End of Year Sales 2020

 Some of my favorite retailors are having some great sales! I have them listed below with some items I'm loving.

Extra 40% off sale items
Tons of new items added to sale
Extra 50% off sale
Tory Burch
Extra 25% off sale
Tons of new items added to sale
Kara Krittenbrink

My Favorite Dessert to Make for the Holidays: Christmas Crack

A dessert that is easy, quick and a crowd pleaser... Christmas Crack is the ticket! I have been making it for a few years and it now has become a request from my friends and family! I think the combo of sweet & salty is what makes it so irresistible. It doesn't take very long and it is easy to make in large quantities. Perfect for a get together or as a great gift. Since we can't get together this year, Christmas Crack would make a great gift you can drop off on your friends and families doorstep. Who doesn't love food?

Kara Krittenbrink

Fall Wishlist: Shoes

Today is the last day of Summer and I'm more than ready to say goodbye to it. We have had a taste of Fall over the last few weeks with a bit of cooler temps. This inspired me to transition my closet from Summer to Fall last week. I got out my sweaters, boots and other Fall and Winter items that I don't have room for in my closet year round. I also packed away my sandals, sundresses and swimsuits. Anything else in my closet I believe can be worn year round with the right layers and transitional pieces.

Fall Wishlist

Like every other season, I always have a few items on my wishlist. When online browsing all the new items that have come out, the first I noticed is combat boots. The style isn't anything knew but I think they will be a big trend this Fall and Winter. Everyone is currently dressing way more casual so it makes sense that combat boots would become a big trend. 

Personally I"m loving the embellished combat points. The feminine details create a contrast with the tough look of the boots. I especially love the pearl and plaid embellishments. The juxtaposition of the soft and hard features also allows the boots to go with more outfits. 

A popular way to wear combat boots is with feminine dresses. I definitely see myself styling them this way. I also think they will look great with my leather leggings and distressed denim. 

Combat Boots

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Another shoe that I'm falling hard for is the open back mule. These are not new and also not necessarily just a Fall/Winter shoe but I'm dying to get a pair this season. I see them as the perfect every day shoe for the transitional weather we are about to have. Even when it is colder the mule will be a dressier option than the tennis shoes I've been living in but still easier to wear than heels. 

For work, the mules will go perfect with my dark denim and favorites sweaters. For less dressy moments, these shoes will add some style to my favorite leggings and oversized shirts or sweaters. Even a henley and distressed denim could use a pair of mules!

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Kara Krittenbrink

Tips on dealing with Anxiety & Grief

The stockings are hung, Christmas lights are up and it's supposed to be the best time of the year, right? Well for everyone it may not be. As someone with anxiety, I know I am not the only one that can be triggered or have difficulty during this time of year. If you are grieving any type of loss, this time of year can feel particularly difficult as well. I thought I would share what I've learned to do to help myself deal with my own anxiety and grief. 

Tips on dealing with Anxiety & Grief 

This list is by no means the only way to help, it is just what has worked for me in the past. Both anxiety and grief can come and go and we all have different triggers. I hope this can help and maybe inspire some other ideas for you. 

Let Yourself Feel

First and foremost give yourself the room to feel however you feel. Just because it is a happy and fun time of year doesn't mean you have to feel happiness and joy all of the time (or any of the time). While this may sound like a simple concept but it is something that can be a really big struggle for many this time of year. Try to push aside what the expectations of how this season should go and allow time and space to feel whatever may come. Many, like myself, don't want to bring others down or create any heaviness with our feelings. 

I find that when I would force myself to be happy or push down the sorrowful feelings, it actually made it worse. It took me years to learn to not suppress them. I wouldn't allow myself to have a "bad" day because I felt that it wasn't ok during the holidays. During many Christmas celebrations I would really struggle because doing many of my family traditions after my mom passed felt wrong. It would make me miss her so much more and I hid that. Now when I let myself grieve or feel anxiety, I actually find that my low-spirits don't last as long as when I try to ignore them. Concealing my feelings also sometimes sparked an uptick in my anxiety.

Understand Your Limits

This time of year in particular can bring up lots of obligations. Beyond the typical responsibilities in our life, many new things come up with the Holidays. It is very important to know how much you can handle and to say no when you have reached it. Your limit may change throughout the season or even daily. Holding strong to what you can or can't handle is of the utmost importance. There are many times that I have to say no to things on my schedule because I know that I won't be up for it. 

This year is a little different, because many events with our families and friends aren't happening. But in other years, I learned that sometimes it is okay to leave events early. It doesn't change how much I love or care about everyone, it is just that a social event may be more than I can handle if I'm struggling with anxiety. 

Schedule Time for Yourself

While we schedule everything else in our lives, it is just as important to set aside time specifically for yourself. And most importantly make this time something for you. Whether it is alone time or doing something with someone, it should be a non-stressful activity that replenishes you.

Reach out to Friends & Family

Find a few friends or family members that you can reach out to on your bad moments. However you contact them, having a few people that you can count on is important. Knowing ahead of time who "your people" are is crucial. It has helped me in the past to already identify who I should reach out to when I'm feeling low. Then I don't feel as though I am unloading on someone and am more likely to reach out. 

Create & Utilize A list of Items/Activities that Help

This idea came from my therapist. I have created a list of activities or things that help calm my mind or distract me during anxiety and grief. Many times when you are in the middle of the tough moments, it is hard to remember what can help. This is when you'll be thankful for a list, I keep mine as a note on my phone. Your list may seem random and that doesn't matter. All you have to focus is on finding things that make you feel better and/or less overwhelmed. Some items on my list are: Reread a book, Spend time alone & watch Grey's Anatomy.

Take Care of Yourself

This is something we all know and doesn't need much of an explanation but it is true: When you take care of yourself, you are better able to battle grief and anxiety when it comes up. Eating well, exercising and resting all are crucial components in helping towards your mental health. This is one of the best preventative measures. 

As I said before, this is by no means an inclusive list. If you have any other ideas on how you combat anxiety and grief this time of year, please share in the comments. 

Kara Krittenbrink

What We All Really Need this Winter: Matching Sets

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Normally around this time I would be putting together ideas for Holiday party outfits. Like the rest of this year, the Holidays will look very different for most of us. Some may be able to have small gatherings but even those will be much more casual than usual. I won't have a need for any party outfits this year. Something I'll be wearing way more than sparkles and heels is loungewear. And like many people, I've been really into matching sets. Think of them as something as comfortable as pajamas but can be worn out of the house! 

These sets are made for cozy weekends at home or running some errands! When its really cold, you can layer a denim or leather jacket over it for an extra layer. If you aren't into the matching look each item can be paired with plenty of pieces you already have in you closet. 

Kara Krittenbrink