Ladies Night

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Before Joel and I left for our European vacation, I scheduled a ladies night with my best friends at my place a few days after we returned and crossed my fingers jet lag wouldn’t be kicking my ass. I knew I’d miss them a ton after our trip and thought they’d like to see photos from our adventures overseas. Over some good food and lots of glasses of vino we all caught up with each other’s recent happenings and nearly died laughing after I shared stories some of the crazy stuff we saw in Amsterdam’s red light district. That city is unreal! I can’t wait share with you guys our Netherlands and Belgium travel guides! I’m actually organizing and editing photos in the background while I write this. Hope all of you stateside had a wonderful long labor day weekend! Cheers to autumn!

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My 9 Favorite YouTube Channels

Hi, my name is Kitty Cotten and I’m a youtube junkie. I don’t watch a ton of tv, but I can get lost in the world of youtube for more hours then I’m willing to admit here. Here are my 9 favorite youtube channels that I pretty much religiously watch (click the photos below to visit each channel). There’s a some super talented beauty mavens, amazing short filmmakers, British accents (they’re just so soothing. well, that sounds creepy.) and just some all around weird/funny/entertaining personalities out there in the world who let the internet into their lives, and I love it. Are you a youtube junkie like me? Who do you subscribe to? I seriously love finding a new youtube channel! So, spill it. Shameless quick self promotion: You can subscribe to my channel @kittycotten right there.


Fall 2014 Wishlist | Camel Wool Panama

I got my fall issue of the J.Crew catalog last night and on pg.66 I fell in love. Okay, not your Frozen true love, but I knew I needed to get my hands on that camel wool hat the model was wearing on top of her perfectly-unperfect hair. I went right to to order it. I couldn’t help myself. But, sadly, that beauty it’s backordered until October 3. That leaves my entire month of September watching the leaves change trotting around in boots while sipping seasonally flavored lattes hatless. And people, we just can’t have that. Overly dramatic rant aside, I did a little internet hunting to see my options out there in the camel-colored panama hat depart and ladies, Urban Outfitters is your destination! (Insert emoji heart-eyes face here)

LINKS: left Urban Outfitters hat, right Urban Outfitters hat, J.Crew hat


Lately No.11

Lately it’s been lots of eating and celebrating! Starting in the top left going clockwise… Agriculture is my new favorite quick dinner spot. The food is super healthy and tastes amazing. If you haven’t had burrata cheese, make a trip to the grocery store tonight and make a caprese salad. It’s soooo good! Finally made it to Truce Juice in Uptown. If you’re local and a ‘juicer’ it’s a must stop. Their branding just makes me happy. Another must is Red Cow right now, because they have limited time Minnesota State Fair Conditioning menu that features the most delicious dessert: mini donuts and bananas covered in chocolate and salted caramel sauce with fresh whip cream. I nearly licked the plate clean, but I kept it classy, scrapping it with my spoon.


August 8th, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce Joel and I are engaged! Joel popped the question after our picnic on Lake Harriet near our house. It was incredibly sweet! Earlier in the week I mentioned to Joel that he should take me on a romantic date, because with busy weeks packed full of summer festivities, it’s nice to spend a few hours relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. And, we hadn’t been on a “real” date in awhile. So when I came home after work on Friday I was expecting something romantic, but had ABSOLUTELY no clue he planned on proposing. We walked from our house to now what I’ll be calling “our spot” on Lake Harriet near the bandshell. I complained half the walk that we should’ve drove like he suggested, because I chose style over comfort for shoes. Typical me. We fed the ducks, sipped on a few Belgium beers Joel brought for us to try since we’re headed there later this month and ate delicious vegetarian wraps. I dropped the chocolates he got us for dessert in his beer. Whoops! Don’t worry, I ate them anyways. I snapped a bunch of photos and tried to give him lessons on using my camera before our trip. Then, like that, he was on one knee, ring box in hand, and asked “Will you marry me?” And as the photo above implies, I ecstatically said YES!

This pass week went by in a blur of congratulations and lots of time spent with all our loved ones. I’m excited for this next adventure, even if this whole wedding planning thing totally overwhelms me! I still kinda can’t believe we’re actually engaged! Now I have a fiancé. So official. I love it.


New In

tee shirts

End of summer sales are everywhere! And it’s awesome. Got that nude and gold hardware purse at TJ Maxx for $35, tees for under $17 each and those adorable heels at Macy’s for $17! I mean, I seriously scored! Such a good feeling. Especially that ivory and red stripe tee from J.Crew that I wanted to buy a few weeks ago, but at $45 I couldn’t pull the trigger and walked out a bit sad-faced. Not anymore! Wink wink.

I’m guessing a lot of my new pieces will make their way into my suitcase for our Netherlands and Belgium trip only 3 weeks away! Pinch me! All I can think about what delicious beer we’ll be drinking and all the adorable stuff I can instagram and how am I going to be able to pack all this crap into a small enough suitcase to lug up those super steep hotel stairs everyone talks about in hotel reviews online. Should I make a “what I packed” video or post, like this one, for this trip?

TJ Maxx bag, Macy’s MIA heels, A&F elephant tee (I really shouldn’t be shopping here at 27), J.Crew stripe teeFrancesca’s necklaces.


Beauty Favorites | July Edition

I’m kind of a nosey person. I like knowing what beauty and skincare products people use and love and why. What girl isn’t trying to perfect her beauty routine? I thought I’d share my five favorite beauty products on a monthly basis here for awhile in hopes you discover your next beauty love.

1. LUSH Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
I only use this stuff on my face and it’s the best scrub I’ve ever used for my oily skin! Buff the scrub off with a hot wash cloth and your skin is soft, refreshed and not dried out like so many oily skin scrubs do, because of the avocado butter base.

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
It’s been about 3 months since I started using this miracle serum on a nightly basis and my skin has never been so wonderful! At $70 for that bottle it was an investment, but totally worth it.

3. Tint & Sass Cheek and Lip Stain
I’ve never used a liquid blush before, just lots and lots of different powder blushes. I’m not sure I can ever go back to powders because this liquid blush looks so natural and it’s super easy to apply. Plus, when I travel on the weekends I don’t need to pack another brush for blush.

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation & Brush
In the summertime I grab toward my powder foundation, with all the hot, humid weather a powder just works better on my skin. This stuff gives a really nice airbrushed looking finish, I think it has something to do with the short, dense brush Tarte created for the foundation.

5. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Cleansing balms are eeeeverywhere right now! I was totally skeptical with my oily skin, but they are wonderful at really taking all the makeup off, especially this one! I follow the cleansing balm with my Lush Sea Salt scrub.

What products are you loving this past month? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kittycotten


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!