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Moving to Chicago!

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I’ve been dying to tell you all the news, Alfred and I are moving to Chicago on March 15th! We signed a lease on a little studio in the Gold Coast and are over the moon excited. I fell in love with the Windy City during several visits last year (the architecture, the pizza, the people!) and know we’ll be so happy there. When I left New York for California last fall I thought it would be temporary (I was heartbroken and launching the new business and well, sometimes you just need to read some Oprah and have a good cry to your mom…), but I’ve since decided that though I miss New York dearly, I’m ready for a new city and new adventure.

My grandparents met as students at the University of Chicago in the 1930s and often recounted fond memories of the Midwest. I’ve already begun pinning away decorating inspiration for my new abode and making a list of future adventures (touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio, my first Cubs game, my 29th birthday dinner at Girl & the Goat…). There’s so much I want to see and do, I apologize for my inevitably overzealous instagram feed in advance.

If you’re a Chicagoan or have any tips I hope you’ll say hello. I’m eager to meet my Midwestern readers and learn more about my new city. Thank you as always for your excitement, kindness, and support. Here’s to making brave decisions in 2015! xx Katie

(photo: Chicago 7:28 a.m. by Juergen Buergin)

 

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Insta-Crush: @heynataliejean

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There are few instagram feeds that make me smile more than that of Natalie Holbrook. We were on a social media panel together a couple years back and I instantly took a liking to Natalie’s refreshingly candid approach to blogging and well, life. She’s got killer style, a heart of gold, and a rare genuineness that instantly endears you to her. Natalie’s irresistible instagram feed is full of her NYC adventures with her handsome ginger husband and their cute as pie son, Henry (known as “Huck”). Photos of Huck at the Met Museum and strolling the streets of Brooklyn never fail to warm my heart — what a special experience to raise a child in New York City. You can bet Alfred and I are inviting Natalie and Huck for a play date when we’re next in town! In the meantime, we’ll be following their escapades on Natalie’s charming instagram feed here.

 

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Introducing Buddy Editions…

buddy-editionsToday I am so thrilled to announce the launch of a new project I have been working on for many months. Buddy Editions is an online art gallery that sells exclusive (you can’t find them anywhere else!), limited-edition art prints by emerging artists around the globe. I was always looking for art online and didn’t feel there was a site that continually introduced new work I loved at affordable prices — now, we have Buddy. On the site you’ll find everything from fashion illustrations to landscape photography by artists from Australia, England, Japan, Uruguay, the U.S., and beyond. Prints start at only $50 and the collection will be continually growing. I cannot wait for you to meet the artists and see their incredible work — curating the launch collection has been a true honor. I hope you find something special for your home and consider gifting some art this holiday season. The site is named after my grandfather and the project is near and dear to my heart. Can’t wait to hear what you think! Thank you, as always, for your excitement and support. xx Katie

P.S. You can also now follow along on my Buddy Editions escapades on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Women I Admire

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I was chatting with a girlfriend last night and we got on the topic of women we admire and why. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. We spend so much time as young women (hopefully not just me!) thinking if we were only thinner or more successful or more “fill in the blank” we’d be happier, but our energy seems misplaced. When I think of the women I most admire it’s never for surface reasons — it’s because they’re kind, they’re intelligent, they make me laugh till my cheeks hurt, or they inspire me creatively. I think of my Aunt Shaun and her sparkling sense of humor. My grandmother Rita and her countless years of volunteer work. I think of Joan Didion’s powerful prose, Maira Kalman’s witty paintings, Jackie Kennedy’s poise under devastating circumstances, Diana Vreeland’s spectacular imagination, Maya Angelou’s awe-inspiring strength… I’ve never once given thought to the size of their waists or their numerical successes — why do I so often focus on my own?

I thought it might be interesting to do a group brainstorm — I’d love to hear, who are women you admire and why? If your responses are anything like your book recommendations, we are all in for a treat.

(pictured: Frida Kahlo)

 

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