5 Random Things to Love

Cannot wait for a long weekend over here! Little family, friends, beach & relaxation on the agenda. Today I’m trying something new and random… “5 Random Things to Love,” which is literally what it sounds like. To start off, I’m sharing my acupuncture mat, the only cleansing wipes I actually like, my favorite sandals and more.

Speaking of randomness, before I jump into the 5 things, I wanted to share some quick thoughts about the blog. You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet. I’ve had some things going on outside of work/blog life, but aside from that, there is a long list of blog posts I want to get up but for one reason or another have been to overwhelming to finish.

With that, I’m going back to why I started this blog – sharing things I love in no particular order. I’m OK with not having a specific niche and it’s easier to take posts to the finish line when they relate to what is actually going on with my life, whether it’s products I’m using, an occasion I’m shopping for or a trip I’ve gone on.

My blog and social posts won’t be perfect, but I think this blogging world is heading back in that direction and I’m here for it. Especially after reading this article – I follow so many influencers that travel all over the world and it actually saddens me thinking about the fact that many aren’t even enjoying their trips because they’re too focused on getting the perfect shot.

Anyway, back to the point of this post – my 5 random finds. Try them out!

5 Random Finds

1. Acupuncture mat: Full review on this coming soon, but I love this acupuncture mat set. I have carpal tunnel that comes from pressure in my upper back and when I can’t get to real acupuncture, I’ll lay on this while watching TV and really do notice a difference. Highly recommend as a good way to de-stress and relax as well! While I think $40 is very well spent on this mat and headrest set, it looks like there are even less expensive versions that look very similar here and here.

2. Gold Birkenstocks: It has not felt one bit like spring, let alone summer, here in New England. I was pretty happy about bringing out my gold Birks last weekend. They’re my go-to sandal for summer – they’re comfortable and go with everything. Also considering getting these black ones this year after getting so much wear out of the gold last year. Also available here.

3. Vineyard Vines for Target: This sale wasn’t quite as the Lilly Pulitzer sale several years ago, but it was still chaos in my store. I was able to snag a few cute things in-store and others online. Many things are sold out, but if you check back on the website as returns come in, you’ll find that some come back in stock for shipping. I love the baby blanket shown in the pic, these swaddles and this lobster/striped beach bag (it’s big and lightweight!). There are also lots of fun pillows still available.

4. Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelettes: I’m into skincare, but there are some nights or days when I’m traveling that I just don’t feel like properly washing my face. I’ve tried so many cleansing and makeup remove wipes over the years and none work better than these. I have no idea what white cypress oil does, but I love the thick yet soft texture of these, which are made with repurposed cotton and are free of parabens, phthalates and fragrance. I just ordered this 3-pack when mine ran out (single option here).

5. Reusable Stasher bags: In that same Amazon order, I finally went ahead and grabbed us some Stasher bags. They’re plastic-free reusable storage bags you can put in the dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, stovetop and oven. To be totally honest, I don’t really understand how this is possible with silicone, but I’m into it and would love to stop using so many plastic baggies and even plastic tupperware. Stasher bags come in all different colors and sizes (I bought the snack and sandwich sizes).

5 Leopard Print Staples

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started looking beyond black and nude as neutrals, oftentimes opting for rose or leopard print instead. This all started with a pair of leopard print booties that I found myself wearing over and over again (highly recommend them – here is this year’s version of them!).

There are so many ways you can incorporate leopard print into your wardrobe with staples like shoes, bags, cardigans and even hair accessories. Today I’m sharing a little bit of all of that – shop it all using the affiliate links below!

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1. Flats, Heels, Booties & Sneakers: I don’t think I could possibly love my new leopard print Rothy’s loafers – I’m ready to buy them in every color (get yours for $20 off with my link)! They’re washable, made with recycled materials and also come in a pointed flat. For a fancier shoe, I’ve had my eye on these Loeffler Randall slides with block heels that come in both 2-inch and 3.5-inch heights (& also in black, gold & rose!). They’re more of an investment but think they’d get a lot of use. I have these booties and I love that I can dress them up or down. And for more casual days, these slide-on sneakers or Adidas Superstars with leopard stripes are perfect.

2. Bathing Suits: I stumbled upon the perfect high-waist leopard bikini at Target the other day (top here, bottoms here – I sized up). Other brands carry other fun leopard bikinis and one-pieces, including J.Crew, Mara Hoffman and many of the fast fashion brands. I find with the cheaper brands that just the top or bottom fits me well, but I’ve spent so little on the set that I don’t feel guilty donating the bottoms. But leopard is a classic print, so if you can swing it, grab one of the higher quality options!

3. Cardigans, Sweaters & Other Tops: This category started out as just cardigans because I’m very into this one that I got for a steal, but then I realized I had recently seen lots of other blazers, sweaters, sweatshirts and tops I wanted to share.

4. Bags: Much like shoes, I’ve always been a black, cognac and nude bag gal. But now I think a small leopard print is the perfect neutral bag when paired with the right outfits – in some cases I even like mixing prints with it! This clutch would go with anything (less $ option here) and I really like this weekender duffle as well.

5. Headbands, Bows & Hair Ties: I brought up this silk headband in a recent post and while I haven’t pulled the trigger on buying it yet, it’s still on my mind. There are lots of cute hair bows out right now too, like this one and this one. I also have a couple of these hair ties and found my go-to spiral hair ties in leopard, too.

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.

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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!!).

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Memorial Day Weekend Nordstrom Sale! #Nsale

The official kick-off to summer – aka Memorial Day Weekend – is SO close… I’m counting down the hours til I can head down to the beach for a bachelorette weekend. It’s not exactly going to be beach weather, but it’s still good to get away – and it has me excited for summer weather whenever it decides to come back! Since I know people are getting ready to check out for the weekend, I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet… The Nordstrom Sale (#Nsale) is happening NOW and items are selling out fast. Below you can find my picks – shop them using the links below. They’re all 40% off!

Have a great long weekend!

xo,

Katy

 

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Blue Dress / Black Dress / Left Shorts / Right Shorts

Left Jeans / Right Jeans / Black Tank / Purple Tank

Top Booties (also in black!) / Bottom Booties (lots of colors!)

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!

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Suede Wedges: Splurge / Save

Dresses: Splurge Blue, Pink / Save Blue, Pink

Bags: Splurge Black, Tan / Save Black, Tan

Summer Date Night Style

Fall may be around the corner, but summer weather seems like it’s here to stay. It’s been a little cooler at night though, so I went with a lace peplum top, black pants and wedges for a dinner date night for my husband’s birthday. I’m pretty obsessed with my new Sole Society clutch – I had always thought of them as a brand with affordable, on-trend shoes, but they offer the same for bags and jewelry too! This clutch is roomy enough to store all of my essentials and it also has a cute strap. Also, if you haven’t tried J.Crew’s pixie pants, you are missing out… I have them in just about every color and they now come in other styles, with suede and snap details.

As for makeup, I was excited to try out Too Faced’s Better than False Lashes Extreme mascara, as this one has three steps to it, one of which adds lash extending fibers to give you the look of false lashes… and it works! Lastly, Ciate London’s Off Duty Nude from their Olivia Palermo collection is my new go-to. I did a DIY manicure before I left for a week long trip and it stayed in tact almost the entire time!

I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet, so I’ll be sharing some more warm weather outfits soon, along with outfits that will help you transition into fall easily. With the outfit below, you can swap out the wedge sandals for closed toe wedges or heels and add a jacket or sweater. Shop this look using the links below!

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Clutch c/o Sole Society / Pants / Wedges (closed toe version here)

Top (Forever 21 in-store; other peplums here: 1, 2, 3) / Necklace (similar here)

Nails c/o Ciate London (Off Duty Nude) / Lips / Mascara c/o Too Faced

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Summer Date Night Style - Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com

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Summer Date Night Style - Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com

Summer Date Night Style - Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com

Summer Date Night Style - Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com

Summer Date Night Style - Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com

Summer Date Night Style - Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com

What are your favorite late summer outfits? Let us know in the comments below!

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}

Black & Turquoise Style

One of the best things about having a dog is always having a reason to get outside and walk somewhere. A few weekends ago, on a weekend with near-perfect weather, we took Hank to a local farmers market and planned to stop for lunch at the food trucks. It was almost too nice out because there were way too many people there, so we ended up walking back and heading to a restaurant nearby.

I love this shirt because it can easily be dressed up or down – plus it’s on sale for under $20! I wore it here with jeans, but you could also wear it with white shorts, black pants, a pencil skirt and more. And I’ve been loving the bareMinerals Pop of Passion lip colors because they give just the right amount of color without being full-on lipstick. This outfit is pretty standard style for me – shop the look below!

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Shirt (on sale for under $20!) / Jeggings (under $45!)

Bracelet, Bag & Sandals (old, linked to similar)

Sunglasses / Necklace / Lips / Nails (linked to similar)

 

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Not-So-Wintery December Outfit {Get the Look}

Considering we live in New England, this Christmas didn’t exactly feel like Christmas. It was nearly 50 degrees and the sun even came out! So I was a little thrown off with what to wear for all of my family events. But I ended up with the fun sweater dress outfit below with some staples I have from Old Navy, Yosi Samra, Capwell + Co and more. I don’t actually have the Gucci bag and Sole Society wedges below, but I have my eye on them!

Shop the look with the links below – or you can follow me on Instagram at @dailykatyblog and sign up for ShopStyle.it. From there, you can “like” my photos and get shoppable links delivered right to your inbox.

Winter Style
Earrings: Jules Smith / Necklace: c/o Capwell + Co / Bracelet: Kate Spade New York
Dress: Old Navy / Lipstick: c/o bareMinerals / Nail Polish: c/o SpaRitual
Bag: Gucci / Wedges: Sole Society / Flats: c/o Yosi Samra