Monday, November 30, 2009

26 Things

I'm sleepy and cheating on blog writing, so instead I copied and pasted my "25 things + 1 about me" from Facebook. This was written a few months ago and some of them might already be known by you blog followers (like the red hair thing...). I did celebrate Thanksgiving and I'll even tell you about it as soon as I get more energized.


1. Sometimes I kiss my dog before I kiss my husband when I get home

2. I was on the game show "Wild Animal Games" on the Family Channel, and Ryan Seacrest was the host

3. My true passions in life are music and correcting people's typos

4. I buy Disney movies for $1 at the Salvation Army so my best friends and I can watch them at our sleepover parties

5. My uncle was a professional wrestler

6. I am always sick or recently injured

7. I haven't eaten steak since I was 13

8. I had a crush on Kurt Rambis from the Lakers when I was little

9. I will watch any medical shows about mystery diseases, dwarves, and super morbidly obese people (Can you believe that doctors really use that term?!)

10. I wear glasses because I have to, not because I think I look cool

11. I really wish I had gone to library school

12. My first job was at the batting cages so I could hang out with hot baseball players

13.I could live off of brown rice

14. I'm really ridiculously good at parallel parking

15. I was propositioned at 15 by the fat Pete from the TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete

16. I would like to eventually run an animal rescue

17. I can read 800 pages in 3 hours and I hate it.

18. I've been randomly assaulted and battered twice at different fast food restaurants

19. I used to play the organ and had one in my bedroom in high school

20.I had a bodyguard in high school

21. I'm afraid of open water because I almost drowned and had to be rescued by a lifeguard ship while I was on a date

22. I'm really amazing at making eggs, pasta, and slow-cooker recipes, but that's about it.

23. A boy took me to the Taco Bell drive-thru as a post-prom date because he missed our dinner reservation

24. I used to hang out in the Lakers media room with my sister and make prank phone calls to people with funny last names

25. I have no idea how to clean my oven

..I'm adding 26. I am legitimately allergic to exercise, and have only met one other person in the world who is too.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bows, Flowers and Ruffles, Oh My!

And a couple sequins, because there's nothing better than being sparkly.

Just some current things I'm stalking for Black Friday. Yes, I go every year. No, I don't usually finish my holiday shopping, but that doesn't stop me from a time-honored holiday tradition. What do you have on your after-Thanksgiving stalking  shopping list?

Forever21

Seatbelt Bags and Broken Shoes

When I was in college most of my friends had Seatbelt Bags. If you haven't seen them, they're literally purses made out of seatbelts.



I saw one of the cutest bags the other day that I never would have guessed was a Seatbelt bag.




It's not the most fall/winter color, but seriously, would you have ever guessed this was made out of car parts? They're not the cheapest bags, but super cute (and durable) and will probably last longer than a lot of my other bags have.

Speaking of things falling apart, my Tory Burch Revas are looking a little haggard. I wear my shoes really hard because I'm a total klutz, but I've seriously only had my shoes for about 6 months and the soles and leather on the toes are really worn. Has this happened to anyone, and do you have any repair suggestions? I was really hoping these would last me forever ( I don't know why?) and they're seriously my favorite shoes in the world. I never thought I would own flats, and they've made me a believer that all awesome shoes don't need to be a minimum of 4" high.

Hope you guys like the new layout - I get excited whenever I see my new page! Jenn also created a Twitter background for me that I'm loving.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!



Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening





This reminds me of cold winters in New England and my mom's love of Robert Frost, and all of the books on tape I bought her for Christmas in the 80's. 


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

BY ROBERT FROST
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.




Lap Desk Love

As someone who is constantly on the computer for work and recently mostly couch-bound, I've been looking for a lap desk so I don't have to sit with my hot laptop on my legs or having to constantly change positions to get comfortable with my computer.

But as someone who loves a bit of whimsy, I can't have just a plain, ugly lap desk. So here are some of the options the all-knowing Google helped me out with.


It's cozy, damask, and even has a cup holder for your water (or wine glass)




Monogram + polka dots + storage? Maybe not the best option for me, but amazingly cute from Pottery Barn Kids. I'm glad their website has no age limit.



Love the pink and black, and of course, the cup holder.




Ok, it's ugly. Really ugly. But I've heard great things about it, so it's on my list.

Thanks so much to everyone for the input on my header font - new design should be up soon, care of MunchkinLand Designs (who has a 15% off discount through 12/4). She has some amazing work up on her site and can even do Twitter backgrounds! I've seen the drafts and I'm super excited about moving on up in blog design-world.

And to everyone at the New Moon premiere tonight - I'm totally jealous. Please don't tell me how amazing Edward looks glistening in the sun, I'll die of envy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Font Suggestions?

Coming soon - a new web design!! Working on the header - what are your thoughts for the font? Would love input!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Old Hollywood Makeup and Mac Holiday Must-Haves

Before I got married, I was having the toughest time figuring out how I was going to do my makeup. I know that a lot of girls like to go more natural, but I wear makeup daily, and honestly, look like a 12 year-old if I don't wear much. And I didn't want to make my husband-to-be look like he was marrying a 12-year-old, because that's illegal in most states.

I was sorting through some of our photos the other day and remembered that I got the inspiration for my wedding makeup from a YouTube video I came across one day. I went a little lighter on the eyeliner, but I love this look and it's perfect for upcoming holiday parties.





The Final Result

SarahVictor has some great makeup tutorials, especially for those who are more inclined to do a smoky eye look. I have my everyday makeup routine, but for special occasions I like to browse the 'Tube and find some inspiration.

MAC had some great new mineralized makeup out of the holidays and it's already sold out! Their new mineralize "Style Black" collection has some of the best colors I've seen to date and there's absolutely nothing left on the website. Hopefully there are still a few out in the stores that I can snag - it takes me forever to go through one of these bad boys.



Young Punk


Gilt by Association

God I love cold weather and an excuse to wear jewel-toned makeup! Has anyone tried this new line yet? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have some hidden at Nordstrom's.




Thursday, November 12, 2009

Give and Get (Plaid) at Gap

It's the Friends and Family sale time at the Gap! 30% off plus donation to charity plus plaid galore makes me a happy girl. And literally, the whole store is decked out in plaid. I've been disappointed with Gap during the holidays for the last couple of years, but I have a feeling that they're redeeming themselves this year.

If you want the 30% off email please comment with your email address and I'll send it on over.

TIP: Skip the intro IMMEDIATELY. If you've seen the commercial on TV, it's probably the most obnoxious one I've seen all almost holiday season. Plus the last thing I want to happen when I'm about to shop is have people shout at me online.

Without further ado, my Gap wishlist:


Plaid Chain Necklace



Wool-Blend Duffle Bag



Plaid Ballet Flats



Plaid Sailor Pencil Skirt

ok, and a couple non-plaid favs.



Tiered Silk Dress



Wool-Blend Cape



Braided Jewel Bracelet


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hi, I'm KatherineBee and I'm Blonderexic

Staying away from the bleach has been a major struggle for me. I've been trying to go back to my natural color for years, and always seem to start adding highlights, which turns into more highlights, which turns into blonde, platinum blonde, etc. You catch my drift. I blame my parents partially for not allowing me to dye my hair until high school, but the rest of it is probably just from having blonde hair envy. I have to admit it's been really nice not to have to dye my hair after 6 weeks, but I also don't feel like myself. I'm sure part of it's from being sick and not being able to work out at all, but I'm itching for something different with my hair (and honey, if you're reading this, I'm not chopping my hair off, so you don't need to hide the scissors).


Oh hi redhead in high school



6 months ago



2 weeks ago

I hate being in a hair rut. Do I go redder, blonder, chop of my bangs, or pull a Britney Spears and shave my head? The time and money saved from 3 hour bleach jobs is definitely a bonus, but I have to say that blondes have more fun.

P.S. And me as a brunette (post-fashion show).




Monday, November 9, 2009

Girls With Glasses

Once upon a time I was a 7-year-old girl with a Dorothy Hamill haircut and rainbow glasses.




Dorothy Hamill - not me.

Flash-forward 5 years and I started wearing contacts. Boy did I love contacts. Peripheral vision, different colors, no chance of your vision fogging getting out of the shower - contacts were the bomb. Ok, then flash-forward (unless you're getting dizzy) 10 more years, when I stopped being able to wear contacts. Woe is me! No peripheral vision? No ability to have purple eyes for a day?

Note: I never did this, but I could have.

Over-use and crappy eyes led me back to wear I started - glassesville. Fortunately glasses are somewhat cooler than when I first started wearing them, to the point that some people actually like to wear fake glasses with plastic lenses when they don't need to. I don't get this trend, but it somehow makes me seem like a trendsetter and I'm ok with that.

Because I'm stuck as an eternal four-eyes, I've decided I'm allowed to have tons of fun glasses to choose from. My glasses collection is still growing, and for some reason still isn't as ego-boosting as waking up in the morning, putting contacts in, and forgetting you're blind as a bat, but I'm working on it.

Need help finding fabulous frames for yourself? Try Frame Finder - a website that will match you with your perfect specs.

Check out GirlsWithGlasses.com to see a whole website of girls...who wear glasses.

When I think of preppy girls with glasses, I always think of Nelly Yuki from Gossip Girl. Where is she this season when I needed a glasses pick me up?


Courtesy of Eye Heart Glasses



Especially love this photo I found when I googled Nelly Yuki.

I've found a ton of my frames at LensCrafters and smaller boutiques, but one of my favorite places to find glasses is at Costco. The Costco near me has a great optical section with frames and lenses probably more than 75% off store prices. I've bought a complete pair of frames and lenses there for $80, which in glasses talk is dirt cheap.

The newest edition to my glasses family are my Ralph Lauren Polo glasses I snagged a week ago. They're comically large, and I like to think they make me look smarter.



Before giving a workshop. Don't I look smarter?


And then there's these gems.



Which are also comically-large, and make me comical. Or maybe alcohol does.


After writing this, I apologize profusely to my future children, who I'm sure that with my and Mr. Bee's genetics combined will arrive in this world with the vision of a naked mole rat. And hopefully by then glasses are even more cool.

(Note: I would LOVE to get LASIK surgery, but at this time I'm not a good candidate for it. I'd also need someone to pay for it for me. Should I put up one of those paypal donation buttons on my sidebar? Just kidding).


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Plagiarists - Hang Your Head in Shame

I was a journalism major and now work in marketing. Plagiarism has always been a no-no. Not just a slap on the wrist, but a full-on knock you out of school/work on your butt. No take backs. No adjusties. You're gone.

Sometimes you read a certain blog and you get inspired to write a post. That's fine. Sometimes you may find a book or a dress in common - that's ok too. But full on stealing someone's sidebar content and blog posts, that's not ok. In fact, it's worse than not ok, it's NO-KAY, which is like the combined version of no and okay, and in all caps, so you could tell I was yelling it. That's how I feel about it.

I've read so many blog posts lately about people taking content or photos from, and I've personally had my site plagiarized now, and boy am I not the happy ray of sunshine I usually am.

So I leave you with this: Plagiarizers, hang your head in shame. And then fall off a bridge, because your head will be down and you won't see where you are headed.