the happy list // no. 7

After receiving the most fabulous news of all of 2020 (I don’t even feel like this is an exaggeration) I am doing a happy dance this Friday morning. Curious what I’m talking about? Check out today’s happy list!

After receiving the most fabulous news of all of 2020 (I don’t even feel like this is an exaggeration) I am doing a happy dance this Friday morning. Curious what I’m talking about? Check out the happy list below! Hint: It’s the very first thing on the list.

It always makes my day to put these lists of happy things together. There’s a lot of darkness in our world right now, and my hope is that seeing some lighthearted, positive things during your time online puts a smile on your face!

 

the happy list

 

  • Father of the Bride 3, the mini-sequel, comes out tonight! I know, I know, I’m freaking out too! This happy deserves it’s own set of bullet points:

Father of the Bride 3 will be available on Netflix’s YouTube Channel or Facebook page this evening at 6pm EST. I’ve got my popcorn ready!

For a darling article by Nancy Meyers on how this sequel came about, click here!

Did you see my own Annie Banks moment? I shared a special Instagram post last night with a few completely unplanned photos from my wedding that you may recognize!

 

P.S. You’ll find more of my wedding photos here.

 

  • Our home updates are nearly done! If you missed the news, our house has been in a state of chaos as we’ve updated a few rooms/appliances/wallpaper, etc. It’s all coming together, and I can’t wait to show you the update! Just ordered this mirror as the finishing touch to our downstairs powder room.
  • One of my favorite lines, Summersalt, has debuted an adorable activewear line! Obsessed with it all.
  • Peloton friends… did you know you can now take barre class?!

 

  • I came across this Instagram post, and decided to make the recipe Wednesday night. It turned out delicious, and was so simple!
  • Flynn is obsessed with this new dog toy, and your furry friend may love it too!
  • Restock alert! These $20 sneakers are a favorite of mine from last year Just ordered a replacement pair!
  • Anyone else loving Justin Bieber’s new song? Talk about happy!
  • We have sold over 400 hats to benefit 5 women with Africa New Life! WOOHOO! Purchase yours today here!
  • While I have no travel plans anytime soon, seeing the news that the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris has reopened transported me for a moment! This video gave me chills.
  • If you’re craving some autumn inspiration, you’re going to want to check out this post.

Andrew and I have a low-key weekend ahead, and are hoping to declutter our house and set up our garage gym! Tonight, though, we’ve got Father of the Bride 3 and the Stars hockey game on the menu… probably with our favorite Thai takeout. As I get older, these are the things I find myself excited about. Anyone else? :)

As always, I’d love to hear what’s making your happy list this week!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

whimsical western // a trend I’m loving

While I absolutely love dressing more towards my “preppy” inclinations during autumn, there is one trend popping up this season that I’m having just as much fun with. “Whimsical Western” is what I like to call this vibe, where you’ll find paisleys instead of plaids, plenty of denim, and boots in abundance.

DRESS ruffled paisley dress (wearing XS, size down one) | BOOTS tall heeled boots | JACKET denim jacket | BAG crossbody saddle bag | BELT cognac belt (similar linked)

While I absolutely love dressing more towards my “preppy” inclinations during autumn, there is one trend popping up this season that I’m having just as much fun with. “Whimsical Western” is what I like to call this vibe, where you’ll find paisleys instead of plaids, plenty of denim, and boots in abundance.

Speaking of, I found the most gorgeous paisley dress earlier this week. Let me just say, it is allowing me to live out this fun trend to the fullest! Today, I’m excited to be partnering with Walmart to share a few adorable and affordable pieces that fit right into this western look.

This dress would easily look adorable paired with everything from white platform sneakers to heels, depending on how fancy you want to take it. I had fun, however, wearing it over a pair of tall heeled boots for that western vibe. These boots are amazing… they look gorgeous on and the price is fab!

The loose, flowy fit paired with the ruffled detailing and muted paisley print give this dress such a romantic feel. It moves beautifully, and is so much fun to wear because of it!

I also love that you can wear it loose, or cinch it up with a belt to give the dress more shape. It also looks so cute paired with a classic denim jacket, like the one I’m wearing above. (P.S. it’s currently on sale for $18.99 and is great quality!)

Whether you’re looking to go head-first into the “Whimsical Western” look this fall, or simply want to dip your toes in, this dress is a great place to start. Oh, and did I mention it comes in another lovely color combination as well?

For sizing reference, I’m wearing an XS. Due to the loose nature of this dress, I’d recommend sizing down one!

Here are a few other western-inspired pieces I’m loving:

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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finally! my first taste of fall

Just when I thought the late-summer weather here in Florida was going to do me in, the most gorgeous, cool weather rolled in this past weekend. Cloudy skies, sixty eight degrees, and last but not least, a breeze. Just what my heart needed!

j.crew herringbone blazer, french sole baton heels, chanel crossbody, lele sadoughi black velvet headband, good american good legs skinny jeans
j.crew herringbone blazer, french sole baton heels, chanel crossbody, lele sadoughi black velvet headband, good american good legs skinny jeans
j.crew herringbone blazer, french sole baton heels, chanel crossbody, lele sadoughi black velvet headband, good american good legs skinny jeans
j.crew herringbone blazer, french sole baton heels, chanel crossbody, lele sadoughi black velvet headband, good american good legs skinny jeans
j.crew herringbone blazer, french sole baton heels, chanel crossbody, lele sadoughi black velvet headband, good american good legs skinny jeans
j.crew herringbone blazer, french sole baton heels, chanel crossbody, lele sadoughi black velvet headband, good american good legs skinny jeans

 

the details

 

BLAZER herringbone blazer (wearing size 0) | TOP ruffle-neck top (sold out, similar here) | JEANS good american good legs crop (25% off today with code FF25, wearing size 0/25, fit TTS) | SHOES cap toe slingback heels (worn here, here, here) | HEADBAND black velvet knot headband | EARRINGS emerald cut cz stud earrings | BAG chanel quilted crossbody

Just when I thought the late-summer weather here in Florida was going to do me in, the most gorgeous, cool weather rolled in this past weekend. Cloudy skies, sixty eight degrees, and last but not least, a breeze. You just can’t make this stuff up!

Naturally, Andrew and I ended up spending nearly the entire day outdoors. We started with a walk around our neighborhood, even… wait for it… deciding to head back to the house a few minutes in to grab hot coffee. It’s the little things, I tell ya.

Then, we grabbed Flynn, picked up lunch, and headed out for our first every family dog park outing. Let’s just say, he loved it! Is there any greater joy than seeing your pup run his little heart out, unhindered by a leash? JOY.

The whole time we just kept looking at each other saying “this weather is what we’ve been waiting for!” I have to admit, we were feeling so festive that we even stopped for our first pumpkin spice lattes on the way home.

Before the day ended, I threw on this outfit I’ve been holding onto for a few weeks. It needed it’s time to shine, and I needed a taste of fall fashion! I don’t know that it gets any better than a crisp white blouse (sold out, similar here) and a classic herringbone blazer, and I can’t wait to wear this classic ensemble in various forms (swapping out the top for a sweater, for example, and dark wash jeans instead of white) these coming months.

While I don’t predict that Sunday’s weather is here to stay, it was just what my heart needed after a muggy, rainy few weeks. And it has me so inspired for and excited about the week ahead!

Before I sign off, I wanted to update y’all on a fab sale I just saw! Tory Burch is hosting their Fall Event sale, where you’ll get 20% off $200+ and 30% off $500+ with the code FALL. Here are my favorites! (Psst, there is some gorgeous sale clothing included in the sale, which brings them to a great price.)

 

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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It’s been the week of the collage post around here, and I just want to say thank you so much for hanging in there with me! Andrew and I are planning on shooting lots of fun looks this weekend, so rest assured I’ll have lots of outfit posts live soon.

What. A. Week.

House in demolition mode. Emotions all over the place due to the rainy, hot weather we’ve been having. It’s safe to say I’m so, so happy we’ve reached Friday!

It’s been the week of the collage post around here, and I just want to say thank you so much for hanging in there with me! Andrew and I are planning on shooting lots of fun looks this weekend, so rest assured I’ll have lots of outfit posts live soon.

In the meantime, you’ll find a few favorite “new arrivals” from the web this past week below! While all of these collages are usually clickable, you’ll be able to find the floral embroidered blouse here and the khaki stripe ballcap here. Other than that, you know the drill!

Enjoy!

FLORAL EMBROIDERED BLOUSE | PEARL EARRINGS | HEELED RIDING BOOTS | FLORAL HEADBAND | KHAKI STRIPE BASEBALL CAP | PEASANT TOP | FAUX LEATHER JACKET

I wanted to point out that J.Crew is having an amazing sale today. 50% off of shoes with the code shopnow! I recently purchased these boots, and they way exceeded my expectations. Perfectly classic, effortlessly flattering, I can’t wait to break them out! I’m also loving this two-tone pair and these over-the-knee boots.

 

J.Crew Shoe Sale

50% off with code SHOPNOW

 

With home updates still going on, Andrew and I will be laying low this weekend. I anticipate lots of cocktail-creating, hockey watching and fall snacking in our future! :) Can’t wait to see you all back here next week!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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our house update // a few things i’m loving

As I write this in a corner of my living room, my handyman and his crew are hard at work updating a few areas of our house. Eek!

As I write this in a corner of my living room, my handyman and his crew are hard at work updating a few areas of our house. Eek! If you missed the action over on Instagram Stories, I shared that Andrew and I are making a few cosmetic changes to our much-loved home… nothing crazy, but fun nonetheless!

This is my first home renovation-esque project of any sort, and wow… I’m realizing how quickly it can transform into something way bigger than you ever anticipated! I just had to text my mom saying “Talk me out of replacing our bathroom mirrors. I don’t need to do that too, right?!” (And sure enough, she talked me right back out of it. Although they would look amazing.)

Since this home-sweet-home isn’t long-term (we anticipate only being here a few more years before we move for Andrew’s eventual fellowship) I’m holding myself back from getting too carried away. So instead of major statements or any sort of structural changes, we’re keeping things neutral, affordable and re-sellable.

Some of you may remember me introducing Kerry Spears, a dear friend and fabulous interior designer here in Gainesville, last fall! Initially, we had big plans for her to decorate Andrew’s study and our dining room. When COVID19 hit, however, and more and more time passed, we realized that financially, it wasn’t the smartest move for Andrew and me to outfit a home we would be in for such a short time. I am so excited to still share the original plans she made for the space, however, so stay tuned for those!

Luckily, in today’s day-and-age, I’m realizing it’s entirely possible to give your home a facelift on a budget. Today, I wanted to share a general vision for where we’re going with these tweaks, and few products I’m using to do so!

 

home updates

 

guest bathroom ideas, ikat wallpaper, gold scallop mirror, monogrammed shower curtain

1. Keller Light Blue Ogee Wallpaper (also available here and here) 2. gold and lucite towel ring (similar linked, purchased on sale for $15 at Ballard Designs a few months ago) 3. gold scallop edged mirror 4. gold 2-prong vanity light 5. gold toilet paper holder (under $25 for a set of two) 6. white vanity with sink 7. gold towel rod (just $24.50) 8. gold and lucite drawer pull (just $3.59) 9. scalloped light fixture (under $100) 10. monogrammed piquet shower curtain (similar under $100 here) 11. scalloped flush light (under $100) 11. caitlin wilson side board

In a nutshell, what we’re really doing is taking down the dated wallpaper in our primary bathroom, upstairs guest bathroom and downstairs powder bathroom. That one action alone is going to totally update the look of our house, I think!

I would love to do fun wallpaper throughout, but since we’re sticking to a modest budget, I’ve reserved it for the downstairs powder bath since it’s a small room most guests will actually see! I initially had my heart set on this Shumacher Chenonceau paper in Aquamarine, but couldn’t stomach $1000 for one small bathroom. Oh trust me, I tried to justify it every which way, but simply couldn’t bring myself to it. Probably for the best. :)

I don’t even know how it happened, but as luck would have it I somehow came across this pale blue ikat wallpaper that had amazing reviews and, wait for it, was on sale for $13 a roll! I feel like I’ve stumbled onto the best-kept secret of all time. It arrives tomorrow and all I can say is I’m still doing a happy dance that I was able to wallpaper our downstairs bath for $100!

Once the wallpaper is down and everything is painted, all that’s really left to do is switch out some fixtures (like lighting for our primary bathroom, towel bars, etc) and replace our downstairs bathroom vanity and mirror. (We found this one at our local Home Depot last weekend, and plan on adding these drawer pulls and this faucet!)

We do have an amazing sideboard that the Caitlin Wilson team is so generously sending, but other than that, no major pieces! I really do prefer purchasing high-impact pieces you’ll get years and years of use out of (like this monogrammed shower curtain that I’m considering) but given our shorter-term situation, that really isn’t wisest. And honestly, it’s been so fun scouting out deals to make this all work!

They say it has to get worse before it gets better, and our house is a total testament to that right now. Tomorrow, I’ll jump on Instagram Stories to show you an updated look at the progress we’re making, and am already itching to get to the reveal!

Before I sign off, I also wanted to extend the biggest thank you ever to those of you who have responded to my conversation on Instagram Stories about “SAD,” seasonal affective disorder. While I certainly don’t know if I “have it, have it,” I do know that the incessantly rainy, hot and humid weather these past few weeks has really put a damper on my overall being. (If you’ve noticed a lack of outdoor outfit posts, that would be why!)

I can’t tell you what it means to read messages saying I’m not alone… because even though it seems like such a trivial thing, it has been pretty hard to navigate. Anyway, your messages have already put a pep back in my step, and I can’t thank you enough for it! In no time at all I know I’ll be feeling back to normal, with lots of fun, fall outfits and inspiration for you.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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13 cute planners you need to know about

I’m on the hunt for a new planner, and am excited to share a massive roundup of all of your favorite planner and agenda recommendations! Click through for 12 cute planners you need to know about.

Last week, I took to Instagram Stories to share a bit of a pickle I’ve recently found myself in. My long-time favorite planner designer, Sweet Caroline Designs, won’t be releasing a new planner this year. Cue the tears! I fell in love with the simplicity, joy, large size and southern charm of her planners and will be sad without one this year.

The good news is that y’all had thousands of recommendations to send in. Leave it to this community to have so many great ideas, as usual. I’ve spent the past few days combing through them and researching your favorites, and am excited to share a massive roundup of all of your favorite planner and agenda recommendations.

Let’s dive in, shall we?! Here are 13 cute planners you need to know about:

 

cute agendas and planners

 


 

The Simplified Planner

 

Customizable: No

 

The Simplified Planner was, by far, one of the most highly recommended agendas you sent in. I’ve actually been a fan of Emily Ley’s brand for years, but am yet to own one of her highly-acclaimed planners. Her “Simplified Planner” comes in both a daily and weekly format, with a handful of adorable cover options.

 

My Favorite: The Weekly Simplified Planner in Pink Pinstripe

 


 

Erin Condren

 

Customizable: Yes

 

Looking for a nearly completely customizable planner? Check out the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Not only can you change the exact colors on multiple cover options (down to the exact flower color, for example) you can also select from a few different interior layout options as well as date ranges. One reader did note that the front cover of hers comes off frequently… just something to keep in mind!

 

My Favorite: Colorblock LifePlanner with “horizontal” and “layers colorful” options

 


 

Lilly Pulitzer

 

Customizable: No

 

Seeing so many of you recommend the Lilly Pulitzer agenda made my heart happy. This was my very first and very favorite planner for years! (In fact, check out a fun throwback here!) I stopped using them one year because I couldn’t find a print I loved, but now I’m thinking about getting back on the bandwagon. The size options are fabulous (I love jumbo) and the layout is very simple, but always puts me in a good mood! P.S. I did some research and it looks like Lilly switched up the layout last year, but this year it’s back to the original format.

 

My Favorite: Jumbo 17-month agenda in Multi Unicorn of the Sea

 


 

Kate Spade

 

Customizable: No

 

For a fun and bold planner that isn’t quite so, well, Lilly Pulitzer, the Kate Spade 10-Month Planner offers a great mix of personality and functionality. My one complaint? I only wish there were a few more color options! Looking through the reviews, it looks like this year’s Kate Spade planner is smaller than in years past.

 

My Favorite: Scallop Mega 17-Month Planner

 


 

PLUM PAPER

 

Customizable: Yes

 

I had never heard of the Plum Paper Planner until last week, so a huge thank you for introducing me to this fun brand! Plum Paper planners allow you to customize everything from the cover to the layout… and even the text you want on your layout. There are lots of great “add on” options and three sizes to choose from.

 

My Favorite: Large Planner in Beloved Pink with “horizontal priorities” layout

 


 

Target // Blue Sky

 

Customizable: No

 

For an affordable and adorable option, check out a line many of you recommended… Blue Sky at Target! Starting at just $9.99, these cute planners come in an array of cover options. Apparently, many of you have used and loved this brand for years!

 

My Favorite: Academic Planner in Totem Pink

 


 

Rifle Paper Co.

 

Customizable: No

 

Turns out, the always-adorable Rifle Paper Co. makes oh-so-cute planners too! You can expect the same bright, whimsical artistry the line is known for as well as options in size, date-span and binding. The sticker page might just be my favorite part. :)

 

My Favorite: 17-Month Large Planner in Wild Garden.

 


 

Leatherology

 

Customizable: Cover

 

I, personally, like switching up my planner each year, but if you love all things timeless, classic and consistent, you might enjoy the Leatherology Modern 2021 Planner. (Check out all of their planner options here.) Granted, it is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but the beautiful leather cover can be monogrammed or hand painted and refilled year after year. So gorgeous, right?!

 

My Favorite: Modern 2021 Planner in Camel Leather with White and Blush hand painted monogram.

 


 

Day Designer

 

Customizable: No

 

Another new-to-me planner line? Day Designer, and let me just say, it is so well-branded and well-done. I’ve always leaned more towards a weekly, open layout, but the Daily Planner is making me rethink that. I actually love how their Daily Planner is laid out, and wish I had grabbed an Academic Year Daily Planner before so many sold out!

 

My Favorite: Academic Year Daily Planner in Enchanted Forest. (Currently sold out.)

 


 

Golden Coil

 

Customizable: Yes

 

Golden Coil was easily in the top three reader recommendations as well, and I can see why! These chic, beautifully-designed planners allow you to completely customize your agenda experience. The website is easy to navigate as you build your perfect planner, and I’m blown away by how gorgeous and simple the design options are. Could this be my replacement?!

 

My Favorite: Linen Petal Cover With Weekly, Double-Page Horizontal 1 Layout

 


 

NEELY & CHLOE

 

Customizable: Cover

 

A chic, monogrammed leather planner with an insert designed by Inslee? What’s not to love about this Neely & Chloe Day Planner! I have emailed the brand to see if they’ll be coming out with new planners for 2021, and will keep you updated on what I find. What a fun, chic option!

 


 

Papier

 

Customizable: Cover

 

The final planner recommendation I’m excited to share with you today is by Papier. You’ll love the huge assortment of chic colors and patterns, and the ability to add custom text to the cover. If you don’t want to wait until January, Papier offers an undated weekly planner as well. So many options, and at such a great price point!

 

My Favorite: Scallop Spine planner in Mid Dusty Blue

 


 

Whitney English

 

Customizable: No

 

I just updated this planner list from 12 to 13 thanks to longtime Lonestar Southern-reader, Monty! In the comments, she introduced me to Whitney English’s line of planners. I’ve been on her site for the past twenty minutes and am in love. First off, her planners are aesthetically stunning. Secondly, they’re organized in a way I’ve never seen before… with lots of room for notes! You’ll find a helpful walkthrough here. Fun fact, Whitney releases her 2021 planners tomorrow morning!

 

My Favorite: Academic Year Planner in Sonoma Light Grey (but the blue gingham she launches tomorrow is a close second!)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

The Happy Planner. Appointed Daily Planner, Kikki.K, Lemome Planner, myAgenda Planner, Ivory Paper Co, The Christian Planner, Fringe Studios Planner, Evelyn Henson Planner, May Designs, Vera Bradley, Agendio, Paper Source

 


Who would have thought there would be so many wonderful planner options out there? I cannot thank all of you enough for your wonderful recommendations, and hope they’ve pointed you in the right direction if a new planner or agenda is something you’re searching for!

What am I going to choose? Sigh. I wish I knew. I still have a few months left with my Sweet Caroline Designs planner, so luckily I don’t have to make a decision immediately. But I am feeling most-drawn to Golden Coil, Papier, Day Designer and The Simplified Planner. What about you?

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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