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  1. Artist Spotlight: Katharine Morling’s 3D Porcelain Clay

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board Katharine Morling on Pinterest.

    How sick is this art by Katharine Morling!? Her work is made out of porcelain, clay, and black stain.  The 3D objects creations are fired without glaze accentuating the ‘drawn’ quality of the work. Morling says, “My work can be described as 3 dimensional drawings.” 

    I’m totally obsessed! They look so delicious. What do you think?

    For more artist inspo check out ‘Artist Spotlight: Motoi Yamamoto Saltscapes

  2. Denim for Every Body!

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    Denim is a go to for everybody which is why I loved making this video about denim for every body! In the video above and photos below check out the 3 looks I styled using jeans from Target Style‘s new denim line including flare leg, skinny and boyfriend jean styles.

    For more Target Style videos check out: ‘5 More Minutes To Looking Fabulous‘ or ‘Style Challenge: Styling 4 Occasions

    Flare Leg Fun


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    Skinny Jeans with Rhinestone Knees


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    Prep It:


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    Pixie Ring. Various Colors.



    Do It!:

    1. Lay out the rhinestones on your jeans in a design that you like.
    2. Hot glue the stones onto the jeans.
    3. Sew them on to make them permanent!
    4. Rock them.







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    WEIRD Necklace. Unisex. Various Colors.



    Sexy/Urban Boyfriend Jeans


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    Meteor Cuff









  3. Decorating Tips On A Budget

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board DECORATING ON A BUDGET on Pinterest.

    Brianna Asks:  Kate, My name is Brianna and I’m twelve years old. I love interior design, but with absolutely no money nor space, I really don’t know what to do with my bedroom. (pictured above) I share my bedroom with my sister. It has some ideas present but it’s basically splattered and not well put together. If you could give me some tips… That would be a miracle. I just don’t know what to do! Love you, Brianna +(I love your book I purchased it and am reading it rn!)

    My Answer: Hi Brianna! Thank you so much for reading the book! I know that some small changes can make a big difference in your shared bedroom. I compiled some images above with projects that are inexpensive and DIYable to add some style to your space. Hover your mouse over each image to read the caption and click through to see the project! xo!

    For more fun inspo, check out ‘DIY Dorm Room Design

  4. THINX Period Panties

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    I have no shame about my period.

    I included some period stories in A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects, namely, It Smells Like Raisins and A Tribe Called Tampon (get a signed copy here!) because I believe we shouldn’t feel gross about something that makes us women! So, when I learned about this new company called Thinx, that makes high-tech, absorbant, reusable panties for that time of the month, I knew I had to share.

    Thinx panties is basically the Warby Parker of underwear. For every pair sold, they give re-usable cloth pads to women and girls in developing countries who would otherwise have to skip school during their “week of shame.” It infuriates me beyond words that girls are brought up to feel shame about something that should be celebrated.

    Miki Agrawal is the CEO and co-founder of Thinx and was featured in a recent Forbes article.

    “Women in our culture don’t want to talk about their periods — most still think about it as crass and disgusting…” Says Agrawal, “I want to change the culture around women’s most normal time of month — and not while wearing grandma panties or pads that feel like a diaper.”

    There is also the environmental concern that tampon applicators and pads contribute greatly to the planet’s landfills. Agrawal says 70 percent of Western women use applicator tampons each month. “They’re afraid to look at or touch their own blood, or they’re afraid to put their finger in their own vagina,” Agrawal says.

    Periods are a huge business because obviously, it happens every month to half the world’s population. It’s amazing there hasn’t been any technological advancements to assist us during our moon cycle (much better than “week of shame” right?!) “Tampons were invented in 1931 and aside from adhesive strips and wings on pads, there hasn’t been any major innovation in 85 years,” says Agrawal. “It’s time to change that — and to change the taboo.”

    I’m sure you’re wondering how these Thinx panties work. Thinx claims they are more absorbant than most pads and won’t leak. They also offer three different styles included thongs and all of them look really cute in the photos. I’m totally intrequed and a little wary because obviously it would be a huge change from my OB tampon (no applicator) during the day and pad with wings at night, regime, but I do want to give them a try!

    Thinx says, “By reimagining feminine hygiene products to provide support, comfort, confidence, and peace of mind, we aim to eliminate shame, empowering women and girls around the world.” I’m ready to be empowered! Ordering my pair today and I’ll report back with my review. What do you ladies think? Would you wear period panties?

    For other women-centric blog posts see The Saggy Boob Look and ‘Your Last F*#%k-able Day aka Aging In Hollywood by Amy Schumer‘!


    Thinx come in three styles: Thong, Cheeky, & Hiphugger for light, medium, & heavy days. Confused on the mechanics of these pad and tampon free panties?  Click here to see how Thinx works.

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    Thoughts? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!

  5. DIY Patch Purse

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    Patches, if you haven’t already noticed, are making a comeback. I’m seeing them on jeans, jackets, etc. so I was inspired to DIY up a totally patched-out purse! This purse is from the Goodwill and the patches are all from our local Jo-Ann’s craft store. I think it looks cute with pretty much any outfit. If you have to carry a purse every day, it may as well be a fun one! Because, #WHYNOT!?

    For more DIY purse goodness, check out ‘DIWhyNot: DIY Fringe Bag!



    Prep It:










    DO IT!:

    1. Plan out your design by placing the iron on patches on your purse in a design that you like.
    2. Once the design is established, hot glue them on! Note: faux leather (like this bag we used) reacts better to hot glue. If you’re using a genuine leather purse, you may want to use E6000 glue to attach the patches.
    3. ROCK IT with any outfit!


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    Treasure Cuff




    Like my new snake sandals? Get the look at Anthropologie!


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    Pixie Ring. Various Colors.


  6. OMG We Bought A House! A Tub Built For Two!

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    “A toilet is not a toilet” and “that was a sh*tty poop-posal” are just two of the many gems from today’s shopping episode of OMG We Bought A House! A big thanks to Blondy Bath & Home for letting us peruse your amazing selection!

    What kind of tub and vanity do you think we should go for? Follow me on Pinterest to see how I piece together this and other designs.

    If you missed the last episodes of OMG We Bought A House, check them out: ‘OMG We Bought A House! Bring In The Pros!‘ ‘OMG We Bought A House! Garage Wars!‘ ‘OMG We Bought A House! The Master’s Bedroom!‘, ‘OMG We Bought A House! What’s in the Attic‘, & ‘OMG We Bought A House! We’re Back and We Have Issues


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    Petal to the Metal Necklace













    Of course the rest of the team had to test toilets too! Brad and Elise are cute poopers!



    Hahahaaa Brad!!!







    What did you think? Comment and let us know! XOXO


  7. Styling: Bralettes

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board BRALETTE STYLIN’ on Pinterest.

    Hannah Asks: Hey Kate! Recently, I bought a black lacey brallete after months of trying to find one that fit. The problem is, I have no idea how to style it. Help me!

    Karolin Asks: Hi Kate! I reeally need your help here. So, summer is here with full force but my question is how to stay stylish if it is super hot outside? A tank top, shorts and flip flops is kind of boring so maybe you have some outfit ideas on how to make summer outfits still stylish?

    My Answer: Hi Ladies! I totally feel you. A. Bralettes are sometimes hard to style if you’re not used to letting your bra show and B. Hot weather outfits can be challenging when all you want to wear are ice packs!

    I made the inspiration board above with loads of ideas on how to style cute warm weather outfits incorporating a cute bra or bralette. Hover over the images to read my captions and click through to the Pinterest board to view the images larger.

    Here are some tips/tricks for hot weather bralette outfits:

    • Deep v-necks are your friend! All those tops that are too low cut are now an option when you want to show off your cute bralette. Same goes for sheer tops! Let that bra show!
    • Backless or low back tops are a great opportunity to stay cool and show off some beautiful bralette straps. Get some with intricate straps like this one from Free People which I have and love.
    • A pretty bralette can funk up a simple jean shorts and tank top look. Let it peek out and wear a wide brimmed hat for a laid back boho look.
    • Wear the bralette as an actual top with a light shawl, plaid shirt or vest over it. I like to wear a high waisted skirt or shorts if I’m wearing a short top so my entire stomach isn’t exposed.
    • Get funky and stay super cool in hot weather by wearing a bralette with overalls! #whynot

    For more summer inspo, check out ‘Bikini + Cover-Up Two Ways

  8. OMG Quick Tip: Get Organized!

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    I knoooow, organization is so hard if you’re not naturally inclined to be an organized person. Joey and I made this OMG Quick Tips video with some tips that I’ve found work for me. If you missed the first two OMG Quick Tips, check them out here: ‘OMG Quick Tip: Sizzling Fire Safety!‘ & ‘OMG Quick Tip: ‘E’ is for Energy Efficiency


    Labeling while organizing is super helpful.


    Junk drawer before…


    Organized stuff drawer after! Ohhhh Ahhhh!


    Keeping your towels rolled in a basket is a tidy look and it makes you feel like you live in a 5 star resort.  That’s a win-win!


    Organize your closets and cabinets with baskets to make finding things REALLY easy.


    Electronic label anything and everything to motivate you to put things back in the right place.

  9. DIY Crystal Checkerboard

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    For another fun summer DIY, check out ‘DIY Coffee Pot Succulent Terrarium


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    Forest Horizon Cuff



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    Do It!:

    1. Spray paint the board completely black. Let dry.
    2. Measure and mark your board so that there are 8 rows of 8 squares.  If your board is 3′ x 3′ like mine, each square will be 4.5″ x 4.5″.
    3. Tape off half the squares in a checkerboard pattern, to protect the black paint!
    4. Spray paint the rest of the board white.  Let dry. (TIP: If your white paint seeped under the painters tape, use a black permanent marker to touch up the edges of the black squares!)
    5. Remove the tape and enjoy your game of checkers! (TIP: Divide the crystals into two piles, one for light crystals, and one for dark crystals. One player will be dark, and one player will be light. To king the players, stack your stones!)


  10. Kates Take: LA and NY Book Signings Video Diary

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    Today’s video is part travel diary, part party diary and part diarrhea of the mouth – case in point my weird run-in with the guy in Barnes & Noble who stood there for 10 minutes with me and I awkwardly babbled… LOL!

    It was such a blast doing the signings in New York and LA at the Forever 21 stores and getting to meet, hug and chat with so many of you awesome humans! To those of you who came, THANK YOU! and to those of you who couldn’t make it, NO WORRIES because we’re now selling autographed book copies on the Mr. Kate shop! 

    Also join the Mr. Kate group page called the Little Misters!

    For more A Hot Glue Gun Mess party fun, check out ‘A Hot Glue Gun Mess L.A. Launch Party!

    Some of your Instagrams from the signings…

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    Santa Monica: malaletkin7


    Santa Monica: misstink6

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    Santa Monica: achie279

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    Santa Monica: inspiritgolden1

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    New York: bffandlifestyle

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    New York: mwithakay - a Little Mister!

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    New York: My Home Made Simple friend realpaigedavis

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    In NY with Little Mister DanielleKerr

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    New York: schlenkelenk

    So fun! So many more cute pics to see under #mrkate and #AHotGlueGunMess!

  11. Shop-able Moodboard: A Peaceful Patio

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    It’s summer!  Which means we should be inspired to spend more time outside in this beautiful weather. If you have an outdoor space you’ve been meaning to spruce up, NOW is the time. I created this moodboard with all shop-able items that will bring whimsy and flair to any outdoor area!

    Are you on polyvore? Me too!  Follow me here!

    For more shop-able moodboards, check out: ‘Shop-Able Moodboard: Patterned vs Solid Curtains!


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  12. Fashion for Breakfast x Mr. Kate

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    I had so much fun hosting Fashion for Breakfast this past week at the beautiful Cecconi’s restaurant in West Hollywood. There were many, awesome female entrepreneurs in attendance and I got to do a Q & A to talk about the growth of Mr. Kate Inc and what it was like to write a book! We also had a beautiful set up of jewelry, BeautyMarks and copies of A Hot Glue Gun Mess!

    Thanks Connie Chang and Stewart Uy for taking such gorgeous photos!

    For more party pics and inspo check out: ‘A Hot Glue Gun Mess L.A. Launch Party

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  13. DIY Bleach Bottomed T-shirt

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    We all have those raggedy tees that are just so comfy but maybe not that cool. Turn your confy old tee into an edgy statement piece for summer with a spray bottle of bleach and water!

    Looking for another fun summer DIY?  Check out my ‘DIY Ombre Sneakers‘!



    Prep It:

    • 100% cotton shirt
    • spray bottle
    • bleach
    • water





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    Do It!:

    1. Fill the spray bottle with half bleach half water.
    2. Turn the shirt inside out.
    3. Spray the shirt so the bleach is extremely saturated at the bottom and just fizzles up to the top.  To get the stark contrast that my shirt has just keep squirting away at the bottom and just do intermittent squirts throughout the rest of the shirt.
    4. Let dry. You can put it in the sun for extra bleach-ness.
    5. Wash the shirt with other white clothes that are bleach safe. Let it dry and repeat the process if you want a more intense look.
    6. I styled my new Bleach Bottomed tee with some lace shorts, funky sandals and a boho hat and wrap!




     What do you think?

  14. OMG We Bought A House! Bring In The Pros!

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    If you’ve been along this OMG We Bought A House! journey with us, you know we’re gearing up to do some renovations in our first home. We want to do these changes responsibly which to us means spending the right amount of money (not too much) so we get a return on our investment when we go to sell the house in maybe 5 or so years. In this episode we invite our architect, Kurt Beckmeyer and our real estate agent, Peter Maurice over for a zen meeting and to give us their pro opinions on our dream changes!

    Watch the video above and see the disappointments (attic) and what we’re excited about (kitchen, master bathroom and garage). And follow me on Pinterest to see all the house renovation design brainstorming in action!

    If you missed the last episodes of OMG We Bought A House, check them out: ‘OMG We Bought A House! Garage Wars!‘ ‘OMG We Bought A House! The Master’s Bedroom!‘, ‘OMG We Bought A House! What’s in the Attic‘, & ‘OMG We Bought A House! We’re Back and We Have Issues



    Our blueprints amongst the zen-house-vibes-coffee-table meeting setting.



    Can’t wait to do some serious cosmetic fixes in the kitchen! We want to re-do the floors, cabinets and countertops and change the door to the side yard to more gracious and inviting.



    Our master bathroom is begggging for a re-do. Can’t wait to renovate the entire thing!



    We want to turn the garage (that we don’t use for our cars) into a gym, woman/man cave and drum room which Peter thinks will be a good investment!



  15. OMG Quick Tip: Sizzling Fire Safety!

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    Fire safety is one of those duuuuh things that I always seem to put off. Today’s episode is full of those essential tips that any person living inside needs to heed. And yes, Joey gifted me a fire extinguisher… LOL!

    If you missed our last OMG Quick Tip, check it out here: ‘OMG Quick Tip: ‘E’ is for Energy Efficiency


    Try to test out your fire alarms every six months!


    Having a fire proof safe for important documents, cash, and pictures is a precaution you’ll thank yourself for in case of a fire.


    Battery operated candles are a fire-safe alternative!



    Our old fire extinguisher…


    Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher at the ready.



    Stay tuned for a new episode of OMG We Bought A House coming at you soon!

  16. Blogger Brunch Celebrating A Hot Glue Gun Mess

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    How cool is this!? I was very honored to host an intimate brunch for 25 bloggers at One Colorado to celebrate the debut of A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects. Check out this Instagram’s tags to see who all was there! The ladis of No Subject set up a Moroccan style brunch with coffee tables on gorgeous rugs. The spread featured a tower of California Donuts – the most insane donuts ever… Lucky Charms?! And cheese and pastries galore.
     A special thanks to Finn + Willow for setting up an awesome apparel display, Club W for the rosé, Archive Rentals for the gorgeous furniture, Blue Bottle Coffee, Smári Organic Icelandic Yogurt, Fleur De Rye, & Cali Water for deliciousness.
    Monica Wang did an AMAZING job photographing the event, take a look:
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    Get your copy of A Hot Glue Gun Mess!…

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    A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects - EXCLUSIVE SIGNED COPY

    Follow all these rad ladies by clicking on the tags in this instagram!
  17. DIY Fourth Of July Sparkler Cocktail

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    Blackberries are in their peak season so there’s no better time to muddle some up in a Fourth of July Sparkler Cocktail! This refreshing mix of citrus and blackberry flavors is delish and low cal, thanks to the Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka so have one… #whynot!? It’s summer! 

    We also made some adorable DIY drink flags on skewers for the perfect, festive garnish! DIY and recipe below. XO!



    Prep It (1 drink):

    • 2 parts Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka
    • teaspoon agave nectar
    • around 2 cups chilled club soda
    • handful of blackberries
    • muddler
    • drinking glass
    • cocktail shaker with ice

    Prep It (flag):

    • skewer
    • 3 blackberries
    • dusty blue paper
    • white ink pen or marker
    • scissors
    • double sided tape

















    Do It! (drink):

    1. Place a handful of blackberries in the bottom of the drinking glass.  Muddle.
    2. Pour two parts of Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka into the cocktail shaker.
    3. Add a teaspoon of agave nectar to the cocktail shaker.  Shake.
    4. Pour the vodka and agave over the blackberries.
    5. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Enjoy!

    Do It! (flag):

    1. Fold the blue paper in half.
    2. Cut out an isosceles triangle with the short end at the fold.
    3. Use the white paint pen to draw stars all over the flag.
    4. Tape the flag closed, sandwiching the skewer at the edge of the flag.
    5. Skewer three blackberries and add your beautiful new flag to your cocktail!





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