Softest Vest & Flannel Combo

For my first post of 2017, I had to share what is quite possibly the best vest ever. I had my eye on it for a while and it kept selling out, but my mom got it for me for Christmas {thanks, mom!}. So go ahead and pick one up before they’re gone again – you won’t regret it. My go-to way to wear it has been with a flannel and my favorite distressed jeans {which happen to be under $20!}, but you can really throw it on over anything from a light sweatshirt to a casual dress. It’s totally appropriate for anything from lounging around to work, as long as it works within the dress code. I also love how it looks with my new Cuyana bag – another gift! Side note: I’ve had these Uggs for about 8 years and they’re still going strong, on sale here.

As you may have noticed, I had a slow start to the year getting back in the swing of things post-holidays, but from here on out you can expect new posts here {almost} every Wednesday and Friday! And of course daily posts on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. The countdown is on {less than a month!} to my 30th birthday and I have lots of fun content planned, including travel guides and beauty roundups that were among my most read posts of last year. Let me know in the comments if there are any other topics/posts you’d like to see!

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

Shop the Look:

Vest {more sizes & colors here, here}

Flannel {others here, hereBag / Jeans {under $20!!}

Boots {some sizes & colors on sale here} / Sunglasses

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

Cozy Vest & Flannel Outfit

 

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016

The pre-holiday season got the best of me and admittedly I am WAY behind on my gift guide content that I had originally planned (sorry!!). The holidays are now here, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who hasn’t quite checked everyone off the gift list yet. One of my favorite things on Christmas morning when I was little was opening up my stocking – my mom wrapped every little thing in it so it took forever!

So today I’m sharing lots of last-minute stocking stuffers from either stores you probably have nearby or good old Amazon Prime. Bought all your gifts already? Pick some of these up for yourself – especially the gift sets that are only available at this time of year and are usually great value! Shop everything via the links and images below, where you’ll find even more options in each category.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope you all get to disconnect and spend time with family and friends.

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2017

Shop the Gifts:

May Designs Desk Calendar / Kate Spade Planner

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette / Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set / BaubleBar Choker / Kendra Scott Earrings

Tory Burch Keychain / PopSugar Must Have Box Ring Dish

Lavanila Cozy Comforts Mini Deodorant Trio / Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Set

Maria Shireen Hair Tie Bracelet / bareMinerals BARE HAVEN Moisturizing Soft Cream

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick / Korres Greek Nights Volcanic Twist Shadow Collection

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer / Avon Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil

Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet MaskExfoliating Foot Mask / Target Copper Bar Tools

Jonathan Adler CandleLL Bean Slipper Socks / Target Mittens

 bkr Water Bottle / J.Crew Hat / Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

 

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Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

It’s finally time for part two of my Hawaii travel guide. In case you missed it, the first post covered where to stay, along with what to see, eat and do on the North shore of Kauai, in Princeville. The entire island of Kauai is the perfect place to get away and relax with beautiful scenery all around. Today I’m taking you to the South shore of the island, to the town of Poipu.

Travel Guide: Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii

Where to Stay:

We loved the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which is located right in Poipu on the water. The property is basically right on Shipwreck Beach, but since the surf was so strong, we found ourselves posted up by one of the many pools. My favorite was the salt water lagoon that overlooked the ocean, and there are also freshwater “river pools,” complete with a 150+ foot waterslide that I may have gone on about 100 times. The scenery on the Grand Hyatt property is beautiful and you truly feel like you’re in a Hawaiian paradise.

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Fall Sunflowers

Fall is in full force here in New England, and I’ve been trying to get outside and enjoy it while it lasts, especially on the weekends. I love this time of year, but it goes by way too fast! In September last year, I kept seeing a beautiful sunflower field pop up on my Instagram, so this year I decided to check it out and also pick up some fresh produce for the week at the farm it’s part of. It was worth the hour-long drive – although I will admit that while the pics are pretty, IRL it was basically a giant sunflower field with people taking selfies everywhere! Definitely a great spot for a photo opp and a taste of fall.

I love floral patterns with jewel tones in them for fall, and I found exactly that in this dress. Long sleeved dresses are great transitional pieces because you can swap out your footwear from sandals to flats, then onto booties and tall boots as the temps drop. I’m very picky when it comes to flats, and the ones I’m wearing here have been my go-to since I got them last year (they’re still available and on sale here!).

I’m heading out to San Francisco tomorrow to visit a friend and am looking forward to relaxing and enjoying weather in the high 60s for a long weekend. Colder weather is going to be here before we know it! For more fall looks and my travels, follow along on Instagram (@dailykatyblog), and let us know what your favorite transitional fall staples are in the comments below.

Fall Sunflowers & Loft Dress

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Dress (also here, on sale!) / Shoes (on sale)

Earrings (on sale) / Bag (also similar)

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Friday Faves: The Best Lip Products

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’m long overdue for a beauty post. A few months ago, it was National Lipstick Day (did you know that was an actual thing?!), and it made me want to put together a post on the latest lip products. But then I decided to head straight to all of the bags I use on a regular basis and pull out the lip products I’m using – and loving – right now. Thanks to this blog and Sephora being across the street from my office, I’ve tried out lots of lipsticks, glosses, stains, balms, you name it, over the last few years.

It wasn’t until my wedding three years ago that lip color became one of the two beauty products that make me feel most put together (mascara is also must for me!). I went to Sephora in search of a natural-looking lipstick that would actually stay on for our big day because I knew I was going to forget to reapply, and that’s when I discovered my go-to YSL lip stain (more on that below). Since then, I try to have some sort of lip color on, especially if I’m out at night.

Read on for my current faves and exactly what it is I love about each, along with my go-to lip treatment that I use daily. Let us know what your recommendations are in the comments below!

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Yellow Florals

Wedding is season is in full swing right now for me – and by that I mean this weekend will be the fourth I’m going to in six weekends! While that’s left us with little free time on the weekends, I love any excuse to get dressed up and celebrate with friends and family. Usually, I either use Rent the Runway or buy dresses for specific events, but this year I bought a few different dresses at the beginning of the season that I knew I’d wear more than once and dressed them up for weddings.

I went with this yellow floral dress for a Labor Day Weekend wedding at a barn near the ocean for my husband’s cousin’s wedding. When I first spotted this dress online, I knew I had to have it. I typically gravitate toward a-line dresses that are tight at the waist but then go out from there to give room to breathe (and eat!), but for some reason this one was an exception because even though it was flowy, it still had enough shape to it. Plus it was fun to dance around in!

Since I wore this dress for a wedding, I dressed it up with cognac suede lace up block heels (similar here) and a nude bag. More recently, I put a jean jacket on top of it and went with flats. And if you love the yellow floral print but not this particular dress, you’re in luck, because it also comes in a few different styles (scroll down to shop those – they’re all on sale!).

I know fall is technically here, but we’re just starting to feel it, so I know many of you are still enjoying the summer heat! Shop this look using the links below, whether you have weddings coming up, are heading on vacation or want to save it for next spring or summer.

Yellow Floral Dress on DailyKaty.com

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Dress (more sizes here) / Similar Sandals

Similar Bag / Similar Earrings

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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

Gingham Dress on DailyKaty.com #loveloft

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

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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.

Casual Chambray Dress

 Shop the Look:

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

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

Casual Chambray Dress

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