the perfect valentines day outfit

Once the holiday season comes to a close, I find myself looking for any excuse to celebrate in an attempt to bring some cheer to the bleak months before spring! Valentines Day has always been one that I’ve loved going all out for, regardless of whether or not I’m in a relationship,! Making cinnamon rolls, coffee and fresh strawberries the morning of and ending the evening with a fun dinner out always makes the day enjoyable. This year, I know it will be even more-so in this firecracker of a frock!

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DRESS   pink off the shoulder dress (currently in stock in every size!)   |   SHOES   coach strappy heels (sold out in tan, available in other colors)   |   CLUTCH   oversized nude clutch (old Francesca’s, similar linked)   |   LIP COLOR   pink nouveau   |   EARRINGS   pink lisi lerch tassel earrings c/o   |   BRACELET   screw in bracelet

This is one of those dresses that simply needs no introduction. The gorgeous pink color, the flirty bell-sleeve cut… What. Is. Not. To. Love.

Once the holiday season comes to a close, I find myself looking for any excuse to celebrate in an attempt to bring some cheer to the bleak months before spring! Valentines Day has always been one that I’ve loved going all out for, regardless of whether or not I’m in a relationship,! Making cinnamon rolls, coffee and fresh strawberries the morning of and ending the evening with a fun dinner out always makes the day enjoyable. This year, I know it will be even more-so in this firecracker of a frock!

Whether you’ve got a hot date, or are spending the evening with your best girlfriends, I can’t recommend this dress enough. At $110, it’s a great combination of style and price! Plus, not only will it take you through February 14th, but to all the formals, weddings, spring breaks and summer vacations that lie just ahead. I know I’ll be wearing this for months to come!

A little note on the fit of this dress… you’ll see in the product image that it seems very fitted on the model. While it’s definitely fitted, I didn’t find mine to be quite that tight! That, I believe, has to do with the waistline. It hits right underneath the bust instead of at the true waist. Honestly, it makes the dress so much easier to wear… it’s a lot more forgiving than your typical cocktail cut! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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navy plaid wrap

This wrap from Tuckernuck has had me swooning ever since it arrived in the mail. I love the design… there are two small slits for your arms that allow this wrap to lay in the most elegant way. Add a classic navy and white check, and you’ve got the perfect piece for these chilly months ahead!

    

WRAP   navy and white wrap (on sale!) c/o   |   BOOTS   lucchese cowboy boots c/o   |   SHIRT   white mock neck shirt   |   BELT   j.crew leather belt   |   SUNNIES   classic rayban aviators   |   EARRINGS   pearl stud earrings   |   BAG   barrington st. anne tote c/o   |   BRACELET   gold screw bracelet

Good morning, friends! I’m so sorry for the delay in getting today’s post up. As you may have seen on Instagram, I hopped on a plane last night to visit the cowboy in Wyoming! Unfortunately, that “hopping” took wayyy longer than expected. A few delays on the tarmac and a completely re-routed flight later, I finally made it! And promptly crashed before getting this post together.

In my opinion, though, today’s post makes up for it! This plaid wrap from Tuckernuck has had me swooning ever since it arrived in the mail. I love the design… there are two small slits for your arms that allow this wrap to lay in the most elegant way. Add a classic navy and white check, and you’ve got the perfect piece for these chilly months ahead!

 Instead of pairing it with booties or riding boots (both of which would look darling) I decided to put a little Texas spin on the look with these beautiful Lucchese cowboy boots! The quality and beauty in each boot crafted by Lucchese is nothing short of amazing. These are shoes I will have for years and years to come.

Wishing everyone a lovely start to the week! We stopped in Denver last night before making the drive to Cheyenne today. I got to stay with one of my best friends since high school, Camille, which is enough to fill my happy tank for a while! While we were catching up this morning, I looked out the window to see SNOW! It’s stunning! Can’t wait to show y’all more on Instagram. Be sure to follow here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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i just purchased…

Curling Wand

This wand came highly recommended from one of my favorite blogs, Southern Curls & Pearls. I can't wait to give it a try!

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Pink Ruffles

I'm always looking to add color into my wardrobe, and love that this pink top also makes the sweetest statement with the oversized ruffle!

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latest & greatest vol. 18

Alright friends, it’s safe to say that after this past week of crazayyy weather (for everyone, it seems) I’m officially in spring mode with this new Latest & Greatest post! It would seem that all of our favorite stores are with me…. there are so many adorable spring pieces out. It definitely has me wishing for sustainable 70 degree days! (We had one this past week and it was stunning.)

Alright friends, it’s safe to say that after this past week of crazayyy weather (for everyone, it seems) I’m officially in spring mode with this new Latest & Greatest post! It would seem that all of our favorite stores are with me…. there are so many adorable spring pieces out. It definitely has me wishing for sustainable 70 degree days! (We had one this past week and it was stunning.)

I’m loving the stunning color and fun shapes (hello ruffles, scallops and tassels galore) in today’s roundup! There’s one item in particular I’m excited to tell you about… this T3 curling wand! While it’s not technically a “new arrival” to the web, it is to me! I ordered it last week after hearing so much buzz, and finally got it in the mail on Wednesday! I kid you not… in the day and a half I’ve had and used it, I’ve received so many compliments. I was honestly skeptical before receiving it as it is definitely a big purchase, but lemmetellyawhat. This girl is sold. Can’t wait to bring y’all some blog posts where I’ve used it so you can see for yourself!

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend! I’m celebrating my baby sister’s birthday on Saturday, and then off to Cheyenne to visit the cowboy! Yeehaw!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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leopard loafers under $100

the look SHOES   leopard slip on loafers (also available here)   |   SCARF   pink oversized scarf (on sale for $12.50!)   |   SWEATER   soft pink turtleneck (so soft!)   |   JEANS   white toothpick jeans   |   SUNGLASSES   classic rayban aviators   |  …

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SHOES   leopard slip on loafers (also available here)   |   SCARF   pink oversized scarf (on sale for $12.50!)   |   SWEATER   soft pink turtleneck (so soft!)   |   JEANS   white toothpick jeans   |   SUNGLASSES   classic rayban aviators   |   BAG   radley london satchel   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   pink nouveau

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Oh, leopard. My absolute favorite accent. There’s nothing quite as fun-yet-chic, and I’m always on the lookout for ways to bring it into my wardrobe. When I spotted (pun intended) these kicks for under $100, I didn’t even think twice about adding them to my cart! (Apparently I wasn’t the only one… they’re selling out fast!)

Over the years, I’ve found that finding leopard pieces with an on-point print, aka not hokey and gimmicky, and price point is an often elusive combination to get ahold of. Usually the fabulous prints and styles are way out of my pricier range while the on-budget pieces just miss the mark. But lately, not so! Not only have I gotten so much use (and so many compliments) out of these loafers, but this clutch from Tuesday’s post has also become a heavily used piece in my repertoire. This makes me hopeful for spring, friends! Are we going to see even more leopard in the coming months? I hope so!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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coffee date no. 18

Friends… here we are! A new year, a new coffee date. Wow. The fact that we’re already two weeks into 2017 seriously makes my head spin. Please tell me I’m not the only one! #slowdowneverything For those of you who are new around here, “Coffee Date” posts are where I…

Friends… here we are! A new year, a new coffee date. Wow. The fact that we’re already two weeks into 2017 seriously makes my head spin. Please tell me I’m not the only one! #slowdowneverything

For those of you who are new around here, “Coffee Date” posts are where I recap the latest happenings on Insta, followed by the latest happenings in my life! It’s a fun time to get real with y’all and catch up over what’s been really going on. So simply scroll below for all the details on my latest Instagrams, and then head to the end of this post for a life recap!

PULLOVER   lauren james fuzzy pullover   |   JEANS   jbrand maria jeans   |   BOOTS   red hunter boots   |   SHIRT   plaid button down

SHOES  suede wedges

TANK   soul cycle tank (sold out, similar linked)   |   LEGGINGS   color block leggings

VEST   faux shearling vest c/o  |   TOP   maroon long sleeve blouse c/o  |   JEANS   jbrand maria jeans c/o   |   BOOTS   sam edelman tall boots   |   NECKLACE   gold drop necklace c/o (sold out)

TOP   outdoor voices crop top   |   LEGGINGS   outdoor voices ankle leggings   |   SHOES   nike tennis shoes

SCARF   color block blanket scarf   |   TOP   grey waffle knit top   |   JEANS   distressed skinny jeans   |   BAG   monogrammed barrington st. anne tote   |   SHOES   white adidas sneakers   |   HAT   tan felt hat

SHOES   tan tassel booties

WRAP   large checked blanket scarf   |   JEANS   jbrand maria jeans   |   SHOES   tan tassel booties   |   BELT   tory burch reversible belt   |   TOP   white long sleeve tee

SWEATER  green bell sleeve sweater   |   SCARF   tan red plaid blanket scarf   |   JEANS   jbrand maria jeans   |   SHOES   cowboy boots   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings

SWEATSHIRT   pink draw string sweatshirt   |   LEGGINGS   zella live in leggings   |   SHOES   white addidas sneakers   |   BAG   rebecca minkoff black crosssbody

TOP   grey waffle knit top   |   SCARF   color block blanket scarf   |   JEANS   distressed skinny jeans   |   SHOES   tan booties   |   NECKLACE    starfish project necklace   |   BAG   kate spade crossbody

SWEATSHIRT   pink draw string sweatshirt   |   LEGGINGS   zella live in leggings   |   SHOES   white addidas sneakers   |   BAG   rebecca minkoff black crosssbody

TOP   white peplum sweatshirt   |   JEANS   jbrand maria jeans   |   BOOTS   red hunter boots   |   LIP COLOR   heat wave

TOP   beige cozy long sleeve tee   |   SCARF   brown color block scarf   |   BEANIE   pom pom beanie   |   JEANS   jbrand maria jeans   |   BOOTS   suede over the knee boots

COAT   black puffer down coat (now 50% off)  |   SCARF   burberry ombre scarf   |   LEGGINGS   lululemon wunder under leggings   |   BOOTS   pink hunter boots (old color, similar linked)   |  HAT   black felt baseball cap (just $10)   |   BAG   monogrammed barrington st. anne tote

COAT   pink kate spade coat (on sale!)   |   SCARF   large beige blanket scarf   |   SHIRT   white long sleeve tee   |   JEANS   black skinny jeans   |   SHOES   sam edelman tall boots   |   BAG   tory burch crossbody

SWEATER   off the shoulder blush sweater

COAT   beige wrap coat (comes in 5 colors!)   |   SCARF   ombre burberry scarf   |   JEANS   black skinny jeans   |   SHOES   jeffrey campbell booties   |   BAG   red tassel crossbody   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   “it’s cherry” lip liner

TOP   beige cozy long sleeve tee   |   SCARF   brown color block scarf   |   BEANIE   pom pom beanie   |   JEANS   jbrand maria jeans

SHOES   leopard flats

SHOES   leopard flats   |   SHIRT   white turtle neck   |   SKIRT   white denim skirt   |   BAG   chanel crossbody   |   LIP COLOR   pigalle   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings   |   SCARF   color block scarf

PULLOVER   plaid vineyard vines shep shirt c/0   |   HAT   red vineyard vines baseball cap c/o   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans

SHOES   steve madden velvet platform heels (come in 3 colors!)   |   EARRINGS   black tassel earrings   |   RING   black statement ring (not online yet, similar linked)

TOP   soulcycle uptown tank (available at the Dallas Uptown location)   |   LEGGINGS   lululemon wunder under leggings   |   SPORTS BRA   forever21 halter sports bra  (old, similar linked)   |   SHOES   adidas superstar sneakers

TOP   red lace off the shoulder top   |   JEANS   black j.crew skinny jeans   |   SHOES   velvet platform heels

TOP   pink turtleneck   |   JEANS   white toothpick jeans   |   SHOES   ugg slippers   |   PLANNER   lara casey powersheets   |   MUG   monogrammed mug

CARDIGAN   ella moss fringe cardigan c/o   |   TOP   splendid white tee c/o   |   JEANS   black j.crew skinny jeans   |   BELT   tory burch reversible belt   |   SHOES   leopard loafers   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

COAT   pink cupcakes & cashmere coat   |   TOP   white mock turtleneck   |   SCARF   grey white and pink scarf   |   JEANS   white toothpick jeans   |   BOOTS   suede slouch boots   |   BAG   tory burch convertible crossbody

TOP   off the shoulder pink sweater   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans   |   SHOES   marc fisher suede wedges   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings   |   LIP COLOR   pink nouveau

SCARF   pink oversized scarf   |   SWEATER   pink turtleneck   |   SUNNIES   black classic rayban aviators   |   BAG   radley tassel satchel c/o   |   SHOES   leopard loafers

SLEEP MASK  bow sleep mask (pink sold out, available in black)  |   SWEATER   oversized sleeves sweater (available in 14 colors)

TICKETS   available here

TOP   pink workout tank   |   LEGGINGS   teal patterned leggings   |   JACKET   pink and blue swing jacket   |   SHOES   adidas superstar sneakers

TOP   ruffle sleeve blouse   |   JEANS   j.crew toothpick jeans   |   BOOTS   suede slouch boots   |   BELT   j.crew leather belt   |   BAG   st. anne monogrammed tote c/o   |   SUNNIES   black classic rayban aviators   |   EARRINGS   lisi lerch earrings

the coffee date

Today’s coffee date is a slightly different one, as I’m using it to reflect on this past year of 2016 as a whole with y’all. And I’m going to go ahead and let you know that this is definitely one of my more personal (and lengthy) posts. We’re digging in a little deeper than the “highlight list” I put together last week! But my hope is that you walk away from todays catch up knowing more about me than you did before, and that if you’re wrestling with the unknown, you’re not the only one!

Looking back at 2016, I’m thankful for the fun year it was. Moving into my own apartment, forming new relationships, traveling more than I thought I’d get the chance to, getting plugged into a church community… all fun things that I’m so grateful for. But as I sit here and think about the overlying themes of the year, there’s one very honest word that really characterizes my 2016… “Martha.” I walked through the year as a Martha.

I sound like I’ve lost it right?

Let’s back it up a little. Back to senior year of college. (#hookem) Before graduation, I remember older girls advising me that the first few months out of school is a huge transition. I heard a lot of this sort of thing.. “Don’t worry, it’s hard but everyone’s in the same boat trying to figure it out!”

Ok! I’d smile and nod and think to myself, “First few months out is a hard transition. Check. I can handle a little transition”

And they were right! The first few months out of college was definitely a transition. But see, I was prepared! The “next step” was laid out for me and its name was “transition.” Everyone I knew would be walking through this transition too. We were “all be in the same boat,” right?

It turns out what I wasn’t prepared for was the following year, when things stopped being a transition and started to just be real life. Because when things settled out of transition into real life, I realized that for the first time, no one I knew was on the same page anymore.

Think about it this way. In school, there’s always the “next grade,” and you and everyone your age are moving on to that “next” at exactly the same time.

Nowadays, however, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some friends have decided to stay in school, while others have moved across the world to pursue dreams. Some are still living at home, and others are getting engaged, walking down the aisle and starting families. No one is in the same boat anymore.

And I didn’t realize that was something that bothered me until I began reflecting on 2016, and noticed that I spent so much of the year feeling really unsettled. In fact, if you look back through my coffee dates in 2016, you’ll find a lot of this…

“I didn’t really feel like I got into a routine this month, but now that things are hopefully slowing down I can’t wait to get into a schedule again!”

Do you know what I’m now realizing about those phrases? They were all code for “Everything is up in the air right now and I don’t like it. What I want is for everything in my life to be settled and sure.”

No questions, no doubts, everything perfectly in its place. No more “Am I doing this life thing right?” moments and certainly no more meltdowns. I want to know the next ten steps of my life, along with corresponding dates and times and a detailed description for each thankyaverymuch.

I’m going to be honest with y’all. This past year I was subconsciously a slave to the idea that now that I’ve transitioned out of college, I need to have life figured out. I should have life figured out. I deserve to have life figured out.

And my guess is I’m not the only one. Maybe you’re in a place of the unknown… you don’t know what next year holds or if the city you live in now will be where you’ll want to live forever or if whoever you’re dating is “the one” or if your job is something you can happily commit the next few years to.

The list just seems to go on, doesn’t it?

Worry. Distraction. A total and complete Martha.

Take a second to read this story with me, pulled right out of Luke 10:38-42.

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Freeze. Look at Martha. Worry, distraction… is she starting to sound like someone you just read about? (Cough cough… me…) Mary decides to just sit and hang out with Jesus. She forgets the to-do list, the planning, the distractions. She focuses on what’s important. Martha? Different story. She’s so caught up with the things right in front of her that she misses the huge opportunity to just be still and be with the Lord.

Friends, I spent so much of 2016 as Martha. Worried and anxious and troubled about many things, when only one thing is important… my relationship with the One who holds my whole world in His hands. Every worry and every uncertainty I have all settle into peace when I realize He already has my life figured out, so I don’t have to. Instead, I get to rest in Him, trust Him.

So this year, this fresh, bright, shiny 2017, I’m taking a deep breath and I’m deciding to sit at the feet of Jesus. I’m choosing to combat the anxiety and trouble about silly things I don’t have figured out, and instead, grab ahold of rest, joy and thankfulness over right where the Lord has placed me. Right in the midst of the unknowns and questions this stage of life brings.

Hear me say this… “sitting at the feet of Jesus” can sound like a shallow, gimmicky phrase when you’re in the trenches grappling with what the future has in store. But take it from a girl who exhausted herself in the last 365 days trying to run around and figure it all out. There’s a lot more rest in sitting than in scurrying around. And there’s untold fulfillment in that sitting when it’s at the feet of the creator of the universe, who loves you more than you will ever know!

While I’m not lucky enough to know your story personally, I’d venture to guess there are areas in your life that are big question marks. Things you’re not sure of that seem to suck you into worry and distraction. As a girl who’s right there with you, here is my reminder to both of use to breathe.

Because something tells me a time is soon coming when we will not only have a routine, we will have a pretty set picture of what our life will look like for years to come. My challenge for us today is that we resolve together to count these years of the “unknown” as a blessing. To savor these moments and this time for the freedom and flexibility they actually bring!

Goodness, friends. I’ve spent the last two weeks in that mindset, and I can’t tell you how drastically different it looks from last year! So, here’s to 2017. A year of sitting in gratitude and rest in the midst of all the unknowns, and a year of looking a little less like Martha and a little more like Mary!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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black bell sleeve dress

I’m not one to wear a ton of solid black, so when it comes to a little black dress, you can bet I only settle for those that have a little extra “oomph” to them. Something that maintains the element of chic while also setting itself apart from the pack. Enter this stunning bell sleeved beauty. I mean… hello gorgeous! I am a sucker for the bell sleeve trend this season, and absolutely love the dramatic flare they can add to any ensemble. I came across this piece a couple of months ago while searching for something to wear to the wedding of a dear friend. The second I laid eyes on this number, I knew I’d stumbled across a winner!

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DRESS   black bell sleeve dress   |   CLUTCH   leopard clutch (back in stock, and just $35)   |   SHOES   stuart weitzman nudist heels   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   pink nouveau

the details

The little black dress is a closet-staple for good reason… simple and strikingly sophisticated, it’s one dress that can be worn to a variety of occasions while always delivering a perfectly poised look. I’m not one to wear a ton of solid black, so when it comes to a little black dress, you can bet I only settle for those that have a little extra “oomph” to them. Something that maintains the element of chic while also setting itself apart from the pack.

Enter this stunning bell sleeved beauty. I mean… hello gorgeous! I am a sucker for the bell sleeve trend this season, and absolutely love the dramatic flare they can add to any ensemble. I came across this piece a couple of months ago while searching for something to wear to the wedding of a dear friend. The second I laid eyes on this number, I knew I’d stumbled across a winner!

The design of these sleeves is a tad bit different from your typical bell sleeve, and in the most gorgeous and subtle way. Take a look at the images where my arms are to my sides, specifically, the third image down from the top. Do you see how elegantly the neckline frames the shoulders? When your arms are down, the sleeves create a beautiful drape effect that looks sophisticated and chic. The fun happens when you get to dancing. That’s when the full effect of the bell sleeves comes into play!

You all know that “fun factor” is a huge deciding characteristic when it comes to selecting and recommending wardrobe pieces, and let me assure you that this is one of the most fun dresses I’ve ever worn to dance in! In fact, here’s a photo my friend Nicole shot at said wedding… case in point.

I’m thrilled to see that this dress has been debuted in new colors for spring! It looks like the sleeves are a touch longer, but that they still have the amazing “wow” factor that this little black dress does! I included the lilac shade in last week’s Latest & Greatest post. I’m dying to add it to my dress collection!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! My goal is to have a new Coffee Date post up tomorrow. Can’t wait to get all caught up, it’s been too long! (If you missed the last one, you can read it here.)

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. For those of you who saw my Insta story, here is the link to my Spotify country playlist!

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