Monday, August 29, 2011

Stella & Dot Jewelry

While checking on one of my daily reads, Atlantic Pacific, I couldn't help but notice these ring sparklers.

I've got some ring sparklers myself (often mistaken for wedding bands) that represent special moments and memories. A Christmas gift for my sister and myself, a congratulatory college graduation gift, my mother's original wedding band, but I think that these bands from Stella & Dot would be a perfect addition to my stackable rings.

I never noticed my old lady-looking hands...wassup with that?

I love the way they look mixed in with my diamond bands! Similar styles here and here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

LV Pochette Makeover

We all remember the sorority girl staple, the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Pochette Handbag.

Large enough to hold a few 20s, a lip gloss and five bobby pins...and that was about it.

Well now they sell them with these supercute chain straps!


I recently had dinner with some girlfriends and noticed one of the girls wearing her pochette with a long chain strap across her body. LOVE! When I asked her about adorable said chain strap, she said the purse was a friend's.

Well thanks for the inspiration, friend, because I'm making that. As the youngest child of an artist/master of crafts (Karen shoutout!), I headed to Hobby Lobby and Lowe's.


Thanks Lowe's for the very Tory-inspired $2 chain:

Spending a total of $7.15, I created an entirely different look with the same 'ol LV.  A manly man at Lowe's help me cut 50 inches of chain (when told this was going to be used for a purse makeover...his expression was priceless) and I bought some hooks and gold rings (the rings were to be the middle man between the chain and hook).

I highly recommend this Pochette makeover if you have this sorority girl staple in your closet!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vest It Up

Still loving my Old Navy Canvas Surplus Vest (now marked down!!) that I talked about here, worn with one of my 3 pair of Gap Really Skinny pants (not necessarily making you look "really skinny" per se, but in the words of Rachel Zoe, these pants "are everything," and a necessary staple in my work wardrobe) and my Christian Siriano for Payless pumps that I mentioned here.  Maybe I need the green vest IS on sale...if you listened to me the first time, you would've already been to Old Navy by now and bought yourself one too, obvs.

Now I know what you're thinking, "but Kathleen--what if this cargo vest just makes my mid-section look thicker and yours?"  Well I'm here to tell you to deal with it. I mean...I never thought I would condone nor suggest ANYONE wear anything related to the "cargo" style whatsoever...but it's all happening.

WEAR the vest.

But please don't wear the pants....EW!

Cargo pants are unforgivable in my book.  The day I'm adding bulk to my thighs with a few cargo pockets is the day you know aliens have taken over by body.  Or unfashionable vampires.  Or that I'm homeless.  Or I'm suffering from deep depression.  In any case, if you ever see me in cargo pants, please take me to the nearest hospital for evaluation.

**Photos of the super cute vests compliments of here, here and here. Photos of the super fugly (Mean Girls!!!) pants I cannot give credit for because it's too painful to even discuss.**

PS--I know.  Even I'm a little creeped out over my Kardashian mentions's a little much, BUT unfortunately I can't promise we're done discussing our Dash Dolls considering the People issue covering Kim's wedding (including that ri-donk headpiece situation she was attempting to pull off) hits newstands Friday...#dontgetmestarted.  It could've been worse...Khloe's headgear gave me stomach cramps I laughed so hard the first time I saw it.  WHAT a mess.

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'll eat cake with you, Kim K

Kim K goes royal

Kim K does Vera

In celebration of Kim K and Kris Humphries nuptials on Saturday, I baked a cake so that we may all celebrate together (really I just take any opportunity to bake a cake...duh).

Let us eat our special cake with Mr. and Mrs. Humphries and wish them a wonderful E! two-hour special wedding episode that we will see hopefully sooner rather than later and an even more wonderful height-complex marriage.

The BEST cake ever (and a CHBoo fave): Heath Bar Crunch Cake

1 package German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 jar of caramel topping
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 package of Heath bar bits
1 container of cool whip

Bake cake as instructed on box. Once cooked, use the opposite end of a large wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake. Then pour the entire jar of caramel topping and sweetened condensed milk on top (while not thinking about the calories), allowing it to settle.

Sprinkle some of the heath bar bits on top (again, while not thinking about calories).
Top with the cool whip and sprinkle the remaining heath bar bits as the "cherry on top of a fantastic day (Mean Girls shoutout what whaaaa)."  Let it sit overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy the next day!!

To Mr. and Mrs. Humphries!! I already know I don't like you as much as Khloe and Lamar.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Suri's Burn Book

Thanks to my friend Katie McCabe (who shares the exact same humor as me, hence to why she's ma-bestie), I have become obsessed and enlightened with my new fave blog: Suri's Burn Book.

This blog represents "a study in Suri Cruise and the people who disappoint her." The first time I heard of it I read the entire blog. Literally, I read every single post with a delicious smile on my face.

When addressing a People cover story on the Jolie-Pitt clan, she says, "Did you hear about them taking a private train from London to Glasgow? Not just a private car, but a private train. Look, I’m all for luxury, and I’ve loved train travel ever since I read Anna Karenina. But this little stunt was just a smidge too showy, even for my taste. If you have so much money, why don’t your children have better manners?"

"Here is Kevin 'Weird Arms' Federline coaching his son Sean Preston’s little league game.

I have a healthy distaste for sneakers and getting dirty, so playing baseball isn’t for me. Also, I would rather eat the dirt on the field than be 'coached' by Tom.

The chef in our luxury box at Dodgers Stadium makes an amazing duck confit, though."

"Excuse me for not wanting to be seen with Katie’s pants.

I sat next to this for seven hours last night on a red-eye from LA to New York. She smells like Lycra and desperation."

 Y'all...this is just too good not to share. Please go to Suri's Burn Book and read these incredible snip-its that one can only wish (!!!) were actually going through little Suri's head. Also, you can follow Suri's Burn Book on Twitter here.

Happy weekend!!

PS--Dear sister, please give me a niece who acts like this....please!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Old Navy Fall Fashion

I went to Old Navy to snag these booties and left with all kinds of great fall items!!

Love this canvas surplus vest (already mentioned here), mixed with this super comfy striped tee and pinned with my lovely birthday W pin that I mentioned here.

I also left with a black maxi skirt off the sale rack for a whopping $8...y'all GO TO OLD NAVY. There are still so many items on my want list!!

Loving this Maxi Dress - 

Need these Desert Wedges - 

Super comfy Charmeuse Cuffed Capris - 

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