seeking sunshine

One benefit of living in Florida is the weather during winter. (At least after New Years, that is!) We got a taste of balmy, sunny weather this weekend and it was marvelous. I couldn’t help myself… I threw on one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer maxi dresses (that is on sale today for $59) and pretended it was summer!

lilly pulitzer maxi dress
lilly pulitzer maxi dress
lilly pulitzer maxi dress
lilly pulitzer maxi dress

DRESS lilly pulitzer maxi dress (wearing size 00, suggest sizing down one from your usual dress size) | SHOES white espadrille wedges | BAG woven clutch (old Forever21, similar linked) | BANGLES gold budha girl bangles | EARRINGS thick gold hoops (old, similar linked)

It happens every time. The second we hit midnight and the new year begins, I’m officially over the cold and ready for sunshine!

Call it cliche, but spring is my absolute favorite time of year. That’s why I’m always looking for ways to brighten up the often-dreary and dull months of January and February… and one way I love doing that is adding color into my wardrobe!

One benefit of living in Florida is the weather during winter. (At least after New Years, that is!) We got a taste of balmy, sunny weather this weekend and it was marvelous. I couldn’t help myself… I threw on one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer maxi dresses (that is on sale today for $59) and pretended it was summer!

This fun dress is even better on than I expected, plus, it’s so versatile! Dress it up for a fun dinner, or throw it over a swimsuit for an afternoon by the pool.

Don’t forget that today is the last day of the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! New pieces were added just this morning, and here are a few of my favorites:

 

Lilly Pulitzer

sale picks day two

 

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

P.S. I’ve started posting on my second account, @WouldRatherBeWearing, again! If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s an account solely dedicated to daily outfit collages. I have so much fun with it, and hope you enjoy!

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lilly pulitzer after party sale & the classic dress i’ve loved for years

I feel like we have so much to catch up on, but before we get into all of that, I had to let you know that the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale goes live this morning at 8am EST! (Click HERE to get in line!)

Good morning, friends! After a full two week vacation, I’m thrilled to be back kicking off the new year with you. And what better way to do that than with the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale!

I feel like we have so much to catch up on, but before we get into all of that, I had to let you know that the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale goes live this morning at 8am EST! (Click HERE to get in line!)

As always, there are so many gorgeous pieces included in the sale. One I’m particularly excited about? This gorgeous navy dress!

lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag
lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag
lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag
lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag
lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag
lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag
lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag
lilly pulitzer after party sale, navy cocktail dress, pamela munson bow bag

DETAILS classic navy cocktail dress (on sale for under $100, wearing size oo, also in silver) | BAG pamela munsen navy bow bag | SHOES sam edelman raffia heels (also here) | EARRINGS imitation pearl stud earrings

I was first introduced to this little dress a few years ago, when Lilly Pulitzer debuted it in black. I then fell in love with the gold version… and now, navy! (It’s also available on sale in silver!) The timeless silhouette and high neckline detailing make it a piece that will never go out of style, and I love having it in my wardrobe for whenever I need something perfectly classic.

I ordered it in my usual Lilly Pulitzer size (I size down one size from my usual in Lilly Pulitzer dresses) for a perfect fit. This gorgeous navy bow bag and some raffia heels have me already wishing for spring, but you could also pair it with delicate black or nude heels and a clutch for a cocktail look.

I’ll be jumping on my Instagram Story stories today to share more of my favorite sale styles from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. In the meantime, make sure to get in line HERE so you can shop it as soon as possible! (And don’t be alarmed by wait times… I usually have to wait about 30 minutes to an hour to get in! Just pull it up on your computer so you can jump on when you get access.)

And while you wait, check out these Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale styles, all under $100!

 

lilly pulitzer sale styles

under $100

 

 

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the white faux fur vest i’m obsessed with

As a southerner, there’s one winter trend I especially love that isn’t the most practical for our climate. Faux fur! No matter how it’s used, whether on jackets, hats or even boots, it always creates such a dreamy, festive look. What can I say… I love it!

white faux fur vest
white faux fur vest
white faux fur vest
white faux fur vest
white faux fur vest
white faux fur vest

VEST white faux fur vest (wearing size XS) | TOP funnel neck top (wearing size XS) | JEANS ivory corduroy skinny jeans | BELT hermes belt | BOOTS sam edelman caprice suede boots (exact style linked, similar here)

As a southerner, there’s one winter trend I especially love that isn’t the most practical for our climate. Faux fur! No matter how it’s used, whether on jackets, hats or even boots, it always creates such a dreamy, festive look. What can I say… I love it!

So it’s a big deal when I say that this creamy white faux fur vest is by far one of my favorite faux fur pieces to date!

The quality? Amazing. The color? Perfection. (Y’all know how I love wearing all-white in winter!) The fit? A dream. And perhaps best of all…. the pricetag? Just $50!

This cute faux fur vest is truly one of my favorite finds of the season. Wear it with all whites, as I have above, or try pairing it with deeper hues for a gorgeous contrast. Either way, it’s a darling (and affordable) way to spice up your outerwear collection.

Would you believe me if I told you it’s from Walmart? I’m big into mixing high and low price points and take an extra amount of joy from finding amazing budget-friendly buys and I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the great pieces I’ve found online at Walmart over the past few months! The cold weather shop has lots of cozy finds, including this pair of $29 boots I ordered. Here are a few other items I’m loving!

Oh, and a friendly reminder that many pieces are eligible for free 2-day shipping… including this vest! Which means yes, you’ll get it in time for Christmas. :)

 

 

Oh, and before I sign off, I wanted to quickly call out this $17 funnel neck top! I had it on in my Instagram stories on Tuesday evening and got lots of DMs about it. It’s a great lightweight layering top!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Thank you, Walmart, for sponsoring this post.

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classic pearl diamond wedding earrings

Since I’ve received so much interest in the pearl diamond earrings I wore on my wedding day, I thought I’d put together a post dedicated to them in hopes of helping a future bride-to-be on the hunt for something similar!

pearl diamond wedding earrings
classic pearl diamond wedding earrings

Over the past year, I’ve repeatedly received questions regarding a special pair of pear earrings I wear from time to time. Some of you may recognize these pearl and diamond earrings as the pair I wore on my wedding!

Since I’ve received so much interest in them, I thought I’d put together a post dedicated to these simple-but-beautiful earrings in hopes of helping a future bride-to-be on the hunt for something similar!

 

“Where are they from?”

 

Andrew had this delicate pearl and diamond earring made as my wedding gift by a jeweler in Dallas. (The same who created my engagement ring!)

Funnily enough, I had always dreamed of wearing this exact style on my wedding day, but couldn’t for the life of me find an affordable pair during the wedding planning process. In fact, I had ordered a somewhat-similar pair I’d found online for about $30 to wear on the big day. (You’ll see them in my bridal portraits.) My mother must have tipped Andrew off, however, because on the eve of our wedding, he handed me a small box and I couldn’t believe what was inside!

Y’all know that if I’m wearing a pair of earrings, it’s almost always a pair of pearls. I love how this style, a small diamond post with a pearl dropping beneath, elevates the look of the everyday pearl stud earring. They feel so “me,” just a bit more bridal. :) And to this day, I wear them all the time!

 

“Are there any similar pairs you’d recommend?”

 

Absolutely! In fact, there are some great options of pieces you can purchase straight-away at a variety of price points!

You may notice that many of these styles are “backward” from mine (not in a bad way at all) with the post attached to the pearl and the diamond hanging below. Both looks are beautiful! Just keep that difference in mind while shopping.

 

pearl diamond earrings

 

 

Like I mentioned above, I wear these earrings all the time. Even if you’re not a bride, they really are a stunning touch to any outfit!

If you’d like to see more photos of them, or more photos of my wedding in general, click here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the luxurious gift sets you need to know about

L’Occitane somehow manages to bottle up the beauty of the outdoors, and I think now more than ever, as many of us are craving travel and the outdoors, we could all use a bit of that.

This is my third year partnering with L’Occitane (you’ll find our previous collaborations here!) for their beautiful holiday gift sets, and year after year I am absolutely wow’d as I open up and experience each package! L’Occitane somehow manages to bottle up the beauty of the outdoors, and I think now more than ever, as many of us are craving travel and the outdoors, we could all use a bit of that.

Each gift set is thoughtfully curated to provide an instant escape… whether it be to fields of lavender or forests of almond trees. The best part is that all of the heavy lifting is done for you in gifting these gorgeous sets!

Today, I’m excited to share a bit more behind each box… and help you think through who to gift each to!

 

 

the perfect gift

 

 

Hand Cream Gift Collection

With all of the extra hand washing and sanitizing we’re doing, a set of six beautiful hand creams is the perfect gift for anyone on your list! A little bit of luxury for the hard-working teachers and mamas-turned-tutors in your life. Gift as a set or break up and pair a scent to each friend!


 

Almond Collection

Shower oil, soothing soap, nourishing almond milk concentrate and hand cream… the almond collection is everything one needs to reset after an intense workout or a long day. Perfect for the active friend or guy in your life who would never treat himself!


 

Shea Butter Collection

L’Occitanes iconic Shea Butter collection is further elevated with the new creamy and comforting bubble bath. Perfect for anyone who loves to unwind in the tub. Gift this with your favorite candle and a fuzzy robe for the complete spa experience!


 

Lavender Collection

My personal favorite, the Lavender Collection, is the perfect gift for the girl who thinks of everyone but herself. Give the gift of relaxation with this stunning set… complete with exfoliating soap, foaming bath, lavender hand cream, and lavender shower gel. The best way to unwind and decompress before bedtime!


 

Immortelle Divine Collection

I was introduced to the Immortelle Divine assortment of beautiful L’Occitane products last year, and they’ve been a part of my daily routine ever since! This radiance-boosting gift set is perfect for the much-loved mother or mother in law! Or, really, anyone who appreciates decadent skincare.


It’s hard to describe just how marvelous each L’Occitane soap, lotion, and serum is… you have to experience it for yourself! And if you or someone you love has yet to experience the gorgeous array, you’re in for such a treat. I rarely love the idea of “gift sets,” but these are on another level entirely, and if you’re a L’Occitane lover you know exactly what I mean. Needless to say, don’t forget about these little boxes of magic as you’re checking your list twice!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Thank you, L’Occitane, for sponsoring this post!

the perfect sweater dress & 3 ways to wear it

I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect sweater dress, one that’s classic and well-fitting. Granted, there are so many options out there, but none of them were just right in terms of fit (most important!), color, and price point. Surprisingly, it’s been tricky to find just the one in terms of fit (most important!), color, and price point until this perfect sweater dress!

the perfect sweater dress, tan sweater dress, gingham scarf, chanel coco top handle bag, marc fisher booties
the perfect sweater dress, tan sweater dress, gingham scarf, chanel coco top handle bag, marc fisher booties
the perfect sweater dress, tan sweater dress, gingham scarf, chanel coco top handle bag, marc fisher booties
the perfect sweater dress, tan sweater dress, gingham scarf, chanel coco top handle bag, marc fisher booties
the perfect sweater dress, tan sweater dress, gingham scarf, chanel coco top handle bag, marc fisher booties

DRESS tan sweater dress (wearing an XS) | SCARF tan gingham check scarf | BELT adjustable waist belt | BOOTIES tan heeled booties (color: cloud suede) | BAG tan top handle tote (similar linked) | SUNGLASSES brown tortoise shell sunnies

I’ve always been one to choose a dress over any other type of ensemble, even during winter. But, admittedly, that gets a bit tricky… even in Florida! That’s why I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect sweater dress, one that’s classic and well-fitting, for months. And surprisingly, it’s been tricky to find just the one in terms of fit (most important!), color, and price point.

Until… drumroll please… this perfect sweater dress! Leave it to Nordstrom to have the best selection of dresses for any and every occasion. It’s always my go-to destination when I have something specific in mind, like a classic sweater dress. (Oh, and don’t forget Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns, which makes the hunt oh-so-easy!)

First off, this sweater dress is fabulous in terms of quality. Soft and heavy, and oh so cozy to bundle up in. I’m also in love with the color options. Between ivory, grey and this perfect tan, you can’t go wrong! And did I mention it’s under $100?

The biggest selling factor for me was the fit. I’ve tried so many sweater dresses, and can’t tell you how many I found lacking. Most were either way too baggy or way too tight… two looks I’ve been wanting to avoid. This style hits the perfect balance between relaxed and flattering, and I couldn’t be happier.

I know this is a dress I’ll have for years, because there are simply so many ways to style it. I put together three fun combinations to recreate with your own sweater dress. Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below!

 

three ways to wear

 

CASUAL

for running errands in style

 

DRESS grey sweater dress | TOTE black and tan reversible tote | HEADBAND camo headband | SCARF cashmere scarf | SUNGLASSES black sungasses | SNEAKERS golden goose sneakers

 

 


 

CLASSIC

for looking poised and put together

 

DRESS tan sweater dress | COAT houndstooth coat | FLATS cap toe ballet flats | EARRINGS black bow earrings | BAG black kate spade tote

 

 


 

COZY

for staying warm while having fun

DRESS ivory sweater dress | SCARF buffalo check scarf | BAG striped suede tote bag | BOOTIES tan heeled ankle booties | HAT white pom pom beanie | MASK pearl buffalo check mask

 

 

Wanting to order a last-minute gift (or goodie for yourself) in time for Christmas? Look for the green “Arrives by Christmas Eve” caption on each Nordstrom product. Takes the guess work out of ordering and makes elfing easy!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post!

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