Life Update

Crazy as it is...my Boston summer will soon be coming to a close. I go home in like two and a half weeks, which is seriously insane to think about. It's all gone by soooo fast and it's been so fun! I've definitely made a home here, and I'm going to be very very sad to leave it.

The internship at Anthro has been amazing and continues to be so. I seriously love them as a company and everyone that works there. We've been working on merchandising, window displays, and fall concepts, so it's been a really awesome learning experience! Here's the window display we've been working on....
We cut and dyed egg cartons to make 4000 flowers for this display. I love the "secret garden" feel of it. So beautiful.

I've also been working at Forever 21 to make some extra $$$ and it's been a lot of fun! I feel like I've been learning so much there too. I'm a sales associate, so mostly I just make sure everything looks nice, put stuff  back, and help customers, but I always feel so inspired to be around all of the clothes. They have so many different styles and so much of the apparel is really cute. One thing I like about Forever 21 is that they manage to make super cute clothing but sell it for a really affordable price. Fashionable on a budget :) But yeah, Forever has been really fun. I'm so glad I got hired and had a chance to work there this summer.

I'm sewing a dress this week! And you don't even know how excited I am to do it! I'm a bridesmaid for one of my best friend's weddings and we just have to pick our own dress, so I decided to make mine, because I couldn't really find one that I loved or that matched the colors very well. Tonight we went shopping for fabric and totally scored! We went to Joann's and I bought fabric, elastic, buttons, and thread all for...$11.50! The cashier was really nice and she gave me the college student discount and then used coupons that made all of my items 50% off. An original dress for $11?? I'll take it! Don't worry, I'll post pictures as soon as it's finished. It's gonna be super cute! Also..there's a yellow dress I made back in April that I don't think I ever posted, so when I get a chance I'll do an outfit post for it.

One last thing...next week I'm going to NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (most of the time, this would be an overuse of exclamation points, but considering my excitement and the amazing-ness of this, I would say the exclamation points are just right). I cannot wait! I will be posting so many pictures when it happens!

Anyhow, I'm probably going to go to bed soon, maybe watch an episode of Ugly Betty on Netflix (speaking of tv....Project Runway season 10 just started! So psyched!), or maybe read (currently reading: The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen). We'll see.
Nighty night!


Giveaways 7/15-7/21

Haha but not my giveaways! Gotcha, right? Giveaways are a common thing in the blog-o-sphere, right? So I've decided to try posting once a week of all of the giveaways I find, what is being given away, and when it closes. Most of these will be from blogs I follow, but if you're having a giveaway, let me know and I'll post it on here--no other requirement necessary, just traffic for your giveaway!

So far these are the ones I've found this week:

Where: Latter Day Style
What: DownEast Basics one item of choice
How: Several ways to enter
Closes: July 20

Where: Leefy Not Beefy
What: a 15 mL roll-on in the perfume of your choosing (from the owner's etsy shop)
How: Subscribe by email required and then a lot of other ways to enter
Closes: July 17

Where: The Daybook
What: Two $50 gift certificates to Chicwish
How: Leave a comment saying what you'd like to win
Closes: Doesn't say

Where: Totally Tessa
What: DownEast Basics one item of choice
How: Leave a comment saying what you'd like to win, extra entries as well
Closes: July 18

Where: i believe in unicorns
What: a pair of Blowfish shoes
How: Give name of favorite pair in comment section, extra entries as well
Closes: Doesn't say

That's all I've seen for now. Let me know if you'd like your giveaway posted on here!


Random Thoughts

- I have been reading like crazy this summer. A little while ago I discovered an amazing app on my ipod touch called iBooks and then I discovered an even better website where I've downloaded all my favorite books. So now wherever I go, my ipod goes, and I find myself reading everywhere. It's pretty much the best. I have 70 books on there and they only take up 0.1 GB, so it's awesome! Whenever I finish a book, there is another right there waiting for me. Maybe one of these days I'll write a book post to share what I've been reading. Also, it's time for me to start reading Harry Potter again...round number 12... ha ;)

- I saw this on pinterest and now I really want to do it. This is an amazingly cute idea to used Christmas lights year-round!

- Lately, I've been missing ballet. Like, a ton. I've been dancing around the house more than usual (my uncle laughs because every once in a while I'll just be standing there talking and then do a grand battement--basically a kick--out of nowhere. It's just so natural to me!) and I've been watching tv shows about dance, namely Dance Academy (netflix) and Bunheads (new show on ABC Family). So I decided I'm going to take a ballet class in the fall! I haven't taken one for about two years, but I'm totally ready and excited for this. It's only 3 days a week which is good, I did a class that was every day freshman year and it was too much. I'm not an amazing dancer by any means, but I'm ready to jump back into it. I'm only at school for another year, so might as well take advantage of the classes offered.

- Only two more weeks in Boston. I'm not really sure how I'm reacting to this yet. It's sad, but I am excited to see my family and friends again. I literally cannot believe how fast the summer flew by. But it's been a good summer, so far. I've really been cherishing it and having a blast here. I love the east coast.

I guess that's all for now. Nothing else is popping into my head and I better get some sleep so I can wake up for church in the morning. That's another thing, I've been sleeping in SO much! Guess I still haven't fixed my habits of reading late into the night...haha oh well, gotta go!

Elle's Hairbow

So one thing about me is that I love doing other people's hair. I like trying out stuff on my hair as well, but it's pretty thin so a lot hairstyles don't even work on it. Little girls are the best for doing hair because they love the attention and they love feeling cute! Last Saturday I sat Ellie down and did this bow hairstyle for her. I actually did it for Gracie too right before I left, and little girls seriously just love it! And it is so easy. Double win :)

I used this tutorial in case you want to try it on yourself or a little girl. It's a great tutorial and the hairstyle only takes about 5 minutes. The only difference I did was that I put the extra hair in front and then pulled it back, instead of vice-versa, and I think that worked better.

Haha Ellie sure loved posing for the pictures I was taking of her.

Happy hairstyling! :)

Visit from my Mama Llama and Others, pt. 1

About two weeks ago I had the best time when my mom, my aunt Zildy, and Zildy's kids all came to visit for a week. They had actually only planned to be here for 4 days max, but it was extended to a week when the flights were pretty much packed for the whole week (my aunt works for Jet Blue so she and her kids can fly standby for free and others can use buddy passes to fly standby for cheap...so they were all flying standby). It kind of frustrated them but we were happy they got to stay longer! The whole week was jam-packed with tourist stuff to try and pack in as much fun as possible.

Sunday we went to a graduation party on the Cape. The house was gorgeous and they had the most beautiful view. There was a lake practically in the backyard and you could walk down the stairs and be right there. After the party we went to the coast to see more of Cape Cod. It was really windy and a little cold in some parts, but beautiful nonetheless.

Tuesday we went into the city to walk around, see the Boston library, and go to the Boston Gardens. I love libraries and the Boston Gardens has a certain feel similar to Central Park (which I've actually never been too). There are the swan boats in the Gardens that are really cute and cheap so we took a nice ride on one. We went through Faneuil Hall and also stopped to get some pizza for lunch.

The rest of the week will be blogged about shortly! I'm trying to catch up on stuff, especially considering this all happened in June.


Blogger Question

So the other day I expanded the width of my blog and in doing so, my header didn't go all the way across. So I made it the right size and had to remove the other one to upload it. But when I tried to upload my header it says I have reached my photo quota. So I uploaded it to my picasa web albums instead, but using the link didn't work either. I also tried using a photo link from photobucket and that didn't work as well.

So I don't know what to do now! My blog is header-less and I can't figure out a way to get it up there. If anyone has had this problem before or knows what to do about this, I would greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks! (And sorry that I have no header right now! :P)


Shorts--The Perfect Summer Item

This is my favorite outfit combo to wear for the summer. Shorts+shirt (+ belt is extra credit because it's even cuter)=Summer time! Shorts just go with summer, you know? I love wearing dresses and skirts in the summer time because they are girly, loose, and flowy, but to a certain point you are restricted. You can sit on the ground cross-legged or run around and do cartwheels (not that I can even do a cartwheel). And plus with skirts, I usually wear shorts or something under them, "just in case," which adds another layer. Sometimes it all feels a bit constricting and can get stuffy.

Enter in shorts! The perfect summer item. You can run around in them, sit down whichever way you want in them, dance around in them, and still be equally happy in them. And who doesn't love saying the word "shorts?" There is nothing but happiness accompanied when saying that word. They're just great. The shorts above are some of my favorites because they are incredibly comfortable and very cute and stripey.

Therefore, say what you will, but when you see me in the summer 90% of the time, you know what I'll be wearing--SHORTS! :)


"For the First Time Ever I'm Completely Free..."

As I listen to music from one of my favorite movies, Tangled, I'm reminded of a certain scene in the movie that everyone laughs at, myself included.

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Tangled is really a simple story--one about a girl with magic, long hair trapped by an evil witch. She goes into a world she's been taught to fear all her life yet from it she finds excitement, new friends, action, and love. This movie has become beloved by all audiences young and old, men and women. And why? Because Rapunzel leads the life we all want to live.

We learn from Rapunzel that decisions aren't always easy, and we might run them back and forth in our head, because we don't know which choice is the better one. Or we're afraid to pick another choice because it might require more of a risk. Rapunzel shows us that sometimes there are people in the world who will lie to us and be mean to us for their own good. They'll pretend to love us so that we're scared to leave them. And in the end we find out they never really loved us at all. Rapunzel teaches us that when we do things we're scared of, when we decide to take a risk, a lot of times we get hurt. We get so hurt that we want to go running back to our old, easier and simpler life, even if it wasn't the one we really wanted. And we learn from her that we can go back to that life, and try to forget everything.

But we also learn from Rapunzel that taking risks opens up new doors for us. We can meet new people and see beautiful places. We can have adventures and we can sing, dance, and have fun. We learn from Rapunzel that sometimes, taking the risk is the better choice, because even if it might hurt us, it's better to love than to not have loved at all. It's better to follow our dreams because we grow up and we learn more than we ever could have learned staying in a tower. And most importantly, we learn from Rapunzel that there are people out there who will take us in and accept us for who we are, and love us more than we have ever been loved before. Their love makes everything worth it.

There are little fears and there are big ones. Right now I'm sitting in my room crouched on the bed because a bug is crawling somewhere on the floor and it's freaking me out. I'll go to amusement parks with friends and no matter what they do to try and convince me, I will not get on the big roller coasters there because of my enormous fear of heights. These fears are small (however large that roller coaster or bug might be)..it won't change my life if I face the bug or ride the roller coaster. But then there are bigger fears, like my inability to open up to people about anything, even my close friends because I'm afraid I'll get hurt. Opening up to someone can change my life--it can bring me closer to someone and it can help me trust people more and have better relationships.

I learned from Rapunzel that it's not going to be 100% perfect all the time. But I also learn from Rapunzel that it won't be 100% awful all the time, which means that maybe, it might be worth taking the risk :)


Unbroken (Demi Lovato Concert)

I am girl who gets really obsessed with things and people. When I love something, then I really love it :) So when I found out Demi Lovato was doing a summer tour and one of those dates would be in Boston, I got so excited, because I love Demi! I have always loved her music, but I think she is an amazing person for everything she's gone through and how open she is about so she can help others. Most celebrities aren't like that, and you can tell she's not all about the fame and everything. I bought two tickets (they were a little pricey, especially for a college student like myself, but I knew I would regret it if I didn't get them) and took my cousin Brianna with me. She loves Demi Lovato too and it was her first concert, so it was perfect!

It was at the Bank of America pavilion which is a huge outdoor covered venue. Its really cool. We got there a little early so we walked around the area, bought an Italian ice, and just talked about girly stuff. There were plenty of "lovatics" walking around, several of them with matching decorated shirts with their friends.

We got inside the venue and bought some shirts--it has the same pattern, but I got a blue one and Brianna got a purple one (I know, I didn't get purple! But blue was more of a big t-shirt, which is what I wanted, and it was cheaper haha).

Our seats were probably closer to the back than the front but really, when you're at a concert, you kind of forget all of that once you're in the atmosphere and just having fun. The opening act was Hot Chelle Rae, who did great! Some of their popular songs from the radio are "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like It Like That."
 I got a few videos of them, here they are singing "Tonight, Tonight."

Once they were done, everyone was SO anxious to see Demi! It was crazy to see how many big fans there were in the audience. It was fun because they were playing music in between acts, like "Firework" and everyone in the whole venue would be singing. You could tell we were ready for her to come out.

The crowd went insane when she was out there, and we stood the entire concert because everyone else was too. It was an audience full of energetic girls so it was incredibly wild. And Demi was amazing! That girl has SUCH a good voice. I'm posting some videos below and you should listen because her voice is mind blowing.

I loved every minute of that concert. There's something about Demi Lovato, because that every girl knows so much about her, we all feel like she's our friend. Which is an awesome thing to feel from a celebrity. She sang all of her popular songs, and songs from all her albums, though most were from her new album, Unbroken.

My favorite song she sang by far, was Skyscraper. Can I get real with you and just say that this song means so much to me. Whenever stuff is hard, I can turn on this song and it gives me strength to keep fighting and keep working through. And it means even more knowing that Demi really relates to this song as well, with her history of struggling with bullying and eating disorders. It's such an inspiring song. She talked a little bit before she started singing it, and if you have a minute, you should really watch the video to hear her say it and hear her sing it, because she gives it such soul, but this is what she said (almost word for word):

"There are so many issues..things like bullying, things like self-harm, eating disorders, addiction. There's so many things out there that no one's really talking about. And right now, I know for a fact that some of my fans out there are going through them. It's such a scary thing to tell someone that you need help, but trust me, it changes your life. So I want to really encourage you, if you're struggling with something, or if you're just being bullied, tell someone, so you can stop it from happening to someone else. I also just want to say to those of you that struggle to just stay strong, and I want you guys to know that the only reason why I did stay strong when I went to treatment was because of you guys. I want to play you this song."

I got chills when I heard her singing that and it made me want to cry. And some girls were crying. Brianna pointed out to me a girl who I'd seen in the row in front of us, who earlier I'd just had a small thought of how I was jealous that she was skinny, that was crying and hugging her friend. I felt guilty for what I'd thought earlier, and I wanted to just go up to her and give her a hug too.

I guess it really made me realize that you can't judge people. Ever. That girl was probably going through something Demi mentioned above, maybe an eating disorder, and most people probably don't know. Just like Demi, who no one ever knew she was struggling so bad until she went to treatment and started talking about it. I think it's really important to remember that whoever we meet could very easily be struggling with something super hard.

The second thing I realized from hearing that song is that it's important to be open. This is kinda personal, but I remember so many nights when I was really struggling in life, just praying to God to give me someone to talk to, someone to listen to me, and I realize now that I should have just been praying to be able to open up to someone, because all around me I had so many people who cared and loved me, but I wouldn't let any of them in. So if you're struggling, it's okay. You're not the only one, and like Demi said, be brave enough to tell someone. Look at how many people she's told about what's she gone through--it has only made her more loved for who she really is. People really don't talk about that stuff enough, and they should. And if you ever need someone to talk to, just email me, seriously. :) (kikicbrownee-at-gmail-dot-com)

Anyways, I just wanted to share that little bit. The rest of the concert was just as good, the last song being "Give Your Heart a Break."

I'm so so glad I had the opportunity to go to the concert, because it was definitely one of the best nights of my life. And I'm also so so glad I got to go with Brianna. She and I have gotten so close this summer and I really just love this girl so much! I wouldn't have wanted to go with anyone else so I'm happy she came with me. Haha she had fun too...according to her it was the best day of the summer :)

I am behind on some stuff but I figured I should just blog about this week to not get super behind. I will try and update as much as I can! Until next time...
 xoxo Kailee :)


4th of July 2012

Spending the 4th of July this year in Boston was one of the best Independence Days I ever could have had! The East Coast is especially patriotic with all the history that happened here during the Revolutionary War. I brought over the tradition of spray-painting shirts, so we taped them up the night before and then we spray painted the next morning (we realized we had no red paint). The morning of the 4th was spent at a parade in the town of Sudbury. It was perfect because it was a little later (we slept in) and it was short so we didn't have to spend a long time in the heat.

After we went to that we headed off into Boston where we parked and rode the train to the Esplanade. It's right by the Charles River with the most gorgeous view of the Boston skyline. Some friends from our ward saved spots all day so we got to sit with them. We played cards and ate food while waiting and just hung out. I love the atmosphere on the 4th of July because it's so happy and exciting! Everyone is spirited wearing their red, white, and blue so it's just a lot of fun.

The fireworks actually got delayed for about a half-hour to forty-five minutes because they thought a thunderstorm was coming. There was a huge mess of people coming and telling us to move so we'd stay dry, but we didn't want to leave, because we knew our spot would be gone if we left. We ended up staying because no storm came and then it actually poured during the fireworks. It was kind of surreal, watching the fireworks in the rain. I mean, how often does that happen?

Let me just tell you something about the Boston fireworks. You know how there is usually a grand finale in fireworks shows? Well this show is like a grand finale the whole way through, it's amazing! The fireworks are so sweet and there are sooo many. Best fireworks show, I have ever seen for sure! I was pretty happy with my picture taking skills to have gotten this shot.

We were all soaked to the bone from the rain (that only lasted about 15 minutes) but packed up our stuff after the fireworks to go. It took a little while to get through the crowds and we were able to catch one of the last trains to get to our car.

In short, it was a wonderful 4th of July. Just what it should have been. I am so grateful for this country and for the freedom we have. I'm grateful that we can vote for our leaders and I admire the way we unite as a nation when good and bad things happen, such as simple things like celebrating Independence Day every year, or really awful stuff like 9/11. For me, there is no better place to live. I'm happy that this summer I've been able to get to know another part of this nation. I can only love it more. :) Happy Independence Day!
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