My Favorite Breakfast

My Favorite Breakfast

hello all!

so i’m pretty sure i can say one thing to make all of you mad in an instant and think: why kate?  well here it is:

i don’t (usually) eat breakfast

yeah, i said it. feel free to blow up in the comments. but pretty much all of my life there has been a daily fight with one or both of my parents about how i : a) didn’t eat breakfast that morning or b) how i refused to eat breakfast today. yeah, its been something that more or less never felt natural: breakfast. you know i didn’t really get hungry in the mornings till about 10 – and i’d snack in my classes around then anyway! but ever since i’ve been running in the mornings i come back starving. since i’ve never really been a breakfast gal i’ve been attempting to find my ‘perfect breakfast’ and i’m pretty sure i’ve found it, a smoothie.

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i’ve talked about this in the past, but this is my smoothie recipe, and i can either drink it or eat it as a smoothie bowl!

here’s the recipe:

1 packet of TJs or sambazon acai

1 cup cold brewed green tea (how to complete in steps below)

1 whole frozen banana

unlimited assorted fruit either fresh or frozen

steps:

#1: the night before you plan to make your smoothie, fill a cup with cold water. insert a bag of tea (which ever you want, but i choose green tea always!). let sit in your refrigerator overnight.

#2: take out acai packet, run under room temp water and break up in the packet for easier blending

#3: fill blender with the rest of your fruit, begin to blend.

#4: add cold brewed green tea until desired consistency – i like mine a little icy (similar to a slushy)!

#5: remove from blender out onto a glass or a bowl. top with your favorite toppings or enjoy plain!

so guys – thats pretty much my ‘go-to’ breakfast. i love the taste and texture so i’m consistently going back to this fave and eating breakfast ~almost~ every day.

xoxokatewins

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must haves: sneaker guide

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hey all!

we are IN THE SWING of the back to school season and i think one of the first things i always thought about buying was shoes. maybe because this is the first year since 2004 that i haven’t worn a uniform and basically my only ‘freedom’ i had was shoes, but this season to me always meant new sneakers. but definitely in these past few years i’ve become a total sneakerhead. i mean they’re SO EASY, you wear them to school, you can (MAYBE) wear them to work, you can wear them to the movies, to brunch and athletic sneakers you wear to workout! so there is truly a sneaker for every occasion. since i ALWAYS  think about sneakers as the back to school season starts i really wanted to share my must have sneaker picks with y’all!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post 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!

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#1: vans gingham classic slip-on sneaker

i bought these at the anniversary sale. i had never owned slip on vans – but these seemed perfect for me! just preppy enough, but definitely CA skater vibes! i am totally gonna wear them all the time in DC and i’m so excited to rep them!

#2: puma rose gold basket-heart sneaker

i love the laces on these, they’re so original and they are definitely more unique then a basic sneaker!

#3: adidas continental 80 sneaker

i was doing some sneaker shopping in my local nordstrom store and i came across these guys. i love the ‘vintagey’ 80s & 90s feel i get about these sneakers and love that they are something a bit more than the basic adidas superstar sneakers.

#4: nike air force 1 detachable logo sneaker

i just bought these and couldn’t love them more. i have had them on my wishlist since at least december so i decided to bite the bullet on some new BTS sneakers. i love the detachable logo because its almost as if you get 4 sneakers in one and it really allows you to match with your outfit and have your own freedom in the look.

#5: vans old school sneaker in old rose

my sister bought these (she goes to USC so this is the perfect color for gamedays) and actually really love the look of these.

#6: adidas superstar sneakers

these are classic. you could never go wrong and although at this point these are kinda ‘basic’ sneakers they’re super great to have in your closet because of their plain and versatile style.

#7: keds for kate spade dancing dot sneaker

first of all, kate spade’s line with keds is just so adorable. i love that the polka dots are embroidered on so they don’t just rub off with wash and wear. keds are classic and these are still a fantastic price.

#8: steve madden emile platform sneaker  

i love the unique star print on these. they definitely mimic the look of a ‘vans’ sneaker but i love the platform style (hello 90’s & 00’s are coming back).

#9: nike free TR8 training shoes

i also bought these on the nordstrom sale. they’re some great basic training shoes for all your gym needs. they’re also fantastic for that simple looking athleisure looks!

#10: nike air max 270 sneaker

i just think these sneakers look SO COOL AND FUTURISTIC. i love the all white profile and the way nike styles them in the ad campaign is super awesome and y’all should take a look at that.

#11: converse x comme des garcon play heart high tops

i think you guys know my love for these comme des garcons sneakers. i love how posh they look – they elevate my favorite classic converse high tops to a cool style!

#12: converse chuck taylor all-star platform sneaker

finally, as i said, the ICONIC platform style is coming back and converse are always classic!

enjoy all!
xoxokatewins

How to Make A Mood/Vision Board

How to Make A Mood/Vision Board

hey all!

this summer one of the first ‘creative’ things i did was making a mood/vision board. my sister and i made some over my spring break and since i loved it so much – and decided it would actually be such great dorm decor! and since i had so much fun making my own boards, i decided that i might as well share with y’all how i make my mood boards!

lets get started!

what you’ll need: 

a canvas or poster board (size of your choice, but i used THIS)

bottle of mod-podge with the finish of your choice (i used MATTE)

a paint brush

paint (TOTALLY OPTIONAL)

images and magazine clippings (now, i grabbed images from magazines and also images from my pinterest board called ‘aesthetic’ which you can see below!)

how to complete your board:

#1: begin by collecting all of the images that you will want on your board. i pulled images all with a similar aesthetic so when i put them together it would be an overall ‘pink’ / ‘glam’ and ‘gold’ theme.

#2: then, purchase all of the other materials you’ll need.

#3: OPTIONAL STEP, i started by painting my board with a baby pink color. this just helped me to set the scene for when i picked the images. this contributed also to the color on the sides, it helps to give it a look of a finishing touch, but it does not shine through.

#4: i printed and cut my images to the sizes and shapes i wanted them while the pant dried on my board. and then i made a basic layout for how i wanted the board to look. i decided that using 4x6in printed images would be the best for me because the board would be all covered first, then i could ‘accessorize’ on top with little details.

#5: next, i picked the 4x6in images and ‘mod-podged’ them down by spreading it on the back of the photo with a paintbrush, then i mod-podged the front over.

#6: then i moved to the little accessories, did the same as #5 with the little pieces.

#7: finally, i glossed over the entire mood board with the mod-podge and let it dry for 24 hours. (now i know it doesn’t take this long but i was very concerned not to mess it up and i just had a very easy place to leave it to dry!

honestly, i was not surprised but very glad it looked as good as i’ve seen other people’s look. now mine was a little bit more of a ‘mood’ board rather than a ‘vision’ board but i did make several all with a little bit different aesthetic!

GUYS! i hope you enjoy and try it out yourselves! its an awesome little craft to do with friends or family and turns out as really nice homemade decor which wasn’t a) very hard b) very expensive!

xoxokatewins

Things I Love ATM

Things I Love ATM

hey all!

i feel like i’ve been doing a lot of more formal posts and haven’t really done alot of sharing of the general things that i love in a long time. i mean, i always share my favorite products with you guys because thats my whole niche but i rarely share some of my favorite ‘links’ with you guys – which i will now be sharing once a month on a saturday post!

so here we go!

#1: this buzzfeed article about ’10 things i hate about you’ – arguably my favorite rom-com of all times, and of course they brought up my favorite quote: “you know, there’s a difference between like and love. i like my Skechers but i love my prada backpack.” ICONIC MOVIE.

#2: i am loving working at the americana because the mall has tons of stores that i am not used to shopping at! in addition, they have a pressed juicery with pressed freezes and they have a current flavor called ‘mango tumeric’ which is the bomb.com! (pictured above)

#3: shane dawson, a youtuber who i loved in 2014 (and still find v interesting) is making a series on Jeffrey Starr. he’s definitely a controversial figure but i love shane’s videos about him, they’re so entertaining it makes me so excited because the finale is coming out soon!

#4: i love browsing for dorm stuff. i have shared some of my picks with you guys in 1/2/3 posts and definitely great feedback about the products i shared, and just a reminder: since i’m a member of the dormifam – you can get 20% off your order with this link!!! just sign up and you’ll get the code in your inbox!

#5: i am VERY excited for some collabs that i have ahead for this and next month! i have SO MUCH to share and its all great stuff!

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins

Must Haves: Dorm Room pt 3

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hey all!

i have my countdown started and today i have 17 days till i move to DC and into my dorm. i had to continue sharing some of my favorite dorm stuff with y’all because it only makes sense! and i’ve definitely found some great stuff to share with you today!  but if any of you guys have moved to school across country and have any advice for me comment on this post, find me on social or send me an email at macaronsandmusthaves@gmail.com! thank you in advance for your help!

as always, a note to all my readers – this post 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!

& since i’m a member of the dormifam – you can get 20% off your order with this link!!! just sign up and you’ll get the code in your inbox!

check out my pinterest list here! (click the image to get there!)

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but here’s more

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/ 1. “the way she wears it” book / 2. white plastic trash can / 3. gold foil garland / 4. pink mini felt letter board / 5. pink mini fridge / 6. ‘she keeps moet et chandon in her pretty cabinet’ art print MADE BY ME / 7. gray shower caddy / 8. champagne bottle art print MADE BY ME / 9. gold task lamp / 10. huggable hangers 10 pack set / 11. muji .38 pen set / 12. muji acrylic storage compartment / 13. blush velvet bolster pillow / 14. pink and white stripe sheet set / 15. pom pom canvas bins /

guys i made some really cool posters, two of which i shared below, let me know if you guys are interested in buying the designs, or in buying real printed posters, i’m also definitely free to made any custom posters too!

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins

 

Polka Dots All Around

hey all!

this past friday my sister and i both had the morning off and we were fortunate enough to go to the marciano art foundation in los angeles to see the ‘yayoi kusama: with all my love for the tulips, i pray forever” – if you don’t know who yayoi kusama is, she’s this bada** female artist who makes these crazy art installations, she created the ‘infinity light room’ at the broad museum in LA and right now the marciano, a free art gallery in LA! so naturally i had to go and see yayoi’s exhibit and also create an outfit to share with y’all!

/ topshop wide leg cropped jeans / brandy melville polka dot wrap top / converse high top sneakers / ray ban sunglasses / louis vuitton speedy / monogram necklace /

incase you wondered what was going on with my shoes, the installation required us to wear these funky shoe covers! but i had a lot of fun and it’s an exhbit you should really check out!

enjoy the look!

xoxokatewins

August 2018

hey all!

ITS AUGUST. august. i can’t believe its august. this is so scary, like intensely scary. i know i ALWAYS am freaked out about a new month but this month is terrifying AND exciting just because i know that i have so many things to do before i leave for school in (today, august 2nd) 18 days. i have so many people to see, so many things to do and just thinking about actually wrapping my head around it all is my problem right now. just because thinking about everything this month and spitting it out on the blog page, so here ya go!

#1: i move to washington DC

#2: reading more books!

#3: i start freshman year of college

#4: sharing MORE dorm room picks (see pt 1 & pt 2)

#5: my ACTUAL dorm room

#6: the #nsale ends and i share my #lastpicks

#7: sharing some BTS tips about my bullet journal

#8: showing y’all all my favorite sneakers for back to school

#9: a school supply post!

#10: i wanna do a dorm haul (and set up my dorm with y’all) on YOUTUBE (i know, i know this is not something i do often!)

#11: saying goodbye to friends and family (for now)

#12: just doing my favorite LA THINGS before i leave!

thank you all & i hope you’re as excited about this month as i am!