T3: What My Hair Is Trying To Tell You

T3: What My Hair Is Trying To Tell You

Supposedly #longhairdontcare

But, as someone with long hair, I can assure you that long hair does care.  Long hair cares a lot, and long hair takes vengeance on its owner.  Long hair can divulge the emotions and activities of its owner.  For example:

1. Here, my hair is telling you that I just ran several miles on a chilly, windy day.  My hair cared, so it became a giant mess as it bounced across my hood until it was in an unmanageable knot.

2. In this photo, my hair is saying that it is Friday, and I was too lazy to even put a clip in my hair.  And it was saying that I was in DESPERATE need of a trim.20170113_065942

3.On Saturday, my hair says that I slept in and went for a morning swim.  Since my hair does not like the blow dryer, it chooses to go to lunch while it is still wet.


4.  My hair is a little more respectful on Sunday.  It says, “Kat almost has her life put together.  Almost.”


5.  “Why?  Why did you leave the room?”  That is what my hair asks on snow days.


6. When there is a clip on the right side of my head, my hair is simply saying that it is a normal day in the life of Kat.


7. Braids announce one of two things:

  • option 1:  I feel youthful.
  • option 2: I didn’t wash my hair last night.  (always assume the former)


8. A clip with a twist means that it is a normal day, but I am feeling a bit fancy.


9. A full-length braid says, “Kat actually woke up with enough time to do something to her hair today.”


10. A top-bun says that I really like the back of the shirt I am wearing.


And in this picture, my hair is praising me for finally, FINALLY getting the trim I needed:


Back to Dorm Life

Back to Dorm Life


School is officially back in session, and I am nervously facing the new semester with the daunting privilege of being an RA.  I hope to use the position to grow closer to the Lord and point others to Him.  I am definitely anxious to see what God has planned for the semester, and I know that it will be a growing experience for me.  I am going to be super busy working at the daycare, attending classes, and being and RA–God is going to stretch me for sure!

Welcome back to the dorms, back to microwaving meals, back to school outfits, and back to college.  Good luck this semester!


Microwave “Baked” Apples


  • 1 whole apple, cored and chopped
  • cinnamon to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave 2 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Eat and enjoy!
  • bakedapple1What are you looking forward to most this semester?  What changes seem most daunting?
What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday


When I was younger, I desperately wanted an American Girl doll.  I treated the catalogues like love notes, saving and memorizing every one I received in the mail (in fact I still have all the catalogues and magazines that have been sent to me since Fall of 2001).  I saved my pennies.  I devoured the books.  I purchased purses, lotion, pins, trading cards, and ornaments.  I never bought a doll.


In 2001, the Kit doll that I wanted cost $89–an incomprehensible fortune for a first grader.  Now, the same doll can set a parent back $115.  While I could probably afford to buy myself a doll (and maybe one of these days I will bite the bullet and do it), I will just dress myself like one for now.


Dress:  Forever (consignment)

Coat: Guess (eBay, gifted)

Tights: Walmart

Boots: Bamboo (gifted)

Earrings, bracelet, pin, and hair clip: gifted


Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Essentials

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Essentials


As the days grow shorter and the air chills, my wardrobe changes drastically.  While I would prefer to wear sleeveless tops and sandals year-round, goose bumps and frozen toes force me to stow away the shorts and extricate the sweaters.  Below are the ten items most used items in my fall ensembles.


Ten Fall Wardrobe Staples

1. Long-sleeved oxfords

Although oxfords were traditionally worn by only men, they have become a staple in most women’s wardrobes.  I find them very versatile–they can be worn with jeans, dress pants, skirts, and even dresses.  You can roll up the sleeves or leave them down.

Pictured: Ralph Lauren, J Crew, American Eagle

2. Boots

Keep those legs warm and dry!

Pictured: Bamboo

3. Knee-length skirts

If its warm, knee-length skirts can be warn with simple flats.  When the weather grows colder, add tights and boots to the ensemble.

Pictured: Merona, Gap, Banana Republic, Belk

4. Jeans

Nothing shouts “FALL” louder than jeans and sweaters.

Pictured: Old Navy, American Eagle, Banana Republic

5. Hoodies

Admit it.  There are days when you just feel like wearing a hoodie and leaving your hair in a ponytail.  Hoodies are also great to carry with you to a bonfire–warm evenings quickly chill when the sun sets!

Pictured: High school and college team hoodies

6. Cardigans

Outside temperature: 50

Inside Temperature: 72

Solution: a cardigan

Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)
Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)

7. Dress pants

Invest in a classic pair of dress pants for looking professional when it’s cold out. I snagged these at a consignment shop for $3.

pictured: Bass
pictured: Bass

8. Ballet flats

Just like the oxford, flats can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses, and dress pants.

Pictured: Refashioned, Unknown, Papaya, No Call, No Call


9. Long-sleeved dresses

Pair with tights and boots for chilly Sunday mornings.

Pictured: LOFT

10. Boat shoes

Boat shoes pair well with jeans and hoodies when you are heading out to a bonfire.

Pictured: Sperry



What are your fall wardrobe staples?  Do you ever succumb to wearing hoodies and old jeans on cold days?

Long Term Relationship

Long Term Relationship

Dear Hair,

It’s never easy to call off a relationship that has been together as long as we have, but some struggles are inevitable.  You see, it’s not me; it’s you.  You weigh me down.  You get in my way.  You are needy.  You have become my identity.  I need some time away from you, some freedom.  I hope you don’t take this too hard.  We’ve had a good run.  Some other girl will love you just as much as I used to.



Oats and Outfits: Sunday {Banana Bread Brunch}

Oats and Outfits: Sunday {Banana Bread Brunch}


Wow!  I have made it through the whole week! Seven full days of Oats and Outfits!  There is a remaining form of oatmeal I have yet to eat this week, and I am so excited to make this baked oatmeal recipe.

To match my “Sunday Brunch” dress, I am making banana bread baked oatmeal.  This is my first time ever making this recipe, and I absolutely love it.  It tastes just like banana bread, and the dried cranberries give it a nice punch of tartness.  If you don’t like cranberries and coconut, feel free to use any other mix-ins you want–peanut butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, anything!

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tbs. vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbs. water
  • 1 tbs. dried cranberries
  • 1-2 tsp. shredded coconut


  • Combine all ingredients and pour into a single-serve ramekin.
  • Bake at 380 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Turn oven to broil and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Let cool and eat!
Oats and Outfits: Saturday {Holland Oats}

Oats and Outfits: Saturday {Holland Oats}


The moment I saw this tunic in the bin at a Goodwill Outlet Center, I thought of tulips, wooden shoes, and windmills.  In honor of this shirt, I introduce to you Holland Oats.

Don't worry.  I spelled it right :)
Don’t worry. I spelled it right 🙂

Fresh apples, cinnamon, and honey make this recipe taste just like a traditional Dutch Apple Pie.

Holland Oats


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 apple, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 apple sliced (optional–for topping)
  • Honey (optional–for topping)


  • In a small pot, bring applesauce and water to a boil over high heat.
  • Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium.
  • Set a timer for five minutes.  After 2.5 minutes, stir in the diced apple and cinnamon.  Cook for the remaining 2.5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top with honey and remaining apple.  (So you know, I don’t think this recipe needs honey, and I have never topped it with honey, but I could see how some people would want the added sweetness).  Enjoy!