Welcome Back Kate!

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Dear Friend,

Hello polka dot heaven.

Some background: for a few months the Kate Spade store in the Westfield mall on Market Street has been closed. There were signs letting everyone know that they were just getting a facelift and would be back soon, but soon never seems soon enough.

The invitation: Continue reading


Long Flight Lounging

long flight lounging

Dear Auckland,

I am so ready to see you again!! Unfortunately, an awfully long flight must happen first. In mental preparation for the flight I am visualizing. Visualizing my comfortable clothes. Visualizing a well packed carry-on. Visualizing 13 straight hours of sleep. Here’s hoping!

My absolute “musts” for any long flight include: Continue reading


Dear Friend,

If ever there was a magazine that I encouraged you to read, it would be Darling Magazine. If you haven’t heard of it before, I so strongly urge you to look into it. This magazine’s sole purpose (and its soul purpose actually) is to navigate the art of being a woman.

The magazine is published quarterly and is filled with intentional articles aimed at building women up in a realistic and hopeful way. Each issue is broken up by “personas” (i.e. Dreamer, Hostess, Confidant, Stylist, etc.), which shape the content and connect to a variety of pieces that make up every woman’s identity. I almost entirely identify with the “Achiever,” but when I read articles and DIYs and stories from the “Dreamer” and the “Intellectual” I am reminded that I have many dimensions. I am constantly grounded by the meaningful topics and the tender community that come with my subscription.

This magazine is working to start a dialogue with women, to challenge what we know about societal expectations, and to pave the way for a more darling future.

With all that said, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let you know that the Darling team is considering re-printing their first issue. Selfishly, I would like to have one, but beyond that if you are looking to question what you know about the “modern mold of woman,” then this first issue might be a good place to start.

xx Katie



{photo via Beach Crab Photography}

Dear Friend,

There are few things I love more than mail, but put me in a room with greeting cards, cocktails, and the cutest group of blogging ladies and I will be so overwhelmed with excitement that it almost paralyzes me (see photos below – totally in shock).

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flushed with joy | focused to the point of antisocial | no one know what that face is

{photos via Beach Crab Photography}

Anyways… Continue reading

Dear August

Dear August,

I realize you are well on your way, and I am just doing my best to keep up at this point. No one knows how I missed welcoming you in on time, but that happened and we’ve moved on.

The amount of down time I had available in July is directly proportional to the amount of scheduled activities I have this month. It hopefully goes without saying that I’d rather be busy than bored (this is my go to cliché line when someone comments on being busy), but recently it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day!

First there was the Alameda flea market, where I, for some unknown reason, decided to pass on purchasing the cutest little letterpress ever.

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