links + small things

2 Matte Foundations for a Humid Summer (or anytime!)

Blush stick, Tinted Sunscreen, Setting Spray, Earrings

I had a full week this week but I’m happy to report that it was filled with really fun and exciting things. On Wednesday evening I headed out to a wonderful dinner with my team and came home at 11:45pm to see the new countertops in our kitchen installed! The timing of it made it so it felt like the biggest surprise!

I shared a photo of the kitchen on Instagram, click here to see it!

I’m blown away but the simply changing up of one surface has made everything in that room look brand new. I’m really happy with it.

Then, on Thursday I had a hair appointment and Jordan brightened my blonde up a bit. Many of you know I colored my own hair for years, and while it looked “okay”, it certainly wasn’t a level of quality and skill that Jordan can do to my hair. I haven’t been this happy with my hair in a long time, and that is all thanks to Jordan.

I’ve gotten a few questions about whether or not my porch ceiling is painted blue and after a quick google, I learned the history of why porches in the southeast are sometimes painted blue!

I’ve worn this green gauze dress a few times in different Instagram stories and photos, and I saw that it’s restocked!

I wore this shelf bra top from Lululemon very often during our Palmetto Bluff trip. It’s perfect for a hot, humid day when you only want to wear one layer!

I’m feeling a little bit of pressure to see all my friends and do all the things before heading up to Wisconsin in July. It will be a wonderful trip, I’m sure, but 10 days sounds like a long time and I know I’ll miss so much about being in Raleigh!

Justin and I started a new show on HBOMax this week. It’s called Mare of Easttown. We’ve only watched one episode so don’t share any spoilers but the cliffhanger at the end of episode one had me VERY excited about watching the second episode!

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed: 

lululemon Cross Body Shoulder Bag

Target Fanny Pack/Shoulder Bag

Tupelo Goods Beach Bag

Madewell Tank

Kendra Scott Earrings

Dolce Vida White Platform Slides

Amazon Criss c=Cross Bright White Sport Sandal

Stone Ground Grits

Woom Bikes

Hand-Held Clothing Steamer

GAP Linen dress

Black and White dress

Biltmore Wines


This week’s discount codes (#partnerships): 

Aera: Use my code KATE20 for 20% off the Aera diffusers!

Miranda Frye: “Smallthings10” will get you 10% off and free shipping!

Spanx: Use code “Katexspanx” for 10% off plus free shipping!

Sugarwish: Use code “SmallThings7” for $7 off at (good for 1x use per user email)- Good only 6/20

Beddy’s: Code “SmallThings” saves you 20% !

Questions from Monday’s Q&A box on Instagram:

What is the Brazilian blowout? Is it worth it? I never was trained to do these but I had clients who would have them done with other stylists and they were fantastic! Based on what I saw, it’s a great way to eliminate a lot of frizz and natural coarse hair into a smoother and softer finish.

Do you have a link to your porch swing? Looks like mine is sold out, but this is similar!

Advice on having two kids close in age? It’s really busy when they are little but man, it pays off to have built-in best friends as they grow older!

How often do you change your Billie razor blade? Usually once every two weeks. The blades last a while in my opinion!

How do you avoid breakage when you pull your hair back for workouts? Honestly, I use Gimme Beauty hair ties and I don’t have breakage!

Have you tried Bondi Boost? I haven’t.

What do your mom and dad do? They are retired.

Favorite body wash? I really love anything from Philosophy or Fresh.

Are you still using the Shani Darden Retinol? Yep! Usually 5-ish times a week. Still love it!

Thoughts on Kevin Murphy hair products? I used them YEARS ago and really liked them!

Is Justin currently training for any adventures? He’s pondering a few options right now!

What are you currently reading? Malibu Rising by Taylor Reid.

What’s your natural texture? Fine and limp.

How do you have the energy/stamina to keep up with everything? I like to stay busy/active and my life is simply in a stage where I have to be involved in a lot of things. I’ve never been happier.

Best no-show socks for sneakers that don’t slide down? I really love my socks from Cole Haan.


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Danielle says · 06.18.21

I really want to try that Makeup by Mario item, it looks amazing!

Danielle |

Sherry May says · 06.19.21

We recently watched Mare of Easttown….it was so good. Stick with it, at least it is a short series, so not a long commitment.

Pam says · 06.28.21

Does Jordan still cut your hair? Do you have contact info?