I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.

This is the only time you will see this dress on me in its full, original form. I’ll also add in that I learned a VERY valuable lesson. My friend asked me to model for a photography project she had coming up. I brought along my outfits that we had picked out and came to find out that my clothes would be the wardrobe for both myself and the other model. This was a little nerve wracking for a person that doesn’t even lend their clothing out to friends. I am beyond protective of my closet (I know, I’m crazy). 

So as we were putting on the first looks, the other girl (half my size) was putting on this dress and heard a very loud rip. I assured her I could sew it, thinking it was along the seam, but came to find out that it had somehow ripped right down the center of the bust. I know that it’s vintage and fragile but it was such a bummer. I had just bought the dress a couple days before my Madonna Inn trip with Keiko (where these pictures were taken). So sometime this week, once I’ve gotten over being sick (again!), I’ll be heading to a seamstress in hopes that I can salvage the dress in the form of a skirt. So lesson learned, get details ahead of time and don’t bring anything that you care about to shoots. Or don’t be crazy and get attached to dresses. Either one. 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit details:
Dress: vintage from Playclothes
Mint jacket: Target (kid’s section!)
Heels: Seychelles c/o
Heart Sunglasses: F21 (possibly)

Bed of Roses

I’ve been realizing lately that I love the details in everything. I just saw the movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and every scene was so perfectly crafted. I’m trying to make my own home more visually appealing and it’s a very long process. One of those things where you just want it to be over with already. But I know it all takes time and it’ll be worth it when it finally comes together. 

These photos were snapped by Keiko when we were at the Madonna Inn. Every room had so many little details that made up the full picture. It was inspiring and now I’m left scouring flea markets and online shops to see what I can come up with. We have ideas for some of the rooms, but others are still up for debate. I’m just hoping this place comes together in the next few months. I never was one for patience. 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Off with your head…

Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Grooveshark

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I constantly feel like I have a million things that need to get done. But all I really want to do is throw on this pink coat and dance around like a crazy person. Actually, that sounds pretty great right about now. I think I’ll go do that. 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

P.S. Thank you to Amanda for my amazing necklace and Keiko for the Postlapsaria skirt and Family Affairs coat!

Vintage Frame Jewelry Display DIY

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My friends over at Bearded Lady Vintage had this beautiful frame for sale. It was one of those can’t stop thinking about it things so I finally ran back and bought it. I wasn’t even quite sure what I wanted to do with it exactly. Around the same time, I was trying to think of ways to display some of my jewelry and it all just clicked. 

The painting in the frame had already been removed, so I just had to find something that I could stick push pins through. I considered cork board, rolled or flat, but opted for a burlap panel that I was able to find in the exact size I needed (all found at Michael’s Craft Store). I laid out the necklaces where I wanted them and pushed the pins through. I used pliers to bend the ends of the push pins and then used tape over the bent edges to make sure the backs wouldn’t scratch the wall. I glued the burlap panel down into the frame and then used washi tape around the edges, just to give it added support (all of this can be seen in the second photo). 

I picked some of my favorite necklaces to display and played around with the positioning in the frame. I haven’t finished decorating my new apartment yet but even just having this above my dresser adds a lot to the room. The best part is that I can switch out necklaces and change the look based on any new jewelry I get or even what feel I’m going for. This whole project took less than a half hour which is perfect for me. It’s fun to look around my home and have special DIY projects that I’ve done. If you need me, I’ll be on Pinterest getting ideas for my next one!

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Cause I’m a ride or die…

Blue Jeans by Lana Del Rey on Grooveshark

I live across the country from my family and some of my best friends. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard sometimes. I talk to my parents everyday on the phone. Sometimes multiple times in one 24 hour period. My best friend, Keiko, and I are known for 1-2 hour long phone calls where sometimes we’re doing other things and forget we’re even on the phone with each other. My boyfriend had the hardest time understanding that, but it’s just what we do. 

So when we were both feeling a little bummed, a last minute meet up was the only option. Keiko booked a flight and within a week from the initial call, we were heading up to the Madonna Inn and all of it’s kitschy glory. 

The Inn has a ton of themed rooms to choose from. We chose the Love Nest (pictured above) and the Carin. We basically spent our trip in a never-ending photoshoot and just ran around in pretty dresses, eating pink cake and an assortment of cookies. It felt like we were in a fairytale, and it was exactly what we both needed. We’re already planning our next meet up and I can’t wait. I am so grateful for the friends I have in my life. I don’t know what I did to deserve them, but I count myself among the luckiest.

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit Details:
Dress: vintage (gift from Keiko)
Fascinator: vintage (bought at Playclothes in Burbank)

You spoke like broken thunder…

Thunder Clatter by Wild Cub on Grooveshark

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Having a job that is predominately nights and weekends can sometimes be a bit draining. It also doesn’t help that if I don’t make it a point to get out earlier in the day, I end up just hanging out at home. I’ve been trying to make plans ahead of time and request certain days off to ensure that I can actually get out and have a life. 

I feel like it’s so easy to fall into a routine of eat, sleep, work, repeat. This year, I’m really going to make an effort to change that. I’ve already started hiking more and the above pictures were taken at a huge park two blocks from my apartment. A huge park that we almost never go to. It’s insane. Over the next week, I already have plans to take Will to Medieval Times, see Reggie and the Full Effect play, and take a road trip up to the Madonna Inn with my best friend. Now, I just need a night out dancing and I’ll be set. Here’s to actually planning ahead for once! 

Hearts, 
Kimberly Grace 

Outfit Details:
Blouse: Isabel Lu (gift from Keiko)
Kimono: Handmade by Keiko
Necklace: Sea of Bees
Jeggings: Urban Outfitters
Heaven and Earth Boots: Seychelles

Hello

Hands by The Ting Tings on Grooveshark

Oh, hi there! It’s been a while. Between the holidays, gift buying, travel, friends, family, and everything else in between, I’ve been neglecting my blog. The good news is that I’m back and have a ton of things I’m working on. So we’ll see where that all leads. I’m going to start having craft and nail painting nights with some of my friends out here, so hopefully I’ll have some fun things to post about. I have a few more cocktail ideas in the works as well. My current, huge project is getting my apartment decor completed. We are slowly getting there but I’m so impatient. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If anyone has any time management advice, please feel free to share your wisdom. It would be much appreciated!

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit Details:
Blouse: Anthropologie
Eva Franco Skirt: Anthropologie
Hello bracelet: Gift from Keiko (F21)
Ring: Artists and Fleas
Ampersand heels: Seychelles

Happy Hour: Pumpkin Spice Martini

I have a love for anything pumpkin. So when I saw that there was a pumpkin vodka, I had to try it. I figured this would be a good autumn drink. Maybe even for Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving parties. My friend, Justin, suggested the Fireball to add the spice to it, but I found that it needs to be used sparingly. I also added Bailey’s to round out the flavors and make the Fireball not as intense. The optional colored, sugar rim was just cute and delicious. But anyway, on to the recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Martini:
1 1/2 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1/4 oz. Fireball
1/4 oz. Bailey’s 

Put the above ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake it baby! Strain into a martini glass (could also be made as a shot).  

If you make it a martini and want a sugar rim, all you need is lime juice and sugar. You could really use anything sticky in place of the lime juice. Pumpkin butter might be interesting. They have a really good one at Trader Joe’s. Put the lime juice (or substitute) around the rim (can be done with a real lime or bottled lime juice that you pour into a bowl or plate). I got the gold and orange sugars from Michael’s Craft Store and just mixed them together on a separate plate. Then I turned the martini glass upside down and dunked the rim into the sugar and made sure it was evenly coated. 

And that’s it! It took a few tries to get the amounts right, but in the end, it turned out to be a tasty (and strong!) drink. I’m already working on some December cocktails for you guys. Thinking about some candy cane rims and different flavor combinations. 

I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving with their loved ones!

Cheers!
Kimberly Grace 

A life worth fighting for…

Disparate Youth by Santigold on Grooveshark

I feel like I’m out of LA as much as I’m in it these days. Will and I went up to New York to visit his family and one of my best friends. It was such a good feeling to be back. There was a lot of eating, shopping, and playing with dogs. My three favorite things. Will’s dad even taught me how to make shortbread since it’s Will’s favorite. Maybe once I get a mixer, you’ll see a little bit more of that.

I’ve always told people that while I love living out here, my trips make it even better. I think it’s good to get out once in a while. It kind of refreshes everything. Ideally, I’d like to just constantly travel. Which I guess I’ve sort of been doing. I had just finished unpacking from New Orleans and had to repack for the next, much colder, trip. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not good at layering. I wore tank top dresses with a coat and hoped for the best. It’s amazing that I didn’t get sick.  Luckily, my next trip is to Florida for the holidays. I’ll be celebrating Christmas, by the pool. 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit Details:
Sweater: Millau
Dress (worn as a skirt): BB Dakota
Romance Boots: Seychelles 

P.S. (Random thoughts) Everyone has this idea in their heads that you need to pick one job to aspire to and do for the rest of your life. What if any job is ok, as long as it allows you to have the kind of life you want? 

Never cursed your name…

The Mother We Share by CHVRCHES on Grooveshark

These photos were taken on my trip to New Orleans. It was my first time going and I absolutely loved it. There is so much talent in that city. Street performers on every block and they are SO good! Even bars and restaurants had people playing music in them. There were so many different areas but we were within walking distance to the French Quarter, so we spent a lot of time there. While walking to Frenchman Street one night, we ran into a random block party in the middle of the road. That was definitely one of my highlights of the trip. The cops even came and asked the DJ to lower the music and then left. You can take alcoholic drinks to go and just walk to the next bar with them. And if you want to eat friend dough covered in powdered sugar at three in the morning, Cafe Du Monde is open 24 hours. Not that I did that. I’m just saying…. er…. I’ve heard you can. 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace 

Outfit Details:
Mint leatherette jacket: Target (kid’s section)
Dress: BBDakota
Scoundrel boots: Seychelles
Sunglasses: Rayban 

P.S. We took a ghost tour the night after these photos were taken and found out that we were super close to the supposedly haunted house from American Horror Story. Some crazy stuff went down in that house! I love a good ghost story. 

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