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Aspen Travel Guide

I’m so excited to share my first official travel guide today on the site.  I’ve always shared travel tips within the copy of my normal outfit blog posts, but never done a dedicated guide.  While my Travel App has all of my city guides in one concise place (we now have 20 cities!), I thought it’d be nice to go even more in depth on why I love certain spots over others on here! My first city is Aspen since I just got back from there last week and my memory is fresh ;)  My next guide will be Paris – and all of the new spots I loved visiting 2 weeks ago!  Aspen is a winter wonderland…  Go to Aspen if you want to enjoy the ultimate, chic winter destination.  It has style and sophistication, some of the best skiing in the world, gorgeous luxury shops, world renowned restaurants and 5 star hotels galore.  Dress to impress, and don’t leave home without a little fur, leather, and cashmere! ASPEN TRAVEL GUIDEWhere to eat in AspenBetula I put Betula first because it just opened in December and isn’t as well known as the other “it” spots in Aspen, but it should be.  It’s the sister restaurant of Bonito; my favorite restaurant in St. Barth’s.  The cuisine is hearty, but light, fresh, and all around perfect in my opinion.  Get the salmon as your main, and order a cucumber martini to start with!  The decor is bright, with cozy linen benches and a huge wood burning fireplace… very Restoration Hardware meets Serena and Lily. Matsuhisa I’ve had sushi in Japan that isn’t as good as this.  Yes really.  This sushi will blow your mind.  Leave it to Nobu to create such an amazing spot in Aspen!  Go hungry and order tons of things to share! Casa Tua I was SO happy when I found out my favorite restaurant in Miami was in Aspen.  This restaurant is a MUST if you’re visiting.  Some of the yummiest Italian food I’ve ever had…and the decor is dark, swanky and fabulous.  If you can’t get a reservation, at least go sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail!!! Cloud Nine Bistro Head 10 minutes outside of town to Highlands Mountain and ski or snowboard to Cloud Nine.  Lunch gets ROWDY in this charming mountain spot.  As in dancing on tables with a live DJ, champagne spraying everywhere rowdy!  Derek and I went early-ish and sat by the window in a separate alcove that was a little more private/quiet – so if you want to go for a more low key route, then ask to sit by the back window ;) Other restaurants I love; Ajax Tavern (great casual, midday ski break spot), Campo de Fiori (Italian),  Pine Creek Cookhouse (super romantic), White House Tavern (cute spot for lunch or dinner.) Where to get a drink in AspenHotel Jerome Lobby Bar This hotel is breathtaking and historic.  It will feel as though you’ve stepped into Ralph Lauren’s winter lodge.  Cozy up the fire in one of the big leather wingback chairs and order one of their yummy cocktails. St. Regis Lobby Bar This sprawling lobby has a gigantic fireplace and plenty of room for you to grab a drink with your honey or a huge group.  I also love asking for s’mores supplies to make outside by their fire! Betula also has a great little side room bar, I love the Casa Tua bar, Chair 9 is a nice casual evening cocktail spot, Ajax Tavern on a sunny day gets rowdy outside, and of course Cloud Nine Bistro. What to do in AspenSki/Snowboard You can’t come to Aspen and not get out on the mountain!  It’s some of the best skiing I’ve ever experienced.  I’d consider myself a medium/intermediate level skier, and Highlands Mountain was fine for me – despite it only having blue and black diamond runs.  I was nervous at first to ski it, but it was totally fine.  If you’re a beginner, Buttermilk is ideal, and then Aspen Mountain is great too – plus you can ride the Gondola up and stay warm + toasty! Shop ’til you drop The shopping is insane in Aspen.  Think Dior, Prada, Moncler, and more.  There are also a ton of special, one of a kind boutiques. Where to stay in AspenSt. Regis This property is even more gorgeous in person than you see online.  The lobby is the “it” place to be in the afternoons, and their spa is heavenly.  They have every amenity you’d ever need and are so centrally located. Hotel Jerome This historic hotel is perfect for anyone who appreciates beautiful interiors.  It’s got a dark, rugged, Ralph Lauren-esque lodge cabin vibe and my favorite lobby bar in town. The Little Nell This iconic boutique hotel could not have a better location – it’s literally right at the base of the Aspen Mountain ski lift.  Ski all day and then warm up by the fire in their lobby, at Ajax Tavern or Chair9.  Their hot tub and pool are ahhh-mazing and the rooms are so plush and comfortable.  The service is impeccable. Airbnb Aspen hotels are notoriously pricy, so staying at an Airbnb right in town is a great option.  I’d recommend looking for a spot near any of these hotels especially if you don’t rent a car because then you can easily walk everywhere! What to wear in AspenObviously bring warm clothing!  Turtlenecks, long underwear, snow boots, hats, gloves, etc. – it get’s super chilly!  And like I said in the beginning of this post, you want to dress to impress in Aspen.  I love that women here don’t play it safe.  They really pull out all the stops.  You see floor length fur coats, shearling jackets, over the top boots, hats, and bags.  It’s FUN.  It really inspires me walking around here – I love that people embrace their surroundings and add in rugged, cowboy-chic, mountain gear with luxury/designer items.  Be sure to check out all of my winter Aspen outfits here. For ski gear specifically – there are ski stores everywhere in Aspen so not to fret if you forget something!  Gorsuch has dreamy and splurge worthy coats, hats, and boots galore.  Net-a-Porter also has a beautiful selection and does next day shipping.  I personally love these ski pants, this ski jacket, these goggles and these gloves. I hope you enjoyed my first travel guide and if you haven’t already download my Travel App in the App Store or Google Play by simply searching “With Love From Kat” – it’s free and so easy to use!
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Cozy Layers in Aspen

Happy Monday!  I had a relaxing weekend with my sister who is in town for the next 2 weeks!  I love when she comes to visit and can’t wait to show her some of my new favorite LA spots.  This is my last Aspen outfit from our final day in town.  I wore this shearling Iro jacket to dinner at Matsushisa (which btw is officially my new favorite sushi spot.)  I love anything shearling, and bought it for my birthday last year.  What’s nice about shearling jackets is that they can be worn year round – especially lighter ones like this, with a simple white T underneath.  It’s a super chic piece of outerwear to travel in – and I’ve seen girls wear flat black moto boots with it and distressed jeans at the airport. I paired my shearling jacket with these white DVF booties which are the BEST boots.  They’re so comfy and go with everything.  They even look cute with a sundress and leather jacket.  They’re on sale here FYI!  I always like to go a 1/2 size down in DVF since her shoes tend to run a tiny bit big. I threw on a beanie because Aspen was freeeeeeezing and it helped big time – this one is on major sale.  It’s simple, classic, cashmere – I mean, you can’t go wrong.  When it comes to winter pieces, it’s worth investing in 100% cashmere items because they’ll actually keep you warm and last for seasons to come.  This Theory sweater is a splurge, but one of the softest I own and it’s seriously even more beautiful in person.  Shop my entire look as well as similar items below!
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A Classic Winter Coat in the Mountains

TGIF!  I’m back home for the next few weeks and back to my regular blogging schedule wahoo!  These pictures are from my recent trip to Aspen.  I bought this beautiful herringbone coat right before my trip and sadly it sold out, but I linked to a ton of similar options (like this and this) below.  I love a classic cut coat and know I’ll have this one for years to come.  I’ve been super picky about what I’ve been buying lately and it feels really good.  I only want to buy pieces I can see myself wearing for 10+ years. I want pieces that are timeless, quality, and feel 100% “me.”  I have always steered clear of ultra trendy items, but have had an even stronger aversion to them as of late.  Maybe I’ve been inspired by Marie Kondo, or maybe it’s turning 30 that’s solidified this, but regardless it’s just nice to look around my closet and see beautiful staples that I can mix and match with anything at any time. Speaking of closet…Since returning from Aspen I did a little early spring cleaning and listed a bunch of pieces on Poshmark!  I’m also going to be doing another designer luxury bag and shoe sale via email – so be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to get access!  This Fendi bag I’m wearing here has been one of my favorites for the past 5-6 years.  It has held up in the snow, sleet, and rain and has a fabulous little cross body strap that makes it really versatile.  I’ve been eyeing the light grey color…and also this Fendi bag in the new “Peekaboo” style. These Rag & Bone booties have also been in my closet for years…7 to be exact!  They are definitely due for a shoe shine/professional cleaning, but man have they stood the test of time.  10000% worth the $ and the only black booties I wear.  They’re made of buttery soft leather so they don’t give you blisters and the chunky block heels allows you to walk in them for hours! What are some of your favorite classic staple pieces?  Have you been in a major spring cleaning kick too?!  Doesn’t it feel good?!  Enjoy your weekend :)
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Fringe Cardigan in Aspen

Derek and I just got back from a 3 day getaway to Aspen.  It was his first time and my fourth and we are already planning a return trip before the season ends!  There’s something so special about Aspen.  The scenery is breathtaking, the town is full of amazing boutiques, the skiing is unbelievable, and the restaurant scene cannot be beat!  Check my Travel App for all of my fave spots. I wore this fun oversized cardigan from Figue around town.  Stephanie, the designer behind Figue, has the most incredible eye and her clothes are all travel inspired and unique.  When I saw this sweater I knew it would be PERFECT for Aspen.  If you’re looking for a lighter knit fringe cardigan – I’m loving this one, this one and this one.  This is a great short version of all 3 of those. I paired the chunky knit with my Stuart Weitzman booties from last season (still available here!)  They kept my toes super warm so I could walk around without completely freezing!  I love that they’re nice enough to wear out to dinner, but also comfy/casual enough to wear walking around town during the day.  Shop my entire look below!
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