I’m excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with Chelcey Tate to design a line of prints, drink ware and apparel! It’s been great working on this and, together, we created a collection that’s fun and has a little sass. I like to think I’m pretty witty – so I came up with the phrases and Chelcey turned them into the hand-lettered designs that you see in the photos.
When it comes to quotes – I’m a big believer in being quirky, rather than serious and inspirational. These phrases aren’t meant to be deep and thought provoking. Instead, they are silly and honest – designed to make you smile. Like, “I Pee in Pools”. I mean, come on. I don’t care if you don’t want to admit it – we all do it.
The shoot was exactly like the prints. It was so light hearted and fun – all about being yourself and letting a little loose! Not sure if you’ve received the memo by now, but I LOVE to laugh. Chelcey really got that about me. I’m honest, unapologetic, goofy and witty. Don’t get me wrong, I have a serious side as well, but who wants to read that on their mug on a Monday? Not you – that’s who.
I wanted to stay true to me in this collection – and it wouldn’t be what it is without a few references to vino. Maybe there was even a little Pinot Gris in that mug? Who knows? Oh, wait. I’m supposed to be honest. It was coffee. BORING!
Check out the full collection here: chelceytatedesigns.com and get shoppin’! I can’t think of a better way to beat those Monday blues…
I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that 99.99% of fans that read my blog are female. So, I thought this would be a great read for all of you ladies out there!! At some point in your life, you will be invited to a ladies-only, cocktail-fuelled weekend – also known as a bachelorette party. Did you know that in Canada we call them stagettes?!
I actually just got back from a bachelorette weekend – and while it’s still fresh in my mind, I thought I’d give you some suggestions for outfits, as well as a packing list! Usually, bachelorette parties are in the spring or summer – just before wedding season. All the outfits are cute, little summer get ups. Sabo Skirt was CLUTCH for me on this trip. Their clothes are comfortable, affordable, and ADORBS! They are based out of Australia.
First thing’s first. Make sure you pack a camera! Buying a camera has inspired me to be creative and to take more pictures of my surroundings. Nowadays, phone pics are definitely good quality, but there’s something old school and fun about having an actual camera.
Let’s get to it…
This outfit is the perfect example of something that’s a staple. It’s just a simple off-white knit tank with tassels and high waisted jean shorts. You can rock it with flip-flops or heels, but I love the western feel and paired it with my favourite little, red booties. It’s my “I’m not at a club, but I still wanna dance” outfit.
This next one can be kept casual, or can be dressed up. It’s a little white dress made out of the softest material. You can wear it with flip-flops or wedges! Just don’t wear it to someone else’s BIG day – major faux pas. It’s the perfect dress for a boozy brunch – my “keep those mimosas comin’…” get up.
The third one is one of my favs. It’s a white crop top paired with silky high waisted shorts. Can you tell I’m really into tassels these days? I’m all about crop tops and high waisted shorts. I think it’s a super flattering and edgy look. This is a fun one for going out, because you can dress it up with jewelry and heels. It’s my “I like to sip champagne and get real low” look.
This outfit below is NOT ideal for golfing so I have no idea why I’m posing on a putting green – just trying to get creative, okay people? Mom said it was a good idea and she was my photographer for the day. So I listened.
These are comfy, high waisted (shocker) shorts, made out of a lacey material. They’re cut higher on the sides – a very flattering look. I paired them with a high neck, striped cotton tee – and would’ve LOVED to slide on my white converse sneakers, but had accidentally left them at home. This is a look you can definitely dress up or down. It’s what I call my “high neck, high waist, low budget” outfit. Super affordable and adorable. Throw on some sunnies and this outfit becomes that much cuter.
Shoes have never been a strong point of mine. I’ve been into flip-flops ALL DAY, EVERYDAY. Or converse. It’s important for me to feel comfortable. I’ve learned to appreciate heels and my new favourites are the NASTY GAL queen wrap heel. They are sexy, fun and STILL comfortable.
I didn’t take too many bikini shots; I feel silly posing in them! I did want to give a huge shout out to COPA BIKINIS for sending me a few cute pieces. They’re so perfect for lounging by the pool.
Coming to Nashville for a bachelorette party?! I know a few great places to celebrate your weekend with the girls!
Get a pedal tavern – you pedal around the city drinking and stopping at honky tonks. It’s so much fun AND you burn calories while you drink ‘em!! Then, check out a few places on Broadway. The best spots are Honky Tonk Central, The Stage and Tootsies Rooftop!
Finally. My packing list:
– Simple tops and bottoms
– Jewelry and lots of statement necklaces to spice up staple outfits
– Heels, flip-flops, wedges, runners (try and mix in at least one work out to sweat out toxins)
– Nail polish remover and bright polish (this too spices up an outfit)
– Sunnies, sunnies and more sunnies (accessorize your outfits and hide those dark circles after a long night out)
– Penis straws (Just kidding! I HATE when people do those)
– Razors, bikini zone cream (waxing/hair removal is ideal)
– Bikinis and bathing suit cover-ups
– HATS – especially floppy ones when wearing a bikini – floppy hats are everything
– Make up remover and moisturizer – I can’t go to sleep unless I have a clean, moisturized face and it helps with the sun!
– DRY SHAMPOO
– Hair dryer, straightener, curler
– Party Smart Herbal Pills – no word of a lie – cures hangovers. YOU’RE WELCOME!
Excited to share my Nashville look today! I had heard this city was amazing… guess everyone was right. I fit in just fine here with my FRYE boots from Shoes.com. Now just gotta find myself a good cowboy hat…
I am so excited to announce #KBxSOG, my collaboration with State of Grace! They are an awesome brand that I think pretty accurately reflects my style, and I knew would be the perfect brand to capture my sense of humour, too (insert awkward Kaitlyn joke here).
I’ve designed a line that is all about my style and my personality. There’s nothing like a little offside humor to keep things interesting, and it’s even better when you can wear it. Style and sass is the best combo, and our line is both!
I’m all about good karma- not about the hater mentality #notimeforthat. As we all know, I’ve had my fair share of mean comments and negativity, but #KBxSOB is all about the “good kind” of offside #DOYOU. We’re all about laughs and good vibes! It’s a perfect fit for edgy fashionistas, and fun-loving personalities.
I can’t wait for everyone to see this! Hit up the State of Grace website to view the complete line. It’s gonna blow your mind. #spreadthelove
So summer is officially over. I’ve had a lot of fun exploring my city with Shawn this summer, and can definitely say it’s one for the books. With fall coming and the seasons changing, there have been some big changes happening for me too. I’ve left my roots in Vancouver (for now) and I’m making my way back down to the ol’ US of A. Packing is tough when you’re going to 4 different cities in 2 weeks.
In Vancouver, I pretty much know that I’m pullin’ out my fave leather jacket, jeans, and Frye boots (duh), but man, it’s a lot warmer down in the South! I think I’ll have to leave my fall favourites and my staple rain jacket and boots behind. Might just trade them in for some jean shorts so Shawn and I can go to the ‘honky tonk’ (that’s a thing, right?).
What do all my girls down south wear in the fall? Looks like I’m going to have to go shopping!
PS: Why do birds fly south in the Fall?
Because it’s too far to walk.
I was in the NYC for New York Fashion Week last week, and boy was I ever out of my element. Fashion for days, and so overwhelmed. Still nailing down outfits, but I do have a bit of a staple when it comes to my own ‘Kaitlyn’ style– my lipstick.
Since half the time I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes applying makeup, I asked my makeup-artist pal, Mina, to give me a little tutorial on how to properly apply it so that it lasts (its been quite useful for me these days with all of the running around Shawn and I have been doing!). I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my lipstick shades, so I wanted to share some of my faves with you guys (you can shop the shades below). I wear everything from bright pinks like ‘Candy Yum Yum’ to a more natural nude, like ‘Fashion Pack’ that I’m wearing here.
I’ve made quite the spectacle of myself with my latest fashion obsession (wait for it…). I’m talking about my fave staple piece, glasses (boom!), and recently I’ve been getting a lot of questions from my followers about where I get all of them. I didn’t realize until I went through my Instagram lately… and I tend to be obsessed with frames. Nerdy is in, kids, and if that’s wrong then I don’t wanna be right!
When it comes to choosing frames, I take three factors into account: the shape, the colour and the texture. This seems pretty straight forward, but since as a piece they tend to be the focal point of your look (seems fair since they’re literally in the middle of your face), it’s important to know which frames work for your face shape, and which colours complement your complexion and eye colour.
I’m a big fan of the wayfarer shape, but I’ve been known to dabble with more round shapes (channelling my inner Penny Lane) or even cat-eye shaped frames. When it comes to colours, I love a marbled tortoise look, but I’m not afraid of a solid black or even coloured frame.
The options are endless, and the world is your four-eyed oyster. Try some out for yourself– with school starting again, you’ll fit the part and look bad-a** doing it.
With that said, eye’ll leave you with a little joke:
One thing I definitely don’t take for granted these days is date night. For what seemed like FOREVER, Shawn and I couldn’t be seen together in public, and even something as simple as grabbing a coffee was an ordeal. Now that we’re free to be seen as a couple, we get really excited over the little things, and honestly, these days just grabbing a nice meal with a good glass of wine is the ideal date for me.
But that’s not to say I don’t like to spice it up a little. It’s safe to say I’m not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to date night activities, so here’s a list of ideas for your next night out:
Whiskey (aka candy in a cup) paired with a nice meal and a glass of wine
Board Game Night – a little tip regarding this one: write truth or dares on your Jenga cubes and this can quickly become a fun night 😉
Crash a Wedding or Private Event – one of my fave’s
Seawall Bike Crawl – safer when you’re patio hopping!
Can’t say I’ve done ‘em all, but I definitely plan to. Looking forward to many more date nights with Shawn…for like…ever.
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty adventurous with my fashion, and my most recent obsession is accessorizing. I like to keep things interesting (ain’t that the truth!), so I’ve been experimenting with different types of accessories, and different ways of pairing them with my outfits. You’d be surprised how versatile one piece can be, and I’ve picked up a few tricks that I wanted to share with you beauts.
First thing I do these days is look for complementing colours to match my accessories to– even the slightest hint of a colour can be paired with, say, a necklace to bring out a different side of that outfit. For example, this jumper i’m wearing has little specs of purple in it, so I paired it with purple glasses.
The next thing I tried out was adding a little detail to the backless aspect of the jumper by turning my necklace around. I think it’s an interesting touch and a different way to add some bling to your look (and we all know I’m not afraid to do different).
I’m also really into head-pieces these days; I think they can look feminine but also edgy, and can pretty much work with any outfit. Go bold with a boho flower pattern piece, or stick to a simple chain link for a more delicate, feminine look– like the piece I picked out for myself seen here.
As for shoes and bags, you guys know what’s up– they’re the statement pieces of any outfit, so try to choose pieces that complement each other, and if all else fails, black is your best friend!
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend! I don’t know about you guys, but I like to have myself a time when the ‘ol weekend rolls around, and that includes indulging just a bit (not just with wine, though you know that’s on the agenda FOR SURE). It’s been said that I don’t like ice cream, and that was true, but it’s just too hot not to give it a go.
I’ve got to say, it’s pretty delish.
Weekends you can find me at the beach or on a patio somewhere enjoying a nice glass(es) of wine with my friends and my FIANCÉ (can’t get over it).
Weekend vibes are the best vibes, and nothing gets me going more than music, so I’ve put together a little Soundcloud playlist that really gets me fired up for weekend activities. Hope you guys enjoy it!
If you haven’t already, follow me on Snapchat for a little behind the scenes action on my daily activities: snapbackbean.