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Last night, me and one of my best friends Chloe Xu went out to the W Hotel in Westwood. Though we didn’t plan on it, we ended up matching! Last week I made an impulse decision and chopped off all my hair myself and dyed it dark brown again, and surprisingly, I’m not unhappy with the results. Though having shorter hair requires a more “chic” way of dressing, in my opinion, so I’m still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. The last thing I’d want to look is matronly… anyone else change their style after a cut?

XX Kat

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I had a coworker named Mariella–and she was the arbiter of all things chic. If I was debating a purchase, the ultimate decision would always be up to her, no questions asked. If something was too revealing, she would recommend putting a turtleneck under it. And if an outfit was too blagh, she would suggest a bold lip and a messy ballerina bun.

To me, a ballerina bun always seemed too out-there… it begged to be noticed, and drew a lot of attention to one’s face. Mar would beggg me to don one at work, but I was always too bashful. However, since one of my New Years resolutions is to be “chic” not trendy (read: trashy) I decided that maybe I should call upon Mar’s advice and just rock it. Maybe it’s just the new me talking, but it kind of feels like the right kind of bold…

XX Kat

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French Perfume 2013
1. J’adore de DIOR
2. N°5 de Chanel
3. La Petite Robe Noire de Guerlain
4. Angel de Thierry Mugler
5. Coco Mademoiselle de Chanel
6. Shalimar de Guerlain
7. Miss Dior de DIOR
8. Flower de Kenzo
9. Lady Million de Paco Rabanne
10. La Vie est Belle de Lancôme
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I am perpetually on the hunt for a new perfume, it seems. Because perfume is so attached to memory, I can only wear one for so long before it becomes associated with a certain time period, or boyfriend. For example, I had a love affair with Coco Mademoiselle for two years, but when I ceased ties with the boy who loved it, I had to cease ties with my favorite perfume. That is the beauty of perfume–in a moment it can take you back to the time period when you were wearing it, whether good or bad (in my case, bad.)
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Now that I have made a major move to Los Angeles, and am preparing to move to Paris, I felt the time was right for a new perfume. After trying to research what the top-selling perfumes were in France for what seemed like ages, I was hitting a dead end… no website had quite the information I was looking for. Then I decided to try the search terms in French, and it worked! While I’ve already had love affairs with Coco Mademoiselle, Miss Dior Cherie, and Alien, I think I might try my hand at Guerlain‘s La Petite  Robe Noire next…. any favorites out of this group? Let me know if you have any other favorites I should try out.
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XX Kat

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Call me crazy, but recently I have struck by the urge to chop off all of my hair. Sometime shortly after turning 23 (quarter-life crisis?) my long locks started to feel more like I was trying to be a “Real Housewife” than the chic look I aspired towards.

While I wish I had the courage to chop it all off like Keira Knightley. I know that I will have to take it in babyyy steps. I probably won’t even have the courage to go for the shoulder-skimming bob à la Emily Blunt. So I think I’ll have to settle for the non-committal “midi” adopted by Jane Birkin, which is still probably considered long by some, but I think the blunt-cut makes it look modern enough to still be relevant. If only I were brave enough for the bangs…

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What’s your hair thresh-hold? How short are you willing to chop your locks?

XX Kat

“If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”

After a two-year hiatus from blogging, I am finally back. It seems that within the past week I have had to saw a countless number of goodbyes to things that were no longer serving me–in order to begin with an entirely fresh start where I began, in Los Angeles. Things were finally–decisively–done with the boy who had been my romantic preoccupation for years, I left my job as a stylist at BCBG MAX AZRIA , and I packed up all of the items I had collected through my three years in San Diego after graduating from University.

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The lessons I learned were many (which I will delve in to later)– the power of vulnerability, the importance of self-reliance, and the realization that the circumstances around me may change but I always need to stay true to my vision at the end of the day.

My resolutions for the rest of 2014 are:

1. Stay vulnerable in love

2. In clothing, err on the side of chic not trendy

3. No matter what, follow through on your dream to move to Paris

More details to follow,

XX Kathryn

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I don’t know about you, but nothing screams ‘chic’ to me more appealing to me than a strong brow. I still look back in horror at the pictures of myself in Junior High because I over-plucked them so much! Now, I seem to have swung to the exact opposite extreme and look to Megan Fox, Hilary Rhoda, and Brooke Shields for guidance (or their makeup artists ;) )

Yesterday, while I was waiting for traffic to die down so that I could embark to Los Angeles I did a bit of experimenting and I think I might stick with the results of shading in my eyebrows a bit fuller. Do you find yourselves endlessly battling with the tweezers or voraciously filling in your brows? Do tell…

XX Kathryn

I hope everyone had an excellent Valentine’s Day… any stories?  I ended up staying home with the girls and watching 500 Days of Summer while eating our collection of Valentine Candy. Couldn’t have asked for a better Valentine’s Day :)

I am sort of split down the line on this Jason Wu dress. When the look-book photos first came out I thought that I had to have it, but I showed my boyfriend and he thought it was a bit too ‘out there’. I’m no stranger to man-repellers (hello tutu’s, ballet flats, and blazers), but it seems as though this might cross the line and best be left in the 60′s mod era… What do you think–yea or nay?

XX Kathryn

“She had loved him better than he knew. Light-hearted deceiver and fickle like all his sex he would never understand what he had meant to her and for an instant there was in the blue eyes a quick stinging of tears.”

-Ulysses, James Joyce

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I’m not going to do an outfit of the day today because I was too busy taking a midterm on James Joyce’s “Ulysses” which went surprisingly well. While the text certainly has some beautiful language and descriptions, I feel like much of it is unnecessarily convoluted with references that are impossible to fully understand (unless you are a Dubliner living in 1904!) One thing I definitely can relate is the representation of unrequited love in the novel– while I have a boyfriend now, for the first 18 years of my life I was always the ugly best friend. I always remember that time as a blessing in disguise because now I understand the importance of handling the feelings of other people with tact. Asking someone out definitely takes a lot of courage!

Wore a tutu and red nailpolish in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, and bought myself a cupcake to enjoy while I’m studying French later. On library walk (the center of campus at UCSD) they were handing out free heart-shaped balloons and I was so excited to receive one but then the string came loose and it flew up into the Eucalyptus trees… What are your plans for Valentine’s day? Are you going to spend it on a romantic date night with your significant others or ladies night in with cupcakes and champagne (like me)?

XX Kathryn

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