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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

(Jimmy Choo's new affordable line for H&M -- how cute are these?)


I think if I could use one word to describe me, it would be passionate. I think the most-said phrase to me is, "Why don't you tell us how you really feel, Kristin?" Well, I thought I was. I blame it on being Italian, but the fact is, I was born to love beautiful things and have strong opinions. I remember being mesmerized by Cher and her Bob Mackie dresses.

Like Scarlett didn't want to be hungry, I did not want to be badly-dressed. But the thing I think makes me different is that I have never done it for other people. I want my house pretty because I live in my house. I don't care if another living soul walks into it and comments, I want it pretty for me. I want happy colors. And if given an option, I will usually choose sparkles. Life is happier when it glistens. So I understand that the rest of the world doesn't get excited about handbags with supple leather. They don't think "Joe's Jeans" are any better than Levi's. And I honor their opinion, but pretty things make me passionate. Not expensive things, mind you, pretty things. When I was a single girl, my studio was a dump, but my friend's dad got me some stray carpet, and I put up pictures of old movie stars and my futon was brightly colored. Passion for beauty around you is not about money. It's about leaving a space better than you found it. Prettying up your part of the world.

So maybe you don't get it, but tell me, besides your faith and your family, what makes you passionate?

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posted at 10:26 AM  
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At 10:48 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

If you're all about passion, I'm all about comfort. I don't care what the sofa looks like. Is it comfortable?

Spikey heels with straps? ACK! Give me my sheepskin-lined slip ons. And ever since they added stretch to jeans? Good luck getting me in anything else.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I do get that, Kristin! I'm the same way about movies. If a movie is dark, I so don't want to sit through it. But if it is full of bright colors (think YOU'VE GOT MAIL OR SHOPAHOLIC), it spells fun and happy for me.

What I'm passionate about besides Jesus--let's see, my family, of course, but in the way of tangible things I'm not sure. Books, yarn, wrinkle cream . . . .

At 11:00 AM, Blogger jamida said...

COFFEEEEEE!!! (Need I say more?)

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You took the words right out of my mouth, Jaime! LOL

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'd kill myself in those shoes, by the way. LOL Klutz is my middle name!

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I would too, and I also have nowhere to wear those shoes, but that doesn't mean i don't appreciate them. LOL

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Comfort is over-rated Denise. If you haven't stuffed yourself in a shoe that's too small for the sake of fashion, you haven't lived. LOL

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I have stuffed my feet in small pointy-toed shoes--that's why I appreciate comfort. :-)

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

Amen to the joys of jeans with spandex! Whoever came up with that idea was a genius! :)

I am passionate about music. Does it have good, solid lyric? Is the melody interesting? Don't give me a chorus filled with "la la la la la" and "Yes, Lord, yes, Lord, yes, yes, Lord" filler. Give me substance. :)

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh Valerie, I hear you on music. That's another passion of mine. I love how it can transform your mood and take you to another zone. The power of music is incredible!

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Passion--I'm with Denise. Comfort. Last time I stuffed my feet into too-tight shoes I was in high school, wearing someone else's shoes because I couldn't afford a new pair of the required shoes for state choir. And because those shoes were so stinking tight, and since I was near the top of the risers in that 100 voice choir in front of 2000 people, I kicked off my shoes first thing because no one could see my feet from there. Then when we finished, it looked as if we were going to have to walk off that stage with 2000 people watching, so I had to bend over to stuff my feet back into the shoes, at which time my rear end bumped the girl behind me--she was on the top riser--and she went flying off the back, grabbed the curtains to save her own life. Poor girl was really embarrassed.
Since then, comfort has been my passion as far as clothes are concerned.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Ladybird said...

Excellent information and I love your blog!

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Well, first of all, there is nothing wrong in liking a pretty house. My husband has asked me often why do I clean, no one is coming over? Umm...because I LIKE it clean. There is nothing better than having a nice and tidy home.

I am not into name brands of any kind. Although, I did buy a Liz Claiborne purse that was on sale, it was an awesome lime green! I had to have it.

One of my greatest passions is reading and anything Star Trek. I am hooked.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh Leticia, you should come here. On the front page of the San Jose Mercury today is news that the Star Trek stuff is all coming to the tech museum this weekend. I'm sorry to say my family will be there (sans Mom).

Oh and Ladybird, I am with you on clean. Love me some clean!!! That smell!

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Kris, you would hate my house. First of all, it's cluttered. Second of all, it has Star Trek paraphernalia--not as much as it used to, but still. I've seen every Star Trek episode except for the one with the woman captain.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I love shoes! Is it wrong that as soon as I saw the pic of those shoes I had to know how much and where I can get them?? (we don't have an H&M)

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Just have to say I bought my first pair of Joe's jeans this weekend, all because of you. hee hee. They were on sale for $49! at Anthropologie. *sigh* if only the entire store was. ;)

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

You'll have to post a picture of them. Great price!

At 1:21 AM, Blogger Anna said...

Pretty shoes are really a work of art. ;)

At 7:43 AM, Blogger Crystal said...

Kristen, you are a girl after my own heart. I also love color AND sparkles! My passions are Ballroom dancing and Bichon Frises.
Hm.. White fluffy dancing dogs.. no, don't go there... I help RESCUE the dogs... and I dance with nice men who are not the least bit fluffy. :-) I have three little white (sometimes) fluffy bichons of my very own.. now I need to work on getting my very own dancing man. :-)

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

SCORE on the Joe's!! The gal I modeled Ashley after LOVES Anthropologie, but I don't think I've ever been in there.

Crystal, we'd be best friends. : ) Have you seen my yorkie pom? She looks like a blonde maltese


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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