spontaneous trip reveal + memorial day sales

Happy Saturday, friends! Today is a rather fun post… I’m sharing some spur of the moment travel plans (I leave this Wednesday, eek!) and giving you the deets on all of the best memorial day sales happening this weekend! And all on a Saturday too… yippe! I’ll be taking it…

Happy Saturday, friends!
Today is a rather fun post… I’m sharing some spur of the moment travel plans (I leave this Wednesday, eek!) and giving you the deets on all of the best memorial day sales happening this weekend! And all on a Saturday too… yippe!
I’ll be taking it slow this weekend and getting ahead on all of the work and last-minute details needed before Wednesday! If you have any recommendations, I’d love for you to leave them in the comment section below. (Y’all killed it with the Spain recommendations… I read every one and used so many!)
Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Summer’s here!
P.S. Don’t forget to see 11 pieces I own that are currently part of the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale HERE.

ANTHROPOLOGIE // 40% off sale items
ASOS // 20% off site-wide // code: LIT20
BANANA REPUBLIC // 40% off your entire purchase // code: BRSUMMER 
BLOOMINGDALES // 20% off select sale items // code: BIGBAG
FREE PEOPLE // 25% off all sale items
FURBISH STUDIO // 20% off sitewide // code: HEYSUMMER
J.CREW // 30% off your entire purchase // code: SWEET
J.CREW FACTORY // 50% off sitewide
H&M // Free shipping and varied discounts // code: 4791
INTERMIX // 40% off hundreds of new markdowns
KATE SPADE // Free swimsuit pouch with any full-priced swim purchase
LILLY PULITZER // Free gifts with purchase
LOFT // 40% off everything // code: VACAY
MACY’S // 20% off // cod:  SUNNY
MARK & GRAHAM // 15% off $150 or more, 25% off  $500 or more
MILLY // 20% off sale items // code: READYSETSUMMER
MODCLOTH // 15% off regularly priced items
OLD NAVY // 40& off all tees, tanks, shorts & swimwear
POTTERY BARN // Up to 25% off & free shipping // code: SAVEMORE
RED DRESS BOUTIQUE // 25% – 45% off sitewide
SAM EDELMAN // 30% off sitewide // code:  SAMSUMMER30
SERENA & LILY // 20% off Sitewide
SHOPBOP // New items added to the sale section
SOLE SOCIETY // Up to 50% off select styles
T3 MICRO // 15% off sitewide // code: RST315
URBAN OUTFITTERS // Up to 50% Off
Love from Texas,
Kate

11 sale items I own // nordstrom half yearly sale

I’ve got fabulous news, friends. Just yesterday, one of the best summer sales began… the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! Today, I’m walking you through 11 pieces I own that are currently included in the sale, all at pricesyou won’t believe. This is one sale you want to shop quick… things are selling out left and right!

I’ve got fabulous news, friends. Just yesterday, one of the best summer sales began… the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! While nothing (and I mean nothing) beats the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which starts July 21st this year) the reason I love the half yearly is that it contains tons of seasonal items you can wear all summer long! Talk about getting some serious bang for your buck.

Today, I’m walking you through 11 pieces I own that are currently included in the sale, all at pricesyou won’t believe. This is one sale you want to shop quick… things are selling out left and right!

Don’t forget, you can see a roundup of my other sale favorites here. And while you still have plenty of time, don’t forget to apply for your Nordstrom card so you can shop the Anniversary Sale a week early! (I got the debit card a couple years back simply to get access to the sale, and let me tell y’all… it was SO worth it!)

Happy shopping!

1.  strappy one shoulder tank – $24, wearing size XS

earrings //  bracelet // jeans

2. joa tiered tank – $42, wearing size XS

shorts // bracelet

3. floral halter neck romper – $27, wearing size small

shoes // bracelet

4.  eyelet off the shoulder top – $27, wearing sizr XS

bag // jeans // earrings

5. tiered gauze skirt – $29, wearing size XS

red top // sandals // bag (bought in mexico) // earrings (old H&M)

ombre earrings // top (sold out) // shoes (sold out) // clutch (sold out)

6. velvet platform heel – $59, true to size

dress (sold out) // earrings // ring (sold out) // clutch (sold out)

7. v neck swing tank – $14, wearing size XS

sunglasses // sweater // jeans // sandals

8. black one shoulder ruffle dress – $29, wearing size XS

shoes // clutch // earrings

9. vitamin sea graphic tee – $20, wearing size XS

10. lace tube top – $26, wearing size XS

skirt // bracelet // clutch // wedges

11. ruffle bell sleeve top – $26, wearing size XS

jeans // shoes (sold out)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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half yearly sale

Tory Burch

These darling slip ons are 33% off! Snatch these up for summer.

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Chloé

I'm amazed this it bag is included in the sale! Also 33% off!

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summer pool party

Today’s post makes me so excited, because it’s finally swimsuit season! Memorial Day weekend is just ahead, and weeks of summer sunshine are all in front of us. My family and I took our inaugural summer lake house trip this past weekend, and let me tell you… it made me so excited for the next few months spent out in the sun!

TOP   multi colored strip swim top c/o   |   BOTTOMS   multi colored strip swim bottoms c/o   |   CUP   pineapple cup

Today’s post makes me so excited, because it’s finally swimsuit season! Memorial Day weekend is just ahead, and weeks of summer sunshine are all in front of us. My family and I took our inaugural summer lake house trip this past weekend, and let me tell you… it made me so excited for the next few months spent out in the sun!

I’ve found that finding a swimsuit you love and feel confident in is essential to enjoying all that summer has to offer. It can be so easy to get in a swimsuit rut, though, whether that be re-wearing the same tired silhouette over and over or visiting the same store year after year, continually winding up in a style that three of your friends already own.

That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Modcloth to  introduce you to their swim collection! I just know you’re going to love their fresh, fun selection of swimwear as much as I do.

One of my favorite things about Modcloth’s swimwear department is how unique the suits are. The selection is incredibly vibrant, and you won’t find the same styles there that you see all over the rest of the web!

It’s also a great destination for swimwear that’s a bit more modest, which I love. Whether it be cute one pieces (like this navy number) or high waisted separates like the one I’m wearing in today’s post, there are plenty of options that keep you on-trend without showing too much skin.

I loved wearing this striped two piece on a recent trip to the Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff. The colorful print fit right in with the gorgeous landscaping (cactuses everywhere) and bright blue pool that has a great view of the Dallas skyline!

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Modcloth suits below. (Did I mention they have the best selection of pool floats?) Click here to see the full line!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

Thank you, Modcloth, for sponsoring this post!

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my spain adventure | vlog no. 1

Hey, hey friends! Today is a new video day, and if I’m being honest, those have started to become some of my favorite days here on Lonestar Southern! I’ve been working on compiling all of the videos I took during my time in Spain (over 650, y’all…) and finally have the first of what I’m predicting will be a four part series… one covering my final day prepping for my flight, one covering Madrid, one covering Seville and one covering Barcelona!

Hey, hey friends! Today is a new video day, and if I’m being honest, those have started to become some of my favorite days here on Lonestar Southern! I’ve been working on compiling all of the videos I took during my time in Spain (over 650, y’all…) and finally have the first of what I’m predicting will be a four part series… one covering my final day prepping for my flight, one covering Madrid, one covering Seville and one covering Barcelona!

The style of these videos is a little different, as they are “vlogs”… basically, spur-of-the-moment, real-time video diaries. I’ve been getting a few requests for more of these over on my YouTube channel, and so this will be my first real foray! This one in particular covers the morning before my afternoon flight to Madrid, from errands to lunch to a walkthrough of what I packed in my carry on. I hope you enjoy!

And just a heads up… I had gotten a spray tan the night before this was filmed. If my skin tone looks a little off, that’s why! :)

Be sure you click HERE and then click “subscribe” so that you never miss a video!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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lights, camera…

white halter neck romper

I’m going to be pretty upfront with y’all… this is easily my favorite romper find of the spring! The fit is so good, from the flattering halter neckline to the flattering shorts.

ROMPER  halter neck romper  (under $50, wearing size S)   |    CLUTCH  embroidered tassel clutch (also in blue)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   BRACELET   David Yurman bangle   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings (sold out, similar linked)

I’m going to be pretty upfront with y’all… this is easily my favorite romper find of the spring! Today, I’m so excited to be partnering with Nordstrom to share why.

Let’s start with the fit – it’s so good. It doesn’t take much for a romper to start looking awkward, whether it be too tight, too long of a torso, too short along the hem, etc, but this one hits all the marks and on all the right places!

The halter neckline is so flattering, and I love how loose-fitting and comfortable the shorts are. Better yet? It’s under $50! What makes this such a great piece for the summer, apart from the price, is just how versatile it is. And not to mention, lightweight!

For an easy day at the beach, throw it on over a swimsuit and grab your favorite pair of sandals, or pice things up for a fun night out with a colorful pair of statement earrings and wedges! For my Texas girls out there, this would look darling with cowboy boots for line dancing or even tailgates during football season.

I ordered an XS, which is my normal size, but love that Nordstrom’s free shipping and great return policy let’s you swap sizes out easily if you don’t get it right on the first try. (So nice for perpetual online-shoppers like me!)

If you, like me, are constantly on the lookout for well-priced, fun summer wardrobe pieces this season, you’ll also love their selection! My favorite shopping tip is to google “Nordstrom Trends.” The first search result will take you to this page, which in my opinion has the cutest selection of styles from the whole site! Happy shopping!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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latest & greatest vol. 27

I was looking for a few day-brighteners for today’s roundup of the cutest “new arrivals” to hit the web this past week. I found that and then some with this pom pom hat, the sweetest gingham dress and bright pink tassels!

Friends! Friday! Finally!

Let me tell you what… I am oh so happy to see this day roll around. This week was a long one! Not necessarily bad, just looonnnggg. You know how those go, right?

To add on top of that, I had some major computer issues. (Hence no post from yesterday, I am so sorry about that!) Luckily, I was able to get everything squared away today. While the fun news is that I have a new, fast, shiny laptop to get back to work on, the sad news is that means retiring the original laptop I started Lonestar Southern on four years ago!

(I tend to get overly-sentimental with inanimate objects. It’s a problem. Moving on.)

Needless to say, I was looking for a few day-brighteners for today’s roundup of the cutest “new arrivals” to hit the web this past week. I found that and then some with this pom pom hat, the sweetest gingham dress and bright pink tassels!

In the vein of brightening things up, I have a song recommendation for you! Give Senza Pagare a listen when you can roll all the car windows down and blast it full-force. (I linked the video so you could hear it, but I’d ignore it and just listen!) Yes… it’s in Italian… but I’m obsessed. I think you will be too!

At noon, the family and I are packing up and hitting the road for our first lake house trip of the summer. One of the things I’m most looking forward to? Getting fast food on the drive over! That just feels so quintessentially “summer” to me, road trips and fast food. Will it be Whataburger, Chicken Express or Chick Fil A? Decisions, decisions!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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