2019 Valentine’s Day Gifts

My husband and I don’t usually do Valentine’s Day gifts – my birthday is four days beforehand and over the years we’ve opted for travel rather than things for gifts (although he does send beautiful flowers!). But that’s not to say you shouldn’t do regular gifts, as it’s always nice to receive one from someone special in your life, especially if it’s something you’ll use and love.

Whether you’re asking your significant other for something you’ve had your eye on or giving your bestie a treat, here’s a list of my favorite Valentine’s Day gifts of the year. These all make great gifts for any occasion!

Valentine's Day Gifts

1. Flowers that last a year. I had no idea these existed until a coworker got them a few years ago. They’re not cheap, but I do like the concept behind them – these real roses are pretty, come in several sizes and will last up to a year. They also come in smaller & bigger options.

2. A cozy cashmere wrap scarfA couple of my coworkers also have these and swear by them. This is definitely an investment piece, but is such high quality that you can go ahead and get rid of other blanket scarves once you get your hands on one of these. They also come in lots of different colors, so ask for one you’ll wear often. Select colors are on sale here and here.

3. A nice neutral, leather bag or wallet. I have this carryall bag and love it because it isn’t too big but still fits a ton and has a cross-body strap. This brand is one you can count on lasting – the leather is good quality and they keep costs down by selling direct-to-consumer. Their zip-up wallets are also great picks. Everything comes in several colors of leather, but I’m partial to the stone or blush colors because they go with everything.

4. A fresh pair of (rose) sneaks or slides. My husband and I are sneaker lovers, so they make for good gifts in our household. I personally think that rose pink is becoming a neutral – it goes with everything – and I love when that extends into my footwear. I love these sneakers and these slides.

5. Dainty gold jewelry. I’ve been into layering simple gold jewelry and these are pretty easy to pick out for someone else without much guidance. My favorite places to shop for these pieces are Missoma, Mejuri and Gorjana (linked some of my favorites, which more as you scroll the images below!).

6. Book a weekend getaway and accessorize with a suitcase or other travel supplies. You can’t go wrong with a nice suitcase (love this rose gold option) – Delsey sent me their hard shell suitcases last year and they were so great we ordered another set for my husband soon after. Other ideas: a leather passport wallet (less expensive version here) or a travel set with a silk pillow and eye mask. The cashmere travel wrap mentioned above also fits into this category.

7. Nice candles & spa-like skincare products. I’ll never be disappointed if someone gets me a good quality candle. This brand is one of my favorites and they have pretty rose gold sets right now (another here). But I’m also into soy candles like these, which are also rose gold. This set is filled with clean skincare products like a hydrating rose mist, lip conditioner and body polish.

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Acrylic & Resin Earrings

Over the past couple of years, I’ve traded my love for statement necklaces for more dainty, layered options (like this & this) and instead opted for statement earrings. I find that I can wear statement earrings over and over again with everything from a fancy dress to a t-shirt and jeans.

While I used to swear by Rent the Runway for dresses to wear to weddings, lately I’ve been either finding less expensive options from brands like Asos or Boohoo or accessorizing simple dresses that can be worn more than once. While I was on the hunt for fun earrings to go with a black dress, I came across lots of acrylic and resin earrings and fell in love not only with the styles, but also the price points I found.

But the main reason I love acrylic and resin earrings is how lightweight they are. Even if I love a pair of earrings, I won’t buy them if they feel even the slightest bit too heavy on my ears. There are also so many fun colors and styles to choose from!

Here’s a look at the options I have in my jewelry box right now – note that these & these are from Amazon and super affordable! And I’m also sharing several other pairs below at varying price points. My favorite stores & brands for these earrings (aside from Amazon) are Baublebar, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters. Keep on scrolling down to shop wayyyy more options I found as well.

Acrylic & Resin Earrings

Shop these earrings:

Top Oval (4 more colors available, $17)

Multi-Color Hoops (lots of other colors available, only $10!)

Similar Tortoise Hoops / Yellow Gem w/ Blue Oval

Resin Earrings Acrylic Earrings

Shop these & lots more here:

Friday Faves {July 10, 2015}

This week was a long one after a holiday weekend, but Friday is finally here! Lots of sunshine is in the forecast here, so I’m looking forward to a few good beach days. Here are my Friday Faves to kick it off…

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  •  Stylish sandals that don’t hurt. I need to get my hands on these. I’ve had my eyes on gold Birkenstocks for a while now and I’m pretty impressed that comfort-first brand Dr. Scholl’s has equally as on-trend options too (here and here). {via bustle.com}
  • Cold brew coffee. This black coffee addict loves everything about this. And now it’s at Starbucks. As in one block from my office, which is either a really good or bad problem… you decide. {via eonline.com}
  • Nordstrom sale + my favorite lip stain. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Nordstrom sale is on for cardholders and it will soon open up to everyone 7/17. I couldn’t resist buying this set of my favorite lip stain. I wore it on my wedding day and have pretty much every day since in about a million different colors. Grab this – it’s such a deal, you are basically getting one free (they’re not cheap on the reg). I also love everything Kendra Scott and this bracelet goes perfectly with my everyday bangles (I’m an Aquarius, so amethyst everything). More sale finds coming soon… {nordstrom.com}
  • Make your house look guest-ready. Without spending hours cleaning, that’s the key. I’m certainly not a neat freak. In fact, my husband calls me a slob. I’m organized in my own ways, like at work, and I do like a clean kitchen, but when it comes to putting away laundry… not so much. This post has a quick list of ways to make your house look put together if you happen to have a last-minute guest coming over. {via apartmenttherapy.com}

Sunday Sale Finds {Vol. I}

For me, Sundays are typically a good balance of relaxing and catching up on my to do list. I also find myself browsing online sales, so I decided that Sundays on the blog are now for sale finds. To kick it off, I’m sharing some J. Crew Factory sale finds, all of which you can shop below (and I’m sharing even more via ShopStyle.it on Instagram – @dailykatyblog). So many items are 50% off and then you can get an additional 20% off most of them with code HOTSALE! I can’t decide what to buy – too many good options!

J.Crew Sale Finds on DailyKaty.com

Shop the Looks:

Bikini Top / Bikini Bottom / Tunic

Romper / Shorts / Shirt / Skirt

Flats / Bracelet / Gold Sandals

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and whether you’ll be celebrating with your significant other or friends, I wanted to share some gift ideas, all of which I would love to receive myself. Read on and let me know what you’re wishing for this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Gifts


Gift sets with both jewels and makeup…

Two of my favorite brands – BaubleBar and Benefit Cosmetics – have teamed up for three Valentine’s Day gift sets. I love the Sparkle, Shine & All Things Fine set, which comes with two pairs of statement earrings, highlighter and lip & cheek stain. The Love, Luck & Long Lashes set has two stud bracelets and the popular they’re real mascara, and the Real Romance and a Rosy Future set includes an XO necklace, mascara and lip & cheek stain. {baublebar.com, $34}

Not-to-traditional chocolates…

Chocolates may be a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, but you can take it to the next level with these Dark Chocolate Hearts from Kohler Chocolates. They’re filled with a soft, raspberry ganache center that has hints of champagne and cognac notes, which is delicious with the dark chocolate. And they’re extra festive because they look like shiny red hearts. {kohlerchocolates.com, $9.99-$59.99 depending on size}

Pretty-in-pink flats for any occasion…

I’ve said it before, but I’m so picky when it comes to flats. I used to wear so many different pairs every day of the week, but now I stick to brands with high-quality flats that are comfortable and last. Tieks flats are made with Italian leather and they fold right up and fit in your bag so you can carry them along for any occasion. Plus they come in so many great colors, like this Fuschia, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day and into spring. {tieks.com, $175}

Fancy yet wearable lingerie…

Lingerie is pretty and all, but it’s even better when you can find something nice that’s also comfortable. Hanky Panky’s Candy Hearts Bralette and Thong are just that. They’re both made with the brand’s signature stretch lace and work for both special occasions and everyday. {hankypanky.com, $44 bralette, $26 thong}

Jewelry that makes a statement…

I always feel more put together when I have statement jewelry on, and I usually go with either fun earrings or a necklace. I’ve always loved Sole Society‘s shoes, and I was excited to try out some of their jewelry too. The Crystal Cluster Statement Necklace goes with practically everything in my closet, so it will be getting lots of use. And the Deco Drop Crystal Earrings will instantly dress up an otherwise casual outfit or can be worn with a dress for a special occasion. {solesociety.com, $34.95 necklace, $29.95 earrings}

A sweatshirt that can be dressed up or down…

I love that crewneck sweatshirts are back in style, especially because they’re now available in fun colors, fabrics and patterns. I especially love them because they can be dressed up with a statement necklace or dressed down with yoga pants and flats or sneakers. This L.L.Bean UltraSoft Crewneck in dark orchid heather has a more flattering, feminine look than traditional sweatshirts and it’s nice and cozy. {llbean.com, $39.95}

A pouch to keep things organized with…

Big bags are my favorite, but it’s easy for things inside to get a little disorganized, making it hard to find anything. That’s why I love Hayden Reis’ Sea Clear Pouch. You can store your essentials in there – money, lip gloss, etc. – and then throw it in whatever bag you’re using that day. It’s especially good for the beach because it’s water-resistant. {haydenreis.com, $28}

Red and pink beauty products to get dolled up with…

A nice mani-pedi is a must for Valentine’s Day, and I’m loving SpaRitual’s Authentically (red matte shimmer), Dynamics (dusty pink creme) and Fall in Love (mauve red shimmer), along with Sally Hansen‘s new, limited-edition Patent Gloss Nail Color in Moto (red).  And I’m all about lip color lately, so you can finish off your beauty look with the new NYC New Work Expert Last Lip Lacquer, available in lots of different red and pink shades. It has the color of a lipstick and the shine of a gloss, and keeps your lips hydrated with color that stays put.  {sparitual.com, $12 each; sallyhansen.com, $5.99; newyorkcolor.com, $3.99}

Spa-like products to relax with…

I’ve always loved SpaRitual for their nail polishes, but they also have other great products, including candles, massage creams and body oils. As someone who is candle obsessed, I’m always buying new scents to try around the house. The Look Inside Candle is made with pure essentials oils and plant essences and the smell is instantly relaxing. And then both the Close Your Eyes Body Oil and Massage Cream are great for at-home massages. I also like to use body oil in the shower for extra hydration. {sparitual.com, $35 each}

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day Style – Dressed Up & Down

Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend, and for my husband and I that means a nice night out to dinner the day before and more of a relaxed day on the actual holiday. So today I’m sharing two Valentine’s Day looks – dressed up and dressed down, both of which include items from the brand new BaubleBar x Wendy’s Lookbook collection, a collaboration with blogger Wendy Nguyen. Shop both looks using the links below!

Dressed Up Date Night


BaubleBar x Wendy’s Lookbook Necklace / ChicNova Dress {under $25!}

Loeffler Randall Wedges / Michael Kors Bracelet

Stella McCartney Bag / c/o SpaRitual NailsErickson Beamon Ring

Dressed Down Valentine's Day


Lauren and Riley Sweater / J Brand Jeans / J.Crew Flats

BaubleBar x Wendy’s Lookbook Ring / Michael Kors Earrings

Birthday Wish List

My 28th birthday is tomorrow, and as I prepare to be snowed in, working from home for what feels like the millionth day in a row, I wanted to share my birthday wish list. Read on and shop the post using the links below!

Birthday Wish List


BaubleBar Necklace, Ring and Earrings

Burberry Jacket / Frye Boots / Gucci Bag / YSL Lip Color

Samsung Camera / Tory Burch FitBit Bracelet

I’m a jewelry and accessories addict, and I’m loving the latest from BaubleBar. This necklace is perfect for layering (plus the amethyst-colored gems are my birthstone) and the earrings are simple, yet sparkly and fun. And they have lots of evil eye jewels, including this ring.

It’s always good to stock up on timeless statement items like this Burberry jacket, Frye boots and Gucci bag (which I may have had my eye on for years). And anything YSL is worth the investment, and I’ve been dying to try out this lip color.

I have a nice camera that I’ve had for a few years now, and while I don’t need a new one, I love that this Samsung camera has lots of great features but it also compact and connects to wifi (aka I can upload pics directly to Insta).

With all of this snow, on top of getting sick and having a crazy month of work, I haven’t been good about getting my daily exercise in. I left my FitBit on a trip earlier this year, so I’d love a new one… along with this gold Tory Burch bracelet to wear with it.

Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry & Accessories & Cinda b Giveaway

Christmas is almost here! Some of my favorite things to give and get as presents are jewelry and accessories. So today I’m sharing some great options! Plus, you can enter to win a bag from Cinda b at the end.

Jewelry and Accessories


  1. Cinda b Perfect Little CrossbodyI’m obsessed with crossbody bags, because they’re both stylish and practical. This one is the perfect size for doing errands or heading out to lunch. And I love that it zips so nothing will fall out. Scroll down to enter to win one for yourself! {cindab.com, $49}
  2. Yosi Samra Samantha Flats: I’m super picky when it comes to flats, but I do love a good pair when I find them. These ballet flats are seriously amazing. They fit in a little pouch so you can toss them in your bag – and they make great stocking stuffers. Because they fold up, I wasn’t very confident that they’d be supportive and comfortable, but trust me, they are! I might need them in every color… {yosisamra.com, $77}
  3. Hayden Harnett Pilot Clutch: The first Hayden Harnett item I owned was a wristlet very similar to this from the spring line, and I used it all the time. I actually used it so frequently that eventually it replaced my wallet. Now they have the same style wristlet in a pretty gold and practical black. It fits an iPhone, cash, credit cards and more, and also has two exterior zip pockets. If you prefer not to use the strap, you can take it right off. {haydenharnett.com, $158}
  4. Lori Leigh Designs VanityIf you’re like me then you have lots of jewelry and no good system for storing it. That is until I got this vanity. Say goodbye to earrings getting lost in jewelry boxes or trays. The vanity allows you to store, organize and protect 75+ pairs of earrings in a way that you can actually see them all as you’re getting ready for the day. You can also swap out the trays for those that hold necklaces and more. And the trays easily pop out and transfer to the Chalet Traveler for on-the-go. The vanity looks like a regular jewelry box on the outside, so it looks nice in addition to being practical. {lorileighdesigns.com, $39.95}
  5. Woodzee Glass Act Buffalo Horn EyeglassesI’ve been on the hunt for new eyeglasses because, even though I usually wear contacts, I’ve had my glasses for several years and they’re starting to feel a bit blah. These ones are made from recycled water buffalo horn trimmings and sustainably sourced beech wood with a wax coating. And buffalo horn is hypoallergenic, so if you have allergies or sensitive skin, it’s great for you. {woodzee.com, $150}
  6. Capwell + Co Amethyst Opal Deco NecklaceThis necklace isn’t your everyday statement necklace. The colors are so pretty and unique, and the quality of the necklace is really good too. I love it because my birthstone is amethyst, so it goes with lots of my staple jewelry but brings some fun into the mix. It can be dressed up for a night out or down with a casual tee or sweater. Capwell + Co jewelry is definitely now one of my favorite jewelry shops! {capwell.co, $98}
  7. Alex and Ani Arms of Strength & Ode to the Owl Charm Bangles:These bangles have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and I love these two because they’re part of the Charity by Design line and give back to various charities. Through the end of December, 20% of proceeds from the Ode to the Owl bangle will be donated to Roger Williams Park Zoo to provide science and environmental education programs to over 30,000 children. {alexandani.com, $28 each}
  8. Amy Kathryn Iris Black Small Crossbody Messenger BagAs I mentioned earlier, I love cross body bags, and this is another great one. I love that the strap can be removed if you want to use it as a clutch too. {amykathryn.com, $49}
  9. Lulu*s NecklaceAnother great shop for jewelry (and clothes!) that is really affordable is Lulu*s. I love this necklace because it’s got both sparkle and edge. And it’s simple enough that it can be paired with lots of different outfits! {lulus.com, $14}

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Giveaway! Now through January 20, 2015, you can enter to win the Cinda b Perfect Little Crossbody Bag below. Open to U.S. residents.

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Casual Holiday Style for Thanksgiving

I don’t know about you, but on Thanksgiving, I’m all about a cute, put together, but comfortable and cozy look (mainly so I can indulge in as much food as I want). The outfit below does just that – and includes some of my favorite brands too.

You can shop this look with the links below, and if you want to shop lots more similar styles, follow me on Instagram and sign up for ShopStyle.it. After that, you can “like” my Instagram pics (or any with ShopStyle.it links) to get an email to shop the look. Today’s link has lots of great sweaters, faux leather pants and more!

Casual Holiday Style

Earrings: Kate Spade / Watch: Karl Lagerfeld (on sale!) / Sweater: Free People
Shoes: Tory Burch / Bracelet: David Yurman / Leggings: BCBGMAXAZRIA

What will you be wearing for Thanksgiving tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below!