Friday, September 19, 2014

Link Love

Hello? Friday? Is that you?

Because honestly, at this point, I don't even know what day it is (re: I just cant). The past two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. And things are only getting better. This weekend I hope to find a moment to slow down and welcome fall into my life.

Oh - AND fall is full of new movie releases and the beginning of fresh television lineups. All my favorites are coming back on and I cannot wait! I hope to get to see the new movie This Is Where I Leave You at some point. It looks hilarious. I haven't been to a movie in quite some time and it comes out tomorrow! 

But I digress...

Rockin' out to this all day everyday.

Do you read The Skimm? You'll love this!

I need a new thermos for hot coffee!

This blanket is everything + it's for a great cause.

This makes me giggle.

Obsessing over this wedding, like no other.

16 signs you are hopelessly addicted to food delivery.

Die for this article.

So many belly laughs.

Oh hey Shan :)

Best #hashtag Vogue fail, ever.

Loving this rebrand!

I may need a pair.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Fear

Fear, at times, gets a bad rap. So today I am here to defend it.

You know that feeling when it is as though someone has wrapped their hands around your windpipe? When the compression leads to a tightening in your chest and deep breathing? Fear is all consuming and anxiety driven. I'm going to be honest with you: I am having that exact feeling as I begin to write this post. 

Fear can be the square root of many issues: money, marriage, children, moving, relationships, friendships, work. LIFE, basically. It's crippling and at times, disastrous. It can be a threat to our mental state and our emotional capabilities. 

Get to the point, Kelsey? I am! I am. Recently fear has become a constant in my life. Yes, if you follow me on Instagram I am getting some pretty amazing opportunities, but it's because I am taking risks and working really hard. And I have some really amazing family and friends who support me. 

Last week I got home from work exhausted, anxious and just stressed to my very core (I'm sure you feel me on that). I needed some alone time. I started to take an internal inventory  and I realized that for the past couple of weeks I have been so scared. I've been fearful of failure, fearful of success, fearful of this overwhelming city. I had been letting this fear consume and cripple me from being my bright, positive self. 

Don't get me wrong - I was fully prepared to feel this way. The roller coaster of a life I have been riding has really high highs and really low lows. But, I wasn't prepared for the constant butterflies and stomach flips that have become "the new norm."

So how do you conquer fear? Well, I sat down and I asked myself "why are you so afraid?" "What are the reasons you feel this way?" As I assessed all of my decisions and recent life changes I realized that my fears are completely valid. They have merit. 

The fact that I know I am going in the right direction keeps me calm. You see - while you go through the valleys of life you are supposed to feel these feelings through. Let them resonate. If you feel like crying, cry. If you feel like being alone, find solitude

So going forward I am going to let myself be fearful. I am going to embrace the stomach flips and nervous laughter, because someday those moments will prove for some really great stories. 

I've also learned that you have to let your faith be bigger than your fear. I will continue to have faith in every decision I make. I will have faith that every low will be followed by a high and that all those butterflies - well, they keep me on my toes. 

I guess I just realized that I want it more than I'm afraid of it.

And in the future, when I have conquered this fear, well - it will feel that much better to know, know that I have succeeded in ways I never thought imaginable. I'll let you know when that day comes. 

Until then, fear is my fuel.

NYFW Recap

Fashion week proved to be a wonderful time (as always)! 

This year my week was cut short due to (wonderful) family obligations, but I was still able to squeeze in some fashion fun at the tail end. After meeting up with some fellow TDQ correspondents, I was able to attend a few shows and events. The clothes were amazing, the music unreal and the people - fascinating. Here is a quick recap:

A visit to Lincoln Center for the Michael Costello show. A quick coffee break at Friend of a Farmer. I wore a white Ted Baker dress for the last day of shows. I also popped into Hotel Empire for some delicious sliders + fries. I changed into a Ted Baker romper for the Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari after party. I met up with Tara and Shawn to cover the red carpet!

You will find more fashion coverage and runway chatter on The Daily Quirk - so tune in!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Crazy Combo

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Outfit One Shoes Jeans Bag Sweater Necklace
Outfit Two Shoes Bag Dress Necklace
Outfit Three Shoes Jeans Bag Shirt Necklace Sunnies 

Fall means jewel tones, deep red lipstick and leather, but I am still not ready to give up on the warmer weather, just yet. This winter is expected to be worse than last, so I am going to stick with my open toe pumps and neutral florals until the pumpkin spice lattes convince me that it's time for cashmere and boots. Don't hate. Today I've put together some fall/late summer inspired looks that are weather appropriate and lady-like.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Like No One Is Watching

Dance on Make A Gif

Confession: I am the world's worst dancer.

Many of my friends compare my moves to that of a 50-year-old. I have this one move where I place my hands out in front of me and shake my hips and it's just all wrong. I'll admit when they first started to make fun of me I grew self-conscience. I love to dance and most Thursdays, in college, you would find my friends and I on the dance floor dancing to Tik Tok, by Ke$ha. 

Post graduation I found that that may indeed, be right. It took a while but at this point, I could care less. It's those moments on the dance floor that make for some of my best memories. And whether I am bopping around to classic hits or attempting to dance to Avicii, it's better to dance like no one is watching than to sit in the corner. As my mom always says, "life isn't a dress rehearsal." It's better to embarrassingly sway from side-to-side than watch from the sidelines. 

so to rephrase: I am the world's worst dancer, and I am damn proud of it. 

Stephanie Rita | Stephanie Rita Photography

Friday, September 12, 2014

Link Love

Gin + bear it!

Get it? Oh the delirium. It's been one of those weeks. Fashion week came to a close and I enjoyed every moment of it that I could. I am looking forward to enjoying a few cocktails with friends tonight in the city. Do you have any fun plans?


An awesome new website.

I really want this and all of these.

Spot on Anna + Anna.

Best of: drugstore buys!

When does Scandal come back?

Loving her new single.

I got a good chuckle from this video.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Quick Pause

If you checked in on Tickle Me Pink yesterday you would have read some fashion week coverage. I removed that content for a few reasons. 

The great thing about this blog is that it captures the ups and downs of my life. And at this moment my life is shifting 

There are so many different things I am juggling at the moment, much of which I am not ready to share (in time, in time). I take Tickle Me Pink and the content very seriously. I want to create usable fashion tips, life advice and great recipes for success. As I navigate my way through the next couple of weeks, I do not want my work for this lovely little blog to suffer. 

In time you will see some great changes for Tickle Me Pink. A little facelift and streamlined content are just two of many things you have to look forward to! Content that is deliberate and particularly planned.

I realized this week that I just cannot do it all. So I will choose to do what I can, fabulously.  Today I am going to take a quick pause. A pause to ask you if you have any suggestions or general comments about the content that YOU would like to see. 

Leave them in the comments below.
Tomorrow things will pick up again with Link Love!