love, love it!  Spring cleaning is in my veins and, after going grocery shopping yesterday, my "food" mood has changed from soups and roasted vegetables to light pasta dishes, or just desperately wanting to grill out.

One of my favorite spring/summer recipes to break out for a light lunch or easy side dish to a BBQ is Couscous Salad.  You can serve it cold, it doesn't have to stay refrigerated, and the longer it sets the better it gets!

* Couscous – 1.5 cups
* English Cucumber, diced
* Cherry Tomato, diced
* Red Onion, diced
* Feta Cheese, crumbled
* Parsley (chopped) – 3 tablespoons
* Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
* Sauce fiery red pepper – 1 / 2 teaspoon
* Salt and black pepper – to taste.

Prepare couscous as instructed on package.  When ready, fluff with fork. Add the remaining ingredients and season to taste and mix thoroughly. Transfer to another large plate. Serve cold.

You better believe I am making this today!

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Wedding Saturday

Today we are attending my husband's cousin's wedding.  Did you get all that?  I love weddings for the creativity, the cake, and the punch.  I'm serious, if I could crash wedding simply for a slice of cake and a cup of punch, I would. 

I will have pictures posted soon of outfits & festivities, but until then I leave you with some beautiful wedding images.



Makeout Monday~ Things I love this week

I know, I know, it's not Monday.  It's not even Tuesday, but better late then never. 

1.  The pre-spring weather.  I am calling it "pre" spring because I know I shouldn't get too excited because living in the midwest only means "wait 10 minutes, and the weather will change."  So sad, but so true.  

2.  Getting flowers from your mom.

3. Denim Jackets.  Now, I know I have been loving on some trench coats lately, but a small fitting denim jacket might just be the ticket too.

4. Making over your closet!  My good friend, Bianca, called me last week to help her update her business wardrobe, and it got me thinking.  "Is my closet in good shape?" "Are my clothes a reflection of me?"  Not that I am an expert, but I do love to shop and I am a voice of honesty when it comes to clothes and accessories.  I won't ever let my friends step out in a bad outfit. 
(weheartit.com)
I bet you can guess where I am going with this.  A new little series to help us all get our closets in gear for 2011.  My closet is up for a transformation.  Won't you join me?

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Happy Valentines Day!

XOXO,
Kem

Sweet, Sweet Sunday

It is absolutely beautiful today in Kansas City.  It is a balmy 52 degrees.  The sun is out and the snow is melting!  I swear that 52 seems like 75 because it has been so cold here!

 Look at this, slush! It's melting, it's finally melting!

I have the heat turned off, some windows open, and we are planning a short drive on the Harley.  Today is a perfect day and on that note.....

Makeout Mondays ~ Things I love this week!

1.  Scoring a sweet pair of shoes for $1.99.  Yes, you read that correctly. $1.99.  Where, you are asking, do you score a pair of any shoes, that are worth wearing, for that cheap?  The answer is DSW.  Sign up for their Rewards program, it is free, and you earn points, which translates to $$$ off.  I love this store for specialty shoes and love their clearance section even more! Check out the cute shoes, I can't wait to rock, that I snagged for less than $2.
2.  Jo Totes Women's Camera Bags.  My friend Elsie, over at A Beautiful Mess, has one of these bags for all her camera goodness, and I covet it soooo badly!  I really want the moss one.
3. Pink Champagne Cupcake....from Sugar Mama's in Briarcliff Village.  This was a good cupcake.  Champagne cake with light pink almond buttercream frosting.  It gave me inspiration to try to make some on my own.  I think mine might turn out better....we will see.  (The photo is an iphone photo, please excuse the lighting)


Stay Sweet,
Kem

Sweet, Sweet Sunday

I am not really into Super Bowl Sunday.  I don't even really care about the funny commercials.  So, today I am making some vegetable soup and homemade rolls, and while those rise, I am going out to spend some time with a couple of friends.  I think these are some of the few things that get me through January and February, friends and soup. 

I have always seemed to be able to make friends easily, but it is those few choices friends that can really make a difference in your day and in your life.  I had a really rough day at work yesterday, and after I got off, my husband and I met our friends for lunch.  I laughed so hard for several hours, just being silly and telling dumb stories, but it was the perfect remedy to the end of a very hard week and a very long day at work.

Speaking of soup, here is a new recipe to try:

Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 sage leaf
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, cut in 1/2
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices ciabatta bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions

Place a medium, heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add the butter, olive oil, and shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sage and beans and stir to combine. Add the stock and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the garlic and simmer until the garlic is softened, about 10 minutes. Pour the soup into a large bowl. Carefully ladle 1/3 to 1/2 of the soup into a blender and puree until smooth. Be careful to hold the top of the blender tightly, as hot liquids expand when they are blended. Pour the blended soup back into the soup pan. Puree the remaining soup. Once all the soup is blended and back in the soup pan, add the cream and the pepper Keep warm, covered, over very low heat.
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle the slices of ciabatta bread with extra-virgin olive oil. Grill the bread until warm and golden grill marks appear, about 3 minutes a side. Serve the soup in bowls with the grilled bread alongside.

(Source) 

Stay Sweet,
Kem

The Snow Cocoon and other tales

This week has been so crazy.  Not only has it been freezing, and snowy, I lost my favorite earrings.  Actually the story starts way back on Tuesday.  It is always rough to start the year out with a really rough day, it is equally as rough to start the month out of the wrong foot.

Kansas City got pummeled with snow on Tuesday.  Not quite as bad as Chicago, but still a lot of snow.  I think at our house we have 14 inches of snow on the ground, that does not include the drifts.

So, this is how the story begins.  I had to go into work on Tuesday.  It started out just like any other Tuesday, until the snow arrived.  Being so lucky that my office has HUGE windows in the clinic area, I got to watch as the snow started to collect and pile up on the parking lot.  Patients still came in, strangely enough, and we decided to work through our lunch and leave with our last patient at 2:45.  Well, by the time 3:00 rolled around the roads were in a horrible condition, and because of the wind, visability was nearly nothing.  (PS I also had on scrubs.  Which, in a normal situation is awesome, when it is freezing outside, I may as well have been wearing nothing.)

What usually takes me 10 minutes to get home, turned into a different story.  I ended up getting stuck on an outer road, that I have never in my life been on.  After panicing and screaming, and cussing, I called the husband and he said in the calmest voice he could, "I will be there when I can, but I'm in Overland Park, Katty." (That is in Kansas, people, at least a 45 minute drive on a good day). So I knew I was in for a long, long wait.  After I realized this, my stomach started to grumble.  Oh, yeah, I didn't get time to eat lunch, and since I am such a genius, I didn't eat breakfast either.  Well all I had was a pack of gum, which I chewed the whole pack except for three pieces, and a Coke Zero.

I waited for one hour, then decided to pop open the Coke.  Yeah, that didn't go over very well, because the stupid can flew out of my hands, onto the floorboard, and sprayed out everywhere, except in my mouth. GEEEEZZZZ Snow! Give me a freaking break!

Finally tim & co (his friend Mark and our neighbor Richard) arrived and whisked me away to safety. I ended up having to wait almost 3 hours in my snow cocoon.  I had to leave my car. My new car.  Abandoned in a neighborhood I did not know.  So, with no other choice, I rode home with Richard, only to realize Tim had my house keys.  After falling three times, losing my favorite earrings, and filling my purse with snow, I got inside only to hear the ringing of our house alarm.  This is the point that I knew Tuesday February 1st was sucking more than I could imagine.

I guess the positives were: 1. I didn't die.  2. I didn't have to sleep in my car.  3.  I wasn't in Chicago having to stay in a "warming van".  So all in all I learned, don't go into neighborhoods you have never been in trying to find a "flat" way home when you are in a blizzard.

Lesson learned.

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Outta this world....

 Just a little preview of something that is to come in the next few weeks...