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Monochromatic Mondays | Pineapple

When I was a little girl there were certain fruits that were such treats!  I mean apples, oranges, and bananas were pretty common, but mamma only brought out the “big guns” on special occasions.  Watermelons for 4th of July.  Strawberries for birthdays, and pineapple well pineapple was a rare gift that was like for vacations.  

In fact I think my first pineapple bought was in college after my 21st birthday when I made Pina Coladas for a fiesta!

I digress…basically I love pineapples…they’re special in my book.  So umm…why not wear them right? 

Pineapples are the new black?  #anyonewithme ??

A Very #Merica Weekly Round-up

Beautiful reminder from Verily!

Well today is the 4th (one of my favorite holidays) and I couldn’t be more excited to break into all those Independence Day-themed desserts, drinks and everything else that comes with a classic American BBQ! So, inevitably, this week there are some festive recipes and DIY in the mix…lets go ‘MURICA. Enjoy those fireworks!

Kat was in beautiful Ireland this week! (Read that with a Gerard Butler accent). 

Em showed us how she would pull of red, white, + blue over on Verily

Uhhh, WOW. Sign me up for one of these (can you tell I have a sweet tooth(! 

My kind of popsicles…eager to try both!

Love this beauty tip, definitely adding it to my beauty repertoire.

Sounds perfect for a hot night…and mint ice cubes??? #imallforit

A great reminder as so many of us get caught up in the busy schedules of summer.

Love this fun retro-inspired shoot.

My mouth is literally watering…Anyone want to recreate this brunch with me?!

How fun is this clutch?! Lovin’ the pom-poms…and the price ain’t bad either.

Easy + adorable festive DIY for the 4th? Count me in.

A great last minute dessert for that 4th of July BBQ

XO,

Kat + Lauren.



OUTFIT | Pretty Patriotic

USA! Merica!

The World Cup + The 4th of July has got me feeling pretty patriotic these days. Even though we lost yesterday I am still proud of how far we went.

Recently I put together a RED + WHITE + BLUE look for Verily’s Style Challenge and it was a really fun one. I realized though that I don’t have any stars + stripes in my wardrobe so that is a hole I’m going to have to fill STAT.

Check out my piece on Verily as well as Hilary’s awesome look too!

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You can find the links for this look over on Verily!

xo,

Em

Monochromatic Mondays : Powder Blue

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This is my absolute favorite color right now - every tone of this bright fresh blue has got me hooked. 

I can pretty much pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love - it was when Lupita showed up to the red carpet in her Nairobi Blue Prada. I mean COME ON. What a goddess. 

So I was SO excited when Lauren rounded up some beautiful powder blue pieces for our Monochromatic Monday post today!

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xo, Em

Weekly Round Up!

Well it’s officially summer and we couldn’t be happier! And it seems like everyone else we follow is too.

Enjoy the links below for some summertime inspiration. And check out our Pinterest for more of what we’re currently lovin’. 

  • Are you reppin’ ‘Murica with the World Cup in full swing kick and the 4th quickly approaching? P.S. love the vertical stripes.

xo,

Em + Lauren (The most FAB intern of all time)

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The Refined Man Is…Mentorship

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Juvan Langford is a Refined Man.

From the first moment I saw Juvan, I knew he was a leader.  Every pore of his body exudes leadership; it is just who he is.  He envisions a world where leaders create other leaders, where older men and women invest into the next generation of world changers.  He is committed to living a life of purpose.

This is a man that you want to know, because my friends he is going places.  He has a great Youtube Channel called Thought Life, and has many more projects in line to make this world a better place.

Now…say hello to my friend Juvan!

XO,

Kat

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Mentorship saved my life. My maternal grandmother legally adopted me at age 4 and I’ll never forget the day the adoption papers were officially signed. She sat my sister and I down on the couch and told us, “your father is with God in heaven and your mother has gone to get some help and so you’re both staying with me. Grandma is not going anywhere.” Although I had not fully comprehended the significance of that event, I did trust that Grandma was going to be there, no matter what. Interestingly enough, two decades have passed and that is exactly how I would define a mentor, a no matter what.

Mentorship is by far the most undervalued gift one person can give to another. If I were to paint a portrait to further illustrate this idea, the world would be one big room. On one side of the room there would be a large number of young people standing tall, but empty. On the other side you would see wise and seasoned individuals sitting, but filled with information.

Information is the only thing standing between where someone is right now in his or her life and wherever it is that they desire to be. It’s not that the young people don’t have dreams, goals and visions within them, they certainly do. It’s that the young people are not taking a seat and the wise ones are not taking a stand. It’s fair to say that this is not a problem, it’s the problem.

One of my most memorable mentorship relationships is with a phenomenal man I call, Pops. He was the father of one of my friends who offered me a ride home after football practice in junior high. He was aware of the fact that all was not well with me and offered to take me to hear me out over a bite to eat that evening. That was the most empowering conversation I had ever had with any man. He told me he believed in me, that I was bigger than my circumstances and that he was committed to being there for me, no mater what. Since that day he has not only kept his word but pours into me daily. My relationship with Pops provided me with an innerstanding™ that mentors are not meant to be looked up to for the answers, but looked into for wisdom.

The beauty lies in the fact that we are raised and surrounded by people who are carriers of information. I am certain that without the succession of mentors, who continuously stood for me, I would have entered into a life filled with obstacles. Mentorship is relational currency, an unapologetic exchange of support and resources between two individuals who recognize that the getting in the giving. This is precisely why it is my personal mission is to not only embody mentorship in my personal life, but also create a virtuous cycle of mentors around the globe. Deep and meaningful relationships are a essential, however, I am committed to shedding light on the power of mentorship to the extent that every child grows up with a “no matter what.”

-Juvan

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Photos by me:  Kat Harris

Weekly Round-up | #danceitout

It’s Friday Y’all + our lovely intern Lauren has found some pretty rad blog posts this week in the wonderful world of blogging.

PS.  You should totes check out Lauren….because she’s the bomb.com

So Random…cause it’s Friday + I can be random right?)

The rad girl above with the silver shoes…ya she’s my friend. And what do you do when you’re producing a rad shoot in NYC for one of your heroes??? You dance it out y’all.  Sarah…I couldn’t have had a successful day without you!  I adore you.

How do we feel about some more randomness this Friday? #idonthateit

Now have a great weekend ladiesssss…I know I will!  I’m jetting off to Paris tonight for a long overdue vacay with my sisters!! Even as I write it I cannot believe that in less than 24 hours the Eiffel tower will be my backyard!!! Ahhhhhhh!
XO,
Kat

OUTFIT | Florals on Florals on Florals

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Summertime is the right time for florals?  Am I right, or am I right?  Is anyone else intimidated at the thought of wearing head to toe florals?  (All that comes to my mind are these 90s pink floral matching jumpsuits that my mother got for herself and all my sisters!)

Do not fret ladies, florals are your friends!  Big patterns, small patterns, bright colors, or pastels there are ways to incorporate this summer floral trend into your wardrobe.

After all it’s all about staying true to who you are!  Don’t let a trend rule you, you get to take ownership over the trend and make it your own!  The choice in how you do it is up to you!  The only rule I have is to:  BE Y-O-U!  No one else can do it better than you!

Check out my Floral Style challenge on Verily Magazine today with Brynn + Mara!

XO,

Kat

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Monochromatic Mondays | Blue for You…

"Blue is the new black".

-says The Refined Woman.