A lifestyle blog by Kari, a 20-something model/writer, clumsily navigating life in New York City. Covering beauty, dating, DIY, fashion, food, modeling, shopping, and more!


My name is Katherine Aden Emerson, Kari for short.

Welcome to my blog! I hope that you will enjoy reading along with me as I clumsily navigate life as a 20-something in New York City. This will include fashion, friends, food, fun, and frolic. You can also expect to hear about my experiences as a newbie model, my minor make-up obsession, and most importantly, my opinionated and often sarcastic commentary on all the wild, new experiences life is throwing at me. 

At a young age, I began expressing my creativity with whatever method brought me joy at the time– writing, photography, dance, drawing, makeup, painting, cooking, fashion, the list goes on. I began writing in a journal even before I can remember. I have always felt like expressing myself was very important, and that I have always had something to say. 

I have always wanted to share my voice, but never thought I had anything important enough to say, despite how important it felt to me at the time. In high school, I decided that important or not, I wanted to be heard, especially if there was any chance of reaching someone with feelings of empathy, inspiration, humor, comfort, or just entertainment. I started a Tumblr blog called “The Important Things” and soon thereafter added “And The Not-So-Important Things.” I am breathing life back into that blog now, with a similar goal, but maybe a bit more maturity (key word: maybe).

With the new-and-improved “The Important Things,” I want to challenge my readers to ask themselves what the word “important” means to them. Because sometimes the not-so-important things are what keep us going, and the conventional “important” things aren’t what really matter at the end of the day. This word differs for everyone, which is why I find it so fascinating. With this blog, I hope to entertain, teach, inquire, hope, imagine, describe, create and comfort. If I can reach even one person in some of these ways, it will have been worth it.


Halloween At Home: What To Do For Halloween During COVID-19

As we are approaching the holiday season, I’m sure I’m not the only one that is wondering what the heck the holidays will look like in COVID world. Here is a list of safe, fun, FREE activity ideas for Halloween at home this year!

Broke Betch Cooking: 3 Fresh Fig Recipes for Fall

Welcome back to Broke Betch Cooking! Here are 3 simple, delicious recipes using fresh figs (or fig jam). Breakfast, lunch, and snack recipe ideas that are perfect for fall!

September Amazon Haul (Amazon Prime Day 2020)

The September Amazon Haul is here–just in time for Amazon Prime Day! Here is a list of some of the things I’ve ordered on Amazon recently, and some awesome discounts going on for Amazon Prime Day!

Columbus Day Weekend 2020: Can’t-Miss Sales, Deals & Discounts

We have a long weekend coming up for Columbus Day…you know what that means…SALES! If you’ve seen my Today’s Sales page, you know I’m a huge sucker for a good deal. So here are some of the awesome sales happening NOW, at companies like Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Forever 21, New Balance, Orgain, GAP, and many more! Happy shopping!

Zara + H&M Affordable Fall Basics Try-On Haul

Zara and H&M are especially great when it comes to basics. So, here is a try-on haul summary of the fall basics that I scooped up last week, and some styling/outfit ideas and inspiration!