Joey and I recently decided to get tattoos together (done by my go-to guy and amaaaaazing tattoo artist Dr. Woo) to celebrate the very low key and under-the-radar (marriage – still getting used to the word) we did at the end of 2013 (see Resolutions). As promised in Pedro 2.0, here is the big reveal of our commitment tats! I got a bigger rock than any diamond I could ever wear and he got my puckered up lips!
My Tattoo: My rock, my gem – I drew this hand-cut looking gem that I got tattood on my pulse point of my right hand (I’m right handed) for a couple reasons….
1. I’m a jewelry girl (duh) but I’m not really a diamond ring girl. I like the freedom of being able to change my jewelry every day, depending on my mood and I didn’t want something that I felt I had to wear every day. Thus, no ring but a permanent rock on my pulse point (thump thump) of my right hand so I can look at it every day. That way, when people ask “where’s your ring?” (which they do a lot) I can say, “what ring, you mean my rock?” 2. Joey is my rock and my gem, he is my perfect perfect. 3. It’s something I drew with my own hands (that Woo amazingly interpreted with his needle) so it’s in keeping with the style of my other tattoos.
Joey’s Tattoo: My kiss mark! I kissed a piece of paper wearing dark lipstick and then we came up with this idea to do an inverted kiss design because Joey liked the look of it being almost a logo within a square. He’s branded with my DNA! Woo expertly transferred my kiss print onto Joey’s arm and gave it a strong (and manly) box around it… it’s Joey’s first tattoo and he loves it!…or at least he says he does ; )
So excited to introduce you all to Ars Magika the new Mr. Kate collection for Spring. Ars Magika – which literally translates to “magical arts” – is inspired by the magic of Spring! Not only does the collection feature some of my favorite jewelry pieces ever like the Goddess Necklace and the Sorceress Earrings but we are also debuting Mr. KateBeautyMarks “The New Makeup” which are hand-drawn, gold foil designs that you can wear anywhere on your face and body in any way you can imagine! Per usual, I handmade all of the jewelry waxes as well as drew the BeautyMarks with love!Please check out all of the beautiful lookbook images and shop the collection HERE!
Our lookbook video for the collection is so mystical! Shot and edited by our wizard videographer Brad Etter.
I’m obsessed with these! I want to wear them every day! Our BeautyMarks are now available in the shop for $12. Shop here and share what you “make up” using #beautymarks.
Some of my favorite jewelry pieces from the collection…
The Sorceress Earrings – tentacle earrings that look like they are magically looping through your ear. Available in gold or ox silver.
The Goddess Necklace – a mixed metal piece I made inspired by the Native American squash blossom necklaces my grandmother collects. The crescent moon shape is meant to harness personal power making this a necklace for the goddess within us all! This statement necklace looks magical with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a dressy ensemble.
This special video is inspired by my “because…why not?” motto that I say at the end of most of the Mr. Kate videos. I usually use Why Not? applied to style, home, or DIY-ing as it is my hope you all will be inspired to express your creativity and style because why not, life is too short to not be YOU. My little sister, Tess, is the first person I think of who had a huge #whynot moment when she decided to embrace the big scar that she has, from an accident that happened when she was 8 (I talked a little about it in my Draw My Life video) and love it as one of her “best accessories.” It exemplifies her strength and that is beautiful and inspiring.
I’m so thankful that Tessie shot this video with me, she’s so brave and special. I hope you all find it inspiring and I’d love to hear in the comments below what you think of this as a possible series of videos to feature more cool-beans people. Let me know if you have had a #whynot moment in your life or if there is someone you admire. Let’s talk about it because…why not?
We styled some outfits to show off Tess’ best accessory because she is beautiful all over!!!
This outfit is pretty patriotic with a hat on top. I feel a little like Indiana Jones meets Uncle Sam with a henna hand – there’s a lot going on. The henna I got done at a jewelry trunk show at Roseark by a lady named Neha Assar who just painted it on free-hand, super impressive – see her website here.
This blazer I got at the Goodwill in the little boy’s section – cheap and fits well when I roll up the arms. Some kid probably wore this with his school uniform and hated it! One boy’s trash is Mr. Kate’s treasure..;) These radical sunglasses are from Cynthia Rowley’s new line of affordable and chic eyewear called Rowley – I love the hint of yellow on these classic shades – you can customize your perscription glasses as well. I love Cynthia, she’s so creative and funky!
Angela asks: “hello mr. Kate..so i wanted to ask you how can i decorate my room purple, can you give some ideas?
My Answer: Hi Angela! Purple is a powerful color. It has been used in associations with magic and mystery as well as royalty. It is a great color to use in interior decorating but there are some things to keep in mind.
Don’t overdo it! Purple is best used as a statement color (on one wall) or an accent color (in accessories) otherwise you miiiight feel like you’re living inside a blueberry….think Violet Beauregarde.
For a classy look, purple pairs well with neutrals like gray, white, and/or black.
For a funky look, try pairing purple with its complimentary color yellow, but again, use it in accents so it’s not too scary.
Here are some photos to stir some inspirational juices!
Above is a mix of rooms that used purple on the walls -for a bold purple look, or in accessorise – for a hint of the color. Using textiles like rugs, curtains, upholstered furniture and pillows in purple is really pretty as well. I also like pairing different tones of purple together like more grey purples paired with more berry/pink purple hues. I would advice choosing either walls or accessories/textiles in purple so you don’t have too much of such a powerful color.
My current purple faves…
Benjamin Moore purple paint color in Violet Stone is muted and elegant and would look great in a bedroom or living room $38 per gallon.
In the spirit of bloomin’ Spring, I decided to do a DIY Daisy Hat! What better way to #upcycle an old straw hat than to give it a little fresh paint and a cute daisy? I feel like I want to travel back to 1920′s Florida to wear this hat on the beach hanging with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe…Some Like It Hot anyone? Anyways, I’ve had this straw boater hat for over a year and I got it at H&M for cheap – you probably recognize it from OOTD posts like this one – so for this Spring I thought it was time to spruce it up, spray it white and put a daisy on top!…plus, I’m short so most people are looking down at the top of my head.
Since we’ve now moved into our new house – did you see the latest episode of OMG We Bought A House Episode 3: Moving Day!? – I now have to wrap my head around the important projects to tackle. A well organized closet is tantamount in my vision for a perfect home because I have a lot of clothes and shoes! While researching the different options out there for my personal closet, I compiled a group of images that, I hope, help get you excited about organizing your closet too!
The options range from small scale DIY fixes (see below) to modular closet systems, that you piece together yourself and finally custom closet systems which are pricier but are customized specifically for your space. Companies like Ikea, The Container Store, California Closets, Home Depot, and Lowes all offer custom closet systems where a consultant visits your house and gives you a bid for the system and labor. Whatever you choose to do, it’s worth it to spend some time and moola organizing your closet so you can have fun getting dressed in the morning!
Above are all examples of modular closet options. Basically shelves, clothes racks, full systems, etc. that can be free-standing or installed by you. A floating shelf with a clothes rack below is a nice modular option for a wall in a bedroom – see where I did just that in our office in: Garment Rack and Floating Shelf Closet Wall.
Ahhhh gorg! These are all examples of custom closet systems that cost some $$ to install but damn, does it look good! If you own a house and want the perfect closet, a custom system is the way to go.
If you need a quick fix try one of these DIY organization tricks. The top left image uses cut up shoe boxes to keep your underwear and bras nicely compartmentalized. I love the idea of using lace tacked to the side of a drawer for bottle storage. Velcro dots on the bottom of plastic containers inside drawers is good to keep things from sliding around. Spruce up your show boxes with some wrapping paper before you use them for organization. Cute!
Here are some of my faves or “gems” I’m calling them, for quick-and-easy closet organization…
The Container Store “Little Black Dress” jewelry organizer is an easy & cute way to keep your jewelry organized in your closet. Priced at $19.99 you can’t really go wrong.
Ikea has this simple, aluminum shoe rack for $180 that can be installed in any closet to keep those shoes from piling up.
And Walmart has an affordable organizer to help keep your entire closet nice and clean for only $35.
Remember those yellow walls that we started painting white in OMG We Bought A House Episode 2? Well, they’re done and it’s time to move in to our new (old) house!
Collectively Joey and I have a lot of stuff. I’ve compiled a lot of furniture (and shoes) and flea market finds over the years and Joey has a giant drum set and now we have to get it all into our house in an organized fashion. Watch the episode to see the hilarity and get my 5 tips for a smooth move. Thank you Meathead Movers for making the experience quick (and buff) and thank you for watching! Comment below and let us know what you think and what you want to see next?
I’m sooooo happy with how fresh and clean the white looks. It really highlights the stucco and architecture of the living and dining room and magnify the ample natural light from the windows. What do you think?
Ahhhh that’s a lotta stuff!
Mr. Kate OMG Moving Tips For A Smooth Move:
1. When unpacking a house chances are you’re not going to be able to unpack everything in one swoop, so make sure that your kitchen is top of the list. That way you’ll be able to stay happy and well nourished – after all, the kitchen is the heart of the home. I also like to have some decorative items handy like a vase with flowers to add a little moment of beauty amongst the boxes.
2. I bet you can guess where I’m going with this one…Moving is going to be exhausting and you’re going to need to eat and sleep! So my number 2 tip is have clean bedding and towels handy to be able to pass out and bathe. Nothing worse than sleeping on dirty sheets in a new home!
3. Packing your clothes in clear containers makes living out of boxes (if need be) that much easier. You’ll be able to clearly see what is inside all of your boxes if you need to grab anything in a hurry. That way you can methodically unpack to ease the stress of moving.
4. Make sure any items that you may need to put in a basement, garage, or attic are protected from the elements or creepy crawlers! We used tarps, tape and mover’s plastic wrap (buy it at box stores) to wrap our precious items in the garage.
5. If you have hired professional movers (which I highly recommend), they get paid hourly so clearly labeling boxes and rooms for them can save time and money.
If you missed Episode 1 and 2, watch them here! As always, we’re reading all your comments and taking suggestions for what to do and cover in the upcoming episodes so let us know what you’d like to see in a comment below.
Winter is melting away and in honor of her icy efforts we’re having a Final Days Of Winter SALE on all of the Winter Rose pieces and more! Check out the shop and get your faves before they’re all gone forever like icicles in springtime.
I know we’re probably all ready for Spring but from the looks of things, the cold weather is hanging out a little longer. Since it’s important to stay inspired, even with cold toes, I thought I’d do a roundup of some deliciously cozy throw blankets that are great to have around rain, snow or shine.
Big chunky knits in neutral colors are always cozy and cuddly.
Faux fur is nice for a heavier option and looks amazing on the foot of a bed.
Colorful, printed and fringy makes for more of a statement throw and is an opportunity to bring in more design elements to your space.
1. I love the look of faux fur throws and Overstock has some great ones for $108. Imagine one of these at the foot of your bed with your sleeping pet on top!
2. A classic throw blanket option is a cream colored knit. I like the chunky knit ones from Ballard Designs - on sale now for $59.99. These look great draped over a couch arm or comfy chair.
3. Vintage is always chic! I’m loving the colors in this Etsy blanket. You can’t beat the $24.00 price tag and I love the fringe edges for a more bohemian vibe.
Some of you probably remember Pedro, but if not, let me remind you. Pedro is my weirdly small, pinky toe and in 2010 I got my first tattoo to give him some style of his own. He became a man with his very own bow tie and three buttons. Well, Perdro didn’t take too well to his new, dapper look because, just like they warned me, the skin on your toes doens’t hold ink very well and Pedro’s suit has mostly faded into oblivion.
Thus, when Joey and I went to get our committed-forever-tattoos – which I will reveal to you all soon, they’re still healing – I had Dr. Woo (same artist that did my little girl tattoo) give me two tattoos in the same sitting and re-create Pedro on my left ring finger… It’s Pedro 2.o but I’m calling him Joey’s spanish name José in honor of my own dapper gentleman, Joey, my groom (we got legally hitched in December) and I’m not wearing a ring so I think it’s cute to have my finger dressed, forever, for the occasion.
Its time for the Academy Awards and Oscar is taking off his clothes and gold gilding himself in preparation! I got excited and want to have my friends come over to watch the awards so I came up with some fun DIY decor ideas that are easy to do in your home, apartment or dorm.
Watch the DIY Oscars Party video above to see the DIY Red Carpet Selfie Wall – for your guests to pose in front of for their own paparazzi moment – and see how I went gold crazy, even with food, on my treat table. If you’re looking for some more easy snacks for your guests see No-Cook Finger Food.
If you want to use the same “And The Oscar Goes To…” ballot that I did in the video, click on the link to download and print. Who’s gonna win!?
Red felt or cloth
Roll of red mesh – I found it in the wedding section but tulle would work too
Gold glitter paper
Gold wrapping paper (could be the same from the selfie wall)
Various plates, old suitcases, books, cake stands and bowls etc. for your food
Bling ribbon – the same one I used in DIY Bling Organizers
Candy wrapped in gold foil (Can be found in wedding section of craft store)
Little gold mesh baggies (Can be found in wedding section of craft store)
Vase, fresh flowers, champagne, etc.
Wilton’s Gold Color Mist (Edible food color spray – I got it in the cake decor section at Michael’s)
Gold cupcake liners
Fishbowl (optional, for serving chips)
Butcher or waxed paper to protect surface from gold spray
Selfie Wall DO IT!:
Tack up the red felt as the backdrop for the selfie wall.
Style the mesh or tulle around the felt by tacking it in place to create some 3 dimensionality
Cut out various sized camera bursts from the glitter paper and double sided tape them to the felt
Get ready to take pictures of you and your friends paparazzi style!
Gold Gilded Food DO IT!:
Place drop paper down on a flat surface and lay the finger foods you’ve selected out, in a single layer.
Spray the food with the gold food spray, in a nice even manner.
Top your cup cakes with some yummy gold sprinkles to make them shimmer like the stars! I got these cupcakes at the grocery store and took off the existing colored sprinkles before spraying them and sprinkling the edible gold stars.
Lay your finished snacks out on various trays, bowls, etc.
What do you think? Are you going to have an Oscar party? I feel like you could have the red carpet selfie wall up year round to celebrate your personal celebrity!
Don’t read this Grandma, she hates when I talk about poo stuff but hey, everybody poops! I, however, hate to go number two in public restrooms, call me shy, call my insecure about the potential stench but I will do whatever I can to avoid a public poo. That’s why I got excited about this here, Poo-Pourri spray. It’s not a chemical cover up but a blend of essential oils that you spray in the toilet bowl before you go. The oils settle on the top of the water and create a smell-good-seal so your plobs don’t waft!
I didn’t believe it would work but I was curious so I ordered the trio (big bottle, medium bottle and purse size) on Amazon to test it, and it actually works! I also love that the scent is very organic and not perfume-y or synthetic smelling… it’s kind of a subtle lemon fresh. So if you have smell anxiety I say give this a try
You don’t actually spray it in the air… I’m just psyching myself up to visit the office restroom.
Monochromatic can include leopard print too! The term is usually applied to using variations of the same color in a design, outfit, etc. and to me, this outfit is that because of the tones of grey, black and beige. I have been living in these patent leather Zara boots and I love a good knee high sock moment, see Styling: Knee High Socks for more outfit ideas.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, some of you are planning dates out on the town, some of you are hanging with friends or yourself or your pets and some of you may want to get beyond the pre-fixe menus and crowds of couples and make a romantic night of it at home. If home is where the heart is, here are my three easy tips to romanticize your home to ensure you have the bestest and smoochiest time in your own nest.
Sweet Treats and Decor. Decorate with double whammy embellishments by using candy and dessert to bring in color, decor and a tasty treat. It will look good, taste good and be inexpensive!
Lighting! Repeat after me: “NO overhead lights!” Not sexy, too harsh, no ambiance. Instead, choose dim lamp light, candles or twinkle lights to create a romantic mood. Wrap some votive candles in lace and secure with hot glue and see DIY Flower Twinkle Lights for the perfect, romantic strand lights.
Create a soft place to land. DIY yourself a pillow floor or make a DIY indoor tent, fort or tipi to bring in a new cuddle-inducing area in your existing space. This will make your room feel different than it usually does and make it feel like you’re celebrating a special moment. See DIY Idea: Indoor Forts for more ideas.
Have fun! Let us know your at-home tricks and tips!
I love simple, to-the-point, cheeky cards, like this here one I made up in a fit of madness…get it? You Ring My BELLoon? Okay, so not the most mature and romantical card but I think it’s pretty cute for a quick and easy DIY Valentine’s Card. What do you think? The bell really ring a ding dings!
Blank card or card stock folded in half
Bell (I got a package of them from the crafts store)
OMG it’s episode 2! We gave you the preliminary tour of our brand new (old) house in OMG We Bought A House! Episode 1 and now it’s time to tackle the first task: paint! Before we paint over that scary yellow, we have to decide what overall vibe/design style we want in the house.
Because there are a lot of walls, the living room has a barrel ceiling and the house is English Storybook, I decided to go fresh, clean and honor the original style of the house with tones of white paint. I want to not have to paint again in a couple years so for me, luxurious white walls are the perfect backdrop for this architecture and will allow us to re-decorate in a couple years without having to re-paint that giant round ceiling! White also reflects all the glorious sunlight streaming in from the windows and creates a nice flow between the living and dining room.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all boring white on you, that would not be the Mr. Kate way! If you can see by my vibe tray in the episode, my plan is to add design interest and whimsy with the decorating. I love the idea of playing with textures and tones in the curtains and bringing in a lot of worn woods, mixed metals and luxe fabrics. We will accent with found objects, DIY projects and funky flea market finds.
Watch the episode above and please comment below and let us know your feedback and what you want to see next!
3 quick tips for planning your home/room design:
Remember that design is all about a vibe and a feeling so sketch pictures, or if you can’t draw, print photos off your computer of some dream spaces that have realistic elements that you could bring in your space. Bring these photos with you when you shop. I love the feeling of open spaces with cozy textures, glamorous finishes and eclectic objects and furniture.
Create a vibe tray (like I did in the video) to bring a physical voice to the things you like. Make sure to include not only paint colors (get chips from the hardware store) but texture, patterns, shapes and finshes of things that you can imagine being around all the time. For me, I love natural textures like wood and shiny finishes like crystal and metallics.
Choose paint colors you can re-decorate around in the future. For example, if blue is your favorite color for ever and ever, choose a muted dusty blue for your walls that you can involve in a couple different design schemes so you have the freedom to change your interior decor every couple years without going through the hassle and expense of re-painting the walls. That’s why I went with white walls for our living and dining room.
A few vibe elements I threw together along with the wall paint chip. I love the idea of mixing metal tones with the girly element of crystal and the masculine element of wood.
Our two main colors I chose for our walls and trim. Look closely and you’ll see the difference. I went with a cool white for the walls (Benjamin Moore Frostine AF-5) and Pure White (BM OC-64) on the trim. The oak hardwood floors are so old they’ve yellowed a bit so I want to offset that warm tone with the cool white and then make the architectural interest of the windows pop with the pure white color – it’s subtle but sophisticated and clean.
Organic textures and patterns meet high polished shine in my inspiration objects.
The girly whites and sparkles.
The manly woods and metals, I even threw a black rubber band in the mix because I like the idea of using black in play with the white.
Stay tuned for the AFTER photos after the paint dries and we move in!
What do you think? We’d love to hear from you and read all the comments!
I’m always excited to watch the Olympics and the opening ceremony is tonight! I love the excitement and even though I’m not that into sports, it intrigues me how intensly people feel about the games. All the years of prepping and qualifying amount to The Olympics thus making it a nail biting (unless you’re wearing gels) experience with super high stakes. In honor of the Olympic rings, here are some DIYs I thought were fun to ring in (ha) the games!
Love this idea from NoBiggie.net for some DIY Olympic ring candy jars… Just spray paint some mason jars and an extra lid surround with the 5 olympic colors and add corresponding colored candy to the jars like lime lollipops, Lemon Heads, swedish fish, blue gummy bears abd black licorice!
More DIY candy container inspo a-la Olympics color scheme from Studio DIY with colored buckets holding matching candy and tissue paper pennants above.
Ahhh, this is my favorite Olympic DIY, because I could see myself doing this on Saturday morning for a simple and lazy weekend surprise to eat while watching some of the games. From The Food Network blog.
Celebrate all the countries involved with these world flag pennants. I love that they’re printable from Mr Printables making it super easy to cut them out and glue them on string.
Make some Olympic rings inspired art with the kids (or yourself) using cups and paint for a fun pop art look. Original artwork by Rachel Whiteread.