Sisterhood Tag

I love meeting new people and learning fun, random facts about them. When I was an FFA State Officer, the random facts were what always helped me remember people's names! So this last week when I was tagged by Jenny, from the Prairie Californian, in the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, I knew I had to participate! 


1. Why did you start your blog? 
This is the third blog I have started. I do not know if you can classify my other ones as "starting" because they quickly dwindled after a couple blog posts. I initially started my blog to help connect with my clients and to also share what is going on behind the scenes of KMD and my daily life. Once I fully committed and got in the habit of writing I loved it and love meeting other bloggers. Blogging takes time but for me personally, it is a great creative outlet. I believe that everyone has a story to tell and no matter who you are, your story is important and needs to be heard. Blogging is a great outlet for people to share who otherwise may not speak out. 

2. What is one thing you can’t live without? 
Opal Springs water. *REALLY KATIE?!?!* Yes. We are blessed to have some of the best water on Earth, literally. Our drinking, our every day water that we flush our toilets with and take showers in, is actually sold as bottled water in the stores. I have gotten very spoiled growing up with such great water so much so, when I go to other places I find myself getting dehydrated because water from other places just does not taste very good. The first thing I do when I get home is drink a big glass of ice cold water straight from the tap. 

3. If you could travel one place, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Paris. I visited my sophomore year of college and fell in love with the city. I said when I visited next, I would be in love and they would be with me. Since I am in love AND married now I think it is time for me to go again, right?!? I would eat my way through every patisserie, drink champagne in the park below the Eiffel Tower, visit the giant flea markets, go to mass at Notre Dame, tour Coco Chanel's apartment, eat crepes from a food cart every morning for breakfast, do I need to keep going on?! Now I REALLY want to go back! 

4. What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done? 
Right before Travis and I got married I left my job. I was commuting everyday to a high stress job that I did not love. I was thankful to not only have a job but also one that was related to field of study but each day more I had to go there my anxiety grew. I had no idea what I was going to do after our wedding was over and was terrified about finding a new job. Two weeks after we got back from our honeymoon I got a call to come in and speak with a person from where I now work, for a position I had never even applied for. Three years later and I am still working there and love it. Trusting that things will workout and not worrying so much, are things I am trying to work on every day and this instance is a great reminder of that. 

5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

My mom had these memory books for us when we were growing up and each section highlighted a different age/school grade. The sections would ask different questions like, "Favorite color," "Who are your best friends," and "What do you want to be when you grow up." The latter was asked at a couple different ages and I always wrote a mom. Nowadays I want to be so many different things "When I grow up," but I still very much so want to be a mom...when the timing is right!

6. Who in your life has influenced you the most? 
As cliche as it sounds, easily my parents. They have both taught me so much about anything and everything. I know I can always count on them to be there and help out with anything I would ever need. They have been a great example as parents but also as a married couple. 

7. How do you like your steak cooked?

Medium rare for sure and I will always choose a good steak over chicken. Whenever someone in the family isn't feeling well my dad's cure all is to, "eat some red meat and a baked potato."

8. What are some of the first things you do in the morning? 

Generally when my alarm goes off in the morning I stay in bed at least a good 20 minutes before waking up. I have it set to go off just in time to hear the morning news and the weather. Then I'll lay in bed and check emails and read the news. As soon as I get out of bed I brush my teeth, I can't stand the feeling in my mouth after waking up. In the winter I am super lucky and spoiled in that Travis will have made me breakfast. Pretty exciting morning right??? 

9. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
Leo Buscaglia

10. What is your favorite season of the year?  

Fall...leaves changing color, scarves, Frye boots, sweaters, hot coffee drinks, harvest moons. Everything about Fall I absolutely adore. 

Part of the Sisterhood Tag is to tag seven new bloggers and have them answer ten questions you have created. I can't wait to see what some of these ladies have to answer!
Here are 10 SUPER random questions for you all to answer! If you are reading this feel free to answer some of them in the comments section, I would love to hear your answers too!
  1. What has has been one surprise about blogging?
  2. Salty or sweet?
  3. If you could have any talent what would it be?
  4. What would your last supper be?
  5. If someone handed you $1,000 to spend in 30 minutes what would you buy?
  6. What is something you wish you knew when you were younger that you know now?
  7. What is your ultimate dream vacation?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
  9. Who would you want to play you in a movie?
  10. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Follow along on the ladies blogs above to see what they have to say!

The Bloom Workshop- Recap

Last Thursday, my mom and I headed to The Bloom Workshop, in Los Gatos, California. The workshop was a one day event focusing on social media, blogging, styling and photography for creatives seeking ways to improve/or start their own business. 33 other ladies from mostly California also attended the workshop at Regale Winery. It was a lovely event and day hosted by co-founder of Bloom the Workshop, Ashley Slater (Ashley Slater Photography) and Michaela Warner (Michaela Noelle Designs). 

The morning started with registration and a social breakfast, which we missed a large portion of driving around on the opposite side of the road in a residential neighborhood, oops! After everyone had arrived and were settled, the morning session focused on best practices for blogging and social media. 

After a delicious lunch, Ashley taught about shooting in manual mode on your DSLR camera and Michaela talked about styling photo shoots and interiors. The rest of the afternoon was spent shooting a beautiful styled wedding that Ashley and Michaela had designed around a theme of kumquats. There were gorgeous blooms, a bride and groom (who were actually just newlyweds, awww), dessert table, dinner table and invitation suite. Everyone got a chance to try their hand at styling and trying out their newly acquired photo skills. 

The day came to a close with a Question and Answer session with a group of successful photographers, bloggers and designers which included; Simplified Bee, GBO Fashion, Danielle Poff Photography and Delbarr Moradi. 

The Bloom Workshop is a great way to think outside of the box and learn new ways about improving your business. What I took away most however, was being surrounded by other woman who were passionate about pursuing what they loved and cheering each other on in the process, something that is invaluable.

There are a couple of mini Bloom workshops coming up on the east Coast but The Bloom Bash, their large two day event, is coming to Seattle in October! Check out their website for more information! 

Enjoy the photos below from the workshop!

*I kept wondering the whole time why my photos were coming out blue...turns out I had accidentally clicked a setting that I shouldn't have. I tried to edit a lot of it out but in turn some of the photos have more green/yellow in them than they should. Please ignore :) *

The styled shoot and workshop took place at Regale Winery in Los Gatos, California. 

All of the gorgeous blooms were created and provided by Natalie Bowen. 

The bride's dress was from Sarah Seven and her hair and makeup was done by Camille Monique. 

All of the cute vintage rentals and furniture were provided by Pieces by Violet. 

Calligraphy and invitation suite were created and done by Kaitlin Parisho Designs.