Winter Dinner Outfit {Shop the Look}

My husband and I are headed a whole few miles away for a staycation in the city with my sister-in-law, his cousins and our significant others. It’s frigid out, so I’m going with an outfit that’s dressed up enough for a night out to dinner and drinks, but it’s also pretty warm and freezing temps appropriate.

These heels have special technology that make them super cushioned and comfy (it’s usually a rare occasion that I wear 3 inch pumps, but I’m ok with these!). Also, the Sole Society Marlow bag and Crystal Cluster Statement Necklace have become everyday staples. And I’m loving these nail and lip colors from SpaRitual and bareMinerals. Shop the look with the links below!

winter dinner look

 

Black Pumps / Leggings {under $50!} / Sweater {on sale}

c/o Necklace / Black Shirtc/o Bag / c/o Nail Polish / c/o Lipgloss

Escape Winter with a Vacation to Sunny Puerto Rico

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you live in New England, you love the snowy part of the winter months, but this year mother nature has taken it a bit too far. Here in Boston we’ve already had more than 95 inches of snow this season, nearly 60 inches of which has hit in February alone. With 10 days left to go in the month, we officially rank second as the snowiest season ever. Not to bore you with stats… but that’s a lot of snow… as you can see in the pic below I took the other day or in this BuzzFeed article with “pictures that perfectly capture how insane the snow in New England is.”

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Anyway, I’ve had enough of the snow, so I’m continuing my mission to plan a tropical vacation. I started thinking about this back in November when the cold first hit (more on that here), but now I really need some sunshine to look forward to.

One of the destinations I’ve been thinking about is Puerto Rico. I’ve been there a couple times, but haven’t been recently and one of the best things about it is how easy it is to get to from Boston (and other major cities). You can jump on a four-hour direct flight (no passport or foreign currency needed) and you’re there in no time, sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand.

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{W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island – pic via Starwood Hotels}

While I’m most concerned with relaxing on the beach and maybe at the spa right now, there are also so many other world-class attractions for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re into golf, the latest food trends, outdoor adventures or just lounging on the beach. If we end up traveling to Puerto Rico this year, here’s what I’d love to do:

1. Spend a few nights at the W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island. You just take a ferry ride over there and you’re immediately surrounded by 21 miles amazing beaches. And Vieques is where Mosquito Bay is, a popular attraction for kayaking or pontoon boating because it’s the brightest bio bay according to the Guinness Book of World Records (the water glows neon green in the dark!).

2. Relax on as many of the beautiful beaches as I can, including Flamenco Beach in Culebra. Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and the island was featured in the Top 10 beaches from Travel Channel!

3. Hike through the U.S. national park service’s only rainforest, El Yunque, and take in the views of the island from above and waterfalls and other scenery along the trails (this is the perfect activity if you want to be active on vacation).

4. Try the local rums and Puerto Rican gastronomy. Tours of the Bacardi factory are fun (I did this many years ago) and there are so many delicious foods to try.

5. Walk around and enjoy the old world charm of San Juan. The colorful houses and buildings are beautiful and make for great photos. Plus, there’s lots of history behind Old San Juan.

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{Flamenco Beach – pic via Tanya Ramakers}

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{San Juan – pic via Jenni Konrad}

Check out the video below to learn how you can live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico. And for more on vacationing in Puerto Rico, visit SeePuertoRico.com, like SeePuertoRico.com on Facebook or follow @PRTourismCo on Twitter.

If you’re dying to take a vacation like I am, let us know in the comments below why you’d love to travel to Puerto Rico. And now I’ll go back to being snowed in forever… or until a vaca is finally booked!

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Sale! Jewel Tone Dresses from ASOS {Shop the Looks}

Not everyone has Presidents’ Day off today, but if you’re like me and do, then you should definitely take advantage of some of the great online sales going on right now. With foot after foot of snow here in New England, I’m dreaming of warmer weather, so today I’m sharing some jewel-tone dresses I’m loving from ASOS. Most of them are regularly $100 or less – and today you can shop everything on ASOS for 20% off with code PREZDAY20 (just click the links below to be directed to the dresses). They’re perfect for the fast approaching wedding season!

ASOS Dresses

Aqua / Blue / Pink

Burgundy / Orange-Red / Indigo

What are your favorite wedding or special occasion looks for this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and whether you’ll be celebrating with your significant other or friends, I wanted to share some gift ideas, all of which I would love to receive myself. Read on and let me know what you’re wishing for this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Gifts

 

Gift sets with both jewels and makeup…

Two of my favorite brands – BaubleBar and Benefit Cosmetics – have teamed up for three Valentine’s Day gift sets. I love the Sparkle, Shine & All Things Fine set, which comes with two pairs of statement earrings, highlighter and lip & cheek stain. The Love, Luck & Long Lashes set has two stud bracelets and the popular they’re real mascara, and the Real Romance and a Rosy Future set includes an XO necklace, mascara and lip & cheek stain. {baublebar.com, $34}

Not-to-traditional chocolates…

Chocolates may be a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, but you can take it to the next level with these Dark Chocolate Hearts from Kohler Chocolates. They’re filled with a soft, raspberry ganache center that has hints of champagne and cognac notes, which is delicious with the dark chocolate. And they’re extra festive because they look like shiny red hearts. {kohlerchocolates.com, $9.99-$59.99 depending on size}

Pretty-in-pink flats for any occasion…

I’ve said it before, but I’m so picky when it comes to flats. I used to wear so many different pairs every day of the week, but now I stick to brands with high-quality flats that are comfortable and last. Tieks flats are made with Italian leather and they fold right up and fit in your bag so you can carry them along for any occasion. Plus they come in so many great colors, like this Fuschia, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day and into spring. {tieks.com, $175}

Fancy yet wearable lingerie…

Lingerie is pretty and all, but it’s even better when you can find something nice that’s also comfortable. Hanky Panky’s Candy Hearts Bralette and Thong are just that. They’re both made with the brand’s signature stretch lace and work for both special occasions and everyday. {hankypanky.com, $44 bralette, $26 thong}

Jewelry that makes a statement…

I always feel more put together when I have statement jewelry on, and I usually go with either fun earrings or a necklace. I’ve always loved Sole Society‘s shoes, and I was excited to try out some of their jewelry too. The Crystal Cluster Statement Necklace goes with practically everything in my closet, so it will be getting lots of use. And the Deco Drop Crystal Earrings will instantly dress up an otherwise casual outfit or can be worn with a dress for a special occasion. {solesociety.com, $34.95 necklace, $29.95 earrings}

A sweatshirt that can be dressed up or down…

I love that crewneck sweatshirts are back in style, especially because they’re now available in fun colors, fabrics and patterns. I especially love them because they can be dressed up with a statement necklace or dressed down with yoga pants and flats or sneakers. This L.L.Bean UltraSoft Crewneck in dark orchid heather has a more flattering, feminine look than traditional sweatshirts and it’s nice and cozy. {llbean.com, $39.95}

A pouch to keep things organized with…

Big bags are my favorite, but it’s easy for things inside to get a little disorganized, making it hard to find anything. That’s why I love Hayden Reis’ Sea Clear Pouch. You can store your essentials in there – money, lip gloss, etc. – and then throw it in whatever bag you’re using that day. It’s especially good for the beach because it’s water-resistant. {haydenreis.com, $28}

Red and pink beauty products to get dolled up with…

A nice mani-pedi is a must for Valentine’s Day, and I’m loving SpaRitual’s Authentically (red matte shimmer), Dynamics (dusty pink creme) and Fall in Love (mauve red shimmer), along with Sally Hansen‘s new, limited-edition Patent Gloss Nail Color in Moto (red).  And I’m all about lip color lately, so you can finish off your beauty look with the new NYC New Work Expert Last Lip Lacquer, available in lots of different red and pink shades. It has the color of a lipstick and the shine of a gloss, and keeps your lips hydrated with color that stays put.  {sparitual.com, $12 each; sallyhansen.com, $5.99; newyorkcolor.com, $3.99}

Spa-like products to relax with…

I’ve always loved SpaRitual for their nail polishes, but they also have other great products, including candles, massage creams and body oils. As someone who is candle obsessed, I’m always buying new scents to try around the house. The Look Inside Candle is made with pure essentials oils and plant essences and the smell is instantly relaxing. And then both the Close Your Eyes Body Oil and Massage Cream are great for at-home massages. I also like to use body oil in the shower for extra hydration. {sparitual.com, $35 each}

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day Style – Dressed Up & Down

Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend, and for my husband and I that means a nice night out to dinner the day before and more of a relaxed day on the actual holiday. So today I’m sharing two Valentine’s Day looks – dressed up and dressed down, both of which include items from the brand new BaubleBar x Wendy’s Lookbook collection, a collaboration with blogger Wendy Nguyen. Shop both looks using the links below!

Dressed Up Date Night

 

BaubleBar x Wendy’s Lookbook Necklace / ChicNova Dress {under $25!}

Loeffler Randall Wedges / Michael Kors Bracelet

Stella McCartney Bag / c/o SpaRitual NailsErickson Beamon Ring

Dressed Down Valentine's Day

 

Lauren and Riley Sweater / J Brand Jeans / J.Crew Flats

BaubleBar x Wendy’s Lookbook Ring / Michael Kors Earrings

Birthday Wish List

My 28th birthday is tomorrow, and as I prepare to be snowed in, working from home for what feels like the millionth day in a row, I wanted to share my birthday wish list. Read on and shop the post using the links below!

Birthday Wish List

 

BaubleBar Necklace, Ring and Earrings

Burberry Jacket / Frye Boots / Gucci Bag / YSL Lip Color

Samsung Camera / Tory Burch FitBit Bracelet

I’m a jewelry and accessories addict, and I’m loving the latest from BaubleBar. This necklace is perfect for layering (plus the amethyst-colored gems are my birthstone) and the earrings are simple, yet sparkly and fun. And they have lots of evil eye jewels, including this ring.

It’s always good to stock up on timeless statement items like this Burberry jacket, Frye boots and Gucci bag (which I may have had my eye on for years). And anything YSL is worth the investment, and I’ve been dying to try out this lip color.

I have a nice camera that I’ve had for a few years now, and while I don’t need a new one, I love that this Samsung camera has lots of great features but it also compact and connects to wifi (aka I can upload pics directly to Insta).

With all of this snow, on top of getting sick and having a crazy month of work, I haven’t been good about getting my daily exercise in. I left my FitBit on a trip earlier this year, so I’d love a new one… along with this gold Tory Burch bracelet to wear with it.

Healthy Mini Quiches {Recipe}

I was feeling a little bored with my daily english muffing with peanut butter breakfast, so I decided to play around with new breakfast ideas. The key with weekday breakfast for me is that it needs to be easy because I eat it at my desk as I start up my work day. As a result, my go-to breakfast is now mini quiches, a recipe from Skinnytaste, with a few small changes I made.

Healthy Mini Quiches - DailyKaty.com

Not only are these delicious, but my husband got lots of give-me-that-recipe comments when he brought them to work! And you can substitute the broccoli and ham for whatever you happen to have in your fridge – spinach, onions,  mushrooms and more.

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think! This recipe makes 12 omelette muffins.

Healthy Mini Quiches - DailyKaty.com

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 oz (5 slices) Jones Dairy Farm Sliced Ham (or any sliced ham)
  • 6 whole large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Steam broccoli for 6-7 minutes.
  • Chop up broccoli into small pieces. Add salt and pepper.
  • Chop up 4 pieces of ham into small cubes. Mix together with the broccoli.
  • Spay non-stick cupcake/muffin tins with cooking spray (recipe is for 12 omelette muffins).
  • Distribute broccoli and ham mixture evenly between the 12 tins.
  • Beat egg whites, eggs, grated cheese, salt and pepper in a 1 quart measuring cup with spout (or medium bowl – the measuring cup just makes it easy to pour).
  • Pour the egg mixture into the tins over the broccoli and ham until they’re a little more than 3/4 full (it’s ok if the broccoli/ham are above the height of the tins, as long as the eggs aren’t to the top).
  • Top with grated pecorino romano and and bake until cooked, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Serve right away. Once cooled, put leftovers in a ziplock bag or tupperware and store in the refrigerator. Heat up in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes and enjoy during the week.

Healthy Mini Quiches - DailyKaty.com

Super Bowl Patriots Style {Shop the Looks}

The Super Bowl is this Sunday – and this year is going to be much more than eating delicious appetizers all day because the Patriots are in it! So to get ready for game day, I’m sharing two Super Bowl Sunday looks (sorry, Seahawks fans, only Pats options). Shop the looks using the links below!

Super Bowl Style 2

HAT / T-SHIRT / SWEATER (only $12.95!)

BRACELET / JEANS / SNEAKERS / EARRINGS

Super Bowl Style

SHIRT / JEANS / EARRINGS / BOOTIES (on sale!)

NECKLACE / BRACELET / BAG (under $50!) SCARF

Glitter Nail Polishes from SpaRitual {Shop the Looks}

I love glitter nail color because it can be worn in so many ways. You can wear it on its own for a special occasion like I did on New Year’s Eve, or you can layer it over your favorite shade. Lately I’ve also been loving the statement nail trend, where you paint one nail with glitter and leave the rest in a neutral color.

I usually love a sparkly gold glitter polish, and SpaRitual offers that and so many other glitter nail lacquers that are both vegan and 5-free. Shel Pink, SpaRitual and Slow Beauty founder, has five must-have glitter looks for 2015, perfect for both everyday or special occasions.

SpaRitual Glitter Nail Polishes

Gold: Soul / White: Snow Globe / Pink: Beyond Love

Purple: Living / Green: Home

 

According to Shel Pink, “These five SpaRitual glitters are the perfect complement to showcase your personal style for 2015.” In addition to these colors, SpaRitual has lots of other great glittery shades, and I can’t wait to try out more of them,

For more on SpaRitual, visit SpaRitual.com or follow the brand on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

SpaRitual Beyond Love Nail Polish

**Disclosure: While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, a similar version of this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Style with Backpacks {Shop the Looks}

If you asked me a few years ago if I would be buying a backpack anytime soon, I would definitely have said no. I thought I had retired those back in my high school North Face days. But this year, one of my friends showed me a practical laptop backpack and I started to rethink them… and now, all of a sudden, they’re officially back in style.

Below are some of my favorite backpacks right now. Shop the look with the links below – or you can follow me on Instagram at @dailykatyblog and sign up for ShopStyle.it. From there, you can “like” my photos and get shoppable links delivered right to your inbox.

Stylish Backpacks

Rebecca Minkoff / Danielle Nicole (under $100!) / Frye

Neiman Marcus (under $100!) / Marc by Marc Jacobs / Longchamp