Happy August to you! This summer has been full of wonderful changes and new beginnings. Love, Krystle is stretching in beautiful ways. The desire and heart of these changes is to reach more women with the positive message of loving your body and personal sense of style. To encourage, magnify, and draw out the beauty that each one of the lovely women I meet possesses.
In light of these new changes,
there is someone
I would like you to meet...
I am ecstatic to introduce you to the beloved Ashley Carr! Ashley has been filling in some much needed gaps for me and Love, Krystle. Her official title is Love, Krystle's Community Manager. Ashley is responsible for Love, Krystle's social media accounts, events, and content creation, among other things.
Ashley has a rare gift mix in both organization and creative vision. She has a BIG heart for helping women see themselves in a loving, gentle, and uplifting perspective. She is also a loyal friend, devoted wife and wonderful mother. I’m excited for you all to get to know her a little bit more below...
I am grateful beyond words for Ashley and am delighted to introduce her to you today! The more you get to know her, the more you will love her too. Thank you for your continued love and support. Because of you, Love, Krystle is able to grow and reach more women every year.
P.S. If you have a moment, please leave a love note to welcome Ashley! XOXO
I hope you have been enjoying your summer! Mine has been consumed with my kids swim lessons, iced lattes, and late summer nights. There is much more time together to connect than during the school year and we are loving it!
I have been up to something fun and helpful in answering your specific styling questions. Utilizing Facebook live, I have been able to speak to specific styling topics. It is such a sweet tool to be able to answer your questions in real time. In June I chatted about solving your summer styling challenges. I have the video full of tips answering your beat the heat styling questions for you to enjoy...
What do you think?? Should I do more facebook live posts? Stay cool this week...
P.S. Did you have any questions come up?? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions in the comment section below...xoxo
Happy May to you! After receiving some pretty incredible feedback from you guys, I have decided to try something a smidge different from past Love Look posts. This will make these suggestions MUCH much more personalized and simple. Each piece will be labeled by which body shape it will flatter the most. No more wondering if it will work on you...if the shape that describes you is listed beneath the item, it will flatter your body! Boom! Let's get this party started...
If you are not sure which body shape you are, I have the descriptions listed here. This is extremely important to know. It is the foundation for knowing what items will flatter your body and which items will work against it. This makes shopping less complicated, it cuts purchasing mistakes in half, and leaves you with only pieces that make you feel amazing!
Apple - ample bust, rounded stomach, slimmer hips
Pear - small bust, narrow shoulders, more love in the hips, thighs, or bum
Rectangle - few curves
Inverted Triangle - shoulders broader than hips
Are you still feeling unsure about which body shape you have? Would you like an expert to tell you? Check out the Love, Krystle Beautiful Body Shape Finder. A style expert will review your answers, send you the results as well as a document sharing what items are going to balance and flatter your lovely shape. Note: please click "Return to Merchant" once payment is complete to fill out your survey.
Tops and Tees
Have a wedding to attend? Here are some lovely options...
Phew... and there you have it. I am sweating over here coming up with all these variables. So here is the skinny...choosing items that are specific to your shape is time consuming but well worth the effort. This is a service I offer clients (I call it Online Personal Shopping) and this is a lovely sneak peak at how it all works. When I know your body shape and your style type, then we have a magical concoction! You receive hand picked links that will flatter and compliment you every time.
Do you know your body shape?! How would this change the way you dress and shop in the future??
P.S. Was this a helpful post in navigating which pieces will let your figure shine? I want all of your thoughts and feedback so I can continue to serve your deepest styling needs. XOXO
Want a pro styling tip? This tip takes putting on a top and bottom from ordinary to interesting in seconds.
I am going to teach you how to front tuck! Here are the benefits to front tucking your tops and tees...
1. It defines your waist. This is important for all women whether you have a defined waist or not. If you have a waist, it won't be lost under your clothes. If you don't have a waist, it creates the illusion that you do. Win win.
2. It instantly makes your outfit more interesting. Without it, you simply have a top with a bottom, with it you have started to create a look. These little details are what takes your outfit from "MEH" to "A-MEH-ZING".
Check out this quick video on how to front tuck your tops and tees...
Quick, easy, and relatively painless, right? I do have to say...the quality of your tee does matter. Cheap jersey will cling to all the areas you don't want it to. The one I am wearing in this video is from Everlane. They offer high quality tee shirts at an extremely reasonable price. Most of them are made in the USA 👍🏼
An important side note...if you feel you carry most of your love in your midsection or identity with an apple body shape (Apple Shape: ample bust, rounded stomach, slimmer hips), this may not be an effective tip. I encourage you to try it, but if you are not feeling fabulous, check out some of these tops that will give you a waist without needing to front tuck.
I hope this tip is helpful to you! It has single handedly changed the way I dress forever 💕
P.S. Do you already front tuck your tops and tees? If not, are you going to give it a whirl?? Keep me posted, I am super curious...
There was such an overwhelming amount of you interested in seeing clothing suggestions monthly, that I HAD to deliver. Happy to share some of these beautiful pieces that will add some love to your Spring wardrobe.
I am a little obsessed with off the shoulder dresses...they are so fun and flirty. I selected a few to show you...
This color is stunning on every skin tone.
Are you boho-chic? A beautiful dress for the farmer's market or concerts on the square...
Easy to dress up or down. The perfect spring/summer staple.
Chambray shirts are a closet essential in my opinion. Wear them alone, over tanks, knotted, tucked in to skirts, under blazers and jackets...you name it, a chambray can do it.
Simplistic and beautiful...love this soft chambray.
It's Spring, so fun skirts are a give in...
Any weddings, baby showers, or graduations coming up?? This is great skirt to have in your special event arsenal. Simply tuck in a blouse (or your chambray shirt ) if you prefer more tummy coverage.
This would get just as much wear as your white pants and keep you even cooler. Not to mention, it is an easy transition piece in to summer months as well.
Shoes, Shoes, and more Shoes! The easiest way to update your clothes from previous years is by staying current with your shoe choices.
Everytime I look as these flats I want to squeel with joy! We haven't seen a variation on the traditional ballet flat in a while...this one is a stunner.
Want a little lift? These heeled lace ups are precious...
This beautiful watch can be layered with any bracelet and bangle...but it is also just as lovely by itself.
Make it an arm party :) These will go with all your metals, can be worn together, or split up.
Last but certainly not least...grab yourself a bomber jacket. This will be your go to jacket from jeans to dresses...
Thank you for your continued feedback and support! It was so lovely to give suggestions for April...
P.S. I am still trying to navigate how these monthly suggestions are going to work...would you prefer a top 5 list? Or do you like all the options? Tell me what YOU want, I am listening <3 xoxo
I had a ridiculous amount of fun picking out these looks for you! These items will blend in with your existing pieces giving you a variety of fresh looks for Spring. I focused on items that are universally flattering and tastefully on trend.
The perfect trench...
This Drapey Trench in cloudy blue gives an updated twist to the classic trench. Great for all body shapes.
This lightweight, beautifully structured Salvador Top has a universally flattering shape because it gathers at the waist. It can be paired with denim, a pencil skirt, or ankle pants (or this style of ankle pants if you have more curve in the hip and thighs and tend to get gaping in the waist).
Sleeveless jackets are my latest obsession...chic and totally on trend. This Notch Collar Vest is made in the USA. Want a more casual option? Check out this Military style. Or this Navy Longline with a belt to define your waist...or this one in a beautiful olive color...okay, okay...told you I was obsessed.
Soft Denim Dresses...
Soft denim is a big trend for spring...I love the mix of comfort with style. This Chambray Shirtdress is the perfect everyday throw on with cognac flat or heeled sandals.
Off the shoulder fun...
Off the shoulder garments like this or this are another lovely spring trend...keep in mind, they are best if you have shoulders that are small to average. If your shoulder reach broader than your hips, I would suggest sleeveless or short sleeve tops. Don't feel left out! Not all trends are for every body and knowing that will save you lots of time, money, and heartbreak <3
Denim jackets are a must...
You will grab your updated denim jacket over and over again this spring. I promise...it goes with EVERYTHING.
Handmade geode jewelry...
I really love supporting other small businesses and entrepreneurs. My latest favorite purchase was this blue geode necklace from an Etsy store called The Hallow Geode
Stripes of course...
The perfect striped shirt that fits you beautifully is a super important spring staple. the style now is fitted through the arms and shoulders, but should give you some room to front tuck the tummy. This style also prevents clinging to the tummy area which is a win win win!
Add a little yellow to your world...
An adorable universally flattering fit and flare skirt is great too, but on top of that, this rich yellow is part of the spring 2016 trend colors. Yellow always makes me happy...
Update with shoes...
The easiest way to bring new life to previous seasons is updating your footwear. Adding an current style like these heeled mules, simplistic sandal flats , or white sneakers will bring your past spring styles in to 2016.
I hope you enjoyed these Love Looks! It is a great time of year to try something new and fun.
P.S. Do you think once each season is enough to be posting new items?? Would you prefer suggestions every month? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and getting your feedback. xoxo
Picture this...it's early 1900's. The start of fashion photography is gracing the covers of popular reading material such as; LIFE magazine, Collier’s, and Harper’s...and what are they showcasing? The Gibson Girl, the "it" girl shape of the 1900's. You were a Gibson Girl if you had: A round, soft body gathered together at a small waist. This may sound familiar to it's sister shape of the 1950's the glorified "it" girl shape of this decade was of course, The Hourglass . Although, following shortly after it is The Twig, the highlighted shape of the 1960's. This shape had no curve on a tall and thin frame, which is reminiscent of the desired shape of the 1920's The Flapper. Curve was not considered attractive in these two decades.
The result...a record amount of amphetamines were prescribed for weight loss in the 1960's.
Certain body shapes have been glorified each decade throughout recent history. Teaching women one moment that their curves are worthy of admiration then a few years later asking them to sit on the sidelines and apologize for that curve. Or the opposite, you are not feminine if you don't have curve... Unfortunately, many of us have grown up under some sort of "ideal" body shape. We have compared our bodies to the "it" girl body shapes at the time. In the last 20 years we have been inundated with photo shop, going under the knife/needle, and glorifying a rock hard body that takes a full time job to achieve. The bar has been set at a non-obtainable level that blurs the line of real and normal. It has robbed intelligent, strong, and beautiful women into believing the lie that they are not meeting the standard.
"I look nothing like that." Starting as young as 11 years old, I used to tell myself, "What is wrong with me..."
Have you ever been there as an adult? Cursing your hips and thighs or angrily pinching your tummy? "What is wrong with me...I am so gross..." And on and on the downward spiral goes until self hatred has formed what you see in the mirror.
If you can identify with what I am saying, this video below will feed your soul some truth. I beg of you to really hear the heart of this message, let it sink into your mind and work it's way in to your heart. Change the way you think about your body and specifically your shape and I promise you, it will change how you treat yourself, value yourself, and love yourself. It will change the way you treat and love others. What culture has told you about your body is a straight up lie.
All body shapes are beautiful...period.
What did this bring up in your heart? Was it freeing to hear that you are born with the beautiful shape you have? Or did you have a different response? This is a safe place for honesty and I would love to hear your thoughts...
P.S. If you know of someone that would really benefit from this message, please share it! We need to lift each other up with the truth. xoxo
Happy Happy 2016!!! *~!~foghorn~!~* *~!~confetti~!~* *~!~balloons~!~*
For many of us, this is a time to reflect on the past year with gratitude, honesty, celebration and acceptance. 2015 may have brought you trial and pain, joy and breakthrough, or a strange and beautiful blend of both.
Whatever your 2015 cocktail was, the beautiful feeling the New Year brings is ultimate hope. Hope in a new start, new change, new opportunities, new adventures. It is like waking up the next morning after a bad day with new perspective and fresh eyes...but allowing for even more optimism and ambition to guide your choices.
I have a few changes I will be making in 2016 in regards to my work, industry, and personal core values. I have been moved with compassion at the situation and am looking to take up my small part in creating change.
I had the opportunity to open up my heart and eyes even further to the downward spiral the fashion industry has taken over the past 20 years. The disregard for the earth, quality of lives, and ultimately life itself being taken by the industry. A great film "The True Cost" is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet. It is also streaming on Netflix . It is a recommended watch for sure.
I am not interested in making anyone feel bad for their choices. Up until now, my choices have been the same. I take clients to the big box brands as well as purchasing there myself.
Here are some small resolutions I am am excited about committing to in 2016.
I will only be purchasing clothing and accessory items that fall under these categories:
I will be sharing the gems I find under these categories throughout the year! I am very excited to explore new options that help love and respect others, strengthen our local economy, and take care of the earth.
Sending you warm wishes for your 2016 resolutions and goals!
P.S. Calling all the veterans on this topic...please please please share your personal favs under these categories! That would be greatly appreciated :)
P.S.S. What are your resolutions for 2016?! I would love to know...is it to treat yourself with more kindness, give more time to family, make room for your passions, move your body more....? xoxo
Watch this first...
Here is the whole story:
I have to admit, when my skin began to go haywire I was baffled. I had flawless skin in high school. So at 19 years old, I thought it was odd that I was getting these painful blemishes on a semi regular basis. It started out by being one monster cyst every couple of weeks, then it soon turned into a couple. By the time I was 21 it seemed like a new cyst would emerge overnight regularly, especially if I had a stressful day one or two days prior. There was a condition I learned about called "phantom acne" which described my situation perfectly. It is basically when you your body is stressed it can cause acne to show up sometimes overnight.
I am a big believer in finding the root cause of the problem, not just treating the symptom. So clearly my skin was saying something was wrong on the inside of me. That, more than anything, caused the most mental and emotional anguish. "There is something wrong with you." I would tell myself. "You have caused this somehow, it is your fault." "I am ugly, gross, and unlovable." This may seem extreme, but it was part of my normal internal dialog throughout my junior high and high school years long before my skin started acting up...
I was working as a makeup artist at the time and I tried many many many product lines, as well as proactive, antibiotics, seeing natural paths...nothing helped. I struggled with it for years...
“My heart was very broken and my thought life was full of lies that propelled me to strive and try to find acceptance in other people.”
So let's back up again. What was going on in my life at the time things started to flare up?
When I was 18 (high school senior) I had a falling out with my Mom. She told me to move out so I packed up and moved in with a friend and her family. I chose to cut off contact for several months to give our relationship time to cool off and heal.
My heart was very broken and my thought life was full of lies that propelled me to strive and try to find acceptance in other people.
Some common toxic thoughts were..."See, even your mom couldn't stand you." "Nobody wants you around" "Nobody loves you." "You are a fake, you don't care about anyone else but yourself." Thoughts like these would swirl in my mind on the daily. I was basically confirming over and over that I was unlovable, unwanted, and rejected.
My relationship with my mom stayed rocky over the next 2 years. I got married at 20 (I know I know...my brain wasn't fully developed yet). I often tell my husband Joe "Thank you for not being a jerk ." That major life choice could have been a doozy with the wrong person at such a young age...
Because I was vulnerable, newly married, and in a hard place mentally, Joe and I had to present some clear boundaries to protect my heart and our marriage. We shared the boundaries with my mom when I was 21, my mom responded "I will love you from afar".
Creating these boundaries caused our relationship to be estranged for the next several years.
So...do I think it was a coincidence that my body started to act out the way it did at that time? No. Was I physically manifesting rejection for everyone to see? Absolutely.
“I was exhausted and afraid. Afraid that someone I loved would not want to put up with me anymore.”
When I think back on that time in my life, it's like looking at the life of a different person. I worked so hard to make sure that I was pleasing everyone around me. From work, to friends, to church, to my marriage...I was drowning in racing thoughts constantly and covered in feelings of not being enough.
I was exhausted and afraid. Afraid that someone I loved would not want to put up with me anymore.
Now clearly, like we all do, I had taken in some pretty BIG lies. I had also made people my determining factor on whether or not those lies were true or false. Not a great method considering we are all broken and putting my worth and identity in relationships was completely unfair to everyone involved.
During my pregnancy with my daughter Charlee, my skin cleared up. It stayed clear throughout nursing and as I began to wean her, the problems started to return. It was clear to me that my skin and hormones were linked. I decided to reach out to my good friend Tracie Fountain who is a nutrition consultant and life coach. She taught me that there are some ingredients in food, cosmetics, and cleaning products that act as hormone mimickers. I wanted to learn more about how to eliminate anything that could compromise my hormones. I ended up looking closely at labels to identify these mimickers (phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens). Tracie also suggested I see an aesthetician named Lea Dolan-Stroncek to talk about getting on a clean skincare regimen.
“I still wasn't truly free.”
Making these drastic changes did help treat the symptoms of my acne, however, there was no room for error. I had to watch my food all of the time and stay on my skincare regimen or it would return. My mental and emotional health was still toxic. I still wasn't truly free.
It wasn't until about 3 years ago where I started to see a true change. I was tired of carrying the weight of striving for perfectionism. I found that the only way I would truly be free from it all is if I surrendered to an identity that had nothing to do with a checklist, measuring success, or needing people's approval. It had to do with finding unconditional love and grace. God was my source. Where His grace and love were present, no matter what I did or didn't do, Jesus covered my mistakes and swallowed up my sorrow.
I had a taste of what it was like to be fully accepted and loved. Compared to that, nothing anyone could say or do would take that from me or give me more life.
It has been penetrating my heart ever since and creating change I could never have imagined 10 years ago. I am not the same person. I can recognize the lies because they are so clearly not who I am. I do belong, I am lovable, and I hold significance in this world. I am motivated by love not fear. My life is full of hope that is not contingent on me or my surrounding circumstances.
“The major light bulb moment was, we cannot separate our minds from our bodies...it is impossible.”
My skin is now settled, calm, and beautiful. I don't care if I sound conceited...I spent plenty of time cursing my skin and hating it, it deserves some love <3 If I stray from my normal eating habits or need to wear "unclean" makeup for a photoshoot or event it is totally fine.
The major light bulb moment was, we cannot separate our minds from our bodies...it is impossible.
Whatever we choose to dwell on grows. In time it affected my body. Once I started to uproot the rejection, anger, fear, and bitterness my body and mind truly healed. It was then I was able to rest in God's unconditional love and grace for me.
I would LOVE to hear from you on this topic. Can you relate? Have you noticed if your mind and emotions affect your body? Please leave a comment with your thoughts below...
Krystle's Clean Skincare Regimen
Some of these suggestions may surprise you...I believe simplicity is the best policy in regards to skincare. So here it is without chemicals, hormone mimickers, parabens (preservatives), and other unnecessary junk. *Note: I have the regimen and products links laid out for you below the video. Enjoy!
Step 1. Cleanse
Cleanse your skin with water using the Norwex Body Cloth
Because this cloth is antibacterial, it will guard from bacteria spreading and creating more topical acne.
Step 2. Tone/brighten
On a cotton pad, use Hydrogen Peroxide to dry out and lighten any existing blemishes. Add a drop of Hibicleanse (Antiseptic Skin Cleanser) to the cotton pad to sterilize and keep the bacteria from spreading.
*The Hibicleanse may not be for everyone. If you do not struggle with ance or regular blemishes you can skip this step.
Step 3. Moisturize
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment Small 0.16 Large 1.0oz
Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Small 0.5oz Large 1.7oz
What do you think?? Did anything surprise you?!? I am so excited to hear your thoughts and questions on this post! So let em rip in the comment box :)
P.S. A question I ask when someone is struggling with acne or consistent breakouts: "Are you suffering from feeling rejected by someone or are you living in fear of being rejected?" What do you think their answer is 98% of the time?
Hello beautiful you! I hope you had the loveliest time with family/friends dwelling in the sacred space of thankfulness...
Now refreshed and full (in mind, body, and spirit) we enter our week, back at it with fuel for what we love and who we love.
Without further adieu, I am so excited to be presenting the latest project I am proud of. I had the honor of collaborating with local women of all ages to put together an inspiring short film telling us why they love playing "dress up" and expressing themselves through styling. They also share valuable advice about how to be free to express yourself and have confidence in what you wear.
Check out this gem...
After watching this...I want to leave you with a question. Please think about this thoroughly.
WHO do I dress for?
What are some thoughts that come to mind? Are you free to dress in clothes that display who you are on the inside? Are there barriers and rules around dressing yourself? Do you feel like yourself in what you wear or are you hiding in your clothes?
I'll go first...when I hit junior high, I so badly wanted to fit in. I started dressing like a skater boy. Yes...me...dressed like a boy. Wide leg pants, wallet with a chain, hat turned backwards, and a pair of vans. It was so far from who I truly was on the inside. But I was afraid. Like probably most junior highers, I was struggling to find out who I was in the midst of not wanting to be noticed. This started my awareness for what other people thought about how I dressed and it continued to form my choices unknowingly for years...
I have come a long way since then, however asking "who" do I dress for still comes in handy. I am a born and raised Madisonian, so it is highly likely that I will see someone I know on a casual errand or while I am out blazing the mall. People know what I do as a job, so there are times that fear likes to try and creep in and rob my joy in getting dressed. Did I choose to wear this outfit for me or for who I might run into?
Worrying about what other people think is a HUGE hindrance to us. I know...I read it in a book once...or maybe it was my diary from 1997-2013...
Have fun pondering this question for yourself. This is the first step in moving forward and truly defining your personal sense of style. I look forward to some good conversations surrounding this topic with you.
P.S. What did you think of the video?! And for the brave..."WHO do you dress for?" XOXO