Monday, December 19, 2011

Leopard & Lavender

Hi, my old friends!! Have you had a chance to visit and follow me at my new home, Leopard and Lavender?

Some of the highlights of the new site include [but are obviously not limited to]:

  • Posting every single day.
  • Fashion.
  • Cooking.
  • DIY projects.
  • Product Reviews.
  • and did I mention, a new post every day??
I do hope you'll come visit me at L&L, follow, subscribe, LIKE, tweet, pin, the whole nine yards... because YOU'RE the ones who got me there in the first place, and I'd like YOU to be the ones who join me on the new journey. Hope you enjoy :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Hello Loyal Readers!!! I could not be more excited to share my newest blogging adventure with you, and wanted you to be the first to know.

I will let the new space do all the talking, so without further adieu... I present:

Please follow, subscribe, LIKE it, TWEET it, share it with everyone you know. I am glad to have my StopShop readers joining me in the new adventure, and I promise [beyond promise] to not let you down like the last time.



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Are we there yet?

My brain has been hurting and so has my heart over the outcome of my blog. Man, I sure blew it. Sure. Did. Let me explain...

I took on this huge ordeal of "one year without shopping." In that year, I moved, had my heart broken, changed jobs, dealt with family illnesses, and ultimately went on the biggest personal and professional rollercoaster life has given me yet. And, I did it all without my biggest coping mechanism- shopping. For that, I am very proud. Granted- there was one, NEAR breakdown in an Anthropologie dressing room. But, it was just that- near. And I walked out without a single new thing (even that beautiful blazer I still have dreams about).

When it was finally time to take my pretty plastic cards to Nordstrom, I did just that. I shopped, and shopped. And I still shop and shop. And for whatever reason, I hit a personal place where writing was no longer important. I didn't care. You know how after you do a really tough workout, or go through something traumatizing- and your body just aches and so does your mind? That is where I was. I did not have the capactiy in my brain to even write a word. I lost sight of this blog and its readers, I lost sight of the people who were waiting to see what I got.

How rude of me! Now, I must say... I'm a humble enough person that I find it odd that people cared. But you all really did! I took you on a journey of my highs and lows and then hoarded all my sparkly new belongings in my closet. Don't worry, I'm paying you back...

Right now, this blog is no longer called "StopShop." It is under construction and I am redoing the look, the feel, the topics, even the name. It will still be my voice, my vision, and my life. But I am swinging the doors wide open and blowing some glitter on it... literally.
I am excited and proud of where I'm taking this, and can't wait for the big reveal. Stay tuned, and don't mind the glittery dust that is around while I'm under construction.

One thing I can promise you is that writing is my true passion in life, and I'll not abandon that again. I want to create... and I do that with my words. So get stoked... because I definitely am.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I am Not an Artist.

I wish I was. But I am just not. I'm not. I try... I try to "sketch," but once I tried to "sketch" a peacock feather and it ended up looking like a Greek Salad. I used to be a "photographer" and not to toot my own horn (actually, I am absolutely tooting my own horn), but I won awards and stuff. But then I just decided I didn't want to take pictures anymore. It bored me. So there's that.

I can't sculpt, I can't paint, I can't even properly hot glue rhinestones on anything. The artist gene was handed to my really awesome big brother, Jake. He is fantastic. We used to watch these 'drawing videos' together, called The Secret City. It was this really cool dude, Commander Mark, and he walked you through each step to draw a SWEET picture. Here is Commander Mark now:

WHAT a stud. Jake's drawings always matched what was on the TV (a really cool city) while mine ended up looking like a rabbit or cloud or sandwich. It's ok, my parents are still proud of me for other things.

Anyways, Jake is STILL an artist, WHAT? I know. Rad. SO rad. He actually has this really legit website, where he sells his art. Furniture out of street signs or snowboards? YOU BET. Talk about sustainable furniture that will make your place look like you know what's up. I mean, Pottery Barn is old news. If you want a cool crib you should probably take a look.

And how about THIS? He just made the cutest jewelry I've probably ever seen. Fortunately for me, it was my lunch break when I stumbled across this FANTASTIC discovery and was able to call and place my order. Check is in the mail as we speak. WANT. All his info is on the card and really you guys, these are cute. I mean this is coming from me, who has plain "diamond" (cv...) studs in my ears right now. This would be such a cute addition to any boring outfit. "Oh, hey Kelli, you're wearing jeans and a vneck again? You're so boring. But wait, what are those? Are those mini Dick Tracy revolver earrings?" Yeah looks like I win again.

Please, visit JRydeVisuals and maybe check out his Etsy shop. It would behoove you to do so.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My MUST HAVES for Fall.

I feel if I was an appropriate fashion blogger, I'd be doing a post called "my must-haves for fall." So I'm going to go ahead and do that.

I feel like here is where I'd write something appropriate about pumpkin spice lattes and falling leaves. I don't really like any of that. For real, PUMPKIN in my COFFEE??? Whoa whoa whoa, that is crossing some boundaries, mostly because I imagine all pumpkins as jack-o-lanterns, and those have feelings. But I would like to see Maine in the fall, I hear it's beautiful. Does that count? I think it really does.

Now, I would write about what I want for fall.

1. A sequin (pronounced sa-queen) sweater. I live my life imagining I'm a disco ball. I'd very much like to look like one too. I once tried on a sequin tube dress and it was really tight and also I felt like I couldn't sit down. I feel like a sweater would be a good match. This one is cute:

2. A "kimono" jacket. I really like baggy things and layering, so this really fits my lifestyle. I just like not showing even a little bit of midriff and I tackle that by adding as much fabric to my torso as possible. This is really cute and I feel probably very comfortable and I am pretty sure I'd love it.

3. Some bright colored skinny jeans. I do not like wearing baggy things on bottom. I don't like skirts that are full or flowy, I don't like wide leg jeans, I like skinnies. OKAY? Gosh. In addition to that, I love and I mean love bright colors. And I think a pair of red-ish pants or something would really make me mucho chic. Don't fret. I wouldn't dare pair them with the kimono jacket.

4. These boots. They don't even need a write up. I want them.

Now, I want to warn you all it is still in the 90's where I live. Expect a revised version of this list once it gets freezing beyond freezing. K thanks, bye!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Don't Call it a Comeback.

Here I am, ready to blog. Why am I so weird that I just had to stop completely for awhile? No one will ever know. Well, I mean maybe someone will know but I don’t have a billion dollars to pay for a therapist to tell me why I am the way I am. When I get that billion, I guess we’ll all know.
Anyways, what’s new? I shop now, so that is pretty neat. But I mean, I am not a compulsive shopper. I have gotten some new things though, and I fully intend on blogging about them. This blog will continue to be fashion oriented, but fashion (contrary to what all of you think) is NOT my life. I do love fashion blogs, but I also love laughing. Laughing is my favorite thing to do, and fashion blogs are never super funny. Sometimes the girls in them wear funny outfits but that is the wrong kind of funny.

Just saying.

I will also probably write about serious things too. I recently had an ex tell me that I am TOO fun. Thanks! But really. Apparently I need to be serious sometimes?? Which is lucky because I have a lot of very, very serious things in my life. So I guess I’ll start acknowledging them.

For example, did you know I have what is called a “cancer gene?” See, things just got serious. A few years ago, I had genetic testing done due to my family history. Don’t worry, they didn’t stick pins into my brain, just took some of my blood and analyzed my DNA. Now, many of you might view knowing I have a “cancer gene” as a life ending scenario. YOU DING DONGS! I am so lucky- I get extra tests and IF (that is a big if) I ever get cancer, I’ll know way before it is even bad. So I basically am going to live forever, suck on that!

Well, so I thought. About a week ago, I was sitting at my desk and wearing this really cute dress and I looked down and spotted a cancerous mole that I’d never seen before. It was raised, asymmetrical, and wasn’t there the day before. It fit every single warning on those scary mole posters you see at the doctor’s. “Oh Mylanta,” I thought, “I’m about to die.” I thought for sure my entire leg was going to be amputated, if I was lucky. I mean, I am only 24… I’ve never been to Europe! I haven’t been on the Today Show! I haven’t published a book! I am too young to die!

I did my best to push the death mole out of my mind for awhile and finish up some work. But I couldn’t think about anything else, I was dying a slow death in a cubicle, what a way to go. Tragic, really. I could only hope fame would find me in the afterlife. I looked down to investigate it again. It was gone! It is a miracle, basically a direct, personalized gift from God! I would have to write Him a thank you card immediately (if you wait too long, you might as well not send it).

Okay not really. It was chocolate protein. Shoot. I literally had chocolate on my leg and had planned my entire funeral in my head. It was a low point, I’ll admit. But no lower than the time I had SARS, and definitely not lower than when I was dying of West Nile Virus.

Why did I share this with the entire Internet? Well, I was talking to my hairstylist, Dez, and telling her about how my life nearly ended but really I just was being silly. And she laughed and laughed and said THAT is what I should blog about.

So there you go. I am back. You’re welcome.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Now what?

So, I'm back. I miss my blog. I took a good 2 months off, which I just needed. I needed it a lot. I started to feel like my blog was a homework assignment, which pained me. I lost the will to try and be funny and witty and entertain people. When something feels like an obligation, it is no longer fun. So I took a little break, but now I'm back. BUT, the heavy lingering question remains... NOW WHAT?

Honestly. What do I write about now? As the video in the previous post states, I can't write about Roxanne or macaroni and cheese. I mean I just don't think anyone wants to read that.

So what do you want to read? What do you want to see on my blog? Here comes the time to comment. You can comment anonymously, so even if you want to post a comment saying "I DON'T WANT YOU TO WRITE ANYTHING EVER AGAIN," you can do that. It won't hurt my feelings, and if it does, I won't tell you. I look forward to hearing from everyone, and if I hear from no one... well then this blog will drastically transform to a slideshow of cats and cheese and picture's of me with PBR. Just saying.