white faux fur cape

When the weather gets chilly, one of my favorite ways to dress up the winter season is with fur accents! There are so many realistic-looking faux fur pieces available these days that it’s surprisingly easy to do.

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CAPE   faux fur cape (sold out Forever21, similar here and here)   |   EARRINGS   tuckernuc kstatement earrings   |   SWEATER   cream sweater   |   SHOES   chanel flats (similar, less expensive here)   |   JEANS   j.crew jeans

When the weather gets chilly, one of my favorite ways to dress up the winter season is with fur accents! There are so many realistic-looking faux fur pieces available these days that it’s surprisingly easy to do.

Take this poncho, for example… can you believe I got it from Forever21? Sadly, it sold out in the blink of an eye, but I found lots of similar styles that I’m adding below:

Speaking of chilly weather… my mom and I have just about frozen to death this week in NYC! I don’t think I’ve ever felt twenty degree temperatures before, let alone windchill in the single digits! We bundled up as best we could, but there’s only so much you can do in that sort of environment.

We’re headed hom today, and while I’m so sad to leave the magic of Christmas in the city behind, I’m looking forward to warmer weather! (And never did I ever think I’d ever say that…)

Love from Texsa,

Kate

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tartain skirt

I’m so excited to share this gloriously festive skirt with you today! Vineyard Vines has a way of creating the most classicly beautiful pieces, and this one may just take the cake in my opinion. With the full cut, beautiful fabric and bow detailing, it’s perfect in every way!

SKIRT   tartan bow skirt   |   SWEATER   navy crop sweater (old American Apparel)   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   SHOES   suede heels   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs    |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Ahhh friends… as I write this, there is snow falling outside my window. What a way to wake up in NYC! I could just about cry it’s so magical. :)

Anyways, I’m so excited to share this gloriously festive skirt with you today! Vineyard Vines has a way of creating the most classicly beautiful pieces, and this one may just take the cake in my opinion. With the full cut, beautiful fabric and bow detailing, it’s perfect in every way!

I had so much fun wearing it during my stay at the Greenbrier. The whole place was decked out for Christmas, so I felt like I fit right in. :)

Today is my final full day in NYC, and I plan on taking advantage of it! One thing we haven’t done yet? Visited Central Park. With all this snow, I think it’s going to be magical!

Love from NYC,

Kate

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a christmas carriage ride

If there’s one thing the Greenbrier Resort has down to a tee, it’s Christmas cheer! Over the course of our stay, my friends and I sang carols, watched the grand tree lighting, cozied up by the fire and my very favorite winter activity… took a carriage ride through the beautiful grounds!

EARMUFFS   blackwatch plaid earmuffs   |   COAT   j.crew cocoon coat   |   SKIRT   velvet peplum skirt (wearing size 0)   |   TOP   ribbed turtleneck   |   SHOES   suede heels   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   BRACELET . david yurman bracelet

If there’s one thing the Greenbrier Resort has down to a tee, it’s Christmas cheer! Over the course of our stay, my friends and I sang carols, watched the grand tree lighting, cozied up by the fire and my very favorite winter activity… took a carriage ride through the beautiful grounds! While we weren’t exactly dashing through the snow (we were a bit too early for that) it was oh-so-merry all the same.

Since I rarely get the chance to pull out winter accessories in Dallas, I used this opportunity to bring along a few fun accessories. You guessed it… these blackwatch plaid earmuffs definitely made the cut! Paired with a navy velvet skirt and a cute turtleneck (and a huge, cozy blanket) I was perfectly bundled up for the outing.

Speaking of bundling up… my mama and I arrived in NYC last night for our annual girls trip, and it’s supposed to be in the 20s today in New York. I’m sorry… what?! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything that cold before, so send some good luck our way! :) We started off the trip with pizza at our favorite spot and a trip to Broadway to see Anastasia. Every second was absolutely magical! 

Love from NYC,

Kate

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my three favorite christmas pajamas

I thought it would be fun today to share three of my favorite Christmas pajama sets I’ve seen this season. Whether this is something your family does as well or an idea you’re brand new to (seriously, it’s such an easy tradition to make your own!)

Merry Stripes

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Pink Reindeer

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Classic Plaid

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I’ll be the first to tell you that pajamas are not something I really purchase year round… I think my entire collection comes from the Christmas season, alone! For years now, my family has opened a new, matching pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. It’s one of my sister and I’s very favorite family traditions!

Whether this is something your family does as well or an idea you’re brand new to (seriously, it’s such an easy tradition to make your own!) I thought it would be fun today to share three of my favorite Christmas pajama sets I’ve seen this season.

If you’re looking for that classic Christmas look, you’ll love this plaid flannel set. Super soft and with red piping, I love how quintessential Christmas these are. With this set in particular, you actually have the option of purchasing only the pants.  Plus, they’re available in a gorgeous Blackwatch plaid as well!

Looking for something a bit more girly and fun? Check out this pink reindeer fleece pair. I wish you could feel just how soft the material really is! This set comes in ten different patterns, which could make mixing and matching for the family so fun.

Finally, my personal favorite of these three sets would have to be this blue and white striped pair with the red detailing I know I’m not the only one who is swooning over the vintage look of these! I love the fact that even though they’re definitely festive, they’re light enough and versatile enough to be worn year-round. (Although let’s be honest… Christmas pajamas are one winter item I never put into storage!)

Putting this post together was so un, and definitely has me in the Christmas spirit! When it comes to Christmas pajamas, Nordstrom has a fabulous selection… check them all out here! No matter what look you’re going for, I know you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your list.

And don’t forget, Nordstrom offers a great way to shop that lets you skip the holiday shipping and crowds fiasco. Just choose “buy & pick up” option when checking out! (Dallas ladies, the Nordstrom team will even bring your order out to the curb so you don’t have to find parking! I use this all the time.)

Happy shopping, and even happier snuggling, y’all!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post!

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’tis the season // gifts for the guy

I may or may not have enlisted some expert advice and input in putting this together (:)) so rest assured, these have all been guy-approved.

Happy Monday, friends! There are a few exciting things to note about today… first off, there are officially only FOURTEEN days left until Christmas? One of my friends made this observation yesterday and it totally freaked me out. Please tell me I’m not the only one this season has snuck up on!

The second thing to note is that today is Green Monday! (Ddi you know that was a thing?) Basically, Green Monday is basically the “Black Friday of December,” and is the third largest online shopping day of the year! What does that mean?

You’ll find great sales at tons of your favorite retailers. I’ve linked the very best below, and am using this as my motivation to finish all of my Christmas shopping today! That way I won’t only get great deals, but won’t have to worry about things shipping in time for the big day.

Anthopologie // 30% off clothing & winter accessories

Chicwish // 10% off $70 wit hcode: PRS10

Ebay // up to 30% off of David Yurman

Ebay // 25% off the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

EXPRESS // 40% off everything + free shipping

Forever21 // up to 30% off based on how much you spend (see website for codes)

Frye // Up to 60% off select items

INTERMIX // up to 20% off based on how much you spend

Kiehl’s // free Mickey Mouse ornament with gift set purchase over $85 with code: GREEN

LOFT // 40% off with code: NEWNOW

Madewell // 20% ff $100 & 30% off $200 with code: OHWHATFUN

NET-A-PORTER // up to 50% off sale

Serena & Lilly // Up to 30% off pillows + throws

Talbots // 30% off one item, 40% off two or more items with code: HOLIDAY

Williams Sonoma // 25% off Cookware, 20% off Gift Crates, 20% off Kitchen Linens, Up to 75% off select Cutlery, 20% off Bar Event

The third and final thing I’m so excited about today is the fact that I’m finally sharing my gift guide for the guys in your life! This is one of my most requested and most popular gift guide posts every year, and am really excited about this year’s roundup.

I may or may not have enlisted some expert advice and input in putting this together (:)) so rest assured, these have all been guy-approved. And since I’m in way over my head when it comes to being “in the know” with guy brands, my anonymous source gave his two cents.

Apparently, Jack Mason is an awesome watch brand, Leatherman is a great pocket watch line, blankets are the best gift (especially those by Woolrich), there’s no better shaving cream than Jack Black, the Woodwick Trilogy candle is “legit,” and you should opt for Minnetonka slippers instead of Ugg. (Some guys associate Ugg with being a girl brand… who would’ve thought?!) This charging phone case also came highly recommended.

I personally love the personalized notebook from Barrington Gifts and the Southern Tide tartan bow tie. And no matter what, tried and true brands like Patagonia, YETI, Peter Millar, The North Face and Ralph Lauren are classic options that will always please.

I’m running around like crazy today prepping for my New York trip, and am so excited to get a taste of Christmastime in the city! Also… I just wanted to say how over the moon I am with y’alls response to my first “weekly recap” video I posted yesterday. I am floored by the responses y’all shared, and can’t wait to keep this up and get to know y’all more and more each week!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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weekly recap no. 1

Friends… this past Thursday night I had an idea, and I’ve been dying to share it with you ever since! Drumroll please… I have a new video series up my sleeve and I want you to be a part of it! Watch below to hear more of my heart behind this idea, and…

Friends… this past Thursday night I had an idea, and I’ve been dying to share it with you ever since! Drumroll please… I have a new video series up my sleeve and I want you to be a part of it! Watch below to hear more of my heart behind this idea, and what I have in mind. I would absolutely love your ideas and to hear what you think!

So y’all… what do we think? Is this something you’d like to see weekly? If so, is there anything you’d like me to add to these weekly recaps? And any certain time you’d like them posted? Say Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons? Let me know!

Don’t forget to make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel here so you never miss a post. Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday!

Love from Texas,

Kate