I love a good floral dress for spring and couldn’t resist this feminine boho one from my favorite Aussie brand; Zimmermann. I wore this one to a bridal event in Downtown LA that I attended the other week. You’ve seen me wear several Zimmermann dresses and jumpsuits over the years (like here, here and here) – I just can’t get enough of them! What makes them so special is the craftsmanship, detail, material, flattering cut, unique patterns and draping that hugs your curves in all the right places. Their pieces are a higher price point, but when I think about cost per wear and the quality (I’ve had some of their pieces for 4+ years and they still look brand new) I don’t feel that bad about spending a bit more! I’ve had this dress since 2015 and worn it countless times; to brunches, birthdays, events – I’ve even lent it to friends for their bridal showers! It’s a timeless piece – just like all of their pieces. Omg remember this dress?! It’s one of my faves! These pics make me miss the streets of Soho ;) Are you a Zimmermann fan? What’s your dream piece from their latest collection? This one’s mine! PS I included some similar looking Zimmerman-esque dresses below that are a fraction of the price!
Happy Monday! I’ve never been much of a sneaker person, but since moving to LA, comfort has become my priority and I now live in my Nikes or simple tennis shoes like these. I can’t tell you how comfortable these Keds are – it’s like walking on a cloud – seriously! I wore Keds growing up with my school uniform and am happy to be revisiting these classic shoes again. This light pink pair also comes in white – which I couldn’t resist ordering as well. A few of you were asking about the other pair of white sneakers I bought on Abbot Kinney for my trip to Tokyo and they are from a french brand called Spring Court. I couldn’t find them online except through their site which I was shocked about since they really are the perfect white sneaker! These ones from Cole Haan are super similar though and I can attest that they are great quality and very comfy – my sister has them ;) One trend I’m excited to test out – is pairing sneakers with dresses and skirts. Maybe it’s not a “trend” but it’s a look I haven’t tried out and I’ve been seeing a ton of stylish women in Tokyo rock it. That’s the thing I love the most about traveling – observing how other people dress, eat, and live – and incorporating some of those things into my own lifestyle! PS I’m in Tokyo for the rest of the week so be sure to keep up with my trip here!
Every week, I look forward to going to the Venice Farmer’s Market. It’s become a tradition of mine to wake up on Friday mornings and fill my straw tote with fresh flowers and produce. There is something truly special about meeting with the farmers, chatting with them, connecting with them, and then bringing home the produce to cook with. It really is that farm to table experience. I notice SUCH a difference in the produce in terms of color, taste, and smell when I buy it at the Farmer’s Market versus the grocery store. The produce lasts twice as long and is so much more flavorful and fresh. Last Friday, I got up super early to head to the Market and wore this cute stripe jumpsuit that I ordered from Bloomingdales 100% Exclusive line; Aqua. I paired it with my new round straw tote and a summery hat. I’m all about easy, breezy cotton jumpsuits and midi dresses for spring and summer – and Bloomingdales (and their 100% Exclusives section) literally has the best assortment. I’m excited to wear this simple navy cotton jumpsuit next week when I get back from Japan, and this pretty stripe maxi dress too! Oh, and can we talk about this blazer with gold buttons that comes in light pink and cream?! NEED! Andddd it comes with matching trousers – how fab right?! Shop more of my favorite spring pieces below!
Derek and I attended a beautiful, Hollywood black tie wedding at the Beverly Hills hotel over the weekend. My former assistant married the most wonderful guy and looked like an absolute princess! It was so special to attend a wedding with Derek…I must admit I couldn’t help fantasize about my own someday! A few of you have been asking about how Derek and I met so I thought I’d share our story here…
About 9 months ago I had “given up” on dating. I dated quite a bit over the years since my last relationship ended. I was dating just to date…I was dating to try and get over my ex, appease friends and family who were constantly asking me if I was dating, and fill the void/loneliness I felt from being single. I had never really learned how to enjoy alone time as an adult and got so used to being in a relationship for 8 years of my life.
Finally, after a string of terrible dates and a ton of weirdos…I decided to take a step back and just SIT WITH MY LONELINESS. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I stopped filling the void and pain I felt with distractions like big group dinners, parties, clubs, events, etc. because they were all just acting like a bandaid! The first few weeks of cutting back on my social life was pretty brutal – not gonna lie. I felt the sadness creep back in, I felt depressed, doubted if I was doing the right thing and just felt really confused/out of sorts as a result of breaking up my old coping patterns. But, nonetheless I told myself to stick with this bumpy, uncomfortable period and committed to staying home, journaling, reading, watching silly movies, and going for long walks on the beach. I bought a dog – my sweet Charlie who changed my life forever and taught me how to love again! – and created a little routine for myself. In the mornings, Charlie and I would wake up, go for walks on the beach, and grab a matcha at Butchers Daughter before heading home.
This period of having a routine to look forward to, practicing self care and staying in every weekend lasted about 3-4 months and I was able to find my groove again. I learned what self care was all about and I stopped thinking about dating all together. I started to enjoy being single – it meant I had more time for all those single girlie things I love doing like eating take out in bed, putting on black clay face masks at night, and watching cheesy rom coms/Bravo!
One week, while I was out and about walking Charlie, I happened to pass this tall, dark handsome man – Derek – 6 times! On the 6th time of passing him, I saw him stop at his mailbox which happens to be 2 doors down from mine (I now know he purposely stopped ;)), and just said, “Hi I’m Kat – I’m your neighbor!” He introduced himself, we made a bit of small talk – and it turned out we had both moved from big cities (he moved from San Francisco and I moved from NYC) to Venice the exact same month! He asked for my number and suggested we grab a coffee and the rest is history! We rode off into the sunset and everything was peaches and rainbows!!! LOL KIDDING!
All relationships have their ups and downs and take work – but I am truly grateful that the universe brought Derek and I together – I really do believe it was fate! I used to roll my eyes at the sayings “You’ll meet someone when you least expect it” “The second you stop looking for someone you’ll find them” and “You have to fall in love with yourself first before you can love anyone else” but as cheesy as they may sound – they could not be more true.
A few weeks ago I did a MAJOR closet clean out. I instantly felt this huge sense of relief and was able to really see what was in my closet! I realized I had been neglecting some of my classic pieces that I used to wear all the time in New York. Living in LA certainly doesn’t inspire me to get dressed and put together lol – I’m just being honest! It’s VERY casual here and always warm (which is amazing!) so most days you’ll find me in boyfriend jeans and a plaid button down, or Alo Yoga work out clothes and Nike sneakers. I like to be comfortable when I’m home answering emails, on conference calls to discuss my latest project, or playing with Charlie – and Derek doesn’t ever mind/care what I wear which is great! We tend to cook at home more than eat out (who am I?! I used to eat out EVERY night in NYC! haha) so comfy clothes reign! Anyways, my point is, that seeing those classic staple pieces in my closet a few weeks back made me feel put together again – and they gave me a little pep in my step – AND they allowed me to play with other pieces I hadn’t worn in a while. In the past 2 weeks – you’ve now seen me wear a white button down 3 times, and my favorite classic wash jeans countless times, and these black pumps 2 times. Investing in well made, classic pieces to sprinkle in with one of a kind, special pieces is ALWAYS a good idea. Use your classic pieces as the foundation or anchor to your outfit and style them knowing that you’ll always look put together and feel confident!