pinstripes and crochet

TOP   blue and white bell sleeve top (just $23!)   |   JEANS   white toothpick jeans   |   SHOES   suede ankle strap wedges   |   BAG   reversible mini cross body (similar linked)  |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   pink…

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TOP   blue and white bell sleeve top (just $23!)   |   JEANS   white toothpick jeans   |   SHOES   suede ankle strap wedges   |   BAG   reversible mini cross body (similar linked)  |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   pink nouveau

I am so excited about the star of today’s post… this blue and white bell-sleeved top! Not just because it’s completely darling in every way (and make no mistake, it is completely darling in every way) but because the price point is incredible. Just $23!

Like I said in this post from last week, blue and white is everywhere this season. I love the combination here in pinstripes and lovely crochet detailing. I got this in the mail last week and have already worn it 3 times!

I used to love shopping at Forever21 (I think the thrill of the hunt was what got me) but now that there isn’t an actual store near me, I’ve found I’ve kinda forgotten about it. That was until last week, when a random online ad led me to the site. I’ve said this before, but shopping online at Forever21 is a game changer. Not only can you actually return the items for a full refund (instead of that frustrating store credit) but you can scroll through the tons of options without having to elbow your way through clothing racks and frenzied shoppers! Definitely a great option for low priced, trendy pieces.

And heads up… I am planning on making a haul video of my order soon, so stay tuned! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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pom pom romper

I must admit… I wasn’t sold on this romper when I first saw it online. There was a lot going on… the pom poms, the festive print, the off the shoulder neckline and billowy sleeves… and I wasn’t positive I could pull it all off at once! But in keeping with my “what the heck, let’s do it” personality, I decided to give it a shot.

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ROMPER red pom pom romper   |   SHOES   suede ankle strap wedges   |   EARRINGS   oversized tassel earrings (old, similar here and here)   |   BAG   old dupe of this bag   |   LIP COLOR   heat wave

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope most of you have today off, or if not are finding some way to give yourself a bit of a break today! Fun fact… President’s Day of last year was the first time the cowboy and I met… and our first date! (We got set up by friends.) Crazy how time flies! :)

I must admit… I wasn’t sold on this romper when I first saw it online. There was a lot going on… the pom poms, the festive print, the off the shoulder neckline and billowy sleeves… and I wasn’t positive I could pull it all off at once! But in keeping with my “what the heck, let’s do it” personality, I decided to give it a shot.

And oh am I so happy that I did! Trying it on, this fun romper proved to be even better than expected. Getting a romper to fit right can be tricky (and totally depending on your build… long/short torso, long/short legs, etc) and I love that this one is flowy enough to work across tons of different shapes!

You’ll notice on the product page that there are actually two ties above each shoulder. I opted to tuck them in for a true off-the-shoulder look, but love that you can bring them out to make this versatile! I am so excited to have this in my closet for summer vacations, weekends with friends, July 4th, you name it!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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ruffle sleeve top

White

I wear the white version of this top all the time. It's perfect alone or layered!

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Pink

No surprise here... I couldn't pass it up in pink! Will be wearing all of spring.

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latest & greatest vol. 23

Brace yourself, because I found so many cute new arrivals this week. While I know not everyone’s closet has made the spring switch yet, these are pieces to start considering for spring break and the sunny weeks ahead!

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“The weekend is heeya! Ciaraaaa! This… beat… is…”

I swear to you that’s the first thing that popped in my head this morning. I have no idea why, all I know is I couldn’t not share. Ya feel?!

All early 2000s pop throwbacks aside, happy Friday friends! Let me just say, it has been the craziest week weather-wise. We’ve gone from mid 80s to blustery, lower 40s to thunderstorms to sunshine and everything in between. I’m crossing my fingers for sunny middle-ground today!

Brace yourself, because I found so many cute new arrivals this week. While I know not everyone’s closet has made the spring switch yet, these are pieces to start considering for spring break and the sunny weeks ahead! There are also so many items (including these amazing turquoise drops and these pretty pink sandals) that you can start incorporating into your looks now. I love that flexibility!

There were so many fun pieces, in fact, that I couldn’t fit them all into this collage. Click through the links below for a few other fun gems!

  • “it’s not like a regular sweater, it’s a cool sweater
  • loving the neckline on this striped, ruffled swimsuit
  • don’t miss out on this semi-annual sale
  • one of my favorite artists just released a new album (don’t judge me….)
  • the cutest sneakers around
  • gingham goodness
  • all this makes me think of is Lizzie McGuire and I kinda want it…
  • this collab between Lilly Pulitzer, Starbucks and S’Well bottles is so good (see mine here)
  • did you know you can shop my Instagrams without having to register for LiketoKnow.it? Just navigate to the “insta post” tab under “browse by,” click a photo and you’ll see all of the products!

I hope everyone has the best weekend! Anyone headed anywhere fun?

Love from Texas,

Kate

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white with leopard

I was inspired to put together this chic white ensemble after receiving this blousey off the shoulder top in the mail. It has such beautiful detailing, friends. The billowy sleeves are absolutely stunning. Since it’s so elegant in and of itself, I wanted to create an outfit around it that really spoke to that.

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TOP   white off the shoulder blouse   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans   |   EARRINGS   white tassel earrings   |   SHOES   leopard loafers   |   SUNNIES   classic black ray ban aviators   |   BAG   kate spade crossbody   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   pink nouveau

White jeans before labor day is something that, to this day, a lot of people still can’t get on board with. So I have wonder what said people would think about this white-on-white-on-white look! *insert monkey covering eyes emoji* It’s no secret that I ditched that restrictive rule long ago. I say, wear what you want to wear! And in terms of white jeans in the winter, I completely encourage it! They look absolutely adorable with sweaters, scarves, boots, the whole nine yards.

I was inspired to put together this chic white ensemble after receiving this blousey off the shoulder top in the mail. It has such beautiful detailing, friends. The billowy sleeves are absolutely stunning. Since it’s so elegant in and of itself, I wanted to create an outfit around it that really spoke to that. Paired with leopard slip ons, white tassels, my favorite black handbag and classic black aviators, you have one effortless ensemble you can wear all throughout spring and summer that looks knockout!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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high waisted mini skirt

Today, we’re back to our regularly scheduled outfit posts, and I have to say that I have a lot of love for this one in particular! I’m wishing away the cold weather in hopes of putting this ensemble on heavy rotation these coming months.

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SKIRT   high waisted mini skirt   |   JACKET   jean jacket   |   TOP   white tank   |   SHOES   suede ankle strap wedges   |   CLUTCH   tory burch clutch   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   pink nouveau

Am I the only one starting off today with a bit of a stomach ache? #toomuchvalentinesdaycandy #noregrets

I had so much fun reading y’alls feedback on yesterday’s Valentines post. Thanks for being so receptive to something a little different! (And as always, if you ever have any specific blog post requests, please shoot me an email at kate@lonestarsouthern.com)

Today, we’re back to our regularly scheduled outfit posts, and I have to say that I have a lot of love for this one in particular! I’m wishing away the cold weather in hopes of putting this ensemble on heavy rotation these coming months.

One piece of clothing I don’t own a whole lot of is skirts. I really can’t even tell you why… but I can tell you that after purchasing this cutie, my eyes are now peeled for others! There’s something so effortlessly feminine about a high-waisted skirt. This one has just the right amount of flounce to keep it fresh and fun while also incredibly wearable! I love it paired with a simple white tank and wedges. Switch out the heels for sandals for a comfortable, chic spring break/study abroad look!

I also can’t recommend purchasing a great jean jacket enough as we head into these tricky transition months between winter and spring. To get use out of your favorite spring and summer clothing before the real warm weather sets in, throw one over a favorite sundress, or an ensemble like this! I snagged this one at H&M recently, and highly recommend!

Congrats on making it halfway through the week, friends! Almost there! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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14 random things I love

Happy Valentine’s Day you darling friends! For as long as I can remember, with boyfriend or without, I have loved this holiday. I attribute it to my shameless affinity for anything romantic (the more cheesy and grandiose the better) and fun! And lets not forget about the universal pass to eat…

Happy Valentine’s Day you darling friends! For as long as I can remember, with boyfriend or without, I have loved this holiday. I attribute it to my shameless affinity for anything romantic (the more cheesy and grandiose the better) and fun! And lets not forget about the universal pass to eat as much candy as you so desire on this day. Seriously… love, pinks, candy, flowers, I’m convinced there is everything to love about today.

I make it a point to dress up a little extra, throw on pink or red lipstick, eat a few sugary treats throughout the day and end it all by watching The Notebook in my coziest pajamas. I can guarantee the cowboy is counting his lucky stars he’s out in Wyoming today… he’s not a huge fan of The Notebook… yet! :)

In keeping with today’s spirit, I thought it might fun to break from the typical outfit post and do something a little different. In honor of February 14th, here are 14 random things I love! Simply scan the bullet points for a peek at how weird I am, or feel free to read my ramblings beneath each one. I hope it serves as a fun way to get to know a little more about me! And if you’re looking for something to lift your spirits today, try making your own “love list.” There’s something about dwelling on things you adore that puts you in the happiest mood!

1. jelly belly jelly beans

While it may not be the most widely acclaimed “favorite candy” (for reasons that are beyond me) let me just start off this list with an ode to the happiest confection out there. Favorite flavors? Pear and buttered popcorn!

2. my 1 Hotel candle

During our brief trip to New York City around Christmastime, my mother and I stayed at the most incredible spot… 1 Hotel Central Park. If you are visiting the big apple, merely taking a step into the lobby is worth the trip. The aroma, y’all… unlike anything I’ve ever experienced! We came home with two candles, and I live in fear of the day mine finally burns out.

3. antebellum fashion

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the antebellum fashion era… think off the shoulder necklines, big, sweeping hoop skirts, ornate bonnets, the whole nine yards. Call me crazy, but I can’t get enough of it. During my freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin, my mom and I stopped into the popular “Lucy in Disguise” costume shop for fun. Thirty minutes later, we walked out with, you guessed it, a hoop skirt dress of my very own! Needless to say, I haven’t worn it once, but hope to somehow, someday! :)

4. going to sleep with wet hair

There’s nothing like crawling into bed after a crazy day with freshly clean, wet hair. I love how cooling it is in the summer, and how you get to fall asleep with that heavenly shampoo smell! The one part I don’t like about it? Waking up to a Hagrid-style head in the morning. Worth it, all the same.

5. wrangler jeans

One of my guy friends from North Carolina scoffed at me for preferring these over designer pairs… but I really do love the look of Wrangler jeans! There’s something so quintessentially Texan about them. Classic, low-maintenance, and a nice change from the skinny jean look some guys sport today. To each his own, but there’s something about a guy in Wranglers that I’ll always love!

6. hazelnut creamer

My absolute favorite part of the day? Mornings. And this is coming from a complete night owl through and through! But the joy I get from waking up to a cup of coffee with two hazelnut creamers (and the coffee must have two hazelnut creamers) can’t be recreated at any other time of the day. While I’ll settle for any brand as long as it’s hazelnut, my go-to is International Delight.

7. listening to Norah Jones while cooking

I vividly remember evenings when, when I was a child, my parents would play Norah Jones… and I hated it. So I have no idea what has made me do a complete 180 (perhaps it’s true… you do turn into your parents the older you get) but one of my favorite nighttime routines now is cooking while listening to her greatest hits. This is a hilariously embarrassing confession, but I’ll admit that something about the combination makes me feel so grown up and sophisticated. “Sunrise,” “Come Away With Me” and “Don’t Know Why I Didn’t Come” always end up on repeat!

8. buying books

Right or wrong, I’ve realized that when I get stressed or overwhelmed or sad, one of my favorite coping mechanisms is running to Barnes & Noble and buying a few books. Do I actually read all of them? If I’m being 100% honest, nope. (The word choice of “buying books” instead of “reading books” was intentional.) But there’s something about walking into that powdery, fresh scent of fresh books and walking out with an armful of knowledge that makes me feel all of a sudden at-peace.

9. Ikea & At Home

When it comes to home decor, this. girl. loves. a. bargain. Upon moving into my first apartment last May, I quickly realized that furniture is expensive. One of my favorite remedies quickly became trips to IKEA and At Home! Some people can’t stand stepping foot into these establishments (and I’ll admit, they can be overwhelming) but I absolutely love the treasure hunt each visit always turns into. I’ve found so many gems!

10. folk music

I realize this is not at all trendy. “Weird,” some might even say. (AKA all of my friends and most of my family.) But go listen to “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek,”Build Me Up from Bones” by Sarah Jarosz and “Forget About It” by Allison Krauss on an evening drive, and then we’ll talk.

11. walking in heels

I’ll take your 4 inch heels and raise you 2. Seriously, this 5’2″ girl loves any extra height she can get. Walking in heels, however high and however painful, has always been fun to me. Truly! When I was little (before my mom let me wear heels) I would swear to myself that one day I’d wear flare jeans and pumps every. single. day. While I’m relieved to say that resolve has wavered (Lizzie McGuire Movie ensembles, however great, need to stay in the Lizzie McGuire Movie) the look hasn’t. Grass, rain, hills… you name it, I’ll take it on!

12. spin class

I know it must seem like I’ve gotten “spin-happy” on Instagram lately, and frankly that’s because I have! I’ll be the first to say (and my family and roommates can attest) that I was never the girl who loved working out. Quite the contrary… I’d avoid it at all costs. Why? Because I never had fun doing it. Torture was a more fitting word. But y’all… I LOVE spin class! The combination of rhythm and loud music and choreographed movements, not to mention the killer workout it is, have me hooked! I actually get bummed out when I don’t have a class lined up for the day. Weird, I know. All I can say is go try it!

13. wedding photos

We’ve already established the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic, right? Maybe that makes me seem less weird in confessing that I love going through wedding photos… even of people I don’t know…? Nope. That’s still freaking weird. But that’s something I can live with, because flipping through images of people on the loveliest, happiest day of their lives is just that – lovely and happy! There are a few wedding photographers I especially admire who always capture beautiful moments. Reading through their blog posts is one of my favorite procrastination and time-waisting tools.

14. baseball caps and pony tails

This all-American, timeless combination is one of my absolute favorites to wear. Not to mention, a great option for dirty hair days! It always manages to look so cute and sporty on the girls I see rocking it throughout the week. I always have my eyes peeled for a cute new one to add to my collection!

That wraps up my list of 14 random things I love, friends! It surprised me how much fun this was to put together, and like I mentioned above, I highly recommend doing it for yourself! You may be surprised at the little things you overlook every day that really do bring a bit of joy into your life.

Go off and have the best Valentines Day ever! You know you have a not-so-secret admirer in me!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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