Beachside in New Hampshire

I grew up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and love getting back up there, especially when it involves visiting family or friends. My mom is in the process of moving into her new house that’s just a street over from the beach and a few weeks ago we spent the day walking around and exploring the town. I’m pretty jealous she gets to take in this view daily! It was the perfect scene for taking some pics along the way, as we both love a good opportunity to play around with our cameras.

I scored this dress during the Nordstrom #Nsale and while it sold out quickly, it was finally restocked and is still under $50! I sized up because the material doesn’t have much stretch and the dress can be adjusted with the tie straps. It’s super versatile – I’ve worn it out to dinner {shown below}, to work and to a bridal shower, swapping out shoes and accessories to dress it up or down. Just throw a jean jacket, chambray shirt or sweater over it, add some booties and it’ll transition right into fall.

If you’ve been following along on Insta {@dailykatyblog} this summer, then you know these lace-up sandals have been my go-to. I got them way back in April and they’re still available and under $100. They come in dark saddle, black and yellow, and while I had a hard time deciding between the two neutral shades, I’m happy I went with dark saddle {shown below} because they really go with everything.

I know the weather is cooling down, but hope everyone gets outside during the long weekend and gets to enjoy quality time with family and friends. And if that hurricane rains on the weekend, catch up on some Netflix or shop the summer sales and new fall items. As much as I love summer, I’m getting excited for booties, jeans and flannel weather!

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Shop the Look:

Dress / Sandals / Sunglasses / Bag

Necklace / Activity Tracker ($35!)

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Gingham for July 4th

My littlest brother graduated from high school last weekend and because it was super hot out I was on the hunt for a light, flowy dress for the occasion. I found exactly what I was looking for and it was on sale for 50% off – and it’s still on sale now with code JULY4TH! Speaking of July 4, it’s perfect for the holiday weekend not only because of the weather, but because it’s easy to incorporate into a red, white and blue color scheme thanks to the navy and white gingham print.

Aside from being lightweight and perfect for summer, what I love about this dress is that I can wear it to both work with some casual sandals (these have been a go-to for years) or to something like a summer BBQ at the beach with a bathing suit underneath and flip flops. I’ll definitely be getting lots of use out of it, including a July 4 weekend party this weekend! Shop the look using the links below.

And in case you haven’t seen, there’s a new way you can shop my Instagram looks via my “Shop My Instagram” page. To get there, just go to “Shop” and then “Instgram.” I’ll also be linking to it in my Instagram profile (@dailykatyblog) so if you see something you like, it’s super easy to shop without having to clutter your inbox with emails.

Happy long weekend! xo

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Shop the Look:

Dress {50% off w/ code JULY4TH, also in petite}

Sandals {similar styles here + here}

Similar Necklace / Earrings

Gingham Dress on DailyKaty.com #loveloft

Gingham Dress on DailyKaty.com #loveloft

Gingham Dress on DailyKaty.com #loveloft

Gingham Dress on DailyKaty.com #loveloft

Gingham Dress on DailyKaty.com #loveloft

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Splurge vs. Save – Chloe & Self Portrait

I love a good deal, especially when I can find one that looks just like the high-end designer version of whatever it is I’m shopping. I recently came across the perfect knock off of the popular Self Portrait lace midi dress so I had to share it, along with a few other knock offs of these Chloe wedges and bag. While I’d love to have the real version of all of below, I’m totally fine with the less expensive options shown on the right below – you can barely tell the difference! Shop both the designer picks and their dupes using the links, and let us know in the comments if you’ve come across other good finds!

Splurge vs Save

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Suede Wedges: Splurge / Save

Dresses: Splurge Blue, Pink / Save Blue, Pink

Bags: Splurge Black, Tan / Save Black, Tan

Casual Chambray Dress

It dawned on me the other day that I’ve been buying a ton of chambray lately… button up shirts, dresses, tanks, you name it. I love that it’s appropriate for my day job but is still casual and comfortable, and you can easily dress it up with nicer pants or a shirt and jewelry. Today I’m sharing a super soft chambray dress that I paired with tan lace up sandals and a simple crossbody bag. My only complaint about this outfit is that there isn’t a huge window of time here in New England for outfits like this, but this week it was perfect! Shop the look using the links below.

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 Shop the Look:

Chambray Dress {sold out – similar here, here & here}

Sandals {also in black} / Bag {under $40!} / Sunglasses

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Casual Chambray Dress

Casual Chambray Dress

Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Casserole

I love breakfast. And I also love any reason to get together with friends, especially when it gives me a reason to either try out a new recipe or share one of my go-to’s with everyone. Recently a few of my out-of-town girlfriends were visiting and we decided to do a potluck brunch at my house instead of going out. I made a delicious french toast casserole recipe inspired by the one my mother-in-law makes, which has always been a favorite of anyone who tries it.

For this recipe, you’ll want to make it the night before so the bread can soak in all of the flavors. The recipe is for a 9×12 inch dish, but if you are bringing it to a tailgate or big event, you can grab a bigger aluminum tray, increase each ingredient by 1/2 and do three layers of bread instead of two. Read on and save/pin this for your next brunch event! Just add champagne…

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole Recipe

Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) white bread
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Combine melted butter with brown sugar and spread across the bottom of the baking dish.
  2. Remove crusts from bread slices. Layer bread across bottom of the baking dish, slicing pieces of bread to fit the entire bottom of the dish.
  3. Whisk the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth. Place dollops of the mixture on the layer of bread.
  4. Add a second layer of bread on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Pour eggs and milk into a medium bowl; whisk together and pour over the bread layers.
  6. Cover the baking dish and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove dish from oven and set oven on broil. Cover with maple syrup and cinnamon sugar and put in oven to broil until it is bubbling and a brown color.
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Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole Recipe

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole Recipe

Amalfi Coast Style

Next up on my Italy posts is a round-up of a few looks you may have seen sneak peeks of on my Instagram while I was traveling. I wore the three outfits below during my stay in Positano and Capri on the Amalfi Coast. The weather wasn’t as warm as I was hoping, but on the last day we finally got some signs of summer (and had to buy bathing suits from a local shop because we didn’t even bring them after seeing the forecast!).

Whether you’re abroad or here in New England, I love this time of year because you can really take advantage of layering looks to take you from day to night. Shop these three looks using the links below or on Insta (@dailykatyblog) with ShopStyle!

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Shop the Look:

Shirt / Jeans {under $40!} / Sandals {also in black & yellow}

Bag {my go-to for travel – lays flat in your suitcase!}

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

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Lace Tank / Shorts / Bag / Sunglasses

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

Shop the Look:

Dress {under $30!} / Bag {under $40!)

Sandals {also in black & yellow}

 

Ruffles in Positano

I’m back! My husband and I took a break from all things reality and went on a trip to Italy – Florence, Rome and then onto the Amalfi Coast, specifically Positano and a day trip to Capri. I’ll be sharing full travel guides for each location because there is just so much to see and do, but for now I wanted to leave you with an outfit I wore for a day traveling from Naples to Positano with a stop for lunch overlooking the ocean in Ravello. Shop the look using the links below. Lots more to come – stay tuned!

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Shop the Look:

Shirt {under $15 & also in blue & black} / Jeans {under $30!}

Bag {under $40!) Scarf / Shoes {so comfy & also in cognac}

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Sunday Sale Finds Vol. 4

Just when I thought spring was here to stay, it went ahead and snowed this morning and the temps are back down for the week. Can a girl please get some no-jacket weather?! I was doing some online window shopping this morning and saw that lots of my favorite stores have great sales going on, so I had to share some of my picks. Shop them all using the links below! The sales don’t require a code unless I noted one with the link.

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Shop the Sales:

Nude Booties / Gold Sneakers / Black Sneakers / Black Bag

Jeans ($19.99!) / Earrings / Bikini Top, Bottom (all swimwear $22!)

Bodysuit (30% off 150+ w/ 3382, 25% off $100+ w/ 3381, 20% off $50+ w/ 3380)

Tan Bag / Bracelets / Denim Vest (40% off w/ SPRINGFUN)

Pink Dress / Patterned Dress (dresses same codes as bodysuit)

 

What are your favorite spring sale finds? Let us know in the comments below!

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Princeville

I’ve been wanting to share my trip to Hawaii with you all for so long and am finally getting around to doing it! Back in October, my husband and I celebrated our second anniversary with a trip to Maui and Kauai, Hawaii… and it was amazing. Why can’t Hawaii be closer to New England?! The way of life and people were so happy, the sun was shining and it was pure bliss.

I have lots to share so am breaking up my travel guide into four separate posts, two for Kauai and two for Maui, as we stayed on two different parts of each island to get a full experience. They were all beautiful and perfect in their own way, but all very different! I honestly can’t pick a favorite. But I’ll kick things off with Princeville (aka the north shore) of Kauai.

Travel Guide: Princeville, Kauai, HI

 

Kauai in general is pretty casual, and much quieter and developed than Maui (someone described it to us as Maui 20 years ago). And while it’s beautiful, it does rain pretty frequently, even if just for a few minutes on and off throughout the day. It rained one day while we were there and while I was initially bummed, it made for full, picturesque waterfalls along the Napali coast. I loved every second of our stay on Kauai and can’t wait until the day I can go back! Read on for tips on where to stay, what to do and what to eat.

Where to Stay:

The ultimate hotel experience is the St. Regis Princeville. It came highly recommended from friends who had been there before and it did not disappoint one bit. In fact, I never wanted to leave. I was so happy that we stayed there for three nights instead of two, which we did at the other resorts. We had an ocean view room, which I personally think is worth it because the view is incredible and you’re set down low near the pool and beach. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but my days in Princeville were spent in a beach chair with a cocktail and magazine in hand and I’d do anything to go back.

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View of the property from the beach

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Ocean view room

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View from ocean view room

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View from deck by the St. Regis Bar

If you don’t stay at the St. Regis, there are a number of other hotels off of the same road that you can choose from, including Hanalei Bay Resort and the Westin Princeville.

What to Do & See:

If you’re not into sitting poolside or by the beach daily, there’s plenty to see and do around Princeville. Hanalei Bay is a short drive and there you can swim, surf, SUP, kayak, you name it.

It was in Princeville that I fell in love with stand up paddle boarding (which I have yet to do again since – downside of New England living). We drove about 10 minutes down the street from our hotel to Hanalei Bay and rented SUPs from Kayak Hanalei for about $40/person for a 24 hour rental – a great deal! You can also rent kayaks there if SUP isn’t your thing. You enter along the calm Hanalei River (great for beginners), then paddle along a 2-mile loop, going up stream first and then down stream on the way back. The way there was challenging but still fun! I was going to rent one again at our hotel to try it on the ocean but didn’t get around to it.

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: SUP in Hanalei

The Napali Coast is a must-see when you’re in Kauai, and there are many ways to do so – by helicopter, hiking or boat. We wanted to go for the boat option but there were very few leaving from the Princeville area (most are closer to the south shore). We went with Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours and loved it – even got to swim with a couple sea turtles that came right up to us! I will admit that I was a little skeptical when it was a small-ish boat with giant waves after a rainy morning, but I had no complaints. The staff are super friendly and knowledegable about the area, history, etc. Below are pics I took on the boat but they really don’t do the scenery justice – pay attention to the full waterfall in the first pic!

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Boat tour of Napali Coast

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Boat tour of Napali Coast

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Boat tour of Napali Coast

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Boat tour of Napali Coast

If you’re into golf, right up the street from the St. Regis is one of the top courses in the country (it’s in a book my husband has of the top golf courses in the world!), the Princeville Makai Golf Club. I can’t speak to the actual golf because I opted out and had myself a nice morning by the beach, but my husband had a great time golfing with a couple locals.

We were originally planning on going to a traditional luau, but the Ahi Lele Fire Show was recommended over that by many people on the island, so we went with that. The show takes place at Common Ground Kauai, which is a beautiful outdoor venue with delicious food made from local ingredients. The first hour of the evening starts with cocktail hour, where passed appetizers are served and you can walk around the property. Then comes the three-course meal complete with ahi,  shrimp and pork, then coconut milk panna cotta. I’m not usually an ahi fan, but it was amazing, along with everything else. Once dinner finished, we were escorted to stage lawn for the show. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, make sure you let them know! Since it was our anniversary, we got front-row seats.

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Ahi Lehe Fire Show

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Ahi Lehe Fire Show

Where to Eat:

Just up the road from the St. Regis (and most of the other Princeville hotels), there’s a little shopping center. That’s where you’ll find our go-to breakfast spot: Lei Petite. Great bagels, acai bowls and iced coffee. It’s nothing fancy, but right up my alley and we sat at the outdoor tables and enjoyed it every morning.

We had lunch poolside at the St. Regis for the most part (loved the fish tacos!), but you can also head into Hanalei for lunch. While we didn’t get over there for lunch, the Hanalei Dolphin came highly recommended for sushi. They don’t take reservations, the wait can be long and it has a limited menu, but we were told it’s worth it for lunch (or dinner) along the river. I saw people out there as I was SUP-ing by on the river. And another suggested lunch option is the local food at Haraguchi Rice Mill and Taro food truck.  It’s right by the SUP rental and Hanalei Dolphin.

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Go-to lunch poolside at the St. Regis – mahi mahi tacos and caesar salad (split in half with my husband :))

Right at the St. Regis is a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant,  The Kauai Grill. We actually didn’t have a chance to try it out, but loved the hotel’s main restaurant, the Makana Terrace. On our last night when we had a late night, we actually ended up going back for round two because it was so good and super convenient. I loved the Prosciutto Wrapped Mahi Mahi – and the staff were so sweet and sent us a complimentary anniversary dessert to top it all off. Also, we heard the sushi at the St. Regis bar is delicious and it’s also a wonderful place to watch the sunset, have a cocktail and pupus (appetizers).

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Dinner at the Makana Terrace
Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Sunset at St. Regis
Sunset view from the St. Regis Bar

In Hanalei, Bar Acuda is a popular spot for tapas made with locally sourced ingredients. Make reservations in advance and try the honeycomb with goat cheese and fuji apple tapa for one of your dishes (and you can’t go wrong with any other options on the menu). Fun fact: former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky was just there. :)

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Dinner at Bar Acuda
Tapas at Bar Acuda
You really can’t go wrong in Princeville – I had no complaints! If you have recommendations to add, please do so in the comments!


Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Boat Tour of Napali Coast

Another view of the Napali Coast from the boatTravel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Boat Tour of Napali Coast
Open cave along our Napali Coast boat tour

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: Taro Overlook

View from the taro fields lookout

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My favorite tree at the St. Regis (took about a million pics of it!)

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: St. Regis Princeville

Toasting to the end of the trip on the beach at the St. Regis

One-Piece Swimwear Under $60

Yesterday’s 75 degree and sunny weather was a big tease, but I loved every second of it and it had me thinking about summer. I was doing some online shopping this past weekend and found myself browsing one-piece swimsuits and decided to take the plunge and order a few to try on. I didn’t think I would end up liking them, but I figured the worst thing that would happen is they would go back to the store. Through high school, I was a competitive swimmer, so while I definitely wore a Speedo one-piece many times in my life, I never actually bought or wore a cute one. And now I’m obsessed.

There are SO many good options available – all with fun details, such as strappy backs, cut outs, mesh and more. The best part is they come at all different price points. Since I’m a newbie to one-pieces, I want to see how much I end up wearing them before buying any of the more expensive options. So today I’m sharing my picks for one-pieces under $60 – many of which are even less! And right now, you can shop these using the links below and use code STYLE to get $5 off $35 or $15 off $75.

One-Piece Swimsuits

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Bottom: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

What’s your favorite place to shop for swimsuits? Let us know in the comments below!