holiday shopping with ebay

I have been wanting a gorgeous red coat for some time now and was floored to find this brand new Kate Spade coat listed for 50% off of the retail price on eBay. The bright color, bow detailing and classic toggle closures are so me. I couldn’t believe my luck!

COAT   red kate spade toggle coat   |   SHOES   stuart weitzman ankle strap heels   |   BAG   kate spade bag

Gifting season is upon us, and is there anything better than receiving that perfectly-personal, unique gift that seems like it was made for you? Today, I am so excited to be partnering with eBay in sharing what makes the site my go-to destination for finding beautiful, accessible gifts for everyone on my list!

When it feels like I’ve “seen it all” throughout my holiday shopping and am struggling to find something fun and new, my favorite fix is eBay. Did you know that 81% of eBay’s inventory (of approximately 1.1 billion listings at any given time) is new and the vast majority are listed at “buy it now”?

This makes the shopping experience so fun and exciting. You never know what treasure you’re going to come across!

I have been wanting a gorgeous red coat for some time now and was floored to find this brand new Kate Spade coat listed for 50% off of the retail price on eBay. The bright color, bow detailing and classic toggle closures are so me. I couldn’t believe my luck!

In fact, once I put this outfit together I realized that my shoes and bag were also listed on eBay in multiple sizes and colors, brand new and discounted from the retail price as well!

If you’re shopping for someone notoriously difficult to gift or are looking for a stand-out, showstopping piece for yourself, I’m going to ask you this question. Did you check eBay? Something tells me if you do, you won’t be disappointed!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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my favorite jeans // dressed down

Something about the actual stretch of the denim along with the high-rise fit make them perfectly comfortable for throwing on for errands around town (with my holiday flat white from Starbucks, of course), or even for getting cozied up by the fire watching a Hallmark Christmas movie.

JEANS   frame ali high waist ankle skinny jeans (fit true to size, wearing size 25)   |   SWEATER    tan vneck sweater   |   SHOES    ugg boots (worn rolled over)   |   BAG    longchamp tote   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

Hello, friends! Today, as promised, I’m back sharing the “laid back” counterpart to yesterday’s chic ensemble featuring my favorite jeans of the season… these Frame denim skinny jeans!

Like I explained in yesterday’s post, if I’m going to invest in an expensive pair of designer jeans, I must absolutely love the look and feel of them so I can wear them for any and every situation. That’s why this pair is my new favorite go-to… they look incredibly chic but also feel fabulously comfortable.

Something about the actual stretch of the denim along with the high-rise fit make them perfectly comfortable for throwing on for errands around town (with my holiday flat white from Starbucks, of course), or even for getting cozied up by the fire watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. Usually, I reach for leggings or a pair of pajama pants for lazy days around the house, but these are so comfortable I forget to change. When it comes to jeans, that’s saying something!

Between the slimming silhouette, the chic wash and the incredibly comfortable stretch, I love that these jeans are my go-to this season. You’ll find more FRAME styles here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

 

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my favorite jeans // dressed up

I had never tried FRAME denim before, but had heard such great things about the line from friends and bloggers I follow. So when I saw the chic dark wash of this pair, along with the slimming high-rise waistline and slightly cropped cut, I decided to give it a try.

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JEANS   frame ali high waist ankle skinny jeans (fit true to size, wearing size 25)   |   VEST   faux fur vest (wearing size S)   |   TOP   white long sleeve tee (wearing size XS)   |   CLUTCH   suede tory burch bag (33% off, convertible cross body and clutch)   |    SHOES   steve madden pointy-toe pump   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

As much as I love shopping, there has always been one item I’ve hated searching for… jeans! I don’t know whether it’s my petite height, rather curvy backside (ha!) or a combination of the two, but for some reason it has always been a struggle to find a pair I love the look and fit of.

That’s why the denim department at Nordstrom has been my saving grace. Between the vast selection, unbeatable return policy, free shipping and online reviews, the shopping experience has become substantially less painful and way more effective!

I had never tried FRAME denim before, but had heard such great things about the line from friends and bloggers I follow. So when I saw the chic dark wash of this pair, along with the slimming high-rise waistline and slightly cropped cut, I decided to give it a try.

Needless to say, I didn’t end up simply liking this pair, I loved them! My favorite part about them? They are chic enough to wear dressed up for holiday parties and nights out with friends, but comfortable enough to wear cozied up on the couch in a roomy sweater. In fact, tune in later this week to see how I wear this same pair for errands during this busy time of year!

If I’m going to spend the big bucks on a pair of designer jeans, they have to be all that and a bag of chips… know what I mean? They have to look, fit and feel great. I’m so happy to have found that in this pair of FRAME jeans, and can’t wait to show you more about why this week!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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’tis the season // holiday dresses under $200

click on a dress to shop Can we all agree that one of the many fabulous aspects of the holiday season is the fabulous soirees? From winter weddings to Christmas parties, there always seems to be an occasion worthy of red lipstick and heels… and a fabulous dress, of course!…

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Can we all agree that one of the many fabulous aspects of the holiday season is the fabulous soirees? From winter weddings to Christmas parties, there always seems to be an occasion worthy of red lipstick and heels… and a fabulous dress, of course!

I have been scouring the web all week to compile a roundup of amazing holiday dress options, all under $200! In fact, I had planned to post this yesterday, but the hunting took longer than expected. So my apologies for not having a post up for you!

If you’re looking to splurge, here are a few dresses above $200 I’m also smitten with. A classic silhouette with a dashing detail. Hunter green, lace goodness. The timeless LBD.

Whatever your personal style and price range, I hope this gives you some direction and inspiration for your own holiday dress hunt!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I didn’t include it because so many sizes were out of stock, but if you’re a Petite, you’re in luck! This red bow dress is one I’m planning on wearing to a wedding in mid-December. I can’t wait!

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denim fringe dress under $30

I included this denim fringe dress in an Instagram Story try-on haul a few weeks back, and got so many compliments on it! The denim trend is so strong this year, and I love how this dress incorporated it in a fresh, feminine way.

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DRESS   denim fringe dress (wearing size S)   |   BAG   suede tory burch bag   |   SHOES   sam edelman stillson pumps (also here)   |   EARRINGS   beige tassel earrings   |    BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

I included this denim fringe dress in an Instagram Story try-on haul a few weeks back, and got so many compliments on it! The denim trend is so strong this year, and I love how this dress incorporated it in a fresh, feminine way.

I immediately loved the ruffled detailing and fringed hemline but wasn’t crazy about the zip-up front. So… what did I do? Decided to wear it backward, of course! In my opinion, this dress has so much more of a classic, ladylike look with the “statement zipper” hidden away at the back.

I knew this dress would be the perfect autumn/early winter piece, but couldn’t have predicted just how much I would actually wear it. Y’all… it’s the best throw-and-go dress! From tailgates to Saturday nights with friends to a comfortable wear-all-day dress, I’ve loved having this to reach for. The other fun aspect of it? It gets compliments wherever I go! Don’t miss out, it’s currently on sale for $29!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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my favorite cowboy boots

Today, I’m so excited to share with you a new brand I am loving… City Boots! This Texas girl has been wearing cowboy boots for as long as I can remember, and trust me when I say this pair is my favorite yet.

BOOTS   city boots, the soncy   |   SHIRT   white ruffle sleeve blouse   |   SKIRT    faux leather skirt (old forever21, similar linked)   |    EARRINGS   pearl earrings    |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Today, I’m so excited to share with you a new brand I am loving… City Boots! This Texas girl has been wearing cowboy boots for as long as I can remember, and trust me when I say this pair is my favorite yet.

I was introduced to City Boots through a college friend, who actually knows the founder! Let me introduce Lizzie, the mastermind behind these gorgeous shoes. An Amarillo, Texas native, she started City Boots as a way to bring gorgeous, polished cowboy boots to the market without the guesswork and wait-time of custom boots.

And are they not just stunning?! I love how sleek these beauties are. Details like their slightly elongated height and delicate stitching make them perfectly suited to not only your classic jeans and a top combo, but to dressier ensembles as well. I love them paired with the ruffled blouse and faux leather skirt I’m wearing above… perfect for a dinner out, engagement party or tailgate to name a few.

What I also love about these boots is how comfortable they are. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent breaking in cowboy boots over the years. These felt amazing right on the spot!

I opted for the classic black Soncy style, as I knew it would be a versatile look I could get so much use out of, but I’d be remiss not to tell you about the gorgeous color combinations City Boots come in. I have my eye on this cream and turquoise pair  and this gorgeous light tan pair… Santa, you getting this?

I know you’ll love this Texas, female-owned brand as much as I do. Now I have to ask… which City Boots color is your favorite?

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin