Birthday Reflections

Montauk, New York

Hi from Montauk!  I just wrapped a holiday shoot with Audi and am excited to get back to the city to celebrate my 28th birthday!  Birthdays are such a wonderful excuse to sleep in, indulge in your favorite treats, slip on a fun party dress, dance the night away with your best friends, and drink too much champagne ;)  They’re also a nice time to stop, and reflect on the past year.  Since my birthday falls so close to the New Year, I tend to be in major reflective mode around this time.  27 proved to be quite the transitional year for me…  I made an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone and break away from certain patterns, routines and molds, which quite honestly left me feeling a bit frustrated, uncertain, and lost at times.  I faced my biggest fear head on (public speaking) – and agreed to speak at every engagement that was offered to me, I learned how to meditate, I went off the grid and did a yoga/surfing retreat with 30 strangers from around the world (and zip lined through the jungle while screaming at the top of my lungs), I pushed myself physically and committed to BBG (I’ll be doing a separate post on that soon!)  I pulled away from certain relationships that were comfortable yet unhealthy and started investing into new and existing friendships.  I did a ton of reading about love, life, health, took up boxing, tried golfing (failed miserably), also tried cooking (and almost burnt down my apartment), traveled to some incredibly foreign places, took on projects that expanded/challenged my creative horizons, and tried to embrace my imperfections and not be afraid of sharing the little quirks that make me unique.  As Einstein once said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”  But maybe I’ll let my sister stick to cooking!  Enjoy your weekend and thank you for all of the birthday wishes!

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Vince parka c/o Bergdorfs (similar)  |  J.Crew turtleneck
7 For All Mankind jeans c/o  |  Baseball cap  |  Nike sneakers
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30 Comments

  • Fatima says:

    That sounds amazing! Have a great bIrthday!

    Xx, fatima
    http://Www.fatimasabri.com

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thank you!

      December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • Rach says:

    Happy Birthday Kat! Sounds like you had an amazing year. Hoping 28 is just as a good (or better!).

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thanks Rach :)

      December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • amber says:

    it sounds like you did so much this past year! i’m sure 28 will be even better. you’re making me a bit nervous about my upcoming bday, the big 3-0. it feels a little weird!

    Easy Petite Looks Blog

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      I bet! Thank you ;)

      December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Simply casual and beautiful look for a Friday winding down. :)
    Merry Christmas

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thank you! Enjoy your weekend! xx

      December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • Dana Mannarino says:

    Happy Birthday! I loved reading this post! Cheers to another year!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thank you Dana! XO

      December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • Helen says:

    Happy Birthday! Good for you for getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things! I hope the new year is just as exciting!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • sasa says:

    So cute:P

    Shall We Sasa

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • Christine says:

    happy birthday pretty girl! hope 28 is fabulous :)

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • Ashley says:

    Happy 28th Kat! Sounds like you really embraced the past year and pushed yourself. Cheers to an even better 28! Do you have a favorite camera you bring when traveling?

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thanks! I use a Canon mark III with a 50mm lens!

      December 18, 2016 | Reply
  • ALEX MORRIS says:

    I LOVE FOLLOWING YOU. BEAUTIFUL & REAL! CRAZY HOW MUCH WE LEARN IN A YEAR AND I WOULD KNOW I AM OLDR & WISER, HAH. HBD BABE. X ALEX

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Aw thank you babe!! Need to see you soon! xoxo

      December 18, 2016 | Reply
  • linda says:

    Love your posts! could do one on hair styling? i know if you have one but an updated one- yours always looks sooo good :)thx

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thanks Linda! I will work on one :)

      December 18, 2016 | Reply
  • Jandrew says:

    The reflections of bIRthdays will one be our most fascinating reading ,enjoy
    Jandrew
    DRESS THE PART
    http://jandrewspeaks.com

    December 16, 2016 | Reply
  • Emma Engmark says:

    Happy birthday, beautiful girl!

    http://styleonheels.com/

    December 17, 2016 | Reply
  • Kathleen says:

    You look great! Happy birthday. Greetings from singapore.

    December 17, 2016 | Reply
  • Katja says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a merry christmas and a happy new year and good luck in 2017! <3 happy holidays!

    December 17, 2016 | Reply
  • Diana Elizabeth says:

    ” I pulled away from certain relationships that were comfortable yet unhealthy and started investing into new and existing friendships. ” The most hardest thing to do, but the wisest. We’ve all been there! Lots of hope and birthday wishes for a remarkable year ahead for you! Happy birthday beautiful! xx

    December 17, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thank you love <3

      December 18, 2016 | Reply
  • joanne saito says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WONDERFUL, SUCCESSFUL YET MODEST NEICE. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU AND ALL YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED IN THIS VERY SHORT TIME. DOESN’T SOUND LIKE YOU’RE MOVING OUT WEST NOW?
    MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE MERRY AND YOUR NEW YEAR INCREDIBLY BLESSED.
    LOVE, AUNTIE JOANNE

    December 18, 2016 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Love you auntie! Still up in the air – but looking at May for a move :)

      December 18, 2016 | Reply
  • Lourdes martin says:

    i loved this post-i can relate to so much of it. thank you for sharing your light with us.

    xo,

    lourdes
    http://www.plsdotell.com

    December 24, 2016 | Reply
  • Justine Erica says:

    Happy belated birthday! I love reading about all the accomplishments you’ve had this year. Wishing you an awesome year to come!

    – Justine Erica | missjustinee.blogspot.com

    December 24, 2016 | Reply
  • Emily Piskulick says:

    such a great post! xo

    http://www.dearserendipity.com/

    December 29, 2016 | Reply