Madewell + Sézane

Dear Friday,

Unintentionally, this week’s theme has been brand partnerships. For some reason, I became aware of company crushes that led to beautiful consumer goods all at once and had no choice but to make sure you knew too.

Obviously first was the mashup of Sugar Paper LA and Target. Everyone is thrilled.

And now, today, I’m over the moon about Madewell getting together with Sézane. The collection showed up last Tuesday and if I had to provide my own summary for the collaboration I’d say, “American staples infused with Parisian chic.”

The line is full of pieces that can be dressed up, dressed down, dressed any which way you might want. And of course the collection fuses seamlessly with Madewell’s existing line making not buying everything really, really hard.

Did you also know that Kate Spade and Jack Spade teamed up with Gap Kids??

xx Katie

Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters

{tweed coat, satchel}

Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters

{shift dress, silk blouse}

Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters

{mini and clutch, silk tee}

Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters Madewell + Sézane | lovely letters

{sweater, silk tee}

All images from Madewell

A Blank Canvas

A blank canvas | lovely letters

Dear Friend,

I took Fitzgerald very literally this fall, what with moving in with my boyfriend and starting all over in terms of home decor. This means that I’m knee deep in the antithesis of spring cleaning. I’m in the midst of “fall gathering.”

“Fall gathering” accurately sums up the last two weeks. We have been gathering new furniture and decorations and drill bits and paint supplies and kitchen gadgets and anything else you could possibly think of when you think of putting together a home.

We are putting together a home!

That is so crazy and so exciting. I cannot wait to show you around, but it’s taking way way way more effort than we anticipated to get all the details in place. So, in the meantime, here are some before shots, some “blank canvas” shots, for you to mull over while I get things ready for you.

How long did it take for you to make your house a home? 

xx Katie

SAMSUNG CSC

entryway and chalkboard wall

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 kitchen

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sort of view into the kitchen from the living room

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dining room

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living room and stairs to the loft (view from the entryway/chalkboard wall)

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bedroom door and under-the-stairs space

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bedroom windows

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bedroom closet

Dear Auckland (bunch 4)

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

Dear Auckland,

My my, you are pretty.

I must say I was shocked to find out from our Airbnb landlords that the west coast of the north island of New Zealand is not as popular as the east coast. Being a west coast girl myself and growing up in an area known for its beaches, I was really unable to comprehend this.

So obviously we went to the west coast. We zoned in on a black sand beach that was stunning. The sun was a little shy for my beach expectations, but the tide pools, absurd amount of birds, and quicksand warning sign really made up for the lack of sun.

I’m also thrilled that while I might be procrastinating on writing to you, Auckland, it is dragging out the process and is helping keep my memories alive.

xx Katie

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

tide pools

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

absurd amount of birds

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

quicksand warning sign

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

SO sick of the paparazzi

Dear Auckland (bunch 4) | lovely letters

bridesmaids reference… anyone?

Run to Target ASAP!

Sugar Paper at Target 2015 | lovely letters

Dear Friend,

I have news that will make your Monday way better. Tomorrow, October 28, Sugar Paper LA’s 2015 collection at Target will be released!! Hello gold foil, hot pink, and nautical details! The ladies at Sugar Paper really know how to pull at my heartstrings. All I can say is:

BEAUTIFUL PAPER PRODUCTS FOR EVERYONE!

I will be going after one of the navy luxe planners and probably also a pink striped organizer for my desk. You can never have enough planners, right?

Anything catching your eye? 

xx Katie

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Friday Fashion (2)

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland costume perfection

Dear Friday,

Halloween is right around the corner and unfortunately I won’t be dressing up this year because I’ll be leaving the country and all

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I love dressing up. LOVE IT! Last year I dressed as Katy Perry, the year before I did jazzercise proud, and before that there was Minnie Mouse.

This year if I was dressing up, I would be leaning towards anything resembling a Vogue photo shoot. Anything dramatic, romantic, or from a recognizable time period is always a winner in my book. So it should come as no surprise that I’m drawn to The Great Gatsby, Marie Antoinette, and of course Grace Kelly.

Here are some beautifully styled photo shoots and signature outfits that are really getting me in the costume mood.

What are you dressing as this year?

xx Katie

gatsby 3 Gatsby 1 gatsby 4

marie antoinette 3

Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette 2

{all previous images via vogue.com}

grace kelly 2 grace kelly 3 grace kelly

{via Pinterest}