Transitioning into Fall with Plaid

The temps have been all over the place this week – today it really feels like fall but just over a week ago it was pretty warm during the day and then just got chillier when the sun went down. So I’ve been choosing outfits that you can swap out one or two pieces of to make them appropriate for late summer and early fall… and that’s where my favorite Rails plaid shirt comes in. Today I’m sharing two ways to style this shirt – one for warmer and another for cooler weather.

Plaid shirts were my go-to for fall and winter last year and it’s looking like nothing will be changing with that this year. But Rails… they do it right. The absolute softest, coziest flannels and button down shirts you can possibly find. I’m going to need more of these, asap.

These outfits include many of my style staples, such as the sandals, jean shorts and booties, but aside from these and the plaid shirt is the necklace. Capwell + Co has the best statement jewelry. It’s affordable enough (I’ve never seen anything priced over $100) but also has great quality. This necklace is unfortunately from earlier this summer, but you can check out their latest styles (so many that I want!) here.

Read on for both of the looks below with the plaid and necklace. And shop everything using the links under the pics!


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Shirt c/o Rails / Shorts - also in yellow, pink + brown

Necklace c/o Capwell + Co / Sandals – similar





Here’s how I switched up the look to make it appropriate for fall:


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Shirt c/o Rails / Jeans – similar / Bag - similar

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September Beauty Finds

It’s been a while since I shared a round-up of my latest beauty obsessions, so to close out the month of September (how did that come so fast?!), here you go! I try out lots of beauty items and this month I’m sharing the new products that I’ve found myself using on a consistent basis – everything from eye shadow and nail polish, to lip color for fall, mascara,  eye liner and more. Read more and shop these items using the links below!

September Beauty Finds

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Nail Polishes / Mascaras / Eye Liner

Eye Shadow Palette / Lip Gloss

Face Primer & Perfector

Nail polishes… These ones from the Ciate London Olivia Palermo collection became three of my go-tos the day they arrived in the mail. My nail routine usually consists of a good, professional mani/pedi every month or so and then I give myself a DIY polish change during the weeks in between. The nude color – “Sundaysmy off duty nude” – has the perfect amount of pink in it and it’s honestly the best neutral, everyday color I’ve found – I get compliments every time I have it on. I also love “Nantucketmy hot vacation coral,” and while I haven’t tried “Hutchmy go to red” yet, I have a feeling it will be exactly what it says – my go-to red. My favorite thing about these nail polishes is how easy they are to apply thanks to a wide, flat brush. And my nails feel strong and the color lasts!

Mascaras… I’ve only had fake lashes twice, one of which was my wedding, and I swear they instantly make you look 100% more put together and done up. Well, the reality is I have no clue how to do that myself, nor do I think I would have the patience to do that even if I did. To get a similar effect, I’ve been using Too Faced Better than False Lashes Extreme, which has one tube of mascara and another with lash extending fibers. It just takes three steps – mascara, fibers, mascara – and you get the look of fake lashes. I like to add at least one more coat of mascara at the end just for fun.

Eye liner… I’m no eye liner pro and it usually takes me a bit to get used to anything new in this category. But once I got the hang of it, I became a big fan of CoverGirl’s Intensify Me Liquid Liner. It came out faster than I expected, but it just took a couple times to figure it out. And the best part is that it has a paddle shape so you can turn it one way or another to get a thick or thin line.

Eye shadow palette… I have so many beauty products around the house taking up all drawer space in two out of our three bathrooms, so I appreciate a good palette that has makeup I actually use and cuts down on clutter. The tarte tartelette Amazonian clay matte palette is a great eye shadow palette, with a nice mix of 12 new shades that include lots of matte neutrals with a few pink and purple color options.

Lip gloss… Aside from mascara and a good mani, having a good lip color on instantly makes me feel put together. I always have a few favorites in my bag, and right now one of those is Laura Mercier’s Lip Glace in Black Cherry. The color is great for fall and when I just need a little bit of color and shine, I swipe one layer on, and if I want more color, I add a few more. Don’t worry, this is not a sticky gloss (hair getting caught in sticky lip gloss is the absolute worst).

Face primer & perfecter… I’ve been a fan of YSL’s lip stains for years now, but it dawned on me that I hadn’t tried out any of their other products until recently when I was introduced to their Touche Eclat Blur Primer & Blur Perfector.  The Blur Primer goes on before foundation (one small pump is plenty!) and it has four different oils to fill in your skin and leave it looking luminous. There are sparkles in the bottle, but thankfully those don’t actually show up on your face (that would bring me back to middle school…). Then the Blur Perfector redirects light and blurs imperfections – and it can be used three ways: on its own as a complexion perfecter, to set makeup and as a touch up throughout the day to get rid of shine, etc. Plus there’s no need to go through the process of figuring out what shade you need because the color works for all skin tones. So far, I’m loving both of these!


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**While samples were provided for review, all opinions are my own.**

Friday Faves {September 25, 2015}

Fall is officially here and while I’m not one bit mad about the 75 degree forecast for Sunday, today I’m embracing the change of seasons. I have a busy weekend ahead with a girls day tomorrow and then the Patriots game on Sunday, so for now I’m sharing my Friday Faves and wishing you all a great weekend!



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  • Shoes that won’t sink in the grass: If you’ve been to an outdoor wedding, then you know how annoying this is. I usually go with wedges to avoid this, but this post has lots of other great options! {via}
  • Lots of ways to wear jeans to work: I work in a casual, creative environment, so most of us wear jeans nearly every day. I love this article that gives you plenty of wears to incorporate denim into your outfits. {via}
  • Learning to tidy up: I just started reading  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing but then I found this article that breaks it down. I’m going to give it a shot… but still think I need to read the book! {via}
  • Slow cooker season is here: And I am so happy about it. I can’t even wait to start scouring Pinterest for delicious fall recipes that also save me tons of time in the kitchen. This roundup has lots of ideas! {via}

September Wedding Style

If you know me or you saw my last wedding style post back in June, you know that I am a big fan of Rent the Runway. I won’t go into all of the details on how the service works since I previously did here, but basically, Rent the Runway allows you to rent designer dresses at a fraction of their regular cost so you don’t have to spend lots of money on something you’ll only wear once. So when I found myself with nothing to wear to a wedding that was just a week away, I went right to the site and picked out a couple options (here and here), which arrived on my doorstep a couple days before (and they now ship in a package that doubles as a garment bag!).

Rent the Runway has been growing and they now offer lots of accessories that you can rent with your dress, so this time around I tried out some earrings, which I loved. They also have lots of nice clutches, which I find myself only really using at weddings/fancy occasions, so next time I might have to rent one! This time around I went with my go-to quilted black bag. And for shoes, I was a little torn on the color, but picked up a pair of nude wedges (my fav for weddings!) that I know I’ll wear again and again.

p.s. See the leaves on the ground? It may have been hot out this weekend, but fall is officially here…

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c/o Hunter Bell Dress via Rent the Runway

c/o Slate & Willow Earrings via Rent the Runway

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Nail Color / Toe Color / Lipstain

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Coming Soon: Filene’s Basement Online

This post brought to you by Filene’s Basement. The content and opinions expressed below are that of DailyKaty.

I love to shop, but I also love a good deal, and that goes way back to when I was little, shopping with my mom at stores like Filene’s Basement. Here in New England and in Chicago and the Mid-Atlantic states, Filene’s was a popular place to shop for clothes and accessories, with more than 20 stores until they closed their doors in 2011. Filene’s Basement was where you would go for steals on great brands and I can vividly remember hiding in the racks while my mom shopped around. My guess is if you live in the areas where it was and you ask your mom, she probably shopped there too!

This fall, Filene’s Basement is re-opening its “doors” with the launch of an e-commerce site, It’s going to stay true to it’s original roots and history, except this time it will be a curated online marketplace, customized to personal taste, with discount, branded apparel, accessories and home goods. And with it being online, you’ll be able to shop it from anywhere, anytime.

I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store at Filene’s Basement online when it launches this fall! Now my big question is, will there be an online version of their annual “Running of the Brides” event?!undefined

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Holding Onto Summer Style

Wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, repeat. Sounds like life these days – but no complaints here! Not only are my friends going through lots of exciting life events, most of these events give me a reason to get a little more dressed up than usual. Today I’m sharing a style idea with this floral dress that I recently scored for just $15. I added a braided belt and wore this to one of my best friend’s baby shower – it was so fun to celebrate my soon-to-be baby niece!

Aside from the dress, two of my favorite things about this look were my lipstick and nail color, which just to happened to go perfectly with one of the colors in the florals of the dress. For lips, I’ve been all about bright pinks this summer, and Smashbox’s Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Mandarin, a bright coral, is a great shade for transitioning into fall. This was my first time trying out the brand’s popular lipstick and I’ll be going back for more colors soon! And if you read my last outfit post, you know that I’ve been loving the nail colors from Ciate London’s Olivia Palermo collection.  The Vacation Coral-Nantucket color is similar to the lipstick shade, so it was fun to pair them together.

Shop the look using the links below! And for more outfit ideas, follow along on Instagram @dailykatyblog.

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Dress / Belt – similar / Necklace – similar / Bag – similar

Wedges / Nails c/o Ciate London  / Lips c/o Smashbox


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Anniversary Weekend in Portland, Maine {Travel}

Today is my second wedding anniversary and we spent the weekend celebrating in Portland, Maine. The weather was beautiful and the food was pretty incredible, so both of those together made for a great weekend getaway. September is the perfect time to visit most New England towns and Portland is no exception. If you’ve been following along on Insta you may have seen some real-time updates from our trip, and you can read on for even more recommendations via pics I took!

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

There are lots of great hotel options right in downtown Portland that are conveniently located to the majority of the restaurants and shops. I recommend staying anywhere that’s within walking distance of the waterfront (Commercial Street) and Fore Street. We went for the Holiday Inn Portland By the Bay because it was slightly less expensive than the others, and it was about a 10 minute walk to almost everything we wanted to see or do. If you get a room with a bay view on one of the higher up floors, you’ll get to look out on the view shown above!

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

If you love oysters – or really any seafood – having lunch at Eventide Oyster Co. is an absolute must. We got so many recommendations for this place and it was delicious. My husband is into raw oysters and while I’m not, the lobster roll, fried bbq oysters and stuffed mahogany clams were incredible. Note that their menu changes daily but you can get an idea of what they have on their website. We saw them getting a delivery of oysters while we were enjoying lunch so I can vouch for how fresh everything is!

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Head over to the Shipyard Brewery tasting room to try out their most popular and seasonal beers. At this time of year, they had one of my favorites, their Pumpkinhead Ale, and they also had a Smashed Pumpkinhead Ale (loved it!) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin, both of which you can only get at the brewery. They told us they have exclusive summer beers earlier in the year too and I might have to go back and try them! You can also take full brewery tours from June-August on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The best part about the tasting room is it’s free – you can sample up to eight beers.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Central Provisions came recommended by many friends for a dinner spot, and honestly I wish the lighting was better so I could have taken better food pics to show how good it was! They specialize in small plates, and we went with a selection of three cheeses, benton’s ham, lobster fritters and Korean “bbq” flank steak, all of which were very tasty. They make everything in an open kitchen and we sat right at the bar so we had a front row seat. Even the cheese platters were carefully made-to-order! They don’t take reservations and the restaurant is pretty small, but we put our name in and only had to wait a little over an hour. It wasn’t a big deal at all for us because they texted when our table was ready, so we went and had a drink at a waterfront bar while we waited.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Speaking of getting a drink while we waited to go to dinner, the Porthole was where we went for pre-dinner drinks both nights. There’s a big patio and live music that made for the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks while the sun set. Other restaurants with outdoor seating can also be found in this area, so there are lots of options to choose from.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

If it’s a beautiful day and/or you need a break from eating and drinking, take a 17 minute ferry from Commercial Street over to Peak’s Island. They leave every hour or so and it drops you off right in a cute little town with shops and a few restaurants. You can rent either bikes or golf carts (we went for bikes) to tour the island, which is about four miles around. If you plan ahead (which we did not), you can bring lunch with you and stop to enjoy it at one of the many ocean lookout spots. We saw a few weddings getting set up along our bike ride and it seems like a great place to get married or rent a house with a group of friends or family.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

I may have found the best fries ever at Duckfat, which was another lunch spot that came recommended by nearly everyone we knew who had been to Portland. Dip them in a variety of sauces (we tried all five) or have them served as poutine, topped with duck gravy and even a sunny side up egg and duck. Their paninis are also amazing and my personal favorite was the simple-yet-delicious B.G.T., aka bacon, goat cheese and fresh tomato. I also love Cuban paninis and one was on special when we were there and that was equally as good. Duckfat also serves lots of great local beers and craft sodas to pair with your lunch.

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The top recommendation we received was definitely to get dinner at Fore Street – and note that this list of recommendations is in order of what we did, not by preference, because this was the best! This is another restaurant where the menu is always changing, but one thing that’s always available (and you must get) are their Wood Oven Roasted Maine Mussels. Seriously the best. For meals, I got a halibut and my husband went with pork loin, both of which were pretty incredible. And I loved the blueberry vodka drink that was on the menu when we were there. If you’ve heard about Fore Street, then you probably also know that you have to make a reservation waaaay in advance. But they also reserve a portion of the restaurant for walk-ins – just get there right at 5:30 p.m., put your name in, and come back a little before your estimated reservation time. We found that the wait at the bar was a little shorter than the regular dining room (we put our name in at 6:15 and sat at 8:30 p.m.). It’s well worth the wait.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

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Last but not least, we closed out both nights with Gorgeous Gelato. The Gorgeous flavor was my favorite so it went for it two times in a row. They use all-natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners or flavors and most importantly, those flavors are unique and delicious (think Bacio-Pistachio-Vanilla, Wild Berries-Mango, Dark Chocolate-Coconut, Tiramisu and Stracciatella).

And just a few other pics for fun…

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Love locks bridge on Commercial Street

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

One of the cute houses on Peak’s Island

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Flowers found outside a restaurant on one of the piers

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Boat parked outside of the Porthole deck

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Micucci Grocery = go-to for all things Italian, including this takeout pizza

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Quick breakfast at Local Sprouts Cooperative


Have you visited Portland before? If you have other recommendations, let us know in the comments below!




Target Finds & Giveaway!

Happy Labor Day! I’m happy to have had a relaxing weekend, complete with three beach days and lots of time with friends to close out summer. There are so many sales going on this weekend and that includes lots of items being an extra 10% off at Target with code LABORDAY. So today I’m rounding up some of my fave Target finds and giving you the chance to win a $200 Target gift card now through Thursday. I could easily put $200 to use there… just saying. Shop these items using the links below and then scroll down to enter the giveaway!


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Fringe Bags: Pink / Gray / Black

Beach Picks: Visor / Sunglasses / Blanket / Sandals

Gold Decor: Flatware Set / Elephant Tray / Gold Tray

Fall Vests: Black / Green / Denim


Prize: $200 Target Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 9/10 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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Summer Sandal Sale Finds

Labor Day Weekend may be here, but the forecast is calling for high 80 degree temps for the next week, so I’m not quite ready to transition into fall. But since it’s technically the end of summer and it’s a holiday weekend, now is the time to shop big sales on warm weather essentials. Today’s post was an easy one for me because I literally went into my closet and pulled out five pairs of summer sandals and wedges I’ve been wearing on repeat for months… and they all happen to be on sale.

Fringe is everywhere lately and these coraly/pink fringe sandals from Sole Society add a fun pop of color. They also come in black and both colors are on sale for under $26 this weekend! And I’m also loving these leopard and black sandals from Yosi Samra – their neutral palette makes them great for transitioning into fall styles while it’s still warm out. This style comes in other fun colors and prints too, such as these gold, black/tan, white and even army print! {p.s. look out for these sandals in upcoming outfit posts}

Shop these shoes using the links below, and don’t miss out because some of the prices go back up on Tuesday!

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Top Left Wedges / Top Right Wedges / Similar Gold Sandals

Coral Fringe c/o Sole Society / Leopard + Black c/o Yosi Samra

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Healthy, Easy Mexican Salad Recipe

I love a good salad, but unless it’s really good, I oftentimes prefer to enjoy my veggies sans lettuce. That might sound weird to some, but it was exactly what inspired me to come up with my latest go-to dinner recipe. That and the fact that I love Mexican food but my standard Taco Tuesday meal was getting old (I think it was one of the very first meals I started making when my husband and I moved in together five years ago).

So the other night, I threw together tomatoes, red onions, avocados, black beans, corn and cilantro, then topped with with a super simple lime vinaigrette to make this Healthy Mexican Salad recipe. I’ve already made it twice, and each time I topped it with taco seasoned ground beef. Next time I plan on adding either shrimp or chicken – you can easily mix it up! Also, feel free to play around withe the proportions. I like to throw in a bit of extra avocado and tomatoes because I just love them so much.

Read on for the recipe and enjoy!

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  • 10.5 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cooked corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced (approx. 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, as needed
  • 1 pound ground beef or chicken breast with taco seasoning (optional)


  • Combine tomatoes, red onion, corn, black beans and cilantro together.
  • Combine lime juice and olive oil together; stir well and pour over salad mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add avocado before serving (note: the lime juice should keep it from browning if you choose to enjoy as leftovers, but adding last will definitely prevent this).
  • Enjoy on its own or top with your favorite seasoned protein, such as ground beef, shrimp or pulled chicken.

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