latest & greatest vol. 50

How on earth have we made it to our 50th Latest & Greatest post?! Taking each Friday to round up the cutest new arrivals to hit the web for y’all has turned into such a fun part of my week. Thank you for loving this series as much as I do!

How on earth have we made it to our 50th Latest & Greatest post?! Taking each Friday to round up the cutest new arrivals to hit the web for y’all has turned into such a fun part of my week. Thank you for loving this series as much as I do!

I have to say… this week we struck it big, y’all. Between this $18 straw bag (seriously, it’s going to sell out so quickly!) and these three darling dress/rompers for under $100, we’re practically making money with how much we’re saving? Right? (Ok wrong, but you get the idea. ;)

I have the bag and the red romper ordered already, and am seriously eyeing those raffia heels. What do we think… should I pull the trigger?

I’m SO excited because today I’m heading to… drumroll please… Snowmass! One of my best friends from college (and senior year roommate) Carole Anne and I are off the spend President’s Day weekend in the mountains. Y’all… I just checked the weather, and it’s currently 3 degrees. THREE. DEGREES. Needless to say, I’m making a last minute run to the mall to stock up on warm weather gear! Can’t wait to take y’all with me via Instagram. :)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my luxurious nighttime routine

A luxurious night in is always exactly what the doctor has ordered and helps me wash away whatever happened that day and sink into a cozy, restful sleep. Today, I’m so excited to share mine with you thanks to Colleen Rothschild!

PAJAMAS   silky spotted pajamas (wearing size US 4)   |   CANDLE   colleen rothschild haight-ashbury candle   |   BALM   radiant cleansing balm   |   MASK   clarifying detox mask   |   FACE OIL  retinol supreme night oil   |   EYE SERUM   retinol supreme eye serum   |   CREAM   sheer renewal cream

After a long, busy day, my favorite thing to do is unwind. Taking an extended time to slow down, relax and partake in a little self-care is one of the ways I’m able to maintain the demanding pace I keep up with day-to-day.

A luxurious night in is always exactly what the doctor has ordered and helps me wash away whatever happened that day and sink into a cozy, restful sleep. Today, I’m so excited to share mine with you thanks to Colleen Rothschild!

If you’re new to the brand, let me introduce you to the gorgeous, sensory-rich skincare line that is Colleen Rothschild. Each of her products are rich to the touch, beautifully packaged and leave your skin feeling like an absolute dream. I don’t use the phrase “luxurious” lightly… it truly encapsulates this line in its essence.

Which Colleen Rothschild products do I use for my luxurious night in? First thing’s first, I draw up a bath. (A bubble bath of course!) There’s something about lighting candles (I adore the gorgeous, musky aroma of the Haight-Ashbury candle) and putting on Norah Jones that instantly mellows me out. Then, it’s time for the good stuff!

I start by cleansing my face with the Radiant Cleansing Balm. It has the most heavenly texture, y’all. My favorite part about this cleanser is the muslin cloth it comes with, because once you apply the balm, you dampen the cloth and place over your face for a mini-facial. I could lay like that for hours! My skin always feels so nourished and refreshed afterward.

Next up? The Clarifying Detox Mask. After applying, I wait ten minutes to wash away and can literally feel my skin tingle. Such an invigorating feeling! I’m not the only one who’s obsessed, check out the rave reviews here.

Once my face is clean and primed, I apply the Retinol Supreme Night Oil and Retinol Supreme Eye Serum. My favorite thing about these two products is the incredible moisture they introduce to my skin. Talk about glow!

The final step in this personal pampering? The Sheer Renewal Cream. Friends, this is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used. The texture is divine! I put it on right before going to sleep for a rich, non-greasy moisturizing experience, and also use in the morning once I wake up.

I have loved this line so much, and highly recommend if you’re looking to update your skincare routine. Today is the perfect day to try it out, as you’ll get $50 off your purchase of $150 with the code CR50! My advice? Start with the cleansing balm, detox mask and sheer renewal cream… with the code, you basically end up getting the renewal cream for free!

Now that I’ve shared my luxurious nighttime routine, I have to ask… what are your favorite ways to unwind and pamper yourself after a long day?

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Colleen Rothschild, for sponsoring this post!

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how i buy tory burch for less

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I’ve always loved this holiday and whether or not a boy is in the picture, use it as a fun reason to “treat myself.” Cause we could all use a few of those here and there, right? :) In this vein of “treating yourself,” I thought it would be fun to let you in on a little secret of mine… how I score brand new Tory Burch pieces for way less than you’ll find in-store!

shoes   //   bag  //   earrings

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I’ve always loved this holiday and whether or not a boy is in the picture, use it as a fun reason to “treat myself.” Cause we could all use a few of those here and there, right? :)

In this vein of “treating yourself,” I thought it would be fun to let you in on a little secret of mine… how I score brand new Tory Burch pieces for way less than you’ll find in-store! It all comes down to where you look, and my absolute favorite destination for designer items at a discounted price is eBay!

With spring around the corner, I start looking for fun pops of color to spice up my winter wardrobe. I had my eye on these bright pink Tory Burch pieces last spring and was thrilled to find them on eBay for much less than I would have purchased them last season! Don’t bargain buys like that feel so, so good?

Odds are you’ve heard of eBay before, but did you know that the vast majority of merchandise (81% to be exact) sold on eBay is brand new and available with the “Buy It Now” option?! That means you can buy brand new items without the hassle of bidding, which is exactly how I scored this Tory Burch crossbody, pair of hoop earrings and espadrilles. All brand new, all purchased with the click of a button, and all at an incredible discount!

So the next time you’re having a “treat yourself” moment, head to eBay. There are so many gorgeous, unique, brand new pieces waiting for you!

Wishing all of you a happy Valentine’s day, it’s no secret I adore you!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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coffee date no. 21

Hello, hello friends! You know the drill… grab a cup of coffee and get cozy. I have a lot of life to fill you in on, so it’s high time for another coffee date!

Hello, hello friends! You know the drill… grab a cup of coffee and get cozy. I have a lot of life to fill you in on, so it’s high time for another coffee date!

If this is your first time visiting a Coffee Date post, let me fill you in on why they’re a little different from the run-of-the-mill around here. Posting outfit inspiration is so much fun, but what I really love is connecting with and getting real with y’all. So that’s why every once in a while, I take a day to fill you in on all of the updates in my personal life!

You’ll find a roundup of my blog Instagrams, a (usually longwinded) update on what I’ve been up to as of late, and a few personal photos. So let’s get started, shall we?

sweater // white jeans // coffee mug // cactus

pink pjs (sold out, similar here)

patagonia jacket

scarf // coat // jeans // boots // sweater

gold earrings // pink shirt

gold earrings // pink shirt // white jeans // coffee mug // cactus

t shirt // leggings // nike tennis shoes

nike tennis shoes

bow sports bra // leggings

gold earrings // sweater // jeans // shoes

dress // shoes

gold earrings // sweater // jeans // shoes // cactus

pink yeti // boots // jeans // camo shirt (similar linked)

jumpsuit // gold earrings

pink dress // belt // boots // gold earrings

suede skirt // boots // shirt // earrings // longhorn head

pink vans

turquoise hoops // turquoise chocker // turquoise necklace // turquoise ring // lip color (merry rose) // t shirt

bow sweater // glasses // jeans // ginger jars

one piece swimsuit (available in black here)

white top // pink vans // jeans // gold earrings

light pink sports bra // pink leggings (only available in Dallas store, similar linked)

swimsuit // jean shorts (old, similar linked) // gold earrings // cactus

mom’s sweater (old Anthropologie) // my top (sold out, similar linked) // shoes (chanel, similar linked) // jeans // crossbody (sold out, similar linked)

sweater // earrings // cactus

dress (sold out // clutch // shoes // earrings

sweater // skirt // clutch

dress (also in pink) // shoes

In thinking through this recent “season” I’m filling you in on today (basically, life since my latest Coffee Date post in November) there’s one word that really stands out… NEW. So much “newness” has taken place over these past 3ish months, friends, and that has been such a good, fun, happy thing! Let me fill you in on some of the specifics…

NEW APARTMENT

Those of you who have been following along on Instagram know that towards the beginning of January, I made the move to a new apartment! Here’s the backstory:

After graduating from the University of Texas, I moved in with my parents in order to give the “full time blogging” thing a shot. I spent a wonderful year there (which I loved, I’d move back in right now if I didn’t need more space haha) I decided it was time for a place of my own!

That took me to my very first apartment, a cozy one bedroom with white walls and a view of the pool and the cutest neighbor across the hall. (Hey, Emily!) I absolutely loved it. It’s where I really learned independence, figured out the “adulting” thing (somewhat, not totally there yet), and made countless memories. (If you’re curious, you can see how I decorated it here, here and here.)

But over the following year and a half, that apartment started turning into a big office, and I found it impossible to separate work from normal life. Imagine shipping boxes piled up all around your living room, photography equipment lining every wall of your bedroom… there wasn’t any place to rest and truly disconnect from work.

It wasn’t just a “clutter” problem, it really started affecting me personally. I would get so overwhelmed at the amount of “stuff” everywhere and really lamented not having a place for everything. I wasn’t nearly as efficient as I wanted to be work-wise, because I would have to spend so much time looking for things, cleaning and arranging spaces, etc. Towards Christmas time, I really was feeling down about work and knew I wasn’t doing the best job I could because of the space I was in.

And then it hit me… I needed more room! Goodness, that sounds so simple to type out, but the really realization came on slowly. And right as it did, the Lord put the perfect place in my path. A darling two-bedroom townhome right in my same apartment complex!

It was an intimidating decision to take on higher rent and move all of my belongings after getting so comfortable in my first apartment, but y’all, the leap of faith has been so worth it. My new place allows me the room to separate work from “real life,” and that balance has been so healthy, inspiring and enjoyable!

I’m so close to finishing the decor, and can’t wait to share a full reveal with y’all soon.

NEW PUPPY

Before you get too excited, let me clarify… my parents technically got a new puppy. In my mind, though, that means he’s mine as well! :) Y’all… meet ERNIE! The most precious little miniature schnauzer you have EVER seen in your life. After losing our sweet Rufus before Christmas, our hearts have been so healed having this new addition to the family around! Ernie loves to jump, yawn, climb under my parent’s coffee table and is the most relaxed doggie you’ve ever seen. (You can literally do anything with him, he just hangs out and loves being with you!) I’ve been waiting to share him with y’all in this post… get a load of this cuteness!

NEW RELATIONSHIP

This is one update that I’ve hinted at over the past few weeks (Did you catch it in this update? Skip to 13:10), and am so excited to finally spill about here with y’all! This past fall, someone stepped into the picture, and it has been SO fun.

Friends, meet Andrew! Fun fact… we went to the same high school (he’s a year older and we had zero clue who each other was) and reconnected at a big dinner our mutual friends put together a few months back. It was one of those hit-it-off-right-away kinda things, and after about a month of going on dates we made it “official.”

This all happened during a season in which I wasn’t really seeking anything new, and was one of those pinch-me things that happened so fast. You know how people say it happens when you least expect it? That’s exactly how it was for us! (If any of y’all are George Straight fans, it really makes me think of the song “Blue Clear Sky.”:)

Here are a few fun facts to get you acquainted with the boy… name is Andrew // one grade & two years older // loves hunting, fishing, football and all of those guy things (which, as you can probably guess, has resulted in quite the learning curve for me) // in his fourth year of med school // randomly has the best Cuban accent I’ve ever heard // Baylor bear // deathly afraid of birds // worked at the same summer camp I did (Kanakuk) // is the most fun wedding date (his dance moves, y’all)

Up until the new year he was living in Dallas doing interviews for residency, but is now back in San Antonio to finish out his last semester. Can we all take a moment to laugh at my long distance streak? I will say, now that I know what it’s like dating in the same city (haha!) I get why people really don’t like long distance. But we’ve decided to proactively love every season of dating instead of wishing things away, and are definitely making the most out of this one!

There are about a million and one other things I want to blab about him, but I figure I’ll share more with time! Hopefully, this gives you a pretty good introduction. If any of you can think of a nickname to refer to him as on the blog, I’m all ears! ;)

  

NEW MINDSET

With this season consisting of a new year, a new relationship and a new apartment, I’ve settled into a new mindset as well that has been incredibly life-giving for me. It looks like this…

I’m going to work my very hardest at all that I can.

Ok, so that’s not profound. That’s something I’ve always done. But here’s where the “new” comes into this mindset.

When I work my very hardest and still come up short, or feel like I’m not good enough in a certain area, or fail at something I try really hard at, I’ve started making the mental decision to hand myself grace. I’ve stopped beating myself up for not making it to spin class on a crazy day. I’ve stopped beating myself up for not growing my following on Instagram as fast as others. (How silly is that?! But something I really have to work at contentment with.) I’ve stopped beating myself up for past mistakes when something triggers my memory of them.

If I claim that God’s grace is sufficient for me, it’s sufficient for all areas of my life. And let me tell you… taking ahold of that grace has brought a peace and contentment and happiness into my life that no amount of striving, doing or achieving ever has.

So, friends, maybe you’re in a season of lots of happy new things. Maybe you’re in a season of lots of hard new things. Or maybe you’re in a season of monotony, feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, craving something new to come into your life. Wherever you find yourself today, remember that nothing stays the same forever. The bad things. The good things. They all change with time.

My encouragement to you today, and something I’m trying to practice myself, is to take hold of whatever season you’re in and live it out in light of the fact that everything changes. Savor and appreciate the good things in your life knowing they may not be forever things. Persevere through the hard things in your life knowing they, too, won’t last forever. Above all, take ahold of the glorious gift of grace God has given you if you believe Jesus is your Savior. His grace is sufficient in the sparkly new, in the humdrum monotony, and in every single season.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest no. 49

After a long streak of pink inspired roundups, today’s is a little different and I’m absolutely loving it! This gorgeous soft blue color palette is giving me all kinds of heart eyes. Isn’t it the dreamiest?

Friday, friends! I am so excited to share this week’s latest roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web.

After a long streak of pink inspired roundups, today’s is a little different and I’m absolutely loving it! This gorgeous soft blue color palette is giving me all kinds of heart eyes. Isn’t it the dreamiest?

I’m so excited, as this weekend one of my oldest and dearest friends is getting married! I’m so looking forward to celebrating Emily and Michael and dancing the night away with friends, family and that new beau I hinted at. ;) I’m going to try to post a few photos to my Instagram Story, so stay tuned!

Finally, be sure to check back on Monday morning as I have a new coffee date post planned and oh my there’s so much to fill you in on!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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easy valentine’s day beauty routine

Today, friends, I am thrilled to share this Valentine’s Day beauty routine, perfect for a night out with your girlfriends, with Walmart! You’ll find easy-to-use products that are almost all $10 or less.

Beauty is a common topic I get requests for here on Lonestar Southern, and I’ll be the first to admit it’s something I don’t do a ton of here. Want to know why? When it comes to beauty, I don’t feel like an absolute expert. You know those incredible YouTube channels that showcase unbelievable transformations with tons of products and brushes you’ve never seen before let alone know how to pronounce? Yep. Not that type of expert.

But then I realized something… that’s how a lot of you probably feel as well! And when it comes down to it, odds are you’re looking for beauty inspiration that is easily accessible, easily applicable and easily wearable. So today, friends, I am thrilled to share this Valentine’s Day beauty routine, perfect for a night out with your girlfriends, with Walmart! You’ll find easy-to-use products that are almost all $10 or less.

Here’s a breakdown of the products I used. I’m going into detail with how I applied them below, along with sharing a video so you can see it in person!

1. bronzer // 2. bronzer brush // 3. blush brush // 4. blush // 5. highlight brush // 6. highlighting powder // 7. eye pallet // 8. eyeshadow brushes // 9. eye liner // 10. false lashes // 11. mascara // 12. lip gloss in “Rose Melody” // 13. lip stick in “Pink Chick”

For this look, I started with my normal base and eyebrow routine. Those are two steps that are pretty personalized, and I wanted to focus on products you could buy and apply that work well on almost everyone!

With my normal foundation routine in place, I added a dusting of this Physician’s Formula bronzer over my cheeks, across the top of my forehead, along bridge of my nose and under my chin with this brush. (Best bronzer brush I’ve ever used, and it’s just $10!) Next up? A rosy pop of this blush, applied with this blush brush. Not only is this color incredibly flattering, but the formula has a beautiful sheen to it that makes you look oh-so-fresh. For a glowy, dewy look I then dusted this highlighter ($8) across the top of my cheekbones and down the middle of my face with this brush.

After finishing up with the face, I moved on to eyes! I used three shades out of this gorgeous, glistening $10 eye palette to create an easily attainable and soft smokey eye. Simply use the smaller brush of this set to sweep the lightest color over your entire lid. Using the thicker brush, blend the third shade from the left (signified with a white heart in the collage above) into the crease of your eye until the color is soft and muted. Finally, use the smaller brush to add a pop of deeper color along the outer half of your lid, blending it into the crease until all three colors look even and smooth.

Let me tell you… these eye brushes make a world of difference when it comes to blending. If smoky eyes intimidate you, you’re looking at your saving grace. I’ve found the most important part of eye shadow application is having a brush that blends smoothly. These I highly recommend!

One thing I don’t ever wear? False eyelashes! But for a “galentines” night, I was looking to do something a bit extra and found this set to look incredibly natural. Start out by lining your eye with this liner (I always go for a bit of a cat eye) and adding a coat of this mascara. Then, use false eyelash glue to apply a pair right along the ridge of your eyelashes. You’ll be amazed at the gorgeous pop they automatically bring to your eyes!

Finally, what’s a good Valentine’s Day routine without a gorgeous lip? I found the perfect light pink lip combo by wearing this lipstick in “Pink Chic” with a coat of this gloss in “Rose Melody” on top. It creates a gorgeous, bright, flattering pink that I’ve started wearing daily!

And voila, friends, there you have it! My goal in creating this look was to bring you something you can create easily and without spending tons of money on products you haven’t even tried. Take it from me, Walmart has an awesome beauty selection with prices that make adding a new look to your routine totally guilt-free! Plus, did you know that tons of their items are eligible for free 2-day shipping with a minimum purchase of $35? I loved having these products delivered straight to my door in no time at all!

So whether you’re looking for a new lip color for your girls night out or a smokey eye palette for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, I hope this beauty routine has given you some inspiration! I had the best time creating it, and hope you enjoy!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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