Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tips for Traveling on a Budget - Flights, Accommodations, & More!



If you've been following me on Instagram lately, you know that I recently started a new weekly series: Live Instagram Videos on Thursday at 9 PM EST. Each week, I talk about various topics including sustainable living, travel tips, and natural beauty routines. I wanted to share these videos with you on my blog for all of those who can't tune in live. Thanks in advance for watching! 

This week, I am sharing my top travel tips that I've learned from traveling to over 20 countries in the last 3 years. These tips include finding flights, accommodations, food, and attractions on a budget.

Flights: 

Accommodations: 

Food: 
  • Buy snacks in advance
  • Buy 1/2 of your meals at local grocery stores 
  • Use TripAdvisor to find restaurants when you do decide to go out to eat 

Attractions: 
  • Free walking tours 

General Tips: 
  • Keep a running tab of everything you spend money on in order to see where you can cut and save money 
  • Do a walking tour on the first day that you arrive so that you are familiarized with the layout of the city
  • Always keep a snack in your purse/bag

Thanks for watching and reading! Let me know if you use any of these tips! 




Thursday, September 21, 2017

NYFW - Chasing and Achieving Your Dreams

*I will not endorse this outfit as these pieces were items I had and/or aren't sustainable.
This month, I had the opportunity to attend my first NYFW, and what a dream it was! Ever since I attended Vogue's Fashion Night Out during Milan Fashion Week last year, I vowed to myself that I would attend a runway show during NYFW. Let me tell you, achieving this goal was not an easy journey to say the least. I thought about quitting more times than not. In the many months leading up to NYFW and prior to the transition of my blog, I was forced to reflect on what I really wanted out of this life, and how this platform was allowing me to achieve those dreams. I realized that what I spent long nights dreaming about was not being portrayed on my blog, and that's the very reason why I felt like quitting. What I really wanted out of life and this platform was to fight for a bigger purpose, to make decisions each day that reflected my passions, and to be an inspiration to others to follow their dreams. On the surface, I successfully attended NYFW by spending hours researching and emailing PR agencies. However, and much more importantly, I attended NYFW by being my authentic self, following my dreams, and inspiring others to do the same. You can bet that I'll continue to do this each and every day until next year's NYFW! 

So, I'll leave you with this...dare to dream, and dare to achieve those dreams


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Finding Your Style

 
Photography by Rebecca Greff 
Similar Denim Jacket here // NY Graphic Organic Tee // 
Thrifted Skirt, Similar Skirt here // 
Glitter Socks // Similar Sneakers here //

Over the last few months, I've had many people come up to me and say, "Wow, Kat. You're so different...you look so happy". My usual response is a sweet and simple, "Thank you!", but that's just the tip of the iceberg. What I really want to say is, "Thank you, I'm happy because I've found myself and my style, and I'm finally being me". 

After living in the fashion capital of the world for a year, I was exposed to many styles and trends. I would often sit outside at a cafe with a notebook and people-watch. The sidewalk was like its own runway, a different show every day. Whenever I saw pieces I liked, I would jot them down and come up with outfit ideas for myself. The problem was, none of the pieces in my current wardrobe matched what I actually liked. Around the same time, one of my good friends said to me, "The outfits you post on your blog are nice, but they're never outfits I could see you actually wearing". This was a HUGE wake up call for me, and after this realization, I slowly began shopping at boutiques and thrift stores. I started buying more unique pieces and experimenting with my style until I could look at my wardrobe and see a collection of pieces that represented the real me. 

If you're struggling to find your style, I encourage you to take a step outside your comfort zone and stop being influenced to buy the same exact pair of shoes and earrings that you see 1000 times on Instagram. Be unique, be you, and remember to have fun while doing it. 

P.S. My skirt is thrifted and my top is made from organic materials and environmentally friendly dyes. Yay for sustainability! 

*Thank you to Empire Street Style for sponsoring this post. 

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