Monday, August 18, 2014

A Tour Through Blogland...

Well good morning, friends!

I hope you had an exceptional weekend! Today I want you to hop on in the vehicle, make sure your seatbelt is fastened, and prepare for one fun Tour Through Blogland!

The coolest thing about blogging I have found is making so many fun e-friends that turn into real friends that inspire you, grow you, and tell you when whatever you're posting is absolutely wack. I've made some amazing blog friends, and today I want to tell you a little bit about my blog if you're new around here, and introduce you to some fantastic reads that you will absolutely love!

First, I have to thank Rachel, at Like a Saturday for inviting me to take part in this fun tour. Rachel is INCREDIBLE! Her home is just gorgeous, and she and her husband have been on a mission to make it fancy (from LA to Tokyo) on a budget...and you will be stunned at the results! I mean take a look with me:

This Barstool in her Guest Room is ADORABLE!

Bar Stool Turned Side Table

and those bright colors? Swoon!

and let's talk about how she made this plastic deer into a Gorgeous Faux Taxidermy

DIY Miniature Faux Taxidermy - This craft is so easy! It's a fun way to add a little bit of quirk and personality to your home. Perfect for Christmas!

She just kills me with her adorable craftiness :) If you want to be crafty and adorable like, Rachel...I suggest you go check out her blog immediately! (well, after reading this post  of course ;)

So what about me!

This is the part you might want to skip over if you're a long time reader, or if you're my Grandma and already know all of this...(Hey, Grandma! I know you read every day...i'm talking to you!)

1) What am I working on?

Hey! Great question! We're currently working on redecorating our Master Bedroom but i've been awful at it! We were supposed to paint last weekend, but I woke up and decided the color was just fine as is, and went shopping instead...oops. ;) I have a ton planned for the room, and I have certainly gathered my inspiration...now I just need to commit to a weekend of DIY!

2) How does my blog differ from those in it's genre?

I have to be honest with you guys, my blog has no genre. I guess you could call it a "lifestyle blog" as it's everything I love in my life thrown into one pretty pink website, but really, it's all the things that might be interesting to other 20 somethings like myself. I embarrass myself in front of the camera, love to rock a hair tutorial and I also mix in personal stuff, like the best day of my entire life, so if you stick around with me, you'll never know what you might get day to day :)


3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I just love this little blogging happy place! You can read a novel on my blog and why I do it here, but the truth is, even if only one person were reading this humble slice of internet pie, it would be worth it to me. I love to see myself improve and learn new, cool, techy things, and go back and read posts from a year ago. It's one big old chronicle of the things I love, and that's why I do it! Also, i'm super duper cheap. I don't like to pay full price for anything which is why I create the DIY projects you can find here on the daily.



4. How does your writing/ creating process work?
To be honest with you, my creative process is all over the place. I have a blog calendar in which I schedule out my posts for the month, however it is super fluid and changes on the daily. I have a full time job I work at 40 + hours a week, so a lot of times i'm squeezing things in between that schedule. When i'm creating a project, I generally think to myself "would anyone else find this useful" and if the answer is yes, I half-ass photograph it and try to type some funny tutorial on creating it. I really believe that wisdom is learning from others mistakes as well as your own, so you're welcome for all the wisdom i'm bestowing upon you! (That was a joke...)



Okay! Enough about me! (Grandma, you can start reading again!)

I have the great honor to share with you 3 blogs that I promise you will absolutely love!

I am crazy obsessed with my girl Kayla over at a Darling Dream. This chick has style like you wouldn't believe! I've asked her on multiple occasions if I can have a sleepover in her closet. Or if she can give me her hand-me-downs #imgonnapopsometags. She is absolutely stunning and I gather so much fashion inspiration from her on a daily basis!


Next is one of my most favorite DIYers Andrea from Life, Love, Larson. Andrea is so incredibly talented, and if you're ready to drool, go check out her stunning home! She is such a fun mama and I love to read about all the cool things she does with her family on the regular. Oh, did I mention she is gorgeous too?! Hurry, Hurry and go check her out!




And I have to introduce you to Kristin from Hello Lovely. Kristin writes so beautifully, and is just getting started in the blogging world! Make sure you stop by and make her feel super welcome, she is a peach!



If you made it to the end of this very long-winded post, congratulations! I hope you can gather some awesome inspiration from these lovely ladies.

If you're new around here WELCOME! I'm so happy to have you at my happy place.

Any blogs that you absolutely can't live without? I'd love to hear about them! My Bloglovin' Feed can never be full enough!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie


Friday, August 15, 2014

Get Ready with me! Weekend Style :)

Happy Friday, friends!

I hope you have the most amazing weekend planned! We're going to paint our bedroom (FINALLY) and I can't wait! I promise to have lots of insta updates along the weekend so make sure you follow along @absolutelyarkansas .

This is totally my go-to look for weekends! Less than 20 minutes to up and moving!  What is your go to outfit on the weekend? What about hairstyle? I like to keep it EASY! Enjoy!




Happy Friday!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wedding back up: when your plans don't go as planned!

Morning, Readers!

So there is something I never talked a bunch about on the blog, and today, i'm breaking the silence. Our wedding week. dun.dun.duuuuuuuuuun.

Okay just joking. That is not a dramatic subject. It was really an excellent week, but there are certainly some things you should know and plan for. Especially when it comes to the biggest day of your entire life. 

For starters, you will be crazy. You and your husband to be might not be feeling overly loving that week. I know we weren't. I actually said on multiple occasions, "this week just doesn't feel how I thought it would! I'm not emotional at all...is this how it's supposed to be?!" Don't worry my friends, the emotions will catch up with you. Just try to laugh off your crazy and remember the fun that is to come on the weekend. (and if you don't laugh off the crazy...he might run for the hills before the wedding gets here...so remember this one)



You will need help. This is obvious, but there is a giant chance it's even more help than you anticipated. We recruited Jake's handsome little brother who was home from college to help us unload, and both he and Jake were DRIPPING in sweat! You need to save room in your wedding budget to take these kind people who help you to lunch. Or at least buy them some booze.


All your decor might not fit inside your vehicle. Our venue was 1.5 hours away from our family's home in San Diego. So that meant we were definitely going to try to make it in one trip. Problem was, all our shit, DID NOT FIT. So Josh (handsome brother in law) sat on top of boxes, had boxes in his lap, and propped his feet up on boxes the entire 1.5 hour drive. On second thought, maybe you should make room for booze and lunch. I recommend renting a van. Or at least asking the creepy drug dealer down the way if you can borrow his...


The Tux might not fit. This is a big one, y'all. HEAR MY WORDS...DO NOT wait until the day before your wedding to have your fella try on his tux. This was my original plan, we were going to wait until the day before and then head up to the venue for our rehearsal. Wrong! So wrong. Jake ended up asking if we could go 2 days before "just to be safe" and thank god we did because he was SWIMMING in his original jacket. It was a full day before we had the new one and we would have been SOL if we would have waited.


For heavens sake, go out for a drink. You will need it. We stopped by one of our favorite breweries back home for some beers with the family, and it was so what we needed to blow off steam before the big day.


DO NOT pick a brand new nail salon for your wedding nails. That is a bad plan. I picked this one because they had cocktails in their name, and if there is one thing that goes along with a mani/pedi it's cocktails. Worst.experience.ever. It was 260 degrees in there, and they had no air conditioning, and it was AN HOUR past our appointment before they had us in the chairs. She left the callous remover on my feet too long so the entire honeymoon my feet were peeling (gross) and she also forgot to give me a massage. SHE FORGOT MY MASSAGE PEOPLE. #firstworld But really, go somewhere you've been before. It will be a much better experience.



Have a backup in case you're not as pinteresty as you thought you were. We made all our floral arrangements by hand, and they looked amazing. But I had a florist on speed dial in case this didn't work out. It was one of my biggest stressers that week worrying if our flowers would turn out cute, so I just recommend having someone that knows what they're doing on call in case your plan doesn't work out.


This is a big one. HAVE A REHEARSAL! This is just a duh statement. Don't show up on your wedding day without one. Also, INSIST that you practice every last thing you're unsure about. We didn't practice the timing on our "walk down the aisle" song, and I ended up coming in at the completely wrong moment on the day of. No one noticed but us, and trust me, it was the last thing either of us were thinking of once those doors opened, but we do wish we would have practiced it at the rehearsal.


Don't stress if everyone can't make it to your wedding. Things come up, and it might kill you a little bit that someone RSVP'd yes, and then didn't show up, or someone had a sick kid and couldn't make it, but really, your day will go on! You can always enlist the help of a company like Dropcam to live stream your wedding, so that those who are out of town or can't make it can still be a part of the magic.


Above all, savor every single moment. Laugh when your husband says the vows wrong, cry when your sister makes the most beautiful toast you've ever heard, and die of embarrassment when your dad talks about that time you pooped your pants on a camping trip. (yes, that.happened.) Everyone will tell you that the day is here and gone before you know it, and I can't say enough how true this is. We sat back and just watched the party, we took a moment to let it all soak in, and it still zipped on by. Remember that at the end of the day, all that matters is you're having the best day of your life, because you get to be married to your best friend, and it doesn't get better than that.



Until Next Time,
xo Kylie


Dropcam asked me to let you guys in on their awesome service. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. Especially the one about savoring the day!

Friday, August 8, 2014

What I wore this week

Happy Friday, ya'll!

I hope you're strapped in for some fuzzy iphone selfies cause my work outfits are comin' at ya! Remember a few weeks ago when I told you i'm the worst selfie taker of all time? That statement still stands. I have a plan to buy a super awesome mirror during our master bedroom redo so hopefully I can up my selfie game along with that. :)  Okay here we go.

Monday:


Shirt: Old Navy/Skirt: F21 (old) //  Necklace: Macy's (old) // Earrings (OBSESSED!) Charlotte Russe


Tuesday:




Top: F21 // Skirt (tweed & awesome): TJ Maxx // Earrings: (also obsessed) Charlotte Russe (i'm so obsessed with CR cheap jewelry)

Wednesday:




Crop Pants: Gap // Belt: Old...F21 maybe? // Top: Also old...I think I got it at Ross // Bracelets: Charlotte Russe (FIVE dollars yes please) Also, my ridiculously cute beagle loves to bomb every photo.

Friday (forgot to selfie on Thursday)


Pink skinnies: F21 (20 bucks I think!) // Top: Target (converse brand) // Blazer: I can't remember the brand to save my life, but I got it on an excellent sale at Dillards.

And there you have it. Most of my outfits from this week! I believe in spending a little bit more on things like shoes (never pictured because my mirror doesn't go down that far...HA!) and staples like blazers and dress pants, but when it comes to blouses and jewelry I say bring on the cheap, baby!

What are some thing's you'll splurge VS save on?

Have an awesome weekend, gals!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gift Givin' & Lady Crates

Happy Wednesday, readers!

I completely woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, and i'm already wishing I could just fast forward through the day and start over tomorrow. Plus Thursdays are even closer to Fridays.

Anyways, for me, the best way to get out of a funk is to start planning something fun, and try as I might, i'm already looking towards the "ER's" which means...i'm counting down till Christmas, ya'll.

Which leads me to ManCrates. Pretty much the coolest man-gift i've ever seen. P.S no one is even paying me to say this, I think they're really, really cool! Take for example,


The Zombie Annihilation Crate. Seriously, I can't even. Each crate is delievered with a custom crow bar to bust it open. This seriously smells like beer and sweat it's so manly.

As I was browsing through the hilariously awesome ManCrates, I started to feel a little jipped like, hey now! I'd like a LadyCrate please!

I'm all for a personalized crowbar to break open a super fun box of lady goodies that make me all giddy inside.  So I present to you, the top 5 things I couldn't live without if someone sent me a super-awesome LadyCrate. Also, if LadyCrates existed. Maybe it should have a different name? I digress...

                                           
White Cheddar Popcorn. I eat this stuff by the handful. It's so delicious! and Popcorn is totally considered a healthy snack in my book.

                               

SuperGoop CC Cream is my MUST HAVE for always. I love it for the sun protection it provides in the summer, and how it nourishes my crazy dry skin in the winter. Seriously, I can't live without. If Zombies attacked, i'd still like to look fresh and sunburn-free so I think that makes Supergoop a necessity.

                   
On the topic of lookin' fresh, Vaseline Lip Therapy is to die for. It's so freaking cheap, tints your lips a pretty soft pink, and is the most moisturizing lip balm i've ever used.

                             

LaCroix Sparkling Water this shiz is the bomb.com. It takes some getting used to, especially if you're sugar addicted like myself, but sometimes you just need the bubbles. And did I mention, this goes greaat with some vodka and limes? ;)

                     54mm Animal Print Cat Eye Sunglasses
and last but not least, some cute Cat Eye Sunnies. I don't want premature wrinkles, and after a night of LaCroix and Vodka with the girls, sunglasses are always in style.

Basically this is a fool proof girl-kit to surviving anything. What would you add? Anything you absolutely could not live without? I'd love to hear it!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

pssst...ManCrates asked me to design a post around what my top survival items were...I was not compensated in anyway to talk about how awesome they are. All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Master Bedroom Inspiration


Happy Monday, readers!

I hope your day is off to a fantastic start.

Operation "complete our master bedroom" is in full effect in our house, and I seriously could not be more excited! The place is drab to say the least. Oh, you don't believe me? Let me share with you some quick iphone snaps I captured last night:




Nope. I didn't even clean up for the internet. ;) This room has not been touched since we moved in 18 months ago. Wait, I take that back...we did rearrange the room once, and I added my Makeup Station, but other than that...it's so blah. 
I don't know why we always put this room on the back burner. Your master bedroom should be a retreat that makes you feel relaxed, happy, and at home...and ours is anything but. I present to you...the master 
bedroom inspiration board:




First things first, we NEED a new bed. Jake just transitioned to working the same schedule as myself (for the 1st time in 2 years!) and our $250.00 queen I bought fresh out of high school is not cutting it for both of us and the beagle. I think this might be imperative for a strong marriage...not even being dramatic. :)

I want to update our headboard, and get some fun nightstands, like the ones above. I love fun, "manly" things for Jake's nightstand, like that Chrome alarm clock, and of course, fresh flowers (or fake...shh don't tell) for my nightstand will feel particularly "spa like!"

We're currently saving to put gorgeous hardwood floors in our living room, hallway, and master bedroom, so once we have those in, a faux sheepskin rug will be just what I need on my piggies in the winter time. 



I'm crazy obsessed with the soft gray Censational Girl used in her master bedroom. I've also already purchased the Poetical Bedding from Bed Bath & Beyond, and I can't wait to use it once we upgrade our mattress!


I absolutely love the subtle accent wall in the above two pictures. I think when we repaint, it will add so much pretty interest to the room spicing up one wall.



Do you remember, ions ago, when Jake and I made our DIY Tufted Headboard? Well it's held up great, but I really want to change the shape, like the above picture. It would totally make it a little more interesting and the brass accents are gorgeous. 


So that's where we're I am at in gathering inspiration for our room. We officially starting working through it this last weekend, so hopefully it will start coming together enough to share on the blog soon.

Any tips for our space? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Until Next Time,

xo Kylie

Friday, August 1, 2014

Look for Less Link Party FEATURES!

Morning, ladies!

Please keep all hands and feet in the coaster at all times, cause we're about to go on one wild DIY ride!

Seriously, did you see all the goodies at our Look for Less last week?! DROOL! Not only did my beautiful bloggy friends create some amazing pieces of "do it yourself" but YOU GUYS linked up the most amazing inspiration! I seriously have a laundry list of projects I have to attempt now. If you remember...there was a little somethin' somethin' in it for the winner of the Look for Less challenge...


and i'm so excited to announce that Ursula over at Carmona Home won us over with her GORGEOUS Lulu and Georgia DIY Rugs! Just look at these beauties...

 

Drool! Thanks so much for linking up everyone!

But wait...I have to show you some of my other FAVORITES from the challenge. You know, to get your creative juices flowing for the weekend :)

This FREE reclaimed wood Island thanks to Kruse's Workshop


This super cute DIY ottoman thanks to Style Files

DIY Ottoman Instructions- The Style Files Blog at www.the-style-files.com

Oh and I couldn't forget this beautiful metallic accent table via Dandelion Patina

diy accent table

Those handles?! swoon!


Thank you everyone for participating. I can't wait for the next challenge! I hope you feel inspired to get your hands dirty and make something awesome! And when you do, make sure you bring it on over to link up!

Have an awesome weekend!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie