My Local Acai Spot
Venice, CA

One of the many reasons I moved to Venice Beach was because I loved how walkable it was.  I walked everywhere in NYC and was always stumbling upon new neighborhoods, cafes, and shops.  Venice is full of charming, one of a kind boutiques and restaurants like this one.  I discovered this cute vintage airstream turned cafe the other week and it’s become my daily stop for tea or an acai bowl.  I wore this navy blue and white stripe jumpsuit (this one is almost identical!) and put Charlie in my vintage french market basket that I’ve had for years and years.  He is obsessed with this basket and always wags his tail and gets insanely hyper when I pick it up.  You can’t really go wrong with a stripe jumpsuit and I am 100% going to be wearing it this fall with an olive green military jacket.

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Soprano jumpsuit (similar, similar) // Julie Vos necklace // Janessa Leone hat (also love this one) // Hermes sandals (similar)
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Sunset Dinner in Malibu
Malibu, CA

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over!  I threw an intimate sunset dinner on the beach in Malibu with a few of my girlfriends last weekend.  There are soooo many dreamy spots in Malibu and I always say, if I didn’t live in Venice Beach I would 100% live in the ‘Bu.  You can’t beat the breathtaking oceanfront drive along the PCH and relaxed, surfer vibe.  I swear one of these days I am going to learn how to surf in LA!   I did a Costa Rica yoga + surf retreat by myself last summer and can’t wait to share the experience on here as a part of my Wellness Series.  For our sunset dinner, I kept things simple and picked up a baguette, cheese, fruit, seltzer (White Claw, of course!) and a few sweets.  I have been trying SO hard to tame my sweet tooth and been experimenting with different recipes and exploring various gluten free + vegan bakeries around the city.  I feel like I need to add a “Healthy Eats” spot to my Travel App because I’ve really found some wonderful hidden gems here in LA!  I wore this sweet Ulla Johnson silk dress and Forever 21 kimono for the dinner.  Kimonos can be worn year round and are such a pretty layer over boyfriend jeans and a T -shirt or a loose sundress.  I currently have my eye on this one AND this one.  Hope you are enjoying the long weekend!

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Ulla Johnson dress (also love this one) // Forever 21 Kimono // Chupi necklace // Julie Vos bangles // Lee Brevard earrings
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A Seasonless Wrap Dress
Venice, CA

You know that feeling you get when you slip on a dress and it fits you like a glove?  No fussing, no sucking in, no alterations needed?!   This is one of those dresses.  I feel like this wrap silhouette was made for me!  Wrap dresses are classic, feminine and effortless.  The floral blue print on this ALC one from Nordstrom can be worn year round and paired with sandals, wedges, or heels.  Layer it with a silk trench, leather jacket or blazer depending on the occasion.  I can see myself wearing it to meetings (like I did here, but I changed into sandals to grab matcha + magazines afterward!), brunches and birthday parties.  Nordstrom has THE best selection of wrap dresses right now and I’m currently eyeing this one (how cool are the sleeves?), this stripe one, this velvet one (soooo perf for fall right?) and this crisp white one.  I’ll be packing this floral one for my NYC trip next week and pairing it with this jacket which BTW is made of the softest, most buttery leather and just went on sale.  As much as I love the heat and summer, I am getting pumped for fall weather/attire and leather jackets.  Iro makes my fave ones and I’ve been able to get so much use out of this smoky grey colored one.  Stay tuned for a few more summer looks on here and then I’ll be transitioning straight into fall outfits end of next week!

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ALC dress (also love this one) // Nannacay bag (also love this one) // Capri sandals (similar) // Vintage sunnies (love these)
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My Pre and Post Workout Routine
Venice, CA

You may have already heard the announcement – but I’m so excited to share that I’ll be continuing my Wellness Series throughout the year!  I’ve received such positive feedback from the series and have absolutely loved writing about some of my favorite wellness tips/tricks (there will be many more to come!) with you.  It’s been a true joy to connect with so many of you in a different way and I am grateful that With Love From Kat has been able to evolve, grow, and change just as I have!  Today, I am giving you a peek into my pre and post workout routine.  There is a ton of information out there about best practices (i.e. drink a protein shake 30 minutes after your workout, the benefits of fasted cardio, etc.) and I’ll share what works for me.  Again, this is what works for ME so tailor it to your own schedule, lifestyle, and goals!

The first thing I do when I wake up is I meditate for 20 minutes.  I’ve been meditating every single morning for 2 years now and can honestly say, without a doubt, that it has drastically improved my life.  I am so much more calm, focused, energized, and positive (just ask any of my friends or family!) than before I started.  It really gives me that extra pep in my step that I need before a morning workout.  Harvard has done countless studies on the benefits of meditation – specifically transcendental meditation (the kind I do), and I can’t recommend it enough.  At least take an intro class to see what all the fuss is about.  The class I took in NYC, is offered online here!

After I meditate, I sip on hot water with lemon to alkalize my body and get my digestion ready for breakfast.  I used to work out fasted/on an empty stomach, but found that raised my cortisol/stress levels too much and I was struggling to get through a tough workout, so now I only do fasted cardio max 2 times/week.  When I workout fasted, I have a green tea or matcha beforehand for an energy boost (coffee obviously works too.)  If I’m doing hot yoga or a workout where I’m going to sweat a ton, I add a teensy bit of pink Himalayan salt to my water which helps keep me hydrated.  On days when I’m not doing fasted cardio, I drink a light protein shake, or if I’m doing an at home workout, I make this smoothie bowl.  I’ve shared on instastory my banana smoothie replacements and so many of you messaged me about the zucchini (yay!)  I like to use frozen coconut meat (available at Whole Foods) or steamed frozen zucchini as my base since they have zero sugar.  Recently, I’ve been working out more at home and incorporating hikes and bike rides into my fitness routine which has been so nice.

After a tough workout, it is absolutely crucial to eat some kind of protein otherwise you will feel completely depleted for the rest of the day (like I did the other morning!)  It doesn’t mean you have to chug some elaborate body builder protein-esque smoothie – but just some sort of fuel so you don’t crash and can create lean muscle.  This is my go-to smoothie recipe for pre and post workouts.

If I have time to stretch before a workout, I’ll do a few cat/cow, downward dog, yoga flow moves, but let’s be real – most of us barely have time to even make it to a workout class so the stretching part usually comes after!  I’ve mentioned my love of foam rolling before, but I really do notice a huge difference in muscle soreness and my posture.

After I workout, re-fuel, and stretch, I always dry brush.  I had read about Miranda Kerr dry brushing years ago, and after hearing the benefits from several massage therapists I started to do it too.  It increases your  blood flow, circulation and reduces cellulite.  It takes 5 minutes before the shower and kind of hurts at first but you can break in your brush by aggressively rubbing it into a thick towel several times.  It will always feel a bit scratchy, but stick with it!  Move the brush in slow, circular motions up towards your heart (always brush up for lymph drainage) all over your legs, arms, stomach, chest, and back.

This week’s giveaway is workout themed ;)  I’m going to send one lucky winner all of my favorite collagen/smoothie products, and $250 worth of sweat proof beauty goodies.  To enter, simply sign up for my newsletter, and comment “Signed Up!” below!

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N:philanthropy sweatshirt c/o// Alo Yoga tank // Niyama Sol shorts // Nike sneakers // Missoni towel // Yoga mat // Swell bottle c/o // Lorna Jane bra // Foam Roller // Exercise Ball // Amber Interiors pillows
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