Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shoe Du Jour!

So I have this shoe calender that highlights shoes from past and present in a month format. Love!

I ALSO have this nifty calendar that I like to call my Shoe Du Jour. Hello!

From looking at these nearly everyday, I always find myself thinking WOW those are amaze! And without fail, they are always one of the following three designers. Now, these shoes retail anywhere from $800 to upwards of $1,200. So, as Kaliwood as I am, you won't see me rocking these anytime soon. But a girl can look, can't she?!?!

Giuseppe Zanotti

Diego Dolcini

Jerome Rousseau

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer & Fall Fashion Trends

2012 Summer Trends

I know summer is coming to a close but I just wanted to briefly talk about the fashion trends this year. I typically don't enjoy summer looks but this year I dove in head first and found some classics I will certainly revisit next year!

1) Neon colors/Color blocking - I incorporated using accessories: belts, shoes, bags. I don't like all over color, so I wear my typical tone-downed main pieces with the pop of neon in the accessories.

Neon sandals. Here are some awesome ones that I found online. But, tip for you, you can get almost the same ones at Target for 1/2 the price! I got your back :)

2) Maxi Dresses - Just because it's a dress doesn't mean you're dressed up! This I why I love these. If you go for a cotton or jersey knit, with a casual print, you can wear these anywhere! You have the fun feel of a floor-length dress even when you are running to the grocery store! It's an easy piece to just grab and go! Great for when you aren't in the mood to show your legs in some shorts! (Happens often with me!) Also, you wear these with flats, so super comfy! I got this fab one (left) from JCP. Tip: JCP has some great finds and prices with dresses. You may have to dig a while and try on a bunch, but I typically find a diamond in the rough there!

3) Hi-Lo Hemlines - This is my favorite of the summer trends because it's new and works great with my body. I'm not crazy about the back of my thighs, but still want to show a little leg! So Voila - here you go! Again the one on the right is from JCP. I bought another one with more fall colors in a graphic print that I can't wait to wear. I think these will carry over to fall depending on the fabric/color so invest in one! Only downfall: I think they work best with a good size heel, so maybe not for the flats lovers out there.

Fall 2012 Trends

Why am I SO excited for fall? Because fall is my favorite fashion season! My favorite wardrobe palate is neutrals, creams, and saturated colors - hence, fall! Also, I could wear skinny jeans/tights/leggings tucked into boots all year round! Love! So let's explore what's going to be hot this season so we can all be on trend!

Click here for the Fall 2012 Runway Report.  Looks like this season is all about the bulk. Tweed, shawls, chunky sweaters/capes, fur (faux please!) are in! Mixed with retro lace, plaid, and white to balance it out. I like to scan through the pictures to see what the new trends will be and then envision how I would translate them into my wardrobe. Here's an example of MY interpretation. I don't claim to have a trained fashion eye.. this is just what I like!

Runway Look - Fall 2012
Wearable: Macy's Outfit

Look for chunky sweaters or shawls/capes. I will most likely use my thick infinity scarf to add to a look. There are also some military-looking jackets that I'm digging. If you find anything with a strong shoulder, maybe in an unexpected red or blue, grab it! I love them with gold or detailed buttons!

Finally, this is my new favorite DIY idea from Pinterest for this fall! Cut a sleeve from an old sweater to use as your boot sock without having the extra thickness in your boot! Genius!

Happy Fall Shopping, dolls!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kali Talks 2.0

I'm baaack!! Hello again friends :) I know, it seems like I come back for a brief time every 2 years, SO, I didn't want to disappoint.

I have decided that moving forward this blog will be less about me (pause for reaction) and more frequent, brief posts about: current events, entertainment news, fashion, fun, food, my random opinions, love, life, etc. So get pumped!

As I'm sure you already noticed, my blog has been revamped! Note pretty background and colors. Yay! So in the honor of change, I'll share (briefly) the new things going on in KaliWood.

Last time we talked I was dating a certain man named Jonathan. Unfortunately, this past January 2012, I ended the relationship. We had 3 great (mostly) years together and he remains a very fond part of my life. In the end, it was clear his priorities were not on our relationship and with the hour distance between us, that eventually led to me alone in Lexington miserable for months (ask my friends). So one day I plucked up all the courage I had and chose my happiness over the (then) love of my life. I will say it was probably the hardest thing I have ever done but at that point I felt I had no other option. I will always have a place in my heart for Jonathan and I wish him the best.

As with all major turning points in life, I learned some things along the way. And I hope you can relate, or maybe even take something away from this too. If you are unhappy with your life for a substantial amount of time (mine being several months) you need to look at your life an evaluate it. Yes, a lot of my sadness came from my family issues, but that's something I can't change. Where was the other sadness coming from? My relationship. Could I change that? Yes. Trust me, I didn't decide this lightly. I tried to make it right every way I could. But when I knew it wasn't going to happen, I had to make a change for myself. Sometimes, you need to take a risk to get back your happiness. Because in the end, only you can bring yourself happiness. Not a man, not shoes (gasp), not money, YOU. Like I said, that was probably the hardest thing I've ever done, but it was also one of my proudest moments. It took every ounce of courage and respect for myself to do that and stick to my guns. I fought for my happiness, for getting the things I want out of a relationship and refused to settle. You have a right to happiness. But no one is going to ensure you achieve it but yourself.

Hindsight is always 20/20, right? Now, months down the road, it was the right choice. Did it suck? Yes. Did I eat way too much fried food and cry to myself or my friends constantly? Yes. Did I move on with my life and finally find happiness again? Yes.

Tim and I at Keeneland

Cue Tim. We met last year at a football tailgate through mutual friends and in February started hanging out. He just could resist my charm ;) Now we've been dating for 6 months and it's been great! We are SO busy making plans with friends, trying new things, and working on the new house he just bought that time has really flown by. Seems like just what I needed to bounce me back from the low point in my life. He's pretty awesome. :) Stay tuned!

Currently still working at the AVCA! Can't believe it's been two plus years! We currently have the dream team staff and I love the people I work with everyday. I have decided to pursue my efforts of event planning and am currently studying to achieve my CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation. The test is in November and I have about 5 textbooks to learn before then. EEK!

Athena is always smiling!
Well the family front has taken some unexpected turns as well. We welcomed Athena Nadine into the world on January 2, 2012. So I am now an aunt! There has been plenty of drama and stress surrounding this topic, but in the interest of not depressing my readers, let's focus on the positive! She is the cutest, happiest baby I have ever seen and I can't get enough of her!  This situation is teaching me (or trying to teach me) to not worry in the present about something that could potentially happen in the future. I'm just trying to be a brave force for my family and be there when they need me. And maybe insert a few corny jokes while I'm there. That counts, right?

Since I promised to keep the new posts brief, I will end here. Feel free to leave some comments below or email me in the About Me section. Upcoming Posts: shoes, summer fashion, running.