"You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you." - Song of Solomon 4:7

Friday, March 8, 2013



Topshop crop top // Topshop pants // Topshop shoes // Majorica necklace (similar here)// Vintage earrings // John Lewis headband

Hello, everybody! Welcome to XO, Katherine Nicole at my new url xokatherinenicole.blogspot.com!  I'm really happy with the first outfit I'm sharing on my new url. It was a bit of a spur of the moment indulgence, but it's really one of my favorite looks. Obviously it's not an "everyday" type of ensemble, but I couldn't resist creating something a little more eye-catching and whimsical. Normally I like to browse around on Topshop's website in my downtime, since it's easy to navigate and they almost always have something new. When I saw these pants I was immediately  compelled to create a look around them. Black and white, graphic looks have been really big lately, and I'm always one for a few polka dots. I also found the wide-leg cut of these pants especially cool, and a nice counter to the oodles of skinny leg looks that have been floating around recently (which, I confess, I enjoy very much as well). I added a lace crop top (natch) and some simple accessories, with a pop of color provided in the unique daisy earrings. I feel kind of strange styling a look in which the top, pants, and shoes are all from the same place, but I wanted to put together an outfit that would be fun to wear and have a bit of a retro feel to it, and I hope I succeeded. I know that if I could get away with this look on any given day I certainly would waste no time with it!

How have you all been? I hope you've been having a lovely March!
Katherine Nicole
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. " - Psalm 118:1

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spittin' Image: Ankle Boots

ankle booties

Hi everybody! This week I decided to do an installment of Spittin' Image. The Acne Pistol Booties (pictured far right) have been "hot" for a while now, thanks to their simple, streamlined design that goes with anything. This is pretty much as basic as booties get and that's why fashionistas and starlets everywhere seem to like them so much. Although I'm sure the Acne booties are of exceptional quality (they look great even on the internet), I thought it would be useful to find some lower-priced alternatives, since not everybody wants to spend $570 on a single pair of boots.  The boots on the far left ring in at $50, and are by Sam & Libby. They're suede, unlike the Acne pair pictured here, but the Pistol booties come in a fairly wide variety of material and color combos (I've only ever seen neutrals). The booties in the middle are by Nordstrom's BP line, and have a stacked heel and gold accents I think are quite pretty. I also found a Steve Madden pair for $100 that replicates the stitching on the Pistols, but when I placed them next to the other pairs in the collage it seemed as if they didn't photograph as well as their counterparts, and looked a little "off" (however, they do look look nice on the website). On Black Friday, the Lucky Brand Parlei booties, which are fairly similar, were one of my only purchases. I'm very happy with them and have been wearing them quite a lot. They're currently for sale at a discount on Zappos, so go ahead and check them out!

Hope you all have been having a lovely week!
Katherine Nicole

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." - Ephesians 4:2  

P.S. Don't forget "prettykeenkate.blogspot.com" will soon become "xokatherinenicole.blogspot.com"! Thank you, everybody, for the support!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Army Inspired

army inspired

LC Lauren Conrad top / Romwe coat / Topshop jeans / Steve Madden boots (similar)

Hey ya'll! I'm back with my first outfit since my little hiatus. This one's fairly casual. skinny jeans, boots, and a button down top. What I really like about this outfit is the details. I quite like combat boots and I think they can really be worn in a lot of different ways, even if at first they don't seem like the type of thing to blend with many tastes. If you're a little wary of combat boots, a great way to make it a little easier to incorporate them into your wardrobe is to purchase a more lightweight pair, like the one shown here. It's a bit of a more feminine take on the classic Doc Marten style boots. Of course, buying them in a neutral is a wise investment, since they'll go with many different things. The top shown here is from Lauren Conrad's line for Kohl's. It's a simple chiffon button down but it's embellished with pearls, which is really lovely. Finally, the trench coat is a gorgeous army green and carries on the military inspired theme of the outfit.

How have you all been? Did you catch the inauguration on Monday? Have a blessed week!

Katherine Nicole

"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." - John 13:35

P.S. Don't forget "prettykeenkate.blogspot.com" will soon become "xokatherinenicole.blogspot.com"! Thank you everybody for the support! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm Still Here!

Hey ya'll! How are you? I know I've been gone for quite some time, so I'd like to let you all know that I'm still here. I haven't had as much time as I would have liked to work on the blog, and on top of that my Polyvore (the website and account I use to create and edit my sets) has been wacky lately. I haven't been able to edit or publish anything new, and if any of you know how I could fix this situation (or any other formats I could use to make something similar) then please let me know!

Secondly, I'd like to inform you of a decision I've made recently. I'll still keep my blog, but recently I decided to make a few changes. The main (and basically only) change will be to the name of the blog. I've decided to change the name from "Pretty Keen Kate" to "XO, Katherine Nicole." (Don't worry, you can still call me Kate if you like.) I felt it was a better fit for me and just made sense. To help you all adjust to this change I've updated my blog's banner and a couple of other things. I haven't changed the blog's url yet because I still want you guys to be able to find me, but expect it to become xokatherinenicole.blogspot.com sometime in early February. This year I also plan on experimenting with OOTD posts and maybe a couple of product reviews. I'm excited to see what's in store and hope you all will enjoy it!

Thank you all for following, reading, commenting, and supporting my blog! I hope your new year is fabulous!

Katherine Nicole

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin." - Zechariah 4:10