latest & greatest vol. 63

I am so excited about today’s finds, because there are so many amazing new transitional pieces online! I’m loving everything neutral accented with pops of cheetah and of course, pink! Click on the images below to shop…

Between the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and personal life craziness, it has been a hot second since my last roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web! Oh, the tragedy. ;)

I am so excited about today’s finds, because there are so many amazing new transitional pieces online! I’m loving everything neutral accented with pops of cheetah and of course, pink! Click on the images below to shop…

And did you catch the new YouTube video I posted this morning?! It felt so amazing to get back into filming, and I’m hoping to do more videos in the coming weeks! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel HERE. My next goal is to hit 20,000 YouTube subscribers… we’re getting there, y’all!

P.S. There were so many cute finds this week, that I couldn’t fit them all in the collage above! Even thought it’s a bit much for a simple white t-shirt, I love the classic, perfect fit of this piece. I wear white tees and riding boots all the time in fall, so I’m thinking it might be worth it! I’m also drooling over these scalloped tortoiseshell hoops (omg, yes) and this feminine ruffled blouse. And as if I don’t have enough cheetah print in this post, check out this adorable bag!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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new video // how to get out of a funk

Oh, it feels so good to type out this post! Friends, I found myself in quite the funk on Wednesday, and it inspired a new video! I can’t tell you how refreshing and fun it was to get back into filming. Take a look below and be sure to subscribe HERE so you never miss an upload!

Oh, it feels so good to type out this post! Friends, I found myself in quite the funk on Wednesday, and it inspired a new video! I can’t tell you how refreshing and fun it was to get back into filming. Take a look below and be sure to subscribe HERE so you never miss an upload!

I know funks are something we all find ourselves in from time to time. While these tips help me personally,  I’d love to hear how you deal when you find yourself in one, too!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my new favorite movie spot // cinépolis

I feel like I shouldn’t start off saying “movie theater,” because that’s certainly not what I first thought when walking into the new Cinépolis space. For starters, it feels more like a luxurious downtown bar, and the pictures above don’t even capture the extent of it!

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SWEATER   gibson convertible sweater (you can snap the ends together and loop over your head)   |   JEANS   vineyard vines jeans   |   SHIRT   white tee   |   SHOES   adidas pink kicks   |   BAG   barrington tote   |   EARRINGS   hoop earrings

One of my favorite things about living in Dallas is that the city seems to be booming! Everywhere you look, it feels as if a new, beautiful restaurant has opened or retail space has been created. The Dallas I knew in high school is completely different from the Dallas I know now, and there’s nothing I love more than exploring the new parts of my city!

One of those areas in particular? Victory Park! I typically don’t venture into downtown Dallas that much, but with the new development happening near the American Airlines Center, I’ve been finding more and more reasons to frequent the area. Exhibit A? The gorgeous new Cinépolis movie theater!

Let’s just say this is a luxury experience of every kind. My sister and I visited yesterday for a Mamma Mia! date, and I’m so excited to share about the experience in partnership with Cinépolis today.

I feel like I shouldn’t start off saying “movie theater,” because that’s certainly not what I first thought when walking into this gorgeous space. For starters, it feels more like a luxurious downtown bar, and the pictures above don’t even capture the extent of it!

When you walk in, you’re immediately greeted with gorgeously high ceilings and huge windows that offer an incredible view of the American Airlines Center and the W Hotel. There’s a full-service bar and lots of great seating, making it the perfect spot to grab a cocktail with friends or a hot date before a show.

Next up, the actual theater experience! Y’all… the theater my sister and I stepped into was, and I mean this, stunning. Gorgeous leather chairs that recline all the way, elegant lighting and the tons of room that separate each row create such a special ambiance that’s worth every penny!

The dining options are expansive, and Steele and I really can’t wait to try everything on the menu! Each seat has a button to call a waiter who will take your order in the theater. I went with the pepperoni flatbread, and she had a yummy torta. We even indulged in a milkshake and caramel popcorn because.. why not?!

It’s safe to say that after visiting the new Cinépolis theater, it’s going to be hard to get me into any other. The experience is nothing short of glam, and if you’re looking for something fun and different to do this weekend… I think you know exactly where to head!

Also, keep in mind that Cinépolis offers “magic hours,” which are great for catching a show after work! “Magic hour” tickets are offered for $10 Mon-Thurs from 3:30-5:30 at select shows.

I’ll be giving away tickets to the new Cinépolis today on Instagram, so stay tuned! Already looking forward to heading back and bring along a group of friends with!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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what i wore this weekend // my best friend’s wedding

Today, I thought I’d share an even more fun update with y’all… a “What I Wore This Weekend” to my best friend’s wedding! Julie and I have known each other since high school but became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas. We have so many fun memories from college and post-grad together, but y’all… this weekend was by far and away the best yet!

A few weeks back (my, how summer flies) I tried out a different sort of post with y’all… “What I Wore This Weekend // Wedding Guest” filled with personal photos and memories from a fun weekend I spent in San Antonio. As it turns out, the feedback y’all so graciously gave me clued me into something fun… y’all love personal life posts!

You know what’s fun about that? They just so happen to be the posts I most enjoy writing! So today, I thought I’d share an even more fun one with y’all… a “What I Wore This Weekend” to my best friend’s wedding!

Julie and I have known each other since high school, but became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas. We have so many fun memories from college and post-grad together, but y’all… this weekend was by far and away the best yet!

Let’s just say, the wedding was spectacular. Every detail was stunning, thoughtfully-planned and perfectly befitting of her and her now-husband, Tim! Andrew was a groomsman, I was a bridesmaid, and the weekend was one I’ll never forget. Here are a few of my favorite photos from it all!

 

Rehearsal Dinner

DRESS   black bow cocktail dress (true to size, wearing 0)   |   EARRINGS   pearl drop earrings (old Kate Spade, similar linked)   |   HEELS   stuart weitzman nudist heels   |   BAG   chanel classic mini square flap bag

After rehearsing, everyone headed to the George W. Bush presidential center for the rehearsal dinner. It was absolutely stunning, and oh so fun to listen to the toasts from people who love Tim and Julie so much.

Funny story, at the rehearsal dinner of one of my other best friend’s (which also took place in this exact room) I completely forgot the third point of my speech and stood there stalling for 30 seconds. SO AWKWARD. Needless to say, I brought a cue card along with me this time! ;)

Let me just way, I wish I had a photo of Julie in her dress. It was white, fluttery perfection and we were all drooling over it!

I decided to splurge on this lovely black cocktail dress for the occasion. I have so many friends getting married in the coming months, and wanted a beautiful, timeless dress I could wear again and again. After taking this one for its inaugural spin, it’s safe to say it’s one of my favorite dresses in my closet! Definitely a “big girl” purchase I’ll be wearing for years.

The Day Of

HAIR & MAKEUP   maitee miles   |   DRESSES   alfred sung   |   EARRINGS  lauren huddleston carla earrings (a gift from the bride)   |   LIP COLOR   merry rose (my favorite lip color of all time! looks fresh and natural and glamorous on everyone)

Talk about the best girls day ever! Julie had her bridal party arrive around noon for hair and makeup. Julie had gifted us the softest, most adorable set of pajamas to wear together, which happened to go perfectly with her navy, white and blush color scheme. Even her two little flower girls had a pair… precious!

Maitee Miles did a fabulous job transforming everyone! It’s rare that I love an up-do and makeup application so much… I swear I showed her a photo of what I wanted for maybe three seconds, and she then made my vision a reality in 10 minutes!

But y’all should have seen the bride. She wore a gorgeous half-up hairstyle and was literally glowing. A vision in every way. (Tim, you’re so lucky!)

After getting dressed (we wore these dresses in navy, which I thought flattered everyone so well), seeing Julie come out in her gown and veil (cue the tears!) and taking a few photos at the country club, we loaded the bus for the church and the real fun began!

The Day Of

I really don’t think these photos even need words. Have you ever seen such an elegant bride?! If you know Julie… you can tell that this dress just totally captured her. Elegant, classic, breathtaking. My jaw dropped and stayed open when she first walked out!

The ceremony was absolutely stunning… I don’t think I’ll ever get over the feeling of having a front-row seat to watching your best friend marry the love of her life!

The ceremony started and was over in what felt like the blink of an eye. Do weddings feel this way for anyone else? The smiles on Julie and Tim’s faces when the pastor pronounced them “man and wife” were the biggest I’ve ever seen.

The Reception

First off… can we talk about the way Tim is looking at Julie in that fourth photo? Y’all.

Can you tell we had fun?! Julie and Tim’s reception at the Dallas Country Club was one for the books. They had a stunning seated dinner, the most incredible band I’ve ever seen (Emerald City Band) and above all, you could tell they were overjoyed to finally be married!

I also loved seeing so many high school and college friends in one room. It felt like a huge reunion in the very best way. I’m serious, we did not leave the dance floor once. That’s the sign of a good time, in my opinion!

Needless to say, I am tired this week! :) This weekend took it all out of me, ha! It was one of my highlights of 2018, and I’m so excited to get to share it with you today! Cheers to you, Tim and Julie! Love y’all so much!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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how to wear gingham in summer and fall

Since it’s still hot as Hades here in the South, I thought it would be fun to talk about pieces you can wear now that transition perfectly into autumn First up on my list? This soft, classic, absolutely adorable gingham blouse! (Teaser… it’s only $19!)

We’ve made it to another Monday, friends, and you know what that means… a new back-to-school look with Belk!

Since it’s still hot as Hades here in the South, I thought it would be fun to talk about pieces you can wear now that transition perfectly into autumn First up on my list? This soft, classic, absolutely adorable gingham blouse! (Teaser… it’s only $19!)

Take a look at how I’ve styled this one top for both summer and fall below. I’ll meet you at the end of the post with a few more thoughts on how to get the most out of your summer blouses!

Summer

TOP   bell sleeve gingham blouse   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans   |   TOTE   straw tote (similar linked)   |   EARRINGS   white statement earrings (similar linked)   |   SHOES   espadrille wedges (similar linked)

Fall

TOP   bell sleeve gingham blouse   |   JEANS   high rise dark wash jeans (similar linked)   |   TOTE   navy tote   |   EARRINGS   gold hoops (similar linked)   |   BRACELETS   gold bracelet set   |   BOOTS   leather riding boots (similar linked)

When you start out with a classic pattern like gingham, it’s really hard to go wrong no matter the season. Simply choose a versatile color and change up shoes and accessories to match the month you’re in! What makes this gingham blouse so special, in particular, is its perfect balance of comfort, versatility, and classic southern style at a price point (cough cough… $19) that is truly hard to beat.

Next thing to look for in a transitional piece? Comfort! This top is incredibly lightweight and oh-so-soft, making it perfectly comfortable paired with white jeans for these last few weeks of summer, and even more-so with riding boots for the mild fall months we see in the south.

This top has quickly become one of my favorites, and I’m already looking forward to all the use I’ll be getting out of it! It fits true to size (I’m in an XS) so do yourself a favor and go grab it here. You’ll also be excited to see that it comes in black gingham as well… both, please!

P.S. Here’s a look at two more looks from Belk that are great for transitioning into fall. I’ll be posting them to Instagram later this week!

TOP   |   JEANS   |   WEDGES

TOP (wearing XS)   |   JEANS   |   WEDGES   |   EARRINGS (just $11!)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Belk, for sponsoring this post.

the $28 dress i’m wearing to my bestie’s bridal luncheon

This weekend is one I’ve been looking forward to since fall… my bestie, Julie, is getting married! Julie and I became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma together at UT Austin. Fun fact, she and her soon to be husband actually introduced Andrew and I. Needless to say, we are all so excited to celebrate this weekend!

DRESS   pink faux wrap dress   ($28, wearing size small)   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   SHOES   steve madden wedges   |   EARRINGS   gold hoops

This weekend is one I’ve been looking forward to since fall… my bestie, Julie, is getting married!

Julie and I became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma together at UT Austin. Fun fact, she and her soon to be husband actually introduced Andrew and I. Needless to say, we are all so excited to celebrate this weekend!

I thought it would be fun to share the darling pink wrap dress I’m planning on wearing to her bridesmaid luncheon tomorrow. It’s pink, oh-so-flattering (always love a good wrap silhouette) and best yet… just $28!

One of my favorite shopping tips is to save money on affordable pieces like this dress, and spend on a gorgeous, neutral accessory you can use to dress it up! It nearly gave me a heart attack to finally pull the trigger on this clutch, but I can’t even tell you how much use I’ve gotten out of it and how I don’t regret the purchase for a second!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I know this goes against what I just mentioned above… but I decided to splurge on a classic little black dress I can wear for years for the rehearsal dinner. This beauty is making it’s debut tomorrow night! I’m wearing a size 0… it fits true to size!

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