one dress, two colors // which is your fave?

It’s no secret that, more than any other piece of clothing, dresses are my absolute favorite to style. When it comes to those I can wear in fall and winter, I can’t seem to get enough! Today, I’m so excited to share you one style that comes in two colorways, both of which I’m already excited to break out in the coming weeks!

BLACK DRESS   black sleeveless print dress (wearing size XS)   |   RED DRESS   red sleeveless print dress (wearing size XS)   |   HEELS   black block heels (similar linked)   |   BOOTS   suede over the knee boots (similar linked)   |   EARRINGS   white floral earrings (similar linked)   |   EARRINGS   gold hoops (similar linked)   |   BRACELETS   bracelet set   |   CLUTCH   tan envelope clutch (similar linked)

Let’s talk about fall down south, y’all. While I do wish we’d get actual cold weather now and then, the mild climate means we can wear dresses well into autumn. Because of that, you won’t hear me complaining!

It’s no secret that, more than any other piece of clothing, dresses are my absolute favorite to style. When it comes to those I can wear in fall and winter, I can’t seem to get enough! Today, I’m so excited to share you one style that comes in two colorways, both of which I’m already excited to break out in the coming weeks!

This sleeveless tiered dress from Belk has an effortless feel to it, with plenty of feminine details to boot. I love the high neck, the lace detailing, the pattern blocking, and maybe most of all… how light it is to wear!

It’s the perfect style for fall and it offers so many different ways of wearing it. Some simple block heels would look gorgeous for a more formal occasion, and over the knee boots are always a go-to when things start to get chilly. A pair of pretty ballet flats would make for a practical, classic ensemble. Best yet, pair it with a denim or moto jacket to change up the look even more!

It’s clear the options are endless with this little fall frock, which is perfectly priced at under $30. Now one question remains… which color would you pick? Red? Black? Both?

Love from Texas,

Kate

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10 college dorm essentials

I made it to my freshman year dorm in one piece, but over that year learned what was really made dorm life easier, and what really didn’t. So when Walmart reached out to see if I’d be interested in sharing my back-to-college essentials, I couldn’t wait to put my tips to paper! (Or keyboard, that is.)

It feels like just yesterday… the frantic scurry around town to find everything I needed for my move to Austin, Texas for my freshman year at the University of Texas. I remember racing from store to store with my mom, hoping I had everything I needed for this huge life transition! (Like, how many personal trashcans is sensible?! Do I need one 5-subject notebook or five 1-subject notebooks?!)

I made it to my freshman year dorm in one piece, but over that year learned what was really made dorm life easier, and what really didn’t. So when Walmart reached out to see if I’d be interested in sharing my back-to-college essentials, I couldn’t wait to put my tips to paper! (Or keyboard, that is.)

I spent some time brainstorming the items that made my freshman year better and am so excited to share them with you today! Especially because I get lots of emails from you college-aged ladies, and know this applies to quite a few of you!

One tip to know straight away… Walmart offers free two day shipping on most orders of $35 or more. Take it from me, not having to run around like a crazed person trying to track everything down is key. Take a look for yourself on the college landing page… so much back-to-school inspiration!

Now, let’s get started!

1. Full-Size Duvet Cover

This tip actually came straight from my mama! When you’re selecting your freshman-year bedding, odds are you’re looking for something for a twin-sized bed. Instead of choosing the twin size, however, opt up for the full size! This makes your bed look extra cozy and plush, and adds an instant “homey” feeling to your dorm room.

This aqua duvet cover actually looks just like the one I had (and loved!) freshman year! (See photo below.)

Another tip… stay away from all-white bedding. While I love the clean, crisp look, it doesn’t hold up to college wear and tear! A nice, soothing color like this is much easier to keep clean.

2. Keurig Coffee Maker

My caffeine addiction hasn’t always been a thing. No, it started… you guessed it… my freshman year of college. Take it from me, sometimes a little caffeine is just what you need for those 8ams, and having a small Keurig like this one tucked away in your room saves you the trip to the cafeteria and saves you money from countless Starbucks runs!

3. Shower Cap

As silly as this may seem, I think my shower cap was my most-prized possession during my freshman year of college. Who has time to wash their hair every day when you’re juggling a new school, schedule and social life all at once! Put the days of dancing around the shower in a messy bun behind you and buy a shower cap. It’s trés fashionable, $3, and you can thank me later.

4. Surge Protector

Let me make a blanket statement right off the bat. No matter where you live your freshman year, you will not have enough plugs. Between your computer charger, your phone charger, your hair dryer, your straightener, your speakers, your lamps, your TV and the countless other items you manage to squeeze into your dorm room, you’ll always be in need of another outlet.

Save yourself the trouble and be sure to pack up a surge protector like this one! I loved being able to turn all of my appliances on and off with the one little switch at the top of it, as well.

5. Mini Fridge

I know a mini fridge is a bigger expense when it comes to back-to-school buys (although this one is under $100) but take it from me… it is life changing to have one. Everyone jokes about the “Freshman Fifteen,” but there’s definitely an element of truth to it. It’s more difficult to stay healthy when you don’t have access to a kitchen!

My freshman year roomie Olivia and I hid one underneath our bed freshman year (see the importance of bed risers below) and loved having it for greek yogurts, fresh fruits and veggies, almond milk and all sorts of other things you wouldn’t find in a cafeteria. Worth it, trust me!

6. Shower Caddie

Even if you have the luxury of sharing a shower with only a couple of other rooms (which I know is often not the case) make sure you bring along a shower caddie. It keeps things organized, in the same place and convenient… plus, you won’t have to worry about using the wrong shampoo or (heaven forbid) razor. Plus, they’re super inexpensive! (This one is just $6!)

7. Brita Filter

The Brita my freshman year roommate and I shared was like a third roommate to us. We named her, joked about her and used her all the time. This style in particular fits inside a mini fridge, and really is so helpful in staying hydrated. There’s just something comforting about drinking from the Brita as opposed to the dorm faucet… know what I mean?

8. Sleep Mask

 

Even if you never used one in high school, I highly recommend bringing along a sleep mask. It’s rare that you’re ever on the same schedule as your roommate, and trust me… not having to worry about being woken up in the middle of what precious little sleep you’re lucky enough to get is a game changer.

This would also be a cute welcome present for your roomie, and that way you won’t have to worry when you need to turn the lights on at 7 am for your early-morning class!

9. Bed Risers

Like I mentioned above, bed risers are the best trick to making your room feel extra-cozy and creating (oh-so-valuable) extra storage space underneath. If you see the picture I shared above, both of our beds were on risers!

I’d recommend getting the highest ones you can find. (This set goes up to 8 inches.)Plus, you’ll get extra exercise by having to run and jump onto your bed every day! (That was legitimately me, haha!)

10. Shoe Rack

Instead of using your precious, limited closet space to hang a vertical shoe organizer, use a slender rack you can place at the bottom of your closet like this one! It’s easy to assemble and just $9. After a series of trial and error, I ended up using a shoe rack just like this freshman year and kept it for the remaining three years of college. Such a great space-saving solution!

There you have it, friends, my top 10 items to take to college with you! Whether you’re in college now or already graduating, I’d love to hear the items you used and loved to make your dorm room feel more like home! Don’t forget, you can check out more back-to-college inspiration here.

Love from Texas,

Kate

Thank you, Walmart, for sponsoring this post.

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I am so excited about today’s finds, because there are so many amazing new transitional pieces online! I’m loving everything neutral accented with pops of cheetah and of course, pink! Click on the images below to shop…

Between the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and personal life craziness, it has been a hot second since my last roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web! Oh, the tragedy. ;)

I am so excited about today’s finds, because there are so many amazing new transitional pieces online! I’m loving everything neutral accented with pops of cheetah and of course, pink! Click on the images below to shop…

And did you catch the new YouTube video I posted this morning?! It felt so amazing to get back into filming, and I’m hoping to do more videos in the coming weeks! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel HERE. My next goal is to hit 20,000 YouTube subscribers… we’re getting there, y’all!

P.S. There were so many cute finds this week, that I couldn’t fit them all in the collage above! Even thought it’s a bit much for a simple white t-shirt, I love the classic, perfect fit of this piece. I wear white tees and riding boots all the time in fall, so I’m thinking it might be worth it! I’m also drooling over these scalloped tortoiseshell hoops (omg, yes) and this feminine ruffled blouse. And as if I don’t have enough cheetah print in this post, check out this adorable bag!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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new video // how to get out of a funk

Oh, it feels so good to type out this post! Friends, I found myself in quite the funk on Wednesday, and it inspired a new video! I can’t tell you how refreshing and fun it was to get back into filming. Take a look below and be sure to subscribe HERE so you never miss an upload!

Oh, it feels so good to type out this post! Friends, I found myself in quite the funk on Wednesday, and it inspired a new video! I can’t tell you how refreshing and fun it was to get back into filming. Take a look below and be sure to subscribe HERE so you never miss an upload!

I know funks are something we all find ourselves in from time to time. While these tips help me personally,  I’d love to hear how you deal when you find yourself in one, too!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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my new favorite movie spot // cinépolis

I feel like I shouldn’t start off saying “movie theater,” because that’s certainly not what I first thought when walking into the new Cinépolis space. For starters, it feels more like a luxurious downtown bar, and the pictures above don’t even capture the extent of it!

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SWEATER   gibson convertible sweater (you can snap the ends together and loop over your head)   |   JEANS   vineyard vines jeans   |   SHIRT   white tee   |   SHOES   adidas pink kicks   |   BAG   barrington tote   |   EARRINGS   hoop earrings

One of my favorite things about living in Dallas is that the city seems to be booming! Everywhere you look, it feels as if a new, beautiful restaurant has opened or retail space has been created. The Dallas I knew in high school is completely different from the Dallas I know now, and there’s nothing I love more than exploring the new parts of my city!

One of those areas in particular? Victory Park! I typically don’t venture into downtown Dallas that much, but with the new development happening near the American Airlines Center, I’ve been finding more and more reasons to frequent the area. Exhibit A? The gorgeous new Cinépolis movie theater!

Let’s just say this is a luxury experience of every kind. My sister and I visited yesterday for a Mamma Mia! date, and I’m so excited to share about the experience in partnership with Cinépolis today.

I feel like I shouldn’t start off saying “movie theater,” because that’s certainly not what I first thought when walking into this gorgeous space. For starters, it feels more like a luxurious downtown bar, and the pictures above don’t even capture the extent of it!

When you walk in, you’re immediately greeted with gorgeously high ceilings and huge windows that offer an incredible view of the American Airlines Center and the W Hotel. There’s a full-service bar and lots of great seating, making it the perfect spot to grab a cocktail with friends or a hot date before a show.

Next up, the actual theater experience! Y’all… the theater my sister and I stepped into was, and I mean this, stunning. Gorgeous leather chairs that recline all the way, elegant lighting and the tons of room that separate each row create such a special ambiance that’s worth every penny!

The dining options are expansive, and Steele and I really can’t wait to try everything on the menu! Each seat has a button to call a waiter who will take your order in the theater. I went with the pepperoni flatbread, and she had a yummy torta. We even indulged in a milkshake and caramel popcorn because.. why not?!

It’s safe to say that after visiting the new Cinépolis theater, it’s going to be hard to get me into any other. The experience is nothing short of glam, and if you’re looking for something fun and different to do this weekend… I think you know exactly where to head!

Also, keep in mind that Cinépolis offers “magic hours,” which are great for catching a show after work! “Magic hour” tickets are offered for $10 Mon-Thurs from 3:30-5:30 at select shows.

I’ll be giving away tickets to the new Cinépolis today on Instagram, so stay tuned! Already looking forward to heading back and bring along a group of friends with!

Love from Texas,

Kate

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what i wore this weekend // my best friend’s wedding

Today, I thought I’d share an even more fun update with y’all… a “What I Wore This Weekend” to my best friend’s wedding! Julie and I have known each other since high school but became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas. We have so many fun memories from college and post-grad together, but y’all… this weekend was by far and away the best yet!

A few weeks back (my, how summer flies) I tried out a different sort of post with y’all… “What I Wore This Weekend // Wedding Guest” filled with personal photos and memories from a fun weekend I spent in San Antonio. As it turns out, the feedback y’all so graciously gave me clued me into something fun… y’all love personal life posts!

You know what’s fun about that? They just so happen to be the posts I most enjoy writing! So today, I thought I’d share an even more fun one with y’all… a “What I Wore This Weekend” to my best friend’s wedding!

Julie and I have known each other since high school, but became best friends after rushing Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas. We have so many fun memories from college and post-grad together, but y’all… this weekend was by far and away the best yet!

Let’s just say, the wedding was spectacular. Every detail was stunning, thoughtfully-planned and perfectly befitting of her and her now-husband, Tim! Andrew was a groomsman, I was a bridesmaid, and the weekend was one I’ll never forget. Here are a few of my favorite photos from it all!

 

Rehearsal Dinner

DRESS   black bow cocktail dress (true to size, wearing 0)   |   EARRINGS   pearl drop earrings (old Kate Spade, similar linked)   |   HEELS   stuart weitzman nudist heels   |   BAG   chanel classic mini square flap bag

After rehearsing, everyone headed to the George W. Bush presidential center for the rehearsal dinner. It was absolutely stunning, and oh so fun to listen to the toasts from people who love Tim and Julie so much.

Funny story, at the rehearsal dinner of one of my other best friend’s (which also took place in this exact room) I completely forgot the third point of my speech and stood there stalling for 30 seconds. SO AWKWARD. Needless to say, I brought a cue card along with me this time! ;)

Let me just way, I wish I had a photo of Julie in her dress. It was white, fluttery perfection and we were all drooling over it!

I decided to splurge on this lovely black cocktail dress for the occasion. I have so many friends getting married in the coming months, and wanted a beautiful, timeless dress I could wear again and again. After taking this one for its inaugural spin, it’s safe to say it’s one of my favorite dresses in my closet! Definitely a “big girl” purchase I’ll be wearing for years.

The Day Of

HAIR & MAKEUP   maitee miles   |   DRESSES   alfred sung   |   EARRINGS  lauren huddleston carla earrings (a gift from the bride)   |   LIP COLOR   merry rose (my favorite lip color of all time! looks fresh and natural and glamorous on everyone)

Talk about the best girls day ever! Julie had her bridal party arrive around noon for hair and makeup. Julie had gifted us the softest, most adorable set of pajamas to wear together, which happened to go perfectly with her navy, white and blush color scheme. Even her two little flower girls had a pair… precious!

Maitee Miles did a fabulous job transforming everyone! It’s rare that I love an up-do and makeup application so much… I swear I showed her a photo of what I wanted for maybe three seconds, and she then made my vision a reality in 10 minutes!

But y’all should have seen the bride. She wore a gorgeous half-up hairstyle and was literally glowing. A vision in every way. (Tim, you’re so lucky!)

After getting dressed (we wore these dresses in navy, which I thought flattered everyone so well), seeing Julie come out in her gown and veil (cue the tears!) and taking a few photos at the country club, we loaded the bus for the church and the real fun began!

The Day Of

I really don’t think these photos even need words. Have you ever seen such an elegant bride?! If you know Julie… you can tell that this dress just totally captured her. Elegant, classic, breathtaking. My jaw dropped and stayed open when she first walked out!

The ceremony was absolutely stunning… I don’t think I’ll ever get over the feeling of having a front-row seat to watching your best friend marry the love of her life!

The ceremony started and was over in what felt like the blink of an eye. Do weddings feel this way for anyone else? The smiles on Julie and Tim’s faces when the pastor pronounced them “man and wife” were the biggest I’ve ever seen.

The Reception

First off… can we talk about the way Tim is looking at Julie in that fourth photo? Y’all.

Can you tell we had fun?! Julie and Tim’s reception at the Dallas Country Club was one for the books. They had a stunning seated dinner, the most incredible band I’ve ever seen (Emerald City Band) and above all, you could tell they were overjoyed to finally be married!

I also loved seeing so many high school and college friends in one room. It felt like a huge reunion in the very best way. I’m serious, we did not leave the dance floor once. That’s the sign of a good time, in my opinion!

Needless to say, I am tired this week! :) This weekend took it all out of me, ha! It was one of my highlights of 2018, and I’m so excited to get to share it with you today! Cheers to you, Tim and Julie! Love y’all so much!

Love from Texas,

Kate