Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Small Things that Make Me Smile


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      This nail polish color has been making me smile all day. It is called Thinking of Blue, by Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure. It is this deep indigo blue, almost midnight blue. I know you can't really see it too well in this picture, but it's fantastic!!
      Also, these rings makes me happy everyday I wear them. Which is why I wear them everyday. Ha. :)

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That's the color. Big change from picture to picture, right?!

Glitz & Glamour,
Kat
<3

Monday, November 1, 2010



Make A Memory
Bon Jovi

Hello again, it's you and me

Kinda always like it used to be
Sippin' wine, killing time
Trying to solve life's mysteries

How's your life, it's been awhile?
God it's good to see you smile
I see you reaching for your keys
Looking for a reason not to leave

[Chorus]
If you don't know if you should stay
If you don't say what's on your mind
Baby just breathe
There's nowhere else tonight we should be

You wanna make a memory?

I dug up this old photograph,
Look at all that hair we had.
It's bittersweet to hear you laugh
Your phone is ringing I don't wanna ask

If you go now, I'll understand.
If you stay, Hey I've got a plan.
We're gonna make a memory.
You wanna steal a piece of time?
You can sing the melody to me
And I can write a couple of lines

You wanna make a memory?

[Chorus]

You wanna make a memory?
You wanna steal a piece of time?
You can sing the melody to me
And I can write a couple of lines

You wanna make a memory?
You wanna make a memory?

Some songs just speak to the heart & soul. They touch memories that are kept in places no one else knows about. It is so much more then just a song, notes floating thru the air, or poetry set to music. The song is what the 'listener' feels, remembers, wants, etc in that moment.

I heard this song during a tv show tonight, I cannot describe to you exactly how it made me feel. In that moment nothing else made mattered but that song and me.

Music has powerful effects on our emotions. 
Take a moment to listen to your favorite song today.

Glitz & Glamour,
Kat
<3

Thursday, October 28, 2010

One of My Least Favorite Subjects: Working Out *Sigh*

Work It!
I have been trying to do my best to lose some weight, while sitting on my butt. If it was possible for me, it would have happened by now, I am pretty sure. So, I have resolved myself to one of my least favorite activities, working out.

I, like what I am assuming is a large portion of American women, desire to have a flat stomach, toned arms & legs, and a nice firm butt. I am spending a week in Florida in January, and will be wearing (the dreaded) two piece on the beach while I am there. So, there is no time like the present to get started on my body!!

I went out and bought a nice pair of work out pants a couple weeks ago, resolving to start my work out plan then. I guess I was hoping they would go running in the morning without me, while I slept lazily in bed?!

There are many more reasons I am determined to start working out, other then to kick my body back into bikini ready shape. I want to be healthy. Working out helps a woman stay young & vibrant. I want to stay as young as possible, for as long as possible (another reason for staying out of the sun). Also, I want to be in shape for snowboarding season, yay! 

I have tried Hip Hop Abs. It was so funny, I laughed the whole time. Which I guess after thinking about it, could be really good for the abs. 

I have been trying to eat better; drinking a lot of water (not drinking pop), eating more veggies (instead of fried chips and such), taking vitamins, and eating smaller portions of junk food when I do eat it.

What do you do to keep your body in 'sexy' condition?
Glitz & Glamour,
Kat
<3

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Megan Fox...I Like Her Style

Megan Fox
I am a fan of Megan Fox's style. She can pull off a whole range of style from really girly, classic hollywood, & sexy lingerie, to little boy t-shits, glasses, and hats. Not every girl can pull of such a wide range of clothing. I know I can't. I really wish I could. Also, she is not afraid to be herself. She has tattoos that speak to her personally, and does not apologize for them.

I love her in this dress. It is very girly, and she makes it look so natural. I had this set as the background on my cell phone for the longest time looking for a dress in the same style.



She can pull off glasses really well too (my best friend is the same way, she is gorgeous with and without glasses).



I got really excited when I saw this outfit. I wear a similar one a lot. It is really comfy and sexy/stylish at the same time! Also, LOVE the RayBans. My Dad is a pilot and has worn them for years, two years ago I got my own. :)


Little boy's t-shirt!! She looks amazing in a comfy shirt and jeans. My favorite part of this outfit tho are/is the vest/suspender-ish part. I am unsure exactly which it is, but I am 'in-lust' with it. I wish I could find one for myself. :(


Simple yet looking great!! Yet, again with the suspender/vest-ish thing.


ThIs might be my favorite outfit of her's so far. She is looking great & comfy (one of my prerequisites for any outfit). It also highlights her fantastic body without showing off anything unnecessary (ample cleavage, midriff, buttocks, etc).


I am jealous that she has Marilyn Monroe on tattooed on her. I completely understand why she choose her. I feel that if I were to go get this tattoo now, people would feel that I was copying Megan Fox...but I wouldn't be. Arg. Either way, still envious.


Way to go Shakespeare! 
These Pictures are show how versatile Megan Fox can look when styled differently. Beautiful.

Who's style do you like?

Glitz & Glam,
Kat
<3

Monday, October 18, 2010

Kate Spade "What's In Your Bag?"


Kate Spade, originally uploaded by TopHatKat86.



A popular trend on a couple websites right now is, "What's in your bag?" So, I decided to 'bite the bullet' and try it out. 

Flickr has a whole group dedicated to the subject. I browsed the group before adding my own submission.
There are so many different things that people carry in their bags!
The most common item I noticed was an mp3 player, more specifically an iPod. Many people are also carrying around cell phones, cameras, and computers.

Some of the more unique items some people are carrying in their bags range from toothbrushes to kitchen knives (yes, someone actually posted a picture that states they carry a butcher knife around in their bag). 

Many people carry around hand sanitizer and lotion, two items that are currently NOT in my bag, but will soon be.
I am they only one who I saw that carries around an ipass? Interesting. I do enjoy being different.
Also, I didn't notice anyone also, so far, that has a separate organizer for their receipts? Guess I am special there too.

I also just noticed that I have a fairly well done color scheme going in my bag, surprisingly not done on purpose.

What is in your bag?

Glitz & Glamour,

Kat

<3

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Secret Keeper
         When I was in high school I was the ‘Secret Keeper’ among my friends. My friends would talk to me about everything, knowing that I wouldn’t say anything to anyone. I was raised by a therapist; she instilled the importance of confidentiality in me.
         It didn’t always turn out well for me. I would end up knowing things that I wish I didn’t. Or inevitably, my friends would end up in a fight, and it would be said that I had known about the issue all along. It was never ‘my place’ to share other people’s secrets. Which is what I kept saying each time this happened.
         I did end up in a couple feuds with friends over my choice to not blab other people’s secrets, even when they did involve other people. I even came very close to losing a close friend, due to my choices. There was pain & anguish over keeping quiet sometimes, but I did (and still do) ‘stick to my guns’ when it comes keeping my mouth shut about other people’s secrets.
         High school was really hard at times, just because of how vicious some of the girls could be. Some rumors had potential to ruin a reputation permanently, even if they were false.
         Gossip is a huge potential moneymaker. Magazines and websites such as TMZ and the National Enquirer profit of off gossip and our curiosity about other people’s lives. I know that I read the ‘gossip magazines’ when I am in line at the grocery store or Wal-Mart, and I even follow the random story or two on the internet. They pull us in. But, that doesn’t mean that they are morally or ethically correct.
         I know, that even as a journalist, I am going to protect my sources, and follow my gut when it comes to what to publish and what not to. There are times when ‘crossing the line’ is for the good of the public or your readers. There are also times when the reasons for such actions are just not justified. No matter how ‘good’ the story may be or how much a select few people may benefit from the story being released.
         Gossip usually hurts someone and is not worth repeating. Take the kindergarten approach next time you hear a piece of ‘tasty’ gossip: If you wouldn’t want that said about you, don’t say it at all.

Glitz & Glamour,
Kat
<3

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Latest Fall Obsession



So my latest fall obsession is these beautiful baggy berets from Pixiebell's Etsy Shop. They are handmade and come in multiple different styles, patterns, and fabulous color choices. Besides that, some of them are modeled on this gorgeous model! Isn't she stunning?

Well, I must admit, Etsy is an obsession of mine in general. It is a fantastic community of artists who create amazing things and then sell them in their stories that make up the community. If you have never heard of Etsy before, be sure to go check it out!!!







What is your latest fall must have?

Glitz & Glamour,
Kat
<3





Body Art



Someday, I will get the tattoo I have been thinking about. I do have to wait until after graduation, unfortunately, due to an agreement with my parents that I made my freshman year of high school. That feels like it was soo long ago!! 

I enjoy the lil pink bows featured in picture from fuck yeah tattoos (please pardon the language). I love that site. I find it interesting what other people choose to permanently put on their bodies. I know that what I finally end up with be full of meaning and extremely carefully chosen, along with placement, & the artist who does it (I have had the same idea & artwork in mind for over a year now, so that part is basically done).

Do you have any 'artwork'? If so, what/where is it? If not, do you want any? Etc.

Glitz & Glamour,
Kat 
<3


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

..Relaxation..

My Future Claw Foot Bathtub



     I dream of soaking in a large claw foot bathtub. It seems so idyllic. 
     In my mind the tub is surrounded by candles. Soft music is floating through the air. The water is the perfect temperature to relax stressed & tired muscles and is scented of coconut and vanilla (which also helps moisturize the skin).
     After a nice long soak...drying off in a big luxurious egyptian cotton towel and moisturizing with a silky moisturizer sounds like dream. 
     The tub of my dreams is big & roomy. I could easily fit two, perfect for a romantic evening. 
     The tub has a rain shower head suspended over the center for fantastic showers. 
     There is a stone floor that is heated, so when a relaxing shower or bath comes to a conclusion, there is no cold floor to step onto. Just a soothing slightly warm stone floor to step onto.
     That sounds so relaxing after a day of work, school, chasing the kids around the house, shopping, rocking life, studying, coffee with friends, carpool, errands, cleaning the house, or whatever life may bring.
     How do you relax?
Glitz & Glamour,
Kat


Friday, August 27, 2010

Just found out that i can blog from my phone. Even with my cheap plan! Yay. I am super excited. :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

i [heart] my mac...so of course I want to make it pretty

Hello MadHatters!!

   For those who don't know much about me...I am addicted to chocolate, caffeine & constantly trying to quit, [heart] the color purple (kind of obvious?), love puppies (especially my miniature wire-hair Moose), & always have my macbook attached to my hip.
   
   It has almost been a year since I got my MacBook Pro for my birthday/Christmas, November/December (best year for presents...ever!!). By this time I would be having major issues with any of the laptops I have had in the past-viruses, malware, physical issues, etc. I would have had to take it to a tech to get fixed at least once by now. By this time in the lifecycle of any computers I have had in the past, I would be talking about getting a new one & shopping around for a 'good deal.' Always talking about getting a Mac.

   I haven't had one problem with my Mac. In fact, I am more in love with it then the day I got it! I wouldn't dream of getting another computer. Instead...I am looking at ways to personalize it. :] 

   There are tons of ways to personalize your mac (or whatever kind of computer you have...if you have not yet given into Apple bliss, which, you really, really should)!!

   One of the most obvious and extremely useful was to personalize your 'external brain' would be a bag. I have two, a backpack & a messenger bag. Both of which I bought specifically with my Mac in mind.
My backpack is:
Recon
Retails for $89.00

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I got mine for $50.00 from TJ Maxx!! So just make sure you shop around to get the best price. 
This bag has a padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment that can hold up to a 17'' laptop and has a strap to hold the laptop securely in place. I LOVE this bag.

Classic Messenger Bag
Retails for $110


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I chose to do the 'build your own classic messenger bag' option. My bag is medium sized, white, teal, & grey with the added shoulder pad. This bag is fantastic & it is so durable. Make sure to go to the website & read the reviews. This bag can go thru anything, & the consumer reviews prove it.  Besides that...you can fit anything in it & it is still comfortable to carry!



Retails for $19.99

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I use this with my Timbuk2 messenger bag & my Vera Bradley bags. It does an amazing job of keeping my Mac safe from bumps & scratches. This is not the exact one I have (I can't remember the brand name at the moment), but it will do the job for sure!

   If you are looking for something other then a bag to make your Mac more personal there are other options besides a bag. A hard cover case or decorative decal are both good options.

SeeThru Satin: Soft-Touch on a Hard Shell Case
Retails for $49.95
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    These hard cases are available in multiple colors & opacities (clear & satin). I have one in purple satin and it has kept my Mac free from scratches, while adding vibrant color to my Mac. My Apple even glows purple! I got mine right after I got my Mac. I wanted something to keep it safe, while still being able to see the iconic apple symbol and not detracting from the beautiful sleek styling of the Mac. That is exactly what this case does.

Decals from Esty Sellers



CrossBones

MacDecal

Retails for $2.99

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MacLuv

LanaKole
Retails for $18.00
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vinylvisionaries
Retails for $8.99
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Sistine chapel michelangelo

LacedUpDecals
Currently Unavailable (sorry)
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CraftyGalDecals
Retails for $4.99
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Jack Skellington Pumpkin King Nightmare Before Christmas

LacedUpDecals
Retails for $10.95
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   Aren't they fantastic?! I am currently 'in the market' for a decal...I have found so many cool ones, I can't decide. Another great thing is, they don't hurt the exterior of your Mac at all. :D If you don't see one you like here, check out other options available from each Etsy seller I have listed. There are tons of options out there. Also, search Etsy for more. Many individual sellers will also take custom orders.

If you haven't heard of Etsy before, definitely go check it out.

   If you find any amazing decals....let me know!! Or if you buy anything amazing for yourself, family, or friends...share it with the class. :D

Glitz & Glamour,
Kat









A Little Skin Money Saver I Use...


   I found out this GREAT little secret from Gala Darling. Her blog is fantastic. Use baby wipes, instead of those expensive make-up removing wipes or pads to remove your makeup at night. They do a wonderful job of removing your makeup & feel great.


   Just look for baby wipes containing vitamin E and aloe. This way they will remove your makeup & help keep your skin moisturized. A box of 72 baby wipes costs around $2.50 at big box stores, while a box of 28 Aveeno Daily Cleansing Pads costs $6.47 at the same big box store. Thats almost a $4.00 savings.

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Glitz & Glamour,
Kat