my favorite white sweater

I’m going to be honest… I’ve never really loved sweaters, y’all. Since I’m drawn to bright colors and flattering, feminine silhouettes, the same colors and shapes that sweaters always seem to come in bore me pretty quickly.

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TOP   free people cuddle up pullover (wearing size XS, also available here)   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   EARRINGS   tuckernuck statement earrings   |   SHOES   daisie pointy-toe pumps   |   JEANS   rag & bone jeans

I’m going to be honest… I’ve never really loved sweaters, y’all. Since I’m drawn to bright colors and flattering, feminine silhouettes, the same colors and shapes that sweaters always seem to come in bore me pretty quickly.

That’s why during the cold, winter months when sweaters are my best (and most practical) option, I’m always on the lookout for those pieces that are a little different. Whether it’s the cut, the texture or the hue, little details that differentiate are my favorite.

So when I stumbled across this gorgeous top, I added it to my cart right away! Even though it’s incredibly roomy (and therefore incredibly cozy) this sweater manages to also be flattering. From the mock neck to the way it lays across the shoulders to the flared sleeves, it has a polished-yet-effortless feel to it that automatically catches your eye.

I also love it’s versatility! I cringe at the thought of paying more than $50 for a top, but if it’s a beautiful, classic piece I’ll get tons of wear out of, that makes all the difference. This sweater arrived at my doorstep last week, and I’ve already worn it to dinner with friends, to church, and for a day of errands!

Safe to say, it’s one of my favorite purchases of the new year. I’m wearing a size XS, and you can find it here and here!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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red crochet ruffle dress

It’s no secret around here that when it comes to a red dress… I’m pretty powerless. I’m thoroughly convinced the color looks incredible on everyone, plus there’s just something fun about wearing something so bold! When I came across this red crochet ruffle dress, it was love at first site.

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DRESS   red crochet ruffle dress (also available here)   |   HEELS   daisie suede pointy-toed pumps   |   CLUTCH   ysl clutch   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

It’s no secret around here that when it comes to a red dress… I’m pretty powerless. I’m thoroughly convinced the color looks incredible on everyone, plus there’s just something fun about wearing something so bold! When I came across this red crochet ruffle dress, it was love at first site.

This dress is one of those rare finds that combines a gorgeous color, unique cut and do-able price point all in one. That’s the real triple threat in my opinion!

I love the gorgeous crochet detailing – it adds such a unique flair to this sassy piece. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t wear a ton of cutouts, but I found these small inserts on the side to be tastefully done.

Finally, can we talk about the fit?! It narrows and flares in all the right places, and is genuinely fun to wear. I found it in stock in all sizes in two places… here and here. Hurry, hurry because I think this baby is going to sell out quick!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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weekly recap no. 4

Last week was a good one, and I can’t wait to fill you in during our fourth weekly recap series! Click to watch, and make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel here so you never miss a new upload!

Last week was a good one, and I can’t wait to fill you in during our fourth weekly recap series! Click to watch, and make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel here so you never miss a new upload!

And speaking of YouTube videos… I’m dy8ing to hear what y’all want to see. Any ideas or requests? Leave them in the comments below!

Reading how y’all are doing has become one of my very favorite things. Thank y9ou for making these “weekly recaps” one of the very favorite things I do!

Love from Texas,

Kate

valentine’s day dress guide

Since the perfect dress is of paramount importance when getting all dolled up, I thought I’d take today to round up some of the very loveliest things currently in stores and bring you my Valentine’s Day dress guide!

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Since I’ve already started blabbing about it, odds are you know that one of my very favorite holidays is around the corner… Valentine’s Day!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Whether single or in a relationship, I love this day. I use it as a fun excuse to eat candy all day, play Frank Sinatra, get dressed up and go to a fun dinner – whether with girlfriends or a special someone!

Since the perfect dress is of paramount importance when getting all dolled up, I thought I’d take today to round up some of the very loveliest things currently in stores and bring you my Valentine’s Day dress guide!

You know the drill… simply click on a product image to shop. And what are those pink little hearts? They signify dresses priced at under $100!

I still haven’t nailed down what I’ll be doing or (more importantly) what I’ll be wearing on February 14th, but I’m loving all of the inspiration above! What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. If you’re looking for more VDay inspiration, you’ll find past posts here, here, here and here.

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latest & greatest vol. 46

Not only was it a great week for productivity, it was a fabulous week for new arrivals as well! I asked on my Insta Story (follow me @LonestarSouthern) whether y’all would want to see spring or winter inspiration, and the majority voted for spring. I promise I’ll keep posting winter-ready looks on the blog, but every so often it’s fun to dream about what’s ahead, right?

First week moved into my new apartment, and let me tell y’all… it’s been amazing! I’ve been able to be so much more productive and the ability to separate work and “normal life” has been the best thing for my mood/sanity/well-being. ;) I’m finalizing the decor for a couple of spaces and then can’t wait to show y’all the whole thing!

Not only was it a great week for productivity, it was a fabulous week for new arrivals as well! I asked on my Insta Story (follow me @LonestarSouthern) whether y’all would want to see spring or winter inspiration, and the majority voted for spring. I promise I’ll keep posting winter-ready looks on the blog, but every so often it’s fun to dream about what’s ahead, right?

Everything on this collage is calling my name (what’s new) but I wanted to point out three things I just purchased myself and absolutely love!

First up? This darling monogrammed stationary. I had the best experience ordering it from this Etsy shop, and am so excited to get them in the mail soon! I’ll share pics with y’all when they arrive.

A tried and true favorite of mine? This pink O Ring. They are such a thing here in Dallas, and after hearing so many friends rave about theirs, I finally bit the bullet and bought my own. They’re a bit pricey, so I put it off! I can safely say, though, that they are worth it. I bought my mama one for Christmas and she still talks about how much she loves it!

Finally… drumroll, please! After thinking about it for three years (not kidding) I finally pulled the trigger on these Jimmy Choo wedges! EEK! They are way too expensive, but I’ve been wanting a pair of flattering, wear-with-anything wedges and since these are so timeless, well-made and comfortable, I finally rounded up some Christmas money and made them mine. You’ll be seeing them a lot this spring and summer, and I’ll keep my eyes out for dupes!

After finishing up some work, I’m headed off for a ranch weekend! Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have the best time and that I get to see you back here on Monday morning!

Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Don’t forget about the giveaway for a $200 gift card to Lauren James I’m hosting on my Instagram! You’ll find all the instructions and details here.

 

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vineyard vines sale

Vineyard Vines has an amazing sale going on right now, and this button down is included! Take 50% off of all sale styles with the code WHALE50… so good, y’all. Keep in mind, the code makes every purchase final sale!

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SHIRT   plaid cashmere button down   |   SCARF   red tassel scarf (sold out H&M, similar linked)   |   BOOTS   red hunter rainboots   |   JEANS   j.crew toothpick jeans   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Do you remember the fabulous week I spent at the Greenbrier towards the beginning of December? Today, I’m so happy to share this look that was shot on our final morning there. It’s giving me all sorts of nostalgia… can I go back now?!

In packing up for this vacation, I made a point to bring along classic, beautiful, preppy pieces to perfectly complement our beautiful surroundings and the feel of The Greenbrier. My first stop? Vineyard Vines!

This cashmere button down was just the thing I was looking for… something cozy, classic and (of course) colorful! With it’s perfect fit and timeless plaid, this is one shirt I’ll have in my closet for years to come.

Vineyard Vines has an amazing sale going on right now, and this button-down is included! I’ve rounded up a few of my very favorite sale styles below. Happy shopping!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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