one sweater, three ways

Out of the many reasons why I love fall fashion, the ability to mix and match neutral pieces to create fresh yet timeless looks is one of my very favorites!

Out of the many reasons why I love fall fashion, the ability to mix and match neutral pieces to create fresh yet timeless looks is one of my very favorites!

Over time, I’ve learned that when it’s all said and done, you really only need a few staple pieces to create an effortlessly elegant autumn wardrobe. A perfectly-fitting pair of jeans. Some beautiful boots. A classic, versatile bag. And the piece I’m so excited to share with you today… a cozy, classic sweater!

One of my go-to destinations for fall fashion has always been and will always be Nordstrom. They always have a fabulous selection of on-trend pieces in their Topshop & Trend department, and with free shipping & free returns, I never have to worry about fit! (Especially now that I don’t live near a storefront.)

This Topshop sweater is one of my favorite finds thus far, and I’m excited to share three different ways to style it in partnership with Nordstrom today. (Heads up, I’m wearing a size Small Petite, which is my normal size in petite!) Check them out, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite below!

 

easy everyday

 

SWEATER (wearing size small petite) | JEANS | SHOES | BAG (same style but similar color linked) | EARRINGS (sold out, similar look here)

 

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It doesn’t get more effortless than throwing on a cozy sweater with a pair of jeans, some leopard flats, and running out the door to take on the day!

This sweater is unbelievably soft (I can’t stand anything scratchy!) and has a perfect fit. The cropped silhouette makes it easy to tuck into high waisted jeans (this pair is unbelievably flattering!) without looking too bulky!

 

out and about

 

SWEATER (wearing size small petite) | JEANS | BOOTS | BAG | HEADBAND (sold out, similar style linked) | EARRINGS (sold out, similar look here)

 

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Who says you can’t look sassy in a sweater? Dress this piece up with some fabulous suede boots, a chic little black bag and my favorite seasonal accessory, a velvet headband, for a look Blair Waldorf would approve of.

Tucking not your thing? This sweater looks adorably untucked as well!

 

prim and proper

 

SWEATER (wearing size small petite) | SKIRT | SHOES | BAG | EARRINGS (sold out, similar look here)

 

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A great cream sweater works well in any context, including more professional settings. With a sweet little skirt and some suede pumps, take this ensemble straight from the office to happy hour!

To dress this ensemble down, swap out the heels for a pair of booties or riding boots. (This pair I’ve been eyeing is on sale!)

A great sweater can take you through all of fall. The cropped style is so in the season, and I’m loving how easy and non-clunky it makes styling! This one is selling out quickly, but here are a few other amazing cropped sweaters I’m loving as well:

 

Now, I’d love to know… which fall look is your favorite?!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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shopbop sale // best dressed

One of my favorite sales of the season is here… the Shopbop Sale! It rolls around about twice every year, and each time I use it to pick up a few high-priced items (think boots, bags and jeans) to take me all season long.

One of my favorite sales of the season is here… the Shopbop Sale! It rolls around about twice every year, and each time I use it to pick up a few high-priced items (think boots, bags and jeans) to take me all season long.

Another thing I take advantage? The amazing selection of beautiful cocktail dresses! Whether you have a homecoming, formal, function, rehearsal dinner, gala or wedding coming up, there are so many beautiful dresses included in this sale. After combing through every page, I’ve rounded up my very favorites below!

Use the code STOCKUP19 for 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off orders over $500!

Now, I hope you enjoy this roundup of my favorite cocktail dresses. Click directly on an image to shop!

 

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Here are a few favorites of mine!

 

 

long dresses

 

 

So many fabulous finds, right? I’ve been so busy today that I haven’t had the chance to fill up my cart. I plan on “stocking up” tomorrow, and can’t wait to share what I find!

Shop the full sale here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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my everyday planner + discount code!

One of the most frequent questions I get is where on earth my planner is from. If you haven’t been introduced to Sweet Caroline Designs, y’all, you’re in for quite the treat!

One of the most frequent questions I get is where on earth my planner is from. If you haven’t been introduced to Sweet Caroline Designs, y’all, you’re in for quite the treat!

I love a large, clean, organized planner. Even though they can be so cute, I don’t need itemized lists, quotes, or any “extras.” Over time, I’ve learned those additions can quickly overwhelm when looking at a busy week!

That’s why I became an instant fan when I came across the large Sweet Caroline Designs 17 month planner. (There’s also a smaller size if you don’t carry a Mary Poppins bag like I do!)

The size is perfect for all of my checklists, notes and lists. The layout is clean and simple. The note pages are plentiful. And perhaps best of all, the monthly designs are so adorable, cheerful and southern. Honestly, what’s not to love?!

Whenever I use it, it puts a smile on my face. Any way to add a bit of joy into my day is an automatic win – this planner does just that!

So scroll below to see the planner I picked out for this year, along with an amazing discount code just for Lonestar Southern followers!

TOP | EARRINGS | JEANS | SHOES (chanel, similar linked)

 

Let’s take a look inside, shall we?! Here are a few of my favorite features. Not pictured is the pocket attached to the inside cover. I put so many pamphlets, business cards and receipts in there!

monthly view // weekly view

 

Each month is equipped with one full calendar, and then weekly segments divided into two pages. I love how clean and easy to navigate it is. I draw a line through each day on the monthly overview, and draw my own checkboxes to cross off as I complete daily tasks.

 

favorite months

 

Whenever I get a new Sweet Caroline Designs planner, I immediately flip through the monthly art. Each of the designs is adorable. (My favorite, the blue chinoiserie collage, is on my birthday month. Yippee!) Once I move on to a new planner, I cut these out and use them on bulletin boards and such.

 

sticker page

 

Oh yes I DID just say sticker page! And are these not to die for?! The only problem is they’re so cute that I hate to actually use them! Goal for this next month… actually use some stickers! :)

I’m head over heels for the Sweet Caroline Designs planner, and am so happy to share this little piece of my day with you! That’s not the only thing I’m sharing today… how does a DISCOUNT CODE and GIVEAWAY sound?!

 

discount code

 

use KATE10 for an extra 10% off planners

The best news is that the planners are currently 30% off… so you’ll get an extra 10% off with this code! This yearly planner started in August, so you haven’t missed much, especially considering it goes until December of 2020!

 

giveaway

 

Be sure to check my Instagram Story later this afternoon for a fun giveaway. I’ll be sending one of you a large Sweet Caroline Designs planner in pink gingham, just like the one I use and love!

Now I’d love to know what your favorite planner is for tackling each week!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

five favorite things // my stay at the hilton sandestin

Just a few weeks ago, I got my final fill of summer sunshine in on a quick trip to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The team was kind enough to invite me to the beautiful property, and since it’s only a 4 hour drive from Gainesville, I hit the road for a few days of sun and sand!

Just a few weeks ago, I got my final fill of summer sunshine in on a quick trip to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The team was kind enough to invite me to the beautiful property, and since it’s only a 4 hour drive from Gainesville, I hit the road for a few days of sun and sand!

Today, I thought it would be fun to walk you through my five favorite parts of the miniature vacation. So many of y’all sent in comments about your love for the property, and I quickly understood why!

 

1. my spacious, modern room

 

I felt completely spoiled in a King Bed Beachview room. Not only was it so incredibly spacious and well-decorated (my favorite hotel aesthetic, and something rare to come by in beachfront hotels) but there was also an adorable set of bunk beds near the front of the room. If Andrew had been with me, I’m 100% confident he would have insisted on sleeping in them. Plenty of space for a family!

 

2. beachfront activities

 

One of the wonderful things about the Hilton Sandestin is that it has its own private beachfront. They do a great job of offering lots of different ways to enjoy it, and here are a few of my favorites:

Umbrella Rentals

The bright yellow umbrellas put such a smile on my face and are available to rent. My insider tip? Call the hotel right when you make your reservations and ask to reserve a spot on the front row. They’re given first-come-first-serve, and are a game-changer especially during busy seasons!

BIKINI TOP | SUNGLASSES | SARONG

SUNGLASSES

Beach Bonfire

One of my favorite moments of the trip was the nighttime beach bonfire. The Hilton Sandestin team set up an amazing fire complete with music and smores. We spent a few hours out there snacking, chatting and taking in the beautiful night. This would be such a great idea for a group of families or friends to do together!

Fitness Class

The first morning of our trip, I got up early for a fitness class on the beach. To be honest, I was not really looking forward to the 6am wakeup call, but ended up having the best morning. The fitness instructor took us on a long walk along the beach where we alternated between squats, lunges, arm circles and a few other low-impact exercises. It was such a pleasant way to wake up and get some movement in while enjoying the view and the cool morning!

TOP (sold out) | LEGGINGS (sold out)

 

3. delicious dining

 

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on 30A, specifically over in the Seaside/Watercolor area, and meals are always a highlight for me. :) This was my first time in Sandestin, and I was really impressed with the fact with how expansive the dining options were at the Hilton Sandestin.

The breakfast buffet at Sandcastles was huge, and I was pleasantly surprised by the Hadashi Sushi Bar near the lobby of the hotel! My very favorite meal, however, was our final dinner at Seagar’s. Oh my goodness. It had a gorgeous, dark and romantic atmosphere complete with a pianist and wine room. If you have ever been to Houston’s, that’s the vibe it gave me!

DRESS | SHOES | HEADBAND | CLUTCH (sold out) | HOOP EARRINGS

DRESS | SHOES | HEADBAND | CLUTCH (sold out) | HOOP EARRINGS

 

4. spa day!

 

I absolutely loved my experience at the Serenity by the Sea Spa. What a treat! In all the times I’ve visited the beach, it’s been rare to have a gorgeous spa within walking distance! I got to my appointment about a half-hour early to enjoy the whirlpool before my amazing massage. When my masseuse asked how it was, I responded “life-changing”… so I think that’s a good sign! :)

 

5. shopping

 

Needing a break from the sun, we decided to head over to the Grand Boulevard for lunch, shopping and a stop at the Shard Shop! What a fun way to spend the afternoon. I can’t recommend Vintij, our lunch spot, enough! Such a darling ambiance along with some amazing, beautiful dishes. I had so much fun getting my creative juices flowing by making a rendition of our wedding monogram at the Shard Shop. This adorable area is just a few minutes drive from the Hilton Sandestin!

DRESS | WEDGES | HEADBAND | BAG (sold out)

All in all, it was a wonderful few days away soaking up the tail end of summer at the Hilton Sandestin! If I could change one thing, it would be that Andrew had been there to experience it with me. I know he would have loved it!

Here are a few other photos and outfit details from the trip.

DRESS | WEDGES | HEADBAND | CLUTCH (sold out)

COVER UP | SHOES

DRESS (almost sold out) | WEDGES | EARRINGS

DRESS | WEDGES | HEADBAND | CLUTCH (sold out)

On this first day of fall, I’m so happy I was able to round out a busy, exciting, beautiful summer at the Hilton Sandestin. Let me know if it’s a spot you love as well!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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my fall uniform (and fave $17 sneakers!)

One question I’ve been getting lately is how I’m planning on changing my style and wardrobe to adapt to Florida heat. Fall is one of my favorite seasons to dress for, and while I wish I could be cozied up under scarves and sweaters galore, I still want to be able to translate that mood in the rather, ahem, warm climate we have for most of the year down here.

SHOES white sneakers with leopard stripe | TOTE black tote | JEANS dark skinny jeans | SUNGLASSES le specs “together again” sunglasses | TEE white tee | CARDIGAN camel cropped cardigan

Happy Sunday, friends! It’s rare I jump on Lonestar Southern over the weekend, but I’m sitting in the airport on my way home from Austin, TX, and had a look I just couldn’t wai to share!

One question I’ve been getting lately is how I’m planning on changing my style and wardrobe to adapt to Florida heat. Fall is one of my favorite seasons to dress for, and while I wish I could be cozied up under scarves and sweaters galore, I still want to be able to translate that mood in the rather, ahem, warm climate we have for most of the year down here.

My solution? Wearing classic fall colors and silhouettes in lightweight layers, and adding a pop of something seasonally on-trend that doesn’t have me breaking out into a sweat or breaking the bank. Exhibit A: Adorable sneakers with a dash of leopard (that are under $20!!!) paired with dark wash jeans and a loosely draped cardigan for a layered up look. Today. I’m so excited to share this affordable ensemble that does just that in partnership with Walmart!

Classic pieces don’t have to break the bank, as proven by these budget-friendly fall finds from the Walmart trend section. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this curated selection of on-trend pieces. Let’s just say, the leopard assortment is spot on! (Pun intended.)

That’s where I found the star of today’s show… these adorable leopard sneakers that are under $20! I kid you not, I am in love with these and can’t shut up about them. They are so comfortable and look so expensive. Best yet, they give any ensemble a subtle taste of fall without being overwhelming. I’m not the only one in love… check out the reviews here!

I’m also obsessed with these sunglasses that I mentioned in Friday’s post. So chic, right? And also a great buy at under $50!

I have a feeling I’ll be wearing variations of this fall uniform all season long. It’s such a great, classic look you can play around with! Switch up the color of the tee and cardigan for a fresh feel, or try pairing these sneakers with a cute little dress. (The combination of the two is a look I’m loving lately!)

Either way, run, don’t walk to grab these sneakers from Walmart. I’m about to order a second pair just to have on hand!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Walmart, for sponsoring this post.

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a few friday favorites

Hello from one of my favorite college coffee shops in Austin, Texas, friends! This week has been a whirlwind. From the amazing Boston adventure with Vineyard Vines, the 2 hour car ride to and from the Jacksonville Airport (let’s just say the Gainesville airport isn’t the most robust I’ve seen) to sprinting through the DFW airport to catch my connection this morning, it has been nonstop action. Finally sitting down with an iced latte and a few hours ahead to knock out work feels amazing. And I’m so excited to celebrate my bestie, Kelly, at her bachelorette party this weekend. TGIF, am I right?!

Hello from one of my favorite college coffee shops in Austin, Texas, friends! This week has been a whirlwind. From the amazing Boston adventure with Vineyard Vines team, the 2 hour car ride to and from the Jacksonville Airport (let’s just say the Gainesville airport isn’t the most robust I’ve seen) to sprinting through the DFW airport to catch my connection this morning, it has been nonstop action. Finally sitting down with an iced latte and a few hours ahead to knock out work feels amazing. And I’m so excited to celebrate my bestie, Kelly, at her bachelorette party this weekend. TGIF, am I right?!

While I haven’t been here on LonestarSouthern.com as much as I would have liked, I have been all over IG stories lately! So if you haven’t yet, you can head to my Instagram account to get a peek at this week’s festivities.

But without further ado, let’s kick off another Friday Favorites post. Excited for you to see what I’ve been loving lately!

 

 

 

friday favorites

 

MY NEW STUNNA SHADES

In my last Friday Favorites, I mentioned eyeing a new pair of sunglasses. While I didn’t end up buying that exact pair, I did pull the trigger on this fab pair! It’s always a gamble ordering sunglasses online, but y’all, I’m thrilled with these. (Apparently y’all are too, considering the amount of DMs I got about them!) They’re oversized without being bug-eye-esque and incredibly chic without the designer price tag… under $50, y’all! Super tempted to order the tortoiseshell style next!

BEST SOUP WHEN FEELING SICKLY

With my crazy travel schedule and Andrew’s crazy work schedule, the two of us were feeling pretty puny last night! I decided to make this Instant Pot chicken and rice soup… and it was heaven. The only change I made was using Trader Joe’s organic brown rice, which I made in the microwave then poured the soup over. It was seriously the easiest thing, and I know I’ll be making it lots and lots this season!

BRIGHT PINK

This week, I was introduced to an amazing organization focused on breast and ovarian cancer awareness and action, Bright Pink! I was so touched and inspired as I heard about the vision of this movement. They have an amazing Assessment Risk quiz every woman should take here!

FALL COLLECTION FROM A FAVORITE DESIGNER

I have loved Alexia Maria for years now… her designs are utterly classic, fabulously feminine, and usually incorporate a bow. Swoon! I actually wore one of her creations for our engagement photos, and safe to say it’s one of my favorite pieces in my closet. She just released her Fall/Winter 2019 line, and the styles are absolutely breathtaking! I’ll just be over here dreaming up fantasies of wearing every single gown sometime this season. This one, in particular, has my heart! (Brides, it comes in white!)

IPHONE UPGRADE

Ok y’all… today’s the day! Did anyone pre-order the new iPhone 11? I’m not one to ever have the latest from apple, but my phone has been on the fritz as of late so I decided to go for the upgrade. Unfortunately, the delivery requires a signature, so I probably won’t have it in my hands until early next week! But I’m already so excited about it. I ordered this case (in pink sand) for it until Loopy comes out with a iPhone11 Pro Max size. It’s what I used to have and absolutely loved!

RUN, RUN, RUN

If you’ve been following along with my recent wedding and move to Gainesville, Florida, you’ve most likely been hearing about my new workout regime woes! I have yet to settle into something I really love… and loving the workout is my key to success. I decided to try out the Studio App, and have to say… it was great! I hate running but loved the 30minute interval run I did. Not sure if this will become my official go-to, but definitely worth checking out!

UPCOMING TRAVEL PLANS

After a week of go, go, go, it seems only fitting to share a crazy exciting update I have for y’all. I’m officially off to Paris in two short weeks!!! AHH! In what just may be the most squeal-inducing email I have ever received, the Adventures by Disney team invited me to join them for a Seine River Cruise. Did I lose my mind from excitement? Yes. Have I been counting down the days ever since? Also yes. My precious friend Caroline will be coming along, and we are both giddy to experience France in the fall. Now I need to start strategizing how I’m going to pack everything up in one suitcase! Help!

 

this weeks dms

 

“How is American Royals? It’s in my library queue and I’m excited!”

I’m about eight chapters into American Royals, and honestly, it could be the worst book in the world (it’s not!) and I’d still probably love it. :) The setting? Modern-day America… but with royalty. How has this not been written sooner?! How am I liking it so far? It has a very young adult feel to it, but let’s be real, that’s my guilty pleasure! Lots of interesting characters and I’m excited to see the plot unfold. So I’m loving it so far, and I’ll update y’all when I’m finished!

“Do you have a code for Loopy case?!”

Yes! Use the code “Lonestar10” for 10% off my favorite case ever.

“What were the protein bars that you recommended”

I’m obsessed with Power Crunch Peanut Butter Fudge bars! I buy them in bulk. It’s a full-blown addiction.

“This is so random, but what brand is that t-shirt Andrew got you from the hospital?? With the dog on it!”

It’s a brand called Puppie Love! :)

“Can you link your folk playlist?”

I actually don’t have a specific folk playlist Although I do have a great “slow country harmony” playlist that has some folk on it. My favorite folk-esque artists are Allison Kraus, Sarah Jarosz, Nickle Creek, and Peter Bradley Adams!

“Where is your bedding from?! Dying over it in all your stories!”

I was going to keep all of our room details a secret until the final reveal, but so many of y’all are dying for bedding details! So, drumroll, please… Andrew and I have the Suzanne Kasler Greek Key Bedding in Sky and it makes me happy every time I see it!

Alright, friends, that’s all for now! I’m off to try a new fried chicken finger spot for lunch, and I’m starving so this should be fun. Wishing everyone a safe, fun weekend!

Love from Texas(!!!),

Kate

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