top ten tips for property virgins, first time home buyers

I have only sparingly talked about home decor and interior design on King & Kind mostly because we were renting near the beach and our condo was pretty outdated. See posts from the condo here, here and here and yes, two of them are Christmas posts. I pretty much gave up trying despite lots of articles online encouraging me to "do more with my small space" and "revamp my rental". While I do believe in these concepts, I had my heart set on a bigger prize. Home ownership. I didn't know when, I didn't know how, (starting to sound like Ariel here), I didn't even know where for sure. For the longest time home ownership just seemed like this elusive concept. I just knew that when the time came I would be elated to be able to focus my efforts and creativity on my first home. For several years we saved and saved and finally decided to pull the trigger and go for it.

Let me just say, being a property virgin, the whole buying a house process is mostly terrifying. Maybe it's my anxious inclination, but because I felt both scared and nervous about such a monumental decision/purchase I really tried not to let myself get very excited about anything until the day we closed on the house. I tried to treat it like a business transaction but of course there were bouts of heart palpitations at the thought of remodeling the kitchen into my dream kitchen (all white please!) and sitting outside in my very own yard. Escrow is a very long month of confusing agreements, research, inspections, and watching your hard earned savings disappear before your very eyes! It's really quite incredible how over it all you are by day 30. And I'm not even addressing the whole offer process which in itself is quite the adventure.

So we sold most of our furniture on either craigslist or via our garage sale and moved into what is now a pretty empty house. As in the only livingroom furniture we have are two lawn chairs and have zero dining room chairs, no dressers, no bed frames you get the point. The reason we decided to do this was to have a clean slate. We only want to add furniture we want for the new house. Plus, I've come to learn it's really not that bad sitting in lawn chairs, life could be much worse ;) . We do have things on order and I will talk about all of that along the way. 

The point of this post is not to just share my excitement over finally diving into real estate but to introduce a new topic on King & Kind that I hope you can relate to, or at least enjoy my take on the experience. 

I am not planning to do tons of renovations right off the bat although I have a list a mile long and I do not see me departing from my love of sharing beauty and fashion ideas with you, but I am really excited to start talking about this new part of my life with you. 

So here are my Top 10 tips for Property Virgins: 

1) Get a great Realtor who will hold your hand and guide you through the whole process. Ask for referrals from friends, family, and colleagues. He/she should go to bat for you, answer all of your "stupid" questions, and have a great attitude all along the way. They should never pressure you to make an offer on a house and should not be all sales-ey on you when going through the houses. They should also be extremely knowledgeable about the market and houses in the areas you are interested in. My Realtor was great at pointing out flaws to us and brainstorming solutions/remodeling ideas in addition to knowing the market and up and coming neighborhoods. I felt comfortable asking him lots of questions and he was always super quick to respond whether it was a late night text about a contract or trying to find out where something was in the house once we moved in. 

2) Don't get too emotionally invested in a house, lots can happen even after your offer is accepted that could break the deal. 

3) Double check that the house has what the listing says it has. If it says it has a water softening system, find out where it is and verify it is there and working. 

4) Read everything and ask questions or do research. If you don't know what it means to remove a contingency then find out! Don't just sign documents without having a basic understanding of what you are doing and why. 

5) Get an insurance agent and mortgage broker to do the hard work for you as far as shopping for the best rates and packages. 

6) Try to get the painting done before you move in. We couldn't do this due to timing but every time I walk into that lime colored room I just cringe. So do it if you can, just get it out of the way so that you have a fresh palette. 

7) Check your documents carefully for errors before you sign. Chances are there will be something that needs to be corrected along the way and it would be a shame for you to overlook this. 

8) Get your locks re-keyed right away. It doesn't cost that much and it's worth the peace of mind. You won't know who or how many people have access to your new house whether it be house keepers, neighbors, baby sitters, etc. 

9) Prioritize your plans for remodeling and making big purchases for your new home. You have just likely drained your life savings getting your first home so your budget will be tight for a while as you get used to your new fiduciary responsibilities and build your savings back up. Prioritize what you need right away and what can wait until later and take your time. I You will want to do everything right away but reign it in sister! A home isn't built in a day and you do not want to go into debt over your impatience. 

10) Go with your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. 

I would love to hear your advice on buying a first house, so leave us a comment!

PS If you think you know where we live please do not call it out online. I don't want any creepers! 


neuLash review, neuBrow review, neuRadiance review, giveaway

As a skincare junkie I am always looking for the latest and greatest to give me healthy skin. I have used neuLash for the past year and a half and have really loved it. My almost non-existent lashes have become longer, darker, and thicker with using it every night after I wash my face. So when I was approached to review the rest of the line I was completely on board.

Along with eyelash shortages, my eyebrows are also a bit sparse so after a few months of using neuBrow I can officially say I am getting fuller and darker brows as well. My browtist even noticed the difference a few weeks ago when I went to get them threaded. She was so happy for me haha. I use neuBrow every night after I apply neuLash

I have also been using neuRadiance to exfoliate and I am completely hooked. Because I use face medicine every night, my skin can get really dry, this keeps the flakes away. I use it in the morning twice a week. It combats the appearance of dull, dry, uneven skin tone and transforms it into a fresh, glowing complexion that looks younger instantly. Its unique dual sensory experience will have you addicted in no time, with its warming effect upon application and a cooling tingle when rinsed off. Your skin will look and feel refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated.

neuRadiance review, neuRadiance giveaway, best exfoliater

The past week I have been unpacking and trying to get settled in our new house. There are things that are still lost in boxes but these three products were in my immediate needs bag. I feel a tad guilty that I havent been able to blog a whole lot lately so to try to make it up to you I am partnering with Skin Research Laboratories to give you neuRadiance, a $79 value, for free

This giveaway is open to King & Kind subscribers only, you must be a follower via Bloglovin or an email subscriber to enter. Open to US residents only. Enter between 4/20/2015-4/24/2015 to win.

Thanks for stopping by, Good luck!

*Product for review and giveaway provided by Skin Research Laboratories, all opinions are my own. 


Today is the day to scoop up any of the gorgeous items you have been drooling over for Spring/Summer with Shopbop's 25% off sale! In addition to the items above, I have my eye on these jeans, this pair of heels, and this chic hat. And, of course, I can't resist a good pair of browbar sunglasses

Also, I am packing my little hiney off this week getting ready for the big move. Hope you are having a great week!


caress forever collection body wash review
If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you have probably figured out that I am a bit of a beauty junkie. I really love getting to try new products and talk about them here. I recently started using Caress Forever Collection Fine Fragrance body wash which not only smells amazing, but it releases a light fragrance each time you touch your skin. I had used it one evening before bed and while working out the next morning I thought to myself, somebody smells lovely. As I was stretching I realized it was me! Love when that happens! 

caress forever collection bodywash review, clare vivier leopard clutch, gold jewelry

The Caress Forever Collection has two great fragrances, Caress "Love Forever" that has spicy floral sweetness and Caress "Adore Forever" that has a rich floral scent. It feels like I am really pampering myself when I use this body wash. I recommend you try it out for yourself! You can find the Caress Forever Collection at Walmart.

As a side note, do you remember growing up with the Caress commercials? I remember my friends and I acting them out by applying lotion and saying "before you dress, Caress...." Such hams. We thought this is what grown up women did when they got ready.

Hope you have a great day, thank you for stopping by! 

*This post is brought to you by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own. 

Rocksbox # 2 + Special Offer

rocksbox jewelry subscription, gorjana geometric earrings, lauren hope bracelet

Happy Friday! Today I am revealing my second Rocksbox. I was recently asked to review the Rocksbox jewelry subscription program and I thought the best way to do this would be to show you exactly what I get in each box I am sent over the next few months. To see the first box click here.  So far I am loving this program. I can't stop wearing these Gorjana earrings and Lauren Hope bracelet especially.

rocksbox jewelry subscription, gorjana geometric earrings, lauren hope bracelet

My second set included the Gorjana Geometric Drop Stud earrings, Loren Hope Small Sarra Cuff in Crystal, and Perry Street Alana Necklace. Like I said above, I can't stop wearing the Gorjana earrings and the bracelet. I am a huge fan of Gorjana jewelry and of Gorjana herself and I think it's so cool that she has partnered with Rockbox. So far I am loving this subscription, especially since it's the price of just one lunch out at $19/month.

You have until March 27th to get your 1 month free Rocksbox subscription.  Sign up here and use code kingandkindxoxo to get your free month!

Leave me a note to let me know if you sign up! I would love to hear what you think about Rocksbox. More to come.

I will be spending my weekend doing some spring organizing and purging to start getting ready for our move. We recently bought our first house and will be moving mid-April. So exciting and so much to do! If you're in the San Diego area and are looking for some furniture shoot me an email!

Hope you have a great weekend! 


jcrew military jacket, nude lipstick
spring makeup, mac nude lipstick, blonde highlights
olukai pouli sandals
asos beaded pom pom tote, jcrew military jacket, loft neon shirt, loft denim shorts, olukai pouli sandals
asos beaded pom pom shopper
jcrew jacket {new version} | loft shirt {old but similar here} | loft denim shorts | asos tote {similar here} | olukai pouli sandals c/o | gorjana rose ring {ON SALE!} | similar earrings
              mac 'creme d'nude' lipstick + mac lip pencil in 'boldly bare' | tarte blush in 'exposed' | estee lauder double wear foundation | benefit they're real mascara 
| nars 'surabaya' eyeshadow duo | mac fluidline eyeliner in 'blacktrack'

It's heating up here in San Diego and I am getting in the mood to bring out my sandals and bright colors. These OluKai sandals are so cute, I wore them twice this weekend to break them in and expect they will be a summer staple for me. I've been a busy bee, so I apologize for the lack of posts last week. We are in escrow for our new house and I couldn't be more excited! Let the home projects begin! I also cut my hair a little shorter and added some blonde highlights. I just can't stop changing my hair. I also recently changed my foundation to Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation because I have been having some pretty intense breakouts for the last year while using the Tarte BB cream. I read that BB cream sometimes causes breakouts for those with sensitive skin and thought I would try switching. You can't beat Tarte's Amazonian Clay oil control and I still love it to death so we shall see if it was actually irritating my skin or not. So far, I like that the Estee Lauder foundation is paraben-free, fragrance-free, oil-free, and lasts all day long. I will keep you posted as I continue to use it. What changes are you making so far this year? Do share!

Weekend Casual

short lob, benefit they're real mascara, black v-neck sweater
new balance pastel sneakers
black outfit ideas, black celine tote
black lace t-strap bra, sheer back sweater
sheer back banana republic sweater
carrera browbar sunglasses, gorjana layered necklaces
new balance patterned sneakers, black skinny jeans, black outfit ideas
banana republic sheer back sweater {ON SALE!} | banana republic denim in petite, in regular | similar lace bra celine tote {similar to celine} | new balance sneakers | gorjana necklace c/o | gorjana earrings c/o rocksbox {similar here| gorjana lariat necklace |
carrera browbar sunglasses 
              mac 'half n half' lipstick + mac lip pencil in 'in sync' | tarte blush in 'exposed' | tarte bb cream + tinted moisturizer and SPF (worn as foundation)| benefit they're real mascara 

Keeping things super casual today with minimal makeup and my favorite sneakers. To see more of my favorites click here. I decided to be a little edgy in my casual look last weekend with a sheer backed v-neck sweater by Banana Republic. I am loving the new Banana, you should absolutely check them out. Today they are offering 40% off sale items! 

On a personal note, things have been very busy lately, but in a good way! Lots of cool things going on that I can't wait to share with you.

Don't forget Rocksbox is offering King & Kind followers 1 month free for the next 30 days. Sign up here and use code kingandkindxoxo to get your free month!