Beauty: The BKR Paris Water Balm Joins The BKR Family

San Francisco lifestyle blogger KatWalkSF shares her BKR spiked glass water bottle and BKR Paris water balm.

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“Drinking water is the most important part of your beauty regimen,” BKR founders Tal Winter and Kate Cutler.

I had a chance to sit down with the duo (best friends since law school) at their San Francisco headquarters last week to learn all about BKR and their entry into the beauty industry with the BKR Paris Water Balm. The BKR founders set out to create a beautiful alternative to plastic bottles that would make staying hydrated more enjoyable. The result: sleek, celeb-favorite glass bottles wrapped in soft silicone in a rainbow of runway-inspired hues – I went with the Spiked Tutu 16 oz style.

I’ve always known it was important to drink water throughout the day, but there was one soundbite from my conversation with the founders of BKR that really stood out for me. Tal shared that she used to always keep a case of plastic bottled water in the trunk of her car. This sounded normal to me, in fact, I had a case of Trader Joe’s water in my trunk at that very moment. But once she started breaking down just how disgusting it was to have a case of water in plastic in your hot trunk all day I was sold on actually using the case of reusable water bottles I have collecting dust underneath my kitchen sink. We all have reusable water bottles and bags scattered around our homes and cars, right? But do you actually use them? My mother is the only person I know who uses her reusable bags EVERY time she goes to the store!

Ok! So now we’ve established that these water bottles are stunning and that the case of plastic water bottles in my drunk HAD to go. But what about the beauty element? Where are we going with this?

Well, just when you thought you’ve seen it all the ladies of BKR blew my mind when they introduced me BKRto the BKR Paris Water Balm. What is it? It is an ultra-hydrating glossy lip treatment made from a proprietary complex of rose, algae, and essential biolipids with a natural French rose scent – AKA a bomb ass lip gloss that attaches to your BKR bottle. It is vegan, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and formulated without gluten. BKR also created an innovative cap designed to connect the Water Balm to the BKR bottle. The balm itself is easily removable, so you can slip it into a bag whenever your BKR isn’t with you – which is never, but a nice option.

San Francisco fashion blogger KatWalkSF in Lorna Jane and BKR.

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San Francisco fashion blogger KatWalkSF in Lorna Jane and BKR.

San Francisco fashion blogger KatWalkSF in Lorna Jane and BKR.

San Francisco fashion blogger KatWalkSF in Lorna Jane and BKR.

San Francisco fashion blogger KatWalkSF in Lorna Jane and BKR.

KatWalkSF and Two Peas in a Prada in the Outdoor Voices Flamingo 7/8 Springs Legging with their BKR water bottle and BKR Paris Water Balm.

Yes, I’ve managed to tote my BKR Paris Water Balm + Bottle all around town. From SoulCylce to running errands in my hood to lounging around the Marin Country Mart with Ashley (in matching Outdoor Voices looks) – the BKR bottle has proven to be a worthy investment for my lifestyle and it seriously upped my beauty regime.

KatWalkSF in the Outdoor Voices Flamingo 7/8 Springs Legging and Frances Valentine cardigan.

KatWalkSF and Two Peas in a Prada in the Outdoor Voices Flamingo 7/8 Springs Legging

Check out more athleisure looks here + here.

October Top Sellers

October Top Sellers1. WAYF, Gerry Front-Slit Knit Dress | currently on sale for $29.99 | I own it in a medium

2. OLAPLEX, Holiday Hair Fix Set | more on my love affair with OLAPLEX here | this set is $58 ($84 value)

3. Uniqlo, Ultra Light Down Hooded Coat | my FAVORITE coat | $20 off select sizes

4. Red Dress Boutique, Someplace New Ivory And Rose Multi Dress | this dress is SO fun! it has a ton of movement and won’t break the bank.

5. EXPRESS, Plaid Knit Car Coat

6. MANGO, Unstructured Wool-Blend Coat | 30% off

7. Le Specs, Air Heart 51mm Sunglasses | these classic sunglasses won’t break the bank and Meghan Markle loves to rock them

8. SHEIN, Joyfunear Bow Front Layered Mesh Tube Dress | wear it to a formal event or style it as a loofah for Halloween

9. BAUBLEBAR, Athena Pendant Necklace | 15% OFF with the code: HOLIDAY15

10. Privé Revaux, The Victoria | these look good on everyone and are $39.95 | 25% off with the code: PRFRIEND

October Top Sellers

Tie-Dye SZN: The Best Pieces to Buy

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF on the beach wearing the POLO RALPH LAUREN Big Fit Tie-Dye Shirt on a lounge chair with a missoni towel, Tie-Dye SZN

Tie-Dye SZN

Outside Lands is over, but my summer of love vibes are still going strong and I am tie-dye obsessed.

While tie-dye is typically associated with hippies and the Grateful Dead, it just so happens to be one of fashion’s current obsessions. After turning up on a number of runways for spring 2019, as well as a few for fall 2019, this trend is here to stay and I AM HERE FOR IT.

Despite what you might think about tie-dye, it’s actually quite versatile, since it comes in a number of color combinations, patterns, and intensities. If you’re more of a “dip your toes into a trend” type of person, I’d say the easiest way to pull off tie-dye is to start with smaller items like socks, shoes or a T-shirt, while keeping everything else pretty basic. A tie-dye T-shirt can easily pair with jeans, trousers or a skirt. You can also go for the reverse, pairing tie-dye bottoms ― one notch bolder than a T-shirt ― with something simple on top.

Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing the tie-dye Palermo Blazer by Lioness

Palermo Blazer (tie-dye) 

KatWalkSF wearing the ASOS DESIGN trapeze maxi dress in black tie dye print

Trapeze Maxi Dress (black tie-dye print)

KatWalkSF at NYFW wearing the Lioness Tie Dye Palermo Blazer

KatWalkSF wearing the Monki tie dye classic hoodie and skirt in gray.

Tie-dye classic hoodie + skirt in gray

SHOP |Tie-Dye SZN | The Best Pieces to Buy

More from this trend here.

Mama’s San Francisco – Is It Worth the Hype?

The exterior sign at Mama's San Francisco

Mama’s San Francisco – Is It Worth the Hype?

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I live down the street from the oh-so-famous San Francisco tourist brunch spot, Mama’s on Washington Square. In order for me to go pretty much anywhere in the city before 3 pm, I have to walk by Mama’s and the line of tourists waiting to dine there. Now I’ve lived in my apartment for almost 10 years, that’s 10 years of me watching people waiting in line for mediocre food and me fighting every urge in my body to provide everyone in line with a list of better spots to dine at in San Francisco.

Last week I was documenting the ridiculous line on my Instagram stories when a DM came in asking me when was the last time I dined there. I had to stop and really think about it…it has been YEARS and I honestly couldn’t even remember what I ordered. This follower encouraged me to go there, order the Monte Cristo and report back.

I accepted the challenge and rallied three friends to meet me there on Tuesday morning. We agreed to meet at 10:30 to get in the ridiculous line and wait with the tourists…well the joke was on us, my friend Des was the first to get there and THERE WAS NO LINE! Des texted me to tell me about the line and I was SHOCKED. I was down the street at the ATM getting cash because Mama’s is cash or debit card only and quickly ran up the hill to meet our group. By the time I got there, our group was being ushered into the line to order inside. That’s right. On a normal day, you have to wait in two lines to get food at Mama’s! We ordered as a team to make sure that we covered all the menu highlights at the front and then headed to the back to the closest table for four.

A sign from Mama's on Washington Square

What We Ordered

Old fashioned buttermilk pancakes (3) served with fresh seasonal berries

(2) Monte Cristo Sandwiches: roasted turkey breast, honey baked ham, sharp cheddar, and gruyere cheese. The sandwich is cooked on the griddle and served with Mama’s homemade jam.

Dungeness Crab Cake Benedict: two poached eggs served on a toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce and Mama’s grilled potatoes.

Breakfast Sandwich

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake

3 Fresh-Squeezed Mimosas

1 Uncle Cy’s Spicy Mary: hearty Soju and a heartier Secret Bloody Mary Mix.

Mimosas and a soju Bloody Mary at Mama's on Washington Square

Coffee cake at Mama's on Washington Square

On the table at Mama's San Francisco

MamaCakes, Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes Served with Fresh Seasonal Berry Toppings at Mama's on Washington Square

Fashion and food blogger KatWalkSF at Mama's San Francisco with the monte cristo and mimosa

The Monte Cristo sandwich at Mama's on Washington Square

A bite of the famous Monte Cristo sandwich at Mama's San Francisco

Leftovers from the Monte Cristo at Mama's San Francisco

Mama's Grilled Potatoes dipped in jam

The Monte Cristo at Mama's San Francisco dipped in jam

MamaCakes, Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes Served with Fresh Seasonal Berry Toppings at Mama's San Francisco

The Final Review – Was it Worth the Hype?

Before we get to our final thoughts of Mama’s San Francisco…

I hit up the Mama’s San Francisco yelp page to check out some recent reviews and see if any locals shared the same sentiment as me and found my review from 1/3/2010:


So I have only been here once and frankly, I just don’t get all the hype. After waiting in two ridiculous lines for god knows how long, I pretty much lost my appetite and just wanted to sit. The whole layout of this place kills me. It is like let’s see how pissed of we can make you before we feed you.
I had the shrimp Benedict and the hollandaise sauce did not mix well with the fresh shrimp. I love a good breakfast spot but this place is just OK.

Well, my friends almost nine years later my feelings towards Mama’s are EXACTLY the same. While I didn’t have to wait in a long line this visit I still left unimpressed and hungry. I ordered the Monte Cristo based on reviews and a poll I took on my Instagram stories. According to Mama’s website, the Monte Cristo has roasted turkey breast, honey baked ham, sharp cheddar, and gruyere cheese in it. The bread to meat and cheese ratio was WAY off and if I didn’t look on their website I would have had NO idea what was actually in my sandwich. The sandwich was bland and I barely ate half of it.

The Monte Cristo was served with Mama’s homemade jam, the real MVP of our meal. I honestly would have been way more satisfied just ordering two pieces of sourdough toast with their jam and calling it a day. If you scroll back up to the photos you can see that we started to just dip everything in the homemade jam. Potatoes in the jam. Monte Cristo in the jam. EVERYTHING in the jam. In a perfect world, I would just order their homemade jam to go, buy some fresh focaccia from Liguria Bakery across the street and sit in Washington Square Park alone, away from the line.

Now I did not dine alone and before we left I made everyone go around the table and share their highs and lows from the meal. My friend Ivan said the best part of the meal was dining with his friends, the crumb cake and the jam. My friend Des ordered the Dungeness Crab Cake Benedict and did not like it. The hollandaise was bland and the English muffin was hard. Both Des and Ivan thought that the Monte Cristo was disappointing and agreed that it felt like wasted empty calories. My friend Syd did not enjoy her Soju Bloody Mary and would only come back for a cup of coffee and the crumb cake.

We all agreed that this is a true tourist trap and we would never come back!

If you are visiting San Francisco and want to have a really amazing brunch experience ->

Get out of the line at Mama’s and get in line at these brunch spots in San Francisco


Brenda’s French Soul Food

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

Kitchen Story

Swan Oyster Depot


Art’s Cafe

More San Francisco eats here + here.

Plaid | A Top Trend For Fall 2019

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a Trina Turk plaid suit in the West Village, New York

Is fall really fall if you’re not wearing plaid?

It will forever be a top trend for fall (even though these pictures were taken a bit before fall in September in the West Village). If there’s one thing we can count on when it comes to transitioning a look from summer to fall, it’s a blazer. More specifically, a plaid one. This previously stuffy trend has gone through quite the transformation, with brands adding their own special touches to the fall necessity. So whether you’re attempting to make a midi slip dress appropriate for your 2 p.m. meeting or just need something to fall-up that summer top you can’t let go of, or you want to make a BOLD statement (like me in the matching plaid suit), there’s no going wrong with plaid.

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a Trina Turk plaid suit in the West Village, New York, Trend For Fall 2019

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a Trina Turk plaid suit in the West Village, New York, Trend For Fall 2019

Love a classic grey plaid blazer for fall if Trina Turk’s Pass the Wine Plaid Suiting fabric isn’t for you.
Fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a Trina Turk plaid suit in the West Village, New York, Trend For Fall 2019

What I Wore:

Jacket: Trina Turk (c/o), Pass the Wine Plaid Habanero Jacket | 30% off this week | top trend for fall 2019

Tank: Trina Turk (c/o), Customs Tank

Pants: Trina Turk (c/o), Pass the Wine Plaid Pants | 30% off this week | top trend for fall 2019

Shoes: M. Gemi (c/o), Palestra Minimo | save $60 off your first order with the code: KAT60

full blog post reviewing the sneakers here

Bag: Gucci, Soho Disco Leather Bag

Necklace: Gorjana, Mosaic Coin Necklace