Enjoying the Now // Band Tees (30% off all AE tops thru 10/17 – no code needed)

I have been all about the band tees lately. Not only are they easy to wear and comfortable, but they up the cool factor of any outfit. I’ve been wearing them a lot lately when I hike as they protect my decolletage from the sun.

The tee I’m wearing in this shot is actually a somewhat older purchase so I didn’t see it online, but this one is pretty darn similar and on sale! Lucky Brand always has good options and I especially want this one as I have a powerful love for Freddie Mercury.

Macy’s is also a great place to find affordable band tees. This one looks uber comfy. And I’ve also had good luck with the graphic tees from AE. One bit of advice – get the tee of a band you actually like. I once bought a Joy Division tee from Urban Outfitters and I didn’t even realize what it was and it led to a few embarrassing moments! Haha.

Personally, I think AE makes the best affordable jeans and shorts. These shorts are quite old, but if I were to buy a pair now I’d buy these midis. I love the distressing.

Side note: did you know that American Eagle’s reward program – AEO Connected – now gives you a free pair of jeans after you purchase 5 pairs? I  got an email about it the other day and it made me way too happy lol. I think this is a much better benefit than getting a $15 off or 20% off coupon or something similar. I just love the idea that I can go into an AE store or jump online and grab a completely free pair of jeans. Thanks AE!!

I don’t always pair booties with shorts (Leo asked me during this blog shoot if “people” wear boots with shorts, ha!), but they definitely add to the edgy factor so for this look they just made sense. I bought these booties to replace and old pair and I like them even better! The heel height is perfect for walking all day, the wide ankle opening doesn’t pinch, and the texture of the leather is just so good! I might even have to buy the other version in brown.

Sometimes I’ll put on an outfit and feel like it’s missing something. In this case it needed a little color so adding a scarf to my bag gave it a little extra visual interest. When it gets cooler you can add a layer, but until then it’s best to get creative with one’s accessories. I could have also worn the scarf around my neck or wrist or added some bold jewelry or a hat. It’s all about the details!

Deep thought of the week: right now we’re experiencing that time of year where the temps can still climb to 80 or more, yet it never feels all that hot. So as much as I want to break out my sweaters and layer it up it’s not quite time. So instead of lamenting the fact that it’s not yet “cold enough” I’m looking at it as an opportunity to enjoy some last minute beach trips and wear my summer clothes.

I’ve been noticing more and more lately that many of us spend a huge amount of time wishing things were different. Have you noticed that even when things are awesome the mind wants us to find imperfections? Wishing we were somewhere else/doing something else can be a real fun-sucker. When we’re not in the here and now we miss so much. So my goal is to find the perfection in every moment, no matter the circumstances – aim high, right? 😉

THANK YOU for stopping by! Smell ya later!

Kate

Photo Credit: Leo Amar

The Perfect Maxi Dress // Get it While It’s Dirt Cheap

Hello my loves! This dress is on sale right now for a steal (60% off!) so I had to let y’all know before they all sell out.  I highly recommend it in any of the colors as it is crazy comfy, flattering, looks great layered – hello fall! – and best of all, you likely won’t need to wear a bra!

The “gold” version is gorgeous too, but sadly it’s sold out in most sizes at Macy’s. Luckily you can still get it from here (just not as great of a price).But hey, try putting it on your Shoptagr list and if it does go on sale you’ll be the first to know!

Please excuse the not-so-great/blurry pictures, we tried a new setting on my camera due to the cloudy day. Sadly none of the shots really came out right. Learning experience!

Funny side note: I wore this to a concert not too long ago saw another girl wearing it in white. It’s popular for a reason!

If you take advantage of this deal I’d love to hear if you love it as much as I do! Ok, I’m off to buy it in black 😉

Much love,

Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Coffee Break in OB

I love my friend Sarah’s place in Ocean Beach so much. I head there most weekends and it’s always a fun day! OB is such a nice little community – you can walk or scoot around everywhere and the vibe is so chill. Whenever I’m there I love taking a few minutes to sit outside on her little patio and enjoy the sights and smells of her cute little beach town. It never fails to bring a smile to my face.

I’ve been with Leo since I was 19 and we moved to San Diego from Camarillo together so I’ve never had a “real” roommate; weird huh?! While I am super happy with where life has taken me, sometimes I feel like I missed out on that experience so I love that when I go to Sarah’s place I get to feel a bit like we’re roomies. The best of both worlds!

OB is much more a flip flops kind of town than a heels town, but I give zero sh*ts. I wear what I want! Lol. Many of my friends think I’m crazy for wearing heels so often, but they make me happy so whatevs! Of course in order for me to commit to wearing heels all day they have to be comfortable.

So of course I got another pair of these amazing shoes when they got marked down. With all the use my black pair is getting it seemed prudent 😉 It’s crazy how comfortable they are once they’ve been broken in! I love how they go with everything and the embellished version (on sale!) would be so good for a wedding or fancy-ish event.

Why downgrade a cute outfit with something like flip flops/flats? A midi dress really does need at least a little heel to be as flattering as possible and when it comes to comfort and style the block heel is the clear winner in my book.

Looking good starts with feeling good, so you won’t (often) catch me teetering around on crazy high stilettos, but a not-too-high block heel like this one is the perfect middle ground.

BTW you can still find this tote, which is AWESOME, a few places online. Here’s the link to the black and black cherry versions on Amazon and here’s a gently used one on Poshmark if your budget is a little tight. That’s actually where I got mine – for a steal!

This dress was a random Forever 21 buy and it’s become a real favorite. There’s nothing better than an easy to wear, flattering dress! Sadly this one is way too old to be online anymore, but I found these dresses that share some of the same details: 1, 2, 3, 4. This dress isn’t really very similar, but it’s so darn cute!!

I’m really loving this cooler weather that we’ve been having; fall is (almost) in the air! I even wore a sweater last night after the Florence and the Machine concert. So many people seem to lament the end of summer, but I always get excited to start layering my dresses with sweaters and jackets. This one would be SO good with a chunky Free People Sweater. This cardi would also be a great topper for days in the office.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to transition my work from home closet to an office appropriate wardrobe as I’ll likely be working in one next year. They just announced that my employer, Humana, will be outsourcing coaching next year. It definitely came as a shock, but I’m actually getting really excited about what’s next.

Change is always at least a little scary and it’s easy to fear the future, but I am absolutely positive that this all happened for the best. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my moments of doubt – mainly in the wee hours of the morning for some reason – but I know from experience that everything happens for a reason and in hindsight the reasons for everything becomes clear. You might remember than in a post from early this year I mentioned I was working on trusting myself and life, so thanks God/universe for the practice!

After 7+ years of working by myself, in PJ’s or workout clothes, I’m actually really looking forward to being around more people, wearing more of my clothes, and just being out of the house more! Haha. So you’ll likely be seeing more office ready looks in the months to come. Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by my friend! Have a great one!

XO, Kate

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Easy Summer Look // Mimi Chica

I actually took these photos quite a while ago, but this dress never came online until now. I’m so glad it did because OMG this has become my absolute favorite so of course I wanted to share it with y’all!

Let me explain why this dress is SO good: First, it is crazy soft! I will admit this has served as my PJ’s quite a few times and it is also the perfect road trip/post bike ride dress. Since it just sips over your head it has no zippers or (working) buttons to mess with. However, the decorative buttons have a nice slimming effect – as does the subtle chevron stripe pattern.

It’s just so easy to wear and keeps you cool on a hot day, plus I’ve found it looks pretty good without a bra, which is nice when you just want to lounge around the house – but still look great of course 😉

I don’t think this dress looks quite as good online as it does in person – perhaps due to the moiré effect, where lines on screen can look like they’re moving (have you ever heard of this phenomenon?). Hope I didn’t make you too dizzy!

I had a conversation with a friend just yesterday (hey Belen!) about cost per wear and I realized I’ve never touched on this in le blog.  I first heard about this concept from What Not to Wear and it’s been invaluable to me. The idea is to take the cost of the item and divide it by how often you estimate you’ll wear it.

For example, I bought this beauty in store on impulse and at $44 it was certainly not crazy expensive, but it wasn’t on “my list” of things I would like to buy. So I had to think this one through a bit. These days clothes don’t tend to last decades, but I figured I would wear it 20 times – at the very least.

That means the cost per wear for this dress is $2.20 per wear. Contrast that with a pricier item (e.g. a Free People dress I bought for $80 and have worn about 5 times, $16 cost per wear). You can see how it kind of levels the playing field – similar to the cost per unit numbers you’ll see on grocery store shelves. Now I know I will for sure surpass 20 wears so I’m feeling really good about this buy.

Sometimes I’m OK with a higher coast per wear, if it’s something that makes me feel amazing. It just depends, but this is a great way to evaluate the worth of something you’re considering buying. Does this make sense to you? Do you ever do this or am I just waay too into clothes? Haha!

I can’t stop wearing this hat btw – I’ve been bringing it with me to the beach for ample shade and throwing it on whenever I’ll be out in the sun for a while. It’s seriously perfection! Just don’t get it wet as it is made of straw and can lose some of its shape. I did this myself (oops!) and was able to get it looking good again by re-wetting it and placing a heavy item on the brim while it dried. Good as new!

FYI I also found this dress by the same brand and I want it too!

We all have things we wear pretty much all the time, what’s yours?

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Mixing Things Up // Tahoe Trip

Hello my wonderful friends! Since I enjoy the travel posts from my favorite bloggers I thought I’d give it a try and share my recent trip to Lake Tahoe and some other really fun places along the way. The most scenic spot of the entire trip:

June lake

Have you been to the Tahoe area? It’s gorgeous!! I had no idea the lake was so big – it took well over an hour to ride around it on our motorcycle and there were so so many amazing things to do and see along the way. We stayed at the ski resort in Squaw/Olympic Valley and did a lot of fun stuff, but I could’ve easily stayed another week and enjoyed plenty more activities.

The hubs took the lead on planning this trip because he’d been there before and he did great! He chose a perfect Airbnb. We had all the conveniences of home like a fridge, oven, and even a dishwasher. It was the absolute most perfect time to be there as the highs were in the low to mid 80’s and it got as chilly as the 40’s overnight. That bit of heat combined + cold water = bliss.

Perhaps because we had such a good time I didn’t get any pictures of the lake itself – at least on my Canon. I am a big believer in enjoying the moment, but I do wish I’d remembered to bring it more places. Oh well! We did get some shots of the adjacent Donner Lake, which I highly recommend visiting (it’s more secluded and just as pretty and pristine). Admission is $10 per vehicle for all day access:

We had this spot all to ourselves!

 

We also got a chance to check out Bodie. It was a little detour from our route, but well worth it. Leo and I really enjoy visiting ghost towns; they  give you a feel for how different life used to be.

This gold mining town turned state park offers nighttime ghost walks a few times each year, which seemed like a fun idea, but unfortunately they were all sold out for the time we were there.

FYI this tank shift dress by Leith is AMAZING! I have been wearing it nonstop as it’s insanely comfortable and so flattering. It just happens to be on sale right now too! Please excuse the lazy “travel hair.” 😉

My favorite spot of the whole trip was actually June Lake. We hadn’t even planned on visiting it, but we took the scenic route up to Tahoe and it was a great place to take a break from driving. It was perhaps the most peaceful place I’ve even been. And the water looked like drinking water! We are definitely going back.

This was another random “rest stop” along our drive to Tahoe. It was so refreshing to soak our feet in the chilly water of the mountain stream and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.

*Random side note: did you know the bubonic plague (i.e. Black Death) that killed millions of humans is still around? We saw multiple signs warning people not to touch or feed the squirrels so we kept our distance but man were they cute!

Another spontaneous pit stop. I think it was Mono lake:

This dress is another major score. I happened upon it at TJ Maxx and I’m so glad I did! It’s uber comfy and I love the back detail. It doesn’t wrinkle so it’s perfect for long car rides/travel. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it online, but here are 2 similar dresses by the same brand: one (50% off!), two.

What is your favorite road trip? I’m looking to start planning my next one!

Much love,

Kate

 

Free People’s ‘Dani’ Tank//More Hat Love

It’s funny, I felt really colorful in this look the other day when the hubs and I visited a local park in San Marcos. Bu now that I’m creating this post it seems  a lot less so…I guess it’s colorful for Kate! Lol. I do like my classic looks/colors 😉 I still firmly believe that you can never go wrong with light denim and a white top – especially in the summer.

Speaking of white tops, Free People did it again with this tank! I looove the flowyness – it’s so perfect for hot summer days. I wasn’t sure about it at first as I originally spotted it online and the tiny little models usually do not have much in the bust department, but when I tried it on in-store I was all in! I pretty much want to live in it.

It is short enough that it doesn’t need to be tucked to be flattering, but not too short, it swings out from the bust in just the right spot so those with a large chest don’t look bigger, and it shows just enough of whatever you’re wearing underneath to be a little flirty. This tank also looks really good with shorts. These are my go to pairs (1, 2).

I grabbed this bra (in “peach pout striped”) on impulse from Victorias’s Secret because well, it’s the cutest ever – and it’s perfect for low cut tops. Lately I’ve been finding a lot of tops and dresses out there are meant to show the bra in the front and on the sides so I say go the Carrie Bradshaw route and wear a bra that’s meant to be seen. The cuter the better!

Because it closes in the front, the back is a super cute wide band (no bulges!) with a stripe pattern. It’s basically a bralette that actually has support – hallelujah! I know the bigger busted ladies feel me on this one. Sadly I didn’t really get any great pics of the stripes peeking out – it’s definitely more noticeable in person.

No matter the outfit, this hat is the perfect completer piece. Brixton has become my go to hat brand for sure. The quality – and style – for the price can’t be beat. And this particular hat is super popular, just check out all the rave reviews. Many people mentioned that this hat will “make you a hat person” and I agree!

I’ve worn it with dresses, leggings, shorts, and jeans and it all works! This “brown” color was a clearance buy so I can’t seem to find it online anymore, but this one is pretty close and on sale! The honey color is also great and oh-so-classic. The brim is wide enough to provide plenty of shade – it saved me at the Safari park last month.

I think part of me feeling so colorful is my nails; I almost never paint them, but I decided to live a little and get the gel manicure about a month ago. I freaking love the color, but I don’t think I’ll be getting regular manicures from here on out.

They have really lasted overall, but I got 2 dings within the first week (wah wah), I’ll need to have them removed by a nail place, and they require a good bit of time under a UV light so I guess I can live without colorful nails, haha. My closest friends say they can’t live without them, which is part of why I gave them a go. What are your thoughts on manicures? Maybe I’ll miss them when they are gone?

I hope you are staying cool my friends, it’s been HOT in Escondido!

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

 

The Perfect (Faux) Wrap Dress//At One With the Universe

 

Leave it to this girl to say that I’m over clothes shopping – only to become obsessed with this little beauty. When I saw this dress on Meggan from Somewhere, Lately it was like divine timing. She wore it as a non-maternity maternity dress – so I knew it would be flattering 😉

One of my fav things about this dress – and there are many – is the shape of the hem. It’s shorter on the sides and longer in the front and back. Genius for avoiding wardrobe malfunctions!

I was about to pull the trigger and purchase some basic tank tops from H&M online as mine have gotten a little worse for the wear (H&M makes AWESOME basics) so I had to grab this dress as well. It’s only $25 full price! I figured I’d show you a dressier take on it since Meggan did a cute and causal look.

There are 4 colors and still some sizes available in each. And here are a bunch of other H&M dresses to grab before they are gone (1, 2, 3, 4)!

Sadly many amazing pieces from H&M sell out super fast, but this “French Quarter Wrap Mini Dress” by Free People is another fabulous option. In fact, I just added the mint color to my Shoptagr list. I’m hoping to snag it for crazy cheap as soon as it goes on sale 🙂 I also have my eye on this one. I cannot resist a comfy maxi!

My clutch is now on sale for under $18!! It’s the perfect evening clutch as it goes with everything. And this one and this one from the last act/clearance section are sooo good too!

I know I am probably overdoing it with these heels, but man – they are the comfiest heels I have ever put on! I might never wear another pair of heels again!

Speaking of divine timing, I’ve been noticing that everything I do lately seems to be crazy well-timed. Like last night; I felt the urge to check on my pie (which was yuuum btw) and right when I stepped in the kitchen the timer dinged.

That kind of thing keeps happening lately and it really does make me feel like I’m in tune with the universe or something. Do you ever notice stuff like that? It’s pretty groovy if you ask me!

Ok, I guess that’s enough crazy talk for today. Have a great one my loves!

XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Vince Camuto “Zosia” Crossbody and Some Other Thoughts

Hey friends 🙂 You may have noticed I’ve been posting less and less lately. Since I’ve visited so many blogs over the years I know it’s not just me who’s gone through this. I think it’s just due to plain ol’ change. I went through a pretty long period where I was all about making over my closet to the point where I had everything I could ever want and well, I’m there!

I’ve considered a shopping hiatus, but even though I have way more stuff than I need, I’ve found I still like to shop and LOVE a good deal. I’m just trying to be as mindful about it as possible. I still buy some things on impulse when I really want them, but I do not want to end up with more random stuff. Plus, I have so many other things that I feel more drawn to right now.

So I’ll still be posting pics of me in cute outfits (how vain I felt writing that sentence!) and highlight steals I run across, but I just wanted to give you fair warning that I’ll also be talking about whatever happens to be on my mind. I’d say my biggest focus right now is adding beauty to my life – and that can take so many forms!

I’ll try to start with the fashion and if you feel so inclined you can read my ramblings. Now that I think of it, my blog has always kind of been like that…

This cute crossbody/clutch – in my absolute favorite color – is soo good y’all! Neutrals like black and brown tend to get all the credit for being so versatile, but I’ve found it so easy to pair this with my outfits. I love that you can tuck in or remove the chain strap (it is pretty heavy so I just tuck it in a pinch) when you want it to be a clutch and when you want to go hands-free the gold chain acts almost like jewelry.

It has so many nooks and crannies that it’s like a super wallet. I can fit the usual stuff like money and credit cards, but I can also stick my iPhone 7 and lip gloss in there. Um ok! I feel extra classy when I wear this one 😉

This dress is from years ago, but I found these floral midis (1 – on sale! , 2 – also on sale!, 3, 4) that are just as cute.

Yet again I’m wearing a belt. I do like the pop of gold, but it’s really more because I let myself eat whatever I wanted when I first moved to our new house and now I need belts to keep me from looking too round lol. I’m back on the ketogenic diet and feeling soo much better though. Yay!

I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m eating to feel good. Having been a well-being coach for over a decade you’d think I would have gotten there sooner, but they do say we teach what we need to learn. *shrug* If you’ve ever wondered about the keto diet feel free to reach out to me.

I was on it for about 2 years straight and lost 40 pounds so I learned a lot. It’s not for everyone, but if you can handle saying no to pretty much all carbs it’s amazing how fast you can lose weight and get your blood sugar under control.

I never had an issue with high blood sugar myself, but it runs in my family and eating keto can pretty much guarantee that I’ll never have to worry about diabetes. Plus you can eat all the fat you want, which is  wonderful and delicious! Poor fat gets a bad rap. Eating fat doesn’t (necessarily) make you fat!

I regained a lot of what I lost over the last 4 years, but I’m on track to lose it again. I’m taking a less strict approach this time and if I want a margarita or cookie I might choose to have it. I’m looking at this from the long-term perspective.

I’m all about self-love these days and I feel my best when I don’t eat refined carbs so if I splurge it’s probably going to be on sugar and I’ll have one small splurge then get back to normal. I may not lose as fast this way, but I know it’ll be easier to stick to. And isn’t that really the most important thing in the end?

I’ve been thinking lately that I should have called my blog something else, but how the heck could I have known that my interests would change? We can’t see the future so all we can do is what feels right in any given moment. If you ask me, the fun of life is expanding our horizons so I’m excited to see where things go from here. I hope you’l join me on my journey. I’d love to hear your thoughts on change too 🙂

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Oops…I Did it Again

First off, my apologies to anyone who visited my site while it was being hacked 🙁 I now have a squeaky clean site and a firewall, yay! So all is well once again – and it’s going to stay that way.

I originally bought this Free People “LA Nite” dress in black, but it’s soo good I needed more! I have a history of buying in multiples, but why the heck wouldn’t you buy it in a few colors when you find something you love?

I have been wearing more belts lately as  I’ve gained some weight 🙁 I find that I can get away without looser pieces when I am on the more slender side (for me), but when I start to gain belting becomes my best friend. I do NOT need to look bigger than I am thank you very much.

Having a blog is awesome, but it can be tough sometimes. Not only does it mean you have to figure out the world of coding and complicated IT stuff, but it can also just be tough to put yourself out there. I’ve worked really hard on my confidence over the years, but when I review pictures it can  be a wake up call.

It’s hard not to immediately look at your “problem areas” and cringe. I do love myself no matter what – which is a huge victory in my mind – however, we all want to be a certain size or look a certain way and when we don’t…it’s not super fun. I am working HARD on focusing on the things I do like, since what you pay attention to grows!

On to the outfit: the red did not disappoint! I’ve already worn it a ton – and that’s saying a lot since I wear workout/lounge clothes 85% of the time. It is a tad short, especially when you belt it, but add a pair of bloomers and you’re good to go! Although I imagine this would be tough for someone taller than 5’7 to pull off, it’s a great option for more petite ladies.

I would normally go with flats with such a short dress, but I wanted some leg lengthening action so I added my new Kivah sandals from I.N.C., which I am obsessed with! I can’t decide which color I want next – rose gold? pink? dark almond?  Or maybe an embroidered pair? Seriously guys, they are the perfect mix of flattering, versatile, and comfortable!

This “Rio” bag by Sam Edelman was an impulse buy, but I am so glad I grabbed it when I saw it was only $60 bucks at DSW (and I got an extra $20 off, woot!). That’s from an original price of $230! Grab it while you can guys, it’s even better in person! The scarf detail is a really nice touch. FYI DSW revamped their rewards program and it’s better than ever!

I tried, but I just could not get a great shot of these beautiful little earrings made by my Insta friend, Lannie. They are adorable and so dainty that you can add them to any outfit! Check out her Etsy store here.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I can’t even tell you how much it means to me when someone tells me they were inspired by one of my posts. If you ever have any questions feel free to ask!

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hello my friends! I can’t believe it’s been so long. I looked back at some of my older posts and for a while there I was posting 2-3 times each week. That seems so ambitious now lol. It’s been a month so I have a ton of stuff to share with you guys!

Lets start with my kitties. I am extremely blessed to be able to work from home, which allows me so much kitty snuggle time. Some would call me a crazy cat lady and I am 100% okay with that. There’s just something so wonderful about being around furry friends. That’s Sal above and Kitty below. Yes we are extrmely creative around here, ha!

I’ve been meaning to share my absolute favorite foundation with you guys for forever, which is technically a CC cream. Many people have heard of CC creams by now, but for those that haven’t CC stands for color correcting.

There are also BB (beauty balm) creams. This family of products offers a bunch of benefits (SPF, tint to full coverage color, moisturizer, etc.) all in one product – which cuts down on the steps in one’s beauty routine. I’m all about efficiency!

I first heard about Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream by It Cosmetics from Taylor Morgan of Little Blonde Book (check out her blog, it’s soo good!). Since I have a natural “rosy glow” I used to use green concealer under my foundation to prevent my rosy cheeks from showing through, but I love that I no longer need that step!

This CC cream really does do it all. You just swipe it on and it’s all you need. It has SPF 50 so I even wear it when I exercise outdoors as it protects my face better than my Roc sunscreen. I use the medium color and apply it with this brush, which is fantastic.

I was a little nervous to post this (completely unretouched) “before” photo, but I wanted to you guys to see the magic of this little product.  Look at the difference! Again, no retouching. It’s seriously the best foundation I’ve ever used. You can make it full coverage or more sheer, depending on how you apply it.

This is my “five minute face.” Do you remember Carmindy from What Not to Wear?  She was the makeup expert and she always talked about a five minute face. That’s my normal makeup routine (foundation, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, brow pencil, Lipsense, and sometimes eye shadow) as I just don’t want to spend a ton of time putting on makeup.

On special occasions I’ll add some more steps, but for my day to day life it’s really all I need. I’d rather have someone tell me I look good – and not my makeup. You know?

I also have to tell you guys about this AMAZING faux fur throw blanket I got from Nordstrom. I didn’t even know they had a home line – Nordstrom at Home – until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered it.

Side note: did you know they also recently started carrying Anthopologie’s home stuff?! Now we can buy any Anthro home decor stuff we want without paying for shipping, woot!

You guys, it is literally the softest thing I have ever felt. It’s super heavy (quality!) and both sides have their own great texture. The faux fur side feels like real animal fur and the reverse side is just as soft, but has more of a cashmere kind of feel. It’s uber luxurious and it was a bit of a splurge, but I had to have it! I almost wish it was colder so I could use it more, haha. It comes in great 5 colors.

This matching star pillow is just as soft and it’s on sale! FYI you get triple points on any purchases from Nordstrom until 5/6 if you have their rewards card!

I didn’t feel bad about  splurging on my throw as I’ve been decorating our new place with stuff from Ikea and Home Goods. Why go anywhere else? They have everything you need at super affordable prices.

I also wanted to make sure to highlight this Hemnes shoe cabinet from Ikea because it’s genius! I store my clutches in the top drawer and the other 2 compartments house my most used shoes. My new closet doesn’t hold as much as my old walk-in did so I had to get a little creative to store my many pairs of shoes.

The Hemnes line is made of real wood – not particle board – so all of my bedroom furniture is from that line. I have had my Hemnes bed and dresser since 2011 and they still look and work great!

Of course you have to build the pieces yourself, but there’s something super satisfying about turning what looks like a million pieces into a finished piece of furniture.

I hope you guys don’t mind that I branched out a bit as I’ve been all about home decor lately. However, I have a bunch of new closet staples that I plan to share with y’all so stay tuned! Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar