My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best. –Winston Churchill
Katie Lara is on a quest to find the best life has to offer. She appreciates luxury and has never been satisfied with anything but the finest things in life.
I’m a thirty-something mom living in New York City. I’m a total type-A perfectionist about…everything… childcare, health, fashion, fitness and travel. I’m a lawyer by day and a moonlight contributor to outlets like Forbes, The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Parent’s magazine, Fodor’s, and many more. I cover everything from luxury travel to baby products to healthy living to life in New York city!
But as they say, it takes a village. Since becoming a mother, I have learned that I don’t have the answers to everything or the time to figure it out. BUT–I do have the skills to research and find the right people who do. I have figured out reliable experts to follow that carry clout for each of their industries and I follow them because they are the best in their fields.
The best lesson I have learned since becoming a mom is that if it hurts–you’re doing it right. What I mean by that is, the harder it is, the more likely it is that that’s the right course of action. Feeding your kids healthy food takes more work than slinging a frozen waffle on a plate but it’s clearly the way you should go.
I have also learned that often mainstream ways of thinking aren’t the best ones for you or your family.
I’m insanely passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. And not like I eat my vegetables…I take it to the next level… I research every product I purchase (grocery, personal care, cleaning product) for hours to make sure that the company’s manufacturing standards and ingredients are up to my standards. I try to eat vegan often and limit sugar and refined carbohydrates when I can exercise self control. I have found that if you know where to look there are plenty of delicious recipes using real foods that taste just as good–I swear.
My #lifegoal has always been to find the best the world has to offer–in everything I have never been able to settle for something knowing something better was out there. My blog’s purpose is to share what I’ve learned after diligent (perhaps obsessive) amounts of research to find the best options (be it hotel, restaurant, beauty or baby product). I chronicle what I have learned and arm my readers with everything I have discovered about life hacks to living my best life. My honest (and dare I say hilarious) opinions and Type-A research about everything is a guaranteed must-read for all women–especially moms! I publish only the best and weed out the mehhh so that you need not waste your time.
KatieLara.com shares recommendations for food, family products, travel, fashion and beyond. While I love the Five Star experience, my quest for the best can often uncover amazing products, restaurants or experiences in the most unexpected places that even the most seasoned luxury connoisseur can appreciate!
I really enjoy your site, Katie! I look forward to keeping up with your adventures!- February 13, 2013
Thanks for stopping by!! We are honored! We love your site as well!!- February 13, 2013
great site, thanks for the info on Chiang Mai 😉- October 25, 2013
Thanks, Todd! Thanks so much for stopping by. We hope you’ll be back soon!- October 27, 2013
Nice to meet you Katie! We have so much in common – I do invite you to stop by my unique & luxury travel website newjetsetters.com and would love you to leave me a comment or two! Engaging with and supporting fellow travel junkies is a great way to enjoy our shared passions, so hope you will come by! Great website and wonderful photos. Hope to hear from you!- April 3, 2014
I’ll definitely have to stop by soon! Thanks for coming over to Travelingpanties!- April 7, 2014
Tips and suggestions on Prague? Thinking about an early December trip.- May 18, 2014
It’s been too long for me to give any meaningful suggestions. But trust me, you’ll love it! It feels like a fairy tale!- May 30, 2014
Hi, you have a great website. In terms of blogging I’m a newbie to all this. In terms of travel, it’s my job! I teach travel and tourism and have done for many years, so reading your insights is of great interest. Would be grateful if you check my rather primitive site. I’ll certainly be checking yours.- October 27, 2014
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll definitely be sure to stop by!- October 29, 2014
Have you heard of the MakeUp Eraser? I would love to send you one for your review! My name is Kim Wolff and I am Senior Sales Director with MakeUp Eraser. The Authentic MakeUp Eraser is a great travel companion for those who wear makeup. It’s a soft polyester-blend washcloth that you just add water to and it removes all of your makeup – including waterproof, smudge-free, long-wear and HD makeup. No soaps, no chemicals. Not only is it easy to throw into a travel bag – especially a carryon – with no worries of spills or leaks but because there are no soaps to put into our rivers and streams it’s safe to use at even the most Eco-limited resorts.
Please let me know where I can send you one…you will love it! Oh – and there’s a 30-day money back guarantee!
Thank you for your time!
Kim Wolff- November 28, 2014
Senior Sales Director, MakeUp Eraser
I really like your site.- March 3, 2015
I love travelling to different destinations specially snowfall places…
Thanks for the kind words!!- March 3, 2015
My name is Sharon and I am the outreach intern for Pink Pangea. I am writing today because I enjoyed reading your blog and would love to publish more of your adventures on our women’s travel site, Pink Pangea. If you’re interested please email me at [email protected].
Thanks! Sharon- April 15, 2015
HI! I’m traveling to Italy in a few weeks. I’m going with a Perillo Tour but we have a ‘free day’ to ourselves while in Rome and want to visit Naples (Capri, in particular) that day. Do you suggest purchasing a Fast Train ticket in advance, like today, or before we leave the US? Or are those tickets easy to obtain on that day? BTW, I love looking at your beautiful Facebook photos and i’m even more excited to go now.- August 25, 2015
You’ll have to check on the Rail Europe website, I haven’t made that trip before. I highly recommend booking high-speed train tickets in advance as many require the paper tickets be sent to you first. I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my photos! Hope you’ll follow us on all social media and give a share 🙂 Have a fab trip!- August 25, 2015
hi.. nice to see you, you are traveller awesome.. greeting from me from indonesia..- February 10, 2016
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’ll be back soon 🙂- February 11, 2016
Hi Katie, so nice reading… I came up your site doing a research on travelling with pet, as we invented an automatic toilet for dogs, that can be use in yacht and sailing boat or motorhome… but your site pop up and I’m so gratefull. Have a nice day … From Italy! Eliana- March 10, 2016
How interesting. THanks for sharing haha.- April 28, 2016
beautiful sea we i love in sea. i can visit here? travel panties?- November 13, 2016
hee so sweet very very good. i like view sea…- November 13, 2016