Happy Thanksgiving + What I am Thankful For… 

Happy Thanksgiving + What I am Thankful For… 

hey guys!

happy thanksgiving y’all!

november 23rd, 2017, we are here and living and hopefully being mindful of the current moment and not thinking too much about those fantastic holiday sales!

it will be the big holidays soon, but we still have a fantastic day of parades, dinner, family, and CARBS coming up today, so instead of moving too far ahead in our minds and in our conversations today, we should stay in the moment for our day!

so in fact i will be practicing mindfulness today – and i will be sharing what i am thankful for…

so of course the obvious:

family & friends


a house & food to eat

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the school i’ve been blessed to go to


my health


my blog

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and the less obvious…

my opportunity to be a finalist for the rose court


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and, oh yeah…

all of you!

thank you for your kind and loving support for all of these years, allowing me to grow and give me an outlet for everything going on in my busy life!

thank  you

and happy thanksgiving!


kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)



My Top Black Friday + Cyber Monday Picks

My Top Black Friday + Cyber Monday Picks

hey all!

black friday is T-3 days away! squee!

although i am not always out getting deals myself, i love to help all you guys find such good deals that i would enjoy too!

so enjoy the deals i’ve found for you!!

target on black friday:

#1: beats ‘urBeats’ for $49.99 (50% off)

#2: beats ‘studio2’ wireless headphones for $160 (save $220)

#3: nikon D3400 dslr bundle for $500 (save $400)

#4: keurig brewing system for $89 (save $30)

& all christmas beauty giftsets buy one get one 50% off!

ulta beauty on black friday:

#1: better than sex mascara kit for $14 ($20 off)

#2: mario badescu hit refresh set for $12 ($14 off)

#3: anastasia beverly hills glow kit  (40% off)

#4: urban decay palette (50% off)

macy’s starting now:

#1: kitchen-aid stand mixer for $179 (50% off)

#2: diamond pendant necklace for $399 (save $900)

#3: coach mercer satchel for $197 (save $200 dollars)

#4: diamond link bracelet for $75 (save $225)

#5: macy’s hoop earrings for $100 (save $260)

& remember to keep up with my pinterest lists

& my twitter account

for updates and deals this weekend and

happy shopping!


kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)





Thanksgiving Outfits 

Thanksgiving Outfits 

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hey all!

with the turkey day coming up and all, i kept thinking what better than to do a few thanksgiviving looks to share with y’all!

here we go!

look #1look1

dress / bow / purseshoes

this adorable madewell velvet dress is perfect for when you eat a little too much turkey, and will still be flattering as heck! and you can tone down the look with these gold nike cortez or pair with your favorite pair of flats to dress it up a bit!

look #2:


sweater / skirt / bow / purse / shoes

a casual more mid-level look! this j.crew green sweater will be perfect for the rest of fall and winter, definitely starting at thanksgiving, and this satin hair bow will be the perfect finishing touch of the look!

look #3:


dress / bag / shoes

the most ‘fancy’ look! i am loving wrap dresses (like the one i wore here) this green wrap topshop dress will keep you stylin’ through dessert!

look #4


sweater / skirt / scarf /  purseboots

the most casual look! i always love my topshop denim skirt and these sam edelman bootssam edelman boots kept through all winter of last year!

i hope y’all enjoy!


kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)





Gift Guide for the Fitness Fanatic

Gift Guide for the Fitness Fanatic

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hey guys!

so its saturday, and i never blog on staurdays so this is a new warning that I WILL BE BLOGGING ON SATURDAYS UP TILL CHRISTMAS! for this month i will be sharing gift guides on saturdays in november and in december!

once again, a note to all my readers – ‘gift guide’ does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

here we go!

#1: nike lunarepic running shoe

these are my favorite shoes of the moment! i am wearing them in my FALL RUNNING OUTFIT, in the rose gold and cream color! they would be perfect for anyone who likes a good general workout!

#2: marble print yoga mat

this mat is so so so pretty! for your yogis out there, this would be an awesome gift, especially for those friends who love their yoga but hate their studio’s dirty mats!

#3: invisibobble hair ties 

these are perfect hairties!  they don’t pull your hair or get stuck, they don’t give you a headache – which is so so so important! you don’t wanna be in an amazing flow and get distracted by your hair! also they make amazing small gifts and are perfect in a stocking!

#4: zella running jacket

a black running jacket is a basic for any fitness fanatic – perfect for the rest of winter – and even for people running in the morning all year!

#5: s’well gold ‘traveler’ water bottle

so this is a new s’well shape and i find it just SO COOL! thank the heavens that they finally made a s’well that  i could fit ice in (am i right ladies!)

#6: s’well classic water bottle

this is just a classic and a perfect gift for a friend or any family member!

#7: lululemon yoga block

(see #2) again, perfect for your germaphobe yogi friend who prefers their own or loves to practice at home!

#8: iam+ bluetooth earphones

i have kinda been coveting these for awhile on the nordstrom website! bluetooth headphones are the only way to go while running – because i always pull mine out of my ears and it makes me so so mad!

#9: fitbit flex HR

i am obsessed with my fitbit! you can see about it here but i seriously live and die by my fitbit flex and use it as a watch and fitness tool and i can’t imagine not having it!

#10: nike roshe two sneaker

i have roshe ones – which are the older versions of these shoes – and they are great shoes perfect for any fit person!

#11: apple watch

the nike apple watch is SO COOL! AND target has it on sale on black friday!

#12: hydroflask water bottle

another thing that i live and die by is my hydroflask, i have had it now for 2+ years and its dented and so well loved – but still in fabulous condition and i wouldn’t trade it for anything!

i hope you guys enjoy! and have fun shopping!

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!!)






Friendsgiving Recipes 

Friendsgiving Recipes 

hey all!

i am officially starting the thanksgiving countdown…

6 days to thanksgiving

and even more important, the black friday countdown…

7 days to black friday + the beginning of cyber week!

so in honor of the upcoming holiday i thought i would share some friendsgiving/thanksgiving recipes for y’all to use and peruse! i know these posts are small but they are still so fun to write and pick out my favorites for you guys!

here we go!

#1: tyler florence’s potatoes 



i read THIS BUZZFEED ARTICLE and apparently these potatoes are pretty dang good. you boil the potatoes in heavy cream and they come out super rich – i mean i am sure that you don’t need another rich item at thanksgiving but you know…

#2: caramelized onion and cornbread stuffing



i️ am a HUGE stuffing fan and i️ am also a HUGE caramelized onion fan so how could you go wrong with this stuffing?

#3: stuffed acorn squashSquash-3-of-4r


ITS SQUASH STUFFED WITH STUFFING! who could ask for more!

#3: buttermilk  biscuits with maple and sea salt15287812310_14869c2652_o1


i️ usually don’t choose biscuits on thanksgiving because there are some many carbs going on anyway – stuffing and potatoes – but if i️ had these at thanksgiving i️ think i would need to have them!

#4: healthier green bean casserole

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at thanksgiving my ultimate favorite dish is usually the green bean casserole, when my dad makes it is amazing because of the mushroom soup! this is a healthy version and it actually looks really good.

#5: roasted carrots with pecans and goat cheese

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i️ love carrots and i️ love goat cheese, so these look awesome

#6: butternute squah risotto



not sure if this fits on the thanksgiving table like the rest of them, but this dish looks super good!

#7: sweet potato, carmelized onion and goat cheese galette

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this would be an amazing side dish, instead of your typical sweet potatoes – so this is basically a savory pie!

#8: corn, buttermilk and chive popovers



this would be a great appetizer – because it’s not out there and your oven is already on isn’t it!

#9: corn pudding with mushrooms and ham



can’t really explain why i️ put this on here except it looks really good.

#10: carmelized onion, gruyere and bacon spread




#11: roasted cauliflower and aged white cheddar dip

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more good appetizer ideas!

#12: apple and butternut squash soup



okay so i’ve never had soup at thanksgiving but you guys may or may not know soup is one of my favorite foods! i️ would love to try this soup at thanksgiving!

guys! i hope you enjoy this!


kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

Gift Guide for Your Preppy Friend!

Gift Guide for Your Preppy Friend!

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hey guys!

I KNOW ITS NOT CHRISTMAS YET, and heck it’s not even thanksgiving yet! but since i am being bombarded with christmas i think that i should start making gift guides. and if you know personalized gifts, they take FOREVER to make, so you need to start early on those, so i decided my first gift guide of the season should be gifts for your preppy friends!

once again, a note to all my readers – ‘gift guide’ does not mean i own any of the above, or that i will buy any of the above. it just means that i like it visually and (unless noted) i do not own it; all that i will write about is stuff i hear from friends and other users of the product as well as the visual aspects of the product which i will mention in the comment below!

here we go!

#1: monogram necklace

this one in a classic! it comes in 4 different sizes, from mini to large and in gold, silver and rose gold, it would be an amazing gift for your daughter, mother, grandmother, friend or significant other.

#2: kendra scott ‘elisa’ necklace

this is a cheaper necklace as opposed to the monogram – in price point, but just as nice and classy. this is a great gift for friends and family too!

#3: tory burch pearl earrings

these are classic with a little tory burch twist! they are adorable and could become your everyday earrings – and an amazing gift to people who have their ears pierced!

#4: monogram note cards

everyone can use these, whether for a thank you note, or just plain old snail mail any friends and family could get great use out of this, and for that, these would prove to be an amazing gift!

#5: vineyard vines shep shirt

now, vineyard vines lets you monogram shep shirts! what a great gift! they come in either plain pink or navy blue and allow you to monogram in a variety of style and in a variety of locations! just make sure you order this early to ensure it’s arrival!

#6: monogrammed duffel bag

duffel bags are some of my favorite things to receive, i have a monogrammed weekender bag, not this exact one, but one very similar so i think it would prove a great gift for the preppy person in your life!

#7: jack rogers sandals

classic preppy – and although you would buy them for christmas, they would likely not be able to wear them until spring – but c’est la vie – because these sandals literally last forever and will be a perfect gift!

#8: monogram signet ring

i am absolutely in love with monogram jewelry. i have a signet ring – not this one – but i wear it every day and because its so lowkey i never feel like its too much with my outfits!

#9: monogram keychain

i have this one on my keys – and its the perfect small gift for any friends and family, just make sure you order it early!

#10: ray ban clubmaster sunglasses

classic, JFK had these babies therefore, all of your preppy friends will love them – if they don’t already have it .

#11: longchamp large tote bag

you can have this monogrammed at longchamp.com and they are perfect!

#12: j.crew ‘vintage’ pajamas – not pictured

these can also be monogrammed at j.crew and are perfect for all year – not just christmas!

i hope you enjoy!


kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)




My Favorite Fall & Pumpkin Sweet Recipes

hey all!

since its fall and i am in the #foodmood, – when am i not in that mood you tell me – i thought it would be fun to share some more fall and pumpkin recipes! since i feel like i have kinda already gone the savory route recently, i decided to share some of my favorite recipes, or recipes that look amazing that i have yet to try!

here we go why don’t we!

#1: pumpkin seed maple horchata 


#2: spicy hermit bars


#3: pumpkin bread


#4: brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies 


#5: sweet potato blondies


#6: pumpkin morning muffins


i hope you guys enjoy and try out these recipes!


kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)