latest & greatest vol. 80

Just like that, we’ve made it to another Friday! And with it, a new roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. You know I’m not complaining! :) click directly on an image to shop This roundup involves lots of color, and I’m here for it! Starting with…

Just like that, we’ve made it to another Friday! And with it, a new roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. You know I’m not complaining! :)

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This roundup involves lots of color, and I’m here for it! Starting with the stunning $13 scarf one of my dear friends wore to my bridal shower last night! It is even more beautiful in person, and I can’t wait to copy her look. (Told you I was going to post about it, Steph!)

Then, we have this darling pink dress! Even though it’s on the pricier side, it’s one that merits constant wear. So versatile, so cute, and absolutely perfect for graduation or sorority recruitment.

Now that we’ve covered all of the above, I just have to talk for a minute about my bridal shower last night! The hostesses, Dana, Tina nd Joyce, put on the most stunning, wonderful shower. Seeing so many friends and loved ones in one room made everything feel so real! I received a few requests for a post covering the showers Andrew and I will be having, so stay tuned. Now, for a day (or weekend!) of looking at all of the beautiful gifts and thank you note writing!

Wishing you all a sunny, happy few days!

Love from Texas,

Kate

wedding wednesday no. 20 // our wedding china

By now, I understand why people say wedding planning is a “full-time job.” My goodness… so many details! So many meetings! So many decisions! Things are really ramping up as we inch closer and closer to June, and it’s starting to feel like the to-do list will never be complete.…

By now, I understand why people say wedding planning is a “full-time job.” My goodness… so many details! So many meetings! So many decisions! Things are really ramping up as we inch closer and closer to June, and it’s starting to feel like the to-do list will never be complete. Any fellow future-brides out there relate?

Even though it’s been so busy, I can genuinely say I have loved this process. And one of my favorite parts to date? Selecting our table setting!

When thinking through what type of china I wanted, I knew of a few things I did and didn’t want right off the bat:

DO WANT

  • something that makes me happy to see every day
  • something I can use every single day
  • something I will love for years to come

DO NOT WANT

  • china that sits in a drawer and never gets used
  • multiple sets (since andrew and I will have to pack and unpack for every residency and fellowship move)

Before even heading to a store to look at china, my mom and I talked a ton about these wants. The biggest thing I took away was her experience.

She, for example, has a set of beautiful fine china that she never uses. In fact… I don’t ever remember dining on it! Even though it’s lovely, it never made practical sense for entertaining since it’s so delicate and can’t be put in the dishwasher. Growing up, we would use her everyday china, and then holiday china for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Her experience, coupled with the fact that Andrew and I will be moving at least a few times in the coming years for his training, solidified my desire to register for one set of beautiful china I could use every single day, as opposed to a fine china I would have to worry about moving/breaking, and an everyday set on top of that.

When I finally walked into Ivy House (one of the local Dallas stores I’m registered at) to start playing with different options, a row of beautiful white plates with stunning, light blue monograms immediately caught my eye. The pretty, white style. The lovely, soft monogram. It felt so me!

I soon learned it was Sasha Nicholas, a line of beautiful monogrammed china! I about died when I learned that not only are there many different stunning monograms to choose from, but you can actually send in your own custom monogram to be used on the pieces! And since I want to use me and Andrew’s custom wedding monogram absolutely everywhere, it was a no-brainer.

Best of all… the white weave design I loved so much is machine washable! Needless to say, I immediately fell in love.

After mixing and matching with all sorts of different pieces, we landed on the perfect match:

CHARGER anna weatherley “anna’s palette” charger in sky blue // DINNER PLATE sasha nicholas white weave monogrammed dinner plate // SALAD PLATE sasha nicholas white weave monogrammed salad plate // SALAD PLATE herend “princess victoria” salad plate in blue // CUP & SAUCER herend “princess victoria” cup & saucer in blue // SILVER gorhamfairfax” // CRYSTAL waterford “lismore”

First, a set of Sasha Nicholas weave dinner plates, salad plates and soup bowls I can use every day. Then, when Andrew and I want to formally entertain, setting the monogrammed dinner plate with a gorgeous Anna Weatherley “Anna’s Palette” charger and Herend “Princess Victoria” salad plate!

(Look at the very top of the collage above to see what that combination looks like!)

We also selected some lovely Waterford crystal in the pattern “Lismore,” and Gorham silver in the pattern “Fairfax.” I love how elegant, simple and stately those pieces look!

I am absolutely obsessed with the end result, and am so excited for beautiful pieces I can use both every day and when entertaining in a more formal setting! It makes me giddy to think about all of the casual dinners Andrew and I will enjoy using these pieces, and the future formal occasions we’ll employ them as well!

If you hadn’t heard of Sasha Nicholas, like myself, you must check out her entire line here. She recently introduced a gold monogram option, and it’s just divine. Andrew and I are also registered for a few other of her monogrammed pieces including this monogrammed champagne bucket and this monogrammed serving platter. There are so many other beautiful things, I could spend all day looking at them!

This post is actually perfectly timed, since I have my very first wedding shower tonight! It’s a ladies entertaining shower, and I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with my girlfriends and women from both sides of me and Andrew’s families. I’m also just a wee bit excited about what I’m wearing… this number!

It is so much fun getting to share this update with you. As always, thank you for reading! (And for your patience with this post. :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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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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