Friday Finds: Mid-Year Refection

Happy Friday friends!

We are one full week into July which means we are also passed the midpoint of this year. Around this time, I like to do a little reflection on the last six months. I think about the goals I had set for myself and what I have accomplished thus far. Doing this sort of re-grounds me and helps me get back on track so I can finish out the year strong.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

My idol had a baby!

The best prom revenge.

Major MAJOR change coming to Target

The sweetest commercial!

Some crazy (and gross) Oreo flavors.

The most amazing, yet underrated actress, ever!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: Finally It's Summer! and  Friday Finds: Happy June!

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Happy 4th of July! Sales and Deals 2017

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Happy 4th of July everyone! If you're in KC, or stuck in a rain storm like we are, you may not be able to jump in a pool or layout in the sun. That just means it the perfect time for some online shopping! Personally, I find that to be an acceptable way to celebrate :D

4th of july sales and deals

Abercrombie & Fitch | up to 60% off.

Anthropologie | take an extra 30% off sale items.

ASOS | up to 70% off sale items

BaubleBar | up to 75% off sale items

Bloomingdales | Save 25-50% during Deal Reveal!

DSW | Spend $50, get $10 gift certificate

Express | 50% off tees, shorts, dresses, and more.

Francesca’s | up to 70% off clearance.

Free People | 40% off selected styles

Gap | Up to 50% off

H&M | up to 70% off with some deals as low as $4 with code EXTRA40

J. Crew | 30% off your purchase with code ‘HOORAY.’

J. Crew Factory | 50% off everything

Kendra Scott | 15% off Color Bar with code COLOR

Levi's | 40% off sales items with code 40Extra

Lulus.com | Up to 70% off sale items

Macy’s | give $3 and take an extra 25% off

Nordstrom | Summer Markdowns

Target | 20% off clothing

Victoria's Secret | $15 off of $125

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Events with Victoria Beckham For Target and Lace, Leather, and Leopard

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DIY Wedding Wands

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When it comes to wedding planning, there are some details that every bride can choose immediately. Then there are other details that can take longer to figure out. These can be as big as the dress and location or as small of a detail as the bridesmaids shoes. I am a decisive person, so wedding planning went pretty smoothly for me. But there were a handful times where the planning came to a screeching halt because I wasn't sure which choice was the best. One of these times was definitely for a small detail. So small, it's almost laughable now; but as a bride, to me, this was a make it or break it. Ready? Drumroll please,….. What will our guest throw when we make out grand entrance our of the church? Life-changing choice, amiright?

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Rice? No, that's bad for birds. Bird seed? No, that's not attractive. Confetti? No, that just seems messy and difficult to organize. Bubbles? No, it's becoming a cliché. Nothing? No, that's just boring.

I wanted to do something different, but not odd. Friends starting giving me suggestions from weddings they have been to recently. One friend suggested flower petals. I liked the idea, but that was just going to raise my flower budget. Another friend said glitter, but that seemed messier than confetti. I was definitely putting too much thought into this, and I knew that in the moment.

Eventually, I stumbled upon photos from my cousins wedding a couple of years prior. They had distributed ribbon wands to their guests. When they exited the church, everyone waved the wands, twirling the ribbons around. It created a sea of swirling colors. It produced some of the most beautiful photos! I had finally made my decision. The downside? Every place online I found was charging so much for something I knew I could make myself. So I did.

This was the easiest DIY I have ever done. So grab a glass of wine, find a show you need to catch up on, (I chose Younger) and get to work!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, than you will also like Our Travel Board and What We Gave Our Bridal Party

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Kaleidoscope Spinning Turns One!

On this day, one year ago, I posted this, my first blog post. Thus began a year of many changes and many adventures. 

Top: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Tank: Merona | Skirt: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Shoes: Mossimo | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl | Balloon: Pink Antlers Studio

Words cannot truly describe how incredibly the last year has been, but I'm going to do my best!

I should start by thanking all of my friends and followers who have supported me throughout the past year on this fun adventure. The positive response I have gotten from everyone has been overwhelming and just absolutely wonderful! I couldn't be happier! In addition to the blog, this is also the anniversary of my Etsy Page.

I constantly go back and forth about which was more of a risk; my blog or my Etsy page. Both have required to me to be vulnerable and transparent. I've put myself out there in my writing, my photos and my designs; Open to judgment, critique, and potential failure. Kaleidoscope Spinning was born from a need for change. I've had this call inside of me to do this for quite some time, but ignored it for years.

Finally, one year ago, I decided I was tired for waiting. I had dreams and goals and I decided to stop waiting for someone else to tell me it was okay to chase them.

I've learned a lot about myself this year, as I am sure you guys have too. It's been a wonderful year, filled with some amazing memories. But now, onto the future. I have some big plans for the next year, specifically the next few months, and I am so excited to get started!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like The Other Side of my 20s and The Paper Year: Our First Anniversary.

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P.S. Photo shoots with a ballon on a windy day can be difficult! See below!

The Other Side of my 20s

Today, I celebrate my 26th birthday. I am officially in the latter half of my 20s. (Not to be confused with my late 20s. That begins at 27!) Despite any technicalities of when my late 20s begin, I have found myself very reflective this birthday. I keep thinking back to when I was 16…

birthday_16My Sweet 16th Birthday

My parents threw me a big Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party. The house was filled with family and friends, most of whom had known me my entire life. It was a wonderful party and a great way to start what would be a very transformative year. Two weeks after my party, I got my drivers license and officially became the first of my friends to do so. Two months later, I performed in my first improv show at my high school. This show became the first of many. Just weeks after that show, I landed a coveted spot in my high school's Variety Show Comedy Team; as dream of mine since I started high school.

My 16th year came with some wonderful highlights, but in turn, I was also hit with some low moments. I found chemistry impossible and French was just not sticking. Pressure to do better in school was amplified by the beginning of my college research. If I was going to go to a good school and get the degree I wanted, I needed to start working harder. On top of this, I was dealing with some issues with my groups of friends. This later turned into me leaving the group in pursuit of a better one.

birthday_18My 18th Birthday

I didn't know it at the time, but I now consider that year to be my first real year of life.

It was the first year I had to start really considering my future. It was the first year my actions could drastically effect that future. It was the first year I made some amazing new friends, and let go of some terrible ones.  It was the first year I began to set personal goals, and more importantly began to achieve them!

birthday_21My 21st Birthday

No year of my life has ever been perfect; each year has come with highs and lows, achievements and failures, rewards and rejections. And while some years can be better than others, each year came with a healthy balance of some very real moments.

So here I am with a solid 10 years of life experiences behind me. Life definitely didn't go the way little 16-year-old Helen thought; and thank goodness for it! I am braver, stronger, and happier than I could have imagined.

birthday_22My 22nd Birthday

So cheers to 26! May it be filled with some beautiful moments!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Summer 2016 Bucket List Recap and The Paper Year: Our First Anniversary

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