leg-warmers for your arms, no-brainer.

being a child of the 80's leg-warmers have a very special place in my heart, so naturally I think hand-warmers are the bee's knees.  They work so well with this coat with its slightly shorter sleeves, but I am challenging myself to find other ways to wear them...  AND they will warm your heart too, because this company just makes the world better.

and of course don't forget the rockstar jeans.  just don't.  they are inexpensive and hold their shape just as well as the designer jeans in my closet.  I love them for jeans that I don't want to make an investment in - like burgundy.  I am holding out for plaid like these. 

coat - Zara
shirt - Nordstrom, old
jeans - Old Navy {30% off with code "earlybird"}
shoes - Rag & Bone, Nordstrom
handwarmers - Krochet Kids
sunglasses - Warby Parker

would you like to win these hand-warmers?...

Have you entered 100$ giftcard to Krochet Kids?  

photos by Angie.
Happy Tuesday.



oh the places we go...

Angie and I were walking and we came across this insane cactus.  There are so many crazy plants in our beach town, mother nature is wild here.  Coming from the Pacific Northwest where everything is soft *think moss-covered* and lush and green, I am fascinated by the flora here - it's harsh and vibrant and sort of prehistoric right?  

So it seemed fitting we should photograph here, with these amazing plants.  And sometimes {or most of the time}, its literally...stand next to this cactus, in the street, in this neighbors' driveway, abandoned lot, alley, neighbors' yard, gas station.  Oh the places we go, just down the street. 

And the way my shirt sleeve detail mimicked the cactus, I mean really, isn't it fun?  We had no idea until looking at the pictures later.  Sometimes it just works out like that. 

vest, which is actually a dress - Anthropologie
shirt - Free People {similar}
leggings - Nordstrom {similar}
boots - Rag & Bone, Nordstrom
hat - Knit by my mother-in-law

Have you entered 100$ giftcard to Krochet Kids?  
photos by the amazing Angie.
Happy Wednesday!



#knowwhomadeit. Krochet Kids Shop For a Difference Giveaway

So as I write this post, "Redemption Song" is being sung on The Voice.  Such great lyrics, such a great song.  And I'm reading this,

And it sort of hits me like a ton of bricks.  So many people making a daily effort to change the world.  This one is so hard, and so good.  

"What would our world look like if we could know who made our products?"


Have you heard of Krochet Kids and the #KnowWhoMadeIt campaign?  

They are a non-profit that works with Women in Uganda and Peru, their model is 1. job  2. education  3. mentorship, giving these women skills and jobs to provide for themselves and their families, creating a sustainable future.

Every single item that Krochet Kids creates, is hand-signed by the person who created it.  I LOVE this gift idea.  I have already outfitted myself and my family, now on to Christmas presents...and maybe just this one more for myself.     


I love how personal this signature makes it.  We visited the Krochet Kids headquarters and there were success stories of women on the wall, one in particular, because of her job with Krochet Kids, now had a metal roof over her home, literally providing shelter for her family.  This is a story I can share with my children and help them to understand the impact can we have.   

The cherry on top, Krochet Kids has now started making clothing, and it's good.

krochet kids sweater
Add caption

krochet kids printed sweater

family photo attire
Add caption

krochet kids knit had

kids hat

krochet kids winter hat
Add caption

sweater and hat
sweater - Krochet Kids
jeans - 7 For Mankind {super old can you tell!?}
boots - Dolce Vita, Nordstrom {old, similar}

R's clothes
hat - Krochet Kids {note: its an adult size, the kids hats run snug}
shirt - Crewcuts from J. Crew Factory, the best score for kids clothes {similar}
jacket - Zara {old}
jeans - Crewcuts from J. Crew Factory
shoes - Converse, Nordstrom {similar}

So lets do a giveaway, because I love them, and want to share the love with you.  Enter to win a $100 giftcard to Krochet Kids by the following {leave a comment below for each one}.  Contest ends Sunday Nov. 30th at midnight.

1.  Visit Krochet Kids website and leave a comment below which item is your favorite.
2.  Share this giveaway on Facebook.
3.  Follow me, thekirstyfiles, on instagram, or if you don't instagram, subcribe with your email to receive blog updates {on the right hand column}.

linking up with pleated poppy for what i wore weds.
All opinions are my own, photos by Angie.

Happy Wednesday!



leopard in the streets, a remix

I originally posted this outfit here, commenting on how I wished I had those perfect red shoes instead of black.  So obviously I had to shoot this outfit one more time, with the shoes I had envisioned.

I also distressed my jeans a tad.  Its just this phase I'm going through.  And here's the thing, I absolutely ironed this shirt, apparently incorrectly.

What do you think?  Which do you like better?

sweater - Pim + Larkin, Piperlime
jeans - Mother Denim, old but a few still left here!
shoes - Banana Republic {and the navy suede, and the gray wool...}
lips - MAC.  Mac Red, Nordstrom

more sweater-with-personality picks, because they just make life more fun...

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

Happy Wednesday.



Warby Parker Giveaway Winner is...

Thank you to everyone who entered to win Warby Parker sunglasses.  The winner is...

...Flynn Family, Congratulations!

Stay tuned Monday for another Shop For A Difference Giveaway, hint: it involves cozy hats and #knowwhomadeit.



instagram happenings

Here's whats been happening lately in my life according to instagram.

Like what you see, follow along at thekirstyfiles.

Have you entered our Warby Parker sunglasses giveaway?  



just an ordinary day for fur.

faux fur coat

I love how much staying power faux fur is having.  Something about a fur jacket, it just seems so fabulous.  Fur adds so much interest to an outfit, and its snuggly wonderful.  I just happened to throw this hat on and I fell in love with the pairing.  Any chance this Socal weather dips down, you can find me in this combo.  Maybe even over a pair of sweats, or at least pajama pants.

I suppose you need to treat fur as an accessory, depending on the design - texture and color, it could overwhelm an already accessorized outfit.  But really if you haven't already, just do it.  Maybe just start with something fur-lined, or a vest.  Its a slippery slope.  Be warned.

fur coat

cloche hat

red heels

coat - Shopbop
t-shirt - J. Crew
jeans - Rag & Bone, Nordstrom {on sale}
hat - similar
lips - kiss me quick M.A.C, Nordstrom
necklace - vintage, and Lucia K. Jewelry

current fur that I am loving...

happy wednesday.

Have you entered our Warby Parker sunglasses giveaway?  
linking up with pleated poppy for what i wore weds.  photos by Angie.