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"Hi Kat! Where are the carved nesting/ side tables that are in the photos on your Meaningful Gifts - Nov 27 blog? I’ve been searching for them everywhere."

Hi! They are small side tables from a store called Rolling Greens which is in LA :)

Kat
"If you could give one piece of advice for those starting in blogger career, what would it be? What inspired you to choose the name of your blog?"

Think of your blog/social platforms as a brand – and real business even when you have no revenue coming in yet. Create a vision board outlining exactly what you want your image to be – from colors, to a theme, fonts, and what brands you want to work with. That roadmap will help you navigate and set the tone in those early days! Working with a graphic designer can be particularly helpful. I chose my blog name because I envisioned my site as being an online diary or journal and each post was sort of a “love note” or entry to my readers! So With Love From Kat felt appropriate :)

Kat
"Hi Kat! This is such a neat section on your blog, I love this way of reaching you. I have two questions: 1) How do you build relationships with PR agencies as a beginner? I know that face to face contact in essential. 2) What takes place during blogger/brand meetings? What are they for? Do you set these up yourself? How do you prepare? Thanks in advance!!"

So glad you enjoy it :) When you want to connect with PR agencies, I recommend finding the exact person’s email you’re interested in reaching on LinkedIn or on the agency website. Craft a short, simple email introducing yourself, linking to your business, and saying what it is you’re interested in chatting with them about. You could say you’d love to come into their showroom to browse/learn more about the brands they carry, and foster a relationship from there. When bloggers and brands or agencies meet, they discuss ways they can work together and any new launches coming up. Honestly, fewer and fewer meetings happen in person these days, and most business is conducted over email! I find it very efficient and still effective! Hope that helps :)

Kat
"Hi Kat, I love your style..! Would you mind me asking about your height? I want to try some of your outfits but not sure if they are too long for me? I am a petite, 5'2. Thank you."

Hi! I’m 5’6.5″ to be exact! :)

Kat
"I live in Manhattan and am considering taking a job in LA - any recommendations of what neighborhoods to look at since you used to live there? I'd really want to be somewhere we can do outdoor activities. Thank you!"

Hi! Congrats on the possible new move! There are so many wonderful neighborhoods in LA, it just really depends on what you’re looking for and what your vibe is. Ideally, you’ll want to be close to your new job because traffic in LA is horrendous! My favorite neighborhoods in order are; Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu (although it’s not ideal if you work on the East Side!), Silver Lake, and there are some cute spots in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood too. Good luck!

Kat
"Who designed your website? I would really love to hire them for a project I am working on. Thanks!"

My dear friend Erika Brechtel designed my site with me. She’s insanely talented and we had a lot of fun coming up with every element!

Kat
"Hi Kat, I love your style and attention to detail. You always have the best and cutest tips. I’m getting married in NYC in March and need a Makeup artist. Please, do you have anyone you like/trust? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!!" -Charlotte

Thank you so much! So exciting! Yes I highly recommend using Erin Esparza; erinesparza@gmail.com. She just did makeup for my sorority sister’s wedding and it turned out beautiful. She does my facials + makeup weekly!!!

Kat
"Hi Kat! I cannot find your green juice recipe anywhere. Can you please post it somewhere? Thank you!"

Hi!  Yes for my green juice I use: 6 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 1/2 green apple, 1 fennel bulb, and a handful of parsley.  If the market is out of fennel, I use rainbow chard or broccoli.  Enjoy!

Kat
"I recently read your blog on things you learned when turning 30 and I have a question for you about surrounding yourself with people and friends who give you energy and make you happy. I fully agree with you but I am wondering what to do in a situation where one or two individuals from a larger group of friends do not give me good vibes and I wish to distance myself from them, however we are all a part of a larger group that does activities together. I don't want to upset the bigger group but there are a couple of women that just don't rub me the right way as a friend and I have let the feelings get shoved to the back for a long time now." -Sarah

I found myself in a similar situation 4 years ago.  I was friends with a group of about 7 girls in NYC, but realized I only really liked 5 of them and the other 2 were catty and constantly talked bad about everyone behind their backs.  The 2 mean girls who tried soooo hard to be queen bees made me not want to hang out with the group as a whole!  I eventually chose to start opting out of several group activities, which was REALLY hard at first, but felt so much better in the long run.  I no longer had anxiety about the group situations because I didn’t have to exert so much energy to avoid them/their toxic vibes.  Instead I put positive energy into getting together with the girls I did like one on one – or in smaller groups.  I got to know those girls on a deeper level and developed stronger friendships as a result.  At the end of the day, you are who you surround yourself with so you have to edit the people you hang out with and make sure they are lifting you up and giving you good vibes!

Kat