Kate Bartlett

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Red Lips & Ruffles

White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots
Hey Friends!
It's been awhile since I have posted an outfit blog post so I thought I would share one of my current FAVE outfits with you! If I could pick one word to describe this look it would be E-X-T-R-A, but that’s just the way I like it :)

This matching white denim set with red lips stitched all over it is from Forever 21 but you would never guess that based off the quality!! The denim is great quality and is thick yet not restrictive. I love a good white denim jacket because unlike blue denim jackets, you can pair them with blue jeans for a super casual yet cute look. The skirt could also look super cute with a graphic tee or a sweater. Underneath, I wore this red ruffle tank also from Forever 21 that is perfect for hot summer days. I would wear this with black skinny jeans and heels for a night out or jean shorts for a casual look. Just because I couldn’t resist, I paired these red combat boots with the look that I found at Goodwill for 3.99!!!! Monochrome looks are all the rage right now and I just had to hop on the trend :)

Hope you enjoyed, and don’t forget to follow me on instagram @katebartlettblog where I post colorful outfit pictures everyday!!!
White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots

White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots   White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots

White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots

White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots

White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots   White denim set with embroidered red lips from Forever 21 with red combat boots


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How to Travel with Just a Carry-On

How to Travel with Just a Carry On by Kate Bartlett
Hey Friends!
Summer is here and that means….VACAY TIME!!!! I know most people would probably expect me to be an overpacker because duh I’m a fashion blogger, but I have actually never checked a bag in my life. Believe it or not I spent 2 and a half weeks in Europe last year with only a carry on, and this summer I will be traveling to Europe for a month with only a backpack (yeah even I’m scared for this one lol)!!! Over the years I have accumulated many hacks to packing lighter and making the most out of limited space so I thought I would share with you some of my best tips :)

1. Pack in the Same Color Palette
Packing in the same color palette is the best way to ensure that you will have a variety of different outfits to pair together (plus it makes your instagram feed look super cohesive lol). For example, last summer when I went to Greece, I packed predominantly white and blue clothing; this allowed me to pretty much pair any top with any skirt/pants and wear the same accessories with any outfit!

2. Three Pairs of Shoes Max
I know this might sound intimidating but you really only need 3 different types of shoes for a summer vacation: sneakers, sandals, and a going-out shoe. Typically for sneakers I will bring white high top converse because I can wear them for outdoor activities but they also look cute thrown on with a sundress. For sandals, I typically bring a neutral, super comfortable pair like these Steve Madden ones in Cognac. As far as going-out shoes go, I typically opt for a nicer pair of sandals (sometimes with a little block heel like this pair). I love wedges just as much as the next girl but they take up wayyy too much space in a suitcase and can be super heavy.

3. Travel-Size Woolite
My mom is the queen of traveling light and this is her favorite trick for getting multiple wears out of clothing items. If you have access to a sink you can easily wash your clothes with some to-go woolite, hang them up to dry in the bathroom, and they will be clean and ready to wear again in the morning!!! I always use this trick for washing underwear on trips, which brings me into my next hack…….

4. Don't Pack Cotton Underwear
If you are planning on washing your underwear and letting it dry overnight, I would recommend bringing nylon instead of cotton underwear. Cotton takes FOREVER to dry and also tends to be heavier, so look for light, nylon pairs to pack instead. A lot of travel stores sell nylon underwear for a TON, but you can easily find what you need at Victoria’s Secret or even Target.

4. Avoid Anything You Can't Wear at Least Twice
When packing, I like to think about items that I can wear multiple times, or in multiple outfit combos (usually this is dark jeans, jean shorts, dresses, blouses, etc). I always try and stay away from white jeans, linen dresses, and tight fitting tops because usually after just half a days wear these items are already dirty!!

5. Store Makeup and Jewelry in your Backpack/Purse
I always find that my beauty products and jewelry take up a ton of space in my carry-on, which takes away from the room I have for my clothes. That’s why I always recommend storing those cosmetic bags in your backpack or purse so you can dedicate all the space in your carry on to clothes. This also allows for quick access to your makeup when you want to freshen up after a long flight and you avoid the risk of any products spilling all over your clothes!

6. Leave the Shampoo and Conditioner at Home
I never worry about bringing my own shampoo/conditioner/body wash because the hotels already provide these things (Same goes for hair-dryers). Although the hotel shampoo may not be top of the line quality, making-do with it can save a ton of space in your suitcase!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

5 Summer Outfits Under $50

5 Summer Outfits Under $50 by Kate Bartlett
Hey Friends!!!

Summer is here and I am so excited for all the light, flowy, and bright fashion that comes along with it! As a teenager, I understand that buying a whole new wardrobe on Revolve.com for each season just isn’t really feasible for my bank account. I’m a girl on a budget so I created 5 adorable Summer outfits for every occasion for under $50 each!!

Dinner Out
I always love dressing up when I go out to dinner and this striped set is adorable for wearing to a nice restaurant (plus I adore sets because you can wear them together or wear the pieces on their own!!!) For shoes, I paired it with some baby blue slides for a super summery vibe and light pink statement earrings to tie all the colors together.

Shopping Spree
This outfit would be perfect for a day out shopping, or walking around on vacation; whenever I know I will be trying on lots of clothes I love to wear a dress because it is super easy to take on and off and this red gingham dress is also super comfy! This celine-dupe backpack is also perfect for shopping because you can be hands-free; pair it with some cute gold jewelry and you are good to go!!!

Pool Day
I love that one pieces are back in style because they are so flattering on anyone and lets be real... food babies happen (and no one wants to be in a bikini for that :)). This adorable gingham one piece has the cutest cut and is so on-trend right now!! I paired it with a black sun hat and some big white glasses for a fun, classy look perfect for a day at the pool or beach!

Jet Set
Whenever I am traveling on a plane or on a long road trip, I ALWAYS wear sweatpants because who wants to sit for hours in skinny jeans?!?!?! These days there are so many cute and trendy sweatpants on the market like this rainbow stripe pair. I paired a white graphic tee that says “Good things will come”, a yellow baseball cap, and white sneakers with them for a super comfy yet cute travel outfit perfect for long flights or car rides.

Backyard BBQ Party
Along with summer comes Barbeques, block parties, and outdoor concerts; this outfit would be perfect for any of these occasions because it is easy, comfortable, and colorful! I paired a denim overall dress with a bright yellow tee shirt underneath. To top off the outfit I added a red fanny pack (perfect for throwing your phone, wallet, and keys in) and a fruit-patterned head wrap!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Must Have Beauty Products for Summer

Must Have Beauty Products for Summer
Hey Friends!
These days it seems like there are so many unnecessary beauty products on the market that it can be hard to find what actually works! That's why I compiled a list of my MUST HAVE beauty products, specifically for Summer 2018 so you no longer have to aimlessly wander the aisles of Sephora  :) But that's not all.....keep reading for info on how to enter my giveaway that is $150 value!!!

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Kate Bartlett

  • There are so many different types of masks out there each claiming to be the best so it can be confusing to shop for the right one. I have tried so many different masks but my all time favorite is the Origins charcoal mask. While it is on the pricey side, a small sample size tube of this stuff can last me a whole year! My mom, sister, and I all use this mask and love it! Even though we all have different skin types, this mask works wonders on all of our skin. When applied, it has a cool, wet sensation but quickly hardens on the skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes then wash it off with water and facial cleanser.

Out the Door Nail Top Coat
Out the Door nail top coat, kate bartlett

  • Maybe it’s just me but I get sooooo impatient waiting for my nails to dry when I paint them ( I’ve got places to go and people to see ok) This is the only top coat that I’ve found that truly dries my nails quickly, does not dry out after a few weeks, and is affordable (less than $5!!!!!!). 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
Clinique Moisture surge Overnight Mask

  • While this product is advertised as an overnight mask, I consider it more of a moisturizer. If you have dry skin like I do, you have to try out this product. The texture is similar to a very thick body butter and when spread on this skin feels SO GOOD. If you want to wake up with a dewy, healthy complexion and overall glow, this product is for you!!!

Foreo Luna Play Plus
Foreo Luna Play Plus, Kate Bartlett

  • This little tool is my best kept secret for keeping clear and flawless skin!!!! I was skeptical at first that a little rubber brush could actually impact my skin but this tool works wonders! I use it every morning and every night and simply move the tool in circles on my face with Origins face wash! It is so easy and I have found that my skin drastically improved within just a week of using this tool!!

Doterra eucalyptus essential oil, Kate bartlett
  • If you have not already jumped on the essential oil bandwagon, you are missing out my friend! There are so many different essential oils out there, each with their own aromatherapy purposes, however my absolute favorite scent is Eucalyptus. The best Eucalyptus oil I have found is from the brand Doterra and smells incredible!! You can also diffuse essential oils at night as a calming way to end the day.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening
Smile Brilliant Before and After , kate bartlett

Smile Brilliant Before and After , kate bartlett
  • If you have ever met me, you probably know about my coffee addiction; at one point it was so bad I think I was up to like 5 cups a day (!!!) And let me tell you it was taking a toll on my teeth!! Which is why I was so so happy when I found Smile Brilliant and it actually worked. I feel like I have tried every teeth whitening product under the sun but they all make my sensitive teeth hurt so bad (some even made my gums bleed). What I love about this product is that it is so easy, comfortable to wear, and I can multitask while wearing the product (I love to go for a walk or bike ride while I have it in). Basically how it works is Smile Brilliant will send you a package with the materials to make a mold of your teeth which is super quick and easy. Then, you ship off your teeth impressions and they send you back custom-fitted trays, which are clear retainer-like molds of your teeth. Next you just apply the whitening gel to the mold, pop it in for an hour or so and you are good to go!!! If you have sensitive teeth like me, they also send a desensitizing gel which you apply into the mold directly after whitening and wear for 15-20 minutes. Overall I have been so happy with the results and love the product so much I wanted to give one of you the chance to win your own whitening kit!!! Click the link down below to enter !!


I am so so excited to be giving away a Smile Brilliant Custom Whitening Kit to one of you ($150 value!!!) All you have to do is click this link, enter your name and email address, and make sure you are following me on instagram @katebartlettblog, Good Luck :)

(The giveaway ends on 5/20/2018)
Tooth Whitening Gel

Friday, April 27, 2018

Pattern Party

Styled Zara outfit featuring pattern and color mixing by Kate Bartlett
Hey Friends!
Lately I have been experimenting so much with pattern and color mixing in my outfits and trying to step out of the box. Zara has always been one of my favorite stores to purchase unique pieces at inexpensive prices and their summer collections this year are AMAZING! I think this outfit would be perfect for dinner out, a garden party, or for just going shopping. It is also super easy to dress down by switching out the skirt for a pair of dark wash jeans, or dress up by swapping the slides for some pumps.
I paired this pink patterned shirt from Zara with a blue patterned midi skirt from Zara, with light pink suede slides from Forever 21, floral statement earrings (similar) from Zara, and round pink sunglasses from Forever 21. I fell in love with this pink top from Zara because of the super vibrant color and because of the trendy hem. The collar, sleeves, and bottom are finished with a striped hem that adds a vintage vibe to the top. Lately I have been loving mixing colors and prints, so I decided to pair the top with a blue patterned skirt. This skirt is crazy comfortable, hits mid calf, and has a slit up the side (bc no one wants grandma vibes). It also has a super cute waistband so you don’t even have to wear a belt with it. As for shoes, I decided to wear these baby pink suede slides from Forever 21 because they add a super classy edge to the look without taking the attention away from the rest of the outfit. You all know that I love a good pair of statement earrings (If you want to read more check on my post on How to Style Statement Earrings) and this pair from Zara are no exception. I actually wore these earrings to prom and got so many compliments (Still looking for a prom dress? Check out my post on Where to find the perfect prom dress!). My favorite part about these earrings is how colorful they are, which makes it super easy to style them with almost every outfit! Finally, I finished off the look with my new favorite sunglasses; these round glasses are less than $6 at Forever 21 and are actually amazing quality. These are going to be my go-to glasses this summer because of how versatile (and extra lol) they are!!

If you don’t already follow me on instagram….. Go check out my account @katebartlettblog ! I post daily and run giveaways all the time :)
Styled Zara outfit featuring pattern and color mixing by Kate Bartlett    Styled Zara outfit featuring pattern and color mixing by Kate Bartlett


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How to Style: Member's Only Racer Jackets

pink women's members only classic iconic racer jacket
Hey Friends!!!
Recently I have been OBSESSED with my pink Member's Only racer jacket, so I decided to show you how I style it!

In this look I styled my Classic Iconic Racer Members only jacket in light pink with a black and white star print t-shirt from Ralph Lauren, gray paneled jeans from Macy's, white high top converse, a black and white scarf tied around my neck, and black cat-eye sunglasses. I have been loving this Member’s Only jacket lately because of how versatile it is. My school is always FREEZING so I like to have a jacket with me at all times and this one is perfect because I can just ball it up, throw it in my backpack, and it looks perfect whenever I need to pull it out. It also works for so many occasion; I would wear this jacket styled (like in this look), throw it on with leggings and a tank for running errands or going to yoga, or even use it like a rain jacket. The black and white star patterned t-shirt I’m wearing underneath is from Ralph Lauren but I purchased it at a local consignment shop for $1 (don’t worry though, I linked plenty of similar ones below;)) !!! If you know me, you know I have an obsession with stars, and this shirt just fuels my addiction! Next,I threw on these gray paneled jeans from Macy’s, I know what you’re thinking…… “Really Kate?!!? Macy’s?!!” But OMG yes!!! I had been on the hunt for affordable, unique, jeans that actually fit for what seemed like forever and finally stumbled into Macy’s one day because I was desperate and walked out with 7 new pairs of jeans for UNDER $100. I’m not kidding when I say everything in that store is on clearance and they actually have crazy cute jeans in the Juniors section, like these which I bought for just $7. The length was a little short so I undid the hem (If you don’t know about my favorite trick for transforming any pair of jeans for FREE… check out my blog post on How I dress cute for dirt cheap). Of course I had to wear my white high top converse because let’s be real, they just work with any outfit. As far as accessories go, one of my signature looks love tying scarves around my neck ascot style, so I did that for this look with a black and white scarf to add a touch of class. Finally, I wore my fave pair of sunglasses at the moment, this pair of black cat-eye glasses; they are SO in right now and make any outfit look crazy trendy!!!
pink women's members only classic iconic racer jacket

pink women's members only classic iconic racer jacket

pink women's members only classic iconic racer jacket

pink women's members only classic iconic racer jacket

Below I’ve linked some outfits I think would look amazing with this Members Only Jacket and one of my other favorite members only jackets, the varsity jacket in camel wool!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to Style Statement Earrings

How to style statement earrings for Spring

 There’s not many things I love more than a cute pair of statement earrings, and let me tell you… I will throw on a pair with just about anything when I’m bored with my outfit!!! But, I feel like so many people don’t wear statement earrings because they just don’t know how to style them (If you want to read my blog post about styling colorful outfits confidently click here). That’s why today I’m sharing how I style statement earrings for spring!

I think one of the best things about statement earrings is how many unique and colorful variations you can find! While I LOVE wearing the most outrageous earrings I can find, sometimes I want something a little more toned down, which is why I love the pair I’m wearing in this outfit from Gorjana. I recently collaborated with Gorjana to give a pair of these earrings away to one of my instagram followers (I’m always having giveaways so go check out my IG @katebartlettblog) and I wanted to show all of you how to style them. If you didn’t win the giveaway but still want to get your hands on a pair of these stunning earrings click here.  

There are so so many ways to style statement earrings, but some of my favorites are:
  • wearing them with a simple solid blouse, jeans, and sandals/wedges for a casual look
  • With a patterned dress and simple shoes
  • With a solid blouse and some cool patterned pants (see how I styled this look here)
  • Or…… this look!!

First off, the earrings I am wearing are the cutest design because they incorporate the dainty gold jewelry trend with the colorful tassel trend perfectly! They have two gold hoops by the ear and drop down into a baby pink satin tassel( They also come in blue and gray!) I decided to do a little color mixing for this look and style the pink and gold earrings with a sheer, blue, gingham blouse from Forever 21. This blouse is so unique and classy but is only $12…..seriously, I would pay more for an acai bowl!!!! I paired it with this pleated white midi skirt also from Forever 21. Midi skirts are super in for spring this year and I am all over the trend, throw some pleats into the mix and you’ve got me sold. I love love love this skirt because of how expensive it looks, I’ve seen skirts that look identical to this one selling for $400 at Neiman Marcus. But we all know I’m a girl on a budget so I settled for this $20 one instead. For shoes, I wore my absolute favorite rose gold, Steve Madden ridged platforms. These shoes are seriously so versatile, I know they look kinda wack but honestly I could throw these on with some jeans and a white tee shirt and suddenly I look like I tried, it’s the best thing EVER. Plus they are super comfy and give you some height without being hard to walk in. Finally, to top it off I grabbed this straw bag and tied a scarf around the handle. I am OBSESSED with straw bags right now.. Like I mean OBSESSED, so you will definitely be seeing many more on the blog soon. Tying a scarf around the handle of a bag is one of my fave hacks, doing this took it from kinda boring to instant chic in 5 seconds!

All of these pictures were taken by my friend @santiagol3on ! He is an amazing photographer based in Orlando so go check out his site here !
How to style statement earrings for Spring

How to style statement earrings for Spring

How to style statement earrings for Spring

How to style statement earrings for Spring


Sunday, April 1, 2018

What to do in NYC for teens

A complete guide to visiting New York City with teenagers! Discover the best places to eat, shop, and take Instagram photos in NYC!
Hey Friends!
This spring break, I traveled to NYC with my family to tour colleges and HAD to share some of my favorite spots we visited with you all! Here is my full "Teens Guide to NYC" filled with all my favorite places to eat, shop, and take pictures while in the city!

- Black Tap : I’m pretty sure Black Tap is on every NYC guide but I just had to add it to the list because it's that cool. Black tap specializes in insane milkshakes and burgers ( I got the vegan burger and split the sweet n salty milkshake with the fam and both were 10/10) If you don't mind waiting outside in the cold for a while this is a must see

-La Pizza & La Pasta at Eataly: Eataly is absolutely incredible and so fun to walk around even if you just need to warm up for an bit. It's essentially a giant Italian food market with 6 different themed restaurants inside. We ate at the pizza and pasta restaurant and everything was DELICIOUS. We orders a pizza and a bowl of pasta and let me tell you it was the best pasta i've ever eaten ( & I don't even really like pasta ik i'm weird ok)

- Wagamama: This one has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a wee little 12 year old. I first tried wagamama In London years ago and have been dying to go back ever since, unfortunately they have very few locations in the US but if you are ever in nyc this is a MUST! They serve Asian fusion at super reasonable prices and have free green tea (you already know I will take anything that's free ;))

-Ippudo New York: If you are a ramen lover, this one’s for you! Ippudo was recommended to me by a friend and it was soooo yummy. Their tofu is AMAZING and the ramen is also delicious. If you want to try it out though I would recommend going early because the wait time can get pretty long.

- & Other Stories : I stumbled upon this store at the Oculus and instantly fell in love !! It's pretty much like a cheaper version of Anthropologie with mega good sales and AMAZING affordable jewelry.

-Melissa: If you follow me on instagram (which if you don't get on it @katebartlettblog) you may have seen that I stopped in Galleria Melissa while shopping. Honestly I didn't even know what kind of store it was from the outside but the super trippy entrance lured me in lol. Basically Melissa is a brazilian shoe store that specializes in plastic shoes and accessories and let me tell you they are ADORABLE! If you are in the city I would totally recommend stopping in even if it's just to check out the cool building ( I swear it's like a mini art museum )

- Kusmi Tea: I had never heard of Kusmi before my trip but the bright colors and free samples (are you even surprised?) drew me in. This is the perfect place for buying gifts for the “girl who already has everything” because it has the trendiest teas and the cutest packaging. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with getting someone some yummy tea!

Photo Spots:
- The Oculus : The oculus is an AMAZING spot for instagram photos and also has a ton a cute shops to look around (plus the subway stops takes you directly inside so yay for not having to go out in the cold!) The architecture and lighting is incredible and would look great if you have a bright feed like me.

- West Village: I decided to check out some spots in the West Village after one of my favorite bloggers Blair recommended them to me and let me tell you.. That place is Instagram HEAVEN! I would check out Bedford Street by Grove/Barrow/Commerce Streets, If you walk around that area you will find the cutest little spots. Plus there are adorable flower shops and cafes around every corner and the area is quiet and not crowded.

- DUMBO: Check out the famous view of the Manhattan bridge at Washington @ Water Street!

-Soho: I would recommend the southern part of Soho for picture taking as it is much less crowded, some great areas are Wooster, Greene, and Mercer all closer to Broome

- Tribeca: For great instagram shots check out the Staple Street alley by Duane/Hudson 
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