Katie Kime

by Koko on September 2, 2016 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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Dress: Katie Kime / Jacket: J. Crew / Clutch: Kate Spade / Shoes: Steve Madden

I recently stumbled across this ADORABLE (and very Southern) line and immediately fell in love. The prints are so cute and unique. The fit is classic, and the sizing is right on. I wore mine to a summer BBQ and got a ton of compliments. I love all of her fun prints and styles like these (click on the image for the link):






Happy Shopping!




Classpass Love

by Koko on August 24, 2016 · 2 comments

in Exercise, Uncategorized


As of this morning, I have done 182 classes in 12 months of belonging to Classpass. That number includes a month I didn’t use it all while I was in TN and the 9 months I spent flying back and forth, so on average I would say I take 15-20 Classpass classes a month. And I still LOVE Classpass. I have a pretty good routine going now that I’ve been doing it for so long, here’s what it looks like:

Monday: Barry’s Bootcamp. This is easily the hardest workout I do all week. It switches between 8-10 minute runs on the treadmill and free weights on the floor. This is the perfect class for a Monday to start off the week.

Tuesday: Usually Body By Simone or Cycle House. Body by Simone is a mix of dance, cardio and light weights. It’s a nice easier workout day, and super fun to learn dance moves and show off how uncoordinated I am. Cycle House is a fast paced spin class that I love for an early morning start. Great music, exceptional teachers, and it is next to Alfred Coffee which is awesome for a post-spin latte.

Wednesday: Sweat Garage. Another bootcamp type workout that involves treadmill intervals and weights on the floor. I’ve been going here for over 4 years and love the setup. They constantly change their workouts and I’m never bored. I particularly love their partner days where you have to run a certain distance before tapping out your neighbor.

Thursday: Burn 60 or Aura Cycle. Burn 60 is intervals on the treadmill and weights on the floor (see a theme here). And Aura Cycle is a fun spin studio with lights that correlate with the music.

Friday: Orange Theory. My favorite class of the week and unfortunately the only one NOT on Classpass. But I love it so much I pay for a monthly class package and have yet to regret it. The class is built around wearing a heart rate monitor and the concept behind Orange Theory is that if you spend 12-20 minutes in the Orange Zone (85%-100% of your heart rate) then you have an “after-burn” of 300 calories for the next 24-36 hours. Your heart rate and colored zone are put up on a monitor for you to watch while you work out, which is fun. You jump between the treadmill, the rower and free weights for the hourlong class, watching your zones as you go.

Saturday: Phoenix EffectA partner style bootcamp where you and a team of fellow members work out together switching between various stations and running around the block. This is a fun one to go to with friends.

Sunday: Orange Theory or rest day 


Some other favorites: 

Y7: A hot yoga studio that plays hip hop music. I’ve never been super into yoga, but I LOVE going to this class each week. No mirrors, all candle lit and the instructors let you do your own thing with just enough guidance.

Fitmix The Mashup: Half of the class is treadmill intervals and the other class is pilates on the reformer. A great mix of cardio and some deep pilates moves.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOOOOOVE my Classpass membership and even with the price hike to $175 a month it is well worth it to me. I am never bored, always get into the classes I want and am constantly challenged.


Cute Keychain Alert!

by Koko on August 16, 2016 · 1 comment

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion


This is just a quick post to share a recent find from a fun Etsy Shop (The Providence Story). I saw these adorable tassel keychains and snatched up three (one each for various sets of keys).


She’s also having a sale on these cute mini suede key chains ($13 each is a steal).


Happy Shopping!

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Classic Pound Cake

by Koko on August 8, 2016 · 0 comments

in Baking, Cake, Recipe


This weekend my mom and I went back to Tennessee to take a look at my house. Boy do I miss that house. I walk in and remember what it feels like to have my own house and not live at home with my parents (which is also awesome at times FYI). To have all my own things, and my bed… heaven! To thank our neighbors for being wonderful, we baked them a pound cake. This is a traditional pound cake with just a hint of lemon. We served it with fresh whipped cream and berries and it was perfection.


Classic Pound Cake

Makes 1 loaf


  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool, plus extra for greasing pan
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) cake flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 loaf pan. Line the pan with parchment paper (video on how to do that here).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until smooth and shiny, about 15 seconds. Add the sugar slowly, beat until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the eggs, yolks, vanilla, and water. With the mixer running at medium speed, add the mixture to the butter and sugar in a very slow, thin stream. Add the salt and lemon zest.
  4. Place 1/2 cup of the flour in a sifter and sift over the batter. Fold gently with a rubber spatula, scraping from the bottom of the bowl, until the flour is incorporated. Repeat twice more, adding flour in 1/2 cup increments.
  5. Scrape the batter unto the pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Back until a toothpick inserted into the crack running along the top comes out clean, about 70-80 minutes. (Start checking your loaf after 60 minutes. Mine didn’t have a large crack, so I just put the toothpick in the center :)). Let the cake rest in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack. Place a second wire rack on the cake bottom, then turn the cake over. Cool to room temperature, remove and discard the parchment. Serve with fresh whipped cream and berries.

Adapted from Cooking Illustrated.


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