Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Style {everyday looks}

So, we took a very last minute trip to the beach last week. Hence, the quietness here. I had intended to post this last Saturday but then had to spend the day getting ready for our trip that we left for on Sunday. It was such a great week away with my mom and the kids. Aaron had to go on a work trip to Vegas (poor thing) so it worked out good for a little vacay with the four of us. We made some fun memories and I have lots of pictures to share!

The weather has been so up and down the last few weeks, we will get a sunny day and then the very next day it will be cold and rainy. I look forward consistent warm, spring days! I think we are on the uphill climb though. I am done with long sleeves and boots. Just done.

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Cold, rainy days. I am obsessed with my new boyfriend jeans from Maude [here]. They are slouchy and wonderful, without feeling like they are going to fall off at any moment.

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I have pretty much lived in this sweater this year. Super versatile.  I have worn it when it has been super cold and this particular day it was a gorgeous upper 60's day so I wore it with some peep toe mules and high-waist jeans (from Maude | in-store only). I love this shirt so much. Good purchase on my part :)

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I may have been jumping the gun a bit with the sandals but I was just too excited to wear them! These Seychelles [here] from Maude are a new favorite! So comfortable and cute, cute, cute!

{And remember to use HELLOHIGH at checkout to get 10% off your purchase}

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Slouchy goodness. Give me a loose-fitting tee and some good jeans and I am set :) All these shirts you have seen before....red stripe [here] and gray chambray [here]

I got out all my spring and summer clothes from last year before we went to the beach and I hate everything. Why is that!? I don't think I bought too many clothes last summer or the summer before because I felt like maybe I still had some baby weight to lose? Either way, I have to get some new things in my closet this summer!

xo,
KB


Friday, March 20, 2015

Five Things {scents and such}

Hola, friends! It's the weekend, and I could not be more ready for it! Next week is Spring Break, which doesn't mean much to me since I don't have kids in school full time but I'm hoping to make it a fun week for the kids anyway. I look forward to all our friends being free next week for fun lunches and playdates! And the weather forecast is looking marvelous, so should be a great week for us to get outside.....get into nature, make our own discoveries. We've been watching a little to much Dinosaur Train around here :)

It's no secret my love, some might call it an obsession, for Maude. One of my closest friends, Becca, is the owner so of course it's always my first stop. They have awesome clothes and shoes (and right now, every day are getting in the cutest stuff, I can hardly stand it!) but they also have great accessories. I recently stocked up on a few....

FiveThingsSpring Tocca perfume [here] | gold ear jackets | gold tassel necklace
Royal Apothic Conservatory Hand Cream in Peonie and Carnation [here]

How fun is that jewelry? It's not online right now, but they do have a lot of lovely jewelry. I'm in love with all the tassel jewelry they have right now [here] [here] [here] [here]. I have recently become obsessed with ear jackets and love this gold ball pair. They are so simple and can be worn with anything but really make a statement when you want them too! I see a lot of ear jackets in my future. I love the look and the uniqueness of them. Forever21 have so many right now that I love [here] and they are doing free shipping with no minimum through tomorrow! Getcha some! I'm going to :)

The Royal Apothic line is THE BEST. The hand cream is my favorite. Its so thick and creamy wihout being greasy and the smell lasts all day! I couldn't choose between Peonie and Carnation so I got both :) and of course Tocca perfume is always a favorite. I try others but always seem to go back to Tocca. My favorite scents are Margaux and Florence. Both are amazing for spring and summer, very rich and feminine.

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Spring and summer is a busy birthday-gift-giving season for us and I love shopping Maude for girly gifts [here]. They have so much to choose from: lotions, perfume, candles, handbags, jewelry, journals, greeting cards, sunglasses, phone cases, lip balm, and so on and so forth. We recently celebrated March and April birthdays with Aaron's family and I wasn't really sure what to get his youngest sister so I got her Tocca hand cream [here] and a Paddywax candle [similar]. Honestly I didn't even smell the candle, I just thought the tin was cute. You can't go wrong with good smelling things in my opinion. I mean who doesn't love lotion and candles?

Happy Friday, lovelies. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. No rain and lots of sunshine for us means lots of outside time!

Don't forget, you can always use code: HELLOHIGH on shopmaude.com to receive 10% off any order! Treat yo'self to some Tocca perfume. You will not be sorry you did! Ha!

xo,
KB

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Duds

Every year, since Elle was 2, I've made her Easter dress. I thought this year I wouldn't because Gap and Zara have about a bazillion dresses that I love right now, but then I made this skirt....

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...and became OBSESSED with this fabric combo. So, I decided that I would make Elle her Easter dress out of these fabrics on one condition. That I find Harry a coordinating shirt. If not, I was going to make it easy for myself and get coordinating outfits at Gap or Zara.

Being that Easter is right around the corner and that I should probably get started on her dress if I'm going to make it we went shopping for Harry's shirt today and I found one that works so perfectly! It coordinates so well with the fabrics without being too matchy-matchy and will look so cute with a bow tie out of the purple lottie dots fabric. I was really excited to find the shirt and now even more excited to get started on the dress.

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Isn't it such a good match? I'm not too sure about the navy pants. I really do love navy and purple together so it just might work. I saw the Vans today, they velcro and are awesome, and I think Easter might be the perfect excuse to buy them for Harry. Haven't worked out all Little Dude's outfit details but I'm getting there.....with a couple of weeks to spare :)

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This is the pattern I purchased for Elle's dress. The main part of the dress will be the splatter fabric and the sweet bow detailing will be out of the purple lottie dots. The pattern is the Piper Bow Dress from Violette Fields Threads [here]. This shop has the sweetest girl (and momma) patterns. I'm excited to see how this pattern goes for me.

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Elle's Easter dresses through the years. I can't get to a picture of what Elle wore her first Easter. We may not have even gone to church with her only being a few months old for her first Easter. But, I really can't remember it either way (that's so sad). I could easily find the dresses from 15 months on. The dress she wore when she was 15 months old was not made by me. It was from the Gap and I loved that little dress so much! It had giant sunflowers on it and is still to this day one of my favorite dresses she's ever worn. Having nothing to do with Easter dresses, but I cannot get over the difference between age 2 and 3! So crazy!

I'm so excited to get started on Elle's dress for this Easter. I waited way too long last year and was finishing it up Easter eve with a little sweat on my brow. But it got finished, it was adorable, I got a little sleep and our Sunday was perfect. Just hoping this year I get it done with a few days to spare. I'm really hoping I can work on it some this weekend. We'll see :)

xo,
KB

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What I Wore {Sweet Spring Lace}

Maude posted this shirt on their Instagram a few weeks ago and I couldn't get to the store fast enough. This shirt is so pretty and dainty with its crocheted lace trim. And, I'm a total sucker for stripes so I was instantly drawn to it. I knew it would be a great transitional piece that I could wear on colder days layered up and later in the spring and into early summer with boyfriend jeans and birks. And maybe shorts if I can find a pair I love :) ... I'm pretty sure everyone else had the same idea because this shirt sold out FAST. Hopefully they'll restock it!

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LaceDetail03 pants Articles of Society high-waist black denim in-store only [similar] [similar] | bootie Latigo Abi lace-up sold out [similar] | necklace sold out [similar]

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This shirt is one of those shirts that is extremely comfortable yet looks adorable with just about anything. I love shirts that I can pull from my closet, without much thought, and throw on any pair of pants and shoes and GO. I don't have much time to really plan out what I'm going to wear so it's always nice to be able to find something fun and functional as this shirt.

Happy Hump Day!

xo,
KB

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Week of Pioneer Woman Meals {What We Ate}

We are in the buying-a-new-home season of life right now and it is so daunting and stressful and disappointing. Since spring forward, a lot of our early evenings have been spent driving around looking at houses that we've found online only to find it's been next to a dump or the driveway is sloped or it has no backyard or it has a above ground pool taking up the whole backyard and so on and so forth. I know our dream home will come, I'm just praying it will come sooner than later!

Since our evenings have recently been spent driving around looking at houses we have been grabbing quick dinners out a lot. I've only cooked at home a handful of times in the last couple of weeks and pretty much every meal has been a Pioneer Woman meal.

meatballs | spicy dr. pepper pork quesadillas

Ree's pork and meatballs recipes are SO delicious and make SO much, that each time I make them I freeze half. This time when I made the meatballs I cooked the meatballs and froze them without the sauce to use them on sandwiches or pizza the next time. And we had the pork 2 nights in a row. One night on buns and the next night in quesadillas. If you ever want to make the quesadillas with the pork: I added shredded cheddar, Mexican cotija cheese and barbecue sauce and made sure to get all the cooked onions on the quesadilla too.  These were SO good!

The weather has finally turned  a corner and I think we are finally headed into SPRING (except tomorrow and Wednesday are supposed to be cold and rainy)! The warmer weather and sunshine have me SOOOOO excited for the Farmer's Market, that should be opening SOON! Fresh veggies and grilling out every night we can is one of my absolute favorite things about spring, summer and fall! 

Happy {sunshiney} day!

xo,
KB




Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Trends I'm Loving

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women's knee-length trousers, cut with very full legs to resemble a skirt.

When I think about culottes, I am reminded of that time when I used to wear knit guacho pants. We all did. I'm sure I'll look back at culottes and think what was I thinking? just like I look back on my choice of guacho pants. I really can't help that I'm drawn to culottes. The heart just wants what the heart wants.... And sometimes comfort just wins all the races.

With that said, I do think that culottes are definitely waaaaaaaaay more refined than knit guacho pants. Definitely more put together without the cooperate-feel of other woven pants. I love how versatile culottes are.

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I love these looks and think so many of them would be so fun to wear on a date night! I'm not sure how Aaron feels about culottes though. He really HATED guachos and thought they were the most unflattering pants ever. Ha! The denim pair are just wide legged cropped pants but I think they have the feel of culottes without being so wide-legged. I think they would be so fun with a cropped tank and birks for an easy summer outfit. One thing you will learn about me throughout the spring and summer is that I HATE SHORTS. Hate them. I have yet to find a pair that I feel comfortable in or that feel good on. Anyway, back to the culottes.... what do you think? Love 'em or hate 'em?



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a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height - from flat to high.

Shoes are my weakness. I think a good pair of shoes can make a drab outfit, fab. So cheesy but so true. I have a wide foot so sometimes sandals are hard for me to find, especially strappy ones. I think thats why I like the mule variety so much. They are a classic style that is super trendy right now and look good with just about anything. And are a GREAT transitioning piece going into spring and summer. They are so fun with any cropped pant, boyfriend jeans, and midi skirts/dresses. I wouldn't wear them with shorts or short skirts, but that's just me. I think some women can totally rock that look.

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I recently got this pair of Seychelles at Maude [here]. How fun are they? I'm pretty obsessed with any shoe made by Seychelles. And every pair I've ever owned have always been so comfortable!

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They really are an awesome shoe for any outfit! The PERFECT spring/summer/fall shoe. So what do you think? Are you on board with the mule?

What spring trends are you loving? I am really looking forward to finding a great pair of culottes! Hopefully by Easter :)

We had the most gorgeous Sunday, and this week is looking to be so pretty too! I am thinking spring is here to stay. Keeping my fingers crossed, anyway. I absolutely love this time of year. It's my favorite.

xo,
KB

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Life Is Good

Print via Life & Style on Etsy [here]

It most certainly is. In every season of life, it is good.

From time to time I need reminded of this. In a season of life that seems to be filled with quite a bit of uncertainty it is easy to get distracted and lose sight of what greatness is already mine.

Life IS great. So much to be thankful for: my family, 2 sweet babies, a cozy home, jobs, and precious friendships. Looking at it listed out, there's absolutely nothing missing.

Life, while good, is also very busy. Hence the lack of posting this week.  Subconsciously I've been focused on getting some things done around here that I've so neglected the last couple of weeks that I've been taking orders and sewing. This week was a down week for me in the handmades department, so I decided to do be proactive, for once, and get ahead on boring stuff like cleaning house and doing laundry (which I am still so behind on...does the madness of laundry ever end?!).... I'll happily be back next week.

Happy Midweek.

xo,
KB

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Boardwalk Skirt

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The Boardwalk Skirt by Too Sweets Patterns [here]

I love this fun pattern. It is a quick sew and requires a little less than a yard of fabric! Takes me about an hour and a half to finish one skirt from beginning to end. And I'm a slow sewer. Someone who sews quickly could finish this up in less than a hour probably. This would be a GREAT project for beginner sewers. It will teach you all the basics: cutting out a pattern, elastic, buttons and button holes.

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The first version of this skirt I made I made exactly how the instructions suggested and made working buttons but I noticed that every time Elle wore the skirt she was always fidgeting with them and eventually the button holes started to grow and the buttons started to slip out of the holes so the next version I made I sewed the button placket closed and just sewed the button on the front to look like it opened down the front.

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Really, such a sweet little pattern for little girls! The black floral was Elle's most favorite :)

I listed some of these sweet skirts, ready-to-ship in the Hello High Etsy shop [here] today!

Happy almost-the-weekend! We are supposed to have some sunshine on Saturday. I am SO excited.

xo,
KB

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My New Obsession: Fixer Upper

ANOTHER SNOW DAY! Well its more like a sleet day than a snow day. Either way, I am DONE. Luckily, my mom is off work since schools are closed so Elle is getting to spend the snow days with her. Not that I wouldn't love to have her home, but she gets bored easily. And at Nana's she gets to do whatever she wants, so of course she would rather be there.

For five years, we have lived life without cable television. We have an antenna so we get local channels, but no fun cable shows. We also have Netflix, so we can watch television series and movies whenever we want. Well, Aaron has really gotten into Thunder basketball lately and wanted to get ESPN so he could watch some games so we got Sling TV. We get several cable channels now like HGTV, Food Network, TNT, ESPN/ESPN2 and etc for $20 a month. Not a bad deal.

Since getting the Sling TV I have discovered HGTV's show Fixer Upper and am obsessed. It is the best home design show I have ever seen. Joanna Gaines is so talented and creative. I wish I had an eighth of her talent! I am always rooting for the buyers to buy the worst house out of their options because I want to see how the Gaines can possibly transform it. They never cease to amaze me.

I think I've seen 8 or 9 episodes now and have loved every second of every episode! Joanna's decorating style is maybe a little rustic/distressed for my taste but I love the major design elements she dreams up and executes. It really makes me want to buy an old fixer upper! Although, Aaron and I might kill each other in the process. How do they not? They are seriously the CUTEST couple I've ever seen. Chip Gaines makes me laugh. He's such a goofball. They're too fun!

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The most recent home they aired was the Messy Mid-Century Modern house (I think) and OH MY SOUL, it spoke to me. Ha! It is the perfect blend of modern and cozy. Totally and perfectly modern, yet completely comfortable and livable. The kitchen blew me away. Its everything I would ever want in a kitchen and home for that matter.

As much as I love a good modern house, I equally as much love a good farmhouse. That is our dream. 10 acres and an old farmhouse. Now if only we could find that and have the Gaines remodel it for us. THAT would be the ultimate.

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The Gaines' farmhouse is what my farmhouse dreams are made of. Everything is so perfect and I LOVE all the shiplap.

My favorite house so far from Season 2 has been the Mid-Century Modern home, but I also really loved the Unstately Manor reno. It was SO ugly and they made it SO beautiful and I am obsessed with the painted brick fireplace!

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You know I had to incessantly look through all Joanna's blog posts. Here are a couple of my favorites from Season 1 of Fixer Upper.

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The Robinson Farmhouse. Just gorgeous. I love the exterior and the wrap around porch....and those exposed beams. Just gorgeous.

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The Mt. Rockwood Story. I'm not crazy about the exterior but I LOVE the painted brick and the turquoise shutters and stained doors. I would NEVER think of that but its so gorgeous. AND THAT KITCHEN. I would never leave that kitchen. EVER. I love so much how it opens up to the rest of the house. You can see everything going on every where. Not to mention all the counter space and cabinets and storage. One word: dreamy.

Now that I am all caught up on Fixer Upper I cannot wait for the next episode. They are one in a million people. Genuine people. Great show!

xo,
KB

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shrimp Spaghetti. Beef Stew. Nachos. {What We Ate}


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Elle Louise LOVES shrimp so every week I try to make one meal with shrimp. I made this spaghetti a few weeks ago and everyone loved it so here you see it again.

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Shrimp Spaghetti
Recipe [here]

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Crockpot Beef Stew
Recipe [here]

I didn't love this. Aaron and the kids actually really liked it so that's all that really matters anyway. When I was making our meal plan for this week I came across Pioneer Woman's Beef Stew that I will try the next time. I love how stew is loaded with veggies, it's a good all-in-one meal. I do like that, just need to find a recipe that I find appetizing :)

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Tortilla Chips
8 ounce block Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
Ground Beef
Fiesta Taco Seasoning
1 can Black Beans
Romaine, chopped
Pioneer Woman Salsa [here]
My Guacamole [here]
Sour Cream

Preaheat oven to 350°.  Heat the black beans on the stove top or in the microwave, however you prefer, set aside. Brown beef with taco seasoning according to packaging. While meat is browning, cover a baking sheet with the tortilla chips in a single layer. Completely cover the chips with the shredded cheese and put in the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chips onto plates and layer with ground beef, black beans, lettuce, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

We like to have Mexican food one night a week. We usually have enchiladas or tacos but these nachos were a fun way to mix up the menu and both of my kids LOVED them!! And it was easy for me to prepare after a busy day away from the house.

xo,
KB