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Quotable: Don’t Quit

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Sometimes we all need a little inspirational pick me up …especially on a Monday. Full disclosure, this post is probably more for me than anyone else. For whatever reason last week was a beast. All my technologies were on the fritz at the same time (iPhone, iPad, iComputer, iTV, iCoffeeMachine, etc…) and collectively we as humans seemed to be dealing with so much unrest and turmoil. For me it was definitely one of those weeks of refection, laced with a healthy dose of self-doubt. Any entrepreneur knows exactly what I’m talking about. What am I doing here? Why is this not working? What more should I be doing? Blah! Blah! Blah! Sometimes those voices of doubt can be so loud, but it’s important to take a moment to reset. Any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for. Nothing comes easily and there will always be moments of uncertainty, but it’s important to never give up. In my best Tim Gunn voice, “make it work!”

Keep going, y’all. Happy Monday! xo

VIDEO: DIY Bar Cart + How To Style It

Miss Kris Bar Cart DIY IKEA HackNo home is complete without the proper bar cart! The bar cart seems to have have a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. There are so many fab carts on the market, although they can be pretty pricey. Don’t ask me why, but from some reason my brain thought that a baby changing table would make the PERFECT bar cart (<- reason #4,237 I’m not yet ready for kids lol)!! Click here to watch me transform this $30 changing table from IKEA into a cart fit for a glam hostess.

I also invited my friend Kelly of Kelly Golightly over to share in some fab tips for perfectly styling your cart. Use fresh fruit and garnish to add a pop of color to your cart?!?!? Watch the video for more!

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{photo and video by Jessica Castro}

Road Trippin': Tips From My Dad On Travel Safety

Miss Kris Road Trip Travel Palm Springs CaliforniaThe countdown clock to the last days of Summer has begun. NO SUMMER, NOOOOO! DON’T LEAVE US! I know as sad as it might be, there’s still time to sneak in a little Summer vacation. Short on time and cash? Consider a capping of the Summer with a mini road trip. A local trip is the best way to get in that vacation without all the extensive planning. I recently hit the road for a much needed trip to Palm Springs (watch the video here) and the drive was good for my soul.

Although I’m now in my 30’s I’m totally a Daddy’s girl and my Dad still gives me the business about road trip safety whenever I mention to him I’m driving out of town. I’ve been hearing these tips for YEARS, basically since I started driving, but his tips are handy and I thought I’d share them for those of you embarking on an upcoming trip. From my Dad to you:

1. Car Maintenance: Be sure your car is in good condition before you leave. Has had it’s oil change, are the brakes are good, is there air in the tires and do you have a full tank of gas?

2. Plan Your Route: Even though some cars have GPS systems, look at a map beforehand so you know exactly which highways you’ll be taking. Don’t travel at night in case you run into any car troubles. Let people know where you’re going, the route you’re taking and your estimated time of departure and arrival.

3. Be Prepared: So many things unexpected things can happen on the road and you should be prepared. Be sure you’re well rested before driving. Know the weather conditions so you can prepare yourself for a change in surface conditions. Be sure that your phone is fully charged and that you have all proper phone chargers with you. Carry at least $100 cash on you during your trip should you find yourself in a situation where a credit card is not accepted.

4. Stay Alert: While driving, watch the road for debris left in the street that could damage your car. Don’t rely on technology to pin point you. Be aware of your surroundings. Have your AAA card or road side assistance number handy should you run into any car trouble. Slow down when you’re driving over a hill because there’s usually a Cop waiting on the other side to give you a ticket.

5. Be safe, have fun and take lots of pictures.

 

Postcards from Palm Springs: Colony Palms Hotel

Miss Kris and the Colony Palms HotelI love a getaway. When the Colony Palms Hotel invited me to stay at their property, I was all to eager to pack my bags and head to Palm Springs. Palm Springs is about a quick 2 hour drive from my home in Los Angeles. I often retreat to there when I’m in need of a little break the city and some quality… vintage shopping. PS has some of the best vintage shopping around! I’d actually never stayed overnight at the Colony Palms Hotel before, but I’d been to the property many times to sip cocktails by their lavish pool. I was excited to get the full guest experience at this historic hotel.

The Colony Palms Hotel has been around for years. It originally opened it’s doors in 1936 and was owned by a reputed mobster and member of The Purple Gang (<- I know The Purple Gang was a group of dangerous mobsters, but I imagine them to be very fashionable and color coordinated). Many guest were attracted to the hotel’s sunshine, refreshing pool and yummy cuisine but the hotel also served as a secret speakeasy and brothel for the owner, his fellow gang members and gambling buddies. Over the years, the hotel has played host to a number of Hollywood’s elite including Sinatra.  As you can imagine I thrilled to pay the hotel a visit and live in those old Hollywood memories if only for an evening.

If you’re making a trip to Palm Springs in the future might I suggest an overnight visit to the Colony Palms Hotel. You’ll have a wonderful time! Click here for more info about the hotel.

Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 1Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 2

shirt | shorts | bag embellished studs are a Miss Kris DIY (here) | sunnies

Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 3Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 4sunnies | dress | sandals

Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 5The newly renovated Purple Palm. I could eat here for the rest of my life!

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Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 11sunnies | necklace

Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 12White dress my Monif C. (available here in orange)

Photography by Sylvia G.

Images 6, 10 and 11 via the Colony Palms Hotel

and don’t forget to watch the video…

#MissKrisApproved: The Seychelles Sandal

Miss Kris SeyshellesThe biggest fashion debate of the Summer has got to be the return of the Birkenstock style sandal. Every site from the Man Repeller to Refinery 29 has made a statement about the them. Even the editors at Vogue have joined the convo calling the trend “Pretty Ugly” …pretty ugly, you see what they did there?! OH NO!!!! Not the return of the ‘stock?!?!? This is all taking me back to 7th grade when my Mom REFUSED to purchase a pair for me. A few months earlier I’d just conned her into getting me a new pair of Cole Haan loafers so as far as she was concerned… my feet were already covered! You know how it is when you want something so bad, but don’t have the means to get this!? All of a sudden they’d become the ugliest shoes ever created and I wasn’t sure why anyone would wear them. Oh the shade!!

All those old feeling came back when I saw them featured in the pages of Vogue this year and obviously I was hesitant to accept their return until I came upon these leopard beauties from Seychelles. Hmmmm they don’t look like the ones I remember from Middle School being leopard and all?!? I’m intrigued. I don’t have anything like this in my closet so I just had to give them a try. Needless to say they have become my new go-to casual Summer sandal. As Jenna Lyons states, leopard is a neutral and I’ve been wearing these with everything.

What do you guys think of the return of this trend? Do you remember with the ‘stocks were popular many years ago or am I dating myself here?!? Share in the comment section below. And if you’re interested click here to purchase these cuties. They’re on sale and available in different colors including metallic!

INSPIRATION: Summer Vacation Keepsake

Miss Kris Summer Vacation Keepsake DIY{image via Miss Kris}

Some of our best memories are made on Summer vacation. Are you looking for a way to preserve those precious moments? When I was little my family would often make trips to the beach. My little brother was obsessed with collecting shells and rocks he found while playing on the beach (ha boys!). Sometimes he’d find nice pieces, sometimes they’d be all broken. Regardless, my Mom would try and save as many of these pieces as best she could as keepsakes for our family vacation. She’d often buy nice seashells or star fish from the local souvenir shops…  you know if case my little brothers finds didn’t make the trip hack home. Once home she’d find fun ways to display the pieces so that our Summer memories would live on. I always love these accent pieces as they had special meanings to my family! What do you think about showcasing vacation souvenirs around your home?

DIY INSPIRATION: Remove the glass from a frame and glue your keepsake to the inside of the frame. Take a Sharpie and write the location and date on the paper. Then, hang it on the wall and keep that memory with you forever.

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Hustle.

The Dream Is Free…The Hustle Is Sold Seperately Miss KrisImage

Sharing this one for all my dreamers and doers out there in need of a little motivation this Monday morning. Here’s we are, Monday… a fresh start! Wishing you all the best week yet. xo

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