Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Surprise, Surprise

If you haven't noticed by now, I'm a "over-the-top" type of gal. I dream up these big dreams about life and how I wan't events to play out and more than likely it is extreme. I have always been a big fan of surprises and making people feel extra special. I genuinely love making my family feel spoiled.

The weekend of August 8th was a whirlwind. I went to a three-day blogging conference which just so happened to fall on my 20th birthday, needless to say I was exhausted. On our drive home my mom and I were discussing all the ins and outs of the weekend but in the back of my mind I couldn't help but be a little sad that all the excitement was coming to an end.

As I walked in my front door, I was greeted by the faces of my family and friends yelling "SURPRISE"! I can only imagine what my face look liked (actually we have a video of it, so I'll need to check that out) but I couldn't have been more surprised. I started crying... literal tears.

Everyone had gone all out: my sister (head party planner of my 20th) and her boyfriend drove down early that morning to be a part of it all, my dad and brother had set up the decorations, my best friend had driven all around town gathering all of my favorite goodies, and the kitchen was decorated with all the must-haves for a "Kendall-esque" party. And my mom, of course knew about what was in the making the whole time and had been distracting me through out the weekend changing the topic every time I showed interest in her mysterious phone calls.

It was one of those birthdays that I'll remember forever. Each person went above and beyond to make me feel even more loved and special than I normally do (which is pretty hard to outdo). While we sat around the table sipping on mimosas and snacking on macarons* my heart was just bursting with joy and happiness as I thought about all the people I have in my life who continue to love and support me through everything.

And let's not forget about this round birthday cake with tall candles. I don't really know how I came about this request but I have been talking about wanting one for my birthday for a couple of years. I know this wish may seem very silly, but for my family to go along with my crazy antics, and go out of their way to make sure there was a round birthday cake with tall candles sitting in the kitchen for me when I got home meant everything.

Unfortunately, we didn't get any family shots and the restaurant was super dark so some of the pictures are really grainy but we were to busy enjoying each other's company to care. And really that is all that matters. 


Kendall Rose

*Did I mention I was able to cross off 6 items on my Summer Bucket List throughout this one weekend? Craycray.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Hundred Event >>> Part Three

We've finally come to the end of The Hundred. Sad day. This was one of those moments when everything had just gone so right there was no possible way it could get any better, but it did.

If you're behind you can read about day one here and day two here.

We started our Sunday morning off with brunch at the Aldredge house. It was so strange to me because the house was in the middle of a neighborhood (where else would a house be, I know) but seeing that it is a historical house that people rent for events I thought it was kind of a strange location... Like here I am going to this brunch in heels and I look across the street at these kids riding their bikes and people tending their gardens. Okay, okay- enough about that- now on to the weekend!

The brunch was everything I could ever hope for. And more. The room was decorated so beautifully with flowers and confetti and balloons. And the tables were all perfectly set with kitchenware courtesy  of Birch and Brass rentals. The brunch was basically how I envision all of my parties turning out to be, but the ever disappearing college budget just does not suffice.  We ate quiche and cake and socialized one last time as everyone tried to forget that this blissful weekend was coming to an end.

But the weekend just wasn't complete until Oprah paid us a visit! Okay, so maybe not Oprah, but Joules gave us all wellies (rain boots for those in the US) which is pretty much the same thing. And for one last surprise we were all gifted an item from one of the wonderful and ever-so-gracious sponsors of the weekend. I got a Maison Miru necklace that is to die for. And just as I was walking our Lauren Knight from Aspiring Kennedy commented on the necklace and informed me that she has one too, so in other words we are officially best friends.

The weekend was so wonderful and I am so sad that it is over. I want to thank all the sponsors and everyone involved in making this weekend what it was. And more thank yous to Lauren, BridgetMegan, and Grace for hosting the weekend. Y'all did a tremendous job and I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves for next year.

And just when I started to slip into a post-conference depression, the weekend of all weekends still had more to come. A post about this surprise will be coming soon!


Kendall Rose

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Hundred Event >>> Part Two

Read about The Hundred Event part one here.

Wow. Where do I even begin. Day two was more than I could ever imagine. 

We started off the day with breakfast at Breadwinners, a place I have been dying to try (and trust me it's worth dying for). There was Eggs Benedict and a terrace so I was pretty much in heaven. For the first session we all stayed together to listen to the fabulous Curt Steinhort and his take on time management. Listening to Curt should be a requirement of life. I promise you everyone in that room, blogger or not, gained some great insight on being productive. 

We split up into our up close and personal sessions. Because I went with my mom we decided to divide and conquer to soak up as much information as possible. I attended a blogger session taught by Stacy . I'm telling you, I wanted to be her best friend by the end of it. Stacy is so outgoing and has a real go-getter attitude. She is a big believer in taking risks and being spontaneous. And for that I admire her. I learned about all things blogging. She had some great advice on expanding your audience and I learned some great technical tips along the way. 

I attended a session on how to keep your voice and being unique on the internet. I think sometimes it is hard to remember who you are and what your purpose is when there are so many great bloggers to compare yourself to. It is very easy to get caught up in what others are doing and can often find yourself trying to keep up with the joneses. There was a panel of people including CaseyWiegand, from The Wiegands, Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry from Pulp Design Studios and many more, who shared each of their missions and how they stay dedicated to being themselves. 

For lunch  we trekked to Cane Russo to indulge ourselves in pizza. It had such a cool hipster atmosphere and of course the pizza was amazing, but uh can we talk about the s'mores calzone? Literally. To. Die. For. As we ate, Twine talked to us about getting involved in their business. 

That afternoon I took two more awesome sessions; photography and photo styling.

Jenni (the photographer) was seriously so knowledgeable and gave some great tips that I will be putting into place real soon. I have to read all about my camera (at her request) so I'll need to put aside some time to give my camera some much needed TLC. 

In the photo styling session I met Casey Wiegand (I had her in a class earlier when she was on the panel but this time I had one on one time with her) She is literally the sweetest person in the whole wide world. I'm sure you've heard it before, but if not I'll say it again because it is so true. She is so nice guys. It was so awesome to get to talk to someone so genuine about something they are so passionate about. I was lucky (and brave) enough to talk to her about some of her personal life experiences and how she incorporates them into her blog. She gave me the courage to open up and share more about myself, which I'll be doing very soon.

We ended the night with at Peacock Alley with food trucks and popsicles. Have I mentioned how great the food was? Seriously, the hosts did a great job finding all these incredible places to eat. And how they managed to have them all included in the initial cost will forever be a mystery to me (seriously, do you guys know Beyoncé or something??). 

I ate a brisket grilled cheese, which if you know me you know I was literally in heaven, and I even had a coffee popsicle for dessert. Like I said heaven. By the end of the night, I was dragging my feet and could barely keep my eyes open. I was exhausted. But being tired from an overload of blog knowledge is worth it to me.

Reminiscing on the weekend makes me wish I could go back... but I'm not done yet. Third and final part of The Hundred Event coming at you all soon!


Kendall Rose


Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Hundred Event >>> Part One

This past weekend was probably the best weekend I have had in so long. From the much anticipated blogger's convention, to my birthday, to finally finding a job. It was basically the weekend of all weekends. I had really high hopes for it and man- it did not disappoint.

The conference took place in the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas. We walked into the hotel coming face to face with some of my favorite bloggers. I shyly glanced at Grace Patton (she was the only one sitting there at the moment) as we checked into the hotel and all I could think was: your daughter Julia is hilarious and I want to become bff's with you and your husband. Weird, right? It is an eerie thing to meet bloggers in real life, especially those whom I have followed to consistently for years. Because while they have no idea who I am, I creepily know the ins and outs of their lives.

In preparation for the weekend I read the "official" binder that had been provided to gather as much information as possible before the weekend officially started (and probably to stall because I was just so nervous).

Before dinner we had a cocktail hour, which was meant to mingle with the other bloggers. While most other bloggers chatted like cocktail hours are made for, stuck to my mom like glue and breathed a sigh of relief when I saw a familiar face... well besides my mom. We chatted with our friends Kendi Skeen from Kendi Everyday (who is basically blogger royalty) and her husband Bryan Skeen probably far longer than they wanted.

The dinner was just amazing. The hosts, Lauren Knight, Grace Patton, Bridgett Hunt, and Megan Graham, truly thought of everything. The place settings were beautiful with our own personalized name cards and the cutest menus ever- I'm throwing a party just to have an excuse to order these menus.*

They had "assigned" seating for us which provided us a great way to meet the other attendees and it was so helpful for introverts like myself. And not to mention the gift bags Joules so graciously provided for us. Did I mention we also had robes lying  on the bed in the hotel room when we arrived? It was like a dream.

The actual food part of dinner was delicious, but the best part was listening Kendi's speech. She was the keynote speaker of the weekend and let me just say she rocks. Kendi is without a doubt one of the sweetest people I have ever met- but she's also one of the funniest, which basically makes her downright awesome.

It was an amazing first night and the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Stay tuned to hear all about the second day of The Hundred Event.


Kendall Rose

*JK I will not be using the menus unless minted is offering to sponsor the party... the life of a poor college student just does not provide. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dallas Arboretum

finally got to go to the Dallas Arboretum this past weekend! It felt really good to cross something off of my bucket list that I have been wanting to do for so long. We really couldn't have picked a more perfect day to go. The weather was wonderful, it got a bit warm once we started walking around but it's August in Texas so anything under 100 is a great day. The night before I found out the Arboretum was having dollar days...uh what, you mean to say you can get in the Arboretum for just one dollar? Yes...yes I am.

We had everything planned out the night before but as we all know, life happens. I tend to get really stressed out when things don't happen as planned. You would think at this point of my life I would be used to well, life, but for some reason it still gets to me. It's something I'm working on.

Since we were already behind schedule we just figured (well really my family did and I obliged) to go with the flow. We stopped by a new place that just opened up by us called The Donut Kitchen. If you haven't heard, gourmet donuts are all the rage now. I actually don't like donuts as much as I would like to, but these were different. They have such a unique variety of donut flavors - I mean Carmel Macchiato? Can you say incredible!

I was nervous that the boys wouldn't find the trip as fun as I did, but I think everyone enjoyed it (or at least acted like they did). We had a great time walking around looking at the various blooms and fountains. The Arboretum is just as beautiful as I hoped it would be! I truly cannot imagine what everything looks like in the fall and spring. Did I mention they have festivals and concerts for every holiday? I'll be back for sure.


Kendall Rose

P.S. The Hundred Event starts today... and I am freaking! Eeek!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Secret Bloggers Club: All Things Braggy

Hello hello!

Today we're talking about bragging rights. We all secretly pride ourselves for being awesome, so here's the time to share. What better way to start the morning off than with a little bit of self-promoting. Get ready to hear just how fabulous I am. 

>>> I'm pretty great at starting books, not so wonderful at always finishing them. This summer I have started 8 books, finished one, and plan on starting two more before summer is over.. You do the math. 

>>> I am a self-proclaimed comedian. I am clever, witty, superb at imitating voices, and in fact I have been told I am the next Jimmy Fallon. Okay, so maybe I was the one who said that... but one can dream. 

>>> I practically transform into a garbage disposal at the sight of chips and queso. I could be on the longest healthy eating streak of my life and full off of egg whites and protein powder, but there's chips and queso you say? Maybe I'll have just oneeeee bite.

>>> I quote Arrested Development and The Office in my everyday life like nobody's business. If you're ever walking around the mall and think you hear Tobias Fünke talking about how he just blue himself, it's probably just little ol' me trying to get a laugh. 

>>> I once snuck a friend inside my house after my parents told me she couldn't sleep over. I had to distract them while she crept up the stairs and she had to hide in my closet for the majority of the night so we couldn't get caught- but it was worth it. 

Now that you've all been well informed on just how cool I am, it's time to dish about yourself!

Link-up below highlighting something you're awesome at!


Kendall Rose

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Link Party

Calling all bloggers~

I am totally a complete airhead and forgot to mention that I am hosting a linky party with my sweet friend, Kels, from The Blonder Side of Life.

If you don't know what a link party is, I'm here to tell you! 

A link-up allows bloggers to share something about themselves on a communal post so they  can meet, share, and get to know other bloggers and readers. Link parties are a great way to grow your audience, meet new bloggers, and most importantly bring bloggers together! Because really we're all here to support each other right?

The link-up is held on the first Monday of every month (also known as tomorrow) and this month is all about bragging rights! The link-up with open tomorrow morning and stay open all week long. 

Make sure to link-up and share your post highlighting something you're great at! 

I can't wait to see what everyone has!


Kendall Rose