latest & greatest vol. 81

Friday is always a good day, but especially when it kicks off a three day weekend! Sunny skies, time reflecting those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, huge sales… it’s always one of my favorites!

Friday is always a good day, but especially when it kicks off a three day weekend! Sunny skies, time reflecting those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, huge sales… it’s always one of my favorites!

This year, I’m keeping things pretty low key and hoping to get a few wedding-related things crossed off of my to-do list hehre in Dallas! I can’t believe wedding month is basically a week away… will someone please pinch me?!

I spoke about it briefly on Instagram Stories this week, but I so appreciate y’alls patience and grace as I’ve been less-consistent than usual here on LonestarSouthern.com and on my Instagram handle. I’m trying to soak in and prioritize every moment of these final few weeks of engagement, and I can’t wait to be back full force once all the craziness subsides! Truly, thank you for your understanding and constant support! Y’all. The. Best.

While I’m keeping it low key around here, I’m also taking advantage of some of the fabulous sales going on this weekend. The collage above shows some of my very favorites of the weekend. Simply click through to score all the great savings!

KENDRA SCOTT // 20% off any purchase of $100+ with code LONESTAR

MARK & GRAHAM // 30% off site-wide with code SUMMER

VICTORIA EMERSON // buy one get one free, no code needed

MADEWELL // 20% off dresses and sandals with code PERFECTMATCH

SERENA & LILLY // 20% off site-wide with code SummerPrep

SHOPBOP // up to 40% off select items, no code needed

TUCKERNUCK // up to 70% off new markdowns, no code needed

LISI LERCH // 30% off all jewelry, no code needed

KATE SPADE // extra 30% off sale styles with code POUNCE

OLD NAVY // 50% off all tees, tanks, shorts and swim, no code needed

ASOS // up to 40% off new arrivals, no code needed

LILLY PULITZER // receive a free travel stemless glass with every $100 spend

J.CREW // 40% off site-wide with code SUMMER

Before signing off, I also wanted to let you know that my FAVORITE yearly planner has just been released for 2019-2020! Can you guess which cover I chose? :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my favorite summer set is 40% off

use code shop40 for 40% off your j.crew purchase TOP blue striped tassel top (wearing size XS) | SKIRT smocked blue striped mini skirt (wearing size XS) | SHOES white slide sandals | EARRINGS hoop earrings The trend I’m most obsessed with this season is easily that of the matching…

use code shop40 for 40% off your j.crew purchase

TOP blue striped tassel top (wearing size XS) | SKIRT smocked blue striped mini skirt (wearing size XS) | SHOES white slide sandals | EARRINGS hoop earrings

The trend I’m most obsessed with this season is easily that of the matching set. There’s something about a coordinating ensemble that gets me goo-goo eyed!

To be quite honest, it’s been hard to find sets that meet the following criteria: adorable, modest, and affordable. So when I came across this adorable set and found that both pieces were under $100 each, I did quite the happy dance!

I’ve been wearing this set non-stop over the past few weeks, first on my trip to Seaside and recently out and about in Dallas! I’ve also worn both the top and the skirt separately like you saw in yesterday’s post. Both are so good, y’all, and easily hold their own when worn separately!

Today is a good day, because you can get this set for 40% off using the code SHOP40! That brings this set to well under $100 total. Such a win! I’m only wishing it was made in more colors, because I’d buy them all. (J.Crew powers that be, can we get a white and a pink STAT?!)

There are so many good pieces included in the J.Crew sale, so be sure to take advantage!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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wedding wednesday no. 28 // designing my reception

I came across Perch Event Decor during one of my lengthy Instagram rabbit trails as I was searching for wedding inspiration in the Dallas area. After scrolling through their website (be warned, you can spend hours on there!) I decided to make an appointment!

When I first started the wedding planning process (those many blissful months ago when the big day was a far, far-off dot on my calendar) I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of what goes into making a wedding beautiful:

Lovely flowers. Pretty white dress. Big, yummy cake. Fun party.

Sounds simple enough, right? I thought so, too. That was until I began learning about all of the “under the radar” elements that go into creating a breathtaking event.

What do I mean by “under the radar”, you ask? The pieces of a wedding you don’t even realize are orchestrated. Those special touches that look so lovely and natural and organic that they create an entire ambiance without you even knowing it. Added elements like rentals, y’all, which I’ve learned are singlehandedly one of the most impactful ways to customize your event!

I came across Perch Event Decor during one of my lengthy Instagram rabbit trails as I was searching for wedding inspiration in the Dallas area. After scrolling through their website (be warned, you can spend hours on there!) I decided to make an appointment! One visit to their beautiful, colorful, chic showroom and I knew they were just the team I wanted to help me transform my reception space into something truly personal and amazing.

Today, I’m thrilled to walk you through the beautiful Perch Event Decor showroom here in Dallas, Texas. Doesn’t it just make you smile? Read on for a few sneak peeks into what we have up our sleeve for the big day!

dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor
dallas wedding rentals, perch event decor

TOP j.crew blue striped peasant top | EARRINGS kendra scott didi earrings | NECKLACE kendra scott jaxon necklace | SHOES gold wedges (sold out, available in cheetah here) | JEANS white jeans | WATCH michele high shine watch

I never realized that the options for designing an event space were truly so endless. From additional seating for your guests to stage fronts that frame the dance floor and even walls and shelves to enhance or create separate areas, there are so many ways to bring your own personal look to a party.

Meeting with the Perch girls to dream up my reception has easily been one of my favorite parts of the planning process. They caught my dream immediately, and always had an adorable cup of coffee (in the cutest
“Perch” cups) ready for our meetings! It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by all of the decisions and options that come with wedding planning, but they were able to recommend exactly what would best-enhance the reception.

Y’all have already heard that there will be lots of pinks in the wedding, and today I thought it would be fun to share a few more hints about the whole look! Let’s just say the Perch team will be adding the perfect pops of white, gold and pink to create a beautiful evening ambiance. And have I ever been one to turn down a ginger jar? :)

In fact, one of the things I’m most excited about is the outdoor seating area Perch is putting together! When you get a second, cross your fingers extra tight and pray for clear, sunny skies for me, because it’s going to be so beautiful if weather permits!

So if you’re in the process of dreaming up your own wedding, don’t forget that you can truly transform any space into something you just love. I can’t wait to see everything the Perch Event Decor team has in store, and am so excited to reveal all of our ideas after!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Perch Event Decor, for being a part of our big day!

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brand spotlight // emily mccarthy

Hey, friends! Today I thought it would be fun to introduce a new series to Lonestar Southern… Brand Spotlight! I’m so thrilled to kick things off with a brand I’ve admired ever since my college days, Emily McCarthy. Hide your wallets, you’re going to love her!

Hey, friends! Today I thought it would be fun to introduce a new series to Lonestar Southern… Brand Spotlight!

Over the past few months, I’ve come across countless new-to-me brands that I feel deserve an introduction here in this colorful corner of the internet. Something tells me you’re going to love these lines as much as I do!

I’m so thrilled to kick things off with a brand I’ve admired ever since my college days, Emily McCarthy! Let me start off by saying this… hide. your. wallets. Over the past few years, I’ve watched her business transform from monogram design to an all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for all things feminine, fun and personalized.

Whether you’re looking for a perfect wedding gift, something for a recent graduate or some entertaining pieces for your own home, you’re going to love the massive, amazing selection offered by Emily McCarthy. What’s even better is that I find all of her items to be exceptionally well-priced. I wish I could just live in her store!

Check out a few of my favorite pieces below. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to link everything for an easy click through, so use the links underneath this collage to shop specific products!

monogrammed scarves | monogrammed to-go cups | gold bug napkin rings | ginger jar robe | monogrammed cheese board | flamingo punch bowl | monogrammed champagne glass | monogrammed note pad | personalized koozies | colorful canteens | personalized plates | pink check throw | monogrammed pillows | oyster ice bucket | pink colorful scarf | monogrammed wine glass | lemon pajamas | pink striped vacation cups

I mean… don’t you just die?! I’m wanting to order either the monogrammed scarf or the pink multicolored scarf for my honeymoon, and can’t decide which. Also, don’t you think these monogrammed to-go cups are an absolute necessity?

I’m so excited to introduce Emily McCarthy to you today. You can find her gorgeous site here, and her colorful Instagram page here!

I have a few more new-to-me brands I can’t wait to introduce y’all to soon. If you have any brands you’d love to see featured, I’m all ears!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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two sandals i’m wearing non-stop this summer

When it comes to spring and summer style, you’ll almost always find me in one of two pairs of shoes… a pair of strappy sandals, or a pair of fabulous summer wedges!

When it comes to spring and summer style, you’ll almost always find me in one of two pairs of shoes… a pair of strappy sandals, or a pair of fabulous summer wedges!

Between these two staples, I can cover just about every summer festivity in the books. This year, I found my two pairs of go-to-shoes at my favorite shoe department ever, Nordstrom!

Here’s the best part… they’re both under $100, comfortable, and oh-so-versatile. Let’s dive in, shall we?!

my summer shoe staples

Pair No. One // Steve Madden Susana Espadrille Wedge Sandal

WEDGES steve madden susana espadrille wedges | TOP smocked top | SKIRT smocked skirt | EARRINGS kendra scott pepper hoop earrings | SUNGLASSES heart-shaped sunglasses

Behold… the perfect summer wedge! First and foremost, let’s talk about the scallop detailing. So adorable, right? And subtle enough that you can wear these wedges with any ensemble.

I’m super picky when it comes to wedge “proportions,” and love that this pair gets the heel and platform height just right. There’s nothing more classic (or more perfect for summer) than a traditional espadrille!

Finally, I’m happy to report that these babes are so comfortable! The platform beneath the toe, the ankle strap, and the width of the material across the ball of the foot all make this wedge super secure and perfect for sporting all summer long.

The Steve Madden Susana Espadrille Wedge fits true to size, is currently available in all sizes and comes in tan as well as black. I can’t wait to wear these all season long, and well into fall, y’all. The faux suede makes them a great transition piece from summer to autumn!

You can grab them at the Nordstrom shoe department here!

Pair No. Two // Soludos Madrid Sandal

SANDALS soludos madrid sandals | TOP smocked top | JEANS rag & bone jeans | EARRINGS kendra scott pepper hoop earrings | SUNGLASSES heart-shaped sunglasses

Since sandals are everywhere this season, I’ve had the flexibility to be super picky in finding my go-to summer pair! When I spotted these Madrid Sandals by Soludos, I was instantly sold.

Gold has always been my absolute favorite sandal shade, but I’ve always found it difficult to find the perfect iteration of it! When the hue is just right, a gold sandal is instantly flattering and effortlessly versatile. This pair checks off all those boxes, and then some!

Since there are so many slide sandal styles out this season, I was thrilled to come across an actual strappy pair. The combination of the toe strap, diagonal braid across the foot and ankle strap make this sandal such a flattering and elongating style. It looks adorable paired with everything from jeans to dresses!

Again, a main priority for me, comfort level., is 100% there with this cute sandal. I’d say the first time you put them on, you notice the toe strap… but not in a bad way. After that initial wear, you forget it’s even there!

The Soludos Madrid Sandal fits true to size, is currently available in all sizes and comes in gold as well as tan. I’m trying to decide if I should splurge on the tan as well for the honeymoon… it’s so perfect!

My sister tried to steal them from me this weekend, so you know they’re good. You’ll find them at the Nordstrom shoe department, here!

A fabulous pair (or two) of go-to summer sandals is essential, and I’m so happy to have found these at Nordstrom! Don’t forget, shipping and returns are always free, which makes shoe hunting so much better. See all of their adorable new styles here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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wedding wednesday no. 27 // choosing my bridesmaid dresses with bella bridesmaids

Even though wedding planning gets a bad rap for being stressful (ok, fine… it does get a bit stressful from time to time), there have been so many fun pieces to it. Undoubtedly, one of the most fun parts of the entire wedding planning process thus far has been picking…

Even though wedding planning gets a bad rap for being stressful (ok, fine… it does get a bit stressful from time to time), there have been so many fun pieces to it. Undoubtedly, one of the most fun parts of the entire wedding planning process thus far has been picking out my bridesmaid dresses!

As long as I can remember, my mom, sister and I have dreamed, schemed and plotted about bridesmaid dress selections even more than wedding dresses. Isn’t that funny? The consensus we reached years ago? The three of us would make the decision together when the time came!

So a few months ago, the three of us made our way to Bella Bridesmaids Dallas to begin the hunt. And oh what fun we had!

If there’s one thing I’ve been in my life, it’s a bridesmaid. As of today, we’re up to five times and counting! And through those experiences, I learned one very important thing: Bella Bridesmaids makes the entire experience an easy, fun process. I learned firsthand as a bridesmaid how seamless the experience is using Bella Bridesmaids, so when it came to my own wedding, I knew exactly where to shop for my bridal party!

Today, I’m so excited to share the Bella Bridesmaids experience with you. Like I said above, the Bella team has made this part of wedding planning such a wonderful, easy experience, and this is coming from the perspective of both a bridesmaid and a bride!

1.Booking an Appointment

A few months ago, my mother, sister and I made an appointment at the Bella Bridesmaids showroom here in Dallas, Texas. Fun fact: there are over fifty Bella Bridesmaids locations all over the country! I used this page to find the one closest to me and book an appointment. We set a date and headed off to begin the hunt!

Since my sister is my maid of honor, I wanted her opinion first and foremost. So, the three of us made a girls day out of it! For once, I got to sit and relax while my sister tried on every gown under the sun! :) I think the photos below give a good hint as to how much fun we had!

2.Selecting Options

When it came to pulling dresses, the options were absolutely endless! Whatever the style, whatever the color, whatever the material… the Bella Bridesmaids showroom has it all. Our consultants were the sweetest and asked all about my vision and color scheme to get an idea of what I was looking for. In no time they had pulled tons of gorgeous options! I love that I wasn’t limited to one designer, one color palette or one size range.

I also spent time wandering through the gorgeous, colorful racks and found a few favorites of my own. Talk about inspiration! The huge array of colors was seriously jaw-dropping. I didn’t realize there were so many bridesmaid dress styles out there!

3.Time to Try On

After rounding up a gorgeous selections of options, we sent Steele into the dressing room to try the dresses all on!

Our consultants were so helpful in pinning each dress to Steele’s figure, explaining differences in materials and answering all of the questions we had about each style. One of my main priorities was for every single one of my bridesmaids to feel beautiful and comfortable in the dress, and thanks to the wonderful Bella team, we had plenty to choose from that checked off that important box!

Scroll below for a few of our favorites!

DESIGNER Theia // STYLE Jodie

DESIGNER Dessy Group for Bella Bridesmaids // STYLE BB123

DESIGNER Dessy Group for Bella Bridesmaids // STYLE BB116

DESIGNER Dessy Group for Bella Bridesmaids // STYLE BB124

DESIGNER Jenny Yoo // STYLE Rochelle

4.Creating my Virtual Showroom

We had so much fun that the time flew bye. Before I knew it, we had decided on a dress that both myself, my sister and my mom just adored!

The next step? Looping in all of my bridesmaids! While this normally would give anyone a headache (so many sizes and people and payments to coordinate), this process is one of the main reasons I am so thankful for the Bella Bridesmaids experience.

Bella Bridesmaids has an amazing program called the “Virtual Showroom,” which basically acts as an extension of the in-store experience. Your bridesmaids are able to log on, see the bridesmaid dress style, keep track of deadlines and place their order… no matter what city they live in!

Our consultants set this up in a flash, and were able to add all twelve of my girls to the Virtual Showroom just like that! This was especially helpful for me, as my bridesmaids live all across the country. From San Fransisco to Chicago to Washington D.C. and beyond. The great news is that there is a Bella Bridesmaids location in each of the cities my girls are in, which made fittings and shipping a breeze!

My girls all received emails inviting them to the showroom, which provided further information on sizing information, ordering deadlines and payment information. All of my bridesmaids were able to stop into their local Bella bridesmaids location to get fitted for free, then place their order online!

I was able to track all of this via the Virtual Showroom, which gave me so much peace of mind. When all of the dresses arrived, the Bella Bridemaids team made sure each girl received hers and kept me updated on every step!

The Bella Bridesmaids Experience

At the beginning of April, the Bella Bridesmaids team called to let me know that my dresses had arrived. A whole month early! Needless to say, I was shocked in the best way! My girls all have their dresses now, and I’m giddy to see them on in person.

The whole process, start to finish, was so easy. There are a lot of logistics involved when ordering dresses for such a large group, and the Bella Bridesmaids team made sure every step was incredibly smooth. As a bride, I loved knowing all of my girls were being taken care of!

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’ve also experienced Bella Bridesmaids from the perspective of a bridesmaid. My sweet friend Amanda used Bella Bridesmaids for her bridesmaid dresses, and I had the easiest time with it all!

From the free fitting at my Dallas location to the deadline reminders to simple payment portal, Bella Bridesmaids made the ordering experience a breeze. Amanda chose the After Six style 6783 in the color Larkspur and all of us bridesmaids absolutely loved dancing the night away in it this weekend!

I mean it when I say the Bella Bridesmaids experience is the best when it comes to finding beautiful gowns for all of your girls. All of my friends have loved the process thus far, and I am so thankful for that!

I can’t wait to show you the style we decided on after the wedding, so stay tuned to see all of my girls in their Bella dresses! And if you’re a bride to be, click here to find the Bella Bridesmaids showroom closest to you! It might just be the best decision you make while wedding planning.

Love from Texas,

Kate