Dear October

Dear October | lovely letters

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Dear October,

I have been waiting for you for SO long. I’m so thrilled you’re here. I’m just going to dive right in because there are so so many good things coming.

October 1: Netflix releases all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls (I’ll be shocked if I get to any of the other activities because of this).

October 5: The Alameda flea market is back in town and this time if there is a desk-sized letterpress, I will be purchasing it.

October 12: incredible brunch plans.

October 15: my biggest move EVER! (more details to come)

October 25: an engagement party ten years in the making. Ten years!!

October 31: the biggest day of the month. Halloween (there are few things I love more than dressing up), the two year anniversary of meeting my leading man, the due date for a HUGE project at work, and last but not least… the day before I leave for Costa Rica!

Do you have any big plans for October? Slash any Halloween costume ideas?

xx Katie

A Perfect Weekend

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Dear Friend,

Last weekend was particularly perfect.

Saturday night I went to the most beautiful wedding with the most handsome man by my side (if you don’t believe me see here and here). After holiday season, wedding season is my favorite. I love dressing up, seeing love everywhere, dancing all night, open bars, so many things! So suffice it to say, last Saturday was ideal.

Then Sunday rolled around and capped everything off with a calligraphy workshop. What a joy! I have been following and drooling over Laura Hooper’s calligraphy on Instagram for roughly six months now and was thrilled to find out that she was hosting a class here in San Francisco. I obviously jumped at the chance to dedicate time to practice and to receive instruction from an artist that inspires me. The three hours of calligraphy were pure heaven. There was a mimosa bar, beautiful floral arrangements by Poppy’s Petalworks, an incredible exposed brick wall in the Argonaut hotel’s meeting room where the class was held, and of course beautiful supplies with Laura’s signature touch.

Pretty much the perfect weekend in my book. I love when the stars align and things work out so well!

Have you had any particularly perfect weekends recently?

 xx Katie

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dahlias everywhere!

A Perfect Weekend | lovely letters

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my obvious bias in letters…

Fewer, Better

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Dear Friend,

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Cuyana’s fall line with Charlotte of Worth Waking Up For. Thank goodness for Charlotte, because for as much as I love walking into a room full of people I don’t know by myself, I really do prefer having a new friend at my side.

Cuyana is an amazing company, with amazing products, and with an even more amazing philosophy.

Cuyana believes in both beauty and intentional buying.

They love the joy of finding treasures and the pride of spending wisely.

They know that with less, people are more and that the essence of insight is simplicity.

Because the company’s focus is on quality over quantity and because I purchased their beautiful alpaca cape just prior to my New Zealand trip (see it here), I thought I would walk away empty-handed but with a full heart. I planned on indulging in a weeknight glass of wine, networking like a pro, but not shopping or more accurately not purchasing.

I was wrong.

Of course, my heart was full as ever and I passed out a business card here and there, but after seeing the olive-green travel case and then learning that there was monogramming happening in-house… I couldn’t pass it up. So now I have two perfect travel cases, one large, one small (they come as a set) in a perfect fall hue.

I am excited to see what is next for Cuyana as the company continues to grow and am even more thrilled that I am now extra prepared for fall with my cape and travel cases.

Are there any companies whose philosophies you are particularly in tune with right now?

xx Katie

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here are some lovely bloggers modeling my Cuyana favorites

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Dear Auckland (bunch 2)

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Dear Auckland,

Ponsonby was my favorite. Hands down. No questions asked.

I personally thought San Francisco was being taken over by hipsters, but really nothing compares to Ponsonby Central. Oh my word, the definition of hip.

For those who know San Francisco, Ponsonby Central can be compared to the Ferry Building and for those who don’t, check this out. It is one awesome cluster of buildings that is filled with home decor shops and a wide array of restaurants (this is where the meatballs came from). There is also a market that is locally sourced and features a meat counter, a seafood counter, a cheese counter, produce, and cafes. So basically everything anyone could ever want. Oh and lots of booze.

We went here a lot. And by a lot I mean, pretty much once a day.

So Auckland, thank you for Ponsonby – a little neighborhood packed tight with the hippest of the hip, which made us feel very at home, and a must see for anyone visiting Auckland.

Where have you most felt feelings of “home away from home”?

xx Katie

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Well #thatsdarling

Fall

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Dear Darling,

Thank you for loving your readers. I’m so thrilled to be featured on your blog today! Not only was this a beautiful surprise and such a confirmation of community, but it also happens to be the first day of fall. So many gifts wrapped up in one day!

I am reading and re-reading my copy of issue 9 and am now so looking forward to learning about your next featured reader. Thank you again for the shout-out!

xx Katie

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