16 things i have packed for italy

Eek! Today is the day! At precisely 10am, my family and I are headed off to the airport for two weeks in Italy. I can’t believe it’s here!

Eek! Today is the day! At precisely 10am, my family and I are headed off to the airport for two weeks in Italy. I can’t believe it’s here!

I was up all night packing (I seem to do best under pressure… legit didn’t sleep a wink) anf thought it would be fun to share a few of the “non-outfit” items I’m packing for my trip! I’ll explain each below, but first, click on this collage to shop an item!

  1. Fresh Lip Balm // I talked about this chapstick in my beauty routine post, but I love this stuff. It’s heinously expensive for chapstick, but exactly what I crave when I need moisture!
  2. Superga Sneakers // I knew I’d bring along my tried and true favorite sandals in the world, but also wanted a pair of cute sneakers to switch things up! I landed on these Superga sneakers. They have the cutest platform that gives me a little extra height!
  3. Drybar Dry Shampoo // Hair longevity is the name of the game when it comes to travel, in my book. The longer I can go without having to wash it, the more time I have for everything else! I swear by this Drybar Dry Shampoo… the best I’ve ever used!
  4. Sony A5000 Camera // I love taking photos on trips, but hate lugging around my big DSLR. That’s why this smaller Sony camera that I originally bought for filming YouTube videos has become my travel go-to!
  5. Bose Headphones // I have had a pair of over-ear, noise canceling Bluetooth headphones on my wishlist for over a year, and decided this long plane ride ahead was the perfect excuse to bite the bullet. After lots of research, I purchased these Bose headphones. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
  6. Sunglasses // This is the pair of sunglasses I’m bringing to Italy. The shape flatters every face shape and manages to look cool and stylish without being too crazy.
  7. Outdoor Voices Tennis Skirt // Outdoor Voices is one of my very favorite activewear lines of mine. I bought this tennis skirt especially for long walking days in Italy. Y’all, it’s so comfortable! Wearing a size Small for reference.
  8. Jewelry Travel Organizer // I swear by this thing y’all. I’ve used it for over a year, and don’t know what I’d do without it!
  9. SPF Setting Spray // This 50 SPF is what I use to quickly spray all over my face before heading out the door! The sun protection is a must for walking around all day.
  10. Affordable Hoop Earrings // These gold hoops are my favorite pair of affordable hoops on the market. These earrings come in a set of two – I wear the larger set most often!
  11. Seamless Underwear // I ran to the mall today to pick up 6 pairs of these no-show underwear. They are so comfortable and don’t show any lines!
  12. Ostrich Pillow // I’ve heard great things about this funky looking pillow, and finally decided to try it out this trip. Crossing my fingers it lives up to the hype!
  13. Sun Hat // I love a big, elegant, not-too-floppy sunhat, and was so happy to find this one for my trip. It’s under $50 and has a beautiful gold shimmer!
  14. Carry On Bag // For my carry on purse, I always bring my St. Anne. tote. It fits my laptop, planner, books and multiple other items beautifully!
  15. Heel Protectors // I purchased these heel inserts for my superga shoes. They’re a lifesaver for anything that rubs your heels!
  16. The Name of the Wind // This fantasy novel (nerd alert, here!) is what I’m reading right now and will be taking along for this journey.

There ya have it, friends! I’ll be sharing all about this trip on Instagram, so make sure you’ve downloaded the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and are following me there to shop my outfit details!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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hot pink matching set

Today, I wanted to share one of my very favorites from the collection, this hot pink matching set. As I’ve mentioned, I set out to find matching sets that were actually wearable (aka didn’t have “bra tops”) and was too excited when I found this one! The color, the ruffle detailing, the fit?! All perfection.

TOP   summer dreams fuschia top (wearing size small)   //   SKORT   summer dreams fuschia skort (wearing size small)   //   CLUTCH   the cabo clutch (under $50)   //   SHOES   ankle strap wedges

Last Thursday was a dream… I launched my exclusive collection with The Impeccable Pig and got to spend the evening celebrating with so many of you! It absolutely blew me away to hear how much you all enjoyed the collection… I simply can’t wait until your orders start arriving so I can see the pieces on YOU! (Be sure to tag me and use the hashtag #impeccablelonestar)

Today, I wanted to share one of my very favorites from the collection, this hot pink matching set. As I’ve mentioned, I set out to find matching sets that were actually wearable (aka didn’t have “bra tops”) and was too excited when I found this one! The color, the ruffle detailing, the fit?! All perfection.

As with any matching set, I love that this one can be used for so many different looks. To show you what I mean, here are two different ways I styled the top and bottoms of this set:

This top looks adorable with anything high waisted… especially these red gingham shorts (wearing size small) from the Impeccable Pig X Lonestar Southern collection!

For a different look, try tucking a blousier top into the skorts. This navy gingham top (wearing size XS) looks too cute with them!

After an amazing weekend in San Antonio celebrating Andrew’s graduation from medical school, I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off getting prepared and packed for ITALY tomorrow! I’m headed there for two weeks with my family, and can’t wait to bring y’all along! In the meantime, don’t forget to shop my Impeccable Pig collection here! (And shipping is free for orders over $40!)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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kendra scott summer collection // my 5 faves

Last month I shared my five favorite pieces from the Kendra Scott, and I’m thrilled to do the same today with the summer collection! Y’all, take it from me… you’re going to love it.

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Turquoise Statement Earrings   //   White Tassel Earrings   //   Gold Earrings   //   Turquoise Bracelet Set   //   Turquoise Ring

I’m a year-round statement earring wearer, but can we all agree that there’s something especially fun about accessorizing during the summer? From summer vacations to happy hours outdoors to wedding festivities and so much more, there are endless opportunities for stand-out silhouettes and lots of color!

In my opinion, no one does summer accessorizing than Kendra Scott, a brand I’ve loved and worn since college. It’s no secret that I love bringing bold pops of color into my ensembles, and Kendra Scott makes that oh-so-easy!

Last month I shared my five favorite pieces from the Kendra Scott, and I’m thrilled to do the same today with the summer collection! Y’all, take it from me… you’re going to love it.

If you’ve followed along for a while, you know that my favorite shade to accessorize with is turquoise. Maybe it’s the Texas girl in me, but there’s no combination I love more than a lovely outfit accented with blue!

That’s why I couldn’t stop myself from saying “yes!” to the Cristina Statement Earrings in Aqua Howlite. I love how the Kendra Scott team took the classic Danielle (my go-to in college, as seen at the bottom of this post) shape and added to it with tons of gorgeous tassels! It’s the perfect earring for any sort of fiesta.

I loved this shade of blue so much that I decided it was a must-have in the Megan Cocktail Ring and Julie Gold Stretch Bracelets as well. We can’t let the ears have all the fun… these two pieces bring color to an entire look!

And if you’re looking for something a bit more neutral without sacrificing on the wow-factor, you’re going to love the Denise Statement Earrings and a modern take on the classic hoop, the Lindsey Drop Earrings.

Fun fact about the Denise Statement Earrings… the tassels are removable! That means you can wear all three, remove one tassel for a mid-length look or simply wear one tassel for a smaller statement! I love that this one earring gives you three different, equally-fun looks. You’ll find me wearing the Denise with two tassels at my sister’s graduation below!

If you’re subscribed to my email newsletter “Happy Mail,” you heard that I’m leaving for Italy (!!!) this Wednesday! You can bet I’m bringing these beauties along.

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Kendra Scott, for sponsoring this post.

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3 affordable wedding looks

In high school and college, I remember being on the hunt for formal dresses year-round. Whether it was for homecoming, a graduation party or a date function, my eyes were always peeled for something I could dance all night in! But now that I’ve graduated from both seasons, I’ve found that same search…

In high school and college, I remember being on the hunt for formal dresses year-round. Whether it was for homecoming, a graduation party or a date function, my eyes were always peeled for something I could dance all night in!

But now that I’ve graduated from both seasons, I’ve found that same search is always in the back of my mind… except now, it’s for wedding guest dresses!

I’ve heard from many of you who are in the same boat. Can we all agree that finding something affordable, gorgeous and unique (that not every other girl will be wearing) is quite the challenge? So today, I thought it would be fun to share three wedding looks with Nasty Gal.

Look 1

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DRESS   layered cocktail dress (wearing size US 2)   |   SHOES   black heels   |   CLUTCH   sequin star clutch   |   EARRINGS   black tassel earrings (similar here)

Look 2

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DRESS   deep red lace dress (wearing size US 2)  |   SHOES   gold glitter heels   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings

Look 3

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DRESS   red pleat dress (wearing size US 2)  |   EARRINGS   red statement earrings   |   SHOES   gold glitter heels

The first thing I look at on any wedding invitation is the dress code, so I wanted to make sure that the three looks above covered everything on the dress code spectrum, from “cocktail” to “black tie.” That little line on any invitation plays the biggest factor into what I’ll choose to wear!

Look 1 is perfect for a cocktail affair with chic black accessories and this modern dress, which is just $30! I added a bit of glamour with this fun clutch to make everything feel a bit more festive!

What I love about look 2 is it’s versatility. This ensemble works for both a more casual cocktail affair and a more formal black tie evening as well! Plus, the gorgeous color of this dress (just $34!) works year-round.

Finally, who doesn’t love a black tie look? I love any excuse to dress up, but finding an affordable floor-length gown can be a challenge. This red beauty ($54) strikes just the right note between formal and festive, and paired with some knockout red earrings is fit for any dressy affair!

I pulled all of these looks from the Nasty Gal occasion wear collection, where you’ll find dresses, accessories and everything else you can need for any wedding on your calendar this summer. Not only are there lots of great options, there are so many affordable ones as well!

When I look at the list of weddings I have this summer it can make my head spin (buying ensembles for each can get so pricey!), which is why I so appreciate that the majority of pieces are under $100. You can shop the whole assortment all here, and more casual options that are still budget-friendly here!

Now I’m dying to know… which look is your favorite? Comment below and let me know!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Nasty Gal, for sponsoring this post.

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the impeccable pig X lonestar southern collection is LIVE

Y’all, I’m pinching myself! It’s here, it’s here! My collection with a boutique I’ve loved and shopped at since middle school, The Impeccable Pig, is HERE!   click here to shop the collection   If you’ve been following along via my Instagram Stories, you heard last night that this is a collection…

Y’all, I’m pinching myself! It’s here, it’s here! My collection with a boutique I’ve loved and shopped at since middle school, The Impeccable Pig, is HERE!

 

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If you’ve been following along via my Instagram Stories, you heard last night that this is a collection I curated last fall. I had the incredible opportunity of visiting Dallas Market with the Impeccable Pig team and handpicking each piece you’ll find in the collection! See a few of my favorites below, and keep reading for more details…

SUMMER DREAMS FUSCHIA TOP   //   SUMMER DREAMS FUSCHIA SKORT   //   CABO CLUTCH

CORAL OMBRE TASSEL EARRINGS   //   SEASIDE ESCAPE TOP

LOVE LETTER LACE DRESS   //   KATE TASSEL HOOP EARRINGS

JOSEPHINE DENIM SHORTS (wearing size small)   //   SWOON WORTHY TOP   //   TANTALIZING TASSEL EARRINGS

SOUTHERN CHARM TOP   //   KATE TASSEL HOOP EARRINGS

DANCING AT MIDNIGHT EMBROIDERED DRESS   //   HYDRANGEA OMBRE TASSEL EARRINGS

SUNSHINE AND SUNDAES TOP   //   KATE TASSEL HOOP EARRINGS

When I set out to create this collection, I knew I wanted bright, feminine, fun pieces that could take a girl through everything on her calendar throughout the crazy months of summer. So, think matching sets (that aren’t bra tops!), easy dresses and summer shorts that aren’t tight! (Praise! You’re going to love these scalloped denim shorts.)

Plus, everything in the collection is under $100! Hip hip hooray!

I’ve received a few questions about the collection, so take a look below if there’s something you’re wondering about:

Where can I shop the collection?

While you’ll find a few pieces exclusively at the Snider Plaza, Dallas location, the entire collection is available on The Impeccable Pig website!

Will it ship internationally?

You bet! Although shipping may be more expensive.

What is the size range?

The pieces are available in sizes S, M and L.

If you’re in the Dallas area, come shop and celebrate the collection with me tonight! Here are all the details:

It is a dream come true to see this collaboration come to life. I hope you love it as much as I do! Crossing my fingers I get to see YOU tonight at the launch party. Happy shopping, friends!

Love from Texas,

Kate

floral dress under $100

In my experience, spring and dresses have always gone hand in hand. Whether it’s for a graduation party, a bridal brunch or any other number of events, something always seems to call for a ladylike look during these warmer months.

DRESS   floral ruffle dress   |   BAG   YSL clutch   |   SHOES  nude strappy block heels   |   EARRINGS   pink jewel tassel earrings  (comes in 31 other colors!)

In my experience, spring and dresses have always gone hand in hand. Whether it’s for a graduation party, a bridal brunch or any other number of events, something always seems to call for a ladylike look during these warmer months.

I get lots of requests for recommendations on what to wear to these different events, and so am always on the lookout for pieces I think will not only suit whatever occasion you’re shopping for, but make you the bell of the ball!

That’s why I’m so excited to share this floral ruffle dress with you today. Have you ever seen anything so lovely and “spring” in your life?!

From the ruffle detailing to the whimsical floral print, it’s feminine through and through. Throw on with a pair of sandals or heels and some pastel statement earrings, and you’re set. At under $100, this beauty is a keeper!

Don’t delay, because this dress is currently in stock in all sizes from XS-XXL. For those asking, I’m 5’2″ and in an XS!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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