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things I love

With spring right around the corner, I have put together a list of my favorite things for March. Naturally, everything is very colorful and bold. Enjoy!

It was love at first sight for me when I came across this clutch. The Loeffler Randall pompom embellished leather pouch is the perfect accessory to kick off spring in a colorful and fun way!

I have been a huge fan of M.Gemi since I discovered the brand last year. Their shoes are very high quality, with an affordable price point. As a lover of pointy flats, the Corto shoes are definitely my favorite this season (and they are so comfortable!).

Oh Mara Hoffman, how I love you. This one shoulder midi dress in bold stripes is one of my favorite pieces she has designed (and I am obsessed with most of her designs). Toss on a pair of statement earrings and you are ready to go

How could I not make a list with my favorite accessories for March without including my favorite earrings I have ever designed, the Azza Earrings in tortoise. They are available for pre-order!

Leave it to J.Crew to make the perfect colorful clutch for spring. The medium pouch in stripe is definitely a must have.

I recently added vitamin-c serum to my beauty routine and am so pleased with the anti-aging results. I have tried a bunch of serums and Drunk Elephant C-firma day serum is one of my favorites. Plus the packaging is fab.

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bon weekend!

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Have a wonderful weekend! xx Katie

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end of summer style

It’s hard to believe August is upon us! If only the winter months flew by as quickly. This means you must seize the day and be as colorful as you can before its time to take out the darker palette accessories. Here are my picks for the best August accessories:

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Katie Bartels Jewelry Palmira earrings in orange // Marc Jacobs beauty nail polish in ultra violet // Knockaround mint green smoke premium sunglasses // Katie Bartels Jewelry Safa stacking bracelets // Katie Bartels Jewelry Tropicana necklace // Spiked Seltzer // Santa Marta Wayuu Half Moon clutch

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Tiki Time!

Ever since I visited Lost Lake last summer during a trip to Chicago, I have been completely infatuated with tiki bars. I love the vibrant colors, bold patterned wall paper, fun drink accessories, on theme drinkware, and abundance of tropical fruit. I dream of one day having a kitchen that has many elements of a tiki bar. So when I discovered The Happiest Hour in NYC’s West Village, I fell in love and knew I had to do a shoot of my Havana Collection amidst its palm-printed wallpaper, pink flamingo logo, and fabulous drink umbrellas. My photography intern extraordinaire Mackenzie Lestan captured these playful images of my designs at Happiest Hour:

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Palmira earrings in bright orange

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Tropicana earrings in black

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Trinidad earrings

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Tropicana studs

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cocktails and jewels!

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pastel palette: easter accessories

easter_brunch_accessories_0316Crew Cuts girls’ giant bow headband // Katie Bartels Jewelry daphne bracelet // NARS nail polish in Ikiru // Wildfox catfarer sunglasses // Katie Bartels Jewelry preeti earrings in ivory quatrefoil w rose quartz studs

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go green: st. patrick’s day accessories

stpatricks_day_picks_2016Sprinkles Irish chocolate cupcakes // Katie Bartels Jewelry satya earrings in green // Fishs Eddy turnt double old fashioned // Formula X lusters-nail polish effect in Mr. Positivity // Lanvin striped woven pouch // Katie Bartels Jewelry safa bracelet in bright green

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katie’s march musts

katies_march16_picksMarc Jacobs enamored hi-shine nail polish in lux // Katie Bartels Jewelry mounia necklace in turquoise & orange // “when breath becomes air” by paul kalanithi // Knockaround moonshine premiums // J.Crew mini bucket bag in painted petal leather // Tony Moly I’m Real aloe face mask sheet // Katie Bartels Jewelry satya earrings in tortoise with turquoise howlite studs

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travel tuesday: inside my suitcase

inside_my_suitcase_palm_beachI’m off to Palm Beach for a few days in the sun! Here are the items that can be found in my suitcase to keep my stylish during my adventure:

 

Katie Bartels Jewelry Preeti Earrings in tortoise // Mara Hoffman reversible printed cutout bikini // JINsoon nail lacquer in enflammee // Eliza Gran pom pom basket tote // Katie Bartels Jewelry Mounia Necklace in chrysoprase

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bon weekend

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have a wonderful weekend! xx katie

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I’m off!

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Next stop: Morocco! I take off tonight from JFK and land tomorrow morning in Casablanca. I could not be more excited for 9 days exploring the amazing country. I’ll be posting lots of photos on instagram {@KatieBartels} and will be blogging up a storm when I return home to NYC.

Until then!

xx

Katie

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