Hi! I'm Kimmie!
I started this blog as a way for me to document the process of trying to develop my personal style. Growing up, I didn't really care that much about fashion and style, and spent most of my life wearing comfortable and plain clothes, devoid of any character. Up until I started this blog in late 2010, I pretty much wore boot-cut jeans and flip flops everyday, so blogging has really helped me step out of my comfort zone and be more creative in the ways I dress. There have been hits and misses, and I'm still trying to figure out this whole "style" thing.
I work at an internet company with a very casual environment, and I'm also a mom to a three-year-old and a new baby (born in May 2012), so I'm not going to be sporting any super fancy work-suits on here anytime soon. Before starting my blog, I always thought, "what's the point of dressing cute when none of my co-workers care?" Or, "why should I bother doing my hair and makeup when I'm just going to the mall with my son?" With this mentality, I never found the motivation to look nice (or... maybe I was just lazy). Now that I have this blog, I've started to find the joy in dressing up. I'm wearing stuff I never had the courage to wore before (skinny jeans! blazers! heels! jewelery!) and being inspired everyday by my wonderful fellow bloggers.
Despite having the means to go buy whatever clothing my little heart desires (don't worry, I have cheap tastes), we have more important things to take care of, like a mortgage, college funds, and saving for retirement, so we had to implement a $600 annual clothing budget to curb our unnecessary spending. I'm keeping track of all my clothing purchases for the year here.
Why "Blue Paper Lanterns"?
I got married in 2007, and our wedding color was a soft seafoamy robin-eggy blue. One of the biggest "unnecessary" expenses was a bunch of super huge turquoise lanterns that we hung from the reception ceiling. I wanted to save them forever and ever, but they were taking up a huge chunk of space in our storage shed, so I was forced to sell them on Craigslist. I really loved those lanterns, and so when I was trying to think of a name for my new blog, I decided to name it after my lanterns. Kind of lame, but whatever.
What do I do for a living?
I work as a web-designer for a small internet company. I was an Economics major in college, and was offered a job right after graduation by two of my previous bosses who were starting their own company. At first, I did marketing stuff, but then after awhile, they started getting my opinion on website design and so I learned how to use Photoshop and helped out on the website design. That later evolved into a web-designer position, so I totally lucked out! I would have never had the opportunity had I worked at a larger company.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Seattle, and have lived most of my life here, with the exception of a few years abroad in Taiwan as a child and a year abroad in China when I was in college. I speak Chinese fluently, but my reading and writing skills are quickly going down the drain.
How old are you?
I'm thirty. Sometimes I like to shop in the junior section, until I realize that the clothes there is designed for girls HALF my age. Oops.
What's your favorite candy?
This is a tough one, and I only included this question because I love candy too much (hah, no one is really asking me these, I'm just writing them myself.) I worked for a few years at a little candy store and it was the best job in the world. My favorites would have to be mini gummy frogs, Violet Crumble, strawberry Kookaburra licorice, caramel corn jelly bellys, english toffee, and sour gummy apples. If I had to pick grocery store candy, I'd go with the Cookies and Cream bars, or Twix. Maybe Heath bars too. :)
What are your hobbies?
My life usually is filled with work, sleeping, spending time with family, and blogging. If I get some free time, I like to go thrifting or regular shopping. Sometimes (not often), I'll sew. I used to have a sewing blog, but I updated it like once a month because I was so slow at sewing... so I shut it down. Also because my sewing skills suck. I love reading, but I never have time for it, so I resort to listening to audiobooks on my commute to work.
Who takes your photos for you?
I take my own photos using a point-and-shoot with a self-timer. I used to have my husband take them for me, but he'd take two photos and be done with it. I love having full control of the photos that I take, so I actually prefer taking them by myself... granted that no one sees me because I probably look like a fool.
How tall are you?
I've been measured at 5'4" and 5'5" so I just like to say that I'm 5'4" and a half on a good day. Despite following more than a few "petite" blogs, I cannot shop in the petite sections (arms too long, lol) and my feet are not a size 4. They're double that.