links + small things

The Essential Drapey Blouse

How was your week? Ours went by quickly as the kids headed down to South Carolina to spend a few days at my folk’s house for their break from school. They will come home tomorrow, and it will be nice to have a few days of them at home before the start of next week!

The NC State Fair is underway and we have no current plans to go, but I’m kicking around the idea of going on Sunday. I like the fair, the kids love it, but Justin attends as a supportive family member but not as someone who loves that whole scene.

My team and I have started working on holiday gift guides because that time is approaching QUICKLY. It’s like as soon as Halloween is over, we’re in holiday overload — in a good way.

I made an apple pie this week, which is one of my favorite seasonal treats, and pretty soon I’ll make my first batch of caramels.

I’ve been carrying around the Madewell Essential Bucket tote and I’ve gotten a few compliments on it! It’s such a simple bag but the green color is just perfect for fall. The buckle in front is also a really nice detail.

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

Fuzzy Birkenstock sandals

Marry Me Chicken recipe

Woom Bikes

Apple Pie recipe

Allbirds Courier Sneakers

Nights in Rodanthe movie

Only the Brave movie – get ready to sob

Summer Fridays Lip Butter – very nice and lasts a long time on the lips!

Gel X Nails

RMS Tinted Sunscreen

Kosas DreamBeam

Hidden Crown Hair extensions

Best robe ever

Great neutral nail color: “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around

Jordan Maunder Photography

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Have you seen something on IG Stories that you want to reference? If it’s not here it may be in last week’s links + small things post.


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Laureen says · 10.22.23

Is this your house?
Stairwell light link?
thank you.

Kate says · 10.24.23

Sorry, this beautiful image is a stock image from Elevae Visuals

Margie Zahn says · 10.23.23

Love that lantern/chandelier gigin the pic…is it yours, where did you find it? Thanks😊

Kate says · 10.24.23

Sorry, this beautiful image is a stock image from Elevae Visuals

Marsha says · 10.25.23

I was just wondering how you liked the Merry Me Chicken, as I wanted to give it a try. Is it worth making? You are so kind to provide meals to your sister.

I love your blog/instagram post. Thanks!

Kate says · 10.26.23

I really enjoy it so it’s worth it to me!

Bea says · 11.12.23

Hi there. I saw your reel about the Allbirds shoes. I find them a little tricky to fit and aren’t able to try them on first. Do you find they fit true to size and do I recall correctly, did you have a discount code? Thanks, so much. B.

Kate says · 11.13.23

Yes the code is Kate15!