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F.A.Q. // “Do I need to wash my hair before my hair appointment?”

August of 2021 was incredibly slow. I remember feeling this lag, a bit of burn out, and anxiously awaiting cooler temperatures and a new season.

August 2022 is proving to be the exact opposite. I feel like I have 100 things spinning in motion! In regards to this week specifically, my parents stayed at my house for a few days prior to moving over to my sisters’ house to babysit Liam, and in that time they redecorated the kids bedrooms. They aren’t completely finished yet, they all need a bit more art and those final touches to make it complete, but they look so fresh with new rugs, a few new pieces of furniture, and fresh paint.

I’m really excited about next week because I’m doing a few hairstyles in person at the Evereve in Durham, at Southpoint Mall. It’s been a few years since I’ve had the chance to do this, and it’s one of my most favorite things. It’s such a fun and casual way to watch a hair demonstration, ask questions while I’m working, and meet other wonderful people. It’s a completely free event, and 15% of sales at Evereve during the event will go to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

If you are planning on coming, will you please RSVP? It’s helpful for us to plan if we know how many people to expect!

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

Some Great Classic Madewell Finds:

Supima Cotton T-Shirt – I’ve had mine for years and it washes so well.

Whisper Cotton T-Shirt

Perfect Vintage Jeans in Ainsworth Wash – probably my favorite perfect vintage jeans with the raw hem.

Woven Tote Bag

Ashcroft Sunglasses – I have the classic black and the golden oak

Some Recent Foundation Loves:

Clinique Even Better Foundation in CN52

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 5.1

Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation in 31NN

Make Up For Ever HD Skin Foundation in 2R24

Ilia Beauty True Skin Foundation in SF5

Lancome Teint Idol Ultra Wear Matte Foundation in 330 Bisque N

Lancome Teint Idol Ultra Wear Care and Glow Foundation in 325C

Olive and June nail polish in Hibiscus

Virtue Refresh Purifying Shampoo – if it works out, I like to wash my hair like this either the day of or the day before my hair coloring appointment.

Lovely Pink Floral Dress

Where the Crawdad Sings the movie – pretty slow but it was nice to see a movie after having read the book a few years ago.

This week’s discount codes:

Tommy John: Use code KATEBRYAN30 for 30% off the next 72 hours. This is the biggest discount I’ve ever seen them offer!

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.: Code KATE will get you 20% off your purchase at Rifle Paper Co. now through Sept. 30.

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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Sherry says · 08.12.22

Good Morning Kate,
I was hoping to find out the brand and where to find the flax + chia product you used earlier this week in a smoothie ?
Also, will the hair event be recorded for those of who cannot attend to watch later?
Hope you all have a great weekend and the kids rooms look awesome !

Kate says · 08.12.22

Hi Sherry! The Flax + chia product is by Care Of! And yes, we’re filming the hair demos to share on social πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind words about the kids rooms, I’m so happy with them and the kids LOVE them!

Kelsey Farley says · 08.12.22

How exciting is this event! I wish I lived closer, but I know you’re going to do amazing. Good luck!

Jordan says · 08.13.22

Hi Kate! Can you remind us what that awesome boob tape you used the other week was??
Thank you! Love your content btw πŸ₯°

Amanda Lenweaver says · 08.19.22

Hi Jordan! Thanks for asking. The brand is called Good Lines.

Reply says · 08.13.22

You posted a link I think on your stories to an item that was half blush and maybe have highlighter. It was a stick and it was a brand I didn’t recognize. What was that? Thank you!

Amanda Lenweaver says · 08.19.22

That was the Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator. It’s great!

Jamie says · 08.17.22

Hi! Looking into getting some of the perfect vintage jeans. I have road tripper jeans and don’t feel like they bag out. Can you share your thoughts on how the perfect vintage wear please? Thanks so much!

Sheri Beall says · 08.28.22

Hello. Did Kate post the in person hairstyles event she did at Evereve? πŸ’ž

Alice Thompson says · 09.01.22

I may be a little early to ask – did you post a replay of your hair styling event a few weeks ago?