DIY Wedding Wands

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When it comes to wedding planning, there are some details that every bride can choose immediately. Then there are other details that can take longer to figure out. These can be as big as the dress and location or as small of a detail as the bridesmaids shoes. I am a decisive person, so wedding planning went pretty smoothly for me. But there were a handful times where the planning came to a screeching halt because I wasn't sure which choice was the best. One of these times was definitely for a small detail. So small, it's almost laughable now; but as a bride, to me, this was a make it or break it. Ready? Drumroll please,….. What will our guest throw when we make out grand entrance our of the church? Life-changing choice, amiright?

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Rice? No, that's bad for birds. Bird seed? No, that's not attractive. Confetti? No, that just seems messy and difficult to organize. Bubbles? No, it's becoming a cliché. Nothing? No, that's just boring.

I wanted to do something different, but not odd. Friends starting giving me suggestions from weddings they have been to recently. One friend suggested flower petals. I liked the idea, but that was just going to raise my flower budget. Another friend said glitter, but that seemed messier than confetti. I was definitely putting too much thought into this, and I knew that in the moment.

Eventually, I stumbled upon photos from my cousins wedding a couple of years prior. They had distributed ribbon wands to their guests. When they exited the church, everyone waved the wands, twirling the ribbons around. It created a sea of swirling colors. It produced some of the most beautiful photos! I had finally made my decision. The downside? Every place online I found was charging so much for something I knew I could make myself. So I did.

This was the easiest DIY I have ever done. So grab a glass of wine, find a show you need to catch up on, (I chose Younger) and get to work!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, than you will also like Our Travel Board and What We Gave Our Bridal Party

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Exciting News! Just For Her Event

Hello Loves!

I have some exciting new to share with all of you. You may have already seen it on Instagram, Kaleidoscope Spinning will have a booth at the Just For Her Event!

The Just For Her Event is a Kansas City's largest summer women's event. Kaleidoscope Spinning will be exhibiting your favorite Kansas City prints, including University of Kansas, Kansas State, Mizzou and several other Midwest schools. There will even be some brand new designs!

If you'd like to see some of our full inventory, or if you can't wait until June and want to buy now, make sure to check out Kaleidoscope Spinning on Etsy!

The Just For Her will be in Overland Park , KSon June 23, 24, and 25. You can buy tickets here.

As always, thank you for reading

Friday Finds

Happy Friday Friends! Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Target Must Haves.

Looking forward to trying some of these meals.

Love this textured wallpaper.

The latest summer styles.

These would be perfect for travel.

Eve is great!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Fall Skirt For Spring

Top: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Skirt: Mossimo | Shoes: Mix6 | Jacket: Old Express (similar here and here) | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: SinfulColors | Lips: CoverGirl

I find spring and fall to be interesting times of the year. They're a middle ground; a combination of every weather imaginable: hot, cold, rain, snow. They're both transitional times. In the fall we move from sandals and sundresses to boots and sweaters. Then in the spring we trade our sweaters for the same sundresses.  The thing I have found to be most curious is how no one seems to talk about just how similar these two season are style wise. With both season lasting about three months, we spend more time transitioning between winter and summer, then we actually do in the heat or the col.  Despite their similarities, we are expect to have separate wardrobes for both seasons.

My red corduroy skirt, perfect for a fall day. I purchased it last October and wore it constantly in the fall. I have styled it with boots, tights, chambray shirts, and sweaters. I recently pulled it out of my closet and became sad at the thought of not wearing this for another 6 months. The color is deep and the fabric is heavy; not up to the normal spring standards. But I decided I didn't want to ignore this skirt. In a time where jean skirts, another heavy fabric, have come back in style, I believed this will work.

I started with a complimentary color for the deep, warm red. I decided that blush (a spring stable) would pair nicely with the burgundy. I brought this out in my shoes and accessories, with additional touches of silver and gold. Then one of my favorite white tees, partially tucked in for a relaxed look. Finally, my jean jacket, an item I wear all year round.

After the success of this outfit, I am determined to keep this up. Hopefully, this is help me expand my outfit choices, while keeping my shopping this spring to a minimum. 

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Kaleidoscope Spinning Turns One! and Lace, Leather, and Leopard

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Saturdaze: March '17 Update

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March flew by, and I mean that literally because the weather was insane. Hot one day, cold the next, a tornado warning and endless rain. Hopefully what comes of this is sunshine and warm spring days! Despite the rain, we had a lot going on in March.

In March, I…

Watched: Vanderpump Rules on Hulu.

Heard: Lala Land soundtrack.

Read: Still reading What Remains by Carole Radizille

Traveled: Nashville, TN for my friends Bachelorette Party.

Saw: My first Sporting KC game and the pilot episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which I cannon recommend enough!

News: The launch of Demas Designs!

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Saturdaze: February '17 Update and Saturdaze: September Update

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Kaleidoscope Spinning Turns One!

On this day, one year ago, I posted this, my first blog post. Thus began a year of many changes and many adventures. 

Top: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Tank: Merona | Skirt: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Shoes: Mossimo | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl | Balloon: Pink Antlers Studio

Words cannot truly describe how incredibly the last year has been, but I'm going to do my best!

I should start by thanking all of my friends and followers who have supported me throughout the past year on this fun adventure. The positive response I have gotten from everyone has been overwhelming and just absolutely wonderful! I couldn't be happier! In addition to the blog, this is also the anniversary of my Etsy Page.

I constantly go back and forth about which was more of a risk; my blog or my Etsy page. Both have required to me to be vulnerable and transparent. I've put myself out there in my writing, my photos and my designs; Open to judgment, critique, and potential failure. Kaleidoscope Spinning was born from a need for change. I've had this call inside of me to do this for quite some time, but ignored it for years.

Finally, one year ago, I decided I was tired for waiting. I had dreams and goals and I decided to stop waiting for someone else to tell me it was okay to chase them.

I've learned a lot about myself this year, as I am sure you guys have too. It's been a wonderful year, filled with some amazing memories. But now, onto the future. I have some big plans for the next year, specifically the next few months, and I am so excited to get started!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like The Other Side of my 20s and The Paper Year: Our First Anniversary.

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P.S. Photo shoots with a ballon on a windy day can be difficult! See below!

Lace, Leather, and Leopard

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Top: Who What Wear by Target | Jeans: Levi's | Shoes: Mossimo (similar here and here) |Jacket: Express | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Necklace: Kendra Scott| Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl

If read my blog regularly, you are no stranger to my incredible distaste for the amount of rain we have been having Kansas City recently. The rain has driven my wardrobe to hoodies, tennis shoes, just overall drab clothes to keep myself warm and dry. So I have been so unbelievable grateful for the sunshine we've had for the last few days.

When it comes to spring fashion, my favorite pairings are dainty tops with jeans. I absolutely love that little, thin strapped tops are popular this year because that style has always been a favorite of mine. Now I have the excuse to buy so many this spring and summer! First up, this gorgeous satin and lace top. It's the absolute perfect blush pink, but it also comes in black. This top paired with my ripped Levi's and I just feel so beautiful, ready to take on the day. I added my leopard ballet flats for some extra color and texture and my leather jacket for when the wind picks up. I mean, it's Kansas City in the spring; it's always windy.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Small Acts of Kindness

Last week while waiting for one of my yoga classes to start, I overheard an acquaintance speaking to a friend. The acquaintance revealed that she had just lost her job out of the blue and wasn't sure what to do next. Despite disliking the job, the shock was still intense and hurtful. Everything she said reminded me of when I lost my job last year. I thought about chiming in with my own story, but I didn't want to disrupt the conversation.

After my class, while getting ready to leave, I saw the acquaintance sitting alone. I was packing up my bag, when I began to debate whether or not to say something as I passed by her. Part of me thought she would like to hear that someone else has gone through this before. Another part of me thought she wouldn't want to talk about it with someone she barely knew. I decided to follow my instinct and say something.

I told her I went through a very similar experience last year, and that I am actually stronger and happier as a result. I told her good things will come from this in time and that it's okay to be sad and upset right now.

This encounter was just a few minutes, then I left.

The next day, I received a text from the acquaintance. She thanked me for reaching out and talking to her. She said it brought her comfort to know that people have experienced exactly what she is going through and to know that in time, things will get better. I was so touched by her response to our short conversation. It amazed me that I even questioned whether or not to take the few minutes of my time to sit and chat with her. It reminded me that small act of kindness can have drastic effects on those around us. By no means did I change this woman's life, but I was able to help bring some light into her darkness. This small act reminded me to take the extra step with the people I encounter.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around" - Leo Buscaglia

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Ask Why and Set Your Intention: Anger

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Thoughts about my First Bracket

The morning of March 16th, I woke up to a Facebook Group invite to an "All Girls Bracket". This was something a few friends and I chatted about in a group text the night before. Our husbands were all in multiple brackets and we decided we wanted apart of the action. The stakes: a bottle of wine. Needless to say, we were very invested.

We agree not to take it too seriously, allowing ourselves to choose teams based off silly things like their colors. According to ESPN and CBS, brackets would be locked in by noon EST that day, so I printed a bracket and grabbed my pen.

After a quick moment of examining the teams on the bracket and trying to remember what I knew about college basketball outside of the Big12, I chose my winner. From there, I filled out the rest of my bracket. It started easy, usually choosing the higher ranked team. But when I hit the Sweet 16, I realized upsets are a guarantee every year. (see a 2015 ISU game for reference). So I began to mix it up more. In the end, I had North Caroline winning. I took a picture and uploaded it to our Facebook group.

Once my bracket was completed, I set my it aside and moved on with my day. It wasn't until 6 hours and 5 games later that I received a message. I had chosen the winner of all 5 games so far! I was equal parts shocked and excited. I was hooked. A few hours later, I was checking scores of games with teams I had never heard of before. I was having so much fun. Despite the silliness of it all, it was quite thrilling to be invested in this culture affair for the first time.

Yes, that is right. I never filled out a bracket before this year. Honestly, it never appealed to me. I didn’t see the value of investing X amount of dollars into something that couldn't hold my attention. So I was very surprised when I saw how much fun I was having with March Madness.

Below are some phrases I uttered multiple times throughout the last few weeks.

"I knew I should have picked Northwestern! My bracket is screwed now!"

"I can't believe Iowa State lost…"

"Am I actually rooting for Kansas right now?"

"Three of my Final Four teams are out already!"

"Well at least North Carolina is still in it."

"Oh My God! I won!"

And I did, I really did. I actually won my first bracket! It was just so much fun than I ever expected. My friends and I fully plan on doing this again next week (same stakes of course!)

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Ask Why

Children by nature are curious.  They want to know and understand everything around them and aren't afraid to ask. Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time with a child can attest that their ability to ask questions is endless. In fact, it can get rather annoying. As we grow into adults, we lose that curiosity. At the risk of sounding annoying and dumb, we refrain from asking multiple questions. We except the first answer to the questions we ask, without additional follow up. However, knowing the first "answer" doesn't always solve any problems.

This week's intention, Ask Why, was inspired by an article I read last week. The article talks about how asking just a few more questions a day can help solve more problems. It’s about getting to the root of the problem.

So this week, I encourage you to ask "Why?" In fact, I encourage you to ask it multiple times. Learn about your friends, your coworkers, your clients, yourself! Dig deeper into the problems you encounter and challenges you face. The resolution could be simple by just asking a few more follow-up questions. Remember, not to let fear of sounding mundane, unaware, and most importantly curious, stop you. 

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Anger and Set Your Intention: Embrace Your Inner Child

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Friday Finds: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Happy Friday Friends!

If you live in the Kansas City area, or I guess the Midwest in general, you have experienced days upon days of rain, clouds, and overall darkness. I am not a fan. Yes, Spring always does bring rain, but if you ask me, there has been an exponential amount this year; and there is so much more to come!

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Scammers have now made their way to Tinder.

Romeo and Juliet were born within hours of each other.

My new favorite highlighter (under $5!)

This life-changing app.

The power of "Why?"

We better get some beautiful May flowers out of this April (March) rain!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: Amazon Pilot Season and Friday Finds: It's Dark in the Morning Again…

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Set Your Intention: Anger

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Anger is a secondary emotion. Anger is what comes out when we try to mask our true feelings. From personal experience, I know when I look deeper down into myself when I'm angry, I realize my true feelings can be confusion, jealousy, regret, or disappointment. When I begin to feel anger, I try to take a step back, examine the situation, and try to realize my true feelings; then go from there. 

Anger is mean, aggressive, and irreparable. Upon my deeper research of "anger" I found this story and I feel it will explain "anger", better than I could.

Once upon a time, there was a young boy with a very bad temper. To teach the boy a lesson, his father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.

On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 26 nails into the fence. That's how angry he was! Over the next few weeks, the boy began to control his temper. And so he hammered fewer and fewer nails into the fence. The day finally came when the boy didn't lose his temper, not even one. He was so proud of himself. He couldn't wait to tell his father.

Pleased, his father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he could hold his temper. Several weeks went by and soon the boy was able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. Then the father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. "You have done very well, my son," he smiled. "But look at all the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave permanent scars just like these. And no matter how many times you say you're sorry, the wounds will still be there."

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Let go of your anger."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Embrace Your Inner Child and Set Your Intention: Moving Forward

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Saturdaze: February '17 Update

Despite February being the shortest month, it actually moved slowly. We were just incredibly busy. Every day felt like there was something new to do. Of course the highlight of the month was our trip down to Texas.

In February, I…
Watched: Some random season of Friends and finished Friday Night Lights.

Wore: Shorts and sundresses. And not just in Texas! It's been 60s and 70s in Kansas City!

Heard: Matt and Doree's Egg-celent Adventure.

Read: I finally, finally finished rereading the Harry Potter series! I followed that up with Lauren Grahams's Talking As Fast As I Can and started What Remains by Carole Radziwill.

Traveled: Alamo, TX. Read and see more about that here.

Saw: Hidden Figures (Amazing!) and Fifty Shades Darker. We also saw Jeff Dunham live at the Spring Center with some friends.

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Saturdaze: September Update and Saturdaze: August Update

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Friday Finds: Amazon Pilot Season

Happy Friday Friends!

Did you know Amazon has a pilot season? I didn't!

Despite it's similarities to Netflix and Hulu with original content, there is one very specific difference; Pilot Season. This time, they released 5 pilots. For a limited time, these pilots are available to watch. Once watched, the viewer can vote and help choose which shows Amazon will pick up and take to series. I'll admit I've only watched one of the pilots, but in my mind it was the only one worth watching.

I have openly admitted several times here that I love Gilmore Girls. It is definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. The wonderful creator behind Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino, is the creator behind one of Amazon's new pilots, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I cannot recommend it enough! Every minute of it was pure genius. I truly can't remember the last time a pilot was this good. If it doesn't get picked up to series, I will be very disappointed.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

The new TV show pilot you will LOVE!

This match-up with be true Hollywood Comedy Royalty.

159 years strong at Iowa State University.

Places to check out in KC for March Madness.

The most popular Millennial Brand this year.

Twilight reimagined.

I'd love to know what you thought about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as any other Amazon pilots you think are worth checking out.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: It's Dark in the Morning Again… and Friday Finds: New Work Out Experiences

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Set Your Intention: Embrace Your Inner Child

The intention for this week sprouted from something rather embarrassing: I discovered Girl Meets World on Netflix and have been binging it.

If you were a child on the 90s like myself, odds are you loved Boy Meets World. I loved watching Cory, Shawn, and Topanga and all of their friends grow up. As a kid, I did my best not to miss a single episode when it aired on TGIF on ABC.  It brought me a lot of comfort when networks started to air old episodes in syndication. And in 2014, when they announced Girl Meets World coming to Disney Channel, I was very excited. So a few days ago, when I saw the series was on Netflix, I immediately hit play.

Yes, the show is corny, fairly unrealistic, and quirky, but I can't help it! I'm hooked. I love seeing some of my old favorite childhood characters back on television. Plus, they do a fantastic job of poking fun at the original show, like obscure it was for Cory, Shawn, and Topanga to have Mr. Feeny as their teacher every year.

But what this show has done for me this week was inspirational. I enjoyed time traveling back to my childhood and watching my some favorite characters again. This show is simple, easy, and light ,just like childhood. There are many times in life where I crave those qualities, praying they would find their way back into my life. Unfortunately, as an adult, like can't always be simple, easy, and light; but there are time when it can be. So my intention of "embracing my inner child", means finding those moments, capturing them, and enjoying what they have to offer, because they will leave all too quickly.

"Your inner child gets it all, believes it all, hopes for it all, and is the only guardian worthy of your heart. That child knows that life - which runs on love and feasts on creativity - is on your side and that the Universe conspires with you, not against you, to help you spread that wild, crazy, messy love thought your own story."

To accompany this intention, I have a playlist inspired by my childhood; all Disney songs! Enjoy! Playlist below.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Slow Down and Set Your Intention: Perspective 

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Spring '17 Bucket List

Spring is finally here!

Gone are the chilly winter evenings, dirty snow and slush covering the streets, and potential ice storms! Granted this past Kansas City winter was minimal, I am still happy to smell the fresh spring air.

When we moved into our new house the leaves had already fallen off the of branches and covered our dirt filled backyard. So while you will see below that one of my goals this season is to seed and clean up the yard, I am very much looking forward to seeing our trees full and green!

To get spring off to a great start, I have created a Spring Bucket List. I'm hoping to get everything crossed off by June 20th , the last day of spring! 

Visit my local Farmer's Market

Clean up and seed our backyard

Finally visit the Nelson Atkins Museum

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Read 5 books (then recap them for you!)

Add some floral pieces to my wardrobe

Take Dakota to a local dog park.

Attend 3 yoga classes a week

Reveal my EXCITING BLOG NEWS!

I am so excited to get this season started! There is so much going on and so much to look forward too! In addition to the pending foliage, and my bucket list, we are just so busy this spring. Between weddings, graduations, and babies, there is also a lot of travel in our immediate future too.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like The Importance of Voting and Fall 2016 Bucket List

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Friday Finds: It's Dark in the Morning Again…

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick's Day friends!

I love the daylight and I love the sunshine. Most importantly, I love waking up to the sun shinning through my bedroom windows. In fact, I firmly believe that if the sun hasn't risen, I shouldn't be awake. This can make winter rather difficult with the shorter days, especially on days when I teach a 6am yoga class.

Finally, a couple of weeks ago, the sun was up and bright before 7am! And then of course, Day Light Savings time happened and the mornings are now dark again. Now, just when I've gotten used to some early morning sunshine, I have to wait for it to come back… again.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

I remember when this happened and I still love it!

Hilarious and hopefully doesn't actually happen.

I've been loving avocado toast recently, so I'll have to give these a try too.

Loving this bracelet.

Adding these movies to my watch list.

Might have to drive up to Des Moines for this!

Don Draper: The creative genius.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Moving Forward

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For this week, my intention was moving forward. There wasn't anything personal that has happened to me to inspire this intention. Rather I let my intention come from my C2 sequence for the week. In this C2, I have my students entire several more advance poses, including Warrior III, handstand, and Revolved Triangle.

It is very easy to get caught up in one particular pose, espeically when it is not successful. SO I wanted to encourage my students to let what has happened go. In their 60 minute class, but also off the mat.

"Today, remember to keep walking forward. Your will be met with many obstacles in life but always know you are capable of great things. Keep going on your own path. It's up to you to keep on walking..."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Celebrate! and Set Your Intention: Slow Down

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