Series, Text Tuesday

October Book List

October 29, 2014

PicMonkey Collage1. Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little.

2. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

3. Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown

4. The Good Girl by Marcy Kubica

5. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

6. Undivided by Neal Shusterman

If any of you have read a few of these books, you probably realize that all of these are dark and usually involve some type of crime. I’m not sure if I was getting into the Halloween spirit or just got hooked on these types of dramas but if you are a fan of feel good books, these are not it! I’m currently in the middle of The Good Girl and am completely hooked. My next book is Undivided which is the last book in the Unwind Dystology. The first three have been so good and suspenseful!

I hope all of you have been able to relax this month and read a few good ones!

 

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Outfits, Wear

Plaid Essentials

October 27, 2014

 

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Shirt: J.Crew// Sweater: Madewell// Boots: Chinese Laundry c/o// Bag: Clare V// Glasses: Karen Walker// Bracelets: Stella & Dot// Watch: Diesel// Earrings: Marc Jacobs// Ring: Kristen Elspeth

Fall is my favorite season for a number of reasons but getting to wear plaid is right up there at the top. In recent Fall seasons, I have seen so many ways where you can dress plaid up or use it as a complimenting piece in your outfit. I’m still a fan of just wearing it in the casual way but if I don’t feel like changing out of it from a day of lounging, I now know that I can dress it up a bit and head out.

Check out some of my other plaid and fall essentials below…

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Outfits, Wear

Basics

October 22, 2014

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Tee: Everlane// Jeans:Joe’s ( on sale!)// Boots: Chinese Laundry// Bag: Celine//  Sunglasses: Karen Walker// Bracelets: Lacey Ryan// Stella &Dot, Bauble Bar

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Wear

ShopBop Finds

October 20, 2014

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Boots: Sam Edelman( This color sold out but I also have them in this color)// Shorts: One Teaspoon ( I went one size up for length)// Bag: Rebecca Minkoff// Shirt: Current/Elliot// Glasses: Ray-Ban and Karen Walker

Shopbop’s Friends and Family sale is one of my favorites of the year because it is a great deal and I can always find what I am looking for. It is probably my favorite online place to shop and that is saying a lot. I wanted to take this time also to address a misconception that I think some readers and hate readers of this blog think….

I have always loved more higher end clothes but have no always been able to purchase them. My parents raised me to shop sales and not use material possessions and wealth as a means of self confidence.  Starting this blog probably made people think that all I did was shop and that I was a pretty shallow person.  I had a friend tell me that she knows someone that goes to the mall during her lunch break and probably shops more than me. The truth is that I haven’t been to a mall in over a year a half, probably since starting this blog. I know how fortunate that I am to work with my favorite stores and companies and I do not take that for granted. I also have been open about the money that I get for clothes and that does not come out of my pocket. Often times, I am gifted the clothes that I wear from my favorite places or I am allowed a budget from them to shop their collections. Before this blog, that would not have been the case and purchases came out of pocket.

 I have always spent more money than I should on sunglasses but I justify it because I really do wear them more than anything in my closet and I take such good care of them that they will last me for years. My mom usually buys me a handbag for Christmas but that has been a tradition and usually the only money that is spent on bags. I am not going to apologize for getting gifts because I think that every girl would accept them. I know there will be a time when I have to retire this blog but for now, I’m going to enjoy the great opportunities is brings me.

Enough of my rambling…I hope you all have a great Monday:)

xo,

Kristi

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Kristin Cavallari Interview

October 18, 2014

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(via Instagram)

 

I was lucky to get the opportunity to interview Kristin Cavallari about her Fall Shoe Collection that is available at Nordstrom. I wish that I was able to get all of your questions answered but I think I got the majority of them. Kristin is the sweetest girl and you can tell how much she loves her kids and how hard she has worked on her line.

What are you wearing right now?

I was just on  a Chicago morning talk show so I am more dressed up than I would normally be in the morning. I’m wearing a dress and a pair of booties from my line.I normally am in some type of workout clothes.

What’s your favorite piece in your shoe collection?

The over the knee khaki boot because you can wear it day or not. It is also such a trend for Fall.

Can you describe the process of designing your shoes?

I am constantly in the process. I follow a lot of designers on Instagram, I look at the runway shows and in magazine. I have a folder in my phone where I put inspirational photos or ideas, as well as a filing cabinet at my house. When I get an idea, I send it to Chinese Laundry and the girl that I work with, Shana begins making sketches. From there, I tweak those sketches and then they make samples. I still continue to change them even after we get the samples. It is such a fun process!

Was it more difficult to come up with ideas after your first line of shoes?

Each season is only so big so I not all of the shoes that I design are released.  It is easier now to come up with inspiration and ideas. We also have to capitalize on what is the most popular so all of the shoes that I like are not always sold. It is really up to the buyers to decide. There was one shoe that I fought for in numerous meetings and they never picked it up.

Does your husband ever give you advice on your pieces or prefer one style of shoe over the other?

He does if I ask him to. He is very honest and it is sometimes nice to have a man’s perspective but in the end it comes down to what I want as a woman.

 

Do you have any ambition to branch out past designing shoes, such as clothing or handbags?

Yes! I recently launched a jewelry line, Emeral Duv with Planet Blue which is one of my favorite stores.  I am enjoying accessories and my shoe line and so right now I want to make sure that I have enough time for both of those. Since I have two little babies at home, I want to make sure that I do not spread myself to thin.

What are the three types of shoes everyone woman should have in their closet?

1. A nude heel because it goes with everything. They also make your legs look really long.

2. A great khaki boot.

3. A black bootie because they are so versatile and they can go from day to night.

Which one of your shoes would you wear to…

A football game? Really any of the booties but probably the Raylin. It has a lower-square heel because they are more comfortable.

 A family get together?  Copertina heel. It is so simple and classy.

 A shopping trip? Any of the shoes would work but I’ll go with the Laurel bootie. It instantly looks chic, especially with a plaid shirt and hat.

For those of you in the Chicago area, she will be on Michigan Ave today from 1-2 to showcase her line.

 

 

Makeup, Wear

Olay Fresh Effects{Bright On Schedule!} Eye Awakening Cream

October 17, 2014

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If you have been reading The Coral Court for a while you know that I am always trying new products for under my eyes. I have pretty moderate under eye circles and battle with the type of moisturizer and makeup that I use. I very rarely find a product that reduces my dark circles while also not looking like I have caked on makeup under there. I have been trying Olay Fresh Effects {Bright On Schedule!} Eye Awakening Cream for about a week now and have been impressed with how the tri-roller ball massager helps reduce the puffiness in the morning. It has honeysuckle and white tea – a detox recipe that gives skin a refreshed look in order to face the day, from late nights to early mornings. Another positive about this product is that it does not irritate my skin like other facial products do. I use the tri-roller to apply it but I still use my ring finger to massage the cream around my eyes. I let it sit for a couple of minutes so that my skin can absorb it and then I put on my under-eye concealer. I have friends that only need to put the cream on and it instantly brightens their skin but because of my darkness, I still need to use a bit of concealer to get the job done.

If you are someone that needs a little extra oomph and brightening to start your day, try Olay Fresh Effects {Bright On Schedule!} Eye Awakening Cream. It is instant beauty sleep with no sleep required!

 

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.”

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Outfits, Wear

Kristin Cavallari X Chinese Laundry

October 15, 2014

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Jeans: J Brand (On Sale!)// Shirt:T by Alexander Wang// Jacket: Blank Denim// Shoes: Kristin Cavallari c/o// Bag: Kate Spade// Glasses: Karen Walker

I have been a Chinese Laundry fan for a long time and own a couple of pairs from Kristin Cavallari’s partnership with them. I was excited when they let me try some of her boots from her new Fall line. They continue to have the quality, youthfulness, and style that her last collection had. If you like flats better, my favorites are the Cadence flats.

If you are from the Chicago area, you have a chance to meet and shop Kristin Cavallari’s new fall collection for Chinese Laundry at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue, October 18th, 1PM-2PM.

I am excited to share that I will be interviewing Kristin about her collection and will hopefully get answers to some of your questions. I will post that interview on Saturday so be sure to check back in then:)

meet and shop Kristin Cavallari’s new fall collection for Chinese Laundry at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue, October 18th, 1PM-2PM.

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Wear

Fall Inspiration

October 15, 2014

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Bag: Tory Burch// Cape: Vivienne Westwood// Earrings: J.Crew// Sweater: Madewell//Boots: Steve Madden// Nail polish: Nars//  Sunglasses: Super// Scarf: Theodora and Callum

Some fall inspiration for you…..

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Live, Series

Weekend Painting

October 13, 2014

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Happy Columbus Day everyone. I am lucky enough to have the day off from work so I am catching up on emails and of course, Scandal.

I had such a blast this past weekend going outside of my comfort zone. I am the least artistic person I know and i’m pretty sure my 2nd graders suffer because of it. I have the hardest time trying to draw a picture of the simplest things and numerous times my students have said “Ms. Stalter, that looks nothing like a _____.”  So when my friend suggested that we attend a painting class, I was a little more than hesitant. It turns out you needed no artistic talent.  There are so many of these assisted painting classes across the country and I had no idea how popular and fun they are. The class that I attended has a website where you pick a night based off of the picture that you want to paint and then the instructors facilitate the class and guide you in the painting process. Luckily, you use acrylic paint that dries quickly so you can fix mistakes with white paint to get back to square one again. White paint was definitely my friend during this class.

 I can see these painting classes as a perfect activity for a bachelorette party, baby shower, team building activity for work or just a night out with girlfriends. 

Check for one of these classes in your area and let me know how it goes!

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