leopard print booties

Fall always brings a host of new trends to try out and have fun with, and there’s one I’m particularly excited about this year… leopard print shoes! I’ve always been a huge fan of the well-placed pop of leopard, and this year it seems like the stars have aligned to bring us the best selection I’ve seen yet.

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SHOES   leopard print booties (sized up 1/2 size)   |   TOP   lush roll tab blouse (available in 5 colors)   |   JEANS   rag & bone skinny jeans   |   BAG   tory burch tassel crossbody (available in clay)   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs |   WATCH   kate spade watch   |   BRACELET   david yurman cable bracelet

Fall always brings a host of new trends to try out and have fun with, and there’s one I’m particularly excited about this year… leopard print shoes! I’ve always been a huge fan of the well-placed pop of leopard, and this year it seems like the stars have aligned to bring us the best selection I’ve seen yet.

No surprise here, Nordstrom’s shoe department takes the cake with a huge array of leopard print shoes. We’re talking slides to sneakers to ballet flats and beyond… something for every aesthetic and style!

That’s where I found this pair of heeled booties by Vince Camuto. I was lucky enough to stumble upon these right when they hit the site, because I’m absolutely positive these won’t last long. (They’re currently available in every size, praise!)

From the gorgeously colored calf hair to the flattering-yet-manageable height of the cute, chunky heel, these babies are perfection. Not to mention, I’ve found these to be comfortable, which is always a hit or miss when it comes to booties. Since product page going up  a 1/2 size, I ordered a 7.5 instead of a 7. They fit perfectly!

What’s so fun about a great pair of leopard shoes is that they immediately elevate your look with minimal effort. Here, I’m wearing a simple blouse (which is amazing for layering), my go-to pair of jeans that I snatched from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and a versatile cross body bag. So simple, but with the leopard booties, it immediately takes on a more polished edge!

The versatility of leopard print might also surprise you. Not only do they look fabulous with neutrals, but pair with stripes or a gingham top for an unexpected but chic ensemble. The print also lends itself to all of the gorgeous, deep hues we see throughout fall and winter. I know this is a shoe I will wear constantly throughout the next few months!

Not only are these booties a fun way to bring leopard into your wardrobe, but check out these classic loafers, these platform sneakers (obsessed), and these gorgeous pumps! Whatever your style, you won’t go wrong incorporating leopard print into it this season! Click here for the entire selection from Nordstrom!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post!

Photography by Angie Garcia

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off the shoulder bow dress

DRESS   off the shoulder bow dress (also comes in navy)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   EARRINGS   white drop earrings   |   BAG   woven straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked) I didn’t think it could be done, but this one dress encapsulates…

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DRESS   off the shoulder bow dress (also comes in navy)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   EARRINGS   white drop earrings   |   BAG   woven straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked)

I didn’t think it could be done, but this one dress encapsulates all of the trends we’ve seen and loved this summer! The bell flutter sleeves, the off the shoulder neckline, the darling bow detail… I love how they all work to create a quintessential summer southern frock.

While I’ve gotten plenty of use out of this off the shoulder bow dress over the past couple of months, I love that the longer sleeve length makes it a perfect transition piece as we head into fall. It also comes in navy, which would look adorable with cowboy boots for tail gates this football season!

The line that this dress is from, Soprano, is one of my favorites for on-trend dresses at a great price point. I have my eye on this pink beauty, and love this chic little black dress for a formal or wedding. I love that there are lots of options that work on a budget!

Before signing off, I wanted to share with y’all the cutest straw bags I found while looking for one that’s similar to the one I’m wearing in today’s post! I know it’s a little late into summer for a new one, but on the off-chance any of you are headed somewhere warm, check out this pink fringe bag, this striped bow style and this gorgeous black and white clutch.

We’re halfway to the weekend, friends! Hope everyone’s hanging in there!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia 

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light blue off the shoulder dress

This was my very favorite dress that I packed for my family’s beach vacation. Doesn’t it just look like a dream? I love the placement of the ruffles, and how the fullness and femininity of those details is contrasted by a sweet little sash. (No better way to accentuate your waist!)

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DRESS   light blue off the shoulder dress   |   EARRINGS   chinese lantern drop earrings (dying for them in this color)   |   SHOES   sam edelman yaro ankle strap heels   |   BAG   woven basket bag   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Today, we’re taking things back to the salty air and sandy floors of Seaside, Florida. Sigh. What a week. It’s been two weeks since I returned, and I’m debating whether or not it’s too early to start planning a return trip.

This was my very favorite dress that I packed for my family’s beach vacation. Doesn’t it just look like a dream? I love the placement of the ruffles, and how the fullness and femininity of those details is contrasted by a sweet little sash. (No better way to accentuate your waist!)

It is so light and airy, which is the ultimate blessing when it comes to the humid air that seems to permeate the gulf. Not to mention… the color! The subtle striping makes for the loveliest, pale shade of blue. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of many summers spent at the beach, it’s that nothing looks so lovely there as dressing in blues and whites!

Now that summer is drawing to a close, I can’t help but think how cute this would be at tailgates for all of you UNC girls! In the meantime, I’ll be squeezing every wear out of it that I can during these final few sunny months!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. If you missed it, you’ll catch another gorgeous summer frock I wore in Seaside here!

Photography by Maddi Cairns

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my tory burch fall bag

It happens every year… once summer draws to a close, I begin my hunt for a gorgeous, versatile, go-to fall and winter bag. I love filling summer with fun clutches and brightly colored totes, but when it comes to accessorizing in the winter months, I find myself craving a beautiful, quality, wear-with-anything bag I can wear throughout the season.

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BAG   tory burch chelsea suede shoulder bag   |   BLAZER   pink blazer (wearing size 0 Petite)  |   SHOES   suede pointy toe pumps (under $100)   |   SHIRT   beige striped shirt   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

It happens every year… once summer draws to a close, I begin my hunt for a gorgeous, versatile, go-to fall and winter bag. I love filling summer with fun clutches and brightly colored totes, but when it comes to accessorizing in the winter months, I find myself craving a beautiful, quality, wear-with-anything bag I can wear throughout the season.

While definitely a splurge, Tory Burch is one designer whose pieces deliver amazing quality and style for the price paid. When it comes to a bag or pair of shoes I’m looking to get a ton of use out of, I always turn to Tory Burch first! Nordstrom always has a beautiful selection of the newest Tory Burch styles, so I began my search there. It took me all of a few minutes to land on this Chelsea Suede Shoulder Bag… and friends, I’m smitten!

If you take a closer look at the images above, you’ll see that this bag can be worn four different ways! Use the chain strap to wear it cross body, double the chain up to wear it across your shoulder, use the suede strap across your shoulder or tuck all of that in to wear as a clutch! Take it to a fall tailgate, or dress it up for a wedding. Either way, you’re set with this beauty! (Just don’t forget to spray it with suede protector so it doesn’t get marked up by dark jeans!)

It’s also a perfect size… big enough to hold the essentials (keys, wallet, hair brush, candy) and still small enough to keep from getting cumbersome. And can we talk about the color? Beige is the most versatile hue when it comes to mixing and matching in the fall, and will look amazing with blacks and browns alike.

Since Tory Burch is definitely a bigger purchase, I love ordering from Nordstrom… they always has free shipping and returns, so I don’t have to worry about adding more cost onto an already hefty checkout bill. Click here to see all of the beautiful new fall Tory Burch pieces they have in!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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Photography by Angie Garcia

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sister day with LOFT | come meet us!

“Do you have any siblings?” is one of my favorite questions, and whenever it comes up, I genuinely laugh. Because, yes… yes, I do. A sister, in fact. Three years younger. Complete opposites in just about every way. Lifelong best friends who couldn’t be closer.

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SKIRT   pink wrap skirt   |   SHIRT   white flutter sleeve shirt   |   ROMPER   halter neck romper   |   EARRINGS   white statement earrings

“Do you have any siblings?” is one of my favorite questions, and whenever it comes up, I genuinely laugh. Because, yes… yes, I do. A sister, in fact. Three years younger. Complete opposites in just about every way. Lifelong best friends who couldn’t be closer.

We joke that she keeps me fun, and I keep her out of (too much) trouble. It’s a hilarious mix, and one I wouldn’t trade for the world! And when I say hilarious, I mean that every single time we are together, something absolutely absurd is most likely going down.

You’ve seen Steele around Lonestar Southern a few times here and there, and I’m so excited to feature my other-half in celebrating Sister Day with LOFT on the blog today! One of the many areas in which we are vastly different is style. Steele has a knack for putting together cool, on-trend outfits, while I gravitate more towards classic, feminine, preppy looks. Even so, we were both able to find outfits that embodied us  at LOFT.

Steele chose this adorable halter neck romper and paired it with fun statement earrings for an ensemble she can take straight back to college with her this fall. I love how fun it looks, with the ruffled top and waisted silhouette.

I loved the pale pink shade of this feminine wrap skirt, and paired with this lovely little flutter sleeve top. While I typically prefer shorter hemlines that compliment (and don’t swallow) my short frame, I found the length of this skirt to be so refreshing and ladylike. I can’t wait to pair this top with jeans and riding boots for a go-to look this fall!

Now, for the fun part! I am thrilled to announce that Steele and I are hosting an event this evening at LOFT!

When: TODAY, Friday August 11th from 3-6pm

Where: The LOFT at Mockingbird Statuon, 878 Mockingbird Station

What: Bring your sister (biological, sorority, etc) and come shop with us and enjoy giveaways from Rifle Paper Co, Pressed Juicery and more!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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navy gingham skirt // 50% off

Season after season, there are those “star” pieces I look back on with special fondness. You know… those one or two items you loved wearing, made wonderful memories in, and can’t part with! This summer, this navy gingham skirt definitely qualifies as one of my most-loved purchases And I’m thrilled to share with you that it’s now 50% off!

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TOP   tie back ruffle sleeve top (sold out, similar here)   |   SKIRT   navy gingham skirt (50% off, free shipping on limited sizes here)   |   SHOES    white ankle strap wedges   |   BAG   woven basket bag   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman cable bracelet

Season after season, there are those “star” pieces I look back on with special fondness. You know… those one or two items you loved wearing, made wonderful memories in, and can’t part with! This summer, this navy gingham skirt definitely qualifies as one of my most-loved purchases And I’m thrilled to share with you that it’s now 50% off!

I packed up this tiered mini skirt for my trip to Nantucket with the Southern Tide team a few weeks back. Having never been on the island before, I was definitely nervous about missing the look of the island, and took extra pains to bring along pieces that perfectly embodied that laid-back yet put-together Nantucket lifestyle. Needless to say, I felt like I fit right in in this gingham beauty!

Even though summer is drawing to a close, I’m not packing away this skirt anytime soon. Paired with ballet flats, this ensemble will take me all the way into early October! Switch out the ruffle-sleeve blouse with a classic crew neck sweater, and you have a perfectly chic fall look as well.

You’ll find this skirt for 50% off in limited sizes (but with free shipping) here, and for 50% off in every size (without free shipping) here! Don’t let this one pass you by!

P.S. All my Dallas ladies… I have exciting news of an event I’m hosting coming your way tomorrow! Already getting excited to see you there!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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