Links and Loves


Sometimes I have things I need to tell you that don’t necessarily fit into a blog post. And since my posting has been a little lighter these days, I thought to myself that now is as good as a time as ever to add a little mini-post to the end of the week.

So, links and loves.



Would you rock rose gold hair? I could be talked into it I think.

I’m sure you’ve already heard about this podcast because I, too, have been seeing it everywhere, but I’m only into the first episode and it’s pretty interesting. I’m not a good multi-tasker when something visual is on (tv or movie) but I can focus on something and listen to a podcast well. While I’m at it, if you’ve never listened to any stories from This American Life, you should start. I love imagining the time when the prime media entertainment within the household was radio.

I cannot seem to be satiated when it comes to clementines. Little is riskier than committing to an entire box of clementines at the grocery store, am I right? Rumor has it they should be heavy, firm, and bright in color. The strategic orange mesh can be deceiving. Make sure you look up close to make sure they are actually bright orange!

I’m a CND Vinylux lover, but I’m curious about this hyped up new nail lacquer.

Perhaps the most classic watch in history. . . in rose gold! PLUS promo code “thesmallthings” for 15% off at

I tried to get into my bed the other night and didn’t quite make it. Like, I sort of slid off the edge. Aka, my belly got in the way. I’m only 26 weeks pregnant. I think I may resemble a torpedo by the end of January. This isn’t a link or a love, I just had to tell someone.

I’m not in the market for a new bag, but if I was . . . this one would be on my short list!

My friend Kacia got me hooked on drinking water from these cute jars when I was in pittsburgh a few weeks ago. She even sent me a few as a gift! Now I’m pining for a leather cuff.

Um, YUM. This crock pot apple cider looks both easy and delicious.

A new way to wear blush.

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Comments (37)

  1. Kim says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    That hair is stunning. My stylist uses Redken, what formula would I ask for? I’m a control freak and don’t trust enough to just ask for rose gold hair, I need specifics, Kate 🙂

  2. Meagan says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    My husband introduced me to podcasts- they’re perfect for both of our long daily commutes. This American Life is definitely my favorite, but we are so addicted to Serial too! We anxiously await Thursday morning when we can listen to the new episode then love to dissect it that night when we’re home together. Not that you probably have loads of free time, but I also like Stuff You Missed in History Class and Stuff You Should Know!

    • Allison says
      Posted November 14, 2014

      LOVE Serial! I’m obsessed! I listen to Fresh Air, Radio Diaries, Dan Savage (for adults only), The Moth, and sometimes Selected Shorts (it can be boring at times…), TAL is my all time favorite! I bought the app years ago and have listened to every episode.

  3. Leah says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    That podcast in unreal… so good and definitely breaking up my Gilmore Girls binge watching! I am 9 weeks pregnant with my first baby and already starting to show. I know I should be all “ignorance is bliss” because it’s my first and I should think this belly is cute… but I know more than that which pretty much just means I’m going to be huge, and fast!

  4. Danielle says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    I personally LOVE posts like this. I feel like we, the readers, get to know you a little better, kind of get to see how your thought process works, and just generally get a better sense of you as a person, not just as a hairdresser/makeup aficionado.

  5. Angela says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Loving this post. The rose gold hair is beautiful, how much fun would that be? (do it!)
    Also, the blush technique looks great, can’t wait to try it out.

  6. Arijana C. says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    This American Life is my favorite!
    Have a great weekend

  7. Posted November 14, 2014

    LOVE this !

  8. Lindsay says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Did you know CND Vinylux nail polishes are now available at Ulta!!! (at these they are on the website, I haven’t seen them in any of the stores near me yet) I am definitely wanting to pick up Married To The Mauve and Blood Line ASAP!

    • Kay says
      Posted November 16, 2014

      I JUST ran into them at my Ulta today!! They were out of the topcoat so I didn’t get any but I’m SO excited!!!!

  9. wendy cline says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Ok now I NEED to know how the smith and cult polish work!!!! ugh

  10. Joanna says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Thanks for being articulate, accessible, and awesome (alliteration for Friday!)! I really enjoyed all these links. I love This American Life and am excited to start this knew podcast, as well! Thanks, also, for all the quick and easy style tips. You’ve saved my hair days on more than one occasion. <3 Jo

  11. Sarah says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Haha! Good post about random things! I love posts like that, too! 🙂 i can’t believe in a couple weeks we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving! Where has the time gone!? In what… less than 3 months you’ll be holding a newborn and balancing a 1 yr old on your hip? LOL. So sweet. 🙂 🙂 can’t wait to see him/her! 😉

  12. Meg says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    I love the rose gold hair! I’m already blonde so it can’t be such a huge jump!! I also love that this post is just a stream of consciousness. I literally laughed out loud about sliding off the bed! Bless your heart!!! xxo! Meg

  13. Posted November 14, 2014

    You hit the nail on the head on two of my addictions: the Serial podcast (#FreeAdnan!) and fun drinking cups.

  14. josie says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    I so love your blog and the great product ideas you share.
    Bought the CND Vinylux at Ulta three weeks ago. Will be taking it back. My normally healthy nails are peeling, splitting …my nails are in a mess!! Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work for me.
    Maybe the Smith and Cult will be the perfect fit.

  15. Michelle S says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Thanks Kate – I really enjoyed this post. I wish I had the skin tone to compliment rose gold hair!

  16. Breanna Carroll says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Love posts like this too! It definitely opens my eyes to new products and sites. I have never listened to a podcast really or explored that and am excited to do so. Also, I live near Oak Glen in California, which is know for its apples. Excited to try this apple cider recipe. The husband and I are junkies and usually buy the premade stuff at Trader Joes (let’s get real, I put it in a crock pot and “pretend” I made it) lol.

  17. Carrie says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Well lovely Lady first of all, you look beautiful no matter what shape you end up resembling by the end of your pregnancy!

    Second, I love your rambling musings in this post. Never know what interesting item you’ll come up with next. I especially love that hair color….GORGEOUS!

    Lastly, some of my favorite blogs (like yours) have inspired me to brave and put myself out there to start a fun blog of my own – just for me to keep a scrapbook of sorts. I’m so new to this game (and rather intimidated) but went for it anyway. I still have a lot to learn, tweak etc – but my heart is there. Today’s post I shared about my biggest passion which is scrapbooking and I thought you might want to peek as I have some great ideas for maybe David ideas for you.

    Thanks and keep rocking the clementines!

  18. Shyanna says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Wondering if anyone has ever bought a Daniel Wellington watch? I have had my eye on one for hubby for Christmas. Would love to know what you think if you have one or know someone that does. Thanks!

    And Kate. Love this post! Love it!! I am embarrassed to say I have never listened to a podcast but I am going to start today. This American Life sounds like something I would love.

  19. Tyana says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    That’t such a pretty look, I love it

    check me out

  20. Posted November 14, 2014

    LOVE the rose gold hair, so uniquely beautiful!!
    I recently started a blog and had to credit you and Lauren for my last post!
    High five for Friday Kate! enjoy the weekend 🙂

  21. meagan says
    Posted November 14, 2014
  22. Megan Bark says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    I loved this post! It may feel random to you but I really enjoy it because I get to read a little bit about a lot of things–a little beauty, a little hair, food and drink, shopping, etc. Can you do more of these kind of posts? Loved it!

  23. Emil says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    You could totally rock that hair! Have you ever thought of doing make-over type posts! I think those would be a huge hit. It would just be great to see. you are so talented! 🙂

  24. Annie says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    LOVE Serial … one of the salons in my town is advertising smith and colt for their nail bar! Post results if you try it!

  25. Morgan says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    The rose gold hair is beautiful and I love the style. Would like to see a tutorial from you on how to do that hair style, which seems very popular these days.

  26. valerie says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    Tried the blush trick today. LOVE it. Seriously felt gorgeous all day.

  27. Nicole says
    Posted November 14, 2014

    I loved this post too 🙂 I am always looking for new products and love to see what my favorite bloggers recommend/want/dream about. Thanks for letting us in on your random links!

  28. Stephanie says
    Posted November 15, 2014

    I love this post! I love seeing random links and thoughts that don’t quite fit into a whole blog post. I’m 14 weeks pregnant and literally can’t get enough of oranges too. Right now mandarin oranges are by obsession…I may have accidentally bought 32 mandarin orange cups while I was at Sam’s the other day. lol

  29. Megan says
    Posted November 15, 2014

    Oh my word, right there with you on the clementines! Speaking of…I think I need to raid the fruit drawer right now!

  30. Posted November 15, 2014

    Okay…I get mixing the blush and blending, but seriously who has time for highlight, contour, and 3 blushes? Goodness! 🙂

  31. Lori says
    Posted November 16, 2014

    I like the Links and Loves post!

  32. Posted November 16, 2014

    I am a nail polish addict and cannot wait to try the Smith and Cult line!

  33. EB says
    Posted November 17, 2014

    I love links posts! It’s so fun to see other things that my favorite bloggers are lusting after/find interesting/doing. Thanks! Keep it up! 🙂

  34. Tracy says
    Posted November 17, 2014

    Thanks for the introduction to Serial! I got sucked in and have listened to all 8….whoops. Perfect timing to add a few new series into the rotation with a bit of road tripping coming up.

  35. Posted December 4, 2014

    Just ordered the DW classic watch – great deal going on right now with free shipping and 1/2 off a nylon band. Thanks for the promo discount.