livin (la vie) da loca

It’s always special to bring a piece into your wardrobe you’ve been waiting and saving up for for a while. This la vie style house kaftan makes me happy every time I see it hanging in my closet, and I’m already looking forward to wearing it again!

There’s a line I’ve been stalking for over a year now, friends. It’s perched right in the middle of one of my favorite shopping centers in Dallas, Highland Park Village, and creates fabulous/funky/glam pieces out of unused designer fabric.

If you’ve heard of La Vie, you know what I’m talking about!

Whenever I’ve popped back into Dallas, I usually make a point to peek into this hot pink store. It’s always a treat to look through the gorgeous fabrics, colors and textures!

These dresses are definitely a splurge, and after saving up I finally pulled the trigger on this gorgeous floral-jacquard organza kaftan. I wore it for our second anniversary dinner, and it was such a treat!

 

la vie style house kaftan
la vie style house kaftan
la vie style house kaftan
la vie style house kaftan

DRESS la vie style house kaftan // SLIP commando nude slip (go up a at least one size) // EARRINGS white floral hoops (use LONESTAR for 15% off) // SHOES white platform heels (old Shutz style, similar linked)

Needless to say, this dress is quite the statement… especially when you’re only 5’2! I’ve been wanting a La Vie kaftan for a while but had to find a fabric that worked on me. I finally ended up ordering this one, and couldn’t be more in love! It’s not what you want to wear to show off your figure (haha) but it is such a statement. The fabric is really unbelievable!

You’ll notice that many La Vie pieces, including this kaftan, are sheer. I’m wearing this nude slip underneath to not compete with the fabric, but a white slip would also look fresh and bright underneath. (Heads up, definitely go up a size in this slip! I initially ordered my usual size, and XS, and it fit like a tank top. The S/M is perfect on me, but still pretty short and tight… which is preferable for a slip!)

It’s always special to bring a piece into your wardrobe you’ve been waiting and saving up for for a while. This beauty makes me happy every time I see it hanging in my closet, and I’m already looking forward to wearing it again!

Here are a few other La Vie pieces I’m loving:

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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here comes the sun(set)

With the exception of a family wedding, it’s been a while since I’ve had a legitimate reason to look for a beautiful new dress. I wanted something really fun and beachy that screamed vacation. And when I came across this shimmery beauty, I knew it was just the thing!

This time last week, Andrew and I were in Riviera Maya, Mexico the midst of celebrating two special occasions: his 30th birthday and our second wedding anniversary!

You may have seen the surprise I planned for him over on my Instagram Stories… when we arrived, who happened to be at the pool waiting for us other than his parents. :) I still smile when I think about his reaction! With Andrew not getting to spend nearly as much time with his parents as he would have liked due to his rigorous residency schedule, it was the perfect way to celebrate his big day.

That evening, I had one more surprise up my sleeve. A dinner for the four of us on the beach! While I went into it cautiously optimistic (would the wind be too strong? would the food be cold? would we be able to see each other once the sun went down) the experience truly blew us all away!

I’ll save the details for a longer post covering our experience at the resort we stayed at (Grand Velas Riviera Maya) but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share the ensemble I picked for the special occasion!

sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets
sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets
sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets
sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets

DRESS pink and orange shimmer halter dress (wearing size XS/S) // SHOES gold strappy wedges (They get mixed reviews but I personally love them. They are heavy but they break in and get more comfortable with each wear.) // EARRINGS liza yates roadie earrings (use code LONESTAR for 15% off!) // BRACELETS buddha girl bracelets // CLUTCH lisi lerch straw clutch

With the exception of a family wedding, it’s been a while since I’ve had a legitimate (and I say legitimate because I think of non-legitimate reasons all the time :) reason to look for a beautiful new dress. I wanted something really fun and beachy that screamed vacation. And when I came across this shimmery beauty, I knew it was just the thing!

The backless silhouette isn’t a style I’d opt for normally, but it felt so festive I couldn’t help myself. I know backless things can be tricky to wear – these sticky bras are my favorite solution when a normal bra won’t cut it!

I have to admit… after a year+ of far-too-few reasons to dress up, I loved every second spent in this ensemble. Cheers to spending summer in all of the fancy dresses!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 106

This week, I have rounded up some really fun new arrivals from all across the web. From beach umbrellas to summer sandals and just about everything in between, there are lots of cute pieces to help you make the most of these next few months whether you’re off on adventures or staying close to home!

Hello and happy June friends! We’re officially in Summer, and I couldn’t be more excited. I know many of us are so happy to have a “real” summer after last year. Even though I’m no longer in school, I still have that excited feeling!

In that vein, I have rounded up some really fun new arrivals from all across the web this past week. From beach umbrellas to summer sandals and just about everything in between, there are lots of cute pieces to help you make the most of these next few months whether you’re off on adventures or staying close to home.

As always, click directly on an image to shop!

After a month of non-stop travel, I’m so excited for a weekend at home! I have so many photos to share from our trip to Mexico, though, so stay tuned!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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my favorite drugstore hair secret

I haven’t been shy about the big adjustment Florida heat and humidity have brought on, specifically in regards to my hair. Having naturally voluminous, frizz-prone hair myself, I’ve spent the past couple of years applying all sorts of heat in an effort to keep it silky and smooth… resulting in quite a bit of damage.

Thank you to Pantene for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

I haven’t been shy about the big adjustment Florida heat and humidity have brought on, specifically in regards to my hair. Having naturally voluminous, frizz-prone hair myself, I’ve spent the past couple of years applying all sorts of heat in an effort to keep it silky and smooth… resulting in quite a bit of damage.

But recently, I’ve been using Pantene’s Miracle Rescue Collection and y’all, it’s been a game-changer! Enough so that for the first time in a while, I’m able to quickly blow out my hair and head out the door without using a lot of extra time and heat on my hair. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to my new hair go-to!

 

my drugstore hair secret

 

Ever since our move, I’ve struggled with all the frizz and kinks humidity causes. It has felt like an uphill battle trying to achieve a smooth and beautiful look, and I can’t tell you how often I’ve gotten into the habit of turning to aggressive heat usage (think straightening over and over throughout the day) in an effort to keep my hair silky and smooth. Florida girls, can you relate?

Are you ready for my new little hair secret?! First hint: it’s a product that doesn’t cause any damage to your hair, and actually reverses damage! Second hint: it’s a product that you can grab at your local drugstore! Drumroll please… meet the Pantene Miracle Rescue Collection!

I’m so excited about this collection because it works. Amazingly well. And best of all, at a super attainable price point! In fact, Pantene Miracle Rescue repairs signs of damage as well as a $60 treatment. You’ll find an array of products specifically formulated to repair past damage and prevent future damage (from the Miracle Rescue Deep Condition Treatment to Miracle Rescue Intense Rescue Shots, a Multitasking 10 in 1 Leave-In Spray, and more) all under $10!

My absolute favorite is the Moisture Mix-in Treatment. I’ll add a few pumps into my normal conditioner, mix together then leave in for about 5 minutes before rinsing! Then, all I have to do is blow out my hair for smooth, moisturized hair that stays silky for whatever I’m running off to. No extra heat or styling needed!

Check out this little video to see for yourself!

 

Now that things are winding back up and getting back to normal, I am so looking forward to more spontaneous plans! You know the ones I’m talking about… a last-minute invite to meet up with friends for drinks or a spontaneous date night out on the town. The ones that force you to get ready in a frantic rush before heading out the door for whatever fun lies ahead. I miss those impromptu moments, and I’m ready for more of them!

With the Pantene Miracle Rescue Collection, I can jump in the shower, quickly blow out my hair and head out of the door for that last-minute adventure. My hair looks shiny and smooth and feels so healthy without me having to spend a ton of time (and a ton of damage-causing heat) on it!

I think we’re all ready for more spontaneous plans, and if you’re looking for a way to repair previous hair damage and keep it looking healthy and moisturized for all the fun spontaneous plans ahead, I can’t recommend the Pantene Miracle Rescue Collection enough. Keep your eyes peeled for it next time you’re out shopping!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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my sister is engaged!

The title says it all, y’all… my sister, Steele, is engaged! And I am still giddy over it. Safe to say, my family could not be more thrilled to welcome Brantley into the fold. Let the fun begin!

The title says it all, y’all… my sister, Steele, is engaged! And I am still giddy over it. Safe to say, my family could not be more thrilled to welcome Brantley into the fold. Let the fun begin!

This past Saturday, Andrew and I secretly flew to Dallas to help Steele’s now-fiancé pull off the most wonderful surprise. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, and I’ve been promising to share the details soon. I know many of you have seen my sister pop onto the blog here and there, so it only feels fitting to share this occasion with y’all. With permission from the happy couple, here is a look into their special day!

 

the proposal

 

My sister’s fiancé, Brantley, planned a beautiful, personal and sweet proposal at a beautiful park in our neighborhood. With the help of two dear friends, he convinced Steele that they were going to a 30th birthday party at the gazebo!

Meanwhile, I had donned a disguise (Brantley ordered me the blonde wig… can you even?!) and camped out behind the gazebo to film and photograph the entire thing. This little role gave me so much anxiety that my hands were shaking as I waited for them to arrive. Let’s just say I have a whole new respect for what guys have to go through!

I’ll never forget crouching in the bushes watching their footsteps get closer and closer through the lattice surrounding the gazebo. Steele was, naturally, confused about the beautiful bouquet of flowers (Brantley’s mother had arranged it for her – how sweet!) and as to why no one was there. That’s when Brantley took a knee and asked her to marry him!

Cue all the happy tears. Here are a few photos from that happy moment!

STEELE’S DRESS cleobella magdalena dress // STEELE’S SHOES golden goose sneakers // MY SHOES clarita sneakers

 

the after party

 

After it was safe to appear, I jumped out and accidentally scared Steele to death. She didn’t realize it was me until I was just a few feet away from her! That wig paid off. ;) Andrew had been filming the entire thing from the car, and joined the party as well!

Then, Brantley told Steele it was time for a second destination… a party at his brother and sister in law’s house!

I have to jump in here to brag on my cute mama. She had purchased a couple of cute white dresses over the past few weeks and had them steamed and ready in case Steele showed up in something she didn’t feel perfect in for the party. Last minute, I also decided to bring a pair of heels for the same reason. In the end, Steele just swapped out her tennis shoes for some fun gold heels and we headed to the celebration.

Waiting for the happy couple just a few streets over was an assortment of friends and family. The next few hours were spent mixing, mingling and toasting the future Smiths! Here are a few photos!

STEELE’S DRESS cleobella magdalena dress // STEELE’S SHOES loeffler randall heels // MY DRESS crosby by mollie burch napa dress // MY MOM’S SHOES natural woven platform sandals // MY EARRINGS gold lisi lerch florall earrings

A few fun party essentials? Plenty of chick fil a nuggets (they never disappoint and are easy to pick up and munch on in a group), cookies from One Pink Cookie, a beautiful acrylic framed photo of the newly-engaged couple and personalized cups! (I actually put these together super last-minute using a template from Canva.)

It was the perfect way to kick off this new season!

 

the brunch

 

After such a crazy, fun night, I wanted to get both families together to be able to spend time chatting with and celebrating the happy couple in a smaller, quieter setting. We put together a little brunch at Le Bilboquet, complete with a few happy floral arrangements from the incredible vendor who did my wedding flowers, The Garden Gate, for a perfect Sunday morning.

It was so special to be able to spend more time with the two families, talk through all of the excitement of the night before and dream about the wedding ahead! (Let’s just say… it’s going to be amazing.) Highly recommend doing something like this the day after a proposal.

STEELE’S DRESS sue sartor paloma dress // MY DRESS tiered swing dress // MY EARRINGS liza yates spellbound earrings (use code LONESTAR for 15% off)

I can’t tell you just how thrilled I am for my baby sister. Our family is now “complete” with the addition of Brantley, and I so look forward to the memories the six of us (Mom, Dad, Steele, Brantley, Andrew and I) will create in the years to come!

And want to know a fun fact: Andrew and Brantley were actually friends in the same grade at our high school growing up. Who would have ever thought they would grow up and marry this set of sisters! :)

I wanted to extend a big thank you for the sweet comments and messages y’all have been sending in for Steele. I always, always appreciate your kind words, but they somehow manage to mean even more when meant for someone in my family!

I also wanted to give you a heads up: I suspect I will have lots of wedding content to share with you in the coming months! Steele has proclaimed she wants to be very hands off throughout the process and leave the majority of the planning to me and my mother. (Ok, twist my arm!) She is my first and only sibling, and so my wheels are already spinning on how to make this engagement season the most special it can be. Any and all ideas are welcome!

My mom and I used to joke about what a shame it is that you can’t ever use the immense amount of knowledge you gain from planning a wedding once it’s over… but now we will definitely be putting all of that know-how to use! I still get questions from many bride-to-be’s about the ins and outs of the process, so I hope y’all will enjoy this new little adventure. If you would like to see more posts about my wedding, click here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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Below, you’ll find a few favorites from all of the newness hitting the web this week. I hope you enjoy!

Happy, happy Friday friends!

I finally had some time this week to browse through the new arrivals at some of my favorite online destinations. Let’s just say… things are looking sunny and feeling very pink! Anyone surprised?

Below, you’ll find a few favorites from all of the newness hitting the web this week. I hope you enjoy!

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Andrew and I are a week away from our delayed one-year anniversary trip, and I’m on the hunt for a few things to pack up for the occasion! I just ordered this dress and am crossing my fingers it works for all of the fun. Will keep you posted!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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