color block maxi dress

I am so excited to share this gorgeous color block maxi dress with y’all. I was absolutely giddy when I came across it… the beautiful color scheme, tassel detailing and trendy cut all for under $100? Done and done. I already can’t wait for summer months when I can pair this with a tan!

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DRESS   color block maxi dress (under $100)   |   SHOES   cream platform wedges   |   CLUTCH   embroidered tassel clutch   |   EARRINGS   gold hoops

Happy Tuesday, y’all! I am so sorry I didn’t have a new post up for you yesterday. I came down with a horrible cold last Wednesday night, and finally started feeling better around lunch time yesterday. Thank goodness! That unexpected hiccup put me out of commission for a few days, and I’m so happy to finally be back with some fun posts up my sleeve for this week!

To start it off, I am so excited to share this gorgeous color block maxi dress with y’all. I was absolutely giddy when I came across it… the beautiful color scheme, tassel detailing and trendy cut all for under $100? Done and done. I already can’t wait for summer months when I can pair this with a tan!

Since this dress isn’t lined, I’d suggest wearing a nude slip underneath! I recommend this one. It’s under $25, and is the perfect solution to the light weight dresses I love wearing during warmer months!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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open shoulder swing dress

I am in love with the breezy silhouette of this number. It’s so fresh and so comfortable, plus this style is under $50 and also comes in the cutest colors… orange and yellow! I think it would look especially darling on those of you who have a few inches on me. (I’m 5’2″.) Height balances out the billowy nature of this dress beautifully!

DRESS   open-shoulder swing dress (under $50, also in yellow and orange)   |   SHOES   ankle strap wedges   |   CLUTCH   tory burch crossbody   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings   |   RING   turquoise ring (coming to Starfish Project soon!)   |   BRACELETS   turquoise bracelets   (coming to Starfish Project soon!)

Happy Friday, friends! I want to start off by saying thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes y’all left for me yesterday! I must confess, it wasn’t my finest to date… I spent all day in bed with a terrible cold! The positive side, however, is that I got to binge watch one of my favorite shows all day, and get to re-celebrate it today. :) All that plus the Easter weekend just ahead makes up for it, I’d say!

Now on to the star of today’s post, this open-shoulder swing dress! I am in love with the breezy silhouette of this number. It’s so fresh and so comfortable, plus this style is under $50 and also comes in the cutest colors… orange and yellow! I think it would look especially darling on those of you who have a few inches on me. (I’m 5’2″.) Height balances out the billowy nature of this dress beautifully!

I’m also smitten with the dainty turquoise jewelry. Any combination of white, tan and turquoise is an automatic favorite in my book! Both this ring and bracelet set is part of the new collection coming to Starfish Project soon. I can’t wait to show you more!

Wishing you all a bright and happy Easter weekend! He is risen!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Cleland Studios

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Pink Pom Poms

Give me all the pom poms! These are on sale for $22.

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Turquoise

I love accessorizing in turquoise in summer months!

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my birthday wishlist

Today I wanted to share with y’all my birthday wishlist. In true strategic fashion, I’ve loaded it up with items on the more expensive side that I’d never buy for myself. And I guarantee you the same mother who you just read about is reading this now thinking “In her dreams!” And so yes… maybe they’re dream world wishes, but fun to list out all of the same!

  1. gucci crossbody bag   |   2. dyson hairdryer   |   3. invisibobble hair tie  |   4. charlotte tilbury skin shimmer  (i’ve tried in store and this stuff is amazing)  |   5. white sports bra   |   6. black sports bra   |   7. lace two piece set   |   8. david yurman bangle   |   9. monogrammed suit case   |   10. jimmy choo wedges

Well friends, you read that right… today is my birthday! I usually am so awkward about letting people know when it is, but my mom recently gave me a good old “Kate what the heck. People want to know or THEY feel awkward!” (You know those moments your mom is completely justified in her condescension? This was one of those moments.) So there you have it! Yay for birthdays!

Today I wanted to share with y’all my birthday wishlist. In true strategic fashion, I’ve loaded it up with items on the more expensive side that I’d never buy for myself. And I guarantee you the same mother who you just read about is reading this now thinking “In her dreams!” And so yes… maybe they’re dream world wishes, but fun to list out all of the same!

One item I’m really intrigued by is this Dyson hair dryer. First off, how crazy does that thing look?! But I’ve heard incredible things about it, and so I’m curious! I’d love to know if you have one, and what your experience has been with it if so!

I feel like I can never say this enough… I LOVE y’all. Thanks for stopping by today! I’m celebrating with a manicure and spin class today, and a crawfish boil with my family tomorrow! Bring on the cake.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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the perfect spring dress

Here’s how you know I am truly head over heels with something… I pack it up in a crammed suitcase (where every inch counts) and take it across the world with me. That, friends, is the story of this gorgeous little ruffled wrap dress from Nordstrom! And today I’m thrilled to collaborate with them in sharing why the Nordstrom dress department is always my go-to.

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DRESS   stripe wrap dress (under $100, wearing size US 4)   |   SHOES   ancient greek sandals   |   CLUTCH   white embroidered tassel clutch   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

Here’s how you know I am truly head over heels with something… I pack it up in a crammed suitcase (where every inch counts) and take it across the world with me. That, friends, is the story of this gorgeous little ruffled wrap dress from Nordstrom! And today I’m thrilled to collaborate with them in sharing why the Nordstrom dress department is always my go-to.

I purchased this frock with visions of Easter egg hunts and family brunch in my head. I mean, look at it… is it not absolutely perfect for Easter? Once it arrived, however, I realized I couldn’t wait for this Sunday. It had to come to Asia with me!

I ended up being so happy I brought this blue beauty along for the journey. It’s incredibly light weight, making it easy to pack (and perfect for warm days) and so comfortable! A dress isn’t typically the first piece of clothing you choose for a day of sight-seeing, but I was able to explore to my heart’s content without worrying about pulling anything up or shrugging anything down. Ah, the freedom.

 I love the classic femininity this dress exudes without being anything too fitted or fussy. Did I mention that it’s under $100? This is one dress that you can get so much use out of at such a great price point…. Easter, graduation, bridal showers, church, brunch, and the list goes on!

I often get emails asking for advice on finding dresses for all different sorts of occasions, and my answer is always Nordstrom. Whether you’re looking for a prom dress (also this one) or a sorority formal, something for vacation, an Easter frock, graduation dress or a classic LBD, I’ve found Nordstrom to have the best selection… not to mention free shipping!

Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I truly, madly, deeply feel this way. I think half of my closet must be from there! Click here to see for yourself, but be warned. You might find more than a few you can’t pass up! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. A note on sizing. The Topshop brand runs small, so I recommend going two US sizes up! I typically wear a size 0 in dresses, but wear this dress in a size US 4.

Photography by Cleland Studios

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white on white

You may remember this mini skirt from the Palm Beach blog post I published a few weeks back. I don’t repeat here on the blog often, so when I do you know it’s a piece I can’t get enough of! It made the perfect pair to this lace tube top, since I loved the unique and darling look of the blouse but wanted a waistline high enough to prevent showing too much skin.

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TOP   lace tube top   |   SKIRT   white mini skirt   |   SHOES   ankle wrap wedges   |   CLUTCH   white embroidered tassel clutch   |   BRACELET   link bracelet c/o   |   EARRINGS   gold hoop earrings

April, to me, has always signified the true start of spring in my book. The day before it rolls around, I pack up all of my winter clothes and flood my closet with all of the color and light I can! Out with the old, in with the new. And by new I mean maxi dresses and sun dresses and jean shorts and off the shoulder tops and shift dresses and peplum tank tops and printed shorts… you get the idea.

I’m embracing that mentality full-on with today’s all-white ensemble! You may remember this white mini skirt from the Palm Beach blog post I published a few weeks back. I don’t repeat here on the blog often, so when I do you know it’s a piece I can’t get enough of! It made the perfect pair to this lace tube top, since I loved the unique and darling look of the blouse but wanted a waistline high enough to prevent a lot of skin showing. (I actually tucked the top into the skirt so none showed at all.)

The product shot shows the model wearing it with high-waisted jeans, and it’s darling! That’s the look I’ll be creating with it next, and yes… the jeans will most certainly be white. I have to admit it… white on white is one color combination I simply never tire of!

In other news, I wanted to let y’all know that a site-wide sale by one of my favorite retailers is starting tomorrow! Be sure to check back here on Wednesday morning for a full guide.

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I made a fun new spring purchase yesterday, and am SO excited about it! Click here to see what it is!

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10 things i’m really glad i packed // asia

I can’t believe it, but after a whirlwind week with the Starfish Project in Asia, I’m home! I arrived last night, and after a delicious dinner of Tex Mex (my cute parents picked me up from the airport and drove me straight to our favorite spot) jet lag set in. As in the “I’m never falling asleep ever again hooray so much energy!” side of jet lag.

I can’t believe it, but after a whirlwind week with the Starfish Project in Asia, I’m home! I arrived last night, and after a delicious dinner of Tex Mex (my cute parents picked me up from the airport and drove me straight to our favorite spot) jet lag set in. As in the “I’m never falling asleep ever again hooray so much energy!” side of jet lag.

With the trip being fresh on my mind, and sleep nowhere in sight, I thought I’d round up a list of the things I packed for the journey that I ended up being very grateful for. This was my first trip to Asia, and so much of the preparation, packing-wise, was a gamble on my end. I hope this list proves to be useful to you if you’re ever headed that way!

1. Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm // This little stick ended up being a secret weapon of the trip! Not only was it handy for the plane-ride induced chapped lip problem, but it also gave my lips a gorgeous, natural boost of color. That meant I didn’t end up bothering with keeping track of lipsticks and lip glosses the whole trip. (Keeping lipstick and lip gloss in place on a fast-paced trip, not to mention keeping up with all of those little containers, can be a pain.) Highly recommended!

2. Pillow  //  Lest you think I’m crazy, let me start out by saying that before this trip, I thought bringing your sleeping pillow on the plane was the silliest thing. And true, it doesn’t really contribute to a chic airport ensemble. But after forgetting my little neck pillow on the trip to Asia, I had no choice for my flight back home! Since my friend Virginia mentioned doing this, I took my pillow out of my suitcase and lugged the thing aboard. Y’all… it made the. biggest. difference. I slept like a baby. Not only that, but it made the leg of the journey I was awake for even more comfortable! I know it’s not the easiest thing to haul on and off a plane, but if you can swing it I highly recommend it! (I was able to squash mine into my backpack.)

3. Kind Bars //  Since I’m a really picky eater, I have a hard time eating plane food.. Ok if we’re being honest… I don’t eat it at all. These delicious dark chocolate almond & coconut kind bars made for a great replacement! They were perfectly filling, incredibly yummy, and super easy to pack up. I also brought these along for mid-day snacks when my energy was running low, and as a supplement to the many Asian lunches we ate!

4. J Brand Maria Skinny Jeans //  I am all about J.Crew denim (their petites sizes fit my short legs really well) so I don’t normally venture into designer-denim land, but if there’s one pair I’d recommend investing in, it’s these. They’re really soft and very stretchy, but they don’t lose their shape easily! I wore these on the plane ride to Asia (since leggings can start feeling really uncomfortable after 10+ hours in the same position) along with three full days after that, and was shocked at how comfortable they were while holding their shape!

5. Cole Haan Sneakers //  You’re looking at a girl who wears wedges whenever humanly possible, but I quickly learned the uneven urban terrain we were in was just not going to allow that sort of thing. Enter these darling sneakers! I had done some research and shopping before my trip, and had decided these would be the “go-to” pair of the trip. I’m happy to report that they exceeded my expectations! Super light, incredibly comfortable, and cute with all of the jean + tshirt + cardigan combinations I was wearing! I got lots of compliments on them too, which never hurts. (Heads up, these come in PINK!)

6. Steamer  //   Wrinkles love tightly packed suitcases, and I seriously don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t brought this little steamer along with me! It’s relatively small and easy to pack, and allowed me to get things straightened out super quickly. It’s $35 and I’m telling you, it’s a must have. (Just don’t forget your outlet converter if you’re going outside of the US!)

7. Face Mask //  I’m not proud of this… but I packed along my favorite face mask for the plane ride over! Once the largest leg of the flight was over and the flight attendants started waking everyone up for breakfast, I threw this thing on for a few minutes. Yes, I may have scared everyone sitting around me, but it did wonders to energize and replenish my tired, dry, airplaney skin. Plus, it’s super small and easy to pack on a carry on!

8. Cozy Cardigan  //  I knew I’d want a sweater for the plane and cooler weather, but wanted something springy enough I could wear these next few months! I hit the home run with this one, which proved to be soft, warm, and in a darling blush shade perfect for April. I’d throw the front ends over my shoulders when bundling up on the plane, throw it on to run down to breakfast in the morning, and pack it in my backpack for unexpected temperature drops! This one in particular is selling out quick, but you’ll find a really similar and less expensive version here.

9. Backpack //  I usually opt for a big tote bag for my carry on, but this backpack proved to be a life-saver. It was so helpful having plenty of different compartments for organizing headphones, snacks, my passport, etc, and the fact that I could wear it on my back instead of awkwardly lugging it through the narrow aisles was nice, too. I also ended up bringing this along for days we did sight-seeing!

10. Candy //  I don’t know if it was the new country, new food, lack of energy or what, but having a stash of my favorite candy often came in as the perfect pick me up. It was also fun having something to share with the other friends on the trip. Curious as to what exactly I brought along? Sour patch watermelons, peanut butter m&ms, lots of gum and mini robins eggs! (Yes, I raided the Target Easter candy aisle in preparation.)

I’m excited and ready to process this trip now that I’m back home… there’s so much I want to share with y’all about the experience. I plan on working my way back into a normal sleep schedule this week (ha!) before the fun Easter weekend we have right ahead! As if that wasn’t enough, Thursday happens to also be my birthday (!!!) so I’ve got a good amount of motivation to kick this jet lag thing to the curb. Wish me luck!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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