SPRING/SUMMER TREND: FRONT SLITS

Hi Ladies,

Anyone else find themselves scrolling aimlessly on Instagram admiring these impeccable tone legs that seem unattainable? Or maybe you think to yourself that I will never go anywhere that warrants a slip THAT high?!?! Well, you may be right. I can tell you right now that I myself will not be wearing a slit high enough that I have to hold the two pieces of fabric together for the entire duration that I am wearing it. I will most definitely wear this trend, but not to the extent where the slip goes all the way up to the top of my hip bone.

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Slits are all the rage for Spring and Summer 2018. Front slits to be more specific. Slits in skirts, maxi, swimsuit cover ups are EVERYWHERE. If you follow me on Instagram, I have already dove leg deep into this trend a few times. 😉

A slit is very flattering on all body types. It has a way of breaking up your right and left side to appear more tone and the slit of course provides length to those with shorter stature and more height to us taller individuals. It also allows the fabric to lay nicely on your legs providing this kind of form fitting look that doesn’t appear to scandalous.

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Now if you still have this burning picture of a super model with a high slit in your head –GET IT OUT NOW– There are different lengths of slits that multiple brands offer across apparel that is for EVERYONE. For those of you that may need a bit of a adjustment period to fully commit to this trend or maybe you are looking to purchase this trend, but need it to be a bit more professional; I GOT YOU. I’ve linked so many options that you can look through to see what you’re most comfortable with.

For those dipping your toes into this trend, I would suggest you start with a maxi skirt or maxi dress that only has one slit and the slit ends at the top of your knee cap. For those who are leg deep in this trend, I challenge you to look into rocking two slit for both your right and left leg.

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The dress I am wearing in this blog post provides the perfect length for running errands, Summer BBQs, beach vacations, happy hour, ect. I found this dress at Urban Outfitters and provides a slit that is not too outrageous that I can’t wear it around family and to multiple functions. I can unbutton the bottom buttons if I am feeling a little more frisky to make the slit higher. It’s completely lined, which I LOVE because I hate wearing slits. Who wants to wear another layer in the Summer? NOT ME! Lastly, I can dress it up or dress it down, which is why I love this dress. You know this girl loves versatility!  At the time I published this post, all three color options were fully stocked in all sizes. BUDGET FRIENDLY AT $79 🙂

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SPRING & SUMMER TREND: Square Neckline

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Striped Top: ZARA


Hi Dolls,

Not into the off the shoulder trend, but want to dip your toes into something just as flirtatious? The square neckline trend may be the one for you! I love this trend, because it is for every body type AND there are different variations based on how much skin you want to show. You can wear a very deep square neckline top that is similar to a tank top OR have the square neckline hit just above your collarbones for a more conservative look. Speaking of tank tops this square neckline trend can be seen with spaghetti straps (loving thick spaghetti straps) or with sleeves.

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Personally, I love showing off my collarbones. I think it is my favorite feature and gives the illusion that my chubby cheeks are not that chubby. This might not actually be the case, but in my head, it works!

This trend can be worn for all age groups due to it’s versatility and can be worn for casual or work-wear attire. Pair this look with other trends like polka dot prints, gingham, stripes, puff sleeves to achieve this effortless chic look.

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I found this top while searching online at Zara and instantly put it in my cart. I think that the neckline of this blouse is perfect for my body type and allows me to show off a little bit of that collarbone that I love so much. The mix of horizontal and vertical line design g is so forgiving and not too overwhelming. I am also obsessed with these statement sleeves. They bring a instant uplift to this blouse without being too dramatic. The button detailing on the back is to die. It has three over-sized buttons that pull this flirtatious look together. Lastly, the fabric is linen and is so light and airy, but not too light wear you feel like your wearing nothing. Although, sometimes, that is something that I go for! LOL

Did I mention this top is only $40?!?!?! The perfect piece that will transition with you through different seasons. I paired this top with my new favorite Madewell denim jean, which are easily the most comfortable jean, I HAVE EVER HAD. They are a little pricey, but are a lifelong partnership! Pair this look with a statement earring like this Loft earrings, with fashion sneaks, flip flips or slides, and you have the perfect summer look.

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Which piece is your favorite?

Xo, Katie 

Little White Dress

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Hi Ya’ll,

I am currently listening to the sounds of pouring rain and country music with some hot tea. All I am missing is a fireplace. I instantly get a mood uplift when the vibe is just right.  Anyone else like that or am I the only crazy one?

I am obsessed with wearing white. White jeans, shirts, dresses, and white shoes. I have never followed the “white only after memorial day rule” and I think it is super lame to be honest. I am all for winter whites, fall white, and spring whites and anything in between. I think it is so feminine and chic to wear white all year around. A simple white blouse with subtle detailing can go so far. The only thing I stress about is how pale I get. With my Irish skin, I can blend in to my white wall and become Casper. No one wants that. Speaking of, does anyone have any self tanner recommendations? I would love to try a few!

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This white dress I am wearing is For Love & Lemons from Revolve. This dress has such sentimental value to me because I wore it for our engagement photos. I haven’t put it on since and thought I would break it out again. Our engagement pictures were in the Fall, so I paired with brown booties for that occasion. In this picture, I decided to pair with my favorite white espadrilles sneakers and a jean jacket. This jean jacket has been in heavy rotation the past couple of weeks as the weather has been crazy! One of these days I won’t need it.

The detailing on this dress is insane. I love the cut outs and lace detailing. The bell sleeves give me heart flutters every time I set my eyes on this dress in my closet. The lace hem gives this dress the best feminine look and goes well with this PJ trend. This outfit is perfect for a winery, date night, graduation, and summer parties.

Unfortunately,  I cannot find this dress anywhere, but have linked a few of my favorite white dress options for you!

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Staying on Trend and on Budget

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Hey Ya’ll,

My days have been jammed back with work these past few weeks! Trying to balance work, my home life, and consistently posting on here is tough! I have to admit that my clothes are currently staked up to my neck, my house is a wreck, and I have little to no food to eat in the fridge. Hopefully, I can get some stuff done this evening and am not distracted with American Idol. Thank god it’s not on tonight! 🙂

Nick and I had a little getaway to the mountains of White Sulpher Springs, W.Va. I had a work event for some of it, but got to enjoy and unwind a bit too 🙂 If you saw my insta stories, the hotel was FAB. It’s called The Greenbrier. It’s famous for it’s eccentric decor, PGA golf course, and the now unclassified bunker that would of housed congress in the event of a missile attack on Washington D.C. The decor was AMAZING, but I felt like I was on sensory overload the entire time. We ate well and need to get back into the gym because I feel so unhealthy. 😦 Too much wine and food. On our way back we drove through the Virginia Safari Park, which was SO FUN. If you are driving through, you have to go. You can feed cows, goats, deer, llamas, giraffes, ect. Mostly from your car! I don’t think I stopped smiling and laughing the entire time I was there.

The weather was beautiful during the daytime yesterday and got to work a bit from home. My new patio furniture was delivered so I moved my work space to the deck to soak up some rays! After work we decided to take a few outfit pictures. For some reason every time my husband is available to shoot looks for me it is SO windy. Yesterday evening was no different. As soon as we were ready to go the clouds came in and the wind started to soar. One of these days I won’t have to manage all these factors to take some pictures for you guys. When we were done, we walked Bo and the wind completely stopped. Figures!

I wore this dress to a baby shower for a friend I had a couple of weeks ago. This dress is so affordable at $48 without a discount code. If you signed up for emails, I get discount codes almost everyday. I am loving polka dots lately and high slits. I am hoping it will keep me motivated to go to the gym. LOL This dress is true to size and so comfortable. It is very flattering and has an open back as well! I can wear this dress to a wedding, graduation, Kentucky Derby.. I mean the list goes on and on! It has the cutest buttons in the back as well. I love the short sleeve look as it makes it look a bit more conservative. Since this dress is selling out super fast (only large left the last time I checked), I’ve linked a few other dresses from Forever 21 that are on trend and super affordable. Which one is your favorite?

XOXO, Katie

Spring Layering Outfits

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Hi Dolls,

Happy Monday! This weather has been insane! It was so perfect this weekend with nothing but sunshine and warm weather, but today it’s been raining, cold, and so windy! My weather guy Doug (NBC 4 Washington) said it’s going to be cold and windy the remainder of the week so I thought what a great opportunity to give you some inspiration!

I have some awesome posts coming up this week because I was seriously lacking last week. Today, I’m talking all about layering pieces for Spring. I feel like this topic isn’t talked too much about and most people go straight into wearing mini dresses and showing a lot of skin. For me, I need an in between to showcase these pasty white legs and feet! I enjoy spending most of these days outside grilling out, spending the day at a brewery, and gathering over a fire. In these cases, I need another layer to throw on that I feel comfortable in and that looks cute. What are your favorite Spring activities?

I always ask myself a couple of questions when I’m picking out my OOTD. What about going from day to night? After the sun goes down it gets a bit chilly and what do you have to throw on? I tend to look at retail stores like J.Crew & Loft to get some inspiration. J.Crew has put out this lightweight wool blazer that is all the hearts eyes and the perfect layering piece. It also is great piece to bring an outfit together. It has the perfect quarter length sleeves that still gives it a Spring look. The over-sized pockets in the front are to die for. It’s also lightweight! It’s not too heavy where I’m sweating when it’s 80 degrees out. I love pairing this blazer classic white blouses or sweaters when it is a bit chilly. You can easily throw on a tank top under this blazer for those warmer days. Today, I decided to take it up a notch and throw on a denim button up in addition to my basic white blouse. This blazer comes in 4 different colors and is 20% off! I do recommend sizing down.

I’ve picked out a few other pieces that are the perfect layering pieces for Spring. Which are your favorites?

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Wedding Guest Dress Guide

Hi Ya’ll!

I hope everyone is recovering from Easter Weekend. If you’re like me, you’re starting to receive a ton of wedding invitations in the mail. This has inspired me to share my wedding guest dress guide. I love shopping for dresses for special events. To be honest, any chance I get to dress up immediately puts me in a better mood. There is something about changing up your daily wardrobe and putting a little bit more make-up on and curling your hair that is an instant mood booster. Everyone wants to look their best at a wedding, but still be comfortable, be able to DANCE, and not upstage the bride.

There are so many different styles that guest can wear and it can be overwhelming for some. You can stick with a traditional sleeveless business dress, but I always take this opportunity to branch out and show my style. Why not do something different or out of your weekly norm? This is also a great opportunity to surprise your date or significant other as well. : )

I always try to follow the brides theme. You should be able to tell by their formal wedding invitation on the style of dress you should wear. For example, the color scheme should give you a hint of what the bridesmaids are wearing. I try and stay within the same color scheme, but I never wear the same exact color. As far as if it is a rustic, beach, or traditional wedding you should be able to tell by looking up the location. Black is always a color to fall back on and can be worn in any season. Wearing black does not mean that you do not wish the couple well. That is a tale of the past. DO NOT WEAR WHITE! I am always shocked when I find that people show up in a white dress. The only one at the wedding that wears white is the bride.

I hope you have a fabulous time at the wedding you’re attending this year! If you do not find anything in the links I provided, please feel free to reach out to me and I will find something for you! 🙂

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REVOLVE

NORDSTROM

Xo, Katie

My Favorite Skin Care Products

Hey Ya’ll

This week has been so amazing and it’s only Tuesday. I have started to gain more subscribers on here and my Instagram. It means SO much to me that you take time out of your day to read my blog. 🙂 If you haven’t subscribed, you can on the right hand side of my homepage. My Instagram handle is @katie_dipillo. Please subscribe and follow because I have some awesome content coming out that you will not want to miss!

I started back in my fitness routine because summer is right around the corner! This time of the year is when I usually amp up my workouts to 4-5x/week. I love those endorphins and tone muscles 🙂 I currently follow @alexia_clark an am doing her workouts to keep me on track with a tight schedule. She is seriously my girl crush and I envy her. My husband will tell you I stay up at night and watch her Instagram stories. Not in a creepy way, but of a motivational and inspiring way.

I’ve had a couple people ask me how I keep my skin clear and I thought I would share my skin care regimen with you! I had clear skin throughout my entire childhood and teenage life. I know, so lucky, right?? Unfortunately, as an adult, I have cystic acne. I normally have breakouts when my hormones are off due to stress or lack of sleep. I would say I am pretty good at getting a good nights sleep and managing my stress, so my breakouts are few and far between. I also religiously wash my face, which is key. I wash my face when I wake up, before I go to sleep, after my workouts, as soon as I get home if I have makeup on. Seriously, any chance I get to have a clean face, I jump on it. I don’t use every product every time I wash my face. Click the name of the product for links.

MY SKIN CARE REGIMEN:

Cetaphil Cleanser: Seriously, this is the best cleanser and you can get it at your local drugstore or on Amazon. It is also so affordable. My dermatologist recommended I use it years ago after many failed products. I have sensitive skin and this doesn’t cause redness, swelling, or any other inflammatory symptoms. It doesn’t leave any residue from my make up or the product itself on my skin. It makes my skin so smooth and fresh. In college I used to get white heads, but the cleanser alone did the trick!

Exfolikate: I use Exfolikate by Kate Somerville 3x/week. This has ingredients that will especially help oily or acne-prone skin: salicylic acid, honey (has antibacterial properties), and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A). It isn’t too harsh on my skin and is perfect at getting all the dead skin cells off my face. This product provides a clean palate for all of my moisturizers! The tube I use is very small and I use half of a penny size amount each time.

Klairs Toner: My skin eats this stuff up. I feel like my skin cannot get enough of this toner. It is moisturizing and provides pH balance. In the Winter, my skin can get very dry and irritated if I do not use this. You get an enormous amount of product as well. The consistency has some substance and has a very pleasant and faint floral smell.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Serum: This helps repair sun damage that I have had in the past as well as scarring from my cystic acne. I am spot specific when applying this serum and around my eyes, top of my forehead, and along my smiling lines. This brightens my face and reduces my fine lines. I notice a difference when I choose to not use it.

Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer with SPF: Unlike most moisturizers, this doesn’t make my skin feel greasy. A little goes a long way and continues to make my skin feel airy and fresh. It is fragrance-free  and comes in a little pump bottle. Also provides SPF which I put on my face and neck daily.

Aczone Gel: This is prescribed by my dermatologist and you will need a prescription, but I use this when I do have a breakout. It dramatically lessens the swelling and provides proper and expiated healing to my breakout area. It is seriously magic.

Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Moisturizer:  Seriously, there is no need for BB cream or foundation when applying this product. It is pricey at $40, but it is honestly like a three- in-one product. Perfect for on the go individuals who do not have time or do not want to put makeup on. It provides one color that self-adjusts to your skin tone. It looks a little scary (as in orange) when you first put it on, but it subsides after 30 seconds and gives you an incredible dewy sun-kissed look.

Comment below on your favorite products!

XO, Katie