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Blue Crushin’ on Maui

2017 was a big year for me. Between the launch of my podcast, “Off the Vine” and starring in my first Broadway Show, “Home for the Holidays”, I can easily say that the past 365 days have felt so surreal.

I wanted to start this new year just taking it all in. Looking back on what I’ve already accomplished and setting my sights on new things. What better place to do that than in Hawaii? I like myself a good deal, which is why I’m obsessed with Hopper. It didn’t take long for the right one to come along, so I brought my team down to Maui and it was exactly what we all needed! There’s nothing like planning the next year, poolside with a few piña colada(s).

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We arrived at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and suddenly everything became about leis, mai tais and sunscreen. It was my first time visiting this property and it was absolutely stunning. I’ll for sure be back! Everyone was so welcoming and our room was stocked with red wine (of course), snacks and cookies. Thank you Andaz for making us feel right at home!

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We started off the trip poolside with some drinks and went through a very thorough goal setting workbook that made us dig deep. Nothing was off limits and it felt amazing to share my innermost goals and dreams for this year. I have to be honest, this is something that I never used to prioritize, but after what’s felt like a very successful year, I want to keep climbing higher and pushing myself harder.

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That evening, we watched the most stunning sunset on the beach while doing a photoshoot with Flytographer. I seriously get so mesmerized by Hawaiian sunsets. There’s nothing like it! Shout out to Bella Bloom Maui for creating the most stunning Haku Lei for me to wear. I didn’t want to take it off.

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While in Hawaii, you have to go to a luau…right? How do they move their hips so fast? That Friday, we went down to the Hyatt in Lahaina and caught the Drums of the Pacific Luau. The food was great and the gin and sodas were flowin’. My girls went up on stage and I managed to stay behind…until the very last part of the show where I got called up to swivel and shake in front of the crowd! Ahh, so close!

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On Saturday, we woke up early (and I mean early in vacation time) and did a hike. I always try to mix in a bit of exercise on vacation! We strolled through a little town called Paia, where we had a bite to eat, and ended up at Mama’s Fish House, which I highly recommend, for some seriously strong margaritas! Mama’s knows how to pour a stiff one.

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At last – Sunday Funday! It was our most relaxing day in Maui. We went on a long beach stroll and had breakfast on the patio. Then, my Booje girls had to pack for their flight home – and I was off on another adventure. Kauai with Shawn!

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There’s something special about the islands. Personally, Hawaii helped me take a step back and appreciate all the good things in my life. There’s magic on Maui.

Sending you guys alohas!

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Love,

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P.S. Shop my vacation looks here! For all you who asked about the Burgundy dress in the pictures above, it’s from Park & Fifth.

GRAPE THERAPY

I’ve got exciting news! I’ve kicked off this new year with a series of fan-centric minisodes every Thursday called Grape Therapy! These are fun, bonus podcast episodes. Sometimes I’ll take calls for confessions. Other times, we’ll discuss real life questions and recap the Bachelor. You’ll find it under my ‘Off the Vine’ podcast.

Tune in! 🙂

Love,

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MY TOP FAV CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR EVERYONE IN YOUR LIFE!

Christmas Day is just one week away! I can’t believe it. It’s such a special time of year and each season the magic returns. My family always gets into the spirit of things, and Christmas at our house is always BIG. When I was young, the whole house would be decorated from head to toe, and we had specific traditions we’d follow. Shawn and I make a big effort to keep some of these traditions going – and have also started a few of our own! Spending our first Christmas in the Big Apple is exciting, though. New York really comes alive this time of year.

One thing I love about Christmas is always getting the perfect gift for a friend or family member. It doesn’t need to be expensive, as long as it shows how well you know them – and that you listen. Nothing beats a thoughtful gift. Here are a few of my favourite things for every person in your life! Hurry though, you’ve only got a few days left!

1. TruSelf Organics’ “For The Face” Gift Box
I’ve been using these products for quite some time, and I can’t say enough great things about them! The “For The Face” gift box includes 8 products packaged and wrapped up – the perfect gift for your mom or sister. Pamper them this holiday season. The best news? TruSelf is in the gift giving mood and everything on their website is 30% off! Yes, that includes the “For The Face” Gift Box! Just use the promo code KB30.

2. Vanity Planet’s Pink Blend Party Makeup Brush Set 
I’m obsessed with these makeup brushes! I actually have them in both pink and black because I love them so much. Rumour has it the pink set is almost sold out – but the black set is so slick! These brushes are so, so soft and are cruelty free. They don’t harbor any bacteria or shed and save me from using too much makeup. Your best friend would LOVE them. Right now, if you click on this link and use the code KB70, you’ll actually save 70%!! Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas!

3. Reebok Men’s Hydrorush in Black
These bad boys are built to perform! The Reebok Hydrorush runners are versatile, comfortable and durable. For the athlete in your life! If you need runners with serious traction for any surface, dependable security for quick cuts and fast changes, you’ve found your match.

4. Free People’s Furry Bomber
This ultra luxe bomber jacket makes a statement. Isn’t the colour amazing? I love that it’s faux fur and the color is so festive. Chances are you’ll be picking up two (one for you, and one for the lucky lady in your life).

5. SoundSport’s In-Ear BlueTooth Headphones 
A durable and advanced design – these headphones stay secure and comfortable when you sweat. They’re also water-resistant, so no excuses when it rains. The Bluetooth technology keeps wires out of the way and the sound is unbelievable. Definitely something that the tech-y in your life would appreciate.

I still have a few things to pick up myself. The countdown is on – good luck and happy shopping!

Love,

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HOME SWEET HOME

I moved away from home when I was 19. I was on a dance scholarship, cheerleading, and living with four people in a one bedroom apartment. We had one bathroom, a tiny kitchen, and a lot of mattresses on the floor. I made it work because I was a dancer trying to find my way, and that’s what dancers do! You struggle in order to achieve success. That’s how all great stories start, no? Mine just played out in a different way than I planned. No dancing, and some TV. 

Once I left home, I found myself apartment hopping, job hopping, and soul searching. As long as I was dancing, I was happy. I couldn’t even commit to a bed because I didn’t want to be tied down. My family called me a gypsy soul. I just wanted to dance and be free – and was finding my way in life. I was figuring it out and growing into the “real” Kaitlyn. I’m a “been there, done that” kind of  gal, who has grown into a “I wanna settle down” kind of soul. Even if that means traveling every other day, I want a home base to recharge. Shawn and I have found that. 

We were casually home searching, part-time renting, and then randomly found our dream home. Woops!!! 

We love Nashville and want to build a family here, but what we didn’t know, was how fast we would find that starting ground. It casually fell into our laps, and we found ourselves in a very large, empty, beautiful  space that we couldn’t wait to decorate. One problem. We aren’t good at decorating. 

ENTER DECORIST.

For $299 per room Decorist matches you with a designer to help design your room virtually no matter who you are or where you live. It was so nice to talk to someone who was always available no matter what. We worked with Decorist Design Director Jessica McCarthy on our living room and dining room design. I didn’t even know I had a style until she brought it out in me. I soon found myself loving every second of the process. Jessica made it so easy and fun to fit our style and vibe.

We really wanted it to have a Nashville feel, so Jessica, Shawn and I teamed up with World Market to make sure we got everything we wanted. Our dining room has the most bad ass vibe with framed rock and roll artists, a whiskey cart, a farm style table and chairs, and some layered make Mongolian sheepskin to make you feel southern and stylish. 

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Our living room is more for cuddles and comfort. I love a cozy bright space!! My fav is the white sectional couch paired perfectly with the faux chairs and metal coffee tables with glass tops. I really wanted some beautiful light curtains to soften the room, while also secluding us! These ones from World Market are absolutely perfect. The art work and gold lighting fixture bring a bit of edge to the room, and I think the main rug brings it all together. Did I mention they talked me into having an American flag up? Don’t worry we still have other rooms to decorate!!! Cough, Canadian flag, cough…

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

Last but not least is our little kitchen nook. I really wanted this to be our wind up and wind down space. Since I love to cook, this is where I want Shawn to sit back and enjoy the view. I want it to be the place where we wake up and have our coffee, eat our embarrassingly healthy breakfast, while opening our lap tops and starting our day. Then be the spot where we wind down, have a glass of wine and chat before bed. I love the farm style vibe we have been going for, so the faux cowhide rug seemed appropriateJessica talked me into the antique brass feathered drum pendant shade, which now, is possibly my favorite light fixture. 70’s are back baby!!! 

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I could go ON AND ON about our new home and how I wake up feeling like a new woman full of comfort and joy, but you can also head to decorist.com and worldmarket.com for more inspiration. I’ll be counting on them for our kitchen next! 

Love,

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