Kate’s Picks: 8 Things I Tried Last Month and Loved


It’s a crisp, rainy day in Minneapolis this morning. There’s been a definitive cool breeze in the air of late, the leaves along the tree-lined city streets are just beginning to turn, and Joe and I watched our oldest march confidently and excitedly into his first day of preschool last week. Where did summer go, friends?

As we collectively make the transition from summer to fall, I’m reflecting on a few of my favorite things I discovered or tried last month. From what I wore to what I read to what I listened to, there’s a little bit of everything in the mix.

Is there anything in particular you tried and loved in recent memory? I’d love for you to share in the comments!


The Obstacle Is The Way


I’ve never felt so motivated and inspired by my own problems and bad habits after reading Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is The Way. Built on the timeless writings of the Roman Stoics, Holiday shows you how to reframe the way you look at roadblocks in life and work to see the path toward not only overcoming them, but also toward making incredible opportunities come to life.


La Vie Gauze & Eyelet Top


I love the delicate look of this top, and the intricate embroidery work. I’ve been thinking about it for the past two weeks, which probably means I will regret not buying it!


Interior Define

We’re working on designing our graphic designer’s apartment, which will center around a gorgeous custom sofa from Interior Define. We ordered swatches on Monday and had them to thumb through on a Tuesday. I loved using the app to help her envision the way the sofa could work in her space. More to come!


Yum Yummy Yuck


My kids adore this book—it’s been a staple in our home for storytime lately. The book is full of bright illustrations and helps explain to little ones the difference between things we should and shouldn’t put in our mouths (an important lesson when you have two toddlers under your roof!).


EltaMD UV Physical Tinted Facial Sunscreen


This brand was recommended to me by my dermatologist and I love it. Great coverage, a barely-there feeling, not too sticky, and it stays on for hours.



Pricing Varies Upon Package

I’m all about making meal planning as easy as possible, and having ButcherBox, paired with Imperfect Produce, my grocery lists are down to a handful of items each week. The protein (100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, heritage breed pork, and wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon) is delivered right to your door, free of antibiotics and hormones, and humanely raised (not factories). I’d highly recommend.


Beyond the To-Do List

I LOVE this podcast. They really dive into the science and psychology to why productivity can be so challenging for so many of us. So many great life hacks to discover.


The Real Real

I know Chanel flats are, without a doubt, an investment, but they’re one I’m willing to make. I can honestly say that the Chanel flats I currently have are the most durable pair of flats I’ve ever owned. They hold up, folks. I had been saving up for a pair of nude Chanel flats and was very pleased to see I could find a gently used pair for half the retail price via The Real Real.

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BY Kate Arends - September 12, 2019

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September 14, 2019 9:17 am

Kate, stop the insane buying. Quit promoting the consumption of material junk. your children are at risk on this planet due to consumerism.

September 27, 2019 11:08 am

It is great these finds worked for Kate… but I’d love to see some recommendations that don’t ooze wealth and indulgence. This seems out of touch.

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