Hi and thanks for stopping by! My name is Katie del Castillo Vail and I'm a West Point grad, a Captain in the Army Reserve, and a war widow. All my hopes and dreams were shattered when my sweet husband Dimitri was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2011, and over the past 4+ years I've learned the importance of choosing joy even when life knocks you down. I'm also an interior design enthusiast and wanna-be fashionista at heart. I've lived all over the place the past 10 years (New York, Hawaii, Afghanistan, DC...just to name a few), so I know the importance of getting settled and making a place cozy, no matter where in the world you live. In the fall of 2014 I finished up my 5 years on Active Duty in the Army while working at the Pentagon. Now, I'm happily remarried to an amazing man who is also an Army officer and I'm the mother to the sweetest baby boy ever!
Despite my job in the Army (and the camo that goes along with it), I have a passion for all things pretty, whether it's a beautiful dress, an amazing sofa or a breathtaking sunset. I love to entertain, run marathons, thrift, cook, and travel, and wish I could spend my life at the beach. I'm a bit of a vintage-loving nut, so I also run the shop DashOfVintageWhimsy on Etsy. I believe that everything in life should have a little pizzazz, and that a dash of whimsy is the key to a life well lived and enjoyed. Welcome to my blog!