July 2018

hey all!

at risk of sounding like a broken record ( i say this at LEAST every month) happy july! – officially 6 months of the year are COMPLETED! its completely insane to me that its this far into the year and two month ago i just decided where i will be attending school and in less than two months i will move into that school, and to be honest i’m so freaking excited. it seems to be one of the first things on my mind day to day, when i buy things or talk about future plans and its crazy and all VERY surreal.

here are somethings that i’m looking forward to this month!

#1: fourth of july

#2: NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE (lots of these soon!)

#3: more friend time & free time!

#4: making more art & blog design-y updates

#5: reading more – and listening to more audiobooks

#6: sharing more dorm room stuff & actually shopping for it

#7: more summer looks – using photoshop & REAL photos

#8: updates on my LA guide

#9: finally catching up on westworld & other tv shows i forgot about – ALSO big brother is back and its crazy and exciting as usual.

enjoy my friends!

xoxokatewins

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6/2018

hey all!

how was your june 2018?

so for me, this month was BUSY. insanely so, here are some my favorite highlights: pictures, posts & more. i’ve gotten lots of blog work done – and i have some great things looking up for this next month ahead for all of us!

lets go why don’t we!

graduation

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i talk about my feelings here – and share TONs of photos here.

grad night

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i was fortunate enough to be able to attend ‘grad nite’ at disney california adventure – so of course, i shared my look here!

glossier & west LA

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i shared a look here – and went to glossier (TWICE) this month.

swim days & quality friend times

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yep, i’ve also been super fortunate to see my friends three times!!! this month! which is probably more than i’ve seen them since the year started, just because we’ve all been SO busy doing our own things

paleo/wahls/AIP

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i talked about some of my favorite foods – and will soon go for talking more about my fitness journey along with all of this! but i have to say i feel pretty energized since quitting gluten, but i also feel the pizza blues – and i tried a cauli pizza with vegan cheese and it just wasn’t the same.

enjoy my friends!

xoxokatewins

Fitness Strategy + Health Update

hey all!

its been about a week since i’ve been doing the AIP/wahls/paleo diet. this means that i have not been eating gluten, dairy, (most) sugar (we’ve honestly been pretty bad at this yo) and, no corn oils, soybean oils and msg! its a little bit of a lot to deal with because this requires a lot of meal prep & not alot of processed foods, which of course is better for you in the long term and less expensive (in the long run) but spends alot of time purchasing, cooking and finding recipes.

with all of this being said, summer is honestly the best time for me to spend time on bettering myself because its not like i have homework, classes or extracurricular activities, and since its right before leaving for college ( & i would like to avoid the freshman 15 like the plague ) it seems like the perfect time!

so with that, here are some of my food options and stuff i’ve liked so far

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i’m always up for a good matcha latte, always. so i usually opt for almond milk anyway but it makes me feel better – and i love coffee with almond milk as it is, so it really hasn’t changed at all.

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alix and i tried out ‘yoga-urt’ a dairy free ‘yogurt’ place in glendale, california. gluten and dairy free, they use nut and coconut milks. the flavors are AH-may-ZING – i’ve tasted almost all of them but my  favorite are peanut butter, chocolate (i love them swirled) and the matcha green tea.

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of course we go to carmela –  a pasadena favorite. although i usually opt for their espresso or their fruit sorbets i went for their chocolate sorbet. its made with water but tastes so rich, so smooth and so awesome! it’s like brownie batter – and since i can’t eat stuff like that it was soooo good.

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for dinner we’ve opted for chicken and beef most nights in different forms. we love soup so we’ve had minnestrone and black bean (all dairy & gluten free options!) and we are limiting carbs (hoping to only have one carby thing per day, although this doesn’t always happen) we usually have the carby option during dinner: this is usually when we eat rice or potatoes but we’ve been eating zoodles more often (which i absolutely love! – and so does the rest of my family!). so this night we had pesto chicken and zoodles (all gluten and dairy free!)

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins

 

Americana Outfits

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hey 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 are the looks:

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/ top: madewell stripe central skirt / skirt: topshop varsity stripe denim miniskirt / shoes: steve madden mesa espadrille / bags: pop & suki leather camera bag / sunglasses: rayban classic aviator sunglasses /

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/ bodysuit: madewell scoop neck bodysuit / skirt: free people tuscan sunrise skirt / sunglasses: the last lolita sunglasses / bag: kate spade kingston drive crossbody bag / shoes: kensi knotted slide sandals /

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/ top: topshop striped knit crop top / pants: levis wedgie straight leg jeans / shoes: nike air force 1 270 sneakers / bag: kate spade cameron street large juliet crossbody / sunglasses: rayban classic aviator sunglasses / earrings: j.crew bead and raffia earrings /

americanalooks_outfit4_2018.png/ top: ten-sixty sherman gingham smocked tank / jeans: topshop mom jeans / shoes: soludos ibiza espadrille mule / bag: smooth circle crossbody / sunglasses: céline cat eye sunglasses /

shop & enjoy!

xoxokatewins

summer books to read & listen to

summer books to read & listen to

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hey all!

to me, summer has always been the best time for pleasure reading. honestly, during the year, i REALLY can’t get any done, i was always too worried about homework, after school activities and social life (let alone my blog too!) to get any reading that i wanted done. i was never one of my classmates who didn’t read the school books, i always read those (i get it, i’m a nerd) but i genuinely like to read, and because i was getting graded on it why not! since its finally summer, i am back in action with my reading! with almost 3 weeks down i have completed two books AND i’m working on a third – and finally feel better about getting back to reading.

since summer is MY favorite pleasure reading time

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!

c2sl-square-orig.jpgfeminist fight club (listened & loved)

this nonfiction, almost self-help guide taught about the dangerousness of qualifiers (ie: “not sure if this is right” etc), the importance of mentors and simply how each one of us can bring up another in the workforce in any field. it was amazing because it quoted studied, important female empowerers and used examples of famous women and what they did or did not do to complete their goals.

i listened on audiobook & finished in four days, would recommend as a “beach read”, or a good thing to listen to while you drive through traffic!

purchase here!

the animators (out of my mind LOVED) download

as an art major, i could not relate harder to the prologue, its insane, and i feel how thats gonna be already due to the narration. the class and the teacher felt all so real to me. but the book REALLY gets going about 3 chapters in with an INSANE plot device. it made me laugh, cry, laugh and cry again. so many things were amazing about this novel, and its probably one of the best i’ve read in awhile, and i really mean it.

i’ve gotten a pretty far way into the book. the characters are interesting – the dialogue is a little cliche and expected, but the details are what i am HERE FOR. and as an artist, i know how sharon feels to be ‘not the best in the room’. for a fiction book its just the perfect length to keep you going.

purchase here!

static1.squarespacethe mothers (haven’t started yet!)

i’m pulling from overdrive’s summary here: “Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.”

i honestly only clicked it because of the cover. #judgingbooksontheircovers, but i read the synopsis and it was so entirely intriguing, so i put it on my list.

purchase here!

c3zo-square-orig.jpghere i am (great author)

lets get it straight here, all of the rest of these summaries will be from overdrive. “Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Amis the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.”

purchase here!

51F8xuqPJpL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_modern lovers (another cool cover)

“Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch to their own offspring.” – overdrive 

this one has been on the list for awhile, and i feel as though i might have shared this before, but i want to read it

purchase here!

51SJjlmVGpL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_the girls (pure cult fun)

“Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.” – overdrive

with unlimited great reviews, this one seems like a really amazing novel, and i’ve sorta been obssessed with listening to crazy cult stories, because they are just real and terrifying enough to deal with.

purchase here!

4164RkY1yFL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_when: the scientific secrets of perfect timing (non-fiction!)

“Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule?  How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?” – overdrive

purchase here!

41GlixPmiiL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_asking for it (hard but important topic)

“From Congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” gaffe to the high school rapists of Steubenville, Ohio, to the furor at Vanderbilt, sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term “rape culture” has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?” – overdrive

purchase here!

 

enjoy & i hope you found some of your own summer reads!

xoxokatewins

 

Must Haves: Dorm Room Stuff pt 1

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hey all!

you know that this month i would see where i am living. and! i did! i am living in a quad in the building i wanted to live in which is super exciting! i am living with my absolute oldest friend (i.e. i have known her all but two weeks of my life, and that is just because she was born then). anyway, we (and our two other roommates) have started to chat about living together at gw, and because i’ve basically been planning a total dorm look since i was a freshman in high school (y’all its BAD, but i’m obsessed with this kind of thing) i know its just the time to start!

i’ve decided to make a collection, with LINKS of some of my favorite stuff i’ve seen so far!

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!!!

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. belkin valet charge dock for apple watch + iphone /  2. serene house ranger essential oil diffuser / 3. instax multi-picture frame / 4. brass hangers in ‘hay’ / 5. keepcup cork brew travel coffee mug / 6. monogrammed wamsutta bath towels / 7. target storage quarter bin in solid white / 8. rifle paper co. washington d.c. art print / 9. gourmand ‘macaron rosé’ candle / 10. poppin fin file sorter / 11. silver mesh stackable shoe sorter / 12. ‘you make me a better me’ art print /

enjoy all!

xoxokatewins

Blue Pants in West LA

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hey all!

last saturday, i went down with my sister to melrose place to shoot this adorable summer look – and to shop the new glossier store! she needed some work clothes and of course i came with her, because A) i am a shopping FIEND B) (i think) she thinks i have good style, or basically know what looks good on others (and i think she’s not wrong). anyway, we headed to the YUPPIE basic store h&m to find her some appropriate work level styles. while we were there, i found stuff for her of course, but i also found these TO DIE FOR blue striped wide-leg pants. i’ve been eyeing styles like this for awhile, but since they were UNDER $20 i just decided to go for them, and i styled them in a look that i am loving!

here’s my look!

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/ topshop straight neck bodysuit / h&m creped pants / steve madden carrson sandals / /louis vuitton speedy purse / rayban evolve sunglasses / diamond stud earrings /

y’all know my oh too real obsession with bodysuits, and i also love this bodysuit not only for its versitility, and price (UNDER $20) but for the actual lightness of the fabric. in the hot LA weather i can’t exactly deal with something that is too hot, but this is also nice because it can be layered and also worn in cooler weather! and i’m just in love with these pants – they feel like pajamas, but are much more chic. because they are a tad cropped (idk if this is just a thing because i’m tall) but i decided to pair them with heels, but they also look awesome with my high top sneakers!

enjoy!

xoxokatewins