From Dark Tides to Sports, Fashion & So Much More

“People think depression is sadness, crying or dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being nub. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again.”

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Where do I start on a subject that has been a difficult one for me to accept? Full steam ahead I suppose. So here it goes, I have been in a state of depression and anxiety for on and off for awile, but to the naked eye you might not be able to tell, I have been in public relations for 7 years and still succeeding and have maintained great relationships with those I love. It is something that I have for the most part been able to hide well for the last 10 years from others and myself.

As of a few years ago though it became at its worst due to a major change that I had happen rather quickly. There have been long stints throughout the years where I have been able to suppress it, trick myself or I have just been truly happy, but I have learned recently as a whole over the last couple years I have just become numb in a lot of situations. When I first wrote this piece, I teared up many times because I didn’t want those I love to think I haven’t enjoyed my life and moments with them because I truly have and they are the best moments of my life with the most joy.

Those I love have been those that continuously lift me up and make me realize that I don’t have to go through this alone. After my major life change moment, I talked it out in over months I came to the realization that I cant do it all alone, put it all on those I love to help and that it is okay to acknowledge that I need to go talk to a professional. Coming to these realizations is a huge step in the right direction for me.

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Once this realization came in (everyone’s realization moment is different), hope started rolling in and a weight was lifted. The real work had just begun, but in the best way possible because my hope for the future was and is higher than ever and I know only that it is up from here! I have been as I call in a much better state the last two years in large part to an amazing therapist who has taught we to be okay in things that make me uncomfortable and knowing that feeling will pass. I was also on medication up until December 2018 and the biggest hurdle I conquered was when I knew it was time to stop taking it.

Some ways to help keep hope high will be surrounding myself by my amazing family & friends, faith, doing things I am passionate about so many things sports and fashion have been things that have helped me cross over the hurdles. They each make me feel better for different reason. Some other big things that I love are yoga, going on more travels and seeing the Cubs win with my dad. I am in a much better place and have so much more hope. I may still have anxiety, but I know it will pass and things will continue to get better.

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How do you all pull yourself out of hard times ? Know I am always here to listen 🙂

“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”

Boss Babe Quotes That Are Bound To Inspire

I am all about inspirational quotes and I love sharing them when I find ones I love. I found 10 amazing ones that I am just obsessed with and definitely will be printing them all out. Here they are and I hope they inspire you to go out to be your own boss babe.

Remember to support your fellow Boss Babes, there is enough success to go around !

Here is to being a Boss Babe each and every day !

~Iced Tea & Top Knots

*Quotes/Images are from Google images

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Him- Under $50

“Tis the Season to be Jolly.”

With holiday shopping in full swing, we can’t forget about all the guys in our lives. Here are some great gift ideas that they are bound to show off to their friends because lets be honest guys love gifts too !

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  1. GOT Bedroom Night Light
  2. Banana Republic Woll Boarder Stripe Scarf
  3. Kenneth Cole Reaction Laptop Case
  4. Men’s Marvel Groot Pajama Set
  5. Canvas Travel Kit by Original Penguin
  6. Spa Life All Natural Spa Gift Set
  7. Ugg Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket
  8. Soft-Washed Crew-Neck Tee
  9. Men’s Wood Valet Box
  10. Men’s Harry Potter 12 Days Socks

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Happy Holidays and Tis the Season for Giving !

~Iced Tea and Top Knots

Holiday Gift Guide for Her- Under $50

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

It is offically the holiday season and I am jumping for joy. This absolutely one of my favorite times of the year. Santa, family and decorations ! You also can’t forget the Christmas music, which started on Thanksgiving this year.

One of my favorite things is to get gifts for those I care about. I want to get the perfect stocking stuffer and gift for each. I want to help y’all out this year with some gift guides. This first one is for all the ladies in your life.

Now Let’s Go Shopping !

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  1. Lululemon Fanny Pack
  2. Gillian O’Malley Cozy Chenile Robe
  3. Urban Originals Flower Vegan Leather Wallet
  4. Bauble Bar Earrings
  5. Xhilaration Slippers from Target

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 6. GOT Scuplted Dragon Egg Candles
7. Prive Revaux Sunglasses
8. Vera Bradley Vines Floral Journal
9.  A New Day Cowlneck Pullover Sweater
10. Minnie Mouse Mouseketeer Fashion T-Shirt

Have fun being one of Santa’s Elves and don’t forget to spread the Christmas Cheer !

~KLM Fashion Style

 

Thankful for Thanksgiving

” Thankful and grateful today and everyday.”

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is all about giving thanks and being with family and friends while eating amazing food. I wanted to share some of my favorites for Thanksgiving from food to fashion. Hope it inspires you to give thanks in your own special way.

I am going to keep it short and sweet so here are a few of my favorite recipes this year !

Skinny Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Caramel Apple Mocktail

Pumpkin Pie Wontons

Enjoy all these tasty treats and so much more !

I am thankful for you all and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving !

~KLM Fashion Style

Must Haves for the Week

“An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine.” ~Andres Serrano

My weekly series is back ! My must haves of the week will continue every week again. This week’s list was definitely so much fun putting it together. Here are the must haves of the week. Hope they inspire you all !

Must Have #1: Cube Appeal’s Daily Planning Notebook

My goal for 2018 has been doing everything with meaningful intention and finding things to help stay on this track is key. When my friend over at Cube Appeal sent me the Daily Planning Notebook, I knew it was meant to be in helping me experience each moment with the purest of intentions. This will continue to be a must have that will always be in my purse !

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Must Have #2: Wonder Woman

I recently just watched Wonder Woman for the first time. Let me tell you, I am truly inspired from this movie. It is all about strong women and them sticking to their convictions and beliefs as well as standing up for others. All of this is a must have !

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Must Have #3: San Francisco

San Francisco has continuously been a city I like, but it has in the recent months been a city that I truly have fallen in love with. The little cities within the city ae truly spectacular and unique from one another, which is one of the reasons I have fallen in love with the city of San Francisco. From North Beach to Fisherman’s Warf to Mission District and so much more. The energy is amazing, the people are great, scenery is gorgeous and all around spectacular, always a must have !

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Must Have #4: Yoga Works

In my new journey of physical and mental health being a priority, yoga has become a big part of my journey and life. I have been on a hunt for a studio that I connect with and feel at home that studio is Yoga Works in Old Town Pasadena. The teachers, fellow yogis have the best energy and I connected with them right away. My yoga journey will continue to be a priority and Yoga Works will always be a must have for me.

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Must Have #5: Self Care

This not a new must have for me, but one that continues to be a high priority, self care. Whether it is a facial while burning my favorite Jax Kelly candle or a yoga class, self care is a routine I continue to love and need. Always a must have !

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Here’s to next week’s must haves !

~KLM Fashion Style

P.S. What are y’all’s must haves for this week ? My main one is self care.