Category Archives: Inspiration

The Great




I don’t often share brand lookbooks on here but every now and then one just really grabs me. Summer is on the horizon and I’m already getting excited for longer days, a slower pace, and comfortable, breezy staples in rotation. The warming temps always prompt a desire for a lighter, less analytical wardrobe and in my book, a laid back Americana vibe (much more of that to come in upcoming posts). I recently discovered Emily Current and Merritt Elliott’s newest brand The Great and haven’t found a better inspiration for summer. Relaxed fit old-timey jeans, airy smock dresses, embroidered peasant tops, distressed sweatshirts, and not-too-girly ruffles for all. Altogether, it gives off some serious Tom Sawyer vibes (just add those suspenders and straw hat from the lookbook which I don’t think are from their line but perfectly chosen nonetheless) that vividly bring me back to being a country school girl on summer break without a care in the world. The balance of loose fits and slimming flares is at an equilibrium unmatched by any brand this season, and solidifies the need for The Great to be in your closet.  I have a feeling this summer is going to be the most comfortable one yet.

All photos from The Great lookbook and campaign.

Color Code / Rose Quartz + Serenity

The Life Styled Pantone 2016 Rose Quartz Serenity

When Pantone announced that the colors of 2016 were what they call rose quartz and serenity, I thought “Yes. They get me.” I know I’m more of a black/white/gold girl but when it comes to color, there are few nuanced shades that I just love.  This is a dreamy combo that’s certainly more playful than last year’s marsala red (yeah, hated that and I’m so glad it’s over).  It has a childlike/fantastical unicorn-y feel but the colors can look super sophisticated when worn as a structured top, oversized sweater, or suede pumps. The duo feels right in the winter as an alternative to winter white, and they’ll be here to stay during spring and summer too.  Shop my picks below to work a little pastel into your 2016 wardrobe.

The Life Styled Pantone 2016 Rose Quartz Serenity

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Nashville Snaps

nashville1Going to Nashville was on my bucket list for 2015, so I jumped at the chance to head there with my oldest girlfriends for some country music, farm-to-table dinners, lemonade on the porch, great coffee, and local shopping. It was hotter than you could imagine which made the pregnancy symptoms come out ten fold (swollen feet and general slothness galore) but I didn’t care because I was too busy taking in everything the city had to offer with my girls…

nashville2KITTY was such a cool boutique with so many edgy pieces I was so sad to leave behind, like that fringe bag.

nashville3Pinewood Social – coffee shop / bar / restaurant / bowling alley / pool – a unique spot with something for everyone and every mood, so we went there twice.


nashville9Sisters of Nature had an awesome boho country local style.


nashville5 Our cute AirBnb was perfect for a group of five girls plus a 4-month old, and walking distance to some great places.

nashville7Minty bourbon lemonades on the porch (hold the bourbon – boo).

IMG_2309Barista Parlor – the first stop of the day everyday.


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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHey Rooster General Store – an adorable, tiny spot with local treasures.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe best avocado tacos and grilled corn right down the street from our house.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetImogene + Willie – I wanted to get an awesome pair of jeans so bad! I’ll have to go back after baby just for that.

It was a trip to remember and I can’t wait to go back!

Color Code / Gold

Color-Code-GoldIf it isn’t already obvious, gold is kind of my thing.  My home has gold details scattered in everything from the bar cart down to the fridge magnets and of course, the golden dinosaurs (must haves for all). There isn’t any part of my life that doesn’t have a little touch of this metal to it. Let’s not make this about me though, let’s think about how killer you’d look in some golden shorts with a crisp white button down in the heat of July.  Summer is the best time to sprinkle some gold with cool blue cutoffs, nautical stripes, chambray, and bright orange nails.  You can go as far as throwing on a gold shirtdress to keeping it to small accessories like a wallet to just dip your toes in.  Any way you decide to try it, gold will surely add some shine in your life.

Color Code / Gold

House of Holland ice cream clutch / Chen Chen & Kai Williams horned planter / Maison Martin Margiela X Mykita sunglasses / Catbird earrings / Sea Bags for J.Crew tote / Apple Macbook / H&M box / Jonathan Adler brass dollar sign / Winden cuff / Kelly Wearstler charger plate / Golden Goose Superstar sneakers / EF Collection ring / Alice + Olivia shorts

Color Code / Mist


When it comes to pastels, it doesn’t get more soothing than a dusty blue. The thing about this color that mystifies me is how natural it is to style in an edgy way (hi Givenchy Pandora). It’s soft and subtle yet makes a big statement for anyone (like me) who avoids wearing color. I’d work this into my wardrobe as a neutral any day. As we head into LA’s June Gloom, I’m ready to embrace the mist.

IRO jacket / Cosabella bra / Givenchy Pandora bag / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Bobbi Brown eyeshadow stick / OPI nail polish / Calypso tank / Frame skinny jean / Journelle PJ set / Céline wallet / Eddie Borgo studs / Acne Studios ankle boot

New YouTube Channel

Ahhh! I am so excited to finally share my FIRST EVER YouTube video! This is huge for me as it’s something I have always wanted to do but I just felt too scared. I guess I just didn’t know where to begin. I knew I wanted it to be more authentic and personal than “professional,” so I could just be myself and not be too “packaged.” That’s what I love about the YouTube channels I watch – when I feel like I’m getting to know the person. Doing that myself felt so daunting though! But this has been on my list of New Years resolutions multiple years in a row and I decided it was finally time to pull the trigger. I hope you guys like it and definitely please subscribe to my channel! I may not always post every video here on the blog – some may just go up for the YouTube world, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss any videos. There will be another one up tomorrow too. Eee!

Color Code / Camel


Western wear is in full force this year, and while fringe plays a big role, there’s a color that is stronger than ever. Camel is everywhere you look this season. Pick up any fashion magazine this month and you’ll find suede jackets, skirts, and sandals in this golden hue. It’s a color that reaches for warmth as we’re getting closer to summer every day. You could go full 70’s and wear this color with a pair of blue flared jeans or keep it simple by just throwing on that trench coat you swore you needed. Wear it in a structured jumpsuit or romper for more of an African safari look. Camel instantly makes you look and feel richer, which is why brands like Chloe and Saint Laurent are churning out multiple pieces in it this season. Have no fear though, it’s only a matter of weeks before the color trickles into H&M and Zara so all of us can get a little taste of this timeless tone.


1. Topshop skirt / 2. ASOS hat / 3. Isabella Fiore bag / 4. Maje jacket / 5. John Robshaw pillow / 6. Zeus+Dion swimsuit / 7. Ray-Ban sunglasses / 8. Topshop sandals / 9. Madewell belt

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A New Project

Baby 1

I’m so excited to share with you guys my newest project: a baby girl due October 18th! Of course you can expect more details and inspiration to come but for now Ian and I are just so happy to be able to come out of hiding and share the news. We’re so thrilled to be adding to our family and can’t wait/are completely terrified for what’s to come! As you can see, Kenzie and Emmy can barely contain their excitement too…

xo Catherine

Hello April


April! This might be the one time in the year that we can say “I thought it would never come,” instead of “How is it already here?” With those long winter months behind us, April is all about springing back to life as the days get longer and warmer. We’re finally breaking out of our hibernation and looking forward to the season ahead, doing some spring cleaning and making plans for summer. It’s time for colors to quietly make their way back into our wardrobes in the form of pastels and light washed denim. It’s also the rise of festival season, putting a a whimsical feeling in the air that makes feathers and flowers feel so right. So it’s time to embrace spring as we crawl out of our winter sweaters and into some crisp tee’s. This month I’ll do my usual bi-yearly closet detox, moving all the heavy stuff to the back and the crisp white denim and flowy tops to the front, getting rid of anything that’s not worthy of staying with me through the new season. It’s always so refreshing to do this time of year, and it gets me thinking about my summer style inspiration. Sure we have a ways to go til it’s officially summer, but it’s never too soon to be eager about the warm weather that lies ahead. Hello April!

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Color Code / Marsala

The Life Styled MarsalaIf you missed the oxblood boat in 2013, here’s your chance to patch up your burgundy-toned woes. Marsala, a dustier, more muted version of the color was dubbed the hue of 2015 by Pantone in December and it hasn’t stopped popping up since. It’s a versatile color that has a neutral feeling to it instead of a statement one that’s easy to work into your wardrobe and your home decor. Since it’s an easy color to wear, you can get a little more splurgey on the more special pieces. If you feel like you have enough black totes, maybe it’s time to move over to one in marsala. It matches with basically everything and will add interest to a simpler outfit. The color has a richness that will never get old or tired, so whether you’re buying it in basics or splurging on luxuries, invest in marsala now and wear it forever.

Color Code / MarsalaMassoud pillow / H&M top / Larose hat / GC Shoes slip-ons / Topshop mittens / Givenchy tote / The Row sunglasses / Luv AJ earrings / Baublebar bracelet / Carven coat / Pedrera lamp / Casetify iPhone case / Rock & Religion skirt / Nars blush / Topshop heels
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