Yes You Can

posted on: 4/30/2012

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{Top: Similar | Scarf: Similar | Jeans: Gap | Bag: c/o Brahmin | Shoes: Blowfish}

A few weeks ago I was helping a girl in the store and I tossed a pink polka dot scarf her way. She looked at me bewildered and said "what do I do with this?" I spouted out a few different ways she could wear the scarf, one being with a striped shirt or a floral shirt. She said "I can do that?!" all the way keeping her big eyes on the suspect: the polka dot scarf. I assured her that she can certainly mix that scarf with anything she darn well felt like mixing it with. Because really -- who is going to stop her? If she liked it, then she should wear it. Isn't that what personal style is after all? 

It dawned on me that when I get dressed I rarely think "can I do this?" (Granted, sometimes I probably should.) But today as I was getting out of the car to take photos I grabbed my polka dot bag, looked at my striped shirt and thought "Can I do this?!" 

Then the nice voice of shop girl said, 'yes, yes you can.' 

On Repeat

posted on: 4/26/2012

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{Blouse: Karen Kane | Skirt: J.Crew | Heels: Modcloth | Purse: Melie Bianco | Necklace: Acanthus}

Yes, I'm wearing this skirt again. I can't stop with this color. I want one of everything in a bright yellow hue. What is wrong with me?

(This is where you say 'nothing's wrong with you'.....Why am I hearing silence? Ah yes, maybe because all of my friends live on the internet.) 

You know I had something in mind to write today and by the time I sat down on my computer, it was lost. This is what happens when I don't write things down the minute I think of them -- weird things come out of my head and then I share them with you. You're welcome. 

The Everygirl

Over on The Everygirl today, I'm talking about all things Bloom! Read about my shop and how everything got started and see a little peak inside the store! (But only if you want to, no pushing here.)

PS: For those wondering, skirt is from Bloom, shirt from StyleMint, shoes are from Modcloth

Fountain of Youth

posted on: 4/25/2012

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{Tee: Similar | Jeans: Target | Purse: Questhaven Fashions | Wedges: Similar}

Sometimes I plan outfits by the amount of sleep I get the night before. Last night was a toss and turn kind of a night so I'm still kind of sleepy. (You know, it's one of those days that you'll be sleepy all day until 10 pm when you want to go to sleep again and can't.)  For some reason, when I'm sleepy bright colors are what I'm drawn to -- probably because it's the only thing my half closed eyes can see. I'm just proud of myself for finding something that matched putting my shirt on correctly. 

One caveat for yellow jeans: I can not convince people I'm older than 16 when I wear them and they are extremely offensive to older gentlemen. Case in point: an old man called me "young lady" the other day in the shop and not just your general 'oh you are younger than me young lady', but more like 'why are you not in school young lady.' And then... he dissed my shoes. You can comment on my age any day of the week, but you leave my shoes out of this, sir. I've never been in a fist fight before, but I am not above it. 

PS: On the sock bun note, if you aren't sure what this is or how to do it, here is my favorite tutorial from The Other Emily.

A Bullseye View

Today over on Target's online magazine, a bullseye view, I'm talking about mixing up my basics from Target with everything else in my closet. Click on over to find out my favorite essentials to look for while shopping!


posted on: 4/24/2012

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{Tee: Modcloth | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Skirt: Similar | Wedges: Similar}

I have a love and a hate for Pinterest. Hate's a strong word, so I'll say dislike but sometimes I become too inspired. I realize that this does not make sense outside of the world that is Pinterest + style blogging, but when I see so many outfit to re-create or be inspired from I end up just being overwhelmed and I end up sitting in my closet with an open jar of peanut butter staring at my clothes for hours. And then I love Pinterest for having cute outfits like this one for me to steal. This outfit gave me an "aha!" moment in my closet. Even my half eaten jar of peanut butter was inspired. 

(I found this necklace at a Charming Charlie's store and thought it was a pretty good knock off of this guy.  I couldn't find it online, but try in-stores.)

Something New

posted on: 4/23/2012

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{Sweater: Similar | Jeans: c/o Goldsign (similar) | Heels: UO | Tote: Similar}

Today I learned something: Mint and tomato not good in a sandwich -- pretty good as an outfit. Did I really make a mint and tomato sandwich for breakfast? You will never know. 

Did you have a good weekend? Was it as good as my breakfast sandwich? I didn't think so. 

Dress Code

posted on: 4/19/2012

{Tee: Bloom | Skirt: J.Crew | Wedges: Gap | Watch: c/o Kenneth Cole}

With the exception of one job, I was called into HR about dress code for every position I held from the time I was 16 until now. As a cashier at a drug store in high school, the uniform was to tuck my polo into my khakis, but let's be honest -- that just wasn't ever going to happen. Minimum wage was not worth me looking like a dweeb. (I only lasted 2.5 months at that job. Go figure.) One time in college I actually got sent home from my job because I wore shorts and heels to work. (May I just say I was ahead of my time.) But I have to proudly say that since becoming my own boss, I've yet to be called into HR for violating the dress code. 

Luckily, cute t-shirts and bright pencil skirts are alright in my boss's book. She's pretty cool. She also talks about herself in third person on the internet, so there's that. 

Win a $50 Gift from Go Chic or Go Home!

posted on: 4/18/2012

This week's giveaway is from the kind people behind the style community Go Chic or Go Home! Four of you lucky readers have a chance to win a $50 gift card to any of the retailers featured in the Go Chic or Go Home Shop section. (This includes Gap, J.Crew, Madewell, etc!) To enter, all you have to do is:

1. Request an invite to Go Chic or Go Home
2. Use your invite link to sign up and become a Go Chic or Go Home member
3. Leave a comment below about the GCOGH community -- what do you think of their features?
(PS -- active members are more than welcome to enter the giveaway! Just be sure to log into your account so that you are active during the giveaway period and leave a comment below!)

Giveaway open to all readers (even international!). Giveaway will close Tuesday, April 23, 2012. 

About Go Chic or Go Home:
Go Chic or Go Home is an amazing photo-sharing community that offers everything you need to make the most of your daily wardrobe and style: your closet, friends, and shopping. And, they just added inspiration boards last week so any productivity you were hoping for today just went right out the window. 

Winner of last week's StyleMint giveaway is....

Congrats Jess! Email me!

Hello Spring

posted on: 4/17/2012

{Sweater: Bloom | Skirt: Fancy French Cologne | Shoes: Similar| Purse: Melie Bianco}

I'm back! I'm alive! In the contest of flu vs. Kendi, I won after a 5-day battle. I also developed a nice set of dreaded hair and some atrophy in my legs. Putting on heels for the first time after laying in bed for several days was equivalent to a baby giraffe walking for the first time. AKA very graceful.

A couple of weeks ago I was wearing a skirt and the first thing my mother said to me was "I've missed your legs." Thank you mother. I realize that you might not find my legs quite as special, but here they are again, not covered by colored jeans. A bit underwhelming, eh? Legs only a mother could love, I suppose.

Also, my skirt is wrinkled and I should probably have worn a slip. Eh, you can't win them all. 


posted on: 4/15/2012

{Top: c/o StyleMint | Jeggings: Gap | Heels: Urban Outfitters | Clutch: Gap (Similar)}

So it seems that I've caught the flu and I've been under the covers since last Thursday. I had high hopes for today, in fact I ate a whole meal, washed my hair, brushed my teeth. I was thiiisssss close to an outfit photo but it just did not happen. Luckily I remembered that I had photos from last week. It turned out to be a red letter day after all.

I wore this outfit when we went out for pizza the other night. You see, when B and I go out on dates (remember by 'dates' that just means we aren't cooking dinner), we usually head to a restaurant at 5:30, beat the crowd, maybe stop by Target if I can talk him into and we're home by 7. Therefore this is the outfit that happens on 'date' nights. Heels aren't really necessary for the pizza place, but has that ever stopped me? Never.

**also, if this post did not make any sense I blame medication and hours on end of reality television. 

StyleMint Giveaway!

posted on: 4/11/2012

I’m not much of a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, that is until I teamed up with StyleMint. I put this Venice T on and suddenly t-shirt and jeans doesn’t seem so bad. Lucky for you, you have a chance to win a tee of your choice from StyleMint. All you have to do is:

2. Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite StyleMint tee!

Giveaway is open from now until Sunday, April 15th. And if you can’t wait until next week, starting now you get 20% off your first tee from StyleMint with the promo code: KENDI (code valid until 4/30, for first time buyers only)!


Winner of last week's giveaway is...

Amy B! Email me :)

Pants Formerly Known as Capri

posted on: 4/10/2012

{Blouse: c/o Questhaven | Pants/Jacket: last year | Purse: Melie Bianco}

Last year around this time, after I had purchased these capris from Gap, I read a quote from Tim Gunn. I can't exactly remember his wording but it was something to the tune of "Ladies -- just say no to capri pants." I went into my closet, took a good hard look at these pants and decided right then and there -- these are not capri pants; these are cropped pants. And since I have a .01% chance of ever meeting Mr. Gunn in person, I'm going to speak for him and say that he would definitely approve of this pair of cropped pants.

This is also his favorite style blog, too, if you were wondering. And he loves my cooking. 

Sunday Best

posted on: 4/09/2012

{Dress: Banana Republic | Bag: Melie Bianco

I feel like if you saw me in this dress you would think one of two things: that girl is really excited about Mad Men or she really likes Easter dresses. In my case, both are true. To top things off (pun intended, wait for it) I really wanted to go all the way and put a huge hat on, but sadly I do not own a huge hat that is appropriate for public viewing.  And by all the way, I mean I wanted to be Kate Middleton, again. Some obsessions will never die. 

Hope you had a happy holiday weekend.

(Also -- if you are having trouble pinning, I don't know what the deal is. But I'll try to figure it out soon!)