Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

hello friends!

you guys know that i am not one to get political on my blog, because i prefer to keep my blog a happy exciting place where we think about clothes, food, travel and lifestyle but i kinda felt like i needed to talk about this one thing.

on thursday, december 14th 2017, the FCC voted in a 3-2 vote repealing net neutrality laws. a quick definition of net neutrality is the power to NOT have our internet providers charge more for access to certain websites, apps and programs – thus making every website ‘neutral’.

as a ‘content creator’  (yes i used that term) i am extremely disappointed. i am sad because i feel like this repeal of these rules will make it so much harder to consume content online. whether its netflix, hbo, youtube or even anyone’s personal fashion blogs the internet providers will be able to block and force their users to PAY MORE to access the content which was once free to them! i mean imagine paying more to access the stuff you already pay for – by this i mean like netflix/hbo/hulu/amazon and other websites like that.  as i mentioned, i am extremely disappointed both as a content creator and a content consumer, i just believe that the internet should be free in terms of being able to access what you want which is free now.

but as long as i can, i have written when there is no one reading, and even when there is no one else left reading i will be writing, not because of the money but because its seriously something that i have learned that i LOVE to do, and more than anything, i do macarons and must haves for myself, and post it online as a gift to you guys. even though i complain occasionally to myself for how much work on my blog it is absolutely my pride and joy and i would be SO upset if you guys couldn’t access it also!!

if you feel so inclined you may be able to:

  • visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/ and sign up to write congress to stop this landmark decision
  • text ‘battle’ to 384-387
  • call (202)-759-7766 to talk to your representatives in congress

thank you for listening to me, and i hope that you will never have to pay more to access my content, because i will never charge you all more.

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

 

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Parents Gift Guide

Parents Gift Guide

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hey all!

i decided i would change it up and post a gift guide today! so i’ve done a girls and guys gift guide and alluded to parent gifts, so i decided to share a post today! mostly these are things that i think my parents would like, or stuff they already love!

as always, 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: matching his and hers fitbit altas : ‘HIS’ (black) / ‘HERS’ (pink and rose gold)

i live for my fitbit, and so will the parent who is a tech geek, a fitness fenom or someone looking to get into health – this will start them off perfectly – and will help them drop a few of those pesky holiday pounds.

#2: smeg toaster 

these smeg appliances are SO CUTE! i love this classic vintage-y looking toaster, perfect for all of the avocado toast you’d ever need! my family needs a toaster BAD, so what better than to get them the perfect breakfast appliance.

#3: hydroflask 

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! my parents are also in love with their hydroflasks – and would love more!

#4: the nest thermostat

the nest thermostat is such a cool appliance! it’s proven to help you save 10 to 12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills and will light up the display with time and temperature data, and to keep you safe to shut off the furnace when it detects carbon monoxide.

#5: le cruset cast iron dutch oven

my father and i love making beouf bourgoin and french onion soup and the dutch oven is perfect for that!  get it for your parents who love to cook – or for the parents who would seriously benefit well from a dutch oven and a JULIA CHILD COOKBOOK to go with their new present!

#6: dog breed ornament

personally, i would opt for the poodle, because my mom is in love with my poodle. this ornament would be an awesome gift for those parents who probably love their dogs more than their kids!

#7: waterford picture frame

what do your parents love more than you? maybe a sibling? a dog? whatever it is pick them out a super cool frame like this one and fill it with a photo of your choice – or more importantly, of their choice! since they love the picture so much they will also love your gift!

#8:  ‘mama and papa elf’ mugs

kitchy and cute! what more could you want!

#9: bar set

let your parents serve up cocktails in style! this set comes with a two-sided jigger, spring-coil strainer, bar spoon, muddler and stand! perfect for the host/hostess in your life!

#10: lolli and pop chocolate gift set 

satisfy even the sweet tooth with this gift set featuring chocolate bars and tiles, caramel corn and chocolate-dipped cereal clusters. who can deny chocolate as a gift anyway!

#11: his & hers nike cortez: ‘HIS’ (black and white) / ‘HERS’ (bone and pink)

i am obsessed with my cortez AND my dad had them and loved them – what would be a better gift than these shoes!

enjoy my picks y’all!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

 

Guys Gift Guide

Guys Gift Guide

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hey all!

MORE GIFT GUIDES! you best believe it, AND this time its for any  man in your life whether its your brother, boyfriend, father or friend i have a guide for you! this post is alittle bit different because i won’t specifically use any of these products, but here they are!

as always, 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!

#1: baxter large comb

#2: tom ford sunglasses

#3: patagonia fleece pullover

#4: TILE ‘sport’ style 1 pack

#5: kitchen multitool

#6:  paul smith dog socks

#7: jack mason watch

#8: bose speaker

#9: kiehls skincare set

#10: leather wallet iphone case

#11: fitbit bluetooth headphones

#12: ugg slippers

#13: rayban clubmaster sunglasses

enjoy & HAPPY SHOPPING!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

Winter Look #1: California Casual and Comfy

Winter Look #1: California Casual and Comfy

hey y’all!

these photos are super casual, like my last outfit post, “run fall run”, but i kinda like keeping it casual! well today, for y’all i have a little winter outfit for y’all! you all know that california winter is like 60 degrees  – and thats like tops – and because its not too cold, i don’t really get cold y’all. i mean it was like 40 degrees when i went on the east coast, it wasn’t what i was used to, but i got all the right gear to deal with it – and it totally worked! i think, its hard to be cold if you have the right gear –  and today  i am sharing my favorite CA winter ~casual~ gear!

if you follow me on instagram you’d know i went to the ban.do pop-up yesterday and had so much fun!

here’s my look:

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i wore…

lettuce edge long sleeve t-shirt / nike cropped leggings / nike cortez /

kate spade bag / illesteva sunglasses

enjoy y’all!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

Gift Guide for ‘Her’

Gift Guide for ‘Her’

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hey all!

whether it’s your mom, your girlfriend, your best friend or your sister, i have a gift guide for you!

as always, 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!

#1:  drybar scented candle

i can’t explain why but i am in love with the smell of the drybar and they freaking CREATED a candle that smells like the store, and i am so excited and want this so bad!

#2: slip silk sleepmask

these masks look amazing, and the mask is a specially-commissioned sleep mask developed and refined over 10 years and its supposed to keep your skin fresh.

#3: treasure & bond bag

this is just a super cute bag for any gal!

#4: TILE style pro 1 pack

this newly designed tile looks so pretty – and hey we all lose our keys and its perfect for literally anyone! but i specifically want it because i forget everything – so i think this would be an oddly perfect gift!

#5:  sonix tortoise phone case

i love the look of tortoise, and this would be such a good phone case! i love the sonix cases and this is just a cute case.

#6: adidas superstar sneakers

these trendy sneakers are perfect for seriously anyone, and i absolutely love the little gold accents in the stripes, and it makes it a little more unique than the plain black superstars.

#7: kate spade crossbody shoulder bag

this is a perfect little bag for the fashion girl, or really any girl in your life. its enough space to carry a few things, like a small wallet, your phone and a lipstick, but thats truly all we need anyway!

#8:  milk makup holographic highlihter quad

yeah yeah, y’all have heard about this guy.

#9:  sliding wallet phone case

this is the absolute best wallet case ever, it hides your credit cards and id – and lets you carry the stuff like a wallet! i love mine and it fits two cards in the case!

#10: gucci camera bag

i mean this is a tad out of my budget, but this is SUCH a cute bag, and is a perfect size, shape and design! ah it’s just so cute.

#11: mantraband bracelet

my sister and i got this for my mom last year too! these mantrabands have such cute sayings like ‘to the moon and back’ and they are super inexpensive – and i think that they are very thoughtful!

#12:  MAC cool neutral palette

this palette has absolutely all of the necessary shades and is a super substantial gift for any girl in your life.

#13: drybar buttercup bundle collection

this is amazing set – because there is a blowdryer and a flat iron because #necessary because my hair is absolutely CRAZY!

#14:  longchamp mini le pliage

i love this little bag – and in fact, my sister and i picked one up for my mother last year – and i love my longchamp le pliage! the mini is a perfect size, and i absolutely love the navy color – although it comes in many different colors.

#15:  beauty blender ‘midas touch’ set

i love my off-brand beauty blender from ulta but this set, shaped like an ornament would be such a good gift for a beauty lover.

#16: dyson hair dryer

i’ve seriously heard amazing things about this hairdryer, because literally, its a hair dryer made by an actual fan company – mean how could you go wrong!

 

i hope you enjoy!

16 days till christmas!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

 

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

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hey all!

as always, 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!

#1:  sigma brush & cleaner set

y’all, i am a brush cleaning MACHINE! i love cleaning my brushes, and although i just clean them with a drop of facial cleanser, water and a few drops of liquid makeup remover, this is an awesome product! i’ve never tried the sigma brushes, but i have always heard that the brush soap and the cleaning pad is awesome! this would be an awesome stocking stuffer with the beauty fan in mind!

#2: jo malone soap 

okay, the scent of this bad boy is amazing, – seriously, whaat could be better than any jo malone scent! but i have also read the reviews on this product and it looks pretty awesome! it would be super cute wrapped up as a small gift or in a stocking!

#3: TILE style pro 1 pack

y’all have heard way too much about these already ( READ HERE ) but seriously, this would be SUCH an awesome gift for anyone who is a little forgetful!

#4: pinch provisions ‘sip sip hooray’

this is an adorable little kit filled with small coffee related acessories! like a little mug holder, sugars and stirrrers! pinch provisions makes the awesome ‘minimergency kits’ you can SHOP MY FAVORITE ONE HERE!

#5: 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!

#6: drunk elephant rise + go duo

i’ve heard this skincare is awesome, and this would seriously be the absolute best way to test out skincare, get it in a small size and try it out and see if you like it!

#7: smith and cult nail trio

i love nail sets because you can either give the whole set or each polish individually!! i gave away a type of this smith and cult nail polish in my giveaway, and i love the bottles and the quality & color of the polish.

#8: sliding wallet phone case 

i actually live & die by this phone case, the end.

#9:  macaron ornament

i mean what better than a macaron ornament, they truly are the best pastry on the planet in my impartial opinion!

#10: fuzzy socks

always the best stocking stuffers – these color are super cute and are nice for the whole year round!

#11: becca on the go highlighter set

highlighter is my favorite, and i have really been wanting to try the becca brand, and this would be so exciting for any beauty lover to get this in their stocking.

#12: emi-jay hair ties

these are the hair ties my mom is in love with! they are made of a neoprene fabric and they don’t leave a huge dent or get stuck in your hair! they would also be awesome in a stocking!

#13: naked2 eyeshadow palette

good ideas that are small enough!

#14: beauty blender ‘midas touch’ set

i love my off-brand beauty blender from ulta but this set, shaped like an ornament would be such a good gift for a beauty lover.

#15: rosebud salve lip balm trio

i personally like the tube of this better, but i love things like this because you can either give all 3 to the person, or just give 1 to each person.

#16: gourmand hand trio set

i’ve heard such good things about this hand cream from urban outfittters. the packaging is super cute and the scents smell SO GOOD!

enjoy, happy shopping and remember…

18 days till christmas!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

 

My Christmas Wishlist

My Christmas Wishlist

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hey all!

20 days to christmas

i thought i should start the countdown because we are onto just 20 days – and to me thats awesome! although we have only 20 days, i can’t say i have really felt ‘in the christmas spirit’ yet, but i think next week with kris kinds at my school i will!

and GUYS! MY BLOG IS SNOWING!

you can’t REALLY see it 😦 because my blog is white 🙂 but if you look over by my photo on the side – the cute one saying ‘xoxo kate’ – you can sorta see it!

and guys, i thought it was time to post my wishlist because i have already posted so many gift guides (click below to shop them all!)

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as always, 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: ‘the future is female’ t-shirt

i’ve been wanting this guy for awhile, especially because i love wearing t-shirts with denim – skirts, jeans, jackets – you name it! but i especially love the message – but i also got into feminist tees this fall – and i love this one!

#2: tile

this newly designed tile looks so pretty – and hey we all lose our keys and its perfect for literally anyone! but i specificially want it because i forget everything – so i think this would be an oddly perfect gift for me.

#3: ‘stranger things’ enamel pin

not sure if you guys know because i almost never talk about this, but i am a HUGE stranger things fan! #teamsteve all the way! i mean besides me, who else could pull off nike cortez so well!  i am also a huge fan of enamel pins – i love putting them on my backpak.

#4: charlotte tilbury ‘gold bar’ highlighter

i am just in LOVE with this packaging! i think y’all know, highlighter is my favorite piece of makeup – besides mascara! this is such a cool looking highlighter and i’ve heard some pretty amazing things about it!

#5: fitbit flyer headphones

i want these guys so bad because i am a runner and i love listening to music, but – all of you runners out here will understand, EARPHONES FALL OUT LIKE CRAZY! seriously, you can’t run more than 5 steps without them falling out! but these headphones were created by fitbit for fit people in mind! they understand our problems and FINALLY fitbit created the perfect headphones! and i also just really want some bluetooth earphones because i have the new iphone and it does not have a headphone jack anymore!

#6: ‘the future is female’ phone case

again, i love feminist things – and i wish i had the iphone x so i could get this case because its so cute!

#7: milk holographic quad set

i seriously love my mars and venus holographic sticks but i also love powdered highlighters – so i seriously want this guy. the colors are so unique, and they would be super fun to layer on top of each other for a super cute look! i am so excited to try these!

#8: little dictionary of fashion

this is just a super cute little book, i love the color, and its been in my wishlist for as long as i can remember!

#9: fjallraven mini kanken

i have the regular size kanken, which guys believe me, i love but the smaller one would be so much more useful! the big one is just too big sometimes, and i would love to have the navy blue color.

#10: apolis ‘los angeles’ tote bag

apolis is such a cool store because they tell you how everything is ethically made! i love this tote, and you can get any of these totes with a personlized location on it too! personally, i would get a bag that said  ‘pasadena, ca, usa’

#11: kate spade cameron street lane

i absolutely love the shape of this satchel, its slightly rounded and has such cute straps on it – i’m in love!

#12: pink popsocket

these popsockets are so cool on the phone, because they act as a phone stand, a phone holder – making it easier to take photos, and if you get two they also act as a cord wrap!

#13: glossier ‘invisible shield’ sunscreen

i am a very light skinned girl, so i wear sunscreen everyday, although everybody should be wearing sunscreen all day! this glossier sunscreen has a super cool formula which is light and perfect to put under your makeup because its not heavy or too oily!

#14: feminist pillow

have i mentioned that i am a feminist yet?

things i didn’t include but WANT (click the images to shop!) :

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enjoy y’all!

shop to your hearts desire, or just click the links to explore!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)