Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

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1. My new May Designs weekly planner from Maude. It's so perfect for jotting down things that come to mind throughout the day. I keep it with me at all times and am always writing down to-do's for the coming days. Since it's an agenda that you have to fill in the dates, I still keep all my far-out appointments in my phone (with an alarm because I can't remember ANYTHING). Helps me to have both ways of staying organized. I find actually writing something down helps me to remember to actually do it. I need all the help I can get...in a really bad way.

2. HARRY IN GLASSES. Isn't he just the cutest? We took him to the doctor a couple of months ago to be told that there was nothing wrong with his eye sight, but I just couldn't let it go. With him being my second, I just knew something was not right. I could tell he was having trouble seeing and I knew that his right eye was week as it crosses in when he's trying to focus and/or sick/tired, so I took him for a second opinion on Monday and am so glad I did. He has amblyopia (read about it [here] if you want) and is also farsighted and has astigmatism. I've never worn glasses so this is foreign to me but is now our new normal. He's had his lenses 2 days and is doing awesome with them. WAY better than I expected him to. He also has to wear a patch and weekly drops so yea, that should be fun. I'm going to start that after Disney World.

3. This sassy girl. How in the world is she turning FIVE next week?! It's not possible. Really it's not. What I can't get over the most about her is HER. She really is the coolest almost 5-year old I know.

4. THE WEATHER THIS WEEK. Goodness. We had 3 gorgeous days in a row. It's been amazing weather for January!!

5. Gimme. I've been wanting a backpack for some time now and I think I'm going to have to go ahead and get this one from Target. At only $40 it doesn't feel like a huge splurge on such a trendy piece. And, it will be perfect for Disney World! Any excuse to get it right?

6. Selfies with my new Rifle Paper Co. phone cover from Maude. LOVE IT. I am so hard on my phone and this phone case is keeping it nice and safe :)

HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS :) I am so glad it's the weekend! Tomorrow we are having a small cake party for Elle and she is pumped. We've been talking about it for weeks!

PS...Remember to use HELLOHIGH at shopmaude.com to get 10% off any purchase!

xo,
KB

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What I Wore {Denim, Always Denim}

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I asked Aaron if it was okay to wear leather to church and his response was "if you have to ask then probably not" but I wore it anyway. Styled casually, I believe leather can be worn just about anywhere! I recently got these paneled leggings from Forever 21 and love them. They were cheap but are holding up nicely to my wear and tear, not to mention they are super comfortable. You know I'm all about that comfort. If I can't move in it, I won't wear it :)

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It was super windy and chilly on Sunday. We snapped these pictures in about 2 minutes so I had to work with what we got and not be too picky....sorry for the blur and crazy wind blown hair.

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Denim (acid wash denim...yes!), army green, and black is such a great combination. This exact outfit could be dressed down with regular leggings or dark denim skinnies and sneakers. I have a feeling I'll be wearing this tunic a lot over the next few months. It will be a great transitional piece going into SPRING! Speaking of spring, the weather this week has been AMAZING. We have spent a lot of time outside, it has me really looking forward to warm-weather months. Have I mentioned my distaste for winter lately? I shiver when I look at these pictures.

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top Acid Wash Denim Tunic c/o Maude [here] | jacket Mossimo Supply Co. anorak [similar] [similar] [similar] | leggings Forever 21 leather panel leggings [similar] [similar] | booties Splendid Roland Bootie [here]

Use HELLOHIGH code at shopmaude.com for 10% off any purchase AND they are offering free shipping right now :)

xo, 
KB

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Scrappy Bow Bunting Tutorial

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I make a lot of these bows for onesie dresses and thought how cute they would be as a bunting. I had been wanting to add something to hang above Elle's bed for some time and was planning on making a tissue paper tassel garland but then decided to give the bow bunting a try. Love how it turned out. I'm even thinking about selling them in the Hello High Handmades etsy shop.

Here's a short little how-to on how I made it. I'm not too great at explaining things in detail but I'll try my best :)....

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Collect your fabric. I used all scrap fabric that I had leftover from other projects. The width of the finished bow is 6.5" so you can determine the width of your bunting based off that measurement. My bunting has 9 bows so its about 59" long.

Once you have all your fabric collected, its time to cut the fabric. You'll cut out 2 pieces per bow: a 14.5" x 4.5" for the bow and a 4" x 2.5" for the center piece. I use my cutting mat and rotary blade to cut fabric but you could definitely use scissors just as easily.

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Now you'll assemble your main bow piece:
1. Fold your big rectangle in half and lightly press with an iron to create a center fold line.
2. Fold over one short end 1/2" and press.
3. Right sides together, bring the folded end into the center and match the raw edge up with the fold line. Then bring the unfolded end in and cover the raw edge of the folded end.
4. You can either pin in place, press or both. I never pin these bows, I find it an unnecessary step.

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Next, you'll run a straight stitch along both raw edges and clip all the corners. You've created a little pocket in the middle. Pull your fabric inside out using that little pocket and be sure to poke out your corners. I use the end of one of Elle's small paint brushes to help poke them out :)


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This one is kind of hard to explain....

To create your center piece:
1. Fold one long end over 1/4" and press. Fold the other long end over 1/2" and press.
2. Take the 1/4" fold and over lap the 1/2" fold making about a 1-1 1/4" band. Press.
3. Once folded and pressed take one of the short ends and fold over 1/2" and press.


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Fold the bow accordion style with the side seams and open pocket side to the back. Then, wrap the band around the center of the bow, putting the folded end on the top. Make sure your closure is at the back of the bow and then hand stitch it close. This doesn't have to be any where near perfect as its the back of the bunting and will never be seen.

I didn't take a picture of the next step because I forgot. Go figure. I actually didn't even realize I forgot to take the picture until I was editing.

But you'll lay out the bow pieces in order making sure that they're all facing the right direction and then you'll hand stitch the corners of the bow together.

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You can see above where they are stitched together in the upper corners.

If you have a basic knowledge of sewing, this is a very easy sew. It's super easy for any beginner who knows how to operate a machine. PLEASE leave me a comment or email me (hellohighblog at gmail) if you have any questions and I will try to help! Like I said, I don't excel in explaining...even in person...but I hope I did a good enough job for you to be able to make this bunting :)

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xo,
KB

Monday, January 26, 2015

Firecracker Shrimp Tacos + French Dip Sandwiches {What We Ate}

Good morning friends! How is it already Monday? Last weekend flew by! We had a pretty lazy weekend and I got absolutely nothing on my to-do list checked off. I guess it really wasn't that important anyway.

I tried a couple new recipes last week, one we loved one we could live with out. I also made the No-Fuss Potato Soup (posted recipe [here] a couple of weeks ago) and took it over to our friends' house for dinner one night.

MEAL ONE:

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Firecracker Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa
recipe [here]

These were DELICIOUS and we will definitely have them again and again and again. And what is most appealing about these is the quickness of preparing them. With Harry being 21 months old, its a little hard for me to prepare dinner when he's awake because I literally cannot take my eyes off of him for 2 seconds. He makes the biggest messes in the shortest amount of time and he's a climber. So if he's not making a mess he's trying to break a bone. Lately I've been prepping meals during Harry's naps if I can and then cooking them once Aaron gets home from work. I love that this meal can be prepped and cooked in about 15-20 minutes time so I can just do it all when Aaron gets home from work.

MEAL TWO:

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Slow-Cooker French Dip Sandwiches with Carmalized Onions
recipe [here]

I love SkinnyTaste and have, until now, LOVED everything I have ever made from her blog. These sandwiches weren't gross or anything. The caramelized onions definitely saved them for me but, the meat was a little dry, which in all actuality had nothing to do with her recipe as it did with my crockpot. So yea, the sandwiches weren't horrible and I might actually make them again just not cook them as long. Her recipe suggests 9-12 hours on low and I had the roast in my crockpot for about 7 hours, so maybe next time only about 6 hours.

Let's talk about the Kale salad. I got it at Sam's Club for $2.98. It is called Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad by Eat Smart. Go to their website [here] and you can find where it's sold in your area. It has 7 super foods: kale, broccoli, chicory, cabbage, brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Also includes a delicious poppyseed dressing. No artificial flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup and so yummy. Neither one of my kids liked it of course but Aaron and I both loved it and for THREE DOLLARS you can't make a salad with that many different greens in it for that price!

Our Disney trip is coming up (yayayayay!!!!!!), so that's what I'm dedicating this week to: cleaning house and packing. Every time we take a trip, I go into this weird obsessive-cleaning mood before we leave. I love coming home from vacation to a super clean house! So since I will be obsessing over cleaning I won't be cooking much this week. Instead we will eat a couple of the meals I've frozen and have sandwiches. I'm going to go easy on myself this week so I can focus on getting organized for our trip.

Happy Monday!!

xo,
KB

Saturday, January 24, 2015

What I Wore {Everyday Style}

We'll call this the boring black and gray edition. I really need to branch out a little bit and wear. more. color. You'd think I was depressed or something!

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dress Old Navy sold out [similar] [similar] [similar] | cardigan BCBG generation from Maude sold out [here] | booties Latigo lace-up hidden wedge bootie [here] | necklace Maude sold out [similar]

S U N D A Y funday! The softest cardigan paired with the cutest kids ever make for a happy day! Our church is super casual but I feel weird not stepping it up and putting forth the extra effort for church. Plus it's just fun getting myself and the kids dressed up on Sundays. Can we talk about Harry's outfit for a second? The jeans and cardigan he's wearing are size 9-12 months from H&M. I bought them for him when he was still in my belly and he can wear them a couple of years later! He's such a tiny little man.


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top Striped Lace Tee [here] | denim DL Amanda in Moscow [here] | booties Latigo lace-up hidden wedge bootie [here] | necklace Textured Metal Bar Necklace from Maude [here] | Hello Hello Rifle Paper Co iPhone 5 case from Maude [here]

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cardigan Everly cardigan from Maude sold out [similar] [similar] | denim Mossimo high-waist [similar] | booties Latigo lace-up hidden wedge bootie [here]

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top Shark Bite Hem Pocket Tee from Maude sold out [similar] [similar] [similar] | denim Mossimo high-waist in black [similar]  | necklace Textured Metal Bar Necklace from Maude [here] | booties Latigo lace-up hidden wedge bootie [here]

Well, there ya have it. I am obsessed with black and gray and lace-up booties. I wear them every day of my life. I love them! They are so so comfortable and funky and unique!

I have been tearing my house apart trying to find my tripod so that I can take better quality pictures every day. The phone pictures drive me crazy but they'll have to do for now until I can find the tripod!

Happy S A T U R D A Y. Hope its a good one :)

xo,
KB
  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Elle's Sweet Space

Welcome to Elle's sweet space!

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This is definitely her favorite corner. She loves sitting at her vanity and looking at her beautiful self in the mirror.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3: 3-4

I love the above scripture print she has hanging between her mirror and vanity. I read it to her often when we are just hanging out in her room. Such a good reminder!

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Elle's room is super small so every square inch of it is utilized. We have stuff crammed in every nook and cranny. She does a pretty good job (for a 4-year old) keeping her room picked up. I like to go in there every couple of weeks and reorganize and clean out all those nooks and crannies (and throw away all the paper that she's cut into a gazillion tiny pieces).

Her bed is Land of Nod that I found on Craigslist! The ladder shelf was built by Aaron's dad forever ago. He gave it to me for Christmas one year. I think before we even were married. I love it painted white and holding all Elle's books.

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Elle's bed is super sweet to me with all the girly colors and sweet little details. The quilt was inherited from my Granny after she passed away. It was her picnic quilt that she kept in the trunk of her car just in case she ever needed a blanket. It's pretty ragged but that's why it's so charming.

Harry got the "Be Brave" pillow as a gift for his first birthday. I thought it looked better in Elle's room :). It came from Maude. They have the cutest pillows right now! I really like this one for Harry! I should probably get it for him since I swiped this was one from him.

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Elle had to get in front of the camera every chance she got! She said "hey mom take a picture of me on my bed so you can show everyone how much I love my bed"..... If only she would sleep in this bed she loves so much.

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A small collection of things we've collected or have been gifted over the years! The gymnastics print hung in my room when I was a little girl. My mom recently gave it to me. It says "gymnastics is on the beam" which really makes no sense at all. Ha!

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This room was once our office/sewing room. My sewing desk sat right where Elle is and I used the pegboard as organization for all my sewing notions. We decided to leave it when we moved Elle in here and use it as a way to display her artwork. She LOVES it and is so proudt. She'll make something special at school or church and will say she want to hang it on her art wall!

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This girl. So very sweet. An almost 5-year old with one very big, wild imagination and a beautiful, creative spirit. I think this little room of hers fits her personality to a tee!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

xo,
KB

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

R E A D

Once upon a time, not too long ago, I used to lay in bed at night with my iPhone in hand looking at social media. I would see something upsetting in the world or hurtful to me (you know social media has a way of making you feel like crap sometimes) and I would be up all night long. It's sad that I would let these things effect me but that's just how I'm wired. So, I decided to take up reading again. I learned to love reading 10 plus years ago when I lived with my Granny. She read all the time and had so many books that I just started reading them. Lots of LaVyrle Spencer, John Grisham, Danielle Steel, and Nicholas Sparks. There were many evenings during the 18 months that I lived with her that we would lay in silence in her bed and read for hours. I loved that time with my Granny. Makes me miss her so much just thinking about it.

Over the years, my tastes have changed. I definitely love a good suspensful book (one that keeps me turning the pages and looking forward to what's going to happen next when I have to put it away) my favorite author right now is probably-don't judge-Gillian Flynn, (insert stressed-face emoji), but I'll just about read anything and now my books kind of depend on how much they cost on Amazon. I recently took over Elle's Kindle (she was grounded from it for a couple of weeks and I started reading on it) and love it. I read a book a week so that can get pricey, so my rule is $3.99 or less, so I've read some doozies. Ha. The last book I read, The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown, was sooooooooo cheesy but it was good a lighthearted read. I did catch myself laughing out loud a couple of times at how ridiculous parts of it were.

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I'm currently reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (I splurged and paid a little more for it). It's so good but a very intense read. It's taking me a little longer to read. I am a slow reader in the first place but this is a heavy book with a lot of content and while it is super interesting it is equally as disturbing. There have been a few nights that I've been reading that I just literally could not go on. I really look forward to seeing the movie soon. Hopefully I'll finish the book in time to see it in the theater.

Here are some ebooks on my Amazon Wish List that I am just waiting for the price to drop a bit on them so I can purchase them. Some of them I might have to buy anyway because I'm dying to read them.

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I recently saw that this book was going to be a movie. WITH BRADLEY COOPER! So I definitely want to read it. And then see the movie. Do you like reading a book before seeing a movie? I do! I kind of have this weird thing about it. Like it's hard for me to see a movie before I've read the book. I do it all the time, but then I always have to read the book afterward.
 

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I cannot get enough of Liane Moriarty. Her writing style is so unique and keeps me wanting more. I have several of her books on my wish list but this is the next one I want to read. I've read What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes, and Big Little Lies. All so good!

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Wild. I saw this movie last week and never wanted it to end. It was so uplifting and inspiring. Heart-wrenching, heartwarming and heartbreaking. I absolutely loved it and now I have to read the book.

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Gone with the Wind. I've never read it and really think I need to. It's a classic after all and so many people's favorite book so a definite must at some point in 2015!

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I recently read a blog post about books to read in 2015 that are being turned into movies. Far from the Madding Crowd and Paper Towns were both on the list and cheap ($5 for both!) for Kindle so I purchased them and plan to read them next.

I would LOVE to know your favorite artists and books are must read! Please (I'm pleading with you. HA!) leave me a comment letting me know. I'm always on the hunt for the next good book :) while I patiently wait for Gillian Flynn's next masterpiece.

xo,
KB

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Musings About Food and Stuff....

No What We Ate post today. Sorry. We needed to have a week where we ate what we had so we could clean out the fridge and pantry. I had to go to the store to get the basics like milk and some produce and a few snacks for the kiddos. One night I thawed out chicken noodle soup for dinner, we had breakfast for dinner one night, a couple nights we had Subway (gift cards from Christmas...yay!), Friday night we had cereal (I was really tempted to order in pizza because Aaron was at a work function, but resisted and cereal it was and it was just fine. I think Harry some lunch meat and veggie chips. Super heatlthy). It was definitely an uneventful week as far as dinners were concerned.

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Breakfast for dinner turned out really good. I literally took everything in the fridge that was getting ready to go bad and made it into the omelet. Sauteed kale and spinach, carmelized onions, bacon, and cheddar. I had a couple of potatoes left over from the potato soup I made a couple of weeks ago so I fried them up in a little bit of butter and added some dried parsley flakes. Elle was not a fan of the omelet but loved the potatoes and picked the bacon out of the omelet and ate a little bit of the egg. I really can't pin point when she got so dang picky about vegetables but it makes me crazy! Most of the time if I can get her to at least try it, she'll like it but she was not feeling the kale and spinach this night at all.

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I forgot I did make this Jambalaya Risotto last week too...So so good! But mine wasn't this pretty, so I didn't take a picture and am using this picture from the source of the recipe. I've never made risotto before and apparently the key to getting it the pretty white color is to stir continually to release the start in the risotto. I stirred a lot. I got tired from stirring but my risotto was more of a brown color from the beef broth. It was a yummy on-dish meal and I'll definitely be trying my hand at risotto again. Both of the kids LOVED this!

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Here are some recipes that I've pinned to my cookbook board that  I want to try: hoison pork, stuffed portobello mushrooms and firecracker shrimp. All of these sound equally delicious to me! Can't wait to give them a go.

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Have you seen the healthy 2-ingredient cookie floating around Pinterest? It is legit. It's definitely NOT the normal cookie that you are used to. I mean it's made from bananas and oats but they are really good for being as healthy as they are! It's 2 ripe bananas mashed with 1 cup quick-cooking oats and whatever add-ins you like. I've made batches with chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut and batches with cinnamon and raisins. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes. Original recipe [here]. Elle asked for them for breakfast on Friday morning and ate 6 of them.

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And for a dessert that's at the opposite end of the health spectrum I give you the S'mores Dip. SO EASY! I shared this recipe on Instagram so if you saw it there already sorry for the redundancy. All you do is melt chocolate chips in a 300° oven for around 5 minutes, add a handful of marshmallows on top of the melted chocolate and switch oven to broil and broil until desired toastyness is achieved. Someone commented on my Instagram post that they make this and put it in ramekins. Such a fun idea for a dinner party!

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And some recent (very unhealthy) sweet treats I've pinned that I'm dying to try: boston cream pie bites, copycat tagalongs, cookie dough footballs, and cake batter chocolate chip cookies. The problem with desserts in my house is that I'm the only one that eats them. My husband doesn't have a sweet tooth and obviously I don't want my kids eating a ton of sugar. So yea, I eat it. So rather than making it just for the heck of it I usually save up a recipe until I know I'll be able to share it with friends or family. I think I might give those cute football bites a go for the Super Bowl. As I'm typing away I just remembered that I have a box cake mix in my pantry, I might just have to make those cookies for sew group tomorrow night.

Happy Monday! Here's to a tasty week :)

xo,
KB

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I Wore {Denim on Denim}

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I'm getting a little more comfortable with the pictures.....a very little bit. It's still pretty weird editing pictures of myself. And sorry for the wrinkle across my chest. I didn't even notice it until editing the pictures. Oh well...that's real life people, my clothes are usually wrinkled.

Denim on denim is one of my favorite looks right now. So chic and cool. When I'm in a I have nothing to wear mood I know I can throw on this button up with any pair of jeans and I will feel instantly put together and trendy. It's easy and comfortable for anything that might arise during the day.  It's an outfit I wear quite often.

denimdenim04top Velvet Heart tencel 3/4 sleeve shirt [here] | pants polka dot denim leggings from Maude sold out [similar] [similar] | booties Latigo lace-up hidden wedge boot (on sale!)

Here are some denim on denim looks I love:

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all pictures taken from google images

 Advice on styling denim on denim:

1. Wear contrasting shades of denim.
2. Break up denim overload with either a boyfriend cardigan, blazer or leather jacket.
3. Add a pop of color with a handbag and/or shoe.
4. Wear your denim shirt unbuttoned with a tee underneath it for an extra-casual look.
5. Try a denim short/midi dress with ankle booties.
6. Dress it up for date night with statement jewelry and some heels!

And I'll leave you with some denim pieces that I would love to have in my closet:

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What do you think about this trend? Love it? Hate it? Haven't tried it?

xo,
KB