About Kait

What do you do?
My career has been in a topsy-turvy land of upheaval and change the last few years, but I have always been a writer and no matter where I end up -- I'll be writing. I started my career as a digital video script specialist at a technical college. I wrote all of the educational videos that enriched the curriculum -- and I learned so much about so many things! After that, I went back to school and now I'm looking to further my career in advertising and content strategy.

Why do you blog?
Throughout high school and University, one of my favorite things to do with friends was stage photoshoots. No joke. One of my friends and I would take pictures of each other all the time. She moved to Ontario for a while and I soon realized that for all the time she had been gone, I had no photos! I missed documenting my life, my relationship, and my evolving style. After becoming addicted to fashion blogs like Delightfully Tacky, I decided to create this blog as a way of motivating myself to journal and take photographs. Turns out, I love blogging!

What did you take in school?
I graduated from Grant MacEwan University with my Bachelor of Applied Communications and Professional Writing. That means that I took a lot of English classes; including some in editing, journalism, technical writing, speech writing, writing for the web, and my favorite, screenwriting. One thing that didn't stick? Grammar. I apologize in advance. Recently, I completed a diploma in Public Relations.

Are the curls natural?
They are. To this day no one in my family can figure out where my curly hair came from. I get asked about my hair a lot so I've written a couple of posts on the subject. I posted about my hair care routine and my favorite beauty products here and here.  I absolutely love the book Curly Girl, so if you happen to be one of the many ladies struggling with taking care of your stifled curls, buy it yesterday. It really helped me figure out my hair!

Where do you shop?
I shop at a lot of different places. Mostly online. In the last year I've made a concerted effort to phase out fast fashion purchases, and invest in higher quality, ethically made clothing. My favourite has long been Everlane, but recently I've picked up a few pieces from Canadian designer Jackson Rowe. Funnily enough, a lot of the fast fashion clothing that rounds out my wardrobe is from Old Navy. Some of that stuff has really stood the test of time. Not what I expected! I do a little bit of thrifting, and I'm trying to get into it more.

What Camera do you use?
When I got started with this blog I was using a Sony point and shoot and my phone, but the camera I am currently using is the Nikon D5100. It's a great entry-level DSLR, and perfect for taking self-portraits (the articulating view screen is the best thing since sliced toast). I use my Nikkor 35mm lens for all of my pictures, and pretty much rely on my wireless shutter remote!

Who is this Nick guy I keep hearing about?
Nick and I met through a mutual friend at the premiere of Watchmen on June 6th, 2009, and dated for five years before tying the knot July 13th, 2014. I journaled about our engagement and the subsequent wedding planning on a separate blog,  Love Grows Love.

Tell me more about your wedding!
How sweet of you to ask. ;) In case you're planning a wedding in Edmonton Alberta, I'll tell you that our reception venue was the Yellowhead Brewery, our photographer was Genevieve Renee Photographie (from Calgary), and our live band was The Last Calls. The dress is called Olivia and it's by Watters Wtoo, I purchased it at Novelle Bridal in Edmonton.

Family portrait February 2014
Tell us about your pets.
Another favourite subject! Nick and I are proud pet parents to Tommy the Cat and Lola the Pup. Tommy is a rescued Mackerel Tabby and Lola was part of an oops litter after a rescued King Charles Spaniel (who had supposedly been spayed) ended up preggers. She is a Border Collie, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Nick's parents adopted one of Lola's littermates, Molly, and they are the best of friends.

Lola and her sister Molly.
Baby JJ
In January 2019, Nick and I welcomed our daughter, Juniper to the Petry-Jewell family. She's an absolute treat. We're not 100% sure how much of our daughter we want to share on the internet, but I haven't been able to resist posting all over instagram. If you'd like to see more of JJ, you can check out my IG handle @kjewellwrites.