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We were surprised with some snow on Thursday morning so the kids got to play in the snow until it was almost completely melted after lunch that same day! The week started off with lots of cold rain and for me, that meant that it seemed to last an eternity, but we have finally made it to Friday!

Did you catch my recent post about my weekly routine? If not, you can read it here!

Sometimes when I’m wearing a hoodie or a larger sweater with leggings, I like to layer a striped tank underneath. While the one I’ve had for years is no longer available, this tank from amazon looks pretty similar to it!

I was recently introduced to a new brand called Darity that makes high-performance clothes for working moms. You can check it out here.

If you are looking for a simple white sneaker for casual outfits, I saw these at Target recently and they look great!

SUCH a cute swim cover-up for under $50!

A pretty apple watch strap.

Loving this pink lightweight puffer.

A great basic tank!

If you are interested in exploring clean beauty products and happen to live in Raleigh, check out Trellis Beauty.

Items Mentioned on IG stories:

Post-It notepad from Target

Lou and Grey olive green oversized long-sleeve shirt

Amazon diamond hoop earrings 

T3 1.25 in Curling Iron

Gucci Beauty Foundation , Gucci Beauty Primer

Button back sweater

Lululemon Align Leggings

Amazon gold threader earrings

Tommy John Second Skin bralette

Alterna Caviar Leave-In Protein Cream (similar to Olaplex)

Alterna Caviar Overnight Serum 

Virtue Healing Oil 

Warby Parker Blue Light Blocking Glasses (Laurel style)

Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment

Laneige Radian-C Cream 

Madewell Stembend Earrings

Jewelry Box

Bobbi Brown Face Base , Bobbi Brown Eye Base undereye cream

Supergoop Glowscreen , Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

Athleta Sleep Bra

True & Co Body Lift Bralette

Tommy John Comfort Lace Bralette with adjustable straps

Natori Pure Luxe T-shirt Bra

Natori Bliss Perfection Bra

Natori Convertable Racerback Bra


This week’s discount codes:

KiwiCo – use my code KATE20 to get 20% off your order at the KiwiCo store!

Home Chef – use code KATE90 and get $90 off – that’s 10 FREE meals


Q&A from Monday’s Question Box on Instagram Stories:

What podcasts are you loving? For a long time I’ve always enjoyed This American Life, Ted Talks Daily, 3 in 30: Takeaways for Moms, First Name Basis, How I Built This, and more.

Tips for dry facial skin in the wintertime? Hydrate from the inside out, exfoliate regularly, and use a really rich face cream!

If I have to put sunscreen on later in the day, do I have to take my foundation off? I would instead look into a spray sunscreen that you can apply over foundation!

Is there a good drugstore option for contour/highlight? I would look for the most grey-based bronzer with zero shimmer to use for contour, and then check out the Milani highlighting powders!

Do you do Botox? No, not currently. I’ve never tried it and I’m also not against it within reason.

Why does my hair color fade on my ends and top layer of hair? That part of the hair is typically in the worst shape and gets the most “work” done on it. The ends of the hair are prone to dryness and split ends, so color just fades off. Similarly, the sun and heat and everything else that is hard on hair hit the top layer first, so it makes sense that that layer would be in the worst shape.

You have no dark circles. Not true! But my favorite concealer right now is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer 

What is your favorite thing to do by yourself? This is a hard question! I like cooking, and I like to spend time browsing home decor stores at a mall by myself. There isn’t something specific that I would *only* do alone if that makes sense! 

Are salon products from Ulta safe? Yes! It’s hard to understand the world of expired or diluted products, but I would have to imagine that everything at Ulta is perfectly safe (especially since a lot of Ulta stores have salons!) 

Biggest working mom hack? Delegate.


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 01.29.21

Thanks for the links, Kate! Hope you have a great weekend! ❤️✨

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Kate says · 01.29.21

You too!

Margi Dehlin says · 01.29.21

You are so generous with your time and willingness to answer our ongoing questions. One quick follow-up question! I have dry skin and live in Utah (read: dry mountain air!). What are a few of your favorite rich face creams?

Paige says · 01.29.21

Quick question! Is this Gucci Beauty Foundation the one you said you were testing out a couple of weeks ago?? You had tested one out, mentioned loving it so far, did a Peloton workout, mentioned again how well it stayed. I know long shot for the memory… but I would love to know!

Kate says · 01.29.21

Yep! It’s great!

TIFFANY says · 01.29.21

link isn’t working for first 3 items?

Amy Meyer says · 01.29.21

Hello, I am not sure if you responded to the hair pin question I asked but what ones do you use? Thanks in advance.

Have a good day,


Esther says · 01.30.21

Thank you for the links. I was hoping you would post a link of a cream/white sweatshirt that you got from Amazon shown in stories last week. Loved it, and now I can’t find it.😊

Kate says · 02.01.21 Reply
Sarah Matheny says · 03.04.21

Hi Kate!

I am a long time follower, started watching your YouTube hair tutorials many years ago and you’re now my favorite IG account! I don’t normally leave messages but wanted to say that the Virtue Healing Oil recommendation is 10 thumbs up! It’s technically out of my price range but I had to try it as my hair had become dull and frizzed out. So of course, I had to order a trial of the shampoo and conditioner. I am not kidding when I say it has absolutely transformed my hair. I lose about 1/3 of the amount of hair that I used to and my hair stays styled and “nicer”, longer. Thank you so much for the brilliant recommendation!!

Kate says · 03.04.21

I believe this! Their products are next level good! I’m so happy to hear you found something that works for you–that is always the best feeling!