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

 

Popping Champagne at Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” ~ Mark Twain

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These days great company, champagne and a beautiful setting make for an amazing day and event. The Champagne Brunch for the Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival on June 11th had all of these components. It was truly a beautiful event with great food from Toscanova out on the beautiful patio, live music from Tara Macri and great conversations with great company that included chefs from the previous 2 evening of the festival. I wish I could have made the first two nights because everyone was talking about how truly fantastic they were.

I always love it when I can leave an event with a huge smile on my face from enjoyment and I left with a big one from this one. I made lifelong friends from this one and have from all of Barcelona Enterprises past events as well. Barcelona Enterprises, who put the 3 day festival, put on a truly luxurious, classy event. I felt like I had known everyone for year and was welcomed with open arms. I will definitely be going again next year and will be bringing my family and friends. A champagne brunch is a perfect way to end a spectacular 3 day festival.

As Alan Semsar (CEO/Founder of Barcelona Enterprises) said, “The world’s top brands came together to support arts and education that included McLaren Beverly Hills, Capital One, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Samuel Adams. They are all model corporate citizens who make a global & local impact. Cheers to them.” This shows how Alan and his team not only put on spectacular events on a continuous basis, but continuously put great causes at the forefront as to why they do what they do. They also align themselves with brands that put this as a priority as well, Cheers to you all !

Here is to another amazing year at the Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival ! I highly recommend checking out Barcelona Enterprise’s next event.

Thank you again for allowing me to attend and be a part of an amazing day!

~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style

P.S. Anytime sports comes into a conversation, you now I am smiling. This was an added bonus to an already spectacular event. What do you all look for to make an event great?

Savory, Sweets and Sparkle Extravaganza

“Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.”

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Rocking Target, Forever 21 and Wet n Wild paired with One Hope and Tinselbox 

Finding the perfect theme for an afternoon lunch can be a challenge, but a fun one. My usual go to is Nautical with a Parisian twist, but I wanted to chang it up this time. So when I got sent the amazing Unicorn party theme supplies by Tinselbox and a rainbow sparkle bottle of One Hope‘s delicious champagne, I knew I had my theme. With it being the year of the unicorn trend and sparkle was a must, I was excited to get to planning. My decorations were set, beverages chosen, so now it was time to pick the food.

My go to spots these days are All Recipes and Food Network and it was no different this time around either. I found some amazing savory googies to make: Garlic Cheese Biscuits, Deviled Eggs and BLT Pasta were from All Recipes and the Shrimp Arugula Crostinis were from Food Network, which were all a hit and will definitely be made again. I also picked up cheeses and meats for an appetizers at Trader Joe’s. I made sure not to forget one of the most important parts of a meal, dessert. The dessert of choice, Raspberry and Earl Grey French macaroons from Whole Foods, which are perfect with champagne.

Now that the food is squared away, it is set up time. A champagne and unicorn theme is perfect for under the lemon tree in my backyard and just the right time to bust out the vintage bar cart. It was a joyful filled with bubbles by One and Unicorn decorations and supplies from Tinselbox, which I will never forget. You can never go wrong with a day of sparkles, bubbles and fun with family.

Stay tuned for another savory and sweets extravaganza !

 

Finding Your Passion and Sticking to It

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We all strive to find our passions in life and making those passions happens. Finding one’s passion is the greatest feeling to find. How do we find our passion in life? A passion is something I feel is sometimes inherently inside of us throughout our lives. Passion can change depending on what stages we are at in our lives. We can have more than one thing we are passionate at a time. Now finding the passion that is yours can take some time if you don’t inherently know, which is where I am at so totally with you all.

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One thing I would like to point out and mentions is that, don’t ever let anyone put you down for the passions you choose to follow in your life. Now on to some tips I have found helpful in discovering my own passions and hope they are ones that help you all as well.

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Meditation is a key benefit in finding your passion because it allows you to sit with yourself and focus on the present, which leads to finding a passion or passions to follow. When there is too much noise and things going on it is hard to deciphere the passions you want to stick with in your life , which is why the focus of mediation help gets rid of the noise to be able to focus on you and what you want to do in life.

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Journaling on a daily basis is an activity that allows us to get not only the good thoughts out on paper, but to release the thoughts that are holding you back from pursuing your passions. Once you write them out your mind is free to follow and focus on the things you are most passionate about.

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This third and final tip I have today is all about talking things out with those that know you the best: family and friends. Talking out how you want to pursue your passions or trying to figure out your passions, can give you amazing insite in how to go forward. This allows you to keep moving, pursuing and following your passions.

This is the best gift you can give yourself in pursing and following your passions in life.

I leave you with this, be true to yourself, never feel bad for following your dreams or let anyone tell you no. We can all make our passions and dreams happen !

Lots of Passion & Joy !


*Quotes and Idea Images from Google Images

*Girl Boss Mug from Cube Appeal, Journal from Cost Plus World Market, Planner from Sugar Paper LA

Time Spent with Angel Brinks

In kicking off my interview series of women entrepreneurs in the New Year, I picked Angel Brinks because she truly is inspiring in her professional and personal life. She is a strong, talented, fashion designer, red carpet fashion corespondent and entrepreneur. She does this all while being an amazing mom, which pushes her to always do more for her family. I will definitely always be channeling her perseverance, passion and drive in my own life.

She was a pleasure, inspiration and joy to interview, get to know and find out some great tips on the great trend of street denim.

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Here is that interview:

1.When did you know you wanted to become an entrepreneur ?

After having jobs, working for other people, I knew it was only temporary. I knew I had a talent that needed to be shared with the world.  I knew it would take money and education. So I decided to major in business and minor in fashion. Ever since I was a young girl, I would watch my grandmother sew and I took a liking to it. I would start to put patches on my clothing, shred my jeans, and make something out of whatever I had. I would pretend I had my own clothing store. Growing up in the performing arts, I took a seriously liking to performance gear. My love for it all just grew. All was left to it was to master the business side of it as well as the fundamentals of making clothing.

2. What gets you to keep going in your life and business ?

I have a lot of drive and ambition. I was raised in a home where I saw my whole family get up and go to work every day. My grandfather lived till he was 80, and he went to work until his dying day. I don’t know anything different. I know I have a family to raise, and I want my children to be raised knowing they have to have drive and ambition like me. I want my children to have everything they need. I do it all for them, their education, and future.

3. Who in your life continues to inspire you ?

My children are my biggest inspiration of course. Outside of that, I would have to say women. I want to solve problems, I majored in business. Supply and demand. There is a big demand in certain things us women find no supply of. Women’s needs have to be met! I want to make it easier for women to find what they’re looking for in me, my store. I want them to feel secure, happy, confident, sexy. I am inspired by women like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, who all have been given this platform to show the world that as a woman, you can be smart, successful, hard working, and a great mother at the same time. All while with a smile on their face. I know as women we all go through so much, and regardless of that, these women hold their head high and do it with a smile. This shows strength and that’s very admirable to me. This all inspired me every day to work hard, and make it through all trial and tribulations.

4. What do you want your legacy to be ?

I definitely want to be a successful fashion designer, to leave a remarkable stamp in the industry, to have brought something different. A lot of designers don’t offer plus size in materials that I use. They don’t want to offer custom sizing, it’s too much work. They make things in bulk or with factory machines. I employ US workers, which obviously has costs at an all time high. But that’s ok. Not too many designers offer anything close to what we do, one on one designing for all sizes. In business you have to bring something different to the game to succeed and go further.

“Chic streetwear denim a super hot trend for for winter 2016/spring 2017! The look is extremely diverse and super practical. Here are a few of my denim staple must haves to have you looking your absolute best this season:

– Denim chokers – Chokers are a huge trend on their own right now and I can’t get enough of the denim ones.  They are so neutral, match with everything and can totally dress your outfit up or down.I love them so much I just launched my own choker line with a ton of denim selections including looks featuring rhinestones, patchwork and fraying.  Check them out here.

– Distressed and destroyed denim – This is a great way to make a casual look super edgy.

– Patchwork – Patchwork denim will turn heads as a pair of highwaisted jeans or even some knee-high boots (Nicki Minaj recently rocked a pair of my brand new patchwork boots) but because the look has so much going on, make sure you pair it with something basic and solid such as a white tee or solid color dress.

-Denim bags – I have a huge handbag collection and am notorious for always switching them out with my different outfits.Earlier this year I made myself an every day denim bag that I used a few days out the week since it went with practically everything and I was constantly getting stopped everywhere I went about the bag so I decided to start offering them on my site AngelBrinks.com and now I can barely keep them in stock. Bonus points if your denim bag has fringe which I can’t get enough of!

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Be sure to follow Angel on Instagram for amazing inspiration in fashion, but in life: @angelbrinks and don’t forget to let us know how you style your street denim this season by using #KLMFashionStyle #AngelBrinks.

Thank you and Happy New Year!