New Year's Resolutions 2016

Can NOT believe it is New Year's Eve again already!  And I am married!  Wow - a lot can change in a year.  I going to give myself a B+ for my 2015 resolutions (read them here) because 2015 was one heck of a year and I survived it and I think I survived it quite well actually!  I just didn't work out or eat as healthy as I had planned, but I did the best I could with all that's been going on :)

What a year! Graduated college, started my dream job, got married! I don't know that I'll have another year with as many major life events!

So I am going to keep things simpler for 2016 by having just 2 resolutions.

1) Commit to and Focus on my brand.  This one is a huge task but also something I am really passionate about.  I know it will be a challenge but I want to focus all that I can on growing my blog, building my following, and creating and selling new and great products on Etsy.  This is what I want to do for a living (in my wildest dreams!) and I want to see what I can do if I really commit (while still maintaining my real full time job... hmmm this may be more challenging than I think! ;)

2) Feel fulfilled.  I think sticking to resolution #1 is going to play a big part in this one.  I want to make a difference in the world and I feel like blogging is a great place to start.  Even if I can write or make something that changes one day for one person I will be happy!  I also want to get more involved in my church and community.  I think serving others is the best way to feel fulfilled yourself!

So wish me luck!  Those are some tall orders to fill, but I always say I work better under pressure. What are your resolutions?  Comment below!

Happiness and Blessings to you all for the New Year!

Don't forget to Sparkle!
XO ~ Katie

Bonus resolution: buy our first home!  I'm pretty confident this will happen in 2016 so this time next year I will at least be able to say I stuck to one resolution ;)

Think Pink Gift Guide

It is almost Christmas so I should call this a last minute gift guide!

Quick side note - my wedding is less than 2 days away! This is my last post before I'm a Mrs., last post with my last name, last post before I marry my best friend!  I can't wait to share allll the wedding things with you all!  I've been waiting because I don't want to reveal anything to my guests before hand :)  But many details to come!!

So back to the gift guide, if gold is more your speed, then check out this post.  Buttttt if you love PINK like me (who doesn't?) then keep going!

What's your favorite?

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Don't forget to Sparkle!
XO ~ Katie

#PowerOutfit | ShopStyle Bloggers Give Back with Dress for Success

I love a good cause.  And Dress for Success is a good one for sure.  They are all about empowering women and helping them become self sufficient.  You can visit their website to learn more; I am definitely going to look into donating my clothes to them after my next closet clean out!  Want to help sooner?  10% of All sales made through my blog today and tomorrow (12/8 - 9) will first be matched by Shop Style and then donated to Dress for Success!

Top || Skirt (similar) || Shades || Heels (similar)

A power outfit to me is something that when you put it on, you feel so confident and beautiful!  A recent outfit that made me feel that way was this one:

I can wear it to work or out to lunch with a girlfriend, its versatile and comfy and cute!  I'm so lucky that I have always had a great female role model in my life - my mom!  Not only is she my best friend, she's someone I look up to who has a ton of confidence in herself and in me!  She is always there to answer my calls when I'm feeling down, and she can usually boost me right back up.  I hope you all have someone in your life like that, and if not then just contact me and I'll remind you what a superstar you are!

Anything you can spin in is going to make you feel great!  Kind of like a kid again!

I also love the way these heels make my legs look extra long and shapely.  I don't wear heels a lot but I think they're fun when I do.  I always feel a little bit more fancy when I have heels on!

What do you like to wear when you're going to give a presentation at school or go for an interview?  What is your power outfit?  Tell me in the comments!

Bonus: here are some inexpensive gifts you can pick up for your besties while helping out a great cause!  I included a few that would be great for not just the holidays but also for a bridal shower or bachelorette in case you have a friend who's a bride to be!  The 'year of the wedding' is almost up for me but I just can't get enough of anything bridal, so I had to include some of the cutest stuff!

Don't forget to Sparkle! (and shop!)
XO ~ Katie

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette

Something awesome is happening tonight!

This great palette is going to be available at midnight EST (click here)!  I love the pink packaging, heart shaped shadows, delicious chocolate smell, and large mirror inside for easy use anywhere!

I also have the original Chocolate Bar palette and if you love that one too, you're going to want this one.

There is a shadow called Totally Fetch for crying out loud!!

I can't wait to create some looks with these shadows to show you guys!

A HUGE thank you to Too Faced for delivering this along with a champagne, yes that's right I said champagne, infused chocolate bar.  Are you kidding me?!?  Monday made!

Don't forget to Sparkle!
XO ~ Katie

Loren Hope Necklace

Jewelry is something really cool.  You can use it to enhance your outfits, but sometimes you get a piece that MAKES the outfit.  This Loren Hope necklace is one of those pieces.

Isn't it SO pretty!?!  I got this beauty in my recent Rocksbox, a jewelry subscriptions service (that I'm crazy about!).  If you'd like to give it a try, click here for a free month with code katiexoxo1

When I want the focus of my outfit to be on my accessories, I like to wear something really simple.  This easy black top with these J. Crew cropped pants makes it easy for your eye to go straight to my necklace.

Also, I just love wearing all black.  I think it is so chic!  What color would you wear an entire outfit of?

Orlando Eye

Don't forget to Sparkle!
XO ~ Katie

Holiday Gift Guide - Gifts of Gold!

I have absolutely fallen in love with all things gold this year!  It's even the main color in my wedding (not sure if this is the cause or effect of my obsession...).  Luckily, every single thing this year seems to come in gold this year!  Hope you enjoy my picks!  Follow the links below to check out what's on my list this Christmas.

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Happy December!

Don't forget to Sparkle!
XO ~ Katie