Kendra Scott Southpark


Kendra Scott Southpark Charlotte - KiraSemple.com

I'm mildly embarrassed that it took me a regional move to discover the ever so charming jewelry brand that is Kendra Scott. Living under a rock? Why yes, yes I was. Then, once upon a (recent) time I found myself at Kendra Scott Southpark and life was forever changed. Of course you probably know all about Kendra's designs and concept, I need not explain any further...

I stopped in during my birth month to take advantage of their birthday special- 50% off one item of your choice- heck yes! (Check with them on Facebook to see which day of the month this promo takes place on.) While waiting at check out, I decided to drop my business card in their bowl, something I rarely do. I never win anything and I didn't even know what the potential lucky draw even meant. Until I received an email from the KS Southpark Events Coordinator sharing with me I had won a "Color Bar Party" for me and a group of friends! 

So we set a date, I invited some friends and we sipped on wine, nibbled on cheese, and took our turns designing our jewelry. It was so neat to see just how many different combinations of stones and metals you could create. Mind blown. Everyone created something different and tailored to their style. While I love the pre-designed color and metal combos (what I usually opt for) if you had a special event or outfit where you truly wanted to make a statement, why not design something uniquely you? Something that no one has! And luckily,  you can always design your own pieces in store or online. Fair warning, you could get lost for hours doing this  ;) 

That night I also learned from the lovely Events Coordinator at KS Southpark, Carrie, that you can arrange these parties for you and a group of friends- you need not drop your card in their bowl and hope to win! Carrie also told me how involved Kendra Scott stores are with charities both local and national. Shopping for a cause is something we can all get behind, right? Especially when beautiful jewelry is involved. 


Here are a few snaps from the evening. I was very busy (aka indecisive) trying to figure out which earrings I wanted, hence the lack of photos. But talk about some good dream closet inspo here! Would love to store my jewelry like they do... in sleek white drawers with beautiful pulls, surrounded by mirrors and fancy occasional tables. Oh and that chandelier. Love this space in the mall because I don't feel like I'm in the mall one bit.  Bravo KS, bravo!

Kendra Scott Southpark Charlotte - KiraSemple.com
Kendra Scott Southpark Charlotte - KiraSemple.com
Kendra Scott Southpark Charlotte - KiraSemple.com

If you haven't been to the shop, be sure to check it out! And drop that card of yours in the bowl at the cash register. To host your own event at Kendra Scott Southpark, give the ladies there a call- they are more than happy to help you plan the perfect event. And the best way to stay in the know is to follow them on Facebook- can't miss your birthday month promo, now. The best excuse to buy yourself something, if you ask me! 

Thanks Kendra Scott Southpark for a fun evening! 


Wouldn't Mind Doing Dishes Here


Kitchen Sink Window - KiraSemple.com

Dishes. We have to do them, it's a fact of life. While some people don't mind them, others (raises hand!) find them rather dreadful.  I'm lucky enough that my husband and I have a mutual agreement- one cooks and one cleans (as in cleans up after dinner) and vice versa. It's always worked for us. Here we are 10 years later ;) 

 While I'd much rather be the one cooking, dishes are a necessary chore/evil. What would make said chore even nicer would be a huge window (or two) above the sink with a view...

Perhaps a garden, a courtyard, a pool... heck, just plain grass or a tree would do it. It's definitely an item on the dream house list. 

Here are some of my favorite kitchens that I wouldn't mind washing dishes in!

Kitchen Sink Window - KiraSemple.com
Kitchen Sink Window - KiraSemple.com
Kitchen Sink Window - KiraSemple.com
Kitchen Sink Window - KiraSemple.com

Besides the view through some pretty magnificent windows, I've noticed many of these spaces also have unique lighting- either sconces or pendants. When my parents renovated their kitchen, we made sure to have a pendant overhead for late night dishwashing in addition to overhead recessed lights. Harsh light is never a good thing. 

Another trend I've seen in homes lately is a table lamp perched on the countertop (note the first image.) Sounds odd, but they add an unexpected layer of homey-ness and coziness.  Always helpful when the task ahead of you involves a sink full of lovely, dirty dishes, right?

And what about hardware? It's got to be functional and powerful yet beautiful. I myself am a fan of traditional fixtures in either a chrome or brass finish (ahem, the brass in the Patina Farm Kitchen is my favorite!) 

For comfort, a plush rug or ergonomic mat can make all the difference on your feet. Although they don't make any appearances in the above photos (these are their beauty shots, after all!) standing on tile, stone, and hardwood surfaces for extended periods of time can wreak havoc on our bodies. I've had my eye on this Williams-Sonoma one for some time.


For more inspiring kitchens where you might actually enjoy washing the dishes, check out my Kitchen Board on Pinterest and see what over 9,000 others are loving and saving!