Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015
I've forgotten how exhausting moving is.
Although since I'm keeping my house and moving into my fiances I'm able to take it slower which I'm really happy about!
Obviously I started with my clothes (gotta have clothes right?!) and then moved onto the other essentials. As much as moving is a big pain in the butt, it's forced me to REALLY clean through my closet since I didn't want to bring clothes over I don't love and wear.
I started searching the web for ideas to sort and organize my wardrobe and stumbled upon this brilliant tool by Caroline of Caroline Joy Photography who started the blog Unfancy. It's how to create a capsule wardrobe - you can read about the details here. It really is a brilliant tool to help streamline your wardrobe into something you love and wear everyday and rid your closet of pieces you continually pull out and ponder..."should I get rid of this? I never wear it....no I might....(stuffs back into dresser)"
Guilty. So guilty of doing that countless times. And do I wear it? NO.
The tool is really simple and you just print out templates, fill them in, and start cleaning through your wardrobe deciding what to keep and what goes. Easy peasy.
I'm still working on my capsule wardrobe but will keep you updated with my progress and final choices with photos at the end!
Incorporating pops of color in my outfits is becoming more and more common for me and I love it and am not sure why I wasn't doing it more. I have a lot of neutral colors in my closet so buying bright stand out pieces is a fun way to mix things up and add color. And since it's still grey and cloudy here in Washington state I'm wearing my Hunter boots religously :)
Scarf - Old Navy // Jacket - Charlotte Russe // Stripe top - Forever21 // Jeans - AmericanEagle // Boots - Hunter boots
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Wishing you all a fabulous New Years Eve!
2014 was a busy and eventful year and I am so looking forward to what 2015 will bring! I've been hit and miss with blogging this year (sorry about that) and plan to do better in 2015!
THANK YOU to those of you who have been following along on my blogging journey - your comments, encouragement, and support mean so much.
Here's to all of us starting the new year with a bang!
Lots of love!
Monday, December 29, 2014
Another year has come and gone and 2015 is staring us in the face waiting with anticipation.
2014 for me has been full of stand-out moments, both good and not so good, but memorable none-the-less. It's been a year of growth and learning and I'm beyond excited to begin 2015!
I don't make new years resolutions I never really have. Instead I do my best to stay mindful of the present. To do my best everyday and take things one step at a time. I find that for me that's a less overwhelming and anxiety inducing approach to improvement and personal growth. Not to say making goals and new years resolutions is a bad thing, it works and is a positive thing for many people, it's just really not my thing :)
There are a few things that have been rattling around in my head recently that I'm hoping to do more of in 2015 so I'll share those.
They include (in no particular order)
1 // Wedding planning. Priority number one.
2 // More handwritten correspondence.
3 // Reading my magazines in ONE sitting then filing them away or giving them away. This is a silly one, but seriously you should see the PILE of magazines under my bed. It's embarrassingly big. I'm determined to not allow myself to be a magazine hoarder! :)
4 // Reading one book before starting another. I'm bad at this and am sometimes reading multiple books at once, then it takes me forever to finish them.
One. Book. At. A. Time.
5 // Take more walks
6 // Travel. Travel. Travel
7 // Spend more time with my kiddos in the kitchen teaching them to cook/bake
8 // Blog a little more
9 // Take more family photos
10 // Schedule an annual day of volunteering with my family
In other news I received a super pretty sequin dress from eShakti that I'll be reviewing soon, I already love it!
And I hope to be blogging more with this beauty I received from my super thoughtful fiance (thank you babe!)
I hope you all had a super lovely holiday. What are your plans for the new year? Do you make resolutions?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We all know brows are important, but often times they're the most overlooked feature on our face, and let's be honest, they shouldn't be as they can make or break your look.
I've tried countless brow products over the years searching for a foolproof product to make shaping and perfecting my brows quick and easy. I'm thrilled to finally say that I think my search is over!
I'm super excited to introduce you to Billion Dollar Brows. They are the only company exclusively dedicated to eyebrows, and helping all girls achieve gorgeous brows!
(You can read about them here)
I was over-the-moon excited to try their best-selling brow kit and have to confess after weeks of use that it's very clear why it's a worldwide best-seller; it truly delivers what it claims...everything in one kit to achieve beautiful flawless brows! I love it! And it works with all skin-tones too!
Here's what's included in the Complete Brow Tools kit $34.99 -
* Universal brow pencil - blends flawless on brunettes & blondes
* Brow duo pencil - brow bone highlighter & concealer in one
* Brow gel - finishing gel to keep your brows neat
* Smudge brush - blend to perfection
Here's a quick snapshot of my brows before and after application
And now for the FUN part!
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Good luck & happy holidays!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Billion Dollar Brows/Brand Backer. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn't completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Kaizen Fashion Project going.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Styling my hair is a love hate relationship for me. A little about my hair - I have very thick long wavy hair and so it's time consuming to style it for the most part. I wash my hair twice a week and let it air dry. After I let it air dry I style it. And by "styling" I mean, leaving it how it dried, straightening it with my straightener, or curling it with my straightener.
When KISS offered my the opportunity to try their InstaWave curling wand I jumped at the chance since I have very limited experience curling my hair with anything other than my straightener.
Here's the InstaWave right out of the box -
It's different from other straighteners as it's an automatic curler. AKA you hold a piece of hair against it and push a button and PRESTO you have a pretty little curl :)
It instantly creates beautiful curls in seconds, and it's super easy to use at any angle and with either hand, left or right.
It features a high and low heat setting (low = beach waves, high = curls) and a curl dial with left/right curl directions to curl toward or away from your face. It has a max temp of 420 and will turn itself off after 90 minutes which is a great safety feature if you accidentally leave it on.
Here's a quick video of me using it so you can see it in action!
- Hold InstaWave vertically
- Place section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod
- Touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair
- Hold for 5-10 seconds, hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves
- Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out
**Tip: Switch between curling right and curling left to create the most natural looking curls
Here's a couple of shots of my hair in it's natural state -
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Buffalo plaid has always been a favorite of mine.
It's a pattern I've always been smitten with.
Below are my favorites of the season and everything shown is 40% off!
How could I not share this you y'all? :)
How could I not share this you y'all? :)
My personal favorite is the cape. SERIOUSLY. How amazing is that cape??
Ummm Santa... :)
(click photos to shop)
(click photos to shop)
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Who else is already listening to Christmas music?
Come on, don't be shy :)
Well this girl LOVES the holidays. And let's be honest, I've been waiting for Christmas music and movies since July. That's right, July.
So naturally I've been doing some Christmas shopping, decorating, Starbuck holiday red-cup drinking and planning my Cyber Monday/Black Friday purchases (it's looking like there's going to be some GOOD ones!)
"It's a Wonderful Life"
Yes this is my photo and yes I've already watched it! :)
It's my MOST favorite Christmas films ever. Classic.
Lots of red cups in my hands lately. And if you haven't tried the new Chestnut Praline Latte, do, because it's amazing and delicious. My new favorite from Starbucks.
This beauty is my new obsession. It's from Tuckernuck, an all-American style brand with gorgeous polished pieces. They have so many must-have goodies that would make perfect holiday gifts. Be on the lookout for a post next week featuring an exclusive Tuckernuck gift guide!
This is their CB Station Weekender bag.
I have so many fabulous goods to share with you this next week I can hardly stand it!
Hope you're all enjoying the season!
Friday, September 5, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Hi dolls! :)
A quick post to say 'hey' I'm back from a weeks vacation on a gorgeous houseboat on a lake.
Close as it gets ;)
Also, I'm starting a giveaway later this week for this gorgeous necklace from the fab shop Shine Bright For Good.
They have gorgeous pieces that you MUST check out!
Outfit deets below.
Hat - Forever21 // Top - American Eagle // Jeans - American Eagle // Boots - Old Navy // Sunglasses - American Eagle // Bracelets - Forever21 // Tassel necklace - Shine Bright For Good // Leopard print watch - Feral Watches // Bag - "Michael Kors Selma"