hellokorin holiday: a “first date” interview!

Valentine’s Day is all about the love—friendship love included! So to let you all get to know me a little better, my best friend and co-blogger Lexi (of Basically Bubbly) and I decided to answer a few questions about ourselves, first-date-style.

Lexi Senic of Basically Bubbly and Korin Ludicke of hellokorin

(Lexi and I during college. Look at those tans!)
1. What inspired you to start your blog? Where do you see it going?

Lexi: I started Basically Bubbly while in college as a way to express my creativity. At the time, I was a full-time engineering student and I felt trapped without any way to explore colors, fashion or my interests. Now, my blog is just one of the dimensions to my personal brand. I love spending time exploring my passions and expanding my business.

Korin: I began hellokorin my first year of college, as a way to collect inspiration and stay creative during an academic-heavy time. Over the years it has evolved with me, as I’ve discovered my personal style and passions. I would love for it to become a way for me to share my love for interior design, organization, & event planning with the world, as a business.
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2. What’s your ideal Saturday?

L: Being outdoors with the pup + Jas, whether that’s a picnic or trip to the lake or hiking. Then coming home, eating something delicious for dinner and painting while the sun is setting.

K: Brunch, a good thrifting/antiquing trip, and then winding down the evening outdoors with my guy, a grill, and good friends.
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3. If you could describe your personal style in a phrase, what would it be?

L: Boho Chic.

K: “Easy sophistication.” I like to look polished but effortless—never stiff.

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4. Which celebrity would you pick to be best friends with?

L: Emma Watson, hands down.

K: I have to be cliché and go with Taylor Swift. She seems like a genuinely kind person, which is such an attractive quality, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. (Bonus that I wouldn’t have to squat to take a photo together!)
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5. If you had to pick one clothing store to shop from for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

L: Anthropologie. It’s filled with everything wonderful for both my home and closet. I always tell Jas I could live in their stores every time I walk in.

K: I’ve gotta go with ASOS. The clothing is great quality, and they have a good mix of timeless, classic styles and fun pieces.

leather jacket and loose bun

6. What’s your favorite piece in your closet?

L: I can’t decide between my jeweled white blouse from Anthro or my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans. Both are pieces I have to force myself away from when I walk into my closet every morning. Too bad it’s considered bad taste to wear the same thing daily. Haha.

K: My leather jacket. It fits so perfectly, and can make any outfit look put-together instantly!
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7. What are the three things you cannot leave your house without?

L: Cell phone (mostly for the camera), chapstick (the plainer, the better) + sunnies.

K: Mascara, chapstick, and a spare hair tie.
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8. What is your go-to lipstick shade?

L: Dior Addict Extreme 789

K: I typically go bare on my lips, but when I want to add a little color I love using a lip crayon in a berry hue.

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9. What’s the one thing you do to pamper yourself regularly?

L: I LOVE those $1 face masks from Walmart and always make an excuse to set aside time once a week for myself, the tub + a face mask.

K: I recently invested in a really good moisturizer, and it feels so luxurious every time I put it on. I’m usually a drugstore-brand kind of girl, but treating my skin to a great moisturizer every day is better for my complexion AND my mood:)
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10. Leather or gems?

L: If it’s brown leather, leather all the way!

K: Leather.

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I wanna get to know you, too! Answer these questions and post them to your own blog, facebook, or leave them in a comment here. And tag your best friend to answer them, also! xo

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hellokorin holiday: valentine’s date outfit ideas

Have you ever bought a dress you love for a date, only to find he’s taking you somewhere completely unexpected and you’re not sure it’s appropriate? Or, have you ever not purchased an amazing dress because you’re afraid you won’t get enough use out of it? Never again, ladies! Below is the inspiration you need to get the most out of every item in your wardrobe. I’ve picked out a gorgeous Valentine’s Day date dress and showed you how to style it for three very different dates:

date outfit intro

date outfit 1 date outfit 2date outfit 3Date #1
coat | dress | necklace | clutchsandal

Date #1
coat | dress | bag | earrings | wedge

Date #1
coat | dress | bag | tights | bootie

What do you think, do you style your pieces in lots of different ways? Or are you a don’t-fix-what-isn’t-broke kind of girl when putting looks together? And if you’re planning a V-day date night, I’d love to see the look you put together! Tag your photo on Instagram with #hkholiday.

 

hellokorin holiday: valentine’s gifts

It’s finally February, and you know what that means—Valentine’s Day will soon be here! I’m not usually a big celebrator of this holiday, but it’s just so darn hard not to love all the love, ya know? So over the next couple weeks, I’ll be spreading a little love of my own with some V-day versions of #hkholiday. First up: a few gift ideas for your sweetheart or bestie!

gifts

1. west elm “eye love you” keychain – who couldn’t use a (cute) daily reminder?

2. uo heartbreaker sunglasses –  these are so fun! and now she can actually look at you with hearts in her eyes:)

3. orelia arrow stud earrings – play cupid with these adorable little arrows

4. succulent heart garden – flowers will fade, but these gorgeous succulents will be a lasting reminder

5. capri blue jar candle in “volcano” – red, hot, and burning, like your love!

PS—keep an eye out for more Valentine’s gift inspiration from basically bubbly!

Monday Motivation

Nelson MandelaThis is such a powerful quote to me, and I want to print it out and plaster it everywhere! I hope when I look back in 50 years, or even in just a few years, that I see that the choices I’m making are ones that lead me towards what I want, not simply choices that are guided by worry.

 

look for less: office space

It may be because I have my own mini home office redesign on the brain, but it seems that gorgeous, chic work spaces are everywhere I look lately (case in point: this article, this article, and this pinterest board). I pinned some really great office spaces on my own interiors board this week, so I decided to pick a few of my favorites to recreate for you! Below I’ve shown you how to get a room that looks pretttttttty close to the photo. And, because you know I’m always looking for a deal, I’ve also put together a room with a similar look, but for a lot less.

office space #1

office office2

“get the look” room total: $1,071
shelves | desk | chair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender
“look for less” room total: $358
shelves | deskchair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender

office space #2

office3 office4

“get the look” room total: $4,744
lamp | shade | art | desk | shelf | rug | chair
“look for less” room total: $1,058
lamp | shade | art | desk | pull & brackets | shelf | gold leaf | rug | chair

office space #3

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“get the look” room total: $981
fig tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase
“look for less” room total: $676
topiary tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase

Which look is your favorite, or have you spotted another office space you’re crushing on? Share it with me below!

xo Korin

hellokorin holiday: packing

Who here hates checking bags? I know it can’t be just me. Not only do I not trust airlines to get my luggage to the correct destination (especially when layovers are involved), but I just flat out don’t want to spend the money. Besides, why bother when you can fit everything you need into one small bag? Check out how I’m packing 10 items for 10 days of Christmas vacation, plus a few packing tips to help you decide what goes and what stays below:

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1. Stick to a color scheme; this makes it easy to mix and match your pieces. I prefer neutrals in my everyday outfits anyway, so this is pretty easy for me. When packing for my trip, I’m sticking to black-based neutrals with one colorful sweater and a turquoise necklace for a pop of color.

2. Pick out your must-bring pieces, and build around them. Have a dress that you absolutely have to bring, and it goes so great with those flats? Pick out a few more outfits that will go with the flats, too. Dying to show off your new blazer? Pick out a few outfits to style it in different ways.

3. When packing for winter, pack in layers. You’ll definitely need a sweater and coat for any time spent outdoors, but hanging out inside with your entire extended family might get a little toasty. Pack a range of fabric weights and sleeve lengths.

4. Prepare for a range of occasions. Pack things that can be dressed up for a nice dinner out, or dressed down for hanging out with family. A black dress is perfect for this; wear it alone with some jewelry for a fancier look, or layer on a sweater to tone it down.

Get the details on all the pieces below! And for tips on packing those items without wrinkles, check out this cool post. Happy travels!

1. gray sweater 2. fair isle sweater 3. blouse 4. gingham button-down 5. denim button-down
6. white tee 7. black tee 8. black dress 9. dark wash jeans 10. black jeans
trench | bag | tassel necklace | triangle necklace | agate necklace | booties | flats
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