Kate Bartlett

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

How I backpacked Through Europe for Dirt Cheap (as a teen!)

I am finally sitting down to write one of my most requested blog posts ever!! For anyone new around here, I spent a month this past summer backpacking Europe with my sister.  Ever since I got back, so many people have told me that they would love to backpack Europe but they have no idea where to start with the planning or how to even go as a teenager. Honestly, I am no expert, but growing up in a family that loves to travel (& do it on a budget), I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way!

If you are backpacking through Europe, there is a pretty good chance you are staying at hostels along the way. I know the idea of sharing a room with 12 strangers can be a little intimidating, but if you are traveling on a budget, it’s the best way to go and can actually be a great experience!

Before you read anymore, if you are a teenager looking to backpack by yourself you should know to ALWAYS check with the hostel to make sure they do not have an age restriction before booking. Some hostels want you to be 18 or older to even stay there, some want you to be with some who is 18+, and some couldn’t care less how old you are.

Now for the tips....
Be prepared to pay for towels and make your own bed
  • There is a reason why hostels are so cheap, and that’s because most of them do not provide the basics. I would advise keeping some change on you to rent a towel (most are 2 euros).
  • When you check into a hostel, don’t be alarmed when they hand you the key and a set of sheets and send you on your way. Many hostels expect you to make your own bed, which can be kind of annoying when you are on the top bunk with a stranger below you, but you get what you pay for!

Make friends with your roommates!!

  • It can be intimidating walking into a room full of people who all seem like they know each other, but don’t be afraid to throw that hand out and introduce yourself!! You honestly never know who you are going to meet and you already have something in common with your roommates (roughing it in a hostel). People staying in hostels are usually extremely friendly and are often super interesting backgrounds, there were many times when I was staying in a room where no one was even from the same country!!
  • Another great thing about meeting people in hostels is that you can get great recommendations for the city you are staying in or other cities you are stopping at. We didn’t pay for a single train ticket in Barcelona because people we met along the way gave us their unused tickets. Another time in Switzerland, our roommate saved us over 100 euros on funicular tickets up into the alps with her Eurail discount!!


Free Food Shelf

  • Okay, I know this might sound a little sketch but 90% of the hostels you come across will have a free food shelf where people leave all their uneaten food (packaged of course) that they don’t want to lug with them to their next destination. Don’t even bother buying a box of pasta, because I promise you there is one already sitting on the free food shelf. This can come in handy when you are getting into a hostel late and don’t feel like running out to the grocery store.


Pack Light…. REALLY light

  • I know, I know…. “Pack light” is on every travel tips blog post ever written. But when you're carrying your life on your back, packing just the essentials is crucial. If you are traveling with someone, split the load; my sister and I shared shampoo, a flat iron, toothpaste, shoes, clothes, and pretty much anything we could!! When I left for the trip my backpack weighed 13 pounds, but with the shopping I did along the way, I left with bags and shoes literally clipped to the outside of it….and it was HEAVY. Make it a rule to not pack any clothing that you can’t wear in at least 3 ways and you’ll be good to go!


Bite the bullet and buy the food

  • Okay, I know this may sound like a no-brainer but you would be very surprised how many backpackers you will meet who have not had a meal in days (One girl I met had been living off a bag of granola for four days). While traveling, there was very few days that we walked under 20,000 steps, which meant we got hungry pretty frequently. I know food can be expensive some places (@Switzerland) but trust me it is worth spending the money because you will have so much more energy to take in your surroundings and make the most of your trip. To avoid the inevitable hanger, I always made sure to have some easy snacks with me at all times (apples, protein bars, etc) which came in handy on multiple occasions.


Pack your Rick Steves

  • Rick Steves travel books are hands down the best of the best when it comes to budget European travel. He has books on hundreds of European cities and always nails the best places to eat, shop, sight see, and the places not worth your time. Try one of his walking tours for my favorite way to see a city: on foot!


I truly believe that seeing the world has changed my entire perspective and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have been given to travel to amazing places. My parents have always placed great emphasis on the importance of experiencing other cultures and always encourage me to travel as much as I can. While I understand that not everyone has the means to travel for extended periods of time, or travel on their own; I encourage anyone who wants to travel to not let the idea of expenses get in the way. There are so many ways to travel on a budget and with the right planning, the opportunity is not out of reach!!

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

My FAVE sequin top

Topshop sequin eye top, Kate Bartlett
Hey Friends!
If you know me, you know that I love anything with eyes on it!! That being said, when I saw this shirt on Topshop I knew I had to have it. I am always on the lookout for unique tops like this one that I can dress up or down. For this look, I paired it with a simple, high waisted, polka-dot skirt from Asos and called it a day!!

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Homecoming dresses under $100

Homecoming dresses under $100
Hey Friends!
Homecoming season is upon us and if you don’t already have your dress, there's no need to worry because I’ve rounded up my fave dresses under $100!! Many of these dresses are from two of my favorite online stores, Revolve and Asos, which I love because they have super fast (like 2 day) free shipping AND free returns, so if the dress doesn't work out, you have nothing to lose :)

If you end up wearing any of these dresses, make sure to tag me (@katebartlettblog) in your pics so I can see!! Happy Shopping :)


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My 3 Fave Fall Trends

Top fall trends, Boohoo back to school, Kate Bartlett
Hey friends!! I am so so excited because fall is upon us, and that means new trends to try out!! Today I am sharing an outfit from Boohoo’s back to school collection featuring my 3 fave trends this season, and the best part is, you can snag this entire outfit for under $50!!!!
  1. Plaid: Plaid is one of my favorite trends this season because it gives me total clueless vibes! It is actually so easy to style because since it is usually a busy pattern, you can pair it with basics and you are good to go. I love this plaid dress from BooHoo because a. I feel like Cher in the opening scene in Clueless and b. It is so comfortable and easy to throw on for school.
  1. Fanny Packs: Okay, so I know fanny packs have been on the fashion scene for a little while now, but I’m still obsessed with them! There are so many different ways you can wear them:
    • Traditional style around your waist
    • Like a purse on your shoulder
    • Or my personal favorite… across your chest!
  • I love wearing a fanny pack around my chest because it gives you super easy access to whatever you are carrying and gives a high-fashion vibe to any bland looking outfit
  1. Dad Sneakers: And the most controversial of all…. Dad sneakers!! For the longest time I neglected the dad sneaker trend  because I didn’t think it really fit my style, but I gave it a try and now i’m obsessed. I love this pair of primary colorblocked sneakers because they can be styled with almost ANYTHING and still look good. I love to throw these on with
    • A graphic tee and jean shorts
    • Boyfriend jeans and a blouse
    • Or with a dress like I did in this look!!!


Hope you enjoyed this look, if you want to shop Boohoo’s amazing (& super cheap) Back to School Collection click here and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @katebartlettblog :)
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Top fall trends, Boohoo back to school, Kate Bartlett

Top fall trends, Boohoo back to school, Kate Bartlett

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Overalls & Baseball Caps

Topshop patterned overalls, Kate Bartlett
Hey Friends!!
Obsessed would be an understatement for how I feel about these dalmation print overalls from Topshop!! I love patterns (like LOVE) and dalmation print is quickly becoming one of my faves. It is the perfect step up from regular polka dots and adds a super trendy element. Overalls are the perfect blank canvas for creating a unique outfit, you could wear them…..
  • Half unbuttoned with a graphic tee underneath
  • Over a cute bralette
  • With a white tailored button-up shirt
  • Or like I styled them in this look!
I paired this magenta abstract patterned sweater under the overalls to create the perfect “transition to fall” look. I also threw on a NY baseball cap to complete the look. Lately I have been throwing on a baseball cap with just about anything from a t-shirt and leggings to a dress and pumps. They are also totally the move for bad hair days (which in my case are often :P). To complete the look, I paired my favorite sparkly sneakers from the Grove and tied the laces up around my ankles.


Hope you all like this look, don’t forget to follow me on instagram @katebartlettblog to keep up with my daily looks!!
Topshop patterned overalls, Kate Bartlett

Topshop patterned overalls, Kate Bartlett

Topshop patterned overalls, Kate Bartlett  Topshop patterned overalls, Kate Bartlett

Topshop patterned overalls, Kate Bartlett

Topshop patterned overalls, Kate Bartlett


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Sunday, September 2, 2018

How to Style a Beret

How to Style a Beret
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When I was in Paris this summer, I knew I couldn’t leave without buying a beret, so I stopped into the closest tourist shop and snagged this black one for only 5 euros!! I loveee a good beret because in my opinion, it can instantly transform a basic outfit into one that is fashion forward. A lot of people are scared that they won’t be able to “pull it off”, but my philosophy is that as long as you wear it with confidence, no one will question you :P Some of my favorite ways to wear a beret are….

  • With a graphic tee, boyfriend jeans, and booties
  • Paired with a turtleneck or sweater, skinny jeans, and over the knee boots
  • With a matching denim skirt-jacket set and a cute cami
  • Or like this look, with a casual dress!
I fell in love with this dress when I saw it at Target; plaid is super in for fall and I love the laced up waist detail. One of my fave ways to make any tank work with school dress code is to put a t-shirt under it. I wore this dress over a basic white t-shirt with cute embroidery on the neckline. For shoes, I kept it simple with my favorite all black converse tied up the leg.

Hope you liked this look, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @katebartlettblog and subscribe to my email list so you never miss a blog post!!
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

How To Style Joggers

How to style joggers

In honor of Back to School season, I decided to share a few different affordable Back to School Outfit ideas over the next couple of days (If you wanna read about my clueless inspired look click here!! As a girl on a budget myself, I know how frustrating it can be trying to find cute clothes for affordable prices. Which is why I was so excited to see a TON of cute new clothes at Target from their new collection, Wild Fable (not spons, I wish lol)!!! I don’t usually shop for clothes at Target but recently they have really been stepping up their game and coming out with some really trendy pieces, of course for great prices. Hope you enjoy the outfits!!!

In my opinion, one of the best ways to really make an outfit unique is to mix some patterns!! So many people have told me that they are scared of mixing patterns because they don't know how, but it’s actually super easy!! When I am mixing patterns, I often like to stick to the guideline that both articles share one similar color (this is totally not necessary, but it makes things easier). In this case I paired this black and white checkered jacket with some black, white, and yellow hounds tooth joggers, a black fuzzy crop top, and my all black converse. These joggers are such an amazing find because they are only $24 and look so chic and upscale! I love joggers because they are the easiest clothing piece to dress up or down; you can pair them with a casual crop top like I did here, or a nicer blouse to create a  more professional look. I also am obsessed with this checkered cropped denim jacket because it is so on trend right now. It totally looks like something you would find at Urban Outfitters for like $100 but it is actually only $30 at Target- such a steal!!!


Hope you liked this look, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @katebartlettblog and subscribe to my email list so you never miss a blog post!!
How to style joggers

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How to style joggersHow to style joggers

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sweatshirt & Sneakers

Back to school outfit idea from target kate bartlett

In honor of Back to School season, I decided to share a few different affordable Back to School Outfit ideas over the next couple of days (If you wanna read about my clueless inspired look click here!! As a girl on a budget myself, I know how frustrating it can be trying to find cute clothes for affordable prices. Which is why I was so excited to see a TON of cute new clothes at Target from their new collection, Wild Fable (not spons, I wish lol)!!! I don’t usually shop for clothes at Target but recently they have really been stepping up their game and coming out with some really trendy pieces, of course for great prices. Hope you enjoy the outfits!!!

I love this white mesh cropped quarter zip from Target because of how many different ways you can style it! For this look, I paired a yellow plaid cropped tank under it for a pop of pattern, but it would also look amazing styled…
  • Over a tank dress (bodycon or straight)
  • With a colored long sleeve tee
  • Over a cute bralette with some high waisted denim
  • Or as a cute swimsuit cover up for the pool/beach

I also wore this black denim skirt from Target; I cannot believe this skirt is only $15 because it is actually really great quality and has a great fit. But my absolute fave part of this outfit is these amazing glitter sneakers that I got from one of my favorite local stores, The Grove. They are so lightweight and perfect for running around town or school, and the best part is that they are only $44!!! They also come in the prettiest rose gold color and I am so excited because they are coming out with new colors soon!! Go check them out here!!
Back to school outfit idea from target kate bartlett

Back to school outfit idea from target kate bartlett

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Purple & Plaid

In honor of Back to School season, I decided to share a few different affordable Back to School Outfit ideas over the next couple of days!! As a girl on a budget myself, I know how frustrating it can be trying to find cute clothes for affordable prices. Which is why I was so excited to see a TON of cute new clothes at Target from their new collection, Wild Fable (not spons, I wish lol)!!! I don’t usually shop for clothes at Target but recently they have really been stepping up their game and coming out with some really trendy pieces, of course for great prices. Hope you enjoy the outfits!!!


This matching purple plaid jacket and skirt set is giving me total clueless vibes and I’m not mad about it!! I love matching sets because you can wear it as a set, just wear the skirt, or just wear the jacket. I wanted to go with a monochromatic look so I layered a fuzzy purple cropped tank under it. And to match the hardware on the set, I wore this adorable silver Kendra Scott necklace and my fave silver converse!

 Affordable outfit from Target's Wild Fable Collection by Kate Bartlett  Affordable outfit from Target's Wild Fable Collection by Kate Bartlett

Affordable outfit from Target's Wild Fable Collection by Kate Bartlett  Affordable outfit from Target's Wild Fable Collection by Kate Bartlett

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sequin Spotlight

How to wear sequins
Sequins….. You either love them or hate them, I happen to love them!!!! In my opinion, there is no better way to spice up an outfit, and transition it to a nighttime look than adding some sequins. But you don’t have to just reserve them for “going out” looks; one of my fave ways to make an outfit pop is to pair a more reserved pattern or solid with some sequins peeking out!!


For this look I paired this uber comfortable Zara quilted bomber with a Zara sequin tank (similar) to create an outfit that can easily transition from day to night. But here are  some other great ways to style sequins…..
  • Sequin shorts with a solid chunky sweater and ankle boots
  • A sequin bandeau top with a high waisted skirt (or pants) and a denim jacket
  • Belt a simple dress and blazer with a fun sequin belt
  • Or just pair some boyfriend jeans and a graphic tee with a pair of sequin sneakers


My incredibly talented friend @maemurphyphotography took these photos, you can check out her website here!!
How to wear sequins

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Leopard Print Items You NEED In Your Closet This Season

Leopard Print Items you need in your closet this season
Leopard print going to be all the rage this fall so I rounded up all my favorite leopard print items, perfect for this season!! I love the leopard print trend because it instantly spices up any outfit, making your look super youthful and spunky. I also think that animal prints are super easy to style, some outfit ideas are:
  • A leopard print mini skirt with a graphic tee
  • Dark wash skinny jeans with a silk leopard print blouse
  • Simple black dress with a leopard print denim jacket
  • Colored denim with a white lace blouse and a leopard print belt
  • Leopard flare pants with a black bandeau top or crop top
  • Or even just a simple black swing dress with some leopard slides!

If you try out a leopard print look, make sure to tag me on instagram @katebartlettblog!!



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