Kendra may be the youngest member of the YBF team, but her age keeps us up to date on what all the "cool kids" are doing nowadays! She lets us know about all the new trends, cool things to do, and social media. If you ever stop in on a Saturday, most likely she'll be working and ready to help! Her outgoing and fun personality make her one of the easiest people to get along with, and she can provide you with some great fashion advice! This week I had Kendra answer some questions about herself, so everyone could get to know her!
Tell us about yourself
I am a Junior at Lincoln High School. I'm the youngest worker at YBF. I'm in an organization called DECA. I have one older sister who is almost 21. I have a chocolate lab named Payge, and I love spending time with her.
3 things you can’t live without.
I couldn’t live without my phone (typical teen). My family. My friends.
What is your personal style?
I feel like my personal style is jeans with a cute sweater! My whole closet is full of sweaters and cute jeans.
Where do you go to for style inspiration?
Most of my style inspiration comes from my older sister. She has been my role model in everything, but especially fashion.
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
I really wish drop crotch pants would come back! I have a pair and I adore them and wish I could wear them to school but I know I would get made fun of so much.
Favorite item in the store right now?
I love the clothes so much. All of them are so cute!
Tough Question: Alex and Ani or Pandora? Why?
Probably Alex and Ani because I love stacking them and I love the cute tokens on the theme!
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Why?
Kylie Jenner because I’m in love with her lip kits and I want them all!
Favorite Bible Verse?
Trust me in your times of trouble and I will rescue you and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15
Three Adjectives to Describe Yourself.
Positive. Adventurous. Social.
When are you happiest?
When I'm with my friends, and we go on walks.
Craziest item on your bucket list?
What is your favorite part about working at YBF?
Getting to meet so many nice people. Because it's a smaller store you really get to know all the employees really well and the customers as well.
Favorite 3 brands at YBF?
Alex and Ani. PPLA. Good hYOUman.
Since YBF focuses heavily on brands that give back, what is the charity closest to your heart? Why?
I really like Love Your Melon. It really warms my heart knowing that people with cancer can get a hat.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
Thanks for being part of the YBF family, Kendra! We are so thankful for all you do.
Since things are warming up both here in Georgia and back home in South Dakota (well, mostly GA now that y'all are in a blizzard...), I thought I would share an some outfits drawing from the hottest trend this spring: FLORALS! I've seen florals on every runway show from New York to Paris, and I'm so happy YBF is carrying tons of floral options for spring/summer! This week, I'm showing you two different options for this beautiful lilac and pink floral print.
The first option is this boho off-the-should dress! If you love bold, all-over prints and have a free-spirited style, this dress is perfect for you. The elastic top and off-the-shoulder style is comfortable and stylish all at once. The breathable fabric will keep you cool all summer long. Also, it has a great bell-sleeve that ties the entire boho look together. Pair it with our Matisse lace-up flats or a tan/brown strappy sandal to continue the boho look throughout the outfit.
Add statement earrings and a few bracelets to complete the look. If you're feeling super trendy, skip the earrings and go for a choker. This will make the outfit feel fashion-forward without being overbearing.
If you're less of a dress girl, this top is perfect for you! This floral top is sort of an insta-outfit. It really does all the heavy lifting for you. Throw it on, wear it with a pair of jeans or white shorts when it's warmer, and, voila, done.
Since it has the beautiful detailing at the top, I wouldn't accessorize with a necklace; let the top speak for itself. Instead, I would go with a chunky stud earring, a stack of mixed metal bracelets (like Alex and Ani), and a few statement rings in gold. A neutral wristlet adds the perfect "pop" against the dark denim and bright top.
I hope this post gave you some inspiration to take a chance and wear some florals this season! It's the perfect way to add texture, depth, and a pop of color to your outfit.
When you meet someone you immediately know they will fit right into your family! Brittany, my personal assistant, blogger, social media guru, and friend is amazing and our personal life saver! She is full of life, joy, and intelligence! She works our behind the scenes aspect as well as being our favorite little model and blogger! She is currently stationed in Athens, GA where she is getting her masters in Public Administration, but also running our whole social media side of our business! She rocks and we couldn't live without her! She makes our loads lighter and excels at what she does!
When are you happiest?
When I get to see my family; living in Georgia makes it hard, so I love when I get to go back and see everyone for a few days.
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Does a historical figure count? If I could I would meet Mary Dennett- women’s leader in the late 1880s! No one knows who she is, but she’s pretty much the woman I strive to be everyday.
Y’all I have way too many (blame my history obsession) but my top three are:
“It is a far, far better thing than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
“An unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates
"There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed." - Bobby Kennedy
What are three career lessons you’ve learned from working at YBF?
Let the creativity come, don’t force it; Don’t procrastinate; Always be willing to try new things
Since YBF focuses heavily on brands that give back, what is the charity closest to your heart?
National Eating Disorder Association. After struggling with bulimia, my heart goes out to NEDA for helping young women and men struggling with eating disorders and pushing influential legislation through Congress.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
Right now, the number one place on my list is Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve been dying to see the Blue Mosque for years, so my next big trip will be there.
Since I've been bombarding y'all with gift guides, jewelry posts, and emails about Valentine's Day, I thought I'd take a step back and do something a little different this week. I've been wanted to do the Friday Five for awhile, and I finally thought "why not! I'll give it a chance." My hope is that once a month, instead of Friday Outfit of the Week posts , I'll do a Friday Five where I come up with a topic provide my top 5 suggestions! These will vary each week, so if you ever have anything you want to see, just give me a shout out and I'll try to incorporate it in an upcoming post. This week, I'm focusing on one of my favorite past times and sharing some of my favorite books!
*Precursor to the list, I love Classics! I had to contain myself from posting five of them, so I tried to pick books from all different genres.
Tale of Two Cities
Ever wanted to learn about English grammar? This book has examples of every literary tool and every type of grammar used in the English language. In other words, it's tough. Reading a Tale of Two Cities isn't an easy venture, but once you're through, you'll understand the beauty of Dickens' writing style and a love story that tests the limits of time.
The novel, published in 1859, is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period.
It's the most un-Dickensian of Dickens' novels, but it's absolutely beautifully written and will give you a glimpse into historical period of the The Terror in France.
Present over Perfect
I read this book right during the first semester of my masters program, and throughout the entire thing I was going "Me too, Shauna, me too!" It changed my outlook on how I should treat my life. I'm a natural perfectionist, always trying to be number one. I worked overtime to get into the best schools, to get the best grades, so I could eventually get the "best" job. By the time I started my Masters, my perfectionism had taken over my life. I stressed over everything, especially when it came to school. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love what I'm going to school for, but there comes a point where I needed to learn to give myself a break and just enjoy life.
Present Over Perfect is writer Shauna Niequist’s motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. In vulnerable, honest stories Shauna offers an invitation to a new way of living: Be Present -full of grace, space, and connection, Not Perfect.
This book is perfect for anyone who needs to remember we can't be perfect, but we can be absolutely present in our imperfect and beautiful lives.
The BIg Sort
This book is political in nature, but it's honestly something I think anyone interested in the well-being of America should read. Bill Bishop, a journalist, coined the term "the big sort" in 2004. It's the idea that even though America is so diverse, we have "sorted" ourselves into homogeneous neighborhoods of people who think, look, and act just like we do. Think about elections, we know how almost every state is going to go, except the few "swing" states. That's sorting at it's finest.
Bishop argues that we’ve built a country where we can all choose the neighborhood - and religion and news show - most compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. Our country has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred, that people don’t know and can’t understand those who live just a few miles away. This book discusses the problems of the "big sort" and some ways Americans can try to fix it.
Very timely, if you ask me.
Love a good mystery? This book is perfect for you. It was extremely popular a few years ago, but it's still one of my favorites. If you haven't read it yet, you need to! Then watch the movie; it's also pretty good.
Flynn does an amazing job of keeping the mystery and suspense alive throughout the entire novel. I stayed up all night reading this book and whenever I'm not sure what I want to read for fun, I turn to this one. It's well-written, suspenseful, and great for a night in. I promise you won't stop reading.
I'd give you a synopsis, but it would give it away, so you'll just have to trust me on this one and pick up a copy!
PRide and Prejudice
This is by far my ALL TIME favorite book. I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice the first time I read it. I absolutely love Austen's eloquent writing, and Pride and Prejudice is the perfect love story. I collect different copies (I have about 15 right now), so if anyone has a first edition lying around email me!
The romantic comedy showcases all of the humor in the manners, education, marriage, and money found in a very non-humorous British Regency. Even though it's set in 19th century England, the book provides insights into life, family, and love for the modern reader. Do strong-willed women find love? And if so, how are they perceived by the rest of the world?
If you don't like romance, this book might not be for you. But for those of you who love a good love story, this novel is perfect. Once you read Pride and Prejudice, you'll be buying the rest of Austen's novels to read next.
I hope this helps you pick out some books to put on your reading list! If you've read them, comment what you think below! If you haven't and read them because of this post, let me know when you're done! I love to hear other people's opinions.
With shows like Mad Men, Mid-Century style has become a staple in home decor design. While a nod to the 50s makes for beautiful interiors, too much vintage can make your home look like you're living in a time capsule. To help you get the mid-century modern look you've seen on HGTV and Pinterest, I'm providing you with some style tips on how to achieve the perfect Mid-Century look!
You can shop all of these styles at YBF! Look at the gallery below for some options of mid-century inspired items we have in stock. This is just a showcase of some of our styles; however, be sure to stop by the store to see everything we keep in stock! And if there's something in particular you're looking for, we might be able to order it if we don't carry it in stock! I hope these tips help you refresh your living space!