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!

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

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

Shop the Look:

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!

Ruffles in Positano

Shop the Look:

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

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

Ruffles in Positano

Ruffles in Positano

Ruffles in Positano

Ruffles in Positano

Ruffles in Positano

Ruffles in Positano

 

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.

Sunday Sale Finds

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.

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

View of the property from the beach

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

Ocean view room

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

View from ocean view room

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

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.

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

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).

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

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

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

Top: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Middle: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Bottom: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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

Light Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hope you all had a great weekend! I caught up with lots of friends this weekend and then spent today doing lots of food prep and catching up on the Bachelor. I’m so excited for one of my friends who lives out of state to visit this week and bring her new baby girl. I’m planning on serving a bunch of dips and easy appetizers, so today I made one of my favorites, a light version of buffalo chicken dip. Then when my guests arrive, I’ll pop it in the oven and it will be good to go with tortilla chips!

The best part about this dip is there are lots of different ways to customize it based on your preferences. The recipe below combines a few different recipes that friends and family have shared, and it’s super easy, especially if you prep your cooked chicken in the slow cooker. Just throw a couple chicken breasts into your slow cooker on high for 3 1/2-4 hours and it will shred nicely. The key with this recipe is to put the chicken in the buffalo sauce before adding the ingredients. I’ve also included some other ways to make it at the bottom – feel free to make it however you want!

Light Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 8 ounce package of reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 cup fat free ranch dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Directions:

  • Heat chicken and hot sauce over stove on medium until chicken is thoroughly soaked.
  • Add cream cheese and stir until melted.
  • Add ranch dressing, sour cream  and shredded cheese. Stir until blended.
  • Pour into square baking dish (optional: add bread crumbs and more shredded cheese).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for at least 20 minutes.
  • Serve with Tostidos or pita chips.

Light Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Variations:

  • Add bread crumbs and/or another cup of cheddar cheese to the top, bake it in the oven for 20 minutes or so on 350 degrees
  • Instead of baking, cook stovetop on low heat for 30 minutes (note: you will need to stir frequently because it begins to bubble when hot)
  • Omit the sour cream and double the cream cheese
  • Add in blue cheese crumbles and/or dressing (I personally prefer ranch!)

Light Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

What’s your favorite dip recipe? Share it below!

Pineapple Everything

We’ve barely even had a winter (or at least any snow) and yesterday felt like spring. Fine by me! So until the warm weather is finally here to stay, I’ll be dreaming of all things summer… starting with my latest obsession with pineapples. I want gold pineapples everywhere in the house (love this candle!), my weekly planner has pineapples on it, and I’ll be heading to Target later today to pick up this pineapple one-piece bathing suit. Need it all!

Shop the post using the links below – and don’t miss out on my Rodan + Fields skincare giveaways one post back!

Pineapple Everything

Shop the Post:

Salt & Pepper Shakers / Tank / iPhone Case (c/o Casetify)

Romper / Cocktail Shaker / Pool Float / Planner

Backpack / Ice Cube TraySmall Serving Dish (& Large)

Bracelet / One-Piece & Two-Piece Bathing Suits

Rodan + Fields Skincare & 3 Giveaways!

Today’s post is one I’ve been wanting to share for a while, as it’s all about my new skincare routine that has really made a positive impact on me. Ever since I started using skincare of any type, I’ve been all about convenience, especially at night, as I tend to get tired and lazy. I’ve tried out (and loved) many products over the years, but over time switched from one brand or product to another.

Enter Rodan + Fields, from the doctors behind Proactiv, and my redness and wrinkles are nearly gone and I don’t even feel the need to wear tinted moisturizer or foundation anymore. The line was originally sold at department stores – and was the #1 skincare line at Nordstrom – until the founders decided to shift the distribution and marketing strategy to direct selling. Read on for my experience with this skincare line and enter the giveaways at the end!

My Daily Routine for Flawless Skin, plus 3 Giveaways!

Rodan + Fields was intriguing to me for two reasons: the before/after pics of real results and the 60 day money back guarantee (even if the bottles are empty!). So I took the solution tool quiz, figured out which products were right for me (SOOTHE regiment for redness/sensitivity, along with the REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream and Multi-Function Eye Cream for wrinkles/anti-aging), and went ahead and placed an order. This may sound like a lengthy routine for 2x/day, but after I got used to it, the step-by-step system really didn’t bother me.

Rodan + Fields Skincare - Before + Afters, Giveaways + More!

Trying out Rodan + Fields was a bit of an experiment for me, as I had never documented how products worked with before/after pics. I also stopped using other skincare products to truly see what the R+F results were. Honestly, I was not expecting to be as impressed as I was. After 1.5 weeks, my before/after pic clearly showed reduced redness (one of my friends said it looked like “night and day”!). I also quickly noticed the lines on my forehead and around my eyes become much less noticeable.

The skincare routine that changed my skin! Plus three giveaways.

One of the things I love most about Rodan + Fields is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all product line. There are four different regimens – SOOTHE (redness/sensitivity), REDEFINE (wrinkles, firmness, anti-aging), REVERSE (brown spots, dullness, discoloration) and UNBLEMISH (acne/post-acne marks) – and you can use combinations to address more than one skin concern. All you have to do is take a quick quiz via the solution tool to reveal which regimen(s) are best for you. From there, you can add on things like the REDEFINE Macro Exfoliator, Acute Care for Expression Lines or AMP MD Roller.

Rodan + Fields Regimens

Becoming a R+F consultant was also not something I saw myself doing, but once I had such a great experience with the products myself and learned about the promotions going on for new consultants, I was sold. I saw one of my high school friends making enough income to stay home with her kids a few more days a week and I realized that even though I don’t consider myself a sales person, I could stand behind and spread the word about quality products. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get the products for myself as discounted as possible! If this is of interest to you, comment or email me at katyc.rodanandfields@gmail.com and I can give you more info. Right now, you can earn double your initial investment back. And much like blogging, there’s a great community to connect with via Facebook, events, etc.

Note: As a blogger, I want to make sure that I’m sharing the latest and greatest in the skincare world with you, so don’t worry, I won’t be posting about Rodan + Fields every week! I’m always looking forward to testing out new products and will continue to do so, adding them to my skincare routine here and there where it makes sense. Plus I know we are all looking for products for different uses, at different price points, etc.

Rodan + Fields Giveaways on DailyKaty.com

Giveaway! Like I said, I wasn’t hooked on these products until I tried them myself, so I wanted to give me readers the chance to win Rodan + Fields’ popular REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream ($60 value), which sells out on the reg. AND as one of the entries, you can fill out a quick survey and I’ll send you a FREE mini facial sample (note: if you opt into this, I’ll follow up via email for some feedback). Giveaway open to U.S. residents only from now until April 30, 2016 and free mini facial samples available while supplies last.

Bonus Giveaway! Here’s where it gets even better. For anyone who makes a purchase of $100+ through my Rodan + Fields site and signs up as a preferred customer will be entered to win your choice of the REDEFINE AMP MD System ($200 value) or Acute Care for Expression Lines ($210 value) on me! Being a preferred customer will also get you 10% off and free shipping from there on out. Find out which regimen is for you with the solution tool (quick survey). Note: the 60 day money back guarantee will not apply on this giveaway item. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only from now until May 31, 2016.

Bonus Offer for New Consultants! This is for those of you who want to go all in and become my business partner as a side- or even full-time gig! Sign on as a consultant here with the $395, $695 or $995 starter kit and I’ll personally give you $200 cash back after 60 days. Rodan + Fields also has a promotion going on right now where you can get double your initial investment back. Email me at katyc.rodanandfields@gmail.com for more details on this offer and to redeem the offer once you’re signed on. Happy to answer any and all questions!

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**This post is not in any way sponsored, but since you can only purchase these products through a consultant, the links will take you to my page, where I make sales commissions.**

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that some people love and others couldn’t care less about. I fall somewhere i the middle. The holiday comes four days after my birthday, so those two occasions combined always give my husband and I a great excuse to go out for a nice dinner. Over the years we’ve opted for vacations over big gifts, but because many of you out there are likely getting or receiving gifts to loved ones or even friends, I wanted to share a very pink gift guide with items I’m loving right now.

Shop the gifts using the links below – hope you all have a great long weekend and Valentine’s Day! XOXO

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Shop the Gifts:

PJ Set / Water Bottle / c/o Lauren B. Nail Polishes

Necklace / Ring / Sunglasses / Earrings / Sweatshirt

Lipstick / Watch / iPhone Case / Bag / Flats / Sneakers

Crock Pot Turkey Chili for Game Day

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While our team sadly didn’t make it to the big game last night, we still had a few friends over and had ourselves a nice little night. Because really, the food, drinks and friends are the best part of any sports game anyway, right? I went on a cooking spree in the morning, prepping for both the game and today’s snowstorm. My favorite thing to do is throw in a slow cooker meal while I make other appetizers, and today I’m sharing my favorite chili recipe. It has just the right amount of spice and is so easy to make. Plus it’s great as leftovers.

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Football season may be officially over for the year, but there’s still college basketball to use as an excuse to entertain with friends and family. I personally love to enjoy a good glass of red wine in the winter, and this weekend I discovered and tried out Black Box Wines, which went perfectly with our Sunday Funday food and are going to be a go-to for bringing to other peoples’ houses for days like this. These wines come in 3 liter eco-friendly boxes (equivalent to four 750 ml bottles) and stay fresh for up to six weeks. But the best part is that it’s actually great wine (they’ve won over 50 Gold Medals for quality!) for 40% less of the price of comparable bottled wines. I went with the Cabernet Sauvignon but can’t wait to try other varieties.

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Anyway, back to the chili… for this recipe, I tried to keep things on the healthy side and used ground turkey. If you’re doubling the recipe for a big slow cooker, you could consider doing half and half with ground turkey and beef. This recipe requires very little prep. Just brown the turkey, add onions until they’re cooked through, then put them both in the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients, set on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Then add your favorite toppings (I love a little cheese, sour cream and green onions) and you’re good to go!

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

For more game day entertaining and recipe inspiration, visit SimpleEntertaining.com. And I’d love to hear what your favorite game day recipes are – leave them in the comments! Cheers!

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

 

Crock Pot Chili for Game Day

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 can (7 oz) Mexicorn
  • 2 jars (16 oz each) salsa
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp hot Mexican style chili pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, green onions, cheese, avocado

Instructions

  1. Saute the ground turkey, onion and garlic until turkey is browned. Drain excess fat.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients (other than option toppers) with turkey, onion and garlic in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Add optional toppers and enjoy.
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