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Venice, CA

A Holiday Bar Cart

I always enjoy decorating my home for the holidays and having friends over for cocktails!  If you’re going to add one decor item to your home this season, I highly recommend this gold bar cart.  It completes any entryway, room, nook, or party!  It’s literally the perfect gold bar cart and no surprise it’s from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s.  I loved decorating it for the holidays and wanted to share tips on how to style a bar cart. How to style a bar cart First and foremost you need some beautiful glasses to hold your delicious cocktails!  These glasses are all from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s and look so elegant and sophisticated!  I have been dying to get my hands on old fashioned glasses like these – isn’t the cut out detail stunning?  And I love how romantic these goblets are – they make drinking wine even more fun if that’s even possible!!!   I always get asked where my julep cups come from – and these are the perfect set.  You can also use julep cups for your makeup brushes and flowers – they’re very multipurpose! Second you need a bar tool set which not only looks pretty but will make your cocktail game 10x better.  Whip up amazing concoctions with this 5 piece set.  This 7 bar tool set comes with a tray and cocktail shaker…such a great value – and also a great gift idea. It’s always nice to have a chic silver bucket full of ice for champagne or wine – and this one is so classy and comes with little silver tongs.  Keep this on the top shelf for easy access! Flowers and fruit are the finishing touches needed to really bring your bar cart setup up to life.  I used simple red roses here, and pomegranates on the bottom shelf.  You can also use coffee table books, candles, and even tie a wreath or garland to the front. Festive Christmas Decor When it comes to holiday decor, I love putting out garland on my TV console (would also look great on a mantle or table), and tons of candles everywhere.  This garland comes with the prettiest silver ornaments that match these antique silver candle holders.  I placed a few of these antique silver trees in between to break up the candles.  A holiday set up wouldn’t be complete without Christmas houses – and these winter white ones are darling and so reasonable – I had to get 3!  Lastly, mini trees really do elevate the space, and I love these two which I placed on either end of the console. Shop all of my festive holiday decor and bar cart goodies from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s below!
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Gift Guide: Candles

I always get asked about my favorite candles so today I wanted to round up my go-tos because they would make AMAZING gifts for the holidays.  I’m a bit of a candle fanatic – my entire house is literally full of them!  I love wandering into boutiques and seeing pretty candles on display just waiting to go home with me!  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful candle, so if you’re stumped on what to give your mom, sister, girlfriend, or coworker – any of the below candles will surely wow them! If I had to choose my all time favorite candle it would be Diptyque Vanille.  This is THE chicest scent out there.  It has just the right amount of vanilla with a slightly masculine tobacco undertone.  HEAVENLY!  I want to bathe in this scent. Right up there, with Diptyque Vanille is Diptyque Baies – which is a great scent for the summer or anyone who lives in a warmer climate.  It’s very refreshing and sort of zingy/citrusy!  Other Diptyque candles I have on repeat are 34 and La Madeleine.  34 is a really strong scent that I would burn at a party and La Madeleine is a sweeter scent – similar to Vanille, but more subtle and great for someone who has a million Diptyque candles but wants something a little different since it comes in this cool jar.  You also can’t go wrong with any of their holiday candles and mini candle sets! Moving on from Diptyque, I love Byredo everything.  Their Bohemia and Bibliotheque scents are to die for.  Both scents are sexy – and make you want to curl up on your couch with a fire burning, your honey and a good book.  Another sexy scent that has a nice amount of earthiness to it is the Goop 02 Shiso candle which has palo santo in it. Le Labo also makes incredible candles – and I especially love that you can personalize them with a small note at the bottom.  If you pop into their store they type it right there for you!  I have Santal 26 in my kitchen, and I gave Derek Palo Santo 14 for our anniversary.  It’s perfect for the man in your life! Jo Malone candles are heavenly – and their packaging and boxes are stunning so you don’t even need to wrap them.  I’ve had their Blackberry and Bay scent forever!  If you want to up your candle giving game even more… order the Cire Trudon x Giambattista Valli Positano candle.  I bought it for one of my girlfriends who is impossible to shop for and she LOVED it. Other scents that I love and make great gifts are this Voluspa candle and Commodity candle in Oolong.  You can’t go wrong with either and they’re both pretty reasonable! When it comes to holiday candles, my favorites are the; Ralph Lauren signature holiday candle, Nest holiday classic candle, and Molton Brown Russian Leather.  Don’t forget to be checking my Instastories for daily Christmas giveaways – I gave 25 Goop candles away the first day!
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Greenwich Village, NY

10 Things To Do In NYC During The Holidays

Ahhh December in NYC!  It’s one of my absolute favorite months, especially in NYC.  The entire city feels so festive and magical!  I’m excited to be heading back in 2 days and celebrating my birthday with my nearest and dearest friends.  I wanted to share 10 things I always love doing during the holidays in the city! 10 Things To Do In NYC During The Holidays  Ice skate at Rockefeller CenterThere are tons of places to ice skate in the city, but this is definitely the most iconic.  The tree, the huge rink, and 5th Avenue decorated to the nines – ahhh so fun! Enjoy sweet treats at LadureeHead to Soho and grab a spot inside the gorgeous Laduree cafe for an afternoon of sweet treats! Get hot cocoa at The StandardThe Standard Meatpacking location also has a great little ice skating rink and they always put out the most festive decorations.  Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails there – or just grab a hot cocoa by the fire! Eat a decadent dinner at The Polo BarMake reservations well in advance to eat at the iconic Polo Bar restaurant.  The food is out of this world and the ambiance is so festive and chic.  Leather booths, velvet, plaid, and dark, moody lighting make this a truly holiday worthy spot. Grab brunch at Buvette and stroll around the West VillageMy go-to weekend brunch spot is Buvette.  It’s a charming French cafe nestled right in the heart of the West Village (my old neighborhood!)  After you enjoy a mouth watering croque monsieur – wander through the cobblestone streets of West Village and admire all of the townhouses. Shop along Fifth and Madison Avenue and admire the window displaysSpend the day uptown and pop into Bergdorfs, Tiffanys, Saks, Barneys and more splurge worthy shops!  The window displays are incredible! Sip on tea at The PlazaBook a table at The Plaza hotel uptown for tea and treats.  The space is gorgeous and so special for a girls afternoon! Listen to jazz at The Carlyle then have cocktails by the fire at The LowellThese two stunning hotels are right around the corner from each other and such cozy enclaves during the winter.  The Carlyle has amazing live music, and the Lowell bar – is so intimate – plus the cocktails are amazing! Grab Levain cookies and walk through Central ParkOk if you haven’t tried Levain cookies – then you are missing out on LIFE!  These cookies are insane – so thick, so gooey and famous for a reason.  Grab an assortment and wander through Central Park – you can thank me later! Stroll through Washington Square Park with a matcha from Bluestone Lane…And grab a pretzel too while you’re at it!  This is one of my favorite parks in the city – and it’s so peaceful in the middle of the day. Be sure to download my Travel App for free in the App Store or Google Play for ALL of my favorite restaurants, shops, bar, and sights in New York City – plus get tons of outfit ideas.  Just search “With Love From Kat” If you love it – please leave me a review in the App Store! XO
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Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books

One of my absolute favorite gifts to receive is a coffee table book.  I’ve got quite the collection going and nothing makes me happier than being able to add to it every so often!  The genres I’m drawn to are; fashion, decor, and cooking.  I love stacking fashion books on my vanity and in my closet/office area.  I place all of my decor books around my living room and then put my cookbooks on display in the kitchen. There’s nothing better than being able to sit out on my back patio with a cup of tea on a sunny day to flip through them – ahhh bliss!  I get so much inspiration and gather tons of ideas from each and every one!  I wanted to share stand outs from my collection that would make the perfect gift for someone special. Coffee Table Books Fashion Books Chanel three book setChristian LouboutinTom FordChanel: Collections and CreationsYves Saint Laurent Decor Books The BohemiansBeautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless StyleAllegra HicksThe Big Book of ChicSmall Space StyleVogue Living: Houses, Gardens, PeopleBeauty At Home: Aerin LauderMy Floral Affair: Rachel AshwellSurf Shack Cookbooks Nathan Turner’s I Love CaliforniaSweet Laurel BakeryMagnolia TableCook BeautifulIna Garten: Barefoot Contessa (all of her books are amazing)It’s All EasyMatcha book Miscellaneous Books Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren CollectionWhole BeautyIn the Spirit of St. BarthsHumans of New YorkThe New York Times: 36 Hours USA
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