insta story try on haul + coupon code

Hello and happy Friday, my cute friends! We’re skipping the Latest & Greatest post (you’ll find my last one here) because I have something even more exciting to share with you… a new Instagram Story Try On Haul to one of my favorite boutiques, Red Dress Boutique! Cape // Skirt…

Hello and happy Friday, my cute friends! We’re skipping the Latest & Greatest post (you’ll find my last one here) because I have something even more exciting to share with you… a new Instagram Story Try On Haul to one of my favorite boutiques, Red Dress Boutique!

Cape // Skirt // Boots (not included in sale // Shirt (old Loft) // Jeans (featured in Insta Try On, not included in sale)

I am so excited to have teamed up with Red Dress to bring you my favorite styles (trust me, everything is so cute) for 15% off today only!

Here are all of the details. At 3 pm CST, my Instagram Story will go live. In it, I’ll be featuring the pieces I’ve selected to be a part of this 15% off discount! So, when 3 pm CST rolls around, simply use the code Lonestar15 at checkout for 15% off my featured items. Keep in mind, the code will only work for 24 hours and will only apply to my featured items, so be sure to make your order before tomorrow afternoon!

While you won’t be able to use the code until 3 pm CST, you’ll find a sneak peek of the items that will be included below. When 3 pm rolls around, you’ll be able to shop them all here! Just wait to you see how cute they look on!

Sizing Details

I’m 5’2″ and my normal size is a 0 or XS. I ordered the smallest size available (usually a Small) in everything in this haul! The shoes also run true to size.

Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend! I’m headed down to Austin to visit my best friend Amanda. We’ve got plenty of pizza-eating, ACL-attending and pillow-talking on the agenda! Friend weekends are my favorite weekends. :) Go have fun and be safe!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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coffee date no. 19

Oh, friends. There’s a profound sense of restfulness and rightness washing over me as I sit down to write right now. It has been far too long since my last Coffee Date post. We’re talking since January! I am genuinely relieved to be in a place where I have the clarity to…

Oh, friends. There’s a profound sense of restfulness and rightness washing over me as I sit down to write right now. It has been far too long since my last Coffee Date post. We’re talking since January! I am genuinely relieved to be in a place where I have the clarity to sit down and talk a bit about the latest going on around here. What a joy it is to share life with you!

For those of you who are new around here, Coffee Date posts are where I take a few words to get deeper than my daily outfit posts and share what has been going on in my life outside of Lonestar Southern. Of everything I do here, getting real with, sharing life with and relating with y’all through these in-depth (aka quite wordy) catch up posts is my very favorite.

With that being said, let’s dive into a few favorite photos that have characterized the past few months. You’ll find my full recap (aka jumbled mess of thoughts) below.

ready for the airport

scarf // top // jeans // boots

meeting catherine lowe

dress // earrings

palm beach, florida with lilly pulitzer

robe

san miguel, mexico

top // jeans // sandals // bag (bought in mexico)

san miguel, mexico

top // jeans // sunglasses // hat (bought in mexico)

soulcycle

sports bra // leggings // shoes // sunglasses

asia with starfish project

sweater // jeans

asia with starfish project

sweater // top // jeans // sandals // sunglasses

madrid, spain

sweater // top // jeans // shoes // bag

seville, spain

dress (bought in seville) // earrings

barcelona, spain

jacket // scarf // top // sunglasses

arkansas lakehouse

swimsuit // shorts // hat // sandals

seljalandsfoss, iceland

jacket // striped top // leggings // shoes // rain jacket

rejkjavik, iceland

jacket // striped top // leggings // sunglasses

florence, italy

dress // bag

florence, italy

dress // bag

milan, italy

striped top // white jeans // sandals // bracelet

arkansas lakehouse

swimsuit

nantucket, massachusetts

hat // rain jacket // sweater // striped top // belt // white shorts // sandals

seaside, florida

swimsuit // sunglasses

chicago, Illinois

top // earrings

Let’s start with a question I’ve received from many of you over the past few weeks… why has it taken me so long to write up a new Coffee Date post?

I’ve always found it easier to share life updates when I’ve reached certain mental “conclusions” to whatever season in life I’ve been walking through – when I have perspective enough to tie up everything that I’ve been doing and learning into a nice, insightful, pretty little post.

Well, y’all… the greater part of the past eight months have been so transient and all over the place that until recently, “conclusive” is the last thing I have felt.

So many factors and things up in the air, so much going on that I didn’t feel like I had a grip on. That was me. Craving a place of routine and “settledness” and sunken-in roots, and instead, feeling all over the place both mentally and physically. But  today, I’m happy and thankful to be sitting in a season of rest and clarity, ready to chat your ear off about it!

So what did the past eight months look like for me? A lot of travel. A lot of travel. In fact, I’d spend about two weeks a month at the very least away from my desk and life in Dallas. Initially, I loved the idea of that! Doesn’t it sound glamorous? Bopping around from destination to destination?

From the photos above, I know it certainly looked that way. Asia, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, France, Italy, Chicago, Nantucket, Palm Beach.

Trust me, there was so much of that travel and adventure that I absolutely loved. I feel so lucky that my schedule allowed for it. But what I didn’t realize was the toll it started to take on me personally. My life rhythm began to turn into two weeks of travel straight, minimum, and then two weeks of crunch time here in Dallas where I’d attempt to fit a months worth of work into fourteen days.

Turns out, that wasn’t a super healthy life-work balance for me. Who would have thought! :) Instead of the joy I’ve always found it to be, work started to become an overbearing burden. I wasn’t the friend I wanted to be since I was never around. Even things like my prayer life and commitments that I had here in Dallas suffered.

Amidst most of the fun and adventure (which is what you see all prettily-filtered above), there was exhaustion, insecurity and a feeling of displacement.

But then, in an unforeseen turn of events, life slowed down. It was the last thing I expected, but little did I know it was just what I needed.

July rolled around, and after a conversation of mutual clarity, the cowboy and I decided to break up.  The long-distance element was a challenge we were both happy to work around, but at the end of the day, it was a pace we couldn’t keep up.

I want to take a second to say that he is an absolutely incredible guy, and I only have thankfulness for our story. I feel so lucky to have had him in my life, and am so excited for where the Lord takes him in his future!

It’s been in the wake of that decision that travel has begun to slow down considerably over the past few months. Life has settled into a wonderful, manageable, orderly pace. Sine I’m not here only two out of four weeks, I have had weekends here in Dallas to devote to friends and rest. I’ve started being able to be present for the things I want and need to be present for.

Out of a sad moment, God brought a lot of blessing I didn’t know I needed.

The older I get, and as each passing Coffee Date goes by, I see more and more just how well the Lord knows me. He knows my heart, my desires, my thoughts, my insecurities and my dreams far better and more clearly than I ever could. Time and time again, I’ve seen Him provide for me in ways that were anything but “wanted” at first, and which turned into profound blessings.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

This verse has been cycling through my heart and mind over the past few weeks because in this season I’ve seen it is so true. The Lord makes everything beautiful in its time. In His time. See, the thing is, so often it isn’t my timing or my standard of “beauty.” For the longest time that made me feel like He didn’t really know me or understand what I was going through… because I couldn’t see the “finish line” or “happily ever after” right away. Moment after moment of “Really, God?! Not exactly what I had planned. At ALL.”

But the older I get, the more thankful I am for that. I see it time and time again. He knows so much more than I do. He sees so much more than I do. His ways are so much better than mine.

So now that I’ve reached this season of happiness and contentment, what’s ahead? Oh y’all… so many fun things! Two of my very best friends are engaged, and this girl loves nothing more than wedding festivities. I have a trip to Washington D.C. planned here in the next couple of weeks, and get to visit my best friend Amanda in Austin this weekend. Dallas life continues to be so fun as amazing new restaurants pop up all over the place and I have the opportunity to meet more and more people. I’m loving spin class at SoulCycle, Halo Top Cookies & Cream ice cream, 3:30 pm cups of coffee and listening to Cody Johnson on repeat.

Life is beautiful and life is good, even when life is hard. Today, I’m rejoicing in how He has made and will continue to make everything beautiful in its time.

Love from Texas,

Kate

 

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fall dress insta story try on

Good morning, friends! It’s been a hot second, but I’m back with a highly-requested Insta Story Try On Haul! You may remember the ones I posted earlier this summer (seen here, here and here), and it’s been so fun to put a new one together for you now that we’re…

Good morning, friends! It’s been a hot second, but I’m back with a highly-requested Insta Story Try On Haul! You may remember the ones I posted earlier this summer (seen here, here and here), and it’s been so fun to put a new one together for you now that we’re officially in autumn.

I’ve received so many questions regarding dresses this fall. Whether you’re on the hunt for a wedding guest dress, a tailgating dress, or any other sort, I think you’ll find inspiration below that covers all fronts!

Don’t forget to check out my Insta Story today to see how these dresses look like on and in movement. I’d also love to hear if you’d like me to continue doing these! Let me know in the comments below.

floral wrap mini dress (true to size, wearing US XS) // sam edelman stillson pump

keepsake sweet dreams dress (true to size, wearing XXS but exchanging for XS) // sam edelman stillson pump

self portrait bellis lace trimmed mini dress (wearing a size 0 which was too small, I recommend sizing up one!) //sam edelman stillson pump

floral maxi dress (true to size, wearing XS)  // sam edelman stillson pump

alice and olivia kappa party dress (true to size, wearing size 0) //  sam edelman stillson pump

pink ruffle hem dress (true to size, wearing XS) //  sam edelman stillson pump

paisley off the shoulder dress (true to size, wearing US 2) // sam edelman stillson pump

stripe smock dress (true to size, wearing size US 2) // sam edelman stillson pump

ruffle sleeve denim dress (true to size, wearing size US 2) // sam edelman stillson pump

j.crew ruffle hem utility dress (wearing regular size 00) // sam edelman stillson pump

bb dakota chambray dress (true to size, wearing XS) // sam edelman stillson pump

navy off the shoulder maxi dress (fits a little large, wearing size XS) // sam edelman stillson pump

Happy shopping!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 39

Week after week, I think “This is the moment I tire of leopard print.” But nope… this trend has captured my heart this season and I can’t get it out of my head, or out of my roundups! This Friday I’m so excited to bring you a new roundup of…

Week after week, I think “This is the moment I tire of leopard print.” But nope… this trend has captured my heart this season and I can’t get it out of my head, or out of my roundups!

This Friday I’m so excited to bring you a new roundup of my favorite “new arrivals” from the past week. Lots of beige showed up in today’s post, which mimics my affinity for that perfectly ladylike and neutral hue this season! I am craving it in everything, from jackets to purses to shoes and beyond! You’ll also find a few other fun arrivals I wasn’t able to fit into the collage:

I also wanted to take a second to remind you that today is the last day to shop the Shopbop sale! Get 20% off your entire order with the code EOTS17, and 25% off with that same code when you spend over $500! I went ahead and ordered the leopard heeled loafers you see in today’s post and can’t wait to get them in. My advice? Use this sale to scoop up higher-ticket items you’ll wear all season, like some gorgeous shoes or perfect wedding-guest dresses!

It’s been a busy week around here, so I’m so excited for the weekend! Are y’all doing anything fun? Dallas ladies, listen up. I am so excited to be attending Hope Fest tomorrow, which is an amazing philanthropy event put on at Happiest Hour from 3pm to midnight! It benefits some incredible organizations in the most fun way possible.  Check it out and get tickets HERE, I can’t wait to see y’all there!

Wishing everyone a safe and super-fun weekend! Crossing my fingers we get a taste of fall weather around here… I’m itching to pull out some sweaters!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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new video // lilly pulitzer after party sale haul + try on

TA DA! After a few shipping delays, everything has arrived and I’m so excited to share with you a highly-requested Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Haul video! This is one of my favorite sales to shop, and if it is for you too, I hope you were able to snatch…

TA DA! After a few shipping delays, everything has arrived and I’m so excited to share with you a highly-requested Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Haul video! This is one of my favorite sales to shop, and if it is for you too, I hope you were able to snatch up eerything you wanted!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Speaking of AMAZING sales, did you know that Shopbop is currently 20% off site-wide until Friday night?! (You’ll get 25% off on orders $500+) Use the code EOTS17 for this incredible discount, and shop some of my favorites below!

Shopbop Items I Own and Love

Shopbop Sale Wishlist

sheer illusion neckline top

One trend I’ve been seeing over and over again over the past year or so is the illusion neckline. While I lean heavily towards the timeless, classic gowns, I adore this new, modern accent! There’s something about it that adds an instant pop of “pretty” to any piece.

TOP   sheer illusion neckline top   |   SKIRT   denim skirt    |   BAG   bamboo arc bag   |   SHOES   platform wedges   |   BRACELET   david yurman bracelet

Ever since I was a little girl, I have followed bridal fashion and trends closely. Truth be told, my mom wouldn’t let me read any of the teen magazines at the grocery store, so I always bought wedding magazines! I don’t know if it’s the hopeless romantic in me, or simply the fact that I would love to wear a ball gown every day, but regardless, the elegant whimsy of the bridal gown world gets to me like nothing else!

One trend I’ve been seeing over and over again over the past year or so is the illusion neckline. While I lean heavily towards the timeless, classic gowns, I adore this new, modern accent! There’s something about it that adds an instant pop of “pretty” to any piece.

That’s why I was so thrilled to find it incorporated into this affordable blouse from Forever21. As it turns out, you don’t have to be a bride to make this look your own!

To make this elegant neckline a bit more casual, I paired the blouse with my favorite denim skirt and a pair of wedges. This top would also look gorgeous tucked into dark wash jeans and heeled riding boots, or paired with a ladylike skirt.

All I know is, I love this attainable take on the sheer illusion neckline, and hope we see more of it this season!

Love from Texas,

Kate

Photography by Hilary Rattikin

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