A Classic September Outfit

Hello hello! It feels good to be blogging again after a few weeks off. Thomas and I went to Italy 2 weeks ago, and for the first time EVER I didn’t bring my laptop. It’s crazy to think that in 9 years of running my business, I hadn’t fully disconnected and left my laptop at home until then! It was much needed and really, really important for me to relax, be present, and leave my work demands at home. This was a super transformative summer for me, and with a new season upon us, I’m feeling extra reflective. I wanted to share a little life update + recap as well as this fall-esque outfit! Life UpdateAs most of you have seen on IG – I’ve been dating my boyfriend Thomas now for the past few months. We actually met 4 years ago, and went on one date, but I was moving to Paris the following week for the entire summer, so we lost touch. Fast forward to me moving back to NYC… I threw a housewarming party, and our mutual friend reconnected us. T and I hit it off (again) immediately and the rest is kind of history! He moved in, and I could not be more excited to start this new chapter of my life with him! Timing really is everything, and love usually comes into your life when you’re least expecting it. For all you single ladies – some advice, don’t be with anyone you can’t be 100% yourself with. Don’t let ANYONE dull your sparkle (as cheesy as that sounds), and do not settle – ever. Love yourself and build a life you’re proud of, and you will attract your person I guarantee it. DO YOU and the rest will fall into place. And trust me, when you know, you know. I’ve been blogging a bit less than usual this summer, purely because I’ve been wanting to enjoy my new relationship/put my personal life first for once, AND because I’ve had a huge increase in IG only dedicated projects that are super time consuming! It’s been interesting to see how the industry has shifted and changed over the years – and it has changed A LOT. To be honest, I’m still figuring out how to run my blog and IG (which are essentially two very different and demanding platforms and businesses) at the same time! This summer, I really prioritized my relationships and just tried to create more of a work/life balance overall. I feel healthier and happier than ever before no doubt because of this. HighlightsThere were so many highlights this summer – it really was the best summer of my life! I’ll share a few! Obviously reconnecting with Thomas was #1 and our trip to Italy was incredible. I’ll be updating the Rome and Capri sections of my Travel App with some fun new spots we checked out. You know I loooove to travel, so all of my trips this summer were really special. From Montauk, to Nantucket, LA, Santa Barbara, Rome and Capri – I enjoyed each and every destination! Settling into my new NYC apartment has been great, I adore my neighborhood, the space, and all of the new friends I’ve made around me. Being featured in the EARN IT book alongside Tory Burch and Martha Stewart was definitely a career highlight, and sharing my journey on The Skinny Confidential podcast was another! Lastly, celebrating my sister’s engagement and now wedding (which is in 2 days!) has been so meaningful. I finally finished my MOH speech last night and can’t stop tearing up thinking about it! Thank youIt’s been such a joy to connect with you, my readers, on here, via email, in person, and on IG over the last (almost decade!) and especially this summer with everything that has been going on in my life. I’m so grateful for the community of women I’m surrounded by, and hope that my content and platforms continue to be a source of positivity, inspiration, and wisdom for years to come! Thank you for your continued support. XO Kat
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Clean Beauty Favorites

I’ve been slowly swapping out my beauty cabinet with cleaner products for the last 4 years. It’s been a transition, and involved a lot of trial and error, but I feel so much better knowing I’m putting cleaner products on my body. I’m so excited to share a few of my favorite products from Beautycounter that I’ve been using since I first became interested in clean beauty. Beautycounter What I love about Beautycounter is that their mission has been to get cleaner and safer products in the hands of everyone since Day 1. They have really focused on educating their customers about which harmful ingredients to avoid and been advocates for better laws in the personal care industry. They prohibit the use of over 1,500 questionable ingredients in their line – yes 1,500! I also love that their products actually WORK. More often than not, I’ve been rather disappointed in some of the clean beauty products I’ve tried, but I can honestly say I’ve never not liked a single item from Beautycounter. What makes their products so great? They’re clean, high quality, luxurious, affordable, AND the packaging is GORGEOUS. I love staring at their products on my vanity because they’re just so darn pretty haha. Aesthetics are important especially with things that you’re using and looking at everyday, am I right?! None of their products are overly scented (you know that intense fake, perfume smell I’m talking about) which is MAJOR for me because I’m really sensitive to scents. My Favorite Clean Beauty Products Ok, so where do I begin?! Ok well, the first product I was ever introduced to was actually their body wash. It’s hard to find a clean body wash that smells and feels good – and this one definitely fits the bill. It has the most subtle citrus scent and makes my skin so smooth! You can’t go wrong with their pretty light pink lipgloss in Opal Moonstone, Essential Brush Set (which is 100% animal hair free), Balancing Face Oil (you know I’m addicted to face oil!), Mattifying Powder, and Luminous Highlighter. Two Clean Anti-Aging Products To Know About Two newer products that I’ve been testing for the last month and love are the Ultra Renewal Eye Cream and the Tripeptide Radiance Serum. Both are from their Countertime Collection, which is all about anti-aging and packed with Retinatural Complex. It’s been really hard for me to find a clean eye cream that I like, and I am so relieved that I have FINALLY found one! The texture of this one is buttery smooth, blends beautifully, and I noticed my under eye circles are way more faint. Serums are something that I was unfamiliar with until about a year ago, and I’m so glad I started incorporating them into my skincare routine. The Tripeptide Radiance Serum can be applied before your moisturizer or face oil, and it just gives you that extra boost of hydration and glow. This one really evens out my skin and makes me more confident to go sans makeup on my off days. What are some of your favorite clean beauty products? How important is it to you to incorporate clean products into your routine? I would love to know!
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A Silky Red Dress

I saw this silky red dress online and couldn’t believe the price – it’s under $100! The material is a really thick, high-quality viscose that looks and feels JUST like silk! It’s available here and here in a few more sizes. It’s the perfect little silky red dress for date night isn’t it?! The brand ASTR makes so many cute dresses (I own several!) that are all super affordable, flattering and feminine. Amazon Fashion carries a great selection and has an entire ASTR “shop” page devoted to the brand. A few that caught my eye while I was perusing the site were….this stunning coral midi dress, this strappy criss cross back LBD, this linen flutter sleeve dress (which I own in both colors!), and this easy white sundress. Nordstrom also has an amazing selection of their pieces – I particularly love this dress, this cream blouse, and these linen trousers. For accessories, I wore my favorite Alexandre Birman heels that also happen to be insanely comfortable. I can legit walk/stand in them for hours, and they’re just such a classy pair of shoes. They are a splurge, but have been one of my go-to heels for years! I’ve worn them so much I’ve had them re-soled! Shop this look + a few more of my fave affordable ASTR pieces below!
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How To Make A Cheese Board in 10 Minutes

I hosted T and his family at my place the other night and wanted to share the spread I put together for all of us. I wanted all of the food to be casual and easy – nothing over the top. Everyone loves cheese and crackers. It’s a European staple. So I ran to Whole Foods and picked up a medley of goodies to create the perfect cheeseboard. I’ve been whipping up cheese boards for friends and family for years, and thought I’d share my tips on how to make a cheese board in 10 minutes! Wood Cheese BoardsFirst and foremost, get a beautiful wood cutting board to place all of the yummy ingredients on. This one is from Hudson Grace, which is one of my favorite home decor stores in LA (it’s at the Brentwood Country Mart.) This one from Studio McGee’s shop is super similar. They have TONS of other boards that would be stunning in any kitchen. If you’re looking for a huge, oversized board for a large party, I have this one from World Market and LOVE it. It’s perfect for creating a massive spread. Bistro table + chairsMy table is a great find from Wayfair’s outdoor section. Sadly it’s sold out, but I found this gorgeous one for half the price! Not only is this a cute outdoor table, but it’s a darling entry table, bedroom side table, or living room console. My chairs are from One Kings Lane and can be used indoor or outdoor. I also love these ones from Serena + Lily, and these ones from Amazon are super affordable. Napkins, Plates, CutleryLay out napkins, plates, and cutlery. My napkins are oldies from Pottery Barn (love this vintage stripe version). My silverware is a total STEAL and under $30 for the set! The plates are Hudson Grace’s organic style. The cheese knives are Williams Sonoma and have beautiful thick marble handles that have held up for years. If you’re looking for a more modern set, these ones from Nordstrom Home are chic. How To Make A Cheese BoardWhen it comes to building a cheese board, I like to always get; at least 3 different types of cheeses, green grapes, a fig jam (or figs), 2-3 different types of crackers, marcona almonds, and honey to drizzle on top! If it’s a meat loving group, I’ll pick up a prosciutto or salami to place underneath the cheese. It’s nice to have a mixture of different colors and textures to place around the board and for people to choose from. Types of CheeseLet’s talk about the most important part of the board – the cheese! Whole Foods has a nice cheese selection. It’s so convenient, so I head there and typically pick out 1 hard cheese, 1 softer cheese, and 1 brie. For the softer cheese, I like to get one with truffle in it. A truffle fontina is to die for!!!! For the hard cheese I like to get a parmesan and/or sharp cheddar. Other cheeses that are yummy are Manchego and Mt Tam by Cowgirl Creamery. Mt Tam is my favorite cheese of all time (legit drooling thinking about it right now LOL) and you can get it at FarmShop in LA! Arranging TechniqueIn terms of arranging everything, first place the 3 cheeses equal distance a part on your board. Then place 2 handfuls of grapes on opposite sides, and 2 handfuls of marcona almonds sprinkled on the other sides. Tuck a fanned out line of salami or prosciutto in one corner, and then place a jar of fig jam or handful of figs in the other corner. Lastly, dip a honey spoon in fresh honey, and drizzle over the brie. Place crackers to the side, or even sliced baguette for guests to help themselves! Open a bottle of wine – I love Whispering Angel rose – and enjoy!
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