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The Beauty Book that I Obsessed Over as a Teen

(lots of Miranda Frye jewelry pictured above, find my code near the bottom of this post!) 

We have made it to the end of the last week of summer for my family! We met all the teachers yesterday and I texted my friend who asked how the “meet the teacher” went and told her that I feel truly humbled and blessed to have such warm, loving teachers for all 3 of my kids this year! I’m excited for them to have time with friends at school too!

September also means that we’re in the month of the sprint triathlon, and I’m feeling very behind in my training. Here’s to hoping the next 3 weeks will get me prepped enough to cross the finish line!

How was your week? Are you feeling a little scattered and spread too thin with all the activities or commitments that tend to pick up this time of year? One of the things that helps ease my busy schedule is getting my HomeChef delivered on Tuesdays. I have a NEW promo code, it’s the best one yet, and you can find it if you scroll to the promo code mentions at the bottom of this post!

My website is getting a makeover and I can’t wait for you to see it. The design is fully executed, now we’re just at the coding part. And when I say we, I’m actually 100% not involved with any code work whatsoever. I just sit here and wait for the magic to be done and then I’ll let you know when the new site is ready to view!

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

Sam Edelman Aubrie Sneakers – limited sizes are 40% off at the time of this posting!

Prada Ocean cologne – Curious about how this came up with Justin? Check my IG Story saved here!

Virtue Flourish Density Booster

Palmetto Moon masks for kids – currently sold out!

Kid’s ear savers for masks

Nugget Comfort – I bought one. Then I bought a second one. 2 is better than 1!

Face Forward book by Kevyn Aucoin – see more about my history with this book here!

Making Faces book by Kevyn Aucoin

Chantelle High-Rise Briefs – nothing better!

Ghirardelli brownie mix

Anti-slip pads for the inside of mules

This week’s discount codes (#partnerships): 

Home Chef Labor Day Sale 9/2 – 9/6: Use my code KATE100FA to also get $100 Off- that’s 11 free meals!

Brooklinen Labor Day Sale 9/1 – 9/8 – All Brooklinen* products are 15% off on their site

**NEW** amika: Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase

One-Third Clothing: Kate15 will give you 15% off

Bagging Rights: KATE10 gives you 10% off any items at

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

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

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

Questions from Monday’s Q&A Box:

Have you ever tried Monat haircare? No, I haven’t. I wonder if I should make a list of commonly promoted products that I’ve never personally tried? Would that be helpful?

Can you explain why you don’t give a hoot about clean products? It’s not that I don’t care, but I am not interested in fully shifting over at this time. I include lots of clean products into my routine though!

What are the hair ties you like? Gimme Beauty!

Do you have curtains hung over your wood shutters? No, only in Emily’s room and simply because there was already a rod hung up!

Have you found a powder to replace the Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder? The closest I’ve found is the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder in Glow.

Do you wear different pajamas every night? I wear Tommy John tanks to bed, and I’ll often wear them a couple times before washing.

How do you plan your workouts? I loosely follow the Hard Core On the Floor Schedule.


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Angela says · 09.03.21

Hello would love to know if you will be having a Madewell coupon anytime soon?

Kate says · 09.03.21

I hope so but I don’t when at this time. sorry!

Michelle says · 09.08.21

Are the Vince Camuto mules tts?