Whimsington Gardens is Back, With a New Edition!

Well hello, loves! It has been ever so long and there’s no viable excuse for my absence so I won’t even attempt one. How’s about an apology instead? I’m sorry and I’ve truly missed you and the thrill and community of the WG experience. I hope the last ten months have treated you magically well and I’m happy to share that they’ve gifted me with a treasure chest of life experiences: Ups, downs and many peaceful moments of balance between the two. Though it seems peace and balance are going to require a new level of zen coming up in a few months, because guess WHAT? I’m having a little baby in December. A baby boy, rumored to be delivered on Christmas Day, to be exact. So what better way to kick off my return to the blogosphere than with a small post in tribute to my new found appreciation of maternity fashions?

Here are a few of my recent hits and a preview of one I’d like to add to my arsenal very soon.

So my mom had the really cool idea to throw me a gender reveal party last week. She knew the gender of the baby while myself and the rest of my family had no idea! She made a cake that was gender neutral from the outside, but was filled with blue candies on the inside! It was a very casual event, but I still wanted to be stylish for the inevitable photo-ops that arose.
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I wanted to keep it casual and comfortable, but chose to mix denims and add a punch of color with my vintage Reebok’s.  These are still my pre-pregnancy clothes.  I’m using the rubber band trick to make my pants fit at the waist, but the time to go shopping for stretchy pants is looming very near around the corner.

Oh, and the cake?  You ask…

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It was an amazing night with my family, and guys, I was extremely nervous before cutting the cake.  I am not entirely sure why since I had no preference as to the gender, but for whatever reason I could hardly cut into it thanks to a case of the jitters.

 

Back to fashion, here is today’s outfit.  Again these are still my pre-pregnancy clothes but I’m finding that rubber banding the button of my bluejeans is giving me much longer wear from them.  And many of my shirts have been pregnancy conducive thus far.  But I have another growth spurt right around the corner, so I’m enjoying these former life clothes while I still can.

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photo(7)I have to be a cool mom!  I’m not ready for mom jeans, hence the ripped and frayed black jeans.  Leopard has never failed me and I love to pair my brown booties with black pants.  It’s probably not quite as taboo too mix the  shades as in the past, but I still feel like I’m making a statement when I mix black and brown.  My shoulders are still angular even if the rest of my body isn’t, so spotlighting them certainly helps to lengthen and slim my look.

Oh and this bun and bold lip?  Get used to it.  Never one to spend too much time on my beauty routine, I’m sure that motherhood will only serve to strengthen this personal conviction.  There’s nothing like a quick, chic, bone structure emphasizing up-do and a bold lip to speed up that morning routine.  And there’s something to be said for a signature look…Anna Wintour anyone?

Next up is my baby shower, still a few months away, but what’s wrong with a little wardrobe planning?  I’m visualizing a chic romper and so far this one is my pick!  It’s shockingly affordable, to boot…

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Cute or what?  I’d rock this baby without a, well…baby.

Well folks, that’s all for now.  I’m off to grub some calories, happily on my way to that pregnancy 30-40 big ones that my midwife keeps warning me about.  YOLO!  Until next time, it’s good to be back.

BLUE is my Color

Hi Guys!  It’s been a little while…11 days to be exact.  Sorry for the absence; life has had me in its grip but I must say I’ve been enjoying the ride.  So, here’s a what’s been going on in my world type of post to be followed shortly by a fashion feature.

Peep my accessories for the day…and my makeup less mug!  I’ve been going sans war paint a lot more recently, except at work where I feel I owe it to my patrons to look alive.

photo (59)I’m steady rocking my L-O-V-E necklace but layered it with a shades of green statement necklace today.  The ring was a gift from my grandmother when I was a wee little elementary schooler.  My baseball bracelet is a rally bracelet for the Boys in Blue to pull out the win tonight and tie the NLCS up with the Cardinals.  And you can barely see them, but I’m wearing my Clemson Tiger paw earrings.  Beat BC!

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Speaking of The Boys in Blue…Go Dodgers!!

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Oh yeah…we about this life!  Naked face power!!

photo (64)My dad, my bro and myself rolled into opening night at the SC State Fair on Wednesday!  It was opening night with $1 admissions. This is the one shot I got before leaving my phone in the car…speaking of car…

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New wheels!  2014 VW Jetta!  Exciting Stuff…

photo (55)A shot of her pretty lil’ face.  She doesn’t have a name yet…but the fore runner is Mrs. Kemp!  Even though Matt Kemp is out for the season, he is still just the finest!!

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Ain’t he?  Oh my….

Be back soon with some sartorial thoughts and visuals!  xoxo-Katie

 

Art Fart

I’m not a particularly “artistic” person in the traditional sense.  I can put paintbrush to canvas and manage to look like I’ve graduated elementary school.  I can even sketch a half way decent body form for fashion illustrations, but thus far that is about the extent of my traditionally artistic skills.  With that being said, I consider myself quite creative in a variety of ways and most importantly, I have an appreciation of all things beautiful!  Of course what qualifies as beautiful is up to the beholder and I do have a vaguely eclectic taste when it comes to art.  I fancy myself a bit of an amateur collector with no real education on the matter.  So far I’ve got some great thrift store finds and a couple of pieces that have been gifted.  But right now, I’m really crushing on Art Deco prints and galactic photos!!  Peep a few that are on the top of my wish list:

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Trippy!  This is a costume sketch for a ballet…I think he’s supposed to be Vishnu, a Hindu God

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Mother Earth…Love this!

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Cool kids read lots!

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I want this on a stretch canvas…sigh

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Just to further validate my lust for the galactic shots…my most recent tattoo is of the Aquarius constellation.  I’m so fascinated by the night sky.

003Again…galaxy pants!

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Can this be true?!  Unfathomably beautiful…

I’ve put a few memos out to loved ones about these illustrations and pictures, so maybe around Christmas time I’ll be sharing a photo of one of these little treasures hanging on my wall.

And last but not least a few shots from my life that I love…

Client, friend, hip hop artist We$ B and I on set of his photoshoot

Client, friend and hip hop artist We$ B and I on set of his photoshoot!

The grand prize winner of Saturday's car show.  The owner walked away with $1,000 cash and didn't even know there was a grand prize when he entered!!  I love this car, it's a Cadillac CTS.

The grand prize winner of Saturday’s car show. The owner walked away with $1,000 cash and didn’t even know there was a grand prize when he entered!! I love this car, it’s a Cadillac CTS.

Gorgeous interior.

Gorgeous interior.

 

That’s it for now, I’ll be sharing more soon.  Live inspired readers….it’s the only way to do it.  All my love, Katie G.

What’s on my Mind? Thanks for Asking…

Ello, Ello!  How’s it going out there?  Today I’ve got a lot to catch you guys up on…events of past, events to come, inspirational tidbits, music….Life.

I recently sat in on a photoshoot with my client, We$ B, Columbia SC hip-hop artist…he and his crew were shooting promotional photos for upcoming releases across the board.  I always enjoy spending time with musicians in general, being surrounded by brewing creativity is very very inspiring and energizing.  Yeah.  Here are a couple of snaps that were taken that night…

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We$ B and I…mugging for the camera. 🙂

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I know that’s right. This nail color is still my favorite.

In other, extremely exciting news….Drake’s new album came out yesterday.  Rejoice!!

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I haven’t been out to purchase the actual disk yet, but have listened to every song online.  I’m looking forward to actually hearing the songs in order on the album and being able to pop it in the cd deck.  Riding out to Drake will be the trend for Fall, believe that.  The songs are good, the usual Drake tempo, beats and song/rap 1.2.punch.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Thanks hubby!!

My roomie is throwing a huge car and bike show, drag race and party on Saturday.  I’ll be there chilling out and helping out…

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But now the question remains…what to wear?  I’ll be doing a lot of hiking up and down the length of the track and I’ll be out in the elements all day.  From noon until nightfall.  It’s supposed to be SC sunny and maybe a little chilly in the evening.  I just started playing around in the closet this afternoon and so far this is an outfit choice I have put together…

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Everything needs to be ironed, but as you can see and I’m mixing prints and neutral shades with punches of color.  What you’re looking at is  a leopard print cropped sweater to be worn beneath a light-weight grey cardigan/shawl.  The bottoms will be floral print camo clam diggers.  A green statement necklace unites the bottom half of the ensemble with the top.  Some knock-off leopard print (alternate print from the cropped sweater) Toms to tie back in with the sweater and a bright orange bag with gold hardware brings it all to life.  Earrings and bracelets will be gold.  This is what I’m working with on Thursday afternoon…there’s no telling what this outfit will have turned into by Saturday morning.

This is what my bed looks like this far into the decision making process…

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Speaking of my room, I’m crushing on my room décor right now…here’s an exclusive peek at some of the decoration details…

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Nose in a book

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BOY London shades, from the coolest guru there ever was.

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I keep hot tea by me

An heirloom from my grandmother...it matches my throw.  She really had timeless style and grace.

An heirloom from my grandmother…it matches my throw. She really had timeless style and grace.

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Desk area

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Ok, that’s it for my room…

Out in the fashion sphere I want to give big props to a new blog I just discovered and clearly I’m late to jump on the bandwagon…This Time Tomorrow is on Fiyah!!  Gorgeous blog.  Check it out.

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This is Krystal…author of This Time Tomorrow

I feel like I have more I want to share with you guys, so I’ll probably be back on later tonight.

xoxo-Katie

Taking Charlotte Fashion Week by Storm!

Hi friends! I’m wishing you a happy Saturday and am certainly enjoying one myself, thanks to a little exciting news.  Charlotte Fashion Week is quickly approaching and the powers that be have expressed a desire to feature my services in their exclusive swag bags!  The swag bags will be given to VIP attendees…check it out!

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I will also be working behind the scenes at CFW and will keep you guys posted on developments!  The shows kick off on September 10th.

xoxo-Katie G