Journal

2014 RECAP

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2014…where do I even begin? From trials & tribulations, passing of dear love ones, birth of new ones, to failed relationships and to building new ones. To speeding tickets + then some*, to a few extra wrinkles from laughing so much, to piggin’ out, to late nights, to those who gets under our skin but we can’t live without…to fighting for what we love and to breaking the rules… To fear, to laughter, to failures & disappointments, to falling in love over & over again with life…It’s been a fun ride, but we can’t appreciate the journey, without a few bumpy roads.

So cheers to a new year…I’m ready for some new challenges! Hope you are too! :)

Thanks for all of your love & support. Happy 2015!!

xoxo, KTR

The Game of Life

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Top: H&M red sweater | Bottom: Zara | Shoes: Prada studded sandals | Bag: Valentino | Glasses: c/o Wildfox Lolita sunglasses

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Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and love…and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

Soon you’ll realize that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and love – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. And that’s why it’s important to strive for balance in life.

How? Don’t undermine our worth by comparing ourselves with others. Being different is what makes us special. Don’t set goals by what other people deem important. Only we know what’s best for us. Don’t take for granted the things closest to our heart. Life will quickly slip through our fingers if we chose to always live in the past or for the future. Live each day as if it’s the last.

Don’t give up when we still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment we stop trying. Don’t be afraid to admit that we are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave, grow.  Don’t shut love out by saying it’s impossible. The easiest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to give up; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don’t run through life so fast that we forget not only where we’ve been, but also where we are going.

There are three things in life that leave and never return: words, time and opportunities.

Use them wisely.

The truth hurts only once, but a lie every time we remember it.

I believe that we are who we choose to be. No one is going to come and save us. No one is going to give us anything. We got to go out and get it. No one knows what we really want except us, and no one will be as sorry as we will if we don’t get it…
 So don’t give up on your dreams.
Fight for who you love.
Listen to your head, but always follow your heart.

Yesterday is History,

Tomorrow is a Mystery and

Today is a gift…that’s why we call it The Present.

xoxo

SHOP THIS LOOK

 

Confessions of a Blogger: The Not So Pretty Truth

The street style blogs — which started out capturing people in their OOTD at their natural moments has evolved over the years and turned into catalog-esque photos and the editorial section out of a fashion magazine. From the stylish Chriselle of The Chriselle Factor inspirational street style to the dreamy vacation escapes of Tuula Vintage…or just take one look at my girl crush blogger Nicole of Gary Pepper and you’ll know what I mean…Sure, everyone loves a blog with beautiful images. I know I do…but sometimes it’s nice (and hilarious) to reflect back to those not so perfect (and real ugly) moments to remind ourselves that behind the makeup, hair, clothes and seemingly picture perfect images, we’re just normal folks. :)

So here it is, the not so pretty truth behind my blog photos.

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 The Tug-Of-War Confession

My clothes are not always flowing and draping perfectly. Nope. I’m always adjusting my top, pants, skirt and pulling my thong out of my butt (sorry, that’s totally TMI) in 75% of my photos. Luckily my husband/photographer takes loads of images for me to choose from, otherwise my blog would be full of these shots! Yikes!

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The I Don’t Always Wear Heels Confession

No, I do not go grocery shopping in high heels. No, I do not walk my dog in high heels. And hell no I do not run errands on weekends or pick up “fresh blooms” from the farmer’s market in high heels. I do however wear high heels everyday to work but I’m sitting down at my desk 90% of the day. Which means my heels are usually off.

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The Perfect Twirl Confession

Whenever I “twirl,” I’m usually spinning around so much that I’ll start sweating and my face would turn red…the people on the streets are usually starring at me like I’m nuts and my husband was probably pissed that he captured 186 photos just for me to pick 1 or 2 images that I like.

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The Paparazzi Caught Me Walking Confession

You know that walking shot, the one where we look like we’re just walking around, minding our own business and BAM, a guy with a DSLR popped out and took a photo of us walking nonchalantly? Well that photographer is usually my husband, friend or co-worker. I think I walked back and forth on this block approximately 16 times that day and almost walked into a tree. #Don’tJudgeMe.

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The Not So Graceful Confession

You’ve seen those “serious” images. The ones where I’m standing in the middle of nowhere in 5 inch heels with a very serious expression on my face as if I’m planning the next steps to help aid world hunger. Nah, I’m just thinking about how not to fall or trip and what to eat for lunch.

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 The I Think I’m a Model But I’m Not a Model Confession

I don’t have many words for these beginning blogger shots except “Lord help me,” “Why?!@?” and “This is what usually happens when you let your husband pose you…”

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I can’t speak for all and what others do behind the scenes, but I can tell you this. As silly as things can look, it does take effort to create beautiful, fun and creative images for our readers!

It’s been fun and I hope you guys enjoyed these little snippets of what goes on behind my blog photos. Now I’m going to go chew Nate out for taking creep shots of me picking out my wedgies.

If you have a blog, I love to hear your experiences!  Have a beautiful day guys…and please no sharing. :)

xo, KTR