Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 Recap


Happy Sunday! I took a break from the blog last week to catch back up on life, but I’m excited to be back today!

My trip to Arizona was a lot of fun and definitely kept me busy. I spoke at the FIDM Business of Fashion seminar, styled a show at the Community Night at Phoenix Fashion Week and also caught up with some friends.

PHXFW x FIDM Business of Fashion Seminar

Friday Morning I had the opportunity to speak at the FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) Business of Fashion Seminar series. There were 9 different seminars during the weekend and I taught a seminar called, “How to Take Your Local Brand/Blog Global.” I was able to share how I grew my local Arizona blog to a global brand and business in New York City. It was a complete honor to share my story, share my industry insider tips and meet local entrepreneurs and bloggers.








Phoenix Fashion Week & #LoveUp Runway Show

Phoenix Fashion Week was my first fashion show I attended in Arizona and I was excited to go back to where it all started. The first night of fashion week was ‘Community Night’ which showcased local designers, students and also, the show I styled. John Jay and Rich, a local radio show duo started a charity called #LoveUp which focuses on paying it forward and benefiting foster families and pet adoption. The show featured local celebrities like news anchors, firemen and the radio hosts themselves, plus 10 agency models. Below you can see the model looks and a few snapshots, enjoy!




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My Fall To-Do List

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At the beginning of each season I always mentally make a to-do list of things I want to do, projects I want to accomplish or events I want to attend. I decided to put that plan in action this season and talk about my Fall F-Trifecta: Friends, Fun and Fashion! Check out my list below and let me know what you want to do this fall!

Do All Things Pumpkin

Hand me a PSL, let me decorate a pumpkin and do all things basic, because I love fall! I love getting little pumpkins from the grocery store, painting them (see last year’s post here) and spicing up my tabletop centerpiece. It’s a fun and easy way to get into the holiday spirit!untitled-15

Wear As Much Plaid As Possible

This is the one time of year that I can overload on plaid and not feel overly preppy or borderline lumberjack. One of my favorite pieces is this vintage men’s plaid button-up that I wear a shirt dress over jeans or tights, or tie around my waist as a layering piece. It’s perfect for fall and I plan on wearing more plaid this year!untitled-39

Attend a local holiday event

New York has a ton of events during the holiday season, and last October I attended the Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade (see here). This Halloween weekend I’ll be attending an event called Brew at the Zoo at The Bronx Zoo. There will be over 40 beer vendors, food trunks and of course, halloween costumes! I also would love to go apple picking and find some other Halloween events around the city!untitled-35.jpg

Meet More People!

Moving across the country and starting a new life can be hard; and meeting new people can be even harder. I’m lucky to have a good handful of close friends, but I am still trying to grow my friend group and network all of the time. And can we even talk about dating in New York City?! It’s pretty hard too! I work in fashion (rarely any men), I don’t have an office-job (rarely any men or connections) and I’m still pretty new to NYC so it’s been an interesting dating experience so far – a handful of weird first dates that don’t lead into second dates, or a few nice guys that ended up being fun to date for awhile. I honestly can’t complain though because it’s been an exciting year of meeting new people, going on new adventures and re-hashing it all with my roommates and friends.

A frequent question I get from other single friends, is if I use dating apps. Guilty. I have tried out a handful of phone apps – I won’t be sharing any in-depth details – but I used a couple when I moved to NYC as a way to meet new people and discover the city. Recently, I was introduced to Spritzr. Spritzr is a little different than other apps because it lets your friends play matchmaker for you. Now I have a ton of friends who are in relationships who are always try to play matchmaker for myself and friends, or want to swipe through the single girls’ apps when we’re together. It’s a new outlook to dating apps and I thought it could be fun to try.

Now, I totally get that there is a stigma about dating apps – I actually had one until I moved to NYC and realized that sometimes that fairytale of meeting someone on the subway or in a coffee shop just probably won’t happen – I blame 90’s Rom Coms. And I think most of my single friends in cities can agree – it’s hard to meet people or the people you’re meeting while out, aren’t necessarily the quality you want. Either way – I thought Spritzr was kind of a fun way to make the whole thing more social/casual and leave behind that negative connotation that dating apps are just for hooking up.

And no matter what your opinion of dating apps are – I have good and bad impressions of them – it’s easy to meet more people, network and have fun with friends!dsc_0245

Do more day-social events

Now that the weather is cooler and the weekends are filled with sports, it’s the perfect time to do more social things during the day! From watching football at a local bar, to visiting a new museum or brunch with the girls, I want to take full advantage of good weather before it’s winter!1529854_10203282795894334_1300953070_o

Do an afternoon in Central Park before it’s too cold

Central Park is possibly one of my favorite places in the city. I feel very fortunate that I live walking distance to the park, because it’s easy to go for an afternoon picnic or meet-up with friends. Last fall I did a weekend afternoon in the park with my friends (see here) and I look forward to planning another one!untitled-1

Find A New Coffee House

I split my “office hours” between coffee shops and my apartment. If I have a day filled with meetings around town, I love finding new little coffee shops to pop in during my down time and catch up on work. I have a couple go-to spots in my neighborhood, but I want to find a few more! Let me know if you have any recommendations.audreefb8.png

Plan new holiday projects for SAK

Last, but certainly not least, I have a few new things I’ll be rolling out this season on SAK. I’m excited to dive into this business full force and figure out what works and doesn’t work for me, you and collaborators. I’m starting to plan some holiday projects too, so stay tuned, and I’d love to hear your feedback! simply-audree-kate-pbteen-room-makeover-161This post was sponsored by Spritzr

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How To Make A Dress Into A Shirt


Happy Tuesday! This past weekend my older sister got married and the entire weekend was so beautiful! Their ceremony was in Scottsdale, Arizona and I hope to share a recap in the next couple of months once we get pictures. You can also see the recap from our bachelorette party here, and see a couple snaps of the weekend on my Instagram, here! I’m still in Arizona the rest of the week and I’ll be working on a few styling projects and catching up with friends; I’m excited to be home!

Another reason why I love fall so much is because I can layer! I absolutely love layering dresses over leggings or jeans and wearing them as a long shirt. Today’s “shirt” is actually a long dress from Soft Surroundings. I belted it up around my waist and folded over the top of the dress to make a ruffle. I paired it with skinny jeans, a vintage denim vest and my new black mules. You can shop a similar look in the shopping links below; have a great day! xo





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Eat, Drink & Be Scary: Halloween with Oriental Trading

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I’m kicking off one of my favorite holidays a little early this year! I teamed up with Oriental Trading today to get in the Halloween spirit; and I’ll be sharing my favorite table decor, plus two super easy and tasty cocktails for a spooky Halloween party!

Below you can find my recipes for Caramel Apple Cider Sangria – seriously my new fav cocktail for fall, and apple cider mimosas! Also, did someone say Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats?! These will for sure be a hit among your guests and you can find the recipe is at the end of the blog post!

Also, later this month I’ll be sharing a few easy DIY costumes, recapping some fall activities I do with friends, and what I plan on dressing up as for Halloween! For more halloween decor, costumes and party ideas, make sure to check out Oriental Trading! I can’t wait to have a spooky month with you! BOO! xo













  1. Fill pitcher with sliced apples

    (We used a clean flower vase to make it more fun and Halloween-y)

  2. 1 liter bottle of white wine

  3. 1 cup of caramel vodka (around 8 shots)

  4. 8 cups of apple cider

  5. 4-5 chopped apples

  6. Optional: 1/4 cup of caramel syrup – plus drizzle more in the cups for garnishing

  7. Enjoy!

*Note: my vase does not represent the full recipe – scaled smaller for blog photos*

Recipe originally from The Sweetest Occasion (HERE)















  1. Dip the rim of the glass in maple syrup or caramel syrup (we used maple)

  2. Dip again in brown sugar

  3. Fill half of the glass with champagne

  4. Top off with apple cider! 

  5. Enjoy!










Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats


What you’ll need:

  • 6 cups of Rice Krispie Cereal 

  • 10 ounces of marshmallows 

  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter 

  • Green Food Coloring 

  • Chocolate — I just melted Nestle chocolate chips

  • White sprinkles for eyeballs!


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot and add the marshmallows. Stir until they are all melted!

  2. Add in the food coloring and stir until it turns green.

  3. Add rice krispie cereal and stir to combine.

  4. Press rice krispie cereal into 9 x 13 pan. (I lined with foil so I could easily take them out to cut)

  5. Let rice krispie treats sit for about 30 minutes.

  6. Remove from pan and cut into squares.

  7. Melt Chocoalte according the package directions. Dip the tops of the Rice Krispie Treats into the melted chocolate.

  8. Lay on a sheet of wax paper (or a plate).

  9. Fill a ziplock bag with some of the melted chocolate, snip an end off and make eyes and mouth

  10. Add sprinkles for eyes

  11. Let the Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats sit for about 20 minutes or until the chocolate had hardened. (I put them in the freezer to speed up the process and so they didn’t melt while sitting out.)

Recipe originally from Big Bear’s Wife (HERE)



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