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Casual White Kicks

Are you craving a new routine? I’ve learned that the transitional time between seasons often leaves me feeling a little off-balance, but within about a week or so from the shift, I start to feel more at ease.

This is Emily’s last year in pre-school! And it’s at the same school I’ve sent the boys to, and the one I started David in for the “Mother’s Morning Out” program. It’s hard to imagine having all 3 kids at the elementary school together in a year!

David is starting 3rd grade, and Luke will be starting 2nd. I’m so glad they are finally together in school (well, they are in different grades but they are at the same school)! Remember when we chose to homeschool Luke for his kindergarten year instead of having him do it online?

I have to admit, we’ve had a bit of a “fake fall” weather pattern in Raleigh and while I’m fully appreciating the brief reprieve from the humidity, I am not ready to be done with summer!

Speaking of fall, I shared a round-up of 4 different white(ish) sneakers for a casual outfit on the blog this week. You can read it here.

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

Zella Tank – nice and long, covers your bum a bit!

Running/Walking Belt

Balloon Pump

Shania Twain: Not Just A Girl documentary – I was a big fan in the 90’s, had no idea about the details of her life!

Eye Masks from Wander Beauty

Stay Naked Foundation

Babyliss Pro Hair Dryer

Glowy Makeup Serum

Cream Bronzer by Charlotte Tilbury

Good Lines Boob Tape – holds up even in the strongest humidity!

Eyelet Top from Everlane – so nice I’ve bought it twice!

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo + Conditioner

Lake Pajamas Robe

B&b Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer

Amazon dress for an outdoor wedding

FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal or Bloom – really nice, easy-to-wear colors. Feel hydrating and look great on the lips!

Madewell jeans without distressing

Kenra Smoothing Spray – great for controlling frizz

Black Madewell dress with cutout

Plumping Lip Gloss from Sephora

Saje Strong Balm Lash and Nail – smells delightful!

Cutstory App – helpful for cutting IG stories down if you have 1 long video

Crochet Knit Cami

No Show Shoe Liners

Low Profile Nylon Liners

Glass Bowls Nesting Set – expanding the collection of my favorite bowl

Salad Bowls

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Westman Atelier Stick in Brulee

Iconic London Liquid Highlight in Blush

Patrick Ta Cream Blush in She’s A Doll

Tarte Mascara

This week’s discount codes:

Everlane: KATE15 will get you 15% off if you are a new customer of Everlane.

Tommy John: Use code KATEBRYAN30 for 30% off. 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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Elizabeth says · 08.23.22

Random question- have you found it difficult to remove the Goodlines tape? I ordered some and then saw all of the warnings about not using while pregnant (which I am) and was scared off. Curious to hear how you’ve found the removal process to be and if you follow their instructions with the oil? Thanks!!