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Proud to say that my jewelry line had humble beginnings. It started as a personal crafting project that I worked on in the closet underneath my stairs. A bonafide Harry Potter-esque story. It was my creative outlet that I worked on in the wee hours of the night and went from a passion project to…

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If you’ve been following along with my digital diary (aka blogposts documenting all things wedding prep) you already know Jon and I have decided upon an international wedding venue that we’re in love with. Now, we’re on to all the little details such as our florals, tablescape, invites, welcome party planning … and the list goes…

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I just discovered a new brand and I’m OBSESSED. Drum roll please… it’s Called Realisation Par. (you’ll thank me later for introducing you) There are many things I love about their pieces. Specifically with this piece, it’s SO easy to wear. Put on your booty shorts, sans bra and wrap this dress around you –…

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We’re having a never ending summer in Cali this year … and I’m not complaining! This is one of my FAVORITE dresses from Reformation. It’s super easy to wear and I love the lace up back. It’s sexy and sweet all at the same time. A helpful tip with white dresses: any white fabric can…

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THIS DRESS WAS MADE FOR PINK LOVERS! I feel so fun and flirty in this dress! But how can you not?! One thing I really like, besides the pattern and color, is that the deep v is nicely complemented with the length of it. Normally I don’t go for such long dresses because of my…

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One of the things I find most fun about jewelry is that I adore breathing new life into pieces by mixing, matching and layering. But knowing how to layer necklaces properly without it ending up in a bit of a mess can be a tricky art. So much so that you might end up avoiding…

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I am always on the go! From meetings, to designing, to getting together with friends, my days are packed but I truly wouldn’t have it any other way. I am getting to live my dream! This bag has come into my life and changed the game. While it may look like I’m always ready to…

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I’ve been loving doing these style posts, so I’m back with another! This is a classic look for Fall with a white top and blue jeans. I absolutely looove button downs because they allow me to customize my neckline depending on the jewelry I want to wear. Here, I layered two of my most worn…

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While I absolutely love busy days full of meetings and designing, I also love to have a break every now and again and have a chill day. Echo Park is one of my favorite places to go when I have some time to enjoy myself. In case you haven’t noticed, blush pink is my favorite…

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I just got back from a whirlwind 3 and a half weeks in the Big Apple, and let me tell you–it was amazing! From all of the different neighborhoods to explore to the most incredible shopping, I’ll always be head over heels for this city. It really gives me so much inspiration and drive to…

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I’m back with another style post! This one is a favorite summertime go-to that I’ve been wearing on repeat. On a typical day I’m usually running around doing a million things (aren’t we all!). Lately with the heat waves that have been coming and going through Los Angeles I’ve been juggling trying to stay cool and…

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My trip to Paris was a DREAM to say the least… From the most incredible cafes with the best lattes and croissants, to just walking the streets and feeling the incredible energy of the people, Jon and I made memories that will last a lifetime. It’s always a little tricky to pack for travel because…

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Back at it again! This time with a white hot look. Everyone knows that it’s free reign after Memorial Day weekend (even though I don’t really adhere to the rules of ‘no white’ prior to the last Monday in May). This time I’m highlighting an outfit with all neutrals. For me an all neutral look…

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Because part of buying beautiful jewelry is being able style it with your wardrobe, I wanted to show you guys some of my favorite ways to wear our pieces. When I get dressed, I want to balance style & comfort. While I love to try new things, I always want to feel like me. This…

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I’m back with another outfit post! This dress is one of my faves because of bold red color blocking. Also, because shift dresses are just the best. I picked it up at a blogger event in San Francisco a couple months ago and I love how easy it is to style it — just put…

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It’s time to show you my favorite part of our Europe trip and that was traveling through France! I have a deep seeded love for the beauty of this country and of course, their food. It was amazing to see how much time and attention Parisians dedicate to detail. It seemed like every town we…

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Just a few short weeks ago I came back from an amazing trip to Europe where I traveled through Spain and France with some of my closest friends and my fiancé (!). I know a lot of you have summer travel plans and will be heading over seas so I wanted to share some of…

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KATIE DEAN JEWELRY  Summer events 2017 We have a fantastic line up of events for this summer and we want to meet YOU there! Come say hello if you’re in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, NYC or Boston! In the meantime, follow along with us on Instagram and mark your calendars with the event details…

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JEWELRY CARE 101 Here are some tips on how to care for your new jewels to help them stay shiny and bright for a long, happy life! Katie Dean Jewelry is handmade and all our stones have the personal touch of being hand-glued in. The below recommendations are made due to the nature of the jewelry being handmade rather than by…

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{Pictured above:Cactus Stud and Moon Stud} One of the most common things we hear from our customers when it comes to jewelry, specifically earrings, is that they have a skin sensitivity to certain metals. One of the most prevalent metal allergies is nickel. A lot of times nickel allergies become an issue with earrings but depending on the severity, it can be an issue with…

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Part of the fun of creating beautiful jewels is creating relationships with other small businesses, like boutiques that carry our jewelry… Here’s a list of 3 of our faves! Yolk Boutique in Silver Lake: This gem in the middle of one of the coolest LA neighborhoods makes us feel like a kid in a candy…

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Every year when Mother’s Day comes around I reflect on my amazing Mom and the life lessons she’s taught me, as well as how all the great women in my life have helped me to grow and become who I am today. Below are 10 lessons I’ve learned from my Mom, also a Girlboss, Dr. Ann Auburn of The…

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It’s always fun whenever our jewelry is worn on television or movies, so we were so excited to spot KDJ on Fuller House and Modern Family! Click the photos below to shop the jewels!!   XO Katie Dean

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It’s no unknown fact that we LOVE coffee shops. If you don’t already know that just check out our Instagram for proof. We spend a lot of time in the beautiful city of San Francisco and have explored many amazing local spots there. Thank goodness, SF loves good coffee and they have a knack for creating beautiful spaces…

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My 3 Tips For Healthy Living I have a very busy life. I’m constantly on the go — driving, flying, heading to meetings, designing new pieces, constructing the new pieces and working events for the line. About a year and half ago I was started to get burnt out physically. I noticed that I was getting really tired…

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I’m excited to announce that I’m turning THIRTY on March 10th & I’ve never felt happier or more myself. So many people talk about ‘getting old’ like it’s a bad thing. I don’t look at it like that in the least. My viewpoint of another year coming to a close is, ‘Wow! I’ve learned so much & I’m…

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If you follow along with us on Instagram, you know that we love New York City.  We are often visiting this glorious melting pot for events and markets where you can scoop up some of our dainty jewels. Since we’ve spent a fair amount of time seeking out spots that are cozy and delicious (mainly food destinations on…

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Last week I had the honor of co-hosting a lovely Galentine’s Party with Glitter Guide at the awesome, Hedley & Bennett HQs. We gathered 15 fellow women creatives we love & admire for a beautiful luncheon. It was an afternoon of pure happiness & we hope it inspires you to get your girl gang together and celebrate…

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BRACELET TIP 1: GO MINIMAL Grabbing a go-to bracelet that’s minimal enough to go with everything is a must. For me that’s the Fantasia Bracelet with a white druzy stone. It’s dainty enough to wear and not be too distracting, but it adds that feminine touch to your look with ease. BRACELET TIP 2: CREATE…

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Dainty necklaces are the perfect accessory for layering. Have two to three different styles that you can easily layer up or wear solo.  Start out with a necklace that is 15 – 16 inches. This typically will sit around your collarbone and it’ll be your first layer if you decide to layer it with other…

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I love stacking up my rings! I designed a lot of the rings specifically to be worn together actually. I’m personally a big fan of the Two Gem Ring – I always suggest getting this piece made in solid gold because it will never go out of style and it is a perfect everyday ring….

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Lately the Katie Dean Jewelry team has been hopping around different neighborhoods and uncovering some local gems! A current favorite of ours is located in the up-and-coming Highland Park neighborhood : CIVIL COFFEE! Between their delicious drip coffee, avocado toast with shiitake bacon, and donut Wednesday’s, there is plenty to love. And that’s not even mentioning how…

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KDJ + GUM TREE! We are so happy to announce that Katie Dean Jewelry is now available at Gum Tree boutique in Hermosa beach! Gum Tree carries home goods, paper products, jewelry, clothing, and the most adorable kids items. A little more about Gum Tree:  “We stock an eclectic mix of products from all over…

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LOOKING TO GET PAMPERED? When the Katie Dean Jewelry team is in need of a little pick-me-up, we know exactly where to go! Blushington is our top spot when it comes to getting pampered, and we always leave feeling like a million bucks. So many thanks to the Blushington team for consistently making us feel…

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LOVELIEST LITTLE EGGS This year the Katie Dean Jewelry team is going to go all out when it comes to decorating Easter eggs! It’s the perfect excuse to exercise our creativity and celebrate the spring season and we discovered an article sharing the most darling designs. Take a peek at the article here and see…

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BUT FIRST, COFFEE. A new coffeeshop popped up in the Silver Lake neighborhood not that long ago and we have to admit, we are smitten! Alfred Coffee not only has the most perfect wallpaper for Instagram photo opps, but their coffee is crave-worthy! We have been popping into this shop on the regular for our morning…

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BAY AREA BREW + BREAD On a recent trip to San Francisco, Katie stopped by a local hot spot that was too good to not share! The Mill on Divisadero Street is the perfect spot to grab a coffee or linger and enjoy some of their delicious baked goods (highly recommended!). We are completely smitten…

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HAVE WE CONNECTED YET? Be the first to know about sales, pop up shops, new pieces, and collaborations! For the quickest updates about Katie Dean Jewelry, be sure to follow us on Instagram! Can’t wait to connect! xoxo // KDJ

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TAKE A HIKE Spending time outdoors year round is a major perk of living Los Angeles and the Katie Dean Jewelry team likes to take full advantage of this by going on hikes on a regular basis! Because living an active lifestyle is so important to us, here is a list of our top five…

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CONTINUE TO TREAT YO-SELF What better way to pamper yourself this Valentine’s month than paying a visit to the spa! We’ve done our homework and studied up on the best Los Angeles spas. So if you are looking to show yourself some love, check out any of these top three spots! Kate Somerville  8428 Melrose…

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THANK YOU FOR SHOWING YOUR GRATITUDE Before the release of KDJ x Gratitude Collaborative Bestie Box, we hosted a celebratory dinner at a local favorite: Croft Alley We couldn’t wait to share all the goodies with some incredible women who inspire us daily t hrough their writing, sense of style, photography, etc. A HUGE thanks to…

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SHOPS WE LOVE : MOOCHIE CREATIVE! When it comes to throwing a killer party, the first impression is key! We are suckers for adorable stationary and invitations, which is why we are completely crushing on LA Based graphic designer, Moochie Creative! Carly’s Instagram is full of inspiring images of her custom original invites, handwriting, etc. and…

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BOOK LOVING BABES! Katie Dean just finished reading Drew Barrymore’s most recent memoir and we can’t recommend it enough! It is composed of a series of personal essays where Drew gives us details about her adult life. It is funny, honest, and full of stories that were full of heart. We loved Drew Barrymore before…

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DON’T GIVE UP! Make 2016 the year that you kept your New Year’s Resolution! The Katie Dean Jewelry team hopes you began the year feeling inspired, motivated, and with a realistic resolution! The #1 thing that will kill a resolution is committing to something that is unattainable. If you started 2016 with an achievable goal, here…

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KDJ LOVES THE EARTH + HOLIDAYS Keep your gifts earth friendly and get creative with your wrapping this year! KDJ is absolutely loving presents wrapped in newspaper, magazines, craft paper, and other supplies you may already have around the house. Here are a few images to inspire you this year! And don’t forget to top…

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IT’S SWEET TOOTH SEASON! It’s holiday season and you know what that means… It’s time to bake cookies! A favorite for the Katie Dean team are pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Katie has years of memories of baking these with her grandma and we can’t deny how delicious are. Give this recipe a try this year!…

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GIFTS FROM OUR FAVORITE GIRLBOSSES! The Katie Dean Jewelry team absolutely loves giving gifts with meaning and fortunately we are surrounded by some amazing women who inspire us with their ambition and also the products they’ve created! Below is our Top 5 Gift Guide (with a little extra bonus because we just couldn’t choose!) The…

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GET READY TO BE PAMPERED Los Angeles, Ladies – Run, don’t walk, to our latest obsession: Olive & June! The Katie Dean Jewelry team would be in sad shape if it weren’t for their amazing team who keep our nails looking fresh! Because what good is a Katie Dean ring on a finger with chipped…

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JOIN US IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES! Hi California girls! Join the KDJ team at the popular DTLA market, Artists & Fleas this weekend. Start making a list of the new pieces you’re going to pick up!! Details below — Hope to see you there! xoxo // KDJ Downtown LA, CA 647 Mateo Street DTLA Oct 17 – 18…

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JOIN US IN THE BAY! We’re headed to the Bay area this weekend for the Jack of All Trades Market in Oakland, CA! Come out on Saturday to shop all the new jewels, grab some great food and have an amazing day outdoors! Can’t wait to see you there! xoxo // KDJ (Details below!) OAKLAND,…

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 S A N  F R A N C I S C O This past weekend brought Katie Dean to San Francisco for the Treasure Island Flea Market! Visiting this amazing city is always something we look forward to and try take advantage of all it has to offer even if we are only there for…

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One of the big perks of living in a city like Los Angeles is that amazing food is almost always right around the corner. Having access to delicious restaurants all of the time has slowly turned us all into foodies, and now we seek out the best spots wherever we go. Fortunately for Katie, on…

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We have a new favorite over here at KDJ, and it’s called Skin Laundry! Haven’t heard of it? Skin Laundry is a new facial spot created specifically for the gal-on-the-go. We are loving their treatments, which use laser and light therapy to deep clean and tone skin. On top of that, it immediately brightens, improves complexion, and…

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This past week, Katie had the opportunity to join her mother for a quick Hawaii vacation! Considering all the time dedicated to the upcoming new collection and trunk shows, it was a welcome getaway to paradise! Shop the jewels Katie is wearing in the photos in our online store! She is also donning a couple…

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you and your sweet moms! We hope you found a way to make her Sunday feel extra special. Just recently, Katie was lucky enough to have her mom in town! Any time they get to spend together is cherished since they live in different parts of the country, but…

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Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! Haven’t planned anything yet? No need to panic! We have the perfect day planned, and it includes two of our favorite things: food and shopping! First things first, get your day started off with some delicious brunch at one of these three top spots! 1. For something a little more…

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It’s been a busy month for Katie Dean Jewelry! Along with the exciting features on BlueFly, Amore & Vita, and Blonde Bedhead, we’ve also been active at local fairs and flea markets nearly every weekend. We love getting out in the community and meeting you guys, so be sure to stay tuned for updates on…

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Happy Earth Day, lovelies! Here at Katie Dean we are using today to remind ourselves how important our environment is, and to continually remember healthy habits such as recycling, car pooling, using re-usable shopping bags, etc. Although we live in the midst of a very smoggy city, we are proud of Los Angeles for what…

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Katie recently had the pleasure of attending the relaunch party of Becca Tobin’s blog, June Moss. Hosted by Becca and her stylist, Sophia Banks, the event took place on a warm and sunny afternoon, and the tables were decorated with the prettiest floral arrangements including peonies and roses – our favorites! The guests were treated…

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Katie Dean recently headed out to Venice to meet up with an Instagram friend, Stef Etow (@inkandpulp). The spot they chose is called Deus Ex Machina, which is located on Venice BLVD. Not only is Deus Ex Machina a rad motorcycle and surf shop, they also have a coffee bar located inside! It’s laid back…

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Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde Bedhead, a fellow Michigander, recently did a post featuring some Katie Dean Jewels! We absolutely love the pretty florals she chose to pair with her Double Diamond Ring and Gold Fever Hand Piece. Below is a preview of her look – and pssssst – go check out the full post on…

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We are officially in the season of renewal! Spring has sprung, and we are spotting the prettiest blossoms all over the city. To really get into the spring spirit we created a board full of inspiration on our Pinterest! Here are some highlights, and check out more here. What are you most looking forward to…

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Not to say that we don’t eagerly anticipate the weekends like the rest of you, but Tuesdays are one of our favorite days of the week. Why? Because the farmer’s market in our neighborhood is open! The Silver Lake farmer’s market is relatively small, but full of organic produce, homemade breads and spreads, and awesome…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ladies! Whether you are stuck in the office or out drinking green beer, we hope you are feeing lucky today. We are celebrating by making your favorite Katie Dean pieces while wearing green … and gold. A big part of Irish Folklore involves leprechauns and their pot of gold at the…

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A huge part of Katie’s healthy lifestyle is an effective and enjoyable fitness schedule. In the past, Katie participated in bootcamp classes and found the rigorous routine and intensity was not right for her body. After realizing how exhausted bootcamp made her feel, she took a break from a regular workout routine until discovering WundaBar. She…

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Katie Dean’s birthday is just around the corner, and to celebrate we have a sweet treat recipe to share with you! Katie loves baking, and one of her favorite things to make (and eat!) are oatmeal raisin cookies. They may not be the most traditional birthday dessert, but they are a little more guilt-free and…

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Spring is right around the corner which means we have so many things to look forward to: flowers blooming, warmer temperatures, longer days, lots of sunshine, and SPRING BREAK! That right, ladies, it’s time to start dreaming of tropical destinations and stocking up on resort wear. Sometimes deciding what to pack when going on a…

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Presentation and packaging as pretty as our pieces is important to us here at Katie Dean so we’ve been sprucing up our calligraphy skills! Katie’s favorite lovely-lettering muse is Molly Jacques; Molly is a calligrapher who lives in Detroit with her husband (who is a fine art painter), and she and Katie went to high school together!…

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We are right around the corner from music festival season, and you know what that means! It’s time to don our favorite hipster apparel, gorge ourselves on goodies from food trucks, stage hop, and dance around in the sun with our friends! Our must-have item from Katie Dean this season is the Starlight Handpiece. This beaded…

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Shout out to all the Parks and Recreation fans! February 13 is Galentine’s Day and in case you haven’t already begun the celebration, here are a few ways to spend the day with the your besties! 1. Waffle Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. A true lady knows that these syrupy treasures shouldn’t only be enjoyed in…

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The two big Valentine’s Day questions that are swirling around our minds right now are: What to do? and What to wear?? Well, if you are local to Los Angeles, there is no need to worry because we’ve solved that problem for you! Check out five of our favorite dining-out spots and the perfect Katie…

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Adding some extra decor during the holiday season is something we always look forward to, but the team here at Katie Dean is in favor of spicing up our space year round as well. So – we did our research (on Pinterest, of course) and found some adorable Valentine’s Day decoration ideas. We couldn’t help…

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Welcome to the Katie Dean office space! While square footage is limited, Katie has managed to conserve space and keep things cute in the process. Creating her jewelry and managing the business all from her living room definitely has it’s pro and cons but since she has created a space that she feels comfortable in,…

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We can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is already less than a month away. That means we have just a few weeks and some days to book that dinner reservation, weekend away, or night with the girls! As if this wasn’t enough pressure already, we’re seeing boxes of chocolates, stuffed animals, and bouquets pop up at…

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Deep-Dish Pumpkin-Meringue Pie Who doesn’t love a pumpkin dessert when it comes to the Holidays?! We’re a little pumpkin crazy this week …and always. So we went over to Martha Stewart for a new recipe to spice things up a bit. Room-temperature egg whites will produce the most voluminous meringue. For just the right texture,…

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