Kourt K Vibes

“The road to power is in taking responsibility. Your heart, your life, and your happiness are your responsibility and your responsibility alone.” -Will Smith

A while back I saw Kourtney Kardashian wearing pants sort of like these that cut off around the ankle, fit nice around the hips, but then flare somewhat out and I was like yesssss girl! Although we have entirely different types, I know she's short like me and if I set my mind to it, could make it work. Anyways, I wore this look on our drive from Switzerland to Lake Como. For this trip, I literally packed only 3 pairs of shoes. I usually always bring my all white vans along with me just because they pair with everything so easily and also show off my ankles, which I love doing lol. I was taking a look at Target and saw they had the cutest plus size utility pants like I'm wearing but in a dark black finish. Do you see this pizza we ate? Phenomenal. Someone please take me back to Italy.

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Ashley Graham x PLT

So Ashley Graham came through with this Pretty Little Things collection and it's everything. I gathered some of my favorite pieces from their collection. It's giving me Fall and lowkey Balmain vibes which I'm here for. The range goes from size 0 to 24! Have fun shopping. Oh also, everyone is asking about the heels...those are PLT too and you can click here to get them FISHNET HEELS!

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Tedx Talk

Okay so first let me say...I can't believe I did a Ted Talk. Around 19 years old I wanted to change my life around because I was leading a negative one. I'd watch Ted Talks and a lot of Tony Robbins and Will Smith speeches/interviews to give myself a different outlook on life. At the beginning of this year when TedxAthens reached out to me to speak on stage at their event, I teared up because I couldn't believe I'd now be up on a Tedx stage telling my story when my story included Tedx being such a inspiration to me when I was younger. I was all over the place with what I wanted to talk about. We did a few Skype calls and all was good to go. I got to Greece and did my first in person rehearsal on stage the day before the event. When I finished my rehearsal, the coaches asked me to change it. I had a powerpoint, I was prepped, all of that. I sat down with one of their coaches who literally was like "just tell your story you don't need anything else (including a powerpoint)." I was SO nervous because what I had been practicing for weeks was going to change less than 24 hours before me getting on stage in front of a full audience in a packed Opera house. I was shook.

I was literally sick. When I got back to my hotel that night I tried rehearsing and was freaking out to my best friend life "I'll never get another Ted Talk". I had so much anxiety that I couldn't eat and I was literally throwing up just because I was so nervous it was changed and I didn't want to mess it up.

The next day came. I went in hair and make up, then it was time for me to get my mic on. The coach was backstage telling me to stand up, take a deep breath, do the Superman pose so you can get some airflow because I was literally feeling like I couldn't breathe. I wasn't talking much so I'm sure she knew I was scared AF.

Now I will say, I can do interviews no problem because you're talking back and forth with someone who is asking you questions. I can do a panel, I've done many before where I'm on stage giving advice to people in the audience. But I had never been on a stage, where it's dead silent, everyone is staring at you, I don't have anything memorized, and no one interacts back with you.

I somehow manage to walk out, begin my story, and then all of a sudden my microphone fell off of my ear. Next thing I know, the Tedx sound people ran on stage to help me fix it. (They cut it out of the video uploaded) but the audience was SOOO nice omfg. They were clapping and laughing with me. I was telling jokes. They fixed it and then when they walked away, my mic fell off my ear AGAIN and so I'm like WAITTT COME BACK and extend my arm to them to come help. Then I tried to pick back up on my speech and got totally sidetracked by it so at one point I literally just put my hand on my hip and in my head I'm like I'm just about to tell all these people I forgot what I was saying lmao. I look back now and I'm super proud of myself for pushing through all of it.

There are so many details I left out of my story. More struggling, not being able to pay my bills, almost being evicted from my NY apartment, getting fired from ANOTHER job because I was pursuing my own path, being in a physically abusive relationship during the beginning parts of my career. I mean, the list can go on and on. Looking back, I can't tell you how I was able to come out of all of that.

I kept going back to when I was that 3-4 year old girl in the store who wouldn't give up on herself when it came to tying a clear plastic bag you put fruit in. I had everything I needed inside of me to accomplish anything I wanted to or be anything I wanted to be. That's what I wanted to get across in this Ted Talk even if my story was all over the place. I had gone through everything I had gone through. Being denied from a huge fashion school and then still pushing through to create my own clothing line, even if it took me 6 years. Paving my own way for my life. Focusing on the positive vs the negative. Choosing to adapt to my new circumstances every time something didn't go as I planned. Realizing the Universe was trying to show me signs and being able to acknowledge. Knowing when it's time for a change, even if that means I have to come out of my comfort zone and be uncomfortable.

As a kid I had a good stubbornness. I wouldn't give up on myself. No one could tell me anything. I wanted to prove people, including myself wrong. I never settled. THIS WAS A 4 YEAR OLD. I sat in the middle of that grocery store not caring if people were staring at me because I was determined to tie that bag. Guess what, I didn't give up and I completed it. I apply it to my life now. We all have in us already what we need and I think society, the media, life, bad experiences, just anything can happen where we doubt ourselves and give up or feel like giving up. All you need is YOURSELF and your THOUGHTS to change your outlook. WE all have inside of us what it takes to reach our full potential and I hope that my story, even though it was all over the place, could help you reach yours. Also, me clapping for myself at the end, I'm clearly my own cheerleader.

I didn't see myself as someone who was inspirational. I always felt mostly comfortable in my body. I mean, there were times where I would pick at myself, I'm sure we all do. When I first began blogging, I didn't see myself as different than everyone else 10 years ago but I guess I was. Not a lot of people saw themselves represented in the media, or on the internet. I just liked fashion and I would take pictures of myself and put them on the internet. I can't believe I was able to help inspire people to love themselves more and feel more confident. I hope I can continue to keep doing that. xx

Colors

"Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others." – Christopher Germer

I know I know. I'm suppose to be doing Fall transition looks but I technically just came from California and I'm still in Florida. It's 80 degrees outside so can you blame me? A while back I told my followers to reach out to me if they were a small business so I can feature a few of their items in my looks. Please look how cute this bag is. I got it from IamZani.com and honestly, the cutest little straw bag ever. Go check out here stuff HERE!

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A Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Ahhh October. I know my birthday is in September and I'm suppose to love my birth month more than anything else but October is my favorite. Probably because the weather starts slightly changing and all of the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas stuff show up in stores. I start buying things I don't need like leaf shaped cookie cutters and reindeer stickers. A fun fact about todays date: my mom told me my original birth date was suppose to be October 2nd, which is why I felt like I should start coming here and blogging again because I missed it. October is such a great transitional period. It's the perfect time to wear Fall looks but also be half naked which is one of my favs clearly. JK...no I'm not kidding but for this look I actually kept the meat covered.

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Colorful Stripes

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Obviously obsessed with stripes, colorful ones at that. I got this particular stripe maxi dress from Fashion Nova. My diamond shaped drop earrings are from my line by Nadia. Shout out to the comfiest heels I own from Steve Madden. I gathered a bunch of my favorite stripe pieces for you guys so you can be as bright as I am in this picture all Summer haha!

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Mah Jing Wong

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God it's been years since I've worn Mah Jing Wong. Backkkkk in the day when I first moved to NY his team hit me up to wear some of his pieces and they were sooo ahead of their time. Of course I said yes and rocked the shit out of his pieces. When I saw him on project runway I was like YESSSS!!!! Kill it! I'm so proud to see how far he's come. Seriously you guys check him out. He clothes always makes me feel like the baddest bitch, can't you tell by the pics? haha!

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Amoudi Bay

Photo Jun 03, 10 56 17 PM I love me a good swing dress, especially with a cut out. I got this one from PLT but pretty sure they sold out so I put a few similar ones below. I wore this to the Northern part of Santorini where we visited Amoudi Bay. This was probably one of my favorite places. The water was incredibly clear, the food was amazing and came out quick, and the sun setting was indescribable. I definitely recommend going here. They also have really great seafood, duh...because it's a bay. I really enjoy the name Amoudi Bay because for one of my Instagram captions I titled it A Moody Bae. LMAO a little word play for you but that's really how you pronounce it.

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Mesh Coverups

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Most of the time in Greece I wore ZERO make up. I only wore it when I did my actual Ted Talk performance. Let me tell you how I STILL broke out anyways haha. This was before my skin was mad at me so I was glowing. These mesh coverups are my favorite because you can still basically feel almost naked when you walk around but it's also not indecent exposure. I looooved how many Jeep like cars they have over there so I'd snap a picture every chance I could. This was above the place we were staying at. It was overlooking the water at the highest point.

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Smooshed Butt

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I feel like nothing is better than a good pair of distressed denim shorts and a white top. I usually go for something even more casual like a basic white crewneck tee but decided for Greece I should make it a little more dainty with this corset like top. I shot the denim look right outside the place we were staying at. This is also the same red swimsuit I wore in a previous post. I saw this view and instantly knew I wanted a smooshed buttcheek picture here haha! All of the blue and white during this Greece trip really inspired me.

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Acropolis

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This was one of the first days I was in Greece. I first went to Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens to rehearse my Ted Talk. It's so beautiful inside and you can also take an elevator up and oversee the city. I really recommend it. After my Ted Talk rehearsal which was terrifying (I'll explain the whole story once the video is up) we went straight to see The Acropolis of Athens. Seeing something of this magnitude just makes you realize how small you are in the world and humbles you. Well, for me it did. Thinking about how long it's been there and how so many people before you built it is mind boggling. The marble is also super slippery. Can't front that I almost busted my ass a few times haha! The photo of me on the beach is in Santorini. After my Ted Talk, we flew to Santorini and this was Kamari Beach, the closest beach to our Aribnb. The ground is black rocks so again, BRING SHOES! haha. I can't stress it enough. The have a little bar on the beach here where you can order really good tasting smoothies. Bring a beach towel or if you want to rent the chairs and umbrellas you can too so bring cash. There were kids jumping from the cliff which looked really fun but now that I'm 30 I figured it wasn't in my best interest lmao. My swimsuit is from ASOS by the way!

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Mono Polka Dot Swim

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We stopped at Santorini's White Beach which you can get to from a short taxi boat ride. It was soooo gorgeous and I even put some rocks in my bag to take home for memories. Some of the larger mountain rocks were so white they looked like glaciers. Fun fact for anyone wanting to go here in the future, BRING WATER SHOES! There are so many rock/pebbles that you have to walk on and some can get extremely. I wouldn't want you to burn your feet. Mine felt raw for damn near 2 days from having to walk on so many hot rocks. For some reason I thought the sand would be like Florida beaches but FALSE. haha! On another note, since it's mine and my best friend's 10 year friendaversary, we decided to get matching swimsuits from ASOS. The high cut mono polka dot one piece I'm wearing is my go-to now. God I love me some ASOS. Below in the slider you can see they have a ton of different cuts so you can get whichever you like most.

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