The 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!
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.
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
I’m absolutely THRILLED to share my editorial feature on Darling Magazine. I feel in love with Darling some time ago and I was honored when asked to be apart of their website. While I was in the Palm Springs last week, Sylvia Gunde and I headed to the desert to shot this glamorous (and windy) editorial. I’m so excited that I finally get to share!!! Click here to see the full spread.
As many of you know I was a wardrobe stylist for yeeears before focusing on my blog full time. It’s been many months since I’ve style a editorial, but this project re-energized and reignited my love for the stylist life! Maybe it’s time for me to pick up my stylist kit once again. Enjoy!
Images by Sylvia Gunde
Hot pink chair? YES PLEASE!!!!! I gave this basic chair from IKEA a hot makeover courtesy of a can of Krylon spray paint. Adding a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to personalize a piece of furniture and make it fit the decor scheme of your home, but I personally hate brush painting projects. I prefer to apply paint with a spay paint, but if applied incorrectly your paint job can look just AWFUL… trust me I’ve butchered many a chair. Click here to watch the latest installment of Miss Kris TV and discover a few helpful tips to keep in mind while spray painting.
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If you’re anything like me, the thought of going into the office on a Monday morning in the middle of Summer is the most dreadful thing you can think of. Ugggggg Well I’m thinking we all might be in need of a little fabulous inspiration to get us through the day. Last week Paris was host to the Fall 2014 Haute Couture shows. One of my absolute favorites was the Giambattista Valli collection. Seriously, I want EVER piece in this collection. To me this collection reads permanent vacation. I’m loving all the graphic prints, the fun colors and of course the headpieces. This collection is everything vintage and glam and is loaded with tons of DIY inspiration for the brave and crafty. Click the link for more images from the show.
Complete honestly right up front… Pinterest is to blame for this project! These watermelon kegs have been blowing up my Pinterest feed and with the 4th of July coming up I thought now was the best time to try to make on. I have about a 80% Pinterest project success rate. I was worried about how this would turn out because I see lots of room for leakage potential, but Id’ have to say it worked like a charm!!!! Watch the #DIY video here and don’t forget to subscribe (here) to the Miss Kris YouTube channel while you’re there. This keg the perfect accessory to your upcoming Summer get together. Now to find the perfect watermelon and vodka cocktail recipe…
Hashtag this and hashtag that! There’s that joke floating around the internet about how social media has taking over or lives so much so that some of us speak in hashtags in our daily vernacular -> watch! I have to admit that I’ve been guilty of this in the pass. So obviously when Crossroads Trading invited myself and a few other blogger affiliated with their Style Council to speak on a panel about blogging and lead their managers retreat in a few DIYs, I thought these social media hashtag tees would be a perfect project! #Brilliant #iKnow #DIYGenius #Humility #LOL
This project is pretty simple after you get over the fear of working with iron on transfer paper. The printing instructions can be complicated so my recommendation is to pick the transfer paper that has the instructions clearly printed on the box. You’ll have to print your image in reverse, so just make sure they spell it out for you clearly on the box so that there’s no confusion! You can purchase transfer paper at your local craft and hobby store. Once you have your paper, follow the instructions to print out your favorite hashtag and then iron it on your shirt. Some of my faves: #nofilter, #ootd, #fashionblogger or your can custom create your own hashtag for your event: #CrossRoadsCamp2014, #KristenAndDrakeGetMarried
We all had such a wonderful time at Crossroads Camp. As long as I’ve lived in California, I’d never been up North to wine country. It’s simply breathtaking. I’ll have to make plans to visit again real soon. In other news, I can mark “road trip” off my Summer to-do list!!! Below are a few instapics from our trip up to Sonoma.
Confetti shower!!!!! When life hands you paper (…and a hole punch) you make confetti!!! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but latest installment of INSPIRED by Miss Kris just plain makes me happy. Click here for a little colorful confetti inspiration.
Don’t forget to subscribe to Miss Kris YouTube channel (here). You all really seem to be enjoying these videos and honestly… I love makin’ them!!!!!!! (<- more exclamation points)
Happy Monday xo
I’m so excited to share a new video series with you today. Introducing… INSPIRED by Miss Kris! Not your typical DIY video, but a collection quick tips and easy ideas to help live life glamorously. Today we’re thinking outside the vase. If you’re looking for a creative way to display your flowers try turning ordinary objects like trophies, ice buckets, empty perfume bottles into vases… just add water and fresh cut flowers. I personaly love fresh cut flowers around my home. They keep me inspired!! I recently picked up a trophy from Goodwill for $3 and I love accessorizing it with fresh cut florals. It’s also a conversation starter when people come to visit. What object do you have around your home that you think would make a good vase for an arrangement?
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A few weeks ago I made a list of all the tourist like things I wanted to do in LA over the Summer. I’ve live here for over 9 years and rarely take in all the exciting things this city has to offer. Number 9 on my list was to make a visit to the Santa Monica Pier… I can now scratch number 9 off my list! I made my way to Santa Monica and spent the evening riding rides, playing games, eating funnel cake and watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. I hopped on the Farris Wheel right as the sun was setting and I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful it was. I was capturing first hand the final moments of the day… lights out LA. It was breathtaking!
It’s been awhile since I’d made a visit to the pier. If you’re making a trip out to LA make sure you stop by. Here are my suggestions: The Farris Wheel at sunset, eat funnel cake, ride the roller coaster (sit in the front seat). If you’re a local like me, you have to make a trip for the free yoga classes and concerts on the beach!! All the details about the pier and pier related activities here.
Photos by Sylvia Gunde
Words cannot express how badly you need one of these pom pom ponchos for the Summer!!!! Seriously, it’s chic Summer loungewear at it’s finest. This 1 minute 40 second video tell your everything you need to know to create you own. Watch, click the like button if you’re into it and don’t forget to subscribe to the Miss Kris YouTube channel. There are more sizzling Summer videos coming your way. Enjoy! xo
Photo by Sylvia Gunde
Lately there have been so many fab tasseled accessories that have caught my eye. I’ve seen tasseled necklaces and earrings that I want to make. As well as tasseled wrap sandals that are now on my to-do list. Tassels are pretty easy to find and rather inexpensive, but I’ve been having a really difficult time finding the perfect colored tassels. #annoyed This weekend I was over the hunt and decided I would just pick up my own thread and make my own tassels. I created a little infograph for those of you in the same boat. Sometimes making your own tassels is just easier. It might take a little more time, but you can personalize them to the specific color and length that you need for your project. I also like to add a little gold wire wrap to my DIY tassels to really make them special. Enjoy and feel free to share with anyone you think might also enjoy! xo
This weekend is Memorial Weekend here in the US. A time we take to honor and thank those who have served in our Armed Forces. This weekend also marks the official, unofficial start to Summer. Every year around this time I talking this big talk about how “epic” my summer is going to be. Summer is short so live it up! During the recent LA heat wave and while on a random mid-week trip to the beach with friends, I realized I don’t really partake in all the fab things LA, the city in which I live, has to offer. It was then that I created a local adventures I planned to tackle over the next few months. It’s been 9 years since I’ve packed up my car and moved to LA and still I’ve NEVER been to the Griffith Observatory, NEVER hiked to the Hollywood sign and NEVER been to Catalina Island. Girl, I know… then why live here, right?!?!?!
Well all that’s changing because I plan on being a tourist in my own city. So excited!!! I’m really going to be soaking up the SoCal fun. I often get of email from you all planning trips to LA asking where to go and what to see. Hopefully this Summer series will be helpful to those planning a trip. And if you’re not coming out west anytime soon, I hope you just enjoy the pretty picture.
Swimsuit by Liz Claiborne available at JCPenney
Photos by Sylvia Gunde
I think we all know by now that I have an obsession for shiny things. Glitter, confetti and of course diamonds all make my heart skip a beat. I’ve been a connoisseur of fine costume jewelry ever since 1986 when my Grandma let me play with her collection. Nothing excites me more than waking up early on the, grabbing a cup of coffee and heading to one of my many, many favorite spots in search of jeweled glamour. Luckily, The House Of Fisher is in my neighborhood and within waling distance (although I often drive).
People always ask my how I find such good stuff. There really is a method to my madness. I’m always prepared for a hunt! I shop flea markets, thrift stores, estate and garage sales, consignment shops and antique malls. Go often! Since I really only focus on jewels it’s helps me keep my eye on the prize and not get distracted by all the sequin clothes. I do my research! I always have a fully charged iPhone with me so that I can search dates, designers and suggested retail prices on pieces that I find. I keep an eye out for logos and identifying marks and I’m sure to carefully examine all pieces carefully before I purchase. And my last piece of advice is to make friends! I always chat up the store owners and jewelry dealers. They’re so knowledgable and once they know your face and your taste they keep an eye out for pieces you might like.
I’m obsessed with these Christian Lacroix stunners and try them on every time I’m in the store. I think I’m going to have to add them to my birthday wish list (hint, hint.. that’s August 1st, y’all)!!
If you’re every in the LA area make time to visit the House of Fisher Boutique on Doheny in West Hollywood. It’s a quaint little boutique, but trust me it’s worth the stop.
Photos by Sylvia Gunde
Recently I posted a beer based cocktail recipe for a yummy blood orange Shandy. It’s a delicious cocktail for a fun weekend afternoon get together, but what to do with all those empty beer bottles? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Transform those beer bottles into hanging floral garland. A golden way to decorate your party.
Now for some very exciting news! I’m co-hosting the “Pins to Win” craft contest presented by Lucky Buddha Beer. Lucky Buddha Beer is call all fans, crafters and artist to create something special using an up-cycled Lucky Buddha Beer Bottle for a chance to win $1000 to spend at your favorite local craft store. I along with David Bromstad from HGTV and fellow DIYer Taryn Southern will be judging the pins. Click here for all the details.
Get creative!!! First, second and third place winners will receive $,000, $500 and $250 respectively and the winners will be feature on the Lucky Buddha Beer’s social media channels. The contest runs through June 4th and you can pin your projects here. Good luck! I can’t wait to see what y’all create.
I have to admit, I’ve never been much of a beer drinker… unless the game is on! If you guys follow me on twitter between the months of August and February, you know I’m a football fan (Geaux Saints!!). On any given Sunday during football season you can find me in a sport bar, wearing heels and my Jimmy Graham jersey, yelling at the TV screen and drinking a beer straight out the bottle like all us classy ladies do!
We’re still a few months away from the beginning of football season, but there’s still tons high excitement sporting events going on. Here in LA we have the Dodger playing ball, the Kings are doing big things on the ice and the LA Clippers are working hard to stay in the NBA Finals. The excitement is so high. I always know when a big game is on because I can hear my neighbors cheering. The Blood Orange Shandy is the perfect game day beverage. It’s a beer base drink that goes down like an artisan handcrafted cocktails. You have to make this one for all your friends who are like “I don’t drink beer.” It’s so easy to craft (beer + blood orange soda + a hint of sparking water and orange garnish) and I promise it’s the best cocktail for chic sports enthusiasts.
PS: I’m currently hosting a DIY contest in partnership with Lucky Buddha Beer. It’s a good one for all those like me who love an afternoon of crafts and cocktails. Head over to the Luck Buddha Facebook page (here) for all the details and to enter. The contest runs from now until June 4th and the top prize is $1,000 to your local craft supply store. $1,000!!!!! I’ll be posting more details soon.
The Miss Kris Blood Orange Shandy was inspired by the The Boys Club version
Glassware available at Crate&Barrel
Fringed!!!! This project is actually a throwback… will the internets allow for a #ThrowbackTuesday?!? Anywho, three years ago when Beyonce told us who was running the world (girls!) I was inspired to create my own version of the mini fringe skirt she wore in the video (here). Well that was three years ago and to be honest “mini fringe” doesn’t work for me anymore. I’m really crushing on fringe and wanted to recreate this skirt for my Summer wardrobe in a more age appropriate length. Fringe skirts for the grown and sexy, y’all!
Obviously I would recommend wearing a skirt underneath when you’re wearing this fabulous lady out in public, but you know I had to give y’all the full effect for these photos.
Use your glue gun apply a healthy amount of glue to the inside of your belt. Apply a layer of fringe to the glue and let it dry. Once it’s dry, apply more glue and another layer of fringe for a fuller skirt.
Shoes by Aldo
Photos by Sylvia Gunde
NOTE: If you’re having a difficult time locating long fringe, try calling my local fabric store directly. International Silk + Woolens (323)653-6453. Ask for Nabilla or anyone in the notions department. They’ll ship it directly to you if you live in the USA. I purchased 2 years of the 24 inch black fringe to complete this project. Enjoy! xo
Completely OBSESSED with Essie Nail Polishe’s 2014 Neon Collection. I have to admit I don’t wear as much color in my wardrobe as I should. I wear a lot of black. A pop of color on my hands and feet is a perfect way to bring the brights into your outfits. We’re expecting a lot week here in LA (highs in the 100s #HeavenHelpUs) and while I’m not looking forward to the extreme heat, I’m excited that pedicure season is upon us!!
What do you think of the collection? Do you see your new “Summer color” in the bunch?
On this Mother’s Day 2014 we celebrate with a few pics of our favorite famous Moms and their kids.
Pictured above: Diana Ross and daughters
And of course a very, very special Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom. Thank you for being my best friend. Thank you for your unconditional love and your unwavering support. And most of all thank you for that one Christmas you made us to wear matching Laura Ashely outfits. It’s memories like those that will live in my heart forever. xo Kristen
Pinatas aren’t just for the kiddos anymore, especially when they’re stuffed with dazzling arm candy and glamorous goodies. If you’re looking for a fancy pinata for your upcoming Cinco de Mayo party try crafting your own. It’s easy, but the results are so fab you’ll find it hard to smashing it open… like seriously you might cry! My tears quickly turned to smiles as I stuff my adult pinata with fab accessories from Sole Society. I mean adult pinatas have to be stuffed with adult friendly things, riiiiiiiight?! Below are a few of my current Sole Society accessory obsessions.
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No.1 http://bit.ly/1kqXGu8 | No.2 http://bit.ly/1rQTZmi | No.3 http://bit.ly/1hUYoS8 | No.4 http://bit.ly/1mfwLme | No.5 http://bit.ly/1rQUuN4 | No.6 http://bit.ly/1fAexxc | No.7 http://bit.ly/1mfxjbW | No.8 http://bit.ly/1u75B6C | No.9 http://bit.ly/1u76jAW | No.10 http://bit.ly/1u75Z57 | No.11 http://bit.ly/1kqYu28 | No.12 http://bit.ly/1kqYy1T | No.13 http://bit.ly/1fAf5Dt
Thanks Sole Society for the yummy baubles
Video by Jessica Castro
Now that Starbucks red cup season is behind us and my pumpkin spice latte is officially off the menu, it’s time to return to my regularly scheduled caffeine programming. Forget what the fashion mags are telling you, in LA fresh brew in a go cup is the number one accessory of the Spring/Summer season. I’m totally guilty! It’s rare that you’ll catch me out and about during the day without an iced coffee in hand. Although, to save me from making multiple daily trips to the brew house (Hi! My name is Kristen and I’m a coffee addict) I’m freezing a few coffee cubes so that I can quickly make iced coffees on the go in the comfort of my own kitchen. Here’s how…
I’m obsessing over all the Springtime tortoise jewelery I’ve been seeing as of late. And with a Earth Day just a few days away, I was inspired to dig through my recycling bin and use a piece of plastic to help me create this lucite inspired look. This is such a fun, chic and earth friendly (well kind of) project. And because I know so many of you have been asking about the sew on jewels, I found them at a store in downtown LA called The Bead Factory. You can order online here.
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Where do I find my crafty inspiration, you ask?!? Well today it came when I knocked over a bottle of nail polish while trying to tackle my at home mani. See this is usually why I get my nails done at the salon… I ALWAYS make a mess! Thankfully, this is not my first day at the DIY mani rodeo and there was a piece of paper there to protect my furniture from my handy work! When I was finished painting, the paper reminded me of a Jackson Pollock painting and inspired my afternoon project. What a fab way to add a little color to a plain white canvas.
MATERIALS: The most important is nail polish! The best thing about this project is that you can make it whatever colors you want. Clearly I have a lot of polished to choose from. I recommend choosing 4 to 5 of your favorites. You’ll also need a white stretched canvas and spray paint.
What do you guys think? What color combination would your choose?