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The Our Place Always Pan

We’ve been cooking at home more than ever and one thing that has made a WORLD of a difference in our kitchen, has been the Our Place Always pan.  This pan is legit the best piece of cookware I’ve ever owned (trust me, I’ve tried my fair share!)  Thomas uses it every single morning to make eggs and I use it all the time to make steamed zucchini (my fave veggie.) The Our Place Always Pan So why is this pan so amazing?  It’s lightweight, the perfect shape for cooking anything, non-stick and completely nontoxic.  In case you didn’t already know, many non-stick pans are toxic!  The Our Place Always pan coating is free of toxins such as; Teflon, PTFEs and PFAs.  It is SO easy to cook with (things like an omelette turn out perfect), and even easier to clean.  As someone who hates doing dishes, that is a major plus. The quality is really impressive as well.  We’ve used it everyday since March, often multiple times a day, and it still looks brand new.  I love that it comes with a steaming tray which makes cooking veggies seamless, and a sleek wooden spoon that you can rest on the handle.  When you open it out of the box, it’s extremely aesthetically pleasing and compact. The Perfect Gift With the holidays coming up, it also makes a great gift.  I’m personally going to be sending one to my sister, dad, and Thomas’ sister who loves to cook.  The Always pan comes in 5 really beautiful colors that would look good in any kitchen. A Special Discount Use code KAT10 for $10 off any Always pan and be sure to see how I love using my pan on Stories.  I’ll be sharing tips on how I keep it looking brand new as well! Our Place Always pan pictured here in colors Steam and Char
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Home Office Inspo

Since so many of us are now working from home, I wanted to give you a little inspo on how to make your office feel both functional and cozy. These photos are from all of my home offices over the years! Which one is your favorite? :) Home Office Inspo Desks I’ve had this CB2 lucite desk for 4+ years. It’s such a great piece, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It also comes in a smaller version which I’ve used as a bar cart, console, and most recently vanity, but it would be great as a desk in a smaller space. It does scratch easily, but honestly, I don’t mind the scratches. The best thing to do to protect it from scratches, would be to put a little mat or rubber padding underneath your computer if you’re really worried about it. Other than that, I LOVE how much light it brings into a room. It’s not clunky, and it really allows for other decorative pieces in the room to shine. I also owned this white Bungalow 5 desk (pricey, but sooooo beautiful) and currently have my eye on this black desk for something different. Desk Chairs I hate the look of a conventional “office” rolling chair. Although it’s comfortable it totally ruins the vibe!!! My office chairs have all been upholstered and comfortable, but also visually appealing. My large white upholstered chair is from Ballard Designs, my beige chair was from Restoration Hardware, and my white bamboo chair was from Bungalow 5. Rugs A rug instantly warms up a space. You can never go wrong with a natural jute rug – this one is my favorite. You can layer a cool zebra rug over it, or even a shearling rug. A 100% real sheepskin rug under my desk is a MUST for me now because it actually activates your blood circulation! It’s so cozy and keeps my feet warm the entire time I’m working. Other rugs I love are vintage Turkish ones from Etsy. Storage With the lucite desk, obviously there aren’t any drawers! I’ve gotten creative with storage over the years, and kept old designer shoe boxes for papers and trinkets. I also like to utilize simple Ikea Billy bookcases (they have a model that comes with doors too, which is great!) For thicker paperwork, I use dresser drawers, or store things outside of my office if they’re not being used 24/7. Accessories I like to keep the accessories on my desk to a bare minimum now. I’ve really edited and paired down over the years and find that I work best with way less clutter and stuff around me. You can’t go wrong with this lucite tray for loose papers. I also love all of Aerin’s trays – talk about a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for someone! This one is my FAVE! In terms of planners, I now keep everything digital. I do like to write out to-do notes though, and regularly order notepads and stationary from this cute Etsy shop. A few fashion coffee table books are always fun to have out, and of course a pretty vase for flowers. I linked several other desks, chairs, and accessories below!
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Life On Your Own Timeline

Life On Your Own TimelineLiving life on your own timeline requires courage. Society, friends, family, and even strangers all seem to have an opinion on when you should or shouldn’t be doing things. Everything from what age you should get married at, what age you should have children at, when you should buy a house, when you should start a new job, when you should move in together…the list goes on and on. Societal Pressures on WomenWomen in particular are faced with an insane set of unspoken societal standards aren’t they? When I turned 31 last year, I personally felt it more than ever before. It felt like an invisible rulebook or guide that was out there saying you should get married as soon as possible, have babies right away, and buy a house with a white picket fence, all while working full time and looking perfect! Personal ExperienceJust a few of these “standards/rules” that I’ve been subjected to myself… When I was first starting my business, I remember someone who told me I wasn’t ready, that I should write a 10 page business plan, and that I needed years more of experience. Luckily, I completely ignored them and started anyway. 10 years later, I still do not have a “10 page business plan” and the person that gave me the advice is no longer in business. Another time, I was telling a friend that Thomas and I were moving in together after dating for 3 months. The person said that it was too fast and I shouldn’t do it. I ignored that advice and listened to my instinct, which turned out to be right. Moving in together was one the best decisions I’ve ever made. Moral of the story, you’re in charge of your life. Only YOU know what’s right for YOUR life. No one else can be sure of what will or won’t work for you, so do YOU. Transitional PeriodsThis timeline that we all feel or have felt at some point in our lives, isn’t talked about enough and I really wanted to open up the conversation around it. I know many of you are in a transition period. Whether it be moving out of a city, starting a new job, looking for a job, trying to find someone nice to date (or maybe you don’t even want to date at all but you feel pressure to!), trying to get pregnant, deciding you don’t want children, buying a home (or selling all of your belongings and road tripping!), eloping, planning a wedding, you name it. These are all such exciting things, but I do I know how they can often bring up a LOT of outside judgement, anxiousness, and a deep sense of urgency. Breaking the MoldSomething I’ve always told myself is, “If you want to live an extraordinary life, then don’t live an ordinary life.” As cheesy as it sounds, I’ve always dared to dream big and pushed the boundaries on almost everything in my life. I believe in doing what you want, when you want, and asking for permission LATER. As organized and regimented as I can be at times, I’m also an incredibly free spirit. I believe in going to the beat of your own drum. How To Respond To OthersDon’t conform to other people’s standards, instead make your own. Don’t feel pressured to do something just because everyone else is doing it! If you’re 35 and single, and have no desire to date, but your parents keep pressuring you to settle down, simply tell them, “I really appreciate you thinking of me. I’m doing what’s best for me right now. Thank you so much for respecting that!” If you’re newly married and your in-laws keep asking when you’re having a baby say the same thing, “I really appreciate your interest. Right now, I’m focusing on doing what’s best for me.” If you’re feeling like everyone around you is settling down or somehow “ahead” of you in certain areas of their lives, remind yourself, “I’m in charge of my own life. I’m lucky to be able to live life on my own timeline. I love having this freedom and I trust the process.” If you’re feeling judged from strangers on your decision to not have children say, “I really appreciate you thinking of me. This is what’s best for my life. I really hope you’re doing what’s best for yours!” If you’re feeling pressure to start a new job or project say, “I appreciate your sentiment. I’m glad you have faith in my decision making and know that I’m going to do what’s best for me.” Never AssumeIt’s all how you look at, react and approach a situation. You can see the glass half full or half empty, you know? We cannot compare our lives and trajectories to others. The person we see in our community or on Instagram, who has “checked” all of society’s boxes and seems to be living the “perfect life” (PS there is no such thing!) may very well be privately struggling with something. We honestly just never know what goes on in people’s lives! This is why it’s SO important to never compare ourselves to others when we haven’t walked a mile in their shoes. I hope that you always live life on your own timeline – regardless of whether or not it’s popular or understood. I hope that you give yourself credit for how much strength and courage it takes to carve your own path and do your own thing – I know it’s not easy! At the end of the day, we only get one life and you’ve got to make sure you’re living it for YOU! Never, ever stop going to the beat of your own drum, I know I won’t! xx
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An Outdoor Summer Table

An Outdoor Summer TableSince we’re all spending so much time at home, I wanted to share a simple summer tablescape and menu that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner!  Mealtime can certainly become monotonous if you don’t switch things up, and I’m a huge fan of putting out a pretty tablecloth, using a colorful napkin, and opening up a crisp bottle of rosé to keep things fun and fresh. My Favorite RoséMy absolute favorite rosé is from Chateau Minuty.  It’s no surprise that it’s the top selling rosé in all of France, Europe and the Caribbean.  Minuty is a family owned vineyard in the heart of Saint Tropez, that focuses on sustainability and organic farming efforts.  They’re the only winery in Cotes de Provence that still harvests 100% of their grapes by hand! Minuty Prestige RoséMinuty has four different rosés at varying price points.  I’ve tried them all and can attest that every single one is delicious; crisp, light, and smooth.  Their most popular bottle in France, Minuty Prestige, is finally available here and you’d never guess it’s only $30.  It’s the perfect wine to pair with a yummy summer salad, fish, grilled vegetables, or cheese.  It has the slightest citrus undertone and finishes with a refreshing minerality taste.  It is dangerously easy to drink haha! A Very Special RoséAnother Minuty wine I love is the 281 2019 which is $90.  It’s extremely light and would make for a wonderful gift or special occasion wine!  Thomas and I love to drink this with a yummy pasta dish at dinner, or even just by the pool when we want to pretend we are in St. Tropez! Summer Entertaining IdeasTo go along with the rosé, I made a simple butter lettuce salad with big chunks of fresh feta, green Castelvetrano olives, and a light homemade vinaigrette.  This vinaigrette is one of my go-to’s and is simply; olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, salt + pepper.  I like to buy a block of feta and cut it up myself because it tastes 10x better.  I also made a cheeseboard with simple French crackers, a baguette, and 3 different kinds of cheeses; brie, jarlsberg, and gouda.  I dressed it up with vibrant figs and grapes. I love making a simple meal, special with a few thoughtful touches!
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