links + small things

What I learned from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC tour

I’m really 50/50 on how I feel the speed of the summer has been. In some ways I cannot believe we’re already near August, but in other ways I’m still very glad we have a handful of weeks left before school kicks off!

While I’m certainly not in “fall clothing” mode, I have been eyeing a few things recently and find myself leaning towards all things woven or perforated. Like this sweater from Varley, isn’t it pretty?

I thought these earrings from ABLE were pretty, and a nice update from a traditional gold hoop.

These sneakers from Target look very similar to a pair I’ve gotten from New Balance, but they’re under $30!

I am in a bit of a reading rut right now so I picked The Nightingale back up (only read about 30% of it and then abandoned it) and I’m swept back into the story.

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

Honest Beauty Sheer Lip Balms in Dragonfruit and Summer Melon

Londontown Nail Concealer in Pink – really love this for a barely there color between dip powder manis!

Steve Madden Pointed Toe Mules

Everlywell Metabolism Test – this helped me identify new things that I wondered about, leading me to set up an appointment with a functional health doctor.

Shirt Dress from Everlane

Grande Fanny Bag from Clare V. – I absolutely love this bag.

Removable Bag Chain from Amazon

Persil Detergent

T3 Micro Hair Dryer

Travel Case for makeup brushes

Lighted Travel Mirror

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – wear this every night.

Mighty Patches for acne

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks

Shani Darden Retinol Reform

Lisbon Wants Moor nail color by OPI – my go-to nail color!

Away Carry On Suitcase – I’ve used this on a few trips now and genuinely love it. It fits so much and still slides into the overhead compartment on a plane!

Wander Beauty Getaway Palette – shared a demo of this on Instagram, and it’s saved to highlights as well!

Urban Decay All Nighter

Everlane Riviera Dress

The sandals I wore in NYC

Beautiful dress from Target

Waterproof Eyeliner

Urban Decay Foundation

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Blush

Tarte Mascara

Elf Putty Blush

Rare Beauty Liquid Blush

Eyelid Primer

Ashwagandha Vitamins

Oil Blotting Sheets

Doll Basket for Emily’s Bike

Bra Recommendation

Sunday Riley Lactic Acid – a gentle but effective chemical exfoliator

The Ordinary Exfoliator

Rain Jacket

Hair Oil

Yummly Thermometer – building my confidence when I want to grill!

Good Lines Boob Tape

Perfect Floral Sundress

@aliandreeamakeup jewelry collab with Cinco

Red Crop Top from Amazon The Drop– I wish I got it in black before it sold out.

Aesthetic White and Creamy paint colors by Sherwin Williams

Kate McLeod Body Stones

Pony Pick – essential for cutting out clear elastics.

This week’s discount codes:

Madewell: Use THESMALLTHINGS20 at check out for 20% off an online purchase at now through August 29th. (not stackable with other discount offers)

Ongoing promo codes:

amika: Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase

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

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

ABLE: KATEB15 will get you 15% off

Rifle Paper Co. x Summersalt: KATEB will get you 20% off your purchase at Rifle Paper Co and $10 toward your next order over $95+ at Summersalt

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

Brooklinen – Promo code smallthings for $20 off orders over $100. Good until the end of October.


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Kelsey says · 07.29.22

Oh my gosh, SO many amazing links! Thank you for all your hard work in putting these together!

Hildy says · 07.29.22

Hey Kate, you probably mentioned this on IG and I missed it- what type of bra would you wear with that Target tie back dress? It’s super cute but I don’t think I could go braless!