Beauty Pie Favorites

If you haven’t already heard of Beauty Pie – well then you’re in for a real treat! This members only club is a one stop shop for affordable luxury beauty. It’s the brainchild of Marcia Kilgore; who is a legend in the beauty space and started Bliss, Soap & Glory, and Fitflop (just to name a few!) So how does membership work and what makes the prices so reasonable?! You can choose which membership you want depending on how much product you use per month. All of the products are super high quality and they have everything from makeup to skincare, accessories, candles, and fragrance. The products are so affordable because they’ve eliminated the middleman, don’t have stores, don’t do celebrity marketing, and instead just focus on giving you great products without the markup. Beauty Pie Favorites After hearing Helena, Grace, and Krystal rave about Beauty Pie, I was so excited and intrigued to test out goodies from the line. I ordered a nice assortment of skincare + makeup items and fell in love with their Super Healthy Sleep Oil, Superglazy Lipgloss, Pro Glow Superstrobing Drops, and Multiglow Strobing Stick. You all know I LOVE face oil, and this one was so light and packed with antioxidants. Bonus it’s a clean product, which makes me love it even more. If you’ve been hesitant to try a face oil, I highly recommend trying this one! I can’t leave home without a nude lipgloss and this smells AMAZING, has the best texture/consistency, and is a beautiful neutral shade for day or night. It has just the right amount of shimmer to it, which really makes your lips pop. The two products that totally blew me away me were the highlighters. The Pro Glow Superstrobing Drops come in this cute little bottle with a dropper and a few dabs on your cheekbones give you the most gorgeous bronze glow. I also like putting a bit on my collarbone and shoulders for date nights. What’s nice about these drops is that they blend beautifully so you don’t have to be a makeup expert to apply them. The other highlighter; the Multiglow Strobing Stick is IDEAL for everyday, particularly that all natural daytime glow we all want to achieve. Just run the stick down your nose and cheekbones and WALLAH you’ve got a fresh faced look in 2 seconds!!! This stick is now permanently in my purse for quick touch ups throughout the day, and you can even use it on your eyelids or in the corners of your eye for that extra pop. It’s amazing how highlighter just makes you look so much more awake. You can sign up for Beauty Pie here, and use code KATSENTME for an additional $50 spending allowance for your first month of membership! A few other products I loved were the Ten Best Neutral Eyeshadows Palette, Wondercolour Cream Eyeshadow Stick, and Superbrow Color Mousse. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
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Sundress in Little Italy

Hiiii! Sorry for the lack of posts this week! I just got back from a beautiful trip to Santa Barbara with Belmond and am finally getting back to the swing of things. Carly and I shot a ton of amazing photos around the property and in Montecito that I can’t wait to share! The second I landed back in the city, I was craving Rubirosa pizza. If you’re not familiar with Rubirosa – then you must try it when you’re in the area! This is one of my favorite pizza spots in NYC, and it’s located in the heart of Nolita. The crust is thin, they offer gluten free options. In addition, they have this one pizza called the Tie Dye which is SO YUMMY! The wait is always pretty long, and the restaurant is small, so I typically order 2 large pizzas and a salad, and take them home to enjoy with friends. I wore this little floral Reformation number on my way to Rubirosa. It’s the perfect daytime or date night sundress. I love the way it cinches just below the bust, and the subtle pattern. Reformation has their own website, but they’re also carried on Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter and now Shopbop! In terms of sizing with this dress, and most Reformation dresses, I typically like to size up. They do tend to run tight around the ribcage/waist. A few Reformation dresses I’m loving at the moment are:This one (I have it in the printed floral pattern), this one, this one, and this one (so sexy AND so reasonable.) This one is at the top of my wishlist, and this one is such a gorgeous, refreshing shade of blue. I always get a ton of questions about the beige sunglasses I wear, and believe it or not they were $15 from a random Venice Beach boardwalk stand. I found this pair which are similar and have a great, oversized shape! Honestly, I love cheap sunglasses (they just fit me better!) and I’ve found that BP + Quay makes some of my faves.
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A White Midi Skirt

Happy Friday! This week flew by and I can’t believe it’s already mid July!!! I’m heading to Santa Barbara tomorrow with Belmond Hotels for a little wine tasting + polo tournament. I’m really excited for a change of scenery! I’ll be packing this outfit for the wine tasting. It’s another easy + breezy summer look that’s become my “uniform” for summer. I love the faint pink + white stripe pattern on this Something Navy shirt from Nordstrom. It’s an oversized/long fit so it looks great as a pool/beach coverup, tucked into jeans, or worn tied up at the waist. I would size down in this shirt for sure. I’m wearing a small here, but definitely could have comfortably fit into an XS. This shirt also comes in blue + white which is equally as cute! A White Midi Skirt I paired the soft button down with this white midi skirt which is soooo lightweight and moves beautifully when you walk. I ordered a Medium because I usually love a looser fit with my casual skirts, but to be honest, I should have gotten a Small! It runs true to size, but if you’re in between sizes – I would say size down, especially if you’re on the shorter side. To give you reference, I’m almost 5’7″ and I usually wear a size 2 or 4. This skirt also comes in a fun polka dot and black floral pattern. Other midi skirts I am LOVING from Nordstrom are this cream slip skirt, this orange and white polka dot skirt, this navy and white pinstripe pencil skirt. (So chic for fall!). This linen skirt, and this black + white floral skirt. Midi skirts can be paired with button downs, off the shoulder blouses, simple Ts, bodysuits – you name it. They look gorgeous for day or night, and can even be worn throughout the fall + winter with boots and leather jackets! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally OPEN to the public, and it is absolutely worth shopping. A few things that I am coveting are; these distressed jeans, this long cardigan, this cute plaid boyfriend shirt, this simple chambray, this houndstooth blazer, this cargo jacket, this cozy V neck sweater, this pretty white blouse, these plaid trousers, and this easy linen jumpsuit. Be sure to shop the rest of my picks below! Enjoy your weekend!
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How To Decorate A Small Space

My sister recently moved into a new apartment in Williamsburg and I’ve been helping her decorate it! I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned from living in small NYC apartments over the years, and which ones I incorporated into her place. There are a ton of simple ways to make a small space look and feel bigger – you just have to do a little rearranging! How To Decorate A Small Space Use a large round jute rug under a sofa or bed. A round rug completely opens up a small room and is a nice juxtaposition to a big, rectangular piece of furniture. Jute is a natural, airy, clean material that will go with any style of decor – and it’s one of the most inexpensive types of rugs. I’ve gotten mine on Wayfair, Overstock, and Pottery Barn. Use the Ikea Billy Bookcase as storage and decor. This simple white bookcase has been in every single one of my apartments! It’s been a wardrobe (the one with doors) in my college dorm and West Village apartment, a bookcase in my first NYC apartment, and it now acts as shoe + bag storage in my office. You have the option to get it with or without glass doors (it’s super chic with glass doors – and you can switch out the knobs + put wallpaper or fabric behind the glass to hide what’s inside!), and it also comes in various widths. It’s a great divider if you live in a studio and want to put 3 right next to each other. Use a narrow bench, ottoman, or acrylic piece as a coffee table. Most coffee tables are pretty big and made for large living rooms. Be sure to properly measure your space so you’re not stuck with a HUGE one! My favorite coffee tables for small spaces are; a narrow bench that you can decorate with coffee table books and trinkets to warm it up, a small fabric ottoman or two matching stools (sometimes a printed fabric is fun depending on your style!), or an acrylic/lucite piece like this one that I had in my old Upper East Side studio. If the room won’t fit a traditional coffee table, get some fun moroccan poufs, or a stack of small vintage suitcases or trunks for the space. Create a gallery wall behind your sofa, dresser, dining room table, or in a narrow entry. A gallery wall instantly lifts your eye up and makes a space feel more cozy and eclectic. You would be AMAZED at how it can transform a long, dark entryway. Don’t be afraid to hang art on a brick wall – there are special nails that make it possible. I always hire a handyman through Taskrabbit to do all of my hanging since they come equipped with the right tools. Be sure to read my; How To Find Art For Your Home blog post to see some of my favorite resources. Wallpaper a small bathroom. A beautiful, intricate patterned wallpaper can transform a tiny bathroom! Swap out a plain light fixture for a mini chandelier or pendant, and put in a pretty mirror – and you’ve got yourself a darling powder room. Incorporate vintage pieces into your space. Vintage pieces are much smaller than the furniture pieces they sell in stores today. A vintage item can add a ton of pizzaz to a space and make everything feel more homey. I never like to order sets of furniture or everything in the same type of wood/color because it ends up making a space feel crowded and sterile. Mix and match modern pieces with vintage pieces. Get a cute gold bar cart to put booze, glasses and books on. Find a fun ceramic umbrella holder for your entry. Hang baskets or hats on the wall. Mix gold and wood frames of all shapes and sizes on a gallery wall. Use a vintage leather trunk as a side or coffee table. Frame your windows with long white curtains. Quality curtains immediately make a ceiling look higher and elevate a space. They pull together any room, and give it a more chic/polished look. I’m a sucker for a thick, Belgian linen French pleat style – and in my opinion, no one does it better than Restoration Hardware. BUT their curtains are pricey, so I recommend checking out Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma Home, and West Elm for other options! Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Mirrors act as windows in a space. If you feel like your space is cramped and doesn’t have enough light or windows then add a mirror! I love the look of an oversized mirror leaning against the wall opposite of a bed to really open up a room. I also love a mirror behind a sofa, or dining room table. And last but not least, a mirror in an entry is always a good idea – not only for makeup touch ups before you leave, but just to add that extra oomph that most entries need! Use baskets as storage. I LOVE baskets. I use a basket in my living room to store extra pillows and blankets in, I use baskets in my bedroom for laundry/dry cleaning, I use baskets in my entry for groceries/errands, and I use baskets in my closet to store towels, scarves, and toiletry bags. There are a zillion places to buy baskets, but some of my favorite spots are Ralph Lauren, One Kings Lane, Serena and Lily, and Etsy. Use a dresser as a TV console. A dresser maximizes your storage space, AND in my opinion looks way better than an open TV console which shows the cable box and cords. Anthropologie has gorgeous dressers like this bone inlay one, or this carved wood one. I also always like to check World Market, vintage stores, One Kings Lane and Studio McGee’s shop for consoles! Keep clutter to a minimum. This goes without saying, but whether you live in a small or big space, my philosophy when it comes to “stuff” is always less is more! Be diligent about cleaning out your closet and cabinets. Don’t hold onto stuff that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t used in a year. Purge, purge, purge! I have an entire blog post talking about How To Clean Out Your Closet here. So be sure to check that out! I hope this post was helpful and you learned a few things :) I’d love to see photos of your space and ways that you’ve incorporated my tips + tricks in so feel free to send them way!!! As always, feel free to leave any questions you may have below! And be sure to check out all of my other Decor posts here like; How To Find Art For Your Home, Refresh Your Home For Spring, and My Favorite Coffee Table Books.
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