a little leopard

WRAP | SWEATER | JEANS | BAG | SUNGLASSES | SHOES (chanel, similar linked) | WATCH (kate spade, not yet available) | EARRINGS Leopard, ladies. I can’t get enough of it! A little bit goes a long way. In my opinion, there’s no better way to add a pop of…

WRAP | SWEATER | JEANS | BAG | SUNGLASSES | SHOES (chanel, similar linked) | WATCH (kate spade, not yet available) | EARRINGS

Leopard, ladies. I can’t get enough of it! A little bit goes a long way. In my opinion, there’s no better way to add a pop of fun to a neutral ensemble… which is why I’m loving this leopard wrap!

I actually tried on this scarf a few weeks ago and quickly realized y’all loved it as much as I do. It’s lightweight, soft, and the inverse color detailing is such a cute touch.

Since it does have a large, loose fit, I’d recommend styling it with slimmer pieces. A great pair of skinny jeans and a simple sweater, or even a cute little black dress. Lots of options when it comes to a piece like this!

Best yet?! You can take 40% off this wrap with the code GOBIG. Most of the J.Crew site is included in this sale, as well. These are always my favorite times to stock up on great fall basics!

Wishing everyone a lovely Wednesday! We just toured the Louvre and right now are taking a quick coffee break before lunch. Can’t wait to share more!

Love from Paris,

Kate

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packing for paris // 18 items in my bag

Bonjour, friends! I’m writing to you from way up high… currently en route to Paris! My bags are all packed, checked and, gratefully, under 50 lbs. A huge win in my book! (Technically the largest one was 52, but the kind attendant looked the other way. Whew!)

Bonjour, friends! I’m writing to you from way up high… currently en route to Paris! My bags are all packed, checked and, gratefully, under 50 lbs. A huge win in my book! (Technically the largest one was 52, but the kind attendant looked the other way. Whew!)

My friend Caroline and I will be landing at 6am this Monday morning, and plan to hit the ground running. No time to waste, am I right?

I thought it would be fun to share a sneak peek at what I’ve packed up for the 10 day journey ahead. I love dressing for Paris, especially in autumn. Give me all the layers! You’ll be seeing plenty of looks over on Instagram these next two weeks, but here’s a preview.

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ONE (wearing size 0) | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE | TEN | ELEVEN | TWELVE | THIRTEEN (color “daring red”) | FOURTEEN | FIFTEEN | SIXTEEN | SEVENTEEN | EIGHTEEN

I kept my ensembles very classic and neutral for the most part, but there is one trendy piece I’m so excited to break out… these mom jeans! I never thought I could ever pull them off, and maybe I can’t (haha!), but I’m officially obsessed. Can’t wait to wear them!

Signing off to watch Aladdin and hopefully get some sleep before the long flight ahead. Wishing everyone a fabulous start to your week!

Love from Somewhere Way Up High,

Kate

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a few friday favorites

I can’t wait to take you along on all of the fun in France this coming week, but before wheels are up, let’s go over a few favorites from this week. I’ve got some fun ones to share with you! Here’s a peek at a few things I’m packing up:

You know what makes this Friday especially fun? The fact that I… drumroll please… leave for Paris in two days! If you haven’t heard me talk about it yet, I’m packing my bags and heading to France as a guest of Disney Adventures for a Seine River Cruise. My precious friend Caroline is joining me for a whirlwind 10 day trip through France, and we’ve been talking about it non-stop these past few weeks!

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Paris a handful of times over the years. It’s without a doubt my favorite city in the world, because the cliches are true. It’s just as magic in-person as every movie and song makes it out to be!

This will be my first time exploring other parts of France, and the Adventures by Disney team has crafted the most incredible itinerary complete with visits to chateaus, hikes to the top of beautiful towns, orchard visits, macaroon demonstrations and more. I cannot wait to see more of this stunning country!

I can’t wait to take you along on all of the fun, but before wheels are up, let’s go over a few favorites from this week. I’ve got some fun ones to share with you! Here’s a peek at a few things I’m packing up:

RUG | FAUX FUR JACKET | COAT | FLATS (chanel, similar linked) | CAP TOE SLINGBACKS | WHITE SNEAKERS

 

friday favorites

 

NEW JUSTIN BIEBER SONG

Have y’all heard it? It’s a new one with Dan & Shay (interesting collaboration but I’m here for it!) called 10,000 hours… and it’s so sweet! Having a bit of a JBiebs moment due to his recent wedding celebration at the Montage Palmetto Bluff.

FAVE SHAVE CREAM

I picked this up on a whim while at Target the other day, and I don’t know what magic is bottled up in this but my legs have never felt smoother! Have any of y’all tried it?

BOOK UPDATE

A few of you have asked how I’ve been liking a new book I’ve been reading, American Royals. I’m now 3/4 of the way through it, and am loving it so far! It’s definitely a teen read, but it’s fun to get lost in this alternate reality. Excited that it’s a series, and more books will be coming out!

DREAM DRESS (I’M TAKING WITH ME!)

It’s not often I splurge on a piece that’s not specifically for a special occasion, but when I saw this dress, my heart stopped. The color, the fit… everything, absolute perfection! It arrived a few days ago and fits like a dream. (I ordered a Ted Size 0.) I’m packing it up for Paris because if the city of lights is not an occasion to wear this I don’t know what is!

MY WHITE SNEAKER SITUATION

My new shoe crush? These white sneakers! Not only are they insanely comfortable, but there’s also a 2″ wedge hidden inside! I’ll take a little lift wherever I can get it these days. so these were a no brainer. They’re going to be my go-to in France, and now I’m wanting them in every color!

HOME CHEF HOME RUN

Andrew and I have been using Home Chef for a couple of months now, and seriously can not say enough good things. It’s a total dream that they’ve chosen to partner with me, so you’ll be seeing me create some of their meals these next few months! This shoutout isn’t sponsored, however. I just wanted to let y’all know about a few delicious orders we’ve cooked recently… Ginger Steak and Peppers, Korean BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, and Chicken Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps all get five stars from us. If you’ve used Home Chef before, what have been some of your favorite meals?

Now, I need to finish up packing and a few errands! Andrew and I are heading to our neighborhood October Festival this evening and tailgating for the Florida homecoming game tomorrow. It’s busy weekend before an even busier week, and I’m so excited!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

wedding wednesday // let’s hear it for the (page)boys

I’ve been lucky enough to have been a flower girl twice in my lifetime. And I know it sounds cheesy, but I have to confess that to this day those were two of my favorite experiences of my lifetime. I still remember them like they were yesterday… my first taste…

I’ve been lucky enough to have been a flower girl twice in my lifetime. And I know it sounds cheesy, but I have to confess that to this day those were two of my favorite experiences of my lifetime. I still remember them like they were yesterday… my first taste of matrimony magic! The dancing, the dresses, it all felt like a total dream. To this day, I still cherish those photos!

Which is why I knew without a doubt that when my own wedding came, I definitely wanted children involved! By the time Andrew and I were to be wed, however, none of my cousins had little girls of flower girl age. But boys?! Oh, plenty of those. Five, in fact!

This sparked my desire to have five, yes five, little boys five and under in our wedding. Four are the children of my cousins that I am very closest to, and one is Andrew’s baby cousin, which made for such a special and sentimental touch. And throughout the craziness of wedding planning, thinking about these five precious littles walking down the aisle always managed to put a huge smile on my face!

The reality was even better (and crazier!) than I could have ever dreamed. I hope you enjoy these photos of these precious page boys! Everyone, meet Coleman, William, Woodson, Beckett, and Cash! (Psst, I’m sharing all the info on their outfits below!)

 

our pageboys

 

BOYS OUTFITS (use code LONESTAR10 for 10% off your order!) | SHOES | KNEE SOCKS

Let’s just say, I seriously hope I get to be a boy mom one of these days!

My vision? A whole gang of them dressed in little white shorts, shoes and knee socks. I was looking for something beautiful and timeless, a trickier combination to find than I had anticipated! I did some serious Pinterest stalking and intense google searching before finding the most precious ensembles from Isabel Garreton. My mom and I combed through each option and settled on the Sebastian ensemble in cotton!

When we first found the ensembles, which were exactly what I had envisioned, I didn’t realize what an amazing company Isabel Garreton is! So I wanted to take a second to introduce you. Isabel Garreton is actually a social enterprise, meaning the company is not profit-based, and has existed for thirty years to help women break the cycle of poverty for their families. So not only are the garments exquisitely made, but they change lives! There’s a video of the beautiful story behind the line that you can watch here.

When we received these crips, pristine and completely adorable outfits in the mail a couple of months before our wedding, I literally cried. They were so much more beautiful in person than I had imagined! We (and by we I mean my mother) spent the next few weeks adjusting the hem on each top and short so that the fit was just perfect, hitting a few inches above the knee. Then, the accessories! My mother found these little white lace ups and some white knee socks to finish out the look.

I’ll never forget laying out the pieces the day of the wedding and lacing up each shoe with my mom. There were so many details of the wedding I was excited for, but this was without a doubt on the tippy top of my list. When I walked out to the front of the church to see the boys in their outfits for the first time, I nearly dropped dead with how cute they were.

All five of them were absolutely adorable running around causing trouble before the ceremony. (Bless their saintly mothers who got them through the long day!) When the time came to walk down the aisle, only three of the five made it. Haha! But the comedic relief it gave to such a serious ceremony was perfect, and I can’t wait to have these photos as the boys get older and older. (And to one day pull out when they get married, too!)

I have been so excited to share these details with you, since these boys were one of the highlights of our big day. Also, the lovely team at Isabel Garreton has provided a discount code for Lonestar Southern followers! Use code LONESTAR10 for 10% off your purchase. And since I’ve received so many questions about the exact outfits, I wanted to let you know that the Sebastian ensemble is currently sold out in cotton but still available in silk. It will be back in stock in cotton shortly!

Now I’m dying to know… did you have children in your wedding?! And if so, how many!

Don’t forget to check out more of my wedding-related posts here!

 

more wedding posts

 

Photo Reveal // Our Ceremony

Photo Reveal // Our Rehearsal Dinner

Photo Reveal // Our Reception Decor

How I Found My Wedding Dress

Our Wedding Video Trailer

How I Got In Shape For My Wedding

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Photography by John Cain Photography

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our weekend in savannah // weekend travel guide

This past weekend, Andrew and I took our first trip just the two of us! We’d honeymooned, yes, and headed to California for a wedding, but this was the first time we got out of town to do something just for fun. And it was a blast!

This past weekend, Andrew and I took our first trip just the two of us! We’d honeymooned, yes, and headed to California for a wedding, but this was the first time we got out of town to do something just for fun. And it was a blast!

The Alida Hotel, a small, luxury hotel in Savannah, Georgia, reached out with an invitation for the weekend. (So keep in mind, this trip was complimentary. Obviously my opinions are my own!) So on Friday night, once Andrew got off of work, we packed up the car and made the 3.5 hour drive to Savannah.

Neither of us had been to this beautiful, historic city before, and we were excited to see what it was all about. The Alida team provided us with some amazing recommendations, and y’all came in in a huge way with some fabulous tips as well! Today, I’m so excited to share with you what we did, along with all of the fun recommendations you sent in that we didn’t have time for.

 

Friday Night

 

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12:30 pm // Made it to Savannah! We checked into The Alida and were instantly wow’d by the beautiful aesthetic. (Check out the website to see what I mean!) The hotel receptionist handed us two refillable waterbottles and let us know there was a water station on each floor… loved that little detail!

Our room was beautiful, y’all. We stayed in a Corner Suite and loved how spacious, crisp and gorgeous the look was. We’d hoped to make it to the downstairs restaurant, The Rhett, in time for drinks and dessert, but since it was past midnight we decided to call it a night and wake up early to enjoy a full Saturday in Savannah!

 

Saturday Morning

 

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10:45 am // After letting ourselves sleep in (such a luxury these days!) we got up and headed out to by far the most recommended brunch spot y’all sent in… Collins Quarter! Oh. My. Goodness. It was to-die-for!

Along the way, we walked down Broughton Street, which many of you had recommended. So many adorable shops! (We found The Alida to be located perfectly around all the spots we wanted to visit, this street included!) Our favorite was The Paris Market. We were hungry for brunch so didn’t stay long, but made a mental note to return Sunday morning!

There was about a 45-minute wait, so we grabbed a couple of bloody marys and walked around the adorable neighborhood. Brunch itself was well worth it. I had french toast straight from heaven above, and Andrew had a delicious eggs benedict!

Fabulous service, atmosphere and food. 10/10 recommend!

 

Saturday Afternoon

 

1:00 pm // After we were completely stuffed, we managed to waddle on over to the Old Town Trolley Tour outpost and jump on a trolley! The Alida team, along with many of you, had recommended this as a great way to see Savannah. It’s hop-on, hop-off, and Andrew and I really enjoyed the flexibility it offered while allowing us to see the beautiful city. Highly recommend!

1:45 pm // It suddenly occurred to me that a shop I’ve dreamed of visiting for years now, Emily McCarthy, is located in Savannah! I convinced Andrew to jump off the trolley and head there with me.

It ended up being a little too far off of the trolley trail to make it convenient (we ended up calling an uber a few minutes into the trek) but I had so much fun visiting the adorable boutique. For some reason, I had packed sweater dresses for dinner and realized I was going to need something a bit lighter… I ended up gabbing the cutest dress (on sale!) and bangles there!

3:00 pm // At this point in the afternoon, we were exhausted from all of the sightseeing and shopping. (Word to the wise, it’s HOT in Savannah!) I would have loved to do some more exploring, but since we were really looking forward to pre-dinner drinks on the rooftop of The Alida, we decided to head back to our room to rest and freshen up before the evening.

 

Saturday Evening

 

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6:00 pm // After a couple of hours of downtime, we headed upstairs to the rooftop bar at The Alida… The Lost Square! I truly can’t tell you how much we enjoyed it. The design was stunning and afforded great views of the water and the city. String lights, soft music, and best yet, not overly-crowded! We were able to find two cozy chairs easily.

We ordered drinks and an appetizer (ask for the fried cauliflower… it’s technically not on the Lost Square menu but they will make it for you and it’s drool-worthy!) and took in the views as the sunset. It was a perfect way to head into the night, and was probably my favorite moment of the trip!

7:30 pm // A two minute Uber ride took us to Husk, where we had a dinner reservation awaiting us. This was another spot that had been recommended by y’all! Wow.. talk about a beautiful building! The restaurant is housed in a stunning historic home. When we walked up into the main dining area, which used to be a ballroom, we made an audible “oh my gosh!

It was definitely a leisurely, slow-paced meal. We had the coziest tucked-away booth, and enjoyed looking through the inventive menu, which changes daily! Such a cool culinary experience.

10:00 pm // Finally, we made it back to our room! We would’ve loved to go out on the town, but again we found ourselves completely exhausted! Ordering room service dessert (still dreaming about that brownie and ice cream) and falling asleep to an action movie was just what the doctor ordered.

 

Sunday Morning

 

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11:00 am // After another full night’s sleep, we packed up our bags, checked out of The Alida and ventured out into the city for one final meal. (Because if there’s one thing we prioritized this trip… it was eating! :)

This time, we decided to stop into The Paris Market and grab an “appetizer” of lattes and macaroons. The staff was SO sweet and the entire experience absolutely darling, from the sidewalk tables that looked straight out of Paris to the delicious pastries!

We decided to check out another highly-recommended spot by y’all, Little Duck Diner! Let’s just say they’ve got the adorable, instagrammable, and completely delicious trifecta down. I couldn’t stop snapping photos!

The food was also amazing. It had southern classics as well as Asian-inspired dishes, and I absolutely devoured my Grilled Salmon bowl. The drinks were also fab! Andrew’s bloody mary came with a rubber ducky, which he quickly let me place in my mimosa instead. :)

 

After a full, sunny Sunday morning, we reluctantly got into our car and hit the road back to Gainesville. It was a perfect weekend, and we loved every second of our stay in Savannah! We fell in love with this active, historic city and hope to visit again soon. One weekend is not enough!

Before signing off, I thought I’d share a few other recommendations many of you sent in that we didn’t get to try!

Brunch/Lunch

  • Gryphon Tea Room
  • J Christopher’s
  • Soho South
  • The Old Pink House

Dinner/Bars

  • The Public
  • Cotton & Rye
  • The Grey
  • The Vault
  • Atlantic
  • Top Deck
  • The Grove
  • Peregrin Rooftop Bar
  • Drinks at Perry Lane Hotel
  • Blowin Smoke
  • Traylor Park
  • Flying Noodle Bar
  • Vic’s on the River
  • Wet Willies
  • The Old Pink House
  • Paula Deens
  • AJs Dockside
  • Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos
  • Manion on Forsyth for drinks
  • Abe’s in Lincoln
  • Jen and Friends for drinks
  • Artillery
  • The Bohemian
  • Alley Cat

Coffee/Snacks

  • Leopolds Icecream
  • Coffee Fox
  • Paris Market
  • Gallery Espresso
  • Byrd’s Cookies

Like I said, I hope we get to visit again. We have so many more things to check off the list! Did I leave anything out? Let me know!

Thanks again to the Alida Hotel for providing a beautiful, complimentary stay. What a wonderful weekend!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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how to throw an easy & adorable fall tailgate

Hosting new friends at our home here in Gainesville, Florida has become one of our very favorite things. We’ve done game nights, make-your-own-pizza get-togethers, but my favorite this fall is a good old fashioned tailgate at home.

When I married Andrew, I knew some things were going to have to change in regards to my own personal life… mainly, my fervor (or lack-there-of) for football. Let’s just say as one of two girls, Saturdays were spent at the mall rather than watching a game. (God bless my kind, patient father.) Can you blame me?!

This season, Andrew has been patiently teaching me all of the terms, player info and lingo. Little by little, I’m getting there!

And while I’m still a ways away from being a die-hard fan, there is one aspect of football I’m already head-over-heels for… tailgating!

Hosting new friends at our home here in Gainesville, Florida has become one of our very favorite things. We’ve done game nights, make-your-own-pizza get-togethers, but my favorite this fall is a good old fashioned tailgate at home.

Today, I’m excited to share our fall tailgate essentials… and you may not believe it, but every single thing is from Walmart! With free next-day delivery on eligible orders over $35 and prices that leave room in the budget for other autumn fun, Walmart has become my one-stop-shop for all party essentials… from game-time food and snacks to serveware, kitchen appliances, home entertainment and more!

 

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at-home tailgate essentials

 

 

Let’s start with an easy tailgate hack! To keep setup easy and quick, designate one space to house all your tailgating goods, and have fun with it!

I created a tailgating station using this adorable gold bar cart, which is under $150! I love that you can switch up the theme based on the time of year. To play up the fall football theme, I added this cute $5 football banner and some adorable $6 “eat drink football” plates.

I also found tons of cute fall decor while running in to my local Walmart for snacks, like these $7 hay bales. (This mini hay bale I used on the top shelf is just $3!) The faux pumpkin arrangement made for the cutest pop of fall color. I grabbed it in-store, and am looking for it online now. I’ll keep y’all updated!

Now let’s get to the main event… snacks! I like to keep things easy and enjoyable for everyone by bringing in a few childhood favorites. Who can say no to cheeseballs, pretzels, popcorn, chips & salsa and candy?

The only thing I home make is my favorite Saltine Toffee because it’s so easy and something everyone enjoys. I’ve slightly adapted this recipe, and it’s divine. Here’s how to make it!

 

Saltine Toffee

 

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Line cookie sheet with saltine crackers in a single layer.

Place the sugar and butter in a saucepan. Without stirring, bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.

Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate and top with sea salt and chopped nuts. Cool completely and break into pieces.

Warning… be sure you have plenty of people over to enjoy this stuff with. If not, you may wind up eating the entire pan by yourself! (Not that I’ve done that or anything…)

Fall tailgates are such a fun way to entertain, and thanks to Walmart, they don’t have to be a huge production! I know I’m so looking forward to continuing this tradition this season as I gradually figure out football. :) Would love to know all of your tailgate favorites!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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