latest & greatest vol. 74

Wanna hear some good news? We’re more than halfway through January! I don’t know about y’all, but January isn’t my favorite month of the year. When Christmas lights come down and new years decorations are thrown in the trash, I’m ready to get rid of the cold!

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Wanna hear some good news? We’re more than halfway through January! I don’t know about y’all, but January isn’t my favorite month of the year. When Christmas lights come down and new years decorations are thrown in the trash, I’m ready to get rid of the cold!

That’s why you’ll find lots of spring-worthy hues in today’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. This zenith blue? A personal favorite of mine, and one I plan on wearing throughout the months ahead!

I loved how it was used in this adorable otomi bikini. Have you ever seen anything quite so cute! I am obsessed with the otomi pattern (see how I used it all over my bedroom here) and so when I saw it in this swimsuit, I had to pull the trigger. It’s much more than I would ever spend, but I’m planning on packing it away for my honeymoon… so it’s worth the splurge, don’t you think? See more otomi swimsuits here!

This week was insanely productive, y’all, including quite a few wedding things checked off the to-do list, and the return of my happy mail newsletter! I took a short break over the holidays, but am so excited to be back. Yesterday, I included my favorite self-tanner… this stuff! You put it on after you turn the water off in the shower, pat dry, and then you’re good to go! It doesn’t stink, it doesn’t stain, and it’s super moisturizing. Seriously, obsessed!

So if you haven’t yet, sign up to receive my happy mail here! Every week, my goal is to make sure it’s the happiest thing in your inbox. :)

Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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wedding wednesday no. 12 // how i asked my bridesmaids

It feels like we are checking off “Wedding Wednesdays” left and right. Time seems to be flying, y’all, and I am too excited about it! Today, I’m sharing a highly requested post… how I asked my bridesmaids!

It feels like we are checking off “Wedding Wednesdays” left and right. Time seems to be flying, y’all, and I am too excited about it!

Today, I’m sharing a highly requested post… how I asked my bridesmaids!

Can I be honest with you? Early on, I simply called them. I know, I know. So not trendy. But to be honest, in the midst of the craziness of those first few months of planning, finding a cute way to “propose” never seemed to be the most pressing matter at hand. Suddenly, I looked up and realized it was high time my girls at least know they’re in my wedding. Let me tell you, the good old fashioned way worked just fine.

I did want to do something special to honor these ladies, though, so once the dust settled on the planning landscape I decided to put a little something together! My priorities? A gift that was simple, meaningful, non-junky and something that tied in with the theme of our wedding. A few Amazon orders and intensive Facebook stalking session later (you’ll see what I mean below), I’m so happy with how these “bridesmaid proposal gifts” turned out!

Take a look at the process of putting these gifts together, and read on for the details!

ACRYLIC PHOTO FRAMES   //   MONOGRAMMED GINGER JAR NOTE CARDS   //   WHITE BOXES   //   CRINKLE FILLER   //   PINK GROSGRAIN RIBBON

In thinking about meaningful gifts that stand the test of time, two things immediately came to mind. A handwritten note (my favorite thing!) and a framed photo!

I decided to have fun with the handwritten notes by ordering these monogrammed cards with my future initials. Now, I know using your married monogram before the wedding is a hugeee no-no. But here’s the thing… I wanted a personal, unique way to clue my bridesmaids into what this little box meant, and felt like my new initials would do just that! Plus, only my bridesmaids are receiving them and I have a feeling they’ll cut me a little slack. (Even though my mother is horrified. :)

The second component of the “proposal” box? A framed photo. I found these 4″x4″ acrylic frames on Amazon, and immediately loved them for their price point and neutrality. Here’s the fun part: I decided to hunt down the first photo (or one of the first) that I could find together with each of my bridesmaids to fill them with! This was such a fun, hilarious and sentimental step, and I think my girls are going to die when they see them. Once we get photos back from the wedding, I plan on sending a square image of me with each bridesmaid for them to put in the other side of the frame!

To pack everything up, I filled these white gift boxes with a little crinkle paper, tied it off with a bow (pink, of course) and delivered/shipped off these little goodies to each of my bridesmaids! I love knowing they’ll not only have something to get excited about, but something to have even after the wedding is done.

So if you find yourself trying to figure out how to ask your bridesmaids one of these days, take my advice and keep it simple and sentimental. You really can’t go wrong with that combination. And while we’re on that note, here are a few adorable ideas for items to achieve just that!

If you’ve done or received a “bridesmaid proposal,” I’d lvoe to hear your ideas below!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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the hair tool you have to buy

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Ok, y’all. I know this is a dramatic statement, but today I’m going to introduce you to a hair tool that you ABSOLUTELY MUST BUY. During the Christmas break, my sister came across this hair dryer & volumizer and, after reading the reviews.…

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

Ok, y’all. I know this is a dramatic statement, but today I’m going to introduce you to a hair tool that you ABSOLUTELY MUST BUY.

During the Christmas break, my sister came across this hair dryer & volumizer and, after reading the reviews. ordered it immediately. My mom and I? We shook our heads and laughed. “She doesn’t realize its a gimmick,” we smugly thought. “Some things are too good to be true.”

Boy did my sister have the last laugh, because when this thing arrived and she tried it out for the first time, our jaws DROPPED! Her hair (which is collarbone length) looked full, incredibly shiny and full of flip. Salon-worthy, to say the least!

I was so wow’d that I immediately jumped in the shower and afterwards tried it out myself! Y’all. It’s the. best. thing.

Here’s why… it basically acts as a blow dryer and round brush all in one! I don’t know about you, but I simply can’t handle using a dryer and round brush at once on my own. Too much to handle, takes too long, etc. This solves that problem!

I will say, ever since I got this, I haven’t used my Dyson hair dryer once. Eek! It’s under $100, and if you want to change the way you do your hair for the better, click here to grab it! And if you’re way ahead of my and already use this thing, let me know in the comments.

Love from Texas,

Kate

a crazy sweater sale

If you, like me, haven’t been doing much online shopping over the past few weeks, you may be oblivious (like I was) to the fact that so many of our favorite retailers are having huge sales right now. Specifically, J.Crew!

SWEATER   purple fair isle sweater (XS, use code BIGGERSALE for extra 50% off)   |   BOOTS   sorel joan of arctic fawn boots   |   HAT   pom pom beanie (on sale)   |   SCARF   oversized cable-knit scarf (more colors available)   |   JEANS   j.crew toothpick jeans

I don’t know what happened, but Dallas was transformed into what felt like the Arctic tundra this weekend. I should probably clarify that I’ve never been to the Arctic tundra and therefore cannot substantiate that claim, but let me just say… I was definitely colder than I’ve been in months!

Just when I was hoping to begin the “pack away winter” process, I’m realizing we still have quite a bit of cold ahead. And while that does make my summer-lovin’ heart shed a tear, there is one good thing that comes out of it… so. many. sales!!!

If you, like me, haven’t been doing much online shopping over the past few weeks, you may be oblivious (like I was) to the fact that so many of our favorite retailers are having huge sales right now. Specifically, J.Crew!

This sweater, for example, is originally $120. Now, with the code BIGGERSALE, you can snatch it for $34! (Sizes are going quick, so hurry!)

It’s not just sweaters, either. You’ll find cozy jackets (like this one I wear all the time), party dresses, chic shirts, darling denim and so much swimwear (I snatched a pink polka dot bikini for $9 TOTAL) at a crazy discount. Trust me, it’s worth checking out!

Another thing you’ll want to check out? The YouTube video I’ll be posting tomorrow! Let’s just say.. my hair will never be the same.

Happy Sales-ing!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Totally unrelated, but Andrew and I are starting our premarital class this evening and are so excited. So many friends, acquaintances and people in my life have gone through Merge and have had the best things to say about it. We are looking forward to learning and growing through it as we get closer to June!

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latest and greatest vol. 73

From new Barrington patterns to two white dresses under $100 I’m dying over (little ruffles or big ruffles, pick your poison!) there is so much fun going on in this little collage! I hope there’s something in it that puts a smile on your face.

I don’t know about y’all, but I really loved this week. It felt so nice to be back in a routine for a full five days… ah, what a creature of habit I am!

Speaking of routine, I’ve been loving the obé app, which you may have heard me gushing about on Instagram Stories this week! (And in last week’s latest and greatest roundup!) I’ve used it every single day since I downloaded it, which means I’ve been working out every single day… and it’s been so fun that I’ve actually enjoyed it!

Y’all have requested a full blog post on it, so I have that in the works for sometime in the next couple of weeks! In the meantime, I reached out to the obé team and they said they’d be happy to offer a special discount code for you! So if you want to check it out in the meantime, you can use the code KATEP30 for a free week + 30% off your first month! (I’m planning on taking Madelaine O’s Sculpt and Dance class at 6:00 and 6:30 this morning if you’re already an obé member. See you in class!)

I’m also really loving this week’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web! The color scheme? Pinks, neutrals… me through and through!

From new Barrington patterns to two white dresses under $100 I’m dying over (little ruffles or big ruffles, pick your poison!) there is so much fun going on in this little collage! I hope there’s something in it that puts a smile on your face.

I’m wishing all of you a wonderful weekend. I’m excited to spend time with my fam, catch up with friends, see Andrew after a crazy week of shifts for him and send off my bridesmaid “proposal” gifts! :) Can’t wait to share the details with y’all soon!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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a $22 pink faux fur vest

We’re here, y’all. Right in the middle of that awkward season between Christmas and spring when you’re not really sure what to wear. And while many of us have moved straight into dreaming about sunny skies and spring styles (see yesterday’s post for what I mean) odds are most of us have at least a couple more months of cold ahead!

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VEST   pink faux fur fest (just $22 with the code CLEAROUT)   |   SWEATER   classic crewneck sweater ($25, comes in 7 colors)   |   JEANS   high-rise toothpick jeans (25% off with code FLASH)   |   BOOTS   suede heeled boots (sold out, similar linked)   |   BEANIE   white pom pom beanie (sold out, similar linked)

We’re here, y’all. Right in the middle of that awkward season between Christmas and spring when you’re not really sure what to wear. And while many of us have moved straight into dreaming about sunny skies and spring styles (see yesterday’s post for what I mean) odds are most of us have at least a couple more months of cold ahead!

My go-to strategy this time of year? Meeting the cold with color! I look for bright, happy colors in cozy favorites so that I’m able to stay weather-ready while still celebrating the upcoming spring.

This super soft, pink faux fur vest (linked here) is a great piece for doing just that. And y’all, it’s currently on SUPER sale! We’re talking from $98 to just $22 with the code CLEAROUT!

The quality is amazing, and the color is so vibrant and fun. (Take note – it’s definitely the color in these photos above, not the more muted mauve that the product photo shows!) For size reference, I’m in an XS.

Bundling up for cold weather doesn’t have to be boring, as this cute little vest shows. I hope you’re finding ways to include color in your cold-weather ensembles, too!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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