Friday, November 21, 2014

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. October Playlist- 

Better late than never, eh? 

2. More of This-

3. Nicola Rowland's Etsy Shop MsSpanner-

And this print in particular. 


4. Modcloth Seize the Deal Sale-


And isn't this bag just dreamy? 


5. New Music & Great Videos-

Happy Friday, Friends! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 & Fancy Gowns

The church that I work for is gearing up for our third annual Beaujolais Nouveau release party, where we partner with The Currier Inn & the Weld Food Bank and do you know what that means?

I get to wear a fancy outfit!

Below, I've styled a few options for a fancy wine release. Both are vintage-inspired, but pulling from different decades. While I'll likely be wearing something re-styled from my closet, I always find it fun to pick a theme and build an outfit around it.

Beaujolais Nouveau Release Party 2014- Vintage

Beaujolais Nouveau Release Party 2014- Art Deco

If you're wondering why a church would throw a party centered around the release of a wine, please check out this short article on the subject. If you live in the Northern Colorado area, please consider attending the free event on Thursday, November 20th from 7-9pm at The Currier Inn. It's one of my favorite social events of the year and officially marks the beginning of the holiday season around these parts. I sincerely hope to see you there!

You could have just as much fun picking out an outfit as I am!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. Oh, I'm Making One of These This Weekend-

A cactus pillow, guys. I can't even handle it. 


2. I Think I Choose Coffee-


3. I Absolutely Lost it the First Time I Watched This-

And continued to lose it upon subsequent viewings. Just FYI, there is some language throughout the video. 

4. Wisdom Tooth Removal- 

Goodbye, you tiny pain generators. You will not be missed! 


5. Chloe Giordano Embroidery of Tiny Animals-


Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. Jenny Owen Youngs-

2. Living a Creative Life-

3. Bat Ring-


4. Sophie Blackall-


5. Flea Market Filp on Netflix- 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

31 Days of Writing: 'Kill Your Darlings' Review

John Krokidas' film, Kill Your Darlings is a frenetic account of the relationship between Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr during Ginsberg's freshman year at Columbia. In addition to ultimately being an intense true-crime chronicle, Kill Your Darlings is also an overview of some of the greatest Beat writers, in the early days of their literary revolution.

Although I've been itching to see this film since hearing about it's release in 2013, I didn't really have any expectations. I was excited to see Daniel Radcliffe in a role outside of the Harry Potter franchise, but didn't have any preconceived notions about this particular film. After viewing it, I am pleasantly surprised at how great this film really is.

While doing some research, I found that not only did they shoot Kill Your Darlings in 24 days on the Columbia campus, but this is John Krokidas' first film. Nothing about Kill Your Darlings feels like a first film.


The film begins with a young Ginsberg being accepted into Columbia university. Ginsberg is eager to get out into the world and even more eager to escape the suffocating effects of his mentally unstable mother (played wonderfully by Jennifer Jason Leigh) and his moderately well-known poet father (played by David Cross). Young Ginsberg struggles with being an American Jew during WWII, the desperate need to fit in and the contrasting & at times, combative view points of his professors.

Ginsberg finally finds a friend in Lucien Carr (played by Dane Dehaan), a charismatic  upper class student who has been expelled from more schools than you can count and who seemingly has a romantic relationship with a brilliant, yet tortured and perhaps obsessive David Kammerer (played by William C. Hall). As the film progresses, we see a previously straight-laced Ginsberg happily going down the highway of vice with Carr in the drivers seat. Ginsberg & Carr plan to start a revolution, beginning with a "new vision". Ginsberg, Carr & friends take mind-altering drugs & have near death experiences in an attempt to influence their writing. We also see the progression of sexual awakening and discovery in Ginsberg.

Kill Your Darlings is full of stand-out performances like Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs in all his Nitros Oxide-huffing & morphine-shooting glory and Jack Huston & Elizabeth Olsen as Jack Kerouac & Edie Parker. Dane Dehaan plays Carr in such a way that the viewer is in a constant state of feeling sorry for him and hating his guts. His obvious self-loathing makes him pitiable, but the viewer must ultimately decide if he's forgivable. Finally, even though Radcliffe spends the entire film in glasses, sweaters and slacks, I never once thought about his role in Harry Potter.

While several films in the last few years have portrayed the Beat generation as adventurers, free spirits and gin-soaked geniuses, this film definitely takes a different tone. While the film adequately denotes the tone of the world that the Beats were writing in and the fun they no doubt had while doing it, Kill Your Darlings never quite seems to buy into the hype and, at times, seems to ward against it.

If you are a lover of the beat writers, I encourage you to check this film out. I look forward to seeing more from Krokidas in the future because if Kill Your Darlings is any indication, he's a writer/director to watch.

Monday, October 13, 2014

31 Days of Writing: The Most Important Work

Some of you may know that I am the director of a children's ministry that partners one church with an elementary school in the area and allows trained & screened adults to meet with a child, that they have been carefully matched with, for one hour a week during the school year. 

I have been working with this ministry for four years now and I am still surprised by so many things about it. 

I am continually surprised that busy adults choose to be a part of our program; that they take time out of their busy weeks to leave work early, drive across town and miss time with their own families to sit in a classroom painting or reading with a child. I don't thank them enough. 

I continue to be surprised that our host teacher thanks me every week. That at the end of every email she sends me, she never neglects to tell me what a blessing this program is to the kids & to the teachers that work with them. 

I continue to be surprised that there is always a list of kids that need a mentor. That despite the fact we've been doing this for four years, the list isn't getting shorter. That the list is, in fact, getting longer. 

I continue to be surprised by things some of these children have to endure. No matter how much I know, I'm still surprised by the fact that I will never ever fully understand what it is like to be them. I hope I never stop being surprised by this. I hope I am always shocked & heart-broken, especially if they can't be because they've never known anything different. 

I need God to break my heart over this daily and to fill me with more than enough joy to share. I need to never be complacent about this job, because it might be the most important job I've ever had. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

31 Days of Writing: 7 Things I Would Say to my Teenage Self

1. Don't Be Afraid to Like the Things You Like-

You like punk & country music.  It's okay to like films, Archie comics & fly fishing. It takes all kinds to make this crazy world go 'round. When you get a little older, you'll realize that all these oddly matched interests will make you an interesting, well-rounded person. Just try to pay a little more attention in Accounting class. That's a cool interest, too! And if someone doesn't like you because of something you're interested in? Well, one less person you have to lend your comic books to, I guess.

Dressed as Josie from Josie & the Pussy Cats during Freshman year


2. Your Parents Are Not the Enemy-

So don't treat them like they are. No matter how mad you get at them. No matter how you feel like they've wronged, disappointed or failed you. Because it doesn't matter how smart you think you are. You have NO idea what it's like to be an adult. Moms & Dads have a lot on their plates that you can't even wrap your head around. They aren't perfect and the sooner you learn that, the sooner you'll be able to cut them some slack. Because you know what? They cut you lots of slack. ALL THE TIME.

3. Get Used to Your Body, Kid. It's the Only One You Have-

Don't dress in boys jeans and sweatshirts all the time. Don't try to disappear into clothes that are too big for you. I know it seems crazy, but in reality they're making you look bigger. Listen to mom when she tells you you're beautiful, because she really sees you; all of you, and at this point, she's a much more reliable opinion than you are. 

Listen, you can't force this kind of thing and self-confidence will happen gradually on its own timeline, but just try to remember to ease up on yourself. 

With my brother at an awards ceremony, 16 years old 

4. Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help-

You're truly awful at math & science but you're not stupid. You wouldn't let anyone else talk to you like that, so why do you let yourself? Learning algebra & biology is not impossible and learning these things is absolutely worth your time. Get a tutor or talk to mom. Don't be afraid to work hard and fail. That is the only way you're going to get better.

5.  Keep Working On Art-

Keep playing the euphonium. Work on your guitar daily. 29 year old Kimberly would KILL to have your chops. Hold on to the feeling of when you nail a really tough piece. You can't recreate it. Use it, don't lose it. Paint, draw, continue to collage even if no one gets it. You get it, don't you? Don't stop. 

6. Don't Worry About What Anyone Thinks of You-

Most of the time people are so caught up in worrying about what people are thinking about them, that they're not even thinking about you. 

Pro-tip: People can be mean. High school kids can be downright monstrous. I don't need to tell you. But that is not a reflection of you. Don't let their negativity make you sad, bitter or mean to others. You're not going to like this, but it doesn't really change as you get older. People just get better at hiding it. Focus on being kind. Focus on being generous. Focus on planting gardens rather than stomping on other people's flowers. You'll be happier for it. 

Now, the subject of dating: Crushes are fine, but try to stay grounded in reality. Have you ever actually had a conversation with the person you're obsessed with? Do you have anything in common or are you creating a person that you wish liked you? It doesn't do to put real people on pedestals that they can never live up to. You're setting yourself up for failure and them up to fail you. That's not really their fault.

Also "chasing boys/girls" is a misnomer. The real kicker is that the person that is perfect for you tends to show up when you stop looking. Also, you're 18! You have YEARS to think about dating! I'll let you in on a secret; Rick Destree is going to sweep you off of your unsuspecting feet when you're 23. He's going to see you in a way no one else ever did. He's worth the wait. Trust me. 

Playing video games at 17 

7. Do Things On You Own Even if You're Scared Stupid-

Years from now you will be so mad at yourself for missing out on experiences and events because you were too scared to go anywhere your own. Don't wait for mom to speak for you. Don't wait to see what your friends are doing and don't wait for an invitation. 

You might say something embarrassing. You might sit by yourself the entire night.  Who cares? You also might be miserable for 30 seconds before you meet someone who goes on to be one of your best friends! Who knows what's waiting for you out in that great big world. 

You'll never know unless you try. 

17 Year Old Kimberly 
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