wedding wednesday no. 25 // my bridal hair inspiration

Today is a big day, y’all! The month of June is getting closer and closer, my bachelorette party and bridal showers have all taken place, bridesmaid dresses are in, and the next big thing on my schedule? My bridal hair and makeup trial run!

Today is a big day, y’all! The month of June is getting closer and closer, my bachelorette party and bridal showers have all taken place, bridesmaid dresses are in, and the next big thing on my schedule? My bridal hair and makeup trial run!

Right after Andrew proposed, one of the very first calls I made was to Maitee Miles. My best friend, Julie, had Maitee do hair and makeup for herself and all of her bridesmaids at her wedding this past summer. When Maitee handed me the mirror after doing my hair and makeup, I couldn’t believe how much I genuinely loved how it looked.

I have always felt like having someone do your hair and makeup is a big gamble. More often than not, I have ended up disliking it for one reason or another. (We’ve all had that terrible pre-homecoming experience at the department store beauty counter, right?) So when I actually loved the look Maitee created, I knew I just had to have her on my wedding day.

When it came to deciding how I wanted to wear my hair, I always knew I wanted to wear it up. Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s nothing more beautiful than a bride who wears her hair down. I just knew for me personally, I didn’t want to have to mess with it or think about it!

I also think there’s something very timeless and classic about an updo when it’s done correctly. And since that’s really the look I’m going for, an updo was an easy decision!

In preparation for today’s bridal hair and makeup trial run, I pulled together a few inspiration images that emulate the look I’m going for. In a nutshell? Soft, elegant, clean lines, away from the face.

What I want to stay away from? Anything that looks too “helmet-head”ish, lots of curls or braids, anything that falls out (because I want to be able to dance all night) and anything that screams “2019.”

Take a look at the images below to see exactly what I mean!

my bridal hair inspiration

I’m typing this right after Maitee has finished my look, and y’all, I am giddy! She captured exactly what I was going for perfectly, and it has me so excited for the big day.

I scheduled my second wedding dress fitting for later this afternoon so that I can see the whole look in the dress! (Definitely recommend doing this.) I know I am saying this more and more frequently, but things are starting to feel so real!

I hope it was fun to get a feel for the “look” I’m going for this June, and can’t wait for y’all to see the full thing! I’d love to hear how you wore your hair/makeup when you got married, or how you think you will when you do!

Love from Texas,

Kate

ready for vacay

Then next trip I’ll be going on is… drumroll, please… my honeymoon! Andrew is keeping the destination a surprise, but he has let me in on a huge hint. It will involve warm weather and a beach!

TOP color block bikini top (20% off with code TAKE20, wearing S) | BOTTOMS color block bikini bottoms (20% off with code TAKE20, wearing S) | SARONG color block swimsuit coverup | HAT floppy straw hat | SHOES white espadrille sandals (true to size) | TOTE straw tote

Spring and summer are my favorite seasons to travel in. Between flowy silhouettes, bright colors and light layers, the warm weather makes packing up so fun!

This time of year, I am always looking for fabulous pieces to take on my next adventure, and one of my favorite destinations for vacation-ready pieces that don’t break the bank? Forever21! Today, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Forever21 in sharing a few of my favorite suitcase-ready ensembles.

Then next trip I’ll be going on is… drumroll, please… my honeymoon! Andrew is keeping the destination a surprise, but he has let me in on a huge hint. It will involve warm weather and a beach!

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been on the hunt for fun, flirty looks fit for a tropical destination and I absolutely adore this set I found from Forever21. This pastel palm-print swim set (top and bottoms) and matching sarong are the first pieces I’ll be packing up! Can you believe I scored all three for well under $100?! Plus, all Forever21 full-priced swim and sport is 20% off today with the code TAKE20!

I was more than pleasantly surprised with the fabulous quality of this swimsuit, especially at such an amazing price. My mother even called it the “cutest thing she’s ever seen,” which you know means it’s good. I ordered a small in both the tops and bottoms and found they fit true to size. Best news ever? They’re currently completely in stock!

I’m also obsessed with these espadrille sandals I found for under $50. They’re so comfortable, and add the perfect amount of extra height to any look. And what’s a vacation without a sun hat and straw bag, am I right?

I’m constantly stocking the new arrivals online at Forever21, because they’re constantly coming out with adorable new pieces! In fact, I just ordered this pom pom set (top and skirt) for the honeymoon. How cute?!

Here are a few other vacay-ready pieces I’m loving:

This isn’t my first time to post about my love for Forever21, and I have a feeling it won’t be my last. Honeymoon, here I come!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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ptl for patio weather

I’m a big fan of bringing whites and turquoises into my spring and summer ensembles and especially love doing that with Victoria Emerson wrap bracelets!

BRACELET pearl wrap bracelet | BRACELET pearl wrap strand (currently on sale!) | BRACELET turquoise wrap bracelet | MATCHING SET white gauze matching set (sold out) | SHOES white platform espadrilles | BAG circle handle bag

It’s no secret that spring is my absolute favorite season. Nothing makes me happier than spending time outside, especially when skies are sunny and the weather is mild. Let’s face it… happy hours are so much happier when they happen outside! PTL for patio weather, am I right?

I also love spring because of the fun style it affords. Skirts, maxi dresses, matching sets… everything is lovely, feminine and flowy. Not to mention, accessorizing is always way more fun, in my opinion! I’m a big fan of bringing whites and turquoises into my spring and summer ensembles and especially love doing that with Victoria Emerson wrap bracelets!

If you remember, I was introduced to Victoria Emerson this past December when I saw my sister sporting an adorable wrap bracelet. It looked chic, relaxed and fun all at once, and I knew I had to get one for myself!

This season, I picked out a single pearl strand, and full pearl wrap and a darling turquoise wrap for spring and summer styling. I love how they look paired with white skinny jeans and an easy blouse… the quickest way to achieve that “cool girl” vibe, in my opinion.

I also love wearing these out at the ranch with cowboy boots, jean cutoffs, and a cute white tee. There’s something about the combination of turquoise and tan that I can’t get enough of, and Victoria Emerson creates the best mixes of the two!

I’m excited to share that Victoria Emerson is holding an Easter Sale that starts today and goes through Sunday! You’ll find certain pieces marked down to $9.99 and $14.99 (like my single pearl strand!) but have to search Easter egg hunt-style to find the fun deals. So cute, right? Head here to get started!

I’m obsessed with my spring/summer stack, and am looking forward to sporting it all season. See you out on the porch soon! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Victoria Emerson, for sponsoring this post.

Photography by Merissa Defalcis

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wedding wednesday no. 24 // our couples shower

This weekend, y’all. Busy doesn’t even begin to cover it, nor can I adequately explain just how much fun it was. Why? On Saturday night, Andrew and I had our couples shower!

This weekend, y‘all. Busy doesn’t even begin to cover it, nor can I adequately explain just how much fun it was. Why? On Saturday night, Andrew and I had our couples shower!

Saturday was also my birthday! A few months ago when we looked ahead at spring, we realized because of Andrew’s intern year schedule, he would have a really hard time finding a weekend night he could 100% commit to. April 13th was the one weekend night this spring he felt comfortable with, so we decided to go for it!

Since you only get to have one couple’s shower in your life, I decided to move the birthday celebrations to Friday and keep Saturday all about the upcoming wedding. Our fabulous hostesses planned us a fantastic fiesta, and Andrew and I couldn’t wait to spend the night celebrating with our favorite people!

Scroll below for a few favorite images from the evening, then read on for all the details!

DRESS white otomi mini dress | EARRINGS liza yates earrings | SHOES white platform heels | MOM’S DRESS j.marie embroidered dress

It was actually pouring all that night, but you never would have known from the fun we had! Our amazing hosts filled the night with gorgeous fiesta decor (how much do you love our bride and groom pinatas and custom picado banners?!), delicious fajitas, festive couples drinks (an “Andrew Palmer” and a “Peach Me I’m Dreaming”) and tons of memories and laughter.

So many of our friends and family joined us, which finally gave me a taste of how incredible our actual wedding will be. All of your favorites in one place?! I can’t wait! It also made me realize just how difficult it will be to actually eat at my wedding. I hardly had a bite I was talking so much! :)

When the time came for everyone to go home, I have to confess… I got a bit sad! It was just such a magical night. Andrew and I get so little time together with his current schedule, let alone with all of our favorite people, and I didn’t take a second for granted. I truly cannot thank all of our hosts for making it such a special, memorable evening!

Now, on to what I wore that evening! Once I learned the party would be “fiesta” themed, I immediately began the hunt for a dress made out of my favorite pattern, Otomi! In fact, I love it so much that I decorated my entire apartment bedroom with it!

My vision? A white, simple mini dress with white Otomi embroidery.

When nothing came up from my initial search, I decided to try my luck at Etsy. It wasn’t long before I came across Arte Otomi. Talk about Otomi obsession! They had tons of beautiful Otomi pieces, from lampshades to furniture and nearly everything in between.

When I came across their Otomi wedding dress, I immediately reached out to the owner to see if they could create a custom silhouette for me. Martha responded nearly immediately, and within minutes we were dreaming up the simple, chic mini dress you see above!

A couple of weeks later, it arrived in the mail. My dream dress, y‘all. I’m seriously in awe of the quality and craftsmanship! The photos from the wedding shower don’t do justice, so I’ll have to take some in natural light soon so you can see the detail for yourself.

Needless to say, this will not be my last order from Arte Otomi! I’m already dreaming of this same dress but in multicolor! Martha, thank you for making this vision and dream of mine come true. It was absolutely perfect in every way. And friends, I’m thrilled to say that you can now shop my dress here!

To wrap it up, I am so thankful for this weekend, so thankful for such a wonderful evening and so thankful for all of the friends and family who celebrated with us. Now that my bachelorette party is over and our showers have all come and gone (I can’t wait to share more about my womens shower soon!) you know what the next thing on the calendar is… the actual wedding! Now THAT is a crazy thought.

I hope this recap was a fun one to read! You know I mean it when I say Wedding Wednesday posts are my very favorite, so thank you for tuning in!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Even though we technically celebrated my birthday on Friday, I walked out to see a massive pair of “26” balloons on Saturday morning. Cue the tears! Andrew Bowman, you are the BEST surpriser!

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an easy spring ensemble

This spring, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Walmart on their #WeDressAmerica campaign. Let me be the first to say Walmart has totally stepped up their game in the fashion arena, and I’m so excited to bring you another adorable, affordable head-to-toe look today!

TOP striped gauze top (runs large, order one size down) | SHOES pale yellow espadrille wedges (comes in 3 other colors) | EARRINGS coral statement earrings | BAG circle handled tote | JEANS white skinny jeans

This spring, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Walmart on their #WeDressAmerica campaign. Let me be the first to say Walmart has totally stepped up their game in the fashion arena, and I’m so excited to bring you another adorable, affordable head-to-toe look today!

One style I’ve been loving this spring are billowy, blousey long sleeve tops. They look effortless, elegant, and super chic… not to mention, they’re so easy to style! Throw on white jeans and wedges, and you’re set. This pastel, striped piece is just $11, and has that roomy feel I love!

I loved complimenting the pretty spring hues in this blouse with these pale yellow espadrille wedges. They’re only a couple of inches high, so they’re really easy to walk in. Plus, they come in three other colors, and are priced at under $50!

Here are a few other amazing Walmart finds I’m loving.

There’s no better feeling than scoring an amazing style at an amazing price, and I love that I can consistently do that with the fun new offerings at Walmart. Check out the entire collection and see for yourself here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Walmart, for sponsoring this post.

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recreating prom with andrew

Even though my prom days are far behind me, I love reliving the season year after year. I feel like I’m continually on the lookout for a gorgeous formal dress whether it’s for a wedding or a charity gala, and Nordstrom is always the first destination I head to for my search.

DRESS lilac evening gown (fully in stock in blue and yellow) | EARRINGS lilac statement earrings (similar here) | SHOES nude ankle strap heels (love this pair for dancing) | TUX mens tuxedo (similar linked)

It’s finally spring, and you know what that means! Prom and wedding season is officially here. So basically, my favorite time of year!

Even though my prom days are far behind me, I love reliving the season year after year. I feel like I’m continually on the lookout for a gorgeous formal dress whether it’s for a wedding or a charity gala, and Nordstrom is always the first destination I head to for my search. Today I’m thrilled to be partnering with Nordstrom to share their gorgeous prom-worthy pieces!

Did you know that Andrew and I actually went to the same high school? To this day, we swear we never even saw the other there. Granted, it was a big, public high school and he was a grade above me, but all the same, it’s fun to think that my future husband was walking the same halls and I didn’t even know it! Needles to say, we had so much fun recreating “prom” together for this shoot.

If we were headed to Highland Park High School prom this spring, I’d be wearing this lovely lilac gown. The fit is so flattering while still being comfortable enough to dance all night in. Plus, it comes in tons of colors, including this stunning yellow and this gorgeous blue. For sizing reference, I ordered an XS and found the top to be a bit big. Keep that in mind while ordering!

Here are a few other gowns that deserve a spot on the dance floor this spring. The wonderful thing about shopping for prom and special occasion dresses at Nordstrom is there amazing shipping and returns policy, AKA they’re entirely free! This allows me to order away until I get the fit and the look just right.

my prom picks

Apart from the huge selection of gorgeous formal dresses, I love that you can complete your whole look at Nordstrom. From dancing shoes (these are the best for wearing all night) to statement earrings (I ordered this pair in lilac for this dress) to the perfect lip color (my go-to is Merry Rose), Nordstrom is a one-stop destination for your entire ensemble. They have a great selection of tuxedoes for the man in your life as well.

So if you’re headed to prom this spring or are looking for a show-stopping gown for an upcoming summer wedding, head to Nordstrom! And make sure you take a good look around the dance floor… your future husband may just be there without you even knowing it.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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Photography by Angie Garcia

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