latest & greatest vol. 29

You already know what it is… this weeks roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web is here! Between that and reaching the end of the week (and finally getting over jet lag!) I’ve got lots to be happy about! Especially because this week’s new arrivals are so…

You already know what it is… this weeks roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web is here! Between that and reaching the end of the week (and finally getting over jet lag!) I’ve got lots to be happy about! Especially because this week’s new arrivals are so good. So good, in fact, I couldn’t even fit them all onto one page!

Between the pink sandals, pink sunnies and pink sun dress, can you tell what color I’m crushing on this week? I don’t care how old I get… I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that hue!

Like I mentioned above, there were so many fabulous arrivals this week that I’ve listed a few others below. Be sure to check them out as well!

  • This swimsuit has finally been restocked, and I’ve added both colors to my cart.
  • Stay cool this summer with the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen!
  • Found – the most fun little wedding guest dress! I just ordered it and can’t wait to get it in.
  • The most creative (and fabulous) statement earrings I’ve seen yet!
  • New Nike kicks, please and thank you!
  • Blue and white stripes, ruffles, off the shoulder silhouette… what’s not to love with this beauty?
  • I wore these earrings on my Insta story yesterday, and got so many questions on them. They’re the cutest!

Since I’ve been out of town for the past two weeks, I can’t wait for a weekend of cleaning up and organizing my apartment! Sounds so thrilling, I know, but I’m actually so excited to get everything tidy and in working order again. I’m also really in the mood to see a movie in theaters… do any of y’all know if anything good is out? This girl could use a chick flick and some popcorn!

On a final and completely random note, please say a quick prayer for my family’s dog Rufus if you get the chance! He hasn’t been doing too well this week, and it’s hard seeing him so down. We’re showering him with lots of love and hoping he gets back to normal soon!

Love from Texas,

Kate

3 florence travel tips

When I asked for Florence recommendations last week, so many of you responded with amazing, long, incredibly well thought out ideas and I am so thankful for them! Today, I thought I’d share 3 things I’d highly recommend to anyone visiting Florence! There are endless things to do, see and eat in Florence, but since I was only there for a couple of days I thought I’d share just a few things that aren’t to be missed!


DRESS   free people pink ombre dress (also comes in blue and orange, wearing XS)   |   BAG   straw circle bag   |   SUNGLASSES   rayban sunglasses   |   EARRINGS   thin gold hoops   |   SHOES  ancient greek sandals

Last week, I had the chance to return to Florence after first visiting with my family over four years ago. And do you know what I loved most about it? The fact that nothing had changed! Except, happily, for the weather!

When I last visited, it was early March and with the cold temperatures, I had to be bundled up everywhere we went. But visiting in the summery month of June was indescribably more pleasant! Far more tourists, to be sure, but that downside was absolutely worth it when every meal could be enjoyed outside and all of the sites could be taken in without freezing!

Due to the warm weather, I decided this breezy pink ombre dress would be perfect for a day spent exploring outside. And I was right! If you’re traveling abroad during the summer, I can’t recommend packing plenty of day dresses enough… they’re so much easier, lighter and more comfortable than jeans. Plus, there’s just something whimsical and feminine about wearing a dress throughout an old, romantic city!

When I asked for Florence recommendations last week, so many of you responded with amazing, long, incredibly well thought out ideas and I am so thankful for them! Today, I thought I’d share 3 things I’d highly recommend to anyone visiting Florence! There are endless things to do, see and eat in Florence, but since I was only there for a couple of days I thought I’d share just a few things that aren’t to be missed!

Where to Stay – Airbnb! Instead of dishing out the big bucks for a hotel in Florence, you’ll get a lot more room and a much better location for a much lower price! I stayed in an apartment right above the Prada store on the very square the Duomo is located on. It was magical!

Where to Eat Coquinarious! For most meals, I’d pull up Tripadvisor to find something good and nearby, but this was the one restaurant so many of you recommended, so I made reservations beforehand! Andrew and I went with two of our friends, and we all could NOT believe how incredible it was! We all tried the cheese and pear raviolini (still dreaming about it), the burrata raviolotti with onions and pistachio (the dish I ordered!) and the wild boar pasta. To this day, this is the best meal I’ve ever had in Italy!

What to Do – There are endless things to do in Florence, but my favorite by far was enjoying the sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo! Oh friends… please go do this. The walk to the top is quite the workout, so the second time we visited we opted for a cab. (Much easier!) The view from this gorgeous spot shows the river, the duomo, and all of Florence laid out in the distance. Get there before sunset to snag a spot on the steps, and wait until after the sun literally sets for the most beautiful sky you’ve ever seen! (We saw a lot of people leave once the sun actually set, but the gorgeous colors happen 5-15 minutes after the sun goes down! Here are a couple of images from one evening spent there…

what to do in florence

what to do in florence

DRESS striped cross back midi dress (wearing an XS, runs a bit small)   |   BAG   straw circle bag (I removed the pom poms)

Sigh. Wishing every evening looked like this!

Thanks again to each of you who took the time to send Florence recommendations! If you haven’t been, I hope you add it to the top of your wanderlust list!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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best straw bags of the summer

Today, I thought I’d round up a few of my very favorites available on the web today! I consider these the best straw bags of the summer. I did my best to hunt down styles you haven’t seen yet, like this circle bag with the pink tassel. Simply click on the image of the bag you’re eyeing, and it will take you to the site. Happy shopping!

One trend I absolutely cannot get enough of this summer? Straw bags! We first saw these pop up just a couple of summers back, and this season they are everywhere! My bank account finds this very disagreeable, but I, for one, am thrilled about the ever-increasing selection

Today, I thought I’d round up a few of my very favorites available on the web today! I consider these the best straw bags of the summer. I did my best to hunt down styles you haven’t seen yet, like this circle bag with the pink tassel. Simply click on the image of the bag you’re eyeing, and it will take you to the site. Happy shopping!

Love from Texas.

Kate

red and white

TOP   white eyelet ruffle sleeve tee   |   BAG   chloé mini marcie bag   |   EARRINGS   red drop earrings   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet Friends! I’m BACK! In the USA, that is. If you’ve…

TOP   white eyelet ruffle sleeve tee   |   BAG   chloé mini marcie bag   |   EARRINGS   red drop earrings   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Friends! I’m BACK! In the USA, that is. If you’ve been following along on my Instagram (@LonestarSouthern) you’ve seen that I’ve been on quite the adventure for these past two weeks. It has been indescribably amazing and too much fun (and I can’t wait to share all about it soon!) but as is to be expected at the end of a long trip, I’m exhausted!

I’m currently writing this as I stand in the security line at the Boston airport to catch my connection back to Dallas… and the fact that a full-sized coffee awaits on the other side of the checkpoint (as opposed to a little espresso shot) brings me so much joy.

I also am so excited to get back into a normal posting routine! Wifi issues kept me from posting 5 times a week like I normally do these past couple of weeks, so thank you for being understanding!

Now on to today’s outfit… there is NOTHING like having the perfect, easy white top in your wardrobe. Style it with shorts and sandals, jeans and wedges, maxi skirts, denim skirts, and the list goes on! It’s the perfect solution to the “I have nothing to wear” problem, and always looks classic and effortless.

This eyelet ruffled sleeve piece may be my favorite this season! I love it paired with bold pops of red (how cute would this be for the 4th of July?!) and for all my Southern girls… it looks DARLING with cutoff jean shorts and cowboy boots. I love that this white tee in particular has the sweetest southern charm feel. I can’t stop wearing it!

Don’t forget, if you missed yesterday’s post I put together a really fun “Which Lilly Pulitzer agenda are you?” quiz in honor of the 2017-2018 new releases! Check it out HERE!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Madison Katlin

 

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Lilly Pulitzer agendas 2017 // which are you?

Friends! I have some exciting news for you… the new Lilly Pulitzer 2017-2018 agendas have been released! And this year they are so, so cute. Seriously, get excited! Scrolling through the five different prints offered on the large agendas (the size I’ll be using this year), I quickly became so conflicted! I…

Friends! I have some exciting news for you… the new Lilly Pulitzer 2017-2018 agendas have been released! And this year they are so, so cute. Seriously, get excited!

Scrolling through the five different prints offered on the large agendas (the size I’ll be using this year), I quickly became so conflicted! I felt like there was a little something to each one that resonated with me. I loved the feminine, romantic feel to the Indigo Gypsea, the colorful, fun vibes of the Multi Sparkling Sands, and the list goes on.

Then, a fun idea sprung into my head! Do you remember those quizes you used to take in Seventeen magazine? “What should your go-to nail polish color be?” “Which character from High School musical are you?” (Ahh, the good old days.) How fun would it be to create something like that for these agendas? If, in fact, you’re just as conflicted as I am.

So read above to see, drumroll please… “Which Lilly Pulitzer agenda you should get this year!” (Can’t you see it on that glossy magazine page right now?!) Obviously, these are incredibly generalized, stereotypical characterizations. It’s just meant to be light hearted and fun! And the planner I most personally “relate” to actually  isn’t the one I purchased – so watch out! :)

I know it’s a little different, but I hope you have fun with today’s post! I’d love to hear which planner most corresponds to you, and which you’re going to get! Don’t forget… the agendas sell out like crazy so don’t delay in getting yours!

Love from Texas,

Kate

gypsy

DRESS   white smocked halter maxi dress   |   SCARF   hermes scarf (similar linked)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   BAG   straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked) Ever since I brought this Hermés scarf home with me after a trip to Paris two years ago, I’ve been dreaming…

DRESS   white smocked halter maxi dress   |   SCARF   hermes scarf (similar linked)   |   SHOES   white platform wedges   |   BAG   straw tote (old Forever21, similar linked)

Ever since I brought this Hermés scarf home with me after a trip to Paris two years ago, I’ve been dreaming of wearing it in this gypsy, bohemian style. As you can imagine with my typically preppy, classic wardrobe, however, there hasn’t quite been the cocasion for it! But after finding this dreamy white maxi dress at Free People, I knew I finally had my chance!

This maxi dress was tailor-made for summer vacations… the billowy fit and strappy back feel so beachy to me – a fun, different look that’s so fun to wear!

It’s a perfect look for today, as the cowboy and I are headed to Cinque Terre! After an incredible couple of days in Florence, I’m ready for the beach. We’ve met up with two of Andrew’s friends, and are all so excited to see this part of the country!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Stephanie Drenka

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