my first bodysuit

Let’s just all have a moment of honesty. Has the concept of a “bodysuit” ever freaked anyone else out? I’m not sure what it is… but ever since they came onto the scene a couple seasons ago, they’ve just… intimidated me. (I think it’s because they remind me of my purple leopard sequined leotard gymnastics days. Anyone else?!)

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SKIRT   bb dakota veni vidi vici vegan leather miniskirt (available in more sizes here, also in black)   |   SHIRT   lace-lined chiffon bodysuit ($19, also in black)   |   BOOTS   faux suede heeled boots (also worn here, here, here and here)   |   BELT   wide tan belt   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings

Let’s just all have a moment of honesty. Has the concept of a “bodysuit” ever freaked anyone else out? I’m not sure what it is… but ever since they came onto the scene a couple seasons ago, they’ve just… intimidated me. (I think it’s because they remind me of my purple leopard sequined leotard gymnastics days. Anyone else?!)

I get their practicality, and I’ve certainly loved outfits they’re a part of, but until this past week, I wasn’t sure I could ever pull one off.

Friends, meet the piece that changed all that… this $19 lace-lined chiffon bodysuit! At first glance, I didn’t realize it was a bodysuit. The modest neckline and beautiful blousy sleeves aren’t really what I’ve come to expect with those! Know what I mean? But with the gorgeous details and the under $20 price tag, I decided to give it a shot.

I’m so happy I did, because it’s now become one of my favorite pieces to style with high-waisted skirts and jeans. I love that because it’s a bodysuit, I don’t have to worry about finding an undershirt to wear with it… the lovely lace one is sewn right in!

Let’s just say this came as a happy surprise to me. Who knows what “crazy” trend I’ll try out next! ;)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 69

It’s a cool, blustery Friday here in Dallas, and I’m writing this snuggled up on my couch with my fireplace going! A little aggressive? Yes. Would I change a thing? Absolutely not!

It’s a cool, blustery Friday here in Dallas, and I’m writing this snuggled up on my couch with my fireplace going! A little aggressive? Yes. Would I change a thing? Absolutely not!

Today’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web has me craving falling leaves and chilly evenings! I’m simultaneously looking up cheap flights to the north as I’m putting together this post. Even though the weather has finally dipped, there’s not an orange-colored tree to be found here in Dallas! :)

The $15 ombre leggings I found above were inspired by my recent foray into Pure Barre! I’ve officially been going three times a week for just two weeks now, but am already excited to update y’all at the month mark. Let’s just say I have never, ever felt such a burn, or seen the effects so quickly!

Today? I’m looking forward to a day of floral appointments (!!!) and computer work as we head into this weekend. Thank y’all for your patience with blog posts that get posted later in the morning! Wedding planning hasn’t gotten stressful yet, but certainly time-consuming. I feel like I’ve already learned so much about the process!

Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe weekend! Anyone headed to the fair?

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Do you remember the white faux fur poncho I posted about last December? It sold out in a flash, but is back in stock and in quite a few colors! Grab it here!

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you go glen coco

When I came across this skirt in a classic glen plaid (and just $19,90 at that) it was an instant “add to cart.” This is one of those pieces you can wear in warmer weather white a lovely white blouse and ballet flats, and then transition for cooler temps with boots and a chic turtleneck.

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mini skirt glen plaid

mini skirt glen plaid

mini skirt glen plaid

mini skirt glen plaid

mini skirt glen plaid

SKIRT   glen plaid miniskirt (wearing size S, $19.90)   |   TOP   black turtleneck ($9.90)   |   BOOTS   faux suede boots (under $50, fit true to size)   |   SUNGLASSES   black rayban sunglasses

One of my favorite things about fall is the return of plaids, checks and ginghams galore. There’s something about these rich patterns that make any ensemble feel a bit cozier, and a bit more classic!

When I came across this skirt in a classic glen plaid (and just $19,90 at that) it was an instant “add to cart.” This is one of those pieces you can wear in warmer weather white a lovely white blouse and ballet flats, and then transition for cooler temps with boots and a chic turtleneck.

As I was looking up this skirt just now to get the link for y’all, I realized I had styled it exactly the way the product model had! Great minds? :) In all seriousness, it doesn’t get more “classic fall” than turtlenecks, plaids and suede boots. I think that’s why I love this ensemble so much!

Something fun thing to note? This entire look is from Forever21! I say this all the time, but I genuinely love shopping online thereIf you’re looking for great fall pieces at budget-friendly prices, skip the overcrowded, overwhelming and understocked store experience and shop from the comfort of your own computer. It’s a game changer, trust me! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I’ve been talking y’alls ears off about these boots, but let me tell you again how great they are. They’re under $50 but look way more expensive than that, and I’ve been pairing them with everything recently! I own them in black (seen here) and brown (seen here and here), and am happy to report that both colors are still fully in stock. Some sizes are starting to get low in stock, though, so don’t delay!

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wedding sledding no. 2 // when and where we are getting married

It’s official… Wednesdays have become my new favorite day of the blog week! Ever since sharing my first wedding update last week (hilariously dubbed “wedding sledding” by my father) I’ve been in a tizzy of excitement realizing that I get to share this entire process with you! Having a group…

It’s official… Wednesdays have become my new favorite day of the blog week! Ever since sharing my first wedding update last week (hilariously dubbed “wedding sledding” by my father) I’ve been in a tizzy of excitement realizing that I get to share this entire process with you! Having a group of friends (albeit virtual! :) to share my excitement with has already been the sweetest thing, so thank you for sharing in the fun of this season with me!

Last week I asked you to vote on Instagram whether you wanted to hear how Andrew and I met or when we’re getting married for the first update… me and Andrew’s story won out by a couple hundred of votes, so today I’m so excited to share when it is we’re getting married!

Let me start out by saying that I won’t be sharing the actual date here on the blog. I know if I was reading this from a blogger I follow, I’d be thinking, “Wait, no! I’m dying to know! Why not?!” To answer that, it really is just a small way to make sure I’m fully present during the week-of and, most importantly, on the big day itself!

I know I’ll be extra emotional/excited/tired/caffeinated/overwhelmed that week/weekend, so taking away the added pressure of social media will help me to soak everything in as best as I can! At least, that’s my hope! :)

I’m already looking forward to “surprising” y’all the day after, and rest assured, I’ll still be sharing all of the planning details leading up to the wedding! Plus, the week after the wedding (AKA the week we’re honeymooning… eek!!!) is when I’ll be covering all of the date-specific details that I won’t be sharing beforehand. Needless to say, it’s going to be a fun week here on Lonestar Southern, and I can hardly wait!

All that being said… I am so excited to share the month Andrew and I will be getting married. Drumroll please…

 

June!

 

Yes, y’all, as in June 2019! If you do the math, it’s only seven and a half months away! (But who’s counting, right?) That honestly feels so soon, and I already know these next few months are going to fly by.

I’ll be sharing the reason why we’re getting married in June, specifically, in a future blog post, but that’s a whole other story! For now, let’s just say I am over the moon to get married in this picture perfect, summery month, however cliché it may be. I never imagined I’d be a June bride!

Now on to the “where.” Since both of our families, and many of our friends, are from Dallas, Dallas was such a natural, easy decision for us in terms of location. I’m so excited that we will be getting married at a church and dancing the night away at a reception venue that are each very special to us and to our families. Like I mentioned above, I’ll be spilling more about the exact locations after the fact!

I’m resisting the urge to type out my vision and ideas for the look and feel of the wedding right this second, but I think that’s a post for another day. Would y’all be interested in seeing some “wedding inspiration” for an upcoming Wedding Sledding post? Let me know, if so!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my quick intro into wedding planning thus far, it’s that planning a wedding in Dallas, and in June, is not for the faint of heart. I figured it would be a busy month for wedding vendors, but could never have predicted how far in advance many wedding-related services would already be booked up! Oh, little naive Kate.

Because of that, I’m feeling so incredibly thankful that we have the big things like the church, reception venue and a few other important pieces of the puzzle all booked and ready to go (can’t wait to share more about these!) and that now the fun, creative process can begin! My wheels are already spinning, and I can’t wait to bring y’all along!

Thank y’all again for sharing in this season with me! Don’t forget, if there’s a specific wedding-related post you’d like to see, let me know in the comments!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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how to style a sweater dress

One item I’m so excited to wear on rotation this fall? The sweater dress! Cute, cozy and most importantly, comfortable, it’s one staple every southern girl needs in her closet!

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DRESS   turtleneck sweater dress (selling out quick, similar here and here)   |   SHOES   faux suede boots (under $50)   |   BELT   hermés belt   |

One item I’m so excited to wear on rotation this fall? The sweater dress! Cute, cozy and most importantly, comfortable, it’s one staple every southern girl needs in her closet!

Here’s the thing with sweater dresses, though. Throw one on in a fitting room and you may find yourself overwhelmed. I’ve tried on quite a few, and have found that they’re either wayyy too tight or, on the contrary, completely shapeless. Style them with a couple of these tips and tricks, however, and you may find they quickly become a favorite!

How to Style a Sweater Dress

ONE // Add a Belt

I don’t know about you, but body-con is not my go-to these days. (Girl needs some breathing room, ya feel?) So I’ve found the easiest way to add shape to an otherwise shapeless sweater dress silhouette is via a belt! For a classic, ladylike look, choose one that’s thin and simple. Looking to make a splash? Add a chunky one for a 70’s throwback

TWO // Add a Heel

The best way to turn “billowy” from potato sack to effortlessly chic? Add a few inches! That doesn’t mean you have to pull out the pumps. Simply opt for a boot (I’m obsessed with these) or bootie with a bit of a heel for a subtle lift!

THREE // Add Layers

While I’m usually one who aligns with the “less is more” theory, I’ve found that styling sweater dresses solo can get a bit… snooze-worthy. Use your sweater dress as a base layer, and add a few fall finds to give it character! A cute hat or blanket scarf always does the trick. (And a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is always a great finishing touch.)

The sweater dress I’m wearing in this post is under $20, but is selling out quick! It’s still available in this hue. I’m rounding up a few similar styles below, though, if you’re wanting something more neutral!

One place I won’t be wearing this ensemble to? The fair this afternoon! My family and I are headed off, as per our annual tradition, to get our favorite Fletcher’s corny dogs and to view all the new car models. (Idk why… but we LOVE doing this haha.) The hot weather decided to rear it’s ugly head again this weekend, so it looks like denim shorts and a tee for me! Cold weather, come quick!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 68

It’s FRIDAY! And you know what that means… a roundup of the cutest “new arrivals” to hit the web from this past week!

It’s FRIDAY! And you know what that means… a roundup of the cutest “new arrivals” to hit the web from this past week!

After a pretty crazy couple of weeks (still getting used to having a ring on my hand!) I was finally able to start settling back into my normal routine. The consistency of these past five days has been the BEST! There’s something about fall and routine that go hand in hand, and I couldn’t love the combo more.

Tonight… I’m fa-reaking out because I’m headed to see TSWIFT with my sister! I’m planning on wearing this adorable dress with some fun earrings. You bet I’ve been listening to the Reputation CD on repeat this week in order to adequately prepare myself! :) Have any of you been to this tour? I’ve heard it’s UNREAL!

Then, we have the TX vs. OU game on Saturday! I won’t be going to the game itself, but plan on cheering on the horns with some friends at a fun spot in Dallas.

Safe to say it’s looking to be a jam-packed weekend! What all do you have going on?

Love from Texas,

Kate

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