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Soho, NY

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are somewhere warm, cozy and safe surrounded by loved ones.  Thanksgiving has become more and more meaningful to me as the years go by.  It’s such a beautiful holiday that reminds you to think about everything you’re grateful for, rest, relax, and spend time with friends and family. This year my mom is visiting me here in LA.  My sister is in Paris with her fiancé, and my dad is in Arizona with his new fiancé!  I’m forever grateful for my family – for their health, for their happiness and constant support.    They are always there for me through the thick and thin.  They give the best advice, make me laugh, and even help me with my blog – like choosing photos (often at all hours of the night!) I’m so grateful for Derek.  He accepts me for me – flaws and all, and never judges me or holds anything against me.  He is the most patient person I’ve ever met and insanely understanding even when I’ve been scared to trust or let him fully in (because of being hurt from my last relationship.)  His unwavering support means the world to me. I’m so grateful for Charlie!  He’s my best friend and the most amazing dog.  He is the sweetest boy and always right by my side.  I’m pretty much obsessed with him (as evident from my Stories!) I’m grateful for my best friends.  Some of which I’ve had since Kindergarten, some of which I’ve had since college, and some from my time in NYC and LA.  These people are family to me and my ride or dies.  They make me laugh so hard until my stomach hurts and they listen to me vent, cry, or share in my excitement day in and day out – no matter what. I’m grateful for my health.  After 3 years I have finally healed my digestion and no longer suffer from debilitating stomach pains.  It was a long, frustrating journey to get here, but I stuck with it and I didn’t stop researching and experimenting until I felt better.  I feel like myself again! I’m grateful for my job.  I get to do what I’m passionate about every day and I get to connect with, share and inspire women all over the world.  Also, I get to constantly meet new people, try new things, experience new things, and learn something new everyday.  I get to be innovative, creative, and a role model. I’m grateful for my missteps, errors, problems, and traumas.  They’ve shaped me to be who I am. They have taught me so much and have pushed me to do better.  They have allowed me to have a different perspective. Also, they have opened new doors for me.  They have shown me how strong, resilient and tough I am. And finally, I am thankful for you.  With Love From Kat started 8 years ago as a blogspot when I was 22 years old working as a nanny.  It was my happy place that I would go and write every free second I had about everything I was passionate about.  2 people were reading it at the time, then 10, then 100, then 1000, and now half a million of you are following, reading, commenting, sharing, and inspiring ME everyday.  You guys have taught me so much.  You have pushed me to be better, share more, open up.  Also, you have made my job 10x more fun and enjoyable. I love you for not only reading my blog and supporting me professionally, but also supporting me personally.  So many of you have sent me touching messages and emails over the years and I appreciate each and every one. I’m seriously so grateful for this community of women!!!  Sending you so much love on this special day! <3 Kat
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Soho, NY

2018 Nordstrom Holiday Gift Guide

I did a fun holiday themed Q+A on Stories yesterday and someone asked me – “Which website do you shop the most for gifts?”  Without a doubt – that website is Nordstrom.  First because they have THE BEST selection of clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, home decor items, and beauty goodies for men, women, and children. Second their site is so beautifully laid out which makes it oh-so pleasant to shop on, and third they have impeccable customer service.  I am always able to find exactly what I’m looking for – and more when I’m on it. Today, I wanted to share what gifts I’ll be buying for my girlfriends, sister, and mom from Nordstrom, and of course what I will be buying for MYSELF!  Everyone says I am hard to shop for because of my line of work, but honestly, the simplest gifts make me the happiest!!!  I think the key is not to overthink a gift.  There are SO many choices and it can feel quite overwhelming during the holidays, but something like a beautiful candle, a stunning coffee table book, a cozy cashmere scarf, or a great pair of slippers are truly perfect gifts that anyone will appreciate!  I mean, what woman doesn’t LOVE a Diptqyue candle?!  It’s little luxuries like that, that she may not buy for herself or splurge on, which make them the ultimate gift/surprise/treat!!!! OK so without further ado…here are my absolute favorite gifts for her from Nordstrom in all price ranges! 2018 Nordstrom Holiday Gift GuideBeauty Diptyque “Vanille” candle ($60)Diptyque “Baies” special edition black candle ($95)Chanel polish + manicure set ($110)Dyson Supersonic hair dryer ($399)Le Labo Santal 26 candle ($75)Slip silk eye mask and pillowcase ($119)Aesop hand soap+ lotion (the only soap I use in my house! $125)Indie Lee discovery skin kit ($29)Laura Mercier almond coconut milk set ($80)Tocca travel perfume set ($45)Body Vibes pack (perfect for the wellness gal $21)Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess set ($230)R+Co travel essentials kit ($39)Tata Harper skincare kit ($75)Lanolips lip tint trio ($32)Antica Farmacista diffuser (I have this in my bedroom $66) !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'); HomeInstant Pot (you guys know I am OBSESSED $150)Tory Burch spongeware pitcher (love this entire collection $98)Nordstrom gold cheese knives ($39)Nordstrom marble and wood cheese board ($50)Horn and bone salad servers ($40)Le Creuset skillet (the only pan I use $170)Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook ($35) !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'); ClothingSomething Navy satin nightshirt ($59)Nordstrom nightshirt (I wear this every night – add a monogram too! $49)Vince off the shoulder sweater ($385)Alo Yoga sweatshirt ($98)Ugg fleece bathrobe ($145)J.Crew coat ($220)Madewell chambray ($72) !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'); AccessoriesMissoma necklace ($140)Bose noise cancelling headphones ($349)Hanky Panky pack (the best! $60)BP check scarf ($24)Halogen cashmere scarf ($149)YSL card case ($275)J.Crew card case ($49)Ugg slippers ($100) !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'); If you had to pick 1 item from this list you’d want to receive for Christmas – which one would it be?!  Do tell!
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Dumbo, NY

Cape Weather

I’ve always loved the look of a cape, but never really been able to find one (besides this one from a few years ago) that actually looked good on.  Most of them were either cut too small or too big and just didn’t lay quite right.  When I tried on this cape from Banana Republic I was so pleasantly surprised at the way it looked on.  It is insanely cozy and beautiful for crisp fall days and nights! I paired the Reversible Poncho with these fun coated skinny jeans from my favorite denim brand; L’Agence.  They’ve got a great stretch to them and are high waisted – woo hoo!  I threw on the best fall suede booties from Joie (they run true to size FYI) and headed to Dumbo House to meet my bestie Talun for brunch. Honestly, I love a slinky turtleneck that’s thin enough to layer under everything – and this one is my go-to throughout the fall and winter.  I layer it under sweaters on super chilly days and even wear it on the slopes skiing ;)  In terms of thicker turtlenecks I love this one from J.Crew and this one from Banana Republic.  You also can’t go wrong with these cashmere ones from Joie,  Theory or Vince!
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Meatpacking District

White Coat for Fall

I just flew out of NYC as the snow was falling and it was so gorgeous!  Gorgeous, but freezing!  I can’t believe it’s already this cold!  I had the best few days in the city working on projects for the holidays.  It always feels so festive this time of year. I’ve had this Sandro coat for ages but just love the boxier style.  It’s perfect to layer a chunky scarf and cozy sweater with.  Winter white coats just look so good and I plan on investing on an even thicker one for my next trip since this one isn’t gonna cut the 9′ wind chill!  I have my eye on this coat, this coat, and this coat. I’m wearing the comfiest blue denim distressed skinny jeans from GRLFRND that are high waisted and have a light stretch.  I recently bought these Levi’s jeans from the Shopbop sale – and while I love them they’re definitely not as stretchy so I’ll have to break ’em in a bit. I’ve been adding links to everything I wore in NYC here – so if you ever have a question about something I’m wearing on Instagram check this page :)  Have a great weekend!
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