farewell to gold.

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today is my 28th birthday. twenty-eight. a fairly boring number, if you ask me, but i think i am going to like it that way for a bit. in honor of my 28th birthday, and because i haven't updated my blog in a while, i'm going to take a little journey through my 27th year. 

one year ago, november 27th, 2017, i celebrated my golden birthday. as i awaited this date with much excitement and anticipation, i discovered that many people aren't even familiar with the concept of a golden birthday. but i dreamed of my golden 27th birthday for my entire life, and boy, was it worth the wait. 27, my golden year, was a woolly mammoth of a year. 

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for my golden birthday, my incredible mother and sister threw me a combination birthday party and bridal shower at Dante's wine bar in Omaha, NE, my hometown. in my memory, this was as perfect a day as i've ever lived. i was surrounded many of my oldest and dearest friends, my family, and most importantly my grandmother katharine, seated to my left in this photo. my grandma had turned 97 just a month and a few weeks prior to this day, and she seemed to be doing very well. but when i said goodnight to her this day, she said "if i don't ever see you again, may God bless you." i didn't know it at the time, but that would be the last time i ever saw her in person. i have felt a lot of regret over not being able to say goodbye to her in person one last time, but as i look back on this perfect last day we had, my feelings turn to gratitude and love, and regret seems to wane. 

so yeah, 27 was a mammoth of a year for good and bad. i lost my grandmother, the last of my living grandparents. around that time i also lost a few friends for a various reasons, and i left both of my jobs (i had been working 46+ hours per week). 

at 27 i finally started working as a hospice music therapist again, and even though i had to quit my first hospice job in order to move across the country, i was lucky enough to get a second new job in st. louis, where i will hopefully be happily employed for the next several years. 

at 27 i traveled to nyc and philly a few different times, fell deeply in love with baltimore, and made some of the best friends of my adult life on the east coast. 

at 27 i started posting my outfits on instagram, and opened myself up to a world of new people and experiences by starting this blog and expanding my social media presence. 

at 27 i also moved across the country, bought a house, got married (wedding post still soon to come), chopped off all my hair, and wrote my comprehensive masters exams. 

27 was a damn good, damn challenging, damn woolly mammoth of a year, and i'm so grateful to have lived it. 

here's to a 28 that's a bit more relaxed, filled with home projects, weird outfits, many more blog posts, and hopefully several big steps toward finishing my masters degree. 

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until we meet again, friends, stay gold. 

xoxo,

Kathryn, with dogs. 

Creative Business Casual & JORD watches

Hello my readers, few as you may be! I apologize for my silence over the past several weeks. I started a new job and have been much more tired than I was when I was unemployed-go figure! I am so excited to make my return to the blog with my very first giveaway! I have partnered with St. Louis based JORD watches, a wood-watch company that makes finely crafted, beautiful wood watches, perfect for both work and play. In honor of my new job, I'm bringing you two looks that prove business casual doesn't have to be synonymous with boring. 

 dusen dusen jumpsuit from  statureNYC , pointed flats from  COS , jacket inherited from my grandmother, watch from  JORD  (exact watch linked)

dusen dusen jumpsuit from statureNYC, pointed flats from COS, jacket inherited from my grandmother, watch from JORD (exact watch linked)

Creative business casual is especially fitting to my profession as a music therapist: I have a creative job, in a professional environment. As with most jobs, I am required to attend meetings, and look presentable. However, over time I've realized that as long as you are meeting your work's modesty and dress code standards, while wearing something that allows you to perform the duties of your job, you often still have a lot of room within those rules to express yourself. As someone trying to cut down on spending and hoarding clothing, I appreciate being able to merge my professional and non-professional wardrobes. 

 

 JORD Fieldcrest watch in Dark Sandalwood

JORD Fieldcrest watch in Dark Sandalwood

A good, unique watch brings pizazz and function to any outfit. I'm excited to have received this watch from JORD, a local company focused on sustainable, fashionable products. It goes with almost any outfit, and instantly gives off a professional, put together vibe. I chose the Fieldcrest watch, because my wrists are very small, and this one had a smaller face, but JORD offers a wide range of watch styles, with different colored faces, sizes, and types of wood. They also make the band to your exact wrist size, so you don't have to worry about taking it in to get fitted. 

 

 If you're familiar with my style, you know I'd normally pair this outfit with statement pom pom or tassel earrings, but for work I went with these rose gold huggie hoops from Borsheims. Rainbow smock from  ASOS . (exact dress linked)

If you're familiar with my style, you know I'd normally pair this outfit with statement pom pom or tassel earrings, but for work I went with these rose gold huggie hoops from Borsheims. Rainbow smock from ASOS. (exact dress linked)

Here's the fun part! From now until next Sunday 10/15, anyone who enters my giveaway linked below will receive a $25 gift code for any JORD watch. One lucky winner will receive $100 off of any watch, and with their newly launched Cassia Series, I'd be super stoked to win this. I'm thinking about purchasing the rose gold cassia for myself! 

Enter the contest here by 11:59PM on 10/15/17 for a chance to win!
Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/kathrynwithdogs

 

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Thanks, as always, for checking out my blog! Let me know your tips for dressing creatively at work in the comments! And, be sure to enter the giveaway! 

Until next time, 

Kathryn

ch-ch-ch-ch-chaanges

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So very many things have changed since my last post. I am now a short-haired, married homeowner living in St. Louis, Missouri. TBH, I barely recognize myself. 

Just kidding, apparently my light dramaticism is one of the few things that hasn't changed. [insert laugh crying emoji here] Anyway, for obvious reasons I have not been active on the blog for the past several weeks, but now I'm back and ready to party! Here are just a couple photos to get you excited for my upcoming posts. Stay tuned for wedding news, home news, hair/fashion musings, and my first collaboration with The Dog Ate the Donut! 

 

 

A long time coming

I have always seen the internet as a way to build connections. As a teenager, I blogged about my life on xanga. I used the xanga community to learn about music, books, art, and fashion, and to connect with other people who shared those interests. I still maintain many of my xanga friendships to this day. As a transient adult, I have continued using social media to stay in contact with friends from my many homes. Additionally, I have built connections through online groups surrounding interests such as feminism, fashion, and of course, dogs. 

I have blogged privately through tumblr over the past several years, but whenever I considered public blogging, I made excuses: "i don't write well enough", "no one will read it", and a host of other thoughts that amounted to generally not viewing myself as good or important enough. 

So here I am, finally giving myself the space to be heard, to be seen, to be important enough. I hope this blog will help me to meet other interesting people in my new st. louis home, to connect with people who share my interests, and to celebrate of all the things that make my life wonderful. 

 

 here's a photo of me, my two dogs rudy and knives, and my lovely fiancé trent, in asheville, north carolina, 3 homes ago. 

here's a photo of me, my two dogs rudy and knives, and my lovely fiancé trent, in asheville, north carolina, 3 homes ago.