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Friday, July 28, 2017

Kahla Currently | Fourteen

Loving: I'm refraining from saying these slides so someone doesn't reach through their computer screen and slap me saying "WE GET IT KAHLA! YOU LOVE THEM." Instead, I'll say these over the knee boots that (let's be honest) I'll probably only get to wear one time this year. Ya know, because Florida. But they're still just gorgeous in person and their my first pair of OTKs so excuse me for being excited.

Feeling: READY FOR VACAY. Ben and I are heading on vacation next week! It'll be the first one this with just us two, so the quality time will be nice. We're staycationing at the Opal Sands on Clearwater Beach. I'm really looking forward to the sun, sand, and some much needed down time.

Watching: We just wrapped up Friends From College and loved it. It's a short series with only eight episodes so far. I feel like I related to each one of the characters at some point - which are all hilarious by the way. After flying through those episodes, Ben and I picked up Ozark on Netflix starring Jason Bateman. We're three episodes deep and I'm hooked, but I can't tell if it's because I love Jason Bateman or if the show is actually that good. Hoping both. 

Listening to: Bleachers! Are you a fan? I am so pumped because we bought tickets to see them when they come to St. Pete in September. I've never seen them live, but I've been a fan of their music for a couple of years now. This is way overdue.

Eating: Ben and I have been trying out Blue Apron for the past two weeks. Our friends Aaron and Jenny gave us a code to get our first week of meals free and it went surprisingly well. While cooking the meals there are a ton of dishes used, and a lot of prep time but the end results for dinner were actually pretty tasty. I accidentally cancelled too late to opt out for Blue Apron to charge us for a second week, so we got looped into another round of meals. I reached out to their customer service about it to explain what happened and they were incredibly helpful. They refunded me my money after I explained the situation, but since our second week of meals had already been shipped out we were still getting them either way. No complaints here. Ben and I were happy to try another few meals from them, especially for free. 

Recommending: I've had a handful of cool collaborations come through Keeping Up with Kahla recently, and one of them was with the company Yes To. I had the opportunity to try out a few of their products, and I can't say enough great things about this grapefruit single use mud mask. It helps brighten up your skin while minimizing pores. I'm also a fan of their charcoal mud mask which helps remove impurities from your skin. I can't wait to try out the rest of what they've sent me and tell you guys alllllll about it.

What have you all been up to recently? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Off the Shoulder Grey Top + White Skinnies [Why You Should be Using Rocksbox!]

Happy Hump Day! I know you all are ~shocked~ that I've found another way to style these loafers again. If you're following me on Instagram then you know I just can't help it you guys - they go with everything. Isn't that all you really want from a shoe anyway?

Yes. The answer is yes. These are probably my favorite steal from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happening right now.

The neutral color palette of this outfit gives me all kinds of heart eyes. The off the shoulder top is easy and breezy which is perfect for summertime in Florida. The grey is as great a neutral in summer as it will be this fall. I've styled this top with white shorts and heels, but I'm loving how well it pairs with white distressed skinnies too. Speaking of, WHY is it so hard to find the perfect pair of white distressed skinny jeans? I had a pair from J. Crew Factory once that I absolutely loved, but had to get rid of when they no longer fit after I lost weight. Hesitant to commit to a new pair (I really hate shopping for jeans - especially white ones) I thankfully scored these beauties from Gap Factory and haven't looked back since. They hug in all of the right places, aren't see through, and the distressing is just enough for my taste.

I'm a creature of habit when it comes to accessorizing, I hate to admit that, but I have my favorites in my jewelry collection and I normally wear them on the daily (and in most blog shoots). Lately I've been making more of an effort to switch it up, because my jewelry box recently had a sweet refresh with my new subscription to Rocksbox!

Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry subscription service. They send you jewelry boxes each month of pieces that you can style and choose to keep OR send back. When you signup for a Rocksbox account, you fill in a survey with your jewelry preferences. They want to know how you feel about statement pieces, delicate accessories, colorful jewelry, etc. to help them learn what they should send you in your monthly subscription box.

You also have the opportunity to build a "wish list" full of pieces on the Rocksbox website. These are pieces you can hand pick and hope to receive in your next shipment. Once your jewelry gets delivered for the month, you have a few options: you can style them however you want and then 1. Return all of the jewelry to RB. 2. Only buy the pieces you really love, and return the others to RB. 3. Buy all of the jewelry in your box for the month (at a discounted bundled price!). Rocksbox makes it super easy and hassle-free for their members to return anything they need to. A reusable bag and printed shipping label comes with each monthly box. I'm all about that kind of convenience.

With so many great pieces and brands it's honestly hard to choose which accessories you want to receive from Rocksbox. Quite a great problem to have if you ask me. I personally love this service because it gives me a chance to try jewelry that I may not necessarily go out and buy on my own. I can give the pieces a test run. If I love them, I'll keep them. If not, back to Rocksbox they go. There's no shortage of beautiful rings, necklaces, and earrings to try from brands like Kendra Scott, Gorjana, and more.

Both my Gorjana necklace and these Gorjana earrings shown in this post were "granted wishes" (pieces I personally chose) from my Rocksbox account. I'm happy to say I purchased both of these beauties from my box and can't wait to continue to style them in more outfits.

Have you tried the accessorizing magic that is Rocksbox yet? It's an incredible service. If you haven't and you're interested in giving it a try, I have a special code for KUWK readers that will get you your first month completely FREE:

1. Click here to sign up and
2. Use code keepingupwithkahlaxoxo for your first month free!

Let me know if you sign up with Rocksbox, and what pieces you get in your monthly box. I'd love to hear your feedback! Also, don't hesitate to ask me any questions about the service if you have any.

Shop the guitar string bracelet I'm wearing: click here

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Best of Brunch: Tupelo Honey Cafe

We are so super close to sharing our Pigeon Forge travel diary with you all and I'm so excited! Make sure you're subscribed to Keeping Up with Kahla on Youtube so you don't miss when it's uploaded. The trip was an absolute blast, and on our final day we had some time to kill in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ben and I are Nashville junkies through and through. While we love our share of late nights on Broadway with cover bands galore, it was nice to get a taste of what else the Volunteer state has to offer. We also enjoyed getting a literal taste at one of Knoxville's cutest brunch spots: Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Tupelo Honey Cafe's menu is full of luscious brunch options. It's serves up some real southern food treats. The menu ranges from sweet potato pancakes, to goat cheese infused grits, all the way to blueberry french toast made out of challah bread. Are you drooling yet? Your tastebuds won't know what to choose because it all sounds so dang tasty.

And don't even get me started on their biscuits. My meal could have been those alone. They were served to our table complete with honey to drizzle on them and berry compote to smear them with. Our table of four powered right through them without a pillow of dough left to spare. YUM.

After perusing the Tupelo Honey Cafe menu for a brunch item to enjoy, I opted for the Avocado Toast & Eggs - sunny side up, of course. Those who know me know I'm an avocado connoisseur - my pool floatie speaks for itself. They're a staple in my diet and I'm no stranger to spreading the green goodness on toast for lunch or a quick snack. When I tried Tupelo Honey Cafe's avocado toast it set a bar that I knew I would never be able to recreate in my own kitchen.

The avocado was spread over a thick slice of hearty toast. It was drizzled with red chili honey, topped off with aleppo pepper. The flavors served on this dish were literally dynamite. It was the perfect balance of sweet heat with a kick of freshness. As I sliced bites of the avocado toast to eat,  I made sure to dip them into the runny yolks of my eggs. An on point combo if I do say so myself.

I would so be a loyal repeat customer if only Tupelo Honey Cafe had a Florida location. For now I'll just have to reminisce about the yumminess while staring at the Insta I captured minutes before I dove into my meal.

The Tupelo Honey Cafe in Knoxville is only one of many! You can find more of their locations on their website. If upscale southern comfort food is your thing (which who are we kidding, how can it NOT be?), then make sure you stop in at Tupelo Honey Cafe if you get the chance. 

Have you been to Tupelo Honey Cafe before? What did you order?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

White Lace Dress with Cutouts [Special Occasion Accessories with Diamonds Direct]

This past weekend was full of all of the best things - a Sam Hunt concert with friends, bridesmaid dress shopping, and brunch in Tampa with some blogging gals. While I can appreciate a weekend without plans, I love weekends that are full of things that get me out of the house and away from feeling like I have to be doing something productive. It reminds me that it's OK to put work away for a little while and enjoy quality time doing things I enjoy doing. This is something I've been trying to work on this year.

Today on Keeping Up with Kahla I'm sharing my third and final look with Diamonds Direct in St. Pete. The pieces we styled in this shoot were just BEAUTIFUL. They sparkled so much that they rivaled my engagement ring - and that thing sparkles all the time. Don't get me wrong. The previous jewelry pieces that I wore with DD here and here were stunning too, but I think the ones featured in this post are the ones you save to wear during one of those so called "special occasions". And for good reason.

I felt very much like Andie Anderson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days frosting myself with this gorgeous necklace. It features multiple diamonds and is part of Diamonds Direct's very own Sunbright Collection. The necklace is very dainty, delicate, and wow does it give off some serious sparkle. There's no denying that it is a statement piece in its own right.

 I really loved the earrings that we styled as well. These pretties feature Diamonds Direct's very own Sunshine Cut diamond. This is a diamond that owner Gary Sanchez developed with a whopping 97 facets (typically diamonds have 57). It's a Diamonds Direct original so you won't find these anywhere else. When worn with this necklace, you are a sparkling machine.

This dress from Nordstrom has me wondering why it wasn't available last year during all of my bride events. The lace detailing gives it such a classy feel, but the side cut-outs keep it young, fun, and trendy. I could see this being perfect for any bride to be, but since I'm a bride that has been I'll be saving it for fancy date nights and other dressy occasions. It's unfortunately sold out online, so I'll be linking some other cute white dresses below (some are on saaaaale!).

Don't forget that Diamonds Direct has its biggest sale of the year coming on July 20, so mark your calendars! You won't want to miss it. Find out more information about this sale here.

Check out the Diamonds Direct website here.

Diamonds Direct is located at 117 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (in the Sundial!). Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the know for upcoming sales and updates.

Pricing for jewelry pieces shown:
  • Earrings - $3999
  • Necklace - $2995

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*This post was made in collaboration with Diamonds Direct in St. Pete. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Picks

Woohooo, welcome to Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access week! NCard holders rejoice because you have the opportunity to stock up on some great pieces for fall and winter before the rest of the world does. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public on July 21st and runs through August 6th. It's the perfect time to stock up on pieces that will get you through the second half of the year and last you for years to come. I purchased pieces from the 2016 NSale that I still use and wear on the daily. The great thing about the NSale is that there's no shortage of quality items. It's not the old products that the store wants to get rid of - there are new quality pieces included that are just waiting to be scooped up.

Today on Keeping Up with Kahla I'm sharing a roundup of picks that I know you all will love. I can't wait to share my actual purchases with you (haul video to come soon!). Happy shopping + Happy Friday!

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