Friday, March 30, 2012

High Five Friday!

High Five for Friday linkup with Lauren!

Here are my 5 favorite things from this week...

YES!!! I'm so excited!

This bracelet from target for $4! Score!

Got this sweatshirt from gap for 30% off- so comfy!

Had ladies night with 2 of my girl friends, and this lovely lady!

I got spray tanned! Pale on the left, tan on the right! I love love love it! I feel so much healthier and the lovely lady who does it is super fun and nice!

Have a wonderful weekend, and remember, it's the little things!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012


How fun...I've been tagged! The adorable Beverly from lalalovelearnandlaugh, who happens to be one of my stylish sponsors this month, tagged me in this fun Q&A activity.

Not only do I get share these answers with you, but I really love this chance to ask YOU guys some questions! Here we go!

The rules:
* Post these rules
* Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you
* Create 11 questions of your own to ask the people that you're about to tag
* Tag 11 people and link them with your post (and let them know they've been tagged!)

1.  What high school did you graduate from?
Carondelet High School in the Bay Area... it's an all girls Catholic High School, with the boys school, De La Salle across the street. It was an experience!
2.  What's the most exciting post you have done to date?
The post I had the most fun doing was my "going green" outfit post. Check it out here. Everything was just right for me, the hair, the makeup, the outfit.
3.  Who is your blog-bestie?
I have to say it's a tie between my girl Beverly who I've gotten to know really well recently, and  Brielle who I've been getting to know since I started blogging! Both fantastic ladies.
4.  What would you do for the rest of your life (if money wasn't an issue)?
Wow... I would do 2 things, the first is I would give free interior design services because I believe everyone should love where they live. I would also LOVE to work at an Animal Rescue/Shelter. I hold a very special place in my heart for animals.
5.  Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
It's not so hidden, but I'm a painter and am pretty good at it! :)

6.  Do you have any dogs? If so, POST a pic!
Sadly no, but here are a few of my pet friends! (friend and family dogs!)

7.  What's the first blog you started reading (like daily)?
The Small ThingsGirl Meets Glam, and Running on Happiness All found through Pinterest a year-ish ago!
8. Who's your celebrity crush?
Ryan Reynolds!

9.  What show MUST you watch (or else your week falls apart)?
Wow, there are too many to list. I get bummed out if I miss HIMYM or Parks and Rec. 
10.  Do you have any brothers and/or sisters?
Yep, 1 older sister, and 1 family friend who I call "brother" because he basically is.

(oh, my many hairstyles!)
11.  What inspires you? 

Usually happiness inspires me... If I'm happy, I'm usually really creative!

Now for the gals I'm tagging...

Lauren @ tippee canoe
Elizabeth @ fearless and frugal
 Laura @ flannel & cashmere
 Jessica @ lovely little things

Here are my questions for you! If you wish not to post this on your blog, let me know the answers anyway so I can get to know you all better! Thanks! :)

1. What made you start your blog?
2. Where did you grow up?
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
4. If you have one, what is your day job?
5. What female celebrity do you idolize most for their style?
6. How would you categorize your personal style?
7. Who is your current Blog Best Friend?
8. Be honest, do you make your bed everyday?
9. What is one thing your blog followers would be surprised to learn about you?
10. Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes?
11. What life event have you learn the most from?

Also, there are still open spots for Sponsor Swapping for the month of April... hit me up if you're interested! :)
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Oh! How Pinteresting!

Another week of pins... another Wednesday linkup with The Vintage Apple for Oh! How Pinteresting!

I was in a very Pink mood this week, so here are some of my favorite pink themed pins!

 How fun would it be to have a pink umbrella!? It would definitely brighten up a gloomy day.

 I'd love to live here! 

 Could I pull off pink jeans?

 I have to try this at the next part I throw. Too cute!

 Someday when I have calling cards, I would love for them to have neon pink edges. So fun!


 Sweet little balcony. I could get very comfy here.

I have a very similar color on my toes right now, and it's super fun. Great with a tan!

Happy Pinning!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Dressing Room Adventures

I love shopping... I love shopping even more when I have a gift card! (Free money like what!) This weekend I took a trip to my local Anthropologie with nearly $100 to spend. I've gone in a few times since having the gift card with no luck. So this time I decided to try on anything I remotely liked. Dangerous. I took pictures, because sometimes that is the only way I can really judge how something looks on me...


I love this striped shirt. It is oversized and has asymmetrical gathering on one side. 
This came home with me!


This one makes me laugh! I was SURE prior to trying this shirt on that I would buy it. And then I put it on. Ha! Not cute. Proof that sometimes you really do have to try something on to know!


Also a little funny. This shirt was a good idea in theory... I just felt like I had a tail. The color was great, as was the fabric. Maybe that's why it was on sale?! :) This did not come home with me!


THIS DRESS. I am so in love. It is so classic, and such a fun color. I wasn't sure about it before I tried it on, and then I just fell in love. It fits perfectly and can be worn in so many ways! 
This came home with me! :)


I liked this sweater. It fit cute, the fabric was light and flow-y. Unfortunately it was $78 which seemed pricey for what it was. I'm going to watch like a hawk for it to go on sale because the more I look at this pic, the more I wish I could have purchased it!

And for good measure, here is a pic of what I wore shopping- it was a cold, rainy and miserable day so I didn't feel it necessary to put on real clothes! :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

For shopping info, go to
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March/April Sponsor 2

Happy Monday to you! If you're like me, and you don't love (ok, you hate) Mondays, here is someone that will cheer your Monday up! 
I'd like you to meet my second March/April sponsor, Lauren. (or Lo, as her friends call her!) She blogs over at Tippee Canoe and is totally adorable! She's honest, funny, and has great style! Check her out!

Hey Y'all, I'm Lauren! Friends call me Lo! I'm a 20-something, born and raised in a small town in Southern Alberta, Canada. Where the wind blows fiercely, and the snow falls in truck loads, but when its beautiful it sure is BEAUTIFUL!
I first started my blog last year as a way to keep my family and friends as close as possible while I was busy moving here there and everywhere. But along the way I haven fallen in love with it and it is starting to grow! After moving a lot in the last year (places include Hawaii and Idaho) I am currently back in good ol' Canada, doing my day job of cleaning and fixing teeth, and trying
to find ways to keep myself excited about life! 
I am a lover of all things spontaneous, creative, yummy and wonderful!
I love to dance, travel, bake, take pictures, sing, play the guitar, paint and most importantly laugh!
Because that's what life is all about!
Over the last couple of years, I have really learned to embrace life and go for my dreams. And if I fall flat on my face, to just get up, keep on going and make it work! Life is for living and not just enduring!
TIPPEE CANOE, is a glance into the things I love, my life, and where it takes me.
 A little here,and a little there, and whatever happens along the way!

So come on over and stay a while, I won't mind!


So do me a favor... check her out, follow her blog tippee canoe and tell her I sent you!

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Life Through Instagram, Part 2

A while back I posted 5 instagram collages here, in "My life through Instagram, part 1." I wanted to share pictures I have taken over the last year+ with instagram. It might be my favorite app! I love editing my pictures, sharing them with my friends, and seeing theirs. Here are 5 collages more of my instagram pics in "Part 2." More to come!

This was our trip to our local pumpkin patch in October. We went with my family. That's my guy being silly (as usual) and my nephew not loving that I'm trying to make him sit on a big pumpkin!

 That's my guy helping me with my branch project. Here's the d.i.y.  Gorgeous leaves outside my patio in the fall. The view from the patio of the store I work at as the sun was rising. The beach in Cayucos, CA- One of my favorite places in the world. I recommend visiting.

 Our trip to Tahoe for thanksgiving, check out that beard! My striped bed! (my favorite place in the world) My little nugget nephew all bundled up! Easy super festive christmas decor... spray painted pinecones, bright glittery ornaments, glass bowl and lights! Done!

My "name" necklace that I've had since I was 8 or 9 years old. It's hard to find "kara with a K" so I held on to it! I still wear it all the time! The view from the back porch in Tahoe. Fun nails, super bright pink with a grey statement nail. My jeans! I have to wear jeans for work so I've built up quite a collection.

My Guy and me at the office christmas party. Our reflection in an ornament! My favorite shoes. My curtains in my room- I love love love them. They are sheer linen with a gorgeous subtle pattern. Fave!

More to come in Part 3!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

High Five Friday

Another week come and gone! Linking up with Lauren at from my grey desk blog for this week's High Five For Friday.

Here are my 5 favorite things from the week...

Another one of my displays... but this one was especially fun. I used pallets to display hanging planters- I had a major pinterest moment here! I mean, I would have NEVER thought to use a pallet in a display without the never ending pictures/ideas for reusing pallets. Ha! I love how it turned out, but man it was a lot of work! Creativity is such a perk of my job!

Taking this photo... it's "a corner of my home." It's nice to find and appreciate little nooks of my home that are so "me." I highly recommend it. All it takes is a smidge of a different perspective. :)

New glasses. I got these for my guy, and it turns out he already has some! So I kept 2 of them- I love that they are mason jars and that the brand's logo is a dog. Such a fun addition!

Finally got around to finishing this frame project for my future niece's room! Cute girly fabric in white frames. Love it.


My first sponsor Beverly! It is so fun getting to know bloggers and I totally dig her! You will too! Remember to ch-ch-check her out... Click her button on my sidebar. Do it! :) 
Happy Friday!

Remember, it's the little things!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

March/April Sponsor!

I'd like you to meet the lovely Beverly from la la love learn and laugh. Her blog is one of my absolute favorites and I've loved getting to know her... this lady is sassy, funny, stylish and all around fun! 

 Hey! My name is Beverly, and I'm a 20- something year old
gal who is a newborn to the blogging world! I am a native to Southern
California... where the sun shines, the smog is thick, the traffic is
bumper to bumper, and where you can be in the mountains, beach, forest
(ok... Rainforest Cafe), and desert in ONE day!! I "temporarily" live
in Oregon, going on for 3 years this July (I know... not so much
temporary, but I still tell myself that to get through each day). I
love pink, high heels, and Lauren Conrad!! At this point in my life,
I'm learning to let go, and accept the present for the here and now!
la la Love, Learn, and Laugh is a lifestyle blog consisting of graduate
school, work, family, and a glance of my limited play time (which
covers DIY's, Pinning and some!). I'd love to have you over and
explore the bloggy blog world together!

Please check out her blog, follow la la love learn and laugh, and tell her I sent ya!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oh! How Pinteresting!

Here are my favorite pins from the past week... hope you are all having a wonderful week!
I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple for "Oh, How Pinteresting!"

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I feel a d.i.y project coming on. Great way to modernize any basket quickly!

I absolutely love her outfit. Neutrals, mint green, wedges...hello!

Okay, I might have a thing for basket d.i.y.'s at the moment. How cute is this!?

I have Lauren Conrad hair envy. I'm so close!

I must make these. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my cereal weakness so it only makes sense that I would have to try the cupcake version.

I love the simplicity and color of this dress. Might have to get it for summer wedding season. It's reasonably priced too! 

This necklace is adorable, and only $18. Would look great with the dress!

Happy Pinning!

And remember, consider Sponsor Swapping for the month of April! See yesterday's post for info! :)

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