12 gift ideas for Mothers Day

Mother

     [muhth-er] - noun

      1. One person who does the work of twenty.  For Free.

      (See also: 'masochist', 'loony', 'saint'.)

 

Mothers day is 3 weeks away and it's time to get crackin on that present! I've curated a list of the pieces that sell the BEST when it comes to mothers.  Click on the pictures to be directed to the link to buy :)

The Mor-Rockin Necklace

Honestly, I never would have thought this would be a great pic for mothers until I noticed how many women of that age range were buying it.  For the eclectic mom, the weekend warrior, and the "I survivied the 70's" kind of woman.

The *Custom* Gold-plated Necklace

This guy is a no-brainer.  By far the best seller, probably because it can relate to anything.  Add a birthdate, kids initials, a heart, anything that would be relatable and completely make her heart explode when she opens it (that's the aim anyway, right?)

The Achey Breaky Heart Bracelet

What mom isn't a sucker for hearts.  The love that a mother gives is unlimited, and something that should never be taken for granted.   Best part about this piece is you can leave it plain or add tiny initials to it.  Custom jewelry for the win.

The Tomahawk Ring With Diamonds

If your mom is anything like mine, they looooove sparkly things.  I think that starts the second they get a wedding band on their finger, and they just can't go back to regular rings.  This dainty ring is perfect to pair or stack on any finger.  Also available in silver or white-gold upon request (to match her other rings of course).

New Mother Agate Bracelet

We can't forget about all the new moms, or even moms to be! Agate crystals promote inner stability and composure.  They are great to use during pregnancy in which they help new mothers avoid the "baby blues" sometimes experienced after giving birth.  Crystals, as I'm told, harness energy, so keeping this on your body will emit these undeniable positive vibes. 

Tiny Elephant with Diamond Eye Bracelet

Going with the theme with new moms, this bracelet is another crowd pleaser.  Elephants are a symbol of happiness, longevity and good luck. No wonder they're a popular pattern for baby rooms.  Buy one for the mother and a tiny size one for the baby.  ::::heart melting::::

*Custom* Coordinates Necklace

Another best seller.  This guy (also available in a bracelet under the 'bracelets' tab) is perfect to keep your home close or remembering a special place.  Reversible coordinates also available, or if you wanted to add initials to the back side.  Double Wammy.

Love Is Blind Braille Bracelet

There are few things cooler than hidden messages.  This bracelet (also available in all silver minus the stones) is perfect for expressing your love.  With diamonds creating the braille message on one side and the word "LOVE" engraved on the back, she'll never forget you'll always be there.

Love Is Blind Ring

Couldn't not put the original Love Is Blind ring on this list.  Moms just love it.

Smaller Breed Studs

Give your mother a way to keep her flock close with these simple, tiny feather studs.  Birds of a feather....

Robot Tears Earrings

Can't afford diamonds? Why not get the next best thing, earrings that LOOK like diamonds.  This geometric shape is a popular favorite among mothers.  Dipping just a little below the ear lobe, these sterling silver earrings are also available in gold vermeil. 

Heart to Heart Bracelet

Last but not least, love overload.  This bracelet sits perfectly on the wrist and is a constant reminder of the love that surrounds her.  Add initials anywhere, create a word or phrase, or leave as is.

 

Hope this makes your mothers day shopping a little bit easier!  Just consider me your personal jewelry designer :)  Much love to the moms out there...we wouldn't be here without you <3

                                                            Cheers,

                                                                     Kemi

 ***email me at kemidesigns@gmail.com with any custom ideas that you have as well!

People keep asking about my skin, and here's why...

Our bodies are amazing.  I'm 4 months away from turning 30 and like clockwork suddenly I'm super aware of my skin.  Dark spots, wrinkles, you name it. I hate to, haaaate to say it, but my mother was right all those times she yelled at me for baking in the sun for hours at a time when we would go on vacation.  I have read though, that our skin is constantly shedding and replacing cells and that it's not impossible to reverse the damage, so I started a new skin routine....and I love it.

****click on any of the pictures to be directed to the link to buy!

FACE WASH

      I used to buy every acne clearing product there was on the shelf.  Then I read somewhere that not EVERYone has acne, and that's not always the problem with your skin.  In fact, a lot of times you could be causing acne from those products.  So I found this face wash at Sephora and it's a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I bought the 5 oz, and yes, it's a little pricey, but its huge and you only need a small drop once a day and it'll last you a long time.  Worth it for good skin!

GlamGlow SuperCleanse

GlamGlow SuperCleanse

SPIN BRUSH

I bought a Clarisonic brush ages ago when it was all the rage, and I remember loving it, and then it breaking, and forgetting about it.  It really is a great product though, and it forces you not only to scrub deep but to wash your face longer than 2 seconds.  Only thing is, you don't NEED the Clarisonic brand.  Personally, I think they're a rip off (they all do the same thing!).  So I bought this one from Amazon instead to use with the facewash.  $23.57 :) :)

SPOT TREATMENT

Finally bit the bullet and bought this guy that I've been hearing so much about.  It is liiiiiving up to its name.  You just take a q-tip, stick it in until it hits the pink solution at the bottom, and dab it onto a pimple or cyst you see about to form. It completely dries it out over night....magic

ROSE WATER

Sticking with amazing Mario Badescu products.  This one is a game changer.  I thought it was total bullshit at first.  Even the name "rose water" sounds like a scam. BUT, it is not, my friends, it is truly incredible.  You'd be amazed at how dry skin can affect it's appearance.  You just spray this guy on your face after applying your makeup to help set it, or just spray it on after you've come home from being out for a while and it completely revitalizes your skin.  You can actually feel it moisterizing and working minutes after you use it.  Best part? Its only $7 and you can find it (and the one above!) at Urban Outfitters.  Another good reason to go into that damn addicting store.

FACE MASK

I got a facial not too long ago and when the lady asked when was the last time I had my last one and I told her 4 years ago she almost threw up.  Apparently you're supposed to get them every month?? Ya, ok Mariah Carey.  BUT, these face masks are like mini facials, and you can do them at home 2-3 times a week, and in my head, thats pretty good.  This one is still a favorite and when you use it, it looks like you did one of those cool mud baths you see in the Caribbean. Thank you Bobbi.

SERUM

Ah...serums.  I'm still trying to fully figure out what they do.  All I know is basically your moisturizer doesn't fully work unless you put this on first. It protects your skin, and balances it, reverses signs of ages, it does it all.  Took me a while to use one regularly, but I'm glad I do now.  This one in particular is superb, but it's definitely pricey and the only reason I got it was from a sample in my Birchbox.  If you don't want to spend this much on a serum then just buy any old one from the drugstore or sephora and I'm sure it all does the same thing.

MOISTURIZER

I've full blown skipped buying moisturizers and just use coconut oil instead.  For everything.  I eat it, drink it, wear it, make love to it.  The BEST one I've found (it smells so good!) is this one from Trader Joes.  Just use a tiny bit all over your face after you use your serum and it does wonders.  If you can't get yourself to a Trader Joes click on the picture above and it will direct you to Amazon where they also sell it. God I love Amazon.

Alright well, hope this was a tiny bit helpful and you can find and love at least one of these products to bring into your routine! Sorry I've been MIA on doing blogs...was busy making jewelry :)

                                                                     Cheers,

                                                                             Kemi

Creative ways to donate your belongings

If you're like me, you have way too many clothes and shoes and make-up to handle.  A lot of times I realized I actually wear LESS of what I own when my closet is crowded because I'll be too lazy to look through it and just end up wearing the same things over and over. I try to clean out my apartment 2-3 times a year and donate as much as I can.  Here's a list of some different ways you can donate, some of which even give you rewards in return!

THRED UP

This is absolutely my new favorite way to donate.  My neighbor Paige (hi Paige!) told me about it a while back and I'm addicted.  Basically it's easy, you sign up online (click on picture to be directed to their website) and ask to receive one of their Thred Up bags.  Once it comes in the mail, you fill it up with as much clothes (and even shoes!) as possible and drop it off at your nearest FedEx.  It's that simple! Once it's recieved they go through your clothes and you actually get MONEY back on anything they're able to re-sell! They can either send you the money via paypal, send you a visa pre-paid card or you can use the money direct from you account to shop through their site! Best. Idea. Ever.

H&M

Who would have thought?? Bring your clothes to the cash register at H&M to donate and you'll receive a 15% off voucher from them immediately! It's as easy as that. (**the clothes do not have to be from H&M)

Womens Shelter

I personally have collected so much makeup either from buying cheap ones that I never end up using, or from my birchbox that I just hoard and they pile up.  Make-up can be donated to nearly any womens shelter to give to victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking or mental illness.  To donate to this specific one click on the picture and it will bring you to the contact info for Nora Tarr who is absolutely lovelyyy and will tell you how and where to send it to!

The Beauty Bus Foundation

Speaking of donating make-up, this charity enlists beauty professionals to visit homes and hospitals to spruce up the lives (and appearances) of the terminally ill as well as their caregivers. Beauty bus also compiles gift bags of goodies for the sick! Click on the photo above or simple mail your items to

Beauty Bus Foundation
2716 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 1062
Santa Monica, CA 90405  

Dress for Success

This non-profit organization prepares less-fortunate ladies for job interviews by providing professional attire and career training courses. The group accepts unopened products, business suits, shoes, AND jewelry.  Head over to:

32 East 31st Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
on the third saturday of each month between 11am and 2pm

GOODWILL

When all else fails, go to Goodwill.  Easy, effective, and tax deductible (so don't forget your receipt!) Click on the above link to find locations on the map or see below for locations near you.

Hope this article was helpful! Happy friday and cheers to the weekend :)

                                                    Cheers,

                                                           Kemi

Six new trends for Fall 2016

The first day of fall is LITERALLY tomorrow, and I know it's sad summers over, but unfortunately it's time to move on.  

Believe me, no one is more sad to see summer go but me (go Leos) but I do definitely look forward to the cozy weather. I also love finding out the new trends that hit every season and see what kind of crazy looks that will have us at first saying "hell no, I am never wearing that".... to owning it in three different colors.

There are a bunch of new trends that hit the runway this past NYFW (some completely nuts) but these are definitely 6 of my favorites.  Click the photo below the runway shots to see where to buy the look without breaking the bank!

Pin-Stripes

Not just for the preppy anymore

Runway: Alexander Wang 

Store: Zara

Metal Details

Bring out the bedazzler

Runway: J.Mendel

Store: forloveandlemons.com

Orange

Cliche for fall, I know

Runway: Karen Walker

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Store: Urban Outfitters

Modest Sheer

    Ok maybe It's not that modest... I see nip

Runway: Givency

Store: Top Shop

Velvet

Was afraid this was going to happen

Runway: Ralph Lauren

Store: Forever21

Ruffles

::heart emoji::

Runway: Zimmerman

Store: Asos.com

Now go out and enjoy this crisp weather before it jumps straight into winter! Gotta love NYC

                                                       Cheers,

                                                               Kemi

All About TED

A while back I recieved a text from a good friend of mine suggesting I apply to be a TED speaker for the high school she worked at.  Apparently the students have been working on this project for 2 years and finally approached TED to make it a TEDx event. As soon as they got it approved they created an application process to find speakers for the theme "TrailBlazers".

To be honest when I was first told about this I previously had a trip planned to visit my friend in Chicago and didn't really know what a Ted Talk was so I ignored it.  After doing some research and talking to friends and family I realised this was actually a HUGE opportunity and well, kind of a big deal.

So I applied.  

3 weeks later I was accepted, and was freaaaking out.  I loved the idea of it but when I got the acceptance email with all of the details, the information on how many people would see the video (tens of thousands!) , and the pages and pages of release forms and guidelines I nearly sh*t my pants.

For those of you who still don't know, here's a little background on what a Ted Talk is:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long. Everything we do is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

So there I was, stuck with an extremely vague topic and told I have 8-15 minutes to speak with no notecards.  I knew my goal was to motivate people to pursue their dream and give an inside look at the life and path of an entrepreneur.  My biggest challenge would be, how do I speak to these people and motivate them without it being boring (just speaking about me the whole time) and/or cheesy ("you can do it! Reach for the stars!").  So what I did was create an outline and a goal.  My goal was to motivate using the past experiences I went through that were bad that eventually lead me to better things and my own business. The outline actually was a requirement from the team, I had due dates for rough drafts and slide previews months leading up to the event.  

What I didn't know was that the Tedx requires 100 people maximum to attend the event.  These people are actually specifically chosen through an application THEY fill out to be selected.  Each of them with the desire to learn, discuss and engage throughout the whole night.  I was one of 5 speakers for that night, all of whom were "trailblazers" in their own way.

I didn't finish writing my speech until about 2 weeks prior (even though I knew about the event for about 4 months).  I always seem to do my best work in a crunch.  My father had given me the advice to "practice the sh*t out of it", so, I did.  I printed it out and kept it in my purse EVERYwhere I went. On the subway I would practice it in my head, in my apartment facing the window to building across the street, at the gym on the treadmill, lying in bed at night...everywhere.  Maybe it was playing piano my entire adolescence that helped me with this, but after a week of non stop praciticing after a while it just became (brain)muscle memory. I wish I took a picture of my speech as it was so worn in from folding it up a million times.  A week before the show I felt ready, still extremely nervous (and losing sleep) but I couldn't have been prepared more.

The day of I took the 2 hour drive to Randolph, NJ where the event was held at the high school.  I show up and the place was filled with balloons, a step and repeat and tables set up for food during intermission. As soon as I got there the girl in charge tells me I'm not only the closing speaker, but that there's a Q & A afterwards.  I think they were trying to kill me.  

My sister, younger brother and boyfriend took a separate car (so they didn't have to come super early) and met me there and I couldn't be happier to have them there to support me.  Everyone received a name badge and a gift bag with goodies.  Printed Tedx bracelets, a pamphlet, and a pad and pen to write down notes and "discuss" with others around them in-between speakers.  Prior to that I had a quick run-through on the stage where they gave me a remote to click through my slides and a microphone to test out...which made me feel like Britney Spears.

The first half of the show I was able to sit in the audience with them, which actually helped calm my nerves.  It started off with a guitar player warming everyone up and welcoming them, and then a short film about the construction and deconstruction of a psychiatric hospital. Following that, there was a Charity Organizer, a High School Principle, a visually impaired Paralympian, a Director of Communications for LEAD public schools, and me.

I cannot tell you the extreme high I felt after speaking. I semi-blacked out on stage but I didn't studder or forget a single word. Best. feeling. ever.  As soon as I got off stage and the audience was let out I was flooded with a crowd of people complimenting my story and gushing over my ambition and jewelry line.  Nothing like a bunch of strangers surrounding you with positivity to boost your confidence. I believe perhaps this was because my story is so relatable.  I didn't have a chance of luck or a rich background to launch my career. I had a dream and determination and started from scratch which I think was able to help motivate others to do the same. I personally would have loved advice like this when I was younger, which is what I kind of tried to keep in mind while writing my speech.

At the end of the day, I'll always have this video to look back on and be proud of.  As my dad says, it's a major "feather in my cap" and I couldn't be happier for how it went.  I am so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to speak at an event with such an inspiring organization and meet the intelligent individuals who put it together. Also, I'm able to sleep at night again :) 

If you haven't seen it yet, check it out below! I'd love to hear your comments or feedback or any other questions which you can leave at the bottom of this post.

Again, thanks for taking the time to read all about my Ted Talk experience (and watching my video!).  You guys are the best.

                                                           Cheers,

                                                                  Kemi

Your Summer Go-To Places

        Summer is around the corner and it's time to eat drink and repeat.  Here's a list of some awesome rooftop/outdoor bars worth checking out. (Click on images below to be brought to their website!)

The Mulberry Project-

        Not only does this Little Italy speakeasy have a sick backyard with truffle fries and "bespoke cocktails" but they just opened up a beachside location in Tulum! Reason #538 to go back there.

Mr Purple-

    Located on the 15th Floor of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side, this rooftop not only has a sick indoor AND outdoor setup, but comes with a swimming pool! Bonussssss

Tiki Tabu-

Popping up exclusively for summer months on the roof of Sixty LES.  Complete with tropically themed wallpaper and hand blown lava lamps.

The Gallow Green-

        Seriously, this place is adorable.  Just google image and see how this place looks like someones garden threw up all over it.  Plant obsessed, Kemi approved :)

Catch Rooftop-

My friend Kathleens favorite go-to happy hour spot.  Located atop the building at 21 Ninth Avenue with panoramic views of the citys skyline

Roof at Park South-

On top of the Park South hotel on 27th street, this rooftop has great cockails and tapas as well as a view.  Also their website is pretty cool...

Pod 39 Hotel-

    Hopefully you all already know this one, but I couldn't NOT put it on the list.  Also known as Salvation Taco, this "funky budget hotel" turned its rooftop into a margarita lovers dream.

Alright, well hopefully I was able to show you some places that you haven't already heard of, and gave you ideas of new spots to try out to kick off the start of summer!  No go eat, drink and be merry.

                                                          Cheers,

                                                                  Kemi

7 Reasons We Love Ellie Kemper

           These facts about the star of the incredibly funny and addicting Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will make you fall in love with her even more (if that's even possible).  We knew we were crazy about her when she first entered our favorite sitcom in season 5 of The Office.  From Bridesmaids to 21 Jump Street she captured our hearts one bright yellow sweater at a time. Here's some fun facts about this ray of sunshine trapped in a human body.

Her old high school drama teacher was Jon Hamm

She's a smarty pants and went to Princeton (undergrad) AND Oxford (post grad)....most adorable pic ever?

She shares her birthday with baby royalty (non other that Princess Charlotte of course)

Her boss is way cooler than yours...

She's not afraid to dance (and has killer moves)

She has her own language

And best for last.....she rocks Kemi Designs!!

Oh Ellie, how we love you.  Keep doing your thing and we'll keep watching (and laughing).

Click on the earrings below to purchase and be just like her! 

Behind The Scenes- simple stone ring

        Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man's history. The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars. It is also one of the oldest protection amulets.  If given by a friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune.  It also bring peace to the home as well as having numerous detoxifying effects.

         When I was asked to make this ring I was especially excited because not only have I not made a ring like this in years but turquoise is by far my favorite stone.  I wanted to write this post to show you step by step how I made this ring from scratch using real turquoise and sterling silver.

        First, you have your stone, make sure it's completely flat on the bottom otherwise it will wiggle around in the bezel (major no-no)

Here are the main supplies: The stone, a sheet of .925 silver, bezel wire, and half round wire (for the band)

First order of business is measuring the bezel wire around the stone so it fits perfectly, cutting it to that measurement and matching up the ends to create the circle and prepare to solder

For this step you use what's called "hard solder".  There are three types; hard, medium and soft.  You start with the hard because it requires a higher temperature melting point.  This way, when you're soldering the other parts, you use a medium and then soft solder so that every time you do it doesn't melt the first part that you did since it will gradually need lower temperatures to work.  A little hard to explain, I hope that makes sense, just keep reading and you'll see!

Sealed shut! Next is fitting it around the stone so re-shape it

After that you need to place it on the silver sheet to see if it lays flat, which, in most cases it doesn't, soooo....

...you need to sand the bottom of the bezel so that it does! This takes some time, and caution as you have to be careful not to press too hard and bend the bezel out of shape.

There we go, much better. Now to cut out a square so you can solder it together.

This part will require the medium solder (as mentioned before) so that when you're working, the previous solder on the bezel doesn't re-melt and come apart.

Set up your solder evenly around the inside of the bezel!

Here we gooooo

Perfect! Threw it in the pickle (shown later), sawed around the bezel to make a circle and now it's ready to add the band!

To make the band I used half round wire.  It's easy because you can buy it as is and it fits comfortably on the finger.  

The customer is a size 6 1/2 so you have to bend the wire around the ring mandrel to get the right measurement.

Awesome. Now you have to file the ends so that they lay flat against the bottom of the ring (see how they are rounded here)

File away and (excuse the nails) you have your flattened edges!

See??

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Now you balance it in your soldering pliers and make sure it's flush against the bottom of the ring so the solder can flow on every end.

Forgot to mention, every time before you solder you must add flux! Flux is a chemical that cleans the surface you solder because solder doesn't adhere to dirty surfaces :)

Just paint a little bit on and it will bubble when heat is added and disappear allowing the solder to begin working

Since this is the last step with the torch we use the easy solder (sheer solder looks different than the wire solder but it's all the same just cut with scissors instead of pliers)

Ta-da! Worked perfectly and gave it an extra tug to make sure all sides are secure.  After you torch metal it turns these colors but thats when you put it in the pickle to clean it

THIS is the pickle.  It's basically a mini crockpot and you add a chemical called sparex to water and plug it in till it gets hot

Once that's done, take it out and re-measure.  Of course it's not a 6 1/2 anymore, so I put it on my big ring sizer which uses a lever to crank the ring bigger

Slow and steady and make sure the rotate the ring while doing it so the band doesn't pop off!

Now that the size is correct, time to the put the stone in!

Next, you have to burnish the edges so it closes the bezel around the stone and sets it in

Wish I had taken an action shot, but here it is! That stones not goin anywhere.  Time to polish!

To polish this guy I throw it in my tumbler, which is basically a rock tumbler (remember those as a kid?) which is filled with steel shot that bounce around the ring as it tumbles to work harden and shine up the metal

Just add dish soap...

and water!

Let that tumble for 45 min to an hour andddd.....

vuola!

        Hope you guys enjoyed seeing how I made this ring. Tune in for my next post which will hopefully be about my TED Talk on being self-employed which I'm hoping will be up on the site by then! Have a good rest of the weeeeeeek.

                                                                    Cheers,

                                                                            Kemi

Giveaway!

     This week I'm holding a giveaway for one of my favorite pieces which also happens to be one of the best sellers! All you need to do is follow me on instagram at @kemidesigns and tag two friends who you think would rock this necklace best! And the winner at the end of the week will receive...drumroll please.....

 

 

++++Behold, the Mor-Rockin Metal Necklace++++ 

 

 

 

          Enjoy and good luck!

                                                    Cheers,

                                                            Kemi

 

Beauty Secrets And Tips

    I never get sick of hearing about peoples beauty tricks.  From celebrities, to friends, to your own mother, you can learn a lot about new ways to keep you looking and feeling more healthy.  Here's a few tricks of the trade I've come to love and a couple products that are among my favorite as well!

Coconut Oil -

          I'm sure you've heard time and time again that coconut oil is good for you.  But if you look up the benefits you'll be amazed at how it can improve every part of your body from your hair down to your digestive system.  I use Crisco's brand which can be found at any local supermarket.  I've started adding it to my tea in the morning, which I thought would taste gross but it doesn't at all! In fact if anything it mutes the strength of the tea taste and goes down smoother.  A quick and easy way to add coconut oil into your diet.

Add Eye drops to your Mascara -

            I feel like my mascara has a pretty quick shelf life, or can get dried out before I know it's really done.  Adding 1 or 2 drops of eye drops to the bottle and shaking it up will get it right back to being good as new.  Don't substitute eye drops for water though, as that will cause your mascara to flake or smudge.

Eat more Almonds -  

              While almonds are commonly known for being high in protein, fiber, calcium and Vitamin E, it's also amazing for your skin! Whenever I feel a break out coming on or my skin is acting up, I make sure to eat a handful of almonds more often.  I keep a jar of whole, all natural almonds in my kitchen and dip into it a couple times a day.

Wash Your Pillow Cases More Often -

              Washing your sheets as much as you want to (or should) can be a complete pain.  Especially in NYC where most likely you don't have your own washer and dryer.  But I make SURE whenever I do a load of laundry to at least include my pillow cases every time. They house tons of dirt and oil which transfers to your skin when you sleep. 

Use Thickening Balm For Thin Hair -

             Everybody wants more volume in their hair (well, most, unless you were born super lucky).  Along with buying volumizing shampoo I love to use a good thickening balm.  I recently got a Dear Clark sample in my BirchBox and it's been my favorite.  Work generously into your towel-dried hair, starting at your roots and making your way toward the ends for a fuller looking head of hair.

Ditch Waxing for Threading -

               If you're like me and you have sensative skin, threading is your new best friend.  Most salons that offer eyebrow waxing will offer threading now.  It's a more precise control in shaping your brows and is gentler on the skin.

Make Time For A Face Mask -

             I don't usually have the time OR the money for a facial.  Face masks are a quick and affordable way to keep your skin in check. Make sure to buy a tube for an area you need the most help with (clogged pores, dry skin, brightening, etc.) and make a routine to apply it once a week when you know you'll have some time before bed.

      Hope I got to teach you some tricks you haven't heard of before! Who knows, maybe you won't even need to use them cause in the future they'll be a pill you can pop and you'll look and feel 20 again.  Until then, enjoy these tips, and thanks for reading!

                                                        Cheers,

                                                                 Kemi

      

A day in Paris

         There are many perks of being the daughter of a flight attendant, I thank my lucky stars my mom decided to go with the hippie movement and join American Airlines 38 years ago.  This time though, I was able to be on the plane while she worked, which was a new treat for me.  She called last minute to say she had a trip to Paris with a long lay-over that looked wide open...noooo brainer.

        There are so many amazing cities overseas, but if you had only 24 hours, Paris is the way to go.  With so many things to see, do and eat (of course) and the easiest metro system to navigate, I tried to pack in as much as I possibly could and completely ignore the possibility of  jet lag. 

         Here's our perfect day in Paris :)

Cute pa-tootie mom

First class babyyyy #spoiled

....there were only 3 of us in the whole first class (all relatives to flight attendants)

Early morning stroll

Palais Royal - my favorite place in Paris to date.  Got there super early so no one was there yet and they had these fun black and white stumps sectioned all across this beautiful courtyard.

The Louvre! RIGHT across the street from the Palais Royal...two birds, one stone on a tight schedule.

Since it was still early there was no line to get in! 15 euros at the door, and I zipped straight to the most famous painting in history.....

not quite sure that's allowed

Cliche croissant 

Happiest french pups I ever did see

Spotted the Ferris Wheel when I exited the museum! Just a football field away, and perfect because my mom was still napping :D

There she is!

After I rudely woke her up, we kept saying Crepes and Coffee, Crepes and Coffee, we need to find french crepes and coffee.  The concierge suggested this little cafe called La Belle Ronde  (located in the 13th arrondissement) which was tucked away down an alley that just served those two things, and it did NOT disappoint. 

Walking along Rue Daguerre after the crepe cafe

you crazy

Cathedrale Notre Dame

Hi Mike!

Cliche Macaroons

Didn't go here, but it was pretty

My mom and her "crew" absolutely love this restaurant.  Its called le "Relais de l'Entrecote" and it legitimately only serves steak and fries. Only menu we saw was for wine which was dirt cheap and all they ask is how you would like your steak cooked and they serve it with this amazing sauce and the best fries you'll ever have. Best part? It's unlimited!!

Left straight from dinner to go to see the Eiffel Tour at night.  I had seen it once before but I wanted to see it when it sparkles which apparently is the first 5 minutes of every hour (after it's dark out).  I had no idea what time it was when I left but when I got out of the metro it was exactly 2 minutes to 9, and just when I walked up to it, the lights started flashing! Such an amazing site to see.

Decided to make a mini music video to show our amazing 24 hours in the city of lights! Enjoy!

                                                              Cheers,

                                                                        Kemi  

Six new trends for Spring 2016

          I know I spoke about my favorite trend coming out in my last post about high-wasted flares, but I wanted to show you more of whats coming up and what to get excited about. 

      There are some really crazy pieces coming into play this spring (i.e. grandma slip on shoes) and not all of them are for everyone, and thats ok!! It's all about finding the pieces that work for you and create your style.  After all "Fashion is what you buy, Style is what you do with it". Here are my favorite new trends to look out for and where to buy them without exactly breaking the bank. (click on the photos to get re-directed to the link!)

Off The Shoulder

Runway: Michael Kors

Store: Kivari.com

Long Waist Coats

Runway: Stella Mccartney

Store: Zara

Shoulder Cut-Outs

Runway: Rebecca Minkoff

Store: H&M

Culottes

Runway: Erin Featherston

Store: TopShop

Bell Sleeves

Runway: Herve Leger

Store: ASOS.com

Ear Crawlers

Runway: Luv AJ

Store: Kemi Designs (shameless plug)

         God I love being a girl.... enjoy and rock out my little KDesign readers!                                          

                                           Cheers,

                                                        Kemi

Swingin' into the 60's

The "group text" went off the other day with a friend asking if flared jeans are back in.  I, personally, feel like they should have never gone out of style, but yes, they're making a come back.  Now that they're in, I'm showing you 5 ways to wear your high waisted flares.

First up:

>>>>Denim on denim<<<<

......the classic Canadian tuxedo, tucked in of course.

>>>>The Crop Top<<<< 

...... Show off some midriff to deviate them from coming off as "mom jeans"

>>>>Lace Details<<<<

....this could be lace or any mock turtle neck, a little Steve Jobs action, if you will.

>>>>The Graphic Tee<<<<

 ......For the concert go-er

>>>>Stripes<<<<

     ....The classic look that always goes well with jeans.  Match with an oversized hat and you're ready for #brunch.

                                                                     Jeans: H&M 

Not gonna lie, it was definitely an adventure taking these pics.  Luckily I had my blogger friend Steph from Lets Talk Twenties walk me through it and make me feel a little less awkward posing as people walk by and pretend like what we're doing is completely normal.  

   Hope this post can boost your sixties creativity as spring is fast approaching! Fingers crossed this warm weather stays...

                                                        Cheers,

                                                                   Kemi

How to make the most of your tiny apartment

     If you're like me, you love NYC, every single bit of it.  Even if that means spending 60% of your earnings on rent for an apartment that would fit inside a dorm room bathroom.  Living in the city for 6 years, I've come across some tricks and pointers to make your space seem bigger and overall more pleasant to live in.

   First, go bright and white.  Neutral colors go a long way in a small apartment to make it look open and spacious.  Adding pops of color here and there keeps things looking clean, simple and minimalistic

    Next, cleverly clutter. Dedicate a space to your apartment where you put your favorite findings.  It's such a simple way to bring your personal aesthetic into a space.

       Opt for long curtains that go all the way to the floor.  Nailing the curtain rods above the window frame creates an illusion your room looks taller and windows bigger (and blinds crooked, whoops).

     Hang up shelves.  One great way to store things without cluttering your space is on the walls!  Adding floating shelves is a perfect way to keep all your items in place while adding character and color.  Shelves can be expensive, don't try to overdo it.  I bought mine for an awesome price at Home Depot more saving. more doing. #ad

  Use discrete storage.  I found this mirror at Hayneedle.com and it's the PERFECT way to keep all my jewelry organized and hidden away.

     Have a favorite statement piece. Whether its a blown up photo, a sculpture, or a decorated cow head like mine, have something that you love be the center of attention in your apartment.

     Finally, plants.  I can't stress this enough. Plants, plants, plants and more plants.  It not only creates an oasis vibe in your apartment, but they bring a liveliness to the indoors as well as clean the what can often be stagnant air in a 4 floor walk up apartment.  Hang them from the ceiling, line your windowsill, cover the floor, fill the bathroom, everywhere and anywhere.  No such thing as too many plants (in my book).  If you're scared of killing them, then buy cacti.  If you kill the cacti too, reconsider reproducing in life.

........kidding

     Hope this post helps brighten your day and your apartment.  I work out of my studio so having a place that I love to be 24/7 is extremely important.  Happy hump day and thanks for reading!

                                                        Cheers,

                                                                 Kemi

"I Think I Can"

       Although I love my collection, and it's my bread and butter, it's the custom orders that I live for.  To make a piece that means SO much to a person, and have it be something they can wear forever is such an incredible/indescribable feeling.

   I recently recieved a custom order request from a girl Stacie and her mother. This is their story:  

       "The phrase "I think I can" comes from the children's book called "The little engine that could". My mom used to read to me when I was little as a bedtime story.  The book is about thinking positive. "If there is a will there is a way" type of lesson. When ever I was upset my mom always said you need to be positive about the situation. If you think you can than you will. 

      So I wanted to wear the words that my mom taught me to whisper to myself whenever I had a problem. My mom will appreciate that it was her positivity in life that gave me the same outlook." 

        Now here's a very detailed description of how I made the pieces, step by step:

First, I find the perfect train silhouette image with good old trusty Google.

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Yep, I like that one on the left.

Then I print it out teeeeny tiny on a piece of paper to cut out (2 trains for 2 necklaces).

Shitty printer...

Next, I cut it out and use rubber cement to glue it to a sheet of sterling silver

Next, I saw it out!

Boom...beautiful

Crap, there's a teeny tiny little window I need to get.  

First I drill a hole...

There we go, now I can fit the saw blade through it to cut it from the inside

Hey little guys!

Now, we stamp the main plate 

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Lets saw these bad boys out...

Cute! But we gotta clean it up a bit..

MUCH better

Now for the tricky part.  Attaching the train to the chain (I'm a goddamn poet)

I need to attach reaaaally small jumprings (the round pieces) to either side of the train while attaching the chain through it.  

 

This is REALLY hard cause the chain could A) melt or B) attached altogether in one big blob

Here goes nothing...

I DID IT!! AND I DID IT TWICE! I AM THE SOLDERING CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!

Now off to the gold platers to get dipped in goooooldddd

The finished product!

    Really glad I'm able to post about this. Not only for the story, but for my customers to see how much work goes into each and every one of my pieces.  Jewelry making is my passion, and I hope it shows through in my work and for all of you to see.  

    Thanks so much for reading guys.  'Till next time...

                                                           Cheers,

                                                                    Kemi

This is Kemi.

Hello world,  the time has come for me to start a blog.  I knowww I knowwww, whyyyyy?? Becaaaaause, apparently some people care. Now that I think about it, I do have some things I'd like to share once and a while....

I'll be sharing my work, my stories, my travels, my life hacks, my passions, and everything in-between.  There's even a cute little comment section where you can let me know how I'm doing and what you'd like to hear about.

So enjoy kiddos, I hope my blog brings some joy to your lives, or maybe just some light reading for when you're bored or procrastinating at work :)

Cheers,

                    Kemi