A FEW FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello from sunny Sandestin, friends! It’s been a whirlwind of a week, starting with a trip to Dallas to put together the Lonestar Southern X The Impeccable Pig Winter Collection, and ending with a weekend getaway to the Hilton Sandestin! I’m writing from my hotel room before we head into town for lunch. It’s gorgeous here, and I’m loving another taste of the beach! You can follow along all weekend on Instagram!

Hello from sunny Sandestin, friends! It’s been a whirlwind of a week, starting with a trip to Dallas to put together the Lonestar Southern X The Impeccable Pig Winter Collection, and ending with a weekend getaway to the Hilton Sandestin! I’m writing from my hotel room before we head into town for lunch. It’s gorgeous here, and I’m loving another taste of the beach! You can follow along all weekend on Instagram!

I truly wasn’t anticipating this week to end up being so busy! Do you ever have those weeks? I ended up taking an unexpected leave of absence from here these past few days because of everything going on. I hated being away, and it feels so good to be back today with a few Friday favorites! On top of that, I’ve been creating lots of fun posts I’m SO excited to share with you here in the next few weeks!

Before I sign off for the weekend, let’s get to a few recent favorites!

Wearing the Maisie from the Gal Meets Glam August Collection.

 

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THE BEST DRESS

I don’t know what it is, exactly, but there’s something about the silhouette of this tiered popover dress that is simply perfect. I wore it for the first time last night and got so many compliments from strangers galore. That’s when you know it’s good, right? I love the feminine, flouncy cut of it… a style that works for the office as well as the weekend! Now that I own it in blue and white stripes, I want it in pink. And white. Every shade, really! A note on sizing: I ordered one size down from my regular size to an XXS and loved the fit. I also ordered my normal size in Petite (XS) and loved that it was a bit shorter. If you’re vertically challenged like me, try your normal size in petite. Otherwise, size down one!

LOVER

TSwift fans and haters alike… what is your opinion on her new album, Lover? It released last night and I spent the wee hours of the morning listening to every track before heading to a 6:30 am workout class. Honestly, I love it! While it’s rather catty, my current favorite is “I Forgot That You Existed.” And how cute is “London Boy?” Dying to know what y’all think!

ALL THE ARUGULA

Ok. This is so random, basic and perhaps even boring, but ever since my family trip to Seaside, I’ve been obsessed with arugula salad! Literally nothing other than arugula, lemon juice, olive oil (obsessed with this brand) and sea salt. And I am NOT a salad girl. But y’all, I’ve had one almost every day this past week! Now I’m looking for ways to switch it up. So if you have an arugula recipe you love, lemme know! And if you haven’t tried it, this is your “push” to give it a whirl. Mmmm, I’m drooling thinking of it just now!

HAVE TO HAVE HIGHLIGHT

I recently re-discovered this little beauty tool, and have fallen in love with it all over again! I forgot how drastically a well-blended swipe of highlight along the top of your cheekbones can brighten up your face. I swipe this Marc Jacobs Glow Stick lightly on each side and then blend in carefully with a Beauty Blender. Rosy, dewy cheeks for days! P.S. If you’re a Sephora Rouge or VIB member, don’t forget about the sale that ends on August 27! Rouge members get 20% off their order and VIB members get 15% off of theirs. Also, if you’re curious, I recently posted a glam makeup YouTube tutorial here.

GRAB THIS JACKET

You’ve seen it in tons of my Instagram Stories and even a few posts lately… this jacket, y’all! I can’t get enough of it! I purchased it during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it’s quickly turned into one of my most-worn items ever since. I wear it around the house, over a sports bra and leggings when I go workout, and most recently to the airport! It’s an effortlessly chic, cozy, light-weight number that works for pretty much everything. Comes in pink and dark grey as well… love!

Ok friends, that’s all for now! I hope you have a sunny, relaxing weekend. Don’t forget, you can follow along with my weekend adventure via Instagram Stories!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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weekend recap // our cozy game night

So while I won’t be unpacking my thoughts on the past few months (more like year) just yet, I hope today serves as a smaller, more condensed update on a tidbit of life since moving to Gainesville, namely, this weekend! So let’s get started, shall we?

I’m sitting here on Sunday evening while Outlander is playing on the TV, Andrew is cooking brisket in the smoker and rain is drizzling continuously outside. It’s been a perfect, cozy weekend, and I thought I’d fill you in!

From time to time, I love writing what I call “Coffee Date” posts… where I take a few paragraphs (ok, we all know it’s much more than that) to update you on my personal life. To this day, they’re my very favorite posts to put together.

Ever since Andrew proposed last fall, the prospect of sitting down to unpack everything going on felt so daunting. A wedding, a honeymoon, and a move to a new city later, it’s safe to say things haven’t slowed down since! And each time I’ve tried to write about it all, I haven’t even known where to begin.

So while I won’t be unpacking my thoughts on the past few months (more like year) just yet, I hope today serves as a smaller, more condensed update on a tidbit of life since moving to Gainesville, namely, this weekend! So let’s get started, shall we?

 

Wednesday Night

 

Let’s take things back to last Wednesday. It had been a particularly rainy, drizzly day, and I had been working from home by myself. (Which, of course, I’ve been doing for a few years now and love.) When Andrew got home, we decided to make spaghetti and watch a movie on the couch. Sounds cozy and perfect, right? A few bites in, and I burst into tears.

I said over and over again “I’m not sad, I swear I’m not sad!” and I wasn’t! In fact, I have no idea what brought that on. But if I had to guess, it was that the adrenaline of so much change, so fast, had finally settled in. I was finally “moved” into a brand new town and a brand new home.

After a few minutes (and a bewildered Andrew, poor guy! ;) I felt so much better. And I realized a few things. First – that too much alone time in this new place may not be the best strategy. Second – that a good cry is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. Third – it was time to invite friends into our home! While I absolutely love our home, it’s made for a lot, a LOT of “me” time since I live and work from it. It’s always been my dream to host and have a busy, welcoming house… and I think we both realized it was time to start making that happen!

Andrew’s co-residents were planning on a game night, so we offered up our home and spent Saturday getting everything ready! Here’s a rundown of what turned out to be the best, rainy weekend ever.

 

Saturday Morning

 

Saturday morning, we woke up with a game plan. Find a new coffee table. Grab brunch. Clean up for game night.

As y’all know, I’ve basically moved all of my furniture from my first two apartments living as a single girl into our new home here in Gainesville. The good news is that it’s made for an almost-furnished home without having to spend a lot of money. The bad news (for Andrew) is that much of it is white, pink and gold. :) Oops!

We’ve been living with two acrylic side tables pushed together as our coffee table, and decided we needed something a bit bigger and sturdier to accompany board games, pizza plates and drinks. So off to HomeGoods we went! Womp womp, no luck.

The next place we checked out was Pier1, which I’ve actually never shopped at before! Since we didn’t have the luxury of ordering online and waiting for a piece to come in, we decided to make a game-time decision with this coffee table.

 

The Purchase

 

This, I’ll admit, was a departure for me (since it wasn’t pink, gold or white) but ever since bringing it into our living room, even I have to admit it’s perfect! Andrew and I can’t stop talking about how much we love this piece, y’all. It’s a wonderful neutral grey tone, and adds some depth and a level of comfort to our very peppy, white and blue space. Plus, we got it on sale!

 

TABLE // CANDLE // VASE (HomeGoods find) // RUG // COUCH // COFFEE TABLE BOOK // FAUX FLOWERS (HomeGoods find)

 

The Food

 

After grabbing lunch at a delicious taco spot we stumbled across, Cilantro Taco, Andrew and I headed home to whip things into shape! We cleaned, rearranged, and most importantly, figured out the food for the evening!

We landed on pizza delivery (we ordered from Five Star and LOVED it) for simplicity’s sake, and I made a few easy add-ons to accompany. Cesar salad with my favorite dressing, Cardini, and the yummiest homemade brownies you’ll ever eat!

 

The Games

 

Confession: Andrew and I don’t own a single board game. Terrible, I know! So we asked everyone to bring their favorite. After dinner, we got cozy in the living room and started What Do You Meme. So funny.

Then, we switched things up and played a few rounds of Telestrations. Oh my gosh, y’all. If you don’t own this, take my word for it and get it now! We were cracking up over this game and had too much fun with it. Random fact I learned about Andrew – he’s a pretty talented doodler! Haha!

We didn’t get to it at this game night, but a few weeks ago we were introduced to One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Another one I highly recommend!

 

Sunday

 

After sleeping in from a late game night, I woke up with the happiest heart. Even though He’s done it time and time again, it always surprises me in the best way when the Lord provides in ways I don’t even realize I need.

Take this weekend for example. After feeling a bit isolated in this new city, He brought a night of friends and fun right into our new home. What a wonderful reminder to me that there is no detail in our lives too small for the Lord to care about, and no gift too small for Him to give!

“If you, then, though you are [human], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11

It also made me realize the blessing of inviting people in, regardless of whether or not you feel your home is “put together” enough. We have boxes in the office, random furniture sitting in our dining room and for a moment, I wondered if we should wait until everything was “done” before inviting anyone in. But man, would we have missed out. And guess what… no one cared! Such a reminder to let go of the pressure to appear “perfectly put together.” We have enough of the seemingly “picture perfect” standard in our lives thanks to social media, don’t you think? The real, regardless of what that looks like, is so much better.

Andrew and I have spent the day cleaning up from the party, laughing about all the fun we had and getting a few household things done before the week starts back up. In ever way, it’s been a perfect, normal, cozy, non-flashy weekend, and I’m rounding it out so thankful for this new adventure and new life we have here in Florida!

Currently, Andrew is breaking in his wedding gift, this smoker, with a brisket and I’m finishing up this post before heading to Dallas for work tomorrow. I am so excited to be heading to market with The Impeccable Pig team to round out our fall collection, and would love to hear if there’s anything specific you’re looking for this season!

It’s going to be a busy few days in Dallas before heading to The Hilton San Destin this coming weekend, and I can’t wait to take you along for it all! As always, thank you for following along. Having y’all to process and unpack life with is one of the things I’m most grateful. Hugs!!!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

P.S. I just had to mention that my baby sister is starting her first day of school as a first-grade teacher today, and I am SO proud of her! Sending hugs to all of you who are starting up school today, whether as a teacher, a parent or a student yourself!

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latest & greatest vol. 83

I’m so excited for all that this fall has in store, including this roundup of cute new arrivals. Don’t forget, click directly on an image to shop!

Another week has come and gone, and I’m hoping that all the rainy weather here in Gainesville is leaving along with it! Although something tells me that won’t be the case. A girl can dream!

It was wonderful to sink deeper into day-to-day life here in Gainesville, especially before this next week kicks off a busy month (or two) of travel!

I’m so excited for all that this fall has in store, including this roundup of cute new arrivals. Don’t forget, click directly on an image to shop!

 

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Navy is having a moment, but when is it not? There’s so much to love it in, from this fabulous frock to the monogrammed tea towel. Oh, and the scarf! To die for, right?

Whatever your weekend holds, I hope there’s lots of fun in store! Andrew and I plan on exploring Gainesville and the surrounding areas. Any recommendations? Let me know!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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VIDEO // my glam makeup tutorial

I decided to create this makeup tutorial after getting so many questions regarding a look I did a few weeks ago. It’s way more glam than my every day look, and includes a couple of secret weapons (ahem… fake lashes!) to really ramp things up! I hope you enjoy this glam makeup tutorial!

Ah, it feels so, so good to bring another YouTube video to Lonestar Southern! As y’all know, I adore filming and have had a Youtube Channel ever since I started blogging. (You can subscribe to my channel here!) But let’s be real, y’all, the lengthy editing process always makes these a challenge to be consistent with.

Take this one, for example. I’ve spent the past two days glued to my computer to get it ready for y’all. Needless to say, I’m so excited to finally share it with you, and hope you’ll forgive the quick break from Wedding Wednesday! Don’t worry, next week’s Wedding Wednesday post is worth the wait, promise! And if you’re needing your wedding fix, you can see all of our past Wedding Wednesday posts here.

But now, for the video! I decided to create this tutorial after getting so many questions regarding the makeup look I did a few weeks ago for this post. It’s way more glam than my every day look, and includes a couple of secret weapons (ahem… fake lashes!) to really ramp things up!

 

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Like I mention in the video, I am definitely not a makeup guru, so forgive me if this isn’t quite as technical or complicated as you may see on YouTube. (Although did I nail the slow motion, batting-of-the-eyes montage at the end or what? Hahaha. So painful! ;) It’s just what works for me when I’m looking to really dress it up!

I hope you enjoy!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 82

It hasn’t even been a week since my trip to Seaside and we still have quite a few weeks until fall finally rolls around, but let’s just say some exciting travel plans transpired this week that have me counting down the days until October. (I can’t wait to share more,…

It hasn’t even been a week since my trip to Seaside and we still have quite a few weeks until fall finally rolls around, but let’s just say some exciting travel plans transpired this week that have me counting down the days until October. (I can’t wait to share more, soon!)

That, coupled with all of the pre-fall fashion I’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, has inspired today’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web. Lots of fabulous, neutral fall hues in silhouettes still suitable for this hot and humid weather.

I hope you enjoy!

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Andrew is on call this weekend, so last night we went out for our first Gainesville Tex Mex experience since who knows if I’ll catch him for dinner these next couple of days! Let’s just say it did our hearts good to have a little taste of home… endless chips and salsa, frozen margaritas, fajitas. Yum!

As for our weekend plans? I’m determined to unpack the last “corner” of our house (you know, the one where all the miscellaneous boxes get shoved into and forgotten about) and want to try out a few new recipes. Maybe even some puppy research? :) I am absolutely dying for a dog! But more on that later!

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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wedding wednesday no. 31 // our dallas rehearsal dinner

That golden, Friday night, Andrew and I were surrounded by some of our very closest friends and the family we love so dearly. We spent the evening celebrating where the Lord had brought us and all of the special people who had been a part of our story. It was absolutely magical.

In terms of the wedding weekend as a whole, it’s safe to say the “big day” gets the most buzz. But growing up, I used to hear my parents go on and on about how their rehearsal dinner, and how it was their absolute favorite part of the entire weekend.

I now understand.

I really don’t have words for what a special, beautiful, perfect day the Friday before our wedding was. The weather was stunning, the non-stop hectic nature of planning had finally ceased, and the entire day rang with anticipation of what was just ahead.

That golden, Friday night, Andrew and I were surrounded by some of our very closest friends and the family we love so dearly. We spent the evening celebrating where the Lord had brought us and all of the special people who had been a part of our story. It was absolutely magical.

I am thrilled to invite you into this irreplaceable evening of ours. I hope these images, taken by John Cain Photography, give you a taste of the many memorable moments made that we will cherish forever!

 

Swoon. I feel as if I’m reliving it all over again looking through these photos! Before I go any further, I want to express my boundless gratitude for all of the love, creativity, and seemingly endless work my beautiful mother-in-law put into making this night perfect in every way!

I’ll be the first of many to speak to her unbelievable gift for hosting. Do you remember the surprise party she threw right after Andrew proposed? (Read all about it here!) She has a way of making every event not only stunning, but also convey the exact sentiment of the occasion through every detail.

For our rehearsal dinner, she decided to go with the theme of Arquerro Ranch. Andrew’s family’s ranch has become, truly, our favorite place in the world, and an incredibly special one in our relationship. It’s where we got engaged, after all!

If you look closely, you’ll notice details that speak to that theme throughout the entire evening. When I say my mother-in-law is a magician, I mean it. Our custom wedding monogram, for example, was re-designed with antlers behind it and embroidered on the head table linens, placed on the cocktail napkins and even emblazoned onto the chocolate covered Oreos that served as party favors. Beautiful antler and bark accents were incorporated into the table settings and floral arrangements, and don’t even get me started on the magnolias, y’all. She brought them from her own yard for the florist to incorporate into the arrangements!

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? I promised to share details on my dress, so in traditional “blog post” style, let’s begin with, you guessed it, the outfit details.

Since I was going with such a traditional wedding gown and bridal look, I really wanted to have fun with my rehearsal dinner outfit and do something a bit more current and sassy. Turns out, finding a rehearsal dinner dress was much more difficult than anticipated! I caught myself wandering back to styles that echoed the look of my wedding dress time and time again until I finally found these beautiful Bronx and Banco gown. It was exactly what I didn’t even know I was looking for, and I am so thrilled with how it turned out!

It was so much fun wearing something slim-fitting and, dare I say it, sexy since, as you’ve seen, my dress was definitely not. :) Between the gorgeous ruffle hem, the slit (which in hindsight I should have pinned down further than it was – it showed way more than I was expecting as I started to move and walk around, haha!) and the illusion back with *my favorite detail*, the pearl accents, it was a dream in every way. Talk about a true party dress!

I rounded out the look with the “Madeley” earring from the bridal collection I designed with Lisi Lerch. I wore the pearl style, which perfectly complimented the pearl detailing along the back of the gown. Stuart Weitzman nudist heels made for a lovely, elongated leg, and I kept my lip color (Chanel Le Rouge in “Merry Rose“) and phone in a YSL clutch (similar linked) that’s been a staple of mine for a few years now.

One of my favorite memories of the day was getting ready with my mom and sister on Friday afternoon. After my bridesmaids’ luncheon (more on that soon!) we had Maitee, who did hair & makeup for my bridesmaids, mother and I on the wedding day, come to our house and get the three of us all dolled up for the rehearsal dinner!

I know I’ve spoken about it before, but words don’t do justice to how much we adore Maitee. We laughed, primped and chatted for hours as she transformed us. Getting ready for big events usually leaves me stressed and crunched for time, and I’m so thankful that this afternoon my mom, sister and I got to simply relax and have fun before the weekend began! I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mother or sister look SO beautiful, and I wish I could make my hair do what Maitee did every single day. A girl can dream!

Now, on to the night itself! After rehearsing at the church, Andrew and I, along with our wedding party, took a charter bus from the rehearsal down to Main Street in downtown Dallas. Our wedding photographer, John, was there to greet us as we got off the bus, and the fun began!

One of the many details of the evening I am so thankful for was the chance to grab a few photos on the lawn across from the Joule hotel, where the iconic “eyeball” sculpture resides! Andrew is training to become an ophthalmologist, and his father has been in practice as an ophthalmologist for years now, so this was such a fun nod to Andrew’s family, our immediate move to Gainesville for his residency, and wherever the Lord takes us after that.

After a few photos, we crossed the street and headed up the beautiful glass elevator on Main Street to the Joule Terrace. I’ll never forget the moment those doors opened and I was greeted by so many favorite faces, twinkling lights, acoustic guitar, champagne, and so much more. Such a pinch-me moment!

The few hours that followed were some of the most-cherished of my life. Andrew and I sat there, stunned, emotional, grateful and speechless as we heard from the friends and family who gave toasts, said prayers, and blessed our future together. One of the many sweet moments I love looking back on was when his precious grandparents gifted us with an absolutely beautiful, hand-painted Limoges box with our wedding duogram on top. (You must check out Ronda Roush, who I’ve come to find out created it!) Let’s just say I’m so thankful John didn’t photograph the entire thing. I was a teary, blubbery mess at the end!

As if the photos don’t do enough justice, it was a stunning evening in every way. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude to my sweet in-laws for making the night better than a dream come true! It set the stage for a heartwarming night of stories, toasts, hugs, laughs, tears and all the things as everyone sunk into the reality that Andrew and I would be Dr. and Mrs. Bowman in less than twenty-four hours.

I remember riding home absolutely silent. Andrew kept asking if I was ok, but I had never been better! I was just so overwhelmed by all of the beauty, emotion and love of that night, not to mention the excitement for tomorrow, that I couldn’t say a word.

I fell straight to sleep, and in what felt like a two-minute nap, woke up to the day I became Mrs. Bowman. But more on that story later. :) In the meantime, you’ll find our wedding ceremony photos here.

As always, friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your investment in this special time in our lives. I love getting to share moments like these with all of you, and I hope you enjoyed this peek into our rehearsal dinner!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Photography by John Cain Photography

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