Set Your Intention: Find Stillness in Your Mind

This week, I offer the intention to "Find Stillness in Your Mind".

With the spring ending and summer quickly approaching, our schedules tend to get busier. Weekends fill out with weddings, parties and day trips. Typical Monday through Friday norms are shifted with kids home form school and vacations to new places. It is very easy to get lost in the constant movements both physical and mental.

So as we entire the busy summer, I encourage you to find time for yourself. Let your mind be still, let your mind wander, get lost in your own thoughts. Take whatever actions you need to make this a reality. This can be during your yoga practice or on your time. Either way, find it!

" The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness."

- Sakyong Mipham

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Accept Support and Yoga Playlist Vol. 1

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Friday Finds: I was sick…

Happy Friday loves!

Not much to report on my end. I spent most of the week sick in bed. :( Thankfully I'm doing well enough now to finally get back into my yoga practice. This month at CorePower Yoga is doing another challenge! Hit the mat 20 times in the month of May for a chance to win prizes for nationally and at your local studio! Getting sick kept me from my mat for several days, but I am getting back on track!

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Our next trip.

A gorgeous fruit plate.

Modern wedding stats.

My new favorite yoga book.

My new phone case.

Lipstick obsession.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Accept Support

This week, I offer the intention to "Accept Support".

In yoga , we have the option to use blocks and straps to help deepen and elevate our practice and postures. They are available for every class, but do we use them to their maximum potential? Probably not. These tools are there to help and support us, yet many of us just ignore them. Our ignorance of these tool could have originated from different places, including embarrassment. I used to be sheepish over grabbing a block before class. I was fearful that my practice would appear weak or unstable.

Similarly to every day life, sometimes it can be difficult to accept help or support from people for fear of looking weak. This could not be further from the truth. It takes a strong person to know when they need to accept support.

Blocks and straps turn our practice from "I can't" to "I can" to "I did". A strap can take you from Extended Side Angle to a Bind to Birds of Paradise. A block can encourage you to engage your inner thighs, deepen your twist, and lengthen your spine. * We use them until they don't serve us anymore; and we return to them when a new challenge faces us.

Accepting support can takes us to poses and places we otherwise thought unimaginable. It's rather amazing what we can accomplish So this week, both in your yoga practice and in everyday life, I encourage you to accept support.

"Sometimes asking for help is the bravest move you can make. You don't have to go at it alone."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Yoga Playlist Vol. 1 and Set Your Intention: Be a Beginner

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*Ed. Note: All these examples are based off my own personal practice!

Yoga Playlist Vol. 1

I put together this yoga playlist about a month ago and got such a  positive response from it! After almost every class where I played it, at least one person came up to me to compliment the playlist or ask about a particular song. In fact, so many people have asked about it, I thought it be best to post it here so it's available for all to see!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Be a Beginner and Set Your Intention: Small Acts of Kindness

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Saturday: April '17 Update

 

April 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 April.

In April, I…
Watched: Girlboss and 13 Reason Why both on Netflix.

Heard: Soundtrack to Beauty and the Beast and LaLa Land. Also been obsessed with the Watch What Crappens podcast.

Read: Started Pride and Prejudice.

Traveled: Bettendorf, IA for a friends wedding and Chicago for my cousin's baby shower

Saw: Beauty and the Beast and we had a friend visit from LA!

News: Kaleidoscope Spinning celebrated it's one year anniversary! And I won my first March Madness bracket.

Top Posts: Kaleidoscope Spinning Turned One, Lace, Leather and Leopard, and Fall Skirt For Spring.

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

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

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Friday Finds: Demas Designs on TheKnot.com

Happy Friday friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this post where I revealed that Demas Designs is now on TheKnot.com. This was a huge step for me. Anytime I put of piece of my life and my work online there is a bit of vulnerability. Especially in this case, because The Knot is one of the top wedding website. My page on The Knot still needs some love, but I'm really happy to have taken this step. Hopefully, this means more good things are coming. Stay tuned for more wedding invite examples and samples!

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Hard realities and difficult truths.

A recipe I'd love to try.

My new favorite podcast.

Books to add to you summer reading list.

This is just too funny!

Lattes too beautiful to drink.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: Unicorn Frapps and Friday Finds

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Events with Victoria Beckham For Target

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Dress: Victoria Beckham for Target | Shoes: BCBGeneration Charia Pump (similar here and here | Jacket: Express | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl

 

Like many women, I am obsessed with Target and I am obsessed Victoria Beckham. Target is just wear I manage to get everything I need on a day-to-day basis.  Victoria Beckham is just the most perfect style icon in my eyes. I have literally followed her my whole life, starting from her time in the Spice Girls. In the 90s, I thought her mini lace dresses and crop tops were the best and now her style is just the most chic and posh, pun intended. So when I heard she was doing a collab with Target, I knew I would need to check it out.

When I purchased with dress, I didn't have an event in mind to wear it to, but I knew I would eventually have one. This is both my curse and my saving grace. There have been multiple times, much to my husband's dismay, where I'll purchase an outfit, knowing it will be worn… just not sure when… (But, hey, this worked in my favorite for a wedding we have coming up! More on that later :D)

I have become obsessed with this dress! It's a gorgeous body-con dress that hugs all the right places. I feel absolutely beautiful when I wear it. So far, I have worn it to a baby shower and my younger bother's college graduation, and one more event coming up. This dress, and many others, are still available at Target, and they're discounted now!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Fall Skirt For Spring and  Kaleidoscope Spinning Turns One! 

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Set Your Intention: Be a Beginner

This week, I offer the intention to be a beginner. We tend to look upon beginners as fragile, youthful, and unaware. But the truth is, they are excited and they have fresh eyes. Beginners can look on a situation in a new light and can offer fresh perspective to stale situations and problems.

Beginners are people who try something new. To learn a new skill, one must become a beginner. To master a new yoga pose, one must become a beginner. To start over, one must become a beginner. Sometimes we must be a beginner again.

Let yourself start over. Let yourself try something new.

"Don't be afraid of being a beginner."

 

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Small Acts of Kindness and Set Your Intention: Ask Why

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Friday Finds: Unicorn Frapps

Happy Friday Friends!

Alright, this may be an unpopular opinion, but nothing about the Starbucks Unicorn Frapp appeals to me. I don't even see the value of buying one just to take an Instagram photo. To me, it just looks like melted cotton candy, and I've heard the taste is odd. Plus have you seen the calorie count? Needless to say, don't expect any unicorn selfies on my Instagram Feed. 

Oh, now this is a thing…

Google stepping up their game.

Gifts your friends will love.

Barack would make the best Instagram Husband.

Never too early to start planning our wedding anniversary!

Marvel's marketing strategies.

Have any of you tried the Unicorn Frapp? Loved to know what you thought about it!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds and Friday Finds: Rain, Rain, Go Away.

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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-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: Rain, Rain, Go Away and Friday Finds: Amazon Pilot Season,

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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-

P.S. If you liked this then you will also like Fall Shoe Favorites

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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-

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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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