I'm Katie, a twenty-four-year-old personal style blogger hailing from Indiana. Katie Like Me is an outlet of stylistic creativity geared towards those who love personal style, the fashion industry and day-to-day life.
I've been blogging for over 7 years with Katie Like Me and it's been the most fun, most rewarding hobby I have ever had. It's been a time full of ups--like being invited to fashion events and being recognized for my style--and downs, like when Google removed all my photos on accident and I had hundreds of broken images on my blog Or, when my Instagram was hacked. But, times are changing and so am I. So are all of us.
I'm no longer going to update this blog.
For a long while, I have been uninspired by my own blog and I think it's gotten to the point where it's a chore to update, and I never wanted to it to become something like that. All of us deserve more than that, and I hate wasting people's time.
But, just because Katie Like Me is ending does not mean I'm no longer blogging.
The Katie Edit is something I've toyed around with for a long time. I've had a second blog for years and I have debated with transferring Katie Like Me's content to the second blog for archive reasons, but now I feel is the time to make my second blog my main blog.
The Katie Edit is about me. My style, my thoughts, my not-taken-by-a-thousand-dollar-camera outfits. I have a new reignited love for blogging and style and I hope you'll follow my journey.
Thank you all for a wonderful 7 years.
You can check out The Katie Edit here: https://www.thekatieedit.com
It's been a while since I have sat down and really written without an outfit being involved, or being the focus.
Weddings are stressful, guys. I know it's not been said a million times on a million different websites, so this is brand new information for you all. At the beginning of the year, I wasn't thinking about planning a wedding myself, or even having one. We didn't have a date, a time, a venue, or an even an idea that a wedding was going to happen this year. In all honesty, I thought if we were going to get married this year, we'd be eloping in a local park, or going downtown with a witness to the courthouse. But, when we talked about it, me at the kitchen sink, and Tony on the other side of the kitchen bar, we decided that we would get married this year. In November. We decided this in June.
We made this stress ourselves, don't get me wrong. No one told us to plan a wedding in 5 months--that was all us. But, at the same time, we thrive on time constraints and on stress. Or, at least our track record says we do.
What is making this whole thing stressful is the thought that planning it is all on us. Thankfully, we found a venue that comes with a day-of coordinator (thank the gods), and our wedding is small, but dang, my whole head is in planning mode, and it's pretty insane. Could I hire extra help? Totally. Will they be of help this far into the process? Probably not...
We sent out invitations on Friday and are paying the deposit for our venue this week. I have my dress, I have my bouquet (silk flowers for the win, no allergic reactions here!), we have catering on the lock down. It's real. It's real, expensive, and scary, but it's real.
This is a budget wedding, too, so that adds extra to the situation. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of sites out there for wholesale or "cheap" wedding supplies, but cheap is pretty relative. It's like going to a restaurant with 2 dollar signs on Yelp and realizing that Yelp lied because $20 for a salad is not cheap. Just me? Am I the only one who experiences this?
So needless to say, wedding planning is an adventure I never wanted to go on, but am on it anyway!
It's the end of August, and it is Summer's last hurrah!
Wearing: Old Forever 21 HatOld Forever 21 TopThrifted American Rag SkirtTarget shoes
It's late August, it's 90 degrees outside and all I want to do is wear (faux) leather jackets and tights. I mean, I still can, but I'd have a heat stroke, so I'll stick to imitating the feel of Fall with textures and colors. I paired this off the shoulder top with a faux suede skirt and my FAVORITE shoes ever, these D'orsay flats. Plus a hat and bandanna because it's me. The browns pull fall, but the top is summery and light weight so I didn't die while I walked through Target looking for sandals, so all together it was a win!
Katie? Pattern mixing? You're not hallucinating (I hope), I am wearing floral and stripes. Small stripes and big floral go well together because they aren't competing for attention.
So far, August has been fairly mild for as far as Augusts go. No triple digit heat indexes, no high 90s with no cloud in sight. We skipped Spring, and we went from Winter into Summer so it's not surprising that the heat of summer, which we should have just gotten, already happened in June.
So needless to say, that fall feel is (almost) here and you know I'm excited.
Everyone puts a striped shirt on and says "Oui" as if they're taking a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower. Yeah...I'm not French.
Wearing: Old Target BeretOld Striped TeeOld Pleated SkirtthredUP Booties It's almost August, which means it's almost the end of the year, and I'm freaking out. August and September are the last month of this year for me, that are not full of stressful times. In October, I'm a bridesmaid for my sister's wedding, and I'm moving. November is my wedding (!!!!!!) and the start of the Holidays. I'm freaking out.
But it's just summer right now. Breathe Katie, breathe.
Stripes are my underrated pattern of choice. They are not in any form underrated in the real world, but in my style world, I'm a floral and polka dots kinda gal. It's every few years that I fall in love with striped again and act like no one else is giving them the respect they deserve, when I know it's quite the contrary. I paired this tried and true old tee with another tried and true pleated skirt for a semi-French inspired look. I added a floral neck tie and of course, a beret, to complete the so not French look.
It's a lazy Sunday, so of course I'm donning a graphic tee and comfy skirt.
Wearing: Thrifted hatDazey LA TeeOld Button Down SkirtTarget shoes Weekdays are set in stone--wake up at 5, go to work, come home, work out, make dinner, go to sleep. Rinse and repeat 4 more times. But weekends? They're always a toss up--either we're out and about all weekend, or we're home all weekend. This weekend is the latter.
Well, kind of.
Sometimes I need time to decompress. I'm an anthropomorphized ball of anxious energy and boy, does my body (and my mind!) know it. So, crosslegged on the couch with an oversized tee and leggings on, watching Food Network on a Saturday is my self-care. And, with luck, my Sundays end up like this: calm, cool and comfy. And, let me tell you, I am comfortable!
You can level up a graphic tee with a skirt. I know, game changer, right? Not like there have been thousands of videos on YouTube and articles written about the power of a skirt before, but, as you know, I haven't been a believer in tees in a very, very long time. But, I'm trying to do this whole thing where I don't kill the planet because of my clothes, so I decided I'd better take a second look at graphic tees.
Like my Fall or Fly tee, this one is also from Dazey LA and um, it's yellow, it's cute and it's comfortable, so it's a winner in all departments. It's also made by humans making a livable wage, made to order and made in the USA, so it's sustainable! I paired the tee with an old button down slit skirt, D'Orsay flats, a wide belt and wide brim hat.
Once the hot weather hit, I was SCRAMBLING for sandals. When we moves across the city in early Winter, my concern was getting the cold weather clothes from one point to the other, but I don't know what happened between point a and point b that all of my sandals went missing. It's been a struggle finding sandals that work for me as I have wide feet and refuse to have my toes separated by a shoe. So far, I've found a few pairs I like, like these slides, but I have the worlds UGLIEST feet, I've noticed. It's the years of having to wear closed toe shows, I'm telling you.
It is hot hot hot outside. I'm slathered in SPF 50, I have JUST a dress on, and I am sweating. But, I love it? I grew up in Florida, where it's humid and sunny around 229 days a year, so the heat of the sun in my skin is such a nostalgic feeling. It's also one of the reasons why I love the cold weather season, because I grew up without it. To keep me cool and comfortable, I wore this lightweight old Forever 21 dress I got from Poshmark (thanks Sara!) and the aforementioned slides. I tied my hair up with a headscarf because how about no to sweaty hair sticking to my neck and finished the look off with dangly earrings.
I've actually been really into earrings lately! I usually go for studs, because hello, long textured hair and dangly earring usually end in ouch, but I'm learning how to cope! I've made countless pair of tassel earrings out of embroidery thread and I've really been loving astrological sign earrings, because I am definitely a Pisces.
I wore this dress is a similar way around this time last year, but you have to admit, it's pretty perfect for the hot summer.
Wearing: Thrifted HatOld Amazon DressTarget Sandals I love a good slit in a dress, I think they're flirty, dramatic and perfect for summer, but they can border a little risque for me. I don't know if the slit in this dress is even considered a slit, but I love it regardless.
This is one of those "it's so hot I don't even want to go outside but have to" days. Today is a day of errands out in the sun (hence sun hat and 3/4 sleeves) and I'm covered in sunscreen. Let's all hope for leniency from the sun and strength in my sunscreen.
I wanted to keep the outfit loose and comfortable, with the light fabric and the sandals, but I wanted to still keep it within my style, so though the sunhat is for shade and head protection, you know it's because my outfits aren't complete without a headpiece!
Wearing: Old Altar'd State HatOld Forever 21 TopthredUP skirtThrifted Sandals
Let's talk about this outfit first because, uh, come on, it's gorgeous. I've had this white off the shoulder top for over a year now and this skirt is from my collaboration with thredUp awhile back and I never though to put the two together. I like the romantic, yet young, look of the outfit. It's so fitting for a garden brunch! I actually wore this top when I got engaged, which leads me to the next point...
We solidified a wedding date!
It feels so good to have some progress in that department of my life. It's towards the end of this year (we're insane for planning a wedding in less than 6 months, we know) and we're excited to start our married life together. In the last week we have toured venues, we have made invitations, bought sealing wax (which is so fun!?) and told our parents the date. We're sending out the invites soon and I think the excitement and impatience will kick in then.
Now, let's talk about how incredibly hot it is outside. We took these while wedding venue hunting and even in the shade, it still feels like the hundreds outside. I'm slathered in sun screen, I'm wearing a sun hat, guys, I think summer has beat me already. Is it sweat or is it highlighter? The world may never know. It was highlighter.
Dazey LA is a slow fashion brand that embraces slow, woman owned and ethically made clothing. It's only natural that the golden tones and female empowerment would draw me in!
Wearing: Thrifted hatDazey LA TeeThrifted SkirtThrifted Sandals In my attempts to live a more sustainable life, I've made some changes. I haven't shopped in a big box or fast fashion store for clothing in 8 months, I eat a plant based diet, and the genuine new clothes I've gotten have been from slow, sustainable brands, like Dazey LA.
I'm not a graphic tee wearer, but I could not resist the color and comfort of this tee. Paired with a button down skirt, or, as Dani wears them, with pinafores and jumpsuits, it's changing my mind n how you can wear a tee and I am so excited to stock my wardrobe full of Dazey goods.
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