we moved! (to squarespace)

Hi friends!

I recently switched platforms and moved over to squarespace.  In that transition, I lost my domain of pleatsandpearls.com and am now pleatsandpearls.squarespace.com – annoying, I know!

So if you enjoyed the fabulous and fun content from my wordpress, I’m sure you’ll love it just as much on squarespace.  And hey– on squarespace when you “like” a post, hearts come bursting out of it on the screen.  If that’s not enough reason to keep following along, I don’t know what is!

Here is my new domain:

https://pleatsandpearls.squarespace.com

So now that you have it, favorite it, so you don’t lose me– and follow along!  I swear I’m just as awkwardly funny (and punny) as before.

This will be my face when you all follow me over to my new home.

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 See you there!

XO_Kaylee

autumn apple picking

Happy Sunday!

If you’re also in the Midwest, I’m sure you’ve been loving this weather lately about as much as I am.  Last Sunday was particularly exceptional.  The Packers were playing, the sun was out, and my friends were coming over.  I cooked– you heard that right– and we watched the Packers slaughter the Panthers.  I made Buffalo Chicken Dip and BBQ Chicken Calzones, which were a total hit.  If you don’t know me, I’m not much of a cook/baker– so when I make something that people seem to not hate and they completely polish it off with no leftovers, I’d call that a success!

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After the game, the four of us headed to a nearby apple orchard to pick some apples.  Unfortunately, it is a little late in the season to do so and there were hardly any apples left.  So, we spent a whole lot of time walking down empty rows of apple trees, searching for the occasional apple that was left at the top.  Kast would throw a dead apple to knock down the good one, giving us the few apples we were able to pick.  Regardless, it was a fun, fall day which ended with apple pie at the orchard.

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This weekend, I’m back in Iowa at my sister’s.  The weather is so gorgeous and I got to bust out my shorts again today!  This October is shaping up rather nicely.  This week, stay tuned for a new fashion fix and a Halloween inspired DIY.

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee

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gratitude challenge

Oh hello!

I was nominated by my cousin Lynn to do the gratitude challenge.  If you haven’t heard of the gratitude challenge, it’s been all over Facebook lately.  It essentially goes like this– everyday for one week, you post three things you’re grateful for.  You can also nominate three people to do the same.  Since life has gotten the best of me lately, I’m about a week late on this– so I figured I could post all 21 things here at once.  Here goes…(in no particular order)

1. I am grateful for my family.  I seriously don’t know what I would do without them.  My parents have been so generous and so helpful since I graduated.  Being a grown up is hard and they’ve tried to help as much as they can.  My sisters are the best.  Probably better than yours.  We’re best friends.

2. I am grateful for my kitties.  Chee has been my bestie since I was six.  That’s right, for sixteen years.  She’s a better friend to me than most humans.  Ginger and Nancy have been with us since I was in 7th grade…so also a really long time.  They have been through most major milestones with me.  They’ve always kept me company and given me a good laugh– or sat with me through a good cry.

3. I am grateful for my other kitty, Luna. I’ve had Luna now for just over two weeks.  It’s funny, because it feels like so much longer than that.  I rescued her from the animal shelter, after she’d been there about 8 months.  She is FIV+, so it was hard for her to find a home.  After a jam-packed two weeks of bringing her to Wisconsin, getting her declawed, giving her lots of medicine, but also giving her lots of snuggles, I think she is starting to like her new home.  She is definitely the perfect furry friend to come home to after a long day at work.  Also, she’s so FLUFFY.

4. I am grateful for my job.  Although it’s not always my favorite place to be, I am so grateful that I actually have one.  So many people struggle to find a job just to make ends meet.  I am lucky to have a job in the field that I chose that makes enough money for me to live a comfortable life.  That’s pretty awesome.

5. I am grateful for my roommate, Lauren.  I’m pretty lucky there was someone crazy enough out there who would want to live with me and my cat.  It’s nice to have someone to split the rent with– but it’s even nicer to have someone to chat with after work and on the weekends.

6. I am grateful for food. Because….yum?  And because I finally got my appetite back after being sick.  So I’m eating everything.  Speaking of being sick…

7. I am grateful for medicine.  Amoxicillin, in particular.  I am also grateful to the doctor at urgent care who gave me the amoxicillin so I’d no longer be confined to my bed.

8. I am grateful for my friends.  Because without them, I wouldn’t be me.  All friends, even the bad ones who aren’t really my friends anymore, have shaped who I am.  You teach each other, make each other laugh, and sometimes just sit together and do nothing.  But that’s the best part– really good friends don’t need to do a whole lot and are still great friends.  I don’t have a lot of friends, but I fortunately have some pretty bitchin’ ones.  I’m not going to call anyone out particularly, because I don’t want to make anyone feel left out.  But, I will say that I am especially grateful for the friends that help me with Luna while I’m at work.

9. I am grateful for FRIENDS.  You know, the other friends.  Ross, Mon, Chan, Rachel, Phoebs, and Joey.  But seriously, these guys got me through college and then some.  These friends taught me how to be funny, kind, a proper asshole, and an all-around good friend.  FRIENDS taught me some of life’s most important lessons and facts, for example: never bet your apartment, no matter how much you hate your neighbor’s rooster, and it’s probably not the best idea to “go on a break”.

10. I am grateful for coffee.  It keeps me awake and interesting enough to maintain a blog.

11. I am grateful for pleatsandpearls.  This little blog just started as a way for me to show my friends and immediate family what projects and designs I was working on at the time.  She’s evolved a lot over time, and I’m amazed as what this has become– a fashion and lifestyle blog that people actually follow; people I don’t even know.  That’s pretty cool to me.  The best part is that I enjoy it.  Blogging is a stress reliever for me and what I wish I could spend all of my time on.  It’s incredible to have someone– anyone– appreciate the thing you love doing.

12. I am grateful for clothes.  Now before you start calling me superficial or materialistic, hear me out.  My job is essentially clothes.  My blog?  Mainly clothes.  Without clothes, not only would we all be naked, but I’d be naked, unemployed, with no hobby.

13. I am grateful for Harry Potter.  Between the books and the movies, this series has spanned nearly half of my life.  Harry Potter isn’t awesome only because of the storyline, magical world, character transformation, and unexpected plot twists; Harry Potter made me like reading.  It was the first real book series that I read beginning to end.  Because I loved this series so much, it opened me up to reading other long book series, or really long books themselves that would have otherwise intimidated me. I am also grateful for series such as this which have strong female characters, like Hermione.  In a time where women are still paid less and the word feminism has a negative connotation, it’s important for strong female characters to exist as role models to young girls.

14. I am grateful for President Obama. People seem to have strong feelings about him on both sides of the spectrum.  I’ll just leave it at this:  it is refreshing to have a leader who cares about equality.

15. I am grateful for Netflix.  Again, very 21st century of me, but it provides me entertainment on my weeknights after work and on my sick days or lazy weekends.  Also, if you haven’t heard, Gilmore Girls is now on Netflix.  You can guess what I’ll be doing in my free time for the next few months.

16.  I am grateful for my personality.  I luckily was brought up by and around some fantastic folks. These folks made me strong, opinionated, hard-working, and an overall decent person.  They also formed my wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor.  Without these traits that are so very me, I would not be who I am today.  In high school, when your dad is the principal, people aren’t really rushing to be your friend.  Quite frankly, most people are complete assholes and go out of their way to make fun of you and tear you down.  If my family hadn’t taught me how to be tough and how to laugh through it, I wouldn’t be me.  I guess what I’m saying is, I like how I turned out– and I turned out that way because of how I was raised.

17.  I am grateful for cell phones.  Because how else am I going to talk to my sisters during all hours of the day?

18.  I am grateful for Skype. Well, yes, technically I could use Skype instead of a cell phone.  Skype is a fantastic way for me to stay in touch with those who live far away.  Mary and I Skype on a pretty regular basis, now that we’ve both graduated college.  Abby and I used to Skype almost daily to talk about our latest boy problems, so it was like we were never apart.  I mean, I even managed to maintain a long distance relationship across the world for a year using Skype alone.  Yehh, it didn’t work out– but I think the folks at Skype would like to point out that it wasn’t Skype’s fault.

19. I am grateful for Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. They’ve worked on both LOST and Once Upon a Time…I mean, do I need to say more? #Lifechanging

20.  I am grateful for Paul McCartney. He’s so talented and helped to shape music to what it is today.  His music can make people smile, cry, laugh, yell, and just sing along.  He inspires me.  He’s also nice to look at.

21.  I am grateful for humor.  Because where would we be without laughter?

Until next time–

kaylee

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the one with the new apartment.

Happy Sunday!

It’s been quite the weekend/past few weeks and I’ve had a lot going on.  Between a peak time at work, visiting my sisters, and them visiting me, I’ve kept myself pretty busy.  Fortunately, their recent visit forced me to kick my apartment-settling into high gear, and I finally have gotten my place [mostly] visitor-friendly.  I am absolutely in love with my new apartment.  It is just so spacious and I don’t feel cramped at all– which is a nice relief after living in a studio for five months.  I’m excited for this new chapter and am hoping for the best.

I snapped a few pictures of my place as it’s coming together.  I think it’s pretty darn cute.

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It’s not perfect, and there are still a few things I’m working on putting together, but it’s getting there!

As I already mentioned, Mal and Steph visited me this weekend.  I’ve been waiting for them to visit pretty much since I moved out here, so as you can imagine, I was pretty amped.  I made them dinner (you read that right, I made them dinner!), we did a great deal of shopping, we went to Monty’s Blueplate Diner, watched a movie and a whole lot of FRIENDS.  Besides the rain putting a damper on our hopes of going to The Terrace, all was well and I think we all had a pretty good time.  I was excited to get to show them my new apartment and my favorite parts of Madison.

Here are a couple pictures from the past two weekends.

At the zoo!

At the zoo!

Zoo selfie!

Zoo selfie!

A nice little girl in the park gave us all water bottles after our workout

A nice little girl in the park gave us all water bottles after our workout

Monty's Blueplate Diner

Monty’s Blueplate Diner

Cool shot Steph took of Mal taking pictures for my upcoming fashion fix

Cool shot Steph took of Mal taking pictures for my upcoming fashion fix

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In somewhat related news, my sister Stephanie has a new cooking blog, Table for One, that is angled toward those who often cook for just themselves.  It’s quite an excellent read, especially for someone like me, who isn’t great at cooking.  Check it out here!

And while you’re at it, if you want the latest and greatest, follow Pleats and Pearls on Facebook!

Check back on Wednesday for an edgy, new fashion fix!

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee

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the one with the outfit planning.

Hi friends!!

It’s been awhile since we just chatted, am I right?  Figured now would be a good time to update you on how things are going in the grown-up world.

Let’s start with work.  Work is going much better nowadays.  I’ve been back at Lands’ End for just over four months now (insane, right?) and I actually switched positions about a month ago.  I now am the Assistant Merchant for women’s dresses and woven tops.  It’s been going very well and it’s a much better fit for me.  I really enjoy the people and the product I work with, so it’s definitely a win/win.  And going to a job where I don’t come home crying nearly every night is definitely a win in my book.  And speaking of work, this Thursday, May 22, is Lands’ End’s Annual Dress Day.  Since I’m now on the dresses team, I’ve gotten to do some work to help plan the event.  If you’d like to participate, just wear your favorite dress this Thursday (bonus points if it’s Lands’ End!) and post it to instagram or twitter tagging #LEDressDay.  It’s going to be pretty fun and I’m super excited!

In non-work related news, I’m moving! Yes, it’s just to the building across the parking lot– but it’s still exciting.  My friend Lauren from my internship last summer got a job at Lands’ End as well.  She starts next month and we managed to get a two-bedroom in my same complex starting June 1st!!  That’s right– I’m moving in two weeks.  I haven’t even thought about packing yet since I simply do not have the time at the moment, but it shouldn’t be too tough since I only have as much stuff that can fit into a studio.  It’ll be great to live with Lauren.  We get along well and it will save both of us a good chunk of change.  The unfortunate part of moving– besides the fact that I just did it– is getting to have the joy of contacting cable, internet, utilities, insurance, etc. again.  Especially when my cable didn’t get sorted out until about a month and a half ago.  Oh the joys of being an adult.  I have quite the to-do list for the next two weeks, so I really need to kick things into gear and get moving.

More recently, I just came off of a wonderful weekend in Iowa City.  My sister Mallory graduated from University of Iowa with her Masters.  Impressive, right?  After an obnoxiously long ceremony that involved a bit too much hooding for my liking, I got dinner with my sisters, parents, and grandparents.  It was great getting to see everyone.  Steph and I stayed at Mallory’s and had a sister day on Saturday.  We went shopping– and if you’re following my no-shopping challenge, you’d be pleased to know I showed an insane amount of self-control– and I helped both of my sister’s pick out some great pieces at LOFT.  Both of them are in the process of trying to redefine their styles and I was more than happy to help.  We had delicious Mexican for lunch and walked around downtown in the sunshine.  I couldn’t have asked for a better day.  Today, Mallory and I caught up on Grey’s Anatomy (you know, priorities) and went out for frozen yogurt before I headed back to Madison.  It’s always sad to leave Iowa since I hate leaving my family, but I’m extremely thankful I’m within driving distance of each of them.

Pre-graduation selfie with the sisters.

Pre-graduation selfie with the sisters.

So how have I been managing this all?  Well, a whole lot of planning.  Trying to stay on top of everything during the work week is tough, so I plan out each week every Sunday.  I make my t0-do list, plan my meals, plan out my blog posts, and I even plan out my outfits to eliminate the rush in the mornings.  I’ve found this to be extremely helpful in simplifying my morning routine.  It also helps me to be a little more creative with my wardrobe since I’m thinking about it further in advance.  In high school, when I’d plan out my outfits for the week (maybe this is why I don’t have friends?), I’d hang each one up in my room and just go down the line through the week.  Since I lack the space now, I take pictures of each outfit, so I can remember how I wanted to accessorize it.  Yes, it may sound a little tedious, but if you like to be organized and tend to wake up later than you’d like, this method would work wonders for you!

To get some ideas, here’s what I wore this week:

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Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.

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