Author: kristen hope

Casual Halloween Outfits

Over the last 7+ months of being home I’ve been wearing leggings, leggings and more leggings. One thing I want to trying to do a little bit more is get dressed at least once a week for the heck of it. Sometimes I really miss putting together something fun to wear and heading into work and trading outfit compliments with my coworkers. This is obviously the very least of my quarantine worries, but there’s no right way to measure how this effects us. Covid times are so strange. Not only have I been getting dressed up way less, but with Halloween rolling around I haven’t even made up a costume. Halloween costumes can be really fun, but embarrassingly I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in a very long time. Over the recent years when things got busy or parties dwindled, I just took to wearing some kind of Halloween-themed outfit and called it a day. But even still, it always brought me joy and boosted my Halloween spirit. One thing I’ll say about my fashion …

Clean Nail Polish from Target

Olive & June in TT $7.46, vegan, 7-free and cruelty free. Made in Korea. I wanted to love this one — the packaging is cute and I see it everywhere it seems. Plus, for a clean nail polish it’s on the more affordable end. However, this one turned out to be a miss for me. Maybe it was the light color I chose? The wand is much wider than traditional nail polish, which I actually liked. But it didn’t seem to go on very smooth, it felt very thick, and it took a lot of coats for the color to look right to me. It does not dry quickly, and every time I thought they were dry I was wrong and smudged them up. ella + mila Elite collection in Little Plum Dress $10.49, vegan, 7-free and cruelty free. Made in the U.S. Goes on smoothly, but needs a lot of coats. Not sure if that had more to do with the darker color I chose, though. Out of the three, this one chipped the …

Wearing Glasses on Your Wedding Day

I went back and forth with the idea of getting contacts specifically for my wedding or just wearing my glasses for most of my two year engagement. I’ve been wearing glasses for over 20 years and more than half of that time I’ve been wearing the same style: black thick rimmed glasses. It’s kind of my thing since the early 2000’s and I’m probably never letting it go, to be honest. I asked Tom at one point what he thought I should do and he suggested that I wear my glasses. It’s what I’m most comfortable in. It’s what I’m seen in the most. And that’s the assurance I needed, even though I was going to do what I wanted no matter what anyway haha. I want to tell you that if you’re on the fence to just put your damn glasses on and work that aisle. But it can be hard, especially with the way that society has depicted glasses-wearing folks for years (um hello, She’s All That) as unpretty or nerdy (which is …

Our Second Year

Today Tom and I are celebrating our second wedding anniversary. We got married just two days shy of our 15 year dating anniversary (which if you’re doing math, we’ve been together for almost two decades now). It’s still the most magical day of my life. The universe gave us the perfect, crisp autumn day, especially since the day prior was so humid and rainy. My heart was so full to be surrounded by the people we loved, celebrating and dancing to 80s music all night long (bless that DJ for being so down with that — he said he was excited about it haha). And we got married in such a beautiful place. The memories make me smile every time I think about it. We somehow fell into the tradition of following the year-based gifts. I’m not sure if it’s something we’ll do forever, but it’s fun and makes it really easy for making a small gift purchase. And THIS year, which I’m sure he’s going to be *thrilled* over, I got us matching Halloween …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: October 11

Hellooooo! I took a bit of a break from everything this week — social media and blogging, even answering texts. I needed a mental break and I feel so much better since taking one. Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and it’s imperative that we take care of our mental health — if you need help there is no shame in getting it. Here’s a few things I’ve been loving this week: I surprised Tom with an espresso machine for his birthday. We finally got around to trying it out this weekend and it was such a nice treat. Have you seen the new season of Fargo yet? Chris Rock is incredible in it so far! These sweatpants from J. Crew Factory are the coziest I’ve ever owned. I got them in Austin Sunset and Warm Rose. I’m not big on pumpkin spice everything in fall, though I do enjoy it. But this pumpkin spice matte lipstick from Too Faced is my favorite. I love the color! This Modcloth Halloween pajama set is back in …

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Wishing my husband Tom the happiest birthday in the universe! He inspires me and motivates me so much. It’s just so wild to me that he’s 32 today, because it feels like yesterday that we were 14 and 15-year-old kids in middle school. Despite how shakey 2020 has been, I hope you have the best year ever. xoxooxoooo -K

In Your Own Backyard

This past weekend was so lovely. I got to visit my sister and her family yesterday — her newest addition was just born last week. He’s so snuggly! I love being an aunt so much and it meant the world to me to visit the kids and play with my nephew, who is such a busy toddler now. I wished we lived much closer than we do, but the drive isn’t terribly long and it is always worth it, of course. Also, thank goodness for FaceTime! On Saturday I was swamped with things to do around the house, but my sister-in-law invited me on a walk in a park close by so I put everything down to step outside. I tend to forget that we have a park right down the street from my house. It has really beautiful trails and this is my favorite season to hike around because the bugs are minimal and so is the sweat, haha! I’ve slowed down considerably since March. I actually had no idea how busy I always …

10 Podcasts to Get You Ready for Halloween

Ohh I love a good scary story. Spending half a decade taking the long long drive to and from New York City late at night into the wee hours of the morning I would scare the living hell out of myself on the regular listening to horror podcasts. There were many times (an embarrassing number of times, actually) where I would turn my interior light on or swipe my arms to the back seats to check for a serial killer mid-way through my drive home. As if some crazed murderer would be waiting the 20 minutes it took to get from Manhattan to I-95 to finally strike. Yeesh. I haven’t made my 90 minute commute in about 7 months now, so my podcast listening has dwindled a little bit. But, with Halloween around the corner I’ve been diving back in for some much-needed scary stories. I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite creepy podcasts to get you in the Halloween mood: The Last Podcast on the Left: True Crime, ghosts, UFOs, supernatural things, comedy. I …

(Not Quite Summer) Reading: September

Summer may be officially over, but my reading list goes on! I’ve been making my way through the mountain of books we’ve collected over the years and that I still add to often when I find a new book I really want to dive into but can’t find on Hoopla or Libby. No shame in our growing library, well maybe a little. But I do try to give old books away every now and then to friends or thrift stores. Anyway, here’s what I read this month: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Ok, I loved this one! It follows two Nigerian sisters, one just so happens to be a serial killer. It was funny and out there, has some romance and rivalry, but also touches on the strength of sisterly bonds — at all costs. This Passing Fever: 1918 Influenza Poems by Melanie Faith I didn’t set out to read this in one sitting, but once I started I couldn’t stop. This collection of poems is centered around the flu pandemic of …

Halloween Movie Marathon: What to Watch and Where to Stream

We’re just a day away from October and I am READY to get my Halloween on! I know Halloween will be quite different this year, due to the pandemic, but I’m going to make the best of it. One of my favorite ways to gear up for spooky season is by watching scary movies. Typically we gather with some friends around Halloween and have a horror movie night, whether we’ll do this or not this year I’m not really sure, but we will definitely be spending our weekends marathoning some scary movies. I have a lot of fond memories as a kid having sleepovers with my friends and watching scary movies. My dad thought it would be fun to introduce us to classic horror movies like Halloween and The Exorcist. I was probably too young to be watching movies like this, haha, but it definitely sparked my love for spooky stuff. If I had to narrow down my favorite horror movies, I’d say my top 5: Trick ‘r Treat The Exorcist Halloween Rosemary’s Baby The …