Friday Fashion (5)

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Dear Friday,

Let me tell you about the designer I would spend the rest of my life in if I had the chance… Ulyana Sergeenko. I’m sure you’ve seen her perfectly tailored, feminine pieces roaming the red carpet on ladies such as Lady Gaga, Dita Von Teese, Rita Ora, and my personal favorite, Natalia Vodianova.

If you haven’t seen her clothes, I’ll show you. I unfortunately was not able to tone down the number of photos because I’m so in love with all of them. Bare with me.

Is there a specific designer whose clothes were clearly made for your?

xx Katie

Snippets of the 2012 lookbook

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Snippets of the 2013 lookbook

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Snippets of the 2014 fall-winter capsule collection

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M & C

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Dear Marcus and Chelsea,

Thank you so much for including me in the details of your engagement party! I absolutely loved your shiny take on rustic fall decorations. I’m so thrilled I was able to calligraph your chalkboards, and I look forward to your wedding invitations!

Here’s to many more beautiful events celebrating your life together!

xx Katie

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Bloggers who Brunch

Dear Friend,

What’s better than brunch? Brunching with lovely bloggers, that’s what!

My favorite thing about getting together with bloggers, after of course the getting together part, is that I can take pictures of anything I want at any time. Normally I feel ridiculous pulling out my camera, but with theses ladies it is highly encouraged to snap photos, which I’m hoping will eventually make me a better photographer.

So, the brunch…

Kelly of A Side of Sweet hosted the most beautiful garden brunch on the most ideal fall day. Kelly is a fantastic overachiever, who in her downtime from being a pediatrician does amazing things like snatch full sets of china and concoct signature cocktails, which of course sets her up to be the perfect hostess. For the event she printed and embossed individual menus for each place setting, bruléed each of our greek yogurts, and baked a sweet potato galette. Kelly also enlisted the help of the incredible ladies at Esselle, who provided the finishing touches of the tablescape – the gold striped napkins, the set of coasters, and the vases of the centerpiece.

Everything was beautiful and delicious, which only made the wonderful company around the table that much better. To put it simply, if I had the opportunity to brunch like this every day, I would jump at it! But for the sake of my waistline, it’s probably for the best that brunch is a special occasion.

Is there a meal that you and your friends consistently share?

xx Katie

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Friday Fashion (4)

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Dear Friday,

During my daily jaunt around the web, particularly during my pit stop at Ann Street Studio, I was introduced to Nicole and Matthew Mellon. Thank goodness for Ann because now I’m drooling over the beautiful, grey knitwear of Hanley Mellon (plus or minus some other colors). What better way to deal with a drizzly day!?

The brand draws inspiration from the creators’ lives and experiences,

candidly expressing, through clothing and content, appreciation of beauty in all its forms.

The husband and wife’s line of beautiful, wearable pieces provides a glimpse into the couples’ life of style and wanderlust. Two things I am totally on board for.

Enjoy!

xx Katie

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Dear November

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Dear November,

I’m back in the US! and even though my excuse for being late this month is roughly the same as this one, I think it’s still valid.

While I normally write to each month about upcoming activities and what I’m most excited for, November, you’re different. This month I am feeling predictably thankful and was recently told that counting ones blessings has positive effects on a person’s well-being, which I can only assume is backed by piles of research.

So, November, challenge accepted. Bring on the stress-reducing, joy-inducing side effects of making note of the beautiful things that fill up my life.

I am grateful for…

LOVE, in all its forms. There is just so much love in my life right now! It’s as if the more I find love in my own life (for friends and family, for myself, for bits and pieces of my world), the more I find it in other people’s lives, which only makes me love things more. What’s the opposite of a vicious cycle? Whatever it is, that’s what I’m in, and go figure… I love it!

FRIENDS, old and new. My old friends are scattered and my new friends are sprouting. This makes things very confusing, but surprisingly worthwhile. For my friends who are far away, I’ve found that the lasting relationships have become more intentional and have grown deeper while the ones at the surface level have remained light-hearted and effortless. For my new friends, let me just say, thank goodness I finally figured out how to make friends again. For a long time there, it was radio silence, but luckily thanks in large part to these letters, I’ve found some new very good seeds.

FAMILY, near and far. Moving away from home after school was hard because I was obviously out of my comfort zone, but it has worked out beyond my expectations in large part to my extended, extended family. Growing up, my dad’s side of the family stayed very close… cousins, second cousins, second cousins’ kids. Basically I grew up going to family gatherings of every sort with every sort of relative. I loved it that way! Shocker. Even though the big family get-togethers have mostly died down, the second cousin connections saved me when I first moved to San Francisco. Thanks to my more-distant, but very local relatives’ holiday parties, laundry machines, family dinners, old movie nights, and so much more, the Bay Area immediately felt like home and has only gotten better.

And on that note, last but not least, I am thankful for SAN FRANCISCO. This city is a gem. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I somehow landed here and that I think I’ve found my home. I’m thankful for the incredible sites to see here, the absurd amount of food available here, the manageable seasons here, and of course the aforementioned friends and family here. San Francisco and I might be in it for the long haul.

What are you most thankful for?

xx Katie

P.S. after being told of the magical properties of gratitude, I was immediately asked if I would be available to calligraph (yes that’s a word) everyone’s daily gratitudes because I would get double the magic that way (magic 1: gratefuls, magic 2: calligraphy practice). Even though this was a well-timed, facetious question, I am happy to report that YES, by the end of the month I will have a variety of calligraphy services available to you! If you can’t wait that long, let’s chat.

P.P.S. I had to share this verse because at my wacky elementary school we recited it every year as a student body and I’ve been missing it.

1 make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2 serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:

be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 for the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

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