10/2018

hey all!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! i had an amazing pre-halloweekend and i’m ready for a super fun night and post-halloweekend!! october was  midterms month and the first time i felt loke i was super secure in my classes! how exciting! i’ve been in school for two months now and its actually crazy to think i have already reached through the first half of my first semester. i am holding onto time like crazy but its been moving all so fast i can’t believe that october is already over, i’m so sad!

anyway, on with the show,

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i got to visit the supreme court during the kavanaugh voting process. it was such an amazing experience to see how history was LITERALLY moving around me, and being written as i walked around the capitol area. this is what i came here for, but its so weird when it happens right in front of my own eyes.

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for homework, i got to explore the national gallery of art east building. i was doing a project for both my sculpture class and my art history class and was looking for pieces which fit a theme for me. i was super excited and even got to see some of the pieces i was studying this semester in art history.

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one of my assignments for my sculpture class was attending the rachel whiteread show at the NGA east building. whiteread is a fierce british female artist who largely makes casts of other things using many different materials. right now, in sculpture we’re doing casting so it came at a really amazing time! the show was AMAZING and was really inspiring.

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i got to visit city center dc. city center is this really cool outdoor mall in DC, i’m pretty sure its so new that it only really came out like this past year. they had these umbrellas up which was this really cool outdoor/public art display! super cool!

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one of the things i’ve joined since starting at gwu is the gw style magazine. its an organization for those of us interested in fashion and publication and i thought, what would be better for me right? anyway, we did this awesome photo shoot which turned out really well – i love this shot of me above.

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as you know from my plaid pants post, i got to visit georgetown! i just love how beautiful it is, especially as it is sorta becoming fall because its just so majestically the classic fall i always wanted to be able to experience. in such a beautiful place.

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if you follow me on instagram, its more than likely that you’ve heard about compass coffee. compass is a local coffee house with branches all over the city. i usually go to the mcpherson square one and go and study with a latte. not only is it a peaceful way to get off campus but i also get their amazing lattes and peanut butter cookies.

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more than anything the thing that makes me so excited about DC is the exploring. i’ve been able to have different experiences and see so many new things. i seriously love this place and want to see all it has to offer! have y’all been to DC? do you have any suggestions as to where i should explore next?

enjoy my friends & happy halloween!

xoxokatewins

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Frank’s Body Scrub

Frank’s Body Scrub

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hey all!!

happy fall! this past weekend we had CRAZY weather. it was cold and rainy and made my runs and going out so much harder because its becoming much more of a drag to get outside and get stuff done which is really sad because i love my city! one big thing i’ve noticed about this fall and winter-y weather is my skin! i’ve been getting super dry, and i’m pretty sure the weather is the main culprit.

at home i never really had insanely dry skin. during the ‘winter’ my skin always got a bit dry and i just coutered with lotion. here i’ve been trying to counter with lotion but i’ve got to admit that it isn’t really working 100%.

 

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well what do you do when your dry skin isn’t going away? BODY SCRUB! y’all know i love frank’s body – read about their skincare here – and i’ve used the coffee scrub in the past for some minor keratosis pilaris on my arms and other minor skin issues but i just knew when the weather changed that i was in bad luck. and then, frank’s came in! they reached out and i knew it would be the perfect solution to my ultimate dry winter skin of the east coast!

they sent me their original coffee scrub (which i’m already a HUGE fan of) and their express-o scrub (their new whipped solution!) which i was so excited to try out!

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i was familiar with the usual product which you usually you know: massage scrub over your body, leave for 3 minutes. i love the original product, but we all know it gets messy, it goes everywhere but it smells so so so good! so i was so excited to whipped scrub because its supposed to be so much cleaner!

AND IT IS! it was unbelievable how amazing it was! it smelled just as amazing and worked just as well without all of that crazy mess! the texture was a bit different (naturally because its whipped) and it was just super creamy and amazing.

after using for a few weeks i’ve seen a pretty big difference in my skin because i’m removing that nasty top dry layer. it’s so much better, its insane! my skin is super moist now so its really amazing product!

shop original coffee scrub

& shop express-o scrub

enjoy readers!

xoxokatewins

 

College Fitness Update + Fall Playlist

College Fitness Update + Fall Playlist

hey all!

as you can tell from the title, we’re discussing fitness. yes, yes again i’m mentioning, this has been a requested post and i felt like i should talk about fitness since i’ve talked about food and clothes already it seems like the most natural way to do this!

let’s get started.

i made my health a priority in the second half of high school. after sophomore year and deciding to quit basketball i felt an extreme lull in my fitness. i wasn’t doing a winter sport and i had absolutely no reason to keep in shape, so i decided to start getting into shape for myself. at that point i ran three times a week and trained my arms in the weight room and walked on saturdays and sundays. then over that summer, i did my 28-day reset which required 3-blogilates videos and workouts 5 days a week and then i also began walking everyday in order to finish my 10,000 steps from my fitbit.

then i started senior year and after golf season i began running everyday. i really liked running and soon went from 2-3 miles to more. i continued running everyday this past summer before college and right up until i started school.

college has been most of the same. i try to run everyday. i perfer running outside and will do it unless its POURING RAIN. i was so excited to run here because i have a beautiful route! i live very close to the national mall and although i change it up i usually do a monument run and occasionally (about 1-2) per week run from lincoln to the capitol (approx 6 miles) but mostly i run between 4-5 miles.

especially since starting school here i’ve been running alot. i really love it actually and have been listening to many podcasts and lots of music. i love being able to run because i can just forget about the world for like 7.5 seconds of my day and just enjoy myself!

anyway, here’s my fall playlist!

enjoy!

xoxokatewins

Must Haves: Go-to Clothes for Class

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hey all!

remember when i made my ‘college night routine’ post and the ‘college going out clothes‘ post and i had mentioned that i have gotten some requests for college related posts and this is another post i’ve gotten SEVERAL requests for. one of the major things that i’ve been getting used to is not wearing a uniform, i worked at j.crew this summer and had a basic ‘uniform’ there because i wore lots of summer stuff & nice j.crew stuff (which is stuff i wear anyway) but one of the biggest things for me has been figuring out what i wear for class.

as i mentioned, i have almost never worn ‘real’ clothes to classes before so i’m finally learning about how to dress for ~normal everyday life!~ and thats pretty exciting. so today i wanted to share some similar items that i’ve been wearing a lot during my first two months in school!

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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/ boohoo corduroy pinafore / linea gold loafer mules / topshop green sweater / ten sixty sherman black wrap top / topshop green corduroy skirt / bp gray twist front top / levi’s high waist 501 jeans / leith wrap sweater / converse high top sneakers / nike air force 1 sneakers / free people square neck bodysuit / madewell snap front denim miniskirt /

these are some similar items to what i’ve been wearing in school, unfortunately, now its cold so its actually tights season – and i can continue wearing skirts and pinafores that way! YES! so excited to be sharing more looks as well as starting to share those #OOTDs on my instagram stories before class to share what i am wearing each day!

well, guys i hope you enjoyed & happy shopping!

xoxokatewins

Plaid Pants & Georgetown Fall

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hello friends!

i don’t know about where you guys are but right now DC has been so so windy! it has been beautiful and sunny with like at least 12mph winds, which has been AH-MAY-ZING! i love east coast fall and that is all. since i’ve been in the thick of fall i’ve been transitioning into a real fall wardrobe, which i’ve never really had because california falls are basically the same as winter, and it quickly goes from summer to winter. i’m having loads of fun with different pants, dresses, and skirts with new and fall-y materials. i ALWAYS love a good plaid pant (which y’all of course know already) and i found this super affordable pair at forever 21! not only are they super comfy and soft (they feel like pajamas!!!) but they’re also super chic and can be dressed up to be fancy & nice.

since i found the PERFECT PANTS to share with you, i decided to go to one of my favorite places in dc! my roommates and i went to go shopping in georgetown and then went house touring find our favorite spots. i always told myself that one day i would live in DC and specifically in georgetown because the houses ARE my aesthetic. they’re so beautiful, i love the classic ones, the ones that are painted with colors and the brick ones. i just think they’re so beautiful and definitely would love to live there!

so, on with the show right! here’s my look

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i’m wearing:

brandy melville charlize top / forever 21 plaid wide leg pants / converse high tops 

xoxokatewins

Halloween Costume Ideas: Stuff You Can Wear Again

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hey all!

i’ve been thinking about halloween a lot recently because its coming and its in less than 2 weeks! ah exciting! around here, in my art school, there’s a big halloween costume party this weekend! i’m so excited and i’ll definitely be sharing live updates from the event itself and its so exciting! even though i have class on halloween my friends and i are thinking about trick or treating on embassy row – which is supposed to be super fun but of course i’ll keep y’all updated on my plans as always. and today, i’m sharing some halloween costume stuff! most people know i am REALLY not a costume fan so today i was decided to share some costumes you could put together with either clothes you already own – or with clothes you could buy and wear again!

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 are!

cheetah

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/ cheetah print wrap dress / converse low top shoes / topshop scallop edge tee / topshop denim cheetah skirt / bp fuzzy mules / topshop cheetah print bodysuit / topshop cheetah print striped jeans /

cheetah print is SUPER in right now so the decision to be a cheetah would put you in the trend arena! i love the wrap dress look and i would totally love to buy it and wear it.

cowboy

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/ treasure & bond skinny jeans / white slouch pocket t-shirt / madewell bandana / free people merritt western sock boots / riiver western black boots / bandana scrunchie / kate spade bandana scarf / rebecca minkoff kaiegan boots / rebecca minkoff chasidy boots / free people denim skirt /

being a cowboy would be super easy! throw on some denim, either a skirt, shorts or jeans and a white tee and buy some cowboy boots (which are also a HUGE trend of the moment) and you can pair with a bandana or even a bandana scrunchie and poof you’re a cowboy!

angel

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/ tiger mist poppy dress / steve madden irenee ankle strap sandal / free people tied shoulder bodysuit / free people modern denim skirt / nike air force 1 sneakers / lulus love galore skater dress / leith square neck bodysuit  / free people white denim shorts / steve madden dina sandal /

wear white – and you’re an angel! you can make your own little halo with pipe cleaner and a headband or even wings too! you can find them at major costume stores and it will be fairly to cheap to purchase and you’ll totally be able to totally pull it off!

moon & sun

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 / cowl neck minidress / kate spade beverly pumps / j.crew velvet tank top / free people modern denim skirt / topshop carolina case crossbody purse / free people square eyes bodysuit / topshop corduroy skirt / marc jacobs the box leather purse / chinese laundry rumor sandal /

need a costume with a pair? be a sun and a moon! all you gotta do is collect either yellow or blue stuff and make a quick headpiece in the shape of the sun with its rays and a crescent moon.

mean girls

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/ french connection whisper light sheath dress / nike cortez se sneaker / topshop roll sleeve top / topshop plaid skirt / topshop slingback shoes / tessa velvet camisole / topshop corduroy skirt / converse platform sneakers / eliza j crochet overlay dress /

on wednesdays we wear pink! & halloween is a wednesday. so you need a group costume? you have a girl gang! simple just pair as many pink things as you can together and put on your best ‘regina george’ and you got this!

enjoy all! & let me know how your costume process is coming!

xoxokatewins

College Night Routine

College Night Routine

hey all!

its me, back again! hello how are y’all doing? we’re PRETTY into fall and especially here the weather has turned over! its been absolutely beautiful! i mean i’ve been seeing the trees change for the last few weeks but the last thing we needed for the TRUE feeling of fall was the weather. i love the cool winds and my runs feel even better with all of that weather we’ve been able to experience here in the DMV area!

yes yes, we’re into fall, and into the school year yeah kate we get it, you’re a broken record. yes, i am a broken record but its actually been quite awhile since i shared a night routine, and since i’ve started college my night routine has changed, i mean naturally right? i’m living in a different city with a different climate, i’m living in a dorm with three other roommates and just essentially we’re headed into winter so yeah, here’s my typical routine for the weeknights!

8pm

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at 8pm i’d say i start my ‘night routine’ officially. if i haven’t already started i start getting my homework wrapped up. since i’m an art student some of my homework includes either coming up with ideas or sketching stuff out so i work in my sketchbook and get stuff done. a decent amount of my homework is reading, i am usually given readings for certain classes but right now in design we’re talking about the color theory in terms of simple design so i picked up josef alber’s ‘interaction of color’ and i find it REALLY interesting actually! if i drink tea at night the last time i’d do that is 8pm, its kinda nice while doing homework to drink tea especially while reading.

9pm 

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by 9pm i try to be done eating for the night. i am not always successful with this so i often eat ice cream, an apple or my peanut butter oatmeal dough *(recipe will be shared later)*. i continue doing my homework and i write in my journal. my typical bullet journal display is a to-do list so i see what i’ve accomplished and what i need to accomplish for the next day. to this point i try to turn off any tv and try to listen to music or podcasts, i’ve been LOVING serial!

10pm 

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around 10 i start washing my face and continue finishing my homework. i shower in the middle of the day after running usually, so i change into my pajamas and then get started on my routine. i wash my face with glossier milky jelly with my foreo, followed by glossier solution and i try to kill my acne with mario badescu’s drying lotion!

11pm -12am

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i’m usually done with my homework by 11, unless my class ends at 11 (which my routine is just all these steps combined into 1 hour) and i move to packing my backpack. i make sure i have EVERYTHING for the next day ahead of me, packing my sketchbook, notebooks, books and bullet journal and leaving my computer to charge on my desk. i leave my water bottle out and my keys out so they’re easy to grab while i’m on my way out. i then head to bed and set my alarm for the next morning!

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins