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VIDEO: DIY Embellished Flats

SOLE SOCIETY !Summer is almost here and thus sandal season!!! I’m over here getting ready. I through out almost all of my sandals from last year and I’m updating with some fresh new styles. I loved these white flats from Sole Society, but obviously they needed some jewels. DIY ALERT! Sandals + sew on jewels + glue = bejewesled and fabulous flats. Check out this super easy DIY video.

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Miss Kris TV: Life Lessons From Mom

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m letting my Mom take over this episode of Kristen Explains It All and share with y’all the life lessons she’s been sharing with me for the past 30 + years. She’s my go to person when I’m searching for a few words of wisdom. My Mom has always been very blunt and honest with me. She never sugar coated life and in doing so prepared me to deal with reality of being an adult. She’s also pretty fab and pretty funny so I wanted her to share her advice with you guys. Life according to my Mom. Enjoy!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOM’S, GRANDMA’S, AUNTIES and THOSE PLAYING MOM OUT THERE! WE LOVE YOU!!!

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VIDEO: Miss Kris’ Flea Market Shopping Tips

My favorite weekend pastime has to be thrifting through forgotten treasures at flea markets. I recently took a trip to the world famous Rose Bowl Flea in Pasadena, CA in hopes of walking away with a few fab finds. Click here to watch the adventures and see the few tips I’m sharing that make shopping easier. Hopefully you’ll keep them in mind next time you head to the flea market. Also keep an eye out for a cameo from my Mom. She was my shopping buddy on this trip!


VIDEO: DIY Oversized Statement Earrings

The latest DIY project is now live on my Miss Kris YouTube channel. Ok hear me out on this one…. I was totally inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest. Paper jewels + Mod Podge Dimensional Magic can easily create a fab pair of paper earrings. Trust me, it’s a good one. Watch here and don’t forget to thumbs up and subscribe!! xo


Miss Kris TV: Spring 2015 Trend Lookbook!

Just in time for the change in weather may I present to you the Miss Kris Spring 2015 Trend Lookbook. I got a few request on my YouTube channel for more fashion videos. I figured I’d start with a few of my favorite looks for the new season. And don’t forget to check the description box for all the outfit details. I’m a curvy girl, so obviously I featured plus brands but I gave fab straight size options as well. FASHION FOR ALL! xo

I hope you guys enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel (here).

PS: This was prob the hardest video I’ve ever released on my channel. Shout out to all the fashion girls creating fabulous videos on YouTube!!! So. Much. Work. lol

Video shot by Jessica Castro


Miss Kris TV: How To Dress Like A Millionaire Fashionista // Kristen Explains It All

Kristen Explains It All is back answering a commonly asked Instgram question, “Where did you get that?” Watch to learn how I stay polished and chic …and keep money in my bank account. Click here to watch!! And don’t forget to subscribe to Miss Kris TV. xo


{Oh Snap!} Join Me At The LA April Snap Photography Workshop

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Hey guys! I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be attending the LA Snap workshop on Saturday April 4th. What is Snap? Snap is a 1-day Instagram + photography workshop dreamt up and designed by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs! The workshop is created by Kelsey Lee of The Brand Gals. She and her team are fab and I’ll be onsite talking about the art of photo styling… basically how to make stuff pretty!

If you live in LA and you’re looking for creative ways to grow your business’ Instagram following and create pretty photos, be sure to check it out. Click here for all the Snap ticket details and click here to see a behind the scenes of their last workshop.

ALSO, rumor has it that Snaps is giving away two free tickets to the event. Click here to find out all the details on their Instagram giveaway and how you can enter! Good luck and see ya there!! xo


Miss Kris TV: 5 Fresh + Fun Ways To Welcome Spring

Spring has sprung! Well for most of us anyway. March 20th marked the official 1st full day of the new season and I’m here to celebrate with 5 fun ways to welcome Spring… even if it’s still snowing in your city. What do you think? Are you ready for the change in seasons?!?

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VIDEO: Transforming His Shirt Into Your Skirt

Ladies…. I’ma need a little background music to go with this post. Beyonce this is your cue (here).

As we transition from Winter into Spring, here’s an easy tutorial to get a little more wear out of our flannel shirts. Transforming a shirt into a fun skirt is sooooooo quick and easy. I used an old button down of my ex’s that I had lying around (Don’t you ever for a second get to thinking… I won’t use your clothes for a fab DIY project, baaaaabaaay). Feel free to raid your Dad, Husbands or Brothers closet too. Watch the full tutorial here and subscribe to the Miss Kris YouTube channel here!


YOU’RE INVITED!… A New Miss Kris Series On YouTube

Miss Kris Kin Community You're Invited PARTY OVER HERE!!!!! I’m thrilled to finally announce a new YouTube series I’m working on in collaboration with KIN Community. Today the first episode of “You’re Invited” is LIVE! Watch it here.

This project has basically been a dream come true. I’m hosting parties and inviting the entire internet to come party! In each episode, I’ll throw together a new themed party. I’ll give you decor, food + beverage and tons of fabulous DIY inspiration. I kicked off the series by hosting a few of my friends for my favorite meal of the day… BRUNCH! Who doesn’t love a good brunch?!?

Miss Kris Kin Community You're Invited Table 1I created the perfect brunch table for my guest by using a closet door… yep! Covered it with stripped fabric I picked up from the fabric store… yep, so easy!
Created a fab garland with leaves from the yard and decorated it with fresh fruit! And topped the whole thing off with this AMAZING plantalier… get it plant + chandelier?!?

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This project really was a dream. My friend Mary Elizabeth from Hey Mary Elizabeth joined us for brunch and showed us how to put together a fancy mimosa bar. Watch here video here.

Miss Kris Kin Community You're Invited Group Seriously there’s a WHOLE LOTTA YouTube fun going on and I really hope you enjoy it. So just to recap… watch my fab brunch party video here, watch the DIY floral chandelier here and to learn how to put together the perfect mimosa bar watch here.

YEA!!! LET’S PARTY!

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**Special thanks to Dish Wish for providing the vintage table setting**

DIY: Head Wrap

Warm weather is on its way… I promise! I’m dreaming of another warm beach vacation now. As you remember I recently took the NYE trip of a lifetime, a Carnival cruise down to sunny Mexico. I mentioned in my “Guide To Packing” video the importance of packing a scarf. It’s so versatile. You can use it as a sarong, a dress or my personal favorite… a head wrap! I wear them all the time when I’m trying to add a little fabulous to my outfit. Check out this easy how-to video and you’ll be full glam in three easy steps!

Disclosure: This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.


About That Time I Was On The Today Show…

 

IMG_4931So the Today Show happened today… yea that Today Show!!!!! Honestly I can’t even say if making an appearance on the Today Show is even on my bucket list because it’s just so beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I was honored when the show asked me to come on and represent YouTube creators as part of their Valentine’s themed What’s Clickin’ segment. Obviously, yes!!!! I made my way down to Rockefeller Plaza and had a grand time getting crafty with Natalie, Tamron, Willie and of course my weather man hero, Al Roker! (Seriously Al!!!!!!!!)

Click here to watch the segment. Honestly, the. best. day. I just had to share! xo

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VIDEO: Lipstick Artwork

This is like a week of throwbacks here at Miss Kris. But I guess like they say, it all comes back around again eventually. Last year I created this fun little DIY lipstick print for Valentine’s (here). I loved it so much it’s actually become a statement piece in my apartment. I recreated it again this year in video for for my YouTube channel because hey, why not?!?! Click here to watch and stick around to the end of the video for a playlist with more fab Valentine’s Day crafty inspiration from other members of the KIN Community.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers! xo


DIY: No Sew Blanket Cape

Miss Kris DIY WrapI had to go deep into the #MissKrisTV YouTube archives for this project. As many of us are preparing for the big shift from Winter to Spring (March 20th), we’re preparing our wardrobes and pulling back out those lighter weight outerwear options. A cozy wrap is one of my favorites! It’s perfect for a LA Winter …or a sunny Spring day in some other parts of the country.

Last year I made a fun, no sew blanket Cape video using a different fabric. This season I updated it with a fab houndstooth print I found at my local fabric store. I’m in to all thinks print and black and white right now! Click HERE to watch the video. Hopefully you’re inspired to make one for yourself this year. It’s the perfect way to stay warm and cozy.

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Style: Winter White

Miss Kris Winter White OOTD 1Winter white! Now I have to admit that even though I avoid the cold weather at all cost, I do enjoy seeing the Instapics of the freshly fallen white snow that my friends back East post. I don’t envy the 30 degree temps, but the snow sure is pretty. The recent snowfall has inspired one of my favorite looks. Winter whites plus a faux fur plus a fedora is giving me a 70s cold weather vibe that I can totally get behind. What do you think? How do you feel about the Winter white trend?

Pants | Shirt | Jacket (similar) | Heels | Bag | Hat

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DIY: Glitter Ombre Heels… Because YASSSSS!

I’d like to dedicate today’s video to all my friend in the Northeast region of the US celebrating their Tuesday with a SNOW DAY!!!! I don’t envy the cold weather, but I do wish I was forced to stay in my house today and spend hours watching TV. Ahhhhhhhh we can all dream. I hope you’re all staying warm and safe. If you’re looking for something to do… I’ve got two minutes of your day covered. Click here to enjoy this designer inspired glitter ombre heels tutorial. Enjoy!!

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The Fabulous Adventures Of Miss Kris: Aboard A Fun Ship To Mexico

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I’m labeling 2015 the year of Miss Kris’ fabulous adventures! I’ve challenged myself to do more exploring in the new year. So when presented the opportunity from Carnival Cruise Lines to spend my New Year’s Eve aboard one of their fabulous ships, how could I say no?! NYE aboard a ship? In the middle of the ocean? What an exciting way to ring in the year of adventure!

A few girlfriends and I boarded the ship on a Monday afternoon, setting sail for Mexico. After a fun day at sea we finally arrived at the first of two ports, Progresso.  We spent a few hours exploring the Mayan ruins and shopping. We later returned to the ship for a night of colorful New Year’s Eve activities. A delicious dinner and lots of dancing, all culminated in a colorful balloon drop at midnight that you’ve just got to see (watch here). My NYE was a blast!

After the most magical of evenings aboard the ship, we docked in Cozumel. Our excursion that day was to a private house with our own little private beache the most perfect and peaceful way to spend the first day of the new year.

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A cruise was the perfect way to cap off the holiday season and reset for the adventures that await me in a fresh year. Click here to watch my video diary and a very special thank you to Carnival for having me.

Disclosure: This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.


YUM!: Flavored Popcorn Recipes

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Award Season is in full swing here in LA. This weekend are the Golden Globes, then we have the SAG Awards and a few other shows leading up to the main event, the Oscars! Because my invite to these award shows always seem to get lost in the mail, I’ll be watching the shows from the comfort of my couch with a big bowl of popcorn! I mean it seems only right to celebrate some of Hollywood’s most glamorous evenings with popcorn, right? For those of you hosting Award Show parties keep in mind that popcorn really is a spectacular party snack. There are so many ways to dress up popcorn and really make it a fancy and delicious treat. Below are a few of my favorite gourmet popcorn recipes:

Parmesan-Rosemary: Toss 16 cups hot popcorn with 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary and 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
Truffle: Toss 16 cups hot popcorn with 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons truffle oil, 1/4 cup grated parmesan, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Buttered: Melt 1 stick butter in a small saucepan over low heat, skimming off the foam and solids; drizzle over 16 cups hot popcorn and toss with 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
Three-Cheese: Toss 16 cups hot popcorn with 2 cups shredded cheddar, 1 cup grated parmesan and 1/2 cup grated pecorino; spread on baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F until the cheddar melts, 3 minutes. Season with salt.
Bacon-Chive: Cook 6 slices chopped bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving the drippings. Drizzle 2 tablespoons each reserved bacon drippings and melted butter over 16 cups hot popcorn. Toss with the bacon, 1/2 cup chopped chives and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. Season with salt.
Cajun: Melt 4 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (try Tony Chachere- my fave), 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and 2 chopped scallions; drizzle over 16 cups hot popcorn and toss. Season with salt.
Salt and Vinegar: Combine 1/4 cup malt vinegar and 2 teaspoons kosher salt in a small spray bottle; shake to dissolve the salt. Spray over 16 cups hot popcorn.
 
Recipes via The Food Network.

BON VOYAGE 2014: Miss Kris’ Guide To Packing + My New Years Travel Plans

 

I can’t even begin to express how excited I am!! For the first time in a long time I have actual New Years Eve plans. YEA!!! A few girlfriends and I will be hitting the high seas and ringing in the new year on a Carnival cruise.

I love traveling, but I’ve never been a fan of packing. I’m a notorious over packer who always waits until the last minute. Over the years I’ve developed a few helpful tips and tricks to help make the packing process a little easier. Click here to see my tips!

If you’re a note taker and list maker like me, then a checklist is the perfect tool to help you get travel organized. I created this list to help ensure no toothbrush, headphones or phone charger is ever left behind. Lists make my life so much easier!  Below is my travel checklist. Save it, print it out and use it while preparing for your next vacation. It’s a lifesaver!

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Disclosure: This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.


Thrift Chic: DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

Photo 5Have you guys been following along with my Thrifted Genius series in collaboration with Darling Magazine? I was so thrilled to collaborate in this series where I turned thrift store finds into fab new decor pieces. I transformed a glass liquor decanter into a lamp (here) and a frame into succulent planter (here). Click here to see how I transformed a vintage silver serving tray into a chalkboard, perfect for those home personalized messages.

Special thanks to Kasey of Kasey Jones, Ink. for the lovely chalk art. ( …my handwriting is pretty awful lol)

VIDEO: DIY Bath Scrub… The Perfect Gift For The Girl Who Has It All!

Last year I made this lemon and vanilla bath scrub and gave it to all the women in my family. It was a HUGE hit! This year I revamped the scrub and added my favorite, refreshing scent lavender. Watch the video here!

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DECK THE HALLS: Decorating For The Holidays

I got 99 problems but holiday decor ain’t one!!!! (<- Jay Z’s 99 Problems the remix featuring a festive Miss Kris) The Holidays can be a stressful time, but obviously it doesn’t have to be. A quick trip to the 99 Cent Store (one of my favorite places on earth) and a little creativity made this years decorating super simple. Keep your eyes peeled for a fun light wreath DIY. O_O

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VIDEO: A Fabulous Friendsgiving

As I’ve mentioned over and over again, Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday of the year. There’s no pomp and circumstance. No fuss. It’s all about getting together with our families, enjoying a little foot and watching a little football. I know, more than anyone else that often times our friends are an extension of our families. Lots of us create our own familial bonds with our friends and hosting a Friendsgiving dinner is the perfect way to gather around those you love and acknowledge their presence in your life.

Blogger  buddy and friend, Kelly Golightly and I hosted a small gathering in my backyard last week for a few friends. The elements to a perfectly decorated Friendsgiving/ Thanksgiving table are easy: tablecloth, fancy dishes, simple decor, good eats, good drinks and friends! And of course you’re invited too! Click here to watch the video.

Miss Kris + Kelly Golightly Friendsgiving 1Our lovely table. Thanks to Dish Wish for providing the fabulous dishes, glasses and flatware. I was dead set on having a black and white striped table cloth (I’m currently obsessed with all things B+W). I scored this fabric at my local hardware store for $18 and made it the star of our party.

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Miss Kris + Kelly Golightly Friendsgiving 5Click here for Kelly Golightly’s yummy cocktail recipe. Sherbet + Prosecco are a tradition in her family. I have to admit I was like… huh?! what?!?… when she first mentioned it, but let me tell you it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted! YUM!

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Photos: Jessica Castro  | Video: (shot by) Calvin Main  | Friendsgving Dinner Sponsored by: Santa Margherita Wine – a beverage I enjoy, obviously. Celebrate Responsibly.

DIY: Pumpkin Floral Arrangement… the PERFECT Thanksgiving centerpiece

We’re days away from my FAVORITE HOLIDAY OF THE ENTIRE YEAR! …as if you couldn’t tell from my use of the cap locks. If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to decorate for your upcoming dinner, give this floral pumpkin arrangement a try. I’ve seen this project floating all around Pinterest, and this is the second year in a row that I’ve made one. If you’re going to someones house for dinner, keep in mind that this project makes a great hostess gift!

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