Style, Trends / 25.07.2016

Dan and I are in "saving mode" right now, which means we only go out to eat once or twice a month and keep a close eye on non-necessity spending (read: hey, Katharine, you probably shouldn’t shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale). However, it’s rare that Nordstrom has a sale this epic and since we pitched/donated 75% of our closet during spring cleaning this year, I’m in desperate need of an update. Here’s how I’ll be navigating the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on a Budget: STOCK UP ON BEAUTY ESSENTIALS As I mentioned in my Summer Skincare Routine post, I tend to...

Beauty, Style / 14.07.2016

Well, hello! I can't believe it's been almost 9 months since I've published a post on Paytington (what?!); real life caught up with me and my passion project fell behind the couch -- or, more accurately, got shoved wayyy under the take-out menus in that lonely kitchen drawer no one opens. Anyways, I've missed it SO MUCH and have decided to slowly bring it back to life with weekly posts and updates on life. What would you like to hear about? Life? New recipes? SEO? Let me know!
Outfits, Style / 02.11.2015

It's been a while since I have posted anything on Paytington, let alone an "on-trend" round-up! We've been back from the Mediterranean for about a week now and have finally caught up with sleep/jet lag and gotten over brutal sinus infections. Even though the descent into Chicago was a bit painful, I'd do it again in an instant to walk around ancient ruins and gorgeous islands peppered with delicious food and drink. There will be a re-cap post coming soon but you can get a sneak peek of everything we saw on Instagram. In addition to eating my way around Rome, I was able to sit outside and people watch (read: fall in love with Italian womens' wardrobes) for three days and came away with a wish-list about a mile long; first on that list...a flattering sweater dress.  The takeaway: sweater dress outfit combinations are seemingly endless while the overall effect looks comfortable and chic without being pretentious.
Outfits, Style / 08.09.2015

I will never forget the day I bought this Reiss leather skirt; it's one of my favorite clothing items and every time I wear it, I think of our last trip to the United Kingdom. My parents and I were in Liverpool at the infamous Cavern Club and, after a 9am pint (or two), going to Reiss seemed like the best idea we'd had all week. Though it's been more than 4 years since I tried it on, it still fits perfectly and looks brand new. A couple weeks ago, Ashley and I ventured to the west side of Chicago and she snapped a few photos of me in my go-to business attire: my caramel-colored, Reiss leather skirt, a white blouse and a tailored black blazer. Though I typically wear the leather skirt with classic black and white, I am looking forward to mixing up my colors this season and taking advantage of this skirt's versatility.