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:
 

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.
 

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}


Park City TV - K&K + Women's Business Center

Happy Friday!!

This morning, Kellie and I hosted our 4th segment with Park City TV's Mountain Morning Show! (you can catch the segment via PCTV's live stream here.)

Our monthly segments are aimed at promoting women in business and celebrating the many successful women in our community who own their own businesses.

K&K June 2014 Segment

K&K June 2014 Segment

For this month's show, we focused on how to start your own business. Many times you may have great ideas but don’t know what to do with them. We showcased three steps to get you started today. And, we also featured free services available from the Women’s Business Center, a program of the Salt Lake Chamber that can help you in all stages of your business. We meet with the WBC in prep work for our segment - they're AMAZING! The services they offer are so valuable, and the best part is it's free! Check out this previous blog post about our meeting.

Scroll down to view our tips on starting your business today! Wahoo!

Feel free to send us any questions or comments. We'll be sure to help as best we can.

xo,

K&K


K&K's 3 Steps to Start Your Own Business:

1. Business plan

  • What are you going to sell or what service do you provide?
  • How are you going to sell it/service?
  • Why? How’s your product going to stand out? Why is this service needed?
  • Know your customer – what do they like, who are they, how old are they, how do they spend income?

2. Financing

  • How are you going to finance the business? Loans? Personal funds?

3. Register Business

  • State of Utah makes it pretty easy – go to osbr.utah.gov – OSBR stands for one stop business registration.
  • Set up an account and follow instructions based on what type of business your forming (LLC, s corp, c corp, non profit)
  • Federal EIN number

3 Free Services Women’s Business Center Offers Entrepreneurs:

1. Jump Start Training

  • First and third Wednesday of every month

2. One-on-One Consultation

  • Market Research

  • Business plans

  • Funding

  • Cash flow projections

  • Financial projections

  • Hiring/human resource

  • Proof Materials

3. Trainings

  • Mostly free/ minimal fee
  • Professional experts
  • Six Focus Areas: Finance, Sales/Marketing, Management, Gov. Procurement, International Trade, Business Planning, Social Media Strategy

Other Info

  • WBC meet with clients all over the state of Utah
  • Consultations over the phone/ Skype options
  • Hoping to expand to online training

Our Favorite Fall Outfits

Fall is here!!!

I mean Starbucks released their PSL {ahem, THE Pumpkin Spice Latte} yesterday so that must mean it's officially Fall, right? Typically, I'm a summer gal; one who loves the warmth and sunshine. But this year I think I'm ready for Fall - cooler weather, layers, sweaters, boots, and pumpkin everything. To celebrate, we've compiled a list of our must-try Fall fashions.

Some of these are questionable picks, at least in my 'would-i-actually-wear-that' book, so let us know
'YAY or NAY' to these fall trends.

xo,

K&K


1. BLACK  - If you follow our blog regularly, you know that neutrals are the key to our hearts. I love the simplicity in color palette coupled with the interesting take on volume. These are my favorite of the bunch (that's why I put them first - ha!) So, YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

2. FALL SKIRTS - I'm digging the trend of transitioning spring/summer skirts to fall. Tights are always the epitome of fall fashion, so I'm saying YAY to these. Tell me you're thoughts, YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

3. PANTALOONS AKA PANTS - I like to think of these as the anti-skinny jean. If you pair wide pants correctly, I think they look very high fashion and sophisticated. The look is like you took your grandmas favorite pair of pants from the '70s and threw on some awesome shoes from Nasty Gal. YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

3. SLOUCHY LAYERS - I'm obsessed with this look. Mostly, because it combines comfort and warmth with fashionable pieces. Also, Kel is always a fan of the green army-inspired jacket. With these looks, I can get behind it too! Tell us, YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

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3. BELL BOTTOMS - Ok, I remember hearing that these bad boys were making a comeback. But, it's been a few seasons and it seems like the skinny-jean is still Queen. However, in-or-out, I still love these pants. Maybe it's the 90s girl in me who went through middle school/high school wearing these. You know, even cutting the sides of my pants to make them flair? HA! Paired correctly, I'm totally down with these. What do you think - YAY or NAY, would you actually wear this?

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