Karla is one of those people who would probably look gorgeous in a garbage bag. She’s flawlessly beautiful and she has a knack for putting together killer looks that seem completely effortless.
Her blog, Karla’s Closet, has been on my radar for years now. It definitely deserves a spot on your feedly.
I’m writing about her today because she recently released her own collection, The Line by K, that seems infinitely edgy and chic. She’s created the type of items you just know you’d reach for over and over again if you had them in your closet, but wouldn’t necessarily think you’d need in your regular rotation.
Congratulations on the new line, Karla. What item would you buy right now if you could? I’d go for the Mari Tee, but I am definitely intrigued by the Adrienne Body Suit in black. Am I a body suit kinda gal?
In a chapter in one of my favorite books on the planet, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed wrote a concerned reader who was struggling with whether or not to have children. Strayed encouraged her to consider all of the different potential futures she could choose to have in her life, to think deeply about what her life would look like with children and what it would look like without them. What would the cadence of her days look like? What would her retirement look like? How would she spend her free time? Strayed argued that, sure, the future is pretty unpredictable, but it still doesn’t hurt to think about it before making major decisions that affect it.
Even though I’m not quite thirty, I already feel like I’ve lived nine different lives. Right now, I am in the California chapter, but in the past, I lived through The Gambia chapter, the college chapter, the divorce chapter, the study abroad chapter. When I was in The Gambia chapter, I definitely saw my life lived pinging between The Gambia and the United States. I thought I would raise interracial, intercultural children with my then-boyfriend. I imagined what that life would look like. I felt so close to it that I could taste it.
For me, that future didn’t come to fruition and I am completely okay with that now. I still feel a bit nostalgic at times for what could’ve been, but I acknowledge that the way things turned out was for the best.
The ‘Motherhood around the World’ blogger featured a couple of weeks ago on Cup of Jo is basically living the life I had imagined, albeit on a different side of the African continent. She has a beautiful family and what looks like a beautiful life in Kenya. I reread her post this morning several times because I loved peering inside of the coulda, woulda, shoulda well every once in awhile. It’s nice to pull out that other life, imagine it from different angles, and then put it away.
Definitely give the post and the series a read. The blogger also has her own blog, which you can find here.
Do you ever think about other ‘lives’ you could have lived?
This article, ‘Mindy Kaling’s Guide to Killer Confidence’ has made the rounds on the internet this weekend. I clicked through, thinking that it would be a bit of a sugar-coated snooze fest like I’ve heard from her in the past, but I was wrong.
She actually addressed the fact that she’s been a bit trite in the past with her answers to ‘why are you so confident?’ and then proceeded to answer the question with the grit and power that you’d expect from a woman as successful as Kaling.
It’s nothing new to be told that you have to work hard to be successful, but I liked that she encouraged women to actually believe that they deserved success once they put in the work. I can easily forget to do this, so I took it as a very timely reminder.
Cheers to Mindy and her new book, launching Sept 15. Will you watch the next season of her show on Hulu?