Fix Me Up Friday: A Twist On Your Everyday Pony

I don’t know about you guys, but personally (when I have enough hair…) I tend to live with my hair pulled back in some way during the summertime.  In an attempt to add some sort of style to this unfortunate and boring ‘do, I am always searching for new, fun, and chic ways to add a little life to my dull old ponytail. Well, today I have an amazing one for you all that I cannot wait to try out in the coming months! It looks like it could potentially be a little tricky, but I think with a little practice and lots of patients (something I need to work on anyway!), it is definitely doable and maybe even easy!

Not Your Average Pony - Fix Me Up Friday

Is that not adorable or what?! I know I am personally so excited to get to try this one out and I definitely plan on practicing before I actually attempt to wear it out (I have a feeling my first few tries might not be very pretty…), but I will certainly keep y’all posted about how it goes and if it looks presentable maybe I’ll even share my results!

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OOTD: Trendy Tuesday

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and you’re enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve had today (that is, if your day has been as nice as mine has!). This is my last week of undergrad (well, college in general actually because I am not going to grad school!), and I am starting to feel a little sad about leaving this wonderful place I have called home for the past four years.  With graduation approaching this Friday and Saturday, it is all getting to be really real lately.  I guess I better get ready though, because whether I want it to or not, it’s still coming! I have been on the job hunt for quite some time, but I have really been cracking down lately.  While I would love love love to work in fashion (as you all know!) I am starting to really open myself up to other options as well, just to get my foot in the door somewhere, network with all kinds of people (you never know who they know!), and get some real experience under my belt.  So, I’m hoping something comes up soon, but until then I will just have to keep trying and keeping a positive attitude – eventually I have to get a job, right?! But, if any of you know anyone who is hiring or have any suggestions/ideas as far as a job lead, I would love to hear from you! Please email me at kristen.booth06@gmail.com with any comments or suggestions!

But, now that I just rambled on forever (we’re not getting any younger here, Kristen!)… Let’s finally get to today’s outfit of the day! This week’s Trendy Tuesday is the perfect outfit for a fun spring or summer day.  I am loving these lace/crochet shorts – I really need to get a pair! And these colors are just so fun and summery… They make me so excited for pool days and barbecues! So, here is this week’s Trendy Tuesday outfit: Outfit Of The Day - Trendy Tuesday   Top: Alexander Terekhov, $749; Shorts: Alice + Olivia, $275; Shoes: Corso Cosmo, $69; Necklace: Stephan & Co., $24; Bracelets: kate spade new york, $48 (turquoise) Valentino, $545 (gold) Bauble Bar, $66 $34 (coral) On Sale Now!; Earrings: Stella & Dot, $24; Nail Polish: OPI, $8.99 – Bubble Bath (neutral) and Where Did Suzi’s Man Go? (Coral)

What do you guys think? Is that fun or what?! I don’t know about you, but all of these items (well except the nail polish… I already have those two and love them for the summertime!) are definitely going on my wishlist of summer items! Let me know what you think of this outfit and I would love any suggestions you may have for me! I hope y’all are having a great week so far!

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Fun Summer Hairstyles

Being a girl really stink in the summer when it is 110 degrees and your hair is stuck to your neck and/or back! I know personally, that is one of the worst feelings! Last summer I chopped all my hair off, but before that I have had long hair practically all my life… So, here are a few hairstyles you can try out in an attempt to beat the heat and still have flawless hair!

Braid Ponytail Hairstyle

 

Side Braid into a Ponytail – Learn How To Do It!

Long Ponytail

Long Ponytail with Hair Wrapped Around (hiding the hair tie!) – Learn How To Do It!

Wavy Bob - Short

Short, Wavy Bob – Perfect way to beat the heat with shorter hair!

Topsy Tail Hairstyle

“Topsy-Tail” Low Ponytail – Great solution for long hair that can get hot in the summer heat!

Long Wavy Hair, Ombre - Lauren Conrad Long, Wavy Ombre – Okay, Okay so it isn’t the most practical summer haircut/style, but I just love her! And she totally rocks this hairstyle… I wish I could pull off an ombre look!

Draped French Braid

Draped French Braid – Learn How To Do It!

Long Bob - Jennifer Aniston

Longer Bob – Great way to keep cool in the sweltering summer heat! In fact… she was my inspiration when I cut my hair last summer!

Long Bob - Kristen (Inspired by Jennifer Aniston)

I like to make believe the haircut made me look as amazing as her too! Hehe :)

XOXO Kristen

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Trending: Fun Summer Maxi Dresses and Skirts

striped maxi

 

Dress: NewLook.com – $31, Shoes: Swell – $24, Purse: Michael Kors (Neiman Marcus) – $995, Necklace: Zappos.com – $78

mint maxi skirt outfit idea

 

Skirt: gojane.com – $32, Top: Ark – $35, Shoes: AX Paris – $32,  Jewelry: Claires – $8

shop daily chic outfit ideas

 

Whole Outfit: Shop Daily Chic

maxi dress outfit ideas - polyvore

 

Dress:  French Connection – $150, Shoes: Aldo – $25, Bracelets: Alexander McQueen – $380, Earrings: Marissa Collections– $485

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My Baking Obsession…

 I Have Been Told A Time Or Two That It Is An Obsession, But I Like To Call Baking More Of My Hobby…

(We All Know Fashion Is My True Obsession!)

Birthday Cake Round 1

Every year my sister and I make each other a birthday cake.  Two years ago on her birthday I decided that I was going to make a really cool and special cake… so I decided that I was going to do this by decorating my regular white boxed cake with fondant.  This was the first cake that I ever decorated.  I used a boxed cake mix white cake, made homemade buttercream frosting, and bought packaged, pre-made vanilla fondant from Michael’s.

Birthday Cake Round 2

So then, this year takes had been set high and everyone would be expecting an even better cake! With these expectations from everyone who would be eating this cake, along with myself, I went in head first and made a three layer cake from scratch.  Two layers were white cake that was absolutely to die for, and the middle layer was the best chocolate cake I have ever had!  I also used the same recipe for homemade buttercream icing as the year before, and rather than buying the fondant, I made homemade marshmallow fondant… and if I do say so myself, this cake was absolutely AMAZING!

Here are some other cakes that I have made since my first ever attempt at decorating a cake in November 2011:

Cake For Sarah's Friend's Baby Shower

My sister’s college roommate threw a baby shower for her best friend and paid me $50 to make this cake for her… it was my first (and only to date) cake that someone paid me for!

Mama's Birthday Cake 1

Mama Birthday Cake 2

This was my mom’s birthday cake last year! We may have a slight obsession with lady buys in our family…

Sissy's Graduation Cake

This was one of two cakes I made for my sister’s graduation from graduate school last May! (The other was for her party, it was huge with a graduation cap made of fondant on the top of the cake along with the words “Congrats Fab 5” – she and her friends called themselves the fab 5!)

Year 2 Sissy's Birthday Cake #2

This year we had two birthday celebrations for my sister, so for the second cake I decided to try decorating the cake with just icing rather than fondant!

Daddy's Birthday Cake

This was my daddy’s birthday cake this year! I made it out of all icing just like I did with one of my sister’s birthday cakes this year!

If you can’t tell, I might have a slight obsession with baking… Don’t you worry! There are more of my sugary delights to come! :)

XOXO Kristen

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Καλώς ήλθατε στη Σαντορίνη, Ελλάδα!

Welcome to Santorini, Greece!

Santorini, Greece After spending a day in Lake Garda and Milan, Italy, we headed to the airport and were on our way to Santorini!  Santorini was probably my favorite part of the whole trip.  It was absolutely gorgeous! For those of you who have seen the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, it is where Lena goes in Greece when she visits her grandparents! AMAZING!

The first day we were there we went on a tour for a few hours where we got to see all the major tourist sites and attractions.  They were all really cool and of course all so pretty and I learned a lot about the island and the Greek culture.  After the tour, the bus dropped us off at the Black Beach where we got lunch and spent about 5 hours on the beach! The water was absolutely gorgeous, but it was so cold, and the bottom was all rocks instead of sand, so we had to get out far enough where our feet wouldn’t Me And Katie In Santorini, Greece touch really quickly!

After spending a full day on the beach, the girls and I along with the boys decided that we wanted to spend our free day on a boat, so we did a little digging, and the boys found a private boat for us to rent for the day that was actually really affordable.  That morning, we were all so excited for our boat ride.  We got up, had our breakfast at the hotel and set off for the boat!  It was so much fun for about the first 45 minutes, and then it hit me… the water was really choppy that day and I got extremely sea sick! So, for the next 4 hours I spent my time curled in a ball feeling extremely nauseous.  However, I did manage to swim in the hot springs of the volcano and I also went Snorkeling with everyone! Unfortunately, I missed the cliff jumping and a lot of the swimming along with the amazing lunch our captain made for us!

The next day was the day we were all dreading, the day we had to leave and head back to Belgium and back to the Monty.  On our way back, we had a 5 hour layover in Athens, where we took a break and went for a little bus tour…

XOXO Kristen

Santorini, Greece

Boating In Santorini, Greece

Costa Marina Villas In Santorini, Greece

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Day Trip to Lake Garda and Milan, Italy


lake garda Casually Road Tripping To Milan… Making a Pit Stop In Lake Garda, Italy

After leaving Venice, we hopped on a bus and started off on our way to Milan!  About half way in to our three hour ride, we stopped for lunch and a tour of a vineyard in Lake Garda, Italy.  Lake Garda was gorgeous!! It is the largest lake in Italy and the scenery and views all around the lake were amazing!

The tour of the vineyard was extremely interesting and I actually felt like I learned a lot! They taught us all about how the wine is made, and we got to see where they store the wine and how the barrels are positioned and moved during the fermentation process.  After the tour we got to the best part, the tasting! We tasted two different wines, both white.  One was a pinot and the other was a chardonnay.  They were both sparkling wines, which is basically the same thing as champagne (but it is not called champagne because it is made in Italy and not Champagne…)!  After we tasted the wine, we had a chance to go to the little shop and buy a bottle winery if we wanted.  I did not buy one, but a bunch of my friends did so I got to try theirs and I actually liked most of them! I am not a huge wine drinker (I usually stick to Moscato…) but surprisingly, I really enjoyed almost every one that I tried!

After the winery, we got back on the bus for our trip to Milan, and after another hour and a half of driving we finally made it! When we first arrived, we had a short walking tour of a few places.  We saw the palace, which was kind of cool but it was extremely crowded and we were only there for a few minutes.  After that we walked to the cathedral and it was amazing! It was really pretty and cool looking from the outside, but even more amazing on the inside! We were not allowed to take pictures inside unless you paid, so I did not take any, but it was gorgeous!

That night we went to dinner as a group and then we went out! Two of the boys on the trip turned 21 that IMG_3263 day so we celebrated their birthdays! How cool would it be to turn 21 in Milan, Italy!? The next morning, we woke up early and headed right off to the airport and headed to Santorini, Greece!

XOXO Kristen

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Benvenuti a Venezia, Italia

The first stop on our week long excursion was Venice, Italy.  It was absolutely gorgeous… one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen!!

Small Canal In Venice, Italy When we arrived at the hotel, which was actually in Lido (a small island off of Venice) we had a little time to change and get ready for dinner, and then we were off to Panchuka, a small restaurant on the beach for our first group meal in Italy!  It was so delicious!! We all had bread and a ton of appetizers (fried mozzarella, stuffed olives, fried vegetables, etc.), and then for my main course I had spaghetti with tomato sauce.  It was absolutely amazing!! Then, we all got dessert which was tiramisu, one of my favorite desserts ever!! After dinner, we stayed at the restaurant for a few hours and hung out at the bar, it was a lot of fun and everyone got to know each other a little better which was really nice.

gondola Our first full day in Venice, we went on a 5 hour walking tour (yup… 5 hours!), it was really really long, but we got to see a lot and I actually really did learn a lot too! After that we had free time in Venice and some friends and I went on a gondola ride! It was so awesome, I still can’t believe that I actually rode a gondola in Venice!

The next day was a free day to do whatever we wanted, so my friends and I decided to go back to the main island and go shopping.  We got some really cool stuff and I even tried Italian gelato, it was so yummy! Then we went back to Lido after hours of shopping and went to the beach for a little while.

Building In A Small Street In Venice The next day we left Venice, so when we woke up we had to be ready to go and we got on a bus and started off on our 3 hour drive to Milan!  Venice was absolutely amazing, one of the best places I’ve ever seen.  It is definitely somewhere I would go back one day and I think anyone who gets the chance to go definitely should!

XOXO Kristen

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Italy And Greece Anyone?

Gondola In Venice, Italy This weekend the whole group is going to Venice, Italy, Milan, Italy, and Santorini, Greece for 8 days! Since we arrived in Antwerp almost 2 weeks ago it has been rainy and really cold everyday, so to say I am excited about warm weather, sunny skies, and sandy beaches is an understatement!

I cannot wait to ride a gondola in Venice, visit a vineyard in Milan, and lay on the beach in Santorini! I am also extremely excited about finally getting a little bit of a tan. A few friends and I are going to Croatia for our next free weekend, so it will be nice to get a little color on my pale skin before that!

I am also so excited about this trip because of my Italian roots.  My mom’s side of the family Santorini, Greece has a lot of Italian in it, so I think it will be really cool to go to the place where so much of my family is from.  Italy has always been my ideal vacation, and a place I only dreamed that I would actually go, but I am so excited that it is actually becoming a reality so soon!

Stay tuned for more details about what will probably be the best week of my life!

XOXO, Kristen

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Bienvenue à Paris: Free Weekend #1

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France On our first free weekend, three of my good friends and I went to Paris! At the top of my list of places that I wanted to go, Paris did not fall short of any expectations I had – we had an amazing time!  While the people were not really the nicest (they did not like us at all!), my friends and I did not let that stand in the way of our fun, and we still had the time of our lives! Here are some of the highlights of our weekend…

Day 1:

The first full day that we were in Paris, we went went to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.  Both of these were things that I really really wanted to do while I was there, and both of them were amazing! We did not have the greatest weather while we were there (or really we have’t had the greatest weather at all while in Europe…), but when we were at the Eiffel Tower the weather was gorgeous, and the clouds started to move in while we were at the Arc, but it was still great weather for pictures!

Notre Dame in Paris, France- Hunchback of Notre Dame  Day 2:

The second day we were in Paris we went to the Louvre (where the Mona Lisa is…) and Notre Dame.  While we were going to these places we got a little side-tracked and did some shopping and also got a crepe! It was so good!We also saw the famous lock bridge on Sunday – so romantic! That day we definitely got hit with the bad weather.. it wasn’t raining when we woke up and got our day started, but then while we were out and about, it
started to pour!

The Famous Lock Bridge - Paris, France Day 3:

On the third, and last, day of our amazing weekend in Paris, we went to a huge indoor mall and just did some shopping because #1 it is the fashion capital of the world and #2 it was pouring
down rain all day long!  The mall that we went to was absolutely amazing!  They had everything you can possibly imagine… from Zara, H&M, MAC, and Michael Kors to little French boutiques that you would not find anywhere else, it was like my own little paradise.

Unfortunately, on top of all of our fantastic shopping, we also had to leave on Monday – but, as seems to be the theme of this trip so far, Louvre - Paris, France we couldn’t do that without having obstacles to overcome!  After a bunch of drama and stress over our train ticket to Brussels and the transfer from Brussels to Antwerp, we finally got a new ticket and were able to make it back to Antwerp in time to go out with everyone else in the program!

 

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