Arielle Asks:Hi Mr. Kate (or should I say Mrs. Kate:) I am contemplating buying a pair of white snake print heeled ankle boots but the thing that keeps holding me back from purchasing it is the fact that I don’t know how to style them. You advice is VERY MUCH needed. Thanks;)
My Answer: Hi Arielle! Great question! I love white shoes. Unfortunetely, I don’t have any white, snake print boots like yours but I put these two outfits together around my white, heeled pumps which I think would also work perfectly with your boots.
The best thing about white shoes is that the color matches with anything and everything so all you have to figure out is what outfit silhouette works best with your style of shoes. I styled outfit #1 with business, evening, etc. in mind and outfit #2 with day time for funky days or datenight sass!
This type of European linen or ‘grain sack’ cloth with the stripes in red or blue was originally made by farm families to distinquish their grain sacks from each other. They each had their own stripe pattern in red or blue woven into the linen cloth. Lately, the striped cloth has become ubiquitous in interior design and I love using it to infuse a rustic elegance to any space. I personally have these French linen throw pillows and dishtowels. I think this style looks good interior or exterior in a variety of ways!
See more inspiration photos of French linens below and get ideas for your space…
My dish towels and throw pillows above, and here’s some inspiration photos below…
Joey and I feel very at home in our new house however, my shoes, are feeling left out! Today’s episode is all about giving our clothes and shoes a worthy situation and thankfully, Kathryn, from Closet Factory has come to help us get a custom closet! I have more than… uh.. 100 pairs of shoes. EEEEK. I’m not ashamed! So, when Kathryn told me they could all fit on a custom shelf, I could hardly contain my excitement.
Tip: Measure your shoe length and width and times it by how many pairs of shoes you own to know how much room you’ll need to house them all… hint, you may need to give some away… I know, it’s so sad!
Fly away on a Summer breeze… with a backpack! I always love an ironic, fun or quirky accessory and this backpack wings my heart! What makes this backpack especially more special is that there are exchangeable wings in different colors that just snap on and off.
A winged backpack goes well with anything really, but today I paired it with a neon dress and green shoes…because, #whynot!? ”I’m like a bird, I wanta fly awwwwayyyy…”
Colby Asks: Hi Kate!! Thanks to you I am now a major jewelry person like yourself. I was wondering if you could share any tips you have on storing/displaying your jewelry collection. Thanks for your help!!
My Answer: Hi Colby, welcome to the dark side jk jk! I totally understand the love of jewelry and also the challenge of trying to keep it all organized. Because of that, I’ve done a bunch of DIYs in the past on how to store or display your shiny goodies. Currently I’m using this vintage tennis racket (a thrift store find) to hang and display some jewelry from our new RAWR jewelry collection – see more pics below.
I dedicated this post to jewelry displays that upcycle old/vintage items to use for jewelry organizing… Hope you get some ideas for your personal collection! xx
Here are some past DIY jewelry storage and organizing posts I’ve done:
Table legs from the hardware store screwed into wood bases and topped with cute drawer pulls make for easy bracelet storage. A floor mirror with chicken wire is a giant grid to store all your jewelry – see a similar how-to I did with picture frames here: DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer
You know when your shoes look up at you and silently say “Damn girl (or guy), you look good (wink)!”? Well, inspired by those moments here are some DIY Wink Shoes with an (optional) glitter eye…this is a great way to update last Summer’s old flats.
With a couple of paint strokes and some glitter, you’ll have some flirtatious feet! If winky shoes just aren’t your thing, take a look at these ‘DIY Upcycled Sneakers‘!
Cut two half oval shapes out of the sides of two pieces of tape and fit them together creating and almond eye shape on the top of your shoes where you want the open eye. Use a small circle of tape in the center as the pupil.
Paint a layer of Mod Podge over the open eye area between the tape and sprinkle glitter to stick to the wet glue. Tip: this step is optional, if you don’t want to use glitter use your paint color in the eye space instead of mod podge and glitter.
Let the glitter Mod Podge dry and then seal in the glitter with another coat over top – it will dry clear!
Use your acrylic paint to draw your lash line – basically an S shape with lashes coming off – you may want to do two coats of paint.
Let dry and woah, those winks were made for walkin’!
What do you think? Please comment and let me know if you do this project! If you post your photo #mrkate! xx
I teamed up with Duck brand duct tape to create today’s DIY Decorative Letter! These letters are great on a book shelf, mantle, counter or kid’s room. Watch the video above for the full tutorial. I spelled out Kate, because, that’s my name, but there’s obviously inumerable options of words to spell with these colorful decorative letters. The Duck Fabric is cool because it is basically fabric with sticky backs to the end result looks like a fabric covered letter in a chic, matte finish.
Here are some styling ideas for your decorative letters…
Happy 4th of July! I’m celebrating by prancing around my backyard in this lace and chambray, babydoll dress that may or may not be a shirt. Tomato, tomaato, shirt, dress – whatever floats your buttcheeks, I like to say! These Prada shoes are sooo gorgeous with their mini gold studs – a generous birthday gift from Joey. Further accessorizing with jewelry from the new RAWR collection and my favorite matte pink lipstick by Lime Crime.
P.S – We’re doing an Independance Day weekend promotion on the Mr. Kate shop so head over there for more info and express your independance with some accessory shopping! xx
Sooo, apparently fairies exist and they like to wear Mr. Kate BeautyMarks on their wedding day! Alright, alright, Camille and Olivier aren’t elves or fairies (although they could totally play some in movies) but they did for reals get married and when the bride, Camille sent me her wedding photos I knew I HAD to post these photos because they are truly magical and I’m so honored she and her fairies-in-waiting rocked my designs!
Photographer Andréanne Lupien took all these amazing wedding photos. She did a phenomenal job documenting this gorgeous, woodsy event – check out her page for other magical moments.
If you’re hearing thunder it’s because a color storm’s a brewin’…on my nails! Happy 1st of July! Celebrate those sudden Summer storms with some colorful lightning bolt nail art. Just paint a zig zag stripe across your nails and use a matte top coat!
It’s our 7 year anniversary (woah) and we decided the best way to celebrate would be in our own backyard! But where to eat? Under the pergola, of course, which I have been itching to get spruced! All it took was some elbow grease aka a power washer and pretty decor by way of an outdoor rug, potted plants, outdoor curtains, a table and chairs, globe string lights, hurricane lanterns, Buddha fountain, homemade sangria (recipe below) and a DIY outdoor fabric table runner to make our own little outdoor sanctuary! What do you think?
Lately, I’ve been consumed with writing the Mr. Kate book which has made me feel artistic through the written word. That idea motivated me to look up some decorating inspiration involving text as art. I love the idea of using text, in various ways, as art for your wall. These ideas are very approachable for the DIYer who wants to create personal art for their walls but is hesitant about their painting skills.
The inspiration photos below involve text as art in various ways:
You can use actual book pages, cut up and made into collages
You can paint the book pages
You can put text directly on a canvas, your wall or mirrors using paint, decals, wire or thread
Releasing a new collection is always so exciting for me! Since I design and make all of the original jewelry waxes by hand, it really feels like I’m sharing my art with all of you and it’s always so fun to see what pieces people respond to. Since I have a personal connection with each one of these pieces, I thought I’d do a little photo tour to introduce you to each of the pieces from the new RAWR Summer collection, up close and personal!
An edgy-glam take on a creature from the ocean deep. I’ve always been fascinated with mermaids and this earpiece is the closest I can get to feeling like a sea nymph. Styling Tip: This earpiece is reversible! Wear it with the fin down on your left ear or rotate it with the fin up on your right ear.
An Alicorn is a winged unicorn. I’ve always loved these mythical animals and this pendant is inspired by their horns, set with crystals and on a vintage-y chain. Styling Tip: This extra long necklace is great for layering, you can also wear it tied up higher as a statment chest piece like how I styled it on model Lily in our lookbook for the collection.Finx Cuff
It’s a cat, it’s a fox… it’s a Finx! This magical creature is basically my spirit animal and looks good in any gold color with crystal eyes! Styling Tip: A statement cuff, perfect for adding an edge to any outfit. Wear one on each arm for double the impact… Finx power!
Delicately dangerous, these mixed-metal chain earrings feature swingy box chain with a tiny fang pendant. I also love how the bar and chain go through your ear for a balanced look – see Lily the model wearing them here! Styling Tip: Great solo, yet simple enough to wear in combination with a stack of ear cuffs.
Delicate yet edgy, just like you! This pendant with one jagged edge and one smooth is like a fierce yin yang. Looks amazing layered with the Midi Saber and Bigi Saber necklaces. Styling Tip: Wear solo as a dangerously delicate accent or pile it on with longer necklaces like the Midi Saber and Bigi Saber Necklaces! See me wearing them all in this Instagram pic.
Silver and black Beauty Marks! My hand drawn Mr. Kate BeautyMarks “The New Makeup” have been so a huge hit with you all in gold and now they’re available in silver and black!
One of the oldest stones to be used for jewelry, Lapis Lazuli is a stone of friendship and truth–a perfect pairing with the golden fang charm. The deep ultramarine blue with white and gold veins is phenomenal next to the gold charm.
Make no mistake, pixies are not fairies! This delicate ring may look tiny and cute but it sure packs a punch of ferociousness with the tiny pointed fang accent. Styling Tip: Wear these stacked high on your finger like how I styled them in the lookbook picture.
Sooo thrilled that you all love the new RAWR Summer jewelry collection that we released on Sunday including BeautyMarks in black and silver! I wore this outfit decked out in new Summer jewels to shoot the narration for our lookbook video (see below). My sister totally spoiled me this past birthday with these Louboutin Nymphette black ribbon meets clear plastic heeled beauties…truly a stunning pair of shoes don’t you think? This dress I found at a thrift store here in LA and actually styled it on model Lily in the RAWR lookbook…it’s a little bit tighter on me ;). Finally, I finished the outfit off with a giant bundle of balloons because #whynot!?
RAWR!Summer is officially here and so is a brand new jewelry collection and new colors of the bestselling Mr. Kate BeautyMarks! I called the collection RAWR because all of the pieces are subtly inspired by animals, both mythical and real and will give you a delicate edge for a fierce Summer! We shot an incredible lookbook with photography by Kat Borchart, hair and makeup by Christina Guerra, modeled by the totally fierce Lily Moffett and styled by meeee. Enjoy the images below and see the entire lookbook in giant images here and of course shop the new collection here!
Along with the Summer jewelry collection we’re releasing the Mr. Kate BeautyMarks “The New Makeup” in black and silver! See Lily rocking some black BeautyMarks in the lookbook images below…
This is the lookbook video along with some commentary from me about how I designed the collection and some of my favorite pieces. I styled our model, Lily, in vintage party dresses and DIY crowns and of course, stacks of jewelry from the RAWR collection!
How dreamy are these pictures and how cute is Eddie the horse!? Shop the collection here! I hope you love the collection and these lookbook images as much as I do. Please comment below and let me know what you think! Happy Summer!
Lanie Dupuy asks: hello! I have a loft condo, that i am trying to figure out the best and cheapest way to cover it and give me optional privacy I currently have blankets draped across the railing. I also just installed a curtain wire system from Ikea and have curtains half way across…any suggestions? Thanks!
Shana asks: Hey Kate! I was wondering if you could help me.. I just bought my first home, a loft in the middle of East London. It’s beautiful and big, with oodles of space, but that’s kind of the problem.. There’s too much space. It’s so big and open that I’m not sure at all how to organize it to make the best use of the space. I’d be forever grateful if you could help- thanks! Xx
My Answer: Hi Lanie and Shana! Sometimes decorating a large space can seem just as difficult as decorating a small space. A huge room can seem unfinished and not very homey if it’s not decorated correctly. Sometimes space planning is all the room needs and other times the right lighting or decor can do the trick. Here’s a collection of large rooms that are successfully decorated. I’ll break them down and hopefully those of you having trouble with your large spaces can solve your interior decorating delima!
I love what Scandinavian Designs did with this large room. Having a large space doesn’t mean you have to fill the entire wall with artwork, they kept their decor simple with a cohesive color palette. The statement lighting and black and white photos on the wall are really all this person used to fill the room and it looks purposeful and homey.
I love the idea of painting the illusion of wainscoting in a large room. Notice the pink paint only on the bottom half of the wall creates another horizontal line for the eye to see which makes the space seem less cavernous. Another important design tip from this room is using area rugs to designate the different conversation areas and create a cozy vibe with throw blankets and upholstered furniture.
This room is a great example of space planning. The dining table is positioned randomly but the pendant lamp suspended above justifies its placement. The bookshelf lining the back wall was an excellent use of space. It really utilizes the tall ceilings and allows for quirky pops of color and artwork that are repeated throughout the rest of the room. If you don’t have the budget for a built in like this, try stacking bookshelves on top of one another for a similar effect in a room with tall ceilings.
Don’t have a giant piece of art to cover a large wall? Do like treddi and make a collage of frames around larger pieces. Lighting also does wonder within large spaces to guide the eye to patches of design. Notice how the lights above the art create a mood in that large space.
Now lets move on to good room dividers. The top left picture is an innovative way to DIY a shelving system AND divide a room. The right picture is a more permanent divider but is really clean and chic.
Two buns are better than one! That’s what I say on days when my hair is not worth doing anything to except twist into two horns on my head…because, #whynot!? I also always appreciate the opportunity to bare my ears and wear copious stacks of earrings. This babydoll dress is perfect for summer, it’s almost ass cheek baring but that’s what panties are for! Hope you’re all having a great week!
In other news, we’re almost done with the first draft of the Mr. Kate book (yayayayay) and after we turn it in, Joey and I are heading to a tropical paradise. Stay tuned for more deets!
Ah Summer, how I love thee! The warm weather is offically here which means we should all get our exterior-design on! Whether it’s for entertaining friends, family, or ourselves, a nice deck, patio, balcony, or yard can really make our Summers that much better! We don’t all live on the beach, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy whatever outdoor space we have available!
Here’s some decorating inspiration and tips for your outdoor spaces…I’m calling it “deck-spiration”!
If you’re designing an exterior you may also want to check out my ‘Decorating Balconies‘ post for tips on how to decorate small balconies!
#1 Potted plants! With a well thought out potted plant scheme you can transform your deck or patio into a tropical oasis or lush English garden. There are so many options when it comes to plants that flourish in pots so my advice is to analyze the sun exposure in your outdoor space and then bring that information to your local nursery to find out what plants will work best.
#2 BBQ’s and Grills are a must for Summer food prep! These pictures have some clever ways to incorporate a grill into your outdoor design. Whether it’s a built-in or a tiny portable table grill, there are a ton of options!
#3 Entertaining having a place to sit and eat your yummy Summer food is part of a well designed outdoor space. Don’t forget about the dishes! Sturdy ceramic or even plastic ware will make your outdoor table settings more festive and durable.
Don’t have a deck or patio? Make yourself a picnic using throw rugs, pillows, lanterns and trays! See more in Roundup: Dreamy Picnics
Lantana‘s are beautiful outdoor flowers that thrive in the summer heat!