Eh, not so much…but do I love a classic white sneaker?
From classic van sneakers to adidas stan smiths to now Greats a classic white sneaker is the perfect shoe to finish any look. These shoes may look basic, but they are far from it. Inspired by the classics and designed by the world’s most renowned craftsmen with the best premium Italian perforated leather Greats brand sneakers are the TRUTH. The inside is lined with a rich vegetable tan vachetta calf leather, most often used for luxury bags, making socks optional…and I never wear socks.
And after age 30 footsteps mean something and a pair of comfy shoes makes it happen. I mean, did you know that you could track your steps from your phone -> insert the health app on an iPhone. I am all about that healthy lifestyle (kind of) and Greats brand sneakers make it happen.
I mean…I do my best to not drink at every event, walk 10,000 steps a day and look like an adult 75% of the time…but we all know that wearing a classic leather sneaker makes it that much easier.
And if you are ready to slide into summer like me, let me introduce you to the Amalfi slides. Their legendary Amalfi Slide returned in black (nero) for Summer-17 and I am obsessed. Inspired by the beachside lifestyle of Italy’s Amalfi coast, their luxury take on the slip-on sandal is a pool slide with substance and doesn’t break the bank at $89.
They took the traditional throw-away summer slide, added the same Italian leather they use in their (awesome) sneakers, then put it all on a molded sole for supreme comfort. I have several pairs of slides and as convenient, as they are, we all know that they can be uncomfortable for long periods of time! And boy did I learn that lesson in Hawaii the day I decided to walk six miles in my adidas slides!
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Let’s take a minute to talk about this purple romper!
Summer style calls for rompers, but my fellow curvy girls out there know that romping around can be a challenge when you have a butt and hips! We’ve all experienced that unfortunate front or back (or both) wedgie…so when I found a romper that actually fit my body I nearly died and went straight into summer mode. And when I found this Zimmermann purple romper on The Outnet for a fraction of its original retail price I died!
Are you familiar with the brand Zimmermann? Australian sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann launched their ready-to-wear and swimwear line in 1991, with a focus on clever cuts (prime example above) and delicate prints. Turn up the heat in their sophisticated swimsuits, versatile bikinis and fabulously feminine dresses and don’t be afraid of their price tags! Check out everything The Outnet has to offer from Zimmerman here (including this purple romper).
I also just discovered this jewelry brand and immediately fell in love. The delicate feminine pieces pair perfectly alone or stacked with pretty much anything in your collection.
This purple romper is perfect for offsetting sun-kissed skin and my skin finally has a little color thanks to the oh-so-stunning Kailua beaches. This rich grape purple color of this romper works for every skin tone and the airy crepe fabric is a dream in the heat. Elasticated cuffs emphasize its chic, billowy sleeves and the hemline hits you at just the right spot. You can easily wear this romper with flats or an espadrille wedge like I did.
Or are you like me and completely lost the memo that it was time to get in shape and find your summer body (more to come on this soon). Until then find me sporting ‘The Painted Ramona’ tent dress from my girl, Ruti.
What is a tent dress?
A tent dress is a dress that hangs loosely from your shoulders to below the hips and does not have a waistline (because I also DO NOT HAVE A WAISTLINE). They are typically worn without belts or elastic so that the dress will hang without a waistline.
Now, let’s talk about this tent dress. This sleek collared dress features an eye-catching paint print. This bad boy is perfect for day-to-night – check out the way I styled it for NYFW here. For this look, I ditched the tights + fur and paired it with my favorite heels and popped the collar for a statement savvy look.
Since publishing this post my girl Ruti started her famous semi-annual sale. This dress and some of my favorite pieces from here collection are on MEGA sale. Shop some of my favorites below:
Two weeks ago I had three minutes to sit down with celebrity hair stylist, Jen Atkin. With over 2 million Instagram followers, she’s what the New York Times calls “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World.” You’ve most likely seen her on Keeping Up with the Kardashians or styling top models Chrissy Teigen, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner, and Gigi and Bella Hadid. Starting her career in Hollywood, Jen quickly began working with the most influential stars, including Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez.
In an effort to unite the hair industry and create a community for hairstylists, Jen created ManeAddicts.com. The digital magazine gives readers access to the world’s top hairstylists, featuring the best products on the market, and instructional how to’s. Since its launch in 2014, Mane Addicts has since expanded to include Mane University. Mane University is a global education resource that brings top stylists to major cities around the world to teach and inspire a new generation of hairdressers – and that is where I met her during her master class at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. During the first break, I had three minutes to spend with Jen to ask her all of my burning questions.
Why wasn’t I asked to hair model?
(a ton of San Francisco bloggers were modeling)
She laughed and said that I would have been the perfect model for Heather Champman (the other master stylist at Mane University).
Next time Jen! Next time!
Kat: I’m super hungover – I threw my hair up in a bun. If you were hungover what would you do?
I always tell girls dry shampoo foam by OAUI and the OUAI wave spray can help bring a little life back into your hair as well. And then honestly hair jewelry is so great because it just disguises whatever is going on and it is the best to just throw in your bag and take you from the gym to drinks.
Kat: My hair is super damaged. I’ve bleached it. I’ve added in a ton of colors. How can I get it back to being healthy without losing the fun color?
I came out with supplements purposely to help girls who have really dry hair. Because if you do something internally you are going to see the changes a lot quicker than if you are just doing externally. We just launched on Sephora online. You would want to get dry.
Also! Our treatments masks use them as a conditioner every time you wash your hair!
Kat: I’m am obviously super into fun colors. I’ve done ever color. I looked like a clown for a minute…Now I have gray with a purple streak. What’s next? What are the new trends for hair color?
Jen: Pastel is never going away! Pastel is always going to a thing, but I also think that healthy hair is making a comeback. We are seeing longer looks with layers grown out and silky hair that photographs really well. Hair reflects light when it is healthy and shiny.
And just like that my three minutes were up! I asked to take a selfie (obvi) – she was down and I headed back to my seat. Big takeaways from our time together: 1. Get some hair supplements. 2. Jen Atkin is a true girl boss and a really freaking nice person. 3. Maybe it is time to stop messing with my hair and investing in some long luscious locks.
What do you think?
Check out some of the products Jen suggested below – I have and 100% believe in OUAI!
Nothing like pairing stripes on stripes to give you all the nautical vibes and make you feel like you just jumped off an episode of Below Deck. No matter how wide my hips are vertical stripes on a wide leg trouser gets me every time, especially this pair from Azalea. I’ve always known Azalea as the cute shop in Hayes Valley that I always snag fun trendy pieces at – but I had no idea that they had a private label collection and some adorable pieces.
Check out some of my favorite nautical pieces from Azalea below:
Now, let’s talk stripes! Stripes were first spotted on the backs of sailors in nineteenth-century France and since then the nautical stripe has evolved from military garb to a stylish staple in a little more than a century. The nautical stripe has become synonymous with legends like Pablo Picasso and Brigitte Bardot. But it is not just for the globetrotting avant-garde: from swimwear to handbags and, as always, the simple cotton tee, the nautical stripe evokes a sporty, all-American elegance that works year-round. Preppy with a blue blazer or boldly inventive on an evening gown, it is timeless yet modern. It is a testament to the nautical stripe’s enduring appeal that season after season it reappears as bright as ever.
What do you think of this trend?
Will you be rocking nautical stripes this season?
What I Wore:
Blazer: Veronica Beard, ‘Classic’ Lambswool Blend Single Button Blazer