Kate Bartlett

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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

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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

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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

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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
Hey Friends!
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!!
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sweatshirt & Sneakers

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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!!
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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!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Backpacking Through Europe Travel Diary Part 2

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Hey friends!! I am so so excited to share with you my first ever travel diary! This summer I went on a month long trip to Europe; for the first half I traveled with my parents but for the second half I traveled with just my sister. I wanted to share all my experiences and recommendations, here is Part 2, if you want to check out part 1 click here, I hope you enjoy!!!

Day 8:Varenna
We woke up bright and early and had some quick breakfast at our hotel before packing up and heading to the train station to catch our train to Varenna (Lake Como)! When we finally arrived at the tiny train station we walked about a mile uphill to meet the guy we were renting a flat from for the next couple of days. While the views were beautiful on our walk, carrying a backpack with all your belongings for a month on your back can start to get old pretty quick :P Staying in an actual apartment was definitely a step up from being cramped in a tiny room with 3 other people and sharing a bathroom with 30 other strangers! After picking up some sandwiches from the only cafe in town, we decided to catch a ferry over to a nearby town, Bellagio, for the day. The ride across Lake Como was absolutely stunning and Bellagio was just as beautiful (This is the town that George Clooney has a house in !!!). We walked along the water and up through the town, obviously stopping to get gelato along the way. Then we decided to hike down to the tip of the peninsula, what they call the “crotch” and chill for a little bit. I have to say, the views of the Lake from the crotch are pretty much unmatched. Around 5pm we hopped back on the ferry to Varenna and met another family from Orlando during the ride (I swear it’s such a small world!!). We grabbed some dinner at a restaurant right on the water and I had the yummiest bruschetta; then we explored the town a little and found a gorgeous hidden beach. We relaxed by the water and admired the view of the lake and the hot Canadian boys swimming next to us !!!

Day 9:Varenna
After a breakfast of pastries from once again, the only cafe in town, we decided to hike up to the castle on top of the hill since it was a rainy/cloudy day. It didn’t look like too far of a walk up but it ended up being over 80 flights of stairs which wore us out!! The view from the castle was incredible and the castle itself was super cool too. It had all these weird statues that were draped in plaster sheets (creepy right?) and a bunch of different kinds of owls scattered throughout (yes, live owls). After exploring the castle for a little, it started to rain so we took shelter at the tiny little cafe on top of the mountain and had the best cappuccinos of the entire trip!! My mom and I decided to hike back down the mountain but my dad and Sara continued to hike to the waterfall ( they turned around after about 45 though when they realized it was a three hour hike !!). On their way back from the hotel they noticed a tiny sign saying that a train strike was happening the next day and the only train back to Milan was at 6:30 am. We were planning on leaving at 4pm the next day so this changed our plans a little and we decided to rent a boat to head out on the water for a little while since we had to leave early the next morning. Unfortunately the weather was getting bad but we were able to stay on the lake for about an hour before we headed in. We used to have a boat and my dad loves the water so this was super fun for all of us!! After freshening up at the condo we headed back down to the waterfront and grabbed some dinner then walked around the old town some more. On the way to dinner I noticed a vegan gelato shop that I had to try (I'm not vegan but I try and eat as vegan as possible when I can) and OMG it was amazingggggg. I had the dark chocolate flavor and it was more rich and creamy than any non vegan ice cream I have ever had, highly recommend ( it's the only gelato shop in Varenna so you can't miss it! ) !!!

Day 10:Varenna/Milan
Our earliest morning yet started at 5 am when we downed some instant coffee and started the walk to the train station while watching the sunrise. It was a good thing we arrived to the train station when we did because the train left 10 minutes early!! When we arrived in Milan we were sooo tired and needed some food, so we stopped at a cafe and I ordered a cappuccino and some yogurt with granola. Since we hadn't planned on being in Milan this day,we rented a tiny locker and somehow managed to stuff my entire family's luggage inside ( perks of backpacking )! Then we took a walk around the city stopping at the Benvenuto church, the canal (not much to see during the day, it heats up at night), and eventually found out way back to our favorite: Wagamama!!! I got my usual, yasai ramen and green tea, which was delicious!! We then shopped around a little and were so worn out we found a park to chill in; Sara and I ended up falling asleep for like 2 hours in the grass. By this time it was time to head to the train station where we picked up some dinner at the grocery store. Then we boarded our overnight train to Salzburg, Austria and hit the sack!!

Day 11: Salzburg
This day started with another early morning wake up call at 5am; we packed up our tiny little train car room, at some breakfast of bread and jam, and were off by 6:15 am. We walked to our hotel, dropped our bags, and chilled in their living room for a little while ( ok it was like an hour and I fell asleep no big surprise). Coffee was needed so we walked to the cutest vegan cafe called Heart of Joy to grab some cappuccinos to go then walked over to where our bike tour started. Not gonna lie, when I head my mom booked us on a 'Sound of Music Bicycle tour' I was VERY skeptical. But it turned out to be so much fun and an amazing way to see the city in a short amount of time while stopping by all the sights from the movie ( including the gazebo from 16 going on 17!!!!) They even played the soundtrack while we biked through the field ( cheesy I know but come on, you know it sounds fun). The bike tour ended at about 1:30 and we were starving so we headed back to the vegan restaurant, Heart of Joy, for some lunch. I got the falafel wrap and it was INCREDIBLE ( seriously you must go if you are in Salzburg). We then headed to the hotel to check in, shower ( the night train had no shower so we were grosssss), and take a nap. Once we had rested up we headed out to walk around town and made sure to stop at the famous gardens, then we grabbed some dinner at a mexican restaurant. We got guacamole, my mom and  I shared tacos, and Sara and I split some kind of fruity mocktail. It was delish!! 

Day 12: Salzburg
We finally had a day to sleep in….to the very late hour of 8am (lol)!!!! The breakfast at the hotel were were staying at has the BEST breakfast so we feasted. After checking out and storing our bags, we headed out into the city with no real plan but to walk around and sightsee. First we stopped by the gorgeous Mirabell Palace gardens, and since it was a sunday morning, a full Austrian band was out playing and the whole town had come out to watch. The bands main source of income was the woman pouring schnapps out of her bag; people would come by and she would pour them a shot, then proceed to take back the shot glass (without cleaning it) and pour the next person their shot. It was definitely bizarre but also hilarious! Then we walked over the Love Lock bridge (which was a great reminder of how single I am) to the old town where we explored the area outside of the main church and got a chocolate pretzel (yummmmm). After poking around in some shops and exploring the town a little more, we stopped at a seafood cafe where I (ironically) got a vegan wrap. After this, we headed back to our hotel to pick up our bags and moved into the hotel across the street (everything in Salzburg was booked up due to a music festival) and chilled for a little while. When it was time for dinner, we ate at this delicious asian fusion restaurant called MyIndigo, which is actually a chain; I would totally recommend trying it out if you are ever in Austria!!! After dinner we decided to walk into the old town and take an elevator up to see a panoramic view of the city, which was gorgeous!! Then we hiked down and headed back to the hotel to crash. 

Day 13: Salzburg/Munich
Since our hotel this night didn’t have breakfast, we walked across the street to a cute cafe called Cup & Chino. I had the most delicious muesli yogurt bowl and a cappuccino (big surprise here) then checked out of our hotel and walked to the train station. The guy selling the tickets at the counter tried to sell us train tickets for like $200 and we were like “uhhhh….pretty sure they’re like $10 each”, which just goes to show you to do your research on how much tickets should cost otherwise you might end up spending wayyyy too much!! After about 2 ½ hours on the train, we arrived in Munich and walked to the hotel to drop off our bags. When we ventured down to the metro we were shocked to find out that there was like an entire mall down there… like a NICE mall (there was one at every metro stop)!! As soon as we emerged from the metro at the Marienplatz, it was HECTIC, but super cool to see the giant coo-coo clock. From there, my mom led us on a Rick Steves (the OG) walking tour around the city. After a few hours of exploring we were hungryyy so we started looking for something to eat. Unfortunately, my family are not big fans of German food and all food  in the vicinity was…… german. Eventually we ended up walking allllll the way back to the hotel and eating at this sketchy Indian restaurant that was actually delicious!

Day 14: Munich
Our parents last day!!! We slept in and went down to breakfast at about 9am. Afterwards, we walked to the bus station and took a bus to Dachau, a concentration camp memorial. It was definitely a somber morning but a good thing to have experienced. If you are ever in Munich, I would highly recommend making the trek out to Dachau, it was truly heartbreaking to see how horrible the concentration camps really were but a true learning experience. After we finished up at the memorial at about 2pm, we took a train back into the city and grabbed some quick salads for lunch. We decided to walk around the square a little more and do some window shopping. Eventually we ended up at this super cool park in the middle of the city that is even bigger than central park! This part had everything, including a whole gang of middle-aged men sunbathing completely naked. The coolest part was that people actually surf on the currents of the little river that runs through the park, it was insane and looked super hard but we enjoyed watching! Suddenly out of nowhere it started pouring rain so we quickly took shelter at a bus stop with about 50 other people. At this point, we were starving so we ended up eating dinner at a yummy Thai restaurant.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Back To School Outfit Ideas

Back To School Outfit Ideas by Kate Bartlett
Hey Friends!
Back to school season is upon us and while I am definitely not ready for the mountains of homework and 6 am wake up calls, I am so excited for back to school fashion!!!! Finding the perfect outfit for every occasion can be difficult, but I’ve done the dirty work for you and pulled together my fave looks for this Back to School Season, all from Bloomingdales.


I am also so excited to be hosting the Bloomingdale's Back 2 School Fashion Fashion Show at the Mall of Millenia on August 3! Click here to RSVP (it’s free and I would LOVE to see you there !!) 10% of any purchase made will go directly to the amazing organization, Base Camp!


Now for the outfits…..


LEATHER LOVE
Who doesn't love a good leather jacket? Especially when its under $150!! I paired this Blank NYC leather jacket with a Fore striped bodysuit and Blank NYC distressed jeans for the perfect school day look.
Kate Bartlett Back To School Outfit Ideas


SEEING STARS
I don’t know about you but I am always getting cold during class, which is why a cozy sweater is the perfect back to school staple. I love this one from Tommy Jeans because of the fun star print and high neck. I paired it with my fave Blank NYC jeans and the cutest Marc Jacobs mini backpack with plaid straps.
Kate Bartlett Back To School Outfit Ideas


WORK IT OUT
I love an outfit that I can take from the classroom to the gym, which is why I am a huge fan of the athleisure trend! For this comfy look I paired the softest Spiritual Gangster Sweatshirt with some navy Alo yoga moto leggings and this adorable Marc Jacobs gym bag. I also had to include my fave swell water bottle and Manduka Yoga mat.
Kate Bartlett Back To School Outfit Ideas

RED WHITE & BLUE
Who says red, white, and blue is only for the 4th of July? For this casual school day look I paired a striped Levis t-shirt with this white Aqua denim skirt, and the softest denim jacket I have ever felt from Sage the Label! I of course had to include this navy Rebecca Minkoff backpack, which is perfect for school because it is nylon (super durable)!!!
Kate Bartlett Back To School Outfit Ideas


KINDNESS GANGSTER
I am a sucker for a cute graphic tee, so when I saw this tank from Spiritual Gangster, I knew I had to have it! I paired this tank with the coolest leather shorts from Aqua (similar), and a black Rebecca Minkoff crossbody which is perfect for a night out or a shopping trip!
Kate Bartlett Back To School Outfit Ideas


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