Friday, November 21, 2014

Winter Wishlist 2014

The first thought that probably comes to your mind is "This wishlist is NOT indicative of real winter weather." Yeah, yeah, I in the south, I'm lucky enough to experience relatively mild winters.  The not-so-great aspect is that the weather can be unpredictable (as a matter of fact, this weekend I'll probably be able to go outside in bare legs, ha!), so I always make an effort to dress in layers during the colder months.

This season, I'm really vibing on more muted color palettes which is a little odd for me since I'm a pastel queen at heart.  Getting more textural outerwear in my wardrobe is slowly becoming a necessity for those days when I'm feeling too lazy to get dressed up; I can easily imagine myself grabbing a chai latte on the walk to work in the mornings draped in this kawaii animal-inspired coat from ASOS.

What are you most looking forward to for the winter season?

1. Fair and Bear Sweater (ModCloth)
2. Cool Eye Palette (Bobbi Brown)
3. Kitten Candle (Catbird)
4. Gilted Pleasure Flat (ModCloth)
5. Faux Fur Hooded Coat With Animal Ears (ASOS)
6. Efflorescent Elegance Dress (ModCloth)
7. Belmont Leather Clog (Free People)
8. Nautical Stripe Crew (Hansel from Basel)
9. Tabitha Bag (Orla Kiely)
10. Harlow Blue Checked Cocoon Coat (Dahlia)

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go blow my paycheck.  'Til next time, kittens!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OOTD: Vintage Fur & KiKi's Return

I'm sure you've noticed (it's been impossible to ignore, really) that it's been well over a year since I did a blog post.  Now, I could sit here and feed you a wealth of excuses about my post-graduate existential crisis, how bizarre it's been to adjust to a life working a full-time job, how I've wasted countless hours focusing on the aspects of my life I can't change and letting that feeling fester into a despondence that inhibits my ability to finish any project...but why should I? 

I started this endeavor as a way to express my sense of style, but somehow I turned it into this insurmountable obstacle for myself, letting myself believe that I wasn't interesting or financially stable or creative enough to blog, and yet I was still prattling on to friends and strangers about the things I wanted to accomplish but not taking any steps to actualize those ideas.  Isn't that really, really stupid?

I was talking with one of my best friends recently who is about to make a major life change, and we were discussing our respective plans for the future.  She said something to me that really resonated: she told me that for a long time she didn't really understand the Nike slogan ("Just Do It") or why people thought it was so compelling or why they needed some phrase to get them off their asses to get something done, especially something like exercise.  But once she was presented with this opportunity to pursue her dream, she had the revelation that she did just need to "do it," to stop holding herself back and take the steps to enhance her life.

Sometimes I do think we subconsciously hold ourselves back due to fear or judgement or even because we feel that we're supposed to, but these sometimes scary or life-altering opportunities often reap the greatest reward, even if there is a risk of failure.  

This blog might seem like a small step in that direction,  but at least it's a jumping-off point.  I'm reclaiming Cats in My Closet as my space where I can openly express my style and share my latest projects; I'm not claiming to be an expert or that my blog will change your life, I can't even guarantee that I'll post as regularly as I want to, but I will be taking steps to just "do" the things that interest me as a means of becoming the best version of myself possible.

Outfit Details:

Rabbit Fur Coat - Vintage
Floral Blouse - Forever 21
Bell Bottom High-Waisted Jeans - Nasty Gal
Clogs - Swedish Hasbeens

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Under Construction!

Hello my loyal readers! I know it's been a year between posts (yikes, has it REALLY been that long?!), and I promised myself that amidst a full time job I would get this blog up and running properly. The blog is currently under construction while I finalize designs and update my pages, but I should be up and posting again hopefully around June!

(I know, I know, you probably don't believe me, but trust that this blog hasn't left my mind since the day I've started it, and it's something I am passionate about. I'll elaborate more on that in the coming days, don't wanna sound too mopey on ya.)

Love, KiKi