Summer Wedding Style {Get the Look}

I had a big case of the Mondays after a long weekend reuniting with some of my best friends for a wedding in Portsmouth, NH (and some festivities in the days leading up to it). Our friend was lucky enough to have great summer weather for her wedding – not too hot or cold and a little overcast that always makes for great photos.

Today I’m sharing my wedding outfit featuring some of my favorite brands: Shoshanna, Loeffler Randall, Diane Von Furstenberg, BaubleBarKate Spade and Essie. I purchased my Shoshanna dress earlier this year, but I’ve included a very similar strapless version below. Check it out and click the links to view or purchase any of the items yourself!

Summer Wedding Style

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Summer Wedding Style {Get the Look on}

What are your favorite colors for summer weddings? Let us know in the comments below!

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese {Recipe}

In case you missed it, Monday was National Mac and Cheese Day. I could eat mac and cheese any day, whether it’s a box of Annie’s or homemade cheesy deliciousness. Today I’m sharing a new, healthier spin on mac and cheese that substitutes some of the noodles for cauliflower. I swear you won’t even notice the difference and I found it to be much more filling than traditional mac and cheese. It’s based off of a recipe I found on Damn Delicious and there are lots of ways you can tweak it to make it your own (see the bottom of the post for some ideas!).

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup Panko
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 cup elbows pasta
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk, or more, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a 9-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Panko and cook, stirring, until browned and toasted, about 3 minutes. Stir in parsley; set aside.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Within the last 3 minutes of cooking time, add cauliflower; drain well.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the pot. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in pasta, cauliflower, sour cream, milk and cheeses, a handful at a time, until smooth; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  • Spread pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place into oven and bake until bubbly, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with Panko, if desired.


  • Add Frank’s hot sauce before serving (my favorite!).
  • Take a tip from Michelle Obama’s cauliflower mac and cheese recipe and puree the cauliflower to make it blend better with the cheese.
  • Use any combination of your favorite cheeses (below I used Trader Joe’s Swiss and Gruyere along with cheddar cheese).

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

What’s your favorite mac and cheese recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

Perfect Fall Outfit, Complete with Affordable, Stylish Jeans {Get the Look}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Abercrombie & Fitch for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Summer took forever to get here in Boston, but it finally feels like it’s here to stay. But now that summer is in full swing, it’s already time to start thinking about fall fashion. Whether you’re headed off to college for the first year or juggling grad school courses with your full-time job, it’s important to look put together even on those days that you can barely roll out of bed (I know, easier said than done). I’m loving the outfit below for fall because it’s simple, yet stylish, and can easily transition from class or the office to dinner and drinks with friends.

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Finding the right jeans includes a combination of the perfect fit, stretch and style, all of which depends on how you intend to wear them and on what occasion. While there are many times where I’m a fan of expensive designer jeans, when it comes to my go-to everyday jeans, I personally love simple, stretchy jeans like the Super Skinny style shown above from Abercrombie & Fitch. I also love their Boyfriend jeans, shown below. One of the best things about their jeans is that they have a no-slip waistband with memory stretch that lasts wash after wash. They also come in lots of different washes, rises and sizes. The best part? Right now, you can get any jeans in store for $35 - such a deal!

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Donate Clothes, Earn Nordstrom or Lord & Taylor Gift Cards AND Give Back to Nonprofits

I’ll admit it… I hold onto my clothes for too long just in case I want to wear them again. Every so often, I reach a point where I truly realize that I need to purge my closet and actually do so on a day I have to myself. Since my college days, I’ve brought the clothes I no longer needed or wanted to a local Second Time Around consignment store.


While I think Second Time Around is a great company, let’s face it, we’re all looking for a little more convenience in our lives. So during my last closet clean out session a few months ago, I did some research and found a few great online consignment stores that give you a list of accepted brands, a pre-paid shipping label and all you have to do is send away and wait for your PayPal funds to come in once your items are approved. I sent everything I could to Twice and the rest to ThredUp (this is because ThredUp doesn’t have a specific list of brands they do not accept). And of course everything else went to Goodwill). I have to say, I did get a decent amount of money for the items I sent.

Fast forward to today… I think I may have uncovered an even better way to donate my clothes. Fashion Project, an online clothing donation company, aims to raise money for charity through online clothing donations. The company currently has more than 800,000 nonprofit partners and donates 55% of net proceeds to charity. To top that off, they’ve partnered with Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor to reward you with gift cards for your clothing donations! Donation + gift cards = cleaning out my closet this weekend. It’s a great combo of the ideas behind Goodwill and Twice.

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Here’s how it works:

  • Donate clothing. Clean out your closet and donate your apparel, handbags, shoes and accessories in like-new or gently-used, clean condition.
  • Fill it, ship it. Order a free donation bag or print a free pre-paid label at home. Fill your bag (or box) and give it to USPS. Fashion Project will email you when your items are received.
  • Get rewarded. Once your items sell on Fashion Project, 55% of the net proceeds will go to support a charity you choose. And as a thank you, Fashion Project will send you either a $40 Nordstrom gift card or $20 Lord & Taylor gift card for every 5 qualifying items. Note: the Lord & Taylor program will end August 3 and you will have a choice of supporting Dana-Farber or the Jimmy Fund. 

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At first glance the lists of accepted brands for the Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor appear to be the same, but make sure you check out the qualifying brands list for each before sending in clothes. If you have clothes that don’t qualify, try bringing them to your local consignment shop, Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Will you be cleaning out your closet this summer? If so, where will you donate or sell your clothes? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Summer Skin Care Tips

With summer weather comes outdoor activities, and while getting tan was once viewed as a great thing, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun and maintain a proper skincare routine during this time of year. Fortunately, put together a list of the “Top 5 Summer Skin Care Tips” to give some tips on keeping your skin healthy.


  1. Protect It All. Sun protection is a must for healthy skin all year round, but it is especially important in the summer when the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight is at its most intense. You should apply 1 ounce of broad-spectrum sunscreen from head to toe 30 minutes before sun exposure and then every 2 hours afterward or more frequently if you swim or sweat. Make sure that you cover every exposed part with sunscreen. Don’t forget your ears, your neck or the tops of your feet! Also, use a lip balm with SPF protection to protect your lips, which can also sunburn.
  2. Fight Dehydration. Sun exposure causes rapid evaporation of moisture from your skin, leaving it dehydrated. Use a hydrating mist before reapplying your sunscreen and let it soak into your skin to revive and rejuvenate your complexion. Use a moisturizing night cream with antioxidants to help your face recover from your day in the sun. Slather on a moisturizing body lotion to all other areas that basked in the summer sun before heading to bed.
  3. Keep Oil at Bay. Summer humidity can lead to problems with oily skin for some women, and if you’re among them, you may end up with acne breakouts or enlarged pores. Switch to an oil-free moisturizer and a foaming cleanser for your daily skin care routine to counteract the effects of summer weather. When blemishes appear, use a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil to speed up healing and help unblock your pores.
  4. Even It Out. Even when you use an effective sunscreen, you may still develop splotchy redness following sun exposure. This is typically a temporary problem, but it can make it difficult to look your best during the summer months. Applying a CC cream before your foundation will help to even out your skin tone and disguise imperfections while also providing you with SPF protection.
  5. Slough It Off. Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least once per week during the summer months. This will help to remove tissue that has been damaged by the sun and keep your pores clear to decrease the risk of summer acne. If you have sensitive or dry skin, try using a mild natural exfoliating mask or a scrub with moisturizing beads. For an oily or combination complexion, an alpha hydroxy acid peel is a smart summer exfoliation choice.

Keep up this routine until the summer turns to fall, and then reevaluate your skin care needs for the new season.

How will you keep your skin healthy during the summer months? Let us know in the comments below!

**This post was originally written and published by me on’s Boston Makeup Examiner.

Patriotic Style {Get the Look}

From Memorial Day to the World Cup and 4th of July, I’ve seen some amazing patriotic style items this year. In honor of Independence Day, I’m sharing some of my favorites that you can pick up for summer or the next American holiday.

Patriotic Style


And of course… Hank was decked out in his patriotic gear both today and yesterday. Despite today’s rain, he had a great time running around on the beach and we’ll be back there tomorrow and Sunday! Both the bow tie and pup shirt can be found at

Hank July 4 @DailyKatyBlog

How did you celebrate the 4th of July and what was your patriotic style? Let us know in the comments below!

Don’t Let These “Health” Foods Fool You {Infographic}

I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and that usually includes eating healthy and exercising daily… at least during the weekdays. That’s not to say that I don’t indulge in the occasional chocolate bar at work when I’m craving it or pizza for dinner when I just don’t want to or have time to cook dinner. But when I’m trying to eat healthy, it’s helpful to know what foods are actually healthy. The below infographic is super helpful when it comes to picking out good-for-you food and drink options. Many of the items on the list – caesar salad, frozen yogurt and bottled green tea – are foods I love but just aren’t as healthy as you’d think!

Infographic - "Health" Foods - @DailyKatyBlog

Which of your favorite foods are not as healthy as you once thought? Let us know in the comments below!

Take Your Dog to Work Day

This past Friday, June 20, was Pet Sitter International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day, which I was SO excited to take Hank to at my office. Unfortunately, I ended up having to travel for work (can’t really complain about a work trip to Miami though!), but I learned some interesting things about dogs and work that I wanted to share anyways.

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This year marks the 16th anniversary of Take Your Dog to Work Day, and each year I hear more and more people I know both participating in this event and bringing their pups to the office regularly. According to, when the holiday first started, 300 companies participated, and this number continues to grow each year.

Leading up to Take Your Dog to Work Day, Wellness Natural Pet Food surveyed more than 1,000 dog and cat owners to get some info on the benefits of integrating pets into our jobs. Here’s what they found out:

  • Currently, only 12 percent of American dog owners are allowed to bring their pooch to work, but 48 percent of all owners wish they could.
  • 64 percent of owners feel that bringing their pet into the office helps reduce stress.
  • 56 percent say that having their pet at work improves their mood.
  • 40 percent believe the additional cubicle mates make for a more positive work environment.
  • 62 percent of dog owners say they get more exercise as a pet owner than they would otherwise.

While I don’t have any photos of Hank at work, I’ll leave you with this one of him holding my suitcase hostage as I packed up for Miami on Thursday night…

Hank Suitcase @DailyKatyBlog

Does your company allow you to bring your dog to work? Did you participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day? If so, please send photos to and let us know in the comments below!

Late Spring Hair Essentials

all have our own hair and beauty routines, but I think it’s safe to say that we all strive for a healthy balance of convenience, functionality and style when it comes to our hair. Today, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite products that have very quickly become part of my daily routine – everything from shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo that keep my hair looking healthy and clean, to styling tools and products that finish it all off.

Hair Essentials - June 2014

 1. Batiste Dry Shampoo

If you haven’t added dry shampoo to your beauty routine yet, trust me, you need to go get some. You’ve heard that washing your hair every day isn’t good for your hair, but let’s face it, hair just doesn’t look as good on day two or three. That’s where dry shampoo comes in, and right now I’m loving Batiste Dry Shampoo, which helps get rid of oily roots and gives your hair body without any water. On days where I don’t do a high-cardio workout before work, I give my roots a few sprays of Batiste Dry Shampoo, give it a few minutes to set, brush it out and my hair is left feeling clean and fresh.

One of the best things about Batiste is that it comes in nine different colors and scents, as well as travel sizes. I know a common complaint with dry shampoos in general is that they leave a white powdery color on darker hair colors, and Batiste solves that problem with their varieties that are made specifically for blonde, medium and brown, and dark and deep browns.

Batiste Dry Shampoos can be purchased at many retailers nationwide, including Ulta and Walgreens for $8 (price can vary depending on the retailer). To learn more about Batiste Dry Shampoo, visit and follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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 2. KindTies Creaseless Hair Ties

I discovered creaseless hair ties a few years ago and now that’s all I use (except for when I am working out). How many times have you found yourself with an ugly hair elastic around your wrist, just in case you might need one throughout the day? Or do you ever want to put your hair up just for a short period of time, but avoid it because you don’t want a crease to develop in your hair? If you answered yes to either of those, KindTies’ creaseless hair ties are for you. Not only do they solve the problems I mentioned above, they also come in tons of awesome colors and patterns, from florals and metallics, to aztec patterns and solid colors with bows. Shown below are my favorite neutrals, which I particularly love because I have blonde hair. These add a fun touch of metallic and patterns.

KindTies can be purchased for $9 for a set of six hair ties. To check out everything KindTies has to offer (hair ties, headbands and more), visit or follow the shop on Facebook.

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3. The Wrap Up by Sarah Potempa

It took me forever to finally figure out the sock bun and while I finally mastered it, I still look for simpler buns and braids that make getting ready for work quick and painless. I recently discovered The Wrap Up from Sarah Potempa, which is the perfect tool for creating anything from a simple low messy bun to a trendy top know or sophisticated updo – all within minutes. Check out this video to see how the Wrap Up works – it’s so easy!

The Wrap Up can be purchased at for $21, and you can also enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one! And to stay updated on the latest from the brand – which offers curling and styling irons, brushes and more – by visiting and following on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


4. Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner

While I’ve been loyal to a few brands over the years, I’m a big fan of switching up my shampoo and conditioner every once in a while because I find that it gives my hair a healthy look and feel. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, which I love. Both are designed for harsh and frizzy hair, and they moisturize and nourish your hair deep down, leaving your hair smooth, soft, silky and shiny.

Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner can be purchased on or for $24 and $27.50, and travel sizes are also available for $10 each. For more on Davines, visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Davines Shampoo & Conditioner

5. 12 Benefits Rapid Blowout Argan Oil Blow Dry Spray & Pink Addiction

I love hair products that make make hair look smooth and shiny with very little effort. 12 Benefits, a company with nearly 60 years of professional salon heritage, has two products that I’m happy to have added to my daily routine. The first is their Rapid Blowout Argan Oil Blow Dry Spray, which gives a shiny finish to hair for a perfect blowout. The spray has three, naturally pure ingredients that work together to disperse water from the hair’s surface. Pink Addiction uses Keratin amino acids and argan oil to reverse hair deficiencies, giving hair lengths and ends a nice treatment.

12 Benefit’s Rapid Blowout Spray can be purchased for $24 and Pink Addiction for $25, both at For more on 12 Benefits, visit and follow the brand on Facebook.

12 Benefits


Want to try out some of these products for yourself? Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a bottle of Batiste Dry Shampoo and The Wrap Up from Sarah Potempa! The giveaway will be open through Monday, July 21, 2014 and is open to U.S. residents.

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**While I was not compensated for this post, I did receive products for review from each participating brand. All opinions are 100% my own.

ASOS Scallops & Pastels {Get the Look}

If you haven’t shopped at yet, I suggest you go check it out… starting with these pretty pastel scalloped bags, clutches and more, all for less than $40! ASOS has so many on-trend items, from clothes to accessories, all at affordable prices. Check out the items I’m loving right now below and let us know which is your favorite in the comments!

ASOS Scallops