blue and white toile dress

I absolutely love the way these two colors are utilized in this unique, lovely dress from Tuckernuck. From the neckline to the detailing along the hem, not to mention the gorgeous toile pattern, each detail works in tandem to create a piece that is simultaneously timeless and fresh.

blue and white toile dress
blue and white toile dress
blue and white toile dress
blue and white toile dress
blue and white toile dress
blue and white toile dress

DRESS blue and white toile dress (c/o, wearing size XS) | SHOES white espadrille wedges (similar here) | EARRINGS pearl studs (similar linked) | BRACELET woven bangle | TOTE woven straw tote (sold out, cute seashell style linked here)

Ever since I started the decorating process for our home here in Florida, I’ve found myself drawn more and more to the classic color combination of blue and white. Granted, I’ve always appreciated this scheme… but something about the timeless nature of the two hues has found its way into not just my home, but my recent wardrobe picks as well.

I absolutely love the way these two colors are utilized in this unique, lovely dress from Tuckernuck. From the neckline to the detailing along the hem, not to mention the gorgeous toile pattern, each detail works in tandem to create a piece that is simultaneously timeless and fresh. In a nutshell, I couldn’t love it more!

A few other items I’m loving in blue and white? This personalized hair ribbon, this swimsuit (I’ve never owned a more flattering two piece) and these tumblers. And that’s just the start!

Any color scheme you’re currently crushing on?

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 93

Hello, holiday weekend! It’s so crazy looking back at this time last year. Andrew had just started residency, and this was his first call weekend. Boy did I get a taste of what was to come those following three days!

Hello, holiday weekend! It’s so crazy looking back at this time last year. Andrew had just started residency, and this was his first call weekend. Boy did I get a taste of what was to come those following three days!

This year, he has the long weekend off (woohoo!) and we fully intend on celebrating, albeit in a socially-distanced manner. On the agenda? A round (or two) of golf, pool time and my mom’s homemade apple pie. Andrew’s set on cooking something on his smoker… and I’m not complaining!

Before we jump into the weekend ahead, be sure to check out the cutest latest new arrivals from this past week!

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Wishing you a fun holiday weekend and a happy fourth of July!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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pearl girl in the world

I’ll be the first to admit that there hasn’t been much in quarantine to convince me to choose jeans over a big flowy dress, but this pretty blouse did just the thing. I think you’ll agree it was worth it!

The prettiest package arrived on my doorstep late last week. In it, a beautifully constructed asymmetrical top in the most beautiful green striped fabric… a sweet gift from the Pearl by Lela Rose team!

I’ll be the first to admit that there hasn’t been much in quarantine to convince me to choose jeans over a big flowy dress, but this pretty blouse did just the thing. I think you’ll agree it was worth it!

pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top
pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top
pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top
pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top
pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top
pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top
pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top
pearl by lela rose green striped asymmetrical top

 

details

 

TOP pearl by lela rose striped asymmetrical top (c/o, wearing size 0, use this link for 15% off) // JEANS white high rise skinny jeans // BAG chanel small coco handle // SHOES strappy beige heels (sold out steve madden, similar linked) // EARRINGS butte earrings by liza yates (so lightweight!)

 

I have admired Texas-born designer Lela Rose for years thanks to her colorful, ladylike and classic designs. Her NYFW shows are always unbelievably charming and if you missed her ranch cocktail series, be sure to scroll through her Instagram to get all caught up.

In fact, I nearly chose one of her designs for my wedding gown! (If you’re curious, this gown was from the 2017 spring bridal collection and I do not remember the veil source. You’ll find the her current bridal styles here.)

So, needless to say, unpacking this blouse was a special moment, and instantly brought back that special summer feeling I’ve been missing as of late!

 

This blouse is just one of many lovely pieces in Lela’s more attainable line, Pearl by Lela Rose. In it, you’ll find the same colorful palettes and feminine silhouettes that define her couture collection, but at a more conservative price point. How gorgeous is this navy eyelet dress?

While there are so many facets of this top to make note of (the perfectly-constructed ruffle, for one!), my favorite detail is the small pearl sewn inconspicuously along the side of the blouse. The sweetest, most special little touch!

Be sure to check out the entire Pearl by Lela Rose collection here. If you find something that catches your eye, use this link for 15% off your purchase!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

one $15 summer scarf three ways

I ordered this pink tie-dye scarf in pink last week and was even more obsessed when it came in. The fabric is beautiful, lightweight, soft, and vibrant… perfect for summer and all the fun that comes with it!

I have to admit it… I’ve had some great luck with Walmart lately. From the messages I’ve been receiving, so have you!

Among this summer’s favorite finds? This $14 tennis skirt. These $9 sandals. And today, I’m bringing you a third… this $15 tie-dye scarf!

This fabulous summer accessory comes from my favorite lines that Walmart carries, Scoop. The entire collection is full of fun and on-trend pieces that don’t break the bank. A definite win-win to me!

I ordered this tie-dye scarf in pink last week and was even more obsessed when it came in. The fabric is beautiful, lightweight, soft, and vibrant… perfect for summer and all the fun that comes with it!

Today, I wanted to share three different ways to wear this $15 summer scarf. I hope you enjoy!

 

pink tie-dye scarf

 

the halter top

 

Did you know you can make a top out of a large enough scarf? Simply wrap the towl around you (like you do when you get out of the shower) then cross the two top corners in front of your chest and pull behind your neck. Tie in a knot, then pull the bottom of the scarf together at your hip! Twist the extra material, tuck in the fabric and you’re set!

pink tie-dye scarf
pink tie-dye scarf
pink tie-dye scarf
pink tie-dye scarf

 

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the coverup

 

One of my absolute favorite ways to wear a summer scarf is to tie it up as a coverup when I’m at the beach or by the pool! It’;s an easy, effortless way to look chic while staying modest. The best part is you can make the coverup as long or short as you wish!

pink tie-dye scarf
pink tie-dye scarf

 

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the summer scarf

 

Last but not least, an colorful, lightweight scarf is the easiest way to spice up any top + jeans ensemble. I especially love adding the accessory to a white-on-white look for a pop of color! You probably don’t need a how-to on this technique… but here it is nonetheless!

pink tie-dye scarf
pink tie-dye scarf
pink tie-dye scarf

 

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I have to tell you, I love it so much I’m considering getting it in the other colors as well! Between pink, black, yellow and orange, which would you pick?

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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surprise lilly pulitzer sale!

This weekend, I got a fun and unexpected email. Lilly Pulitzer announced something they’ve never done before… the Dressed for Summer Sale!

Three words: IT’S. SO. GOOD.

This Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale is the best I have ever seen. Better, even, than any After Party Sale or surprise sale the brand has hosted during the past few months! The selection was huge, fresh, and every single thing I purchased was under $100… I truly can’t believe it!

I rarely “push” a sale, since I never want to pressure anyone into buying something they really don’t need. I will say, though, if you’ve ever wanted to add a piece of Lilly Pulitzer to your wardrobe, I cannot imagine a better opportunity than now.

Let me show you what I checked out with, and then some of my favorite, currently well-stocked styles in the sale!

 

what i purchased

 

 

I walked away from the Dressed for Summer Sale with six adorable items for under $400. With the exception of this gorgeous maxi I’ve been eyeing (that gets amazing reviews), I focused on more casual pieces I can wear daily. I love the easy, breezy look of this little dress ($59) and know I will wear this white blouse (just $39) all the time!

 

other pieces i love

 

 

As you can tell, there really is an amazing selection with this Lilly Pulitzer sale. Plenty of classic shifts, Luxletic athletic pieces, swimwear, home goods and more are included!

I’ll be posting my favorite finds, photos of me in pieces I already own that are included as well as sale updates on my Instagram page, so be sure to stay tuned. Technically, the sale doesn’t close until tomorrow night… so we’ll see if there are any new pieces in the morning!

Now it’s your turn to take advantage of this amazing sale. Check out all the fun here, and let me know what you end up finding!

Earlier This Morning

This weekend, I got a fun and unexpected email. Lilly Pulitzer announced something they’ve never done before… the Dressed for Summer Sale!

We don’t know many details other than the fact that it will last two days (Monday & Tuesday of this week), starts at 8am EST, and all purchases are final. I get the sense that it will be like the After Party Sale… just in the middle of summer!

I’m camped out at my computer and can’t wait to see what this is all about. I’ll be updating my post right after I get a feel for what you can expect, so stay tuned!

If you’d like to experience the fun for yourself, make sure you’re in line here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

the happy list // no. 5

Since a million thoughts and to-dos are swirling around in my head, I thought it would be fun to focus them in on a few especially happy things. I love sharing the positive, especially during moments when it feels like there is a lot of darkness, and I hope you enjoy this happy list!

It’s been quite the week around here, friends. For one, Andrew finally finished primary call! In a nutshell, this means his residency schedule is going to be much more livable and, dare I say, even enjoyable?! I am so, so proud of him and don’t think I’ll ever shut up about it!

Then, yesterday, we celebrated the launch of my mini collection with The Impeccable Pig. I am so incredibly appreciative of y’alls kind words and wonderful reception to this project. Even with all of the unplanned changes due to the season we’re in, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and hope you love it too!

While I think a low key weekend is just what we need after this week, it looks like we’ll be busy as ever celebrating the end of Andrew’s first year of residency and saying goodbye to friends who are moving to their next stage of training.

I also have a few projects going live in the next few days that I’m putting the final touches on! Typically I work hard to spread out sponsored content, but with everything going on, the scheduling fell a little tighter than I would usually prefer. I am always so thankful for your reception to the content I create here, both sponsored and organic. These projects allow me to keep creating here on Lonestar Southern, and I couldn’t be more grateful for your support!

Since a million thoughts and to-dos are swirling around in my head, I thought it would be fun to focus them in on a few especially happy things. I love sharing the positive, especially during moments when it feels like there is a lot of darkness, and I hope you enjoy this happy list!

TOP (can be worn on the shoulder too) // JEANS // SHOES // SUNNIES // EARRINGS (sold out Liza Yates Design) // BAG (sold out, similar linked) // BANGLE

 

the happy list

 

 

  • I pulled the trigger, y’all… this arrived last night and I can’t wait to set it up!
  • New flavor alert for all my La Croix lovers! The reviews are either love it or hate it. I, for one, LOVE IT.
  • Finally! A gorgeous woven belt that doesn’t break the bank.
  • On my to-do list: watching this IG live with one of my favorites, Lauren Ivey, and Pastor Charles, who has an incredible story and founded Africa New Life!
  • Ordered this new pair of denim shorts after seeing them on Mary’s IG Story! They’re expensive, but finding a pair of modest, cute denim shorts is worth it to me.
  • I nearly turned off the new Netflix movie “Feel the Beat” because of the main character… but it turned out really cute!
  • The best-fitting two-piece I’ve ever owned arrived this week. How cute is this top & bottom?!
  • Don’t mind me as I spend all day trying to learn this routine. Cutest dancing video ever!
  • Ever since my trip to IKEA, I’ve been snacking on my favorite candy possibly ever, Daims. I just did a little search out of curiosity and turns out you can buy them on amazon!
  • Just came across what is possibly the world’s cutest (and honestly, affordable considering all the options I’ve looked at) outdoor wicker loveseat.
  • It’s been one year since the launch of my bridal collection with Lisi Lerch! (See the blog post here.) In celebration, the collection is 30% off this weekend with the code BRIDAL30.
  • Looking to get a sweat in? The 45 minute Pop Ride with Cody from Monday (June 22) was so fun. Such a fab playlist! Watch out… the second half gets real difficult real fast.
  • Andrew and I bought a set of used frisbee golf discs this week. Wish me luck as we embark on yet another new (to me) sport!
  • Drumroll please… a couple of weeks ago, I made a goal to raise $1000 together for Be the Bridge with a personal match of $500. The final sum is in! You, generous friends, raised $673.61. With the $500, together we raised $1,173.61 for this amazing organization! Hugs to everyone who jumped in!

Wishing you a weekend full of happy!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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