Happy Monday! I wanted to share one of my favorite corners in my West Village apartment with you. I spend a lot of time at home (especially in the winter!) so having a comfortable space is so important. Also…a well stocked bar is a must ;) I splurged on this bar cart from Williams Sonoma a few months ago and just love the leather handles. I use it as both a bar cart and bookshelf for all of my coffee table books. I collect coffee table books (if you can’t already tell) as well as matches and seashells. I try to pick up a box of matches at every bar or restaurant I visit around the world. When guests come over, it’s fun to lay them out and see which spots they’ve been to! This candle burns 24/7 in my apartment. It smells heavenly and people always ask me about it when they walk in. You can’t go wrong with John Robshaw’s “Sheesha” pillow. It’s classic with a twist and brings a simple couch to life. I’ll be sharing a full apartment tour (I know, I know it’s a looooong time coming!) very soon.
It’s the little touches – artwork, fresh flowers, candles, coffee table books, and knick knacks like trays of bangles and perfumes on dressers that really make a home feel like your own. After almost 3 years of living in the same apartment in the West Village, I’ve really started to “nest” and can proudly look around and see my style inserted in every corner. I’m excited to start sharing more home decor posts and decorating tips on here since that is and has always been one of my greatest passions. This blog did after all, begin as an interior design blog! A reader of mine who has been following me for years and heard me speak about my career path at the Simply Stylist conference reached out last week. She said she connected with the fact that I had both an interior design background (my college major) and fashion background (I did in house PR for a small jewelry company when I first moved to the city.) She was telling me about how she was starting a blog and unsure of which topic to focus on since she had so many passions and diverse career experience (in fashion, finance and philanthropy!) I told her the beauty of a blog is that it can be whatever you want it to be and it can morph and grow as you grow! You don’t have to choose one topic to write about or focus on. Being multifaceted is one of her greatest qualities and should be shared – not condensed or hidden. At times, I too have felt like maybe I should only focus on fashion – or interior design related posts – but then it seemed silly not to share my interest in the fashion, beauty, decor, travel, and most recently wellness fields. This holiday, I am especially grateful for your support and have truly loved getting to know more of you on a personal level. I cannot wait to continue creating, sharing, and connecting with you in the New Year. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! xx Kat
I’ve been wearing Aerin Lauder’s latest scent Tangier Vanille since July and have gotten soooo many compliments on it. Seriously, people stop me in the middle of the street to ask me what I’m wearing. It’s soft and feminine without being overly sweet. It was inspired by the rich and evocative scents of Morocco – with notes of amber, bergamot and vanilla. I wear this scent every single day and can’t leave for a trip without packing it. I stayed at my girlfriend Tammi’s house in Palm Springs over the summer and brought her the gorgeous Tangier Vanille bath and body set as a little hostess gift. The packaging is this fun ikat pattern (so my style!) and I love the body cream included in it. Aerin’s entire beauty collection is just as classic, timeless, and chic as she is. I admire the lifestyle brand she’s built – her home decor pieces are to die for, her beauty products create that effortlessly put together look we all want, and her blog constantly inspires me. Everytime I wear the Tangier Vanille scent I’m instantly transported to Marrakech – a place that has been on my must-see list forever! You can shop the entire Tangier Vanille collection here. Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Friday! After an over indulgent week my body craves something healthy, but nourishing. I’ve started whipping up these Raspberry Avocado Cacao smoothies a few times a week and have noticed a huge difference in my digestion. I adapted the recipe from nutritionist and wellness expert Kelly LeVeque. Kelly suggests that your smoothie contain: 1 serving of Protein (I used vanilla protein powder here) + 1 serving of Fiber (I used chia seeds) + Greens (spinach) + 1/4 cup of Fructose (raspberries) + 2 tablespoons of Fat (avocado) + Liquid (almond milk) + Super Food (cacao.) I am constantly referencing Kelly’s site for guidance and ideas in addition to my Food Pinterest board which I update weekly! These chia chicken tenders are super easy to make and this brussels sprout salad is so light and refreshing for lunch. After my morning smoothie I like to get my heart rate up and I’ll either do FlyBarre, Flex Pilates, or go for a run (I try and do intervals on the treadmill.) I notice a major difference in my mood when I work out in the morning. What are some of your go-to recipes and workouts? I’m always looking to try something new so I would love to hear!
It’s officially summer aka rosé season!!! To celebrate, I invited my girlfriends over for a wine + cheese night. I picked up 2 bottles of my favorite rosé; Miraval and Whispering Angel, cheese and crudités from Poppy’s, flowers from Bloom Bar, and cake from Momofuku. I ordered all of my dishware from Horchow; an incredible home decor site that has everything from chic gift items to french linens, cashmere throws, and gorgeous stemware. These Madeline Weinrib napkins immediately caught my eye and paired perfectly with this ice bucket that I’ll be using all summer long. These cake plates come in pink and green as well, but the white is so classic. They’ll be beautiful on my dining table with fruit when I’m not entertaining! I love how thick these wine glasses are – they’re way more casual than your average wine glass making them ideal for indoor/outdoor parties! My favorite pieces though, were by far these white and pewter serving bowls. They’re handmade in Italy and such good quality. Shop all of my summer decor must haves from Horchow (like these julep cups, these glasses, and these placemats) below!