BRIGHT LIVING

In Review: The School Of Styling Los Angeles
A couple of weeks ago I attended the School of Styling in LA. I found it via people I follow on Instagram and now that I think back on it I’m not sure what I really expected to get out of it or even wanted to get out of it.…
Island Girl
Currently on a plane to LA and reminiscing over the last 10 days spent in the Caribbean, I think I became a stronger believer in the old saying “the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” With different friends and family rotating in and out over…
Bake Me A Cake
I dont know about you all, but I have SO many summer birthday buddies!  Maybe its because I myself am a May baby, so I have lots of class-runt friends?? Or maybe I just have a heightened awareness and need to celebrate them, since we all used to get tricked into…
DIY: Fabric Bookends
Every now and then I pull out the sewing machine and give it the old college try to whip up some little fabric jewel. When I saw some of my favorite KK bee fabric laying around the warehouse, I knew the perfect use. These Fabric Bookends are super easy and…
3 Tips for Surviving a Start-up
The last few months here at KK have been filed with excitement, change, adversity, and stress. When working in a start-up, there are struggles that no person can prepare you for and the amount of rejections you have to hear to get a yes are enough to make most quit or have…
Picnic Basket Summer Ready DIY
There is no better way to spend the summer than outdoors with the people you love. One of my favorite ways to spend summer afternoons and evenings is by having a picnic. I stumbled across a DIY picnic basket project recently on Pinterest, and I immediately knew that I had to…
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
I recently headed to Nicaragua by way of Colorado. After a beautiful wedding weekend at the Broadmoor, I left with my multi-city ticket and headed south. I spent my of my time in San Juan del Sur with a friend and friends of friends, no ex-pats living there. It was…
Gone in a Flash Flood
Rocking chairs on the front porch, a red solo cup of some concoction in hand, and a staring out over a beautiful calm river. This is how I’ve spent many beautiful weekends in Wimberley, Texas where my best friend’s parents have a home. We would gather there as friends for…
Graduation closes one door and opens another
My grandmother has always told me the older you get, the faster time goes. As I sit here writing this, I know that this is the most truthful advice I have ever been given. To give my reflective tone context,  I want to preface the following with that less than a…
DIY Leather Tassel Key Chains
After I bought my new car, I decided that I needed to not only upgrade my key chain in order to better suit my car.  I found this DIY project and knew it was the perfect way to celebrate my first big purchase. This project has been one of my favorites!…
DIY Painted Welcome Mats
Making a good first impression is important, and often it is the little details that make for the best ones. I love to personalize whatever & whenever I can- especially when it comes to home decor. A personal touch to your space- or any space- can go a long way. This week,…
Travel Tuesday: Big Sur
Happy Tuesday, all. New developments here – I live in SF again! And while I miss Austin oh so much, it’s lovely to be back in beautiful NorCal. Saturday morning I woke up to my alarm reminding me it was time to try and reserve a spot at the hot springs in…
Faux Taxidermy + Gallery Walls
Two trends that seem to be here to stay: gallery walls and faux taxidermy. So we think why not combine them? Small or large, painted or not, real or faux, adding taxidermy to a gallery wall adds an element of surprise, color or edge depending on what you’re going for.…
Try It Tuesday : Launderette
It’s hard to keep track of all the awesome little joints that pop up here in austin. I suppose that’s part of the fun. Feature via Located in a renovated laundromat on East Holly street, Launderette is cozy, trendy, contemporary, yet very approachable. It was crowded, but not in an…
Katie Kime Apparel
Katie Kime Apparel is here. And growing each week as new textile patterns and styles emerge from my mind. My business partner is tasked with making my visions a reality and she always rises to the challenge. Apparel is the most complex, manufacturing-wise, of all of the lines that we…
My New Commitment To Bright Living
Hello! I’ve been so MIA from this blog recently, relying on some wonderfully organized and stylish contributors to carry the weight which I am grateful for. However that was not my intention when we launched this a few months ago and I’m realizing now why I want to have a…
Travel Tuesdays : Mexico City
For my birthday a few weeks back we took a trip down to Mexico City to explore a part of that country we’d never experienced. I’m used to the beautiful beaches, but had not idea of how wonderful the metropolitan life was as well. A quick 1.5 hour flight from…
DIY Gold Leaf Bowl Decor
Gold leaf always ends up looking beautiful, but I quickly realized that gold leaf is also very tricky. Working with gold leaf takes delicacy and patience-  two traits that I definitely could use a bit more of. After my first gold leaf diy project I learned a lot about how the best…
A Working Mom & Daughter Tradition
When I turned 13 we moved from the suburbs to living 10 minutes from downtown Dallas. My mom, a long time banker, worked in an office catty-corner from the landmark Neiman Marcus (which opened in 1914 after a fire destroyed the original building).  It was at the corner of Main and Ervay…
KK Cocktail Hour: Lady Germain
With Mother’s Day approaching, we are already planning how to celebrate our own amazing moms. One of my favorite ways to spend Mother’s Day is host a brunch that not only has delicious food, but also has an equally as delicious cocktail. When picking a cocktail for a brunch, I…
Travel Tuesday: Bastrop
I recently read about a pizza + beer spot in Bastrop that looked perfect for a sunny day… I held it in my back pocket waiting for the right weather, and a few sundays back happened to be just that. From Austin to Bastrop you’re looking at 45 minutes in the car until you’re…