latest & greatest vol. 33

Friends! Nothing like a little Sunday evening Latest & Greatest to shake things up, huh? This month has been so busy and fun around here that there hasn’t been room for these weekly roundups to go live on Fridays. That’s why I decided that instead of letting them slip away, we’d bring…

Friends! Nothing like a little Sunday evening Latest & Greatest to shake things up, huh? This month has been so busy and fun around here that there hasn’t been room for these weekly roundups to go live on Fridays. That’s why I decided that instead of letting them slip away, we’d bring them back as a weekend edition! I know I love spending Sunday evenings relaxing at home and prepping for the week ahead, so hopefully this fits into your day perfectly.

Now that August is drawing to a close (!!!) we’re seeing more and more fall arrivals pop up! While it’s still quite toasty down here in Dallas, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already ordered a couple of cute things to break out on chilly days. (Can we talk about the perfection that is this jacket?) There’s so much autumn goodness packed into today’s roundup (and the links below) and I can’t get enough! Don’t forget to check out the cute items I couldn’t fit onto the collage below:

On a personal note, I’ve finally slowed down from the back-to-back travel I was doing all summer long, and can’t tell you how nice it’s been to actually have a couple of weekends home. It almost feels like I’m rediscovering Dallas again, and with new restaurants popping up all over the place, it almost feels like a new city! I can’t wait for fall festivities (i.e. football) to start up again. Don’t get me wrong… I have no idea what goes on in a football game (shameful, I know) but I do love the fun weekends filled with friends and tail gating it brings!

Wishing each of you a restful evening, and a wonderful start to the week ahead!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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LOFT sister party recap

“What’s your favorite part of your job?” That is one question I get asked often, and always have the most fun answering. There are so many different facets of Lonestar Southern that I adore, but hands down my favorite thing on earth is getting to meet Y’ALL – the friends I’ve made virtually over the past four years on this little corner of the internet!

SKIRT   pale pink bow wrap skirt   |   TOP   white ruffle sleeve top   |   ROMPER   ruffle halter neck romper   |   EARRINGS   white statement earrings   |   JACKET (on me and my mom)   denim jacket   |   SWEATSHIRT (on my sister)   v neck sweatshirt

“What’s your favorite part of your job?” That is one question I get asked often, and always have the most fun answering. There are so many different facets of Lonestar Southern that I adore, but hands down my favorite thing on earth is getting to meet Y’ALL – the friends I’ve made virtually over the past four years on this little corner of the internet!

This past Friday, I had too much fun doing just that in partnering with LOFT to celebrate National Sister Day with my own sister, Steele. LOFT threw a fabulous party at their Dallas location at Mockingbird Station, and as you can tell from the photos above, the evening was a blast. 

Between the amazing DJ (who played my main jam, Fergalicious, without missing a beat), male models who served rosé, lemonade and all the delicious bites you could want, a photo booth and fun giveaways, there was enough sister celebrating to last us all year long!

Between all of the festivities, you can rest assured that plenty of shopping got done. My sister snatched up this cozy sweatshirt, and my mom and I walked away with matching jackets! (The low collar on it makes this denim beauty really flattering and not too overbearing.)

I am so thankful to the LOFT team for providing such a fun event surrounding sisterhood. Women rallying behind and uplifting other women is such a beautiful, important and necessary support system for the day and age we live in. Getting to do that this past Friday with LOFT and so many of you was the sweetest thing.

For all of you who sent me messages saying you wished you could have attended, you were so missed! For those of you I had the pleasure of meeting hugging/dancing/posing/chatting with on Friday, thank you. You made my day!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, LOFT, for sponsoring this post! 

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leopard print booties

Fall always brings a host of new trends to try out and have fun with, and there’s one I’m particularly excited about this year… leopard print shoes! I’ve always been a huge fan of the well-placed pop of leopard, and this year it seems like the stars have aligned to bring us the best selection I’ve seen yet.

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SHOES   leopard print booties (sized up 1/2 size)   |   TOP   lush roll tab blouse (available in 5 colors)   |   JEANS   rag & bone skinny jeans   |   BAG   tory burch tassel crossbody (available in clay)   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs |   WATCH   kate spade watch   |   BRACELET   david yurman cable bracelet

Fall always brings a host of new trends to try out and have fun with, and there’s one I’m particularly excited about this year… leopard print shoes! I’ve always been a huge fan of the well-placed pop of leopard, and this year it seems like the stars have aligned to bring us the best selection I’ve seen yet.

No surprise here, Nordstrom’s shoe department takes the cake with a huge array of leopard print shoes. We’re talking slides to sneakers to ballet flats and beyond… something for every aesthetic and style!

That’s where I found this pair of heeled booties by Vince Camuto. I was lucky enough to stumble upon these right when they hit the site, because I’m absolutely positive these won’t last long. (They’re currently available in every size, praise!)

From the gorgeously colored calf hair to the flattering-yet-manageable height of the cute, chunky heel, these babies are perfection. Not to mention, I’ve found these to be comfortable, which is always a hit or miss when it comes to booties. Since product page going up  a 1/2 size, I ordered a 7.5 instead of a 7. They fit perfectly!

What’s so fun about a great pair of leopard shoes is that they immediately elevate your look with minimal effort. Here, I’m wearing a simple blouse (which is amazing for layering), my go-to pair of jeans that I snatched from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and a versatile cross body bag. So simple, but with the leopard booties, it immediately takes on a more polished edge!

The versatility of leopard print might also surprise you. Not only do they look fabulous with neutrals, but pair with stripes or a gingham top for an unexpected but chic ensemble. The print also lends itself to all of the gorgeous, deep hues we see throughout fall and winter. I know this is a shoe I will wear constantly throughout the next few months!

Not only are these booties a fun way to bring leopard into your wardrobe, but check out these classic loafers, these platform sneakers (obsessed), and these gorgeous pumps! Whatever your style, you won’t go wrong incorporating leopard print into it this season! Click here for the entire selection from Nordstrom!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post!

Photography by Angie Garcia

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off the shoulder bow dress

DRESS   off the shoulder bow dress (also comes in navy)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   EARRINGS   white drop earrings   |   BAG   woven straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked) I didn’t think it could be done, but this one dress encapsulates…

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DRESS   off the shoulder bow dress (also comes in navy)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   EARRINGS   white drop earrings   |   BAG   woven straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked)

I didn’t think it could be done, but this one dress encapsulates all of the trends we’ve seen and loved this summer! The bell flutter sleeves, the off the shoulder neckline, the darling bow detail… I love how they all work to create a quintessential summer southern frock.

While I’ve gotten plenty of use out of this off the shoulder bow dress over the past couple of months, I love that the longer sleeve length makes it a perfect transition piece as we head into fall. It also comes in navy, which would look adorable with cowboy boots for tail gates this football season!

The line that this dress is from, Soprano, is one of my favorites for on-trend dresses at a great price point. I have my eye on this pink beauty, and love this chic little black dress for a formal or wedding. I love that there are lots of options that work on a budget!

Before signing off, I wanted to share with y’all the cutest straw bags I found while looking for one that’s similar to the one I’m wearing in today’s post! I know it’s a little late into summer for a new one, but on the off-chance any of you are headed somewhere warm, check out this pink fringe bag, this striped bow style and this gorgeous black and white clutch.

We’re halfway to the weekend, friends! Hope everyone’s hanging in there!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia 

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light blue off the shoulder dress

This was my very favorite dress that I packed for my family’s beach vacation. Doesn’t it just look like a dream? I love the placement of the ruffles, and how the fullness and femininity of those details is contrasted by a sweet little sash. (No better way to accentuate your waist!)

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DRESS   light blue off the shoulder dress   |   EARRINGS   chinese lantern drop earrings (dying for them in this color)   |   SHOES   sam edelman yaro ankle strap heels   |   BAG   woven basket bag   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Today, we’re taking things back to the salty air and sandy floors of Seaside, Florida. Sigh. What a week. It’s been two weeks since I returned, and I’m debating whether or not it’s too early to start planning a return trip.

This was my very favorite dress that I packed for my family’s beach vacation. Doesn’t it just look like a dream? I love the placement of the ruffles, and how the fullness and femininity of those details is contrasted by a sweet little sash. (No better way to accentuate your waist!)

It is so light and airy, which is the ultimate blessing when it comes to the humid air that seems to permeate the gulf. Not to mention… the color! The subtle striping makes for the loveliest, pale shade of blue. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of many summers spent at the beach, it’s that nothing looks so lovely there as dressing in blues and whites!

Now that summer is drawing to a close, I can’t help but think how cute this would be at tailgates for all of you UNC girls! In the meantime, I’ll be squeezing every wear out of it that I can during these final few sunny months!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. If you missed it, you’ll catch another gorgeous summer frock I wore in Seaside here!

Photography by Maddi Cairns

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my tory burch fall bag

It happens every year… once summer draws to a close, I begin my hunt for a gorgeous, versatile, go-to fall and winter bag. I love filling summer with fun clutches and brightly colored totes, but when it comes to accessorizing in the winter months, I find myself craving a beautiful, quality, wear-with-anything bag I can wear throughout the season.

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BAG   tory burch chelsea suede shoulder bag   |   BLAZER   pink blazer (wearing size 0 Petite)  |   SHOES   suede pointy toe pumps (under $100)   |   SHIRT   beige striped shirt   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

It happens every year… once summer draws to a close, I begin my hunt for a gorgeous, versatile, go-to fall and winter bag. I love filling summer with fun clutches and brightly colored totes, but when it comes to accessorizing in the winter months, I find myself craving a beautiful, quality, wear-with-anything bag I can wear throughout the season.

While definitely a splurge, Tory Burch is one designer whose pieces deliver amazing quality and style for the price paid. When it comes to a bag or pair of shoes I’m looking to get a ton of use out of, I always turn to Tory Burch first! Nordstrom always has a beautiful selection of the newest Tory Burch styles, so I began my search there. It took me all of a few minutes to land on this Chelsea Suede Shoulder Bag… and friends, I’m smitten!

If you take a closer look at the images above, you’ll see that this bag can be worn four different ways! Use the chain strap to wear it cross body, double the chain up to wear it across your shoulder, use the suede strap across your shoulder or tuck all of that in to wear as a clutch! Take it to a fall tailgate, or dress it up for a wedding. Either way, you’re set with this beauty! (Just don’t forget to spray it with suede protector so it doesn’t get marked up by dark jeans!)

It’s also a perfect size… big enough to hold the essentials (keys, wallet, hair brush, candy) and still small enough to keep from getting cumbersome. And can we talk about the color? Beige is the most versatile hue when it comes to mixing and matching in the fall, and will look amazing with blacks and browns alike.

Since Tory Burch is definitely a bigger purchase, I love ordering from Nordstrom… they always has free shipping and returns, so I don’t have to worry about adding more cost onto an already hefty checkout bill. Click here to see all of the beautiful new fall Tory Burch pieces they have in!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post!

Photography by Angie Garcia

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