the $28 spring skirt i’m obsessed with

Last week, I posted this Instagram. So many of you asked about the little white skirt I had on… and so today, I’m excited to share all of the details!

TOP ribbed 3/4 sleeve top | SKIRT pleated white mini skirt | SHOES stuart weitzman heels | EARRINGS kendra scott pepper hoop earrings | BRACELET STACK one, two, three | CLUTCH ysl clutch (sold out, similar linked)

Last week, I posted this Instagram. So many of you asked about the little white skirt I had on… and so today, I’m excited to share all of the details!

I’m a big Forever21 shopper, y’all. Online, that is. And during one of my weekly browsings, I came across this $28 white skirt. I ordered it immediately, thinking there was no way it would be as cute in person, but boy was I pleasantly surprised!

The price tag is great, the fit is ultra-flattering, and the entire look? So fun! Whether you’re a bride-to-be or are simply looking for an adorable skirt to wear this spring and summer, look no further.

Pair with a white top, like I did above, switch things up with a colorful blouse for a vibrant look, or style with black for a chick two-toned ensemble. So many options with a piece so versatile!

Usually, pieces this cute and at this price point don’t last long, but I’m thrilled to say that it’s still in stock in all sizes! (I’m wearing a S and found it to be a perfect fit.) So don’t delay and snatch it up here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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i’m a loyallist // the shopping hack I’m loving

Today. I’m excited to be partnering with Bloomgindale’s to share more about why I’ve loved this easy, free, completely fabulous shopping hack, and how it’s been so wonderful during all of this wedding shopping!

DRESS purple two toned dress | SHOES white platform heels | EARRINGS scalloped hoop earrings | BAG straw tote

If there’s one thing I’ve become increasingly grateful for over the course of these past few years, it’s the rise of online shopping. Can I get an amen? It allows me to shop stores I wouldn’t otherwise have access to, expands my options tenfold, is ultra-convenient in a pinch, and has resulted in some amazing loyalty programs from favorite retailers.

I know these can be a hit or miss, but one I have truly been loving is the Bloomingdale’s Loyallist Rewards Program. Today. I’m excited to be partnering with Bloomgindale’s to share more about why I’ve loved this easy, free, completely fabulous shopping hack, and how it’s been so wonderful during all of this wedding shopping!

I signed up a few months ago, and have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly my points have racked up, y’all. I currently have a rewards card sitting in my account for $125! I’m so excited to splurge on something for my honeymoon with it… this matching set? This pink bikini? This adorable romper?

I think a lot of it has to do with the Bloomingdale’s-exclusive line I’m obsessed with… AQUA. I have found so many adorable, trendy pieces, and most are under $100! There have been tons of cute white dress options as well, which you know I’ve loved.

In fact, everything I’m wearing above I got from Bloomgindale’s, including the fun shoes I wore all weekend and the dress I wore to Friday’s SXSW event… and since I’m a Loyallist, I received free shipping and tons of points towards my next rewards card.

Let’s lay out all the good stuff, shall we? Take a look at this list of happy that Bloomingdale’s Loyallists have access to:

  • One point for every dollar you spend on bloomingdales.com, in stores and outlets
  • Two points for every dollar you spend on all shoes (like this pair I’m wearing in this post!) cosmetics and fragrances on bloomingdales.com and in stores
  • Free shipping and returns, no minimum purchase required
  • Double, Triple and Power Points during exclusive events (like the one going on now!)

And best yet, you can sign up quickly, easily, and totally for free here. I mean it when I say I have genuinely loved this program. It’s not uncommon to see a cute purple package show up on my door these days!

Whether you’re on the hunt for a prom dress, a rehearsal dinner gown, some new summer sandals or a fresh addition to your skincare routine, shopping gets a little bit sweeter when you’re a Bloomingdale’s Loyallist. Sign up here to join in on the fun! And check out a few of the spring pieces from Bloomingdale’s that I’m crushing on below:

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Wishing you a fabulous start to your week! Let’s make it a great one!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Bloomingdale’s, for sponsoring this post.

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latest & greatest no. 79

Happy Friday from aboard a bus, y’all! It’s 7:15am as I’m writing this, and I’m currently in route to Austin, Texas for this event! I hope I get to see some of you ATX ladies today… it’s going to be SO fun. (Let me know if you’re coming!)

Happy Friday from aboard a bus, y’all! It’s 7:15am as I’m writing this, and I’m currently in route to Austin, Texas for this event! I hope I get to see some of you ATX ladies today… it’s going to be SO fun. (Let me know if you’re coming!)

Let me tell you… the Vonlane bus is the way to travel. Have you ever heard of it? It’s basically like a first class seat on a plane, but way cheaper and far more convenient. If only they had had this when I was in school at UT!

It’s going to be a busy day, because right after the event, I’m headed to the Austin airport to fly to Little Rock, Arkansas. My cousin is getting married, and I’m so excited to see the whole fam!

I couldn’t close out the week, though, without rounding up the cutest new arrivals from the web this week. Take a look at them all below, and don’t forget to click directly on an image to shop!

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How about that gorgeous pink maxi?! Do we think I should pull the trigger and pack it up for my honeymoon? I think with these tassel slides, it’s a match made in heaven And don’t get me started on this phone case… if I could make my entire life otomi print, I would!

And speaking of new… there’s one recent release that deserves it’s own show! Y’all… the Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn collection is LIVE and it. is. to. die. for. Do we think Andrew will let me decorate our entire house in it? Flamingos can be manly… right?

Wishing you lots of sunny, spring weather this weekend! Can’t wait to see y’all back around here next week!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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off to austin with kendra scott

Tomorrow, I’m actually hitting the road to Austin to speak on a fun panel the Kendra Scott team is putting on! I would absolutely LOVE to see you there, so be sure to click here and RSVP for the event! Just like jewelry, seeing y’all in person is always better than online, so I’m excited to get to hug some of y’alls necks!

DRESS pink off the shoulder maxi // BAG straw crossbody // SHOES white platform heels // EARRINGS white kendra scott earrings // BRACELET STACK one, two, three

Yesterday morning, I woke up to yet another torrential downpour. We’ve been having the dreariest weather lately here in Dallas! But something happened at noon, y’all… it’s like spring finally broke through! The sun came out, the sky turned blue, and the day transformed into a balmy seventy-five degrees. In my mind, it signified the start to spring!

There are so many things I love about the spring, but this year, it’s especially meaningful. Between wedding showers and final preparations, my birthday, and packing up for the move to Florida, a season already filled with new beginnings and fresh starts feels even more transformative!

Another element of this season I’m so excited about? Getting the chance to work with one of my very favorite brands, Kendra Scott! *Que the cheers!*

Y’all know I’ve been a Kendra Scott fan since way early on (see me in my first ever pair of Kendra Scott earrings at the end of this post) and over the years I’ve come to find that y’all are as well! That’s why I’m absolutely thrilled to share a discount code the Kendra Scott has set up for y’all:

CODE: Lonestar

DETAILS: 20% off your purchase of $100+ through May 31st

While I love accessorizing year-round, there’s something about statement pieces in the spring and summer months that really gets me excited. These Camila Gold Drop Earrings are the perfect place to start as we phase out of winter and move into warm weather. Elegant, eye-catching and versatile, I’m finding myself throwing them on with just about everything!

I’m also up-ing my bracelet game with this sweet little stack: the Mavis, the Millie and the Lilo. I love how the pretty gold and ivory tones all look stacked on top of one another, don’t you?

Tomorrow, I’m actually hitting the road to Austin to speak on a fun panel the Kendra Scott team is putting on! I would absolutely LOVE to see you there, so be sure to click here and RSVP for the event! Just like jewelry, seeing y’all in person is always better than online, so I’m excited to get to hug some of y’alls necks!

Can’t wait to bring even more fun Kendra Scott content your way this season. Let me know what pieces you’re currently loving!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I’m still obsessed with these two Kendra Scott looks from last year! If you had to decide, would you rock the flirty aqua ensemble or the red flare pants?!

Thank you, Kendra Scott, for sponsoring this post!

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wedding wednesday no. 19 // white rehearsal dinner & bridesmaid luncheon dresses

Hello, friends, and happy Wednesday! Around here, you know what that means… it’s time for a new Wedding Wednesday post! (If you are new to the series, check out all of the fun here!) Y’alls excitement and kind words around my bachelorette party announcement this Monday has put a perpetual…

Hello, friends, and happy Wednesday! Around here, you know what that means… it’s time for a new Wedding Wednesday post! (If you are new to the series, check out all of the fun here!)

Y’alls excitement and kind words around my bachelorette party announcement this Monday has put a perpetual smile on my face this week. I can’t believe it’s less than three weeks away!

While you can bet I’ll be wearing lots of Lilly Pulitzer (duh!), realizing the weekend was so close made me realize how much wedding shopping I still have left to do!

The dress is picked out and ordered (eek!) and I have plenty already packed for the honeymoon (so weird that I’ve already been doing that, but I can’t help it!) but when it comes to my bridesmaid luncheon, rehearsal dinner and engagement parties… I’ve got nothing! Needless to say, it’s time. to. get. moving.

So today, I thought I’d take you along on my recent white-dress witch hunt. At least that’s what it feels like! :) You’ll find my current 5 favorites for the bridesmaid and rehearsal dinner, along with a ton of other amazing options below!

If you have any white dress recommendations, I’d absolutely love, love, love to see them!

 

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rehearsal dinner

 

 

other white favorites

 

Did you spot anything you absolutey loved?! I don’t know about y’all, but I am head over heels for this gorgeous frock. It’s definitely more than I was planning on spending for my bridesmaid luncheon… but it’s calling my name!

If you’re looking for even more white dress inspiration, check out this page. I’ve got you covered!

So excited to see y’all tomorrow for a new outfit post! If you’re a fan of Kendra Scott and discount codes… you’re going to love it!

Love from Texas,

Kate

my bachelorette party + meet my bridesmaids

I know it’s not Wednesday yet, but I couldn’t wait one more day to share the exciting news. Today, I’m giddy to finally fill you in on my bachelorette party plans, and to introduce you to all of my bridesmaids!

I know it’s not Wednesday yet, but I couldn’t wait one more day to share the exciting news. Today, I’m giddy to finally fill you in on my bachelorette party plans, and to introduce you to all of my bridesmaids!

If you’re enjoying your morning cup of coffee while reading this, I’m going to suggest you put it down. This bachelorette party isn’t just any bachelorette party, y’all, and it’s taken literally everything in me to keep things hush hush until now. Let’s just say it has something EXTRA special involved.

The reservations are booked, the envelopes are stuffed, and today I’m sending out my bachelorette party invitations and inviting YOU to take a peek at what we have planned! Curious? Check out the photos below for all of the fun. (And to see what all this fuss is about!)

DRESS lillypulitzerliz dress | EARRINGS gold hoops (sold out, similar linked) | SHOES nude wedges

Yes, you read that right!

Watercolor, Florida. Lilly Pulitzer. 12 of my best friends.

Will someone pinch me?

For those of you who have been following along for a while, you know that I’m a Lilly girl through and through.

To this day I vividly remember the strawberry-print shift I wore through recruitment at the University of Texas. And when the Lilly Pulitzer store in Charlotte, North Carolina invited me to stop in and try on a few of their new arrivals a year into blogging, I couldn’t believe it! Needless to say, traveling to Palm Beach with the Lilly Pulitzer team two springs ago to help debut their new Spring Break Sunseekers line was a once-in-a-lifetime whirlwind I will never, ever forget.

The privilege of getting to know and work with a brand I loved long before my blogging days has truly been a dream come true.

So when I started thinking about my bachelorette party a few months back, I landed on two ideas. One, that it take place in my favorite spot in the world, Seaside, Florida. Two, that there be a strong Lilly Pulitzer feel to the whole extravaganza… tons of color, endless sunshine, and lots of fun!

In my “dream world scenario,” one night my bridesmaids and I would all wear Lilly Pulitzer to dinner. Never could I have ever imagined that the Lilly Pulitzer team would actually want to throw my bachelorette party!!!

But somehow, it’s true! And for the last few months, the Lilly team and I have been dreaming up, planning and putting together the most unbelievable bachelorette party weekend.

Now that invitations (how amazing is the custom design the Lilly team whipped up?!) are printed, addressed and on their way, I am actually letting myself believe this is all real… not just something I dreamed up out of wedding-planning- induced delirium!

It’s. Happening.

In officially three weeks, my girls and I are headed to Watercolor, Florida (the nearly identical next-door neighbor of Seaside) for a weekend of Lilly Pulitzer-approved fun in the sun with Sanders Beach Rentals! The house, y’all… more like mansion! I absolutely cannot wait for y’all to see it. The itinerary above gives you a glimpse at what we’ll be up to, and of course, we’ll be documenting all of the fun and sharing with you!

And what makes this a million times better than any fun blog-related trip I’ve had the opportunity to go on is that it involves all of my favorite people! Y’all have been asking for the details on my bridesmaids, so let me introduce you to this “I do crew.”

Steele

All hail the maid of honor! Odds are you’ve seen my sister Steele around here from time to time. She’s three years younger, infinitely funnier, and the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen. She’s also my very best friend, and has been since, well, she was born! While we are pretty much the opposite in every single way, eighteen years of being each other’s number one has resulted in too many stories and inside jokes to count. I am so excited to have her standing beside me on the big day… although I’m equally nervous she has some prank up her sleeve!

(Kidding. Kinda.)

Kelly

If you’ve ever seen Kelly in real life, you know why I call her my “barbie doll.” This blonde bombshell has been one of my very best friends since high school! How it all began? I Facebook messaged her before our junior year to ask about the musical auditions. Thank goodness she didn’t write me off as a creep! We ended up driving to school together every day (after grabbing chicken minis at Chick Fil A, which is still one of our favorite traditions), going to the University of Texas together, and are now both engaged to the loves of our lives! Her fiance popped the question just a few weeks ago!

Camille

I have the one and only Camille to thank for introducing me to Gossip Girl, making sure I had a burned CD for every high school scenario possible, and somehow making crew regattas during our freshman year of high school the most fun. things. ever. (If you were to ask us why we joined the golf team, we would assure you it had nothing to do with the lack of running involved.) Transferring to different high schools, choosing different colleges and landing in different cities after graduation has made us long-distance for far too long, but she is still one of my favorites in the world!

Julie

While Julie and I graduated in the same high school class, we didn’t really become friends until pledging Kappa Kappa Gamma together our freshman year. It wasn’t long until our mutual love for dramatic sing-alongs to Taylor Swift, eating Kraft Mac N’ Cheese on the floor of my freshman year dorm and bing watching low-budget TV series made us fast friends. After graduating, we both moved back to Dallas where I watched Julie meet, date and marry her now husband Tim. As fate would have it, Tim had a cute best friend from Baylor they wanted to introduce me to… and now Julie will be standing by me as I marry him!

Sally

Sally, or “Sal Pal” as I call her, and I grew up going to the same church, playing on the same soccer team, and staring in the same Christmas nativities for years before becoming friends our junior year of high school! Some of my favorite memories of high school involve the LOST watching parties she would throw and the countless nights we’d spend driving around finding random things to do (like sneaking to the top of the waterfall billboard) with our group of friends. Fun fact… she and the Cinderella in Disneyland had a lot in “common” while she lived in Los Angeles. ;) I think that means I can officially say royalty is attending my wedding, no?!

Amanda

Sometimes I think Amanda and I are twins separated at birth. We constantly make ourselves laugh at how crazily identical our personalities are! I am forever grateful I mustered up the courage to ask to be in a group project together our junior year of college… we clicked instantly and have been best friends ever since! A couple of fun facts about Amanda? She was in the same class that I started Lonestar Southern in (she created an Austin bucket list blog for her assignment!) and she’s getting married just a few weeks before me! It’s so surreal to be in this season at the same time!

Carole Anne

Some of you may remember Carole Anne all the way back from my senior year of college! She was my roomie in the KKG house, in our shoebox of a room I wrote a post about. We have gone through so much together, from college graduation to breakups to job hunts to moves, and the list goes on. We’ve both lived in Dallas ever since graduating but love nothing more than to get out of the city for a ranch weekend! When we’re in Dallas, I love nothing more than evenings at her house with a glass of wine, a bowl of Blue Bell ice cream and her English golden retriever, Harper!

Caroline

I didn’t just luck into the world’s most handsome fiancé when I said yes to Andrew, I got another sister out of the deal, too! (And brother, while we’re at it, but this is just about GIRLS if you’re reading this, John Bradley!) Caroline just graduated from Baylor and is now interning at Disneyworld… and is therefore much cooler than I will ever be. Andrew and I are so excited that she’ll only be a couple of hours away when we move to Gainesville! (And I’m so excited to make my first ever trip to Disney when she’s there!)

Virginia

You know what I hate? That it took me 23 years to become friends with Virginia! Our dads were actually roommates at the University of Texas, so I grew up knowing her name, but not actually knowing her. It wasn’t until I graduated from UT and moved back to Dallas that we finally got together for coffee and the rest is history! Virginia truly changed my life by introducing me to the incredible work that Starfish Project does, inviting me to Asia with her, and modeling what it looks like to be a faithful friend and live out our faith in a daily, real way. Can you tell I adore her?!

Molly

Molly and I like to joke that if she were to have a blog, it would be the antithesis of Lonestar Southern… she is all things minimalistic, chic, modern and monotone. Ha! :) I have known this precious one since the third grade, but it wasn’t until high school that we truly opened up to one another and, in doing so, became bests! She is one of the strongest women I know. and also one of the most hilarious. The stories we have! It was just last summer that I stood by her as she married her forever, and so I’m so excited for her to stand with me a year later!

Olivia

Olivia (or Livy as I like to call her) and I sealed our fate senior year of high school when we spontaneously decided to be roommates at the University of Texas *if* we both got in. I’ll never forget running to find her in the hallway after we were both accepted! We ended up living together both our freshman and sophomore year. I am endlessly thankful we had each other to go through the highs and lows of that all with! It feels so surreal that we’ll both be married this summer since we used to talk daydream about future spouses and weddings all the time.

Courtney

I had no idea the blessing that was in store for me when I pref’d Courtney as my big during my freshman year at UT! I hardly knew her, but it turned out to be a match made in heaven. College wouldn’t have been the same without her! I had the joy of watching her and her now-husband date all through college, get engaged and then get married the summer after they graduated. (And I got to be her maid of honor!) She has been the best example to me of a true friend, a loving wife, and a girl who never backs down from a fun adventure!

There you have it, friends! It feels blasphemous to trim down all I could say about these beauties into one small paragraph, but hopefully this gives you a feel for these ladies and the huge role each of them has had in my life!

I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with them in just a few weeks as we take on Watercolor, Florida with the Lilly Pulitzer team! Is it weird that I already feel sad about the weekend having to end? Can we just relocate indefinitely?!

Lilly Pulitzer currently has TONS of gorgeous white options for all of you fellow bride-to-be ladies. Here are a few of my favorites! Which do you think I should bring along?!

As always, thank you so much for your interest and investment in this fun season of my life. Getting to share news like this with y’all is the greatest joy! I absolutely cannot wait to bring y’all along with us here in just a few weeks. In the meantime, I’d love all of your Watercolor and/or bachelorette recommendations below!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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