fitness finds under $15 // try on

I love a fun fitness outfit, especially when it doesn’t break the bank. Today, I’m excited to be partnering with Walmart to share fifteen fitness finds under $15! Keep scrolling along for a try-on so you can see for yourself just how good they are!

There’s nothing like a cute new ensemble to get you inspired to move! I love a fun fitness outfit, especially when it doesn’t break the bank. Today, I’m excited to be partnering with Walmart to share fifteen fitness finds under $15! Keep scrolling along for a try-on so you can see for yourself just how good they are!

 

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This long-sleeved workout top looks just like a similar style I own from Lululemon… sleek and slim fit! I bought it in navy, too.

TOP (wearing XS) // SKIRT (wearing XS) // SHOES (wearing 7/8, I’m typically a 7)

 

This pale pink top is such a fun one. You can wear it multiple ways… completely loose, tucked in or tied up!

walmart fitness under $15, women athletic loungewear

TOP (wearing XS) // SKIRT (wearing XS)

 

These leggings… softest ever! They’re not constricting at all and are perfect for lounging or yoga. I have to admit, when I first put them on I didn’t know how I felt about them because they were so incredibly cozy. Now, I wear them non-stop! Psst, they come in a pack of 2.

walmart fitness under $15, women athletic loungewear

TOP (wearing XS) // LEGGINGS (wearing XS)

 

This tank is made in the same sudsy, soft fabric of the leggings. Incredibly comfortable, and also comes in a pack of two.

TOP (wearing XS) // LEGGINGS (wearing XS) // SHOES (wearing 7/8) // LONG SLEEVE TOP (wearing XS)

 

Here’s the tennis skirt I was wearing above, but in black! It has the best fit… high-waisted with a flattering, streamlined cut and perfect length!

walmart fitness under $15, women athletic loungewear

TOP (wearing XS) // SKIRT (wearing XS)

 

Because who doesn’t love a little neon pink?! Here’s the second set of leggings and tank. I folded the tank under for a cropped look. How fun is this?!

TOP (wearing XS) // LEGGINGS (wearing XS) // SHOES (wearing 7/8)

Be sure to check out my IG story later today so you can see me try these pieces on and give a bit more info on each item! I’m so excited about these budget-friendly fitness finds, and I hope you love them.

P.S. Special shoutout to my new favorite $8 sandals. They’re all the rage this season, and perfect for wearing around the house, to the pool, or even paired with a cute sundress for a casual-cool look! I’ve been seeing them at much higher price points everywhere and was thrilled to find them for under $10. I’m obsessed and lowkey want them in every color!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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get ready with me // updated summer makeup routine

Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. I have to admit, my internal clock is all switched around. Andrew was on call Friday night through Monday night, so it really didn’t feel like a holiday weekend to me! I’m sitting here thinking it’s Monday morning, but I…

Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. I have to admit, my internal clock is all switched around. Andrew was on call Friday night through Monday night, so it really didn’t feel like a holiday weekend to me! I’m sitting here thinking it’s Monday morning, but I won’t complain about a short week! :)

Last week, I mentioned I had gotten the urge to film a super casual, nothing fancy look at my updated skincare routine. Literally, I just propped my phone up against a candle as I got ready for the day.

My makeup routine has stayed largely consistent over the years (you can see all of the posts I’ve done on it here), but a month or so ago I decided to purchase a few new products from the Sephora Sale. I’ve also added a couple of other things in as well… like a facial sunscreen I’m loving and a blush color that I’m obsessed with. So things are kinda fresh and new, and I’m having so much fun with it!

This quick little video will give you a peek into how I apply and use each product. I’ve linked them all below, and have added “*” next to the new products I’ve been using in my routine!

I hope you enjoy!

 

products i use

 

*CLEANING BRUSH: Tao Facial Cleansing Brush (62% off with code: KATE62)

*FACE WASH: Countermatch Refresh Foaming Cleanser

SERUM: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

*FACIAL SUNSCREEN: Tula Daily Gel Sunscreen (15% off with code: LONESTAR)

*PRIMER: Becca Brighten & Blur Primer

*FOUNDATION: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade: 4.75)

BRUSH: IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Perfecting Brush

*CONCEALER: Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer (shade: Silk)

MAKEUP SPONGE: Real Techniques Beauty Sponge

*POWDER: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder

BRUSH: Mac 140 Fan Brush

BRONZER: Bobbi Brown Bronzer (shade: Golden Light)

BRONZER BRUSH: Real Techniques Powder Brush

CONTOUR BRUSH: Old Sephora Pro Brush

*BLUSH: Satin Powder Blush (Shade: Guava)

BLUSH BRUSH: Laura Mercier Angled Cheek Brush

EYE PRIMER: Laura Mercier Eye Basics (shade: linen)

MASCARA: Marc Jacobs Major Volume Mascara

EYELINER: Lancome Artliner Precision Liquid Eyeliner (shade: noir)

*BROW PENCIL: Color Define Brow Pencil (shade: medium)

LIP BALM: Clinique Moisturizing Lip Balm (shade: budding blossom)

*LIP GLOSS: BeautyCounter Lip Gloss (shade: opal moonstone)

DRY SHAMPOO: Batiste Dry Shampoo

CURLING IRON: Conair 1 1/4″ Curling Iron (old, similar linked)

There you have it! Little by little, I’ve been learning more and more about what works best for my skin in creating a lovely-but-natural look. I’ve also started learning more and more about the importance of clean products… and all of the crazy ingredients that are in some of my favorite makeup brands. Eek!

I don’t know that I’ll ever do a full overhaul, but I’ve decided to gradually try to look for cleaner alternatives to some of my favorite beauty go-to’s, and bringing in a few new products and brands (like TULA and Beautycounter, for example) has been a fun way to do that! I’ll keep you updated on what I find, and would love to hear all of your recommendations!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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recipe // andrew’s swamp water

As an ode to our new home here in Gainesville, Florida, we thought it was only fitting to call it Swamp Water. Think of it as a cross between Ranch Water and a Mojito. Here’s the recipe… I hope you enjoy!

Happy Memorial Day, friends! However we’re remembering and celebrating our fallen heroes today, I hope we all take a moment to remember of the ultimate sacrifice many, many men and women have made on our behalf. What a gift it is to live in America. May we never take for granted the blessing it is to be free!

Today, in the spirit of celebration, I thought I would share a fun recipe you’ve been asking for.

In his limited time off, Andrew has become quite the mixologist! I’m not sure if it’s because he’s so science-minded (#madscientist vibes over here) or what, but the concoctions he manages to come up with are delicious.

A few weeks into quarantine, he came up with one cocktail in particular that I have become obsessed with! I kept asking for it again and again, and finally made him sit down to write out the receipe.

Think of it as a cross between a ranch water and a mojito… it’s light, refreshing, a little bit sweet, and you’re going to love it!

As an ode to our new home here in Gainesville, Florida, we thought it was only fitting to call it Swamp Water. It’s a bit more involved than your easy Ranch Water, but trust me, this drink is worth it. Here’s the recipe… I hope you enjoy!

 

swamp water

the recipe

 

swamp water cocktail recipe, wicker glass, amanda lindroth glass

This recipe makes approximately two servings.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 2 oz of good tequila (we love Casamigos Blanco)
  • 1 oz of simple syrup
  • 1 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 bottle of Topo Chico

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a shaker. Pour in the rest of the ingredients. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake! Pour through a strainer into a chilled glass over ice until the glass is half-full. Top with Topo Chico. Garnish with mint leaves and lime. Enjoy!

The great thing about this drink is it’s nearly impossible to mess up. If you wish, you can also add more or less Topo Chico depending on how strong you like it. We’ve also played around with using Topo Chico with a Twist of Lime instead of original Topo Chico, and it’s delicious as well. The main thing is to have fun with it!

I would absolutely love to know how you like it! Be sure to tag me in your IG Stories if you share so I can see!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

P.S. Looking for another yummy summer recipe? Check out my easy homemade strawberry shortcake!

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mini try on & memorial weekend sales

Today, I wanted to share a few fun new arrivals (from one of my favorite small businesses, Tuckernuck) as well as a few of my favorite Memorial Day sales!

While this weekend may look a bit different for all of us than it has in years past, I’m looking forward to it nonetheless! It feels like summer is finally here, and after a strange spring (to say the least) I’m looking forward to usher in a new season!

Today, I wanted to share a few fun new arrivals (from one of my favorite small businesses, Tuckernuck) as well as a few of my favorite Memorial Day sales!

I hope you enjoy!

 

mini try on haul

 

 

the details

 

 

TOP white short sleeve essentials shirt (wearing XS, available in lilac here) | BOW monogrammed hair bow | SANDALS white strap sandals (true to size) | JEANS classic toothpick jeans (old color) | SUNGLASSES black aviator sunglasses (old, similar linked)

 

 

the details

 

 

DRESS floral ruffle neckline dress (wearing size XS) | EARRINGS white flower earrings | SANDALS white strap sandals (true to size)

 

 

the details

 

 

DRESS pink rhode resort short sleeve wrap dress (wearing size XS) | EARRINGS white flower earrings | SANDALS white strap sandals (true to size)

 

Tuckernuck is always my go-to for classic-but-fun pieces, and their summer collection does not disappoint this season! Whether you’re in the mood to shop or simply browse, you’ll love checking out all the fun over here. Psst, get 25% off their adorable sale styles this weekend with the code BERRY25.

 

memorial day sales

 

ANTHROPOLOGIE

25% off all clothing, shoes and accessories for AnthroPerks members (free to sign up)

BALLARD DESIGNS

up to 25% off everything

BARRINGTON

15% off with code AMERICA

FOREVER21

25% off purchases of $70+, 30% off purchases of $80+, 40% off purchases of $150+

J.CREW

up to 60% your purchase with code HISUMMER

Lisi Lerch

30% off all jewelry, 40% off orders of $250+, 50% off orders of $450+

This would be a great opportunity to order bridesmaid earrings!

MARK & GRAHAM

20% off your order with code SUMMER

MANGO

30% off everything

OLD NAVY

50% off all tees, shorts, tanks and swim

OVERSTOCK

up to 70% off thousands of items (my new rug is included)

Serena & Lily

20% off with the code LIVEWELL

Shopbop

$50 off orders of $300+ and $150 off orders of $600+ on items labeled “Key Style”

TARGET

BOGO on women’s swimsuits & sandals

TUCKERNUCK

25% off all markdowns with code BERRY25

VERISHOP

up to 50% off summer styles

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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ikea pax closet inspiration

Once I get a bee in my bonnet, as they say, it’s hard for me to focus on anything else. And lately, that bee has been outfitting my office with an Ikea Pax Closet!

Once I get a bee in my bonnet, as they say, it’s hard for me to focus on anything else. And lately, that bee has been outfitting my office with an Ikea Pax Closet!

It all began when I tidied up (and that’s a nice way of putting it) my office and realized just how much underutalized space I had on the longest wall in the room. That empty space, coupled with the constant organizational nightmare that is my office, sparked an idea. What if I could find an affordable way to bring in a built-in shelving/closet look?

A bit of hashtag searching on Instagram and a few minutes on Pinterest landed me on the Ikea Pax Closet… a cost-effective, customizable storage solution that you can design online. Input your room dimensions, add walls and windows, even choose your paint and floor color, then design away! I’ve been hooked ever since.

I’ve had the best time playing around with options via the design portal, and think I’ve nearly finalized my closet layout. I can’t wait to hopefully share it with you soon! In the meantime, here are a few images that inspired the look and feel of my design. I hope you enjoy!

 

ikea pax closet inspiration

 

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Swoon. I love how clean and consistent this combination is, and plan on using a consistent level pull-out drawers to ground each unit like in this photo! The gold and acrylic drawer pulls elevate this Ikea system instantly. Taking notes!

 

ikea pax closet inspiration

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I had initially planned on using fixed shelves, but have changed my tune after seeing these pull-out shoe trays incorporated so seamlessly. This post has some amazing tips for elevating the Ikea Pax system, btw!

 

ikea pax closet inspiration

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This setup is giving me all the Princess Diaries 2 vibes. You know… the moment when Mia walks into her palatial closet to see row after row of jewels? (That image has stuck with me since middle school.) I definitely plan on incorporating a lit jewelry trey positioned underneath a chic glass shelf like in this photo!

 

ikea pax closet inspiration

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Combining two larger units with two smaller units, like above, is what makes the most sense for my closet format. (Although I think I’ll place the smaller units on the outside as opposed to in the middle.) I love all of the different uses of space this design incorporates!

 

ikea pax closet inspiration

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Here’s a better look at the layout I’m envisioning… two large middle units flocked by two narrower outer units sectioned into lots of smaller compartments!

 

Feeling oh-so-inspired and oh-so-ready to make this project happen. Do you have an Ikea wardrobe system? Would love to hear all of your thoughts, recommendations and tips!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Recipe // my mama’s simple five ingredient spaghetti with meat sauce

This simple, delicious dish is one I grew up eating and instantly takes me back to my childhood. It’s nothing fancy, but it hits the spot every single time. And sometimes, that’s just the kind of dish you need!

Yesterday, Andrew and I were craving something comforting for dinner. It had been a long, sleepless night with him on call, and we were both exhausted. The obvious answer?

My mama’s spaghetti.

This simple, delicious dish is one I grew up eating and instantly takes me back to my childhood. It’s nothing fancy, but it hits the spot every single time. And sometimes, that’s just the kind of dish you need!

With only five ingredients, it’s amazingly simple to make: vermicelli noodles, ground beef, a can of spaghetti sauce, a can of tomato sauce and a half cup of red wine.

The secret ingredient? Time. You’ll need a few hours at least to perfect this yummy pasta dish! Here’s how to make it in your own kitchen:

five ingredient spaghetti with meat sauce

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine (this does wonders for the flavor and I always use a little extra, any type you have will do)
  • vermicelli/thin spaghetti noodles (or any type of noodle you prefer)

 

To Cook

 

1. Brown and drain ground beef in a large pan (I use this 3 1/2 QT. Le Creuset dish)

2. Return meat to sauce pan over low heat

3. Add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and red wine to meat and stir

4. Bring sauce to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for at least 3-4 hours (The longer the better! You want the sauce to cook down so that it’s far more meaty than soupy.)

5. Plate over cooked vermicelli noodles and enjoy

Andrew and I always have a good amount leftover between the two of us. The sauce keeps great in the fridge for a day or two and can easily be reheated in the microwave! I’d just recommend boiling fresh noodles to pair with the leftover sauce

We also love to eat this with a simple Caesar salad (this dressing is my favorite) and if we’re feeling extra carby, a piece of garlic bread.

Like I said, there’s nothing fancy, secretive or made-from-scratch about this spaghetti… just a glug or two of wine and a lot of time. Maybe that’s part of the magic. Trust me, you’re going to love it!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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