Monday, October 20, 2014

Hawaii Recap

I'm headed back to Chicago from a relaxing vacation with my husband on the Big Island in Hawaii.  I missed my boys but it was so nice to sleep in, get some sun and relax a bit from the craziness that will come in the next couple of months.  Here is a recap with pics of the resort as well as things I wore.
Calypso Coverup (bought from the outlets), love this similar one

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kickstarter: Love Dogs, Modern Design and Supporting Small Businesses?

This project is close to my heart as it is created by my brother (Billy) and his girlfriend (Michelle).  They launched their Kickstarter campaign on the best modern design dog toy and I would love it if you would check it out here.


As I dog owner myself, I know how unattractive dog toys can look, Billy and Michelle have really created something that is useful but looks like a part of your home.  How they would describe it:

"We created a puzzle dog toy called The Odin to fill our need for a toy that was durable, fun and also beautiful.  The Odin gives dogs the mental and physical stimulation they need while looking great in your home.  We also made the toy modular so you can attach 2 together and make it a new toy toy.

We made this because we think the design sense applied to other things in our homes isn't being focused on one of the most important parts of our homes, our dogs.  Dog toys stand out like sore thumbs, they should feel more like a part of our home."


We would love your support and you can donate any amount to support the business or for $25 you'll get a toy if they success on making their goal!  If you've never heard of Kickstarter, it's a brilliant website that enables people to "kick start" their business.  You post your idea/product/business and create a goal that will enable you to produce or start your business.  By getting backers to support you, you can start production or your business idea once the goal is met.  It's like pitching for investors but online with real people.


If your a lover of dogs, modern design and small business, please check out the full video and details here.  And Odin's personal Facebook page which people love is here.

And a bit of background on Michelle and Billy:

Michelle didn’t start out with dreams of making dog toys, but after graduating with a Masters in nursing and working as a nurse practitioner in primary care she realized her real passion was for animals. She quit her job with the seed of the idea of making a better puzzle toy, which is her dog’s favorite kind of toy.

Billy never was a dog person until his sisters both got dogs and introduced him into the world of wagging tails. He instantly knew that dogs would always be in his future and when he met Michelle, was excited that they both wanted to get the same kind of dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. 

Raising Odin from 3 months to 3 years has been rewarding beyond measure, teaching him life lessons on a daily basis and giving him reasons to smile at all times. Up Dog Toys is his way of giving back to what Odin and other dogs have given to the world. When Billy isn’t running Up Dog Toys, he’s a web developer and created an app dedicated to Odin called Corgi Fetch for iOS

Once again check out their full Kickstarter campaign here. Thank you for reading and supporting!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopbop Top Picks for 25% off


When Shopbop does their friends and family for 25% off I get super excited and yes I shop.  For 3 days only use code FAMILY25 and you'll be adding some great things to your closet.

These are my top picks and some are super affordable!  And those over the knee high boots I always talk about - get them if they have your size.  




#8 Faux Leather Mini      |     #9 Black Crop Top (I wear this with all my skirts)


And of course my own site is having 25% off this whole week, if you have loved our skirts, tees, new clutches or jewelry, be sure to shop with code FALL25

Monday, October 13, 2014

Red Soles , Red Wine & Leather

Mixing up my new graphic tee with a pair of my favorite leather leggings.  I invested in this leggings last year and I love them, but I recently found these faux ones that are great . . . 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dressing up with Christina Karin - Part 2

I love dressing up and if I could I would everyday.  Prepping to go out, doing my hair, slipping on the dress and than heading to an event (most of the time someone's wedding) is one of my favorite things to do.  

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