Beauty: Three Minutes with Jen Atkin

[Update] this post is from 2017…but it was a such a fun interview and her hair care tips still stand strong.

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.

Starting with:

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!

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Kat: I’m super hungover – I threw my hair up in a bun. If you were hungover what would you do?

Jen: Chloe + Isabel bun cuff – in rose gold for your hair. It would be so cute. Do we have one? 

(they did and her assistant put it in my hair)

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?

Jen: OUAI  hair supplements! You would want to get dry.

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: Done!

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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.

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 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!

8 Ways to Wear Dresses With Boots

Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a turtleneck dress at the Hotel Yountville.

Dresses with Boots a classic combination in the winter.

For this post, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to pull off this combination. Below I’m highlighting 8 different ways to wear your favorite dresses with boots. Some work for chilly temps while others are better reserved for slightly warmer wintery weather. Still, no matter what the day may look like outside, you’re guaranteed you’ll find some easy outfit inspiration below.


8 Ways to Wear Dresses With Boots 


KatWalkSF at the Ferry Building in the AE Soft & Sexy Plush Shift Dress


Number One 


A neutral palette and white bootie


This simple sweater dress is down to $12 and has been a nonstop staple in my wardrobe. The soft and sexy plush fabric looks just as good as it feels—proof that style and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive. Pair this sweater dress with a white bootie and some tights so that you don’t look as FREEZING cold as me.

Willow & Clay Floral Print Smocked V-Neck Fit & Flare Dress, Dresses with Boots


Number Two


A 90s floral mini dress  (down to $45.15 from $129)

with a lace-up combat boot


Willow & Clay Floral Print Ruffle Trim Poet Sleeve Mini Wrap Dress, Dresses with Boots


Number Three


Another 90s style floral mini dress (down to $38.15 from $109)

but this time with a faux fur coat and neutral suede bootie


Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF at RH Yountville in the WAYF Manor Ruffle Bib Mini Dress.


Number Four


A black floral bib dress (down to $112 from $140)

with THICK tights and chunky boots


Blonde fashion blogger KatWalkSF wearing a turtleneck dress at the Hotel Yountville.


Number Five


LBD (down to $29.99 from $59.00)

and

 Knee High Boots


Banana Republic Leopard Print Ruffle-Cuff Shift Dress, Dresses with boots


Number Six


A leopard shift dress with white booties and sheer tights


ASOS DESIGN shoulder pad mini dress with seams, Dresses with Boots


Number Seven


A LBD with STATEMENT boots


For the Love of Cables Dress, Free People, OTK Boots, Sole Society


Number Eight


A chunky sweater dress (down to $69.95 from $168)

with OTK boots and a floppy hat (also styled here)


 

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.

“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.

What I Ate: Restoration Hardware Yountville

Blonde woman standing at the Restoration Hardware Yountville

Last week I hit the road with my girls from San Francisco to Yountville for the ultimate ladies who lunch adventure at the new Restoration Hardware Yountville.

On a Thursday morning it took us about an hour and a half to get there (after a quick stop at Rustic Bakery in the Marin Country Mart <- worth the stop). Yountville is about twenty minutes north of downtown Napa and my new favorite stop when exploring wine country. If you love wine and luxury then you will love Yountville.

RH Yountville features a standalone full-service restaurant and wine tasting room with parking in the middle of the two structures. You can snag food, wine, coffee, and shop the latest Restoration Hardware designs in one spot. Restoration Hardware Yountville is also right in the heart of town and just steps away from some of my favorite tasting rooms in Yountville.

I made a reservation for five for lunch about a week before we dined there without a problem. There was a bit of a wait when we got there giving us plenty of time to snap some photos. The lighting is AMAZING so charge your phone and be prepared to take a photo of pretty much everything. The entire space is an Instagram Restoration Hardware dream!

After about a twenty minute wait we were seated and shortly greeted by our lovely server. Everything from the place settings to the champagne flutes had a Restoration Hardware special touch. The food was solid and priced accordingly for the neighborhood. I shared the burger and shrimp cocktail with a friend and it was perfect for an afternoon in wine country. The entire experience was opulent + excellent and I will 100% be back.

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Restoration Hardware Yountville

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Restoration Hardware Yountville

What I Ate: 

RH Burger – Sharp American Cheddar Cheese, Pickles, Onions, Dijonnaise, Lettuce, and Tomato $22

Shrimp Cocktail – Lemon, Dijonnaise, and Cocktail Sauce $20


Restoration Hardware Yountville is open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The restaurant serves brunch until about 3:30 p.m. and then transitions into dinner service.


Full Menu Here Reservations Here

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What I Wore:


Jacket: BB Dakota, Hugs Don’t Lie Faux Fur Jacket. Also seen here.

Dress: WAYF, Manor Ruffle Bib Mini Dress.

Bag: Gucci, GG Marmont 2.0 Matelassé Leather Shoulder Bag

Boots: Marc Fisher, Waren Round Toe Lace Up Leather Boots. Also seen here.

Shop similar looks here.


M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker Review – The $228 Sneaker.

A detailed shot of the M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker

The M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker

Sneakers are crazy expensive right now (insert all the designer dad shoes). Sure, there are still a ton of great options on the lower end, but more and more, it’s become “normal” to spot a pair of six, seven, even eight hundred dollar kicks when scrolling Instagram…hell I’m guilty of it here.

But when it comes to shopping for sneakers (especially a classic everyday white sneaker) my goal was to find a pair of sneakers that look expensive but don’t require a small business loan to pay for -> Enter the M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker. Now I ‘ve been wearing heels from M. Gemi for years. The Cammeo classic pointy-toe pump is on constantly on repeat in my wardrobe thanks to its classic design, comfort, and approachable price point, so I was already a fan of the brand when my sneakers arrived.

My Palestra sneakers arrived last week and in less than seven days I have really put them through the wringer. From a third date walking ALL around San Francisco to a food photo shoot that involved me balancing on a chair the Palestra sneakers survived and kept me looking cool and comfortable. I even spilled some food on them mid-photo shoot and was able to quickly wipe them clean with a napkin. With its clean lines and minimalist style—this sneaker is truly elevated. I would honestly compare them to my $400 Original Achilles leather sneakers from Common Projects, but slightly more comfortable. You can also easily get away with pairing these sneakers with dressed-up pieces or leather leggings.

Seven days into owning these sneakers I give them two thumbs up and recommend them to anyone in the market for a quality white leather sneaker.


KatWalkSF putting on her M. Gemi Palestra Sneakers

How can M.Gemi afford to make shoes this good at such a reasonable price? Well, like lots of new fashion brands that were born in the tech era, M.Gemi sells its shoes directly to consumers instead of third-party retailers. In other words, if they did things the old school way, you could expect these sneakers to retail for at least $600. Now, look—we know nothing can beat the real thing, and sometimes a $900 splurge on sneakers is just what the soul needs. Point is, these M.Gemi sneakers will still get you all the compliments of a shoe that’s a lot more expensive.


The M. Gemi Palestra Sneaker

Details: Tumbled leather upper, soft gold eyelets, white cotton laces, leather lining with a rubber bottom. Made by hand in Marche, Italy.

Fit Tip: A super-comfy, easy fit. Readily accommodates a wider foot. Those with narrower feet may wish to go down a half size.

I am a true Italian size 38/US size 8 and on the average to narrow side and ordered true to size. I have a little bit of extra room but feel that a size 37.5/7.5 would be too small. My recommendation would be to order true to size unless your foot is really really narrow.


Shop the Palestra Sneaker with the code: Kat40 for $40 off (the code works on any M. Gemi shoe)