styling long sleeve shirts in hot weather

Hey, hey, hey y’all! I am so happy to be back after a short two-day break from Lonestar Southern. As some of you may have seen on Instagram (you can follow me here) I took the holiday weekend to go visit one of my very best friends since high school, Kelly! She moved to Chicago for an amazing job in advertising after graduation, and this was the first time I got to visit her in her city. Needless to say, we had the best weekend of long-overdue catchups, lots of eating (hello deep dish pizza…), a SoulCycle class, shopping on Michigan Avenue, boat tours, tv marathons and more!

SHIRT   bell sleeved blouse (40% off!)   |   SHORTS   high waisted denim shorts (similar, less expensive here)   |   SHOES   ancient greek sandals ($9 dupe here)   |   BAG   tory burch tassel cross body   |   BELT   hermés 24mm belt kit   |   NAIL COLOR   mixtaupe

Hey, hey, hey y’all! I am so happy to be back after a short two-day break from Lonestar Southern. As some of you may have seen on Instagram (you can follow me here) I took the holiday weekend to go visit one of my very best friends since high school, Kelly! She moved to Chicago for an amazing job in advertising after graduation, and this was the first time I got to visit her in her city. Needless to say, we had the best weekend of long-overdue catchups, lots of eating (hello deep dish pizza…), a SoulCycle class, shopping on Michigan Avenue, boat tours, tv marathons and more!

I’m feeling so refreshed after that little bit of time away (it’s crazy what some good old girl time can do for ya) and am thrilled to be back to chat about the beginning of… you guessed it… fall! It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and the cozy, classic fashion autumn is characterized by is one of the main reasons why.

While in Chicago, I got a little sneak peek of fall weather this weekend (it got down to the high fifties) and it was glorious! I even snatched up this jacket from J.Crew to cozy up a bit. But now that I’m back down south, I’m in the same boat with so many of you… how to start dressing for fall when it’s still stiflingly hot outside?

Today, I’m sharing one of my easy, go-to formulas for adding fall fashion into your ensemble. Here it is, friends… pairing long sleeved, fall tops with a perfect pair of denim cutoffs!

Creating this look is as simple as it sounds, and always turns out oh-so cute. I found a great pair of high-waisted cutoff shorts a few years back that I wear year after year. (While the exact wash is no longer available, you’ll find the same style here!) Adding crisp, white long-sleeved blouses, like the one I’m wearing above, or lightweight sweaters, tied together with a chic belt creates an effortless look that’s perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.

I can’t wait to swap out the shorts and sandals for jeans and riding boots, but am loving this look for now!

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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latest & greatest vol. 35

What a week… can we all agree? I must confess, it felt pretty silly putting together a roundup of cute new arrivals after watching everything the people of Houston and surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey have been going through. I’ve felt heartbroken and helpless… I wish there was more I could do to help in very tangible ways, right there, right this moment.

Happy Friday, and happy first day of September, friends!

What a week… can we all agree? I must confess, it felt pretty silly putting together a roundup of cute new arrivals after watching everything the people of Houston and surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey have been going through. I’ve felt heartbroken and helpless… I wish there was more I could do to help in very tangible ways, right there, right this moment.

Amidst that helpless feeling, though, how amazing has it been to watch people from all over the nation rally together to help? From the stories of men and women flocking to the city with personal boats and car-loads of provisions, to the people already in Houston who have opened their doors (check out the video below), to those farther away using whatever influence they have to spread information on donating and volunteering, the effort has blown. me. away. I’m reminded that we all have a part to play, and can use whatever we have right this moment to help.

One thing that has been weighing heavy on my heart is the long road ahead for the victims as individuals and families having to rebuild and start over. Many who lost everything did not have flood insurance. Think about that for a second… the logistics of returning to a home completely ruined by water. Where do you start? How do you clear all the water out? How do you assess what is ruined? How do you pay to replace everything? How do you pay to rebuild what can’t be salvaged? And where do you stay and how do you cook and how do you work in the meantime to continue going? It’s dizzying.

All that to say, I am praying that the Lord provides an opportunity for me to help even one family with the daunting process of starting over. I don’t know who, what on earth that will even look like, or how He could possibly use me, but I know God works in mysterious and big ways, and my hands are open. Will you join me in praying to be used to help with the months and years of recovery ahead? If I’ve seen anything this past week, it’s that there is so much good in this world. And in the midst of so much darkness, I know there is hope!

Before signing off, I wanted to point out that Yeti is donating 100% of YETI.com and YETI flagship store sales today, Friday the 1st, to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims. That is absolutely amazing, so if you’re looking to do some good while getting some Christmas shopping done, head here and don’t delay! Orders must be placed by 11:59 pm tonight to qualify.

Precious friends, I treasure y’all. And to all of my Texas girls reading this in Houston, I love you. I think I can speak for the whole Lonestar Southern community in saying we are sending hugs and love and donations and all that we can your way. Please let us know if there’s anything specific you’re in need of!

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

I believe this, y’all. With my whole heart. Because of Jesus, I am not overcome. We are not overcome. And the victims of Hurricane Harvey are not overcome. Not today, not ever.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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elemis pro-definition skincare set

Oh boy oh boy, am I excited about today’s post! Why, might you ask? For the past couple of weeks, my mama and I have been testing out the Elemis pro-definition 3-piece skincare set. Today, we are thrilled to finally share our experience with you in partnership with QVC! Below, you’ll learn how we use these products, and our thoughts on the effectiveness of this skincare system. (Spoiler alert, we’re in love!) Let’s go ahead and get started.

I have been compensated by QVC for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.

Oh boy oh boy, am I excited about today’s post! Why, might you ask? For the past couple of weeks, my mama and I have been testing out the Elemis pro-definition 3-piece skincare set. Today, we are thrilled to finally share our experience with you in collaboration with QVC! Below, you’ll learn how we use these products and our thoughts on the effectiveness of this skincare system. (Spoiler alert, we’re in love!) Let’s go ahead and get started.

To begin with, let’s take a second to clarify what exactly this Elemis pro-definition skincare set does. In a nutshell, it claims to “help improve the appearance of skin texture”  with a daily moisturizer, cleansing oil and night cream that all work together to give the look of smoother, more hydrated skin.

Who wouldn’t want that? The promises (and reviews!) all sounded great, but I was especially interested to see how this skincare system worked on the different skin types of my mother and I. Would we both see similar results?

After a couple of weeks of daily and nightly application, I was surprised and so excited to discover that we both loved the results we were seeing! Not only did my mom and I individually enjoy the feel of these products, we both agreed that our skin appeared more luminescent and hydrated after each use. In fact, when we decided to splurge on a girls-only staycation at the Ritz Carlton last week, we laughed about this being the first trip we didn’t try to steal the other’s beauty products on. We both had our Elemis sets packed up and ready to go.

Before I get ahead of myself, let’s walk through a small tutorial on how to use these products, and what we love about each one!

Pro-definition Day Cream

To Use: Apply a pea-sized amount to your fingertips, and rub gently to warm up the product. Then, smooth evenly over your face 

 

To start off on a completely honest note, my mom was hesitant to try this regime. As one with sensitive skin, she’s endured horror story after horror story of investing in highly promising products only to have them result in full-blown breakouts. As you can see in the images above,  however, she was so excited to finally find a product that worked with her skin, from application to removal!

This pro-definition day cream glides on beautifully, and you immediately begin to notice its effect upon application… your skin looks bright, and luminous! I especially loved how even after makeup application (we’re talking primer, foundation, the whole nine yards…) my skin still looked radiant. This non-greasy, luscious goodness has become my favorite start to the day.

Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil

To Use: Massage a nickel sized amount of cleansing oil across your face. Then, add warm water to your fingertips and work in a circular motion to create a milky lather. Finally, rinse.

The concept of a “cleansing oil” was new to me, and I was almost disbelieving that this little concoction could wipe away a full day’s worth of wear and tear. But friends, it did and does, and with the most heavenly, citrus scent you can imagine!

Before trying this regime, I would turn to your generic drugstore makeup remover towelettes to remove anything I’d worn that day. But the harsh stinging sensation always made me feel like I was doing more harm than good to my skin. That’s why I adore this cleansing oil. Instead of a stripping sensation, applying this oil feels relaxing, and most importantly, nourishing. My mom and I both loved how it makes your skin feel replenished, as opposed to depleted, after a long day.

Pro-Definition Night Cream

To Use: After cleansing your skin with the Elemis cleansing oil, rub a pea-sized amount of the night cream between your fingertips and gently spread all over your face.

If there’s one skin care item I love, it’s a good night cream, and this pro-definition formula by Elemis is one of the best I’ve tried. Both my mom and I particularly appreciate that this doesn’t feel greasy at all, rather, it absorbs beautifully and leaves a soft, dewy look. Waking up after this night cream has soaked in all night, my skin feels hydrated and so smooth!

Final Thoughts

It’s safe to say that after testing out this product, my mom and I are both huge fans. I love that it felt nourishing and replenishing on my skin, and worked just as beautifully on her more mature skin. I think my favorite part about this Elemis pro-definition skin care set, though, is how it works together so cohesively. Rather than mixing and matching different moisturizers and cleansers, it’s so nice knowing that the ingredients in each of these steps work together from day to night to leave you with the look of softer, younger-looking skin.

I’m not the only one who thinks so! Check out some incredible reviews at the bottom of this page, and let me know if you’ve tried these products yourself!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, QVC, for sponsoring this post.

Photography by Angie Garcia

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3 sweaters under $50 to buy now

If I had to guess, I’d say sweaters are probably the last thing on your shopping list right now. And when it’s still 90 degrees outside, I can’t blame you! Even though temperatures are far from full-blown fall weather, the fashion world is charging on into autumn, and last year I learned that the best styles go quick. So today, I’m partnering up with Nordstrom to share three sweaters under fifty dollars that are worth b

TOP   flare sleeve sweater (wearing XXS, size one down)   |   BAG   color block beige tote bag   |   SHOES   beige ankle strap heels   |   EARRINGS   pearl earrings (similar linked)   |   BRACELET   david yurman cable bracelet

If I had to guess, I’d say sweaters are probably the last thing on your shopping list right now. And when it’s still 90 degrees outside, I can’t blame you! Even though temperatures are far from full-blown fall weather, the fashion world is charging on into autumn, and last year I learned that the best styles go quick. So today, I’m partnering up with Nordstrom to share three sweaters under fifty dollars that are worth buying now!

1. Flare Sleeve Sweater – $39

Let’s start off with my favorite style, the one I’m wearing above, this lovely flare sleeve sweater. Since the bell-sleeve is the silhouette of the season, you’ll be right on-trend in this cute piece! I love the gorgeous lilac shade I’m wearing above, and also bought it in a deep rust shade as well. (In fact, it’s nearly identical to a style that sold out last year.) It’s incredibly soft, lightweight, and versatile. I went down one size and ordered an XXS.

2. Pink Knit Tunic – $45

One strategy I consistently employ during the gloomy months of winter is bringing bright, happy color into my wardrobe. Pink, of course, is a must! I can’t wait to wear this v-neck sweater out during the coming months. Already dreaming of it paired with leopard ballet flats and white jeans!

3. Dolman Sleeve Sweater – $39

This is another sweater I went ahead and ordered in two colors… blush and gray! The mock turtle neck is so effortlessly elegant. This is one sweater silhouette that is incredibly unique, absolutely lovely, ever-so-soft, and won’t be in stock long! I also went down a size in this one and ordered an XXS.

Like I said, it may feel like the strangest thing in the world to stock up on sweaters now, but you’ll be so happy you did once that cool weather starts creeping in! I’ll be wearing mine in the meantime to cold restaurants, movie theaters, and church, where I typically freeze if I’m not bundled up. Anyone else?!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this post.

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girl in pearls

This season, Kate Spade has captured the timeless beauty of the pearl while infusing statement-worthy impact by created a collection of absolutely beautiful pieces I’m so excited to share with you today! One characteristic I adore about the Kate Spade look is the fresh, personality-filled take on classic silhouettes and styles brought into every collection. The new accessories collection embodies that perfectly!

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NECKLACE   girls in pearls kate spade necklace c/o   |   EARRINGS   girls in pearls drop stud kate spade earrings c/o   |   BRACELET   golden girl pearl kate spade bracelet   |   RING   girls in pearls kate spade ring c/o   |   DRESS   ponte fiorella dress c/o (also comes in navy)   |   BAG   kate spade cameron street lottie c/o

Pearls… the one accessory you’ll hardly ever find me without. As a young girl, I vividly remember being given a single pearl displayed on a beautiful, delicate gold chain. My cousin was getting married, my sister and I were flower girls, and I absolutely could not have dreamt up anything more magical if I had tried. That is one gift I treasure to this day and one which began what has turned into a life-long affinity for the timeless, classic, enduring pearl token.

In fact, if you take a quick scroll through my blog posts, you’ll see that, by and large, my most-frequented accessory is a ladylike pair of pearl earrings. As my dear friend and mentor, Jules, says, there’s something about a pretty pair of pearl earrings that immediately brightens up the face. I have found this to be true time and time again. From running around town finishing up errands to attending formal affairs in floor-length gowns, I never feel quite as classic and lovely as I do when donning pearls.

This season, Kate Spade has captured the timeless beauty of the pearl while infusing statement-worthy impact by created a collection of absolutely beautiful pieces I’m so excited to share with you today! One characteristic I adore about the Kate Spade look is the fresh, personality-filled take on classic silhouettes and styles brought into every collection. The new accessories collection embodies that perfectly!

Take this decadent pearl necklace, for example. Far from looking like it was resurrected from a stuffy old jewelry box, this beauty exudes old-world glamour in a fresh, modern way. And don’t miss out on this open-hinged cuff and this pearl ring… the delicate nature of the pearl is contrasted by the size in a combination that works effortlessly.

My favorite piece of the entire collection, however, is this pair of lovely pearl drop studs. As statement earrings are all the rage this season, I love that these make a mark while being the embodiment of timeless beauty. It’s amazing how one little accessory can elevate your look to an entirely new level!

Suffice it to say, I fully intend on putting these pieces on heavy rotation this fall and winter. From ensembles comprised of cozy sweaters and feminine ballet flats, to wedding guest looks and formal fundraisers, being a girl in pearls has never felt so glamorous… or fun!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

Thank you, Kate Spade, for sponsoring this post.

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the lilly pulitzer after party sale is live!

Good morning, friends! Stop everything and click HERE to shop the Lilly Pulitzer Anniversary Sale! I’ll be documenting my experience below, and will update y’all with my favorite pieces when I get access to the sale! Be sure to let me know how it goes for you… best of luck!

 

Good morning, friends! Stop everything and click HERE to shop the Lilly Pulitzer Anniversary Sale! I’ll be documenting my experience below, and will update y’all with my favorite pieces when I get access to the sale! Be sure to let me know how it goes for you… best of luck!

9:11 am

New arrivals have hit the sale! And this isn’t a dinky “here are a couple new random things” new arrival…. this is haul-worthy, y’all. Just made my second order, and while I’m not spilling everything, I can tell you I got my hands on this dress! See my favorite new arrivals below, and head HERE to shop the sale!

9:03 am

Woohoo! I just checked out, and am so excited y’all. The sale was huge this year, and I found so many pieces in stock in my size! I’m saving my entire haul for a YouTube video, but I’m going to let you in on one of the purchases I made… this dress I’ve had my eye on for months! While waiting, check out some of my favorite sale items below! Next up, I’m going to upload all of the pieces I’ve worn currently that are on sale. Stay tuned!

Pieces I Own That Are On Sale

Click on the photo to shop the piece. Keep in mind you may be put in a waiting line for the sale!

Mays Top

Neri Crop Top & Short Set

Amelia Island Tunic

Fenella Ruffle Romper

Mansi Lace Matching Set

Owen Trapeze Dress

Ritz Strapless Romper

8:27 am

Update! The line is moving again… thank goodness! Now only 16 minutes to go!

8:15 am

Uh oh… after getting to #1513 in line with 10 minutes to go until my wait was through, the timeline has moved to “over an hour.” It doesn’t look like the line is moving… and after checking Twitter, it seems like others are having the same problem! The good news is, I’ve heard from quite a few that this year’s sale is huge. I’m crossing my fingers this kink gets worked out soon so we can all shop away!

6:20 am

Good morning, friends! Let me just say… this is one of the very few days out of the year that I don’t have to snooze my alarm. The moment it went off this morning, I jumped out of bed! It’s After Party Sale Day! I grabbed my daily cup of coffee (with two hazlenut creamers) and bowl of Raisin Bran, and am camped out in bed with my laptop waiting for the sale to begin. Who’s excited?!

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