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10 Things To Do In Vegas

This post is sponsored by The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and ShopStyle. I just got home from a whirlwind 48-hour trip to Vegas and wanted to share everything I did! I hadn’t been to Vegas in years prior to this trip so it was a lot of fun to be back. The Venetian Resort Las Vegas was kind enough to host me for this trip, and they really pulled out all of the stops. There is SO much more to Vegas than you’d think, and I’m excited to share what some of my favorite activities were! 10 Things To Do In Vegas1. Book a room at The Venetian Resort The property is gorgeous, has SO many amazing restaurants to choose from, and excellent service from start to finish. We stayed in The Palazzo section of the resort which was so nice. 2. Take a gondola ride around the propertyThere’s an indoor and outdoor gondola area, but if weather permits, I recommend doing the short 12 minute outdoor ride. 3. Head to Bouchon for breakfastI was blown away by the food quality at this restaurant. You feel as though you’ve been transported to a French cafe – and they have every pastry you could ever dream of on the menu. Don’t leave without ordering the beignets! 4. Spend the afternoon by the poolEven in November, Thomas and I were able to throw on our suits and lay out by the pool! It was MUCH needed Vitamin D and I love that they have so many different pools and chairs for you to relax at. 5. Get dim sum at Mott 32This restaurant is so gorgeous – it’s dark and sophisticated. The food is unreal – you can’t leave without ordering the duck! 6. Shop ’til you dropVegas is one of my favorite places to shop. No really it is! I actually bought my very first Chanel in Vegas. There’s truly a store for everyone – so take your time strolling through the beautiful Venetian square and pop into all of the shops along the way. 7. Indulge in pizza at Sixth+MillIf you’re in the mood for lunch or dinner in between activities, head to the square where you can indulge in delicious pizza, pasta, and Italian cuisine while people watching and getting serenaded by opera singers and musicians. 8. Go to the Atomic Saloon ShowThis is the #2 show in Vegas right now for a reason…it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. SO entertaining, absolutely hilarious, and a MUST if you’re visiting Vegas. 9. Get cocktails at ElectraThis swanky cocktail bar makes a delicious martini- and is such a great spot for a pre or post dinner drink. 10. Dance the night away at TAO and/or LavoBoth venues are some of my favorites (they’re also in NYC!) and have not only great food, but a great ambiance. You’re destined to have a fabulous time at either one! If you’re craving a warm weather, fun getaway – I highly recommend booking a trip to Vegas and staying at The Venetian Resort! It really is the ideal trip any time of year – because there’s ALWAYS something going on. Thomas and I are already scheming our next trip back there!!! I linked everything I wore on our trip + a few other items that would be PERFECT below!
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10 Things To Do In Nantucket

I went to Nantucket for the 4th of July last week and had the best time on the island! I grew up going there and always love visiting my favorite shops, beaches, and restaurants. It’s a little slice of heaven off the coast of Massachusetts. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend taking a mini weekend or week long trip there. It’s only an hour flight (actually even shorter than that!) from NYC. I have all of my favorite places listed on my Travel App which you can download for free here OR in the App Store or Google Play by simply searching “With Love From Kat.” I also recently added a new Travel section to my site, which is essentially the Travel App in desktop form. I got a ton of questions about which spots in particular were my favorite from my trip this time around, so I wanted to share a concise list of 10 Things To Do in Nantucket if you’re only there for a few days and want to pack the most in! 10 Things To Do In Nantucket1.  Rent bikes and head to Surfside Beach.Surfside is one of the best beaches on Nantucket. The sand is so soft and it’s always super peaceful. Ride bikes along the bike path and take in the scenic route. There are two great casual lunch spots right there if you’re hungry – a little taco truck and a beach stand.   2.   Have sunset drinks and dinner at Galley Beach.This restaurant is located directly on the beach. The tables and chairs are literally right in the sand – so don’t wear heels to dinner haha! 3.  Have dinner at The Pearl.This is one of the best restaurants on Nantucket and the attention to detail is impeccable. All of the flavors are so innovative and unique. The food melts in your mouth. 4.  Walk down Cliff Road and stop for lunch at Something Natural.Cliff Road is one of my favorite roads in Nantucket. The homes are STUNNING. Something Natural is a hidden sandwich shop with the BEST homemade Portuguese bread (I literally buy a loaf every summer to take home with me!) and the yummiest sandwiches. Grab sandwiches and one of their chocolate chip cookies to go for the beach, or sit on their picnic tables. You can walk to Jettie’s Beach after. 5.  Stroll and shop through town.The shopping in Nantucket is amazing. I love Olivela, Monelle, Nantucket Looms, and Sweet Inspirations for chocolate! 6.  Get ice cream at Juice Bar.This is the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. They make all of the waffle cones homemade right in front of you, and the line is always wrapped around the block. It’s worth the wait!!! 7.  Head to Sconset and do the Sconset Bluff Walk.Sconset is at the end of the island, and worth the trip out there. It’s a community of gorgeous rose covered cottages and traditional mansions overlooking the water. The Bluff Walk takes you right in front of the mansions – you can literally walk through the backyards of them! After the walk, stroll through town, and head to The Chanticleer for dinner. 8.  Have lunch at Cru and then wander to Brant Point Lighthouse.I love getting off the ferry, or plane and heading straight to Cru for a light lunch outside. They’ve got a great selection of food and wine and it’s just so relaxing to be on their patio and look out at all of the boats. After lunch, head to the Brant Point Lighthouse to admire its beauty. 9.  Have dinner at Ventuno and then drinks at Straight Wharf.Set in a charming house, Ventuno is a must if you love Italian food. Their pasta is phenomenal and they make a mean dirty martini. They have a fun back bar as well, but I always love heading to Straight Wharf for drinks. It gets really lively late night! 10.  Listen to live music and enjoy cocktails at Cisco Brewery.This is a great spot if you’re with a group and want to do a little day drinking. Listen to great music and sit on the picnic benches sipping cocktails.
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Where To Eat In LA

I’ve lived in LA for 2 years now, and have been fortunate enough to try a wide variety of restaurants during this time.  I LOVE discovering new spots and dishes and make an effort to visit a new place weekly.  I don’t need a restaurant to be fancy or sceney to enjoy it – of course it’s nice when a spot has great ambiance – but the food quality and taste is KEY for me.  I’m SO excited to go more in depth here on the blog, and share the best restaurants in LA with you.  Remember you can always find my favorite restaurants in LA and more on my Travel App, which is free to download in the App store when you search “With Love From Kat.”  Without further ado… Where To Eat In Los AngelesElephanteThis place knocks it out of the park for me.  The decor is bohemian chic and you feel as if you’ve been transported to Tulum.  It’s one of the few rooftop restaurants in LA, let alone Santa Monica and has a nice view of the ocean from the balcony.  The food is out of this world incredible – whatever you do – do not leave without ordering the eggplant naan and a pizza.  The cocktails are so refreshing and innovative.  And the restaurant layout/vibe is super fun for both large parties/groups and couples.  It’s peaceful at lunch (they do a great prix fixed menu option) and it’s lively on the weekends.  Make reservations and enjoy! Nobu MalibuThis spot is stunning for lunch or dinner.  Get a table outside at sunset and enjoy the ocean view and freshest sushi.  Reservations are a must!  If there’s a long wait, grab a drink at Malibu Farm down the road. GjelinaThis has been one of the top restaurants in LA for years for a reason.  It’s right on Abbot Kinney and has an understated, dark NYC vibe.  The food is delicious – their pizzas are my favorite, and I love ordering the crispy sunchokes to start with.  The food is New American and the menu has just the right mix of veggies + rich/decadent food.  Reservations are a must for dinner and book up weeks in advance sometimes.  I don’t love their brunch/lunch menu as much so go for dinner if you can! SuperbaTwo words; garlic bread.  Holy cow, they have the best crispy, thick sourdough bread I’ve ever had.  It comes in a HUGE square piece the size of your hand with a giant butcher’s knife stuck through it and a side of garlic butter to smear on top.  It’s insane.  Their fish dishes are super yummy, and the large/open layout of the restaurant is beautiful and relaxing.  Take some baked goods home with you if you go during the day!  Their brunch is just as good as their dinner. ForageThis cute little cafe in Silver Lake is the perfect spot to grab lunch and stroll along the Main street.  Silver Lake has tons of darling shops and cafes so it’s a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  I love getting their salmon bowl! Jon & Vinny’sIf you love Italian food, you’ll be obsessed with this spot.  Authentic pizza and pasta in a cool, casual setting.  It’s a celeb favorite.  They just opened one in Brentwood, but I still prefer the West Hollywood location. Plant Food and WineWhether you’re vegan or not, this spot will wow you.  Matthew Kenney’s vegan restaurant in Venice on Abbot Kinney does not disappoint.  Step inside this space and into the magical garden which is full of gorgeous trees and twinkly lights.  The kelp noodles and dessert are top notch. The Rose VeniceAnother Venice restaurant – Rose is ideal for a big group of friends and my favorite time to go is at night.  Ask for the cacio e pepe which isn’t on the menu.  It’s what they’re famous for!  This spot is where I send any friends visiting Venice for the first time – you can’t go wrong here! The IvyIf you want a fabulous ladies lunch with an over-the-top girlie ambiance and giant salads – head to The Ivy.  They have two locations which are both equally fun, but if you want to people watch head to the one on Robertson. The Polo LoungeLocated at the Beverly Hills hotel, the Polo Lounge is iconic and a really fun spot to have lunch at if you’re visiting.  Sit back in the green and white striped booths and look out at the pool on a sunny day. SugarfishYou’ve probably seen or heard of Sugarfish from their signature sushi boxes.  The quality of the sushi is unreal and it’s always worth the 45+ minute wait.  They have multiple locations all over LA and the setting is casual.  I personally prefer ordering take out and enjoying it at home! CatchThis is a sceney restaurant that actually has pretty darn good food.  I was unsure of whether or not this place would be worth going to, but I have to say my girlfriends and I really enjoyed it on a weekend night!  Yummy food, fun atmosphere and central location to all of the bars/clubs. Cafe HabanaI love this spot for a chill post hike brunch on a Saturday or Sunday.  The restaurant is located in the Malibu Country Mart and is super dog friendly – the manager literally feeds everyone’s dog ham – it’s the cutest thing.  They have delicious salads and generous portions of chips + guac.  It’s a no frills spot that always makes me feel comfortable and welcome. Taverna TonyDavid Beckham and many other celebs love this spot for good reason.  The Greek food is some of the best I’ve ever had – but go hungry – the portions are GINORMOUS.  It’s a very family friendly restaurant and is also located in the Malibu Country Mart. Cecconi’sHead to Cecconi’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It’s right in the heart of West Hollywood.  The crowd and decor are ultra glamorous. FarmShopThis cute gourmet restaurant, bakery and market is located in the Brentwood Country Mart.  I love spending a few hours here strolling around all of the cute shops (Sugar Paper, Space NK, and Goop to name a few) and then having a lovely lunch at FarmShop. RepubliqueIf you’re a breakfast/brunch person then you must go to Republique.  The waffles are what they’re famous for – and basically all of the pastries.  The decor is super insta-worthy and the portions are overly generous! Malibu FarmDrive out to Malibu and enjoy lunch or dinner at the Farm.  The views from the Pier are gorgeous and the food is organic and local – you will love it! FelixAnother restaurant on Abbot Kinney, this Italian spot is hard to get a reservation at for a reason.  It feels like a NYC restaurant and the little bar when you first walk in is the perfect spot to wait for your table.  Their pasta is AMAZE. CapoThis is another Italian spot that is old school, dark, swanky and romantic.  Enjoy dinner by candlelight, and be prepared to lose track of time with a great bottle of wine and course after course. DelilahIf you’re looking for a late night, rowdy-chic dinner spot head to Delilah.  Go with a group and settle in one of their plush booths and eat, drink and be merry! ScopaCan you tell I have an obsession with Italian food?!  This spot is in Venice, and amazing for date night.  I love that they have gluten free pasta options and a hidden speakeasy bar that you can go to after you’re done with your meal! For more of my favorite restaurants in LA – be sure to download my app, and look out for my next LA post which will feature my favorite coffee shops!  Have you been to any of these restaurants?  What’s your favorite spot in LA?  Do tell!
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Where To Eat In Paris

Many of you know, I almost moved to Paris 4 years ago.  I like so many people, immediately fell in love with the magic of Paris, and was convinced I should start a new chapter there.  While it didn’t work out for a whole myriad of reasons (let’s not even get into how much tax they take out from your income!), I am SO happy I get to visit regularly and soak up all of the goodness the city has to offer.  I visited several amazing new restaurants last time in Paris, and I wanted to share them with you!  I’ll update this list, as well as the spots on my Travel App regularly after each visit for you! Where To Eat in Paris ZoThis is a relatively new-t0-me restaurant that I hadn’t read about, or seen on any “it” lists.  I simply stumbled upon it walking down the street one day. It smelled so incredible, and there were so many chic people in the window that I knew I had to come back and try it!  I’m so glad I did because it ended up being one of my favorite meals.  It’s a Japanese French fusion restaurant where stylish locals go.  You must get the chicken dumplings – they won’t disappoint! L’AvenueRalph Lauren’s favorite restaurant in Paris and one that inspired many of his collections…need I say more?  You must dress to impress at this absolutely fabulous spot on Avenue Montaigne with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower!  Order the frites and a cocktail and sit out on the patio for hours! Hotel CostesThis dreamy, dark, romantic hotel is an absolute must if you’re in Paris.  The crowd is divine – everyone is dressed to the nines, and the pasta is out of this world.  Hole up in a corner in one of the plush velvet chairs and sip on a yummy martini! Fish La BoissonnerieThis is another one of my favorite hole in the wall, not an “it” or sceney restaurant to go to in Paris.  Go early and grab a seat at the bar.  They have a small, seasonal menu full of delectable, homemade dishes.  Order a few and share with a girlfriend over candlelight. Frenchie and Frenchie To GoEveryone talks about Frenchie for good reason.  We only had time to go to French To Go – the funky takeout, casual restaurant next door, but I can’t wait to go back and enjoy Frenchie one evening.  It’s gourmet comfort food and totally worth the hype! La Terrasse KleberHead to the Peninsula hotel for one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and the perfect spot for a ladies lunch.  This is the largest terrace restaurant in Paris and it has an extensive menu of things to choose from. Cafe de FloreThis iconic cafe located in the heart of Saint Germain is a must for lunch or a low key dinner.  Sit outside with a glass of wine, a good book and a heaping plate of frites! CaretteHead to Carette’s Trocadero location for coffee, tea, croissants and macarons in the morning!  Then walk to the Eiffel Tower just a few feet away.  It’s such a nice spot to relax and get your bearings for the day. Le NemoursThis cafe near the Palais Royal serves the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.  Cozy up under one of their heaters in the winter and people watch all afternoon! Ob-La-DiTake a moment from a full day of walking and sightseeing to pop into this darling coffee shop in the Marais.  Enjoy their avocado toast and a latte.  If you’re craving something sweet – head around the corner to Le Moulin de Rosa Bakery which has one of the best almond croissants I’ve ever tasted. For even more restaurant recommendations as well as my favorite healthy spots and bakeries – be sure to download my Travel App!  You can also read my 10 Things to Do In Paris post from a few years ago (that’s still relevant!) here.
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