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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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Best Workouts in NYC and LA

I’ve tried just about every type of workout and workout class under the sun and wanted to share a roundup of my favorites here with you!  Whether you’re visiting or live in NYC or LA, these are the workouts that cannot be missed.  Read through to see what this week’s giveaway is…it’s a big one! The best workouts in NYC and LA…Love Yoga Venice (LA)This boutique yoga studio is so unassuming and laid back.  There’s no intense check in area (the yoga instructor teaching the class just casually checks you in), and the space is small and intimate.  The style of flow focuses on breath work and deep stretching so I always leave feeling restored, balanced, and 3 inches taller.  My favorite teachers are Miki and Hannah. Box Union (LA)It is essentially the Soul Cycle of boxing.  The room is dark and sexy, the music is amazing, and the class is so high energy/peppy it goes by in the blink of an eye.  If I am ever in a rut – I know I can go here, sweat it out, shake up any bad vibes I was feeling and walk out of the class totally high on endorphins.  Make sure to book a class with Deja – she books up fast but is definitely the best teacher there!!! Hot 8 Yoga (LA)This is one of my favorite heated Bikram yoga classes.  The sculpt class is insane and will literally sculpt your bod within a few sessions… Charlotte McKinney always goes to the class I go to at the Santa Monica location – talk about bod goals!  Take a class with Leigh he’s fabulous. Hike Runyon Canyon or Solstice Canyon (LA)Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities in LA – and it’s free!  Head to Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood and then to a yummy brunch right after, or drive along PCH to Malibu and spend the day at Solstice Canyon followed by a smoothie at Sun Life at the Malibu Country Mart. Love For Pilates or Studio MDR (LA)Love For Pilates isn’t related to Love Yoga but they both have a low key vibe.  Also, Love For Pilates is a very small studio (I go to the one in Santa Monica) that focuses on slow movements that really get your muscles fired up and toned.  Honestly, I appreciate that the classes are always less than 10 people and that the teacher takes the time to correct your posture and form.   I included Studio MDR on here because so many of my girlfriends love it. Furthermore, I have done it several times and while I did like it – I found that it was a little too intense for my liking and the teachers didn’t pay close enough attention to my form so I often came home with a sore neck or back from doing the movements incorrectly.  That being said, the music is great, you really feel the burn and it’s a fun/trendy studio workout class. Gotham gym (NYC)I used to do private boxing with Kareem 3 times a week in their Meatpacking/West Village location and my abs were rock solid at one point LOL!  Kareem is amazing and everyone there was so friendly.  Don’t be surprised when you see Gigi and Bella Hadid…or Ashley Olsen working out there – it’s a celebrity hangout! Flybarre (NYC)I went to the Flatiron location once or twice a week when I lived in the city.  The studio is spacious and the classes produce results – I always noticed a difference after just a few sessions! Y7 Yoga (NYC)This is a heated, hip hop yoga class.  They actually just opened a location in LA and I have yet to go!  The music is always incredible and you lose yourself in the hour you’re in the room.  I love that it combines intensity and relaxation throughout the class and that you can always go at your own pace. Running, tennis, Tone It Up or BBG on the West Side Highway (NYC)I lived right near the West Side Highway/Hudson Park in the West Village and used to love running along it and then I would do the Kayla Itisines BBG Sweat app in one of the side grassy areas. Jamie Ehrlich Pilates and FLEX Studios Pilates (NYC)Jamie was my private pilates teacher in the West Village and has the cutest studio with two reformers.  It doesn’t get more intimate/boutique than this little haven!  I love her style and philosophy and she really makes the most of your 50 minute session.  If you’re in Soho – head to FLEX Studio’s Noho location and take one of their pilates classes.  You won’t be able to walk after but it will be worth it!!!! I also wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions I get around the topic of working out in general.   Q: Do you workout? A: Yes I do workout even though I sometimes loathe it/don’t feel like it haha!  I workout for my mental health, to stay physically healthy/toned, and for my digestion (did you know working out improves the bacteria in your gut?)   Q: What types of workouts do you do?  A: I have tried sooooo many and go in waves of certain workouts I’m really into depending on my mood.  At the moment, I am doing less intense workouts and opting for a personal trainer 2 times a week to do circuit training with me (stuff like kettle bell swings, planks, TRX, and lunges), yoga once a week, and I hike on the weekends – plus I walk Charlie multiple times a day.  Having a personal trainer is worth the $ – they know what they’re doing, monitor your form, and hold you accountable. Q: Why have you decided to work out less? A: Working out is obviously amazing for you – however certain workouts can raise your cortisol/stress levels.  I had a blood test done a while ago, and my cortisol levels were quite high so I aim for workouts that don’t get too intense so I can keep my cortisol. And in turn hormones more balanced.  Plus, I realized I didn’t really enjoy super intense workouts and needed to let my body recover from the workouts I was doing so that I could build muscle.  Recovery is so crucial!  If you’re unsure of what workout is right for you… I highly recommend taking an Ayurveda test to find out what the best workout for your body type is.  Ayurveda has been around for more than 3,000 years and is extremely helpful in navigating your mind, body, health connection.  FYI I’m currently reading the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda written by my friend Sahara Rose in case you’re more interested in learning about it! This week’s giveaway is $500 worth of workout clothes, makeup, sunscreen, accessories and more in the cutest lucite gym bag.  To enter, leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite type of workout and/or workout class is, Subscribe to my Youtube and newsletter, Follow me on Instagram and like my last 3 photos.  Winner will emailed on Friday!  Good luck! SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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