the zara dress i stole from my mother

Did anyone else feel like their mother dressed so lame as a child, only to grow up and find yourself wanting to steal her entire closet?

white collared zara dress, blue hadleighs slippers women, chanel medium coco handle caviar
white collared zara dress, blue hadleighs slippers women, chanel medium coco handle caviar
white collared zara dress, blue hadleighs slippers women, chanel medium coco handle caviar
white collared zara dress, blue hadleighs slippers women, chanel medium coco handle caviar
white collared zara dress, blue hadleighs slippers women, chanel medium coco handle caviar
white collared zara dress, blue hadleighs slippers women, chanel medium coco handle caviar
white collared zara dress, blue hadleighs slippers women, chanel medium coco handle caviar

DRESS white collared dress (wearing size large) // SUNGLASSES black sunglasses (old, similar linked) // SHOES hadleighs slippers c/o (recommend going up a half size) // BAG chanel medium coco handle (similar less expensive here)

Did anyone else feel like their mother dressed so lame as a child, only to grow up and find yourself wanting to steal her entire closet?

*sheepishly raises hand

Me and my mother, to a tee! When I was younger (and all my friends seemed to be in sparkly light up shoes and loudly-embroidered denim) I couldn’t understand why she dressed my sister and in such simple, boring pieces. Now, as I look back, I have a different word to describe our childhood wardrobes. Classic. And vastly different feelings about the “boring” ensembles she put us in, too!

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that her style has vastly influenced my own, especially the older I get. As each year passes, I find myself reaching more and more towards the simple and chic instead of the loud and trendy. And while I still love to mix the two, the scale has started tip towards timeless. Future children, beware! :)

An example? This fabulous dress! At $39, it’s such a steal. And let me tell you, if there’s one thing my mother does well, it’s finding gorgeous pieces at attainable price points.

Loving the contrast between the structured collar and blousy silhouette, she scooped it up from Zara. Luckily for me, she was wavering on whether or not to return. I told her I’d save her the trouble and claim it as my own!

This dress has turned out to be one of my favorites of the season, and I think that is largely due to the perfect collar detailing. Something about it gives this dress a touch of structure and timelessness, and I can’t help but feel instantly chic when I throw it on!

Speaking of timeless, I couldn’t go without mentioning these beautiful slippers Dallas-based clothier Hadleigh’s was so kind as to send me! They are exquisitely made, and have quickly become one of my favorite pairs of shoes. Fit tip: size a half size up!

To wrap it all up… I have yet to discover one thing my mom was actually wrong on. It’s true what they say, she always knows best!

Wishing everyone a sunny start to your week!

Love from the Sunshine State

Kate

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a dream come true // find me in southern living!

Pinch me, please! Tomorrow, the August edition of Southern Living hits stores… and in it, you may find a familiar face. I am beside myself with excitement to share that you’ll find me alongside twelve truly bright, creative, and hardworking women as the 2020 Southern Living Tastemakers!

Pinch me, please! Tomorrow, the August edition of Southern Living hits stores… and in it, you may find a familiar face. I am beside myself with excitement to share that you’ll find me alongside twelve truly bright, creative, and hardworking women as the 2020 Southern Living Tastemakers!

Growing up, I distinctly remember a huge, heavy chest my mother had filled to the brim with years and years worth of Southern Living editions. There was always a new recipe she was excited to try, a destination she wanted to take us to, and a beautiful interior design tip she wanted to implement. In a way, Southern Living has been a part of our family for as long as I can remember.

Today, it’s the only magazine I am religiously subscribed to, and definitely the one magazine I read cover-to-cover. One of the many little habits and preferences I’ve adopted from my mother!

Needless to say, when I got the news that I had been invited to Birmingham to join an unbelievable group of women for the 2020 Southern Living Tastemakers convention, you can only imagine my reaction. (Jumping around in my kitchen and copious amounts of tears may have been involved.)

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DRESS kate spade pink tweed dress (also available in this color)

It was a whirlwind 24 hours of photo shoots, delicious food, and my personal favorite moment, a round-table conversation during which each woman shared her story. What a privilege to hear the backgrounds, ins and outs, successes, failures, visions, and dreams each of these Tastemakers shared. I don’t know that I have ever been so deeply honored to have been included in a room and in a discussion.

While the convention seemed to be over just as quickly as it began, I left endlessly inspired by each new friend and with a deep appreciation for what it means to be a southern woman.

I wish I had snapped more photos than I did (it truly was such a whirlwind) but here are a few I managed to squeeze into this incredible trip.

Funny story: the image on the top right is of me and a precious Gainesville follower at the Birmingham airport. I had accidentally grabbed her carry-on instead of mine, and she realized it because she saw on Instagram Stories that I was flying to Birmingham! She DM’d me about the mixup (turns out she had purchased the same pink carry-on after seeing it on Lonestar Southern) and was gracious enough to wait for me to swap bags. She was headed to her boyfriend’s formal, I was headed to the Southern Living Photoshoot… we were both relieved to have our correct outfits! Haha! This story always makes me smile.

I don’t want to give the feature completely away, but before I sign off I wanted to share a couple of photos as well as a link to each fabulous Southern Living Tastemaker.

 

Southern Living 2020 Tastemakers

 

southern living 2020 tastemakers

from left to right

Shay Sweeney of Shay Moné // Gen Sohr of Pencil & Paper Co. // Cristina Lynch of Mi Golondrina // Kate Bowman of Lonestar Southern // Molly Feinning of Red Clay Hot Sauce // Mariah Walton Bencik of West London Boutique // Mary Celeste Beall of Blackberry Farm // Bettina Benson of Chloe Kristyn // Jamey Gresham and Margaret Boyce of J. Lowrey // Trishala Bhansali of Lekha // Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens

Let me tell you, each of these women is a true marvel in her own way. I hope you spend a few minutes acquainting yourself with each one. You may even recognize a few, like friend and fellow Dallasite Cristina of one of my favorite brands, Mi Golondrina!

Like I mentioned above, you’ll be able to find this edition of Southern Living in-stores tomorrow. In the meantime, you’ll find the digital version here. I truly hope you enjoy it!

And to Southern Living, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me, and allowing me to me share the heartbeat behind Lonestar Southern with your audience. This is a moment I will never forget!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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a sale find i’ve been stalking + a line i’m loving

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve seen this darling applique peplum top here on Lonestar Southern. I’ve had my eye on it since May, when I included it in this post, and have been waiting for it to go on sale in my size ever since.

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white peplum top
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white peplum top, michele deco watch
white peplum top
white peplum top

TOP applique peplum top (wearing size XS, also here and here) | JEANS abercrombie white skinny jeans (wearing 25 short) | WATCH michele deco watch | CLUTCH ysl clutch (old, similar linked) | SHOES stuart weitzman nudist heels (similar color linked) | EARRINGS liza yates gold floral pearl earrings

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve seen this darling applique peplum top here on Lonestar Southern. I’ve had my eye on it since May, when I included it in this post, and have been waiting for it to go on sale in my size ever since.

After a series of out-of-stocks and restocks, I finally managed to snatch it up for under $50. Turns out, the wait was well worth it! The fabric is beautiful, and gives the top a far more expensive vibe than it is.

While sizes are limited and this blouse continues to sell out quickly, I recommend you keep checking on it if it’s a piece you’re wanting to add to your closet. That’s the strategy I employed, and after a big of waiting, it worked for me!

After a bit of digging, I found that it’s from a new-to-me line called Samsoe Samsoe, a European brand that embodies classic, simple silhouettes that look as if they were created to be worn all around Paris. While I don’t think they ship to the US as of now, I did find that the line is carried here in the states at Nordstrom and Intermix. I can’t wait to keep my eye on this brand in the future!

In the meantime, I rounded up a few other peplum styles that are reminiscent of this fun blouse. Take a peek below!

 

 

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the top i’ll be taking straight into fall

I’ve always loved green, but lately, it’s been creeping more and more onto my radar. There’s something timeless and transient about green, and this beautiful blouse perfectly showcases why I’m crushing on this hue as of late!

TOP green smocked top (wearing size 4US, but wish I’d ordered a 2US) | BAG senreve midi maestra in pebbled chestnut | SHOES caramel ballet flats (chanel, similar linked) | JEANS abercrombie skinny jeans (these are my favorite! wearing a 25 short) | EARRINGS gold and white floral dangle earrings (sold out from Liza Yates, similar here) | HEADBAND white knotted headband (old Anthropologie, similar linked)

I’ve always loved green, but lately, it’s been creeping more and more onto my radar. There’s something timeless and transient about green, and this beautiful blouse perfectly showcases why I’m crushing on this hue as of late!

The floral fabric is a lovely, crisp cotton fashioned sweetly into a smocked neckline. And you know how I feel about a puffed-sleeve… feminine through and through!

I love the attainable price point, as well. This blouse looks far more expensive than $55, and since it will work gorgeously into fall as well (just picture it with dark-wash denim and boots!), you’re really getting a wonderful piece for the price!

I typically size up to a 4US in Topshop, since the line tends to run a bit small. That’s what I ordered in this top as well, but to my surprise, it fit a little bit big. (Nothing egregious, though, I’ll still be keeping it.) So in this particular instance, my advice? Order your normal blouse size and disregard the “(fits like ___)” on the side. So, for example, I would in retrospect order a 2US.

Here are a few other pieces I’m green with envy over. Get it?

 

all things green

 

 

As you may have seen on Instagram, I road tripped to the beach on Friday and am so happy to be here for the week with my much-missed family! While we typically have a marathon of restaurant-visits lined up for this week, this year we’re staying in and cooking at home. While I miss our favorite spots, it’s been wonderful and so, so restful to go straight from the beach to dinner in pajamas!

I do have few fun posts planned for this week ahead, so stay tuned!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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new giant monogram // favorite barrington color combinations

I always love when Barrington releases a new pattern or color. So when they announced their new giant monogram option earlier this week, I did a little happy dance!

I’ve been talking about Barrington bags almost as long as I’ve been blogging. The Dallas-based leather goods company was one of the first to ever collaborate with me, and I’ve been in love with their customizable products ever since! (Check out this post for a good throwback.)

I always love when the brand releases a new pattern or color. Their custom bag builder tool has provided me endless hours of entertainment, combining different color and monogram options. Too much fun! So when they announced their new giant monogram option earlier this week, I did a little happy dance.

And then spent far too long playing around with the new addition. Oops.

No surprise here, I’m loving this fun new monogram option. It’s bold and fresh, and updates the classic monogram in a really fun way.

I thought it would be fun to share a few of the favorite color combinations I came up with while using the custom bag builder tool! It can be overwhelming to design your first (or fifth) Barrington because of all the beautiful options, so I hope these provide a bit of inspiration.

Check out my favorites below. You’ll find the exact pattern and color information below each set!

 

favorite barrington color combinations

 

BAG: blush chambray // MONOGRAM: punch-white

 

 

BAG: green rattan // MONOGRAM: buff-white

 

 

BAG: stone chambray // MONOGRAM: cloud-cadet

 

 

BAG: navy fireworks // MONOGRAM: white-summer navy

 

 

BAG: oyster grey geometric // MONOGRAM: buff-white

 

 

BAG: chequers // MONOGRAM: rosé-blush

 

 

BAG: black geometric // MONOGRAM: black-white

 

 

Now I’m dying to know… which combination is your favorite? To design your own, head here!

Before signing off, I had to mention what fabulous gifts these pieces make. I normally loath a generic gift card, but for the graduate/new mama/best friend birthday in your life, a Barrington gift card would be such a cute gift idea! That way, the recipient gets to design exactly what they enjoy. (And dhe design process is part of the fun!)

Think of it as Build-a-Bear for adults! :)

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the $15 jean shorts i’m buying in every color

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the hunt all spring and summer for the seemingly-everywhere but oddly elusive, perfect pair of jean shorts. And after countless misfires, I finally landed upon the perfect set in the most unlikely place and at the most unlikely pricepoint…

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TOP colorful tassel blouse (40% off today with code LOVEIT) | JEAN SHORTS wild fable high rise jean shorts ($15, wearing size 2, size up one size from your typical jean size) | SHOES gold platform sandals (fit tts) | HEADBAND white knot headband (old, similar linked) | BAG white straw bag | EARRINGS wide gold hoop earrings (old H&M, similar linked) | BRACELETS allie + bess 6mm bracelets

home details

LAMPS white woven lamps (homegoods find) | CREDENZA white credenza | ART blue and white prints (sold out from Wisteria) | PILLOWS custom made | TUREEN herend princess victoria tureen

 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the hunt all spring and summer for the seemingly-everywhere but oddly elusive, perfect pair of jean shorts. And after countless misfires, I finally landed upon the perfect set in the most unlikely place and at the most unlikely pricepoint…

Target, for $15!

Why does this budget-friendly pair of jean shorts win first place among a sea of higher-priced competitors?

For starters, the fit! Finally, a pair of jean shorts that fits narrowly at the waist, but doesn’t remain tight through the leg. I am typically a 25/0 in jeans and sized up to a 2 in these shorts. The waist is really fitted, but I’ve found that the shorts ease up in a good way over the course of a wear. So, I recommend sizing up one from your normal jean size! For more insight, check out the reviews.

Secondly, I love the color options. I ordered both the white and the light blue and found they both had an identical fit and looked fabulous in person. In fact, I loved them both so much that I just ordered the darker blue and will keep you updated when it arrives!

Finally, the price point. I truly can’t believe the best pair of jean shorts I’ve found this season is also the cheapest I’ve found… by a long shot! At $15 a pop, I don’t feel a twinge of guilt scooping up all three colors for a grand total of $45. Isn’t that the best?

Now, a couple things worth mentioning. For starters, I haven’t washed these yet. I’ll be sure to wash on cold and hang dry so they don’t shrink, but I’ll let you know if that doesn’t work. Secondly, the fringe was a bit too aggressive for me, so I took a pair of scissors to it! The result? A cleaner hemline that I love much more, although it does make them look a bit shorter.

All in all, I am so excited about this budget-friendly find. Currently, the white, light blue and dark blue styles are fully in stock in sizes 00-18.

Almost feels to good to be true! Best jean shorts ever.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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