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Red Jumpsuit on Rodeo

Beverly Hill, CA

Friday couldn’t come soon enough!  This week was so long and I am soooo exhausted and I cannot wait to sleep in on Saturday!  Anyways lets talk about this red Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit I wore on Rodeo Drive for an event shall we?!!!  It deserves a whole paragraph devoted to it haha.  I was running an errand at The Promenade the other week and couldn’t help but stop dead in my tracks when I saw this DVF jumpsuit in the window.  I mean was this not made for me?!  Honestly, I love it SO much.  It’s so comfy, flattering, such a gorgeous shade of red, well made, tailored to perfection, and can be worn to a cocktail party, a reception, a holiday fete, or out on the town!  It also looks stunning with a thick camel coat and a great leather jacket on chillier nights.  I will most definitely be bringing this number with me to NYC next week.

Yes I am coming to NYC!  I will be back visiting friends and taking meetings for almost 2 weeks and I absolutely cannot wait.  Fall in NYC is one of my favorite times of year.  The leaves, the crisp cool air, Central Park ahhhh!  It’s been so long since I’ve been back and I am very long overdue.  I often miss the city, my friends and just the ability to walk out my door and feel that frenetic energy!  Whenever people ask me which I like better – NYC vs LA – I tell them that’s like asking me to compare two different countries that are both equally amazing in completely and totally different ways.

NYC and LA are opposite

They’re both major cities yes, but you really can’t even compare them.  They both are special and unique and awesome places to live depending on what you’re looking for and what stage of life you’re in.  I’ll do a NYC and LA breakdown post soon just sharing my takes on both cities and what each one has to offer/pros and cons!  I’ve also been meaning to do a moving tips post as well!  Leave me a comment below with any other posts you’ve been dying for me to write I really love your feedback :)  Have a great weekend!

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Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit (25% off here and here!) // Stuart Weitzman heels // Nina Ricci clutch (similar) // Lawless foundation // Mac lipgloss in C-Thru
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Homemade Granola Energy Bars

Venice, CA

What better way to kick off October than with a yummy fall inspired recipe from my cookbook?!  These homemade granola energy bars are mouth-wateringly good and you’ll want to keep a stash at home and at work!  Your coworkers will love you for bringing these in – and won’t believe how easy they were to make.  I always get asked what I eat in a day, and what I snack on.  These granola bars are the perfect treat to have if you’re on the go and don’t have time to make breakfast, want a mid day snack that isn’t a processed energy bar, or are craving something sweet after dinner.  I love carrying these in my bag so I always have a healthy treat to reach for when I’m out and about!

These delicious granola bars are completely free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar.  Every single recipe in my cookbook is actually free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar!  I like to eat this way 80% of the time because it allows me to look and feel my best and strengthens my digestion and immune system. Honestly, I hate being overly strict with what I eat so this lifestyle works really well for me!  I’m all about that balance… and never like to deprive myself – life is too short.  If you’re interested in what I eat in a day – you can read my post here, and if you’re interested in what diets I’ve tried/my overall thoughts on them – you can read my post about that here!  Plus I’m also always posting new recipes and behind the scenes stories of what I’m eating throughout the day on Instagram (@kattanita.)

Now back to these bars!

When Alex Thomopolous (the incredible chef I partnered with to develop recipes for the book) and I were testing recipes we were having trouble creating one that had the right consistency and taste, AND wasn’t loaded with sugar.  On our very last day of testing we perfected these together and I am SO thrilled with how they turned out.  I eat them all the time and love that they’re packed with nutrients yet don’t taste “too healthy” (if you’ve ever tried baking a gluten free baked good you know what I’m talking about lol….so many gluten free recipes often end up tasting BLAH or like cardboard am I right?!).

I wrote a cookbook because I couldn’t find any gluten/dairy free/low sugar recipes that actually tasted GOOD and that were easy to make.  Literally, I went through 60+ different cookbooks before embarking on this project and none of them 100% fit my needs.  I’m bursting with excitement to share it with you – be sure to sign up here for pre-order details!

These bars are loaded with healthy oats which are high in protein, chia and flax seeds which are high in fiber, coconut which is an anti fungal, pumpkin seeds which are a healthy fat and packed full of antioxidants.  They’re sweetened with maple syrup which is my favorite sweetener of choice because it is 100% natural and tastes the best out of all the sweeteners I’ve tried.  *I’ll be doing a post on why I stay away from refined cane sugar – and even artificial sweeteners like aspartame later this month!)  I hope you love these bars and if you make them – be sure to share them with me so I can repost on Instagram!

Homemade Granola Energy Bars

Gluten + Dairy + Refined sugar free

Ingredients:
2 cups gluten free oats
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil melted
1/3 cup coconut butter softened

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and then pour the mixture on the baking sheet.
  4. Using your hands spread out the mixture into a 1″ thick rectangle.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes.  Then slice and enjoy!  Makes 12 bars.
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My LA Home Tour: The Details

Venice, CA

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

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Restoration Hardware couch + chair // Wisteria side table // CB2 lucite bar // Studio McGee console // Overstock rug // Etsy bench // Wayfair baskets // World Market baskets // Target baskets // St. Frank picture // Restoration Hardware mirror (similar) // Etsy macrame // Pottery Barn guest towel
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Lately On Instagram

Los Angeles, CA

TGIF!  I am overwhelmed with joy from all of your sweet responses on Wednesday’s Career Advice post.  It makes me so happy that so many of you can relate or took something from the article.  Many of you have been asking that I go more in depth re: monetizing a blog and I will absolutely do an entire post dedicated to that this fall.

I haven’t had a chance to post as many professionally shot outfits as I’d like this month because of my book. However, I wanted to share a few of my favorite iPhone snaps and links to where everything came from.  A ton of these items are included in the Shopbop sale –  which will be going on for 2 more days!

Speaking of sale…don’t forget to RSVP to my meet + greet LA CLOSET SALE this Saturday which will be held at a private residence in Venice from 11AM-1PM.  I am SO excited to see you and chat in person!  If you don’t live in LA, you can shop my closet here!

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House of Harlow kimono // Staud bag // Allen Schwartz dress c/o // Aquazzura heels // Vicolo suit (similar) // Aquazzura pumps // Ganni skirt // Rails top (similar) // Chriselle Lim blazer c/o // Slipdress // Cami NYC tank c/o // L’Agence jeans c/o // Simon Miller bag // Stuart Weitzman heels // J.ING trench c/o (similar) // Cami NYC tank c/o // H&M jeans // Topshop top // Alexis skirt // Staud bag // Zara blazer // McGuire denim c/o // Cami NYC tank
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