Spring Trends: Cherry Print

Monday, February 19, 2018

If may only be February, but my mind is already dreaming of Spring! Though I am not really known for dressing "seasonally" (this gal was wearing pastels in fall... cough), Springtime gives me the perfect excuse to dress in all my favorite things and I'm dreaming of daisies, cherry printed clothing, berets, ribbons, picnics, poetry books and too much blush. Luckily for me, brands seem to be on the same page and I keep finding the cutest cherry print or themed pieces! Here I rounded up some of my favorites...

What spring trends and activities are you excited for?

I'm wearing...
Forever 21 top, Just Peachy beret *, NYX Powder Puff Lippie in Group Love *, NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Rose Petal and Wet n Wild The Princess Daiquiris blush

Saint Valentine's

Friday, February 16, 2018

DRESS: ASOS, LOCKET: F21, SHOES: Charlotte Russe

For Valentine's Day this year I attended a prom event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (or OMSI), with OkCupid! I got to meet a few of you there and had fun looking at all the exhibits! I bought this pink sheer confection from ASOS for the occasion - I felt like a fluffy pink cloud and I can't get over how pretty these balloon sleeves are... swoon! I paired it with a romantic rose locket and some fluffy flats I scored at Charlotte Russe for only $5 :3

On the way home from OMSI I stopped by a fast food restaurant and ended up snapping a few pictures of my outfit - how gorgeous is that neon sign? I'm a sucker for neon signs and diners with a retro vibe - it always reminds me of Twin Peaks!

Meeting Amanda at the OMSI Event

All in all, I'd say I had pretty great Valentine's Day - filled with hugs, giggles, french fries, and chocolates! What did you do this year?

Weekend Roundup

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Love is in the air... my favorite holiday, Valentine's Day, is only three days away! This year, I will be attending the Promsi event in Portland with OkCupid, and am giving away four tickets to Mermaidens' readers! Enter the giveaway here - I hope to see you there! Do you have anything fun planned?

  • Lancôme just launched their new spring line filled with pastels, flowers and sweets - all my favorite things! I have serious heart eyes over this macaron shaped blush/blender duo!

  • One of my all time favorite designers, Hannah Kristina Metz, whose known for her unique motifs (eyes, tears, flowers) and dainty sheer fabrics - is having a sale on her Anne of Green Gables inspired collection!

  • I am so in love with Keiko Lynn's darling style and this ASOS dress she shared has been at the top of my wishlist since she shared it!

  • Sretsis has released their Spring/Summer 2018 collection and it has made all my spring dreams come true - floral, gingham and cherry prints in delicate, feminine fabrics and silhouettes. That said, Sretsis, please expand your line to include plus sizes!

  • Artist and designer extraordinaire Tuesday Bassen, has released a Valentine's Day inspired collection - I love this detachable collar!

  • This Chocolate Assortment Balloon Backdrop by Oh Happy Day is one of the cutest things I've ever seen...

    Hope you are all having a marvelous weekend! ♡

    Photo by Jimmy Marble, outtake from a shoot we did in Spring 2015

  • La Vie en rose

    Saturday, January 20, 2018

    DRESS: c/o Valfre (get 20% off your first Valfre order with the code "Kailey" 🌹)
    BERET: c/o Betty and Veronica COAT: Forever 21
    TIGHTS: c/o ModCloth (sold out, similar) SHOES: ASOS (sold out, similar one, two)

    Hold me close and hold me fast...

    Maybe it's because I'm looking so forward to spring, or maybe it's the rose themed makeup products I'm currently testing (look out for a blog post on that soon!) - but either way, I can't stop humming La Vie en rose! I also thought the term la vie en rose was an apropos way to describe this outfit - with romantic, dusty rose pinks and heart patterned tights, this look is also perfect for Valentine's Day! Then again, I rarely need an excuse for incorporating pink hues, ribbons, hearts, and pom-poms in my wardrobe...

    I took these on a rather freezing afternoon * outside an adorable pâtisserie ** and an older gentlemen remarked "I'm cold just looking at you!" 😂 In general I gravitate towards solid colored walls for ootd backgrounds, and while I still like them, I feel like my photos tend to come off a bit sterile and impersonal for this reason - and that is the opposite of what I want! I guess I was trying to make everything look "perfect" - and when you are surrounded by power lines, cars, and trash it makes it difficult - but I'm going to make an effort to challenge myself with new, more interesting locations. Please let me know your thoughts on this, I'd love to get your feedback!

    Hope you are having a lovely 2018 so far and I'll see you again soon ♡

    * Note the red fingertips
    ** Can you call a bakery that if it's not in France or Belgium...? Heh

    How To Start Blogging

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    One of my most frequently asked questions is how to start a blog, or getting asked blogging advice in general! I don't mind getting these questions at all, because it feels like it wasn't that long ago I was feeling lost and not knowing how to start myself. I would ask bigger bloggers for advice and sometimes I still do! I will always recommend starting a blog to others - it can be a lot of work, but it has been the greatest creative outlet and my life has definitely changed for the better for it. It can definitely be intimidating to start, but here are some of my top tips for starting a blog if you are not knowing where to begin:

    Try to Post as Frequently as You Can
    Updating consistently can work wonders for your blog - not only does new posts keep readers coming back, but it helps get the attention of new people as well! Of course, don't work yourself too hard by trying to conform to a rigid posting schedule, because your content will suffer - but don't leave your blog unattended for months.

    Connect With Other Bloggers
    Commenting on blog posts and tweeting other bloggers I admire will help get your name out there. If you leave genuine comments, it will stand out to the writer and make them want to return the favor and check out your blog.

    Pay Attention to the Aesthetic of Your Blog
    While a lot of design elements depend entirely on your own preferences, there are some universal dos and don'ts:

  • Have a clear, easy to read font - preferably with a light background and black text to make reading your blog as easy and accessible to read as possible.
  • Resize all your photos to be the same width.
  • Make the most of whatever camera you have - whether it's a DSLR or an iPhone, read up on your camera so you can provide the best possible quality images with what you have.

    Don't Give Up!
    In the beginning, I felt like I was just talking to myself - and after spending hours taking photos and writing a post, getting 0 views and 0 comments felt slightly heartbreaking. I even started to feel kind of pathetic for even assuming people would be interested in a blog by me. But it was imperative that I kept going, because slowly, I started getting views and comments and people started sharing their opinions and stories - and that's all I ever wanted, was to connect with like minded individuals and maybe put a smile on their face!

    Good luck! ♡ If you have any more questions feel free to ask them below and I might answer them in the blogging Q & A I'm working on!

  • Feature in Bust Magazine

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    That feeling when you walk into a store, pick up Bust Magazine off of the shelf, and see yourself!!! Earlier this year, I was contacted by Bust Magazine to be photographed and interviewed for their Dec/Jan 2018 issue (with Greta Gerwig on the cover!) and I, of course, had to say yes!

    As a little girl growing up in the middle of nowhere, print magazines were my first portals into seeing bigger dreams, worlds, view points, etc., for the first time. Seeing myself in Bust Magazine is incredibly surreal and feels like a lifelong dream has come true!

    I had the best time posing for Christopher Dibble at the beautiful Hi-Low Hotel for the amazing shoot - the hotel staff was incredibly kind and accommodating (holding the doors open for me while I struggled with several props and accidentally hitting myself in the face with them, of course!) and Bridgette Emard, Christopher's assistant, was incredibly kind and thoughtful.

    Wanted to take a moment to thank Bry'onna (for being the best interviewer ever), Lisa, Meredith, Erika, and the entire Bust Mag team for making this happen! And finally, I just wanna say thank you to everybody who is reading this! Being surrounded by such a loving, beautiful inside and out group has meant literally the world to me. If you see the feature IRL, please send me a selfie with it so I can pretend I’m there with you, giving you a hug.

    Photographer: Christopher Dibble
    Assistent: Bridgette Emard
    Location: Hi-Lo Hotel

    I'm Wearing:
    Outfit in Bust:
    ASOS dress
    ASOS shoes (similar, similar)

    Outfit Holding Magazine:
    Valfre Dress *
    Betty and Veronica Beret *
    Ban.do Phone Case

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