Knee Deep In YSL Beauty And I Love It

“Without elegance of the heart, there is no elegance.” ~YSL

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YSL as a whole has always been a brand I love and admire. I knew from friends how high quality everything was, but never really experienced YSL myself till my mom gifted me one of their perfumes as an ode to YSL when he passed. I will never get rid of the bottle, it is a treasure. Since then I have loved YSL from a far dreaming of having another YSL moment !

 

This dream came true a month ago. When I got invited by Lourdes of YSL Beauty to experience a day of skincare and makeup at YSL Beauty at SAKS Fifth Avenue in Union Square, San Francisco, I was jumping for joy and said yes right away. Everyone was amazing and it was fun to checkout all the new lipsticks before my facial, officially all on my wish list.

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It was then time for the best facial ever from Karla O. of YSL. My skin was in need of some TLC and Karla made it happen. She used all of their amazing cleansing and hydrating products, my sensitive skin loved them all. Karla took her time and really cared about my skin and my experience, which also included an amazing hand treatment with oil and a mask in the best hand warmers. I am hooked and my next pay check is going to be put towards amazing YSL Beauty products.

Karla did amazing and continued to take care of me by setting me up with YSL makeup artist, Jamie. Jamie gave me an amazing new look that filled me with confidence and still made me feel like me. I am obsessed with all the makeup she used and slowly but surely it will all be in my makeup bag. I immediately got the amazing lipgloss she used because it was neutral with a flare of pink. This too was and is my favorite makeup look. Like the YSL skincare, their makeup doesn’t feel heavy, which is huge for me since I have such sensitive skin.

 

My day of self-care at YSL at SAKS was amazing. I have always gone back and forth about investing in designer products, but after my YSL experience it is more than worth it. The great thing about YSL’s products is that they are not only great quality, but well priced for what you get. My skin felt and looked amazing. Thank you YSL Beauty for taking care of me and help me kick start my self-care routine even more !

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Go check out your nearest YSL Beauty and if you are in San Francisco, head on over to YSL Beauty at SAKS in Union Square !

~ Iced Tea and Top Knots

What is your favorite self-care activity ? Mine is getting an amazing facial.

 

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.

 

Yes Pleases of the Week

“The best is yet to come.”

This week has been a rough week for me (more on that later), but as the weekend is just on the horizon, hope is in the air. It is all getting better and life is good. Through this rough week there have been a handful of things that have helped. These are the things that are my obsessions/ Yes Pleases that have helped me get through this rough week.

Hope they inspire and give y’all a pick me up whenever you are having a rough time. Here’s to an amazing weekend and new week. Let’s go Yes Pleases !

Yes Please #1: Country Music

Country Music seems to always be on my music play list. It is the perfect music for any occasion. More recently including this week it has helped pick me up out of rough times and back into a state of joy. I listen to it all and country music will always be my music Yes Please !

Yes Please #2: L’BRI Pure n’ Natural products

I will be the first to admit I haven’t in the past been as diligent with my skincare routine. I have noticed that when I am making sure to keep my routine in the morning and at night, I feel better inside and out. I have started to realize how important skincare and selfcare are, which are now both a constant priority for me. This past week especially was one that got better in part to my new skincare routine thanks to L’BRI Pure n’ Natural skincare products ( thanks again for sending them ). They are aloe based, all natural, great for my skin and easy to use. They have brought an ease to my routine, which continues to help me from skincare to selfceare, which in my book will continue to be a Yes Please !

Yes Please #3: Enjoying Outside with Evening Walks

For me it is not always easy to get up and go out and be active even though I really want to. Slowly, but surely it is getting easier and what has helped is evening walks after dinner with my mom. This has been a great mood booster and a push to get me back into a workout routine. It always helps me to be active when nature and good conversation are involved. It all makes for a big Yes Please !

Yes Please #4: Modern Family + Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine. When I am in need of a great laugh, I put on Modern Family. It is a show that never fails in making me have a belly full of laughs. Laughter and Modern Family make for a real pick me up and Yes Please !

Yes Please #5: DIY Manicure

As you all may know I love a great manicure and these days I am all about a DIY manicure. It has helped me in recent weeks and days because it puts me in a zen like relaxation state, which is always needed. Slowing my mind down can be a struggle, but making time for a DIY mani has certainly been a big helper in doing that. DIY mani time has helped de-stress and keeps me in a creative mindset throughout the last couple of weeks. I will continue to incorporate pamper/mani time when I can. My color of choice at the moment is this purple one from Claire’s, which fit right into my photo shoot fun of this week. Any activity that keeps me zen and creative will always be a Yes Please !

This last week or so was a challenge, but all of these have helped me throughout it and why they are this week’s Yes Pleases. Hope they will help y’all in any stressful times. Thanks for listening and here is to next week’s and for things looking up !

~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style

P.S. What is your favorite song that makes you smile ? Mine at the moment is “Somethin’ I’m Good At ” by Brett Eldredge.

 

Redefining Relaxation Through a Staycation at Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

A tradition I have started in the last year was one of having a staycation as often as I can. It was something that started with wanting to be near work one week when I had a lot going on. A light bulb went off, “why don’t I have a staycation every so often?” The tradition of staycations were born right then and there for me.

So the time came again this past February for me to have another staycation and exploring adventure in my amazing city. Where this next staycation was going to be was not hard, Farmer’s Daughter Hotel and the surrounding area that I had been wanting to stay in for awhile. It’s a hotel I passed a bunch of times and an area I have been to before and have just fallen in love with it all. An added bonus too is one of my favorite outdoor shopping spots, The Grove, is a quick walk from the hotel along with Coffee Commissary within 5 minutes or so, which I was so excited to finally try).

The reservation was made and my staycation was here, yay ! Luckily the bad weather subsided long enough for me to have an amazing staycation. I checked in to Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, which has one of the cutest lobbies and my room wasn’t ready, but it was perfect because I had the perfect chance to walk on over to The Grove for a shopping adventure before dinner.

Where to start now at The Grove ? Topshop caught my eye immediately I was overwhelmed with excitement on all the great pieces, but the ones I ended up with was this amazing leather floral pleated skirt and fun, fuzzy socks for Valentine’s Day that I now where all the time. Now that I have added some amazing new pieces to my wardrobe, it is time for a refreshing beverage and a tasty snack. Whenever I am at the Grove my go to is Nordstrom Cafe. I ordered an iced tea (my obsession) with a smoked salmon platter (always my go to) and I was able to enjoy it all outside in the cute court yard surrounding the cafe.

My room was ready and it was a nice surprise because they upgraded me to the main building to makeup for me waiting, which highlighted their amazing customer service even more. Walking into the room, I got a warm, cozy feeling and I knew I was in a space of pure relaxation, which was needed with the amazing king bed and breakfast nook bench all with fantastic accents everywhere. I officially need a king bed in my life because I was spoiled by this one, absolutely loved.

Being able to plop down on the amazing bed with my magazaine and book before dinner at Tart (the restaturant connected directly to the hotel). Dinner was here my outfit was fun and fabulous and my book & notebook were in hand. With the essentials in tow, I walked over and got a gorgeous seat on their deck near the fireplace, simply fantastic (I highly recommend making a reservation like I did to guarantee a gorgeous spot, which is anywhere at this amazing place). I ordered jasmine green tea, brussel sprouts with a fried egg and fried pickles as an appetizer (a suggestion from Bread and Butter PR) and for the main course, one of the best cheeseburger (mmm, delicious).

Let me tell you this meal was stupendous ! I can’t forget the delicious, decadent dessert, which they delivered to my room after I got back up (they seriously spoiled me). I ordered italian sugar donuts with a delicious filling, one of the bests. Eating the dessert at my nook in my room was the perfect end to a perfect day and night.

It was morning and after being well rested and re-energized, I lounged and wrote in my room before heading out. I ended the trip with a stop at Coffee Commissary for breakfast, which is one of my new favorites.

To say I will be back is an understatement, I will be back in ten fold to each spot especially because I have to be sure to ride around on the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel adorable bikes 🙂 .

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~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style

P.S. Where has your favorite staycation been? I will be sure to add it to my ever growing list.

Mother’s Day Gift and Activity Guide

“You are far more precious than jewels.” ~Proverbs 31:10

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it is time to celebrate all the mothers in our lives. It is always fun to go shopping and tailor the perfect activity for the mothers we love and adore.

Let’s kick it off on the perfect present to wrap, these are just a handful of my favorites and hope they inspiring you on what to get your Mom.

  1. Mummy Bear mug from Mug Shoppe

This mug is perfect for the coffee/tea lover mom in your life. It holds just the right amount caffeine to help get her day started or just have a relaxing day on the porch enjoying a cup of jo!

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  1. MLB Satchel by Dooney & Bourke

So I have a sports passion and when it ties into fashion, even better. I know I would love this for mom’s day, but it isn’t about me, it is about our moms. So this purse is fantastic for the mom who loves sports and looking great while attending the next game whether you are a Cubs fan like my family or have loyalty to another team and sport, Dooney & Bourke offers an array of teams, which makes it even better !

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  1. Bradshaw Rose Gold-Tone Smartwatch by Michael Kors

This watch is not only the perfect accessory for its style and on trend rose gold-tone, but smartwatches are all the rage these days. This is perfect for the mom in your life that loves accessories along with being active and always on the go. Who doesn’t love a shiny accessory to get you through the day ?

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  1. See Saw Metal Bookends by Wayfair

These bookends are for the mom that just loves delving into a great book. They are a gift that will keep her favorite reads on display whenever she is inspired to curl up and get taken away into a different world of wonder.

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  1. The Tailored Journal in Chambray with personal Monogram from Sugar Paper LA

Some moms just love to jot down lists, a fun short story or even a blog post, so what do we get the writer ? This amazing journal from LA based brand, Sugar Paper LA. You can get an added personal touch by putting your mom’s initials on the outside and it is bound to get her inspired and cry tears of excitement !

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Now onto the fun activities for Mom, here are a few of my favorites :

  1. Hot Air Balloon Ride (California Dreamin in Temecula,CA )

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  1. Coffee Tasting through Best Tours (DTLA)

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  1. Baseball Game of Mom’s Choice ( MLB.com has the up to date schedule for all 30 teams )

unnamed (2)Of course our first choice is always the Chicago Cubs !

I want to thank all the amazing mothers out there especially my amazing Mother who has been there with me through the good and bad ! Thank you Mom and all you mothers for everything !

~ Kerry of KLM Fashion Style