latest & greatest vol. 51

Now, onto this week’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web! I have to confess, I love the cotton candy shades going on in today’s group. Let’s talk about this darling $30 scalloped swim top, shall we? And this square bamboo bag?! To die for!

Good morning from San Antonio, Texas y’all! Wow. What a week it’s been. If you’ve followed along on my Instagram these past few days, you’ll know that I spent the first half of this week (trapped) in Snowmass, Colorado! After a gorgeous long weekend in the mountains (more on that soon!) my friend Carole Anne and I were scheduled to return on Monday night. But as fate would have it, our flights kept getting canceled. (3, to be exact!) Finally, we made it back on Wednesday!

Then, I quickly unpacked and repacked to head out to visit “the doc” in San Antonio yesterday afternoon. (This was the nickname most of y’all suggested… haha!:) He had gotten us tickets to the San Antonio Rodeo, which I’ve been looking forward to for weeks! We watched bull riding, ate some fabulous Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas (concessions stands for the win!) and got to see my favorite country artist, Cody Johnson! It was a perfect night. If you’ve never been to the rodeo, I highly recommend it! I’ll be uploading some IG stories from our night soon, so be on the lookout!

Now, onto this week’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web! I have to confess, I love the cotton candy shades going on in today’s group. Let’s talk about this darling $30 scalloped swim top, shall we? And this square bamboo bag?! To die for!

You’ll find a few other new arrivals that didn’t make the roundup below.

I am so sorry for being a bit MIA on the blog this week, y’all! I decided to leave my laptop at home for last weekend’s trip, and didn’t realize I’d be stranded without it for half a week. Oops! The good news is I have lots of fun content headed your way all next week. Can’t wait to see you around here on Monday!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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tips for shopping shein

When it comes to embracing trends, my strategy is this: try them out at a budget-friendly price. Since the “hottest,” most “on trend” items only stick around for a couple of seasons, I’m all about adding inexpensive pops to my wardrobe while saving bigger ticket items for classic purchases I’ll own for years.

SKIRT   scallop corduroy skirt ($12, wearing size XS)   |   SWEATER   twist sweater (camel sold out, worn backwards)   |   SHOES   suede pointy toe pumps   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

When it comes to embracing trends, my strategy is this: try them out at a budget-friendly price. Since the “hottest,” most “on trend” items only stick around for a couple of seasons, I’m all about adding inexpensive pops to my wardrobe while saving bigger ticket purchases for classic pieces I’ll own for years.

The wrap sweater is one I’ve been seeing all over lately, so I finally decided to pull the trigger when I found one for $16! The material isn’t incredibly thick or sudsy-soft, but for $16 it’s a great deal. I decided to wear this sweater with the twist at the back, and have loved pairing it with everything from jeans to this scalloped skirt! It’s definitely become a go-to in recent weeks.

Which brings me to my second budget buy, this $12 scalloped skirt! Again, you get what you pay for with this piece. The material itself is very thin, but the fit and look of the skirt made it totally worth it in my book!

I always get tons of follow-up questions whenever I post an item from SheIn, so here are my thoughts in a nutshell… is the site legit? In my experience, yes.

  • While orders may take a few weeks to ship, they’ve always gotten to me. My latest order took about 3 weeks to get to me. I’ve heard of some people not receiving orders, but have had successful deliveries with each of the almost ten orders I’ve placed.
  • Keep in mind that oftentimes the product photo looks much nicer than the actual product. Take this sweater for example… I ordered it and the scallops ended up looking like points in real life, as seen on me here. I steer clear of things that look too detailed, complicated, or “too good to be true.”
  • Some pieces won’t work. That’s just the truth of it! I’ve learned what typically comes out cute and what is a risk, and therefore had really good success with pieces I’ve ordered. (Remember this dress I wore to a bridal shower?) Every once in a while, however, something will arrive that is just not at all what I was expecting. Returns are a crazy hassle, so I count it as a loss. Keep that in mind when you’re ordering!
  • Say no to swimwear. I have ordered a few different styles here and there, and none of them have worked. They’ve all been cut too small and hardly qualify as swimsuit material. (I’d be terrified to get them in water!) No matter how cute, I’d stay away!
  • When it comes to shoes, I don’t have too much experience. I’ve only purchased one pair, these Hermés dupe sandals, and have loved them! I wore them all summer and plan on bringing them back out for these next few months as well. So while I’m 1 for 1 in the shoe department, I really can’t speak for the whole site itself.

All in all, I’d recommend SheIn if you’re comfortable with the lower quality and the risk of something not working. If you’re looking for a special piece (prom dress, let’s say) or are hoping to get stellar quality for a crazy low price, it’s probably not for you!

Just my two cents… do you have any tips for shopping SheIn?

Love from Texas,

Kate

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heart wrap dress

DRESS heart wrap dress | SHOES jimmy choo wedges | BAG chloe mini marcie bag | EARRINGS pearl studs With each passing season, I like to think that I grow further into my own, personal style. I hone in on not just what trends I do and don’t like, but…

DRESS heart wrap dress | SHOES jimmy choo wedges | BAG chloe mini marcie bag | EARRINGS pearl studs

With each passing season, I like to think that I grow further into my own, personal style. I hone in on not just what trends I do and don’t like, but what styles actually work best on and compliment my frame and aesthetic.

Let me tell you… one silhouette I’ve learned to always keep my eyes peeled for? The classic wrap dress!

Whether it be a long sleeved, formal rendition, or a light, casual number like this precious heart-patterned frock, the wrap style always flatters in the most classic, effortless way.

While I’ve never been one for heart motifs, I found the subtle, simple styling of the pattern on this dress to be so charming. Perfect for the spring and summer months ahead!

Love from Texas,

Kate

latest & greatest vol. 50

How on earth have we made it to our 50th Latest & Greatest post?! Taking each Friday to round up the cutest new arrivals to hit the web for y’all has turned into such a fun part of my week. Thank you for loving this series as much as I do!

How on earth have we made it to our 50th Latest & Greatest post?! Taking each Friday to round up the cutest new arrivals to hit the web for y’all has turned into such a fun part of my week. Thank you for loving this series as much as I do!

I have to say… this week we struck it big, y’all. Between this $18 straw bag (seriously, it’s going to sell out so quickly!) and these three darling dress/rompers for under $100, we’re practically making money with how much we’re saving? Right? (Ok wrong, but you get the idea. ;)

I have the bag and the red romper ordered already, and am seriously eyeing those raffia heels. What do we think… should I pull the trigger?

I’m SO excited because today I’m heading to… drumroll please… Snowmass! One of my best friends from college (and senior year roommate) Carole Anne and I are off the spend President’s Day weekend in the mountains. Y’all… I just checked the weather, and it’s currently 3 degrees. THREE. DEGREES. Needless to say, I’m making a last minute run to the mall to stock up on warm weather gear! Can’t wait to take y’all with me via Instagram. :)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my luxurious nighttime routine

A luxurious night in is always exactly what the doctor has ordered and helps me wash away whatever happened that day and sink into a cozy, restful sleep. Today, I’m so excited to share mine with you thanks to Colleen Rothschild!

PAJAMAS   silky spotted pajamas (wearing size US 4)   |   CANDLE   colleen rothschild haight-ashbury candle   |   BALM   radiant cleansing balm   |   MASK   clarifying detox mask   |   FACE OIL  retinol supreme night oil   |   EYE SERUM   retinol supreme eye serum   |   CREAM   sheer renewal cream

After a long, busy day, my favorite thing to do is unwind. Taking an extended time to slow down, relax and partake in a little self-care is one of the ways I’m able to maintain the demanding pace I keep up with day-to-day.

A luxurious night in is always exactly what the doctor has ordered and helps me wash away whatever happened that day and sink into a cozy, restful sleep. Today, I’m so excited to share mine with you thanks to Colleen Rothschild!

If you’re new to the brand, let me introduce you to the gorgeous, sensory-rich skincare line that is Colleen Rothschild. Each of her products are rich to the touch, beautifully packaged and leave your skin feeling like an absolute dream. I don’t use the phrase “luxurious” lightly… it truly encapsulates this line in its essence.

Which Colleen Rothschild products do I use for my luxurious night in? First thing’s first, I draw up a bath. (A bubble bath of course!) There’s something about lighting candles (I adore the gorgeous, musky aroma of the Haight-Ashbury candle) and putting on Norah Jones that instantly mellows me out. Then, it’s time for the good stuff!

I start by cleansing my face with the Radiant Cleansing Balm. It has the most heavenly texture, y’all. My favorite part about this cleanser is the muslin cloth it comes with, because once you apply the balm, you dampen the cloth and place over your face for a mini-facial. I could lay like that for hours! My skin always feels so nourished and refreshed afterward.

Next up? The Clarifying Detox Mask. After applying, I wait ten minutes to wash away and can literally feel my skin tingle. Such an invigorating feeling! I’m not the only one who’s obsessed, check out the rave reviews here.

Once my face is clean and primed, I apply the Retinol Supreme Night Oil and Retinol Supreme Eye Serum. My favorite thing about these two products is the incredible moisture they introduce to my skin. Talk about glow!

The final step in this personal pampering? The Sheer Renewal Cream. Friends, this is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used. The texture is divine! I put it on right before going to sleep for a rich, non-greasy moisturizing experience, and also use in the morning once I wake up.

I have loved this line so much, and highly recommend if you’re looking to update your skincare routine. Today is the perfect day to try it out, as you’ll get $50 off your purchase of $150 with the code CR50! My advice? Start with the cleansing balm, detox mask and sheer renewal cream… with the code, you basically end up getting the renewal cream for free!

Now that I’ve shared my luxurious nighttime routine, I have to ask… what are your favorite ways to unwind and pamper yourself after a long day?

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Colleen Rothschild, for sponsoring this post!

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how i buy tory burch for less

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I’ve always loved this holiday and whether or not a boy is in the picture, use it as a fun reason to “treat myself.” Cause we could all use a few of those here and there, right? :) In this vein of “treating yourself,” I thought it would be fun to let you in on a little secret of mine… how I score brand new Tory Burch pieces for way less than you’ll find in-store!

shoes   //   bag  //   earrings

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I’ve always loved this holiday and whether or not a boy is in the picture, use it as a fun reason to “treat myself.” Cause we could all use a few of those here and there, right? :)

In this vein of “treating yourself,” I thought it would be fun to let you in on a little secret of mine… how I score brand new Tory Burch pieces for way less than you’ll find in-store! It all comes down to where you look, and my absolute favorite destination for designer items at a discounted price is eBay!

With spring around the corner, I start looking for fun pops of color to spice up my winter wardrobe. I had my eye on these bright pink Tory Burch pieces last spring and was thrilled to find them on eBay for much less than I would have purchased them last season! Don’t bargain buys like that feel so, so good?

Odds are you’ve heard of eBay before, but did you know that the vast majority of merchandise (81% to be exact) sold on eBay is brand new and available with the “Buy It Now” option?! That means you can buy brand new items without the hassle of bidding, which is exactly how I scored this Tory Burch crossbody, pair of hoop earrings and espadrilles. All brand new, all purchased with the click of a button, and all at an incredible discount!

So the next time you’re having a “treat yourself” moment, head to eBay. There are so many gorgeous, unique, brand new pieces waiting for you!

Wishing all of you a happy Valentine’s day, it’s no secret I adore you!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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