Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Au Revoir

To my family, friends, fans, and supporters:

Good morning, and I hope you've all had a great week so far. As for me, a lot has happened at home. I've been focusing on the upcoming school year along with preparing myself for the next several years of my life as a student and adult. Realizing that the school year hasn't even started and I'm already struggling with staying on top of the blog, I have come to the conclusion that continuing this blog is no longer in my best interest.

From a few events that have recently occurred, I've learned that growing up has much to do with understanding ones priorities and being able to sacrifice some things that we love, but may not be ready to handle. In my case, this blog is one of the sacrifices I have to make to focus on things that are more important. It hasn't been easy for me trying to juggle time with family, school, friends, sports, work and the blog, and as much as I enjoy it, I know it is the best thing for me to do at this time.

To the person reading these very words on the other side of a computer screen, thank you. Thank you for your support and the time you have spent following my blog, I'm beyond grateful. Without you, I wouldn't have been able to experience the things that I did while pursuing Kitana's Closet. Every email, comment, like, website visit...seeing all of those made me enjoy doing what I did. And to those who have seen me person and have said "Hey! Aren't you Kitana's Closet?" oh my, I can't explain the amount of joy that I felt when YOU recognized me. Those moments made my day!

Goodbyes are never easy, and I'm not saying goodbye forever, but I am saying goodbye for now. I hope this little piece of my journey has been just as enjoyable of an experience for you as it was for me, and I hope you won't forget about Kitana's Closet as I will never forget this part of my life that was given to me by all of you.

Gridded Co-ords: Alice's Pig  |  Shoes: Keds  |  Sunnies: ZeroUV  |  Watch:  Michael Kors

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Red, White & Blue

Hello, hello!

I've finally gotten the chance to write on my blog after a couple of weeks of continuous travel--packing, leaving, coming home, unpacking, repacking...talk about a messy closet! I hope everyone had a safe and spectacular 4th. As for me, I spent the 4th with friends at Haller Lake in Seattle. It was actually the first time I had gone on a road trip without supervision.

Being at the lake really brought out my outdoorsy side (I mean, sort of). There was so much to do: kayaking, boating, jumping off the dock, climbing the treehouse, volleyball, and the list goes on! Definitely not heel friendly. As the night grew darker, we took the boat further out onto the lake for a view of the fireworks and the reflections couldn't have been more magical.  I would have to say, it was one of the most eventful 4th of July I've ever celebrated!

Below are the images of my patriotic, casual-wear look. I'd love to hear how you spent your 4th, so share your story as a comment below! I hope you enjoy.

Dress: c/o ifchic  |  Shoes: Keds  |  Watch:  Michael Kors  |  Hat: old

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday America

Wishing everyone a spectacular and safe 4th of July weekend!

Dress (worn as a shirt): c/o Ifchic  sold out  |  Skirt: c/o Ifchic sold out  |  Sunnies:  c/o ZeroUV


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Applegate Orchards

Came across this quote on Pinterest today. "The grass is greener where you water it" by Neil Barrington. As a child, I repetitively saw quotes like this one, but I never thought much of any of them. Now that I'm older, I think I can say that I have a better grasp of what it means. Take my recent experience of berry picking, for example. Yesterday, we headed out for some family fun to Applegate Orchards U-Pick farm. Organic and fresh, picking berries really is the best option when buying them in the Summer. Rather than going in the morning, though, we decided to go at around 2pm. It sounds like it'd be extremely unpleasant since we were outside, in the peak of the heat, whilst sweating a shower amongst swarming dragonflies. I, however, didn't find the experience to be unpleasant at all. I actually enjoyed it! Seeing my brother run around, searching for the biggest berries, pointing out every little bug, and posing for mum's keepsake photos, was so warming. My dad bringing out his inner youth by making berry picking a competition game between the boys and the girls. My mum, being like every other moms, running around, trying to capture these sweet family experiences. It was my mum who taught me that there is beauty in everything, whether it be physical or intangible. All it takes is the right mindset, and you can find beauty all around you! Thank you for teaching me that, mum.

xo Kitana

Dress: Gap (old)  |  Top: Vintage (thrifted)  |  Shoes: Apricot Lane (old) |  Sunnies: ZeroUV
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Graduation Soirée 2015

Hello, world...I'm an alumni! This last weekend I sat through another graduation ceremony, but this time for my Associate's of Arts degree. It may sound a little dreadful since it was so soon after my high school graduation, but it was the most special one to me because all of my family and dear friends were there to see me walk. My rigorous course load full of math and science electives have paid off, and I graduated proudly with honors. Now with two years under my belt, I plan on pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Washington State University in the fall.

The following evening after the ceremony, my parents threw an intimate soirée to celebrate my graduation. Showered in cloud-like peonies and exquisite food, I couldn't have asked for a better soirée. Thank you to my mom and dad for taking the time to put together a very personal event with all of my favorite things and people, and thank you for supporting me the whole way through as I strived to graduate from high school with my AA degree. I love you both. <3

Below are some images of the spectacular venue. I hope you enjoy!

xo,

The girl who is now a junior in college

Jemina Dress c/o Jarlo London
 
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Carry Hope

"What if the cure for cancer is trapped inside the mind of someone who can't afford an education?"– Unknown

I came across this quote a while back, and can't help to think how much it has changed my perspective on how vital education really is. The importance of a quality education goes far beyond the minor idea of self-sustainability, education gives people the power to change the world. Let's look at this on an individual scale, for example, a child in the developing world who doesn't have the opportunity to pursue an education. Now, let's say, this same child is being funded for a year of education, and a spark is ignited--she unlocks her hidden potential and realizes the things that she can achieve. What if years later, this child finds the cure for cancer? What if I told you this story plot could be the beginning for more than 75 million other children in this world?

Today, that number of children in the developing world lack access to a quality education, which is why I am very proud to introduce my most recent partner, Esperos. For every bag sold, Esperos funds a year of education for a child in the developing world. Each Esperos bag offers a unique blend of style, function, and durability to create timeless products that appeal to those of all ages. Their bags are made with durable, fine-aging canvas -- free from harmful treatments, chemicals, and dyes. They are sturdy, but lightweight for effortless travel and durability, and are waterproof, stain resistant, and machine washable. So while you treat yourself to one of these unique bags, you are making a difference, and a child's life is being changed.

The mission behind Esperos is such an inspiration to me, and I am proud to carry hope. Why do you carry hope?

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