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. 

Pumpkin Patch

This Is Halloween by Nightmare Before Christmas on Grooveshark

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I’m really into holiday traditions. I’m not sure if it’s the nostalgia of years past or just an all around general enjoyment, but there always has to be a carved pumpkin on Halloween, sweet potatoes with marshmallows on Thanksgiving, and a big tree with all the ornaments that I’ve collected over the years on Christmas. I’m excited to continue my family’s traditions, as well as make new ones with Will. 

We went to a local pumpkin patch a couple weeks ago before our Nola trip to get our pumpkin. I just got around to carving it last night, which reminded me that I should probably post these photos. Better late than never has become my adopted motto. I didn’t have the best tools so I ended up using a huge knife from my kitchen, which wasn’t the easiest thing to maneuver. I think he came out pretty well. I’ve named him Mr. Jack O’ Lantern Jr. I’ve named all my pumpkins that since I can remember and I’ve lost count on if he’s the 19th, 20th, or older. It’s that whole tradition thing. 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit Details:
Skirt: H&M
Blouse: Urban Outfitters
Cat flats: Vietnam 
Ring: Rosey B Designs 

Happy Hour: Candy Apple Martini (Great for Halloween!)

I started bartending at work a couple months ago. It’s been fun learning all of the new drinks and seeing what works well together. It’s like cooking or baking when you think about the flavor profiles and putting them together. This drink was actually done as a shot originally but I decided to do it as a martini instead. It’s sweet and delicious. You can change the amounts to your liking but this is what worked best for me. 

First, gather your ingredients. You’ll need a shaker, ice, Jack Daniel’s Honey, Apple Pucker, sweet and sour, cranberry juice, and an optional garnish of gumball eyes or plastic spiders. 

Fill your shaker with ice and add the following:
1 oz Jack Daniels Honey
1 oz Apple Pucker
1/2 oz Sweet and Sour 

Shake and strain into your martini glass. 

Then add a splash of cranberry juice to create your float on top. That’s it! I found gumballs in the shape of eyes while in Target’s Halloween section so I put those in the drink too. I like edible garnishes. Plastic spiders could also be fun or even no garnish at all, like below. This would be a great drink at a Halloween party, or any other party for that matter, but maybe skip the eyeballs. 

Bottoms Up!

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace 

Baby, in the dumpster we will dive…

Dumpster Diving by Castledoor on Grooveshark

My best friend, Keiko, used to go dumpster diving with her mom. They had a local thrift shop back home that would throw out donations that they didn’t have room for. Keiko and her mom would find all these vintage gems in the dumpster behind the shop. While I never went with them, I can appreciate flea markets and thrift shops for the same reasons. If you take the time to dig, you can find some real treasures.

I dragged my boyfriend to the Rose Bowl Flea Market this past weekend. He actually had fun and said he wants to go back to find more things to decorate with. We’re still at the very early stages of getting settled into our new place. While going through the isles, we found a couple that makes beautiful farmer’s tables out of reclaimed wood. That would go perfectly in our soon to be nautical themed dining room. We also found an old copy of the Sea Witch, and some little succulents so I can try my hand at keeping them alive again. There is always a TON to look at and you have to have a good eye. I’m hoping on our next trip, we find even more unique pieces to bring home! 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit Details:
Dress: Darling
Tights: Bought in Japan
Scoundrel boots: Seychelles 

How many secrets can you keep?

Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys on Grooveshark

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Last weekend was insane between work, shows, and my parents still being in town. And in true Kimberly fashion, I was feeling the after effects all week and it finally caught up with me. Today will be spent in bed. This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve gotten sick this year. My mom says it’s because I “keep burning the candle at both ends.” I feel like I need to make some major changes because I’m of no use when I’m sick. Maybe a blood workup would do me some good.. or vitamins… something!

My friend, Kelsie, took these photos the night that we went with Anna to see the Arctic Monkeys play at the Wiltern. Basically my last fully healthy night. I have the big flea market this weekend and trips to New Orleans and New York coming up, so hopefully I can kick this sooner than later. Send your healthy vibes my way!

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit Details:
Cat Fight crop top: Nasty Gal
Lace skirt: Handmade in Vietnam
Scoundrel Boots: Seychelles 

You look good when you wear it well…

Ready 2 Wear by Felix da Housecat on Grooveshark

I had this post all ready to go last week and then Tumblr ate it. I don’t know what happened. But I had a long weekend of shows, work, and parents being in town, so I’m just getting around to trying it again. I got an e-mail saying that apparently it’s Can I Get a What What’s fourth birthday today. Not that I really did much with it in the beginning but I’m proud that I’ve kept it going this long and would like to dedicate more time to it. Possibly even cut down how many days I’m at Hard Rock. I have some decisions to make. 

I’d like to stay in bed for the next twenty four hours, but I have a date night with my girls at the Arctic Monkeys show. Never staying still. I might be tired, but truth be told, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace

Outfit details:
Ombre blouse: Sparkle and Fade
Skirt: Corey Lynn Calter
Flats: c/o Seychelles 

Crostinis

My good friend, Liz, shares my ridiculous love of crostinis. So when she asked me to come over for some wine and crostinis in her backyard, you know I didn’t think twice before driving over. When I got to her house, she had a roasted tomato and ricotta version, along with a pesto and mozzarella variation. They were delicious and we managed to eat basically all of them and knock down a bottle of wine, as well. Definitely, my kind of night!

Crostinis are such a simple, but delicious, way to make hors d’oeuvres. Simply slice up a French or Italian baguette, brush the pieces with a little olive oil, toast, and then add whatever toppings your heart desires. I’m a cheese addict, so the more cheese, the better. Hummus as a base would be delicious, as well as maybe a brie, strawberry, and honey version. The possibilities are endless and they make the cutest little finger foods. I’ll definitely have some at my inevitable house warming party. Now just to finish decorating!

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace 

Vietnam: Part 3

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I saved the Ha Long Bay photos (top two) for my last post. It was by far the most breathtaking part of my trip. The bay consists of around 2,000 limestone islets and I must have taken a hundred pictures as we navigated our way through the waters. It was out of this world. We also met a bunch of locals while on the trip including the lady boy (2nd to last photo) who ended up being our mid-water bartending in this post, and “grandpa” (photos 4 and 5). Him and his six siblings were all born deaf and mute, but no one knew why. They decided to open a restaurant, which we got to eat at while on our trip. Grandpa showed me a chart of all of his children and grandchildren, who were all born with the ability to hear and speak. He was so kind and welcoming. It’s little experiences like that, which really stay with you. I can’t wait to begin planning my trip for next year!

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace 

Vietnam: Part 2

People often ask if I like doing tours when I travel. It honestly depends on the trip. For certain countries were I feel like it might be safer or easier with the communication barrier, I definitely prefer some sort of guide. But others, especially if I’m trying to keep the cost down or going with multiple people, I prefer to do on my/our own. For Vietnam, Jess and I chose Contiki, which is a bit pricer, but definitely gives you a well rounded trip. We went to a ton of different cities while in Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang. We took a cooking class, went in a mud bath, saw big cities, and stayed overnight in secluded regions, as well as on a boat in the middle of the beautiful Ha Long Bay. It was crazy hot and humid, plus there was that whole sea lice fiasco, but you could eat like a king for fifteen dollars. Oh and every time we crossed the road, it was like a human game of frogger. Those scooters didn’t stop for anyone! These trips always take me out of my comfort zone and show me a whole new world. I think it’s important to see what else is out there and I encourage anyone interested in traveling to do so. If budget is a problem and you need cheaper alternatives to tours, check out my post about traveling on a budget

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace 

Better late than never : Vietnam!

This will actually be broken up into a few posts since they’ll be picture heavy. My best friend, Jessica, and I had the chance to go to Vietnam earlier in the summer. The country is absolutely stunning. The views were incredible and most definitely my favorite part. We did a Contiki tour so our group ended up being around 25 people in total. We went to a bunch of different cities, so we were able to really get a feel for all the different areas. Learning about different cultures is so important and I’m so thankful that I am able to take these trips every year. One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying different cuisines from around the world. Jessica and I love to eat! She lives on the other side of the country so I cherish our trips and the time we get to spend together. I’ll post the rest of the photos from the trip tomorrow and Thursday and talk about it a bit more in depth.

Hearts,
Kimberly Grace 

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