Weekend Recap:

This weekend was hectic and crazy, but I can honestly say I loved every second of it. From the first game day (6am tailgating), to vintage shopping on Melrose, and eating at Urth, it was a solid weekend with some wonderful people. Now it’s time for monday again. Have a great week loves…

x Kaitlin

… and an unhealthy addiction to online shopping.
game day game day game day


How I Found USC (literally):


If I am going to be honest, I don’t think I really knew what USC was until my junior year of high school. Since I was in middle school, I thought I was going to go to Boston College. It got to the point where it was how I would motivate myself to do well in school, telling myself that this is what I was working for. And it did work. I ended up getting into BC, and I cried hysterically when I read that email because it was as if everything I had worked so hard for had been noticed and vindicated.

You’re probably wondering why I didn’t go there, and how I decided to go to USC, and how I just happened to stumble upon it one day. It’s a funny story. It really is…

From the first time I ever went to California with my family, I just instantly fell in love: with the food, the weather, the beach,  the overall positive vibe and the beautiful views of course. And when I was still on the flight to LAX I made a list of all of the places I had heard about and wanted to try– “In n Out,” “Urth,” and “Lemonade.”

In n Out was the first stop on our trip and has become a mandatory tradition since then. Another place that was life changing happened to be Lemonade. Now we were staying in Laguna Beach (about an hour or more south of LA) and most of these restaurants were in the LA area, but I was determined to visit a majority of them.

I ended up on the Lemonade Website and was searching through the store locations only to find one close enough to us, which was in Newport Beach. Next though I noticed on of the locations was at LAX and right under that, USC. I vaguely remember ever hearing about USC prior to finding it that day, so I researched it for the remainder of that day to learn more about it. After that I told myself, “this, this is where I belong.” So, I spent my junior and senior years working extra hard: taking a plethora of  SATS and ACTS, and a very undesirable amount of APs, all with USC and BC on my mind, but thats besides the point. The point is that I found the school that I now attend on the Lemonade website, and yes I have been to the one on campus and yes so should you.

x Kaitlin

P.S. get the blood orange flavor, 🙂 .

Where to eat in LA: Grand Central Market

I feel like the selection of GCM is so extensive and amazing that I will have to do multiple installments of my adventures there. For those who don’t know about GCM, you should. It’s comparable to Chelsea Market in NYC I would say, but with a different layout. Basically, there are a ton of different vendors and they all serve super authentic and delicious food.

It’s the perfect plan to go to especially if you are in a big group because there are so many different options to choose from and at really inexpensive prices for the most part, so everyone will be happy with their choices.

Places we tried (and recommend):

  • Bel Campo
  • Sticky Rice
  • Press Brothers Juicery

Still on the list:

  • Eggslut
  • McConnell’s Ice Cream (Churro Sundae though)
  • La Tostaderia
  • Ramen Hood
  • Valerie Bakery

Enjoy the week…





Santa Monica:

Labor day weekends are great period. Labor day weekends with your roommates, in Santa Monica, are even better (think of 8 girls running all over the beach with cameras). It was a very successful day for us though. I had not one, but TWO pitaya bowls, we discovered the most amazing Brandy Melville on the west coast, and figured out how to use the metro.

P.S. I need to give all of my photo credits to my beautiful ( and incredibly photographically talented) roommates: Taylor Hanson and Alexa Rumberg. Shout out also to my love love loves Paige and Najah for celebrating Beyonce’s birthday with me today.







Favorite Places: Montauk

I basically grew up in Montauk. It was a family tradition… driving out early in the morning, going to the beach, shopping at “A Little Bit of Everything” (still fun), and getting egg sandwiches from the “Montauk Bake Shoppe.” It only makes sense that my mom and I would go back the summer before I left for college to revisit one of my favorite places. Montauk has changed since the summer of 2003, but it will always be a second home to me.

Must: Joni’s “Love, Peace Chicken”


“Share With…”


The day I started D.O.T.S (!!!!!)


“Super Bowls”


The BEST Mexican food @ “The Hideaway”
Best of “The Montauk Juice Factory”
A sign of good luck ( in the most beautiful way)


Summer 16 Roundup

I’m excessively emotional when it comes to everything. When people say summer is over, though, that’s when I get heated. Summer has always been my favorite season of the year. Actually, it’s more than just a season, it’s a celebration and a whirlwind of everything spectacular. I honestly hate how cliche that all just sounded, but it’s the best way to summarily describe my feelings. Anyways, this summer in particular was exceptionally spectacular for a multitude of reasons and those reasons are best told through pictures. P.S. Summer is not over loves x

Views from promenade
Ventured out to the North Fork for the first time.


Complete placidity


The Coldplay Situation

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Gelso & Grand
What to work towards


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Mall mall mall mall mall


This is a Drake Concert apparantly


Spontaneous In n Out. Yes.
Paradise Bowls (a must)
jus chillin
Perfection Perfection Perfection


The Start of D.O.T.S:

It took me exactly five years to finally think of the perfect name for a blog. I had always wanted to start one, but I needed a name, THE name. I had made multiple sites that were never really up to par, which is why they’re inactive now. The idea to call my blog “Dressing on the Side” came to me while I was eating with friends at an amazing restaurant called Chop’t. My best friend (shoutout to Laur, hi) wanted her dressing on the side, which didn’t happen, and when she said that somehow the name just clicked and thus, D.O.T.S was born. That was back in May and I’ve finally, after multiple attempts, started it.

I’m currently a Business/ I.R student at the University of Southern California about to start my first day of classes tomorrow. Great. Start my global empire the day before I start my first day of college classes. There was sarcasm in that of course, but I hope that I can really make this into something I’m proud of. Expect a variety of content from fashion, food, travel, to just everyday life in LA.

I never mentioned it, but I’m Katie, from New York and recently transplanted to LA and this is D.O.T.S, welcome.