Happy Saturday!

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far! I know I am, considering the fact that I checked my back account this morning and, “hello tax return!” That totally means crossing some much-wanted needed things off of my wish lists!

Will definitely be looking in to some things from the new Madewell catalog!

Other than that, hope to have another post or two up later this weekend. Enjoy everyone!


Looking for some spring inspiration from the pastels collection, for sure! (And sipping on an iced latte from a cute coffee shop near me!)

Easter Attire


With Easter only a little over a week away, it’s time to square away the most important aspect of the holiday – the outfit!  While it’s pretty obvious that this is the first major spring event and pastels will be involved, why not incorporate some other trends as well.  I chose florals and a neutral shoe to compliment the minty hue.  The white blazer is the perfect touch because it dresses up the outfit but still keeps things light and casual.

Do you know what you’re wearing for Easter yet?

Easter look

River Island crop top, $38 / Dorothy Perkins cream blazer / Biba skinny jeans, $84 / Bottega Veneta platform high heels / Gold bracelets and bangle / Wet Seal statement necklace

Live Without Fear


(quote from Olivia Wilde, Marie Claire, April 2013) 

Lets face it, sometimes it’s hard to be positive. We’re brought up in a culture where negativity exceeds the positive. Living your dreams is so difficult because that would mean having hope and faith, being optimistic in an otherwise realist or pessimistic world. Living without fear is almost unthinkable because that would mean taking chances, doing things without thinking of the consequences, and truly going after what we want.  Why is it so hard?  Because getting let down is really up there on the “worst feelings” list.  Imagine the idea of going after your dream, working hard and doing everything you think you should do to find out you failed.

But that’s just the thing.  You didn’t fail.  This may seem crazy, but as long as you stay optimistic and positive, you cannot fail in anything.  So something didn’t work out.  That just means something better is coming or what you were going after wouldn’t really have made you happy in the end.  How you react to a situation is the real challenge.  So something bad happened to you.  Do you react in the usual way and let it upset you, ruin your day, make you think that your life is the worst and that things will never get better?  Or, do you let it happen, realize it wasn’t great and just let it go, roll off your shoulders and go on with your day making the honest effort to be happy and see things in a good way? I hope you chose the latter because you’ll change your outlook on life forever if you do.

If you really want the perfect life, everything you want – you must start with yourself.  Wake up each day and see it as a new opportunity.  Be thankful for the smallest things and eventually you will have most significant things and situations to be thankful for.  See your life as good.  Stop with the “everything is terrible, nothing goes my way” downward spiral and just realize everything you have RIGHT NOW is enough.

So maybe you don’t have the perfect job, relationship, situation, car, WHATEVER.  So what?  Make changes and you eventually will.  Is your life really so terrible?  Put things into perspective.  Look how far you’ve come from last month, last year – aren’t things different?  Have you gained ANYTHING good in your life?  Chances are you have.

When you start being positive and grateful for little things, and letting yourself dream and really want things, believing they will come true and that you deserve them – they will!  You have the power to change your life, so stop going through the motions and having things stay the same.  Be happy.  Be nice to others.  Say thank you – and really mean it.  And above all, take chances and do so without fear or anything that holds you back.

Life is only so long, why not make it the most perfect one for you!  Change your thinking today and you will change the rest of your outcomes forever.

Quote Me

Just when I realized I’m in need of a great tote bag, Kate Spade has released some fantastically witty totes.  How can a tote be witty, you ask?  The bags quote wise-cracking poet and writer, Dorothy Parker.


Throw in the fact that the bags are completely on trend with the bright color-blocking and not only are you fabulously witty and quotable, but also perfectly fashionable.  What more could one want?  Well, besides maybe a beach day that would require said bag to carry around all summer-time essentials.  But that would just be selfish.


Hoarding Magazines For Fun

I have a love obsession for magazines, fashion-related ones to be more specific.  I am currently subscribed to 9 and that number just seems to increase. But my mailbox is not the only thing that has a problem each month (the September issues that happened to arrive 3 at a time definitely resulted in my mailman hating me). My room, closet and any spare space I have are dwindling fast because…. I am a magazine hoarder.


I really don’t know how or why it started but a few years ago I had a hard time parting ways with the previous months’ issues so I stored them on a shelf. Fast forward a few months and that shelf was full. This continued and I found myself with stacks, piles, rows of Glamour, Cosmo, InStyle etc.   I used to just keep the issues that featured my name in the credits from internships that I participated in.  Now, I just love to keep them all – even if my name is nowhere to be found.


I’m usually tidy with other things – if I haven’t worn a piece of clothing in a while, it goes. I clean almost every weekend because clutter and dust just give me anxiety. But why the attachment to magazines? I still don’t know, nor do I care.  It’s not even like I go back and re-read them to find out how each publication tells me how to get a great smoky eye, I just like the comfort of having them.

Am I seriously weird for having this obsession? How long until I realize they are taking over my life? I have no idea but I do know that if you are in need of some reading material to pass the time, I’m your girl!

Changes Are A Comin’

I want to change this blog up a bit.  I’m planning on mixing up the kinds of posts and subjects that I write about on here.  No worries, I’m still going to include the usual fashion posts but I want to make this more personal with my opinions and all that good stuff.  

I’m planning on changing the look of this blog this weekend and hoping to write some posts – get some creativity flowing.  (I totally say I’m going to do this during the weekend, however my short attention-span could be a problem – I’m currently in the middle of reading my new InStyle while simultaneously writing this and browsing J. Crew’s latest e-mail picks.)  

With that, I think I’ll leave you with J. Crew’s newest color trends with pieces I must own. Like pronto.



Sea-glass Green












“Sunset” shades – pinks and corals



Soft pinks

SugarLips Spring/Summer Lookbook

LA-based brand, Sugarlips truly captures the Spring and Summer seasons on the West Coast with their new lookbook.  With flow-y dresses and tops, peplum and lace in black & white, neutrals and brights such as coral and red, Sugarlips provides the perfect pieces for a day of walking around town or for a swanky night out.  The best part about this brand is that it features fashion bloggers that get to style the looks any way they want.  Take a look at a few of the shots from their lookbook and see the all the looks here!





always FASHIONABLY kate

Accessorize in the Nude

Okay, that sounded much more scandalous than necessary, but its true!  With Spring approaching, most will flock to the vibrant hues, pastel palettes and anything that screams “Get me out of this cold, drab winter!”  However, Anthropologie has taken on neutrals and shown them some love for the warmer months.  Everything from statement necklaces all the way down to what’s on your feet, Anthro has turned the brights down and delivers us some earthy extras!  See some of my favorites below!

anthroneu Creme Brulee Posts

anthroneu2 Nakia Wedges

anthroneu3 Las Rambles Hobo

anthroneu4 Bauble Stretch Belt

anthroneu5 Blooming Fondant bib Necklace

always FASHIONABLY kate

Mara Hoffman for Madewell

Even though I am currently looking out my window to see snow falling, it will not stop me from dreaming of summer days by the pool and on the beach.  So what automatically comes to mind?  Swimwear, of course!  While Madewell is much better known for it’s denim and preppy clothing, they have incorporated the designs of Mara Hoffman into their swimwear this season.  Bright prints with retro yet up-to-date cuts, there is something for every girl!  Check out some of my favorites below!





always FASHIONABLY kate