Spring (Dress) Season


It is always fun to get to borrow clothes from a friend. It's access to a whole new wardrobe without the commitment or expense. When I am feeling uninspired with my closet, I usually turn to a friend's closet to help me change things up. One of the best parts is how, many times, I end up trying a style that I don't normally wear.

A couple week's ago I borrowed one of my friend's dresses for a baby shower. The dress was the prettiest fall/winter print. What I love the most is the oversize fit and tiered skirt. I typically am not drawn to that silhouette. This dress manages to balance being oversize but also flattering. I loved wearing it so much that as soon as I got home immediately shopped for similar dresses.

Now that I have discovered a new (to me) silhouette I've been loving the many ways you can style these dresses. My go to accessories are booties and a few simple pieces of jewelry. I'm excited to pair these dresses with a jean jacket and tennis shoes for a more casual and laid back style.

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This style is a great way to transition into spring weather. You can easily layer a jacket or cardigan over it to keep you warm now and even wear tall boots with it or tights. I ordered this dress this weekend and can't wait for it to come in!

What is one of your favorite Spring pieces? 

Kara Krittenbrink
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OOTD Vol. 4




Another round up of outfits I've been wearing lately. These are the outfits I wear on a daily basis so many items are old and sold out. I still like to share them as outfit inspiration and I always link similar items! 


Chauteau Puffer - Turtleneck Sweater, old (similar) - Leather Leggings 
Boots, old (similar here & here)





Puff Sleeve Sweater - Tie Waist Trouser, old (similar here)
Pumps, sold out (similar here) -  Gucci Marmont Purse



Turtleneck Sweater - Ponte Pant - Boots (chanel and not online) (simlar here & here)


Coat BlazerLeather Leggings - Boots (chanel and not online) (simlar here & here)


Shirtdress, sold out (similar here) - Tights
Boots, old (similar here & here) - Gucci Marmont Purse

Kara Krittenbrink
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Enneagram


I've always been intrigued by what drives myself and others to think, act or react a certain way. I've taken many personality tests but typically aren't really satisfied with them. Knowing myself, I can see in different situations or moods I could test differently and I didn't feel like that should be the case for a true personality test. About two years ago a friend of mine told me about the Enneagram. As she was explaining it, the Enneagram seemed like more than just a personality test. It is more of how and why you think and act a certain way. 

The Enneagram is a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting a type. One number is not better than another but the numbers next to each other do have similarities. It's both a simple and complex system (see more here). Why the Enneagram seems different than other personality tests is it is based on your core motivations and fears. The 9 types can be subgrouped into 3 centers: Instictive, Feeling or Thinking.



The best way to find out your type is to take this test. There are other options but I strongly recommend this one because it is so thorough. Once you are done with the test you receive an email with your results and a pdf with an extensive explanation of the 3 types you scored highest on. There is a structure within each type called Levels of Development. This helps you understand how the random traits that characterize a type relate to each other. When we are in a healthy mindset we exhibit the healthier traits of our type and vice versa.

My test results ranked me pretty high as a 6 (The Loyalist) and after reading the description I felt confident that it was my number! Learning about 6's really made so many things click. My type is summarized as someone that wants to have security, be supported by those around them, have certainty in situations and fight against anxiety and insecurities.

Good or bad, learning about yourself can cause so much growth. As I understand many of my faults I am better able to recognize when they are coming out. I also have learned how some things that I thought were faults actually are helpful and can be used for good. My anxiety has been something that I have struggled with for a long time. There is a lot I do to manage it. As I learned more about myself by researching my Enneagram type, I learned how when my sense of security is threatened or I let my constant thoughts keep turning, my anxiety can get out of control. 

A simple search for enneagram resources will show you hundreds! This test gives so much information with the results that it really is the best first sources. I was eager to learn more about my type and all the others. The book The Road Back to You can provide a great basic understanding of all of the types. I have used it as a resource not only for myself but have learned about close friends and family when I know their types. I understand how to support and communicate with them better. 
Kara Krittenbrink
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Book Round Up Vol. 6





City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert - Glamour, love and New York City, city of girls tells the story of a woman as she looks back on her life. Vivian Morris came of age in the 1940s and moved from a small town to New York City to live with her aunt, after getting kicked out of college. Her eclectic aunt owned a dilapidated theater and lived above it. Suddenly with freedom and a world she'd never experienced before, Vivian was ready to experience everything. The people around her were exciting and so different from her and each other. These years altered Vivian's life and the trajectory of it. With an underlying theme of acceptance, it reminds us all to be open to where your experiences can take you. Grade: A





Over the Top: A Journey to Self Love by Jonathan Van Ness - Many celebrity memories are a good read but don't have a lot of depth with them. Jonathan Van Ness is over the top, for sure, but has battled so pretty big demons. He mixes his humor and lightness while sharing the darkness he has gone thru. A book I couldn't put down and loved learning how much there is to this man and how everyone truly just needs to be supported in who they are. Grade: B





Twice in A Blue Moon by Christina Lauren - First heartbreak's never really leave us. After a whirlwind romance abroad, Tate is left heartbroken by Sam. Almost two decades later they are brought together again and Tate realizes she hasn't work thru all the pain he caused. Forced to talk to Sam she must find out why he betrayed her so long ago. Grade: B




Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison - Set in an all girls' boarding school in Virginia, Goode is the all girls' boarding school where the elite and influential send their daughters. This thriller starts with a student that has hung herself but you don't know which privileged coed it is. This novel moves back and forth from the present to last summer. A new sophomore, Ash, has arrived at school and bring British isn't the only thing that makes her different. The entitled students don't welcome new girls easily! This book had me guessing throughout and once I got about 1/3rd of the way I didn't want to stop! Grade: A




Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston - How would you handle having to keep your love secret? Alex Claremont-Diaz is finishing up his last year in college while he lives in the White House. Being the president's son has made him on oft he most eligible bachelors in America and he is constantly getting attention for everything he does. When an altercation with the British prince goes viral all the attention could hurt his mother's chances at reelection! In order to do some damage control, they are pushed to spend some high profile moments together to show the British/American relations are intact. What began as a fake friendship grows deeper and then turns romantic but the relationship must be kept secret! 
Grade: B+
Kara Krittenbrink
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How I shop for a LBD


It's a classic for a reason, a little black dress is something everyone needs in their closet. It is the type of piece that can be pulled out of your closet for so many situation: weddings, showers, events, cocktail parties and work! 

I recently purchased a new LBD for an event this weekend. With so many black dresses out there, it may seem a bit overwhelming to find the right one. My first step is identifying fits that flatter me. This can be hard sometimes but when I'm stuck I think about the clothes I already own that flatter my figure. It came down to these details for me: fitted bottom, v or scoop neck, flattering shape on stomach, and possibly sleeves. 

How I keep LBDs from being boring is finding ones with one or two interesting details. Still keeping the dress simple just a few special touches can add to the LBD. Those will set it apart and add your personal style. I find that I am drawn to interesting sleeve details but there are so many ways to make a LBD special!


Based on what I was looking for, I found this puff sleeve dress. From this post, I shared that I love puff sleeves! The sleeves add such drama to the dress and make a statement. It is the first thing you notice about the dress and what I received so many compliments on.

When you combine the puff sleeves and fitted waist, the dress creates an hourglass figure even if you don't have one. Don't let this fitted dress scare you, the ruching and ruffles on the front add a bit of forgiveness to the dress! 

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While I was looking for a dress I found so many great LBDs! Each of them have their own interesting details that add to the classic dresses. All of these options are under $200!
Kara Krittenbrink
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