Saturday, January 9, 2016

Squeaky CLEAN



"So pure, so fresh, it captures the feeling of a fluffy, warm towel just pulled from the dryer. CLEAN Warm Cotton wraps you in notes of Citrus, Lilac and Jasmine over a subtle but oh-so-sexy blend of Amber and Musk. A fresh, comforting, just-laundered scent." -- CLEAN

After years of hunting, I think I have finally discovered my favorite perfume.  My aunt introduced me to the perfume brand CLEAN, and quite frankly, they really do live up to their name.  I have yet to try cool cotton and fresh laundry, courtesy of my aunt, but today I wore warm cotton.

Many scents seem to turn on me, which has made it hard for me to find my perfume soulmate.  This one in particular, however, hasn't done so yet.  I better not jinx it though.  I even like the simplistic packaging.


xx Kitana

Friday, January 8, 2016

It's Friday, I'm in love

Serotonin

The newest addition to my jewelry collection--a single Serotonin molecule.

Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) is a chemical found in the human body.  It carries signals along and between nerves, also known as a neurotransmitter.  This specific neurochemical creates the sensation of serenity.  Research shows, however, that those in love experience lower levels or serotonin, resulting in anxiety and obsessiveness.  This explains why that special someone is the only thing on your mind, at all times.  


xx Kitana

Thursday, January 7, 2016

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

I finally realized that, wow, we really do have a lot of catching up to do.  I wanted to start out by explaining the bizarre (for a fashion blogger) dress that I’m wearing in the photo that I used for my “About Me” section.


The nightgown that I’m wearing in this photo is something that I’ve kept with me since I was 7 years old.  Of all things to keep, right? I used to wear it almost every Christmas.  Better yet, it’s not even a Christmas nightgown!   Those aren’t polkadots on that dress, those are hearts.  It was intended for Valentine’s day.  Being the dork that I am, though, I wore it anyway.

We’ve moved a few times since then and now, and the dress was out of sight, out of mind…until a few days before Christmas this year.  I was rummaging through my closet and saw a sliver of red, satin-like material in the pile of pajamas.  Of course, like any other person would do after seeing something shiny, I grabbed it.  Can you guess what it was? That’s right, it was Rudolph’s nose.  Kidding. ;)

I was pretty happy about finding the dress, but the first logical thought I had was, “there’s no way I can fit this anymore.”   Me being me, I decided to try it on anyway.  As you can see the dress fits me just like it did 7 years ago—except it’s a little snug on my arms and touches my mid-thigh rather than my ankles.

So, for Christmas Eve, I wore the dress and had my mom take a picture so I could share a before and after on Facebook, just for laughs.  The only before photo we could find was from when I was 11.  Hope you get a kick out of it.





xx Kitana

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Furry Finds

Care to know what I did all day (or pretty much all break)?
  1. Woke up at 1pm
  2. Ate leftovers
  3. Sat on the computer all day
May I also mention that it's 6pm and I'm still in my pajamas?  So here's my #ootd for you. *insert cheesy-face emoji*


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

And we meet again...


Why do I say that?  Well, I fell off the face of the social media planet for the past six months.  Completely MIA (minus being at school and recreating a Facebook for the sake of connecting with family).

Nonetheless, I thought I'd ring in the New Year with a catch-up blog post.  You know, the whole "on winter break from college, let's meet for coffee" sort of deal.  Can't keep track of how many of those I've endured these past couple of weeks.

All is well and school is great.  I would tell you where I'm attending for undergrad, but I'm not too keen on the idea of a stalker.  I finished my first semester of college with a 3.87 GPA, but let me note that I was taking all math and science classes.  I should also be certified for the Chemical Engineering program by the end of this Summer.  I'm attempting to cut a 5-year program by two years.  Wish me luck.

Other news, I recently accepted an internship offer which includes doing research with a ChemE graduate professor at my university along with five of his PhD students.  Not sure how much help I'll actually be, but my goal is to not blow anything up in the labs.  Keeping it simple.

No promises on when my next blog post will be, so cherish this moment.  Just kidding, my life's not that awesome.


xx Kitana

P.S. (sleep is for the weak)


My sweet cousin, Liz, and I in Seattle for NYE.

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  |  Extensions: Irresistible Me  |  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

Extensions: Irresistible Me  |  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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