the one white dress you need this spring

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, because there’s not much you need to know other than that this dress deserves a spot in your closet.

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DRESS   white bell sleeve dress (just under $100)  |   EARRINGS   textured gold hoops (just $16)   |   BAG   straw clutch (on sale, also worn here)   |   SHOES   strappy espadrille wedges

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because there’s not much you need to know other than that this dress deserves a spot in your closet.

Love from Texas,

Kate

JUST KIDDING. But truly, I’ve had my eye on this white bell sleeve dress for some time now, and truly don’t know why it took me so long to pull the trigger! It’s priced at justtt under $100 (even though $98 is practically the same thing, don’t you just feel like so much more of a bargain-hunter with those extra two dollars?), beautifully made and full of the loveliest details.

One of those details? The gorgeous open back. Don’t let it throw you for a loop. Pick up this sticky bra at your local Target and you’re set! (Trust me, the best $17 you’ll ever spend!)

This dress is currently in stock in all sizes and available in black as well! So if you’re a bride-to-be, a graduatee (made up word but go with me) or simply appreciate a beautiful spring dress like myself, be sure to hop to it! For size reference, I’m wearing an XS.

Love from Texas,

Kate

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packing a beach bag in my new dining room

Finally moving into a space that allowed room for a proper dining room felt almost like a coming of age experience. What has been even better, though, has been the process of decorating it and actually living in it. Today, I’m so excited to share how I have done both with two incredible brands (with even more incredible hearts behind them) I’m excited to introduce you to today… Wisteria and Cabana Life!

When I made the move to my new apartment this January, I was thrilled to finally have space for something that I hadn’t before… a dining room! As silly as that may sound, I never had a place to sit and enjoy a meal or invite others to gather since I used the teeny breakfast nook in my first apartment as my office.

Finally moving into a space that allowed room for a proper dining room felt almost like a coming of age experience. What has been even better, though, has been the process of decorating it and actually living in it. Today, I’m so excited to share how I have done both with two incredible brands (with even more incredible hearts behind them) I’m excited to introduce you to today… Wisteria and Cabana Life!

TABLE   |   CHAIRS   |   PRINTS (HERE & HERE)   |   GINGER JARS (HERE, HERE & HERE)

As a Dallas native, my mom and I have always loved wandering into the Wisteria store on Lovers Lane. Even before I moved into a place of my own, it was always my favorite showroom to wander through and dream about how I would decorate one day! Dallas ladies, if you haven’t made a trip there add it to your Saturday morning ASAP. (I find it’s best enjoyed with a Starbucks in hand, there’s one in the same shopping center!)

What I love about Wisteria’s designs is that they are fresh, beautiful and set at a more accessible price point than most design stores offer… aka perfect for anyone looking to add an instant lift to their home without breaking the bank. The store on Lovers Lane does a beautiful job displaying each piece in the most beautiful way, and you’ll find the staff to be so accommodating and gracious.

That’s actually how I was inspired to bring so much blue and white into my dining room! I had been going back and forth on what direction to take the space in. (Carry over the pink and white theme of the rest of my apartment into the dining area? Do something completely different?) Seeing how gorgeously the Wisteria team wove those two shades throughout their space made an instant impression on me. Classic blue and white for the win!

Since my dining area is on the smaller side, this see-through dining table was a perfect fit. Its translucent nature adds a modern feel while keeping the space from looking too cluttered and boxed off, while the classic chairs and beautiful ginger jar motifs add a sense of timelessness that I love!

Apart from the beautiful designs that Wisteria produces, I absolutely love the heart behind the brand. A quick click to the “about” page will show you just what I mean… Wisteria seeks to support many nonprofits that are making important differences across the world. (Including my favorite, Starfish Project!) I so admire companies who use their influence and resources to pour into worthwhile causes, and it’s one of the reasons I adore Wisteria so very much.

After finalizing the furnishings in my dining room came the best part… finally living in it! What a simple joy it’s been to have a place for morning coffee, mid-afternoon meetings and pizza dinners with my girlfriends.

One thing that’s made me laugh is how my experience growing up in my family’s home has shaped how I use and live in my own apartment now. Our dining room wasn’t just used for dinners in my family… it was where my sister and I did school projects (so much hot glue gun residue), played card games as a family, blew out birthday candles and so much more. And now, my dining room has turned into a catch-all as well!

One use it’s taken on as of late is that of a “packing station.” Does anyone else do this?  There’s something about a clutter-less, long table that makes the best space for planning out and packing up outfits… which brings me to the second brand I’m so excited to chat about today, Cabana Life.

Much like Wisteria, this is a brand that I love for so much more than the darling designs they produce. (And let me tell y’all, they are in fact, darling!) Cabana Life stands for something so important… sun safety. Specifically, sun protective clothing!

One of the founders of Cabana Life, Melissa Papock, was diagnosed with Melanoma at the age of 26. She then partnered with Alyssa Adams to spread awareness about proper UV protection while maintaining a sense of style. If “sun protective clothing” scared you off, just take a look at the pieces I’m packing up for a sunny getaway this weekend!

for covering up by the pool

COVER UP

for taking a walk down the beach

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for dipping your toes in

SWIMSUIT

for heading out to dinner

TOP   |   PANTS

Cabana Life boasts a gorgeous collection of resort-ready wear to take you everywhere from the pool to dinner out on the town! The quality of these pieces is truly incredible… my jaw dropped when I opened my order! On top of that, each design has a UPF of 50+, which blocks out 98% of UVA and UVB rays and is the highest fabric rating available. (A normal shirt blocks approximately 7% of UVA and UVB rays… yikes.)

It’s safe to say that both Wisteria and Cabana Life are incredible companies with some incredible products, and I feel so honored to be partnering with them today! I’ve loved introducing both to you as we toured my dining room and packed up for my upcoming beach trip! Thank y’all so much for stopping by!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my coffee routine

It truly touched my heart to see that so many of y’all are coffee addicts fanatics like myself, so I thought it would be fun to do something a little different today and walk you through my coffee routine! Grab a cup and let’s get started, shall we?

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MUG   turquoise coffee mug (sold out, but found some here)   |   COFFEE MAKER   Keurig k15 mini plus brewing system (found in mint here)   |   TABLE   acrylic side table (HomeGoods find, similar linked)   |   SHIRT   bow sleeve shirt   |   JEANS   frayed hem skinny jeans

About a month or two ago, I posted a quick little Instagram Story showing my cute little Keurig coffee maker hard at work, spilling fresh coffee into my favorite turquoise mug. (I’ve also posted a quick little Instagram Story showing what happened when I forgot to place my mug underneath the faucet before hitting the “brew” button… but I digress.)

Surprisingly, I got tons of direct messages asking for details on my coffee routine. “What type of Keurig is that?” “What type of Trader Joe’s coffee do you buy?” “Do you drink your coffee with creamer?”

It truly touched my heart to see that so many of y’all are coffee addicts fanatics like myself, so I thought it would be fun to do something a little different today and walk you through my coffee routine! Grab a cup and let’s get started, shall we?

My family jokes that I am a different person in the mornings. Terms like “zombie” and “grouch” have been thrown around, although I’m sure it’s not that bad. ;) What changes all that? Coffee.

Timing

Stumbling to the kitchen and making a cup is the very first thing I do every morning. I usually wake up between 6-7am, and immediately swing open the fridge door to pull out the Britta filtered water I’ve prepped the night before. I only drink one cup in the mornings, but religiously have a second around 3 pm every day. This is a habit I got into this past winter, and while I know it’s not good for me, it’s become my favorite part of my afternoon. I usually feel a bit sluggish around 3 pm, and taking a 15-minute coffee break to rest and reset always manages to perk me up.

I cap myself off at two cups a day (which I know is still too much) but every once in a blue moon will have a late-night cup if I need to pull an all-nighter. Old college habits die hard!

Coffee Maker

When I moved into my first apartment, my mom bought me this precious Keurig K15 Mini Plus Brewing System and I’ve used it every single day since! I own it in white, but how cute is this mint version? I love the size of it… it’s cute, petite and just what I need. I fill the “tank” to the middle level for a full cup of coffee both in the mornings and afternoon. I can’t recommend this cutie enough for a graduation (high school or college) or house-warming present! I get so many compliments and questions on it.

Keurig Cups

Let me tell y’all… I have been around the block once or twice when it comes to buying Keurig-compatible coffee cups and can tell you with certainty that there’s nothing better for taste or price than the Trader Joe’s coffee cups! Twelve cups for $4.99? Unheard of. At any other grocery store, Keurig cups cost at least $8 for a box of 12!

Not only do you get your money’s worth with these, but they taste so much better than any other I’ve tried! (Am I the only one who hates the Starbucks cups?) I buy the Dark Roast pack since I add creamer and still love a vibrant coffee taste, but have found the Medium and French Roast flavors to be delicious as well!

Creamer

Yep. I’m that girl. You know..  that one who “ruins” coffee by dousing it with creamer. And I have no shame! :)

Confession: I used to be an International Delight Hazelnut Creamer addict. I would buy the box of individual cups, and pour two into every cup of coffee I’d drink. But one day, a family friend pointed out that the ingredients in International Delight creamers are pretty sketchy. And I’ll be honest… it was still hard for me to switch!

But I finally found an option that works and doesn’t have quite the chemically makeup of International Delight… Natural Bliss Hazelnut Creamer. It’s made with real milk and cream, sugar and natural hazelnut flavor, and that’s it! I’m not going to lie, I still love to use those ID creamers whenever they’re the only option, but feel a lot better about making this switch.

Coffee Mugs

My beautiful turquoise coffee mugs were also a gift from my mama when I moved into my first apartment. She found them at Anthropologie, and also gifted me matching plates (now on sale!) that I have hung in my kitchen and bowls that I use for cereal every morning.

I also enjoy collecting cute coffee mugs from traveling, and love my Cafe 30-A mug from my family’s yearly trips to Seaside, Florida and my Chip mug that Andrew brought back to me from Disney World. I drink out of Chip every Friday, haha! It’s the happiest way to kick off the weekend! :)

So there you have it, friends! I’m currently looking for a pretty gold bar cart that would serve as my coffee bar to go in the space you see above. But besides that, everything about my coffee routine is pretty set in stone and I love it! Now I’d love to know your routine! Are you a religious coffee drinker? Any favorite brews or favorite mugs? I had so much fun putting mine together, and would love to hear about yours!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 55

You know what’s a fun thing to wake up to the last day of the work week to?! Seeing that your favorite dress from last year is back in stock in all sizes! Y’all… I wore this to baby showers. To my family beach vacation. To Saturday afternoon get-togethers with friends, and the list goes on! It’s such a great option for those of you graduating, and I can’t recommend it enough!

You know what’s a fun thing to wake up to the last day of the work week to?! Seeing that your favorite dress from last year is back in stock in all sizes! Y’all… I wore this to baby showers. To my family beach vacation. To Saturday afternoon get-togethers with friends, and the list goes on! It’s such a great option for those of you graduating, and I can’t recommend it enough!

I also found tons of amazing new arrivals from this past week, including this darling pink striped set! Also, be sure to check out these customizable Kendra Scott hoops. Unfortunately, the collage won’t take you to the correct page, but clicking HERE will!

The final thing I want to point out? Steve Madden is offering 20% off today with the code GET20, AKA it’s time to stock up on summer sandals! I wear these wedges non-stop, and my mom loves these slides.

Wishing all of you a beautiful, blessed Easter with your friends and family. Looking forward to rejoicing in the hope of “He is risen!” on Sunday!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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kendra scott spring collection // my 5 faves

I have loved watching the evolution of Kendra Scott designs over the years, and have to say that this spring collection is one of my favorites yet. These five pieces showcased above embody that bold, elegant, free-spirited essence that turns any outfit from standard to show-stopping. In fact, I wore this pair last night to transform a cocktail dress ensemble from the expected (and snooze-worthy) to something modern and fresh! Let me tell y’all… these pieces are not ones to pass up!

gold hooip with turquoise pendant   |   gold chandellier earrings   |   turquoise chandellier earrings   |   round gold statement earrings   |   mother of pearl statement earrings

Think back with me… do you remember a time before statement earrings? What on earth did we wear? I’m kidding, of course, but I genuinely do remember the first time I saw a pair of “statement” earrings. I was a sophomore in college at the University of Texas in Austin, and a girl in my sorority had on these turquoise beauties. I spent the rest of the afternoon asking around trying to figure out where on earth she got them. My search, as I’m sure you’ve guessed it, led me straight to Kendra Scott!

In my opinion, Kendra Scott (who is from Austin, Texas if you didn’t know!) is in every way the originator of the statement earring. The classic Danielle silhouette introduced thousands of us to the joys of bringing bold shapes and colors into our jewelry box! Since then I know that I, along with many of you, haven’t looked back.

I have loved watching the evolution of Kendra Scott designs over the years, and have to say that this spring collection is one of my favorites yet. These five pieces showcased above embody that bold, elegant, free-spirited essence that turns any outfit from standard to show-stopping. In fact, I wore this pair last night to transform a cocktail dress ensemble from the expected (and snooze-worthy) to something modern and fresh! Let me tell y’all… these pieces are not ones to pass up!

Now I want to hear from you… out of the five pieces above, which one can you not live without?!

Taking a second to thank Kendra for the gift of statement earrings! How much more fun is life with them on?!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Throwing it back to my college days to show my very first pair of Kendra Scott (let alone statement) earrings! Pictured with my precious little, Annie.

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3 tips for finding the perfect statement earrings

What is the perfect statement earring? Oh, to be sure there are lots of fun ones out there. But I’m talking about a pair of statement earrings that is worth investing in. As a self-professed statement earring hoarder connoisseur, I’ve been through my fair share of statement earrings and am so excited to share my favorite of the season (and the three qualities make them that)… these Kendra Scott Emmet statement earrings!

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EARRINGS  kendra scott emmet gold statement earrings (also in rosegold, silver, turquoise, and pink)   |   BRACELET   tiana pinch bracelet set (also in rosegold and silver)   |   PANTS   red wide legged pants   |   TOP   strapless ric rac top   |   SHOES   white ankle strap platform wedges   |   BAG   straw circle bag (sold out, similar linked)

What is the perfect statement earring? Oh, to be sure there are lots of fun ones out there. But I’m talking about a pair of statement earrings that is worth investing in. As a self-professed statement earring hoarder connoisseur, I’ve been through my fair share of statement earrings and am so excited to share my favorite of the season (and the three qualities make them that)… these Kendra Scott Emmet statement earrings!

Before I get into the specifics of why I’m head over heels in love with these beauties, let’s take a look at 3 things to consider in finding the perfect pair of statement earrings.

  1. SIZE // When it comes to finding the perfect pair of statement earrings, size and proportion are huge factors. Get a pair that’s too small, and the “statement” factor gets totally lost. Instead, the look comes across as awkward and falls flat. (This is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to earrings.) Get a pair too big, on the other hand, and the attention goes away from your ensemble as a whole and straight to your ears… and not in a good way. The perfect pair of statement earrings should be a size that compliments your entire look, adding a “wow” factor that still fits in with the ensemble as a whole.
  2. WEIGHT // Is there anything worse than a pair of statement earrings that ends up hurting your ears an hour into wear? I’ve had to take off pairs before and stuff them in my purse for the remainder of the evening because of this. Over time, I have come to realize that it doesn’t matter how cute the earrings are… if they end up hurting you, you’ll never wear them. Luckily, there are plenty of light-weight options out there that are worth holding out for!
  3. VERSATILITY // Versatility in a statement earring? Isn’t that completely contradictory? Not when it comes to the perfect pair! While there are lots of big, funky, crazy fun pairs on the market, the perfect pair I recommend you invest in will take you across a myriad of different looks. The easiest way to do this? Find a pair that’s made out of one metal-color. I love bright pops of color, but have found that a beautiful gold accent can compliment almost any outfit!

Combine the perfect size, a feather-light weight and a pair made of one monochromatic material, and you’ve got yourself the perfect statement earring! This Emmet pair by Kendra Scott checks off all of those boxes beautifully. The gorgeous, light gold can be paired with both formal and casual looks, and y’all they are so light! I almost forget I’m wearing them! If gold isn’t your color, they also come in a beautiful silver and rosegold as well.

No matter what look I’m wearing the Emmets with, I always pair them with this set of coordinating bangles. Since they’re made from the same material, they compliment the earrings perfectly and add such a chic, put together touch any look.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out Kendra Scott’s spring line, do yourself a favor and click here! I have been wearing a few different styles over the past few weeks, and can’t wait to share my five favorite pairs with you tomorrow!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Kendra Scott, for sponsoring this post!

Photography by Angie Garcia

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