striped ruffle top

Y’all know my penchant for clothing that is fun to wear, right? Suffice it to say, this shirt takes it to a whole new level! I’m in love with how unique the look is, from the halter neckline to the dramatic, billowy ruffles. Definitely a stand-out piece that garners compliments wherever you go!

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TOP   striped ruffle blouse (size XS)   |   EARRINGS   black tassel earrings   |   SHOES   lace up sandals (similar here)   |   JEANS   white skinny jeans

Y’all know my penchant for clothing that is fun to wear, right? Suffice it to say, this shirt takes it to a whole new level! I’m in love with how unique the look is, from the halter neckline to the dramatic, billowy ruffles. Definitely a stand-out piece that garners compliments wherever you go!

Since the shirt made a statement in and of itself, I kept things summery and simple with white skinny jeans and black accessories! These black tassel earrings are a go-to of mine (I also love this style), and I’m continuing to love these affordable sandals I scooped up from Forever21. The resulting look is perfect for date night, dinner with friends or a girls night out!

Finally, a word on the maker of this blouse. SheIn gets mixed reviews, so I wanted to speak to the quality of this piece. While I cannot speak for the entire site, this blouse completely exceeded my expectations! The fabric isn’t fabulous, but the overall look and quality are more than satisfactory for the price, which is oh so good at just $22! I’m wearing a size XS. (P.S. Stay tuned for a video addressing this further…)

I am back in Dallas after a perfect weekend in Houston! It was a perfect whirlwind of a weekend with the cowboy and his family and I’m wishing it didn’t have to end so soon. BUT I am so looking forward to this week, because  it may very well be the most fun one Lonestar Southern has ever seen! Stay tuned! I can’t wait to show you more! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 24

Friday! We did it! And in celebration, I’m so excited to debut this week’s latest and greatest roundup. Week by week, I usually uncover a certain theme when combing through my favorite retailer’s “new arrivals” sections, and this week it has turned out to be a combination of fresh whites and pastel mints! I am absolutely smitten.

 

Friday! We did it! And in celebration, I’m so excited to debut this week’s latest and greatest roundup. Week by week, I usually uncover a certain theme when combing through my favorite retailer’s “new arrivals” sections, and this week it has turned out to be a combination of fresh whites and pastel mints! I am absolutely smitten.

(Question. Is it ok for me to wear this dress every day for the rest of my life? Yes?)

I’m extra, super, especially excited today as I’m actually with the cowboy in Houston for the weekend! He flew into Dallas yesterday around noon, and we made the drive down to HTown for the weekend to attend a leadership conference his family puts on for Texas A&M students.

He is actually speaking this morning, and I couldn’t be more proud or excited. So cross your fingers and wish him luck around 9am CST! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

ruffle sleeve top

White

I wear the white version of this top all the time. It's perfect alone or layered!

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Pink

No surprise here... I couldn't pass it up in pink! Will be wearing all of spring.

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blue and white wrap top

Today I’m coming to you with this precious off shoulder blue and white striped top. Oh, where to begin? The billowy sleeves, bright colors, and the absolute precious tie at the front all make for a piece that I know will get plenty of wear in the upcoming spring and summer months! You’re going to die when you see where I got it from… I actually had to look up and double check the site I was on, because this doesn’t seem like it’s from Forever21 at all. At $35, it’s truly a steal!

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TOP  front tie off shoulder top   |   JEANS   white toothpick jeans   |   HAT   wide brim straw hat (on sale, wearing L/XL)   |   EARRINGS   white lisi lerch tassel earrings   |   SHOES  nude ballet flats

Happy Thursday, y’all! The weekend seems to be just peaking over the horizon, and I’m trying to remind myself of that as this week has felt looong. Anyone else? I legitimately spent all of Monday thinking it was Thursday. (insert eye roll at self) At least we’ve finally made it there! :)

Today I’m coming to you with this precious off shoulder blue and white striped top. Where to even begin? The billowy sleeves, bright colors, and the absolute precious tie at the front all make for a piece that I know will get plenty of wear in the upcoming spring and summer months! You’re going to die when you see where I got it from… I actually had to look up and double check the site I was on, because this doesn’t seem like it’s from Forever21 at all. At $35, it’s truly a steal!

Pairing the top with these white jeans and flats created the perfect effortlessly chic everyday ensemble, but pair it with espadrille wedges for a day out on the town with your girlfriends! Or add some denim shorts and sandals for a sunny day of shopping at the beach. A classic print with a fresh silhouette that will be a show-stopping piece all summer long.

Y’all the Shopbop sale is live through Saturday and I can’t encourage y’all enough to go take a look at it! This sale ranks as one of the best I see all year since it includes pieces that you will absolutely NEVER find on sale. I rounded up some of the best pieces I found from the sale HERE. Be sure to go take a peek here while there’s still a fresh selection! Do y’all have any favorites from the sale? Please share below! :)

Love from Texas,

Kate

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shopbop sale 2017 guide

My guide to the 20 best pieces of the Shopbop 2017 sale is here! For those of you who are wondering what the heck this sale is and why everyone’s freaking out about it, click through for all of the info.

I hinted at it in last night’s Instagram, and, drumroll please… it’s here! My guide to the 20 best pieces of the Shopbop 2017 sale! For those of you who are wondering what the heck this sale is and why everyone’s freaking out about it, let me explain. A few times a year, Shopbop puts nearly every single item on their site on sale based on a tiered spending level system.

What is the code? GOBIG17 What are the spending breakdowns? Check them out below!

If you’re anything like me, you may be thinking “Ok Kate… spending $200 is nowhere close to the definition of SALE in my book.” Girl, I get ya! Let me explain.

This sale includes new-in spring and summer pieces that you won’t find on sale at any other time! Take these new Tory Burcy sandals for example, or these designer jeans!

I personally use the sale to purchase a couple of beautiful, quality, higher-ticket dresses that I wear to weddings and events throughout the remainder of the year.

A word of advice? Combine your order with your mama or best friend so you can hit the highest discount bracket possible!

Back to the guide… I did have to narrow my guide down from the huge selection (like, we’re talking almost the entire site) to just clothing pieces, but don’t let me stop you. You’ll find a ton of amazing sales on shoes HERE, bags HERE and accessories HERE!

Happy shopping, everyone! Let me know your favorite find in the comments!

Love from Texas,

Kate

One fun splurge I just ordered? These cuties that I’ve had my eye on for weeks!

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blush maxi skirt

I’m tempted to go ahead and call this spring the season of skirts for us over here at Lonestar Southern. (Make no mistake, it’s just me over here…. but “us” sounds more credible so let’s just roll with it.) I think if you were to search back through all three + years of blog posts, you’d find maybe two skirts in total. But this year, things kicked off to quite the start with this ruffled mini, and now we have yet another beauty to add to the lineup! This blush maxi skirt!

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SKIRT   blush maxi skirt (under $50)  |   TOP   white tshirt   |   SHOES   nude ankle strap platform wedges (last year)   |   TOTE   seagrass tote   |   EARRINGS   wide gold hoops   (in store at H&M)

Friends!!! Before we go any further, I interrupt this post to tell you that my FAVORITE sale besides the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is LIVE! Click HERE to see how you can save up to 25% on your order (of new spring arrivals) with the code GOBIG17. And now, back to regular programming…

I’m tempted to go ahead and call this spring the season of skirts for us over here at Lonestar Southern. (Make no mistake, it’s just me over here…. but “us” sounds more credible so let’s just roll with it.) I think if you were to search back through all three + years of blog posts, you’d find maybe two skirts in total. But this year, things kicked off to quite the start with this ruffled mini, and now we have yet another beauty to add to the lineup! This blush maxi skirt!

Oh wow. This is one of those pieces that looks pretty online, but turns out to be even better in person! Perhaps it’s the high waist or the incredibly billowy cut, but trust me when I say it’s a showstopper. It’s also one of those pieces that’s just plain fun to wear! While there is a slit up the side, you’ll notice that there’s a shorter layer underneath that does a fabulous job of stylishly guarding from any wardrobe mishaps. All in all, a beautifully well-done piece that has quickly become a closet favorite of mine. (How cute would this look with an off the shoulder crop top for a beach vacation?)

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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white flounce dress

Do you remember seeing this white flounce dress in this Latest & Greatest post from a few weeks back? I was immediately drawn to it for it’s sweet, feminine ruffles, cinched waist and bow sleeves. So many precious details all in one frock! What made me pull the trigger in all of two seconds, however, was the price tag… this lovely dress retails for under $100!

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DRESS   white flounce dress HERE and HERE (order one size up)   |   TOTE   seagrass tote   |   SHOES   chanel flats (similar HERE)   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

Do you remember seeing this white flounce dress in this Latest & Greatest post from a few weeks back? I was immediately drawn to it for its sweet, feminine ruffles, cinched waist and bow sleeves. So many precious details all in one frock! What made me pull the trigger in all of two seconds, however, was the price tag… this lovely dress retails for under $100!

We all know how valuable having a great LBD (little black dress) in your closet is. I’d argue the same with a little white dress! This is a darling option for Sunday brunch, seaside vacations, and even sorority recruitment! Not only that, but you can actually wear this dress off the shoulder, too, giving you two looks in one piece.

A couple of notes on sizing… I actually found this dress to run a little small. If you’re planning on wearing it with the sleeves like I am above, I’d recommend going one size up. I ordered my usual size (XS) but wish I had gone with a small. Furthermore, since the dress is linen and unlined, I ended up wearing this pair of nude shorts underneath just to take the worry out of any wardrobe malfunctions! (We all know spring and summer outdoor lighting can be dangerous.)

I hope everyone had a great weekend! My family and I had the best time celebrating my mama’s birthday (which is actually today) all weekend! This included a trip down to a beautiful perfumery she had been wanting to try, as well as a huge crawfish dinner last night. I was so sleepy all weekend, so getting to bed early each night (grandma status) proved to be just what I needed for a battery recharge. I am looking so forward to this week, and I hope you are too! Thank you so much for starting yours with me!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Angie Garcia

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