Home from China

And, we're back!

Whewww! What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been! Kel and I officially survived our trip from China. We could not be more thankful for the opportunity to get to dance throughout the country - we were able to visit small rural towns and some of the biggest cities in the world. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Thank you for being patient with us as we had very limited internet access while we were gone. As you know, China is a communist country so accessing websites like Squarespace (our hosting site), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were not allowed. I had to send many of my pics to Andrew (the best husband ever) to post to my page for me.

A few thoughts on China:

  • The food is very different than in the US. Not in a bad way necessarily, but if you ever travel there be prepared for major culture shock. I think I only ate carbs the entire time - rice and noodles.
  • The people and culture are inspiring. They're respectful, courteous, and incredibly giving. Everywhere we went, we were treated with the regions best foods (even if that meant there were caterpillars stuck to the broccoli or fried fish with eyeballs and teeth still intact.) In all seriousness, I hope to be more like the people we met.
  • The big cities are AMAZING. We only had one day in Shanghai but it was enough to make me want to go back. Shanghai was like New York City on steroids. But, then again, I love big cities. I love the energy, the atmosphere, the culture, all of it! When I go back to China someday, I'll be sure to visit Hong Kong (heard great things about it) and Beijing too. 
  • The fashion. OMG. The fashion in China is on point. I loved the patterns, colors and shapes the Chinese women wore. The trends I repeatedly saw were short, yet full, skirts, long sleeve sweaters/shirts, platform heels and sneakers.
  • The Air. Cough-city. The air in China is bad, like really bad. Like the world is going through major global warming and you can literally see it happening in China. It was hard to breathe while we were dancing at the games because everyone smokes. It seemed like the entire time there we couldn't get a deep, solid breath of air. China really needs to do something about the air. It's a huge problem.

Anyway, below are a few pics from our trip (click through the gallery.) We'll post more details in the next few days.

xo,

K&K

China

Today, we have some exciting news to share. In a few short weeks, Kellie and I will be off to CHINA! I can't begin to explain to you the level of excitement I feel. Traveling is one of my favorite passions (you can read my gushing love for it here), and I've been feeling like an international trip was in order. As you may remember, Andrew and I try to make it a goal to travel somewhere international every year. It's my trade off for living in Utah. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy living in Utah (endless outdoors activities, great quality of life, beautiful landscapes, etc.) but the lack of culture can make one feel incredibly stifled. An international trip helps revitalize my life, goals, and ambitions. Every time I travel, I'm reminded that life/our world/being alive is incredibly wonderful! So, when I was asked to dance as part of the USA International Dance Team on their China Hoops international tournament tour with the NBA, I emphatically said YES.

Here's a pic (albeit blurry) of one of our rehearsals for the show!

Here's a pic (albeit blurry) of one of our rehearsals for the show!

Now, it won't be all fun and games, we're dancing at 20 basketball games and performing 12 numbers at each game. That's definitely work! But, I could not be more excited or grateful for the opportunity; to get to travel to CHINA, a place that's part of my heritage, with my twin sister?! Beyond thankful.

We hope you can come along with us via social media (@katiecockrell, @kelliecockrell, & @katieandkellie), because we're sure to flood your feeds with inspiring, amazing photos from our trip!

x,

K&K


Home Office Redesign

Hi peeps!

Katie here, today, we're looking at a series that's a long time in the making - my home remodel. It's slow mostly due to the fact that my husband and I have to start from scratch from each room - paint, buy furniture, fix flooring, light fixtures etc. - room by room. And, remodeling and redecorating takes money and time; two things we never have enough of! :)

Right now, I'm sitting in our newly designed office, and I have to say, it's my favorite room in our house! I love the unconventional color scheme, the brightness, and the organization.

x,

K&K


FURNITURE
Simple. Sophisticated. Pop. These are the pieces we selected for the office:
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Ordered from Amazon. Baxton Studio Fiorenza White Plastic Chair with Wood Eiffel Legs. - $170

Ordered from Amazon. Baxton Studio Fiorenza White Plastic Chair with Wood Eiffel Legs. - $170

Ikea Blue and White Woven Throw rug - $19

Ikea Blue and White Woven Throw rug - $19

Ikea Faux Fur Throw (to go over Baxton chairs) - $30

Ikea Faux Fur Throw (to go over Baxton chairs) - $30

Ikea Billy Bookcase -$79

Ikea Billy Bookcase -$79

Ikea Red Print Curtains - $29

Ikea Red Print Curtains - $29


DETAILS
Interesting. Useful.
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Ikea Branas Basket - $14

Ikea Branas Basket - $14

Ikea Black Planter - $14

Ikea Black Planter - $14

Sandstone Paint Color - BEHR - $30

Sandstone Paint Color - BEHR - $30

AFTER
Viola! {We don't have any 'before' pics because we didn't really use the room before; it was a junk/catch-all crazy mess!}


Design Your Wall

Hello everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! Kel flew in to Utah for the weekend - hooray! While she was here, she brought me the cutest hanging plant. It's such a small little decor item but I seriously love it. So, today, we're highlighting our favorite hanging plants and inspiring design items to add to your space.

We're looking forward to trying some of these ideas to spruce up our living areas as the weather gets cooler. Let us know if you plan on making a hanging plant or wall item & how it goes!

Enjoy! x

K&K


{all images via pinterest}