Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Golden Hour

I went to a nice dinner out on the town and was able to snap a few photos on the way. It happened to be the elusive "golden hour" -- look at how to light dances on my hair! These pics were completely unedited... I left them as is. Usually, I just play with the contrast and may brighten up a pic, but I think these turned out great as is. Usually, I don't have time to snap pics during golden hour, so this was a real treat!

xo ek

Sunday, February 19, 2017

City Color

The weather finally cooperated for a bit and I was able to wear some cute transitional pieces. It's been forever since I've thrown on my trusty moto jacket, and I think it paired well with the pink and purple frock that I got on major sale!!

I'm starting to get more into photography-- that's why you'll see a few more posts popping up on this blog. I've really started to enjoy taking city shots.... candids, movements, traffic, skyscrapers, etc. What is your favorite subject to photograph?

xo ek

Friday, February 17, 2017

Neutrals and Burgundy

Is it just me- or has this been the longest winter ever?! Everyday, I feel like I'm so bundled and my heavy coats are getting some pretty substantial use. Color palette-wise, I've been leaning toward a lot of neutrals with just pops of color. Burgundy and bright red are currently my go-tos! My biggest challenge has been still looking put together and not like a wet dog when it rains :/ Is it just me or is anyone surprised by how much umbrellas DO NOT WORK? I have tried small, big, dome-shaped... you name it. And I'm constantly finding myself totally drenched by the wind and rain we've been having in the Bay. If you have any good umbrella suggestions... please shoot them my way! 

xo ek

Monday, February 13, 2017

Home for the Holidays

Just wanted to share some snaps I took during the holidays! It's been awhile... long time, no blog. This past holiday season was one of the BEST for my family in recent memory. I hosted both Thanksgiving and Christmas at my house so my family didn't have to bother cooking. It was stressful at times, but really fun to incorporate traditional family recipes and try out some new dishes that my family LOVED! The biggest hit was the California Pizza Kitchen inspired Butter Cake that I served for Christmas dinner (recipe here). 

It was so nice to see my grandma sit back & relax and not have to worry about timing dishes and cleaning dishes, that's for sure. It seems like the Holidays at EK's will become a Kato family tradition from here on out! 

Above are just some quick snaps of decor and such I had around the house during the holidays. Most importantly... Zazie pics. He's the best!

xo ek

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Red Bottoms

Hey all! Wanted to share a look I put together that can be worn pretty much ANYWHERE this summer. The pier...a baseball game... a picnic. These red shorts are from J. Crew are wear like a dream. They do run big so size down (one, maybe two sizes). They also come in a variety of colors and are frequently on-sale so check J. Crew. A Chambray shirt is a summer staple, and I am a firm believe that you can never have too many! They are lightweight and perfect for layering. Also- chambray is a neutral! Pair it with anything in your closet.
xo ek 

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Technicolor Dream Skirt #FFTravels

I've been shopping at H&M a LOT more lately. Not only do they have great work wear (I swear, about 80% of my professional wardrobe is from there, and it was all I could afford when I was first starting out), but great party dresses and summer looks. The clothes really do look and feel more expensive than what they are. My only issue is the sizing. I'm literally 4 sizes bigger in H&M clothing because it's just cut differently, I guess? Lots of trial and error in the dressing room, but when it WORKS! I'm also so glad that you can now return online purchases in-store just in-case something doesn't work out! Much needed relief for a girl who is constantly worried about H&M sizing!
Oh, and these pics were taken at The Lodge @ Pebble Beach. 17 Mile Drive is an absolute must if you like beachy scenery. The Lodge is absolutely stunning and a perfect place to relax not too far from the Bay Area! Score!
xo ek

Friday, June 10, 2016

Off the Shoulder

Good morning, everyone! I know, I know. Long time, no post. I wanted to share some snaps from a three-day weekend. Before heading down to Monterey for some local sun & sea, I stopped by the Gilroy Outlets to pick up a few things :) The weather is always SO warm down there- totally fine in shorts and sandals at 10am! Do you guys have any good outlet stores to recommend? I love a good bargain!
xo ek