cold shoulder romper

I’m immediately imagining this as the perfect tailgate romper. It would look darling paired with cowboy boots for those of you in the south, and add your school colors by way of accessories to make it game-day ready. You can always switch things up by pairing it with sandals for an easy Saturday around town, or statement earrings and wedges for a night out. So many options!

 

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ROMPER   strappy cold shoulder romper (runs a bit small)   |   BAG   soludos woven pom pom bag   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   BRACELET   david yurman cable bracelet   |   EARRINGS   thin gold hoop earrings

The older I get, the more often I find myself automatically reaching for white pieces. Y’all know I love bringing lots of color into my wardrobe, but there’s something about the clean, elegant feeling and varied versatility white provides that make it such a practical, lovely choice.

Take this cold shoulder romper, for example. I’m immediately imagining it as the perfect tailgate romper. It would look darling paired with cowboy boots for those of you in the south, and add your school colors by way of accessories to make it game-day ready. You can always switch things up by pairing it with sandals for an easy saturday around town, or statement earrings and wedges for a night out. So many options!

I also thought I’d mention that I’m wearing this romper completely wrong… ha! As I was putting the final touches on this post, I realized the model in the product shot is wearing this romper with the straps crossed in front of her neck. Such a cute look, and one that gives you two different outfits out of this one piece! I can’t wait to wear it like that next!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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college dorm decor ideas

Coming up with a look and coordinating with my roommate to create a space perfect for recharging in the business of college life was always one of the highlights of my summer. That’s why I’m so excited to parter with Walmart.com to bring you some back-to-school decor ideas you’re going to love!

 1. pink tufted headboard // 2. blush lamp // 3. woven stackable drawer set // 4. keurig coffee maker // 5. gold monogrammed pillow // 6. sweet sayings book // 7. paper lantern string lights // 8. gold side table // 9. faux sheepskin rug // 10. pink fountain pen // 11. pom pom pillow // 12. marble mirror // 13. faux antler mount // 14. grey patterned rug // 15. woven sea grass baskets   // 16.pink rug

Now that we’re into our second week of August, back to school season is officially in full-swing! Even though I’ve been graduated for a couple of years now, I still love the anticipation, hustle and bustle of this time of year as school supplies are selected, cars are packed and everyone heads into a new fall!

For many of you, I know this fall takes you to your home away from home, college! And let me tell you what… as a girl who loves change, I miss decorating a new space year after year. Coming up with a look and coordinating with my roommate to create a space perfect for recharging in the business of college life was always one of the highlights of my summer. That’s why I’m so excited to parter with Walmart.com to bring you some back-to-school decor ideas you’re going to love!

If there’s one thing I remember about the dorm-decorating experience, it’s that finding pieces that aligned with my style and budget was often a challenge. That’s why I was blown away by Walmart.com’s selection. They not only have tons of great decor for every look, but prices that make achieving your dream dorm doable! Say that five times fast.

Take this gold monogrammed pillow, for example. It adds a lovely, personal touch to any space for just $15.95! Since covering walls with cute decor makes even the most austere dorm room feel lived-in and warm, try adding this $15.70 marble mirror to create the illusion of more space or these faux antler mount for added character. (Speaking of hanging things, command strips are going to become your new best friend since universities usually don’t allow nails in the wall.)

Whatever your style, I think you’re going to be happily surprised by Walmart.com‘s selection. And while you’re packing everything up, want to squeeze me into a suitcase? Oh, college. #MissIt

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Walmart.com, for sponsoring this post!

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latest & greatest vol. 32

Friends… so many great things happening today. First off, it’s Friday! Can I get an amen?! Next up, we have a new Latest & Greatest roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web! It’s been a few weeks, but one of my favorite blog series is back with some cute new thing this week! And finally…

Friends… so many great things happening today. First off, it’s Friday! Can I get an amen?! Next up, we have a new Latest & Greatest roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web! It’s been a few weeks, but one of my favorite blog series is back with some cute new thing this week! And finally… the 10x Nordstrom notes from the first day of the sale have arrived! Just log into your Nordstrom account and click on “rewards information,” you’ll see how much fun you get to spend! (Keep in mind the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends on Sunday, so use those rewards on something you’ve had your eye on!)!

Now onto today’s roundup. Are you loving the pink and tan theme as much as I am? I can’t wait to get this blazer in the mail, and I officially want to order everything from this Etsy store! And a quick word on these Hermes dupes… I have been wearing mine non-stop for three weeks straight! If you want to see more about my experience with SheIn, feel free to check out this video.

This is so wild when I sit down to think about it, but I am so excited to finally be in Dallas this weekend for the first time all summer. I have no idea how it even happened that I was out of town every weekend, but needless to say I am ready for some downtime. So looking forward to sleeping in, checking some long-overdue errands off my list, and getting together with much-missed friends on Saturday night. What do y’all have planned?

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. I have such a fun Instagram giveaway going live later today! It just might be featuring something from this post I’ve started using and have become obsessed with. Can’t wait for y’all to see!

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Dresses   Mi Golondrina Embroidered Dress   //   Top   Mi Golondrina Arroyo de Flores Embroidered Top It’s one thing to love the look of a piece of clothing… to love the company behind it is another altogether. And friends, I’m positive that if you haven’t already, you are going to fall…

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Dresses   Mi Golondrina Embroidered Dress   //   Top   Mi Golondrina Arroyo de Flores Embroidered Top

It’s one thing to love the look of a piece of clothing… to love the company behind it is another altogether. And friends, I’m positive that if you haven’t already, you are going to fall in love with a line I am so thrilled to share with you today… Mi Golondrina!

If you’ve visited Dallas, you may have spotted one or two Mi Golondrina pieces around town, as these gorgeously embroidered tops and dresses have become a must-have in well-curated closets across the city. Their vibrant colors and gorgeous quality are so eye-catching, in fact, that I vividly remember the first time I saw one!

I was interning the summer before my senior year of college, and Alison, who sat across from me, had on a top that looked just like the one I’m wearing today. I was immediately smitten, and have dreamed of owning one ever since!

That dream came true not just for me, but for my mom and sister as well when we visited the Mi Golondrina showroom before our family trip to Seaside! Our hearts were set on bringing these beauties to the beach, and let me tell you… the process of picking out our tops and dresses was just as fun as wearing them! The kaleidoscope of color and fabric combinations was truly jaw-dropping. We were like kids in a candy store!

After weaving through gorgeous frock after gorgeous frock, we each finally found one we simply couldn’t leave without. The fun thing about Mi Golondrina is the artisans from Mexico send these dresses full-length, and they are then cut into different lengths and sewn into different sizes. I knew I wanted a top (I’m telling you, I’ve had my eye on one for four years!), but my mom and sister were undecided. The fabulous Mi Golondrina staff played with different hem lengths until they both found the perfect fit – tea length for my mom, and a mini dress for my sister!

Let me just speak to the quality of these garments, friends. Each dress is hand stitched, and takes at least a month to complete. Doesn’t that blow your mind? I’m telling you, you can see it the second you lay eyes on a Mi Golondrina top or dress. (They offer beautiful home goods as well!) These are pieces you’ll own for a lifetime.

Another thing I love about Mi Golondrina is that the line is truly multi-generational. It is so rare to find a line that both mom and daughter love and wear. If you could only see the darling bloomer sets they have for babies!

I’ve had this top for all of two weeks now, and can’t even tell you how many times I’ve already worn it. I have a feeling that this is the start of a life-long collection! I wish each of you could visit the showroom to see these beauties up close and in person. The next time you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous gift (for another or yourself!) you know where to go!

Thank you for these gorgeous pieces, Mi Golondrina! We will cherish them always!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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blue ruffle dress // 40% off

Do you remember seeing this dress in my Instagram Story Try On Haul from a few weeks back? I explained how I didn’t love the sleeves as “cold shoulder,” and instead wore them underneath my arms. (Ha!) I ended up getting so much feedback about y’all loved the dress that I was thrilled to see it go on sale for 40% off, making it right under $50!

DRESS   blue ruffle dress (wearing sleeves under arms, on sale!)   |   BAG    kate spade cedar street lane   |   SHOES    white platform wedges   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman cable bracelet

Do you remember seeing this dress in my Instagram Story Try On Haul from a few weeks back? I explained how I didn’t love the sleeves as “cold shoulder,” and instead wore them underneath my arms. (Ha!) I ended up getting so much feedback about y’all loved the dress that I was thrilled to see it go on sale for 40% off, making it right under $50!

Nothing beats a great deal, in my opinion! Especially when it’s still in stock in Small, Medium and Large! (Quick sizing tip – I ordered an XS initially, but it ended up being too tight across my chest which never happens! I ended up returning for a S.)

I absolutely adore the sweet femininity of this dress. From the waisted silhouette to the powder blue color and the delicate ruffles at the sleeve, it’s perfectly pretty through and through. Plus, I think it would be perfect for sorority recruitment as it’s also extremely light. (A must for running around in the summer heat!)

Ok y’all, before signing off I wanted to share that I spent about half an hour last night filling out my PowerSheets for the month of August. I’ll be the first to admit that I hardly ever get the chance to sit down at the beginning of each month and intentionally focus on mapping out my personal goals for the ensuing weeks. But friends… it was wonderful. In every single way.

I’m such a go-go-go person that making myself be still and think through priorities takes a good deal of effort, but now that I have, I feel so refreshed and excited for the month ahead! One of the questions asks you to think about your one word or goal for the month, and mine is to savor this season. This month, I’m choosing to enjoy and savor exactly where the Lord has put me instead of wishing time away or becoming too busy to look around. Do any of y’all do PowerSheets? If so, I’d love to know your word or goal for August!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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fall trend preview

In honor of the first day of August rolling in (I’m sorry, where did summer go?!) I thought it would be fun to put together a little fall trend preview outfit! Oh the irony of writing this post while it’s a smoldering 90 degrees outside… what we do for fashion! ;) While I fully intend on ringing every last bit of summer out of August, I’d be lying if I said the allure of cool, fall mornings hasn’t already been getting to me. Something tells me that I’m not the only southern girl feeling this way!

CARDIGAN   cozy oversized cardigan (sold out, similar here)   |    TOP   soft thermal long sleeve top   |   SHOES    hinge barris block heel bootie   |   BAG    blush tory burch bag    |   GLASSES    durand warby parker glasses

In honor of the first day of August rolling in (I’m sorry, where did summer go?!) I thought it would be fun to put together a little fall trend preview outfit! Oh the irony of writing this post while it’s a smoldering 90 degrees outside… what we do for fashion! ;) While I fully intend on ringing every last bit of summer out of August, I’d be lying if I said the allure of cool, fall mornings hasn’t already been getting to me. Something tells me that I’m not the only southern girl feeling this way!

One thing I love about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the peek it gives us into fall and winter fashion, and there were a few recurring trends I saw scattered throughout!

  • Blush // If there is one stand-out shade for fall fashion, it’s blush! From cozy cardigans to handbags and shoes, this feminine hue softly brightens up the darker colors more commonly associated with winter. Pair with whites and creams for a delicate, light look, or incorporate into navys and hunter greens for a pop of pretty. This is one color you can buy now and wear all year long.

  • Bell Sleeves // We saw bell sleeves pop up this spring, and it’s safe to say they aren’t going anywhere this winter! From casual sweaters to cocktail dresses, this flourish adds a bit of fun to any ensemble. For maximum wearability, make sure the sleeves don’t hit past your wrist. If you’re petite like me, a quick (and inexpensive) trip to the tailor quickly solves bell sleeves that are too long!

  • Suede // Something about suede feels so cozy to me, and I’m thrilled to see its being incorporated all over the place this fall. The material makes for a soft, refined alternative to classic leather. You’ll find it used for boots, jackets, skirts and handbags alike!

  • Long Cardigans // All you ladies who love to layer, time to get excited! The long cardigan is sure to be a closet staple of girls everywhere this fall and winter. I already scooped up a couple from the sale, and have had so much fun mixing and matching them to create different looks. I recommend buying both a dark color (think black or navy) and a light (blush or oatmeal) for maximum versatility this coming season.

  • Big Bags // While the classic cross body isn’t going anywhere, the star of this fall’s show is the big bag! Think hobos, satchels and totes… anything that makes a statement. Since I’m a chronic pack rat, I’m already excited at all the room this style gives!

Needless to say, with so many fun trends on the horizon I can’t wait to see where my wardrobe takes me this fall. Don’t forget, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends on Sunday, August 6th, and prices will go up at its close. Also, word on the street is that restocks are going live today, so if you’ve been pining away for a sold-out item, it’s worth re-checking to see if it’s back!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

 

 

 

 

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