Monday, February 27, 2012

If you liked it then you should of put a ring on it

Accessory Statement: RINGS

You know when you're hungry, but you're not sure what to eat? "Do I want chocolate, something salty, something healthy?" You know you want something but you can't decide... Then you feel lazy- I don't want to make it, I don't want to order it/pick it up etc...

Those moods can take place with your closet as well. And when it happens- you can have a quick, safe plan that will totally cure your craving: rings.

So much better than buying a bunch of new clothes you'll be over in a hot minute. Cool-girl rings come in all shapes, sizes and price points! Vintage, contemporary, inexpensive... pile them on, you don't need to just wear one at a time. Mix and match metals, width, length and price points. You will be blown away with how many you can collect so quickly, and rings can completely alter your look, with little cost. (PS the CPW is out of control, unless they may start turning your finger green) a tip? buy an inexpensive style you are on the fence about, and if you fall in love, make it your life mission to find a contemporary, higher quality model.

Some great sites to check out for Ring hunting: 

 Ring prices anywhere from $10-$56. lower prices points, great place to test out trends.

Nasty Gal is a global online destination for fashion-forward, free-thinking girls. Selling both new and vintage jewelry its a one-stop-shop for the cool-girl trends. Ring prices range from $12 - $108

Nicole Richie's ready-to-wear jewelry line. Inspired by her true-to-self boho, free-spirited style, House of Harlow offers contemporary jewelery at reasonable prices. A true girl after my own heart, House of Harlow nails the free spirited look with high quality pieces at great prices.Ring Prices range: $45 - $102

House of Harlow 1960

Treat yourself. Your man isn't the only one who can put a ring on it. ...

xo Kate

LA Market: the georgette

Day 3 of LA MARKET: the georgette

You've heard me talk about jumpers before... and my love for them... but I know half of you will stop reading here because its not your thing. You're not into it, you think you can't pull it off, you're too short, blah blah blah....
If there's every a jumper to try, its this one. Its actually designed to be either worn with flats, or to wear with platforms/wedges, with the flare being a little cropped, letting that true 70's inspiration come through.

It comes with the soft, silk-like feather-printed belt, but feel free to switch out and make it your own. Since its a v-neck and cinches at the waist, it flatters everyone. And petite girl, my adorable sister-in-law also rocked this jumper - in all of her 5'2'' goodness. She looked smashing. No more excuses. Its waiting for you..

Jumper: BB Dakota $95 ; Cuff: Nordstrom;  Earings and Ring: NastyGal; Gold Ring: Vintage

LA MARKET: the campbell

So its a little delay in LA Market land...

Day 2 of LA Market: the Campbell.

Since length is still so strong for Spring, leave it to BB Dakota to make a fantastic long maxi cardigan, or "duster" whichever you'd like to call it - its fantastic. And it goes with everything! wear it now with your skinnies while the weather is a little cooler... transition it to the warmer months with your cut-off's and flat sandals. pair it with screen prints or solid, loose tee's and tanks... accessorize it, or let it speak for itself. You can even button it up and belt it, and wear it like a dress. It also comes in light cream. Go by now. You won't be disappointed.

Cardigan: BB Dakota; Jeggins: DL1961; Top: Lulul'; Watch: Michael Kors; Shoes: Target Accessories: House of Harlow, Lulu', Tiffany's and CO

Kate maxi-lover Cotter

Monday, January 30, 2012

LA Market: the Calista

It happens 5 times a year... the wonderful, fabulous LA Market! (depending on your definitions of wonderful and fabulous that is) Regardless, it is a time of fresh season, fun buyers, and floors upon floors of clothes.

During the week of Market, I am always sure to be in "buy now, wear now" clothes... meaning, the buyers see it on, they see its in the spring delivery thats shipping now, and BOOM! they have to have it in their store this second!! doesn't always work like that, but I like to think it does. With that said... here are some fabulous BB Dakota pieces that can be worn now for spring- one day of market at a time. Never mind that it might be much cooler where you are located, it is more to inspire you by giving you the freedom not to wear your tall, flat boots every day anymore. Time to mix it up, layer pieces, and feel fresh as the new season: Spring!


Wear your spring maxi's!! and if you love the Calista you can buy it at, shop bop, revolve and of course BB Dakota



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I have nothing to wear

Its January! Happy New Year!! Fresh start! Holidays are over, and you are ready to move on!!! ...and as you start this new, fresh year, you stare at your closet and you think, "I have nothing to wear." Nothing. Blah, Blah, Blah. You have these same, boring clothes forever. Ew to your closet.

You silly girl, you have plenty to wear!!! and yes, this is much as a pep talk for me as it is for you. To help bring us some inspiration, I took what every girl has in her closet: its the little _____ dress. Its close to knee length, it has sleeves, its solid, and its most likely black. If for some odd reason you do not have something like this, get the below from Nasty Gal $48 Dress.

Below are 4 examples of our every day lifestyles. Whether you're a mom, a career girl, running errands, or going to a casual dinner party, this dress is for you. The possibilities are endless. And this is the game, sweet friends, that we must play with ourselves. we cannot loose our inspiration. We will not put new things on the credit cards we just paid off. The fun is over ladies. Time to buckle up, and work with the items you have (because, you have MORE than enough in that closet of yours!!)

One dress... so many ways to wear it:

Preppy Cool

Perfect for running errands, for a casual weekend event, and if your job allows - what a cute work outfit!! This is a perfect transition into spring (especially with this 70 degree Cali wheather we're having!!) Remember those peeped toed boots and floppy hat you bought for fall? Bring that back out to transition it into spring. Pair it with lighter colors to give the spring edge  It can easily be paired with tights and heavier layering pieces - but don't forget to keep the colors strong and/or bright. Black and grey won't give us the spring energy we need.

Working Girl
You know who you are - you're young and in your 20's/30's - so dress like it! pair your designer bag with your $48 dress. Keep those nails nicely manicured in a bright, spring color, throw on the blazer for professionalism, and most importantly, don't apologize for bringing color and youthfulness into the office. You are professional and work hard with every task; because of your strong work ethic you have permission to wear other things other than black and grey suits. You can have the best of both worlds, but do so wisely. In doing this, you will be the envy of all those who wish they were bold enough to do the same.

Play Date
 Hey moms, yes, your kids are adorable, and they have the wardrobe and accessories to prove it! Do you forget that you need a great wardrobe and accessories too?! I know, the sacrificial part of you is always giving to your adorable toddlers and family.  But there are countless moms out there who look better than I do!! So do not give in to giving up. Dig deeper into your closet, and pull out the clothes you haven't worn in a while. Layer this turtleneck under the dress for a comfy cuteness. Pair the leggings underneath with the easy, flat boots (completely appropriate) Lastly, throw on the bright colored cardigan - and don't forget to roll the sleeves - you'll look effortless with your minimal accessories -not to mention this adorable diaper bag!! the perfect, fashionable outfit for chasing around that irresistible rug rat of yours.

Aztec Chic
Alas, you cool girl. You are the one with the shopping problem because everything looks good on you - how can you not buy it?! Pull that dress out and make the dress edgier and different by pairing the Aztec print on top the dress, with the illusion of an a-line skirt underneath. Pile on the accessories (you can never had too much) grab your go-to fringe bag, lace up the wedged booties and you are set my cool, aztec friend. Getting ready in 15 minutes is fine for you because the high bun and minimal make up is just the look you were going for. Whatever.

So my dear friends, play the game with yourself: never wear the same outfit twice. If you want to view any of these pieces individually on where to find them (for later on if necessary) you can do so at my polyvore link. Your wardrobe will feel endless in this much needed January funk. Play with what you have - and whatever you do, do not utter the infamous "I have nothing to wear" words... because, clearly, you do.



Sunday, November 27, 2011

True Beauty... Buy a hat, change a life.

During this time of year I sometimes get discouraged. Don't get me wrong, you won't find a girl out there who loves the holidays as much as I do But the obsession of the "latest greatest" wears on me. Do I sound like a walking irony??!! since all I can talk about is the latest trends and styles you MUST HAVE! Well with that said.... Let me introduce you to the Goodfellows, a family (and wife/mom) who posses a beauty and attraction that the latest craze can't duplicate...

We met the Goodfellows at our church a few years back. They have 4 kids (which make them automatic Cotter heroes!) and they live life in the most simplistic way. About a year ago they decided to move their entire family of 6 to Peru. They packed up the necessities and made the move to help plant a Krochet Kids in Lima, Peru.

If you don't know about Krochet Kids (sold at Nordstrom) it started by a few college guys after a trip to Uganda with a simple goal in mind: empowering women in Northan Uganda to break the cycle of poverty by creating steady jobs. Their job? Crocheting hats! Among other things. Take the time to read the Krochet Kids story here.

I think about the Goodfellows often. Whenever I start to sound like the whiney Orange County girl. The girl who gets caught up in the latest, greatest; the girl who thinks she has nothing to wear. The girl who stresses out over the silliest things. My mind drifts to them not because I think they have without, but rather I think of them because of all they do have. The boldness to up and move their entire family with a few suitcases each to an entirely different country. The fearlessness of pulling their kids out of their schools only to learn and be taught in a brand new language. The courage to know that they are stepping out to do something so very few people would act on. The "beauty" that is produced out of this boldness to help change the lives of other people is what inspires me. Following their blog is worth it! Sarah is real, she'll share the good times and the rough times. One of my favorite posts is this one ...or this one. They're all good!! Reading the things they share is a beauty that's missing from our everyday busy-bubbled culture.

I love fashion. I love knowing what the runways and designers will say is the next big trend. But when I start to feel the emptiness of trying to compete with all of it- of the constant chase of it all (not just clothes!), I think of my friends, the Goodfellows. And although they moved to help impact the people of Peru, I have no doubt they're making the same strong impact on those who miss them in Orange County as well.

I mean, could these kids be any cuter?!!!!

Riley with new friends at her birthday party

Riley with new friends at her birthday party

Tyler helping out with watching one of the Krochet Kids lady's baby



Krochet Kids is the perfect Gift for the holidays! Or even if you wanted to make a donation (especially for the new Peru location) Every hat carries with it the signature of the woman who crocheted it. Learn more about the woman who made your hat and see how you are directly impacting her and her family here

Be inspired by the beauty around us... Lets not be too busy or too stressed to miss it- during the holiday season and all year round.


Friday, October 21, 2011

The rectangle

Body type #3 is the rectangle... There are actually 2 different types to the rectangle. One type is oh-so long and lean, easily the envy of every calorie counter or diet obsessed woman out there. And the best part Rectangle? You don't even have to try. You can pretty much eat anything you want, work out if you feel like it, and nothing changes on your body... You're usually tall and thin, not having tons of curves... And mimic the Cameron Diaz body type. Just so it's not too confusing when differentiating between the 2 types of rectangles, we will refer to you as Cameron. Or Cami if you like.

Then there's the other type of rectangle. You've been an athlete forever. You love your clean, lean, veggie-filled diet, you can't live without your gym routine, and you may be a cross-fit know it all. Your body is fit, lean and can be muscular, naturally. And you love every bit of it. You are the Jessica Biels of the world... So for you Jess, all these things still apply.

To review Rectangle

  • Are you tall and thin?
  • Are you athletically built?
  • Are you small chested?
  • Are you lacking a true defined waist?
  • Do you not have a lot of "curves"? (I.e. Chest, hips, rear)
  • Do you have a rocking body and can be compared to either Cameron Diaz and Taylor Swift, or Jessica Biel and Hope Solo?
    • Then you are a fabulous Rectangle

    The best thing you can do for your body, Rectangle, is to accentuate what you have, and give the illusion of what you don't. Since you don't have a ton of natural curves, make some up. Play up your shape with lots of ruffles, bold colors, prints and volume. The hourglass cannot get away with these things as easily as you can. You are the one body type that has the chance to actually give yourself more volume, and look even better while doing it. (something the other shapes do not have the luxury of.)

    You may however want to stay clear of a few things (but not always of course) All body types should avoid a tight top with tight bottoms (or lose on lose) but you Rectangle especially should. This will make your minimal curves appear even smaller. Also, like the apple, thin belts should be avoided. This might give the illusion of being "split in half" where your body could be cut in two, looking even more "rectangley" and less curvy.

    For you Jessica, sport girls out there, you're used to being confident in the gym, or field, or court. Time to move that confidence into your wardrobe. Your body is banging!!! Stop hiding it under hoodies! (did i say to never wear your hoodies? no) but you have some of the best bodies out there, and you should show them off more (ahem, little sister). You are hiding in your comfy clothes- no more! Embrace prints, colors, stripes (especially stripes for you Camerons because they'll give a fuller appearance) no more hiding that fabulous body Jess

    The irony is Rectangle, since your confidence usually comes in your competitiveness and activeness, you can be hesitant with bolder things - which is exactly what your body type needs!! As scary as it sounds, go find bold, fun prints! (think animal or snake print, camel, 70's style floral, or bright, bold colors.) If you're too hesitant to wear it in a head to toe dress or jumper, then at least put it up top. Gravitate towards a shirt or dress with ruffles to add volume. Find a pair of colored denim (think red, plum, or electric blue) to break up your long and lean frame. Be sure to pair it with an oversized top. Add scarves to your wardrobe. It will give color, add volume, give the unexpected edge you need (yes, comfy girl, you can still wear your scarves with jeans and a tee shirt, right in your comfort zone.)

    In addition to scarves as layering pieces, find the perfect oversized soft cardigan (and to think, it'd be the perfect replacement for your hoodie). A blazer is also the perfect staple item for you. Layer it over an oversized tee as well. Find a blazer in either a staple color (black or grey) or even a pop of color, or both!!

    Lastly when going to a special occasion, grab something that's more than just the little black dress. Are you getting annoyed by me yet? FIND BOLD COLOR! Opt for a one shoulder or something with a wide hem- anything that gives more shape- something all other body types wish they could pull off as chic as you. Add some edge by getting a pair of tights this fall. Either colored or grey (you don't need black for slimming purposes, so rock something different- textured even.)

    Essentials for the Rectangle

    • Lots of prints
    • Ruffles on tops or dresses
    • Colored denim
    • Bold colors
    • Fun scarves
    • Colored/textured tights
    • Stripes
    • Dresses with volume
    • A-symmetrical cuts or uneven hems
    • Oversized cardigan
    • A perfect fitting blazer