navy gingham matching set

You know that moment when you finally try on an online order, only to discover the actual result is even better than you had expected? *cue the Hallelujah chorus* That, my friends, is the story of this darling little navy gingham set!

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TOP   navy gingham off the shoulder top   |   SHORTS   navy gingham shorts   |   SANDALS   hermés sandal dupes ($25, true to size)   |   BAG   woven basket bag   |   WATCH   kate spade watch (on sale!)   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

You know that moment when you finally try on an online order, only to discover the actual result is even better than you had expected? *cue the Hallelujah chorus* That, my friends, is the story of this darling little navy gingham set!

Since both pieces were just under $30, and could be worn together or separate, I knew I at least had to give it a try. And honestly, who can get enough of gingham this season?! As it turns out, this set is the most versatile and comfortable thing, especially during these crazy hot days of summer/

I wore this set to dinner here in Seaside, Florida just a couple of days ago, and loved how breezy and cool it was while still being so feminine and cute. I plan on pairing these shorts with an easy white tee, and wearing this navy off the shoulder top with jeans and wedges well into fall!

On another (even more fun) note, did you see I’m hosting a giveaway over on my Instagram? It ends Sunday, so don’t miss!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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the perfect minidress

From first glance at the product page, I could tell this was one dress that would last far longer than one season! The elegant high neck, slimming fit and shorter hemline make it a perfect pick for brunches, meetings, wedding showers and even sorority recruitment.

french connection minidress

DRESS   french connection minidress (wearing size 0)   |   BAG   kate spade bag   |   WEDGES   platform wedges   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

The “little black dress” is one touted for its effortless style and massive versatility. It makes you feel chic, timeless and glam for any setting! And while I myself believe in the power of a little black dress (with a few in my closet as proof) I think there’s also something to be said about the perfect dress silhouette… one that fits and flatters perfectly, regardless of the hue!

That is exactly what I found in this French Connection minidress. From first glance at the product page, I could tell this was one dress that would last far longer than one season! The elegant high neck, slimming fit and shorter hemline make it a perfect pick for brunches, meetings, wedding showers and even sorority recruitment.

I snatched it up in this bright coral before it sold out, but am happy to report its available in black, pink, blue and a lovely grey-blue as well. I seldom buy two colors of the same item, but made an exception for this beauty. It’s in my cart in black as well!

Check out the 14 five-star review of the dress here. It seems I’m not the only one smitten!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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a stroll through nantucket

Nantucket was exceptionally fun to dress for, as the overall style allowed me to lean into my more “preppy” side and the cooler weather afforded an opportunity to put a few light sweaters to use! Take this bell sleeve sweater, for example. It was one of my first purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and while it is currently sold out, I’m thrilled to have found a similar style at an even better price.

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SWEATER   bell sleeve sweater (similar, lower priced here)   |   SKORT   white lilly pulitzer skort   |   EARRINGS   white beaded tassel earrings (sold out j.crew, similar here)   |    SHOES   monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals   |   BAG   woven basket bag

I’ve traded the Atlantic for the Gulf of Mexico this week, moving from the crisp, salty air of Nantucket to the warm, balmy breezes of Seaside, Florida. (I feel I should also add excessive humidity right behind balmy breezes, it just didn’t sound quite as elegant.) While Seaside is my favorite place in the world, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m missing the cool air and colorful sidewalks on Nantucket!

Nantucket was also exceptionally fun to dress for, as the overall style allowed me to lean into my more “preppy” side and the cooler weather afforded an opportunity to put a few light sweaters to use! Take this bell sleeve sweater, for example. It was one of my first purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and while it is currently sold out, I’m thrilled to have found a similar style at an even better price.

We’ve already seen the bell sleeve trend pop up this summer, and if the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is any hint for where things are headed, I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot more of it this fall and winter! I must say, it’s one trend I’m definitely excited for. When done correctly, it adds a really fun, feminine touch to any piece!

Today is my me and my family’s second day here in Seaside, Florida and friends… it has already been so, so good. I must apologize for not having a post up yesterday! I decided to give myself a little break and truly unwind yesterday. I’ll be back this week, though, with more blog posts and more Instagrams covering my favorite beach looks! You can see what I’ve been wearing so far here.

And before I sign off, I’m going to give you blog readers a special heads up… I brought a new giant inflatable to the beach this year, and it may be even better than Serena. (But don’t you dare tell her I said that!) Can’t wait for y’all to see it!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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New Video // My 23 Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Buys

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 is live! And can we all agree we’re just as sick of hearing about it as we are excited to shop it? I’m so excited to have a new Youtube video for you covering my 12 all-time favorite buys from this year’s sale. Enjoy!

Can we get a collective “Hallelujah”?! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 is finally open to the public!

By now, you’ve heard it all and don’t need any other information from me. So I’m wishing you best of luck in your shopping endeavors today, and sending you off with some new sale-related content!

You’ll find my new YouTube video covering my 12 favorite buys from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale below. Click through to watch the video on Youtube, and press the “Show More” tab underneath the video for all of the product links!

And don’t forget… I’ve narrowed down a few departments for your convenience! Click below for whichever interests you!

BEAUTY   //   HOME DECOR   //    TRY ON REVIEW

You’ll find my consolidated page of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale resources HERE!

Happy shopping, friends! Wishing you full shopping carts and happy weekends. My family and I are headed to Seaside, Florida today, and I know I am ready to check out of this sale and check into some salt, sand and sun! (I’ll be bringing this #NSale purchase along.) Can’t wait to show y’all more!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Try On No. 2

Happy first day of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale PUBLIC ACCESS, friends! I have a brand new YouTube Video for you in the works (I’ve literally been up all night trying to get it to upload… #Technology) that I can’t wait to share with you! I had hoped it would be up bright and…

Happy first day of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale PUBLIC ACCESS, friends! I have a brand new YouTube Video for you in the works (I’ve literally been up all night trying to get it to upload… #Technology) that I can’t wait to share with you!

I had hoped it would be up bright and early this morning, but as it’s been a little bit delayed, I thought I’d go ahead and share shots from my second Instagram Story Try On from last night! This is much like my first one I did here, but these were the items I ordered online after picking up the first round in-store. There was so much more available online than in-store, and I definitely took advantage of it!

Scroll below for all of the details, and be sure to check back often so you don’t miss the new YouTube video going live later today! In fact, you can subscribe to my channel HERE to be notified of when it posts.

Happy shopping!

Thermal Long Sleeve Tee | Grey Striped Lounge Pants (sized up to a Small instead of an XS for extra roominess)

Lilac Choker-Neck Tee (wearing size XS) | Rag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Boots

Lush TopRag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Boots

Kate Spade Watch | Gingham Shirt (not on sale) | Patagonia Vest (wearing size Small instead of XS) | Rag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Boots

Patagonia Pullover | Rag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Boots

Ruffle Sleeve Top | Hermes Belt (not on sale) | Rag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Boots

Off the Shoulder Light Sweater | Rag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Boots

Cream Chunky Knit Sweater | Rag & Bone Jeans | Sam Edelman Boots

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

nordstrom anniversary sale 2017 | best beauty finds

In celebration of the big day, I wanted to share a special blog post… my favorite beauty buys of the Nordstrom sale! These finds are perfect for the girl who’s interested in skincare and beauty, but wouldn’t call herself a seasoned pro. I can’t wait to show you what I got!

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nordstrom anniversary sale 2017 best beauty

Happy Thursday, friends! Did you know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 goes live to the public tomorrow?! At 2am CST, to be exact! (And the crowd goes wild!!!)

For those of you who don’t have a Nordstrom card, it’s game time. You’ve seen all the goods, now it’s time to pounce on what you’ve gotta have! And for all you Nordstrom card holders, make sure that you snatched up everything you wanted from the sale. Tomorrow morning, things are going to sell out like hot cakes!

In celebration of the big day, I wanted to share a special blog post… my favorite beauty buys of the Nordstrom sale! I don’t create a ton of beauty content here on Lonestar Southern, and that’s mainly because I don’t consider myself an expert by any means. I stick to the same makeup routine day after day, and if you ask me to do a dramatic smokey eye I will 100% come out looking like a raccoon.

But, I feel like a lot of us are like that, right? We are super interested in skin care and beauty, but not seasoned pros. And so if you fall into that camp, today’s post is for you! I scooped up four amazing beauty buys from the sale this year, that are perfect for the novice-but-interested beauty guru.

I can’t wait to show you what I got! Let’s get started!

neuLASH Serum

I couldn’t even count on two hands the number of bloggers I follow who swear by this product. Over the past year, I’ve used the Rodan & Fields Lash Boost with  great results, so I know these serums definitely work!

I was enticed by the sale price to try the neuLASH formula, however, since two serums are included at an incredible rate. I’m excited to try and see which I like better! With a ton of amazing reviews on this page, I don’t think I’m going to be disappointed.

Makeup Eraser Duo

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About two years ago, my old college roommate (love you CA!) introduced me to this magical little cloth, the Makeup Eraser! I know it sounds too good to be true, but it does exactly what it says it does… removes your makeup with nothing more than warm water! And we’re talking all sorts of makeup. Even waterproof!

The reason I was so excited to find this in the sale is because I’ve personally tried and used this product, and am tell you that it works.

Plus, this $20 tool saves you so much on traditional makeup remover wipes! I was a Neutrogena makeup remover wipe girl for forever, but between the harsh chemical feeling and how much rubbing it took to remove the makeup, I started to really hate the discomfort they’d cause my skin. This cloth, on the other hand, is so very soft and gentle. Just toss it in the washer and dryer every couple of days, and you’re good!

P.S. Not only is this a great buy for you, it would make a darling stocking stuffer.

Bobbi Brown ‘On Trend Eyes & Cheek Collection’

As a self-professed beauty novice, I’m not one for dropping a ton of money on products I won’t get wear out of every single day. And that’s why I am so excited that this Bobbi On Trend Eyes & Cheek Collection is included in the sale!

For starters, it has both an eye palette and a cheek palette – amazing for saving space and money on makeup products! In fact, the cheek palette includes blush, bronzer and highlight shades!

Secondly, both the eye shadow palette and the cheek palette shades are non-fussy, versatile, and easy to wear day-to-night. The entire left column is perfect for a natural, easy every-day look, and I’ve already had so much fun experimenting with the darker shades for a little crease action.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Bobbi Brown for her approach to makeup… “Makeup should enhance the natural colors you see in your face.” That’s exactly what this palette gives you… a natural, enhanced look. Can’t recommend it enough!

GloPRO® Microneedling Regeneration Tool

Apparently I’m late to the party on this little tool… the GloPRO! I began hearing buzz about it around a month ago, and have been curiously doing research ever since. If you are wondering “What on earth does this crazy looking thing do?” let me share a little blurb!

“As the surgical stainless-steel microneedles pass over your skin, the rejuvenation process begins immediately as your cells respond to thousands of imperceptible microchannels by creating new collagen and restoring skin’s volume.”

This painless, elegant tool stimulates collagen production in your skin, leading to a firmer, more luminescent complexion. Even though I’m still in my early 20s, I love finding new ways to take care of my skin since it’s the only one I’ve got! I’ve heard amazing things about the GloPRO, and used it for the first time last night. I can’t wait to keep y’all updated on my experience with it! To read a ton of reviews, scroll down on this page!

There you have it, friends! If you’ve used any of the products above, please let me know in the comments below! I always love reading y’alls input, especially on beauty find like this! Be sure to check my Instagram Story later this evening, as I’ll be doing a second Nordstrom Anniversary Sale try on in honor of the sale going public tomorrow! Who’s excited?

Love from Texas,

Kate

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