5 easy dresses to brighten your day

So today, I wanted to share this post centered around something incredibly simple that also manages to lift my spirits… the act of getting ready and putting on an easy dress, especially during this season!

Hey, friends! I’m currently sitting in our living room as Andrew works on his taxes and I type out this post. It’s been a slow Saturday morning full of coffee, chill playlists, and open windows. Isolation has been weird and full of lots of unknowns, but in the midst of it all, there have been moments of rest and stillness (like these) that I’ve been trying to soak up. I hope you’ve been able to find moments of joy in the midst of this chaos as well!

As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, Andrew has been home this week on a “one week on, one week off” rotation as his hospital and, specifically, residency program, works to minimize exposure and prepare for the unknowns ahead. Selfishly, I’ve loved having him here these past few days, especially since time off is so rare during residency!

We’ve sought to really and truly rest this week, cooling off on work, catching up on sleep, getting outside at a safe distance, and it’s been the best mental and physical reset. But yesterday, we headed out to our front porch to shoot a fun little project with Nordstrom! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared an outfit post, and doing something normal and creative immediately lifted my spirits.

So today, I wanted to share this post centered around something incredibly simple that also manages to lift my spirits… the act of getting ready and putting on an easy dress, especially during this season!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared in my 7 tips for fostering joy during your day the importance of getting ready each day. Don’t get me wrong, I love a lazy day as much as anyone else, and have definitely indulged in a few of them this past week. But here’s the thing: it always amazes me how much more productive and confident I feel when I take a few minutes to put myself together!

My outfit of choice is always an easy, feminine dress. Why? For one, a dress is such a comfortable option, especially when working from home. (I don’t love working at my desk in jeans all day, especially with all of the social distance snacking I’ve been doing recently. :) But best yet, they make me feel lovely with hardly any effort.

So today, I’m excited to share 5 easy dresses to brighten your day. I hope these pieces put a smile on your face whether you find yourself working from home, a newly-appointed homeschool teacher or simply trying to figure out what this new season means for you. They’re all under $100, and are styles that deserve to be taken out on the town once this is all behind us!

(FYI – With times being tight, Nordstrom is offering site-wide sales on a large array of their inventory. Not only are many of these dresses included, but you’ll find different daily deals. Today, jeans for the whole family are 25% off!)

 

5 easy dresses to brighten your day

 

 

 

Tiered Midi Dress

One of my favorite trends this season is the blousy midi dress. It gives you a glamorous look and such a cozy feel! This piece, in particular, looks perfectly sophisticated and is made with lovely, weighty fabric. Dress this down with sandals for the beach or up with heels and fun statement earrings!

Size Details: I typically go up two sizes to a US 4 in Topshop, but went down to a US 2 due to the billowy nature of this dress. It fits perfectly! I’d recommend wearing a slip underneath the white shade as it isn’t lined.

 

 

 

Floral Shirt Dress

There’s something about a classic shirtdress that simply doesn’t go out of style. The beautiful pink floral pattern on this one in particular, along with the sweet collar detailing, instantly got me! If you haven’t checked it out yet, this brand Court & Rowe is giving me all the classic, french vibes.

Size Details: I ordered my usual size, an XS, in this dress. It fit perfectly, but without a lot of wiggle room! I’d recommend going up one size to be safe in this line.

 

 

 

Tiered Mini Dress

An easy mini dress will always be one of my favorite go-to styles. Effortless, easy, and ladylike, you can wear this cute coral style with everything from sneakers to sandals to wedges! Andrew claimed this was his favorite out of the bunch.

Sizing Details: This dress comes in small, medium and large. I ordered the small (I usually take an XS) and while it was definitely a bit roomy, it works for the style!

 

 

 

Walking On Sunshine

Talk about a dress that instantly puts a smile on your face! This flouncy number from Free People is so much fun to wear. I honestly had a blast even photographing it for this post! Nordstrom is having a fabulous sale currently, and this dress is 40% off.

Size Details: I ordered my usual size, an XS, and it fits perfectly!

 

 

 

Little Blue Dress

Soft enough to camp out on the couch with, easy and classic, this dress is one I’ll own for years. I love the pleated skirt detailing and the relaxed fit. Adorable with sneakers and wedges alike! It also comes in white, which would make for such a cute closet staple.

Size Detailing: I ordered my usual size, an XS, and found this dress to fit slightly large. The style is roomy by nature, but I think you’d be able to size down one if you’re on the shorter side!

 

Here’s the thing. You don’t need to spend a dime if you don’t want to! I’m sure your closet has a few treasures you haven’t worn in a while, and I hope these five dresses inspire you to take a few extra minutes every day to put one on. That simple action always adds a bit more joy to my day, and I hope it does the same for yours!

Over the years, working with Nordstrom has been one of my favorite partnerships and opportunities. I’m so grateful for their continued support during this uncertain time, and so grateful for your engagement!

Sending lots of love to you, and an extra hug to those who don’t have the ability to stay home and put on pretty dresses, but rather are on the frontlines keeping us all safe. You are our heroes.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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15 loungewear sets i’m loving

Even though they’re just as cozy, loungewear sets give me more of a “put together” feel than your typical PJs, and that “put together” feeling is one of my favorites… especially during this time. I’m excited to share a few of my favorite sets with you today!

Hey, friends! If you’re wondering where I was yesterday… our refrigerator finally, forever broke. (Perfect timing, right?!) Andrew and I managed to find a model that Lowe’s was willing to sell from the floor, get it back to our home, move it into our kitchen (we used this contraption and it was actually pretty easy!), hook it up, transfer the food, and remove the old fridge.

Whew, I’m tired just typing that out!

Needless to say, it kept us busy nearly all day! With Andrew being off this week, it’s been the perfect time for us to finish a few projects around the house. I’m loving this little stay at home vacation with him so much. So forgive me for not being on here and Instagram quite as much!

I’m really excited to get this post live, though. I’ve been putting it together since last week, and finally have a few moments to sit down and publish it… 15 loungewear sets I’m loving! You know me, I’m all about getting dressed (preferably into an easy little dress) in order to feel productive and take on the day, but this week in particular I’ve loved living in loungewear.

I could do a whole other post on pajamas (and will, if y’all want me to!) but wanted to focus on loungewear sets today. Why? Because these don’t make me feel like I’m stuck in pajamas all day! Even though they’re just as cozy, loungewear sets give me more of a “put together” feel than your typical PJs, and that “put together” feeling is one of my favorites… especially during this time.

So, without further ado, here are a few favorites of mine! The sets marked with a heart indicate a price tag of $50 or less (as of the time I’m posting this!). I’ll also be sharing a few favorite loungewear brands below!

 

cute loungewear sets

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from left to right

grey striped set // light grey set (top, shorts, pants) // deep grey set (top, pants)

pale blue set (top, pants) // blue tie-dye set (top, pants) // mint set (top, shorts)

cream and white set // pink leopard set // mauve set (top, pants)

pink collared set // pink shorts set // pink sweatshirt set (top, shorts)

white patterned set // twist front lilac set (top, pants) // navy set (top, pants)

 

So cute, right?! Here are a few of my favorite loungewear brands!

 

COLSIE $

 

The only reason you won’t find any Colsie pieces in the roundup above is that there aren’t any “flat” product images. But be sure to check out this Target brand… so many adorable and affordable sets! I’m especially loving these grey leopard shorts ($15!) paired with this grey leopard sweatshirt ($20!).

 

HONEYDEW $

I bought my first set of Honeydew (this pink star top and short) right before my honeymoon because I wanted something that was super comfortable but also cute! I have been hooked ever since. The material is unbelievably soft, and stays that way no matter how many times it’s washed. I wear the top with leggings all the time, as it’s great for mixing and matching! I have my eye on this set next. Shop this brand at Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Amazon.

 

WEEKEND $$

Have you heard of the J.Crew Weekend collection? Tons of cozy favorites (everything from leggings to biker shorts to sweatshirts) that you can mix and match into classic, colorful ensembles. These camo leggings are next on my list!

 

PJ HARLOW $$$

If you’re looking to feel a little lux and don’t mind spending more for beautiful quality, look no further than PJ Harlow! I was introduced to this brand a couple of years ago when Andrew’s very stylish and chic grandmother gifted me this set for Christmas. The satiny fabric is to die for, and so easy to care for! If nothing else, trust me and buy these pants.

 

Now that loungewear is on the rise, I’d love to know any brands you’re loving!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the happy list // no. 2

Two weeks ago, I published a list of things that made me happy instead of my usual roundup of cute new arrivals. Honestly, it was pretty therapeutic to put together, and from the feedback I received, you enjoyed it too!

Two weeks ago, I published a list of things that made me happy instead of my usual roundup of cute new arrivals. Honestly, it was pretty therapeutic to put together, and from the feedback I received, you enjoyed it too!

To carry on that tradition, and celebrate the joy of a new week even though this Monday may look a little different than most, I’m excited to bring you another little happy list. I hope these put a smile on your face today!

DRESS // SANDALS // HAT // SUNGLASSES // BELT (old, similar linked) // BRACELETS

 

the happy list

 

  • Peloton now offers dance cardio classes in their app! One of my best friends and I Facetimed while taking the Ally Love + Hannah Marie Corbin 20 minute class and had the best time.
  • Betsy Cribb, a fave Southern Living editor of mine, is back with a second hilarious edition of “Corona Style.”
  • I’ve had a few questions asking for a bible study recommendation. There are so many great ones out there! This week, Andrew and I are going through the seven day “Psalms of Rest” study from She Reads Truth. We really enjoyed the first devotional. So well timed!
  • Neiman Marcus, Gap, Joann, Ralph Lauren, Eddie Bauer, Hanes, H&M along with smaller businesses (like NARDOS, one of my favorite designers in Dallas) and individuals are now manufacturing scrubs, gowns and masks in an effort to help in the fight against COVID-19. One of my favorite bloggers, Carly, has been pitching in as well! So inspiring.
  • Painted my nails in this shade earlier this week and it’s making me so happy!
  • Have you made a social distancing bucket list? Sharing mine here!
  • Lilly Pulitzer is continuing to pay its employees during this time. Last week, the offered an unprecedented 30% off select items online! (This is the first time in my entire life I’ve seen Lilly go on sale apart from the semi-annual After Party Sale.) Today, you’ll receive a printed tumbler for every $150 spent. Can’t wait to see all the fun this brand has in store!
  • Andrew and I have two fun two-person+ games to recommend that we’ve been loving lately. Add Monopoly Deal and Ticket To Ride to your collection if you don’t have them already! (Psst, Target is offering buy 2 get 1 free on select board games!)
  • Have you heard about the birthday party parade trend? Since parties have had to be canceled, friends are celebrating birthdays in a socially-responsible way by getting together for a parade that goes right by the birthday girl/boy’s house. Honking, waving, the whole nine yards. It’s all over Instagram right now and it’s so cute!
  • Social distancing has brought about a new alter ego of mine. Meet Carolyn. She’s a trip. Here are the links to her hat (currently on sale!), sunglasses, sandals, dress and belt (similar linked).

Another thing that’s putting a big, big grin on my face? The fact that Andrew will be home with me this week! His residency program has decided to move residents to a “one week on, one week off” schedule in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and keep residents healthy in the event they need to fill in for sick physicians should the current situation escalate.

Residency is no joke, and Andrew having a full week off is incredibly rare. So in the midst of all of the unknowns, I am thanking the Lord for this huge blessing, and I plan to soak up every second.

While I’ll still be doing a bit of blog work here and there this week, my main focus is going to be treating this week like a vacation and spending quality time with the hubs. We already have a few golf cart outings, Peloton battles (we try to beat each other’s output for a given ride), Ticket to Ride tournaments, movie marathons, and fun homemade dinners planned.

Whatever this week looks like for you, I’m praying you’re at peace and feeling healthy. You’re not alone, don’t forget that!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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a new collection i’m loving

It’s been a while since I’ve done some “online window shopping”, as I like to call it. Keeping tabs on new arrivals from my favorite retailers has always been one of my favorite things, and constantly keeps me inspired and looking forward to what’s ahead!

It’s been a while since I’ve done some “online window shopping”, as I like to call it. Keeping tabs on new arrivals from my favorite retailers has always been one of my favorite things, and constantly keeps me inspired and looking forward to what’s ahead!

As my mind has been on other things over the past two-ish weeks, it was so refreshing and flat out fun to just let myself be distracted by beautiful things today. Reminder: you don’t have to spend a thing to do that!

While pursuing from the comfort of my own desk, I came across a new collection from one of my favorite affordable fashion destinations, H&M. And wow… I was instantly transported to a time when summer travels were just ahead and bags were in need of packing!

While that isn’t our current reality now, I think you’ll still enjoy looking at these beautiful pieces, which, fun fact, are made from sustainably sourced materials and using sustainable methods. Feast your eyes on my favorites below, and check out the entire collection here!

(Psst, the model shots showcase these pieces more accurately. You can click directly on each piece for those images!)

 

 

Fabulous, right?! I have to confess, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering this blue and white dress that’s under $100! I grabbed the matching scarf and think, with the scarf tied in my hair or on my bag, they’ll be adorable paired together!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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my social distancing bucket list + template

Ok, friends. Here’s the deal. We are in a weird season. One filled with a lot of uncertainty, doubt, anxiety, heartbreak… a lot of real, hard stuff. I had a moment yesterday, well really I had a whole day yesterday, where I let myself wallow in that. It was kinda…

Ok, friends. Here’s the deal. We are in a weird season. One filled with a lot of uncertainty, doubt, anxiety, heartbreak… a lot of real, hard stuff.

I had a moment yesterday, well really I had a whole day yesterday, where I let myself wallow in that. It was kinda pitiful, but I just needed to be sad. But like He always does, the Lord met me right where I was, in the midst of that sadness, and laid this well-known verse on my heart:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

In that moment, right the middle of my sadness, I knew a new morning was coming. And I was reminded of something: my sadness, anxiety and funk would come to an end, but the Lord’s faithfulness, mercy, presence and love in my life never will.

Dang. Why do I let myself worry again?

So this morning, I got up and decided to rewire my brain a bit. Instead of letting myself dwell on the anxious thoughts in my head, I decided to create a bucket list in an effort to focus on making the most out of this time! Because when I look back on this season, I don’t want to look back to see that I worried it all away.

What I do want to look back and see? That I was present in both the joys and the hardships, that I looked for (and saw) the ways the Lord showed up, and that I lived each day with a grateful heart. When I look back on this time, I want to be able to count just as many blessings as trials. And a large part of that is up to me!

So today, I want to share a bucket list I’ve created to keep me hunting for joy and living in gratitude. To be honest, it’s a bunch of silly things and many of them I should have already been doing! But I’m excited for a chance to really make them happen now that things have slowed down.

As I knock them off, I’ll keep you updated. And as I add more to my list, I’ll let you know! I hope you’ll do the same, and together all find ways to make the most out of this season.

 

my social distancing bucket list

 

Take a long bath with a light candle, a glass of wine, and Enya playing. (Judge all you want.)

Make my mom’s unbelievable homemade apple pie for the first time.

Unpack and organize Andrew’s study.

Complete my first needlepoint project. (I got my canvas in last night and have already started!)

Paint my front door.

Respond to 20 DMs a day.

Finally put some flowers in my pots.

Spring clean our closet and donate/sell unwanted items.

Give Flynn a hair cut.

Memorize one verse a week.

Clean out my car.

Change the lightbulbs in my house.

Research waxing my own eyebrows. (HA! But seriously….)

Get photos off of my phone and into physical photo albums.

Dress up one night a week.

Start and finish a new lighthearted book. (Recommendations welcome!)

Do a facemask with Andrew.

Update the @myfriendflynn Instagram page.

Give myself a hair trim.

Take a yoga class on my back porch.

Create an interior inspiration board for my office.

Clean out and organize the laundry room.

Try one new Peloton instructor a week.

Make a fancy cocktail.

My goal is to document each one on Instagram Stories so you can see me check off the list! Perhaps I’ll even turn some of them (like my mom’s unbelievable apple pie recipe) into full blog posts. I’m getting excited just thinking about it! :)

Now, it’s your turn! Let me know what’s on your list, and let’s keep each other accountable while making the most out of this season! If you’d like, feel free to save this photo to your phone, upload to your IG Stories and fill it in! (Tag me, I’d love to see it!)

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

P.S. If you have any ideas for cuter names to call this bucket list (social distancing bucket list doesn’t have the smoothest ring to it) let me know!

j.crew factory sale // five looks for 50% off

This morning, after scrolling through update upon update, I confess craving that sense of normalcy. So, in an effort to give myself (and perhaps you!) that, I decided to create something lighthearted and fun. Five looks from the J.Crew Factory 50% off sale!

A fresh week and a fresh start… after last week, I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful for a Monday! While our weekend looked very low-key, Andrew and I both agreed it was one of the best we’ve had here in Gainesville. After all, it’s no secret that omething about slowing down is good for the soul.

With everything going on, it’s been therapeutic to build a sense of routine and normalcy into my day-to-day. (I shared a post about this last week if you missed it!) This morning, after scrolling through update upon update, I confess craving that sense of normalcy. So, in an effort to give myself (and perhaps you!) that, I decided to create something lighthearted and fun. Five looks from the J.Crew Factory 50% off sale!

I want to be incredibly sensitive to the strange times we’re in, and so I hope this doesn’t come across as a sales push. More than anything, creating these outfits gave me a really great distraction today… and hopefully, they give you a nice distraction as well!

With that being said, here are a few looks giving me a bit of spring inspiration.

 

look no. 1

What can I say… I love an all-white ensemble with a well-placed leopard accessory! I’ve been eyeing this headband and think it makes the perfect finishing touch. Also, are these sandals (currently on sale for $25) not so chic?!

 

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look no. 2

 

Wrap skirts and ruffles is one combination I’ll never grow weary of. This blue and white striped piece is picture-perfect. Dress down with sandals and a white tee, or dress up with a pretty blouse and heels! Don’t even get me started on the precious waist tie.

 

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look no. 3

 

Work-ready, and effortlessly chic! Elevate your 9-5 game with this sassy twist on the tan and black cap-toe trend. And trust me… this blouse looks even cuter on than it does in this collage!

 

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look no. 4

 

The perfect vacation ensemble… easy, lovely and light. Since my plans involve staying on my couch for the foreseeable future, I’ll just dream of brighter days when I can take this skirt out for a spin along the seashore.

 

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look no. 5

 

Navy, twice, and everything nice! There’s something classic about a navy and white ensemble. Pairing one of these adorable swimsuits with this navy rickrack coverup is something I hope I get to do very soon!

 

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Here’s to hoping your start to the week is happy and bright. Sending you a big hug if it isn’t, because that’s ok too.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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