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Currently Coveting

TGIF!  Even though it’s still winter, I’ve got my eyes set on all things spring!  I wanted to share a few things I’m currently coveting when the weather finally starts to warm up! Marissa Webb has been one of my favorite designers for years – and this top from her latest collection is gorgeous.  It would look so good with these Mother light denim jeans and these strappy black lace up sandals. The leopard skirt trend isn’t going anywhere and I am loving the smaller leopard print on this skirt!  You could wear a simple white T with it, or a beautiful black blouse like this one.  I just bought this blouse because I was in desperate need of a new one and loved the tie detail! I’ve had this Mason Pearson brush for almost a decade.  It’s expensive, but obviously high quality since it’s lasted this long.  It’s so gentle on my hair and the only hair brush I use.  I just re-ordered this Bibliotheque candle for upstairs – heavenly! I’ve been wearing either OPI Funny Bunny (a creamy white color) or OPI Lincoln Park After Dark (a deep purple color) on my nails, but am dying for a change.  I love the Chanel red! These mini pearl earrings are so fun – they’re a great everyday piece.  I link to these sunglasses all the time because they look like my Sonix pair – bonus they just went on sale!  This bag is a splurge – I can’t get over the color – obsessed!  Have a wonderful weekend!
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Lower East Side, NY

My Valentine's Day Self Care Rituals

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Whether you like this holiday or not, it’s a nice reminder to pamper yourself!  I wanted to share a few things I plan on doing today – and that I like doing in general to treat myself ;) Self Care Rituals Face Mask My all time favorite face mask is the Sisley Black Rose mask.  100% splurge worthy.  I ran out of that one though, so I plan on using this Eve Lom radiance mask.  It feels really good on, but it’s not nearly as moisturizing as the Sisley one feels if I’m being completely honest! Hydrate I start every morning with hot lemon water, then my signature green juice.  The recipe is; celery, cucumber, fennel, broccoli, and 1/2 a green apple.  If I can’t find fennel I use parsley and swiss chard. Lymph Drainage After I shower, I put a drop of Vintner’s Daughter serum (another splurge worthy item that makes my skin glow and totally minimizes your pores so you feel more confident wearing less makeup.)  I layer that with one of my face oils, and use the Clarisonic Firming Massage Head to de-puff my face. Makeup I wait to put makeup on until I have to – so I often try to go 3-4 days a week without wearing anything.  Tonight, Derek and I have plans to cook at home, so I won’t be doing a full face of makeup, but I still want to do a little something to look more awake!  I’ll put on a bit of Cle de Beaute concealer, Armani foundation, Bobbi Brown bronzer, Charlotte Tilbury highlighter, Laura Mercier caviar eye stick, and Bobbi Brown mascara.  This is my go-to everyday makeup routine that creates a really subtle, natural look. Candles I’ve been burning Goop #2 during the day in my kitchen, but for a more romantic evening, I love Diptyque Vanille, and Byredo Bibliotheque so I’ll probably light either of those! Bubble Bath I love taking a hot bath in the morning or right before I go out at night.  I use epsom salt from Amazon (I buy it in bulk.)  It’s the perfect way to get the magnesium we all need!  I also love the Goop bath salts – particularly these 3 scents. Comfy Clothes I like to be as comfortable as possible when I’m getting ready to go out, or working from home, so I wear either a terry cloth robe, Eberjey pajamas – or these Cuyana sweatpants that I just got from their new loungewear line.  Seriously they’re my new favorite sweatpants.  As a top, I’ll wear this cute grey Sol Angeles sweatshirt. Beauty Sleep At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than a goodnight sleep – and getting to bed early!  I’m a total night owl (most creatives are!), but I love falling asleep before 10PM when I can.  Bliss!  I wear this silk eye mask every night, and sleep in Restoration Hardware linen sheets.  Once you go linen, you won’t go back – trust me!  I also love these sheets from The Citizenry.
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Paris, FR

What No One Tells You About Falling in Love

Falling in love is such an amazing feeling isn’t it?  The butterflies, the sparks, and the excitement of a new relationship – ahhhh!  But what about the other sorts of feelings that come up when you start deeply connecting with someone and letting them into your world?  It can be terrifying being that vulnerable with someone relatively new!  People rarely talk about this side of falling in love.  I wanted to paint a more realistic picture, share my own personal experience about falling in love as an adult, and give insight into what I’ve learned along the way. Growing up, I was exposed to two polar opposite examples of love and relationships.  The first kind, was one that many of us are familiar with; the Disney movie version where a beautiful damsel in distress is saved by a handsome prince.  The story always goes something like this; love at first sight, followed by bad guys trying to break the couple a part, a dramatic rescue, and then they live happily ever after and ride off into the sunset… The second kind, was my own reality – growing up with parents who had a tumultuous relationship.  From a young age, I always knew that my parents were unhappy being married to one another.  The resentment and frustration between the two of them was always there lingering… up until the day they got a divorce (25 years later), when I was a senior in high school.  I never really grew up seeing my parents show genuine affection to one another, I never saw them work as a team, lift each other up, or have that twinkly look of adoration in their eyes.  If they had an argument, fight or disagreement they never talked through it – they just gave up, walked away and added it to the already heaping pile of resentment between them.  It wasn’t anything close to the whimsical and romantic dynamics I knew from my favorite movies, so as I got older, I became more and more confused on what a relationship – and love for that matter – actually looked like between an adult man and woman.  Despite their relationship with each other, my parents poured so much love into my sister and me, and for that I am forever grateful.  My dad actually just got remarried this past weekend in Hawaii and I could not be happier for him! My mom raised me to be fiercely independent.  She told me to never rely on a man, always make my own money, always have at least 1 separate bank account from my future spouse, and that if I ever wanted something – I could go out into the world and get it myself!  Her advice has without a doubt played a huge role in my business success.  But what about personal success?  For most of my life, up until 2 years ago actually, I got so used to being fiercely independent and thinking I could do everything myself, that I never really let anyone – especially a man – fully in.  I didn’t want to show a side of myself that I perceived as “weak.” It was until recently, that I realized being vulnerable, accepting + asking for help, and admitting you don’t know it all, is actually the opposite of weak. Being vulnerable is actually really f*cking hard and it’s what creates those deep, lasting connections with people.  Being vulnerable allows you to live your most authentic life. When I met my now boyfriend; Derek, I had finally gotten comfortable with being single and alone again (I had been in a long term relationship years prior.)  I had stopped dating just to date, and I started to really enjoy my own company – every night was basically face masks and reality TV – aka heaven haha!  So when I did meet Derek, it was a complete surprise and I was not expecting it at all (of course that’s how the universe works right? ;))  As cheesy as it sounds – he instantly blew me away.  His presence, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his authenticity were so impressive – I had never met anyone like him!  We both started falling for each other immediately, and as the weeks went on, our feelings progressed – and I began falling in love with him.  I was floating – I felt like I was on cloud nine and I couldn’t have been happier.  As even more time went on though, something strange started to happen within me; I started self-sabotaging.  I started to play out this really negative internal dialogue and I had this sense of impending doom and fear that he’d leave me, and that I’d end up alone and heartbroken again.  Just thinking about the possible pain that could happen and remembering how long it took me to heal from my last relationship, made me want to RUN FOR THE HILLS and hide!  This whole new love thing completely and totally stressed me out – I felt paranoid and anxious.  I felt guilty for feeling this way, confused – and totally out of sorts.  My whole world, this safe new cocoon I had just built for myself prior to meeting Derek, had been turned upside down and invaded!  I started to overthink everything and pick Derek and our entire relationship a part.  It was like I was trying to find something wrong with him, so I didn’t have to fully connect, let him in, and open up the possibility of getting hurt again… Thankfully, as time went on, I started trusting Derek more, trusting myself more, and trusting our relationship.  He was really an angel during that rocky time, and unwavering in his love, patience and commitment to me.  I had to remind myself that past relationships were just that – in the past, and I had no use for them in the present.  I also had to tell myself that just because my parent’s relationship didn’t work out, didn’t mean that mine wouldn’t.  I decided to really do some serious reflecting on all of my past traumas and experiences, face them head on, and learn from them.  There is a lesson in everything if you look for it!  BTW this is all wayyyy easier said than done – and TBH I’m still a work in progress, but aren’t we all? Falling in love brings up a LOT of emotions within us – both good and bad. Falling in love requires us to be vulnerable and open up to a partner – and yes, there’s a chance we could get hurt.  It’s exciting, amazing, and special, but also scary, stressful, and uncertain all at once!  (This podcast episode from Goop perfectly explains it – highly recommend listening.)  Here’s my advice if you’re feeling scared, going through the same thing, or having trouble connecting….  First, just accept and acknowledge that there will be a wide range of emotions when it comes to love.  Try and think about each emotion as you’re experiencing it individually, and really ask yourself where that feeling could be coming from – is it directly from your partner’s actions, or could it be something that is unresolved from your past?  Remind yourself that no breakup is ever a failure – it’s only a learning experience propelling you in the direction you’re actually supposed to go in.  It’s all about mindset, and giving yourself those much needed positive pep talks until your thought pattern starts changing and you start trusting more.  Third, talk to someone about your feelings!  A friend, a family member, and/or a therapist.  I can’t say enough good things about therapy!  Lastly, read any or all of these Brene Brown books; Daring Greatly,  The Gifts of Imperfection, and Rising Strong.  Brene’s books, along with these books, have helped me tremendously! I would love to hear if you’ve experienced anything similar, can relate, and/or what helped you open up more! <3
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Paris, FR

An Uncon­ventional Love Story in Paris

Paris on a chilly January afternoon.  Snow is falling – a rarity in the City of Lights.  The Palais Royal is…empty.  There’s a peacefulness in the air.  Even in the freezing cold, Paris is so romantic.  I feel so lucky to be here… My best friend Talun Zeitoun and I, just so happened to be in Paris the same week this past January.  For those of you who don’t know Talun, he’s one of the most talented, thoughtful and creative people I’ve ever met – and he happens to be half French.  Hearing him speak French will make you swoon!  He’s a well respected NYC blogger and consultant by day – and the CEO of one of my favorite haircare lines; Sotah by night.  Talun and I met 7 years ago at the rewardStyle conference in Texas, and have been best friends ever since.  He’s an Aries and I’m a Sagittarius; aka we just click.  We’ve traveled the world together, and most of the pictures on my blog have actually been shot by him.  I felt like I knew him the second we met.  He’s basically the brother I never had. It’s been a dream of mine to shoot with acclaimed French photographer; Audrey (or Le Secret d’Audrey) since discovering her work years ago.  She knows just how to capture the most unique, special moments and her photos are true works of art.  Soft, ethereal, whimsical…she has a gift.  I reached out to her about shooting in Paris months ago, and when she said she had an opening on the one day both Talun and I would be in town, I knew it was meant to be. It happened to rain and snow heavily the morning of our shoot, almost forcing us to cancel, almost, but I knew the opportunity to shoot with her was so rare, so I powered through and Talun and I gritted our teeth in the bitter cold haha!  It was absolutely worth every goosebump and frozen toe!  To catch Paris with a fresh, white, powdery snowfall was absolutely magical.  And to get Palais Royal empty – all to ourselves – was even better. The whole experience was a dream, and I will cherish these photos and this memory forever and ever. <3
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Paris, FR

Camel Coat on Rue Saint Honore

Happy Monday! It’s been cold and rainy in LA, so I’ve been able to wear some of my favorite winter coats like this one.  I wore this camel coat in Paris when it was freezing and it kept me so warm!  I’m a sucker for a camel coat (we all know this!!!) and love the classic cut of this Cinzia Rocca one.  I linked to a few other camel coats I love below! I paired the camel coat with this simple grey V-neck sweater that comes in several different colors (I also bought it in grey and light black) and I love the longer cut and deep V.  It’s surprisingly been hard to find the “perfect V-neck” sweater over the years, and this one is just that.  If only it came in cashmere!!! I wore these fun grey over the knee boots that are easily one of my favorite pairs of boots that have lasted years and years.  I tucked these white L’Agence super soft/stretchy skinny jeans into them and threw a black beanie on to pull the look together.  I’ve been wearing hats nonstop this winter and love how they just instantly make an outfit.  If you’ve ever been hesitant to wear a beanie or fedora – don’t be!  They look good on everyone and really elevate a look. Don’t forget to download my Travel App (just search With Love From Kat in the App store – it’s free) to see all of my Paris recommendations i.e. where to shop, eat, drink, play, and what to wear!
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