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Monday, September 18, 2017

KUWK Roundup: Denim Skirts

Hey hey Monday! How was everyone's weekend? Florida friends: did you get rest and relaxation following last week's Irma aftermath? Ben and I probably had our busiest weekend in a while. Friday night we were supposed to hit the USF vs. Illinois game in Tampa but bowed out after the week we had from travel. I feel so old and boring, but we knew the weekend ahead was already busy so we opted for a fropi (frozen pizza), some Publix chicken wings, and watched the game on TV. No shame in our game.

Saturday night was spent jamming at the Bleachers concert. They came to Florida and played at Jannus Live in St. Pete. Seriously guys, that show was incredible and such a blast. It was my first time seeing Bleachers in concert. They did not disappoint! Sunday we got dressed up and celebrated a whole lot of love at a friend's wedding (did you catch our photo booth shenanigans?).

Our condo finally received power yesterday after Irma had her way with the transformer outside of our place. You know what that means...WE CAN FINALLY GO HOME! Ben and I have been playing house at Ben's grandparent's place since last Tuesday. They were super generous in letting us stay here while they stayed up in Illinois following their evacuation from the hurricane. In a way, it's felt like an extended vacation. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to get home and back to our normal routines though.

Today on Keeping up with Kahla, I want to chat with you about denim. Specifically the denim skirt. Raise your hand if you had one in middle school. Now keep your hand up if you wish you had kept it in your closet. You can bet my left hand is up as I type this with my right.

Middle school me never would have realized what a classic staple my denim skirt was. They're a switch up to the every day jean shorts, and keep it casual when an actual cotton skirt seems like too much. Like your favorite cutoffs, denim skirts pretty much go with everything. T shirts, bell sleeve blouses, you name it.

Naturally, I'm here to round up my top picks for this trend in different washes and at multiple price points. I recently scored one from Target just before Ben and I left for our trip to Illinois. I styled it here with an Illinois t-shirt. I can't wait to find more ways to wear it this fall.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Skater Dress || Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Want to talk about full disclosure? Ok, I'll give you some. While we were walking down the sidewalk to shoot this look, a guy told me that I looked like I needed a whip. Clearly an Indiana Jones reference (I haven't even seen that movie, but ok). I laughed it off because my love for this hat far exceeds my self-consciousness from that comment. Y'all can just call me "Indie" from now on.

I love this hat. So I'll just keep rocking it. Because when it comes to #OOTDs, fashion, and being a blogger - that's just what ya do.

This post is the third installment of my collaboration with Tobi, and I'm excited to share it with you guys! Are we loving this skater dress or what? The rust color is so on point for fall. I'm obsessed with the plunging neckline and open back. It gives me every excuse to throw on a lacey bralette that'll be exposed just the right amount.

The flowy slit cut sleeves are pretty magical and add a nice texture to this dress. I actually discovered them during this shoot and GOT SO EXCITED. Little details like that are so fun with simple dresses like these.

These earrings from Rocksbox are SO out of my comfort zone, but I really loved what they did in this shoot. The teal, navy, and mint hints in these earrings played really well with this rust colored dress. If you're interested in trying out Rocksbox, you can use code 'keepingupwithkahlaxoxo' to get your first month of jewelry absolutely free. I personally love the service because some of the pieces I get are ones that I wouldn't necessarily buy for myself while I'm at the store (these earrings are a great example!). The best part is that you basically get to play dress up with jewelry and then return it once it's time to do so. Love it a lot? Then just buy it at the discounted Rocksbox member price. No return necessary!

As you all know, Ben and I spent this past weekend in Illinois. I was worried sick and heartbroken not to be with family during Hurricane Irma's arrival in Florida, but our friends up here were a great small distraction. I've touched base with family and friends this morning. I'm happy to write that all are safe and only lacking power. No house or major damage occurred for my family and for that I'm extremely thankful. One of my mom's trees fell onto our neighbor's house (lucky for her, not so much for them). It's a huge relief to see Irma leave and weaken as she spins off.

I finally feel like I can relax.

Last night United cancelled our Tuesday flights back home. It seemed a little premature to me but I understand that airlines have to take their own precautions. At this point it doesn't even look like Tampa Airport is open. We have made the decision to drive back from Illinois with one of Ben's parent's cars. For this to happen we first have to take a train from Chicago to Springfield today (my first train ride!) and meet Ben's mom there.

The drive from Illinois back down to Florida will be our longest roadtrip together and a surefire test of our marriage LOL. Don't worry, I'll keep you looped in on Instagram and Twitter.

I'm incredibly thankful that the results of Hurricane Irma for our family are what they are. Our city will have a lot of cleaning up to do, but we're very lucky that the outcome was not worse than what it was. To those that were affected by Irma's path and may still be with the nasty weather to come - my thoughts are with you.

Shop this skater dress from Tobi by clicking here.
Shop my light bulb bracelet here. Use "BrubakerSFH10" for 10% off your order.
Shop my rings on the liveFASHIONABLE website here. [search "double bar ring"]

*This post was made in collaboration with Tobi. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Tie Front Bell Sleeve Blouse || Hurricane Irma Ramblings

Honestly guys, Hurricane Irma has me a little (ok, a lottle) shook. Ben and I are leaving tonight to fly up to Chicago. We've been planning this trip for months and apparently we couldn't have picked a better time to escape the Sunshine State. It's our annual weekend trip to spend time in Ben's college town with friends! We skipped last year because we were busy getting married or something. Needless to say, we have a lot to make up for this weekend.

While I'm excited for the weekend away, my nerves are still getting the best of me because of this hurricane. I'm worried about our friends and family staying in Florida. I'm worried about what we'll be coming back to. I'm worried that I won't be able to get in contact with anyone during the storm and the days following with electricity likely being out. Our only travel trouble at this point will be coming home. We're scheduled to head back to Tampa on Sunday, but there's a 99.9% chance that'll get changed to a Monday departure. In an effort to be proactive and beat United to the punch, we'll likely switch our flights on our own instead of getting the cancellation notice first. In an effort to be SUPER proactive, Ben and I switched our Sunday return flights with ones that come home on Tuesday. Airlines are cancelling Saturday - Monday flights left and right in/out of Tampa. United hadn't announced that yet, but we did not want to take that chance and risk having to scramble to find flights home.

Much like a two year old throwing a terrible tantrum, Hurricane Irma literally has no mercy. The maps show that it's as large as the state of Florida, which is honestly terrifying. My thoughts are with everyone that have already been in Hurricane Irma's path, as well as those still bracing to experience it.  Those in Irma's way: do your best to stay safe, and just be prepared. It's not only the day of the hurricane striking that matters, it's those days that follow after it too.

Enough Hurricane talk though. The uncertainties are driving my brain crazy. Instead let's chat about something I am certain about: this top from Tobi.

Bell sleeves? Check. Taupe color? Check. Tie front? Checkity check. As you can see, every part of this Paradise Bell Sleeve Blouse is right up my alley! I loved pairing it with my white shorts and grey booties for a fall-esque look. The kicker is that this top (even though it's long sleeve!) is still light enough to wear in Florida's "fall" temps. We all know it's basically summer year round here. You better believe I take what I can get when it comes to pieces that can help me fake some fall outfits until it actually cools down around here.

This top is on sale now for $28 with code LV50. Get it now by clicking here.

What are your weekend plans? Florida friends: did you evacuate for Hurricane Irma or are you sticking it out in our home state?

*This post was made in collaboration with Tobi. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Shop my earrings on the liveFASHIONABLE website by clicking here. (Search "Echo Earrings")

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Monday, September 4, 2017

High Slit Maxi Dress

Hi all! How is your Labor Day Weekend going? Did you do anything fun? More importantly, did you shop any great sales? The hubs and I kept it low key for the long weekend. We hung around town. Most of the time was spent shooting some new outfits for Keeping Up with Kahla and bingeing on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If you ask me, it's been a weekend well spent.

I'm really excited to be collaborating with Tobi again here on the blog! I was such a fan of this look and this look that I styled with them last time. When I found out we'd be collaborating again, I wanted to aim for pieces that could handle the summer heat and still be brought into fall with me. Cue this high slit maxi dress.

First off, hi HOW IS THIS MARKED DOWN TO $25?! It's such a steal. The taupe color is just gorgeous in person, and if you're in need of a LBM (little black maxi), you're in luck because it comes in black too. The slits are just high enough to give the dress a sexy, flirty feel - but depending on how it's styled, there's still a nice casualness to it. I styled it here with my favorite cognac sandals. I could easily see this maxi dressed up with some lace up heels for a date night out. When the Florida weather finally cools down, I'll be happily layering a denim or leather jacket over this maxi. Y'all know I love a good transitional piece - bonus points when it's a dress!

I've said it once, and I'll say it again: Tobi has so many great basics that can be dressed up or dressed down. A lot of their pieces can be worn in multiple seasons. I also love that they carry trendy pieces at reasonable prices.

My earrings and my necklace are both from Rocksbox! You can use code "keepingupwithkahlaxoxo" for your first month of jewelry free. I'm also happy to let you know that I'm now a brand rep for Strings for Hope. So exciting because I absolutely love this company! I have a discount code for those of you that love my light bulb bracelet. Use "BrubakerSFH10" for 10% off your order.

Shop my high slit maxi dress here.
Shop my rings on the liveFASHIONABLE website here.
Shop my Coordinates Collection bracelet here.

*This post was made in collaboration with Tobi. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Weekend Wins | Thirteen

Our friend Alex was in town this past weekend. We stayed out entirely too late last Friday, drank way too much, then did an escape room on Saturday morning with little sleep and fully engaged hangovers (except for Alex, cause you know "he doesn't get hangovers". What kind of sourcery is that?).

The escape room itself was fun. WE ESCAPED, I'll have you know. Four people in an escape room together is just the right amount in my opinion. I've done them before with larger groups and it seems like you waste more time because too many opinions exist in a limited sized room. Have you ever tried an escape room before?

I had the chance to meet the beauty and brains behind Style Collective, Annie Spano. She's just as sweet in person as you would imagine! We indulged in Italian fare and other goodies at Timpano in Hyde Park Village. I ordered the chicken pesto pasta and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting that restaurant. Thanks to Brit over at xoxoB for organizing!

Brunch + Bridal things. Our friends Kayla and Brad are getting married this November and this weekend she had her bridal shower. We had so much fun showering the bride to be while enjoying tasty food and quality friend time. The bridal shower was held at an adorable location called Aerie Lane located in downtown Safety Harbor. I definitely want to go back and try out some of their craft workshops.

My Instafam knows I've been loving this Yes To Calming Micellar Cleansing Water. It smells just like cucumbers! I've been putting a little on my face during the days where I'm going makeup free, or if I'm only rocking mascara. If you try it out, let me know. You'll love how clean and refreshed it makes your face feel.

We're one day away from the lonnnnng holiday weekend! What are your plans? Ben and I are keeping it low key and staying in town (for once). 
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