bachelorette weekend recap no. 4 // our afternoon activities

After our stunning poolside brunch on Friday morning (see all of the details here) my girls and I headed into town for lunch. We enjoyed a break from the sun, some delicious seafood, and then returned to our house, One in a Vermillion, to see that the Lilly Pulitzer team and Elisabeth and Butter had set up the most beautiful array of afternoon activities.

Happy Friday, y’all! Typically, I reserve the last day of the week for one of my very favorite blog series… Latest & Greatest… but today, we’re doing something a little different!

Yesterday, I hinted that I’d be back with more details from my Lilly Pulitzer bachelorette weekend, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do!

After our stunning poolside brunch on Friday morning (see all of the details here) my girls and I headed into town for lunch. We enjoyed a break from the sun, some delicious seafood, and then returned to our house, One in a Vermillion, to see that the Lilly Pulitzer team and Elisabeth and Butter had set up the most beautiful array of afternoon activities.

First up?

make your own mojito bar

Elisabeth, who you may know from Elisabeth and Butter, is one of my very favorite people in this world. I had the privilege of meeting her about a year and a half ago, and have loved following all of her delicious recipes ever since.

She is so creative, and had a whole bar set up for us with fresh fruit, La Croix, mint leaves, and all of the other essentials needed for delicious, refreshing mojitos! They were surprisingly easy to make, and after we all concocted our own, we headed inside to the next activity…

watercolor cookie painting

For as long as I’ve known Elisabeth, I’ve dreamed of taking one of her famous watercolor cookie painting classes. Yes, cookie painting! I’ll be honest with you, it was even more fun than I anticipated, as if that’s even possible.

She had prepared adorable sugar cookie shapes for us that all tied into the theme of the weekend and the wedding… palm trees, diamond rings and even alligator cookies for me and Andrew’s move to Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida. I just about died, so cute!

After her demonstration, where we learned so many practical tips and tricks for making our own decorative cookies, my bridesmaids and I all buckled down on our creations. You could have heard a pen drop we were so focused!

We created lots of pink, blue and green alligators, pearl-embellished palm trees and patterned diamond rings of all varieties. I took to the simple circle cookie to recreate our wedding monogram. Y’all, it turned out so cute that I couldn’t bear to eat it!

Before we knew it, the whole afternoon had flown by and it was time to get ready for sunset photos on the beach before our final dinner with Lilly Pulitzer. By 4pm, I truly felt like I’d had enough fun for an entire week, let alone weekend. The best part, though, was that this was just our first full day!

Again, I can’t thank the Lilly Pulitzer team enough for orchestrating all of the fabulous fun and Elisabeth for spending the afternoon creating with us! If you’re ever on 30A, I can’t recommend her classes enough. Plus, she’s just as sweet as her cookies!

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend, y’all! My birthday is actually tomorrow (eek!) and so my family and I are celebrating tonight with my favorite tradition, a crawfish boil!

Tomorrow, Andrew and I have our couple shower, and I can’t wait to show you the dress I’ll be wearing. Let’s just say the party is fiesta themed, and I took to Etsy to find something truly unique!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. If you’re looking for details on our brunch ensembles, scroll below!

Photography by John Cain

A huge thank you to Lilly Pulitzer for planning such a fabulous day, Sanders Beach Rentals for hosting us, and Elisabeth for the amazing mojito bar and cookie class!

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bachelorette weekend recap no. 3 // the poolside brunch

This poolside brunch was such a special start to our morning and the perfect way to kick off #KatesLastSplash! Plus, this would be such an easy event to recreate for your own bachelorette party or girls get together! All you need are a few favorite pastries, fresh juice, some champagne and sunny skies.

Yesterday, I mentioned that I would be sharing all of the Friday fun that the Lilly Pulitzer team planned for us. Hint hint… there was a poolside brunch involved, a make your own mojito bar, and even a watercolor cookie painting class!

I’m noticing a bit of a pattern here, y‘all. I set out to create a short, susinct blog post only to find I want to share every single detail with y‘all!

Needless to say, when I started putting together today’s post, I quickly realized I’d need to divide it up yet again. So today, instead of skating over all of Friday, let’s dive into the very beginning of our day… the poolside brunch!

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After pizza, wine and lots of catching up on Thursday night, my bridesmaids and I hit the hay early. We knew we had a big day ahead, and wanted to be ready!

Sure enough, when we walked downstairs Friday morning, we were greeted by a massive, absolutely gorgeous breakfast spread from Black Bear Bread Co. We could have fed an army, y’all. White chocolate blueberry scones, chocolate croissants, bagels, cinnamon rolls… every treat you could dream of!

The Lilly Pulitzer girls (pictured above, right underneath the individual shots of all of my bridesmaids) had a fabulous playlist piping through the house and made sure a fresh mimosa was in every hand. We piled our plates, topped off our glasses, and headed out to the pool!

That’s when we saw the stunning floral balloon decor that Mingle 30A had installed while we were sleeping! Do those gorgeous colors not just take your breath away? If you’re ever planning an event on 30A, or are even just looking for some decoration inspiration, you have to check out their gorgeous, creative offerings here! They brought so much life to our party!

The funniest part of the morning, in my opinion, was when my sister, Steele, decided to climb aboard the pool float in her clothes. She is such a riot and had us all laughing so hard.

It wasn’t long before everyone changed out of their adorable brunch outfits into swimsuits and these matching coverups. The weather was too beautiful not to enjoy the pool! Let me just say, seeing all of my friends from different seasons of life having fun together was such a joy.

This poolside brunch was such a special start to our morning and the perfect way to kick off #KatesLastSplash! Plus, this would be such an easy event to recreate for your own bachelorette party or girls get together! All you need are a few favorite pastries, fresh juice, some champagne and sunny skies. Let me just say, being at One in a Vermillion doesn’t hurt either!

Can’t wait to be back tomorrow with the second activity of our Lilly Pulitzer-filled day… our make your own mojito bar!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you to the one and only John Cain for these incredible photos, thank you Lilly Pulitzer for planning such a fun morning, and thank you Sanders Beach Rentals for such a fabulous setting!

P.S. Did you see that everyone was in head-to-toe Lilly? Scroll below for all of the looks!

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wedding wednesday no. 23 // bachelorette weekend recap no. 2

During my bachelorette party weekend, the incredible team at Sanders Beach Rentals completely blew us away by putting us up in our own little Watercolor paradise… One in a Vermillion! Talk about southern hospitality, am I right? So excited to share more photos of our gorgeous stay!

Friends! After sharing Bachelorette Weekend Recap No. 1 with y‘all last week, I’m giddy to be back with more photos (thank you, John!) and stories from the best weekend ever with my favorite girls, my favorite brand and in my favorite place. #KatesLastSplash

There were many moments of my bachelorette weekend that made it incredibly special, but I think my very favorite part of the weekend was the setting… my very favorite place in the world, Seaside, Florida!

Many of you know this, but my family and I have spent a week in Seaside, Florida every summer for as long as I can remember. Right next to Seaside is the town of Watercolor, which is pretty much the exact same concept! Pastel homes, front porch swings, all the charm of Seaside that I hold so dear. The main difference? The homes tend to be a bit more expansive there. (Perfect for large groups!)

So when Lilly Pulitzer decided to make my dream bachelorette weekend come true by bringing my friends and I to the land of sunshine and sandy floors, I knew it was going to be amazing. What I never could have guessed, however, was just how gorgeous the home we’d all get to stay in would be!

The incredible team at Sanders Beach Rentals completely blew us away by putting us up in our own little Watercolor paradise… One in a Vermillion! Talk about southern hospitality, am I right?

Today, I’m thrilled to share some beautiful imagery my wedding photographer John captured of this beautiful home. So grab a cup of coffee and get ready to scroll, then head to the end of the post for more details on our stunning stay. Don’t forget, you can use the code “BeachPlease” for 10% off any Sanders Beach Rentals property!

To put it in a nutshell, spending a weekend in One in a Vermillion was a total dream. When my sister and I first walked in on Thursday afternoon, we could hardly breathe. Picture gorgeous windows, dreamy, neutral furnishings, and our favorite part… a living room that opens up completely to the back patio! With the weather being perfect all weekend, we kept that back wall open the entire time.

The Lilly Pulitzer team decorated the entire house in Lilly… from patterned pillows on every chair and seat cushions in the living room to wine glasses, cups and champagne flutes in the kitchen. Don’t even get me started on the unreal candy bar they set up. They made sure to stock up on all of my beach favorites… Swedish Fish, mini york mints, peanut butter M&Ms, and sour patch watermelons!

They even set up an accessory bar filled with gorgeous statement earrings, and put together the most adorable welcome bags for every girl! We were completely spoiled, to say the least, because the Sanders team also put together gift bags for each of us. Did you see the huge assortment of goodies they packed into my cooler?! To die for!

I received tons of questions about these Lilly Pulitzer welcome bags, so I thought it would be fun to show you all the details. Everyone was so excited to open these up, and we ended up using our totes, towels and swell bottles all weekend and especially during our time at the beach Saturday! Feel free to click directly on a product to shop it.

Eight out of my twelve bridesmaids were able to make the trip, so before everyone arrived, my sister and I went around and placed name signs on each of the seven rooms (yes, seven!) so no one had to fret about finding a bed. Steele and I slept in the master, and it was the most beautiful room I think I’ve ever been in. Just look at this view I had one morning! And yes… that is a swinging daybed on the private porch. Can you even?!

Calling One in a Vermillion home for the weekend was a dream come true, and I can’t thank the Sanders Beach Rentals team enough for hosting us so generously! My girls and I are already dreaming of a reunion, and honestly, is it too soon to start planning? If you’re looking to head to Watercolor, be sure to check out their stunning homes here! These would be perfect destinations for multi-family trips, friend reunions and so much more. Again, don’t forget to use the code “BeachPlease” for 10% off your rental!

Now that we have set the stage for the weekend, I can’t to fill y’all in on all of the fun Lilly Pulitzer planned for us on Friday! See you tomorrow for more details! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by John Cain Photography

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my favorite place to shop for swimsuits

From the adorable, classic prints to the tastefully on-trend silhouettes, J.Crew is always the first destination I head to for swimsuits. Not only that, but the styles are always so timeless that I end up wearing them year after year.

TOP j.crew bikini top | BOTTOMS j.crew high waisted bikini bottoms | EARRINGS gold hoop earrings | SANDALS white sandals

Last week, I got my very first taste of salty air and sandy beaches, and my goodness did it feel amazing! Springtime is here, y’all, and with it all of the spring break fun in the sun that makes this my favorite season of the year!

It also means swimsuit shopping season is here, and today I am truly giddy to be partnering with J.Crew one of my absolute favorite brands, in sharing their incredible swim collection!

Just last weekend at my bachelorette party, my friends and I started talking about the always-arduous swimsuit hunt. I mean really, who enjoys the process?! We were sharing horrible swimsuit shopping stories, laughing/grimacing about the super high-cut style that’s so in right now, and quickly started talking about our love for the J.Crew swim line!

You can fact check me on this, y’all. My friend Julie literally exclaimed, “I swear, J.Crew is really the only place I shop for swimsuits anymore!” (She was wearing this bikini at the time.) Another friend, CA, jumped in with how much she appreciated the “long torso” options available in some of the one pieces. (She had on an adorable eyelet one-piece from last year.) We all agreed… J.Crew swim is the best.

And it is, don’t y’all agree?! From the adorable, classic prints to the tastefully on-trend silhouettes, J.Crew is always the first destination I head to for swimsuits. Not only that, but the styles are always so timeless that I end up wearing them year after year. Here are a few J.Crew swimsuits I own and love from past seasons!

This spring, they have so many adorable styles out! I had a hard time choosing just one for this post, but couldn’t say no to the beautiful blue hues in this tasteful two-piece. It was just made for the pristine cerulean views of Seaside, Florida, don’t you think?

Here are a few of my other favorites I’m loving at the moment!

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For those of you packing up for spring break or planning your summer getaway, start your swimsuit search here. Something tells me you’re going to find lots of fun favorites!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, J.Crew, for sponsoring this post!

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best bachelorette decor ideas

It’s hard to believe just this time last week, all of my girls and I were hanging out in Watercolor, Florida with Lilly Pulitzer! I just received all of the images back from my wedding photographer John, and Y’ALL. I just can’t wait to share all the fun with you…

It’s hard to believe just this time last week, all of my girls and I were hanging out in Watercolor, Florida with Lilly Pulitzer! I just received all of the images back from my wedding photographer John, and Y’ALL. I just can’t wait to share all the fun with you this coming week!

Adjusting back to the grind this week after such a fairytale weekend away proved to be quite the challenge, but some major wedding developments took place that have left me completely elated and exhausted now that we’ve reached Friday! Let’s just say I have some big news to share soon! EEK!

I’m currently typing this as I sip my afternoon cup of joe before packing up and heading off to one of my very best friend’s… wait for it… bachelorette weekend! Yes, you read that right, two bachelorettes in a row! Amanda, who you can read more about here, is an absolute ray of sunshine, and I absolutely can’t wait to celebrate her this weekend. It’s been so hard catching up these days while we both plan weddings in different cities, so needless to say I am thrilled for time with her and so many friends at the lake!

Since I seem to be smack in the middle of #BacheloretteSeason this week, I thought it would be fun to break from our typical roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web, and instead focus on some fun bachelorette party decoration ideas!

There are so many fun options these days (here is an entire boutique dedicated just to bachelorettes!) so I hope this collage gives you a fun bit of inspiration whether you’re planning a bachelorette party now or will sometime in the future! Let’s just say, between the Lilly Pulitzer team and my sweet bridesmaids, my bachelorette weekend was filled with so much fun. Just wait for the photos!

So without further ado, have fun checking out these cute items!

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ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE // SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT // NINE // TEN // ELEVEN // TWELVE // THIRTEEN // FOURTEEN // FIFTEEN // SIXTEEN // SEVENTEEN // EIGHTEEN // NINETEEN // TWENTY // TWENTY ONE

I’ve been a busy bee checking off some major items this week, so forgive me for being a bit absent on Instagram/IG Stories! It was one of those weeks, y’all, and I have a feeling the next few leading up to the wedding are going to be pretty similar. :) So thanks for hanging with me!

Can’t wait to be back next week with all the #KatesLastSplash details y’all have been asking for!

Love from Texas,

Kate

an all american ensemble

The dress I’m wearing in today’s post has already become an instant favorite of mine this season. Y’all know my love for classic, feminine pieces, and this little frock checks all the boxes… from the tailored-top to the accentuated waist all the way down to the billowy skirt. It’s crisp and clean, effortless and sweet all at once!

DRESS belted shirt dress (wearing size XS) | SHOES white sandals | BAG circle handle straw bag | EARRINGS pearl studs

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. April is my favorite month. And no, not just because of my birthday, promise! :)

Year after year, I’ve seen that April marks the true beginning of spring… the greens become greener, the air smells sweeter, and after the dreary dull of winter, everything seems fresh and new!

Another favorite part of April? Spring shopping! There’s nothing I love more than wearing easy, feminine dresses day-in and day-out, and the breezy, balmy weather April finally brings makes this a daily reality.

The dress I’m wearing in today’s post has already become an instant favorite of mine this season. Y’all know my love for classic, feminine pieces, and this little frock checks all the boxes… from the tailored-top to the accentuated waist all the way down to the billowy skirt. It’s crisp and clean, effortless and sweet all at once!

Happy spring shopping!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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