faux fur cape

One of my very favorite things about the Christmas season is its way of bringing people together… whether it’s  friends from work, family members from across the nation or your own next door neighbors, I love seeing people gather.

VEST   faux fur cape   |   SHOES   glitter heel pumps   |   EARRINGS   bauble clip on earrings   |   CLUTCH   phone charging glitter clutch   |   TOP   black camisole   |   JEANS   high rise skinny jeans

The first of December has finally arrived, and with it, the influx of party invitations and holiday celebrations! One of my very favorite things about the Christmas season is its way of bringing people together… whether it’s  friends from work, family members from across the nation or your own next door neighbors, I love seeing people gather. There’s a sense of togetherness you really don’t find at any other time, and I love it oh so much!

Today, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Banana Republic in celebrating this season with a few of their gorgeous holiday pieces! No matter what type of soireé you’re headed to, whether it be a corporate Christmas party or a festive dinner with friends, their fun, versatile selection will ensure you’re dressed to the nines.

I personally love adding festive touches to any outfit I wear during the holiday season, and so many fun glitter accents, faux fur pieces, and pearl embellishments at Banana Republic. Take this faux fur cape, for example. It’s perfect for adding a bit of winter glam to your look even if you live in a warmer climate. (I wore this simple, versatile camisole underneath.)

Don’t forget the accessories! These glitter pumps are not just cute, but comfortable enough to dance the night away in, and you’ll always be at 100% with this phone-charging clutch.

No matter what your schedule looks like these next few weeks as we dive into the holiday season, I hope it includes lots of time with friends, family and those you love. I am so excited I get to celebrate with y’all here on Lonestar Southern!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

Thank you, Banana Republic, for sponsoring this post.

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packing for the greenbrier

Good morning, friends! Anyone wake up at 4 am? That was me, y’all. I’m catching a 7 am flight to Roanoke, Virginia and am thrilled to reveal that I’m headed to The Greenbrier for a long weekend of Christmas cheer with Caroline and Elisabeth! I’m sharing a few of the outfits I’ve packed…

Good morning, friends! Anyone wake up at 4 am? That was me, y’all. I’m catching a 7 am flight to Roanoke, Virginia and am thrilled to reveal that I’m headed to The Greenbrier for a long weekend of Christmas cheer with Caroline and Elisabeth!

I’m sharing a few of the outfits I’ve packed up on my Insta Story, so stop what you’re doing, take out your phone and pull up my Instagram (@LonestarSouthern) for a sneak peek at the looks you’ll be seeing this weekend! I’ve linked everything featured in the story below, so feel free to click away if something caught your eye!

I am thrilled for this weekend, and can’t wait to take y’all along for all of the fun!

P.S. I’ve got a new gift guide coming your way tomorrow, featuring one of my favorite brands that has something for everyone on your list! In the meantime, check out the $25 and under gift guide I posted a couple of weeks ago! Just click on the images to shop!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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coffee date no. 20

We’re back on a Coffee Date roll, y’all… it’s only been two months since my last, not eight, and needless to say, I am so excited to share the latest of what’s been going on in my life! If this is your first time visiting a Coffee Date post, let…

We’re back on a Coffee Date roll, y’all… it’s only been two months since my last, not eight, and needless to say, I am so excited to share the latest of what’s been going on in my life!

If this is your first time visiting a Coffee Date post, let me fill you in on why they’re a little different from the run-of-the-mill around here. While I love putting together fun outfit posts for y’all, can we agree there is so much more to life than clothes?

These “coffee dates” are where I take a second to fill you in on my personal life. The relationships I’ve made with y’all through this blog mean more to me than anything… and how can you be friends without knowing what’s going on in someone’s life? I hope these serve as a “Hey, this is what’s going on. This is the real me. Let’s chat and catch up.” )If you want, you can find my whole Coffee Date collection here.)

Let’s get started, shall we? Scroll to find details on my recent Instagrams. You’ll find my recap, along with personal photos from the past two months, at the bottom of this page!

grey wrap (similar HERE) // grey scallop skirt (similar HERE) // suede boots // white tee (old LOFT, similar linked)

embroidered romper (also available in black)

tan sweater // brown belt //  jeans // riding boots (similar HERE) // suede tory burch bag (on sale!) // pearl studs // sunglasses

plaid wrap // tan sweater // jeans // ballet flats (Chanel, similar less expensive linked) // tassel crossbody

tan sweater // ruffle skirt // ballet flats (Chanel, similar less expensive linked) // monogrammed tote

gingham off the shoulder top // jeans

plaid wrap // tan sweater // jeans // ballet flats (Chanel, similar less expensive linked) // tassel crossbody // david yurman bracelet

 

green quilted jacket // black leggings // heeled suede boots

red wrap dress ($15 in black HERE) // platform heels // pearl studs

bow button down shirt // red velvet skirt // gold ballet flats

maroon sweater dress // suede over the knee boots (old, similar linked) // earrings // hermes belt

pink coat // leopard flats (also available HERE) // white tassel scarf

neutral wrap ($45) // hermes belt // white shirt // jeans // suede heeled boots // earrings

white henley top // white tassel scarf // jeans // over the knee boots // monogrammed tote

flannel dress // suede pumps // pearl studs

sequin two-piece set // platform heels

tassel earrings // bell sleeve sweater // white sweater // axis tote bag // jeans // suede pumps

My last Coffee Date took place right before I left for a week in Washington, D.C. Let me start out by saying thank you to all of the incredible email and DM recommendations you sent in! I read and took notes on every single one. What a week y’all helped make for me!

Washington D.C. Trip

What took me to D.C.? I was there visiting my dear friend Virginia, who does incredible work for Starfish Project. I went to Asia with her last April, in fact! The unusual thing about this trip, and one thing that turned out to be so fun, was that she would work during the day and I’d head out and explore the city solo. We’d reconvene for a fun dinner and night of catching up over both of our days. It felt like I had a roommate again!

I’m not sure if you’ve had the opportunity to travel alone, but let me tell ya… it makes for some serious self-reflection/processing time. As I walked every inch of that city with no one but me, myself and I, I had the sweet, rare opportunity to really process where I was at and how I was doing in terms of life in general and, more specifically, my walk with the Lord. He challenged me, convicted me of areas in my life that didn’t line up with His calling, and reminded me and affirmed me of His love for me and plan for my life all at the same time.

Whew. Let me tell y’all… that was heavy. But I’m so thankful to have had that time to step away and be alone. I know the craziness of the holidays are upon us, but if you have the chance to carve out some alone time for yourself, whether it be a couple of hours or a whole weekend, I can’t encourage it enough! It was pretty transformative for me.

Now, onto the fun things I got to see and do in D.C. Can we talk about just how cool it is to walk up to the White House?! You bet I asked a random tourist to take a solo shot of me in front of it. (See below.) Not ashamed. I also signed up for a capitol tour from my congressman and loved geeking out over all of the trivia with the cute middle-aged couple I was with. (Just before that tour, I sat at District Taco… by myself, and stuffed my face with tacos… by myself, so needless to say I was so thankful to make friends for the tour! :)

I also loved wandering around the Georgetown neighborhood. Those houses, y’all… swoon! I made sure to stop into the Tuckernuck storefront, a store I’ve been shopping online for forever, and found it to be exquisite. I love their classic, pretty pieces, and walked away with a complete “Georgetown girl” outfit, seen here!

I also have to say that I was blown away by the incredible people I got to meet. So many young, bright, fun new friends have made that city their home! It was really special to step into that community for a week. If I ever moved out of Texas, I would love to live in D.C. for a bit.

Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend

It breaks my heart to share this, but a couple of weeks after returning back to Dallas, my family and I lost our favorite and much-loved furry friend, Rufus. He was the fuzziest, sweetest, happiest part of our lives and losing him to congestive heart failure was… well… just hard. Really, truly hard. And I know those of you who have lost a pet know exactly what I’m talking about. But we are thankful he left us so peacefully and painlessly, and can’t wait to see him in heaven one day!

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Once I got back into the swing of things, I scheduled a little something I’ve been putting off for years… wisdom teeth removal! Womp, womp. While the procedure itself was super easy and quick, I wasn’t expecting how long it would take me to bounce back. That ended up being the most challenging part of this month of November… the fact that I was out of commission for the first half of it!

Total transparency here… my cheeks were the size of two tennis balls and y’all… IM DOING THIS. I can’t believe it, but whatever. Here’s a photo. There are some things you just can’t filter away.

Anyone want the details on how to recreate this look? Let me know. :) (That utterly defeated smile… I actually can’t stop laughing.)

After a week of laying on the couch and not eating any real food, I started to feel pretty restless and anxious. Since I was only expecting to be down for the count for a couple of days, and not a couple of weeks, there were a lot of things I fell behind on.

Combatting the Busyness

That made jumping back into one of the busiest times of the year, work-wise and personal life-wise, quite the challenge. Between friendsgivings, Thankgivings, all of the sale madness this past weekend and prepping for the month ahead, I got to the point of running on fumes pretty quickly. I didn’t realize just how exhausted I was until I caught myself saying “I can’t wait for the holidays to be over” on the phone just the other day.

Um… HELLO. No, Kate. No.

I kid you not, as those words left my mouth I knew something needed to change. Because the second I let the “busyness” of the holidays overshadow the joy of the Christmas season, I am way, way off.

And this very morning, I realized the secret ingredient to not letting that busyness steal the joy of the season. I was supposed to meet up for a real-live coffee date with two friends at 7 am and instead, you know where this is going, I woke up at 7:10. After sending a frantic text that I wouldn’t make it, my sweet friend Emily responded with a strikingly simple sentence that hit me hard…

“You needed rest!!!”

Can I tell you how life-giving that reminder was? It’s true. I’ve needed rest. I’ve needed to press a pause button. To give myself grace for the moments I haven’t been able to do all that I felt I’ve needed to, and to slow down and enjoy this season rather than letting it overwhelm me.

But I didn’t realize I needed that rest and that grace until a friend pointed it out to me.

So here’s my question for you, friends. How are you doing this holiday season? How are you doing, doing. Are you giving yourself the rest you need? Are you giving yourself the grace you deserve?

There will be a million things telling you that you’re not doing enough or being enough or accomplishing enough. But you have one friend right here today telling you this simple truth… you already are. You Are. Enough.

If you’re like me and have a hard time believing that to be true of yourself, my challenge to you today is to pause. Give yourself the rest you don’t think you have time for because I guarantee you that you do.  There will always be a million excuses not to, but you know what I can promise? Life will go on. And you? You will be so much better off for it.

Go buy that Starbucks holiday drink and go on a walk around the prettiest neighborhood you can find. Or curl up on the couch and put on a Hallmark movie… and instead of checking your email inbox and finding other ways to do a million things at once, just watch. Light your favorite candle, put on your favorite worship song and spend thirty minutes journaling and pouring your heart out to the Lord. Replace one of the “to do list” things you feel like you have to do with something that brings you rest.

I know I know.. it goes against everything our millennial-multitasking minds tell us to do, and that’s the beauty of it.

Let’s fill this season with a bit more rest, ok?  That’s how I intend to round out this Christmas season!

I am so, so thankful that you, wherever you are, took the time to read this long-winded update, friend. I’m praying the past couple of months have been life-filled and encouraging for you, and that this Christmas season fills you with peace, hope, joy, and grace!

Before I sign off, here are a few personal photos from the past two months!

awkward solo shot in front of the white house

dinner with friends in washington, D.C.

the engagement of one of my best friends, julie!

my cute parents at my cousin’s wedding

skeet shooting with friends

meeting this cute reader, Caroline

reaching the 100 classes mark at Soulcycle

my sister getting her Aggie ring

Love from Texas,

Kate

best cyber monday sales // 2017

Today marks the final day of the best shopping weekend of the year… Cyber Monday is here, y’all! What I love about this day is that so many brands not only keep their deals from Black Friday, but some even enhance them! You’ll find an updated list to all of the sales below. If you see *** be sure to check the site again, as the sale has improved!

Today marks the final day of the best shopping weekend of the year… Cyber Monday is here, y’all! What I love about this day is that so many brands not only keep their deals from Black Friday, but some even enhance them! You’ll find an updated list to all of the sales below. If you see *** be sure to check the site again, as the sale has improved!

I also wanted to let you know that I found this beautiful mint coat debut last night in all sizea. You can get it for a total of 50% off until noon today, so click away, friends! Time is of the essence!

And don’t forget… my favorite bag line, Barrington Gifts, is offering discounts you won’t find at hardly any other time throughout the year. Get 10% off your order of over $150, 15% off your order of $250 and 25% off your order of $250. The St. Anne tote makes the best gift, take it from me!

***Anne Taylor // 50% off everything + FREE SHIPPING with code: BESTMONDAY

***Anthropologie // 30% off everything

ASOS // 30% off everything with code: epic30

BB Dakota // 50% off select black friday items (no code needed)

Banana Republic // 50% off everything (no code needed)

Barrington // 10% off $150 or more, 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $350 or more with code: Holiday

***Baublebar // 35% off everything with code: CYBER35

Bobbi Brown // 25% off everything + five free minis (no code needed)

Camilyn Beth // up to 30% off based on purchase amount

***Chicwish //15% off orders $70+ with code: CBM15

***Draper James // 25% off your purchase with code: MERRY

***Express // 50% off everything + free shipping

Free People // free shipping

***GAP // 50% off everything + free shipping with code: CYBER

***J.Crew // 40% off everything + ADDITIONAL 10% off purchase + free shipping with code: SHOPFAST (only until noon Monday)

Kate Spade // 30% off everything with code: GIVEJOY

Kelly Wynne // 20% off everything with code: BLACKFRIYAY20

Kendra Scott // 20% off everything with code: YELLOW20

Kiel James Patrick // 25% off everything with code: Setsail

Koolaburra // 25% off everything with code: KOOLASAVINGS

Lisi Lerch // 30% off everything + $5 shipping

LOFT // 50% off everything + free shipping with code: CLICK

Madewell // 25% off everything with code: DONTSTRESS

Marley Lilly // up to 70% off

***Mark & Graham // 20% off + free shipping with code: FRIENDS

Milly // 20% off $300+ with code: THANKFUL17

Moon & Lola // 30% off everything with code: ALLWEEKLONG

Neiman Marcus // $50 your regular $200 purchase with code THANKFUL

Nordstrom // extra 20% off select sale items

Old Navy // 40% off everything

Outdoor Voices // 20% off everything + free shipping

Parker NY // 30% off everything with code: CELEBRATE

Ray-Ban // 20% off everything

***Revolve // up to 65% off sale styles

Saint Bernard Sports // 15% off most items

Saks 5th Avenue //$75 gift card with $150+ purchase with code: BLKFRI17

***Sam Edelman // 30% off markdown styles + free expedited shipping with code: CYBERSALE

Shopbop // 20%-30% off depending on how much you spend with code: MORE17

***Sole Society // 30% off all footwear and bags

***Starfish Project // up to 80% off items

T3 Micro // 25% off everything with code: FRIDAY17

Tory Burch // 30% off $250 or more with code: THANKS

Tuckernuck // 20% off everything , 25% off $500+, %30 off $1000 with code: GONUTS

***Vineard Vines // 25% off everything with code: HOLIDAY17

***Wisteria // 25% off everything with code: HOLLYJOLLY

My goal is to wrap up my Christmas shopping today, and score a few pieces for a Christmasy trip I have coming up later this week. Stay tuned for more!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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holiday dressing + gifting

DRESS   midi fit and flare velvet tulle dress (30% off, see bottom of post for sizing info)   |   BOOK   speakeasy cocktail book   |   MUG   copper mug   |   COCKTAIL KIT   Moscow mule cocktail kit With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, finding ways to check off multiple “to…

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DRESS   midi fit and flare velvet tulle dress (30% off, see bottom of post for sizing info)   |   BOOK   speakeasy cocktail book   |   MUG   copper mug   |   COCKTAIL KIT   Moscow mule cocktail kit

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, finding ways to check off multiple “to do” list items at once helps to keep me unfrazzled and merry.

I love that ModCloth offers not only a beautiful selection of timeless holiday dresses but adorable gift options as well!

This dress reminds me of something out of the 1950s. Don’t the retro, glamorous low back, 3/4 length sleeves and full skirt feel so Audrey Hepburn? This piece is a beautiful change-up from the typical styles you see today. It’s one that makes a statement while being perfectly classic, and ensures you’ll be getting compliments in all night long!

The next time you’re headed to a holiday soirée, be sure to bring along this darling gift collection for your host and hostess… this cute speakeasy cocktail book, this Moscow mule mug, and adorably-packaged Moscow mule mix! Little thoughtful gifts like these can leave the biggest impressions. I try to never show up to a party empty-handed!

So whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect party dress or fun gift ideas for the special ladies in your life, I think you’re going to find just what you’re looking for at Modcloth. Here are some of my favorites below:

gift ideas

holiday dresses

And do I have some fun news for you! Modcloth has started their Cyber Monday sale early… get 30% off sitewide along with free shipping when you use the code CYBER at checkout. I’ll have a full list of Cyber Monday sales going live at midnight tonight, so be sure to check back for all the goods!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. When I ordered this dress, the XS was out of stock. (Hip hip hooray for all sizes being in stock currently!) Because of that, I ordered a size Small and had it altered to fit me. Since the Small ran large on me, I’d say this dress runs true to size!

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

Thank you, Modcloth, for sponsoring this post!

 

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black friday sale guide + christmas card signup

It’s here! Who is ready for the Black Friday yet? This year is no joke, y’all. All the praise hands! I’ve scoured the sales and am so excited to have put together what I hope is the best, most helpful guide for you.

 

It’s here! Who is ready for the Black Friday yet? This year is no joke, y’all. All the praise hands! I’ve scoured the sales and am so excited to have put together what I hope is the best, most helpful guide for you.

This guide has three parts…. just below you’ll find a quick collage of some of my favorite sale items. These are all gift-approved, and would look oh-so-lovely wrapped up under a tree. Next, you’ll find a list of my personal favorite sales, along with a display of a few of my favorite items from each. Finally, at the end of this post you’ll find a quick list… a quick of all the sales you should be aware of!

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gold ginger earrings   //   black bow flats   //   clear crossbody   //   ray-ban sunglasses   //   leopard dress   //   nude pumps   //   black coat   //   black statement earrings   //   beige tory burch bag   //   t3 curling wand   //   fringe koolaburra booties   //   kendra scott hoop earrings   //   barrington axis tote

Best Black Friday Sales

 

J.Crew

40% off everything with code: THANKU

 

Lisi Lerch

30% off everything + free shipping

 

Barrington

10% off $150 or more, 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $350 or more with code: Holiday

 

Tory Burch

30% off $250 or more with code: THANKS

 

LOFT

50% off everything with code: THANKS

 

Club Monaco

25% off $150+, 30% off $250+ and 35% off $400+ with the code: SHOPFRIDAY

 

Nordstrom

extra 20% off select sale items

 

Check Your List Twice

 

Anne Taylor // 50% off everything with code: THANKFUL

ASOS // 30% off everything with code: epic30

BB Dakota // 50% off everything

Banana Republic // 50% off everything

Barrington // 10% off $150 or more, 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $350 or more with code: Holiday

Baublebar // 35% off everything with code: VIP35

Bobbi Brown // 25% off everything plus free shipping

Camilyn Beth // up to 30% off based on purchase amount

Chicwish //15% off orders $70+ with code: BLK15

Express // 50% off everything

J.Crew // 40% off everything with code: THANKU

Kate Spade // 30% off everything with code: GIVEJOY

Kelly Wynne // 20% off everything with code: BLACKFRIYAY20

Kendra Scott // 20% off everything with code: YELLOW20

Kiel James Patrick // 25% off everything with code: Setsail

Koolaburra // 25% off everything with code: KOOLASAVINGS

Lisi Lerch // 30% off everything + free shipping

LOFT // 50% off everything with code: THANKS

Madewell // 25% off everything with code: DONTSTRESS

Marley Lilly // up to 70% off

Milly // 20% off $300+ with code: THANKFUL17

Moon & Lola // 30% off everything with code: ALLWEEKLONG

Neiman Marcus // $50 your regular $200 purchase with code THANKFUL

Nordstrom // extra 20% off select sale items

Outdoor Voices // 20% off everything + free shipping

Parker NY // 30% off everything with code: CELEBRATE

Ray-Ban // 20% off everything

Revolve // up to 50% off sale styles

Saint Bernard Sports // 15% off most items

Saks 5th Avenue //$75 giftcard with $150+ purchase with code: BLKFRI17

Sam Edelman // 30% off everything + free expedited shipping with code: SAMSGIVING

Shopbop // 20%-30% off depending on how much you spend with code: MORE17

Sole Society // up to 50% off select styles

T3 Micro // 25% off everything with code: FRIDAY17

Tory Burch // 30% off $250 or more with code: THANKS

Tuckernuck // 20% off everything , 25% off $500+, %30 off $1000 with code: GONUTS

I’ll be updating this all weekend, so be sure to check back for important additions and edits. Happy shopping!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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