Summer Date Night Style

Fall may be around the corner, but summer weather seems like it’s here to stay. It’s been a little cooler at night though, so I went with a lace peplum top, black pants and wedges for a dinner date night for my husband’s birthday. I’m pretty obsessed with my new Sole Society clutch – I had always thought of them as a brand with affordable, on-trend shoes, but they offer the same for bags and jewelry too! This clutch is roomy enough to store all of my essentials and it also has a cute strap. Also, if you haven’t tried J.Crew’s pixie pants, you are missing out… I have them in just about every color and they now come in other styles, with suede and snap details.

As for makeup, I was excited to try out Too Faced’s Better than False Lashes Extreme mascara, as this one has three steps to it, one of which adds lash extending fibers to give you the look of false lashes… and it works! Lastly, Ciate London’s Off Duty Nude from their Olivia Palermo collection is my new go-to. I did a DIY manicure before I left for a week long trip and it stayed in tact almost the entire time!

I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet, so I’ll be sharing some more warm weather outfits soon, along with outfits that will help you transition into fall easily. With the outfit below, you can swap out the wedge sandals for closed toe wedges or heels and add a jacket or sweater. Shop this look using the links below!

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Clutch c/o Sole Society / Pants / Wedges (closed toe version here)

Top (Forever 21 in-store; other peplums here: 1, 2, 3) / Necklace (similar here)

Nails c/o Ciate London (Off Duty Nude) / Lips / Mascara c/o Too Faced

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What are your favorite late summer outfits? Let us know in the comments below!

Cobalt Blue & Canary Style Yellow for Fall

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but fall is almost here. Here in New England, I love the changing seasons, and while I’ll be clinging to summer as long as possible, September and October bring really nice weather and make the city and suburbs so pretty. With fall comes new fashion trends, and this year J.Crew’s head stylist, Gayle Spannaus, has declared cobalt blue and canary yellow as go-to colors for the upcoming season when it comes to style.

I’m all for those colors, especially as a blonde with blue eyes who has always loved bold blues. Read on and shop some of my picks for fall in these hues using the links below! If you follow me on Insta (@dailykatyblog), you can also “like” the pic from this post to get a shoppable email to your inbox with even more cobalt and canary options (just sign up for ShopStyle first). Enjoy!

 

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COBALT: Sweater / Dress / Bag / Heels / Necklace

CANARY: Bag / Bracelet / Sunglasses / Pumps / Dress / Coat

What are your favorite fall trends right now? Let us know in the comments below!

Bruschetta Grilled Chicken {Recipe}

I love fresh tomatoes in pretty much anything, especially when they’re combined with balsamic vinegar in a good bruschetta. With vacations, weddings and general busy schedules that come with summer, we’ve fallen off the healthy eating bandwagon in our house and are making our way back. Grilled chicken can be so boring, so while I was thinking of side dishes to make it more exciting, I remembered I had seen bruschetta-topped chicken while scrolling through Pinterest and decided to make my own version. If you already have a bruschetta recipe, you can use that too!

Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise to make thin cutlets (or 6 thin chicken breasts)
  • 5 medium vine ripe tomatoes (or 2 pints cherry tomatoes), diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz part-skim mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Balsamic glaze, as desired
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat up grill and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Combine tomatoes, red onion, garlic, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil together, along with some salt and pepper. Set aside in the refrigerator (this can be done up to one day in advance).
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, approximately 2 minutes on each side, but make sure to not overcook.
  • Place cooked chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil and place slice of mozzarella on top of each. Bake until melted, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Cover chicken with bruschetta mixture, drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy the remaining bruschetta with crispy slices of bread.

Sunday Sale Finds – Last Day of the Nordstrom Sale!

Confession… I’ve been a little MIA on the blog the past couple of weeks because I had strep throat, then I was off to Ireland on vacation for a week, followed by a work trip to LA and a wedding weekend away. I’m back now and feeling like summer is flying by! The past month has been so busy with mainly good things, but I hate the thought of summer coming to an end.

Anyway, in the midst of my crazy schedule, I made time to shop the big Nordstrom sale, and I’ll admit that I placed a few different orders (so easy with free shipping, free returns!). Today is the last day to stock up on both summer and fall items before prices go back up – and there’s still lots of great pieces to choose from! Shop my picks below using the links. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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1. My go-to makeup set from bareMinerals that I purchased around the holidays is back for this sale and this time it includes a fun makeup carry case too.

2. Lash enhancing serum that I’ve heard really works! Can’t wait to try it out – this set comes with a full and travel size and is about 40% off.

3. These are the best smelling candles that also make for pretty decor around the house. The sets of three are less than $16 (here and here) and also make for great gifts. They also come in full-size sets of three, which are under $30.

4. Love this tortoise and gold watch – it will go with so many outfits and is less than $50!

5. Booties that I can tell will become everyday wardrobe staples. They come in black, grey, taupe and wine leather colors – might need to pick up another!

6. The perfect leggings that also don’t break the bank. I have these already and just picked up another pair while they’re on sale for just $34. The quality is great, which is clear from the crazy amount of positive reviews on the site.

7. I’ve heard great things about NuFACE products and right now you can get their facial toning device for $50 off. I haven’t pulled the trigger on this yet but really want to try one out so might have to soon!

8. A good leather jacket is a must for fall and this one comes in black and grey and has a nice relaxed shape to it. Plus it’s more than $100 off during the sale.

9. Kendra Scott everything, please. This necklace and bracelet both come in a bunch of colors – and this sale has lots of other jewelry to choose from.

10. A bucket bag that’s the perfect size for everyday use. It comes in black and tan and is more than $100 off!

Easy Beachy Waves with John Frieda Beach Blonde

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The beach is my happy place – if I could, I would be there every single day. I love relaxing, reading a magazine and soaking up the sun. And one of my favorite things about leaving the beach is the naturally wavy texture of my hair from the salty ocean water. But the reality is that I can’t get real beach hair on a daily basis, so that’s where John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray comes in.

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Way back in high school, I remember using John Frieda® Sheer Blonde™ shampoo and conditioner, which are still available in updated versions. My hair is naturally blonde, so I was drawn to the products because they were made just for my hair – and I had such a great experience with them that Sheer Blonde has been a regular in my shampoo/conditioner rotation for years (I tend to switch it up after a bottle is gone, as I think my hair benefits from the change).

When I heard about the new Beach Blonde™ line, I was excited to try them out. Based on the name, I thought these products were also designed with blondes in mind, but turns out they’re actually great for all hair colors if you’re looking for a beachy look. I have long, fine hair, but lots of it, so my hair is usually pretty straight unless I’ve been in salt water or it’s a humid day. The Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray made my hair look very similar to a post-beach day look – lots of texture and undone waves – thanks to the natural sea salt in the spray. Plus it has a really nice coconut scent!

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Here’s how to get my beachy waves (of course, results will vary based on your hair type):

  1. Wash your hair with Beach Blonde™ Cool Dip™ Purifying Shampoo, which leaves your hair with texture.
  2. Finish with Beach Blonde™ Smooth Seas™ Detangling Conditioner, which does a great job detangling my hair (this is an important step with my hair!). Both this and the shampoo have a cool minty scent that made my shower smell so refreshing.
  3. Towel dry your hair and then twist your hair into small section. Spray Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray on the twists of hair.
  4. Blow dry on low with a diffuser, spray a little more Sea Salt Spray and you’re good to go!

Another style I tried out today is this super easy side braid. I sprayed the Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray on my damp hair, added the braid, scrunched my hair a little with my hairs and let it air dry on my way to work. Only takes a few minutes!

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You can pick up all three of these John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products at Walmart (an easy way to find the closest store is to go to “free pickup” on the product page and type in your zip code – it will bring up stores that sell them). Here’s where I found them at my local store.

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For more on John Frieda® and the Beach Blonde™ line, visit JohnFrieda.com. You can also follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Have you tried any of the John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products? What’s your favorite summer hairstyle? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday Faves {July 10, 2015}

This week was a long one after a holiday weekend, but Friday is finally here! Lots of sunshine is in the forecast here, so I’m looking forward to a few good beach days. Here are my Friday Faves to kick it off…

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  •  Stylish sandals that don’t hurt. I need to get my hands on these. I’ve had my eyes on gold Birkenstocks for a while now and I’m pretty impressed that comfort-first brand Dr. Scholl’s has equally as on-trend options too (here and here). {via bustle.com}
  • Cold brew coffee. This black coffee addict loves everything about this. And now it’s at Starbucks. As in one block from my office, which is either a really good or bad problem… you decide. {via eonline.com}
  • Nordstrom sale + my favorite lip stain. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Nordstrom sale is on for cardholders and it will soon open up to everyone 7/17. I couldn’t resist buying this set of my favorite lip stain. I wore it on my wedding day and have pretty much every day since in about a million different colors. Grab this – it’s such a deal, you are basically getting one free (they’re not cheap on the reg). I also love everything Kendra Scott and this bracelet goes perfectly with my everyday bangles (I’m an Aquarius, so amethyst everything). More sale finds coming soon… {nordstrom.com}
  • Make your house look guest-ready. Without spending hours cleaning, that’s the key. I’m certainly not a neat freak. In fact, my husband calls me a slob. I’m organized in my own ways, like at work, and I do like a clean kitchen, but when it comes to putting away laundry… not so much. This post has a quick list of ways to make your house look put together if you happen to have a last-minute guest coming over. {via apartmenttherapy.com}

Sunday Sale Finds {Vol. I}

For me, Sundays are typically a good balance of relaxing and catching up on my to do list. I also find myself browsing online sales, so I decided that Sundays on the blog are now for sale finds. To kick it off, I’m sharing some J. Crew Factory sale finds, all of which you can shop below (and I’m sharing even more via ShopStyle.it on Instagram – @dailykatyblog). So many items are 50% off and then you can get an additional 20% off most of them with code HOTSALE! I can’t decide what to buy – too many good options!

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Bikini Top / Bikini Bottom / Tunic

Romper / Shorts / Shirt / Skirt

Flats / Bracelet / Gold Sandals

4th of July Style & Easy, Festive Dessert

Happy July 4th! Hope you’re all having a good long weekend so far. We went to a family barbecue at my husband’s cousins beach house yesterday and it was such a beautiful day. I was excited to get festive and found some great deals on patriotic style finds earlier this week. Shop the post using the links below – the sunglasses are my new faves from Woodzee, the shorts are only $15 and so comfy and the tank is nice and lightweight for summer. And the white nail color is from the Ciate London South Beach Socialite Collection and makes you look super tan.

For more red, white and blue finds, follow me on Insta (@dailykatyblog) and “like” any of the posts with this outfit. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of items on sale (just sign up for ShopStyle first). I’m also Insta-documenting my weekend with recipes, outfits and more.

Also, if you’re looking for an easy, festive dessert to bring to a party, just buy some pretzels or Oreos, white chocolate and sprinkles. Melt the white chocolate using the microwave or a double boiler (I made a makeshift double boiler with a pot and glass bowl over it), dip the pretzels and Oreos in it and top with sprinkles! It took me a couple batches to get the hang of it, but I’ll definitely be making these again soon.

Have a great day with friends and family!

xo, Katy

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Shorts / Tank / Sunglasses c/o Woodzee

Nails c/o Ciate London / Lips

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Layered Greek Dip {Recipe}

Happy July 4th weekend! We just arrived at our first beach spot of the weekend to spend the day with family in the sunshine. I went on a dip making mission last night and made this one for today. It’s a layered Greek dip that starts with hummus, then has a Greek yogurt mixture in the middle and is topped off with lots of veggies and feta. Full disclosure, it tastes better than it looks – layered dips are hard to photograph. This dip is also super easy, so if you need a last-minute appetizer, this is a good option. Full recipe below – hope everyone has a great long weekend!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz hummus
  • 1  1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives

Directions:

  • Mix together the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Spread the hummus across the bottom of  a 8″ x 8″ or 11″ x 7″ glass dish.
  • Add the Greek yogurt mixture on top of the hummus.
  • Top with the veggies – red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, roasted red peppers – and end with olives and feta.
  • Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or whatever you’d like!

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Layered Greek Dip Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Layered Greek Dip Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Bridal Shower Style with Florals

Wedding season is here and with that comes bridal showers. I’m loving all things floral this spring when it comes to style, so I was excited for an opportunity to wear this Sugarhill Boutique Cara Pink Floral Print Midi Dress from Lulu*s. It’s less than $80, comfy and can be worn on lots of occasions. Shop the post using the links below and have a great weekend!

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Shop the Outfit:

Dress c/o Lulu*s (under $80!) / Earrings / Bracelets

Wedges (old – similar here + here) / Clutch (old – similar here)

Note: Lulu*s is always restocking their clothes and accessories, so if you click the link to purchase and don’t see your size, just check back soon or enter your email address to be notified when it’s back in stock!

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Shop the Makeup:

 Eyeshadow + Foundation c/o bareMinerals

Mascara c/o Avon / Eyeliner + Brightener c/o Tarte

Bronzer c/o Too Faced / Lips / Nails

 

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