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Venice, CA

Designer Handbag Collection and Buying Guide

I’m so excited to share my designer handbag collection with you!  I love investing in gorgeous bags in all shapes, sizes and colors.  Well, maybe not colors haha. I pretty much just stick to neutrals as you can see.  I have a wide range of neutrals from dark brown, to saddle brown, tan, taupe, black, and white.  My style philosophy is – if I am going to splurge on a bag, I want it to be classic, high quality, and timeless.  I want to be able to wear it with anything and have it for years to come.  All of these bags have held up beautifully through rain, snow, heat, travel, and moving across country.  I’ll highlight my favorites below (and be sure to watch my Youtube video for all of my shopping tips. Like where to buy Chanel bags and more!) 3 Tips for Buying Designer Handbags When it comes to buying designer handbags – you can of course go straight to a designer or department store to purchase them. But I recommend doing these 3 things before you do. 1. When you’re traveling abroad in places like Europe, ask the retailer to give you a tax refund receipt and form.  Fill out the form and make sure your receipt and the item you purchased is within arm’s length when you’re arriving to the airport.  Head to the VAT refund stand to get a special stamp and submit your form.  You have the option of receiving a % of your purchase back (I believe it’s 20%)  which you can either take immediately in cash or have put back on your credit card in a few weeks if you choose to submit the form via mail. Note this must be done at the airport before you leave the country. Also, be prepared because the line at the VAT refund stand can be LONG (it’s usually a 1+ hour wait especially in Paris). But it’s soooo worth it because you can get hundreds of dollars back from your purchase. 2. Buy vintage and gently used bags from trusted consignment stores like The Real Real, Rebag, or Vestiaire Collective.  You can also use Poshmark (but I am not sure about their authentication process.). And if you’re in NYC, I love What Comes Around Goes Around (which is also online at Shopbop!) 3.  Go to designer stores in states like Las Vegas that don’t have sales tax and save up to hundreds of dollars on a bag.  I called the Las Vegas Chanel store years ago to purchase my first bag and had them send it to me to avoid the tax! How To Choose a Timeless Style If you’re torn on what style of bag to buy – I always like to check Pinterest to see how other women have styled the bag, and think about the decision for a few weeks (especially if it’s a larger ticket price) before splurging.  It’s important that you’ll LOVE the bag for years to come not just for 1 season when it’s “in” because if it’s super trendy, it could be hard to style a few months from now, or even consign/sell down the line.  As you can see from the video, I’m a huge fan of the classics.  I love bucket bags, simple round totes, bags without a ton of embellishment or branding – and things that don’t necessarily scream “designer” or the newest, hottest, latest, “it” bag. My Favorite Handbag Styles Some of my favorite bag styles are the Chloe Nile, Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, Chanel Classic Flap Bag, Fendi Peekaboo, and Simon Miller tote.  These are bags that I constantly reach for and incorporate into my daily looks.  They can all be dressed up or dressed down and are great to travel with.  The Mansur Gavriel bucket bag is amazing for trips – and everyday life; I bring mine to the grocery store, hiking, or brunch with friends.  The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is THE best black handbag purchase I’ve ever made and can be worn long on your shoulder, as a clutch, or short hanging on your arm.  I am so happy I got the caviar leather because it doesn’t scratch and I don’t have to be too precious with it. Chloe Nile is really fun for dinner dates and cocktail parties, and the Fendi Peekaboo surprisingly has a ton of room, but isn’t bulky so it’s great for work or shopping/being out + about all day.  The Simon Miller tote style is a relatively new style in my closet and I wear it ALL the time in Venice.  It’s so unassuming, yet I get tons of compliments on it and just love swinging it around town.  It’s the perfect natural, everyday, non designer bag. My Favorite Clutches For clutches I love the YSL simple style clutch for date nights, weddings, and cocktail parties, the tiny clutches from Kotur and Kayu, and vintage snakeskin clutches for any occasion.  Every woman should have a red clutch, a leopard clutch, a black clutch, and a brown clutch in her collection. Leopard is such a perfect way to add pizzazz to an outfit! Where To Buy Affordable Bags In terms of shopping for budget friendly, affordable bags I love Banana Republic, Mango, Pop & Suki, Clare Vivier, Staud, Forever 21 and Sezane. I just bought this bag for under $70 from Mango (doesn’t it look so luxe?!) and this clutch from Banana Republic for fall/winter.  I love everything from the Staud collection – particularly this bag and this bag.  And this leather bucket bag from Sezane is dreamy! Watch my Designer Handbag Collection Video Be sure to watch my entire handbag collection video where I walk you through all of my favorite bags, clutches, straw totes, vintage finds, and investment pieces!  What’s one handbag you can’t live without?! !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 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Venice, CA

My LA Home Tour: The Details

The last and final part of my Home Tour is here!  For this post, I wanted to focus on some of the special details that really make my house feel like a lived in, comfortable home.  I always want guest to feel like they can kick their feet up and stay awhile when they enter.  I knew I didn’t want to have anything too “precious” or formal since this is a beach house.  I’ve got a ton of linen pieces, mixed in with straw baskets, shearling, and light wood.  I incorporated high and low items – some from Restoration Hardware and some from Target.  Also, I didn’t follow any “rules” per se and just bought things that caught my eye and drew me in! I always get asked about all of the white in my house and if it makes me nervous plus how I keep it clean/etc… Can I let you in on a little secret?  It doesn’t stay very white and that’s totally okay with me! haha  Thankfully the slipcovers on my couch are machine washable and the rugs are so inexpensive that I can replace them if Charlie pukes on them (which he has many times! #dogmomlife)  If you look closely there are scuff marks, paw prints, and dirt, but it just adds character in my opinion!!!  Magic Clean erasers and Oxyclean are my lifesavers! In terms of decorative objects, it’s no secret I love baskets.I have a zillion in every corner.  I seem to always be buying more baskets to place around the house and put everything from blankets in, to towels, dry cleaning, groceries, and flowers.  Baskets look great in any style home and really add a rustic feel!  They’re also an amazing use of space especially in an apartment or tight quarters. I collect coffee table books!Mostly fashion ones and place those throughout my home.  Friends and family never know what to get me for holidays or my birthday so they send me books which makes me SO happy.  I love flipping through them for inspiration and ripping pages out and framing it as art. Also, I love keeping a big stack of magazines on the living room side table for guests to browse when they’re waiting for me to get ready (I’m always 5-10 minutes “fashionably late”…working on it!) and a fully stocked bar for any occasion.  I placed a few shells and vases I picked up at the Melrose Flea Market on the bar and on top of coffee table books to complete the room. Handmade pieces always add a nice touch to a space and make it not seem so cookie cutter/sterile.The last thing you want is to order everything from one store in a matching set.  NO, no no!!!!   Have fun with your space and spice up a boring corner with eclectic, unique pieces like this handmade macrame piece from Etsy.  I almost bought a black + white photo where that macrame piece is hanging in my hallway and I am SO glad I didn’t.  It fits in perfectly with my bohemian, laid back beach town surroundings.  If you don’t live in a beach town, you can absolutely still incorporate a bit of macrame…perhaps a small piece in a bathroom or entry! I’ll be filming several “how to” style decor videos this year and would love to know what particular topics or rooms you’d love me to talk about.  Leave me a comment below and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already! XO My LA Home Tour: The Details !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');
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Venice, CA

My LA Home Tour: Closet

Happy Monday!!!!  I had the best weekend and was able to rest + recharge!  It still feels very much like summer here in LA (and will for several more months) so I spent most of the weekend at the beach and hanging around Venice.  I also checked out the new Palisades Village shopping area that was just built in Pacific Palisades and let me tell you – it is stunning!  If you’re visiting or live in LA, you must check it out.  They have the CHICEST stores like Zimmermann, Rachel Zoe, Anine Bing, St. Frank, ALC, and Elyse Walker – and the best restaurants like Blue Ribbon Sushi (OMG SO HAPPY THIS OPENED! It’s my fave in NYC), Sweet Laurel Bakery (yummiest gluten + dairy free baked goods) and more.  Speaking of shopping and stores… I am hosting my first ever CLOSET SALE this Saturday in Venice!  I am so excited to get a chance to meet some of you and share my wardrobe and home decor items with you.  Pssst I am selling this pink rug so many of you LOVE!  The first 50 girls to show up will receive a customized With Love From Kat tote bag full of beauty goodies.  The sale will be from 11AM-1PM on September 29.  To receive the exact address of the sale + more details RSVP here!  A proceed of the sale will go to a charity I am really excited to be involved with; Dress For Success. Here is a look inside my actual closet!  I turned my second bedroom into a walk in closet/office.  The bedroom already had a generous walk in closet with built ins when I moved in, but I added personalized touches like this gold chandelier you may remember from my NYC apartment and a cozy linen ottoman.  I used IKEA bookcases to line one of the walls for shoe + bag storage and got this great silver Moroccan themed bench to go in the center of the room.  I’m still finishing up the space, but really love how girly and glam it feels!  The clothing racks are also from IKEA – and were $10!  Never underestimate IKEA!  I added this wood ladder to break up the bookcases and love how it elevates them. I hope to see you at my closet sale this Saturday – it will be such a fun day of shopping!!!!  Don’t forget to RSVP here! XO !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');
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Venice, CA

My LA Home Tour: Living Room

TGIF right?!  I don’t know about you gals but I NEED SLEEP!  It’s been one of those nonstop weeks and I feel like I haven’t sat down once.  We shot the cover of my book which was SO FREAKIN’ exciting and I drove down to Orange County twice this week to speak at the Simply conference and attend a fun event with Nordstrom x Chanel.  I’m definitely ready for a mani/pedi, bath, and take out + Real Housewives on the couch situation. Speaking of couch, my couch is my favorite part of this room.  It’s a comfy, cozy oversized piece from Restoration Hardware that I dreamt of having for years and years and had to wait for since it wouldn’t fit in any of my NYC apartments!  IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!  Charlie gets his dirty paws all over it, but luckily you just take the slipcover off and wash it and it looks brand new.  Yes it gets dirty all over again, but that’s dog mom life right?! I went with lots of neutralsWhite, cream, and light wood for this space and wanted it to flow with the rest of the house.  I spend so much time in this space and love hanging out after a long day here.  The shearling rug is the best thing in the world to lay on and Charlie buries his little nose in it!!!  All of my baskets are under $100 and add that coastal/beachy charm look I love. I knew I wanted to have a surfboard and a giant piece of oversized art in my entry which leads into the living room.  The surfboard is from a local shop called Mollusk Surf and the artwork is from an incredible company called St. Frank which is based out of San Francisco.  I ordered the bench from Etsy and had it painted a dark navy blue (it was actually supposed to be black, but we got the wrong color – and I ended up liking it!) Stay tuned for the last part of my home tour next week – my closet/office! My LA Home Tour: Living Room !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');
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