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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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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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10 Things To Do In NYC During The Holidays

Ahhh December in NYC!  It’s one of my absolute favorite months, especially in NYC.  The entire city feels so festive and magical!  I’m excited to be heading back in 2 days and celebrating my birthday with my nearest and dearest friends.  I wanted to share 10 things I always love doing during the holidays in the city! 10 Things To Do In NYC During The Holidays  Ice skate at Rockefeller CenterThere are tons of places to ice skate in the city, but this is definitely the most iconic.  The tree, the huge rink, and 5th Avenue decorated to the nines – ahhh so fun! Enjoy sweet treats at LadureeHead to Soho and grab a spot inside the gorgeous Laduree cafe for an afternoon of sweet treats! Get hot cocoa at The StandardThe Standard Meatpacking location also has a great little ice skating rink and they always put out the most festive decorations.  Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails there – or just grab a hot cocoa by the fire! Eat a decadent dinner at The Polo BarMake reservations well in advance to eat at the iconic Polo Bar restaurant.  The food is out of this world and the ambiance is so festive and chic.  Leather booths, velvet, plaid, and dark, moody lighting make this a truly holiday worthy spot. Grab brunch at Buvette and stroll around the West VillageMy go-to weekend brunch spot is Buvette.  It’s a charming French cafe nestled right in the heart of the West Village (my old neighborhood!)  After you enjoy a mouth watering croque monsieur – wander through the cobblestone streets of West Village and admire all of the townhouses. Shop along Fifth and Madison Avenue and admire the window displaysSpend the day uptown and pop into Bergdorfs, Tiffanys, Saks, Barneys and more splurge worthy shops!  The window displays are incredible! Sip on tea at The PlazaBook a table at The Plaza hotel uptown for tea and treats.  The space is gorgeous and so special for a girls afternoon! Listen to jazz at The Carlyle then have cocktails by the fire at The LowellThese two stunning hotels are right around the corner from each other and such cozy enclaves during the winter.  The Carlyle has amazing live music, and the Lowell bar – is so intimate – plus the cocktails are amazing! Grab Levain cookies and walk through Central ParkOk if you haven’t tried Levain cookies – then you are missing out on LIFE!  These cookies are insane – so thick, so gooey and famous for a reason.  Grab an assortment and wander through Central Park – you can thank me later! Stroll through Washington Square Park with a matcha from Bluestone Lane…And grab a pretzel too while you’re at it!  This is one of my favorite parks in the city – and it’s so peaceful in the middle of the day. Be sure to download my Travel App for free in the App Store or Google Play for ALL of my favorite restaurants, shops, bar, and sights in New York City – plus get tons of outfit ideas.  Just search “With Love From Kat” If you love it – please leave me a review in the App Store! XO
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Italy Guide: Capri, Positano and Venice

I’m so excited to share my Italy trip with you today :) My trip was the perfect way to end summer.  Capri, Positano, and Venice all have a special place in my heart and I feel so lucky that I got to go with my girlfriend from NYC! My favorite places in Capri, Positano and Venice are all live on my Travel App!If you didn’t already know, I built a Travel App 4 years ago for you – my readers!  I wanted you to be able to see and enjoy my favorite shops, restaurants, bars, and sights in 20+ cities around the world.  It’s basically my little black book and I am constantly updating it.  It is FREE to download – and all you have to do is just search WITH LOVE FROM KAT in the App store or Google Play. What I wore in Italy and how I packed for Italy may surprise you…  I didn’t want to check a bag, so I somehow squeezed a weeks worth of outfits (one for day, and one for night) into a tiny Tumi carry on!  I’m a textbook over packer so this was HUGE for me lol.  My secret packing tip is that I rolled all of my clothes and stuffed bags within bags, and things like underwear in the pockets of those bags!  I brought my favorite Longchamp soft duffle as an extra bag – and put anything I bought in that to take home!  All of my outfit details are linked below. If I had to choose a favorite city that we visited, it would be Capri.It is truly magical and I hope to get married there someday!  A girl can dream!  Be sure to check out my Italy Travel Vlog which documents the entire trip!
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