Saturday, December 31, 2011

With lots of love.

Gold Sequin Dress from Disco Pony.

Last post for 2011. I'll keep it short and sweet. 
2011 was such an incredible year, and putting all my hard work and love into this blog has been the greatest and most rewarding experience ever. Thank you lovelies so much for making this ride an amaazin' one. I cannot wait for 2012 and more with you all!
HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE (or for others already, NEW YEARS)! Live it up!
With lots and lots of love,
♥, Kathleen.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Inspirafashion x MIA Shoes Giveaway: Paulette Boots!

Silver HM cropped sweater, Burgundy Lush high-low shirt dress, Silver F21 accessories, Ivory vintage Chanel bag, Taupe c/o MIA Shoes Paulette Boots.

Hi Beautifuls!  Ah, firstly want to apologize for the long absence -- from my FB page/twitter, announced that I was going through the dreadful week of finals (yes very dreadful indeed).  Started off the week with an 8am final, had to turn in take-home final, then two more rounds of finals...the word finals will be embedded in my memory for a while ;p.
Newhoo, I've seriously missed you all way too much.  And happy to have a giveaway for you all just in time for the Holidays!!!  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or just in general, Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you have a lovely fun relaxing time with your family! :)
Decided to wear these boots with a holiday outfit I'd wear to a party, perfect for keeping warm with my sparkly silver HM knit sweater, and to keep it interesting paired it with a high-low sheer shirt dress.
On to the fun part of this post, MIA Shoes is giving Inspirafashion's readers a chance to win the goorgeous suede Paulette boots!!  They really are stylish and comfy chic.  I especially love how the fabric is in suede.
All you have to do to win these lovely MIA Shoes Paulette Boots is the following:
1) Leave a comment with your email and in same comment, let me know if you've done any of the below.
2) Be a follower of my blog on GFC:

Extra entry:
Follow me on Twitter, @Kathleencarla
- Tweet about this giveaway with " I just entered @miashoesinc Giveaway to win the Paulette Boots on @Kathleencarla's blog!  Enter to win too! " (+1 entry)

*Giveaway CLOSED* Thanks lovelies for all entering!!! Stay tuned for more cool giveaways! <3

♥, Kathleen.
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JewelMint & StyleMint Giftcards!

Hi Beautifuls! Real quick exciting news from JewelMint and StyleMint!

They now have gift cards available for you lovelies!!  Perfect for those last-minute gifts you still have on your christmas list ;)..and better yet, no need to wait in long lines and busy shops.  Aand they would make amazing stocking-stuffers ;).  
In addition by buying gift cards to begin with, you get to treat yourself for the holidays ;) by getting up to 2 free pieces!  Get them now through December 24th for that offer.
Get more info here for JewelMint: and StyleMint:!

Happy Holiday shopping!!

♥, Kathleen.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DNA (the shop): Pretty Little Thing NYC.

All photos by Rosa from Chroscenium (her photography is amaazing).

Wanted to share with you lovelies another photoshoot I did with DNA (the shop), designers+artists, a pop-up shop featuring the work of talented designers and artists.  I always have fun with these stylish ladies from DNA, and this time was a pretty cool concept behind the shoot.  They wanted to take photos somewhere around Berk and we decided on a vinyl record shop, Rasputin on Telegraph.  Couldn't have picked a better location than this one, screams edgy and fun which ties in perfectly when showcasing these aamazing jewelry pieces by Pretty Little Thing NYC to adorn collared shirts.  I am seriously hooked, and need all of them now.  Love them all, but I'd have to say my fave is this angel-wing 80's one: Zee Collar Pin.

If you're like me craving these beautifully-designed collar-pins and want them right-away, then you're in luck..DNA is having a holiday pop-up shop at Free Gold Watch in San Francisco for the next two weekends in December! (12/10-11, 12/17-18).  Along with Pretty Little Thing NYC jewelry, many more designers/artists pieces will be available.  More details HERE.

Happy Shopping Beautifuls!
P.S. Excited to announce the winners of the recent Vedette Shapewear giveaway I hosted on my blog: congrats to Cindy from, Maggie from, and Eileen from  Also, in celebration of going nationwide, Vedette Shapewear is having a cool giveaway for Vedette fans from Hawaii. Details HERE.

♥, Kathleen.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

jcpenney Maxim Magnetic Drinking Game set Holiday Giveaway!

Gold c/o jcpenney MNG by Mango cardigan, White Diane Von Furstenberg thrifted at Crossroads crochet dress, Brown gifted Swellmayde envelope clutch, Tan Zara wedges, Silver F21 rings and Gold HM necklace.

Was given a chance to create an outfit inspired by a "girls night out theme," from jcpenney and decided this gold MNG by Mango cardigan with subtle sparkle was perfect for this -- especially lovely for Christmas/New Years time around the corner.  Of course, when you're out with the girls, a cute dress is a must -- I was ecstatic when I came across this Diane Von Furstenberg dress for only..$40!! at the recent Crossroads Holiday blogger party, I really have a big love for thrifting there.  And of course need to give a shoutout to Sherrie who told me to try it on, instantly fell in love with it after :).
Decided to add accents of gold with my all-time fave HM necklace (as you can tell lol).  And the Zara wedges add a unique flare to the outfit with the buckles.  To offset the gold, decided to wear a silver bracelet and rings.
Jcpenney is also giving Inspirafashion readers a chance to win, just in time for the holidays, something you can either keep for yourself or gift to your special guy-friend or significant other ;)...a Maxim Magnetic Drinking Game set from the Maxim for Men gift collection found in jcpenney's new cute holiday boutique, WRAPT
All you have to do to win this game set is leave a comment on this post along with your email, and that's it! :).

Extra entry:
- Tweet about this giveaway with " I just entered @jcpenney Maxim Magnetic Drinking Game set Holiday Giveaway on @Kathleencarla's blog!  Enter to win too! " (+1 entry)
If you did the above, please let me know in your comment as well.
This giveaway will run until Monday, 12/19.  The winner will be chosen using, and will be announced on my twitter, facebook, and blog.
Good luck lovelies! Have a wonderful week ahead!
♥, Kathleen.
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Saturday, December 3, 2011


Neon pink Zara knit sweater, Black thrifted belt, Gold H&M accessories, Yellow c/o JewelMint friendship bracelets, Tan Steve Madden Grettta heels.

Whenever I see a pink highlighter, I think of my Zara neon pink sweater.  In particular, I don't own any bright colored pieces, so just had to add this to my closet -- trying to fight off this gloomy weather with neon brights.  I love how it's slouchy and laidback, but decided to add shape to it with a belt.  Cute candy colors are what reminded me of the JewelMint friendship bracelets -- rightfully so, they are super sweet to give to your Besties ;).  I'm planning on sending two of them off to my best friends.

Which brings me to an exciting part of this post, JewelMint is having a fun contest called "Thankful4You"
To enter: submit a picture of you and your best friend wearing your own or JewelMint's friendship bracelets in two image files either: one picture with you and your best friend together OR two images of you and your bestie separately in one file (I'll show you an example below of mine) :).  
You can win a free trip to LA to star in a JewelMint photoshoot! Contest runs until 12/31.  Enter HERE.

Also!  Soo very excited to let you know that JewelMint is offering Inspirafashion readers an exclusive promo code!  50% off your first purchase!!  Enter "Fashion50" at checkout, to access use this link:
P.S. Wanted to share that a photoshoot I recently was a head stylist for made it to the front cover of BARE Magazine!  If you're in Berkeley area tonight would loove to see you at the BARE issue 10 launch party!  8-11pm at Beta Lounge on Durant Ave.
Last but not least, am happy to share with you my JewelMint Thankful4You entry:
Pretending her leg was broken to get out of P.E. and going along with it, singing karaoke til our voices hurt, helping her hang ornaments on a blank Christmas tree, unexpectedly creating our hybrid alias name Kathenda and becoming sisters for life..are just a glimpse of what makes me thankful for my best friend.
Brenda has been one of my best friends since middle school.  Even though being apart in distance in college (her at UC Irvine and me at UC Berkeley), we still managed to keep in touch through not social networking or email sites, but out of all things MAIL. Our friendship makes our way and travels through California: letters, tote bags, and now friendship bracelets.  

Even until we're old wrinkly grannies laughing at each other, I know I can count on her for anything.  Kathenda sisters for life.
♥, Kathleen.
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