5 Things That Scare Me

Driving Up Hills

I’m so scared of driving up hills. I have a ‘98 Toyota Camry and I probably need new tires, but every time I drive up a hill, my tires scream at me like I’m crazy. Sometimes Charlie my car just sits there screaming at me for climbing up a hill. This only happens if I stop on a steep hill and I have to keep climbing. Now when I’m driving straight up without having to stop, I can feel the strain. I just hope that we make it up the hill. Yes, I probably need to flush my engine and get an oil change, but let’s be real. Even with that, my car is old and I’d probably still be scared. I’d say it’s in pretty good shape, but remember 1998 was 18 years ago. That’s 40 in car years lol. I’m scared Charlie will get mad at me and roll back down. But so far, he just screams at me.

Losing Someone Close To Me

My family has been very fortunate to not have lost too many people. And because of that, I am extremely scared to lose someone. I know it happens and it will eventually happen, but I can’t handle it. Just writing about it makes my heart heavy. Last year was the first time I’ve experienced grief. My grandpa on my mom’s side passed away from cancer. It was a long battle and we all knew it was coming but it was all new to me. New to my cousins. New to my family. We lost someone close and there is no amount of preparation for that. Since my grandpa’s passing, I’ve noticed my fear of losing a family member (mom, dad, sister, etc.) has deepened. I try not to think/talk about it because I instantly start to cry.

Closed Confined Places

Ok I wouldn’t consider myself claustrophobic but I could easily freak out if I think about being in tight places for too long. Let’s take an airplane for example. I’m not scared to fly. I’ll get on a plane right now. But if I think about being in the air for so long with no actual fresh air, breathing in people’s farts and morning breath, not being able to walk outside, sitting in one position for so long and standing up to a ceiling that’s not that high freaks me out a bit. Then there’s the part of knowing you’re 10,000ft in the air with nothing but land or ocean below you. Oh my! Sorry if you’re reading this in an airport lol. You’ll be fine and enjoy your trip!

Disease

I’m so scared of falling sick. I’m scared of these super diseases. They’re getting stronger and more powerful. We’re always hearing about some new virus that such and such. I want to talk about STDs though. It’s scary how common STI’s/STD’s are and how many different kinds! Some are curable, thankfully. But there are some that aren’t curable, that’s the scary part. What’s even scarier is that you can be as cautious as possible but there are some STD’s/STI’s that you can catch even if you’re being careful! When I say careful, I mean wearing condoms and checking your partner. Your partner may not even know they have something. That’s why it’s so important to get regularly tested for EVERYTHING anyway. Even then sometimes false negatives occur and people can be a carrier of something without showing signs or symptoms. It’s so scary. Honestly, just thinking about it is the best birth control, sex control, everything control!!

Failure

I’m scared of failure. I’m scared that I may be dreaming too big and I’ll jump and fall flat on my face. How do you know if your dreams are too big? Or unrealistic? Do you find out after you fail? I’m not scared enough to quit though. I refuse to quit. I try to redirect my thinking because your thoughts follow you. I watched this documentary in high school and it changed my life. It’s called The Secret. It’s on Netflix and Amazon. It’s pretty much about the Law of Attraction. What you surround yourself with, the people, your thoughts, will attract the things that happen in your life, the people you meet, and the way you feel. So anytime I start having these doubtful or negative thoughts, I redirect my thinking to something positive. After watching this documentary and seeing how true it is from my own experiences, I always tell people to speak things into existence. It works. It’s the Law of Attraction. You guys should watch it and tell me what you think.

What scares you guys?

Previous: 5 Things That Make Me Happy

~Kelsey Sherri

A Black & Silver January

I’ve been obsessed with black and silver nails this January. Maybe I’ve been carrying out the new year color palate but black is so chic and silver just pairs so nicely. I haven’t been too creative with my nails since high school. Frankly, I just don’t have the time like I did back then to experiment. So my nails are just plain black and my ring fingers are silver. I used Wet n Wild’s Metallica and Black Crème, both are in the Wildshine collection.

You can get these for $1 at Walgreens, CVS, Target and any where that carries Wet n Wild products.

Here are some cool black and silver ideas I found on Pinterest.

~Kelsey Sherri

52WKC: 4 Family Member

Before I jump into things, I’ve created a naming system for my 52 week challenge posts: 52WKC: week # & topic for that week. I figured, week 1, week 2 etc. would get a little confusing and seeing 52 week challenge would get annoying. So here it is 52WKC: 4 Family Member. (Also the last time I writing this introduction.)

This week I’m supposed to talk about a family member. I want to talk about my mom. I don’t even know where to start. I’m actually at a Panera Bread right now, sitting across from her as she fills out some paperwork and I write this post. We are very close. I’m close to my dad and sister too, but I’ll write about my mom for this post.

She’s such a remarkable woman. I’m very proud of her. She works so hard in everything that she does and everyone she talks to loves her. I mean who wouldn’t. She’s amazing!

My mom is my travelling partner, well actually we do a lot of things together. But I definitely got my adventurous side from her. We’ve been ziplining, horseback riding, cave tubing, hiking, and on road trips galore. She’s even went on a hot air balloon ride without me lol. We spend a lot of time together watching movies/ TV shows and taking walks. I love my mom so much and I would do anything for her. We’ve always had a really close relationship and we’ve gotten even closer as I get older.

I won’t keep rambling about how amazing my mom is. I’ll just show you! 🙂

 

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Hiking some where in Monterey, CA
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Cave tubing in Belize
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Ziplining in Belize
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Climbing the Mayan Ruins in Belize

 

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Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA
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Hot Mama!

 

Isn’t she amazing?

~Kelsey Sherri

Previous: 52WKC: 3 Family

Hello…It’s Me…

I was wondering…ok I’ll stop!

I couldn’t resist! Did you sing the title when you read it? Lol

How is your January treating you? I hope you’re all doing well and accomplishing your goals! I hope you’re all keeping up with those resolutions! Tell me what have you guys been up to?

I’m still here job hunting again. My temp position has ended. Sadly! But, I’m optimistic about the future! I see great things and it’s only a matter of time before I reach them.

I’ve been busy applying for jobs again and working on myself professionally. Have you guys heard of this live streaming app called Periscope? It’s linked to Twitter and to me, it’s pretty much like a Snapchat story with no time limits. People can view your scope live and comment as you video. I made one the other day and studied how people use it. It’s been very interesting and actually might turn into another addiction of mine. Womp womp. Oh well.

Oh speaking of, I started reading a book guys! A physical, turn the pages, fiction, novel. I tend to only read things online: blogs, news articles, etc. but it’s been a while since I sat down and read a physical book. The book I’m reading is a comedy, of course. But that’s all I’ll say for now. So far so good.

Where was I? Oh right! Periscope. So, I made an account. I haven’t streamed anything yet. I’m waiting until after I change up this hairstyle and get my eyebrows done. I can’t afford to scare people on my first post! Until then, I’ll be watching these hilarious posts from people all over the world.

If you guys have a Periscope or any social media, go ahead and follow me. I’ll follow back!

Periscope: @kelseeeyybby

Instagram: @kelseeeyybby and @ksherri_

Twitter: @ksherri_

~Kelsey Sherri

 

52WKC: 3 Family

Before I jump into things, I’ve created this naming system for my 52 week challenge posts: 52WKC: week # & topic for that week. I figured, week 1, week 2 etc. would get a little confusing and seeing 52 week challenge would get annoying. So here it is 52WKC: 3 Family.

This week I’m supposed to talk about my family. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a pretty family oriented person. I’m all about family and I’ve been blessed to have a family who is all about me. Well you know, not about me only, but they’re always there for me. I have an amazing support system, from my parents and sister to my aunts, uncles, grandparents, and football team amount of cousins. I want to post pictures of us but I better not. Not everyone wants to be on the internet like that. Lol.

My family is huge and we are all so close. Both sides of my family are pretty close to each other. We all look out for each other and take care of each other. We obviously have family issues sometimes, I mean every single long term relationship will have issues, especially if you’re close and care about each other. But aside from that we always bounce back to the close knit family we are.

Last Week: 52WKC: 2 Spouse/ Significant Other

~Kelsey Sherri

I Need Help Naming My Blog!

Good morning everyone. I’ve been thinking, I need a name for my blog. Right now, it’s just my first and middle name, but I don’t think I want my name in the title anymore. That’s where you guys come in. I need help coming up with a new name!

So far my blog has been a lifestyle blog talking about fashion, food, travel, and my life in the fashion industry. I’m not sure what other topics I would be talking about but I think those will always be the main ones. I guess it’s geared towards fashion, but that’s not all it is. It’s about life after college, figuring things out, and transitioning to an adult while trying to become successful.  Obviously, I need your help!

Please, if you have any ideas, comment below. You can email me your ideas too! Kelseysherri@gmail.com

Also, I’m curious, how did you guys come up with the name for your blog?

Thanks in advance! I look forward to seeing what you guy come up with.

~Kelsey Sherri

 

5 Things That Make Me Happy

Family

My family has always been a big part of my life. They’re always there for me and vise versa. I don’t know what I would do without them, especially my parents. They’ve given me the opportunities to be who I am today. They taught me things and understand my growth, supporting me and encouraging me. I am forever grateful for my parents and family.

Making People Laugh

I’d like to think I’m a pretty funny person, only because that’s what people tell me. The joy I get from hearing someone’s laughter is so heartwarming. I’m not really a pranker. I’m more of a crack jokes type of person. And if were really cool and understanding with each other, we might occasionally have a hilarious roast session.

Money

They say money doesn’t buy you happiness, but I say BS! Now obviously too much money might not necessarily be a good thing. I couldn’t imagine winning the lottery. I would never want that amount of money in one lump sum. You know what, I think I’m going to write about why I wouldn’t want to win the lottery. I’m just saying having money to spend without worrying if you’re going to make rent that month is way more appealing. It’s the way you spend the money that makes you happy. Well, makes me happy. If I had the money to splurge, I would buy my parents a house. I would make sure they don’t have to worry about a thing. They could retire now if they wanted to. I would travel the world with my sister and friends, etc. There are endless possibilities when you have the money. My first thought wouldn’t be to spend $4,000 on a purse, it would be meaningful and memorable.

My career

I guess this ties in well with money. My career makes me so happy. Growing and seeing my progress is so exciting. I enjoy everything art related from museums to painting, writing, this blog, to obviously designing and styling. I love it all. The coolest part of it all is seeing what I can come up with and seeing it come to life. Seeing people wearing my clothing is always an overwhelmingly joyful event, especially when people are complimenting it/me. I’ll never forget my first photoshoot with my fall 2015 collection. I wanted to cry of joy! Check out the photos here.

Being adventurous

There’s so much to see, so many places to go and so many people to meet. I love a random adventure. My friends always tell me about having blankets and a chair in my trunk. But you never know. One day I could be coming home from work and decide to keep going down that 405 to San Diego. I’ll need a change of clothes right? Oh wait, I already have an overnight bag in my trunk. No problem! I’m always up for an adventure, hiking, road trips, getting lost. Let’s do it!

What makes you happy?

Previously: 5 Things That Annoy Me

~Kelsey Sherri

52WKC: 2 Spouse/ Significant Other

Before I jump into things, I’ve created this naming system for my 52 week challenge posts: 52WKC: week # & topic for that week. I figured, week 1, week 2 etc. would get a little confusing and seeing 52 week challenge would get annoying. So here it is 52WKC: 2 Spouse/ Significant Other.

This week for my 52 week challenge, I’m supposed to be talking about a spouse or significant other. Well, I don’t have either at the moment. So what should I talk about? I guess right now my significant other is my work. But I’d rather not talk about being married to my career. I could talk about my exs. Ummm, let’s NOT. Marriage? Marriage.

When I was a kid, I used to dream about falling in love, my wedding, and living happily ever after. Let’s face it, I grew up with disney movies like Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. This fairytale life was embedded in me from childhood. I used to plan out my life: fall in love in my early 20s, get married around 24/25, and start having little babies around 26/27 and be done by 30. Well, I’m 23, single, with no interests. So much for planning. Ah well. I guess I didn’t take into account my own mindset at this age.

Now that I’m 23, I can’t imagine myself being married by next year. There’s so much I want to do still before marriage as a single woman, and later as a couple before we get married. There are stages to these things and I don’t want to rush them. Even if I do meet a guy, I can’t see myself married by next year, and I really can’t see myself having kids in the next 2! Silly me! What kind of plan was I trying to make?

Who knows what’ll happen. Maybe love finds me sooner than I’m anticipating. I mean, I’m still sort of a hopeless romantic. If it happens, it happens. It would be nice to have a significant other to share all these experiences with, but I still have way more living to do as an unwedded woman.

So cupid, as much as I may complain during the holidays and on valentine’s day about not having that special someone yet, I mean give me a break, I was a 90’s kid growing up with nothing but love stories, please save that little arrow for a little while.

Last week: 52 Week Challenge: Week 1

~Kelsey Sherri

My Sweet “Jiffy” Corn Muffins

This is the easiest corn bread/muffin recipe you’ll ever find. It’s perfect by itself or paired with soup. See my Creamy Corn Chowder Recipe. I used “Jiffy” Corn Muffin Mix because I didn’t want to spend too much time prepping. The “Jiffy” box says just add egg and milk but I added butter for creaminess and sugar for sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 1 “Jiffy” Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ cup White Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Butter, unsalted, softened

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine entire “Jiffy” mix and sugar into a mixing bowl then mix in the butter, egg, and milk.
  3. Batter should look a little grainy.
  4. Spray cupcake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Pour about ⅓ cup of batter into muffin pan.
  6. Bake until golden brown about 16-18 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, using a toothpick, poke through to the center of a few cupcakes. If the toothpick comes out clean it’s done. If it comes out wet, put them back in the oven for another minute or two. Be careful not to over bake and dry out the muffins.
  8. Once the corn muffins are done and still hot, brush a little butter on the tops of the muffins.
  9. Let the muffins cool.
  10. Enjoy with coffee or soup.

Makes 8 muffins.

Thanks for reading!
~Kelsey Sherri

Creamy Corn Chowder Recipe

One thing I want to do this year and for the rest of my life is pick up cooking. I’ve always liked cooking but sometimes I feel like I’m cooking the same thing over and over. So this year, I want to expand my horizons in the kitchen.

I looked up a few recipes for corn chowder and came across a wide variety of ingredients, well as far as what creams to use, whether to use seasoning or not. So, I looked at what I had at home and based on similarities of the recipes, I came up with my own recipe. I must say it came out pretty good, especially paired with the cornbread I made. I season my food by eye, without measuring. So for the sake of this recipe, I came up with these measurements that are more or less what I used.

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Corn, whole Kernel
  • 1 Can Cream Corn
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3-4 Large Potatoes, diced
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Rosemary, dried
  • ½ tsp Thyme, dried
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • ¼ cups Butter, unsalted

Directions

  1. Wash and dice all potatoes into desired size. The larger the cut the longer it takes to cook.
  2. Peel and dice onion.
  3. Pour both cans of corn, diced onion, diced potatoes, chicken broth, and all of the seasonings into crockpot.
  4. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7 hours. *
  5. Add half and half and butter and cook for another hour.
  6. At this point, check firmness of potatoes. They should be firm but not hard. If the potatoes are still hard cook until desired softness.
  7. Serve with cornbread.

*  When I was making this soup, I had no idea the potatoes that I had would take so long to soften, especially since I cut them in such small pieces. I guess it seemed like a long time because I was hungry and sick. I needed some food and this wasn’t cooking fast enough. I ended up taking it out of the crockpot and putting it to boil on the stove. I also mashed the potatoes in the pot to thicken the soup.

Aside from my impatientness, this would be completely fine in the crockpot. Maybe I should have done it over night. It’s seriously like watching water boil. But I guess it was worth the wait. The cornbread and corn chowder was the perfect amount of sweetness and creaminess, perfect for my cold.

Let me know if you tried the recipe and how it came out!

~Kelsey Sherri

52 Week Challenge — Week 1

I came across this 52 week challenge on Life or 30 Something Like it some time in September. So, I decided to wait until the new year to start it. I’ve always wanted to do one of these. I see them on instagram all the time but I always feel like I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I’ve decided to stop making excuses and just go for it. So here it is, week 1 of 52.

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Why am I starting this challenge?

Well I already said I’ve always wanted to do one of these challenges but on a deeper level, I want to do this challenge because it lasts the entire year. I want to push myself to do something on my own without quitting. It’s like exercising for me. I want to do it and I’ll be good on day one. I’ll eat well-balanced and proportioned meals, exercise, stretch and do everything by the books. But then day six rolls around and that pizza, my bed, and tv looks a lot more appealing.

I’m taking on this challenge because it’s once a week. I think that’s manageable. I post at least once a week anyway, sometimes more. This challenge is also a great writing exercise. Anytime you have a topic that you didn’t come up with on your own, you push yourself to dig deeper, especially if it’s a topic you don’t want to talk about or have any interest in. I can already tell there will be some difficult topics that I’ll have to put more effort into. I’m excited about this challenge because it’s something I can work for, another goal, I guess. But why take on another goal when I already have so many for 2016? I say why not?!

So let’s see where this take us. I’ll try to post these on Sundays. I welcome you all to join me on this challenge.

Happy blogging and happy new year!

~Kelsey Sherri

Goodbye 2015!

They say the way you spend your New Year’s day is the way the rest of your year will look like. Well I decided to set aside time today to work on my blog. This year will be about advancing my career. I want to re-launch my brand K. Sherri and begin to really brand myself as a designer. I want to work on all aspects of my career this year, from this blog to my next collection. I guess I better start now. But before I jump into my plans for 2016, I want to go over the highlights of 2015.

The first half of the year is a little blurry to me right now, probably because it was my senior year in college and I was working extremely hard. I didn’t get much sleep those months so that could be why it’s a little hazy. Side note: sorry for the bad photo quality in some of these photos. They were taken on my phone.

April

I cut my hair! For the first time in my life! I didn’t have time to twist it every night because I was working on senior project. SO I went to a salon and chopped it off. Problem solved!

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May

I participated in a cosplay costume competition and won Best Original Idea for my Red Riding Hood Costume I made for class.

June

I graduated from Cal State LA with a BA in Fashion Design and Textiles. This is one of my proudest moments of achievement this past year. It wasn’t easy getting my degree but I’ve had a tremendous amount of support throughout my entire college career.screenshot_2015-07-24-20-54-13-1.png

July

This was when I began sewing evening dresses for people that were bought and worn on red carpet events in Los Angeles! How exciting!

August

I got to travel to Barbados for the second time in my life! I was 2 the first time I went to Barbados. It was amazing! I wrote a few blog posts about my experiences in August.

September

I got my first job in the industry and first job out of college working as a stylist at Hautelook photo studio in Culver City.

Styling: Me. Photo: Rebecca Pimm

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October

I was the finale of a fashion show at Cal State Long Beach that promoted eco-friendly ways of producing and manufacturing clothing. That was another proud moment for my brand. Go check out my Fall 2015 line on my website, www.ksherri.com

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November

I had the privilege of having my first pop-up shop at the Barbados Independence dance and award ceremony held in Alhambra, CA. I had scarves and bags that I made and was able to sell that night. I met a lot of people and I’m so thankful for that opportunity!

December

This month was filled with joys of the holidays! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things that’s happened this year but I think I got the jist of it.

I’ve accomplished so much this year and grew as a person. It’s been a great year but I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store for me!

~Kelsey Sherri