Friday, May 18, 2012

Hot Hot Heat [plus some personal news...].

So, I'll start this post off with some news. I was initially wary to share it here, because... it will ultimately end in me showing more of myself in this arena than I'd planned. But, as I've stated a million times- I love to write far more than I love to accessorize. Writing is the one way I can say what I ACTUALLY mean [my verbal words get so jumbled]. 

Having explained all of that, I think [as my readers] that you likely would care to READ more than just my thoughts on sandals. If you aren't feeling it- by all means, skip to the photos below where I'll offer my usual musings on ways to aesthetically cover your body. BUT, if you're curious, here goes:

I am [officially] a contributor for The Conversation. You know, the Lifetime TV show from Demi Moore and Amanda de Cadenet? Each week, The Conversation offers real, honest talk. Real conversation. Real topics. You'll see the likes of Eva Longoria, Lady Gaga, Diane von Furstenberg, Jane Fonda, Melissa McCarthy.... the list goes on. And they are talking honestly about their lives- their ups and downs, their families & relationships, their careers, even on a level in regards to their self esteem. It is empowering, and sometimes- a shocking relief. To know that women we idolize have struggles and joys just like the rest of us. SO, Amanda & Company made a website to turn this conversation into a community.

And for some reason, I decided [and more importantly, was accepted] to write for them. You can read my author bio here, or skip straight to my first article. Why was I so nervous to share it here? Because, it is more personal than I'd ever get here. It is more personal than I may even get with friends. Many of you reading are people I've known my entire life. Many of you may just know who I am through friends of friends. We may be coworkers. You might be my family [hi Mom]. You could be someone who met me once at a wedding or concert and by default we are now Facebook friends and here you are, about to read some really personal stuff about my really personal life. But the thing is....

That is probably okay. The whole point of this blog is not to be the next fashion icon or shopping guru. It is to have an outlet for my writing, and this blog has offered me that opportunity on The Conversation community. AND, if my personal struggles [or joys] are shared on a much larger scale, I should be brave enough to share them here. SO, take a look if you so please. Phew.

Now that that is out of the way- onto the post I'd ORIGINALLY planned:

dress Target [similar] sandals Old Navy purse Coach necklace [gifted from Lindy] sunnies Target

SO, I don't know about your location--- but Boise has had a regular heat wave on our hands. Last weekend, it was in the 90s!! Holy smokes, that is hot. SO... I face the dilemma I encounter each and every summer... what do you wear when your face is melting off? My instinct says muumuu, my brain says pull it together. 

If you want to be stylish but remain cool as a cucumber... my answer is a sundress and a statement necklace. The dress is really just a thin piece of cloth that doesn't make me overheat. But the addition of the necklace turns the look into a full-on outfit. This overall idea is going to get me through the next few months [and dare I say, TRIPLE digit temperatures]. How do you feel about chunky jewelry in summer??

35 comments:

  1. It was very brave of you to post this Kelli, but I am glad you did. You are a great writer and your first article is well written, smart, and very inspiring. I hope to read more from you in the future.
    (oh and your dress is really cute and i still want that necklace)

    Maja - clotheskinksandcurls.blogspot.ca

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  2. I absolutely do not know you in real life. I just stumbled across your blog one day and loved your fashion, so I here I am! A loyal follower! I just read your article over at the conversation and it was fabulous. I look forward to reading more. Also, how did you get involved with them? Did you apply to be a contributor? Or did they find you? That is just about the coolest thing ever.

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    1. Thanks, Tegan! I really appreciate it. I actually just submitted to be a weekly contributor through a link I found on HelloGiggles.com. I believe now they have a submission area directly on theconversation.tv where you can apply! :) Hope that helps.

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  3. Kelli,
    That article was really inspiring. Part of the reason I follow your blog is because you are a good writer, and you're funny. Many of the blogs today are lacking that personality and you really bring it to the table. To me, you actually seem like more of a 'real' person and not someone who is just taking pictures of themselves for some recognition. With that said, keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more from you in the future! :)

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    1. Thank you- SO much. I actually appreciate this comment so, so very much and it reminds me why I have this blog in the first place. It really made my day.

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  4. GOOD FOR YOU & LOVE IT!!! <3 xoxoxo <3

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  5. great post, darling. i love your voice.

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  6. Congraulations! I just read your first article. WOW. Amazing. And I can just say it is nice for someone to finally put into words what has been my life the past few months - and that I'm not the only one thinking they are going through these things! Trying to find that happiness and balance in life and work. And finally I am starting to realize that you just have to be. Be in the moment enjoying life as is happens.

    :)

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    1. I am glad you liked it. I am also glad you understood it... it was a little hard to write so I am thankful it made a difference. xoxo :)

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  7. What great news - congrats! Just read your first article and I think it's amazing. I can relate to everything you wrote about - it was refreshing to read/hear someone else say it rather than just think I'm a crazy person! Looking forward to your future articles!

    Dana

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    1. thanks, Dana! I am glad it hit home for you too. xoxo

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  8. Oh and I almost forgot to mention - love how you're styling that necklace! I just order one in that color and I'm glad to know I made the right choice!

    Dana
    Big City Farm Girl

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    1. yay! it seriously is the best thing ever. love the color.

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  9. First of all, congratulations! Second of all, I love love love your outfit! Gorgeous turquoise statement necklace against your simple, yet thoughtful black and white stripes!

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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  10. So excited for you Kelli and so proud of you!! What an exciting new adventure. I would love to be a contributor for something like that someday! Can't wait to hear more of your successes and love your outfit as always :)

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    1. thank you! and Sara, you TOTALLY could be. you should start submitting. I adore your writing!

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  11. Congratulations on contributing to the Conversation! I'll be clicking on your article. Right. Now. :)

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  12. That necklace is so stunning! I love it paired with that stripe dress, such an easy and chic look!

    Alexandra xo

    http://tovogueorbust.com/

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  13. Always knew you were destined to greatness Kelli!

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  14. Always knew you were destined to greatness Kelli!

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  15. You are a great writer, thank you for sharing your feelings like that! I've always admired writers that are able to express how they feel like that, and you are great at it! I understand how you feel, I've recently found myself in a dark and hard spot but have made myself sit down and rethink what my goals are and how I want to become happy again! Thank you again, love your blog!

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    1. Sarah- I am so thankful the post resonated with you in that way. That is why I write!! Thank you so much for your feedback.

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  16. Well done Kelli, you are a talented young writer :) I'll look forward to reading more of your work.

    P.s that necklace is truely amazing xo

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    1. Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it.

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  17. Congrats on your first article!! I always look forward to seeing what you have to say (and by "say" I mean write) so I will definietely be following along! As for the chunky jewelry, I'm all for it, no matter the season. This necklace makes every outfit better!

    Sarah
    smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

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  18. congratulations!! your writing is beautiful. i'm your newest reader :) hope you have time to visit my blog sometime too :) x

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  19. I love your black and white dress! :) Your blog is awesome-just became a member/follower of your blog. I hope you'll follow me back and we can keep in touch. Happy Blogging!!! 



    Elle xoxo

    
www.thehighfeather.com

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Thank you for reading! xoKelli