If you were a fly on the wall at any of our team meetings these past few weeks, you’d hear a resounding ‘FINALLY’ from the entire TME crew. The addition of a contributor who is stylish and can fill an obvious gap in plus-size coverage has been long overdue — and finally, we met Kat. 

We can’t take all of the credit for finding our newest gem, though. After the summer craziness wrapped up and we got back into our Philly office routine, S announced that our goal for September was a new contributor; one who can offer readers an entirely new perspective and size range, and even bring new brands to light that we haven’t been covering enough — or at all. 

Tiarra is obviously psychic because before we even put this call out to our contributors and readers, she casually reached out and said we need to meet Kat. The had two met through a mutual friend, and Tiarra had nothing but amazing things to say about Kat, “sweet, great style, cool girl”…DONE. 

Serendipitous or what? 

After only a few conversations, we immediately fell in love with Kat and feel so confident you will, too. Not only is she interested in covering style and body positivity for us, but she’s an all-organic, eco-friendly, SUSTAINABLE chick. Be still our hearts. So keep an eye out for all that she can bring to the table as our sustainable coverage expands (Lex & S have been working hard on that one). 

Get to know a little more about Kat through her FAQ below and please, give her the warmest TME welcome ever. We are so lucky to have you, Kat! 

Meet Kat

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Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, how many kids (if any), etc.,

I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and even though I don’t have kids, I do consider my fur baby Mia to be my child. 

Three words to describe your personal style. Go.

Black on black (jk, well sort of). Comfortable. Classic. Trendy.

Who are your style icons? How do you integrate those tastes into your own wardrobe if at all?

My mom is one of my style icons, because she has always had a great eye for fashion. She has always been great at knowing exactly how to pair blazers with the perfect pair of jeans. Growing up she would buy 99% of my clothes (even prom dresses) without me ever trying them on and they always fit like a glove! Most recently my mom has introduced me to the world of thrifting, and it’s amazing how many incredibly stylish pieces I have been able to find for such a steal!

I also find a ton of inspiration from Ashley Graham and Gabrielle Gregg (aka Gabi Fresh) who both have been instrumental in the plus size fashion movement. They both take risks, wear sexy clothes, and encourage other women to feel confident and sexy just as they are. Gabi and Ashley also have incredible swimsuit and fashion lines, and the majority of my favorite pieces have come from their lines! 

How has your personal style evolved over the years? 

When I was younger finding jeans that fit my plus-size body well and looked cute seemed to always be a feat, and I found myself living in leggings and dresses. But now with so many more amazing options, like the plus-size Levi’s jeans, as well as Good American, I find myself gravitating towards the jeans and a white t-shirt uniform.  And while I still love my all black get-ups, I also have been liking more colorful and patterned looks.  

What’s your most-worn piece? (If it’s sweatpants…we won’t tell.)

When I started Marie Kondo’ing my closet I found that I have 10 of the exact same style top: which is a black crop top with ruffles. I will pair these tops with jeans, a long maxi skirt, or a pair of leggings. 

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge height from an Instagram or blog post – SO…how tall are you?

I am a shorty and am 5’2”.

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Your top three beauty products?

I have been using all non-toxic and organic makeup and hair products for the past 5 years, and have absolutely loved the results on my skin. My go-to makeup brands right now are Lawless (I am in love with the colors in their eyeshadow palette), RMS Beauty, and Pacifica. For skincare, I am obsessed with Youth to the People, Tata Harper and May Lindstrom. And for my curls I only use BrioGeo and their hair mask is my holy grail hair product! 

What drew you to blogging and when did you start?

I have always had an affinity for writing, and growing up my mom always said she thought I would be a writer. And while I didn’t believe her, writing has found its way into all aspects of my life. I started taking blogging more seriously back in 2014 and mainly wrote about traveling and food. At the end of 2018, I was at a crossroads and decided that I wanted to share more about my personal journey and love of fashion, and thus thekatrinanichole Instagram and website were born. Today I write a ton for my day job, I journal, and I love to write about plus-size fashion and body positivity on my Instagram and website.   

What does a typical day look like?

My day always ALWAYS starts with a cup of coffee followed by my morning stroll with Mia. Then I spend the rest of my morning getting ready and am in the office by 8 am. I typically spend most of my days in meetings and then make my way back home around 4 pm. After another walk with the pup, I usually head to a Zumba or hip hop class. My night ends with a late dinner around 8:30 pm followed by a shower, some journaling or a guilty pleasure episode of the Kardashians.   

What did you dream of being when you were young?

I dreamt of being a lawyer when I was younger, and for a long time (up until my junior year of college) I thought I would be. But life has a funny way of taking you into different directions, and now my career is in higher education. 

What’s one fashion risk you love to see on others but would NEVER take yourself?

I have loved the dad shoe trend recently, but every time I think about buying a pair, I back out because I just can’t quite figure out how to style them.

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On behalf of our entire family here at TME, Welcome Kat!!

Xo,

Gwen

38 COMMENTS

  1. I love that you all are getting on board with representing more shapes and sizes. As an older follower of the blog, how about a mom with college aged kids? I’d love to see how an older contributer interprets some of the styles you younger ladies rock. I never know if I’m too old for some of these styles.

  2. Yay, loving that we’ll get to see styles on a plus size body. I am surprised The MOM Edit picked another contributor who isn’t a MOM though.

    • Yeah…we play it pretty fast and loose with the “mom” moniker. It’s more about a state of mind than anything else (nurturing, practical, badass). Ruling people in or out based on their desire (or ability) to have kids is really NOT our thing.

  3. Yes, I would love that, too. Also, the parent perspective on “parenting” older kids (< high school) and the completely different challenges that come along with that.

  4. Is this a serious comment? Scotti, Jess, Tiarra have been here with hourglass figures for years. Let’s not imply they aren’t “regular” women, whatever you mean by that.

  5. Welcome Kat! I love your hair, so pretty! You make a simple all white outfit and denim basics look soooo good! Thanks for taking me back to what I may already have. I tried to Marie Kondo my closet too, but after 3 hours of confronting my clothes and thanking them to say goodbye, I was exhausted and nauseous. so much for that. I’m 5’2″ as well, I’m looking forward to your inspirational posts.

  6. Welcome Kat! Nice work TME. I’m on board with Anna as well! Although my daughter is only 14, I’ll be 51 in a few weeks and always wondering if I can still “pull it off”!

  7. Welcome, Kat! I can’t wait to see what you bring to the blog. And, I too, love Briogeo hair care products. They’re amazing! Anna and Nicole, i agree that a contributor raising high school/college kids would be amazing, but I wonder if it’s just more difficult to be that person. The issues our kids are facing now are so intensely personal and, at times, life altering, it’s more difficult to share with the internet. I feel like there is a lack of bloggers out there for those of us in this stage! Maybe nobody else’s kids will let them share what’s going on in their lives, either! I’d even be happy with a spot that did a post on where to find age appropriate bathing suits for 13 year old girls! Haha! Also, I think if you are happy with an outfit and you feel good in it, then you’re not too old to wear it! I love what you girls are doing here at The Mom Edit, though! Keep it coming!

  8. I don’t think Christy’s comment deserves this reply- the blog is called themomedit, after all! And although I agree no woman should be shamed for their ability and/or desire to have children, the experience of motherhood cannot be reduced to simply “a state of mind”.

  9. I gotta say, I kind of agree with Autumn, above! That answer from TME to Christy seemed pretty harsh! I mean, of course, the TME team can do what they want, but if it’s just a particular state of mind you’re addressing, maybe change the blog name to something else? Also, as the mom of a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old, I chuckled a bit at the remark about motherhood being akin to a “state of mind.” If ONLY being a mom was as easy as just that! 🙂

  10. Love this whole post!

    As far as being a mom or not, I read this blog as I have been following it since it was called Ain’t No Mom Jeans…I adore the contributors, the content and the messaging. So for me, it is great seeing new contributors brought onto this amazing team, mom or not. In my work, I work with families with young children who have a wide variety of needs. Not all of my colleagues are parents, yet we all have a lot of knowledge, insight and support to share. I view TME as the same. It’s a style and lifestyle blog that offers ALL sorts of content, and all the contributors, regardless of being a mom or not, have interesting style, takes on life, and stories. I say the more the merrier!

    Also, as a mom of two teens, motherhood IS a state of mind…whether that is my calm, cool and collected mind or my I am going to lose it if my teens roll their eyes at me one more time mind.

    Keep on keeping on Shana and crew!

  11. I have to agree with Autumn! I follow the mom edit more because of my “state of body” and lifestyle than state of mind! Not that we can’t gain style wisdom from a childless woman, just based on the name of this blog, it seems that one could be justified in expecting it to be moms blogging.

  12. Y’all are wild with these “but she isn’t a mom” comments. Newsflash: infertile/child-free women LOVE being told how much work it is to have kids. Let’s lift women up and focus on inclusivity instead of debating on the minutiae of a blog name. Broaden your horizons. That being said: Welcome, Kat! I am so excited to see your contributions!

  13. I’m looking forward to seeing expanded brand offerings. I’ve had the very disappointing (even this week with Cam’s amazing cheetah print dress-in green?? I was over the moon)…experience of clicking to buy an item promoted here and finding that it isn’t made in my size (12/14). I’m not sure how many plus size readers you have, but I’m sure you have a lot of 12/14/16 readers given it’s the size of the average American woman. Plus and size 14 are made from different fit models generally (as you know). I like this blog because it is about the intersection of motherhood and fashion. It’s a good and needed brand concept.

  14. To be fully clear, personally I wasn’t trying to suggest that non-moms shouldn’t read here or even shouldn’t write here; I was just defending Christy up there for assuming that the writers of a blog called The Mom Edit would be moms, and seconding Autumn’s reaction that the reply to Christy seemed undeservedly harsh or judgmental about Christy having that assumption.

  15. Welcome Kat! I’m also a shortie, so looking forward to seeing some great options and ideas – in particular knee high boots that are an appropriate height ?

  16. This was in response to Shana’s mention that ‘mom’ is used loosely and all are welcome. Hello Kat, you’re such a sweet addition! This makes my day

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