What’s In My Weekender | Cabin Edition

what in my weekender bag cabin edition

As promised in my last post, here’s my “what’s in my weekender bag” cabin edition! I added links to all the items still available online if you’re interested. Hope you all have a great weekend! Mine’s going to be spent making more videos! Get excited ;-)

I’m thinking of doing an #AskKitty video soon, so send me your tweets to @kittycotten with the #AskKitty or leave a comment below with your questions and I’ll answer it!


Up North at the Cabin

Long weekends up north at a cabin is a Midwest summer staple. We load up our load the coolers with ice, grab our weekender bags, and pack up the car and head up north. Sunsets on the lake are worth the drive themselves! I’ve got a fun video coming up about what’s in my cabin weekender bag! Stay tuned or you can subscribe to my YouTube channel to get the first look! I’ve been helping my little sister with her blog and videos a lot over the past month, which has been really inspiring and loads of fun, despite us having no idea how the videos were going to turn out. My favorite video we’ve made so far is right here… Never knew you needed half a fishbowl of water a day to stay hydrated!

Minnesota cabin


Cheers to the 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all my ‘Merica friends! Last night I made a strawberry rhubarb pie and salted caramel apple pie for today’s dinner festivities. Our house now smells super delicious! Can’t wait to relax on the lake, cheers to the good ole red, white and blue and enjoy the long holiday weekend!


Weekend Wedding In Pepin, WI

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This past weekend we spent the weekend in Pepin, Wisconsin celebrating two of our good friends getting married! Their venue, Villa Bellezza Vineary, was stunning! If you’re a bride and groom looking for an amazing backdrop to a wedding just outside the Twin Cities, this is THE place! Seriously looks like a glimpse into Italian country side. We had an awesome weekend! It’s possible that we had a bit too much fun… I think Joel and my hangover lasted nearly 48 hours, but totally worth it! If you’re stuck in a tiny country town with a bunch of good friends and cocktails, you’re guaranteed a good time!

bridal hair updos

Last Saturday was hot! My friend Jeannie and I knew an updo was the way to go! I’d never done a bridal style updo on someone, let alone attempt one on myself, but I think they turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! I’ve been in love with this Zooey Deschanel updo since is saw her walk the red carpet at the Emmys, so I gave the look a whirl!

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!


Video : Afternoon at Mall of America

So, I spend way too much time at the mall. It all started when I was in diapers, my mom used to meet my grandma to walk around inside Rosedale Mall during the winter months and push me around in my stroller. Nowadays, it’s always our family meeting spot between my mom, my sister and I. We just kind of love walking around and browsing. Not to mention, I’ve got the biggest mall in America only a 10 minute drive from my house, appropriately named Mall of America. It literally has hundreds of shops, but I have my favorites, and when the team at Mall of America approached me about sharing my “best day at the mall,” I thought I’d simply show you all my must-stop-at-shops when I got to the mall! Hope you enjoyed watching the video! Watch here and subscribe for Part 2 “The Haul!”

Mall of America


Lately No.10 [ Memorial Weekend Edition ]

Hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! I spent Friday night with friend drinking moscow mules! So delicious! I’ve been adding lots of fun summertime glassware to our bar, like those copper mugs and thrifted tumblers. Finally got around to changing over to my bright white summer sheets. Why is new bedding so good??! Seriously, makes me so happy. On Monday, I took my new crazy bird lady dress for a stroll and soaked up the last of the long weekend!


5 time saving photoshop tips for bloggers

5 time saving photoshop tips for bloggers | KittyCotten.com


I learned this tip at BLOGSHOP last year (along with so much more! I’d highly recommend the class!). I hadn’t thought about making templates for posts before, but this completely changed how I blog! I created templates for my most frequently posted topics / series on my blog, like my Lately posts and step-by-step tutorials. It will drastically cut down on the time it takes to create a post!

Time saving tip for photoshop: create blog post templates


Bridge comes with most Photoshop versions. It’s a simple software to use, and makes the perfect place to sift through all the photos you’ve taken for a certain post to select the ones you like the best. I do this by starring each photo I think might work using (COMMAND + 1). Then I look through all the photos given 1 star and give the very bests shots a 2 star rating (COMMAND + 2). Then I open the 2-star photos in Photoshop to begin editing for the post. Once, I’ve finished the post, I will sort the photos again in Bridge by “not rated” and trash those photos. This way I keep my folders neat, decluttered and organized.

Time saving tip for photoshop: use bridge to sort through and edit photos


I LOVE ACTIONS! With a simple click of the button, a photo is magically transformed! I have 4 sets of actions within my Photoshop currently and they make editing the coloring and feel of a photo soooo much easier and quicker!
BLOGSHOP (Part of taking the class)
Simon Filip Actions : AfterLight (FREE)
Summer Breeze by K. Miller Actions ($25)
A Beautiful Mess : The Mini Collection Actions ($10)

Time saving tip for photoshop: use actions


These are the shortcuts I use most on my mac for photoshop and help me save so much time versus looking through the menus!
Time saving PHOTOSHOP shortcuts


It took me a bit of time to get used to using a pen and tablet to work on my computer, but now I’d never go back! I’m just so much faster at editing with it. I’d highly suggest giving it a try! I use the older version of this Intuos Pen ($79).

5 time saving photoshop tips for bloggers | KittyCotten.com

I hope these tips help you create content quicker in Photoshop, which means you’ll be able to update your blog more frequently and waste less time in the editing process!


Video : Empties No.1

I’m really enjoying getting back into youtube again! I have this strange love for editing videos. I guess it goes hand-and-hand with my enjoyment for editing photos and creating fun blog layouts too! The goal for my channel is create more of a lifestyle vibe versus beauty. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching beauty videos on youtube and it’s really the only reason I know how to properly apply makeup, discover what’s new in the skincare world and have learned how to care for my skin and hair, but I want to create something more. I want to create a space that’s entertaining and relaxed. I have a short list of videos I want to film next, an organizational video, lots more travel videos and tips, a few classic beauty things, and potentially vlogs! But I would really love your input on what you’d like to see on my channel! You can leave a comment here or share with me on twitter or instagram.

I hope you enjoyed my first empties video. They are some of my favorite beauty videos to watch, because you get an idea of what the product is like and if it would be repurchased! So helpful!

Product Listed Inorder:
1. LOreal Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Unscented (Love it! Will buy again)
2. WEN Cleansing Conditioner in Sweet Almond Mint (Love it, but…)
3. Drybar Dry Shampoo (Wouldn’t repurchase)
4. Aveda Smooth Infusion Styling Prep (Love it! Will buy again)
5. Aveda Energizing Body, Hair and Scalp Oil (Love it! Will buy again)
6. Maybelline Full-n-Soft Mascara (Love it! Will buy again)
7. Dr. Jart Beauty Balm (Love it! Will buy again)
8. Amazing Grace Perfume by Philosophy (Love it! Will buy again)
9. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion (Wouldn’t repurchase)

Empties No. 1 Video | KittyCotten.com


Lately No.9

Lately No.9 | kittycotten.com

I hope you enjoyed the overload of South Africa travel posts from my trip last October on the blog! It was fun to reminisce and thumb through all the photos we took. Now, here’s a glimpse at what’s been happening these past few days. It’s still a bit chilly around Minnesota. I seriously can’t wait for summertime to come! Around here, summer is all about boating on the lake, reading a book in the sand, sharing cocktails with friends on rooftops, long drives up north to cabin country, grilling out back, and toasting marshmallows over campfires. Just a good ole American summer! Can’t wait for it to start! Hope all is well where you are! What are you looking forward to in the next few months?