Straw Bags for Spring, Summer & Vacations

When I first started seeing the popular Clare V crossbody straw bag popping up everywhere, I was dying to get it, but couldn’t bring myself to spend $175+ on one. And as it turns out, it was good that I held back on that purchase because soon after tons of straw bags – both less expensive versions of the round bags and lots of other styles with fun colors, pom poms and details like lobsters. Even better… there are so many under $100 and even $50!

I’m getting ready for a few summer weddings and trips and can’t wait to put my favorite straw bags to use. Shop lots of options using the links and widget below!

Straw Bags for Vacations, Spring & Summer

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Sale Finds of the Week

I’ve been a little radio silent over here on the blog the past couple of weeks, and that’s because I was out in Colorado visiting friends and celebrating my brother’s college graduation, which made for a great long weekend. But I’m back and today I’m sharing some of my favorite sale finds from my favorite stores and brands. Keeping this one short and sweet today – go ahead and shop the post using the links and widget below. Everything is at least 40% off! 

Sale Finds of the Week - 40% Off Nordstrom, Free People & More

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Floral Maxi Dress (other colors, too!) / Blue Earrings

Pink EarringsOff-Shoulder Top (also in light blue)

Gingham Yellow Dress / Off-Shoulder Floral Dress

Affordable One-Piece Swim Picks

I’m pretty new to the one-piece swimwear trend… last year was the first time I fully embraced it. I’m heading to Croatia and Cali this spring and have been on the hunt for a few more. But because I live in New England, my attitude about swimwear has always been to avoid spending too much $ on them. They only get so much use around here, so in my opinion, it’s not worth it unless I find one that has the most incredible fit, great quality and a timeless style.

This year, I noticed that lots of stores like Target and Aerie have been offering free shipping/free returns on swimwear, so I went ahead and took advantage of that by ordering a wholeeee bunch of one-piece options to try on. I was expecting to wind up with maybe 2 to keep, but now I’m having a hard time narrowing it down! Below are some of my favorites and more details on each, including other colors they come in and how they fit. Shop these affordable one-piece swim picks via the links!*

Affordable One-Piece Swimwear - Target Swim

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Green Palm PrintI love this print – it’s exactly what I had in mind when I started my one-piece hunt. This one also comes in under $30, so it’s a steal. It has a low scoop back with fun detailing – and while I do love this, I’ve found that this style isn’t the best option for my body type. Because this is from the Xhilaration line, I recommend sizing up (I got a medium but probably could have used a large).

Black/White Striped with LaceI was skeptical about the fit of this one but went ahead and ordered after seeing lots of positive reviews… one person said they even went back for the black version with white lace. It reminds me of THIS more expensive version that I had my eye on last year, and I like that it has a tie in the back that allows you to adjust the tightness at your waist. There’s a very similar style from the Sea Angel line that comes in black and navy and you can also grab it in maternity sizing in both solids and prints here, here & here.

Pink Floral/TropicalThis is probably my favorite out of the bunch when it comes to the print – and I also like the Tori Praver line because I know they’re high quality for the price. If you’re looking at someone wearing this one from the back, it looks like they’re wearing a two-piece bikini. The medium fit well, but I ultimately decided not to keep this one in favor of others, mainly because I didn’t think the low back was super flattering on me. It also comes in this fun floral print and this bright tropical print.

BOTTOM:

Scalloped Black Floral: This option from the Vanilla Beach line is a pretty simple, low-back one-piece – but it has fun scalloped details that make it super flattering. If you’re looking for a solid color, it also comes in black, and here is another floral print option. I like that it has adjustable straps and the cut is a bit cheeky. Also got a medium in this one.

Green Floral/Birds of ParadiseAnother Tori Praver one-piece, this is in the running for my favorite this season. It can be worn/tied in two different ways and has a slight cutout on the sides. The bottom of it is cheeky, but also comes up the perfect amount so that you feel nice and sucked in in the right places. The medium was right for me on this one as well.

Gingham & Black: This is such a classic cut and I love that it has gingham on top (also available in stripes, solid black and a blue tropical/floral print). I had a similar style suit from J.Crew last year with the same ruching on the bottom half and knew this one would be good for my body type. Medium was good on this one – note that this one is less cheeky than some of the others but I still like it! If you’re looking for a gingham suit but this one isn’t for you, try this one, which also fit really well.

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Beach Vacation Outfits

OK peeps… who is so sick of winter that you’re ready just to skip ahead to summer?! I sure am – but here in New England, summer isn’t quite in sight because it doesn’t even feel like spring (it snowed today, ugh). But to hold myself over, I’ve been deep in vacation planning. We’re heading to Colorado in May for my brother’s graduation, Croatia for a family vacation in June and then San Diego/LA to visit friends and go to a family wedding in July. Lots to look forward to!

And with that, I’m on the hunt for the perfect vacation/summer staples without spending too much cash money. I just ordered a bunch of bathing suits to try on from Target & Aerie and waiting for some good sales to shop so I can grab things like these shortalls that I’ve had my eye on. In the meantime, I took a look back beach vacation outfits I do have via pics from 2017 trips to Portugal and Hawaii – I still love all of these outfits and most of the items are still available (or very similar versions). Shop them all via the links below!

Show Me Your Mumu Dress

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Dress (also herehere in blue, similar here)

Sandals (also similar here)

White Lace Romper

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White Romper (also similar here & here)

Sunglasses / Bag (larger version here)

 

Gingham Off Shoulder Tank

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Similar Gingham Tank (also here)

Sandals / Similar Bag & Hat

 

Pineapple Tank

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Pineapple Tank (also here, similar here for $17!)

Sunglasses / Similar Shorts

 

Show Me Your Mumu Crop Tank

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Top in similar prints here & here

Similar shorts here & hereSunglasses

50% Off Spring Shoe Sale!

I’m always on the hunt for a good sale. Lately, anytime I spot something online that I want to buy, I leave it up on my browser until it goes on sale (or sells out, sadly) and then I grab it. That happened today when I went to buy the perfect gingham dress that I’ve had my eye on – it was on sale, plus an additional 15% off – that I knew would be good for my brother’s graduation, bridal/baby showers, etc.

While I was checking out, I noticed that Lord & Taylor was also having a hugeeee spring shoe sale. So today I’m sharing lots of neutral spring shoes that are ALL 50% off. This sale is so good that you should definitely grab your favorite pairs soon because they’re selling out. And note that while I’m sharing neutral shoes below, many of these come in black and other colors! Shop them all by scrolling through the widget and clicking on the shoes you want.

Spring Shoe Sale - Lord & Taylor

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Derby Day Outfits

Last year, one of my girlfriends had a Derby Day-themed bridal shower and we had so much fun getting dressed up for it. When I was looking for a fun outfit to wear, I put together a post with lots of Derby Day outfit ideas because I didn’t see much for inspiration online. That was one of my favorite posts of the year and I wanted to bring back the topic with my picks for this year. Shop some of my favorite dresses, fascinators and hats using the widgets below (just scroll through & click the pics!).

Derby Day Outfit Style

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Dresses:

Favorite Lace Midi Dress (& Lots of Similar Styles!)

Ever since our wedding, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect blue dress, similar to the color my bridesmaids wore. I found exactly that last summer – this lace midi dress, which was under $90. It’s a near-exact dupe for the popular Self Portrait Azaelea dress, minus over $200. I was tempted to grab another color when they launched fall colors… and now it’s back again with new colors for spring. They finally have the periwinkle color I’m wearing below back in stock, along with white (great for brides!), black and several new colors, eggplant, lilac, mint, navy and red.

This dress tends to sell out in various colors and sizes, but just keep checking back on Nordstrom until what you’re looking for is there. I’ve found that they are continually restocked and it just takes a bit of patience if you have a specific color in mind. But if you see the one you want, grab it before it’s gone! They are constantly launching and replacing colors, so you don’t want to miss your chance. I recommend you size up if you’re between sizes (I’m 5′ 8″ and got a medium). If you’re unsure of your size, you can easily order two thanks to Nordstrom’s free shipping & returns.

While I personally think the cut of this dress is flattering on anyone, if it’s not for you, try this one. It’s the same brand, same price, but an off-shoulder ruffle style that comes in pale yellow and white. It’s a strong contender for an early summer wedding I’m attending! Along with that dress, I also tracked down lots of similar options to shop via the links and widget below. Click through the links because many of them have several color options available and are at pretty low price points. If you find any others, leave them in the comments for everyone to see!

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

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DressBag / Sandals

**& lots of similar versions below!**

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Season

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Top: Navy / Yellow / Black / White

Bottom: Blue / Burgundy / Light Blue / Pink

**note that most of these come in lots of colors!**

Lace Midi Dress - Wedding Style

Spring Target Shoes Under $35

After brunching with some girlfriends today, I decided to take a trip over to Target to see if they had a pair of shoes I saw online. I actually had a different post planned for today, but after I checked out the shoe section, I had to share what I found instead! Target is oftentimes the best place to find less expensive versions of trendy shoes, but I find that you have to try them on because they vary when it comes to comfort. All of the spring shoes I found were comfortable and so affordable!

You can find links to my favorite picks below – use the links to shop my top 15 – and if you keep scrolling down you can find even more in the shoppable widget. They are all under $35 and most are around $20. Andddd most of these Target shoes come in lots of colors and patterns, so click through to see what your options are. I’m so ready for spring… now I just need the weather to go back to being warm (snowstorm coming Wednesday… ugh!!).

Spring Target Shoes Under $35

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Row 1: Left / Center / Right

Row 2: Left / Center / Right

Row 3: Left / Center / Right

Row 4: Left / Center / Right

Row 5: Left / Center / Right

Floral Tank in Palm Springs

A few weeks ago, I was out in Palm Springs celebrating my mom’s birthday. We had a great long weekend exploring – hiking, eating and relaxing – away from the cold New England weather. More to come on my Palm Springs recommendations in an upcoming travel post, but in the meantime, I wanted to share an outfit I wore while I was there – mainly because I love the tank top and it’s on sale for $9.99 and available in all sizes. We got a taste of warm weather for two days last week and I cannot wait for spring to finally be here to stay!

This floral tank top is nice and lightweight and perfect for either wearing on its own with shorts or jeans or using as a layer underneath something like a jean or leather jacket. I love how flowy it is because it’s a loose-fitting top while still being flattering. I also picked up these sunglasses and cross body bag before the trip and they’ll both be staples in my spring wardrobe (& beyond!).

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

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Tank Top ($9.99!)Similar Shorts ($35!)

Sunglasses (under $100)

Bag (also black, blush & blue; larger version here)

Sandals (also black & similar in gold)

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Floral Tank Top in Palm Springs

Empty Bottle Diaries – Vol. 1

I’ll be sharing details on my everyday skincare and beauty routines in the coming months, which I’ll update and re-share periodically, but I also wanted to start up a new series: Empty Bottle Diaries. I know not all products are the kind that you use up entirely, but I’ve been trying to do exactly that whenever I’m trying – and liking – a product.

I’ve learned over the past year or two that you can’t really tell it a product is working unless you try it out for a few months. And once I like a beauty product, there’s no point in changing it up until I try something I like something better. So, with that, today I’m sharing a few products that I’ve stuck with and have actually repurchased after they were gone.

Empty Bottle Diaries Vol 1

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Urban Decay Mascara

Burt’s Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Rodan + Fields Unblemish Sulfur Wash

Tula Volume Defense Wrinkle Serum

My thoughts on each:

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: I got a taste of this mascara when I got a sample at Sephora and have been hooked ever since. I’m not the type to be loyal to one mascara (I tend to switch it up depending on if I’m going to work or out for the night/a special occasion – or I layer different types), but once I have a good experience with a mascara, I usually go back to it and buy again. Urban Decay is probably most known for their Naked eye palettes (which I also love!), but this mascara was actually the first product I tried from the brand.

I think this is the perfect everyday mascara because it’s the perfect blend of volumizing and lengthening. I like to put on one coat before work or when I’m being casual (paired with my Lash Boost that I apply each night for longer, fuller lashes) and I’m good to go. My lashes are very blonde, so I look asleep with zero mascara! I’ll add another coat and sometimes another mascara before or after if I’m going somewhere else.

Burt’s Bees Eye Makeup Remover PadsFinding a good eye makeup remover has been a struggle for me for years. Either they’re not good enough and I end up scrubbing so much that I lose an eyelash or they’re way too oily. With these, you get a natural, gentle wash that still removes the makeup, even waterproof (just need a little more patience). Extra bonus: they have no added fragrance and are free of parabens, phthalates, SLS and petrolatum. And they don’t leave behind an oily residue that makes it so you have to wash again after the makeup is gone. But even with the best eye makeup removers, be gentle to your lashes, eyelids and under your eyes! That skin under and around your eyes is so thin and sensitive.

Rodan + Fields Unblemish Sulfur Wash: I went through a phase a couple of years ago where, after not having acne for my entire life, I suddenly started getting it here and there. I guess this is what happens when you hit 30, but I was not a fan. I wasn’t ready to fully commit to a full acne skincare regimen, so I decided to try out a face wash first. Ever since then, I haven’t turned back. I use this once a day – and 2-3 times a week, I use my Microdermabrasion Paste as an exfoliator (I put it on before I get in the shower then rinse off) and then this face wash as a mask for 5-10 minutes afterwards. I have several friends (and customers – I’m a R+F consultant) who also swear by this stuff as well. I’m not writing this to sell anything, but if you do want to learn more, try it out and save 20%, shoot me an email at katy@dailykaty.com – always happy to help!

Tula Volume Defense Wrinkle Serum: Keeping your skin hydrating is so important. If you do that, you’re one step closer to staying wrinkle-free. But if you need a little help, this serum is a great place to start. It’s a milky, concentrated serum that uses natural probiotics with retinol and Vitamin C to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I applied a thin layer on my face after the above face wash and then use a day or night moisturizer afterwards depending on the time of day. I love how this serum is hydrating but also sinks into your skin pretty quickly so you don’t have to wait too long to apply moisturizer.

Tula is a brand I love because their products are not only clean and safe, but they’re also effective and actually work. I have a hard time actually sticking with better-for-you beauty products when they don’t work – and that is not the case with Tula. Next on my list to try from Tula is their Kefir Ultimate Moisture 3pc Collection, which features all three of their full-sized Kefir Products – Kefir Replenishing Cleansing OilMoisture Repair Pressed Serum + new Ultimate Recovery Mask. The bundle is only $65 for the month of February – and it’s worth $153!

Tula Skincare on QVC

Thank you to Urban Decay, Burt’s Bees and Tula for providing samples for me to try out. I am a Rodan + Fields consultant and this post also contains affiliate links, which means that if you click the links and make a purchase, I’ll earn commissions. As always, all opinions are my own.