$10 pink flare skirt

I think that everyone has a color they are immediately drawn to. From browsing racks of clothing to deciding on a nail polish, it’s the shade you reach for first without a second thought. And it may be the most cliché choice in the world, but for me… it’s pink!

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TOP   off the shoulder tie blouse (just $13, wearing size 2)   |   SKIRT   pink flared skirt (just $10, wearing size 4)   |   SHOES   pointy toe suede pumps   |   CLUTCH   saint laurent monogrammed clutch   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet   |   LIP COLOR   merry rose

I think that everyone has a color they are immediately drawn to. From browsing racks of clothing to deciding on a nail polish, it’s the shade you reach for first without a second thought. And it may be the most cliché choice in the world, but for me… it’s pink!

Over time, I’ve realized that few other hues afford me the fun I have in wearing pink. From pea coats (hello beautiful) to party dresses (a girl can dream) I always feel prettiest in pink.

That’s why I had so much fun layering up two bubble gum shades into this pretty party ensemble. I love that individually, these pieces can make their own statement. (I wear this top with jeans and wedges all the time, as seen here) Together, however, they’re even better!

Want to know what really takes the cake? The price tag on these two pink pieces. Grab this top for $13, and this skirt for $10! I’m scooping up the second in navy as well. The material is gorgeous, and this would look lovely paired with sweaters and flats this fall!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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the everyday fall dress

I was thrilled to find this j.crew button down dress. I love how versatile it is… throw it on with ballet flats for errands or a lunch out, or dress up with heeled boots for a smarter look. It’s comfortable, classic, and the perfect “don’t have to think twice” option for the autumn girl on the go.

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DRESS   j.crew ruffle hem utility dress (I hemmed mine)   |   BAG   barrington st. anne axis tote   |   BOOTS   sam edelman suede boots   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR   merry rose   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Dresses, y’all. I can’t get enough of them. In fact, one of my favorite things about spring and summer is how easy it is to find casual, grab-and-go dresses for everything from errands to date nights.

Like any other girl, I love the arrival of fall. In the back of my head, though, I know it means a few months of the continuous jeans + boots cycle. While I love that classic look, I end up craving a change before too long.

That’s why I was thrilled to find this j.crew button down dress. I love how versatile it is… throw it on with ballet flats for errands or a lunch out, or dress up with heeled boots for a smarter look. It’s comfortable, classic, and the perfect “don’t have to think twice” option for the autumn girl on the go. Keep in mind, since I’m 5’2″ I had the hemline taken up a bit!

Now if they’d just come out in a few more colors of this style, I’d be set!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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how to wear gingham in the fall

This summer, we saw the emergence of gingham everywhere! You know that the southern girl in me loved that so much. A classic pattern suddenly incorporated into darling styles everywhere you turn? That’s one “trend” I can get on board with!

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SHIRT   one shoulder gingham top   |   SKIRT   navy ruffle skirt   |   SHOES   ballet flats (Chanel, similar more affordable linked)   |   BAG   reversible mini tote (old, similar linked)   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

This summer, we saw the emergence of gingham everywhere! You know that the southern girl in me loved that so much. A classic pattern suddenly incorporated into darling styles everywhere you turn? That’s one “trend” I can get on board with!

Now that we’ve begun to settle into autumn, there’s no need to stow away this fun print. Used correctly, it will work well into fall!

So what’s the secret? Pair your gingham with deep colored pieces. Stay away from whites and light washes, and opt for dark navies, hunter greens and rich burgundy shades instead.

Here, I paired a gingham shirt (that looked darling with white jeans and wedges a few months ago) with a crisp, ruffled navy skirt and tan accessories. This would also look darling with dark blue or green denim and riding boots.

Before signing off, can we just take a moment to give a round of applause to J.Crew this season? They’ve been killing it, lately. I’m so excited to see what the line has in store for the holiday season!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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fall wedding guest dresses

Today, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Nordstrom to bring you gorgeous options at every price point. Whether you’re on the hunt for a splurge-worthy piece you can wear season after season, or more budget-friendly options for a packed wedding calendar, I think you’re going to love the varied selection Nordstrom offers.

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DRESS   burgundy off the shoulder party dress   |   SHOES   sam edelman stillson pumps   |   CLUTCH   saint laurent monogram leather clutch   |   EARRINGS    pearl studs   |   LIP COLOR  merry rose   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

That time of year is upon us! As I get older, wedding festivities have started to become a natural part of the “holiday season” mix, and I couldn’t love it more! There’s something about fall and winter weddings that I find to be simply magical.

A soppy romantic myself, there’s nothing I love more than celebrating a love story with friends, dancing and fabulous dresses. And it seems that I’m not alone! Over the past few weeks, I have been getting tons of requests for a post on wedding guest dress ideas for fall and winter.

Today, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Nordstrom to bring you gorgeous options at every price point. Whether you’re on the hunt for a splurge-worthy piece you can wear season after season, or more budget-friendly options for a packed wedding calendar, I think you’re going to love the varied selection Nordstrom offers.

Because of their free shipping, free returns and incredible customer service, Nordstrom is always my first stop when I’m looking for something special!

Me? I chose this burgundy ruffled beauty for a few weddings I have coming up this season. I always look for dresses that are not only beautiful to look at, but fun to wear since I love dancing the night away.

The fun skirted detail on this dress paired with the trendy off-the-shoulder neckline made it a must-have in my book! Paired with neutral accessories (including this new clutch I splurged on) it creates a dreamy autumn ensemble you can wear for the next few months!

Do keep in mind, this dress runs very short. For reference, I’m 5’2″ and am wearing an XS above.

Another must when putting together wedding guest looks is a pair of comfortable shoes. These suede pumps are not only right on-trend but incredibly comfortable as well, meaning I won’t have to take any time-outs when the band comes on. Priorities. :)

Below, you’ll find a few of my favorite wedding guest looks for every price point. Happy shopping!

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“What do you want to be married to me for anyhow?” “So I can kiss you anytime I want.” – Sweet Home Alabama

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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insta story try on haul + coupon code

Hello and happy Friday, my cute friends! We’re skipping the Latest & Greatest post (you’ll find my last one here) because I have something even more exciting to share with you… a new Instagram Story Try On Haul to one of my favorite boutiques, Red Dress Boutique! Cape // Skirt…

Hello and happy Friday, my cute friends! We’re skipping the Latest & Greatest post (you’ll find my last one here) because I have something even more exciting to share with you… a new Instagram Story Try On Haul to one of my favorite boutiques, Red Dress Boutique!

Cape // Skirt // Boots (not included in sale // Shirt (old Loft) // Jeans (featured in Insta Try On, not included in sale)

I am so excited to have teamed up with Red Dress to bring you my favorite styles (trust me, everything is so cute) for 15% off today only!

Here are all of the details. At 3 pm CST, my Instagram Story will go live. In it, I’ll be featuring the pieces I’ve selected to be a part of this 15% off discount! So, when 3 pm CST rolls around, simply use the code Lonestar15 at checkout for 15% off my featured items. Keep in mind, the code will only work for 24 hours and will only apply to my featured items, so be sure to make your order before tomorrow afternoon!

While you won’t be able to use the code until 3 pm CST, you’ll find a sneak peek of the items that will be included below. When 3 pm rolls around, you’ll be able to shop them all here! Just wait to you see how cute they look on!

Sizing Details

I’m 5’2″ and my normal size is a 0 or XS. I ordered the smallest size available (usually a Small) in everything in this haul! The shoes also run true to size.

Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend! I’m headed down to Austin to visit my best friend Amanda. We’ve got plenty of pizza-eating, ACL-attending and pillow-talking on the agenda! Friend weekends are my favorite weekends. :) Go have fun and be safe!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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coffee date no. 19

Oh, friends. There’s a profound sense of restfulness and rightness washing over me as I sit down to write right now. It has been far too long since my last Coffee Date post. We’re talking since January! I am genuinely relieved to be in a place where I have the clarity to…

Oh, friends. There’s a profound sense of restfulness and rightness washing over me as I sit down to write right now. It has been far too long since my last Coffee Date post. We’re talking since January! I am genuinely relieved to be in a place where I have the clarity to sit down and talk a bit about the latest going on around here. What a joy it is to share life with you!

For those of you who are new around here, Coffee Date posts are where I take a few words to get deeper than my daily outfit posts and share what has been going on in my life outside of Lonestar Southern. Of everything I do here, getting real with, sharing life with and relating with y’all through these in-depth (aka quite wordy) catch up posts is my very favorite.

With that being said, let’s dive into a few favorite photos that have characterized the past few months. You’ll find my full recap (aka jumbled mess of thoughts) below.

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scarf // top // jeans // boots

meeting catherine lowe

dress // earrings

palm beach, florida with lilly pulitzer

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san miguel, mexico

top // jeans // sandals // bag (bought in mexico)

san miguel, mexico

top // jeans // sunglasses // hat (bought in mexico)

soulcycle

sports bra // leggings // shoes // sunglasses

asia with starfish project

sweater // jeans

asia with starfish project

sweater // top // jeans // sandals // sunglasses

madrid, spain

sweater // top // jeans // shoes // bag

seville, spain

dress (bought in seville) // earrings

barcelona, spain

jacket // scarf // top // sunglasses

arkansas lakehouse

swimsuit // shorts // hat // sandals

seljalandsfoss, iceland

jacket // striped top // leggings // shoes // rain jacket

rejkjavik, iceland

jacket // striped top // leggings // sunglasses

florence, italy

dress // bag

florence, italy

dress // bag

milan, italy

striped top // white jeans // sandals // bracelet

arkansas lakehouse

swimsuit

nantucket, massachusetts

hat // rain jacket // sweater // striped top // belt // white shorts // sandals

seaside, florida

swimsuit // sunglasses

chicago, Illinois

top // earrings

Let’s start with a question I’ve received from many of you over the past few weeks… why has it taken me so long to write up a new Coffee Date post?

I’ve always found it easier to share life updates when I’ve reached certain mental “conclusions” to whatever season in life I’ve been walking through – when I have perspective enough to tie up everything that I’ve been doing and learning into a nice, insightful, pretty little post.

Well, y’all… the greater part of the past eight months have been so transient and all over the place that until recently, “conclusive” is the last thing I have felt.

So many factors and things up in the air, so much going on that I didn’t feel like I had a grip on. That was me. Craving a place of routine and “settledness” and sunken-in roots, and instead, feeling all over the place both mentally and physically. But  today, I’m happy and thankful to be sitting in a season of rest and clarity, ready to chat your ear off about it!

So what did the past eight months look like for me? A lot of travel. A lot of travel. In fact, I’d spend about two weeks a month at the very least away from my desk and life in Dallas. Initially, I loved the idea of that! Doesn’t it sound glamorous? Bopping around from destination to destination?

From the photos above, I know it certainly looked that way. Asia, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, France, Italy, Chicago, Nantucket, Palm Beach.

Trust me, there was so much of that travel and adventure that I absolutely loved. I feel so lucky that my schedule allowed for it. But what I didn’t realize was the toll it started to take on me personally. My life rhythm began to turn into two weeks of travel straight, minimum, and then two weeks of crunch time here in Dallas where I’d attempt to fit a months worth of work into fourteen days.

Turns out, that wasn’t a super healthy life-work balance for me. Who would have thought! :) Instead of the joy I’ve always found it to be, work started to become an overbearing burden. I wasn’t the friend I wanted to be since I was never around. Even things like my prayer life and commitments that I had here in Dallas suffered.

Amidst most of the fun and adventure (which is what you see all prettily-filtered above), there was exhaustion, insecurity and a feeling of displacement.

But then, in an unforeseen turn of events, life slowed down. It was the last thing I expected, but little did I know it was just what I needed.

July rolled around, and after a conversation of mutual clarity, the cowboy and I decided to break up.  The long-distance element was a challenge we were both happy to work around, but at the end of the day, it was a pace we couldn’t keep up.

I want to take a second to say that he is an absolutely incredible guy, and I only have thankfulness for our story. I feel so lucky to have had him in my life, and am so excited for where the Lord takes him in his future!

It’s been in the wake of that decision that travel has begun to slow down considerably over the past few months. Life has settled into a wonderful, manageable, orderly pace. Sine I’m not here only two out of four weeks, I have had weekends here in Dallas to devote to friends and rest. I’ve started being able to be present for the things I want and need to be present for.

Out of a sad moment, God brought a lot of blessing I didn’t know I needed.

The older I get, and as each passing Coffee Date goes by, I see more and more just how well the Lord knows me. He knows my heart, my desires, my thoughts, my insecurities and my dreams far better and more clearly than I ever could. Time and time again, I’ve seen Him provide for me in ways that were anything but “wanted” at first, and which turned into profound blessings.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

This verse has been cycling through my heart and mind over the past few weeks because in this season I’ve seen it is so true. The Lord makes everything beautiful in its time. In His time. See, the thing is, so often it isn’t my timing or my standard of “beauty.” For the longest time that made me feel like He didn’t really know me or understand what I was going through… because I couldn’t see the “finish line” or “happily ever after” right away. Moment after moment of “Really, God?! Not exactly what I had planned. At ALL.”

But the older I get, the more thankful I am for that. I see it time and time again. He knows so much more than I do. He sees so much more than I do. His ways are so much better than mine.

So now that I’ve reached this season of happiness and contentment, what’s ahead? Oh y’all… so many fun things! Two of my very best friends are engaged, and this girl loves nothing more than wedding festivities. I have a trip to Washington D.C. planned here in the next couple of weeks, and get to visit my best friend Amanda in Austin this weekend. Dallas life continues to be so fun as amazing new restaurants pop up all over the place and I have the opportunity to meet more and more people. I’m loving spin class at SoulCycle, Halo Top Cookies & Cream ice cream, 3:30 pm cups of coffee and listening to Cody Johnson on repeat.

Life is beautiful and life is good, even when life is hard. Today, I’m rejoicing in how He has made and will continue to make everything beautiful in its time.

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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