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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Pink Pom Poms

Give me all the pom poms! These are on sale for $22.

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Turquoise

I love accessorizing in turquoise in summer months!

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criss cross ruffle dress

It’s safe to say that the off the shoulder silhouette is the neckline of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look and am sure I have quite a few off the shoulder purchases ahead of me. There is something to be said, however, about mixing things up, and this criss cross ruffle dress does that in the best, most darling way.

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DRESS   ruffle neckline dress (also available here, and comes in a darling two piece set)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet   |   BAG   straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked)

It’s safe to say that the off the shoulder silhouette is the neckline of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look and am sure I have quite a few off the shoulder purchases ahead of me. There is something to be said, however, about mixing things up, and this criss cross ruffle dress does that in the best, most darling way.

There are so many things to love about this number, from the fresh blue and white print to the gorgeous ruffle detailing. One of my favorite factors? The price. This frock is right under $100, but gives you the look of a whole lot more. It’s already a contender for the fourth of July this year, and I have a few brunches and wedding showers up my sleeve that it will be perfect for!

Before I sign off, I wanted to let you know that if you’re as in love with the print of this dress as I am, you’ll find it in the cutest two-piece set here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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lilly pulitzer two piece set

   TOP & SKIRT   white crochet matching set c/o   |   EARRINGS   wide gold hoops (old H&M, similar linked)   |   BAG   straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked)   |   SCARF   pink and orange Hermes scarf (similar linked)   |   SHOES   nude…

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TOP & SKIRT   white crochet matching set c/o   |   EARRINGS   wide gold hoops (old H&M, similar linked)   |   BAG   straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked)   |   SCARF   pink and orange Hermes scarf (similar linked)   |   SHOES   nude platform wedges (old Schutz, similar linked)

The very favorite outfit I packed up for Spain? You’re looking at it. I’m fully convinced that this Lilly Pulitzer two piece set is what summer travel dreams are made of! With the high-waisted skirt contrasted by slits along the sides, I love how fresh and unique the ensemble feels. Playful yet sophisticated at the same time, it embodies what I look for wardrobe choices to a tee.

I wanted to give a quick shoutout to all you ladies in the middle of/finishing up exams! I know this can be one of the most stressful times of the year, but the feeling of finishing up and getting everything behind you is worth all of the craziness! To those of you in the trenches… you got it! And to those of you just out… enjoy your summer! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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pink linen shorts under $50

I’m the first to opt for white jeans, a skirt, a maxi, anything else, really, but this pair changed all that this summer! I’ll confess, it was the color alone that made me take them to the fitting room. Pink linen shorts?! I mean… you at least have to give that a shot! And as it turns out, that’s not the only thing they have going for them. I wanted to buy three different colors right then and there! (Because gingham, y’all.)

 

 

SHORTS  linen draw string shorts ($45, wearing size XS)   |   TOP   off the shoulder pom pom top (under $20)   |   EARRINGS   pink tassel earrings   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet   |   SHOES   ancient grreek sandals   |   TOTE   wicker basket tote (sold out Forever21, similar linked)

Shorts are hard. Know what I mean? Why is it always so difficult to find a perfect pair? Between the style, length, fit and price, there are so many hoops to jump. Not to mention comfort… that’s a must and a whole other obstacle when it comes to adding a new pair to your closet!

I’m the first to opt for white jeans, a skirt, a maxi, anything else, really, but this pair changed all that this summer! I’ll confess, it was the color alone that made me take them to the fitting room. Pink linen shorts?! I mean… you at least have to give that a shot! And as it turns out, that’s not the only thing they have going for them. I wanted to buy three different colors right then and there! (Because gingham, y’all.)

I love the look and fit of these… enough room to be relaxed and comfortable, but also quite feminine with the length and detailing! (Did you notice the little drawstring bow on the side?) I had too much fun layering my favorite pink pieces with them (hello pom pom top and tassel earrings) but love how they look with a relaxed white tee for errands around town.

This type of easy ensemble is exactly what I’ll be wearing to kick the week off in. After a wonderful weekend celebrating mother’s day with two aunts, an uncle, my parents and sister (who’s finally back from college) it’s time to get back into the swing of things! The cowboy gets back to the states from a trip he took with college friends to Switzerland at 8pm, and I’m dying to hear all of his stories. He always has the best ones from his adventures!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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this summer’s cutest giant pool floats

Now that we’ve finally reached pool-weather down south, I found myself scouring the web for new inflatable novelties and found so many cute ones that I thought I’d share them with you! Between trips to the beach, the lake house and my own apartment complex pool (because “adulting” sometimes looks anything but for me…)

Ever since meeting my diva of a best friend Serena last year (do you remember her from this post?) I have been in looove with the playful wit of giant pool floats. Oh yes, they’re quite obnoxious… but that’s half the fun of it! When else is it perfectly acceptable to lay around on a larger-than-life slice of pizza?

Now that we’ve finally reached pool-weather down south, I found myself scouring the web for cute giant pool floats and found so many cute ones that I thought I’d share them with you! Between trips to the beach, the lake house and my own apartment complex pool (because “adulting” sometimes looks anything but for me…) I can’t wait to bring one of these along. Can you guess which one I have my heart set on? (And how darling would the ring float be for a bachelorette party or honeymoon?!)

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pink shell   |   balloon animal   |  rubber duck   |   avacado   |   margarita glass   |   cactus   |   diamond ring   |   oyster

Love from Texas,

Kate

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