Super key for creatives, bloggers and small business owners - business cards from MOO

Hi hi!

How are ya? How's it going? I hope you have good plans this weekend for the 4th! Let me know what you do!

This post is for my bloggers, creatives, photographers, whoever....on BUSINESS CARDS.

I know, I know. Business cards are so, 1992.

But I SWEAR. They are NOT.

 It seems like an ancient practice, but it's one of those things like handwritten cards that really makes you stand out. It's taking the extra time to be a little different, with a personal human touch.

 

Do you remember the app where you like 'bumped' another phone and get that persons contact info? 

You'd open the app, then touch your phone with the other persons (the 'bump') and somehow that way the data got transferred?

For some reason, I don't want to always have everything be in my phone lately. There's already so much info!

I also don't want to be on my phone when I'm meeting someone for the first time. 

With that, there is also the awkward process of handing them my phone to get information.

Then they see that my phone background has my current diet goals (no peanut butter or fake sugars, eating past 6 PM - LOL) and it's like, you don't want someone in your business or a phone number in your phone book if it's not going to be used often. 

When I was in Palm Springs I was talking to a few people about their brand, business, blogging, whatever, and I just wasn't in love with going on my phone adding them to my phone book, standing there while they typed their names in....

At this stage in my life the numbers in my phone book are the homies. People I talk to everyday, and I don't want to add everyone in.

Just for organizations sake ya know?

So in comes the business card.

Super easy, and it's the most natural thing when talking to someone to just hand them a card.

In the greeting, or in the goodbye, giving a business card is still a classy ass move.

It's like, 'I have a legitimate business, check out my card' to know that. BAM.

Plus it keeps things more streamlined and it makes you stand out.

So for the blog events I've been doing and just in general when I'm out (because seriously if you talk to people, you don't realize how everything is somehow connected!) I've found photographers chatting with strangers, connections to brands, or even just readers. 

I found these amazing MOO business cards and am IN LOVE.

I was looking for them to be unique, CRISP, clean, modern and THICK.

Plus I wanted them to be a little different, and I couldn't decide between the pictures on them so I was happy I could have more than one style.

I got the 50 Standard Size Luxe Business Cards, and the style template is called, "If the shoe fits".

The LUXE is a thicker paper, which makes it feel heavier. 


Having business cards:

  • Differentiates you 

  • Is professional

  • Helps you increase your brand awareness

  • Is a super cute to connect with people


For me, it's worth it to throw them in my bag, purse, whatever. Because I feel like EVERYDAY I meet someone that knows someone that I can chat further about something about. Related to the blog or not.

PLUS. If you give someone your business card - you are not obligated to call them or reach out to them at all. SO. The power is in your hands with what you do with it should they reach out to you.


What to put on your business cards:

  • Your email

  • Your cell phone number

  • Name/title

  • Where they can find you on social media (SUPER IMPORTANT)


The photos I chose feel like represent me and my brand (whatever that means) in a way that's creative, professional, yet honest.

These are those photos:

Also, these MOO cards are under $35 dollars for 30 of them, and they'll last you for a long time! I love how quality they are and you can make whatever kind you'd like with their various templates. Feel free to be creative!

Let me know if you have questions on these. I thought it was cool, and had to share it!

You da best!

xoxo
Krista

Interview with the babes of LE SWEAT: Charlee Atkins and Meridith Miller

YOOOO!

Hi there. Happy Wednesday!

I like to interview badass females doing THANGS.  Have you noticed the trend? Joni Payne, The Lady Gang, NOBREAD's Nicole Cogan...

Real recognize real, and more ladies need to recognized for going out of their comfort zone, doing something different and just being true to themselves. 

So.

In comes in the babes of the blog/website/forum/fitness diary called Le Sweat. 

Created by Meridith Miller and Charlee Atkins, it's a unique and REAL perspective on all things related to, well, le sweating, and then some. 


A few of my favorite articles from Le Sweat:

An expose of the f*ck boy

Le park bench sweat (video)

Le travel SOLO (on the importance of, and how to travel SOLO)

Plus, the playlists are BOMB.


For their credentials. Charlee Atkins, is a Senior Instructor at SoulCycle, selling out classes like a BA, and modeling with Wilhelmina. Meridith Miller is basically killing it as a marathon runner, and in business at a little company called Twitter. 

So this week, I'm excited to share with you what these two bring in the blog called Le-Sweat.


Brief introduction to LE SWEAT?

C: The health & fitness industry is very crowded by professionals, non-professionals, and a whole hell of a lot of fitness-enthusiasts. We created LS to be another voice in the fitness world, but our goal was to be a different voice.  An approachable, yet science-based voice with 10 years of experience in the field. Everything LS is real-life experiences, and self made errors that we’ve found remedies too from simply being in the industry.

M: For me, fitness and physical challenge has always directly impacted my life in every other aspect. Because it’s such an important part of both of our lives (in different ways), we wanted to find a way to make that fitness oriented mindset easy.

Who you are and what you do?

C: Charlee Atkins / CCO of Le Sweat; 30 years young, live in NYC, CSCS + Model + Group Fitness Instructor.

M: Meridith Miller/ COO of Le Sweat; 33 years of age; lawyer by trade but life enthusiast by nature; I currently run a partnerships team at Twitter as the day job.

What is Le Sweat?

C: Le Sweat is a community for people who are working on working out. We like to share stories / articles / content that is relatable, aspirational, and most importantly: ATTAINABLE for every body.

M: What she said.

What can people expect when reading?

C: To be talked to you like you are talking to your best friend. No small talk, straight to the point, sassy, but honest, and brutally honest.

M: Oh and puns. Don’t forget the puns.
 

What makes the LE SWEAT different from other blogs or websites?

C: LS is different from others sites because it’s our voice. Our workouts are inspired by the shit we’re going through IRL, so by talking about real life shit (like fuck boys, break ups, and keeping your vagina clean) we parlay it into why should also work shit out.
 

How did the idea come about, and can you talk about the process behind creating the website/brand?

C: The creative process is a mixture of the two of us tossing a document back and forth to each other making edits of each other’s edits until we’re pleased with the product (or we hit our self-imposed deadlines).

M: We know there’s a lot of “fitness” blogs and sites out there, so this is really about creating a voice and a brand that our audience can relate to, have fun with, and actually use because it’s attainable. “Le Sweat” specifically was conceived to embody all the things we sweat in life: physical, emotional, mental, you name it - we all sweat!

Where was the site birthed?

C: It was conceived in Saxon + Parole on one eve, but a majority of its gestation was in Thailand. It was also stimulated over many, many, MANY cups of coffee.

M: I believe it was around coffee number 1,327.
 

What is your favorite post?

C:How To Be Alone not Lonely” - Everything about this post is us as individuals. We’re both successfully single living in NYC, we love to travel, we love to workout, and we love to inspire and motivate those around us to embody not having to answer to anybody but yourself/ourselves.

M: Nailed it.
 

As fitness bitches, what are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make as it relates to getting or staying fit?

C: That hardest part is getting started, second hardest part is maintaining it. People begin to see the initial benefits of fitness, and then immediately go back to old ways. Being fit / staying fit is a matter of habitual behavior change.  

Habits will always remain, it’s just a matter of what you replace them with.

M: Thinking they can’t do something just because they’ve never done it before. Ex: Running has always been my “thing” and luckily has come easy to me.

But people who don’t run normally think they can’t. It’s just one example of that starting point Charlee references: it all starts with the mental belief you can do it and the biggest hurdle I see people face is thinking they can’t do it before they even try.

What's been the biggest game changer for you in your fitness journey?

C: Finding a community / friends who hold me accountable to show up for my workouts.

M: Staying consistent. You have to have days off, but you have to keep it consistent - whether you’re busy with work, friends, relationships, or travel - you’ve got to keep it going.

Can you talk about eating and nutrition, and the role it plays for you it staying fit?

C: You have to eat properly to fuel your workouts. That means eliminating something, adding others, and also knowing when to eat what. At this point, people know what is good, and what isn’t good for them, so it’s a matter of being an adult and making and adult decision to say no to bad diet choices, and yes to healthy diet choices.  

My favorite quote is from a man named Jay-Z. He says “What you eat doesn’t make me shit” which is true.

You choose to put whatever you want in your body, make good choices.

M: Personally, I love food. All food. One of my biggest motivating factors to workout is knowing the next meal is just around the corner. I don’t believe it depriving yourself and I do believe in balance.

Eat the burger, eat the cookie, eat the pasta and the cheese. But also eat the salad, the chicken, and always eat a healthy breakfast!

 

I have to ask: Where do you get that six pack?

C: Laughing so hard at this whole process.  That’s where we got them from.

M: I love that you think I have abs. I guess the grass is always greener right? ;)

 

What's your favorite workout?

C: Any workout that makes you Le Sweat, but I am very proud / fond of our Foam Rolling video (below). It’s not really a workout, but it’s very simple, educational, and will put many workouts back on your body.

M: If I take it off the site, my fave workout of choice right now is a solid sweat sesh on an indoor bike with the one and only Charlee Atkins.

 

Favorite playlist on Le Sweat?

M: Sweat Tunes No. 8. They’re all upbeat but this one gets me goin’.


Goal or Mission of Le Sweat?

C: If you’re unhappy in your life in some aspect, maybe it be job, relationships, current living situation: we hope to inspire others to want to move in a way that will make them feel good in the moment, and then continue to make daily choices that help them achieve that emotion of fulfillment all day every day.

M: Of course what she said.

Our goal is to connect with our audience so that when they’re sweating it out in life, our message helps keep them going.

Ultimately we all come out stronger on the other end, and we want to ingrain that mindset in our audience.


Where can people find more or connect with you?

us@le-sweat.com

Instagram: @le_sweat

Twitter: @le_sweat

Facebook: we.are.le.sweat

And if all of thsoe don’t work out: www.le-sweat.com


I really liked the goal and mission of Le Sweat here. Its hard to put a goal or mission into words but here they put it really well.

Plus, you can see that mission shine through in the content.

Right now both ladies are traveling in are Cannes, Istanbul and Santorini....so following them through their travels is a very good idea!

Loving you - and looking forward to your thoughts on LE SWEAT. Now I need to go le sweat myself on a nice little run.

xo

Krista

How to look effortlessly chic (even when it's hot out, or you want to just wear pajamas)

Sup ya'll.

How are you?!

Real quick, I got really good feedback on the hair post on Friday - so glad you liked it!

Anyway how how was your weekend? Do anything fun? Let me know! For me, it was a good L.A. weekend. Mixed work with some play - saw Finding Dory - LOL. Did a SoulCycle influencer ride with some Hundred Blog readers and Style Collective bloggers. It was SUPER inspiring to be with other blog babes that are doing similar things as you. 

I want to write a blog life update post this week so I'll share that later.

So, yesterday I donated THREE BAGS of clothes to Goodwill in Los Angeles, and let me tell you, getting rid of, going through and organizing your clothes is EVERYTHING. If you want to clean, give back, and remember all the clothes you actually do have, do this.

It's easy, it helps people and it's a good way to make space in your life. 

You can find Goodwill Donation Center's here, and then drive up with all your goods, drop them off and get a receipt that you can use towards your taxes if you need! There are also other places to donate clothes, like Salvation Army, etc. but it's a win-win all around.

So, to the post.

Which I am writing in my damn white tee. Just an easy post to share a good thing to get for summer to wear with EVERYTHING.

White t-shirts are SO badass for some reason.

I'm not sure if it's like 'you're cool enough to keep this clean' or like 'I haven't spilled on myself today'...but there's something about it that makes it crisp, easy and sexy.

White t-shirt. Boyfriend or skinny jeans. Sneakers. Leather jacket. Done.

Supermodel off duty vibe.

You can dress a white t-shirt up, with basically anything in your closet or you can dress it down, obviously. You could truly wear one every single day.

I found the softest, best cut white t-shirt, ever, and I wear it as much as the Alexander Wang T-shirt that I bought two years ago. This one's just cheaper. It fits right, not too big or too small and I got a medium just so it's a big looser but still nice!

$15 dollars baby, $15 dollars. OLD NAVY REPPIN!

I also linked some of my favorites below, and things you can wear with your white t-shirt. For summer when you want to wear something soft, something easy and something that goes with ANYTHING, this is it!

Here I am wearing the t-shirt with Levi's easy black shorts and my favorite sneakers from Adidas!


Shop the best (cheap) white tee's


Shop thangs to wear with your white tee


I am wearing mine almost everyday.

Like I do, I'll wear it until it's really gross, then probably never again.

Or just will get a new one because it is hard to keep these clean! But buying cheaper ones makes it easier to stay up with a new white.

Short and sweet - lots to do today! 

Also how is summer going guys? Isn't it amazing how we PACK it all in during these amazing months? I LOVE IT.

Keep me posted. Any favorites?!

Loving you.

Krista

 

Long, thick and healthy hair SECRETS (what vitamins I take, products I use...!)

Hello you!

She has big hair and it's full of SECRETS! (Best movie ever!)

Anyway!

Writing this post by request because I think I've talked to at least 6 people about this lately.

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It's my hair. 

It's gotten REALLY long and it's just massive at this point. Not sure why, but I feel like my hair has been varying levels of thickness in my life. Probably related to diet, and hormones but right now it's a MANE and SUPA THICK!

Thankfully, my hair is my thing. Since I was little and when I was wearing an eye patch. I had my hair.  The uglier I feel, the longer I'll have my hair, hehe.

But it's been nice to be long again, and I wanted to share the biggest secrets to having long thick hair that doesn't break, and can survive coloring and sun damage. 

Good hair can change the world, right?!


Hair secrets:

First, most importantly, is viviscal guys. I SWEAR BY IT. 

Biotin doesn't work. Like I don't know why it just doesn't. Or if it does I never noticed. This is the REAL DEAL. 

I wrote about it before, and you can get it here, but it's the real DEAL. It has changed the game for making my hair so much thicker, and growing so much more quickly from when I had the Rachel cut in August of last year. Sometimes I think about the girl that told me about viviscal at a bar, and I want to kiss her.

You can get a months supply here, for around $25 dollars, or 6 months supply here for $110 which is SUPER cheap for what I've seen! I would do the 6 months so you can really see the results.

Like any vitamin or pill you have to use it for about 3 months before you notice a difference, but it's SO WORTH IT! 

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Also MAJOR.

I wash it once a week, maybe.

I truly go as long as possible, up to two weeks without washing my hair. If you use a good dry shampoo (like this one by Caviar!) it will absorb the excess oil and create volume and lift without drying it out from washing. This has allowed my color to stay, and caused less breakage.

I workout most days, so when it's sweaty I'll dampen the roots with water and shoot it with a blowdryer. But even letting it dry with a little bit of being dirty, gives it lots of volume!

Plus it saves me SO MUCH TIME to not wash my hair.

  • I never blow dry. Ever. My hair is naturally really straight, no wave really, so when it's drying I'll run a wet brush through it as it dries to keep it from doing radical things. It's key to keeping it healthy, because the less heat the better.

Right now I am going off a curling binge, I curled it 3 days in a row and it feels like Bob Marley dreadlocks it's so dry. For that, I'll do a mask once every two weeks. I rotate between expensive and cheap brands. For real L'Oreal has the cheap drugstore brand game on lock, and I love Kerastase masks for all they do. I put the curling iron I use on here. It's BOMB and my curls last fo-eva.

On products, I feel passionately about spending money on products - like the ones I use linked below. Because, if you wash your hair once a week (slash month) you can spend more and use less. The expensive shampoos WORK and have really helped with damage control. 

This is weird, but I don't know, and also TMI but we're all FRIENDS. I also think my hair is thicker since getting off birth control (I have the copper IUD). I felt like those hormones messed with me. Anyone else? Is that legal to write that? LOL.

For coloring, I get it done once every 3 months (down from every 4 weeks when I was MEGA blonde) and having a toner added at the end really helps to draw out the color and make it last SO much longer. Highlighting and coloring your hair can REALLY lead to breakage. For blondes, your essentially removing the the pigment from your hair when you make it blonde (for other colors you are adding pigment).

So, having my hair a darker blonde really has extended my time away from the salon which saves my hair and my wallet :)

Hmmm...I think that could be it as far as secrets. Massaging the scalp is good, I'm like a cat basically if you rub my head. But any questions on hair? Ask me!

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Products I love:


PHEW. That one felt good. Any tips for me? Do you do anything special to keep your hair healthy? Lemme know! Or share below so we can all benefit :) 

Also I'm wearing Ethona Active - it's a new line based out of Los Angeles that I've been working with - and LOVE. It's super soft, fits well and the cut is pretty unique. RECOMMEND IT! 

xoxo

Krista

For ya listening pleasure - JONI PAYNE interview and jams

Hi babes.

I don't know how to describe music being important to me without sounding like a loser, but it IS.

When you think about life. We often mix memories and songs. Most of us spend our days in headphones. Either finding music to match or, create the mood.

I span the music spectrum, but mostly I'm into Rap, Hip-Hop, Trap, R&B, Soul and Phil Collins. Favorite albums are from artists like Miguel, Frank Ocean, Purity Ring, SBTRKT and I always want to find new stuff. My music section on Hundred is where I share the latest, or on soundcloud I repost good thangs.

My new music muse, is Joni Payne. A babe I was connected to through various cool individuals (thanks Joey and Val!). I started to listen with no expectation of commitment.

But once I love a sound or artist - I'm in. 

So, after a few listens, I WAS ALL IN. 

This has all the FEELS.

Joni is super groovy, sexy and worldly. It's like okay I can listen to this when I'm hanging, cruising, through the day or into the night.

IT'S RAD and retro.

So, I am super pumped to share some new jams with you, and a bit more about Joni as an artist. I was happy to interview her and learn more about the process, her dreams and sound. It's amazing what this babe can do, so I needed to take a note.

I know you'll love this one so we'll get to it. xo


A little about Joni:

Joni Payne combines her classic jazz influenced vocals with pop and R&B melodies to create a unique sound that can best be described as street meets relaxed chic. 

Born in the midwest, but having lived on the east and now west coast, Joni has been influenced by a wide array of genres and American cultures that have helped her develop an explosive and haunting electronic style. 

Standing at six feet tall and coming from a professionally studied graphic arts and modeling background, Joni brings unique and striking visuals alongside her music and performances. 


Full interview, and some of my favorites:

How would you describe your sound? 

My music has a dreamy chillwave/R&B/soul vibe. I like blending new sounds and really old sounds to create a cool dynamic of my own.

As an artist you must have people you listen to for inspiration.

Who are some of your biggest music inspirations? 

Ahhh so many haha and constantly changing, here are a few of my favs that stick though:

Billie Holiday for her voice, Frank Sinatra for his swag, Al Green for his emotion, Frank Ocean for his story telling, Jimi Hendrix for his dedicated talent, Dean Martin for his sense of humor, Etta James for her soul, DJ Quick for his vibe, Luther Vandross for his sexuality, Erykah Badu for her individuality, Miles Davis for his Miles Davis-ness.

If you had to collab with anyone, who would it be and why?

I always love what Justin Vernon does with artists, i feel like the way he approaches collaboration helps them grow and create new sounds that are next level. 


What's been the best show you've ever seen live?

(Lupe Fiasco at Lollapalooza or The XX at Coachella are mine)

Oooo yeah The XX was my first concert in LA and they were great, it felt like they created their own little world to step into. Uhhh right now I'd say my favorite was probably seeing Snoop Dogg because i fell in love with him while he was on stage so that was pretty cool.

Something about the way he didn't have to ask for people to listen, but just did his laid back thing and it commanded his own presence was so amazing to me. 

Walk us through a day in the life, any rituals?

I have to wake up at 8am to move my car from the meters thanks to wonderful LA parking, so that's become a sort of ritual haha.

It's actually great because it makes me get up early and by the time i'm in the car i'm ready to get coffee.

Coffee would be another ritual. I have my own little studio set up in my apartment so I usually am writing/designing from there, or at one of my producer's spots. I take dance classes throughout the week and generally get to the beach to clear my mind and breathe every couple of days.

I'm always finding different ways to create, but one of the only consistency's I've noticed is that things flow better when my apartments clean, so a lot of times i find myself putting on a record and making my bed before sitting down to do art. 

You moved from Ohio! What brought you to L.A. and how has your upbringing shaped you?

I actually have moved around a lot growing up, I lived in Ohio for the longest, but before coming to LA I went to boarding school in Boston and my family moved to Colorado.

So I would actually say that moving and restarting in new places shaped me more than any one individual spot. I've always felt like I could take on any environment and it taught me not to be afraid of rediscovering and inventing myself.

I was lucky to have a really close huge family to keep me true to my core, but I never was stuck to one community's influence or perception of me. 

What's your biggest dream right now?

I just want to keep opening doors and getting better. 


My favorite Joni jams:


Your most exciting accomplishment of 2015?

Getting my first single out. It always feels like there are forces working against you when you're trying to do something new, so just breaking through those barriers and putting yourself out there is a huge step.

Any goals you have for 2016?

Lot's haha, but mostly just to transition into making my art my full time job.

Which of your songs do you think best describes your sound that people can jam to?

"Must Have" probably holds that place in my heart for now, but I have a new project coming out this spring that will do that to a fuller extent. It has a video/short film component that starts out by revealing some of the most intimate and vulnerable sides of me, and then transitions into some of the bigger visions and artistry that I want to connect with my music. there's also an EP tied to it that helps expand on the different sounds I've been putting out and continues to tell the story of who I am as an artist. 

I know for lots of people, they have dreams or talents but never enough courage to actually pursue them. You're super talented, and have such an amazing sound. Can you talk about the moment (or moments) where you knew you wanted to go for it and pursue your career as an artist? 

I think that for me it comes down to enjoying the process of growth, rather than doing it for some end goal that may or may not ever happen. It's definitely really hard sometimes, but I get the most joy when i make a song that i love, so as much as i want people to hear it and to connect with an audience, i'm more concerned greatness than popularity. i guess it was never really a question of whether or not i would pursue it, i just really love making art. 


So cool, right? I love the perspective, and weirdly I loved how she said she works best in a clean space. HA. I FEEL THAT and I needed someone else to verbalize it. THANK YOU.

I'm really into the sound and feeling, and super excited to see where this one goes! She's also a super babe right? Love the look - and always into anyone with a bold Brooke Shields brow. 

What's your fav jam? 

Lemme know!

Happy Wednesday. Always glad you're here.

xoxo

Krista

How to be happy for no reason (REAL TALK)

'sup guys!

Love this one for a MONDAY. Truly a life changer.

First, how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

I worked basically all weekend, but that's good every once in a while! I also shot a LOT last week. With Danika my girl, for Ethona an Activewear line in Venice and then for a project I have coming up. It's interesting now with photos that I care less about what they look like - it's like more objective when I see pictures. Like, okay that angle is my hell, or like I should probably be more relaxed here, this looks good etc. Bloggers ya feel me?

So to the post! This is the realest and inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, Tara Brach, who does meditations and teachings that seriously calm and change my life. I would highly recommend the 10 minute meditation for beginners, which I linked in my meditation post.

This is my and almost everyone's life. 

Living, and thinking, I will be happy IF this happens to me.

'If' I get this job. 'If' I start dating this person. 'If' I get this apartment. 'If' I lose the weight. "If' I buy X, Y or Z.

Then. 

I will be happy. 

How often do we do that?

Personally, I find myself often saying that I will be happy once I: accomplish something with Hundred, make this amount of money, lose 10 pounds....

Once my friend Adam asked me how I was feeling, and I said 'I just want to lose these 7 pounds', and he said,

'You've always said I want to lose 7 pounds since I've known you. Maybe you should let it go.'

We've known each other for 6 years HA.

MIC DROP.

SO DAMN TRUE!

I'm just being honest.

It's the toxicity of thinking, if this happens, or this situation changes, then I will be happy. Until then I am living in limbo and out of this moment. 

I actually notice this a lot with my friends too. This moment, is not okay, but when something else happens, in two years, when I get married, when I have kids, when we have money, when I have this job... THEN I will be content.

But does that ever really happen? Think about when something in your life went REALLY your way. You actually did get that job or started to date that person...

You never stay as happy as you were when you first got it. Then, you find something else to chase after.

It's how humans work.

I know thats how I normally operate.

I thought this was cool:


Buddhism provides two definitions for happiness. One is defined in terms of our relation to an object, while the other is defined in terms of our relation with the state of mind of the feeling itself.

Please read below:

The first defines happiness as the experiencing of something in a satisfying manner, based on believing that it is of benefit to ourselves, whether or not it actually is. Unhappiness is the experiencing of something in an unsatisfying, tormenting way. We experience something neutrally when it is in neither a satisfying nor a tormenting way.

The second defines happiness as that feeling which, when it has ended, we wish to meet with it once more. Unhappiness as that feeling which, when it arises, we wish to be parted from it. While a neutral feeling is that feeling which, when it arises or ends, we have neither of the two wishes.
— www.studybuddhism.com

Basically the first is worldly happiness. Or happiness that comes with what we are experiencing through the senses. It's fleeting, it's when we experience life being a certain way.

It's happiness, with a cause.

The second, SUKHA is an unconditioned happiness that isn't dependent on anything. When people say they are CHOOSING to be happy, this is what they mean. You are happy for no reason. Nothing worldly or out of your control can keep you from that happiness. 

This is freedom.



Freedom is, reminding yourself that even without the things you crave, or are working towards - on this journey you DECIDE to happy.

Because nothing is guaranteed. No day, achievement, or 'it'. 

Things we want, we may or may not get, and if we weren't happy along the way, then whats the point?

So how am I applying this in my daily life? Every time I think about the things that I want or strive for, I remind myself that, now I am happy. On the journey to those things, or if those things never come to fruition, I am happy.

With or without 'it' I am filled with joy.

Deep right?

I would love to know what you think about this concept? Are there things for you that you feel like you'll be happy if you achieve or if you have? I feel like mines always been related to being a certain weight, or making a certain amount of money....what's yours?

Would love to read your thoughts!

Looking forward to chatting.

xoxo

Krista 

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Weekending in Palm Springs (where to stay, what to do & what to WEAR!)

Hello you!

How's the week going? Hoping things are good - so glad you're here!

A little overdue and a few trips to Palm Springs later - and we’ve got a weekending review!

I’ve been going back and forth between L.A. and Palm Springs for the past few months on random weekends, and finally have a good grip on what to do, where to stay and the information to share with you.

So last weekend I was in Palm Springs for an event called Desert Swim, which was a group of brands and bloggers getting together. It ended up really just being a party, HA.

I was like ready with business cards (that I bought and will write about) ready to network. 

I come to this pool party where people are hanging in donut and pizza floaties drinking coconut flavored mixed drinks, LOL.

I live in a no chill zone, HA so I was like hmm now what. I don't want to put on a bikini and drink Corona's...so I just chatted with folks in my little romper. It ended up being really fun and I had such a good time with our little group. Val our friend, did an AMAZING job finding a sweet airbnb.

At the event there was an amazing bathing suit designer who was like, "Girl let me get you in a bathing suit, would this work?" Hands me a TINY piece of bikini and I'm like hmmm...you got a large boo? HA. Swear she never heard the word large, but ANYWAY. I got a dope one piece out of it!

I am writing a post on my dope business cards because I think they aren't out of style, and that I truly use them more than you'd think. For me its better than standing with someone and you're trying to put their contact in your phone.

So that's to come.

But, I love Palm Springs because it's really what you make of it. You can do it with girlfriends for a spa getaway, with your person for a romantic getaway, or just like, a chill weekend to regroup and relax. Especially for L.A. people, when you want to do something different, you can go here.

It can be done cheaply, or expensively, and you can make it party-ish or laid back. Up to you, and why I love it.

So, a recap of everything you need - plus SUPER cute thangs to wear even if you're in Palm Springs or not :)


Places to stay:

Parker Palm Springs

ACE Hotel

Arrive

Airbnb (let me know if you need a suggestion!) 

L'Horizon Resort and Spa

Two Bunch Palms (this place is RAD! It's a spiritual relaxation center where you can do things like: 

  • Spiritual Healing

  • Yoga

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Sacred Heart Dancing

  • Grotto Relaxing

  • Angel Card Reading

  • Intention Setting

If you go there, you won't probably leave the resort - just some R&R and hanging out. Which is AMAZING.



Things to do:

Go out at the ACE Hotel

Get a drink at the Parker Palm Springs

Pool party at Arrive

Walk around in downtown Palm Springs

Go to a hot spring and RELAX

Hike in Joshua Tree nearby

Get coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Visit or hike the San Jacinto Mountain

Hike Indian Canyon


Where to eat:


What to wear:

I love the Palm Springs attire.

Beach-y, poolside gear that's a bit western and a bit boho. There's also a retro glam feel to it, as shown in the decor around the city. For bathing suits I would go one piece, kimono hat to the pool and at night do an easy maxi or something like that.

It's all about colors and patterns, Miami type vibe.


Also! These 'My Willow's' shades. I mean come ON. They don't have side 'bars' to hold them up, just a chain that goes around your ear with crystals at the bottom. They are truly the most unique and different sunglasses I have ever seen and I loved the owner's story. 

Get them at My Willow's and I think they will be in Nasty Gal really soon!

Wait you guys can we also talk about the valet guy in the reflection of my sunglasses? Do you die?? HAHA.

Okay, so an interesting week, but I'll keep you posted. Lost my wallet and things aren't REALLY working in my favor, but what can you do. How are you? Questions on Palm Springs or anything I've missed? Let me know!

Loving you.

xo

Krista

Not your grandma's EMBROIDERY. The BEST embroidery styles to shop!

Hello gorgeous people!

What's up what's up? Anything happening? How was the weekend?

I was in Palm Springs for an event and it was SO FUN. I am really tired, and ready to like chill, but exploring Palm Springs is becoming one of my favorite things. I'll write a guide and talk about what we did later this week. 

So, a post with some pictures I am really into! Love the turquoise background, just glad with how these turned out.

Plus, if you would have told me that I would be writing about embroidery…

I mean, that’s trends though, right? AND I LOVE IT.

The super detailed, color pop trend of embroidery is so in right now and it’s just such a feminine, pretty flair to add to clothes. I LOVE IT. You can really wear this anywhere and look really cool, but also covered up and girly.

Plus it's not like your grandma's embroidery of stitching holiday related patterns on your crew neck sweaters. 

Anyway, GET ON DA EMBROIDERY TRAIN.

Plus, if you’re doing a music festival soon, this is the perfect look. Period. 

Of all the trends I've loved this Spring, I am confident this is my favorite! 


Shop the look:

This embroidered jacket is actually last year Forever 21 and wasn't in fashion then (cool) but is now. I love bombers, anything black and paired this with Paige Jeans, Forever 21 sunglasses, Forever 21 black crop top and fringe booties. Edgy NYC, but still cute. Chloe, Valentino, Balenciaga...all of these brands have the embroidered bombers out. I won't link those, because I assume if you want that you're not reading my blog. Hehe.

(Floral embroidered bomber is sold out from Forever 21. You know how that goes). 

Shop similar styles of that jacket below:

From Zara

From Aso's (cropped jacket)

From Aso's (black floral detail)

Other details of this look:

Black Crop Top

Paige Black Ripped Knee Jeans

Matte Cat Eye Spitfire Sunglasses

Fringe Heeled Boots (sold out) but similar here


Shop similar DOPE and BEAUTIFUL looks:

All of these linked below. Are STUNNING. PERIOD. I love my jacket, but a few of these things are on the way to my house an I couldn't be more excited. Check out my favorites below, as I searched the internet high and low so you didn't need to look for the best. 


So you guys, I seriously can't even with some of those DRESSES ABOVE.

Like, flow-y, comfortable, beautiful and you wear dress them all up or dress them down. You can wear these to brunches, date night, out during the day. They're super versatile.

I love that, I can be cozy, on trend and cute at the same time.

What do you think? Which do you love?

Any favorite trends from spring? Can't wait to hear! 

You da best! Have a great week.

Xo

Krista

Easy breezy breakfast that takes 2.5 seconds (+ has protein, & superfoods!)

Guys,

I know sometimes you read my blog and think, "wow Krista is a total expert in cooking and baking". She posts such fabulous homemade cooking and food posts (aka cleansing and protein bars that I just buy). With all the difficult recipes I whip up, it seems like that. I know.

But. Sigh, *SHOCKER* I'm really not any expert at all.

LOL.

I've done VERY few posts on food, and it's for smoothies, or awesome protein bars.

I just don't do cook.

I eat too much food when I am waiting for the food to cook, period the end.

I don't have a big kitchen and I don't enjoy it or have supplies.

Those are my thoughts. 

This recipe I shared with some friends and they were really into it, and wanted to share with you!


Why I LOVE THIS:

It's so easy.

It's so delicious.

Its super affordable.

It's low in sugar, packed with super foods and tastes like chocolate amazingness.

Trader Joe's is awesome for bulk foods, but also ordering online means you don't leave the house. AYYY!!



So here we are!

Recipe for a super easy, filling, affordable, grab and go chocolate protein chia seed breakfast, that takes 2.5 seconds to make.

What you need:

Chia Seeds, about a 1/3rd cup 

Hemp Seeds, about a half cup

Flax Seeds (I like ground better), about 1/4th cup

Vega Sport Chocolate and Greens Protein Powder, one scoop

Almond Milk, about a 1/2 cup, but really just do as much as you'd like (I love the 365 brand from Whole Foods)

A hipster mason jar because plastic is SO OUT


Where to get supplies:


What you need to do:

  • Throw everything in a jar, and mix it up so that it's a soupy consistency.

  • The chia seeds will absorb the liquid to become a mouse like texture overnight.

  • After stirring it up, throw it in the fridge.

  • et Viola!

  • Take with you to work, or just eat it in the morning!


I have been taking it with me to go in the morning and it's so freaking good.

You can add other stuff to it too. Whatever you'd like, goji berries, cinnamon, or fruit. Feel free to make it your own!

Do you guys have any super easy recipes that you use in the morning? Would love to hear your routine!

P.S. Almost there! It's THURSDAY!

xoxo
Krista

PALM TREE LIFE is the BEST LIFE! aka my FAV TREND EVER.

Hello you!

How was the weekend? I was in ATL for a wedding (which I'll write about) and it was GORGEOUS. Like, classy, elegant, and FUN. There was a Beyonce drag queen surprise, and it was RIGHT. More on that later, but what did you do? Anything fun?

Super excited about this one, because it’s one of my favorite trends ever. I liked this trend before it was a trend. Yep, I'm saying it. 

You know when you’re on the fence about buying something but you end up just going for it? You’re like whatever, I hope I wear this.

This dress I'm wearing here was one of those things.

I got it in Toronto, and I didn’t know I would wear it as much as I do.

I WEAR IT ALL THE TIME.

It’s the go-to, to look super street, edgy and badass. The green palm print is everything, and the jersey lining at the color – DOPE.

Palm print is so in right now. It’s all over magazines and in stores right now, and the saturated green looks good on about anyone. Whether it's the palm print in house decor or on some PANTS it's super in.

^^ little bun head LOL.

This print makes me feel so tropical and like it's okay to wear bold prints and colors again but still be cool. NYC scarred me for PATTERNS. 

Plus, the jersey lining on the collar of this is urban dime piece, and I love love it.

So, bad news. I know this is lame to be like 'oh it's sold out but check out this SUPER CUTE OUTFIT I LOVE. But that's what's happening today. I seriously cannot find it anywhere online. I've been looking!! It's from Lush, so if you find it. Please share!

...if you stop hating me please continue.

But, alas, even cutter stuff that has the PALM PRINT for your house, to wear, for your phone...whatever! All of it linked for you below!


Shop similar looks:

How are you incorporating spring trends right now?  Any favorites here?

This week I am doing lots of work for future posts on the blog, feeling happy about my progress! Also just reviewed some of my old posts - and OH MY GOODNESS, how Hundred Blog has evolved. My old posts were seriously written like Haiku's. No beginning, middle or end.

Anyway, glad you're a part of the evolution!

How’s life for you?

Would love to know!

Xx

Krista

Wedding Makeup like a PRO and products you NEED to get (but probably don't have!)

Oh hello!

Y'all know I am unafraid of a full face of makeup. I can do eyes, lips, brows, contour.

ALL of the makeup, thank you!

Because honestly, I wear makeup maybe once or twice a week, so when I do, I go all in mask mode. I love to take my time, try new products, try new techniques and being unafraid allows me to diversify my look.

For the wedding I was at last weekend, my favorite girl Laura Moriarty was there and I HAD to have her do my makeup.

She worked in New York City, with models and celebrities and is a true genius with her tools. She also just "gets it" and when I said, "do your thing" when we talked about the look I was going for, I knew it would be perfect. 

I mean, on the real, most of the time when I get my makeup done I leave and go change it, redo it or add more. It's hard to understand the look you want or are comfortable with.

I'm rambling. But, I wanted to share how to achieve this look and more importantly the PRODUCTS that are changing my life and giving me soft, glow-y, radiant skin. Every one of these I bought because they are quality, and seriously make you look amazing.

(Some of Laura's clients, below!)

So, I had Laura write it ALL out for you guys so you can get that look, and get all these seriously incredible products.

Enjoy this detail on how to achieve a radiant face via makeup artist Laura Moriarty!


How to achieve the perfect glowing, hydrated summer skin...

FACE

Primer: Laura Mercier Hydrating Skin Primer then go over with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal overtop primer to achieve a shimmering, glowing base.

Foundation: I used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 and mixed it with Nars All Day Luminous Foundation in shade, Vallauris for a dewey yet fuller-coverage look, and blended with dampened Beauty Blender in a light, dabbing motion.

Contour: Contoured hollows of cheeks, temples, and jawline with #4 (darkest shade) in Cover FX creme Contour Kit, shades G10 to G40 = G Light-Mediumand blended inwards with Beauty Blender.

Highlight: Highlighted bridge of the nose and under the eyes with Maybelline Master Conceal in Light concealer, and blended outwards with Beauty Blender.

Bronzer: Bronzed hollows of cheek and apples of cheek with Buxom Bronzer in Tahitismells as good as it looks.

Strobe: Strobed bridge of nose, cheek bones, and brow bones with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal using your fingers

Then go over strobed areas with Laura Mericer Face Illuminator in Indiscretion with a fan brush to maximize glowing look.

Blush: Applied Stila, Field of Florals Convertible Dual Lip & Cheek Palette to apples of cheek with fingers in colors Lillium mixed with Gerbera. 

(Using a creme based blush enhances the dewey-skin look!)


EYES

Eyes: On lids, I used Urban Decay Eye-Shadow in Chopper and Make Up Forever Eye-Shadow in Copper Red in crease.

Then, I took Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in color Golden Pink and highlighted inner corners of eye, under the brow, and on cupid's bow (top of the lip) for extra highlight.

Lastly, lined top lash line with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye-liner in Graphite.

Lashes: Coated lashes with Eye Booster Instant Doll Lash Extension kit by Physicians Formula *MUST try mascara, creates long, full lashes.


LIPS

Lips: Lined and filled lips with Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Dolly.

Then went over with Make Up For Ever Artist Pexi-Gloss in color, 202.

These are my obsession! You can wear them everyday, to work, whatever and it's just enough color to make you look alive and feminine, but not too much. Plus my lips get SUPER soft.


SHOP IT ALL HERE


OTHER DETAILS

This Forever 21 Striped Shirt is my JAM! I wear it as a dress and then with black jeans for a edgy look.

I also noticed that Fashion Lush was rocking it as well! 

On my hair, I used my favorite Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo, and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray and Oribe Beach WavesShine Spray.


Questions? Let Laura or I know! You can connect with her via her website, or just ask us here and we'll answer!

If I could get ANY of these products, I would DEFINITELY get the Mascara, and the Buxom Lipstick. Key for everyday - and super affordable.

Yas queens, yas.

Love you!

xo

Krista

55% off healthy cleanses for *summer bods* + Chef V Interview

Oh hello you!

Guys remember when I did the Chef V cleanse? I talked about how it was 'The Realest Cleanse in the Game'.

Well it still is!

I had to write the word, 'cleanse' here, but it's more so like a reset, a refresh, a restart, a chance to reduce sugar cravings, restart your gut flora, give yourself energy, battle cravings...all of that. So to me, Chef V is different because, it's not a juice cleanse with 6 juices LOADED with sugar (fruit sugar, I know, but still you get the same energy crash). It's super CLEAN, low sugar, nutritional and WORKS.

I've done a lot of cleanses. I've fasted, I've tried a lot of different things.

I love experimenting, and our bodies are our greatest experiment.

I am in the middle of doing a little experiment right now, by having a green juice every day for a month.  Simple, easy and using the Chef V green juice to see what happens. Post on that later.

I wanted to interview the real Chef V - and get her health perspective, business perspective and just learn more about eating well. 

But, for summer bods in a pinch, try their cleanses, and use the code HUNDRED for 55% off. Honestly, SO AFFORDABLE, I am thinking of doing the 21 day cleanse, because this babe is DESPERATE. 

Right and I know I shouldn't say 'summer body' and we should all love our bodies all the time no matter how they are. True. I feel you. But like, I need a body that's appropriate for summer, so summer body.

What's in each cleanse. 

  • The Chef V Green Juice: HUGE FAN. Low sugar, gives me energy and just feels GOOD. 
  • Shake powder: I use it with almond milk to make it more substantial - delicious.
  • The soup: Which is also filling and delicious. 

There are 3 day, 5 day and 7 day. If you wanted you could do the full on system, or you can also work some foods into it. Like a salad at night, or at lunch, apples, carrots and hummus...etc. That's what I'll do if I am working out hard that week.

Okay, so HUNDRED code, and now to the interview with Chef V:

Veronica Wheat, founder of Chef V, is an author, yoga instructor, healthy chef and nutritional therapist. 


How did Chef V begin, and what was the motivation behind starting your own business?

I started in 2010 making healthy meals for people at their homes and  boutique catering for birthdays, showers, And even weddings. In 2011 I started making healthy meals and delivering them to my clients home. I would shop, cook, deliver, plan, answer their questions... I did it all. With my meals I would force people to drink my famous Organic Green Drink. 9/10 people had no idea what a green drink was in 2011. But in 2012 I decided to stop doing the food and developed a way for everyone to get fresh, never pasteurized, green drinks delivered to their door for a low cost. This took off because no one else was doing it. (Niche!) Soon I developed my own cleanse, based on my nutritional background. I knew typical juice cleanses out there were not the healthy option for cleansing. Over 200g of sugar per day! Yikes!

I developed a cleanse that is not all juice but incorporates plant protein to rebuild muscles and help you loose fat not muscle. Then I added a tasty detox soup at night to make you feel as though you are indulging. The plus side is that people started loosing lots of weight on my cleanse, besides all of the beneficial internal effects. Now I have two locations across the country one in San Diego and one in Mew York city, where I have distribution access to over 120 million people! That's a lot of healthy green drinkers! 

Certified Organic - what does that mean and why is it important? 

It is very important and we pride ourselves on that. It's a rigorous standard that makes you oxide by all organic processes. Everything must be certified organic with a track record, down to the seed, soil, and grow process. Then, on our side we must oboe by certain regulations like even our cleaning products and veggie washes must be certified organic. Some companies my boast that they use all organic products but I guarantee that they aren't obiding by all of the regulations above and beyond just organic produce. So look for the USDA seal for certified organics. 

What is the difference between your cleanse and others?

Low low Sugar, certified organic, local, always made fresh, delivered to your home, cold-blended,  not juiced (for maximum nutrients), not pasteurized, you get two protein shakes per day, and a yummy soup at night. 

What has been an amazing success story of a customer that stuck with you?

We have heard everything from massive weight loss (25 lbs. in one week), people have stopped taking auto immune medicines, people say their cured of allergies, a guy said he had gout on his leg for 10 years and did a 3 day cleanse and t melted away.

One lady was cured of diabetes after a year and lost over 100 lbs. all of these testimonials are on Facebook and Yelp including videos and reviews. Check them out

What's hard about what you do? (Owning your own business, etc.)

Managing people is always hard to do. Especially as we grow and a new Position comes about and you have to train  and manage a new person, luckily we have great managers who are awesome and help achieve these goals every day. We have an amazing staff that I'm thankful for.

What's most rewarding about what you do?

Changing people's lives!

I've had people that never ate a vegetable before in their life, no joke, start drinking the green drink and magical things happen to their bodies. Just the testimonials are amazing. It's everything about our business. If our customers aren't happy we aren't. That's why we are so big on reviews because we can really learn from people's input. 

What's the biggest misconception about cleansing?

Well, there are tons of misconceptions because most cleanses out there are toxic! Just make sure you have good nutrients while cleansing (no master cleanse), and make sure there isn't tons of sugar, more then 40g per day is super toxic. Sugar turns to fat, spikes the blood sugar and can cause diabetes, amongst other health issues.

What's something people need to remember to be successful when cleansing?

I always tell people to pre-cleanse 2 days prior and 2 days after, to ease you into and out of the cleansing process. You want to ease yourself into and out of a cleanse so you don't shock your system, before or after, and you aren't adding toxins to your body before or after so you have the most success. I give you a detailed schedule to follow before and after with foods you should and should not eat. i.e. No gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, or red meat. 

What is the biggest mistake you see people make with their diet?

Not being consistent or planning ahead. Eating out is seriously detrimental too. So many hidden calories and salt to make food taste good, even at 'healthy places'. 

If people could one thing for their health, what would you suggest they do?

Drink a green drink every morning for breakfast. It will change your life! 

Where can people connect with you and learn more?

Facebook, Instagram @chefvlife or my blog ChefVblog.com


I got a 5 day cleanse coming that I am SO EXCITED about (maybe just excited to see how I feel after) but I will keep you posted on the progress!

She's cool, right? I always love hearing from entrepreneurial babes, that saw opportunities and made something out of them!

Keep me posted, guys! Talk soon!

xo

Krista

Introducing: The LADY GANG (aka your new best friends)

Okay so.

I've written about podcasts before a few times and how I CRUSH podcasts on the daily. 

I listen to them ALL THE TIME.

When I work, when I walk, in the car... it's satisfied the quench for me to always learn and grow, and I can drop dope facts and information in conversation.

But the game was changed when I found the LadyGang Podcast, via Fashion Lush, who is an amazing blogger out of San Diego.

Currently, I only listen to podcasts that are in the business, self-help, and personal growth vein.

It's Tim Ferriss, Rich RollGary Vee...those types. The topics are on bettering yourself and ways to maximize performance in all aspects of your life, basically. 

So, after a while, it's like okay, I get it. Make your bed, meditate and say no to opportunities that you don't LOVE and journal. Right. Got it.

So I needed a refresh, a fun and light podcast that's more like a conversation, with friends. 

Yes, podcasters become my friends and mentors. 

Backstory real quick. 

I met Rich Roll, and his wife Julie Piatt and I was so nervous.

Which says a lot about me if I'm nervous to meet a 50+ Vegan Athlete and his wife - LOL. I blacked out and said,

"It's like you guys are my friends".

LIKE WHAT. YOU ARE NOT FRIENDS! They were like *blank stare blink blink* who is this random girl super excited about meeting us, who is obviously crazy and isn't our friend?

Shake my damn HEAD. At least I went for it, I guess.

But these babes are truly like friends. THEY ARE SO FUNNY, on point with topics and guests, plus they're HONEST and real.  I love that they're based out of L.A. and are SUPER successful business babes on their own.

(Read their bio's below!)

Especially during your commute, there is no better way than to listen to them chat and interview really interesting people.


What I love about The LadyGang Podcast

Realness. These babes are SO REAL, down to earth, and relatable. They talk about periods AND Hollywood parties in the same 30 minutes.

Rawness. There's nothing that's off limits, which makes you feel like you're hanging with your friends. 

The good week/bad week segment. Is freaking hilarious. I love hearing each of their insane stories from the week.

They answer questions from their listeners. You can email the babes and ask ANY question you want answered. It speaks to their coolness, and connection they want with their audience.

Their interviewing style. They bring in the guest to the conversation fluidly, which brings out an interesting side to each person they interview. It's more natural, and frankly, makes it more fun.


Let's meet the babes!

Keltie Knight

Emmy-nominated Keltie Knight has interviewed the biggest celebrities in the world, including Oprah, Taylor Swift, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, U2, Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Gwenyth Paltrow and more. She also served as host of the The Thanksgiving Day Parade LIVE on CBS, CW's World Dog Awards with George Lopez, the CW's Greatest Holiday Commercial Countdown and US Weekly’s 2012 Emmy Awards Live From The Red Carpet. Recently, she made a cameo appearance in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, The Young and the Restless, and introduced the “Red Carpet Challenge” on Project Runway. Keltie is also a budding fashionista with best-dressed mentions in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Just Jared, US Weekly, The Daily Mail, People Stylewatch and The New York Times. 

Jac Vanek

Jac Vanek is a self-made entrepreneur, CEO and one of the most powerful fashion and music influencers of her generation. She created the Jac Vanek brand from the dirty ground up, and has transformed it into an unconventional powerhouse that continues to defy long-standing notions, standards and boundaries of the fashion industry. Her sassy graphics and slogans boldly say what everyone else is thinking, and are worn by celebrities such as Cara Delevinge, Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Jonas and Ellie Goulding.  The Jac Vanek brand is stocked in major retailers, including Topshop, Zumiez and NastyGal, as well as high end boutiques around the country.

Becca Tobin

Becca Tobin is an American actress, singer, dancer, blogger and smart ass. She spent three years playing the resident “mean girl” on FOX’s hit TV show Glee. Her other television appearances, including NCIS LA, Drop Dead Diva, Mystery Girls, Late Late Show with Craig Fergusonand Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. Tobin’s red carpet style has been featured in numerous publications. In September 2013, Becca launched JuneMoss.com, a fashion blog inspired by her two fashion idols – her grandma June and Kate Moss. The blog has been featured on WhoWhatWear.com and as one of “The Surprise Celebrity Blogs You Should Be Reading.”


Now, to the REAL good stuff!

I'm super excited to share this interview with these badass females.

I couldn't love sharing dope stuff more, and when it really aligns - my love for realness, honesty and insight. It's the BEST.


For those who don't know - how would you describe the The LadyGang Podcast?

LadyGang is basically a boozy mimosa brunch with three of your best friends, we talk about all of the good and bad stuff that women talk about with only their closest friends. We have celebs stop by, but the fun really is in the three of us!!

Your podcast is super refreshing and unique. How did the idea for the LadyGang podcast come about?

Becca Tobin and I had done a collab together on her blog JuneMoss.com and had always been talking about teaming up, over the course of a year we talked about what we wanted to create and started trying to see who might be our third gal. I think Jac Vanek is one of the coolest major babes in the world, and she offers such a different and unique view of Hollywood. She's self-made and super inspiring. We asked her and she said yes, and I can honestly say this whole journey has brought us all closer. 

It's really easy to get 'into' the show as a listener, it's like you're hanging with your best friends. Basically, you can feel how cool you are with each other. Were you friends previously?

That's the cool thing, we were all friends. But not best friends, and I think that's what makes the show great. I have no idea what Becca and Jac are going to say, and so I'm as surprised as the listeners. 

You each have your own successful businesses and ventures separately (here I will detail your accolades and achievements), what's specifically unique about doing The LadyGang Podcast?

The #1 reason we created the podcast was that we wanted to be in charge. We wanted to create something that was ours, and no one would be able to tell us we are too tall, short, fat, thin, nice or mean. That, to us, with the goal. It's so fun to be the boss! 

You guys talk about EVERYTHING that's real raw and honest. (Here, I will outline a few of my favorite bits, and link them). Is there a topic that's 'off limits' to talk about for you on the show?

Nothing! That's what makes us so fun. I mean, listen to Becca talk about "snail trail" and you know we go there :) 

Do you the men in yo life/husbands listen to the podcast? (When I'm giggling about 'the worst place to get your period' I think to times I've had a period incident with my boyfriend that I'm sure he'd love to relive, so I'm curious - HA)

My husband listens and sometimes he gets mad at me when I tell stories about him. We just did an episode where Becca's boyfriend came on and gave advice. It's so funny because I'll say things on the LadyGang that I don't even tell my husband or close friends and they will totally call me out on it! 

What's been the most surprising interview thus far?

For me, listening to Jeannie Mai changed my life, it was our most inspirational episode and I took some of her advice for myself. I loved our Morgan Stewart episode because she's living a life that is so different than mine. Of course, having Lea Michele on and her being so authentic and honest was incredible. We love all our guests, we don't invite them unless we are obsessed with them. 

What advice would you give to ladies/girls/women/whatever who want to explore a creative route in their career and do badass things like you've all done?

Just keep going. We get asked this all the time, our answer is always to not give up when people reject you or say no. 

What's the best advice you've received from a podcast guest?

Jeannie Mai talked about in her career how she made a personal mantra and then everything she doesn't has to fit under the umbrella of that. I went home and spent the weekend making my mantra. 

Anything major happening for your brands (even outside of The LadyGang) that you want to share with the readers?

Well, we are launching our LadyGang tanks, it's a limited run so only our original members will have the chance to get them. We are about to start working on our site and we really want to include our listeners and give them the opportunity to work for us, which is cool. We have a to-do list that is massive and throughout it Becca's shooting movies, Jac's running her empire and I'm shooting my TV show everyday. 

Get your Lady Gang Tank here.

How has the podcast evolved from it's first episode in December 2015?

I think the show is crisper, and we know what works. Our most embarrassing thing was that when we first got ads in our shows- we didn't know how long to make them so we would talk for 5 minutes about one of our sponsors, now we LOVE our sponsors but people were complaining! We had no idea! So, we've found a good balance, and I think we've really gelled. 

Major goals, or manifestations for The LadyGang in 2016?

Our major goal is that we get every one of our listeners to tell 5 friends about LadyGang and show them how to listen to podcasts if they don't know. That will help us be one step closer to world woman domination! 

XOXO THE LADYGANG  


Dope right? I can't wait until you listen, and thank me. LOL.

So glad you're here! Thank you so much for reading!

xo
Krista

ALSO: MAJOR Thanks to The Lady Gang for working with me on this. TRUE ANGELS.

Tips of living with your boo: How to live in LOVE (plus my fav shades)

Wassup y'all?

I've been thinking about this recently as Justin (my boyfriend) and I hit our third year of living together as a couple. Now the jig is up and he fully knows how much I eat, how I don't like to cuddle in the morning (just want to start the day you know?), that I finish a jar of peanut butter every two days, and that his clothes aren't safe when I need something comfy to wear to bed. Roommate of the year, heyyyyyyyyy!

It's truly the BEST living with your boyfriend if you love each other. It's fun, easy, entertaining, and I'm always laughing.

If you don't love each other, what are you doing? That's like a real hell. 

(Same goes for a husband or fiancee of course!)

There's a true transition period when you start living with your person. It takes time! You're now together 24/7, you're sharing your space, energy and finances, and you're making a commitment that you want to invest in each other enough to see what the future holds. 

Before I thought I would "never live with someone before I got engaged", but getting engaged is the last thing on my mind right now, and especially in NYC (where we lived before) it makes SOOOO much sense from a time and money perspective. 

Living together was never a 'deal' to us. Justin and I never put any thought to living together than necessary. We never made it a nervous thing, or a scary thing, and did it, because at the time it was the right decision. Living in the NOW and not the 10 years from now, was the place from which we made our decision. 


If you're thinking of moving in together, or debating, just follow your gut. That's all I can say. You'll KNOW if it's right and your partner should too. Importantly, again, don't make it a bigger deal than it has to be. If it doesn't work, living together will expedite that process of finding out that this person isn't for you. See that as a good thing. 

If this person is for you, then this will confirm that, and you can start to build your life!


I have learned a thing or two about living with a significant other, with a boyfriend for the past 3 years. It's different than a friend, or your family by a mile and definitely super rewarding and FUN.

You are definitely going to go through a transition period, where you're figuring out little things about one another, and adjusting to the amount of time you are spending together. It's a LOT more time, or a DIFFERENT type of time.  

What I mean is, you'll see each other for a few minutes in the morning, possibly on your way to work, or you'll commute together. You'll have that time before bed, possibly every night and you'll find yourself together a lot more. As with any new roommate, you may have a rocky first few months, but let that settle and trust that you're just learning each other's habits!


Tips for living with your significant other:

Make the RIGHT time together

Basically you'll be spending more time together, as I said. Either in small increments or in large increments and this new time, will make or break you.

You'll LOVE it, or you'll begin to get sick of the person but it's essential that you make time OUTSIDE of your apartment or home to be together and be human.

It's a different vibe when you are at dinner, or with friends, doing an activity than in your sweatpants at home on the couch. Although you're spending more time together, you need to make sure to spend the RIGHT time, where you're dressed up, putting your best foot forward and taking the time to have a real conversation. I've noticed that, we have to make date nights, or take weekends away, to keep the exciting discovery period of our relationship alive. Although I cherish the nights in, relaxing and doing nothing together, I know that it keeps it spicy and sexy to do a date just us every once in a while. Setting aside time to 'date' your significant other, is KEY. This keeps romance, excitement and love alive.

I would suggest a date night, weekly, or a weekend away bi-monthly. Take turns planning, and learn or do something new that you can discuss and share in together. 

Justin I do a weekend away every other month, like San Luis Obispo. Or we'll do a dinner at a place like The Nice Guy, or a low key favorite like Bareburger.

Always acknowledge the good

It's so important through the various challenges and small moments of frustration, that you acknowledge the good and love in your relationship. Every morning think, I am so lucky that I get to wake up with someone I love, that loves me back.

What more can you want in the world? What you have, is something other people would kill for! So acknowledge that. Also remember to acknowledge when your boyfriend or person does something that you appreciate it. If they clean, if they cook, if they buy groceries or cleaning supplies for the house, acknowledge that and say thank you in genuine way, to encourage more positive encounters and actions.

(I'm going to be burned at the stake for saying this, but guys are like puppies. By encouraging their good behavior, they want to do more good actions because all they really want is your love and affection, period.  Also, each night, and each morning say 'thank you' to the Universe, God, whatever you're into, for giving me someone that loves and supports you! Cherish it!) 

Remember that cleaning isn't THAT important

Truly! If you have someone you love in your life, that loves you unconditionally, and is GOOD to you, then seriously who cares if they clean their dishes after each meal? 

I know it's a radical idea, but I think about this every time I'm a bit frustrated about the state of affairs at our home, or when I'm doing laundry and folding men's underwear and matching adidas mid-calf socks. How much Justin cleans, or how clean he is, has no reflection to how much he loves me, period. If I have love, that's all I need.

Now I'm not saying that you need to be disrespected and become a maid, but remember that it's not in a boys nature to be clean like we are. A trick that I use, is to start cleaning when he's around, and like huff and puff and sort of make it a scene, so he feels like he's helping me out by contributing. I'll say "oh thanks for helping" aka make him feel like he saved the day.

I'm insane right? But hey this psychology WORKS! TRY IT, LOL. 

I seriously don't hope I sound like a biatch but I just have to tell you guys how I feel, HA.

Balance your life, and make time for friends

I'm not good at much, but I would give myself an A+ in balancing my life with a boyfriend and friends. I TRULY learned from those relationships in college or high school where you are so obsessed and you drop everything for your boyfriend, your friends give up on you because you never prioritize them, etc. etc. I make TONS of time for my friends and prioritize them equally to Justin. Justin is, my number one, but because we are good and live a healthy relationship together, I know he'll be there and at this stage in my life it's important I solidify my relationships with friends and be there for these important times in their life, like weddings and bachelorettes, or any weekends together. 

Plus, it makes you WAY more interesting if your portfolio is diversified, and you have friends, do interesting shit and enjoy all aspects of your life, not just one. It allows me to share more interesting stories and maximize love in my life in general. 

Keep your schedule

If you're a morning person, stick with it. If you're a night owl, make it happen.

I personally, am I morning person, I love getting up early and enjoying my time, so I want to stick with that. I don't want to fall into a habit that's not me, and stay up late, get up late if that doesn't make ME happy. Although it's an adjustment, and we get up at different times so don't have that time together, it keeps us sane, and acting as happy individuals. 

Enjoy splitting finances and rent

I mean, self explanatory right? Live in that nicer one bedroom, or two bedroom because you're splitting everything baby! Some people I know get a joint credit card, and for anything needed in the house - they'll use that and split the bill each month. Also for bills too, using that is a good idea! Right now we just split with venmo, and do things one off. But it's a huge bonus with your partner!


I would LOVE to hear what works for you. Any tricks or tips or things you've learned since living with a partner? 

Also, if you're still with your girlfriends or living alone, ENJOY THAT TIME! Soon you'll be with your person, ALL DAY, and you need to cherish the moments alone or with friends. It's about being where you are - and honoring that. 

Just took these pictures from our day in Culver City, which as you can see as the DOPEST graffiti wall, truly my favorite. As part of our doing activities together, every once in a while I will ask that he does an activity like find graffiti with me - LOL.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this and would LOVE to hear your stories! Legitimately could write a full post of funny things that happen when living together. As an example, Justin hides the peanut butter, but as I find it he makes the hiding spot more complex. He says that I'm 'adapting' whenever I make a discovery - LOL.

Sigh. 

Let's chat!

xoxo

Krista

P.S. You guys have probably seen  my fav sunglasses - these round ray ban ones. I SWEAR they are flattering on every face shape! They are quality material, and just feel super dope. I would recommend honestly to anyone. My face is ROUND but for some reason the round looks okay? Not sure but LOVE.



Powering down: Currently, OVERWHELMED (social media observations)

Hey guys!

Deepness today! Really writing to you as a little journal of my thoughts. Mondays do that to ya, ya know? 

Also how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Mine was lovely, but nothing too special - except this. So, we'll get right into it.

The other day I was in SoulCycle (yah basic I know)...but one of the riders in the front, HAD HER PHONE IN CLASS.

BIG NO NO Y'ALL. RESPECT THE SPACE! NO PHONE ZONE!

So this girl gets out of class, she's like 15 years old, and is RIGHT BACK ON HER PHONE.

Fast forward, this girl's mom is talking to my friend Lindsey, the instructor, and tells us that the girl is in THERAPY FOR BEING ON HER PHONE SO MUCH.

Kids today, are in therapy for the amount they are addicted to their phones.

No hating on therapy, the mom, or the kid even. Just eye opening that social media/phones are becoming that much a part of kids lives that they need to go to therapy to help remedy an issue it's caused.

Scary, right? But where's the line? How much of this is related to social media and our generation (and younger ones) today?

*how old do I sound saying younger ones? BTW.

But to my post, which is related.

Does anyone else feel like social media is like creeping up and SUFFOCATING them lately? I know I'm being dramatic, but I feel like no matter how much time I spend, I'm never doing enough.

There's Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat (@hundredblog can I write about social media and then share my handle? DGAF)...and I don't even do Tumblr, or YouTube or anything with video yet. But it's always like, I always have SOMETHING more I could be doing. I should snap, I should insta, I should spend more time on this or more time on that. 

& I have a BLOG (SURPRISE Y'ALL!) - so it's like, my bread and butter is being on social media all the time. 

Sometimes it just feels like I'm never doing enough. Not enough liking, not enough pinning, not enough tweeting...and I think I spend 3+ hours on social daily. My phone, is like my best friend/sidekick. I also cracked the screen this weekend, which was sweet.

(Wait remember Sidekick phones? LOL)

Whenever I'm not paying attention to Justin, he goes 'digital detox (with a finger wag) and references a post I wrote in May 2015 about 'taking a digital detox'. LOL that's not ANNOYING AT ALL.

But there's truth to it!

(Hopefully he's not reading this to see I said that!)


Lately I've been noticing the effect social media has on me. I go into a room, I feel confident about myself, who I am, but I'm constantly wondering if I could be documenting this for everyone else to see, to keep up and to stay relevant.  

When I was in Vietnam, I spent a portion of the trip thinking or seeing things with my 'social media' eye, and viewing things as either:

A good Instagram.

A funny snap.

A photo opportunity for a blog post.

It's almost like, I'm not SEEING things in the flesh sometimes when I know I should post on social. But seeing them as the snap/insta/post living already on the internet.

In that situation, I'm less present because I am living in the mode of social media, sharing, rather than experiencing. 


Shop the look:

Topshop Western Denim Jacket: Fits just right, a little big and baggy but COMFORTABLE!

Topshop Blush Palm Print Oversized Button Down: Super silky and comfortable, I wear this thing ALL THE TIME.

Topshop High-Waisted Denim Jean Shorts: These run SO SMALL. I mean, really small. I think my butt was eating my shorts, but, I went back and went a size up and was good. Doesn't make you feel nice but they are super cute.


I am starting to get into Pinterest (I think it's going to be huge in 2016) and keep up on Facebook with my page, my Instagram needs a MAJAH overhaul so my feed looks polished, and this is a small portion of the social commenting/supporting I want to do with other bloggers I love.  

Let me definitely get it straight that I'm not complaining about what I do, or blogging, or sharing things with you, my readers. I'm obsessed with seeing what you're up to and all the amazing things you're doing/wearing. I mean, you guys, rule and are my life inspiration, DUH. 

I do love to write, and I started The Hundred Blog to connect with more people, and share my life with people I know and people I want to know more about.

But it just sometimes, social media feels a bit out of hand, no? What's next and what do I need to spend time using so that I am connected/in the loop/relevant? 

I did a little research and loved this Huffington Post article, about how to deal with Social Media Overwhelm by:

  • Creating boundaries around your time on social media
  • Use scheduling tools to use your time productively
  • Use targeted searches to find the people and content you want
  • Take breaks from social media

 

But I want to hear your thoughts, and sort of start the conversation about this.

What do you think?

Do you feel a bit overwhelmed with social media and the need to stay relevant and curate your life?

Do you guys have any strategies that you use to solve or remedy this? 

What's next? Do you see us going in a specific direction social media wise?

Cannot wait to read.

xoxo

Krista

What to wear to all these SUMMER WEDDINGS! (Serious favorites, for CHEAP)

"Wedding Season, y'all!" 

I know I know, it's a busy time to celebrate the ones you love, to buy them rolling pins and china they'll use once. The best time of YEAR! I have two coming up, back and back and I am SO EXCITED.

Seriously though, y'all need DRESSES for wedding season! There are SO MANY on sale at Asos. 

Almost all of these dresses below are between $20 and $50 dollars, and they are STUNNING.

That's why, I had to share!

I wrote a post previously on the best NYE dresses they had, and shared this hot little number that I am borderline obsessed with.

THEY STILL HAVE IT! It's $154 dollars, from Virgos Lounge and it's SO FLATTERING. Truly. It fits nicely and is just a bit dressed up. It's more than I wanted to spend, but I've never felt so glam. So, get it, it's worth it! It goes just below the knee, has a little slit and looks great with silver or gold. 



But these are the best of the best, hover over them too to see the price, since seriously more than half are less than $50 dollars.

I'm really into the off the shoulder ones, and florals, but also a classic basic is the best. 

Let me just say - that I am all about COVERING UP at weddings.

Like the wedding is about the bride, not me and I will do anything to not show too much skin. I still have nightmares about this girl at the wedding I went to over New Years eve. She sat in the FRONT ROW and her dress seriously went down to her belly button with her tits out, GRAZING the nipples. I die. Like this isn't your day with your tits.

ANYWAY, rant over. Weddings are for classiness. 

So, some of the BEST picks! There are also dresses similar to this that are GORGEOUS! I love the Virgo dress line from Asos.


Shop the look:


Are there any that are your favorites? Where do you shop for wedding dresses right now? I have 8 this year and need to STOCK UP!

Keep me posted! I have a wedding next weekend and I am thinking the black one that is like, $38 bucks! LOVE.

xoxo

Krista

 

NATURAL HIGH: Weekending in Austin

Hi hi hello!

How's the week? Glad you're here! Excited to write about my recent trip to Austin.

How crazy is May? I mean, jam packed right? I have been non-stop. From Austin, to Palm Springs, to San Luis Obispo, and soon Cleveland for a wedding...it's a busy ass month!

This past weekend, I was in Austin with my very best friends, all 17 of them. I never take for granted how valuable our time is, and I know it's fleeting.

To also be friends with people that are positive, supportive, fun, engaging, outgoing and smart - gives me pause daily. 

You are the company you keep. Period.

Thursday, we did the bars and karaoke. and basically caught up on things.

Friday we spent exploring the city, doing Rainey street at night. 17 girls at a dinner table, talking about how much they love each other and celebrating the bride at NO VA. We did a group 'cheers'  about fourteen times. NO SHAME.

Saturday was probably one of THE best days of my life. I hate to be cliche but it was GOOD VIBES all day. Like from start to finish, without a sip of alcohol I was singing, dancing, laughing and enjoying every friend (and of course the bachelorette!) 

Starting from our place downtown, dancing on our bus to Lake Travis, and ending singing Frozen, 'Let it be' at the top of our lungs on the way home, it was incredible.

During the day we tied up our boat to 5 others, but maintained control over the music, and honestly, our positive energy got us the award from our boat driver as 'the most fun bachelorette he's ever had'.

He's been doing the boat thing for 6 years, by the way. LOL.

(I asked expecting him to be like, 'yah, you're my third boat tour' - HA)

Through the day, I felt like, happy high.

No drugs involved but the same high feeling of joy and happiness. The rush. It's super interesting, because I don't think that 3 years ago, I could achieve this same 'high'.

Happiness is an inside job.
— William Arthur Ward

Let me also tell you, that I don't really drink alcohol. Like, ever. 

My friends all know this, and don't really even expect, or ask me to drink anymore. 

It's not that I am a recovering alcoholic, or ever had a situation where things got out of hand - but I haven't been 'drunk' in YEARS and I probably have a glass of wine, once every 2 months. 

No judgement, by any stretch, for those that do.

For me, I know that what I want from life I won't get hungover, or by drinking.

My body doesn't benefit, and I want to be HERE for life. I want to experience it, and not cloud or blur the experience of life with alcohol. 

I'll definitely have a glass of wine with friends, or with dinner, but it's just not an activity for me. At night, I'd rather be home in my saggy Lululemon pants baby! I work out too  much, I like to sleep too much, and I like to get shit DONE too much.

I'd rather not have my mood, my emotions...whatever, be controlled by a substance that isn't benefitting me in any which way.

But again, that's me! My friends, KILL THE GAME, and can casually drink, do their thing and have so MUCH FUN. I respect that shit. Do YOU.

So on Saturday I had a realization that I now have the tools and ability to control and CHOOSE happiness.

I can facilitate a higher level of joy than ever before. Sans alcohol, sans drugs. 

By feeling the joy. NOTICING and NOTICING. Elevating my happiness level by appreciating each moment.

When I started to notice how much fun it was to dance to PANDA on a boat on a beautiful day in Texas with 17 people I love, it's like I had to pause and think, 'Damn. I AM HAPPY'.

But also to pause and say, 'I love this. THANK YOU'.

And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.
— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Noticing the moment, taking pause, and giving thanks. All brought me to a level of joyful bliss Saturday that was on ANOTHA LEVEL.

It was a good lesson for me to be aware that I control the joy and bliss in my life. There are times and places where I am lucky to have the people I love around me, but through the pause, and noticing of good times, good people places or things, you'll maximize the opportunity and, in the end, bring more of that good in your life.

There's really nothing better, than travel with friends to celebrate two people who are making a commitment based out of love. I love me a bachelorette. 

Right?

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy
— Guillaume Apollinare

So, feeling grateful, and happy to apply this to other parts of my life in the future. Excited too, to share with you a bit about what you can do in Austin.

I also was SO HAPPY to meet one of my fellow blogger babes, Janna Doan of www.jannadoan.com. She's even sweeter, kinder and more beautiful in person! Blog friends, are the BEST.

P.S. Austin f'ing rules. I couldn't love a city more, truly. It's unique, it's urban, it's a bit hipster, it's friendly and it's got the Lake, which is so key for me. I need to be near a body of water, always. Weird right?

Let me know if I missed anything! What else?

Love,
Krista


Things to do in Austin:

Go Boating on Lake Travis: Seriously do it. SO FUN.

Shop and explore South Congress: Cute shops and such great places to hang and eat

Have a drink or hang at Hotel San Jose

Go to Zikler Park: Get outside and even have a picnic! We did. So lovely!

Go Paddle boarding by the park: So fun! We kayaked too, which was hilarious.

Go out on Rainey street: Such a cute area, for drinks and dinner, an older crowd than 6th Street.

Shop at the Gypsy Wagon: Aka my favorite store EVER.

Plus shop at JM Drygoods. Sups' cute.

Be outside! It's gorgeous and green in Austin! So lovely to get outside!

Places to eat:

NO VA Kitchen

Lamberts

Perla

Voodoo Doughnuts

Salt and Time

Uchi

Torchy's Tacos

Pieous Pizza

Where to stay:

So I think there's new regulation against airbnb there, oddly. Because we had our airbnb cancel because they said it was like a brothel, with 17 girls in it and that was illegal. Not sure what that says about us, and taking into consideration that statement is sexist...I COULD GO ON. Anyway, we did Littlefield Lofts which were on 6th street, in basically the busiest area there. So dope! Perfect for the weekend, I highly recommend.

W Hotel Austin

Hotel Ella


The FLORAL trend: Not boring or stuffy this time!

Hello you! My favorite person!

Little fashion post for today. This dress, I love. I love it! I want to share it with youuuu because it's soft and flow-y, and AFFORDABLE.

Because floral, when done right, is like the SEXIEST.

But if it’s done poorly, you’re like Easter threw up all over a Lilly Pulitzer picnic blanket. It’s suffocating me.

I would never think that I’d love floral so much, because I'm usually into streetwear, or anything with a bit of an edge.

But a moody floral, is badass.

It’s the big floral print, mixed with dope (often neutral) colors that really compliments an edgy look. Throwing in the femininity of flowers.

This dress I'm wearing here is the shit. It's by dee elle AND it’s $48 dollars from Nordstrom. You can wear it basically anywhere, and I love that it covers the arms. Just super flattering for any shape basically the way it’s cut.

Plus, this pattern is a bit rocker chic, no?

Let's get to it. 



 

Also this is all under $100 dollars. NOTICE A TREND? I love things that are quality - for CHEAP.

Like this dress, which I love because it's bell sleeves and fits in ALL the right places.

Plus the floral pattern here is more edgy and good for day and night.


Shop similar looks:

Keep me posted which ones you love, or which ones you buy! I love this look for an easy date night, or casual day out. It’s a bit dressy, but not too much. Plus, loose and flow-y.

My favorite words.

Now off to workout! Feeling like I need a good sweat, and like DETOX. How’s your week? Feeling this look?

Love ya,

Krista

Love in a major way: Fringe bags for Summer!

Hello hello! So glad you’re here!

So just in the swing of the week now, and it's MAY GRAY in Los Angeles. A month where it's basically just overcast all the time, and it's weirdly affected me. Just a bit more sluggish and unmotivated than usual, but what can ya do.

It also could be coming off a weekend in AUSTIN with my best friends, and I am exhausted. We had the BEST TIME on Lake Travis, exploring the city and just truly cherishing our time together. More on that later!

But a post on my bag, that I was rocking during the trip. I wrote about fringe and the fringe trend a few months ago, but I mean, I’m glad it’s stuck around! It’s the boho gypsy, long wavy hair undone, babe look that I just adore.

Wearing fringe on your purse or bag is the best way to do it. When you see the movement in the bag on fringe, it’s my favorite. Detail that you can play up or done, or not wear if you don’t want to.

Plus, if you’re doing a plain outfit this is the perfect pick me up.

I got my fringe bag in black suede from a boutique in Vietnam and it rules. I can't link the exact one, since it was from a tiny shop in Hoi Ann and I mean I don't know if they even had a credit card swiper. Plus, it rules, but I'm going to be real that there's cuter ones out there. LOL.

It’s soft, carries just enough and I love the fringe look. I love suede, no matter how impractical it is. In L.A. you can wear ANYTHING and never fear rain, sleet or snow.

There are SO MANY good fringe bags, I just have to pick up another I think!

P.S. Rebecca Minkoff is killing it right now.


Shop the look:


What’s your favorite? Any of these you love? It’s the perfect time to shop a new fringe trend you know?

Again for music festivals you must frolic with your fringe bag! How adorbs for photos!? :) 

Always glad you read! Keep me posted with you! I need to write my Austin weekending post ya know?!

Xoxo

Krista

A little (EASY) way to make your life (and others lives) a LOT brighter

Oh guys! So glad you're here, and excited about this post.

I read something the other da that I just LOVEDDD an had to share with you.

(& if you'd like, links to this outfit below)

A post from Jedidiah Jenkins

Who, is truly one of my favorites when I found him from Rich Roll

It's a post about complimenting STRANGERS

Yes, strangers.

Jedidiah is a MUST FOLLOW on Instagram. He is a beautiful amazing wonderful wordsmith, and he writes these LONG captions, that are so so stunningly put, it takes my breath away. Each one feels like my thoughts, just so much more beautifully.

They are poignant, thoughtful and true.

This one was one of my recent favorites, with such a beautiful message, it struck me to share.

(I know it's long, but it's SO GOOD! Read read it!)


When I see something good in someone, I tell them. Straight away. Like a reflex. Even if I don’t know them at all. This can often be mistaken for flirting, but maybe it is. I love flirting. But I’ve seen the effects of this and I’ve felt its effects on me. I am always telling waitresses how beautiful their hair is or how charming they are or bartenders how masterful they are with the flip of a bottle.

I do this because I have found that a compliment from a stranger can reshape my whole day. If a random kid says he likes my jacket as I walk by, I feel like a fashion genius. If my buddy says it, I’m glad for sure, but not as charged and giddy.

There is something about speaking lovely words to people. Our nervous minds are always trying to see themselves, to fish out the mystery of our own identity. Words have all the power. Have you noticed when someone is saying ‘this was my first impression of you..’ you perk up with wild interest? We want to meet ourselves.

In a moment of anger, an emotional pronouncement over someone can poison them for years. ‘You are a disappointment.’ ‘You are lazy.’ Saying what someone ‘is’ is like witchcraft.

For this reason, I tell people what is lovely, so that it becomes more of them. If a talkative friend stops and listens to me, I pause and say ‘you’re such a good listener.’ She might lean back and put her hand on her chest and say ‘I am?’ And I’ll say ‘yes, thank you.’ I guarantee she’ll be a better listener from that day on.

Words have power, to bless or to curse. That’s why I love reading them, writing them in cafés, hearing and saying them. They shape the world. What is a thought but words or feelings looking for them?
— @jedidiahjenkins

I can recall times when a stranger has complimented me, or me them, and it breaks down a barrier between us, lets the other one in and feels so good.

It's not being vain or concentrated on looks all the time. It's not that we only like how someone wears a shirt or their clothes, but it's the act of being kind and NOTICING another, letting them put their wall down to be appreciated out of random that is just so lovely.

It's true, when you compliment someone you know, although you mean it, the nicety seems less exciting. It's the usual greeting from a girl. The ice breaker to meet new people, "I like your shirt". 

LOL. 

But for a stranger, it warms them and creates a reminder that we are all HERE and this slowly brings the human element back into it. 

In a life lived through our phones, in a digital world with our heads down when walking the streets. A compliment is a kind way of bringing both parties back to 'reality'. Breaking ice, and the barrier between strangers. 

So, this week, my thing, is to SAY what I am thinking when I notice something I like. To  put that positive energy out there, and when I'm thinking something lovely about someone, to just say it.

Make their day, just by expressing what I'm thinking.

Truly, a beautiful concept.

I love it. 

Thoughts? Feelings? A good add to the week, no?

I love ya, 

xoxox

Krista