The Perfect Sweater/Curate Your Closet Exercise

Hello! I hope you’re enjoying this holiday week – I sure am!

Can you describe your style in 3-5 words? If not, you might enjoy this excerpt from the “Curate Your Closet” workbook I’ve developed. It takes you through a six step process to hone in on or develop your personal style and then create a closet that will get you excited every time you peek inside. Isn’t that the holy grail of dressing? It is in my book!

Here’s the exercise:

Which 3 (or more) adjectives describe your personal style? If you’re not sure, replace the word “style” with “personality.” What we wear is the first indication others have of who we are on the inside, after all. 

Once you have your key words you can then use them as a double check before buying anything new. Ask yourself if the item you have in mind fits with your key words/overall style.

If the item you have in mind doesn’t seem to fit, ask yourself if it’s something that you’re really excited about. If so, put it on hold, add it to an online wish list, make make a note on paper about it and sleep on it, or just buy it if you feel you can’t live without it.

If it’s not something that excites you it’s likely best to move on. You’ll usually known within a few days if it’s a “must buy” or not. This approach has saved me a lot of buyer’s remorse. Who needs that?!

This Free People Sweater (on sale!) is such a “Kate” piece. Not only is it pink, which is a girly color that I love, but it’s comfy, effortlessly chic (at least I like to think so), and classic with a touch of edge. Those are the key words that best describe my overall style so of course I had to snap it up when I saw that it was over 50% off. I’m so glad I did, I can’t stop wearing it!

These sunnies (listed as purple on the site for some reason) are a departure from my go-to aviator, but I’ve found myself really liking them and wearing them quite a bit. They are super lightweight, which is nice since they don’t end up sliding down my face like some other pairs, the subtle cat eye shape is flattering on just about everyone, and the pink reflective lenses are just plain fun. Don’t they just scream “summer?” If you see any shades you like on www.NoraNYC.com here’s a code to get 10% off: NewShades

My shorts are from last year, but here’s a very similar option from this year and here is a high waisted option with a shorter inseam if you really want to show off those stems.

The cami you see peeking out underneath the sweater is the same one from this post. It’s still available in 3 colors. It’s perfect for the hot days of summer.

I got this bag earlier in the summer and it’s already sold out, but here are some super cute straw bags that won’t break the bank. I love all the cute details! You could also DIY a bag like this by getting a basic straw bag and adding your own tassels. The tassels on this one are removable so you might see them again in some other form. Versatility is another one of my key words.

These wedges are really old, but here is a similar pair that’s on sale. This wedge is awesome and comes in 2 colors. I also really like the ankle tie on this one (both are on sale!).

Would you like to see more excerpts from my workbook? If so, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by! Love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Sanctuary Spring Fling Dress

This dress is yet another example of something I loved so much that I bought it in multiples. This color/pattern is no longer available, but Sanctuary offers this dress in a TON of other patterns. My top picks are Sunset Boho, Midnight Garden, Sun Bleached Tile, and Cameo Pink Sprout.

It has all the features I love – it’s comfortable, flattering, and fits me even if I go up a few pounds. I also really love that it has 2 layers. It lacks the ability to wear it with a standard bra, but I guess you can’t have everything.

To me it’s the perfect summer dress. It’s great for hot summer days, but you can also throw a leather jacket on top and poof, it’s ready for date night.

Every girl needs a good sun hat, no? I love Rag & Bone and would have loved to have bought this hat if I could swing it, but it is well outside of my price range. When I found this hat on clearance at Nordies I was stoked! It sold out quickly, but how cute are these options??

These wedges are from ages ago, but I would buy these, these (the tassel!!), and these if I needed a good neutral wedge for summer.

Sorry if this is picture overload, but the hubs and I found a place over by Lake San Marcos that offered a ridiculous amount of cute backdrops.

Sadly the Boathouse was closed when we stopped by, but I want to check it out. I am a sucker for eating by any body of water.

Is it just me or is the cutest bench ever? If I were criminally minded (don’t worry, I’m not!) I would steal this bench for my house.

What’s our favorite summer dress? Or are you more of a shorts person?

I love this last shot, but man does it remind me I need to even out my tan lines – sheesh! Do you struggle with athletic shoe tan issues too?

Byeeee! I hope you visit again soon!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Shorts Weather

The weather has been so nice lately – just warm enough, without being hot. I took advantage last week and pulled out my favorite shorts so my legs could get a little sun. It was heavenly!!

I don’t generally wear shorts as they are not always comfortable, but I LOVE these! They are super stretchy yet they don’t grow two sizes throughout the day. And they are a little longer than some of those teeny tiny shorts that seem to be in fashion these days.

Like many women, my weight fluctuates and sometimes I just want to wear something that’s not formfitting, but also avoid the “are you pregnant?” comments. The belt makes all the difference! This top is an old Anthropologie find, but I’ve listed some similar options here, here, and here). You can always DIY and add a belt if it doesn’t come with one! So helpful for us curvier ladies.

I love how nude wedges lengthen the leg without sacrificing comfort. Mine are old, but see some additional options I like for summer: here, here, and here. I like to be somewhat “strapped in” to my wedges for added stability. Falling is not fun!

I’ve been so enjoying all the blooming flowers lately. It’s just so darn pretty!! My neighbors probably think I’m crazy for stopping and smelling just about every flower along my walking path, but sorry, not sorry 😉

I hope you’re enjoying some spring-like weather too!

Thanks for reading! I’ll just be staring off into space/daydreaming until next time…hehe

Photo credit: Leo Amar (thanks babe, love you!)

Going Girly in Free People

Hi all! I hope your week is off to a great start!

This past weekend’s weather was really nice, even by San Diego standards, so I jumped at the chance to wear one of my very favorite dresses – and of course it’s by Free People. Free People’s clothes aren’t always right for my body type or budget, but occasionally I’ll find something amazing that I just can’t live without. Like the dress below:

It feels like the silkiest, flowiest pajamas you can imagine and I just want to twirl and twirl every time I put it on. I bought it soo long ago and it’s still a favorite. It was originally over $200 (gasp!), but I was lucky and snatched it up from Nordstrom when it went on sale. Score!

I actually found the same dress in a small for only $45 (or least a super duper similar version) at Poshmark. If it was available in a medium I would have snapped it up. I guess I should be thankful it wasn’t available in my size since I’m not shopping right now though…

When I bought this dress I thought that the high low trend would be over relatively quickly but I’m so glad it’s still going strong! I found the following dresses (one, two) online today and while they aren’t an exact match, I felt like they had a similar vibe.

I paired it with my go-to denim jacket by Kut from the Kloth. It’s cropped, but I have a short waist so it hits lower on my 5’7 frame than it does on the model. It’s 2% spandex so it is extremely comfortable. I used to have a Gap jean jacket that looked great, but it didn’t have any give so I found I didn’t wear it a lot. Def not the case with this one!

My Charles David wedges are actually the only shoes I can wear with this dress as it’s so long, so I’m glad they go together so well. I still hesitate to buy expensive shoes (they were originally $149 but I got them for $49 thanks to Nordies price adjustment – woot!), but man have these wedges held up. I’ve worn them countless times and they still look great.

I’ve noticed that the higher quality makes (some, not all) more expensive shoes and accessories well worth a little extra money. Cost per wear is important! Here’s an option that’s really similar.

My Steve Madden purse is old and no longer available online, but if I were in the market for something similar I’d probably buy this one (it’s currently on sale!). I love the versatility of a bag that comes with shorter handles and a cross body strap.

I don’t know if you can tell, but the patten is actually little birds touching noses. I actually only noticed this when someone pointed it out to me! Silly Kate…

Do you have a favorite dress that you wouldn’t get rid of for anything? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Have a great one!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan