morning light: not so much of an outfit as a moment.

Not much activity on the blog lately.  I have been working on jewelry orders and an upcoming Pop-Up Shop and I am realizing I don't have the capacity for all of the above.   Here are some quick pictures I took with Angie.  This is what happens when your friend, who happens to be your photographer, house sits your neighbors' adorable cottage, and dog.

The morning light is magical isn't it?  and that puffy eyed morning look that was so loathed in my glorious youth is happily welcomed.  Seriously I'm starting to understand injections.

If I had more time for this post it would do some coffee talk...a question and answer, get to know you post.  Also, this moment makes me think about all the wonderful people I'd love to share a conversation with over our cups of coffee, and I am grateful to have so many amazing influences in my life.

Truly truly blessed and better because of them.  

Can we talk about these shoes - once again FarylRobin has won me over, first the perfect black flat and this time, the wrapped ankle.  Just a touch of gladiator accentuated with a bow, totally smitten.  The neutralness of this shoe has me reaching for it over and over, and the slight wedge with the woven detail well its rocket science in the shoe department.

And my rings, starting to believe you can never have too many.  I love them.  stack and mix.  Gorjana is one of my favorites for stackable stylish rings.

sweater - Brandi Melville {borrowed from friend/photog/houseanddogsitter}
dress - Free People {lots of options - shorter version
shoes - Farylrobin, Anthropologie
rings - Gorjana these, these, and these. c/o.

I leave you with this;  My favorite way to drink coffee is with fair trade semi-sweet chocolate and organic whole milk.   Wonder what this says about me?  What's your favorite?

photos by Angie.  linking up with pleated poppy what i wore weds.



When in doubt

When Angie and I ventured into LA for the Darling Magazine Issue 11 Release Party, we were all giddy at getting to shoot pictures in the city streets.  Of course that requires planning ahead and putting together full outfits in time to hop in the car before rush hour traffic.  Since I did not factor in a few afternoon events including, but not limited to, a heated discussion about why Santa uses the same wrapping paper as us {really who can keep track of this stuff?!}, a major 3 little finger smashing, and a brown widow siting in the guest-room.  Sidenote:  Yes, a cousin to the black widow.  No, you will NOT die but feel flu-like effects because the poisonous VENOM amount is not significant enough to kill a human. And - don't worry guests he was found and destroyed.

This left very little time and brain power for outfit decisions.  So when in doubt, I go for a white tee, jeans and a great pair of shoes.  Well I did manage to upgrade my tee so not quite so basic of a uniform, I love the lace party going on in back.  Everyone should have an outfit they feel great in that they can grab on the fly.  

If only I had brought multiple t-shirts, the textures of LA were so amazing.  We just kept shooting into the night, in the same t-shirt and jean combo.  

Hey, these boots were made for walking.  

Come on!  I couldn't resist.

And my bag - have a mentioned that my photog is now designing and hand-making leather bags, can I get so lucky!  I love the simple lines and the leather - it's getting better the more I beat it, and because it doesn't have crazy hardware and whistles, its doesn't start out weighing 5lbs before I add my supplies.  My shoulders can appreciate that.  Less is more here.  

shirt - Dex, Off Saks 5th {similar}
jeans - AG Jeans, old and ripped by me.
boots - Rag & Bone, Nordstrom
nails - Butter London in "Come to Bed Red", Sephora.
watch - Kate Spade, Nordstrom
bag - Finn Attire hopefully coming soon.

linking up with pleated poppy what i wore weds and sydney fashion hunter.

{follow along on instagram - thekirstyfiles.}
happiest of hump days.



Shopbop friends and family sale

Shopbop is awesome, and overwhelming.

But it is so worth it to shop the sale.

If you are short on time, or patience to sift through all those items, search for items {distressed jeans, midi rings, gladiator sandals}, brands {free people, monrow, dolce vita}, or trends {lace, fringe *swoon*, floral} that you have had your eye on.

Enter SPRING25 at check.  There are some brand exclusions from the sale.

here's my picks, I got a little carried away...



swim and intimate


sandals part 1

sandals part 2





can you guess which items made it to my cart??



Next to the cookie dough and pasture-raised eggs aisle in my local Whole Foods is an extremely well curated clothing section.  Clearly the cookie dough and pasture-raised eggs aren't the only items attributing to the increase my grocery bill.  I mean is nothing sacred!  Not only are they often cute, and always that super soft crazy comfortable cotton/hemp/wheatgrass/recycled fabric of sorts, the clothing comes from sustainable companies and often for a good cause.  Well done once again Whole foods.

Graphic tees are all the rage, how fun to wear your personality on your abdomen.  Fun graphics and wording aren't just reserved for my boys anymore.  I'm super happy that track pants are having staying power, probably because they are flattering and comfortable and super versatile.   So jump on the bandwagon, its not too late!  ahem, you know who I am talking about. 

And the best part for last - these shoes!  This is the second pair of slip-on sneaks that I have fallen head over heels for.  The color is the rich subtle silver rightly named Oyster in a woven mesh that gives them a wonderfully original flair - only if you look close.  The other reason I love these shoes, is the right amount of sole.  I can't quite get behind the thick platform souls that so popular, I have big feet, they are not helpful.  {watch next month I'll be swooning.}  No but really.  and the elastic on the sides keep them snug and slim.  If you follow me on instagram, I've been wearing these A LOT.

Annnnnnd as I was writing this post, found them on sale!  talking 25% off during the Shopbop friends and family sale.  Its a sign.

Oh and did you notice this tree.  Daydreamy daydream.

tee - Threads for Thought, Whole Foods {also here}
jacket - H&M, old.
track pants - Wayf, Nordstrom {old, see below for more options}
shoes - Vince {find here 25% off with code SPRING25}
sunglasses - Marc by Marc Jacobs c/o {find here}
 lips - NARS Poplife, Nordstrom
clutch - Finn Attire.

Pick one of these: graphic tees that are screaming to be worn...

Mix with one of these: track pant because its not too late...

add the slip-on sneaks, and you are the chicest woman {dare I say momma} on the go.  No excuses ladies!!

Linking up with pleated poppy for what I wore weds.  Photos by Angie.


instagram: my everyday life

Instagram is a great way for me to capture and document my everyday style, plus some of my kiddos and a little sprinkle of food.  I have the best intentions to start posting more outfits on my blog, until then, find more of my fashion on instagram at thekirstyfiles.

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