a luxurious lace bridal robe

Recently, the designer of my wedding dress, Sareh Nouri, introduced me to her new collection of lace bridal robes. The small, exquisite collection consists of four heirloom-quality pieces… each beautiful and unique in their own way!

It’s been quite a while since my latest wedding-related post. I guess that’s what happens when you’re nearly two years into marriage! :) But what has been so fun to see is that many of you still have this adventure (if it’s one you choose to embark on) ahead of you. I’ve received many messages recently asking for wedding inspiration in various forms, and thought it would be fun to share some with you today!

Recently, the designer of my wedding dress, Sareh Nouri, introduced me to her new collection of lace bridal robes. The small, exquisite collection consists of four heirloom-quality pieces… each beautiful and unique in their own way! The Sarabeth Robe especially caught my eye. Kate Middleton vibes, anyone?

sareh nouri lace bridal robe
sareh nouri lace bridal robe
sareh nouri lace bridal robe
sareh nouri lace bridal robe
sareh nouri lace bridal robe
sareh nouri lace bridal robe
sareh nouri lace bridal robe

ROBE sareh nouri lace sarabeth robe | EARRRINGS custom pearl and diamond earrings (similar linked here)

While you certainly do not need an expensive robe to make your day any more special or meaningful (my bridesmaids and I got ready in pjs from Etsy, after all!) these Sareh Nouri robes are a beautiful option if you’re looking for a piece to last a lifetime, and perhaps even pass down throughout your family! They also make for some gorgeous, romantic photographs.

If you’re someone who has missed Wedding Wednesday posts, do let me know what you’d like to see in the comments below. I’ve been receiving lots of requests for a white dress roundup, so that is definitely in the works!

Thank you, Sareh Nouri, for such an exquisite piece!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

the amazon find love list // vol. 1

Over the past few months, I’ve been sprinkling Amazon finds in here and there. (Remember these amazing slippers and this life-changing headband organizer?) I have had so much fun scouting out the best budget-friendly buys, and thought I’d start something new today: my amazon find love list.

Over the past few months, I’ve been sprinkling Amazon finds in here and there. (Remember these amazing slippers and this life-changing headband organizer?) I have had so much fun scouting out the best budget-friendly buys, and thought I’d start something new today: my amazon find love list.

Rather than a single product-feature, these love lists will round up an assortment of my personal favorite purchases. I personally love scrolling through these types of posts, and hope you enjoy them as well!

So without further ado, here you are!

 

the amazon find

 

love list

 


 

 

scalloped top

I wore this top on Instagram Stories this past weekend, and received so many requests for a link! This cute cropped scalloped top is the perfect compliment to your high-waisted leggings. It comes in a bunch of colors and is right under $20! I’d recommend you’re usual size. I’m in an XS!


 

 

heart rate monitor

After our Peloton heart rate monitor stopped working (which I’ve heard is pretty common, ugh) I decided to see if I could find an affordable replacement. These monitors are under $50, are worn on your arm and connect to Peloton and most other apps via bluetooth.


 

 

rechargeable lighter

I’ve got two words for you: GAME CHANGER. This rechargeable electric lighter has quickly become Andrew’s and my favorite household gadget! Plus, it has a bendable head for hard-to-reach candles. Comes in other colors and is a serious must have.


 

 

tennis skirt

It’s officially tennis skirt weather (at least here in Florida) and I am loving this under $20 one! It’s super soft, super cute, and fits true to size. (I ordered an XS for rerference.) Definitely wanting to order it in more colors now! Just be careful on the product page… there are a few different styles listed..

 


 

 

pink disposable masks

Admittedly, masks are by no means the favorite part of my outfit. But, it’s funny what this pink disposable mask set has done for my mood! I love the disposable convenience (just remember to cut your straps before tossing them) and the color makes them feel a bit more fun than the usual. I always get compliments on them, too!


 

 

lightweight sweater

This pale blue sweater is the perfect piece for early-spring, especially living in Florida, as it’s incredibly lightweight. I love the color and the classic silhouette. Pro tip – order a couple sizes up from your usual top size for a perfectly relaxed look. (I am usually an XS and ordered a M.) I also fold down top half of the neck for a less-turtlenecky look.

 


 

 

popcorn maker bowl

This is not a want, but a NEED, y’all. I purchased this microwave popping bowl around Christmas, and have been using it non-stop ever since. Just put a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil and a couple of tablespoons of kernels into the bowl, throw into the microwave for 2-3 minutes, and voila! Perfectly delicious, homemade popcorn. I ordered a few cheaper versions to see if they were comparable but they’re not. This $20 one is the way to go!

So many good ones, right?! They all get my full stamp of approval, and I’m already excited to share the next amazon find love list with you!

Have an item you’d like to submit? Simply leave a comment below!

Wishing everyone a happy Tuesday! It’s been a few days, as I unplugged to soak up time with my family, and I’m so happy to be back in my favorite corner of the internet with y’all. Here’s to a great week ahead!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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pink on pink

With each passing year, I become more and more convinced of this: no matter what is “in style,” wear what makes you happy. It’s by no means a groundbreaking or even original thought, but nevertheless, one that is so important to remember especially in today’s world of instant access to “what everyone else is doing” and all-too-easy comparison.

english factory pink ruffle sleeve top, abercrombie high waist jeans, coco chanel top handle, pink lele sadoughi headband
english factory pink ruffle sleeve top, abercrombie high waist jeans, coco chanel top handle, pink lele sadoughi headband
english factory pink ruffle sleeve top, abercrombie high waist jeans, coco chanel top handle, pink lele sadoughi headband
english factory pink ruffle sleeve top, abercrombie high waist jeans, coco chanel top handle, pink lele sadoughi headband
english factory pink ruffle sleeve top, abercrombie high waist jeans, coco chanel top handle, pink lele sadoughi headband
english factory pink ruffle sleeve top, abercrombie high waist jeans, coco chanel top handle, pink lele sadoughi headband
english factory pink ruffle sleeve top, abercrombie high waist jeans, coco chanel top handle, pink lele sadoughi headband

TOP pink ruffled top (comes in so many adorable colors!) | JEANS high waisted relaxed crop jeans | HEADBAND pink headband | WATCH michele gold deco watch | BAG chanel coco top handle medium bag | SHOES chanel ballet flats (similar here) | EARRINGS white floral lisi lerch earrings

 

With each passing year, I become more and more convinced of this: no matter what is “in style,” wear what makes you happy. It’s by no means a groundbreaking or even original thought, but nevertheless, one that is so important to remember especially in today’s world of instant access to “what everyone else is doing” and all-too-easy comparison.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this “anti-Millenial” style push brought about by TikTok. (Which, by the way, is an app I’m still not on and honestly feel a lot of freedom in that, haha!) If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here it is in a nutshell: a couple of weeks ago a group of teens decided that side-parts and skinny jeans were decidedly out. It meant you were old, irrelevant, and definitely not fashionable. And the internet freaked out.

When I first heard about it, I laughed to myself. After all, my side part is as deep as the Mississippi River and you’ve never seen a more expansive skinny jean collection than mine. But what surprised me was how seriously people everywhere were starting to take it. I even got a few messages to the tune of… “Can I really not wear my skinny jeans anymore? Do I have to try a side-part now?!”

I know this Millenial style diss is nothing more than a quick internet fad, but I’m honestly sad at the wave it made. Because, quite frankly, I don’t care one bit about what teenagers think of my side part or skinny jeans. And neither should you!

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve looked around a room and heard that little voice pop into my head telling me I definitely didn’t fit in. Too much color. Too preppy. Too this or that… the list goes on. But after being raised to understand it’s ok not to fit in and, if we’re honest, spending plenty of awkward teenage years experiencing how draining it is to try to fit the mold, I’ve finally mastered the art of telling that little voice to go away. And that has been so freeing!

The beauty of those years spent feeling out of place is they paved the way to the job I get to do now… blogging! After all, I felt a bit too “preppy” for my college environment and wanted a space to share that. Now, I get to share what I love even when it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

All this rambling to say, I really hate to see any trend that pressures everyone to look alike, dress alike, style their hair alike, etc. You’re telling me we all need to have the same hair and the same pair of jeans, now, in order to be in-style? I don’t know about you, but for a young and upcoming generation, that seems like a very old-fashioned view.

What if instead of fretting if our part was too deep, we modeled the confidence and happiness that comes from being ourselves to a world and society that will always be telling us we’re missing the mark and don’t fit in. I don’t want to spoil it for the Gen Zers out there, but I can’t wait for them to hopefully experience that same freedom a few years down the road when they find themselves in the same boat we’re in. :)

I don’t mean to rag on the youngins. If middle parts and baggy jeans make them feel good, then I’m all for them! I just want to be one voice that reminds you to wear what makes you happy, no matter what anyone else thinks. And while you’re rocking it, I’ll be over here in my head-to-toe pink ensemble cheering you on!

Love from skinny jeans and side-part loving,

Kate

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my spring bucket list

Since I know many of us are still a few weeks (if not a month or two) away from spring, I thought I’d share a little bucket list of things to do to get you in that happy, optimistic spring mentality… even if it’s still cold where you are!

Over the past few days, we have had the most gorgeous weather here in Gainesville. I find myself thinking again and again, “So this is why people move to Florida!” The hot and humid days in August and September are enough to do me in, but I have to say that dealing with those conditions is worth it because of the perfect weather we get in late winter and early spring!

Every year for as long as I can remember, I experience a noticeable change in my mood when spring rolls in. Anyone else?! There’s nothing that puts a smile on my face quite like sunshine, blue skies, a balmy breeze, and fresh air.

Since I know many of us are still a few weeks (if not a month or two) away from spring, I thought I’d share a little bucket list of things to do to get you in that happy, optimistic spring mentality… even if it’s still cold where you are!

 

my spring bucket list

9 things to put a bit of spring in your step, literally

1. treat yourself to some self-tanner

For the first time in months, I pulled out my self-tanner, and y’all… what a difference it makes! That 10 minutes it takes to apply is one of my favorite self-care rituals. I woke up feeling rosey, tan, and ready for the warm weather ahead! (Why does it make me feel fitter too? Haha!) There are so many on the market, but I’m a purist and have never strayed from St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse. I use this $5 mitt from Amazon to apply, and this Artis brush to blend onto my hands and feet! (You can also use this less expensive brush.)

 

2. create a spring playlist

I’m a seasonal music listener… know what I mean? I love moody, slow country and folk during fall, classic oldies and Christmas music during winter, and when spring hits? Upbeat, fun country and happy tunes! One of my favorite ways to switch mindsets is to change up my music. Take a few minutes to explore new playlists today, or create your own! A few of my favorite Spotify playlists for spring? Happy Beats and this Country playlist my friend Caroline showed me!

 

3. make an iced latte

Y’all know I’m a loyal 3pm coffee-breaker, and around this time of year I like to switch from hot to iced. There’s nothing more refreshing than an iced latte, and I love using this recipe to create a refreshing (and caffeinated) afternoon beverage. It’s so easy and so delicious!

 

4. put away winter clothing

Spring cleaning goes a long way in not only tidying up, but mentally decluttering as well! If you’re able, plan an hour to transition your wardrobe. Out with the coats, in with the color! I promise it is so fun to remind yourself of all of the fun spring and summer pieces you have to look forward to wearing! (Need a bit of re-organizing as well? Check out my favorite Amazon hack for headbands!)

 

5. light a new candle

Who doesn’t love a new candle?! Something as simple as picking a new fragrance to fill your home with is one of my favorite ways to usher in spring. I’m currently loving this candle my mom gave me for Christmas and this Target find! (It’s huge and just $25!)

 

6. start a lighthearted book

This weekend, Andrew and I headed outside so he could do some studying in the fresh air. I decided to bring along a book, and grabbed Pride and Prejudice… which has been sitting on my shelf forever! I cannot even begin to tell you how enjoyable it’s been to lose myself in this lovely, period love story. So looking forward to spending the next few weeks with Elizabeth Bennett! (How darling is this Jane Austen set? May have to pull the trigger!)

 

7. plant something green

If you following along on Instagram, you know that about a week ago I planted a Bougainvillea! I have never been a gardener, much less anyone with anything close to a green thumb, but this little project has been so much fun. For one, it’s forced me to get outdoors more. It’s also been such a joy to check in on this beautiful plant every day and to tend to it. Andrew has a little standing garden on our back porch and is loving the process as well. If you don’t have an outdoor space, consider this indoor self-growing planter. It gets amazing reviews and my sister loves it!

 

8. paint your nails

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to spruce things up, and the same is true when it comes to a manicure! No need to head to the salon. Grab yourself an Olive & June set and do it yourself! This is not sponsored, ps. I just tried the mani set out for the first time last week after a horrible salon experience and was blown away at how great the experience was. (So neat, so tidy, and a week later my at-home manicure still looks great!) Plus, Olive & June has so many fun new spring colors out! This link will get you $10 off of your first purchase over $50.

 

9. make a homemade acai bowl

I’m a pretty boring, habitual lunch eater. I love a big dinner, so lunches are usually something light and easy! I love an avocado toast during winter, but when spring rolls around I switch to a yummy homemade acai bowl. They’re delicious, and so much cheaper than buying from a restaurant! Here is the recipe I use!

If you’re craving the season of sunshine, I hope these ideas start getting you in that mindset! I would love to hear what you like to do to get ready for spring. The more ideas the better!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 102

After this week, I’m craving all of the color and daydreaming of all things spring! That’s why today’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to recently hit the web is full of all the sunshiney hues and happy prints. I hope they put a smile on your face!

After this week, I’m craving all of the color and daydreaming of all things spring! That’s why today’s roundup of the cutest new arrivals to recently hit the web is full of all the sunshiney hues and happy prints. I hope they put a smile on your face!

As always, click directly on each image to shop! (Except for the Olive & June nail polish set, which you’ll find linked here!)

 

blue floral maxi dress // lavender bow maxi dress // pink field jacket // olive & june nail colors (click here for $10 off your purchase of $50+)// green garden pot // wide cut denim shorts // pearl slides // pink ruffle top // pink scallop top

 

Can’t you almost taste spring with this fun collage? I’m swooning over the entire new spring collection from CROSBY by Mollie Burch. And doesn’t this pink jacket make the thought of cold weather feel a bit more cheery?

If you missed my post on J.Crew’s new arrivals, be sure to check it out here! Wishing everyone a warm and safe weekend!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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j.crew new arrivals

If there was ever a time to get excited for spring, it’s today! If there’s anything I look forward to almost as much as Christmas morning, it’s J.Crew new arrivals. Get your scroll finger ready, because J.Crew has released a brand new collection, and it is filled with all of the colorful, floral, striped, feminine, and fun goodness I’ve been craving this month!

If there was ever a time to get excited for spring, it’s today! If there’s anything I look forward to almost as much as Christmas morning, it’s J.Crew new arrivals. Get your scroll finger ready, because J.Crew has released a brand new collection, and it is filled with all of the colorful, floral, striped, feminine, and fun goodness I’ve been craving this month!

Trust me, you’re going to want to see for yourself! Check out the entire happy new collection here, and scroll on for some of my very favorites.

 

j.crew new arrivals

 

My personal favorites? Where to begin! This beautiful midi dress is literal perfection… and it’s half off today! I’ve already added this pink gingham frock to my cart, and am doing my best to restrain myself from buying every single thing in this print. (It’s not looking promising.)

This collection has truly put a little pep in my step this morning, and I hope it does the same for you! Now, warm weather, please hurry up. We’ve got some lewks to debut!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate