Tastemaker Spotlight | Kathleen Barnes

Kathleen from Carrie Bradshaw Lied is one of our favorite girly girls! She loves glitter and pink and never met a shade of pink she didn’t like. Remember growing up and being confused about fashion and makeup? Kathleen is the friend you wish you had, because she is so effortlessly chic and knows her way around a tube of lipstick! Anytime we need inspiration for a gussied up outfit, she’s our girl. We’re so glad Kathleen is on #Adorntheblog so you can learn more about her! See her answers to our questionnaire below…

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We’re so glad to have you on #Adorntheblog, Kathleen! Why did you first start blogging?

I originally started blogging as a way to share my shopping choices and outfits with friends. In high school and college all my friends would ask where I got this and that and say, “oh, I could never put that together.” Not true! In 2010, I started the blog to share my fashion experiences with friends. I never even imagined the opportunities that would be presented down the road. My audience and the amount of time I pour into this blog turned out much differently than I had anticipated!

Can you tell us about any blog projects that you’re excited about for 2015?

Oh my… so far our home was featured on The Everygirl, I was featured in February’s People StyleWatch Magazine and my husband and I were photographed for a boutique’s Valentine’s Day lookbook. I will be partaking in a sponsored blogger “staycation” in Laguna Beach in March and heading to Dallas in April for a rewardStyle conference. I also plan to head back to New York for fashion week in September! I think that’s as far ahead as I’ve gotten!

Which bloggers or what blogs do you look to for blogging/style/beauty inspiration?

There are so many – of course Cupcakes and Cashmere, Pink Peonies, Haute off the Rack, A Pinch of Lovely, Jillian Harris, Love Taza, My Style Diaries, How Sweet Eats, Song of Style, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins, Mint Arrow, District Dress Up, Atlantic Pacific, Barefoot Blonde, Something Navy, Cara Loren – I could go on for days!

Describe your perfect day.

My perfect day at home: I would wake up to NO alarm clock (!!). Drink coffee in bed and check emails with my three-legged rescue cat and Queen Bee, Lula LaShonda. Take our labrador, Bailey, on a walk in the neighborhood or meet some girlfriends for yoga or pilates. Dance to Outkast in the kitchen while cooking up something delicious for the hubs. Meet him for happy hour on the beach while watching the sunset. Watch Jimmy Fallon in bed and if I’m lucky, repeat!


Coffee or tea?


What are your go-to pair of shoes?

For looks: Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps / For Comfort: Tory Burch Strappy Sandals

Dream vacation spot?


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Savory or sweet?


Any advice for current bloggers who want to improve their content or traffic?

Be patient. Be original. Be consistent. Credit others when they’re inspiring your work. Stay organized!! Most of all, be passionate about your work and proud of the content you create.

Thanks to Kathleen for allowing us to feature her in a Tastemaker Spotlight! Do you know a blogger who is killing it at her game? Email us at hello@adornmediagroup.com and tell us why she should be next in our spotlight series!