what i wore this weekend // my best friend’s wedding

Today, I thought I’d share an even more fun update with y’all… a “What I Wore This Weekend” to my best friend’s wedding! Julie and I have known each other since high school but became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas. We have so many fun memories from college and post-grad together, but y’all… this weekend was by far and away the best yet!

A few weeks back (my, how summer flies) I tried out a different sort of post with y’all… “What I Wore This Weekend // Wedding Guest” filled with personal photos and memories from a fun weekend I spent in San Antonio. As it turns out, the feedback y’all so graciously gave me clued me into something fun… y’all love personal life posts!

You know what’s fun about that? They just so happen to be the posts I most enjoy writing! So today, I thought I’d share an even more fun one with y’all… a “What I Wore This Weekend” to my best friend’s wedding!

Julie and I have known each other since high school, but became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas. We have so many fun memories from college and post-grad together, but y’all… this weekend was by far and away the best yet!

Let’s just say, the wedding was spectacular. Every detail was stunning, thoughtfully-planned and perfectly befitting of her and her now-husband, Tim! Andrew was a groomsman, I was a bridesmaid, and the weekend was one I’ll never forget. Here are a few of my favorite photos from it all!

 

Rehearsal Dinner

DRESS   black bow cocktail dress (true to size, wearing 0)   |   EARRINGS   pearl drop earrings (old Kate Spade, similar linked)   |   HEELS   stuart weitzman nudist heels   |   BAG   chanel classic mini square flap bag

After rehearsing, everyone headed to the George W. Bush presidential center for the rehearsal dinner. It was absolutely stunning, and oh so fun to listen to the toasts from people who love Tim and Julie so much.

Funny story, at the rehearsal dinner of one of my other best friend’s (which also took place in this exact room) I completely forgot the third point of my speech and stood there stalling for 30 seconds. SO AWKWARD. Needless to say, I brought a cue card along with me this time! ;)

Let me just way, I wish I had a photo of Julie in her dress. It was white, fluttery perfection and we were all drooling over it!

I decided to splurge on this lovely black cocktail dress for the occasion. I have so many friends getting married in the coming months, and wanted a beautiful, timeless dress I could wear again and again. After taking this one for its inaugural spin, it’s safe to say it’s one of my favorite dresses in my closet! Definitely a “big girl” purchase I’ll be wearing for years.

The Day Of

HAIR & MAKEUP   maitee miles   |   DRESSES   alfred sung   |   EARRINGS  lauren huddleston carla earrings (a gift from the bride)   |   LIP COLOR   merry rose (my favorite lip color of all time! looks fresh and natural and glamorous on everyone)

Talk about the best girls day ever! Julie had her bridal party arrive around noon for hair and makeup. Julie had gifted us the softest, most adorable set of pajamas to wear together, which happened to go perfectly with her navy, white and blush color scheme. Even her two little flower girls had a pair… precious!

Maitee Miles did a fabulous job transforming everyone! It’s rare that I love an up-do and makeup application so much… I swear I showed her a photo of what I wanted for maybe three seconds, and she then made my vision a reality in 10 minutes!

But y’all should have seen the bride. She wore a gorgeous half-up hairstyle and was literally glowing. A vision in every way. (Tim, you’re so lucky!)

After getting dressed (we wore these dresses in navy, which I thought flattered everyone so well), seeing Julie come out in her gown and veil (cue the tears!) and taking a few photos at the country club, we loaded the bus for the church and the real fun began!

The Day Of

I really don’t think these photos even need words. Have you ever seen such an elegant bride?! If you know Julie… you can tell that this dress just totally captured her. Elegant, classic, breathtaking. My jaw dropped and stayed open when she first walked out!

The ceremony was absolutely stunning… I don’t think I’ll ever get over the feeling of having a front-row seat to watching your best friend marry the love of her life!

The ceremony started and was over in what felt like the blink of an eye. Do weddings feel this way for anyone else? The smiles on Julie and Tim’s faces when the pastor pronounced them “man and wife” were the biggest I’ve ever seen.

The Reception

First off… can we talk about the way Tim is looking at Julie in that fourth photo? Y’all.

Can you tell we had fun?! Julie and Tim’s reception at the Dallas Country Club was one for the books. They had a stunning seated dinner, the most incredible band I’ve ever seen (Emerald City Band) and above all, you could tell they were overjoyed to finally be married!

I also loved seeing so many high school and college friends in one room. It felt like a huge reunion in the very best way. I’m serious, we did not leave the dance floor once. That’s the sign of a good time, in my opinion!

Needless to say, I am tired this week! :) This weekend took it all out of me, ha! It was one of my highlights of 2018, and I’m so excited to get to share it with you today! Cheers to you, Tim and Julie! Love y’all so much!

Love from Texas,

Kate

how to wear gingham in summer and fall

Since it’s still hot as Hades here in the South, I thought it would be fun to talk about pieces you can wear now that transition perfectly into autumn First up on my list? This soft, classic, absolutely adorable gingham blouse! (Teaser… it’s only $19!)

We’ve made it to another Monday, friends, and you know what that means… a new back-to-school look with Belk!

Since it’s still hot as Hades here in the South, I thought it would be fun to talk about pieces you can wear now that transition perfectly into autumn First up on my list? This soft, classic, absolutely adorable gingham blouse! (Teaser… it’s only $19!)

Take a look at how I’ve styled this one top for both summer and fall below. I’ll meet you at the end of the post with a few more thoughts on how to get the most out of your summer blouses!

Summer

TOP   bell sleeve gingham blouse   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans   |   TOTE   straw tote (similar linked)   |   EARRINGS   white statement earrings (similar linked)   |   SHOES   espadrille wedges (similar linked)

Fall

TOP   bell sleeve gingham blouse   |   JEANS   high rise dark wash jeans (similar linked)   |   TOTE   navy tote   |   EARRINGS   gold hoops (similar linked)   |   BRACELETS   gold bracelet set   |   BOOTS   leather riding boots (similar linked)

When you start out with a classic pattern like gingham, it’s really hard to go wrong no matter the season. Simply choose a versatile color and change up shoes and accessories to match the month you’re in! What makes this gingham blouse so special, in particular, is its perfect balance of comfort, versatility, and classic southern style at a price point (cough cough… $19) that is truly hard to beat.

Next thing to look for in a transitional piece? Comfort! This top is incredibly lightweight and oh-so-soft, making it perfectly comfortable paired with white jeans for these last few weeks of summer, and even more-so with riding boots for the mild fall months we see in the south.

This top has quickly become one of my favorites, and I’m already looking forward to all the use I’ll be getting out of it! It fits true to size (I’m in an XS) so do yourself a favor and go grab it here. You’ll also be excited to see that it comes in black gingham as well… both, please!

P.S. Here’s a look at two more looks from Belk that are great for transitioning into fall. I’ll be posting them to Instagram later this week!

TOP   |   JEANS   |   WEDGES

TOP (wearing XS)   |   JEANS   |   WEDGES   |   EARRINGS (just $11!)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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the $28 dress i’m wearing to my bestie’s bridal luncheon

This weekend is one I’ve been looking forward to since fall… my bestie, Julie, is getting married! Julie and I became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma together at UT Austin. Fun fact, she and her soon to be husband actually introduced Andrew and I. Needless to say, we are all so excited to celebrate this weekend!

DRESS   pink faux wrap dress   ($28, wearing size small)   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   SHOES   steve madden wedges   |   EARRINGS   gold hoops

This weekend is one I’ve been looking forward to since fall… my bestie, Julie, is getting married!

Julie and I became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma together at UT Austin. Fun fact, she and her soon to be husband actually introduced Andrew and I. Needless to say, we are all so excited to celebrate this weekend!

I thought it would be fun to share the darling pink wrap dress I’m planning on wearing to her bridesmaid luncheon tomorrow. It’s pink, oh-so-flattering (always love a good wrap silhouette) and best yet… just $28!

One of my favorite shopping tips is to save money on affordable pieces like this dress, and spend on a gorgeous, neutral accessory you can use to dress it up! It nearly gave me a heart attack to finally pull the trigger on this clutch, but I can’t even tell you how much use I’ve gotten out of it and how I don’t regret the purchase for a second!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I know this goes against what I just mentioned above… but I decided to splurge on a classic little black dress I can wear for years for the rehearsal dinner. This beauty is making it’s debut tomorrow night! I’m wearing a size 0… it fits true to size!

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my favorite restaurants on 30a

My family and I have been visiting Seaside, Florida every summer for over 15 years. Needless to say, we do a lot of eating while we’re there! :) Over the years, we’ve fine-tuned our dining schedule to a few tried-and-true favorites. Today, I’m so excited to share with you our favorite restaurants along 30a!

JUMPSUIT   jay godfrey halter jumpsuit (take 20% off the entire site today only with code JGKATE20, other sizes available here)   |   BAG   wooden clutch   |   WEDGES   steve madden wedges   |   EARRINGS   lisi lerch earrings   |   RING   del brenna (I purchased in Cortona, Italy)

My family and I have been visiting Seaside, Florida every summer for over 15 years. Needless to say, we do a lot of eating while we’re there! :) Over the years, we’ve fine-tuned our dining schedule to a few tried-and-true favorites. Today, I’m so excited to share with you our favorite restaurants along 30a!

I also thought I’d mention that you won’t find the super-popular spots (Bud & Alleys, Great Southern, Pizza Bar, etc.) on this list. While those are great, we’ve enjoyed these spots even more! Let me just say… we are super picky when it comes to restaurants and have come up with this list after years and years of visiting 30a. So, if you’re looking for something new to add to your list of 30a restaurants, read on below.

Basmati’s // This Asian fusion spot is one we’ve visited every summer for as long as I can remember. My tips? Reserve a table on the porch (it’s screened and so lovely even in the summer) and be sure to order the firecracker grouper! The fried rice is delicious as well, but really… every single thing on the menu is divine.

George’s // Kicking off the trip with our first night at this beautiful restaurant has become my family’s favorite tradition. Located in Alys Beach, it has a wonderful ambiance and a delicious, southern menu. George’s doesn’t take reservations, so put your name on the list then head to the roof for a glass of wine and a sunset view while you wait! P.S. Scroll to the end of this post for the photo I took at George’s rooftop!

The Bay // This year was my first time dining at The Bay, and it was perhaps my favorite experience of the week! It was recommended to me as a local favorite, and upon arriving it was immediately evident as to why. The beautiful restaurant is located right on the bay, with a massive screened-in porch that steps down to an area decorated with a fire pit, torches and seating. We went on a Wednesday night, which apparently is the night a band plays outside. The ambiance is energetic, laid-back and fine and the menu is to die for. Great for larger parties, as well!

Angelina’s // While most of the restaurants we love along 30a have a posh, dress-up vibe, Angelina’s is the opposite.. in the best way! This cozy, laid-back spot is the best for lazy evenings you don’t want to get all dolled up for. My family and I throw on shorts and t-shirts after a day at the beach for some of the yummiest pizza (and delicious Cesar salad) I’ve ever had. Their pastas are amazing, too!

Cafe 30A // Any Seaside or Watercolor frequenter will tell you that Cafe 30A is a must during your beach vacation. We save this spot for our final dinner of the evening. This is the spot to make reservations and dress up for. We love it year after year!

Old Florida Fish House // I have two words for you… crab. claws. They are the reason we come to this casual spot! We order the fried and the sauteed crab claws to start, and every time we leave we tell ourselves we’ll order them for our entrees next time. ;) The rest of the menu is good, but the crab claws are truly to die for.

Seagrove Market // Seagrove Market is a casual favorite of ours, and we’ve eaten both lunch and dinner here! All of the fried fish and veggies are amazing, and we love the laid-back atmosphere. Be prepared to wait, as everyone loves this spot!

Black Bear Bread Company // Let me start off by saying that my family doesn’t really do breakfast or lunch out when we’re in Seaside… we spend all that time at the beach! But, I did have the chance to meet two friends at Black Bear for the first time this past week, and oh my word, y’all. Amazing! The coffee is divine, the pastries are divine, I didn’t order a hot dish but everything that came out of the kitchen looked divine. Already dying to go back here next year!

Well friends, there you have it! Like I said, we’ve curated this list over the years and think the spots above are truly the best on 30a! But I know there are so many places, so let me know what your favorites are!

P.S. I have SUCH a fun announcement for y’all. Today only you can get 20% off of the entire Jay Godfrey site with the code “JGKATE20“. I wore this Jay Godfrey romper to dinner at George’s, and absolutely love it. Check out the other gorgeous pieces here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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what i wore in seaside, florida

Today, I thought it would be fun to share details to the outfits I wore on this vacation! I know fall inspiration is around every corner with the #NSale, but since we still have months left of hot weather here in Texas, I figured it might be fun to switch things up.

Oh to be back at the beach instead of here in my room in Dallas, TX! I’m finally back after a wonderful, restful week in Seaside, Florida and as much as I’m missing the salty air and tan lines, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy to be getting back into a routine here around Lonestar Southern!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share details to the outfits I wore on this vacation! I know fall inspiration is around every corner with the #NSale, but since we still have months left of hot weather here in Texas, I figured it might be fun to switch things up.

A few things I want to point out… I found the best, not outrageously expensive swimsuits from ASOS! I’d size up one or two sizes from your normal US size. For instance, I’m usually a size 0 in dresses, but wear a US 4 in ASOS swim!

Secondly, I shot one of my favorite projects to date on this trip… did you catch it here?

And finally, I shared on my IG stories today that the search for my mom’s fabulous Panama hat (that I stole multiple times on this trip) is ON! I found a similar style and have linked it below, but let me know if you can track down the exact hat!

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my family’s favorite restaurants on 30A and my family’s favorite restaurants… stay tuned, and happy scrolling!

SWIMSUIT   (wearing size XS)   |   VISOR   |   EARRINGS   |   SHORTS   (wearing size Small)   |   SANDALS (old Hermés dupes, similar linked)

JUMPSUIT   (wearing size 2)   |   BAG   |   EARRINGS   |   WEDGES   (not pictured)

TOP   |   SHORTS   |   WEDGES   |   BAG   |   EARRINGS

SWIMSUIT   (wearing size US 4)   |   SUN HAT

KIMONO   |   TANK   (similar linked)   |   JEANS   |   WEDGES   |   EARRINGS   |   SUNGLASSES

SHIRT   |   SHORTS   |   HOOPS

BIKINI TOP   (wearing size US 4)   |   BIKINI BOTTOMS   (wearing size US 4)   |   VISOR   |   SUNGLASSES

 TANK   (similar linked)   |   SHORTS   |   SANDALS   |   EARRINGS

SWIMSUIT   (wearing size US 4)   |   SUN HAT

TOP   (scarf worn as a top)   |   JEANS   (old Forever21, similar linked)   |   WEDGES   |   EARRINGS   |   BAG

SWIMSUIT   (wearing XS)   |   COVER UP SKIRT   |   SANDALS   (old hermés dupes, similar linked)   |   PANAMA HAT   (4.75″ brim, purchased from a boutique last year, trying to locate, similar linked)   |   SUNGLASSES

TOP   |   SHOES   |   HOOPS

DRESS   (wearing size US 2 petite)   |   WEDGES   |   BAG   (has an adjustable flap!)

BIKINI TOP   (wearing size US 4)   |   BIKINI BOTTOMS   (wearing size US 4)   |   COVER UP SKIRT   |   WIDE BRIM PANAMA HAT   (similar linked, 4.75″ brim, 4.75″ crown)   |   BAG   (worn with this adjustable flap)

DRESS   (wearing size US 4)   |   SUNGLASSES   |   HOOPS   |   WEDGES   |   BAG   (worn with this adjustable flap)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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the perfect summer-to-fall maxi dress

DRESS   blue patterned maxi dress (just $26!)   |   EARRINGS   white tassel earrings (similar linked)   |   WEDGES   neutral wedges (similar linked)   |   BAG   wooden clutch (similar linked) We’re all familiar with the wonders of a good maxi dress, right? The effortless femininity, the easy elegance (and my favorite part) the instant comfort…

DRESS   blue patterned maxi dress (just $26!)   |   EARRINGS   white tassel earrings (similar linked)   |   WEDGES   neutral wedges (similar linked)   |   BAG   wooden clutch (similar linked)

We’re all familiar with the wonders of a good maxi dress, right? The effortless femininity, the easy elegance (and my favorite part) the instant comfort factor are just a few of the reasons I love this dress silhouette so much! (Oh, and not to mention the ability to wear heels undetected underneath for instant height. ;)

In a nutshell, I love maxi dresses, and this one from Belk in particular! Not only is it a favorite for all of the reasons listed above, but this is one maxi you can start wearing now and easily style into fall!

For this tail end of summer, it looks darling paired with wedges and some fun, white statement earrings. All you need is a cute denim jacket, however, and a pair of gold hoops to instantly transition this into autumn.

Secondly, the price tag. At $26, a dress you can get so much use out of is a no-brainer. Perfect for Saturday brunch, that never-ending list of wedding and baby showers and endless other occasions.

This marks the third week of my partnership with Belk, and I am so thrilled and thankful to hear y’all are as excited about it as I am! Here is a sneak peek at two other looks I’ll be sharing on Instagram this week… enjoy!

lace peplum tank (perfect for UT gameday!)

turquoise patterened top   |   turquoise patterned shorts

Love from Texas,

Kate

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