Saturday, December 31, 2016

NYE Inspo


Happy NYE! Can you believe today is the last day of 2016?! This year has been filled with the highest ups I've ever had....from experiencing life in China, to attending events during Milan Fashion Week, to meeting new friends around the world. If 2017 is anything like 2016, I cannot wait to see what the year has in store! If you need some last minute NYE outfit inspo, I'm here to help! Go grab that little black dress that's in the back of your closet and pair it with some sparkly accessories...1) You'll save money instead of buying a new outfit that you'll only wear once and 2) You can personalize your LBD by adding your own flare through earrings, a clutch, a pop of lip color, or even a faux fur stole. It's a win win! Wherever you go tonight, I hope you all have a great New Year celebration with friends and family! Cheers to 2017!! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Birthday Outfit


Merry late Christmas to all my readers!! I hope you all had the best holiday with your family and friends. Thank you for all of the birthday wishes on Instagram! My birthday was yesterday and I turned the big 2-1!!! CHEERS to being legal! I had a great day...I had a photo shoot with my new lens, went shopping with my Mom, had Chipotle for lunch, made a cake with purple icing, and went to the liquor store to buy my first legal alcohol purchase (yes, I bought a pink bottle of sparkling rose). I also wore my sparkly gold pumps to celebrate. Can you tell I'm a diva?? Haha! Anyway, it feels great to finally be home from Italy. I am enjoying my iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts, and of course catching up with all of my friends and family who I haven't seen for the last four months. My heart is so full to say the least. Thank you all again for the wishes!! 

P.S. This outfit would be perfect for a casual New Year's event! I especially love the pumps because they add some fun to a simple outfit. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Party Gown


Guten morgen from Austria! I just arrived in Vienna about five hours ago. I'm touring the city tomorrow, then heading to Salzburg for a few days! I'm super excited to go to all of the Christmas markets! Only t-minus 9 days until Santa comes! If any of you have any upcoming Christmas parties or formal events, I have the PERFECT dress for you! I recently bought this dress from BooHoo a few weeks ago. I knew I wanted to do a blog post on Christmas formal event attire, and this dress really stood out to me! I love how elegant and chic it is, but still a little edgy with the plunging neckline and off the shoulder style. Aside from the style of the dress, I think what really makes this look stand out to me is the hair and makeup. I followed this easy formal side bun tutorial and used a dark red lipstick. These little touches added the perfect finish to the look! P.S. My gown is only $35 and can be shipped in time for Christmas or sooner! 

Thanks for reading as always!! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @anewerkatintown and my blog on Bloglovin'.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Outfit + Best European Christmas Markets


Let the countdown begin...t-minus 16 days until I'm home, and t-minus 19 days until Christmas. This year, I'm more excited for the holiday season than I've ever been for a few reasons:
1) I'm SO excited to see my family and friends, and drink an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts. 
2) I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to all of the Christmas markets in Europe (see details below).
3) My birthday is the day after Christmas and I'll be turning 21 this year (sorry in advance Mom!). 

What are you all excited for this holiday season? Whatever it may be, I've got the cutest, and easiest outfit for all of your holiday parties and get-togethers! This OTS top paired with flare jeans and heeled booties is comfortable, but still chic and stylish...and my top is only $22!! I wore this outfit to one of the Christmas markets here in Milan and it was perfect and fit for the occasion. 

Since these photos were taken at a local Christmas market, I thought I'd share my favorite Christmas markets that I've visited in Europe so far: 
  • Berlin, Germany - If I had to pick one place to travel for Christmas markets, I would pick Berlin. I seemed to stumble upon a new market every five minutes!! My favorite was the Market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
  • Zurich, Switzerland -  I visited Zurich two times this semester, and loved the Christmas markets here. My favorite was the Market at the Zurich Opera House. I ate locally-made raclette with potatoes and it was OUTSTANDING! 
  • Milan, Italy - Okay don't judge me, but I have been going to a new Christmas market in Milan every day! There are SO many all over the city. I am in Christmas Market heaven haha! Here's a link to the ones I've gone to and will be going to: Milan Christmas Markets
Next week, I'm also going to the Christmas markets in: 
  • Munich, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Salzburg, Austria

I've got a few more fun holiday outfit posts coming up, so stay tuned and follow my adventures on Instagram @anewerkatintown. (:

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Newer Kat in PRAGUE


Happy Monday! The weeks seem to keep going by quicker and quicker right? I can't believe it's already almost December!! Where did the time go!? As you could tell by my Instagram (@anewerkatintown), I've been travelling every weekend for the past two months. It's been such fulfilling experience thus far. My favorite places that I've visited in the last few weeks have been Switzerland, Berlin, and of course, Prague. For those of you who don't know, I lived and studied abroad in Prague last summer (read all of the places I've traveled and lived here). When I decided to study abroad again for the fall semester, I knew I had to go back to the city that stole my heart, and quite honestly changed my life! My brother actually studied abroad here as well, so I guess you could say it has a special place in both of our lives! Keep scrolling to see why I love it so much. 

Where I Stayed & Lived: On this trip, I stayed in the Charles Bridge Economic Hostel. It was a great choice and super affordable (as the name suggests). Last summer, I lived in an apartment in New Town. I would actually not recommend staying in either of these places, but rather staying closer to Old Town as there are more tourist activities to do there. 

Where I Ate: 
  • Cukrakavlimonada - Outstanding brunch/lunch restaurant
  • *Dejvicka Farmer's Market - The BEST farmer's market that serves fresh prepared food, etc.; only on Saturday's from about 9AM-1PM
  • Pasta Cafe - Good for a quick lunch
  • Maly Buddha - The BEST chicken curry and Vietnamese food 
  • Mama Coffee 
  • Original Coffee 

What I Did: 
  • Climb the Astronomical Clock 
  • Climb the Petrin Tower - Outstanding panoramic views of the city; recommend going at sunset 
  • See the Metronome - Great views of the city 
  • Head to the Hanavsky Pavillion - Great place to visit after seeing the Metronome; recommend getting a hot chocolate and enjoying the view 
  • Visit Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square 
  • Walk across the Charles Bridge 
  • Visit the Castle 

What To Be Prepared For: Prague is especially notorious for pickpocketers. Be aware of your belongings at all times! 

Thanks for reading as always! I love talking about my experience in this city, so feel free to comment if you have any questions!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Flare Jeans + Top 5 Things To Do in Milan


Ciao from Milano! It's been a long week since I lasted posted. I was cherishing all the time I could get with my Mom who was visiting me all the way from New Jersey. We had a great week! If you saw on my Instagram, @anewerkatintown, we went to Lake Como (see full post here), Rome, and Parma. I was going to dedicate this post to our trip in Rome, but I decided to dedicate it to Milan instead, as I spend most of my time here. 

So what's so great about Milan? Over the past two months, I have grown to love all that this city has to offer...the food, the markets, the attractions, and more. Milan isn't usually on the "must see list" when visiting Italy, but nonetheless, it's someplace that I think is definitely worth the visit! Keep scrolling to see my top 5 things to do in Milan. 

1. Enjoy a cappuccino by the Duomo or in the Galleria. - This is one of my favorite things to do on a lazy afternoon. I love to people watch and could spend hours doing so! 

2. Stroll along the Navigli Canals - The pictures you see above were taken here in one of my favorite places in the city. This new and upcoming part of town is home to endless brunch cafes, vintage markets, and canals that look just like Amsterdam. My favorite cafe is called That's Bakery

3. Venture to a Local Farmer's Market. - Almost every Tuesday and Saturday, I venture to local farmer's markets and flea markets. There are various ones throughout the city every day of the week. See a full list here

4. Eat, eat, and eat. - As they say, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do". Well, when in Milan, eat like the Milanese do! Milan is famous for inventing the aperitivo which consists of an unlimited buffet and one cocktail drink for a total of 5-15 euro. It's a great way to experience the Milanese culture! 

5. Spend the afternoon window shopping (or shopping, haha!). - As many of you already know, Milan is considered to be the "fashion capital of the world". There are many commercial shops by the Duomo, and cute boutiques in the Brera District. Of course, if you're looking for more high end fashion, take a walk along Via Montenapoleone

Thanks for reading as always! P.S. My outfit is super comfortable and can be easily recreated. My bag is from Target. They have some great stuff for fall! Click on the pictures below to see more. XOXO

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fall Outfit in Lake Como


Ciao! I'm currently writing to you with a full belly from the beautiful city of Roma! I arrived in Rome this morning after a long morning on the train from Milan. I'll be touring the city for the next three days with my Mom. She's visiting me for 10 days :)...it's nice to see a familiar face after 2 months! So far, we've toured Milan and Lake Como. It was so beautiful walking around Como, Bellagio, and Varenna. We had such a great time! I wore my favorite cowl neck sweater (which I got during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale), and paired it with a simple black circle skirt. Both of these pieces are staples in my fall wardrobe. I love the sweater so much that I plan I ordering it in the other two colors when I get home for Christmas! My Mom also brought me some clothes and shoes (the booties I'm wearing above) from home so I can't wait to finally wear some different clothes. I feel like I have a brand new wardrobe here! Thank God!!! Anyway, I hope you all had a good weekend! Stay tuned for a blog post about Rome later this week. XOXO

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Newer Kat in SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, and PISA



Wow, what a week it has been! It's been a while since I last posted. I've been so busy studying for midterms and I was sick all weekend (meeeeh). I am feeling better now...thank you for all of you who sent me get well wishes on Instagram! Anyway, I've been holding off on sharing these Tuscany pictures for a week now. This trip was one of my favorites so far (yes I know I say that about every trip), but REALLY! It was an outstanding weekend. It was so beautiful words couldn't even describe it! If you ever have a chance to visit Italy, you must go to the Tuscan region. The wine, the people, the food, and the scenery were amazing! 

Where I Stayed: NH Hotel, Siena (PERFECT location!) 

What I Did: 
  • Guided tour of Siena 
  • Wine Tasting 
  • Day Trip to San Gimignano-Well worth the trip; quaint town with gorgeous views of the Tuscan scenery 
  • Day Trip to Pisa-Not worth visiting if you are short on time in Italy 

Where I Ate: 
  • Local Farm, San Gimignano
  • I Porci Comodi, Pisa-I ate the BEST sandwich I have ever eaten at this hole in the wall deli. It is "off the beaten path", but worth the extra walking. 
  • Local Pizza and Pasta Cafes-You can't go wrong with these when you're in Italy and want a quick bite to eat. 

What To Be Prepared For: 
  • Crowds in Pisa-As with any popular tourist destination, there will be a lot of people. 
  • Drink and purchase a lot of wine-It was the best I've ever had! 
  • Bring extra money for leather souvenirs in San Gimignano

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall OTK Boots You Need + 5 Tips for Traveling Solo


Ciao from the beautiful city of Tuscany! I am writing to you from my hotel room in downtown Siena. I'm staying here for the next three days! I'm am so excited...today I toured the city and tomorrow I'm going on a wine tasting tour! Stay tuned on Instagram (@anewerkatintown). Today I'm sharing this fall inspired look with my favorite OTK suede boots from Make Me Chic. I love them so much that I bought them in 2 different colors (grey and maroon...yes, I have a problem). I really like the way they look paired with a jean skirt or faux leather leggings.

In addition to sharing this fall outfit, I wanted to share some tips for traveling solo. I recently took two solo trips: Venice and Bergamo. As a 20-year-old female, I was scared at times being alone. However, I didn't let that stop me, and you shouldn't let it stop you either! I ended up having an outstanding time during both trips. Read my tips below to see how I overcame my fears.

1) Plan ahead. This is my number one tip for solo traveling. Plan, plan, plan. Having a game plan can make all the difference, especially when you are traveling alone. This includes planning tours, researching restaurants, and evaluating all of your accommodations.

2) Spend a little extra money. Do not be afraid to spend a little extra money if it means you feel safer. For example, if you feel safer staying in a hotel in the center of town, do spend that extra money. Or if you don't want to walk alone at night, don't hesitate to call a cab. Your safety is more important than saving a few extra dollars.

3) Be confident. When you are exploring the city, walk and act with confidence. Do not hesitate or look like you don't know where you are going. This will help you avoid being a target, and minimize cat-calling.

4) Make conversations. The best part about my trip was meeting locals and tourists. I really enjoyed connecting with other people! It's really easy to start a conversation when you are at dinner, or if you are staying in a hostel. This also helps if you are feeling lonely.

5) Remember that you are your own boss. Traveling solo gives you the freedom to do what you want, when you want. This is one of the greatest and most rewarding feelings so keep this in mind when you feel defeated, lonely, or scared. You have the power to make the most of your trip!

I hope you all enjoyed this post. If any of you are traveling soon, don't hesitate to reach out to me!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Anniversary to "A Newer Kat in Town"

Photography by Abigail Grinberg
Let me first start off by saying...HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO "A NEWER KAT IN TOWN"! (insert balloons & cake emojis) 

First of all, I wanted to say thank you to each one of you for following along my blogging and travelling journey this past year. It has been one exciting year to say the least! I hope you have enjoyed the content I've produced, as well as enjoyed reading and relating to my posts. I'm excited to continue this journey wherever it may take me (and I hope you are too!!). To celebrate my one-year anniversary, I wanted to write a more personal blog post...introducing myself, explaining who I am, why I started this blog, etc. 

Who I Am: For those of you who are new to my blog, my real name is Kathleen, but I go by Kat. I am a junior in college studying Marketing and English. I have a corresponding Instagram account @anewerkatintown where I post more frequently (If you haven't followed me yet, go check it out!!).

Why I Started A Blog: I started a blog in the summer of 2015 to document my study abroad experience and travels. It was mostly for friends and family, as well as a journal for myself. 

Where I've Traveled: 
  • Czech Republic
  • France 
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • China
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Canada 
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Caribbean Islands
  • (Austria, Spain, Switzerland, and Norway later this year)

Where I've Lived: 
  • Prague, Czech Republic-I studied abroad here for seven weeks during the summer of 2015. 
  • Shanghai, China-I studied and interned abroad here for 4 weeks during this past summer. 
  • Milan, Italy-I am currently here for the fall semester. 

What I Love Doing: My favorite hobbies include reading, blogging, photography, video editing, and of course shopping and traveling!! 

What I Absolutely Hate Doing: I hate watching movies! Everyone always thinks I'm so weird for not liking them, haha! 

One Fun Fact About Me: I like to buy flowers for myself once every two weeks or so! 

As always, thanks for reading and helping me celebrate this special day!!

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Newer Kat in VENICE, MURANO, and BURANO



Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing all of the details from my recent solo trip to the islands of Venice, Murano, and Burano. This trip has been my favorite thus far so I'm really excited for this post!

Where I Stayed: Hotel Ai Do Mori -great choice if you are on a budget, but still want to be close to the city center; about five minute walk to St. Mark's Square

What I Did: 
  • Murano and Burano Tour - I would highly recommend taking a day trip to these two beautiful islands. This was well worth the money! 
  • Walking Tour of Venice + Boat Ride - I thoroughly enjoyed the walking portion of this tour. However, I would recommend taking a gondola tour rather than a motorized boat tour. 
  • Rialto Farmer's Market - Great market to visit because it gives you a glimpse into the lives of the locals.
  • Walk around Venice & GET LOST! - To me, the best part about Venice was getting lost because I got to see some hidden canals and quieter streets. 
  • Sit on the pier by St. Mark's Square at night- I spent about an hour here looking at the moon, people watching, and enjoying live music echoing from St. Mark's Square. 

Where I Ate: (also the best part of my trip)
  • Trattoria Al Gazzettino - Wow. What an experience this was! This restaurant is off the beaten path so to speak. However, it is worth finding! Going to this restaurant really made me feel like Italy was my home. I only ordered an entree and a cappuccino for dessert. However, the staff gave me a free glass of prosecco with my entree, a free cookie and almond cake with a shot of liquor for dessert, a free glass of strawberry prosecco with dessert, AND A FREE BAG OF PASTA! 10 out of 10 recommend! *Make reservations in advance!
  • Ristorante Trattoria Cherubino - Absolutely the BEST spaghetti and clam sauce I have ever had! This restaurant is also off the beaten path so to speak, but it is well worth it. Great service, great atmosphere, and authentic experience! *Also make reservations in advance! 
  • Magna Bevi Tasi - Great little cafe for breakfast

What To Be Prepared For:
  • Crowds - As with any tourist destination, there are going to be tons of other people just like yourself! The crowds seemed magnified in Venice because the street and canals are so narrow. Have patience. 
  • Getting Lost - There is no way to avoid getting lost in Venice. You WILL get lost at some point. 
  • Knockoffs - Be weary of knockoff souvenirs including "Murano glass" and "Burano lace". These items are only sold at the real store on the islands of Murano and Burano, and are very, very expensive!  

If you go anywhere in Italy, I recommend choosing Venice. I enjoyed everything about my two-day trip here as you can tell. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!!