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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:


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

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:


Palmira earrings in bright orange


Tropicana earrings in black


Trinidad earrings


Tropicana studs


cocktails and jewels!

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

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

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

katie’s NYFW favorites


a rug pattern never looked so good // Mara Hoffman


statement gown // Mara Hoffman


pattern mixing at its finest // Alice & Olivia


the perfect shade of purple // Carolina Herrera


exquisite details // Christian Siriano


orange tulle is always a good idea // Delpozo


this jacket is everything // Jenny Packham


stripes, sparkle, and swirl ready // Lela Rose


detailing from the masters // Marchesa


the perfect coat // Michael Kors


versatile statement coat // Milly


dream coat-pants combo // Monique Lhuillier


what fairy tales are made of // Naeem Khan


a vision in red // Naeem Khan


a twist on a classic silhouette // Oscar de la Renta


this skirt! // Rosie Assoulin


this skirt in this color! // Rosie Assoulin


emerald envy // Rosie Assoulin


plaid perfection // Suno


cut outs in all the right places // Tadashi Shoji


classic camel // Tracy Reese


stripe perfection // Trina Turk


whimsy // Vera Wang


the most amazing fur dress // Vera Wang


striking statement coat // Zac Posen

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

bon weekend


have a wonderful weekend! xx katie

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