Bold Stripes, Bright Stars, Brave Hearts


Hey Ya’ll. It’s been a while since I posted-honestly, I didn’t feel like it. But I’ve had a few people ask me why I haven’t posted and I really didn’t have a great answer, so, here I am. ūüôā

((So I’ve lived in this apartment for over a year and I’m JUST now really decorating. So bear with my bare walls))

I want to share with you all my “wrapping pillow” and this new dress that I found. I’ve been all about stripes lately, I’m not sure why.¬† and noticed today that I wore nothing but stripes and when and bought striped fabric. So, about my pillows. ((See picture below)) I went to JoAnn Fabric and bought 6 yards of grey/white striped fabric. The pillows that I wrapped are approximately 24″. ((For size reference))¬†I’m not a sewer ((my is that how you spell it??)), so all I did was cut the fabric-there’s no real math to it. If you want to get pro with it and measure it out, go for it. So I put the pillow in the middle of the fabric, cut the sides so there was enough to tie together, and that’s it. In the picture ,illow on the right, I tucked the ends in so give it a cleaner look, and the left pillow I left how is. I like the shabby chic look to it so it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s imperfectly perfect. ((There’s a huge clich√© for ya)) AND THAT’S IT. It cost me about $40 in fabric to wrap these pillows ((With smaller pillows it wont cost as much)). And I honestly could of even gotten away with spending like $20 because I got WAY too much fabric ((Hence why the rest of the fabric is on the back of the loveseat. LOL)) WAY cheaper then Pottery Barn! They’re money suckers.



For those with kids/babies, it might be better to secure the fabric with a hot glue gun-but the cool thing about these pillows is if they get destroyed, all you have to do is re-tie them! ((The floral wrapped pillow is an 18 x 18″ pillow and I only used 1 yard of fabric))

For a JoAnn Fabric coupon click HERE¬† (( They’re also have a 20% entire order on regular priced & sale items until tomorrow in store only))

My star pillow and arrow pillow are both from I paid $5 each. ((Granted they came from China so it took a couple weeks to come in, but hey, $5 bucks)) My blanket ladder, Kolby made for me out of reclaimed wood. And my star blanket came from too and was $15! My new coffee table ((That I love)) came from Rooms To Go and was only $299! ((P.S. they offer interest free for a year))

Okay, so the adorable striped dress that I found, is pictured below. It’s from Mindy Mae’s Market and you can find my personal affiliate link HERE. And guys, IT HAS A BOW. Double win!¬† Check out their clothes! Love everything they have. And their double hoods?? Ugh. Goodbye, money.

Also, I’ve gotten some questions about my nail color. It’s kind of hard to see in this pic, but it’s gel-OPI Funny Bunny. 3 coats of paint. My go-to summer color.







Let Freedom Ring


And let the memorial day sales commence! Not only is Memorial Day for remembering the fallen, it’s also thanking them for giving us our FREEDOM. Anyone can do anything anytime they want to in this country because of the brave men and women that fought FOR us. And I want to shop Memorial Day sales!

In the picture above and below, I’ve got my Pacsun white swimmers:: TOP HERE¬†& BOTTOMS HERE. This weekend Pacsun has BOGO50% and I just ordered a new suit for my girl’s day boating trip in a couple weeks! ALSO, IF YOU USE THE CODE:: DADSGRADS¬† IT GIVES YOU $20 OFF!!¬†I just used it this morning, so it definitely works! My swim cover-up is from TJMaxx and the brand is Saint Tropez West-I couldn’t find it on either TJMaxx website or the Saint website. ((Insert sad face)) BUT, I found cute ones here:: $24.99!! & $19.99!!

Unfortunately, my beach bag is out of stock. But if I find it somewhere else, I will post it again! But, we all know how I feel about my Tory Burch Flip Flops! My rose gold ones are still out of stock, BUT, they have gold ones HERE and I NEED them.

And my tumber is from Glittersips on Etsy. You can find it HERE. It looks like they are in the process of moving, so the shop is closed until July. I just ordered another tumber from Twinkle Twinkle Lil’ Jar and you can find them HERE. SO CUTE.

In my tumbler, I have my Teami Blends Energy Tea ((I¬†waited for the berries and tea leafs to brew in the hot water, then filtered out the tea water, added ice, and added lemon slices for additional flavor)). I have a Teami¬†Tumbler that has a built in filter to filter out the tea leaves…but I wanted to use my¬†new Glittersips Tumbler.¬†I LOVE this tea SO much. It’s all natural and SO good for you!! The Detox plan ((Skinny Tea & Colon Cleanse)) is Teami’s most desired product. I’ve had multiple people use my personal code :: KateTea for 10% off and have already seen results!! Check out the website for more info! **THIS WEEKEND TEAMI IS OFFERING 30% OFF AS WELL**¬† TEAMI BLENDS

Here are some other GREAT Memorial Day Sale Events!::

Also, these are a necessity this weekend::


Enjoy your long weekend, my friends!



Meanwhile Back At Mama’s


…it’s cold and rainy. ((That’s how the song goes, right?)) But seriously, it’s SO GOOD TO BE HOME. I’m up in my mom’s office right now in the loft and I hear my stepdad snoring on the couch, my “little” brother is clanking around downstairs with his giant giant-ness ((he’s 20 years old and 6’5″)), mom is in the kitchen making something that may or may not be edible when she’s done, the dog is barking at nothing because the old man is going blind, I’m drinking a LARGE cup of coffee ((I thought it was a cute over-sized coffee cup but I was informed that it’s a soup bowl)), and overlooking the vast acreage of green horse pastures in the large “A” frame window. Home. Now, it wouldn’t be home if it wasn’t cloudy, cold, and raining. So, here we are, wearing a sweater and chunky socks…in May. ((Nashville, I secretly miss your humidity))

In the meantime back at mama’s, I get to wear cute sweaters that I got on sale because only the north is still sweater weather. This one that I wore today to Mother’s Day lunch with my family is one of my new favorites. How cute is it?! Cold shoulder tops is all the rage right now this spring/summer and I was able to find this adorable one for my time here in NY! And you all know how I feel about bows!!

This sweater is SO soft and the tie shoulders are high quality and you can make them as loose or as tight as you want to. You can find it here ::¬†TopShop Bow Shoulder¬† For size reference, I’m wearing a size 4. It’s a little baggy on me but that’s the way it should be-it goes great with a pair of black leggings! ((Which is what I’m wearing now))

I also found this cute sweater that also has cut out shoulders with a bow::

  • Loft Cold Shoulder Sweater¬†-I got the green one and it’s such a pretty color. I’m getting the pink one! It’s so soft and so warm! For size reference, I got a Small and it fits true to size. Again, you can tighten or loosen the shoulders as you want!


So another thing that I want to share with you all, I recently partnered with¬†Teami Blends. Teami is a company that was started by 3 friends that had 20+ years experience with mixing loose leaf teas, marketing, graphic design, and web development. So they decided to start a company with good, all-natural tea that aids in weight loss, cleanse, and natural energy that ACTUALLY WORKS! I heard about Teami through social media, ordered some to try, and was pleasantly surprised at the results. Now, I was blessed genetically with a small figure so I didn’t get the tea to help with weight-loss but my goal was to decrease bloating ((especially during my lady time of the month)), kick out toxins, and help decrease my caffeine intake. I use the skinny tea and also the energy tea every morning and I have already seen a HUGE difference. The only reason that I’m drinking coffee right now is because I was up all night at a concert and let’s face it, I’m not 20 anymore, so my body can’t handle it and I needed a little extra boost.

As for the skinny tea and colon cleanse, Teami has received thousands of responses of how it helped people lose those stubborn inches around their waist. Now, peeps, don’t think that if you drink this tea it’s going to make you a size 0 overnight, because it wont. What it does is boosts your metabolism, boosts your immune system, and naturally raises your energy levels so you can work out longer! This works WITH exercise and a healthy diet. I’ve had a few people order the 30-Day challenge so I will post how their experiences are! If you use my code :: KateTea ¬†it will give you an additional 10% OFF! Let me know if you have any questions about it!! Check out the ingredient list on each tea! ¬† I’ll post it again::¬†Teami Blends




I’m A Queen Crowned By My Curls


RIGHT?! Anyone else feel this way when their hair looks good?? I recently started using this shampoo and conditioner and it. is. to. die. for. You start off with taking a hair quiz-they ask you what kind of hair you have ((curly, straight, oily, dry, etc)), then select 5 hair goals ((shine, color protection, volume, frizz-control, etc)), and then select the COLOR you want and also the SCENT ((you can also get scent free if you’re sensitive to smells)). HOW AWESOME. And I can honestly say that it works! And it’s cheaper then the Wella shampoo and conditioner I used to use. It’s cruelty free, paraben free, and 100% zero toxins. Become a queen:: Function of Beauty ¬†.

As for the scents, Grapefruit Hibiscus is my fav. I recently just got a new shipment and I tried the Sandalwood Violet and it smells a little too “dude” for me. Should of known with sandalwood. Duh. If you don’t end up loving this stuff as much as I do, they offer a 100% refund within 30 days! Can’t go wrong.

I’ve gotten multiple complements on the waves in my hair. I’d love to say that they’re natural…but that’d be a huge, fat lie. Wasn’t blessed with that gene. BUT, the good Lord DID bless me with a curling wand. ((Can I get a hallelujah??)) The one that I use:: T3 Whirl Trio. Okay, don’t let the price scare you. It’s pricey, yes, but I’ve used MANY different curling wands and straighteners and this one is the only one that lasts! My curls and waves last all day! It has three interchangeable wands for different styles. LOVE.¬†Sometimes Ulta will have a sale ((I’ve seen it up to 50% OFF once)). So, keep an eye out if you want it but can afford it right now. Also, check out either eBay or Poshmark to find good deals on one! Don’t waste your money on other crap that won’t last ((the T3 has a 2 year warranty too!))

For those EXTRA hot and humid days ((NY only has like 2 days a year like that)) that I’ve experienced while living in Nashville, I need a little something somethin¬†to help with the frizzy fly-aways. My go-to is Kenra Platinum Finishing Spray. This adds a little extra shine and a little hold ((it’s a hairspray but it doesn’t have extreme hold, just enough to keep the stubborn hairs down)).






Bow Down


That’s right. Bow. Anyone else LOVE bows?! I’m a sucker for anything bow. This post is all bout them.

This sweater that I’m wearing is so soft, so cute, and comes in 4 different colors. You can find :: HERE .It’s so cute and it can be dressed up or dressed down. I’m currently wearing it with leggings and went grocery shopping. YOLO. The life of adulting. Again, so cute, and only $49! Listed are some other bow things that I have and love::








Sunny and 75


Just kidding. It’s going to be 90 today. ((I LOVE Tennessee)) I haven’t posted in a while because I worked the last 3 days and I just did not have the energy to blog. Pathetic, I know. But! It’s a beautiful day here in TN and I’m spending it by the pool at my apartment complex. It’s seriously the best place to live here in Franklin. The only complaint right now that I have is that there are children here that are loud and obnoxious-I love kids don’t get me¬†wrong- but there should be adult pool time and kid pool time. I’m trying to relax and this child keeps SCREACHING. ((First world probs))

Anyway, I wanted to share my favorite flip flops with you all and also my favorite swim cover-ups. The flops that I am wearing in the photo are my absolute favorite but they are also ridiculously expensive. ((Eye roll)) You can find them HERE. The ones that I’m wearing are rose gold but they don’t have that color available anymore. I also have the Vintage Brown and Bleach. The only reason I am such an advocate for these flops is because they look awesome and they last a LONG time and still look awesome. I’ve had the Vintage brown ones for 2 1/2 years now and they still look like new ((except for the outline of my foot)) and they have been through mud, rain, snow, etc. But I will link some cheaper ones that I love::

As for bathing suit covers::

I also just found this bracelet on Etsy that is perfect for poolside or the beach. And I LOVE that it’s from a small business!

And last but not least, we all know how I feel about my sunnies ((DIFF) and my go-to beach blanket. Below are links to both!:: I am an ambassador for both DIFF and for SandCloud. The links below are my personal discounts-my gift to you!::

  • DIFF Charitable Eyewear¬†¬† ((For those that don’t know, this company gives away a free pair of reading glasses to those in need. They also provide school eye exams in third world countries! Click the link above to get $10 off your first purchase! Simply enter your email and it will give you a $10 discount code to use to checkout))
  • SandCloud¬†((Also, for those that don’t know, this company helps save marine life. For every purchase, they donate 10% to #savethefishies! Who doesn’t want to save the fishies??¬† Use my personal code:: STALTER25 at checkout to get 25% off your order!))


Have a great weekend!



Don’t Be Two Faced


Hey all! I wanted to share with you my foundation loves and hates. I get compliments on my complexion all the time and I smile, thank them, and do a little happy dance inside because I know it’s all because of my little miracle in a bottle. ((Thank you, Jesus)) My skin is oily at baseline so a few of these foundations I have tried but have not liked. Lets get started::

**I’m linking all makeup to Sephora because that is where I get my makeup from-You can also get it from Ulta. BUT if you order from Sephora, you get freebies with your order**

  1. Urban Decay Naked Skin¬†:: This has been my holy grail for a couple years ((I have a new holy grail listed below in number 2)) BUT this one is still awesome. It’s got medium coverage and it’s great on all skin types ((oily, dry, etc)). Great thing about this is that it’s very light and doesn’t make you feel like cake with layers of frosting. It’s got 4 different nourishing ingredients for anti-aging and hydration. The reason I stopped using it was because UD came out with number 2. I wear shade #3.
  2. Urban Decay All Nighter :: THANK THE LORD ABOVE. This is a full-coverage, water proof foundation. It’s got a matte finish so it’s great for oily skinned peeps. It has three times as much pigment as number 1 so a little goes a LONG way and lasts for a long time so it evens out the pricey-ness of it. Your wallet will thank you! DISCLAIMER:: It does not have good reviews online because it oxidizes-what that means is that outside of the bottle on your skin, it could darken slightly. So, you may need to get a lighter shade. If you’re interested in trying it, go to Sephora and ask for a couple of sample sizes, they’re free and you can test them to see which one is best for you. I, again, use shade #3. It does not oxidize too much on me. I also use this under my eyes-shade #2.
  3. Kat-Von-D Tattoo¬†:: This is another full-coverage, water proof foundation. Good thing about this one is that it has more pigments to choose from! Also, this is 100% vegan, no animal testing was done with this product!! ((Animal love)) The only reason I stopped using this was because with the high matte and long hours at work, it looked “cracked” on my skin. I wish it had a little more hydration in the formula.
  4. Too Faced Born This Way¬†:: This is a medium to full coverage foundation. It is meant to help tame oily skin, but for me, it made me more oily. I used this foundation on my cousin and it looked great on her. I think it really depends on skin type. With oily skin, I wouldn’t recommend this. Unless you go to Sephora and ask for a free sample. Good thing about it is that it uses a ton of hydrating materials ((coconut water and alpine rose)). It is also Vegan!
  5. Sephora Infusion :: This foundation is SUPER cheap. Like $9. It is very very light coverage and doesn’t have any hydrating skin nourishment like the others. I felt that it left my face very dry but you could probably get away with it by using a moisturizer. They only have 2 colors available right now and they’re dark beige. But if you want to try it, keep an eye out for restocks!
  6. Beauty Blender:: Lots of people ask me what I use to apply my foundation, concealer, bronzer, and blush. Honestly, I don’t use a foundation brush. I only use a beauty blender to apply both my concealer ((which is foundation number 2 in shade #2)) and my foundation ((foundation number 2 in shade #3)). I do, however, use just a regular brush, nothing fancy, to apply bronzer and blush. ((I will do a bronzer and blush post separately)) ¬†I do use the blender to actually blend afterwards too. Multipurpose use. BUT I recommend getting the blender that I linked here because I’ve used cheap ones from TJMaxx and Amazon that did not apply the same. Just get the $20 and use it until it falls apart-usually lasts 4-6 months for me!

Hope this helps some of you! Any questions, please ask!


Surrender The Bootie


Just because it’s gloomy here in Nashville doesn’t mean I can’t wear cute shoes, right? ((Right)) I want to share with you all my favorite pair of spring/summer lace up booties and a few others that I have recently/will soon add to my collection. BECAUSE, shoe shopping is cheaper than a therapist. ((Can I get an Amen?!)

These adorable booties I’m wearing in this pic are Vince Camuto’s masterpiece and for all I care, he can just take ALL of¬† my money. I want/need his whole line. You can find my shoes HERE. AND they’re 40% off!! Listed are some similar ones in nude((MOST ON SALE))::


As for my seafoam green dress, it was $12.90! I’ve gotten SO many compliments on this dress. The color is great and the fit is even better. For those little chested people like myself, it gives the girls a little extra lift. ((Hallelujah)) The best part is, that it looks expensive! WIN. Get it HERE!¬† ((It also comes in black!))

My accessories are::


  • Louis Vuitton¬†Neverfull MM Damier¬† ((LV is life. I just wish it wasn’t half a paycheck. First world problems))





Let Your Freak Flag Fly


…Or your beach blanket. I want to share with you all this AWESOME towel. I have recently partnered up with SandCloud to help spread the awareness of the need for marine life protection. Each purchase at¬†Sand Cloud¬†gives 10% to protecting the fishes! This towel that was sent to me is the softest, most durable ((and also most Mexican looking)) beach towel that I’ve ever used. The exact link to this specific towel is ::Mint Baja

I’m planning on getting the¬†Strawberry Acid Wash¬†next. ((UGH I want them ALL))

And you all should to. Here is my personal code to get you 25% off!! :: STALTER25   ((Insert this code during checkout))

My sunnies are¬†DIFF Eyewear¬† Cruz::Silver Frame::Blue Mirror Lens. I LOVE this brand SO much. I can’t talk them up enough. ((They’re cheaper then Rays and has even better quality)) This company is partnered with a charitable organization and for EVERY pair of sunnies sold, they donate glasses to those in need. HOW AWESOME?!

My bathing suit is mixed up today. I love white bathing suits with a good tan. My top is L.A. Hearts¬†from Pacsun. It’s only $29! I’ve gotten a couple suits from Pacsun and I love them. P.S. They’re having a BOGO50% this weekend only. ¬†And my scalloped bottoms are probably my favorite of. all. time. I’ve got a thing for scalloped suits. Don’t know why. Don’t care why. Because they’re adorbs. But, they can be pricey unless you follow Kate ((me)) who comes through for you and can find you cheap things. You’re welcome.

Okay, so the site I got the bathing suit bottoms from was Bathing suit link ::HERE¬† Ya’ll it’s $23 for top and bottom. DISCLAIMER:: I’m pretty sure its a company out of China? It took about 3 weeks to get to me, but the quality is actually pretty good, so I’m not mad about it. Plus they have SO many cute suits for SUPER cheap. I’d buy from them again. And I probably will. If you can’t wait 3 weeks for a suit, I’ll list some other links to other sites that aren’t as cheap::





Beach Please



Hey y’all! I am currently sitting next to the beach listening to the waves. Jealous? ¬†I would be too. We are at Orange Beach, Alabama in a condo with a private beach. ((YASS)) It’s absolutely beautiful. I wanted to share some of my favorite beach maxi/midi dresses. I have quite a few. But first, booze.

My favorite drink to sit by the pool or beach is the and I’m going to share it with all of you lucky people. And what makes it even better, it’s PINK!

  • Eddy’s Grapefruit Vodka
  • Club soda
  • Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • Add in slices of grapefruit for more prettiness if desired

That’s it. And it’s dangerous as hell. ((You’re welcome))

So, as for my beach attire today, I’m wearing this beautiful high-lo maxi dress. It’s a really pretty champagne color. And I got it super cheap. ((WIN)) Unfortunately, it’s out of stock. ((Insert sad face)). I’m going to link it anyway¬†HERE¬†in case it comes back in stock. ((Fingers crossed!!)) ¬†Tomorrow, I’m posting all about my new favorite bathing suits and beach accessories!

Here are some other maxis that are similar to the one linked above that is annoyingly out of stock. ((EYE ROLL)) P.S. They’re all on sale!