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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Weekend Reading – February 18, 2018

This has been a great long weekend and it’s not even over yet. We flew out to San Fran on Wednesday night and have been staying with our friends who live north of the city. It’s been the perfect mix of exploring and relaxing with friends we don’t get to see very often, which included a 1st birthday party for their little one. On Thursday, we took the ferry into the city, grabbed lunch and checked out a few spots we hadn’t been to on past trips, such as the Painted Ladies. Another day was spent in Sonoma at a few vineyards and lunch.

I’m definitely not looking forward to trekking back home tomorrow – but hope you were all able to relax and enjoy the long weekend. On the positive side, it looks like it’s going to be 60 degrees back home for a couple days this week. Before we close out the weekend, here’s some weekend reading with some of my favorite links, shopping picks and sale finds.

Weekend Reading

Links I Love:

  • I’ve been considering trying acupuncture because I have carpal tunnel in my wrist and have heard it can be good for lots of other things too. This post breaks it all down and made me even more into it. We’ll see if I can get over my fear of needles and actually try it out.
  • How cool is Chloe Kim?! I have a slight obsession with the Olympics and have been loving the snowboarders. This article made me even more excited for her big win.
  • This post about how to re-energize yourself at work talks about everything from organization to finding your community at work. The suggestions are all simple, but also important.
  • I started my blog about a month after our wedding and really didn’t put much thought into the layout. This post about how to choose the right template for your website or blog is helpful and made me start thinking about changing mine up in the future.

Shopping Finds:

  • I love a good thermal shirt (two of my favorites here & here). This one is next on my list – it comes in lots of colors and looks super cozy and like it will be great for layering or wearing on its own, dressed up or down.
  • These fun tassel earrings also come in a bunch of colors and look like they are also pretty lightweight. I love big earrings but not when they feel heavy. I might need to grab these in white for spring.
  • I’m into a good leopard print as a neutral and have my eye on these slide sneakers. I think they’d be so cute with jeans for work with a cute top, or with yoga pants for running errands. I also like these, which are on super sale in some colors/sizes.
  • Cozy sweatshirts that don’t look one bit like my old college hoodie that I wear around the house have been on repeat for me lately. This one has a twist hem in front that gives it the look of being perfectly tucked in. I’m into the pink but it also comes in a nice gray – and it’s only $45.

Sale Picks:

  • Last week I posted about this straw bag that would be perfect for summer. I just found a similar black crossbody bag that’s on sale for $24! This one is even more similar – not on sale, but under $100.
  • This leather backpack is on super sale for $115, down from almost $400! I have another bag from this brand and it’s great quality. Their bags are good staple items that will last.
  • Two of my go-to lightweight jackets (that I also wear over t-shirts) are on sale right now. Here is the faux leather jacket and here is another that’s a very soft faux suede.
  • I got these Loeffler Randall heels last year that are perfect for wedding season, but I just spotted very similar sandals that are on sale for just $48. I love that they’re cognac and will go with lots of dresses and other outfits.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide… for You!

I made it through my 31st birthday this weekend and now its onto Valentine’s Day. We’ll be heading out to San Fran to visit friends after work for the holiday – we typically prefer travel over gifts. But I do think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat yourself to something fun you’ve had your eye on.

So today I’m sharing my Valentine’s Day gift guide… for you, all of which you can shop using the links below! You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of PJs, fun earrings or a good candle. I went ahead and grabbed the faux suede jacket below when I spotted it 40% off, so stay tuned for that! How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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 PJ Set / Earrings / iPhone Case 

Jacket (also in black, both 40% off!)

Underwear Set / Candy Set

Heart Sweater / Lip Set / Robe

Sneakers / Candle

Bag / Earrings 1 / Earrings 2

Weekend Reading – February 4, 2018

When I first started this blog, I had a Friday Faves series where I shared a quick four links of favorite things I saw over the week. For this year, I’m going with an updated version of that, complete with articles I loved, shopping picks and awesome sale finds. If you have any recommendations for links or items to include in my next Weekend Reading post, comment below or message me!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and are getting together with friends or family for the Super Bowl… go Pats! Hank is showing his team pride in today’s pic. :)

Weekend Reading - February 4, 2018

Links I Love:

Shopping Finds:

  • Loving this gold metal mirror (on sale!) with this table for our work-in-progress updated entryway. Made a huge difference already! Shop similar mirrors here, here & here (this one pretty similar to the one I bought but way less $!). If you like this style table, they also have it in a coffee table, night stand, dresser and even bed!
  • The coziest thermal that’s all over Instagram is a must-buy. I’ve been stalking trying to grab it in the lilac color – right now I have gray.
  • Having a serious debate with myself over whether or not this straw crossbody bag is worth the price tag (also comes in a smaller version here)… Remember that other bag that was all over Insta last summer? There’s now a near-perfect dupe for under $45 on Amazon.
  • I’ve been bringing back my high ponytail here and there and need to get these velvet bow hair ties. But I’m also thinking I could make them myself for way less money…

Sale Picks:

  • This flowy floral tank that I wore in Palm Springs. Perfect with jean shorts or regular jeans.
  • My go-to oversized sweater from last year, shown in the pic in this post.
  • The best faux leather jacket/sweatshirt combo. I wear it all the time and also have it in off-white.
  • A sherpa pullover that looks like the coziest thing ever. Can’t wait for this to arrive! I got it in light pink and it also comes in white.

Coming Soon: Filene’s Basement Online

This post brought to you by Filene’s Basement. The content and opinions expressed below are that of DailyKaty.

I love to shop, but I also love a good deal, and that goes way back to when I was little, shopping with my mom at stores like Filene’s Basement. Here in New England and in Chicago and the Mid-Atlantic states, Filene’s was a popular place to shop for clothes and accessories, with more than 20 stores until they closed their doors in 2011. Filene’s Basement was where you would go for steals on great brands and I can vividly remember hiding in the racks while my mom shopped around. My guess is if you live in the areas where it was and you ask your mom, she probably shopped there too!

This fall, Filene’s Basement is re-opening its “doors” with the launch of an e-commerce site, FilenesBasement.com. It’s going to stay true to it’s original roots and history, except this time it will be a curated online marketplace, customized to personal taste, with discount, branded apparel, accessories and home goods. And with it being online, you’ll be able to shop it from anywhere, anytime.

I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store at Filene’s Basement online when it launches this fall! Now my big question is, will there be an online version of their annual “Running of the Brides” event?!undefined

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Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale {Shop the Post}

One of my favorite sales of the year is going on now through Sunday, March 29… the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale! I can’t resist getting 25% off, so I’m taking advantage of this sale to buy a few things I’ve had my eye on for spring. Shop some of my favorite finds using the links below and enter code FRIENDS at checkout. Enjoy!

Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Sale

Sunglasses / Fringe Bag / Pink Dress / Bikini

Glitter Watch / Blue Bag / Jeans / Lipgloss / Lipstick

Black Sandals / Tan Wedges / Grey Bag / Brown & Black Wedges

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys & Easy Canvas Giveaway

This next gift guide is for the special guys in our lives, which I find to be surprisingly difficult to shop for! Does anyone else feel like guys tend to buy what they need and want for themselves? These gifts are great for Christmas and really any gift occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day and so on.

Gifts for Guys
  • Easy Canvas PrintsMy go-to gift for my husband and dad are photos, and it’s not just because I love them. They just don’t go through the process of picking out and printing them, so they like when I do it for them. Lately I’ve been loving photo canvases like these from Easy Canvas. They make your prints look really professional and come in lots of sizes ranging from 8 x 10 to 24 x 36. Scroll down to enter to win a photo canvas! {easycanvasprints.com, prices vary based on size}
  • Sharper Image Sheepskin SlippersWho doesn’t want a nice pair of slippers for wearing around the house? These are fully lined up to your ankles and are have comfortable cushioning in them. Plus, they’re good for indoor and outdoor use. {sharperimage.com, $99.99}
  • Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle & Beer Growler: I’ve never seen a water bottle this big, but I know I love Hydro Flask and that my husband drinks a ton of water. This one holds 64 oz and keeps your water (or beer) icy cold for up to 24 hours, while hot liquids remain steaming hot for up to 12. {hydroflask.com, $54.99}
  • Baron Tequila PlatinumYou can’t really go wrong with alcohol, especially when it’s really good alcohol like this tequila. It’s a new, ultra-premium tequila handcrafted in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico and certified gluten free and kosher. {baronspirits.com, $55}
  • Sephora Favorites Cologne SamplerThis is a great way to let your guy find his new favorite cologne because it comes with 12 samples and then you can redeem a voucher that comes with it for one full-size cologne of your choice. {sephora.com, $60}

Giveaway! Easy Canvas is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a 16 x 20″ canvas print below. The giveaway is running now through January 29, 2015 – open to U.S. residents.

And in case you missed my other gift guides and giveaways, you can view them using the links below. There’s still time to enter most of the giveaways too!

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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.

Black Friday: Old Navy Deals

It’s snowing outside and if you’re like me, you prefer not to wake up at the crack of dawn to fight the Black Friday crowds. So for now, I’m shopping the deals from my couch in my pjs. To start off the day, I’m sharing some great finds from Old Navy. I’m talking $12 flannels, $10 turtlenecks and leggings and so much more.

Shop the links below or follow me on Instagram and sign up for ShopStyle.it. From there, you can “like” my photos and get shoppable links delivered right to your inbox. Makes online shopping super easy!

Old Navy Black Friday Deals

Vest / Flannels / #Cheers Tee

Turtleneck / Leggings / Mittens / Slippers

Nordstrom Clearance Finds {Get the Look}

I’m off from work today and couldn’t resist shopping the Nordstrom clearance sale this morning. Check out some of my favorite items below and click the links below to shop these looks. Happy shopping – this should help you get through Monday!

Nordstrom Clearance - 11.10.14

Shop the look!

1 – Dolce Vita / 2 – Vince Camuto / 3 – Nordstrom / 4 – Splendid

5 – Rebecca Minkoff / 6 – TOMS / 7 – Via Spiga / 8 – Paige Denim

9 – Nordstrom / 10 – MICHAEL Michael Kors / 11 – MICHAEL Michael Kors / 12 – Vince

What are your favorites from the Nordstrom sale? Let us know in the comments below!

Columbus Day Sales with Ebates {Shop the Looks}

While not everyone is lucky enough to have Columbus Day off from work, anyone can take advantage of the great sales today. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorites from online stores that are offering double cash back through a program called Ebates. Over the past year or two, Ebates has become an automatic step in my online shopping – and earned me tons of cash back. I even used it to book our honeymoon!

What is Ebates?

It’s a free program that allows you to get cash back on your online purchases from lots and lots of retailers. All you have to do is sign up here, go to Ebates.com before you shop online, click on the retailer you want to shop at, and it directs you to the online store you selected. From there, when you make a purchase, you earn a cash back percentage of your purchase (usually anywhere from 2% to 10%). The cash back is put in your Ebates account and then you get a “Big Fat Check” in the mail or transferred to your PayPal account four times a year or more, depending on your preferences.

Ebates

Where are the best cash back sales today?

Ebates is offering a bunch of different double cash back deals today from retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Sephora, Macy’s, Piperlime and more. View the full list with the cash back percentages at the bottom of this post. Check out some of my favorite items with double cash back below too!

Ebates Columbus Day Double Cash Back Retailers:

  • Dell Small Business – was 2%, now get 4% Cash Back
  • Marriott – was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
  • LivingSocial – was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
  • HSN – was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
  • Clinique – was 4.0%, now get up to 8.0% Cash Back
  • The Body Shop – was 4%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
  • Shoebuy – was 6%, now get 12% Cash Back
  • Overstock.com – was 2.5%, now get 5% Cash Back
  • Kohl’s – was 3%, now get 6% Cash Back
  • Macy’s – was 3%, now get 6% Cash Back
  • Neiman Marcus Last Call – was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
  • Nordstrom – was 3%, now get 6% Cash Back
  • Carter’s – was 2.5%, now get 5% Cash Back
  • Sephora – was 4%, now get 8% Cash Back
  • Piperlime – was 2%, now get 4% Cash Back
  • L.L. Bean – was 2%, now get 4% Cash Back
  • eBags – was 6%, now get 12% Cash Back
  • eBay – was 0%, now get up to 5% Cash Back
  • Amazon Apparel and Jewelry – was 0%, now get up to 3% Cash Back